The winter and spring have been very busy at the Club. Our new Club manager, Bill McSherry, has been hard at work getting the Club ready for the season and meeting many of our members. Please, when you start enjoying the Club, take the time to introduce yourself to Bill and the stewards. It makes their jobs much easier when they know our membership.
The Club is looking great. New windows were installed this spring along with new siding on the front. The Club’s old windows were beyond repair, and needed to be replaced. Bill has been busy getting familiar with the Club and waterfront.
As another way to communicate with our membership, Arundel Yacht Club has entered the world of social media. You can now find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. (See links below). Our events will be posted on those sites, as well as emailed to our membership. Reminders and communications will also be sent via email. Please note; the events this year have filled to capacity early. I recommend that you RSVP early to assure your attendance at the event.
One last housekeeping item, the large grill is currently out of use. The insides will be rebuilt and a new stronger side burner added for lobsters, steamer cooking. The small grill has been cleaned and serviced and is ready for use.
I am looking forward to an active summer at AYC.
This spring, the membership committee was busy processing a lot of new applications and developing a New Member welcome packet. We had 3 openings to fill so we will be welcoming two junior members and one boating member. They will be attending the orientation, which is scheduled for July 2nd. Once they are initiated, they will be seen with their sponsors attending all the events and getting to know other members. If you see a new face, make sure you give them a warm welcome.
Have a great summer!
We are thrilled to have Shannon Boyle returning to direct our sailing program. Her enthusiasm for sailing and compassion for the kids is downright infectious. Mary and Sam are also returning for their fourth season as sailing instructors. Having the same sailing staff several years running is one thing that makes AYC’s program stand out from other local sailing programs.
Keep your eyes open for our sailing staff and junior sailors starting the last week of June. Check the AYC website or contact Claire directly (firstname.lastname@example.org or 967-9828) with any questions, class registration or in general.
Powerboat night will make its debut on July 28! Members with powerboats will offer to take other adult members to Stage Harbor for a fun evening on the island. We have asked the Club Manager to be sure that we will have a grill so that we can enjoy a casual dinner on the shore. Transfers from boats to the shore and back will also be provided. The moon should be nearly full too! If you have a powerboat and would like to join us, we would love to have you pick up a few members and bring them along. Anne Gould will coordinate this event, and members must sign up so that we are sure to be prepared with enough boats. There will be more information to come later on this new opportunity.
Adult casual sailing is scheduled for three Thursday nights this year, July 14, August 4 and August 18th. These evenings begin at 5:30 sharp at the Club. Each week we have boat owners who will take membership out for a short evening sail. No experience is required, however most Skippers are happy to share their knowledge with anyone who is interested in learning more about sailing. We usually return to the Club between 7 and 7:30 PM and enjoy our own dinner on the deck. Please contact Anne if you are interested, so that we can coordinate the correct number of boats to have available.
Adult racing in the 420s is scheduled for July 7, July 21, and August 11. Some sailing experience is recommended. Sailing instructors will tow boats in and out of the river and set race courses for us. Following the race, participants usually stay to enjoy their own dinner on the deck. This was designed for adults, but if you want to bring along your teenage sailors, they might add a new element of fun for all of us! Please do let Anne know if you plan to participate and how many are in your group.
The Founder’s Day Race was established in 2007 to celebrate the Club’s 50th anniversary. It has become a new tradition and an opportunity for members to be a part of a sailboat race. It is low key, fun, and no sailing experience is needed. Come join sailboat owners on July 16 to enjoy a beautiful afternoon on the water. Mark Tuller is coordinating this race. Please contact him with any questions you may have regarding this race.
All of these events are weather dependent. Signing up helps ensure that things run as smoothly as possible and that we can contact you in case we need to cancel the event for any reason.
BOON ISLAND RACE
Entries must be submitted on the official AYC entry form, copies of which may be downloaded from the AYC web page at www.arundelyachtclub.org/boon.htm; or requested from Peter Hatch 207-462-2522 or email@example.com. The entry fee is $25.00, payable to AYC, and must accompany the entry form.
High tide is 0712 and low is 1311 so passage in and out of the river prior to and after the race should not present an issue.
Entry forms must be received by 0800 hours EDT on June 25, 2011, or prior to that time, may be mailed to:
One thought this year is potentially using a staggered start such as was done at the 2010 Founders Day race last summer. A vote will be taken during the skippers’ meeting, and scratch sheets will be prepared accordingly, in case that is the decision.
FROM THE HOUSE
We are encouraging all of our members to use the dishwasher to help save water. Our machine does conserve water and takes less than two minutes to complete the cycle. More explicit directions will be posted above the dishwasher. The committee will be available to help anyone, who would like a quick review of running the machine.
We have many ideas for the house and want the membership to let us know what we can do or buy to make your enjoyment of the Club even better.
Donna Costello, Beverly Keough, Patricia Owens, Patricia Pence, Sandra Severance
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