Just sitting down to write this early season greeting brings one of my favorite boat smells to mind – bottom paint! By now most of us have pulled off the boat covers and started those annual chores necessary to get the boat ready for splashing. The chores seem never-ending, but when the bottom is freshly painted, the boot-stripe is touched up and the teak trim is cleaned, everything seems right with the world. We experienced some very windy days the winter and copious amounts of rain this spring but finally the weather seems to have settled down to normal. Now, as we look forward to the summer season, we should see only sunny days and fair winds.
You will notice some changes down at the Ropewalk this season. A small team has been working on a few changes to the Galley and Heads in order to meet requirements of the Maine Dept. of Health. These changes are necessary as we have applied for a liquor license so that we can return to having our friendly, informal bar service at all the social events. With the license, our liquor liability insurance remains in effect and the club will be protected in the event of an unfortunate liquor-related incident. Many thanks to Dave Wagor, John Fraser, and Durward Parkinson for their efforts these past few months.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone around and about the club. Get those boats launched!
The waterfront survived a tough spring of two unusual heavy wind storms with wind of over 65 MPH. We did have some damage to docks and the bubbler system which are both on the repair list. The waterfront committee has met and is busy juggling slips around for the upcoming season. The dock map will be up at the club shortly. We have also sent update requests to members on the wait list, and will post a new wait list as soon as we receive the forms back and update the list. Members, as a reminder when you cruise this summer, or your boat will be away from the docks, please let Chris know so the club can utilize the slip for other members or transient rentals. If the spring weather is any indication, we hopefully will have a much better boating season than last. Any suggestions or questions regarding waterfront, please e-mail me at email@example.com.
Ways and Means
The 2010 AYC Social Calendar kicked off March 6th with 82 members attending the Icebreaker at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. While the hors d’oeurves table overflowed, conversation flowed among members as to how they’d spent their winters and when their boats were going in the water this season. There was, of course, much talk about the weather that generally ended in agreement on how, regardless of its fickle and sometimes harsh weather, Maine is where we want to be every summer!
I’m happy to report that Milda Caster and John Fraser have agreed to host the May 1st Spring Pot Luck again this year. Following a recently established “tradition”, we will again have a guest speaker at this event. Rich Woodman, captain of the Schooner Eleanor, will speak on “The Right Boat.” Rich holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master’s License and has had several years’ experience on 100’ schooners working the passenger trade on the New England coast. The grandson of a local boat builder, Rich builds custom boats in the off-season, so he’s quite familiar with the fact that the right boat for one person may not be right for the next. I hope you will join us for this delicious, fun and informative evening at the Ropewalk.
I’m also happy to report that Lori Parkinson and Arleen Jensen have agreed to help host Up Anchor on May 29th. Both women are veterans of special events at AYC so I’m confident this year’s Up Anchor will be a night to remember.
Many thanks go out to Anne Hussey for her years of service as hostess of the annual Ladies’ Luncheon and to Susan Benson for taking over the event this year which is slated for June 6th. We all look forward to another delicious Father’s Day Breakfast on June 20th under the capable hands of Ginny Moody and the June 25th Boon Island Race Chicken Dinner will again be spearheaded by Sarah and Dan Beard. The race itself, scheduled for the 26th, will be organized by Dave James who promises us all ideal weather for the race!
It’s our turn this year to host the annual AYC/Kennebunk River Club Cocktail Party set for July 17th. After many years of doing a terrific job, Gail Preble is offering this opportunity to serve the club to another worthy member. Gail and her daughter, Hannah, will continue to organize a Family Bingo night at the Ropewalk. Keep your eyes open for details.
Mark Tuller will be rounding up boats again this year for the July 18th Founders’ Day Race and Heather Bruhl is already busy planning the second Caribbean-themed Midsummer Potluck on July 24th.
Golfers can look to Carl Lindgren for details of the August 20th Golf Tournament and members will only have the Board of Governors to blame if the August 21st Lobster Bake isn’t up to past year’s standards.
The team of Cain/Jensen/Parkinson will reunite to make sure there’s enough chowder for the September 19th Annual Meeting and then Jill and Bruce Schmidt will close out our social calendar with the Fall Harvest Party on October 16th. And while you have your calendars out, be sure to mark October 23rd as AYC Fall Clean-Up Day!
I want to thank in advance the 43 people who indicated their willingness to help with social events on their 2010 Membership Forms. If I haven’t already, I will be in touch soon to find out your special talent and the type of help you’re willing to provide. I will also give your name to the hosts and hostesses of this year’s social events. There is plenty of work to go around and fresh faces ensure that our events will continue to respond to the membership.
Ways & Means
Spring Clean-up Workers
Thank you to the following members who pitched in and got us off to a good start!
|Ann Marie Somers
||Jane Hecker Cain
Don’t forget about our Jr. Sailing program! We’ve hired an experienced Sailing Director for the season and she brings a great attitude which should fit in well with AYC’s program. She has spent the last two years teaching sailors of all ages down in St. Thomas and is a US Sailing certified instructor, also certified in First Aid & CPR and a PADI scuba diver. She has lots of big boat experience including spinnaker trimmer on a J122. Please stop by and say hello to Shannon Boyle this summer. Registrations are now being accepted for the 2010 Jr. Sailing Program. There will be four 2-week sessions beginning June 28. Click on the Junior Sailing link on the AYC web site for class descriptions, schedule and registration forms. Space is limited so don’t delay! Shannon is eager to offer lessons to adults as well so if you or a friend has an interest, please let us know so we can schedule a lesson. Contact Claire Julian for more information, 967-9828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Casual Sailing: Mark your calendars for July 15th, July 29th and August 19th at 5:30PM if you are interested in casual adult sailing. Come to one or come to all! We hope to get adults out on the water to have fun and gain confidence. No previous boating experience is required. We plan to go out in small groups, using member’s boats and learning more about sailing. Experienced members will be in each boat, so have no fear! Plan to bring your dinner to the Ropewalk and we can socialize when we come back in the river. This is a great opportunity to become more comfortable sailing and to get to know members better.
Racing: Thursday night racing in the 420’s will be on July 8th, July 22, August 5th and August 12th. If you have never participated in these races, we meet at 5:30 and are towed out the river in the Club-owned 420’s by sailing instructors. They set a course for us and we have a few short races as time allows. We usually only have a few boats each week and the Club has quite a few. So come down and give it a try.
Please e-mail Anne Gould at email@example.com or call 967-0227 if you have questions or are thinking about joining us.
Adult Sailing Committee
Boon Island Race
The 2010 Boon Island Race is scheduled for Saturday, June 26. Skippers will meet at the AYC club house at 8:30 AM. The race will begin at 11:00 AM with a 15 minute warning at 10:45 AM and a 5 minute warning at 10:55 AM. High tide will be at 12:08 PM with a height of 8.63 feet above mean low water. Low tide will be at 5:54 PM with a height of 0.98 feet above mean low water. The weather promises to be bright and sunny with 12-15 knots of wind out of the southwest. Further information is available on the AYC web page: www.arundelyachtclub.org/boon.htm.
Boon Island Race Committee
Building & Grounds
AYC is making good progress towards securing a liquor license from the state. The license will enable us to satisfy insurance requirements and serve liquor without the assistance of a caterer. The Dept. of Health requires some minor safety related changes to the kitchen area and bathrooms which are well under way – with the able advice and assistance of Dave Wagor and John Fraser. Our next stop will be the Town of Kennebunkport for local approval of the liquor license and then back to the state for hopefully final issuance of the license in early summer.
The 2010 AYC Yearbook was mailed out to all members in late April. If anyone did not receive a copy, please let either Doug Leonard or me know.
New Member Application sponsorships have been pouring in over the past fall, winter & spring. Our New Member Applicant Wait List is as follows -
14 Junior Members - 4 of whom are currently eligible to become Full Members
6 applicants on our “Boat Owner” Wait List
3 applicants on our “Non- Boat Owner” Wait List
Though AYC By-laws require we wait until June 1 before determining how many new member openings we’ll have this year, we surely do have a number of excellent applicants to process this summer for our Class of January 2011.
Dave Emery, Chair
BoatU.S. Membership Discount
The BoatU.S. Cooperating Groups program has proven so popular with Arundel Yacht Club members that we are renewing our partnership for another year.
Because of this special arrangement, AYC members can get 50% off the regular annual dues rate of $30 when you join or renew BoatU.S. Your dues are only $15 for the year.
Be sure to mention our Cooperating Group ID number GA80504Y to get the specially reduced rate.
For more information, visit the BoatU.S. website: www.boatus.com or contact their offices at 703-461-4666 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any further questions, please contact Mark Paquette, email@example.com
Any news or comments you’d like to see in future newsletters?
Please contact me at 967-4448 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenne James, Editor
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