June 2019 Commodore's Corner

Who ordered up summer in June? The weather lately has been wonderful for sailing, and events at EYC have really taken off. The Memorial Day Regatta took place with great wind and some rain on Saturday, but Sunday was sunny with less wind. We had around 53 boats out racing on both days. Many thanks to Regatta Chair Dean Mitchell, to Leta Sellers, Matt Fleischman and the kitchen crew for fabulous meals, to Richard Johnson for heading up the race committee, to Club Host Dan Merritt, and to all who worked behind the scenes.

Last weekend we hosted the “Live on the Edge” Regatta and we had the second largest participation since this regatta began 13 years ago with 30 multihulls registered. There was great wind all weekend. Saturday may have been a bit chilly, but Sunday was absolutely perfect. Thanks to Regatta Chair Roeland Kapsenberg for another great event, and again, to the crew in the kitchen and to Race Chair Richard Johnson.

In less than two weeks, we will host our annual Sail School, which is our largest event of the year! Katie Bloom O’Brien and Stephanie Lunceford have planned an exciting and fun week for all ages. This year we have over 90 people signed up to perfect their sailing skills. If you are not signed up or volunteering, I hope you will come out and share in the fun.

Five days after Sail School ends, we will host 4th of July at the club. Heidi Leyba and Becky Barker are planning a theme around New Orleans, with a Mardi Gras Parade and Cajun Shrimp dinner (make your dinner orders on the EYC website). Also they have plenty of other activities planned and a surprise celebrity will be in attendance. Glen Hughes is promising fireworks that are bigger and better than ever.

On Saturday, July 6th, EYC and Terry Ward are bringing back the Jungle Cruise. I still remember when we first joined and took our kids on this adventure across the lake and the fun they had finding the animals in the trees.

And just one week later, on July 13, EYC will host Sail Day, a fundraiser for the Relief Nursery in Eugene.

There is so much going on at the club—hope you find time to participate in one or more of these great events.

I’m sorry to report that our small hoist decided to quit working. Thankfully, the Board has approved the purchase of a replacement one. This is the hoist most of the Thistles, Lidos and DaySailers use. Users of this hoist, please remember to use the blue rope to move the arm of the hoist, not the control cable and to refrain from excessive stops and starts when hoisting a boat. Both create extra wear and tear on the hoist.

I’d like to remind everyone that if you have a trailer or boat on the grounds, it is your responsibility to keep the grass mowed (See Ground Rule 16, on page 44 of the 2019 Member HandBook). On Saturday, June 22nd, work party folks will be mowing and charging any one who has not mowed.

There is a work party next weekend on Saturday, June 22, and the club still has a couple of important projects that need to be completed. At the top of the list is the repair of the short swing. If you are interested in helping or need work party credit, please come out on June 22nd to help get this completed before sail school.

Finally, you’ll be glad to know that all is well with the Commodore, who finally has put his boat in the water and is looking forward to many great sails the rest of the summer.