You should all have paid your dues and received your membership cards and 2019 Member Handbooks by now. About a fourth of the handbooks were picked up by members at the Annual Chili Feed last month and the rest were mailed shortly after. Much thanks to Matt Sprick and Ancora Publishing for printing our handbook again this year. Please keep your membership card handy as it has the new gate code on it. And thank you to the Board for the chili, and congratulations to Al Avey who won the contest for best chili.
And as you prepare for the season, be sure to check out the always changing EYC website. It has pretty much everything on it now. We are especially excited about the new Members Area which has all kinds of information, including newly added sections of the handbook and a list of clubs which share reciprocity with EYC. Remember that your password to the Members Area is the same as this year’s gate code. The Members Area is where you’ll be able to make your Moorage Requests for this year. It takes about 20 seconds if you don't want changes. And of course, EYC's calendar of events is posted on the website as well.
A couple of other things on the website that you should know about, especially at the beginning of the season. We have a Crew Finder that has been successful at matching up people who want to crew on a race boat with race boats that need crew. And at the same page you, or someone you know, can sign up for a ride on a Tuesday night Fun Race boat which is a pretty fun way for a first-time sailor to get a taste of sailing.
We also have an active presence in social media with pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (as if those aren't time-consuming enough!).
EYC's Port Commission is ambitious this year. Projects include building a new Youth Dock at the north end, and we are in the process of deconstructing the old attenuator at the south end (thank you Matt Sprick and Jim Munson!). Much of the old attenuator is in pieces up on the beach, so we need folks to help sort, stack, and toss that pile. Lots of hands are needed for these projects. Contact Paul Stephens by phone (541-686-5041) or by email if you can help.
Bob Pritchard and Marji Clune also have a long list of maintenance projects that most anyone can do. Thanks to Svend Toftmark for getting started on it this last week. There is an organized work party on this Saturday (February 16) and another on Saturday, March 23. You can do work at other times by special arrangement with Marji. Get those 16 hours in by July 31! (did you know you can now report your completed work party hours online in the Members Area?).
On Saturday, March 30, we are hosting a North U race seminar. Andrew Kerr is coming to teach it. Many of us know Andrew and have raced against him over the years. He is terrific at explaining sailboat racing and teaches all over the country. The price is about $100 depending on what discounts you qualify for and includes lunch. Active EYC members can register at the member rate. Check it out and register online.
The rain is here and the Corps has plugged the dam so the water level is coming up, and they are even slightly ahead of schedule on the fill. The lake level rose to the bottom of the north ramp this week so we can now launch Lasers! It’s time to get ready to sail!