A new boating season is rapidly approaching! Time does fly...
I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all of the volunteers who attended this year’s Spring Workday. It was cold and rainy, so most of the work focused on sprucing up the inside of the club house. A lot was accomplished! There is more to do outside, so please watch for notes about additional workdays from Dave Brown and Jon Lucy. In the meantime, I hope you are all looking forward to our Flag Raising and Derby Day event coming up this Saturday, May 5th!
I am happy to report we have many people working very hard to provide even more opportunities to our WRYC membership! In the last Board meeting Tony Villani, Gilbert Birdsall, Ted Bartley, and (in absentia) Kirby Smith presented a proposal on how we might safely allow hunting on parts of our property. Key points of the proposal include: hunting will only occur during designated hours and only at times when the Club is not otherwise being used, will only be available to Club Members (no guests), and will only be allowed in designated areas away from the main club house and facilities.
The proposal calls for formation of a Hunting Committee to coordinate activities and ensure all hunters are properly trained on Club rules, licensed, and insured. Club members who wish to hunt will pay an additional $100 in addition to normal dues. As a first step, Tony will meet with the Local Game Warden to explore which parts of the property would be most appropriate to use as hunting grounds. Tony will report back to the Board in a month or two with his findings. If you have additional thoughts, please share them directly with Tony or me.
Several members have inquired about plans to refurbish our tennis courts. Tennis was once a major Club activity, but our courts are presently in sad shape. I am looking for volunteers to help explore what it would take to get the courts back into playable shape. Given our tight budget, I would also like to explore fundraising options to cover the costs. If you are interested in being part of this project, please contact me directly.
I would like to remind you of the many opportunities available to you, our membership, if you would like to get involved in sailing this summer. Ginger and Clayton James have planned what promises to be another wonderful summer of Junior Sailing Camp; thank you both for your hard work preparing this program! The first session (June 25th - July 6th) is already full! There is still space available for the July 9th-19th and July 23rd - August 2nd sessions.
We will also offer Adult Sailing classes on our keelboats most Saturdays this summer (excluding holidays and our Governor’s Cup Regatta) with Joe Morgan, Tom Bernard, Scott Titus, and me as instructors (please contact me for more information).
Finally, Joe Morgan is leading the charge to bring back our Sunday Sailing Series. If you are an experienced sailor with a boat, bring it on! And if you do not have a boat or if you have little to no sailing experience, we will need crew members and help on the Race Committee. Please let Joe know if you are interested in participating!
See you all on May 5!
Steve Hanson, Commodore