Commodore’s Corner – June 2017
Commodore Chris Ross
Back from the Costa Rican Rainforest...
Amazing coffee, parrots, monkeys, snakes and bugs as big as your head. Yes the Ross family survived our latest adventure. Nathan photographed the whole thing and we retrieved Kat who was lost for 4 months in the Cloud Forests of Monte Verde, nearly got eaten by a puma and will be teaching young sailors at PYC this weekend.
Speaking of this weekend, sailing season is happen’n...Feel the Rhythm, Feel the Rhyme get on up its sailing time! Reggae, Sail Camp, High School Regatta’s, Keel boat racing and more...
Welcome to all our guests
Each year we pick up new members who discover Perry Yacht Club through Sail Camp, Youth Sailing activities or one of our KC Sailing ASA Classes. This year we have also invited interested sailors from Perry Yacht (The Dam) & Rock Creek Marinas to visit the club and see what they are missing. So if you see someone you don’t know say hello, introduce yourself and welcome them to Perry Yacht Club! (Great news - a few have already decided to stay and are finding slips in the harbor)
Have you noticed the new 420’s! The Kansas Youth Sailing Foundation recently raised $20k and purchased 6 boats from Fordham University in New York. Combined with our existing boats we now have a fleet to support our growing youth and college sailing programs. The Foundation is doing great things with the leadership of PYC members Ted Lischer and Tim Kelley. Thanks also to the other PYC member volunteers who helped with this effort. There were many.
You may also have noticed the blue C&C 26 “Martha Elizabeth” is sailing again. The Miller family donated the boat to PYC and wanted it to be used for sail education and to promote the growth of sailing. I’ve appointed a committee that has been working hard to get it ready and to create a program for its safe use and maintenance. This year our existing PYC programs like Sailing Sisters & Sea Scouts will start the program and are working with the BOG to build a Sail Share program that will attract new members to PYC in the future. When you see Martha at the club thank her. We know Jeff would be proud.
Party Dock Thank You / Spirit of PYC
Speaking of thanks there are some big thank you’s that need to go out to all the members that jumped in to help repair Party Dock. For those of you that weren’t around Saturday morning May 27th, we had a bit of a blow. Some big winds broke loose the North end of Party dock and all the boats slipped there and swung them into the end of Boardwalk. True to form and in the Spirit of PYC the dock was returned and repaired minimizing damage to both the docks and boats. If anyone is a gel coat specialist you might talk to Bob Thackery and Wendell Bronson who have a few minor dings.
Sailing traditions like no other...
I started sailing on Perry Lake in the 80’s when I was a teenager at Boy Scout Camp Jayhawk across the Long Arm near Apple Valley and we have PYC sailors that were plying these muddy waters well before I. Some of those Blue Finners gather together in a tribal ritual each year called Boys Week. Don’t be alarmed. They’re mostly harmless, sip boat drinks and hang out on Hobie Cats at the beach dreaming of days of glory ripping it up like Oracle in Bermuda!
Breakfast with the Board
Don’t miss our once a month coffee talk and nosh with your Board of Governors. This is your time to share thoughts and ask questions about the future of your Perry Yacht Club. Your friends, neighbors and fellow yacht clubbers are busy with all kinds of things to continue to make PYC a special place for sailors and unique from all those “boat parking lots” so join in on the fun.
Safety & Curtesy
Other than minor repairs and general maintenance all work at the docks must be approved by our Property Manager, Gary Templeton. Gary sent us all a reminder note recently about some of those items like dock corners, boxes, etc. It should be obvious but painting, spray painting and similar activities are not allowed by PYC or the Corps of Engineers over the water. Please respect club property and your neighbors around you. If in doubt ask a Board Member.
Curtesy in the Campground - as the club grows we are experiencing a bloom of campers in the campground. The demography is not what some might expect. We have equal numbers of Slip & Dry Sailors that choose to camp and only a couple of new members that don’t yet have boats. We are working on that. Regardless be thoughtful when choosing a spot and allow space for others to pull in and fill the gaps. Also please try to park on the gravel pads and if you have multiple cars at the club please park those in one of the lower gravel parking lots.
Fire Rings – have been sprouting up around the club. They pose a safety hazard, a maintenance problem and are not allowed other than one of the 5 approved PYC Fire Rings. All others will be removed by the Property Management Team.
Leona’s Landing BBQ Pit
North Harbor Road
Care Taker’s House (metal fire pit enclosure)
North end of Sand Beach
Swim at your own Risk – you will notice some new signs popping up around the club. You should be aware that swimming in any boat harbor and around boat docks is always a risk with trip hazards, sharp objects, submerged structures, moving boats, boat motors and electrical systems. The safest area to swim at the club is off the sand beach. Educate yourself about the potential hazards anywhere you swim.
Have fun, be safe and I'll see you at Perry Yacht Club and on the water!
PYC Executive Board meeting, June 1 Youth Sail Camp 1, June 9-11
Keel Boat PHRF, June 10
High School Summer Regatta, June 10 Reggae Party, June 10
Breakfast with the Board, June 11
Boys Week, June 15-25
PYC Board of Governor’s meeting, June 15
Sailing Sister / Gap & Back, June 17
Father’s Day, June 18
Beer Can Races, June 22 / 6:30pm skippers
Keel Boat PHRF, June 24
Louis Vuitton Semi Final Challenger Playoffs, June 4-9 Louis Vuitton Final Challenger Playoffs, June 10-12 America’s Cup Match, June 17-27
Fire Cracker Regatta, July 1-3
Commodore’s Corner – April 2017
The 2017 season is underway…
|Commodore Chris Ross
Mobile: +1 913 220 6634
Wow, over 120 sailors participated in Club Opening which is a record, congratulations! Balmy warm breezes, blue bird summer skies and pulled pork on the smoker made for a wonderful day at Perry Yacht Club. Thank you all for the work we accomplished. The Docks, Clubhouse and Grounds look incredible and are second to none.
Each of us are Member Owners of the club and I know that each of you take pride in helping to make Perry Yacht Club your home. We recognize that difference, value and know that PYC is a special place. It doesn’t go unnoticed and others in the sailing community see it too. Please do your part to spread the word by inviting your friends, family and neighbors to come out for a visit. Also encourage people that you meet who are interested in sailing to contact us, fill out an application form, stop in for a tour of the club and check out our Website and Facebook pages.
Perry Yacht Club is growing with over 400 members and new families joining each month. Please welcome our newest PYC Members…
Russell & Lisa Marie Benke
Cory & Tara Boyle
Matthew & Beth Carolan
Keith & Richelle Derks
Mike & Kathy Gerstner
Rick & Ruan Hartis
Dave & Lynn Irvin
Chris & Cindi Thomas
You’ve got Mail: Membership Cards will be mailed out soon to all that have paid your dues. For the rest, you’re late and payment is appreciated so that we can cover our annual operation costs. The 2016 gate code will no longer work after May 1. Also in your email you should see a PYC Membership Survey from Survey Monkey. The 3 questions are crafted to raise questions about how we might change our membership structure in the future to accommodate the changes that are occurring in the club and keep us on a track to strengthen and grow the club.
New this Year: Each month throughout the summer your Board of Governors will host a Sunday Meet the Board Breakfast at the clubhouse. Come grab a coffee, bagel and maybe a pancake. Share your ideas, ask questions and hear the latest from your club officers. You may also notice a few additions around the club like a new motor on the race committee boat, new tractor tires, a new phone and wifi system, the weather station is fixed and linked to Weather Underground, new lighting, gravel on the campground pads, repaired hand rails, improved walkway floatation and more on the way. If you see something or are aware of anything going on at the club that should be addressed please share with a Board Member and we will do our best to respond.
Look ahead at your Calendars:
Youth Sail Camp, registration is open
Sailing Sisters, April 29
Cinco de Mayo Party / tune up races, May 6
Meet the Board Breakfast, May 7
Keel Boat Series Starts, May 20
Memorial Day Party / Round Perry, May 27
Upcoming Sailing Sisters Events
Ahoy Ladies of PYC a/k/a Sailing Sisters! I see that there is a storm brewing for this Saturday, winds gusting up to 30 mph & 100% chance of rain. With temperatures only hitting 49, rain and gusty winds, it doesn't sound like a pleasant day to meet at the club house. I know you can't sail the forecast, but it doesn't look encouraging, so we are cancelling for this Saturday.
So, with that said, how about the next weekend - May 6th? The forecast is "Mostly sunny, 75 and winds SSE 15-25 mph - perfect! Same time and place, 11:00 at the clubhouse. Then stay for our "Seis de Mayo PYC" later that day. It will be a fun day ending with the "First Official Party of 2017!". So, if you haven't RSVP'd for the party, please go to the website: http://perryyachtclub.com/index.php/the-club/calendar-of-events/social-event/new-member-potluck
Won't see you this Saturday, but we will hopefully see you next Saturday, 5/6th :)
With the warm weather that we have been teased with the past few days, it reminds me that we are getting very close to club opening and another great sailing season!!! Several of you weren't able to make the Feb. 11th meeting to plan activities, and, work on some sailing knowledge. I've attached an article on Identifying the Points of Sail, and a Points of Sail diagram. Hope that helps!
Another fun tool is ASA's app, Sailing Challenge. I have this and it is fun and interesting to test my knowledge and skills. Now, just a few more weeks and I put into practice what I have been "playing". You might want to check this out to see if you think it would be a fun and helpful tool for you as well :)
So what's our next event? We have the Winter Meeting on Saturday, March 4th where we can recruit more ladies to get involved with Sailing Sisters. After that, here's the tentative plan. Tentative, because you never know what the weather (or wind) will be :)
April 29th - Gathering at the Club House (time still to be announced), to get ready for the season, & even, if you like, get checked out on one of the PYC Club boats, like "She Worthy".
June 17th - Sailing Sisters participating on a couple of boats in the "Cruisers to the Gap and Back" fun sail. Recruit your crew, come up with a "theme" for you crew and boat, and have fun! I plan on kicking David off Sirocco & filling our boat with ladies :)
July 29th - Sailing Sisters Hobie Beach Sail at noon. We will launch from the PYC beach in our PYC club Hobies and any other multi hull that we can commandeer.
Aug. 26th - Sailing Sisters Sail/floatilla/swim on any vessel of choice (multi hull or mono hull)
More details to come on each of the scheduled dates and any other ideas that you may have to get more ladies out there sailing with us.
Thank you & see you on the 4th!
Commodore’s Corner – March 2017
Commodore Chris Ross
+1 913 220 6634
Welcome Back to Perry Yacht Club! It’s time to dust off the gear and get back out to the lake with your sailing friends. Be sure to update your calendars with all the parties and events of the year. You know where to find them www.perryyachtclub.com. Please also get in the habit of logging in your RSVP for those events so we can prepare for all the attendees. It has been about a year since we launched the new website and we want it to be user friendly so if you are having difficulties finding information or if you have recommendations for improvements please share them.
Perry Yacht Club & Kansas City Sailing teach kids to sail in one weekend so sign up your kids, grandkids, friends kids, neighbors and pets.
Sail Camp will be held 3 times this year June 9-11, July 7-9 and August 4-6. For all the rest we have Beach Cats, Sea Scouts, High School sailing, Collegiate sailing, Sailing Sisters and numerous Adult sailing programs. You can find it all at PYC so invite all those new and want to be sailors to check us out!
Opening Day is Saturday April 8th. Kick off of the season will be continental breakfast at the Clubhouse early and a 9am start to the work day that will include everything from opening up the clubhouse to planting flowers and dock repairs. We are all Owners and Members of Perry Yacht Club so join in on the fun and save the afternoon for your personal boat activities. We will break around 1pm to share lunch and the fellowship of friends and family. Gary Templeton is working hard to organize the activities of the day. If you are aware of anything that needs repaired or done at the club please let us know ahead of time so that we can have the materials, tools and appropriate work crews assigned.
Membership Dues & Registration were to be received by March 1. Thank you to the 100 or so families that have turned in your registrations. Your annual dues are the sole source of income to sustain annual operations at Perry Yacht Club. At the Membership Meeting last Saturday we approved a $250,000 budget for this coming year. These graphics show the distribution of those funds.
New 2017 Perry Yacht Club Membership Cards will be mailed out to all paid members around the first week of April. They will include the new 2017 Gate Code so that you have access to club property and will include the PYC Yacht Club of America User ID & Password so that you have reciprocity at other yacht clubs across the country. As new paid members join PYC additional cards will be mailed out monthly after April.
The old 2016 Gate Code will be deleted and will not open the gate after May 1.
Christopher D. Ross
Perry Yacht Club®
8369 Yacht Club Drive
Meriden, KS 66512 | USA
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