It is hard to believe that 2014 is here. The annual meeting provided WRYC members a great opportunity for fellowship, good food and a glimpse at the efforts of the 2013 board. Several items of interest include making our facilities more accessible to members, sailing, awards and some new faces on the board. Although it is a work in progress, the Club's Strategic Planning Committee's recommendations to make our facilities more accessible to the membership were presented by Clayton James.
All of the recommendations presented were well received. More information will be forthcoming as the plan comes together. An update of the sailing program was also provided and Mark Newman was introduced as the Director of Sailing Programs. Mark is working towards filling three sessions of sailing camp.
Be sure to sign up your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. for camp before all three sessions are filled. He also indicated that 15 participants are signed up for the sailing race team. There is room on the team for more competitive sailors!
There were several nominees for the annual awards which made the decisions difficult at best. It was good to have discussion on the merits of each. The recipients are:
Booster of the Year- Emily and Bart Barbee
Founders Cup – R. T. Davis
Morgan Trophy – Bob and Susan Quinzel
Sailor of the Year – Tom Bernard
Junior Sailor of the Year – Gannon Troutman
I'd like to begin my stint as Socials Chair by thanking my predecessor, Nina Watkins, for her three years of exemplary service. When you see Nina around the club in the coming months, please remember to do the same.
Our first social of the year, the Annual Meeting, featured 'Surf & Turf' prepared by Meg Carmine & Nuttall's Store; the food was both plentiful and delicious. Don't worry if you missed it, we have two great socials coming up in February, the Super Bowl Party on February 2nd hosted by Catesby & Polly Jones and Ken & Beth Gibson, and the Valentine's Day Brunch on February 16th hosted by Robin Troutman & Nina Watkins.
We've had great success filling up our 2014 Social Calendar (below). As of today, we have hosts for 8 of our 10 socials with only Flag Raising and Memorial Day remaining unclaimed. Just to avoid a stampede of volunteers, we will be offering the honor of hosting on a first come first serve basis. If by some slim chance, we don't have a line of prospective volunteers you may get a visit from me, don't bother to run I will be wearing my sneakers.
-- Cordon Davis, III
Once again, the Ware River Yacht Club is proud to offer sailing instruction for kids ages 8 and older. Our goal is to promote seamanship, sportsmanship and a lifelong interest in sailing to young people in our community. We offer Optimists, Lasers, 420s and a 26ft keelboat for first-time and experienced sailors. Wether you prefer racing or just want to sail for fun, you will learn a lifetime skill!
Session 1 - June 23-27 (M-F) and June 30 - July 3 (M-Th)
Session 2 - July 7-11 (M-F) and July 14-17 (M-Th)
Session 3 - July 21-25 (M-F) and July 28-31 (M-Th)
50th Annual Governor's Cup Regatta - Aug. 2-3.
Pricing per session --
Members' children and grandchildren - $400 ($350 if providing own boat).
Non-Members' children and grandchildren - $500 ($450 if providing own boat).
Experienced sailor who wants more race experience? Consider joinging the Ware River Race Team.