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2017 SLYC Commodore's Letter

Stony Lake has a long-standing tradition of not only running a fun and professional Junior Sailing and Tennis program in a cottage setting, but producing and mentoring some top instructors, world class sailors and top ranked tennis players.

The SLYC Board has been actively preparing to continue this successful tradition for the 2017 season. The new docks and yacht club renovations made for one of the busiest, yet smoothly run, junior programs last year. We expect this summer to be just as busy and have made some changes to allow for the growth, while keeping the operations of the programs efficient for our volunteers and staff. With the demand for CanSail level 1&2 steadily growing, we will be looking at adding some new boats and will be capping those levels at 42 participants to ensure a safe and learning environment. Please register early to ensure a spot.

We have a full slate ahead with Wet Feet (8yrs old), CanSail 1,2,3&4 and race team (CanSail 5&6), Adult sailing and mid week & weekend racing. Tennis continues to offer lessons and clinics for all ages including Little Aces, Junior and Teen drills and Men’s, Ladies, Mixed and Master’s Clinics. Updates have been made to our registration platform and registration is now open! Check the website for the dates and time of the various programs.

Weekend racing, under new Director Gord Welsh, promise’s some exciting new events so I encourage sailors of all skill levels to join us on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 for some fun racing.

As a follow up to the 2016 AGM, the board has discussed how we can continue to meet the needs of our growing community, maintaining the roots and traditions that have made the programs so vibrant and successful. The top four areas we will be looking to develop further are:

1.     Communications to and from the membership

2.     Using the SLYC Website for registration efficiency and a communication vehicle

3.     Increase visibility of our directors, their roles and the nomination process

4.     Reviewing our mission and vision statement

Finally, please mark your calendars for the annual ASLC AGM July 1, the SLYC social, the SLYC Golf tournament and the year end celebration Sailors dinner August 19th. Check the SLYC website www.slyc.ca for dates, schedule, membership and contact information.

Many thanks to all of the SLYC directors who have been meeting and planning over the winter to develop the program and events for the 2017 summer, and much gratitude to all our volunteers who help to carry on Stony Lake traditions.

Anyone wishing to help, advise, enlighten please contact me at jjsomer@hotmail.com

See you at the lake!

Jeff Somerville

Commodore