March 2018 Commodore's Corner

One of the things that I enjoy about sailing is the sense of ‘tradition.’ After all, boats and water have been around for a very long time. In fact, I often remind new sailors that they are doing something that people have done for thousands of years. As far as I know, ours is the only sport that can make that claim! Of course, with thousands of years of tradition comes thousands of years of customs and habits.

It stands to reason that most yacht clubs also have a strong sense of ‘tradition.’ That is, certain rules, customs, and habits (both written and unwritten) that govern day-to-day life around the club. Tradition says that we help each other launch our boats, that we pitch in at the Potluck, and that we keep an eye on each other’s children. These traditions are a good thing!

February 2018 Commodore's Corner

One of my mentors growing up was my High School track coach. He was a soft-spoken man who used very few words. However, when he did speak, his words were full of the kind of quiet wisdom that stays with you. To this day, Coach Cotton is still one of people I look up to and try to model in my own life. Ironically, I learned years later, that Coach Cotton’s father was a Methodist Minister. In fact, his father once served the Coburg Methodist Church where I would later serve. Small world!

One of Coach Cotton’s favorite expressions was, “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!” He even had this phrase printed on a poster that hung in the track locker room. And he would remind us of this truth before each and every practice.

January 2018 Commodore's Corner

The month of January takes its name from the Roman god “Janus” who is pictured with two faces. One face looks backward to the year just past while the other face looks forward to the year ahead. According to tradition, many ancient Romans made promises to “Janus” as a part of their “self-improvement rituals” for the new year. Whether true or not, it is true that New Year’s Resolutions have become an annual ritual for people around the world—including yours truly. Read on to see some of my “Nautical New Year’s Resolutions”.

November 2017 Commodore's Corner

Gary Powell, 2018 EYC Commodore

I am both excited and humbled to serve as your Commodore for the coming year. Others have said that the Commodore has just one job—to make sure the lake is filled! At times, the Commodore seems more like the ringmaster in a circus trying to keep the action going in the all various venues—from racing and Sail School, from buildings to budgets, and from parties to potlucks. Fortunately, this is not a solo job and I ask you to join me in thanking the members of the Board of Trustees for their dedicated service to the club: Mike Merrifield (Vice Commodore), Bill Boyce (Secretary), Janet Mitchell (Treasurer), Bob Pritchard (1st Trustee), and Robert Moline (2nd Trustee). In particular, I want to thank Rear Commodore Ted Walkup for his steady, thoughtful, and generous leadership this past year. And I, for one, am grateful that he is still on board to help steer the ship!

October 2017 Commodore's Corner

If you have been out to the Club in the last couple of weeks you will have noticed the sailing season is quickly winding down, but not totally wound down yet, as last night was the end of the Tuesday night races. I believe only two boats were out sailing—one boat from TYC and one from EYC. Tina and Ken Hoffman get the Hardy Sailors Award (that is, they would get it if we actually had that award). Not only were they out sailing after dark on a cold fall night, they came in and started up the BBQ to cook their dinner. They know how to get full enjoyment out of the club right up to the end of the season.

September 2017 Commodore's Corner

I want to start this month’s Commodore's column out with a shout-out to Marty Parisien and all of the EYC volunteers that came out for the Family Sail Day to Benefit the Relief Nursery. Before you move on to the rest of the newsletter, please turn on your speakers and listen to this interview on local radio station KPNW with Marty and Jennifer Solomon from the Relief Nursery. They did a great job of introducing the public to EYC, the Relief Nursery, and the event.


August 2017 Commodore's Corner

If you missed the last General membership meeting, Second Trustee Bob Pritchard invited members to come out to the club for the first ever “Potluck Breakfast & Solar Eclipse Viewing Raft-up” on August 21st. If you don’t already have plans for viewing the Eclipse please join us at 8:00 am and bring your solar glasses and a breakfast dish to share. We will plan to leave the dock a little before 9:00 am for a raft-up off shore.

July 2017 Commodore's Corner

When I wrote my first column for the newsletter this year, I remember it was a January morning and I was looking out the window at a slight dusting of snow. The temperature was just above freezing and the world of boating was far from my mind. Today, I am fortunate to be sitting on the back of my boat in the EYC marina enjoying a beautiful sunny July morning. The lake is flat and peaceful and only about five cars in the parking lot. It still amazes me how under-utilized the club can be a times, or maybe it is just the rest period we all need after a very active month of June.

June 2017 Commodore's Corner

What a great season we have had so far! And there is still plenty more going on at EYC. 

The Memorial Day Regatta was fantastic. We had sun and wind at the same time which, if memory serves me, is a rare occurrence for the MDR. Rich Johnson and his committee pulled off two excellent days of racing. Both Saturday and Sunday he tortured some of us old people with trips to the dash mark.

April 2017 Commodore's Corner

Mother Nature has been both generous and harsh so far this year. We have been blessed with plenty of rain to fill our wonderful lake and not so blessed with some heavy winds this past week.

Early last Friday, a wind storm (clocked at 60 mph on the club weather station) broke off the last four sections of D Dock and damaged the remaining sections of it in several places. The four sections that broke loose must have taken quite the joyride because 24 hours later they were found washed up on the north shore at Richardson Park. Club manager Rich Aaring is still scratching his head in bewilderment over how the broken sections traveled so far. 

March 2017 Commodore's Corner

Tick, Tick, Tick …

Just the sound of the clock reminding us how quickly the boating season is heading toward us. By the time you read this newsletter, the Club opening will be just two weeks away and the first Thursday night race of the season (April 6) is shortly thereafter. I better start getting my Santana 20 ready to go racing.

February 2017 Commodore's Corner

As I start this month’s Commodore's Column I am grabbing a few minutes to start writing while I wait for my casserole to cook before I head off to the Santana 20 fleet meeting and awards ceremony. I mention this because I am reminded how important the fleets are to the club. Whether it's the Santana 20, WaveLength, Thistle, Lido, or Trailer fleet, being a member of a fleet brings people into the club and makes them feel welcome.