After a relatively easy winter for Maine, the Ropewalk is open and is in great shape.
After four long years of planning and organizing “The Dredge” is completed! We dredged 2200 cubic yards and should enjoy a number of years of “deep water.” Many procedures and requirements have changed since our last dredge and we understand that more changes are expected. The BOG will have a number of discussions dealing with this issue, as it poses many concerns for us in the future. As a reminder, if you currently have a slip and are planning on changing your vessel, we highly recommend that you speak with Chris or the Vice Commodore, as we cannot guarantee a slip that will accommodate your vessel.
If you have a slip or are on the waiting list, you have received and hopefully have returned your update forms. We are updating all of our records to help us use the docks as efficiently as possible. Thank you for your help.
Our next major project at the Ropewalk will be the replacement of the roof shingles. We have received pricing on both cedar shingles and asphalt shingles. After reviewing the costs, the board has agreed to use “Red Cedar Shingles” and a “breathing membrane” as a replacement system for the existing shingles. This work will take place during October of this year. We also have a contingency fund allocated for the unknown condition of the roof substructure under the existing shingles. Next on the list are the sliders and the large deck. As always, your comments, concerns, and recommendations are welcomed and encouraged.
The Membership Committee is reviewing the waiting list and comparing notes as we move into the 2006 season. Remember, at the 2005 annual meeting the five new members for 2006 were announced - with the new method of introducing new members, the process starts one year ahead. There are only a handful of new member openings this year and it is the second year of the new membership introduction process so it should be easier to administer, and there will be fewer new faces to meet at the Ropewalk. The waiting list is still lengthy at 19, with boat owning applicants (8) expecting a two year wait, while non-boat owning applicants (11) may wait five years or longer. For the 2006 Annual Meeting, we already know we'll have the opportunity to welcome another Jr Member, Katie Tuller, to the ranks of full membership in 2007.
James H. Eaton, IV, who, in his letter of resignation, thanks the Club "for 4 decades of sailing, fun and friendly companionship."
Membership Committee Chairman
“This place is great!” That was the consensus of the near 60 AYC members who ventured through the snowstorm to the annual Ice Breaker at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust Headquarters on Saturday, February 25. When has a snowstorm ever stopped AYC members from having an enjoyable time reconnecting at a social event? People arrived enthused and left happy. What else can be said!
Ways & Means
We are pleased to announce that the Jr. Sailing program has just hired a new Sailing Director for this summer. His name is Charlie Fox and he was born and brought up sailing on Casco Bay. His family owns and runs The Boathouse at Handy Boat in Falmouth. Charlie has many years of experience teaching and coaching sailing along with an impressive racing career of his own, sailing lasers, 420's, and now 470's. While he campaigns for a spot on the US Olympic Sailing Team, he is also working towards a degree in elementary education. His goal is to teach school and run a sailing program during the summer. We are looking forward to having an accomplished sailing instructor like Charlie running the Sailing program, and we are strongly encouraging advanced sailors to sign up for classes this year. This will be an exciting season!
The 2006 Arundel Yacht Club yearbook is in preparation. Distribution will occur in May. Membership, boat ownership, committee reports and the Club calendar all will be updated. If you have any really outstanding digital pictures you'd like me to consider for inclusion, send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our annual beginning of season clean up was held on April 22. Thank you to all who attended:
Navy Polar Fleece vests: $35.00 ea.
Navy Polar Fleece long sleeve zip: $40.00 ea.
AYC mugs: 4/$10.00
Burgees: $16.00 and $18.00
Here's a tidbit from the past. In the winter of 1958-1959, the focus of the Board of Governors was on two projects. The first (my favorite of course) was to get our club boat classes chosen and under way. Booth Chick had designed a 14FT boat for the children to learn in, later named the Chickadee. It was eventually chosen out of a very large field of designs considered.
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Club Phone: (207) 967-3060