Well, my boat could be painted and in the water and I am working on that.
Now that sailing season is here members are launching their boats, If your boat is not located in your assigned slip please move as soon as posible,
Lee Cline, PYC Dock Master
The club opening work day is an annual tradition, actually the first party of the year. We get chores done and celebrate the beginning of the sailing season. Work day will begin with a brief organizational meeting at 9:00 Saturday morning, April 14. Each project will have a crew chief. Members can pick their projects. We will work for about 4 hours, then lunch will be served at 1:00. Stick around after lunch for the official membership photo to be displayed around the world on the PYC web site. Stay tuned to your e-mail for more info.
The 2012 PYC Yearbook — the Windjammer — will be including small, close-up photos of members for the first time this year. We shot photos of many members at the winter meeting and intend to shoot more at the opening day work event April 14. Please join us at the post-work lunch at the clubhouse to have your photo taken. Or, if you can’t be there and want a photo in the yearbook, please send a good quality, close-up shot of you and/or your family electronically to Yearbook Editor Jean Dodd at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Come join your fellow PYC members for pancakes (with blueberries!) right before Club Opening. Sailin’ Sisters will be serving up some piping hot cakes off the griddle, sausage, coffee and juice so you can power through all those chores to get the clubhouse, docks and grounds ready for another fun sailing season!
We are serving this breakfast as a fundraiser for the Sailin’ Sisters program, and we’d greatly appreciate your generous donation.
Breakfast will be served from 8-9 on April 14th at the PYC clubhouse.
Our sweet little Santana 20 fin keel package of pure sailin’ joy will be used for the Sailin’ Sisters sail training and race program. Unfortunately, she was a diamond in the rough but with lots of elbow grease, fresh paint and YOUR HELP she is becoming a thing of sailin’ beauty!
So far seventeen women have devoted their energy to work on this project in their spare time. She is coming along nicely and thanks to Teresa and John Anderson, we have been able to work on her – no matter the weather - inside their automotive shop in Olathe.
We stripped her completely down, scrubbed her, sanded her, primed her, and are now painting her bottom, hull and deck. It has been a lot of work but also a lot of fun, and now she’s finally starting to look better.
Sailin’ Sisters needs the following items to help us have a safe, good looking and fun boat for the 2012 season. If you have any of the following items in serviceable condition and would like to donate to our cause, please bring them to club opening on April 14th or contact Joan Allen, Terri Tilford or Amy Wilson.
Even if you have only a little bottom paint, sand paper, etc., left over from a project, or an old anchor lying around, we’d love to help you clear out your garage and have it go to this worthwhile project.
Did I mention that this boat needs elbow grease??? Not sure you have the skills to help? No worries – we’ll show you how! A big part of this boat is “education” and that includes how to inspect and fix up a used boat. Watch for updates on what, when and where on the Sailin’ Sisters blog of the PYC website and let us know you’d be willing to get a little bit dirty. We work most weekends at Anderson Automotive. Remember the old adage, “Many hands make light work.”
Sisters, please call if you’d like to help. This is a big project. Not only will you have a chance to learn about sailboats, but you’ll also to get to know some of your fellow PYC members better. Come on and join us! You’ll have a good time getting’ dirty!
Questions, donations and offers to help? Please contact Joan Allen at email@example.com or (913) 648-6028.
One of the single greatest imperatives of Perry Yacht Club is teaching sailing skills. And there is no better group to teach than our children. Each year a dedicated group of members assists with the task. We split the kids into three groups based on their level of experience/competency and spend as much time as possible at the helm.
Our number one objective remains FUN. If the kids are enjoying themselves, they will advance as sailors. The first, land-based, lesson focuses on fundamentals including wind direction, points of sail, knots, rigging the boat and, of course, Pizza. This is a “hands on” day designed to familiarize the kids with terminology and get them ready for the water.
From this point on, they get wet. We begin with the perennial favorite “swimming test” and go straight to the boats. Most instruction occurs on the west side of Branch Harbor (our cove); but, short forays onto the main lake soon follow. Every day the kids build confidence and learn to independently skipper their boats.
Our efforts culminate at the end of the season with two racing opportunities: The Bill Sanders Memorial Regatta and the Parent/Child Regatta. Both events allow the young sailors to showcase their skills and enjoy the thrill of competition. The enduring benefit of all the hard work is a smiling kid hoisting a trophy into the air.
Space still exists (but is limited) for past Junior Sailing participants as well as new sailors. Kids who have previously graduated Junior Sailing participate in our new Catamaran program instructed by Ricardo Oben. Sign up today by completing your enrollment form and check. For safety reasons, parents are required to be on property and encouraged to participate. Don’t miss out!
Jim North, Jr.
Who are the PYC Sailin’ Sisters and why should you join? Well, if you are a female member of Perry Yacht Club, then YOU are a member of Sailin’ Sisters! Sailin’ Sisters are a group of women who are simply interested in sailing and improving our skills together in a women’s only setting. There’s no yelling but there are usually lots of laughs.
Over the off-season we hold free educational seminars at Kansas City Sailing (www.KansasCitySailing.com) where the discussions are lead by ASA instructor Bruce Liese. A different topic is covered each time and is suitable for all levels of experience. Women from all over the region take part and it has been a fabulous way to get to know our area sailors.
During the sailing season we have several different activities such as our ladies only annual sail, a Sunfish class, and other classes and events as the mood strikes us. The aim of this group is to tailor our activities around what our members would like to learn and do – all while having fun together.
Through the generosity of the PYC Board of Governors, PYC Sailin’ Sisters was able to purchase a Santana 20 to be used as a sail training and racing platform. We are taking her from the neglected shape she was in and transforming her into a thing of sailin’ beauty. She is scheduled to hit the water early this summer and we want to see her out on the lake every weekend! We want every woman PYC member to come learn and get checked out on the boat so you can take her out safely and have a good time while gaining experience. The whole idea is to improve our sailing skills and there is no better way to do that quickly than out on the racecourse. We will stress learning over competing so be bold! Come give it a try! We are all learning together so come join us from the very beginning. ALL levels of experience are encouraged.
This group is all about learning and doing what YOU want to so if you have a topic you’d like to see covered, or would like to take part in any of our activities, please contact Joan Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (913) 648-6028.
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