We are in the final countdown to boating season! There have been enough warm days that we are starting to anticipate the feeling of getting back on the water.
I offer my thanks to Erin and Jonathan Matthews for solo-hosting the Saint Patrick's Day social. We had a good crowd and the food was fantastic! All in attendance were treated to one of the most spectacular sunsets I have seen at the Club. It was a good reminder of our fantastic location and facility.
Brownie has reminded me that we have hosts for each event this year except for July 4th. The Club will provide the fireworks (thanks to Sharon and Jay McGlohn), so the rest should be easy! Please talk to Brownie if you are interested in helping with this social.
As a gentle reminder, please make sure to pay your annual dues if you have not already done so. Your dues are critical to support the social and boating programs we all love at the Club, and your timeliness is integral to making them a success!
Please mark your calendar for our upcoming Work Day to get the Club grounds and boats ready for the 2019 boating season. We are trying to lighten the load by spreading the work over two days this year. Our March 30th Work Day has already passed, so please mark your calendar for April 13th. We will keep it fairly short to keep it fun, and we will call it quits by 1:00 pm for a free lunch (grilled burgers and hot dogs) and beverages (adult and otherwise) for all participants!
There are several upcoming activities as we get ready for the new season. There will be an Albacore training session following the April 13th Work Day. If you own an Albacore or want to sail one of the Club's Albacores in this year's Summer Sailing Series, drop by to learn some boat tuning tricks. Last year's Summer Sailing Series was well attended; we are hoping to get even more participation this year! No previous experience is required. If you want to learn how to race sailboats, we will get you involved as crew, skipper, or race committee!
If you want to enjoy one of our bigger boats, Scott Titus is coordinating work days to prep Snags (our Catalina 27) and Wags (our Paceship 26). Scott is also working the final details on acquiring our third keelboat (an Irwin 25). Finally, I am looking for volunteers to help restore the Siren 17 recently donated by Tony Villani. Siren 17 is a sweet, shoal draft boat with a huge, comfortable cockpit for day sailing.
Summer is coming! See you all on April 13th to prepare!