The objects of the Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club shall be to encourage and promote interest in, as well as to foster the art and enjoyment of, the sport of sailing by providing the opportunity and means for the development of individual skill and knowledge, encouraging excellence in seamanship and navigation, and by providing participative events wherein these qualities can be exercised under the aegis of the LHYC burgee.
I can hardly believe it, but two years have flown by and this is my last Telltales! Iíve had a great time serving as Commodore and the position certainly had its perks...I was constantly full of pride with the accomplishments of our members, and for this I am thankful. It has truly been an honor. The job went very smoothly, mostly due to the help I have received along the way. To my wife and family, the various board members and flag officers thank you! Iíd also like to thank the membership as a whole for the support that has been exhibited by turning out at various functions and events these last two years, thank you. I leave the management of the club in very capable hands and of course Iíll still be around, although with a new e-mail address. Seeing as my LHYC address will be passed along, if anyone is looking for me Iíve set up, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Annual meeting is almost upon us, Wednesday, 1/11/06. Itís at Off the Wall restaurant, which means good food. Cocktails and dinner start at 6:30 PM and the meeting starts at 8:30 PM. This is always a fun time with some club business followed by the entertaining perpetuals for the year. This year will see a few more perpetuals added to the mix, so even if you canít make it for dinner come on down for the meeting, (flyer enclosed). If you canít make it at all, please fill out the proxy and return it so we will be able to meet the quorum.
Itís that time of year when skiing is king, so check out the flyer for the annual LHYC bus trip. We have moved the date in accordance with the survey taken, and it will be Saturday, 1/28/06. Catamount is the mountain of choice with bagels in the morning and sandwiches and sailing videos on the way back. Bring the whole family and/or crew.
The annual Holiday party was a big success. It was held at the Old Fields Inn and I was impressed with the steak, delicious! The timing was perfect, as the Greenlawn holiday parade was the same night and went by right out the window. All had a great time and good old St. Nick showed up, (sea boats and all), with a whole bag of toys. Not an easy feat after waving at everyone from the parade atop a hook and ladder truck.
Odds and Ends
The Yacht Racing Association is holding two seminars this winter/spring. Anyone interested in race management or primary race officer work should consider their Basic Race Management class on 2/11/06. Itís being hosted by American YC at 0800 and further details can be seen at their web site, yralis.org. Iíve taken this course and itís one of the best out there.
The YRA is also helping us prepare for the Newport Bermuda race and anyone else that might be going off shore. The biannual Safety at Sea seminar will be held on 4/8/06 and 4/9/06. It will be at he Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy and more details on this can also be seen at their web site.
In parting, Iíd like to leave you with a few quotes;
Ed Baird in an interview with US Sailing on the best example of sportsmanship he has ever seen. ďIím not recalling any one situation, perhaps thatís because Iíve seen so many. It seems that every day I race there is something you can point to as a worth act of sportsmanshipÖ (so) when I see good sportsmanship, I think of it as the norm. Itís a high-quality group of people we share the racecourse with, and I am lucky to be part of a sport where standards are high, and people meet them.Ē This is how I feel about LHYC events and members.
An old sailorís toast, ďMake not your sail too big for you ballast.Ē
See You Out There,