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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: Open
• Buildings and Grounds: Chris Ross & Tom Flynn
• Communications Director: Bruce Liese
• Harbor Master: Ricardo Oben
• Assistant Treasurer: Doug McCall
• Social Directors: Becky Stone and Steve Turner
• 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

Great wind and perfect weather combined to make this year’s 4th of July weekend fun and memorable for all; many thanks to Andrew Suddith & Alana Winner for hosting a well-attended Independence Day potluck featuring patriotic fare including hamburgers, hotdogs, corn, pies and cookies. Special thanks to the members that helped cook the meat, wash the dishes and take out the trash. The membership was treated to the traditional fireworks display staged in the lower lot; thank you to everyone that helped with cleaning the lot on Saturday morning with special recognition to Derek and Zachary Knoeferl for their efforts.

I am pleased to report that the Board of Governors has formally engaged breakwater manufacturer Summit Group, LLC of Fort Collins (CO) to construct, deliver and install a new wave attenuator (breakwater) system. Most of you have probably noticed by now that many of the old breakwater sections have been removed and temporarily placed near the old boat ramp located in the west end of the harbor. We have solicited bids from crane contractors for the removal of the old sections which will then be dismantled and removed. The new 378-foot long “WaveEater” system consists of a string of dimpled cylinders made of low-density linear polyethylene which are anchored in place by four 5,000 pound blocks and will stretch from the north end of the harbor entrance in a southeastern direction leaving a 90’ gap for boats to enter/exit the harbor near our rock breakwater light beacon. The entire unit costing just $55K is a fraction of the expense anticipated for alternative solutions. An identical WaveEater system has been in place and functioning for over 15 years at Tuttle Creek Reservoir near Manhattan. Delivery and installation is expected by the first or second week of August.

The inaugural PYC Youth Sailing camp was a smashing success with over a dozen students participating over two weekends in both beginner and intermediate courses. I must recognize and applaud Bruce Liese’s tireless efforts in organizing this terrific event which has introduced many young faces to the joy of sailing and promoted the strong sense of community at PYC. One student’s family has already joined the club as a result of the camp with several others expressing very strong interest.

The 2014 USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival is being held at Lake St. Louis the same weekend as the next Intermediate Youth Sailing Camp (July 18-20th). We are encouraging members with children ages 8-21 that are interested in competing to learn more about this event at: http://www.lakestlouissailing.com/josf/index.htm. The Board of Governors supports the use of club boats for these sanctioned events (in this instance, “Opti’s” and 420’s) and will arrange for transportation of the boats to the event. The club is not, however, responsible for making your individual reservations, registration, travel plans, etc. Depending on the number of members showing interest we may re-schedule the Intermediate Youth Sailing camp in order to shift resources accordingly.

Please mark your calendars for wildly popular Christmas In July party to be held on Saturday, July 26th. More information about the event will be posted on the site as the day approaches.

Ed Hockenberg
PYC Commodore
s/v Priorities