FOR 18-Jan-18

This newsletter is jam packed with information and updates...please read through to 'the last word'.


2018 TYC Winter Rendezvous

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Come out for a day of cross country skiing, snowshowing, and catching up with sailing friends at Highlands Nordic Centre, Duntroon on Friday February 16th. It's a great day for experienced, novice and beginners alike. If you are new to these sports, rentals and loads of advice are available!


Meet about 9 in the morning in the Rockside Room (top of the stairs on the right), gear up, have a coffee and head out. When you come in for lunch, be treated to chili, bun, caesar salad, fruit and cookies. After lunch and a chance to take a break, head out again for an afternoon on the trails. When you come back in about 3, be treated to an apres ski TYC-style. BYOB.


Please bring your family, crew & other friends... the more the merrier.


Cost for the day including trail pass for TYC members is $35 and for guests is $40. If you have a trail pass already, the cost is $21 for members and $26 for guests. Can't make it during the day but want to join in for the Apres....cost is $10. Register know how. Any questions, just ask Carla at or 519 599 1158


Message from the Commodore...Andi Kleiser

As the Bridge is finalizing the budget for the this year, we would like to invite all members once again to provide feedback on the club’s Mission Statement, Vision and Values the bridge worked on during the past year.


Previously we presented this information at a ‘Coffee With The Bridge’ event last August and in more detail at the Fall Meeting of Members.  We welcome your feedback as we go through the budgeting process for this year because these are our guiding principles that we use to help us create a plan that is consistent with our values as a Club and move the Club towards how we see ourselves in the future.

Mission Statement

Thornbury Yacht Club has a recognizable identity to which members enjoy belonging and participating in year round. TYC offers activities, events and opportunities related to safe boating, good seamanship & sportsmanship, and associated racing, cruising and social activities, for those with a love of the Bay and an interest in boating, especially in the Thornbury area of Georgian Bay.


Vision Of The Club

Sustained Membership: The membership of ~135 Senior members and their families has been sustained with more active and young members joining as older members leave the Club.

Increased Participation: More members are participating in the life and events of the Club. Members willingly come forward to help on committees and to be considered for the various Bridge portfolios.

Partnership with TOBM: The Town and TYC proactively involve each other for decisions concerning the harbour operations and development and for those other activities that may have an impact on the harbour.

Cohesiveness: ABC and D docks are primarily TYC member docks. TYC is a Club where membership feels like being part of a happy family and is desirable.

Thriving: We are a strong successful Club with direction, a safety and environmental conscience, and a boater reputation of socializing, cruising, racing and a love of Georgian Bay.

Education: More opportunities for members to be trained and educated to be better and safer boaters.

Community Support: Through Club events and projects, such as annual fundraising events and donations to Sail Georgian Bay, TYC gives back to the communities we are involved in.

Capital Projects: The Bridge has a capital projects  committee that considers, analyses and puts forth projects for consideration by the membership.


Values Of The Club

Camaraderie: Friendship, trust, shared interests, participation. Social, cruising, racing and love of the bay are the anchors of the Club.

Candor: Decision making processes should be open, honest, information-seeking and rational. Decisions are made for the common good of the membership rather than individual members.

 Education: Through informal learning from each other and formal Club seminars, we seek to enhance our shared ‘boating’ education. At the Bridge level, we welcome challenges to existing processes to foster continual improvement.

Integrity: The Club expects the highest levels of individual and corporate integrity. Compliance with the Club’s Bylaw and Policies, and Municipal Bylaws and Provincial and Federal laws are paramount.  ‘Always do the right thing even when no one is looking.’

Respect: All actions, decisions and communications should be respectful for one another, for the environment, for our harbour, for the sport, and for our reputation.

Service: Members engage in the Club and community; helping when and as much as they can.

Traditions: Traditions make up the fabric of our Club and make us proud and unique. All stakeholders will preserve, respect and contribute to the history that has created the Thornbury Yacht Club since 1983.


Please send your comments and feedback to Andi Kleiser,


Anchoring Workshop Follow-Up

Thanks to all of our TYC members who joined us for our Anchoring workshop at our last Pub Night. We had a record attendance and your feedback and engagement was very positive. Thanks again to Jean Loup for carrying the bulk of the workshop. As we mentioned at the workshop, we have provided a list of links that Jim Stacey put together to some helpful website content as you increase your knowledge of anchoring and anchor types. Click on the title you are interested in below and it will take you directly to the website or youtube video.

Advantageboating: Excerpt from Sail Canada Cruising Course with A good overview of anchor types, tackle, scope and procedure.

Peter Smith: Very extensive listing of anchors and their advantages. Also a resource guide with links to a variety of anchor and anchoring topics.

Canadian Yachting: A good resource generally. Includes a one-page guide to selection, care and use of anchors.

Yachting Monthly:  Good guide to material, anchor shapes and usage. Good illustrations and charts

Christine DeMerchant: Extensive listing of anchor types with photos and descriptions.

Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide: A general guide to regulations and safety, not specific to anchors. This is a retailer’s site. It includes an anchor selection guide and YouTube video on anchor selection.

Safety Marine: A one-page guide to choosing an anchor


 If you are interested in upgrading your anchor, please contact Jim directly since he is arranging special pricing with Gyles Sail and Marine for a bulk order.


Stay tuned for more workshops at our upcoming Pub Nights. For your information, we have decided to host the next three Pub Nights are 15 Harbour Street (Maiolo's) since they have good space for larger attendances. The next Pub Night is Sunday February 18th at 5pm.


Calling All Laser Sailors

We are currently looking at planning a laser race series for 2018 and would like to get some feedback and a level of interest. Please e-mail if you are interested in taking part.


Great Lakes Cruising Club is running a membership drive during the months of January and February.

Any new member will receive a $25 discount on their initiation fee of $90 bringing the initiation fee down to $65 when they join in the month of January or February.  Yearly membership dues for the club are $120 so a new member’s fees for year one will be $185 when they sign up in January or February.  Application forms and remittance need to be received by a GLCC representative at a Boat Show or by the GLCC office prior to the end of February to enjoy this benefit.

Incentives are also available for anyone who is not currently a member and who attends 2 or more GLCC school seminars and for new members who sign up at a GLCC event throughout the year. 

For more information contact the Great Lakes Cruising Club's Membership/Admissions Chair – Steve Reinecke 


Celebration of Carol Webster's Life in June

There will be a celebration of Carol's life at Maiolo's Restaurant above Thornbury Harbour on June 15, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Hospice Georgian Triangle.

Click here for Carol's obituary.



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