Happy 2019! While it is cold and not ideal boating weather, I expect we will have another exciting year at the Club! We will discuss the many opportunities for us to grow, change, and keep the good going at the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, January 12th. We will start the meeting with Club business (perhaps with a few drinks first). The Board of Directors are sponsoring the subsequent dinner, continuing last year’s tradition of Dave Brown’s famous tacos (and more!).
Looking into the new year, we will continue to build momentum for our sailing programs, as this is the core charter for our Club. The summer and fall Albacore sailing series look to be even bigger in 2019 with more boats and crews already on board. We will continue offering sailing lessons on weekends throughout the summer for Adults, and cruises will be available for any interested members and families. Junior Sailing Camp is already on the calendar for next summer thanks to Ginger and Clayton James. In August we will host the Virginia Governor’s Cup which draws boats from at least five states to compete on our beautiful river. Over the winter we will be repairing and cleaning the fleet, so, if you like working on boats, please reach out to our Fleet Captain Scot Titus; your help would be appreciated.
We have started to explore limited hunting on Club grounds. This project slowed as champion Tony Villani underwent surgery. Our grounds are already being used for hunting by non-members in the woods north of the property and along our waterfront. As a first step to control this, the Board approved obtaining a permit for a stationary Duck Blind which we will build on the east side of the boat ramp. This will block non-members from anchoring and hunting waterfowl along our entire waterfront. Plans to control deer hunting are still under review.
I am still looking for a volunteer with a passion for tennis to lead a project to rejuvenate our courts and perhaps return them to use for tennis lessons and competitions. This used to be a major activity for the Club and perhaps can be resurrected. This project will require some fundraising, as the courts need to be refinished and cleaned up.
In 2018, retiring Vice Commodore Craig Klein re-opened the investigation into what would be required to install a pool facility on our grounds. For the complete pool, including fencing and decks, we have estimated a cost of $100k, with additional funds required to upgrade and install more bathrooms and changing facilities. In short, this will be a serious decision for our Club, but, with limited swimming pool availability in Gloucester County, this may be a good way to drive new membership and revenue for our Club.
It has been an honor to serve as Commodore in 2018, and I’m looking forward to more in 2019! I wish each of you a prosperous New Year, and the same for our Club in 2019.