Greetings to all members.
We all may have mixed feelings about the seasonal changes in September: Ending the racing season and the lessons and activities at the Sailing Center, the waning of the crowds at the restaurant and the visiting boaters on the dock, the first few cold days and nights, and the return to school for kids and the fall sports seasons. We are still wary of the continued effects of the pandemic both health-wise and economically. As you may have experienced, our restaurant is not alone in a shortage of reliable workers.
There is still a lot of work that goes on to get our club thru the off season. Of course, October Saturdays will be busy with boat haul out and storage – make sure you sign-up, get your contract and insurance forms in, and show up for some work and camaraderie. We can fit a few more boats, so take advantage of good savings over marina prices.Also at the October member meeting, the nominated slate will be voted in and the new officers are already getting ready for the transition. The continued work of getting our finances in order is ongoing. We are planning on an installation event, always a major fall highlight the first week of November, maybe in a modified way. Stay tuned for more information.
As part of the mixed feelings, we celebrate some of our happy occurrences such as weddings and births, while we also deal with the loss of members, relatives, and friends. We are happy with a safe boating season and the continued success of our racing program – recently the Buccaneer National Championships 1st, 3rd, and 5thplaces. Way to go Ed, John, and Al!Also, the Last Race race from Waukegan on a very gusty day was won by Pat Perlman’s Derailer Buccaneer ahead of a Santa Cruz 52! Also placing well was Laura Studders Patriot followed up by We Jammin, Takedown-2, Azeria, Magic, and Joan Claire. Thanks to the KCSC for reviving the Pirate Party and to Meryl for making the harbor come alive with the new pedal ducks.
As I have sporadically done over the last 2 years, I need to again thank all the special, hard-working board and committees that make your club what it is: Board Members Flori Ventura and Dan Newman, Board Members and House Committee Jim Pappas and Jim Strouf, Secretary and Website manager Lee Rosenbaum, Treasurer Eric Routman. Special recognition goes to officers Deb Strouf and Joyce Rinehart who have kept the restaurant and club going by undertaking completely our Covid relief funding and staying on top of all things financial, restaurant, and event wise.Committees that have kept us alive and progressing include Events with Kathy Otto, John Weiss’s Racing with race committee Pete Thompson, Virginia Hartley’s work on the Galley Committee and Branding and Signage, and of course for so many, many, many years, Doug Vaccarello for all things historical, around the building, and running the dock and derrick. Can’t forget Jim, Betty and Paul, Meryl, and Bob for giving us a great educational partner in the KCSC and our restaurant manager Jen Miller for keeping going above and beyond. Apologies to those that I have missed or failed to name. There is such a great core of dedicated people that I can’t help but be positive about the direction of our club. Lets all contribute our share, support the club and restaurant thru out the year, and enjoy the activities, location, and camaraderie that make the KYC so special.
Ron Otto, Commodore