Greetings! It sure did not take long for Mother Nature to decide to warm up, as the weather in June has for the most part been delightful. With sunny skies and breezy days, I hope everyone has taken the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and especially the water access we have here in Gloucester.
After the June BOD meeting, the Fleet Captain decided the Commodore should experience firsthand the joy of being hoisted to the top of the mast of Snagglepuss to cut free some flags and burgees. I am pleased to report the job was not hard, and, more importantly, they did not leave me up there to feed the mosquitoes!
At this point, club business meetings are moving right along, and we have been "blessed" with short agendas and discussions. We still need a House Committee Chairperson; fortunately Club Manager Bonnie is filling that role for us, but the fact remains that we are supposed to be a "member driven club." Accordingly, someone needs to volunteer! And sooner is better than later so we can add a link between the number of us rotating off the BOD in January and the new BOD members coming on.
Plans and preparations were and are being made for what will have come and gone by the time you read this - the Fourth of July Party which will actually be held Sunday, July 3rd. The BOD dispatched an unnamed posse on a road trip south to the land of "Pedro," and one of the posse wanted to check out a "Redneck Yacht Club" on the way to gather ideas for what to do (or, more importantly, not to do) at our own club (see page 5). The other was concerned they would never get out in one piece...The posse safely returned, and hopefully the same will be said of how the "entertainment' was handled that they brought back with them for the 3rd - I mean 4th of July festivities!
"First Mate" Suzanne, "Deck Hand" Wright and your Commodore took the opportunity last weekend to meet with Steve and Lorna Hanson for our "check ride" to be able to take Snagglepuss and Wagtail out on our own. Being less of a racing sailor, I chose Wagtail, which has a self, or roller furling, jib. We "charted" (actually I just told Steve where I wanted to go) a course out of the Ware, into the Mobjack Bay, into the North River up past my house on Belleville Creek and arriving back at the club dock at dusk. It was an absolutely beautiful sail, and I'm pleased to report that, despite not having sailed a boat that size in about 20 years, "it all came back!" What a wonderful member benefit of having two good sized boats to choose from!
Thus, having now experienced firsthand the fruits of the Fleet Captain and his committee's labor, I want to encourage and even challenge our membership to avail themselves of this benefit. I do not believe there is a better value to be found than to be able to take one of these boats out without having to pay a single extra dime because their use is included in your membership dues. And, if you do not know how to sail, are uncomfortable with that size boat or simply need a refresher, the Fleet Committee will teach you free of charge because you are a member! The encouragement part is for you to take advantage of this incredible benefit. I want to challenge our entire membership to promote this free member benefit to your family members and ALL of your friends and acquaintances. Our club needs new members and the free use of these boats and sailing lessons for those who need them is a perfect tool for everyone to use to recruit new members! Simply for paying our nominal dues, they will have the use of these boats! This needs to be promoted by everyone who is currently a member!
In closing, I hope that everyone will have enjoyed our Nation's birthday festivities at the club and will have made "cleanup" easier for the evening's hosts by remembering that with few exceptions, their mother was not in attendance and accordingly will have cleaned up their table after themselves. (It really makes it easier and more enjoyable for our member-hosts.)