From the Club Manager January 2019

Welcome to 2019! On the Day of Resolutions I resolved to sail more this year. This resolution will be much easier to accomplish than the other resolution I made. And I will start by attending a fleet party. But which one? The Santana 20 Fleet and the Thistle Fleet both have parties on January 12. The Tunas are at EYC and the Thistles are at the Boyce home in Corvallis. And the Lido Fleet is doing their winter party on February 10 at the Schroeders. Fleet members, crew, and interested sailors are invited to attend whichever meeting is appropriate. What a fun way to start the year!

The Work Party season is back. Work party dates are January 19, February 16, March 23 and so on. Work parties happen on the Saturday before the Saturday that the potluck is on, which is (usually) the last Saturday of the month. Please come and help out. There are a couple of big dock projects that Paul Stephens is working on and Port Commissioners Marji Clune and Bob Pritchard have a long list of shore-side things to do.

The annual Chili Feed is on January 26 at the Clubhouse. This is the potluck where all you have to bring is your appetite. The Board brings chili with all the fixin’s and even the bowls and spoons! And a reminder that the time has been moved up a half hour: food at 6:00 pm and the General Membership Meeting at 7:00 pm for this event and also for all future potlucks.

We are hosting a NorthU course on sailboat racing on March 30 which is the Saturday just before the racing season begins. These are great! An all-day class on how to beat Gordon! Members of EYC will get a substantial discount and lunch will be provided, and the best part: Andrew Kerr will teach. More details will follow soon.

The Sail School Directors have already been meeting and planning and plotting, so we know it is gonna be good. Sail School is set for June 23-28 this year.

In case you hadn't noticed, we have a new section of fence by the entrance. A small pickup crashed through the old fence and hit an OSU FJ so we got some new fence. We hope you like it.

 There are a couple of things I would like to point out on the website. Under "Events" you can find the "Full Calendar" for the club. This is kept up to date and can be accessed from your phone (even Dr. Brust has a smartphone!). In addition, there is now a "Members Area" for stuff that is not necessarily of interest to the whole world. This includes things like the Moorage Request Form that you all need to fill out, the Sailing Activities Forms that you need to have filled out every year in order to use the club boats, and a place to pay with a credit card. You need to pay your dues to get your membership card.  And your membership card has the new gate code on the back. And the new gate code is also the code to get into the Members Area. So there is a little bit of a Catch-22 there, but the billing you receive includes a link to the payment area, so it’s not an impossible situation.  

We are beginning to work with the Oregon Youth Sailing Foundation to solicit donations to help fund our junior activities. This will allow tax-deductible donations for youth sailing, which is a good cause. If you are interested in supporting our young sailors this way, contact me or Gary Powell.

I would like to take a moment to thank John Ward and Jim Hewitt for fixing the heaters in the clubhouse.  Warmth! I love those guys!