Record Attendance for Lobsterfest!
Saturday May 26th is the TYC Annual Lobsterfest, hosted...and boiled...by the Londos Clan; George, Pat and Tobyn.
This year 100 people have registered for this event!! Remember we have ordered your lobsters and this event goes ahead rain or shine. The forecast for Saturday is a little damp...but don't dispair, the sides will be up on the pavilion and ... we are boaters after all!
For those with reservations, come to the pavilion about 4:30 on Saturday with your appy, salad or dessert to share. As with all of our 'green' social events, you also need to bring your own plates, cutlery, beverages (very discrete)...and for this event; bibs, napkins and crackers for the claws. The Londos gang will serve up the lobsters and butter...and voila....eat, share stories and have fun.
See you Saturday!
Member Work Party....this Saturday morning
If you are available Saturday morning, please meet Rene Koopmans at the Harbour Master's Office at 10 am to gather the pavilion sides and return them to the pavilion where they are being re-installed. Thanks Rene!
Sail Past is on Saturday June 2nd. More details about the day will be coming but a quick summary is that you register on-line for the dinner. On Saturday June 2 meet at 12:30 in the pavilion to pick up your dinner tickets, roster, membership card...and at the Skipper's Meeting you learn the route and receive your boat number. The Sail Past occurs on the water at 3pm. Following the Sail Past, everyone is piped back into the harbour and makes their way to the pavilion for a BBQ dinner. Members (senior, associate and youth under 19) are free, guests are $15 each.
Write the date on your calendar and register on-line today. We have to confirm food quantities on Monday May 28th so there will be no last minute registrations. So, call your crew, your friends, and your family today and register on-line. Then stay tuned.
As we are working on our boats, scrubbing, brushing and buffing the last remnants of winter grime to get ready for Sail Past, our thoughts are also turning to the many events we traditionally enjoy over the course of the summer.
In the past, one of these events was our biennial Sail for Hope, a fundraising event organized by the Thornbury Yacht Club in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society. Many of our members participated in Sail for Hope by taking donors for an afternoon sail in their boats, followed by refreshments and additional fund raising events on shore.
Although this event was popular with our members, as well as the many donors who experienced a rare opportunity to enjoy an afternoon on the water, the logistics of organizing an event of this magnitude has become a major challenge for our small Club. It takes many volunteers for an extended period of time to recruit and organize the skippers and their boats, gather the support of local businesses to provide refreshments and items for a silent auction, arrange for event permits and insurance coverage, and ensure that the event complies with local and other by-laws and regulations.
On reflection of our capacity to continue to lead Sail For Hope, the Bridge has decided that staging this single large event has become too overwhelming for one person or even a small team. We have decided to no longer organize Sail for Hope and are considering other alternatives for the TYC to contribute to our community.
Through our strategic plan process, we concluded that the TYC is committed to community involvement, through our value of service and our vision of community support. As a first step in reinventing our community involvement, we will be sending a survey to all members to gather ideas for how we, as a Club, can be involved in our community, as well as gauging interest and commitment by members in being actively involved in helping organize one or more events that both puts our name into the community and helps those in need.
When you see the survey in early June, please take time to respond and help the Bridge decide on how we can best use our resources and continue to be involved in the community in the future.
Andi Kleiser, Commodore
Sunday May 20th witnessed the first race of the 2018 season; The Ice Breaker “practice” race.
Three boats were organized enough to have masts up in time to make the start, Elmo’s Fire, Sassy J, and Eroica. The race got off to great start with a pretty solid 18-20 knots of breeze but quickly settled into a more reasonable 10-15.
Eroica was the first to cross the finish line but was disqualified for using a very brightly coloured foresail that some say resembled a spinnaker. Elmo’s Fire and Sassy J battled their way around the course in close proximity, crossing the finish line within 4 seconds of each other. Results are posted here: http://thornburyyachtclub.com/race-schedule.cfm
Boats have repaired their repairs and are ready to go again this Sunday, May 27 for TYC race 1!
Come and join us: Meet in the Pavilion at 9:30.
James Palmer, Rear Commodore Racing
The Bitter End