Commodore’s Corner – April 2017
The 2017 season is underway…
|Commodore Chris Ross
Mobile: +1 913 220 6634
Wow, over 120 sailors participated in Club Opening which is a record, congratulations! Balmy warm breezes, blue bird summer skies and pulled pork on the smoker made for a wonderful day at Perry Yacht Club. Thank you all for the work we accomplished. The Docks, Clubhouse and Grounds look incredible and are second to none.
Each of us are Member Owners of the club and I know that each of you take pride in helping to make Perry Yacht Club your home. We recognize that difference, value and know that PYC is a special place. It doesn’t go unnoticed and others in the sailing community see it too. Please do your part to spread the word by inviting your friends, family and neighbors to come out for a visit. Also encourage people that you meet who are interested in sailing to contact us, fill out an application form, stop in for a tour of the club and check out our Website and Facebook pages.
Perry Yacht Club is growing with over 400 members and new families joining each month. Please welcome our newest PYC Members…
Russell & Lisa Marie Benke
Cory & Tara Boyle
Matthew & Beth Carolan
Keith & Richelle Derks
Mike & Kathy Gerstner
Rick & Ruan Hartis
Dave & Lynn Irvin
Chris & Cindi Thomas
You’ve got Mail: Membership Cards will be mailed out soon to all that have paid your dues. For the rest, you’re late and payment is appreciated so that we can cover our annual operation costs. The 2016 gate code will no longer work after May 1. Also in your email you should see a PYC Membership Survey from Survey Monkey. The 3 questions are crafted to raise questions about how we might change our membership structure in the future to accommodate the changes that are occurring in the club and keep us on a track to strengthen and grow the club.
New this Year: Each month throughout the summer your Board of Governors will host a Sunday Meet the Board Breakfast at the clubhouse. Come grab a coffee, bagel and maybe a pancake. Share your ideas, ask questions and hear the latest from your club officers. You may also notice a few additions around the club like a new motor on the race committee boat, new tractor tires, a new phone and wifi system, the weather station is fixed and linked to Weather Underground, new lighting, gravel on the campground pads, repaired hand rails, improved walkway floatation and more on the way. If you see something or are aware of anything going on at the club that should be addressed please share with a Board Member and we will do our best to respond.
Look ahead at your Calendars:
Youth Sail Camp, registration is open
Sailing Sisters, April 29
Cinco de Mayo Party / tune up races, May 6
Meet the Board Breakfast, May 7
Keel Boat Series Starts, May 20
Memorial Day Party / Round Perry, May 27
Upcoming Sailing Sisters Events
Ahoy Ladies of PYC a/k/a Sailing Sisters! I see that there is a storm brewing for this Saturday, winds gusting up to 30 mph & 100% chance of rain. With temperatures only hitting 49, rain and gusty winds, it doesn't sound like a pleasant day to meet at the club house. I know you can't sail the forecast, but it doesn't look encouraging, so we are cancelling for this Saturday.
So, with that said, how about the next weekend - May 6th? The forecast is "Mostly sunny, 75 and winds SSE 15-25 mph - perfect! Same time and place, 11:00 at the clubhouse. Then stay for our "Seis de Mayo PYC" later that day. It will be a fun day ending with the "First Official Party of 2017!". So, if you haven't RSVP'd for the party, please go to the website: http://perryyachtclub.com/index.php/the-club/calendar-of-events/social-event/new-member-potluck
Won't see you this Saturday, but we will hopefully see you next Saturday, 5/6th :)
With the warm weather that we have been teased with the past few days, it reminds me that we are getting very close to club opening and another great sailing season!!! Several of you weren't able to make the Feb. 11th meeting to plan activities, and, work on some sailing knowledge. I've attached an article on Identifying the Points of Sail, and a Points of Sail diagram. Hope that helps!
Another fun tool is ASA's app, Sailing Challenge. I have this and it is fun and interesting to test my knowledge and skills. Now, just a few more weeks and I put into practice what I have been "playing". You might want to check this out to see if you think it would be a fun and helpful tool for you as well :)
So what's our next event? We have the Winter Meeting on Saturday, March 4th where we can recruit more ladies to get involved with Sailing Sisters. After that, here's the tentative plan. Tentative, because you never know what the weather (or wind) will be :)
April 29th - Gathering at the Club House (time still to be announced), to get ready for the season, & even, if you like, get checked out on one of the PYC Club boats, like "She Worthy".
June 17th - Sailing Sisters participating on a couple of boats in the "Cruisers to the Gap and Back" fun sail. Recruit your crew, come up with a "theme" for you crew and boat, and have fun! I plan on kicking David off Sirocco & filling our boat with ladies :)
July 29th - Sailing Sisters Hobie Beach Sail at noon. We will launch from the PYC beach in our PYC club Hobies and any other multi hull that we can commandeer.
Aug. 26th - Sailing Sisters Sail/floatilla/swim on any vessel of choice (multi hull or mono hull)
More details to come on each of the scheduled dates and any other ideas that you may have to get more ladies out there sailing with us.
Thank you & see you on the 4th!
Commodore’s Corner – March 2017
Commodore Chris Ross
+1 913 220 6634
Welcome Back to Perry Yacht Club! It’s time to dust off the gear and get back out to the lake with your sailing friends. Be sure to update your calendars with all the parties and events of the year. You know where to find them www.perryyachtclub.com. Please also get in the habit of logging in your RSVP for those events so we can prepare for all the attendees. It has been about a year since we launched the new website and we want it to be user friendly so if you are having difficulties finding information or if you have recommendations for improvements please share them.
Perry Yacht Club & Kansas City Sailing teach kids to sail in one weekend so sign up your kids, grandkids, friends kids, neighbors and pets.
Sail Camp will be held 3 times this year June 9-11, July 7-9 and August 4-6. For all the rest we have Beach Cats, Sea Scouts, High School sailing, Collegiate sailing, Sailing Sisters and numerous Adult sailing programs. You can find it all at PYC so invite all those new and want to be sailors to check us out!
Opening Day is Saturday April 8th. Kick off of the season will be continental breakfast at the Clubhouse early and a 9am start to the work day that will include everything from opening up the clubhouse to planting flowers and dock repairs. We are all Owners and Members of Perry Yacht Club so join in on the fun and save the afternoon for your personal boat activities. We will break around 1pm to share lunch and the fellowship of friends and family. Gary Templeton is working hard to organize the activities of the day. If you are aware of anything that needs repaired or done at the club please let us know ahead of time so that we can have the materials, tools and appropriate work crews assigned.
Membership Dues & Registration were to be received by March 1. Thank you to the 100 or so families that have turned in your registrations. Your annual dues are the sole source of income to sustain annual operations at Perry Yacht Club. At the Membership Meeting last Saturday we approved a $250,000 budget for this coming year. These graphics show the distribution of those funds.
New 2017 Perry Yacht Club Membership Cards will be mailed out to all paid members around the first week of April. They will include the new 2017 Gate Code so that you have access to club property and will include the PYC Yacht Club of America User ID & Password so that you have reciprocity at other yacht clubs across the country. As new paid members join PYC additional cards will be mailed out monthly after April.
The old 2016 Gate Code will be deleted and will not open the gate after May 1.
Christopher D. Ross
Perry Yacht Club®
8369 Yacht Club Drive
Meriden, KS 66512 | USA
Main: +1 785 484 2523
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