2014 Commodore Welcome Letter

Dear SLYC Members,

As winter continues to work it's March magic, knowing that a Stony summer is only three-and-a-half months away is keeping me going! The winter of 2013/14 will surely make us appreciate the beautiful summer Lake days all the more.

Summer programming is complete and will be fantastic! Re-organization of select CANSail 1 and 2 timeslots will allow those interested in both sailing and tennis to participate. Thanks to Jeff, Michele and Dave Bart for working together to make this happen. We anticipate continued strong demand for Junior Sailing and Tennis so please go to the website and register early.

Our young sailors will continue to enjoy the benefits of sailing in Optimists. This is an ideal boat in which to learn and hone racing skills. Five of these international class boats were donated to the Club last year and we would love to continue to build this fleet. If you would like information on how to organize the tax-deductible donation of an Opti, contact Jeff Somerville or me.

The annual Golf Tournament will take place on July 12. Shotgun start and best ball at 08:00h. The funds raised allow Junior Sailing to purchase a new sailboat annually and raise the level of safety and competitiveness for our young sailors. Junior Sailing parents: your children directly benefit from this initiative. We need your support-on the golf course or in the form of hole sponsorship-to make this fundraiser a success.

Following strong support by members for construction of a third tennis court, Drain Bros. was engaged for the project. Thanks to all who generously contributed during our fundraising drive, allowing us to completely cover the cost of construction. The timeline remains uncertain-look for a newsletter update in May.

Membership has been modified to reconcile and simplify some of the categories, including a new, price-reduced fee for those 21-29 years of age. We are hoping to keep this vital age demographic involved in Club activities as they finish school/training and begin careers. Thanks to Michele for all her work on this.

David Offierski continues to refine and strengthen our on-line platform which supports the website and electronic registration. Head instructors will have tablets at the Yacht Club and the Tennis Hut to facilitate on-site registration or extension of your child’s enrollment in a programme.

Nick has another great summer of social activities in the works. Coming together as a group is a great way to meet new people and share our love of the Lake. Plan to attend the Social on Saturday, August 2. Once again, a family-friendly format will be featured. The Sailors’ Dinner will take place on Saturday, August 30. This year a vegetarian and a lower-priced dinner option for young adults will be offered. Buy your tickets early to save money.

Weekend racing continues to be an important part of our Stony Lake heritage. Simplified fee categories will be apparent when you register. John Ryder is working to make the races more accessible to participants of all ages and skill levels by holding an adult race clinic, and holding periodic “debrief” sessions at the YC, post-race.

Together with the ASLC, SLYC is planning a number of infrastructure projects over the next several years in order to maintain our docks, property and heritage buildings. We are also working with the ASLC to identify operational activities that could be consolidated to improve efficiency and economy. As close neighbours, a unified approach will strengthen our two associations and our community on Juniper Island.

Finally, look for an on-line survey which will be sent out in the next 4 months. As part of the process of reviewing our Mission and Vision statements and our strategic direction, membership input will be vital. Your feedback is always welcome and can be directed to me or any of the Directors.

See you all soon!

 John Heine


Stony Lake Yacht Club