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.

Looking back a bit, the Harvest Day Regatta was on the 16th and 17th of September. Once a again, a big thank you to Dean Mitchell for putting on another regatta and thank you to Janet Mitchell and the kitchen staff for once again feeding a very hungry group of sailors on Saturday night. Janet cooked up a scrumptious dinner of chicken, baked potatoes, green salad, and corn (handpicked by Dean the day before the regatta). It was a fairly light showing by our local fleets with only four Santanas and one Laser. Luckily, we had a group of about a half dozen Lightnings from Vancouver Lake attending. Winds were light on Saturday with only two races; Sunday was windy with a small amount of moisture, but at least no smoke. You only need to go to another regatta venue to see how spoiled we are to have Rich Johnson running our races—thanks to Rich and his crew!  

Shortly after the Harvest Regatta, the Thursday night racers held the annual Steak Bash and awards ceremony with about 80 sailors attending.  Lead by Anne Ellsworth and her culinary assistants, we all had a wonderful banquet of steak and potatoes with all the fixings. After dinner, Michelle Wood and Nic Pierce from the Joint Race Committee presented the awards ceremony, which produced a fair amount of cheering and good-natured booing. One first timer at the Bash remarked to me how amazed they were at the positive vibe in the room.

September’s Work Party was the most well attended work party in a long time (cheers to our members!). Contradictorily, the potluck attendance that evening was the smallest I have seen this year. I guess it could maybe have had something to do with the Duck Game starting at the exact same time as the general meeting.

To steal a saying from Past Commodore Leta Sellers, this is a “bitter sweet” time of year for your current commodore. I have enjoyed my adventure over the past year, but without all the help of Committee Chairs and Event Chairs it would have been an impossible task.

As I write my last column as EYC Commodore, I want to thank all involved for the help making this, in my humble opinion, a great year at EYC. There are too many “thank yous” to list in one column, but I think all Committee Chairs and Event Chairs deserve a big shout out. You all have done a great job. That being said, I would like to specifically thank The Port Commission. To the benefit of every member, this group of dedicate folks have done a fantastic job this year making our club look great and keeping the docks repaired.

It’s almost time to have the October monthly potluck and annual meeting where we will elect a new board member (2nd Trustee) and say goodbye to Rear Commodore, Leta Sellers, who has given seven years of service on the board.

Speaking of Leta Sellers, I understand she has a fantastic plan in place for this year’s Commodore’s Ball. I like to think the Commodores Ball is less about the Commodore and more about celebrating the club and all the members that support it. Hope to see you there.

It has been a great honor for me to serve as Commodore during the past year. Thank you for your support.

Ted Walkup