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PYC announces its first Sail Camp starting this summer - Campers and Instructors Wanted

We are very excited to announce PYC first Sail Camp beginning this season, 2014. This camp will be offered in four separate sessions during June and July. For more information and to learn how you can become a camper or instructor, click here.

Your 2014 PYC board

• Commodore: Ed Hockenberg
• Vice Commodore: Rich Wells
• Rear Commodore: Sean Kalic
• Secretary: Penny Morgan
• Treasurer: Terri Tilford
• Dock Master: Lee Cline
• Sail Education: Help Wanted - Inquire Within!
• Buildings and Grounds: Chris Ross & Tom Flynn
• Communications Director: Bruce Liese
• Harbor Master: Adam Switzer
• Assistant Treasurer: Doug McCall
• Social Director: Kelly Switzer
• Yearbook Editor: Bill Buckheit
• Past Commodore: Mij Frierson


John L. Gall (1936-2013)

John L. Gall (1936-2013)



Commodore's CornerEd Hockenberg, PYC Commodore

By Ed Hockenberg, s/v Priorities

Many thanks to the almost 70 people that made PYC’s opening work day a smashing success. We were blessed with fantastic weather and managed to complete a multitude of tasks and we even ran out of food. It was great to see some old familiar faces and greet both new and prospective members.

Members and guests will immediately notice landscaping improvements behind the clubhouse and to the “Perrydise” sailboat planter. The compass rose under the flagpole has a fresh coat of paint, the playground has been partially re-built and the clubhouse has been readied for the season. In the coming weeks you’ll see further improvements to the gravel roads, committee boat, back storage lot and our wayward breakwater.

I’ll take this opportunity to thank Adam and Kelly Switzer for their dedicated service to the club as Harbor Master and Social Director, respectively. Adam has accepted a new district sales manager position with BASF which has necessitated a move to Iowa; please join me in congratulating Adam on his new opportunity and in expressing our gratitude for their dedication to PYC.

I am very pleased to report that the husband and wife team of Steve and Becky Stone have volunteered to fill the open Social Director Board position vacated by Kelly. Steve and Becky jumped right in to assist with the club opening festivities and are anxious to kick-off the social calendar. On behalf of Becky and Steve I would strongly encourage everyone to review the social calendar and volunteer to host a party. Party hosts work with the Social Director to advertise the event, establish a budget for decorations and accessories, help to set-up and breakdown the event and organize the festivities. The experience is intended to be fun and creative, not difficult. Please contact Becky directly if you would like to host a party.

Richard “Ricardo” Oben has graciously offered to fulfill Adam’s remaining term as Harbor Master in addition to already spearheading this year’s Commodore’s Cup weekend activities. Ricardo has asked that any interested individuals willing to assist in any capacity with Commodore’s Cup contact him directly (Richard@northracecars.com). Every member of PYC possesses certain skills which can benefit the club’s signature event; please contact Ricardo to see how you can help.

Several existing and prospective members have expressed interest in the Butterfly sailboat presently parked near Leone’s Landing and which was one of two donated to PYC last year. The other was auctioned off during the Commodore’s Cup last fall with the proceeds going to the Junior Sailing program. The Butterfly boat is 12’ long and comes with a trailer; it is an open-style scow boat with dagger board that is ideal for both beginners and experienced sailors. The main sail and hardware are in good condition but the wooden dagger board is splitting at the bottom and likely needs to be replaced. If you are interested in purchasing the Butterfly boat please contact me in writing via e-mail at Edward.Hockenberg@UMB.com. The Butterfly which was auctioned last year generated $400 in proceeds. The board will review offers submitted by April 31st and sell to the highest bidder with proceeds once again benefitting youth sailing.

The deadline is quickly approaching for members that have failed to remit final dues payments which were expected at the end of March. Members that fail to send payment in by the end of April will not be included in the 2014 Windjammer yearbook. More importantly, those that have not paid their remaining balance are considered delinquent and have effectively renounced their membership. The club depends entirely upon the dues of our members in order to operate; please send in your dues as soon as possible.

The lake level today is 891.95, almost 6 inches above normal pool. This is an exciting time of year as the harbor begins to fill with sailboats and the clubhouse begins to buzz with activity. See you at PYC soon!

Ed Hockenberg
PYC Commodore
s/v Priorities