The Corps of Engineers was asked by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to start sending some water from Fern Ridge into the rivers to help the fish survive in this low rainfall year. And so, as you may have heard, the annual draw-down is beginning a little early. Our expectation is that it will have only a small effect on the membership of EYC as we are built on deeper water. But our friends at Richardson and Orchard Park marinas are having to pull a week or two earlier than they had hoped. We do encourage everyone who has wet moorage to monitor the depth under their slip a little closer than usual.
It is with a sad heart that I report on the passing of our long-time bookkeeper Jo Walder last week. Jo had been our bookkeeper forever. Her dad, Vic Walder, was EYC's first Club Manager (though he was called the "Executive Secretary"). Vic was a CPA with an office out off West 11th. He would send one of the employees to pick up Jo at high school and bring her to the office where she was taught bookkeeping by doing the EYC books. This was a job she never stopped doing until last week, well over 45 years of service. Her sunny disposition will be missed by the many members who knew her. A memorial service will take place at a later date.
Needless to say, Jo's passing is causing an interruption in our bookkeeping. We are supposed to be billing for work party hours right now, so that will have to wait. We have bills to pay, too, and are working to get that taken care of. The good news is that we have a plan going forward and hope to be on our feet by the time you read this.
We have just finished the busiest two weeks of the Summer. But there are tons of things still going on. Racers can participate in TYC's Emerald Cup on July 21-22 or Lido 14 Districts in August or the Harvest Regatta in September. Cruisers have been guaranteed water and wind for the entire season by our illustrious Commodore Powell. The Concert by the Lake on August 5 in the late afternoon will feature big band jazz this year. And every week, there is the informal Fun Race on Tuesday evenings, small boat racing on Wednesday evenings, bigger boat racing on Thursday evenings, and Fireside Fridays on Fridays.
The Junior Program started its summer run on Sunday with slightly more kids than expected (a good problem!) and it will be continuing until Labor Day weekend on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. This takes place in Zumas and is supervised with instruction from the amazing Chris Thomas and a rescue boat out. There is food, too. And even if none of that appeals, EYC is a nice place to just hang out. Maybe read a book in the shade or swim in the sun.
It has been a great boating season so far, and I am hoping you all are taking the time to get onto the water. One of my oldest friends is very sick and may not make it until the publication of this Bulletin, and my takeaway from this is that life is fragile and short so we should not postpone time on the water.
I would remind you that the Lido Districts are in August and I hope all of you who can will take part. This will be a ton of fun! And for those of you who like the three-person boats, it is looking like Thistle Nationals in 2019 will be in Idaho which is only a day's drive away. If you haven't participated in a National Championship, it's a great opportunity. Another oppor-tuna-ty for some national competition a bit sooner and closer to home is the Santana 20 Championship this July down at Howard Prairie. We're hoping some members will be bringing back some hardware!
This is going to be the best season ever. We have had several new members join in recent months, and hopefully more will come join us soon. Invite your friends and coworkers to to come out for a sail or come to this weekend's Open House. Word of mouth is still the best advertising!
Tuesday Fun Races are at full speed with about a dozen boats yesterday. I expect four Lidos racing tonight (the friendliest people in all the Northwest). And the Thursday night crowd has been at it for over a month with near thirty boats in the early season's adventurous weather. The Commodore, after filling the lake, has promised perfect wind and sun right up to the end of September. So come on out.
The lake is full! The lake is full! Time to get on the water! Fun will be had!
The new D Dock is amazing. Please go take a walk on it. You will be impressed. Many thanks to Paul Stephens and his hard-working crew for getting this done.
The grounds are looking great but the Port Commission has several projects in mind. So please attend a Work Party if you are in need of hours. We ask all members to put in 16 hours of work. The next two work parties are on April 21 and May 12. These are always much more fun than they sound, I promise.
It is not long before people will be sailing. The water is coming up quickly although the Corps and the rain gods are a little behind schedule. Maybe this week's rain will get everyone back on track. If you are interested in checking on the water levels, go to the EYC website and click on "Sailing" and then on "connections" and then on "Water Level on Fern Ridge" and you will know all. A couple of days ago we had six feet of water at the toe of the ramp by A Dock so almost everyone can go sail now!
But the docks are not quite ready. You may have heard elsewhere but there is an All-Hands On Deck Work Party this Saturday, March 24th (9am til 4pm). If you can come out and help, please do so. If you can't come Saturday, there will be a second chance on Sunday, March 25. We are a club made up of people who are all willing to dive in and help even when they don't have to and this is one of our our greatest sources of pride.
Hope everyone had a Happy Valentine's Day. I especially hope you sent your boat a nice card and maybe bought it some chocolate!
The Board and all our volunteers have been working hard this winter to make this summer the best ever. We have arranged for sun and wind and wonderful events. So I hope you have kept your summer schedules clear and available for fun times on the water. If you haven't already noticed, the EYC Calendar is online. This is kept up to date and is certainly the most current version we have. You can add to your own electronic calendar if you like, or bookmark it for easy access.
Christmas came and went without me getting a new boat. So it was a sad Christmas. But there are boat shows coming: Portland this weekend (January 10-14), Seattle (January 26-February 3), and Eugene (February 2-4, just aluminum boats). I think next year we should schedule Christmas right after the boat shows!
This is also the season of New Year's Resolutions. I hope you have come up with a few good ones, like paying club bills on time and getting your work party hours in early. Or maybe yours will resemble the Commodore's. But I hope your top resolution will be to have fun on the water.
Well, it is that time of the year. Dues time. Our fiscal year has just begun and our founding fathers set up the club so that we pay dues at the beginning of the fiscal year, which means statements have been sent out. I will remind you that you only get sent a statement when you owe money. So here in November almost everyone gets a bill. We will send bills out again in April for moorage.
The interesting thing is that you can now pay your dues money with your credit card. The catch is that for now anyway, you have to see me in person at a moment when I have the card reader with me. We are not quite ready to take dues payments online yet, but hope to be able to that soon.
I think Fall started yesterday at 1:30 pm. I turned off the sprinklers and the rainy season began. One could argue that the sailing season really is not over until Dean pulls his 30-foot Camelot with its 5.5 foot draft out of the water. But the end is near. The Corps is lowering the lake level about 4 inches per day and even brave-hearted Dean will not last much longer. Dinghies can probably sail right up until the water hits the toe of the north ramp which will happen in a couple of weeks. The last water event will be the collegiate Outlaw Regatta on October 28-29.
The EYC fiscal year ends on October 31. And so bills for 2018 will go out in early November. Just before that, we will have our Annual Meeting following the monthly potluck on October 28. You don't have to come to the 6:30 pm potluck to come to the meeting which will start at 7:30 pm, but it would be great to see you for dinner, too. We will be voting on some important things. And we will take attendance and will be raising the dues for everyone who is absent.
The season is ending soon. The Army Corps of Engineers will start draining Fern Ridge starting around October 1 and a couple of boats have pulled already. But I encourage everyone to get in a few last sails while the getting is possible. The weather remains very pleasant and sunny (perhaps too sunny?) and warm enough for t-shirt sailing. I should add that our intrepid small boat sailors will sail well into October as will one of our biggest boats, Falcor, which draws 5.5 feet!
Several wonderful things have happened recently.
There is not much to report this month. People are getting out on the water—which is the whole point! We have had 25 to 30 boats out on Tuesdays, 8 to 16 kids out on Wednesdays and Sunday afternoons, 6-8 Lidos and Lasers on Wednesdays, and about 40 boats out on Thursdays racing. And the beach has been busy every hot day. Thank you to all of you who have taken out guests for a sail—it is all good.
Perfect weather and perfect water. That is what we have. So find an excuse to get out and enjoy it. Wait a minute...perfect weather and perfect water are the perfect excuse!
The Work Party year runs from August 1 until July 31, so the last day to get work party in is rapidly approaching. I feel bad for the members who are still doing work party when we have the aforementioned perfect weather and perfect water. There is an organized work party on July 29 starting at 9:00 am. Bills for unworked hours will go out shortly thereafter. If you will be at this last work party, please contact Marji Clune to let her know. If you have any questions about your hours, email me.
Things are happening at EYC. First, our brilliant Commodore, Ted Walkup, figured out a pretty cheap way to reuse those broken concrete dock sections without sending them to the landfill. The Port Commission had spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to dispose of them and it was complicated and looking very expensive (see this month's Commodore's Corner for details on Ted's solution).
I always give credit for a full lake to the Commodore. And so a big "thank you" to Commodore Ted Walkup. Nobody has ever done it better.
Chris Thomas and I were invited down to Bohemia Elementary School in Cottage Grove by Vice Principal (and EYC member) Laurie Melendy to talk about sailboats to the 5th graders. They had just finished a science class where they all built boats out of ordinary things and were designed to carry weight. The winner was a cardboard box with Saran Wrap for waterproofing. We took a Laser down and had a great time. Thanks for the invitation, Laurie.
The weather has dominated the news lately. The good news is that all this rain that I am so tired of is filling up Fern Ridge. The US Army Corps of Engineers plans every year to have it filled on April 15, which is Saturday this week. And while many years they are unable to do this, there is little doubt they will have it full this year and on time. Storms can be good. The water level can be followed here.
The season is upon us. The first intrepid sailors are out on the water. The college sailors are into their season and are practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And Dean Mitchell has Camelot in the water. If Camelot can go in, the rest of us have no excuse. The first race is only three weeks away.
EYC is beginning to wake up and look forward to the new season. The lake should be full in about six weeks and the racing to begin shortly after. Cruisers like me will probably not be putting in at the absolute beginning of the season, but we too are very ready to put this awful winter behind us.
So what has been happening?
Happy New Year, everyone. I hope that thoughts of how nice it is going to be on the water this coming season has been able to sustain all of you through the Ice-Pocolypse and the ensuing snowstorms. This was finally going to be the year my wife got jewelry for Christmas, but instead she got a chainsaw to help clean up the yard. Maybe next year.