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2009 Spring Dinner

Join us at The Gloucester House for Sandy Bay Yacht Club’s 2009 Annual Spring Dinner

Saturday, May 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

Details and reservation form here.

Posted on March 27th, 2009 by Administrator in General News,Social Committee


2009 Spring Newsletter

The 2009 Spring Newsletter is now available here.

Posted on March 19th, 2009 by Administrator in General News


Andrew Stanton Wins Academy Award

SBYC member Andrew Stanton has won an Academy Award for his film WALL-E, which he wrote and directed. This is Andrew’s second Academy Award, the first for writing and directing the Pixar film Finding Nemo.

Congratulations Andrew!

 

Posted on March 1st, 2009 by Administrator in General News


Charlie Clark named U.S. Sailing’s Sailor of the Week

U.S. Sailing has just named Charlie Clark "Sailor of the Week" for December 10-16, 2008. Congratulations Charlie! You can read the article here.

Posted on December 22nd, 2008 by Administrator in General News


Need a cookbook for a gift??

SBYC Cookbook

Call Pam Prichard 978-546-1099 or e-mail pfjac@aol.com

The price is $7.00  I will also send your request for $9.00 to cover the envelope and postage.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Posted on December 3rd, 2008 by Administrator in General News


Online Store Open Until December 1

We have a new online holiday store open until December 1. Working with Jungle, Inc. of Ipswich, we have selected a few items to sell which will be shipped to you by Christmas.

Begin your Christmas shopping by going to our online store here!

Posted on November 12th, 2008 by Administrator in General News


2008 Fall Newsletter

This past summer was the busiest one I have ever seen at the club. Racing was very active, the Thursday evening programs were very popular and we had a full social season. On top of all this, SBYC hosted the Mass Bay Junior Olympics. Sandy Bay Yacht Club is such a special place because of the members and the willingness of so many to volunteer in so many ways. The staff is excellent and dedicated to making the club an enjoyable place to be. With Ron beginning his 20th year in 2009 as manager of the club, he is a key part of SBYC and has it running like a top. Jen Doyle has done an outstanding job in re-energizing the sailing program and will be returning next season.

The finances of the club are very strong, however there are always upgrades that need to be done as well as surprise repairs that need to take place. The board is very diligent and we will be working through the winter to get ready for next summer. It will be here before you know it (I hope).

I wish all the members a healthy and enjoyable holiday season and a happy New Year.

Stephen G. Fritch, Commodore

Treasurer – The club finances continue to be in excellent shape and will improve even more by year’s end, barring any major surprises. Our expenditures continue to run about 3% below expectations and our revenues are running 8% above expectations. Our reserves are healthy and we should add to that figure with this year’s anticipated operating surplus. In all, smooth sailing.

Frank Hassler

House Committee – The summer season ended with the facilities and equipment in good shape going forward thanks to the efforts of several club members, the launch operators, and Ron. Taking the floats out of the water at Granite Pier was once again a successful team effort in early October.

The small hoist was rehabbed this summer and is once again up and running for hauling and launching small boats.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the Club store on Sunday mornings.

We are currently prioritizing projects for 2009. Projects on the horizon include new lighting in the club house, new sliders upstairs, and window replacement downstairs. We continue to rely on the expertise and talent of our members to plan and complete many of these projects.

Please contact me with suggestions about any House Committee projects. I hope to see you all at Work Day in May!

Story Reed House Committee, Chair

Development and Planning – The Thursday Talks have gone well with full houses, and new insights. The talks started on a Saturday morning in June with the Weather Seminar given by Chief Forecaster Hayden Frank from NOAA. This was followed by Bill Lee’s new Ocean Odyssey, showing excellent views of the ocean floor of Sandy Bay and offering Bill’s experienced and knowledgeable insight on changes in our marine environment. And on the eve of the Ned Hay Memorial Races visiting Star sailors joined our SBYC sailors for a lively and engrossing talk from Jud Smith on racing strategy and tactics. Tom Hoerner’s talk on his and Becky Hoerner’s medical mission work in Cambodia was fascinating with his depiction of the medical needs there as well as the cultural aspects of their trip. Knot night wound up the talk season with some great practical learning and much fun with many knot gurus led by Bill Lee, Bob Smith, Scott and Debby Hale, Jim Kubik, Story Reed, Norma Brettell, and John Harper. Your interest and support has been great, and I am grateful to our hosts who have contributed refreshments and help: Beth Ingram, Betsy Witteman, Bob Smith, Anne Kubik, Mason Brown, Margot Hintlian, Norma Brettell, and Deb Safford. Also, keep in mind next winter we will be doing some fundraising for the SSP new boats; if you want to get a jumpstart on a tax deductible donation in any amount now before year end it would be greatly appreciated. We will be lining up talks for next season and welcome your suggestions.

Liz Kubik

Social Committee – Thanks to everyone for a great social season at SBYC! We were very excited to have such a great turn out at all of this year’s social events. Our Hawaiian Luau was so much fun and everyone really seemed to get into the theme. Even our October Italian Dinner was packed – we were cozy, but it was great! We’re just not ready for summer to be over, but sadly, it is, and a new social season is right around the corner. We’ve already begun planning for next year and strategizing on how to make more room to accommodate all the people who want to attend the events, especially late in the season when outdoor seating is more difficult. Look for more themed events, and who knows – maybe even a winter dinner! We’re well on the way to planning the Spring Dinner – stay tuned for news on where it will be! And don’t forget to join us on December 20th for an Open House at the club following the Christmas Pageant! Dress warm and feel free to bring an appetizer dish to share.

See you soon!

Katy Fritch & Karen Ouellette

Membership Committee – The Membership Committee had a productive and enjoyable summer. We all worked hard to make our new members feel welcome – in particular, once again, Dana Jorgensson did a great job sending frequent emails to keep them informed of activities and events at the Club.

This summer we again hosted two "Casual Fridays" for new members. Initiated by the Committee two years ago, the get-togethers give new members a chance to meet members of the Board of Governors, the Harbormasters, the Club staff and the Membership Committee. Both were well attended and were a great opportunity to socialize and get to know each other.

For the second year in a row the Club had a net gain in membership – while it was only by one person, it is still a welcome change from each of the previous four years in which there was an average loss of 30 members. It’s also noteworthy that far fewer senior members resigned or were dropped for non-payment of dues during the past two years than in any of the previous 20 years (with the exception of 2004). This is an excellent indicator that the last two years’ social activities, evening lectures and racing events have been quite successful in bringing the Club together and making it a more enjoyable experience. Congratulations to all those responsible!

We are all looking forward to the 2009 season, and welcome ideas or comments from all SBYC members. Have a great winter – we look forward to seeing you in the Spring!

Ken Kaiser, Chairman, Lia Farel, Nancy Haas, Dana Jorgensson, Betsy Levick, Marilyn Thompson, Bob Visnick

SSP Oversight Committee – I would like to start by thanking everyone on the committee. Charlie Clark for all his amazing help, guidance and work. And the JO’s!!! Margot Hintlian for always being available and a huge help with budget and other money work. Rebecca Hoerner and our newest committee members, John Safford and Shelley Vassallo.

And a huge thank you to Jen Doyle for running an exceptional program this past summer. I heard so many positive comments from parents and students. We look forward to Jen returning for the summer of 2009 with even more new and fun ideas to grow the program forward.

Most of the instructors will also return next year. The successful Junior Instructor program has two graduating into full-time instructors. I applaud all of the instructors’ hard work and guidance to the young sailors of Sandy Bay. They had to be creative this past summer as many a class was spent at the Club… Playing games, tying knots, watching movies, playing even more games.

Housing went smoothly after finally finding suitable, well somewhat suitable housing. Darby has asked if we might be able to find her housing in someone’s home for next season. She would like to be in a family-friendly atmosphere. So if anyone would like to volunteer to take in a coach for next summer please see myself or Charlie.

The Opti race team did an amazing job this past summer. Many of the Opti race team purchased their own boat and sails. This makes going to regattas much more available. The team looked quite spiffy in their official Sandy Bay Race Team rash guards. We encourage the new race team members to think about purchasing a boat for the coming season. John Safford will be putting together information on sites that sell used opti’s and equipment. It is an investment that can be sold off to another race team member when the sailors grow into a 420 for not much of a financial loss overall.

The 420 race team also did quite well this season. The team designed a sweatshirt which they wore proudly at the Junior Olympics.

Next summer Jen has some other ideas to change out the program. Her changes this summer worked out extremely well as she introduced two intro-to-race classes as well as adventure sail and expedition sail, formerly the "cruising" classes, but with more learning. We will keep everyone informed to the changes and ideas she has proposed. For now she is back to school for year two as a teacher.

Again, thank you to all who helped out as POD’s, transportation, potluck cooks and so much more!!! Also I can’t end the season with out a special thank you to Ron Petoff, who has helped tirelessly on so many projects, regattas, race results, ordering parts and supplies, licking envelopes and stamps, putting in the "swim" ladder on the opti float… So much work, so very much appreciated!!! Thank you Ron!!!

Beth Leahy

Sailing Program – As the days get colder and our daylight continues to disappear, I wish for the summer to come back! I hope everyone is having a nice fall and school is off to a successful start for all the junior sailors as well as our instructors.

Summer 2008 was a great season. This year I really felt part of the Sandy Bay Yacht Club family. It is the atmosphere of family that makes Sandy Bay such a unique and wonderful club. As host to the Mass Bay Junior Olympics, we had close to 300 sailors participating in this event. We could not have put on an event such as this without the extended help of so many members. The Junior Sailing Program thanks all of those who helped us not just during the 4 days of the event but during the weeks and months leading up to the event as well. It was just amazing to see the support and enthusiasm we had. This support is a testament to the Sandy Bay Yacht Club and its members both junior and senior.

OptiRaceTeam2008.JPGThe Junior Olympics, although it was our largest regatta, was just one of the many events we had this summer. We also hosted the Linda Wieditz Opti Regatta, the Tim Baker Regatta, and many club events. The Junior Yacht Club commodores also led a very active social schedule this summer which was fun. Amelia and Alexa will both be returning for a second year. We had made some changes to the program last year in terms of class description and schedule and the general feedback I received from parents, sailors, and families, was positive. We will continue to work towards making the sailing program the best it can be.

Currently we have a very strong optimist program and are looking into the possibility of expanding the program slightly to reflect the needs of our sailors. It is an exciting time at Sandy Bay. Stayed tuned as the year progresses!

 

We hope to see many returning faces next summer as well as many new faces.

Have a great year. Stay warm.

Jen Doyle

Junior Yacht Club – The junior yacht club with co-commodores Alexa Jorgensson and Amelia Quinn had a very busy summer of 2008. They started the season with a float in the 4th of July parade. On the third they had junior members decorate an Opti while enjoying some pizza. They would very much like to thank Bob Jorgensson for driving the float in the parade.

Other events included a July and August beach cookout at Cape Hedge. Both events were well attended. The juniors played games, swam and feasted on hotdogs and hamburgers hot off the grill. Thank you to the many volunteers who helped cook, serve and clean up… all with smiles watching a full moon rise up out of the ocean. Not a bad place to spend an evening.

The commodores decided it was time to bring back dances to Sandy Bay, so the Juniors danced to the tunes of a DJ on a hot summer night. Those who came said how much fun the night was. Again thank you to the many volunteers who chaperoned the event. The Commodores hope to have another dance next summer.

Another fun and new event was the Talent Show. The Junior members, instructors and launch drivers participated with interesting talent. There were skits, music, gum chewing, juggling, skateboard tricks, and so much more. The event brought out many senior members and parents. This may become a fixture for the juniors in years to come. A movie night was held with popcorn and goodies. This too was a wonderful way to utilize the Club for the junior members.

The Labor Day games and races were the final event for the Junior Yacht Club which included a rowing race, a creative boat race, candy hunt and watermelon eating contest for all ages. The day was a huge success with everyone having much fun and many laughs.

The new t-shirts were sold throughout the summer raising the money needed to have all the above events. Thank you to everyone who purchased a t-shirt. We will have more on sale for next summer.

A final thank you to Ron Petoff and Jen Doyle for all their help and guidance. We could not have done all we did without them. We also would like to thank Beth Leahy for all her help. Please check out the photos on the website to see some pictures of the fun we all had this past summer.

Alexa and Amelia will return next summer as co-commodores. It will be an even better summer of events with the two having already experienced all the duties this past summer. Hope everyone has a safe winter and we will see you next spring.

Amelia Quinn and Alexa Jorgensson

Website – Please check the website often as we will be opening our first-ever online store in advance of the Holidays. The store will be open for a finite period of time, most likely three weeks, and then all merchandise will be shipped in December. Stay tuned for dates and more details!

Please enjoy the 2008 Fall On-Line Newsletter. Also, check out the photos from the 2008 season.

Story Reed

Rockport Harbor Department – The 2008 season has successfully come to a close at the Sandy Bay Yacht Club thanks to all the members who participate in the club’s activities, from racing on the weekends to rocking on the deck.

The Rockport Harbor Department and Sandy Bay Yacht Club’s year ended on a high note with the visit of the Navy frigate USS John L. Hall in mid-October. Although the ship had a weather-shortened visit, it was once again great to see a Navy ship anchored in Sandy Bay. The Navy personnel enjoyed the hospitality and use of the club which was left open for their use for the entire visit. The sailors of the USS John L. Hall will be talking about their experiences in Rockport for years to come!

Rockport Harbormasters Rosemary Lesch, Scott Story, Ron Petoff and Story Reed

Posted on November 6th, 2008 by Administrator in General News


2008 End of Season Dinner

Don’t miss the last dinner of the season! Our Italian dinner is scheduled for Saturday, October 18th at the club – see the flyer here.  Social at 6 p.m. (BYOB, setups provided) and dinner at 7 p.m., catered by Periwinkles!

Sign up at the club or email Katy Fritch at kmcgrath@chartertrust.com

See you there!

Posted on October 3rd, 2008 by Administrator in Social Committee


SBYC is in an ALL CLEAR CONDITION

The SBYC Storm Committee has declared the club to be in an ALL CLEAR CONDITION with respect to Tropical Storm Hanna.

This means that all club operations are back to normal and scheduled events will be held. Racing will resume, subject to conditions at the normal harbor start time (1:15 PM) when, as usual, the PRO will decide whether to race or not.

Posted on September 7th, 2008 by Administrator in General News


SBYC is in a Storm PREPARATION CONDITION

The SBYC Storm Committee has declared the club to be in a PREPARATION CONDITION with respect to Tropical Storm Hanna.

This means that boat owners with boats on the dock should be prepared to remove their boats from the club premises if it becomes necessary. You are not required to move your boat now, just to be ready to do so at a moment’s notice.

It is highly recommended that boat owners with boats on moorings be prepared to haul their boats and remove them from the club premises.

This also means that all racing activities scheduled for the next 72 hours are postponed until the club returns to an ALL CLEAR Condition.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

Fleet Captains – You must make contact with all of your boat owners and confirm that they are aware of the situation and have plans in place that can be executed if a DANGER Condition is declared. If you are not able to reach someone or otherwise confirm their plans, you must report this to the Fleet Captain, Jake Fiumara (jacobfiumara@gmail.com).

Boat Owners – If your boat is on the dock, you must make arrangements for relocating your boat that can be executed immediately if a DANGER Condition is declared. If your boat is on a mooring, you are encouraged to make arrangements for hauling and relocating your boat if a DANGER Condition is declared. All boat owners should contact your fleet captain to confirm that you are prepared.

The complete Hurricane/Storm Policy can be found in the club’s Policy Book

On a further note, boat owners should also be aware that the cranes will be unavailable from Friday September 12 through Sunday September 14.

Posted on September 4th, 2008 by Administrator in General News


New Members’ Social

The Membership Committee invites all new members of the club who joined in 2007 and 2008 to join the Committee on the porch this Friday, June 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for this season’s only "Casual Friday".  Beverages and hors d’oeurves will be available.  Members from the Board of Governors, our Club Manager and his staff, our Adult Sailing Liaison and representatives from the fleets will all be at the ready to answer any questions you may have.  They’ll also explain volunteer opportunities and this season’s many activities to help you to enjoy your membership to the fullest.  The Rockport Harbormasters will try to attend as duty permits.
 
For more info, call Dana at 978-546-9750.

Posted on June 17th, 2008 by Administrator in General News,Social Committee


Pat Stadel Rules Seminar June 8th

Pat Stadel returns to SBYC for her annual rules seminar on Sunday, June 8th right after the coffee hour. Come hear Pat discuss the ins and outs of starts, mark roundings, and other situations when boats meet on the race course.

Posted on May 24th, 2008 by jim_lidington in General News,Racing


Hilary Smart Regatta this Weekend!

The Hilary Smart Regatta kicks off the 2008 racing season this Memorial Day weekend with three days of racing. So bring your boat down and shake off the winter doldrums!

Skippers meeting is at noon, harbor start is at 1:15, and the first gun is at 2:15. See you on the water!

 

Posted on May 22nd, 2008 by jim_lidington in General News,Racing


In Depth Weather Seminar

WEATHER  INFO YOU CAN USE – SATURDAY,  JUNE 7, 9:30-11:30 A.M.

BOB THOMPSON,  Meteorologist in charge of Southern New England National Weather Service Forecast Office, will describe observed and forecast weather information available with a live internet demonstration,  and explain it . He will go beyond the NOAA site info and discuss the dominance between gradient breeze and thermal sea breeze in Sandy Bay as well as wind velocity and shifts and other key factors any sailor and racer will find useful  and transforming! Your chance to ask questions from an expert. 

Posted on May 17th, 2008 by Administrator in General News


Annual Work Day Postponed

Due to a forecast of inclement weather, our annual volunteer work day, scheduled for Saturday, May 10, has been postponed to Saturday, May 17. Hopefully the weather will be better then!

Posted on May 8th, 2008 by Administrator in General News,House Committee


Housing Needed For 2 Sailing Instructors

The Sailing Program is looking to find housing for two sailing instructors/coaches for the summer season 2008. We would need an apartment or house from June 16th through August 23rd to rent. Furnished would be great. If you have anything that may be available or know someone who might have something, please email or call Beth Leahy at elizleahy@joimail.com, 978-546-6571.

Posted on May 8th, 2008 by Administrator in General News,Sailing Program


Paxton family buys Rockport, renames it to Sitka, and moves the town to Alaska

Sandra_and_Ryan.jpgWell, not really. A large part of "The Proposal", a Disney film starring Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen, Betty White and Malin Akerman, was filmed in Rockport. The Disney Co. transformed Dock Square and parts of downtown and the harbor into the Alaskan seaport village of Sitka.

"The Proposal" tells the story of a high-powered publishing executive, played by Bullock, with an expired visa who is trying to avoid deportation to Canada by convincing her assistant, played by Reynolds, to marry her.

 

In the movie, the Paxton family seems to own nearly every business in Sitka. The movie should hit theaters by September 2009.

Have a look at several photos showing the transformation of Rockport, the film crew working on T Wharf, and also rigging up the camera boat at SBYC. Skip Montello also has some photos, which he made into a video slideshow.

Posted on April 20th, 2008 by Administrator in General News


New Email Newsletter

Members of Sandy Bay Yacht Club whose email addresses are in our database have recently received our new email newsletter, providing timely news and notices about the Club. If you did not receive this email and wish to subscribe, go to the subscription page here.

We have created two email lists: "Sandy Bay Yacht Club Notices" and "SBYC Junior Sailing Program Notices". You can subscribe to either list or both.

You can always cancel if you don’t wish to receive further emails… look at the bottom of the email, where you will find a link to unsubscribe and opt out of future mailings.

Posted on March 29th, 2008 by Administrator in General News


2008 Spring Newsletter

SBYC’s 2008 Spring Newsletter is now available here. Have a look… it’s shaping up to be a very active summer with a wide variety of social events and a very busy regatta schedule!

Posted on March 28th, 2008 by Administrator in General News


2008 Spring Dinner

Sandy Bay Yacht Club’s 2008 Annual Spring Dinner will be on Friday, May 9 at Woodman’s in Essex. For more information and to make reservations, have a look at the Flyer. The Flyer will also be sent out to members in a few days as an insert to the annual dues statement.

Posted on March 28th, 2008 by Administrator in Social Committee


2008 Junior Sailing Program Brochure

The 2008 Junior Sailing Program Brochure and Forms are now available on the "How to Register" page here. Note that most classes have been restructured and also have new class times.

There are also several new classes… you can see class descriptions and times here.

Students who took sailing lessons last year are on our mailing list and will receive a brochure in the mail once they are printed.

Posted on March 18th, 2008 by Administrator in Sailing Program


2007 Fall Newsletter

2007 Fall Newsletter

Farewell to Hurricane Noel and am I glad we didn’t get to know her any better than we did!  With mid-November approaching, it appears that we have made it through hurricane season unscathed.  Though I put my boat away for the season shortly after racing in the Gusto Cup on September 9 in order to catch up on long deferred house projects, I was able to get out for late season outings on friends’ boats and enjoyed some spectacular late summer and early fall sailing.

Those of you who don’t live in Rockport or on Cape Ann might have missed one of the big stories of the year as Rockport hosted a visit by the frigate USS Boone on the weekend of October 12-14.  The club played its part in the festivities, hosting the Captain and Executive Officer for a cocktail party on Friday evening.  Unfortunately, the rest of the ship’s officers were prevented from attending as a result of logistical problems. Nevertheless, all who were there had a nice evening.  I was pleased to present the Captain with a SBYC burgee and received a framed photo of the Boone in return.  I was assured by Commander Evans, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, that the photo he gave me for the club was “unique”, unlike any of the half dozen or so others that I just saw him give to the various dignitaries present.  Thanks to the many volunteers who contributed to putting together the cocktail party.

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By now, the club is shipshape and ready for the winter, thanks to Ron’s hard work and conscientious care.  Others helped with the process, including Bill Lee, who made quick work of towing a string of floats over to Granite Pier with the Ocean Reporter – a far better vessel for that job than the committee boat!  Thanks also to Story Reed, Jake Fiumara, Norma Brettell and Frank Hassler for helping select and sign up a roofing contractor to re-roof the clubhouse.

I look forward to seeing you all next summer, if not before, as past-Commodore, and thankfully pass the Commodore’s patch over to Steve Fritch, in whose able hands the club will be well cared for.  

Have a safe and prosperous off-season!

Ned Jeffries


 

Treasurer – In the spring we reported that the club finances were in excellent shape and improving and that we had a solid financial foundation for the coming year.  The forecast has been borne out during the operating year.  Expenses to date are running right at expectations.

Given the success of the Capital Fund Drive, we have made a number of expenditures for capital items, including a Whaler Engine, the Committee Boat overhaul, a Water Cooler, an Office Copier, and the new roof.

On the revenue side, collections are running ahead of the benchmark.  In large part this good news is attributable to the fact that new membership has exceeded our expectations and the attrition of membership has been much lower than expected.

The club finances are in excellent shape.

Frank Hassler, Treasurer


House Committee – The summer season ended with the facilities and equipment in good shape going forward thanks to the efforts of several club members, the launch operators, and Ron. Taking the floats out of the water at Granite Pier was once again a successful team effort in early October.

Several capital projects were completed around the club this summer and fall. These included the overhaul of the committee boat engine, building a new float, and replacing a Whaler engine. The new float, built in May, completes the replacement of all floats with pressure treated wood. This fall we also put a much needed new roof on the club house. The roof now matches the locker roof, which was replaced a few years ago. The new roof was done with 50 year shingles.

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We are currently prioritizing projects for 2008. Projects on the horizon include new lighting in the club house, new sliders upstairs, and window replacement downstairs. We continue to rely on the expertise and talent of our members to plan and complete many of these projects.

Please contact me with suggestions about any House Committee projects. I hope to see you all at Work Day in May!

Story Reed


Development and Planning – Our inaugural Thursday Talks Series was well-received, and we are planning another Series in 2008.  Please send your suggestions for topics, and let me know if you would like to host one of the Talks. Hosts bring some wine, seltzer, chips and salsa or something equivalent and do not need to select or organize the lecture or do set-up related to the lecture. Bill Lee is already recruited to run another amazing marine sciences presentation, and we hope to have Judd Smith on board for some exciting sailing tactics.  We are also considering a couple of seaman/womanship events like learning knots or for those who know some knots, mastering more at various stations managed by our knot gurus. You can guess who they are!

I am considering an all day weather seminar on a Saturday before racing begins, and would like some feedback regarding your interest.  Unlike the talks the seminar will have a fee for the instructor–probably about $50 per person for all day including instruction, lunch and materials. It will be limited so the class can be a manageable size.   I would like to assess the interest among members–so please do send me your comments. Also if you would like to help with any of these events or participate in the planning, you are welcome! Email address below or telephone 781-259-8037.

Email lizkubik@earthlink.net using the format below:

Suggestions for Topics for Talks:
Interest in Hosting: Yes   No
Interest in Weather Seminar:   Yes   No
Or any other Seminar:  Topic?
Interest in Seaman/womanship events:  Yes  No
Your email address or telephone no.:

Development will continue to focus on providing interesting events, planning new initiatives, supporting the financial and other strategic objectives of the Club and the Sailing Program, and helping drive new membership.

Liz Kubik


Race Committee – We had another great season of racing in 2007. On balance the conditions were very good—we had some doldrums mid-season, but Memorial Day weekend was the best in recent memory (three superb days of racing), June was very good, and September was excellent!

Probably the highlight of the 2007 season was the first annual All Fleets pursuit race held on Labor Day. This seemed to generate a lot of excitement among racers and spectators alike (yes, we had a sizable spectator fleet!). The brainchild of Greg Wilkinson, this looks to be a keeper.

From the Race Committee Chairman’s point of view, another highlight is the growth, in number and capability, of the Race Committee itself. We enjoyed excellent race management from our volunteers and staff, without whom our racing program would not exist. Special thanks go to our volunteer PROs: Roger Lesch, Steve Ouellette, Russ Smith, Frank Hassler, and Greg Wilkinson. Our staff PRO Andrew Greely ably covered the days that volunteers weren’t available as well as serving as a second mark boat on Sundays. Andrew also spent time grooming a new staff PRO in Jon Morgan who showed significant promise for the future.

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But a PRO can’t run a race by him or herself, so we must thank all the volunteers from the racing fleets and the club at large. I’d especially like to recognize the yeoman’s duty performed by Bobbie Paine, Dana Jorgensson, Emily Wick, and Jay O’Malley during holiday weekends and invitational regattas. And, of course, let’s not forget Ron Petoff, our exceptional mark boat captain, who spends a lot of time bouncing around in a small Whaler so we can race in the range of conditions typical of Cape Ann waters.

I hope you enjoyed the season as much as I did—see you in 2008!

Jim Lidington


Social Committee – The 2007 social season was full of functions for everyone.  We started out with the Spring dinner at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem with a record breaking number of people!!    
 
The Lobster/Steak out dinner was a sell out.  We served 60 lobsters and 20 rib eye steaks.  The maximum seating capacity at the club is 80.  This has been the popular event. The lobsters have been cooked by Roy Moore’s.  We have been able to keep the price to $25 with members providing salads and brownies.  We served ice cream with the brownies for dessert. The 80 ears of corn have been husked by volunteers in the morning…. this has turned into just another social event!!
 
We can all go into weather casting when it comes to predicting the weather in March for the weekend of a dance held by SBYC.  HOT, HOT, HOT!!   Actually, someone wrote a song to those very words!  August 3rd was hot and sticky, but 125 people came out to dance to the music of a new band to us, COLOURS.  "Dancing under the Stars in Black and White" was the theme.  The decorations were magnificently done and so creative!  SBYC cooks provided the appetizers and desserts.  This organization never goes hungry.
 
The fall dinner this year was catered by Classic Cooks of Gloucester.  They did the cooking, Bob Prichard and Conrad Lavigne picked it up and it was served by the social committee.
 
These events are an important part of the yacht club, combining the sailing and social aspect of the organization.  Whether it is on the starting line on Saturday or Sunday or the dinner line for an event, you will often find many of the same people, as well as a different population of the club. It takes many hands to do the many aspects of an event.  For the decorations the past few years, I have relied very heavily on Shirley Preston and Jo-Ann Lavigne.  It would not have been possible for me to do the job of Social Chairman without them.  Many thanks.
 
Pam Prichard

Christmas Pageant Open House
SBYC will once again be hosting an open house following the Christmas pageant on December 22nd.  Please stop by after the pageant ends to enjoy some punch and holiday snacks.  (Please feel free to bring your favorite holiday snack, but remember, the water is off so bathrooms will not be open and dishes cannot be washed!)  
If you have any questions, or would like to help out, please feel free to contact us.  And if you are interested in being part of the social committee or would like to help with future events, be sure to let us know that as well.  Thanks and Happy Holidays!
 
Social Committee Co-Chairs,
Katy McGrath Fritch          kmcgrath@chartertrust.com
Karen Ouellette               k@ouellettes.us


Membership Committee – The Membership Committee had a productive and enjoyable summer. We all worked hard to make our new members feel welcome – in particular, Dana Jorgensson did a great job sending frequent emails to keep them informed of activities and events at the Club.  Special thanks also for everything they have done to Ellen Lidington and Ben Loiacono whose terms on the Committee expire this year.

With input from our Committee and the Board of Governors, Beth Leahy produced an entirely new membership brochure for the Club – one that we all feel represents the character and activities of the Club more accurately than the previous version.

This summer we again hosted two "Casual Fridays" for new members. Initiated by the Committee last year, the get-togethers give new members a chance to meet members of the Board of Governors, the Harbormasters, the Club staff and the Membership Committee. While they lacked the excitement of last year’s lightning storm over the harbor, they were well-attended and enjoyable nonetheless.

Best of all, for the first time in four years, the Club’s membership actually went up (and this despite the first significant increase in dues and fees in several years)!

We are all looking forward to the 2008 season, and welcome ideas or comments from all SBYC members.  Have a great winter – we look forward to seeing you in the Spring!

Ken Kaiser, Chairman
Lia Farel, Nancy Haas, Dana Jorgensson, Betsy Levick, Marilyn Thompson, Bob Visnick


SSP Oversight Committee – The SSP Committee recently met to wrap up the season. Jen Doyle is returning for the summer of 2008. She has wonderful ideas to grow the program, improve communication and understanding of the program and what it offers.

Jen will begin to search for the best possible sailing instructors to fill open positions. We have many familiar faces returning as well. If any juniors are interested in teaching or working in some capacity, please forward your interest to Jen in the form of a resume and cover letter, jenniferkdoyle@gmail.com

The junior sailing program revenues for 2007 were off by $7,000 and the adult sailing program off by $2,000. This was offset by program costs being lower than budgeted as one instructor position was not filled and the Program Director was hired in the Spring.

The search for housing has begun. I have lined up a beautiful 2-story apartment for Jen at the same rate as we paid last year. We will need an apartment to house instructors, so if anyone knows of, or has, an apartment we could rent please contact Beth Leahy at 978-546-6571. Right now we believe we will need housing for two, but it may be three.

Charlie Clark has agreed to take on managing the Junior Olympics next summer which will be held at Sandy Bay. There are many positions to fill to make this event a wonderful success, so please send Charlie an email (chclark@shore.net) and get involved.

The committee lost two of its tireless and dedicated members this past summer as Greg Wilkinson and Joanne Levin chose to step down. We thank them for all their hard work on behalf of the sailing program. They gave us instructors, coaches, program directors, t-shirts, registration, beach parties and so much more. THANK YOU!!!

We look forward to an exciting summer of 2008. The Junior Olympics, regattas and the many fun events, will all make for a busy summer. We wish you all Happy Holidays and a healthy New Year.

Beth Leahy, SSP Committee Head and BOG Liason


Sailing Program – I hope everyone had a nice fall and is getting ready for the winter. It is getting cold! I cannot wait for summer already. I hope these months go by quickly and we are back in shorts and enjoying the weather.

We had a great summer 2007. The general feedback I received from parents, sailors, and families, was positive. We will be having many sailors move up as they became more experienced, opening the doors for new members to join our program. When the time comes to sign up for next year, please refer to the recommendation that was completed by the coaches for each sailor. This will also be available at registration.

The program ran smoothly. It is a very busy program. Every week (we tried at least) the younger sailors had theme Thursday or Friday. The racers participated in weekly race days with cookouts, which were sponsored by generous donations of some of the senior members. Our optimist race team, while they are relatively young and new to racing, represented Sandy Bay in many events during the summer gaining valuable experience while having a lot of fun. I hope to see this enthusiasm carry on into next year and I hope to see some new members on this race team. The 420 team also represented Sandy Bay in a few regattas during the summer. Their biggest regatta of the summer was Mass Bay Junior Olympics, which they traveled to Hingham with the Opti Race team. Sandy Bay will be hosting this event this summer! Get ready.

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If you are interested in reading more about last summer’s programs you can still view the weekly newsletters that are on the web at http://www.sandybay.org/juniors/news.shtml

I am happy to say I will be returning next summer. I have many new ideas and am very excited about coming back to Rockport and Sandy Bay.  I hope many of the instructors will be joining me as well. We are already about to start planning for next year’s courses and improvements that can be made.  

Have a great winter and spring.

See you soon.
Jen Doyle


Junior Yacht Club – What exactly were the junior members of Sandy Bay up to throughout the 2007 sailing season? Beach Cookouts, “Unsinkable” Boat Races and Watermelon Eating Contests were among the many highlights of another sunny summer on T-Wharf in Rockport. Junior sailors enjoyed another season at sea; whether in 420s or in Optimists, many sailors participated in regattas like the local Tim Baker Regatta, or just cruised to learn and have fun.

Frisbee, surfing, and baseball were only a few of the activities at both of the Beach Cookouts at Cape Hedge Beach, delightful summer evenings with hamburgers and soda on the side. These successful, fun-filled events were opportunities for both junior sailors and their families to relax and socialize.

Throughout the season, there were many SBYC T-shirt sales, serving both to raise money and outfit junior members in memorable attire. There should be a new T-shirt design available for the summer of 2008, as well as potentially other clothing bearing the Sandy Bay star.

At the end of the summer, junior members gathered together for one last hurrah; the Labor Day games and competitions, run in part by the newly elected junior officers, Amelia Quinn, Alexa Jorgensson, and Gil Clark. There were events for all ages, including a Candy Hunt for smaller children, an “Unsinkable” Boat Race for those brave enough to face the ocean on handmade, precariously built rafts, and a Rowing Race that became quite competitive. For the grand finale, sailors of all ages separated into groups by age and, for adults, by gender, and battled it out in a series of fierce Watermelon-Eating Contests. Winners in every event received both a ribbon and a chocolate bar, and runner-ups earned a second place prize.

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As the new junior commodores, Alexa Jorgensson and Amelia Quinn hope to organize even more activities for the upcoming summer. Some of their ideas include an elaborate 4th of July float, as well as more social gatherings for the junior sailors, such as semi-formal dances and movie nights in addition to the cook-outs. But these are only a few of the ideas the pair hope to employ this season, as they can’t wait to begin a new year at Sandy Bay.

Amelia Quinn, Co-Commodore


Website – Please enjoy the 2007 Fall On-Line Newsletter. Also, check out the photos from the 2007 season.

Story Reed


Rockport Harbor Department – The 2007 season has successfully come to a close at the Sandy Bay Yacht Club thanks to all the members who participate in the club’s activities, from racing on the weekends to rocking on the deck.

The Rockport Harbor Department and Sandy Bay Yacht Club’s year ended on a high note with the visit of the Navy frigate USS Boone in mid October. With all hands on deck the Navy port-guard station was successfully constructed in heavy winds on T-Wharf with the ingenuity and supplies provided by SBYC and the harbor department. The Navy personnel enjoyed the hospitality and use of the club which was left open for their use for the entire visit. The interaction of the harbormasters, which includes Ron Petoff, SBYC manager, and Story Reed, house committee chairman brought years of experience and dedication to the waterfront visitors. The sailors of the USS Boone will be talking about their experiences in Rockport for years to come!

Rockport Harbormasters
Rosemary Lesch, Scott Story, Ron Petoff and Story Reed

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Posted on December 8th, 2007 by Administrator in General News


SBYC Store Christmas Sale – Saturday, Dec. 8th

The Ship’s Store at the Sandy Bay Yacht Club will be open for a Christmas Clearance Sale on Saturday, December 8th, from 1 to 3 pm. Limited items and sizes remain.

Posted on December 6th, 2007 by srreed in General News


SBYC Store Christmas Sale – Saturday, Dec. 1st

The Ship’s Store at the Sandy Bay Yacht Club will be open for a Christmas Clearance Sale on Saturday, December 1st, from noon to 3:00 pm. Limited items and sizes remain.

Posted on November 27th, 2007 by srreed in General News


Record Number of Boats but No Wind for Cherry Clark

A record turnout of boats for the Cherry Clark Memorial Regatta was put on hold due to sporadic breezes on Saturday morning. The annual team racing event will be held this Saturday, July 21st.

Stay tuned for details!

Posted on July 18th, 2007 by jim_lidington in General News,Racing