Dear Fellow Members,
We began the club’s 127th year in uncharted waters with the Covid pandemic, and ended the year with a powerful and damaging Nor’easter. In spite of it all, I am pleased to report that we successfully navigated a great year at CYC.
We took the opportunity to reflect on the club’s mission “to encourage yachting through the promotion of good fellowship among those interested in sailing, seamanship and the enjoyment of the ocean and its environment.” We focused on forging ahead to chart new courses in support of our mission while recognizing the direction from which we came – preserving old traditions while creating new ones.
We set our course on three initiatives:
- To reflect on the past and record the club’s history
- To enhance member experience and
- To plan for the future.
We have made solid progress on each of these initiatives:
First – To Record the Club’s History
- We established a Club History Committee. This committee is chaired by Club Historian, Woody Chittick, with the goal of preserving the club’s rich history and traditions from our Centennial in 1994 to present
- The committee has been working diligently to update the club’s history and are exploring ways to display memorabilia around the club.
Second – To Enhance Member Experience
We held a brainstorming session that generated many suggestions, I’d like to highlight a few we implemented:
- Night at the Museum – All things CYC and beyond – a virtual panel hosted by the History Committee reminiscing about fun stories, traditions and notable members
- Tent Sale – Opportunity for members to sell or donate gently used items, generating $2k in sales
- Interactive “Intro to Racing” Seminar for members to learn the basics of racing
- Member Packet– To assimilate new members into the club with information they need to know.
- Weekly News Blasts – Designed to streamline communication to members about upcoming activities and events
The Executive Committee will share additional examples in their reports.
Third – To develop a Long Term Plan
- We established Long Range Planning Committee. This committee is chaired by Vice Commodore, Eric Crews with the goal of developing a long term strategic plan for the club.
- Eric and his team made tremendous progress which he will share in his report.
We will continue to stay the course and focus on these three initiatives in the year ahead.
Additionally, we certified 20 new sailors to sign out club boats, held 3 cruises, hosted 9 parties and events, filled every slip, locker and rack, instructed 86 junior sailors, hosted the 210 Nationals and welcomed 10 new families.
All of this and much more was accomplished through the commitment and leadership of the Executive Team and their Committees, and the Working Committees including: Covid, Finance, Club History, Long Range Planning and our Binnacle Editor. Collectively, 1000’s of hours by many members made all of this happen – taking ownership in our club. We are grateful for each of you.
I’d especially like to thank those rolling off of the Executive Committee: Paul Chapman, Tom and Meg Nelson, Rebecca Synnestvedt and George Parks who served on the EC for the past 14 years including terms of Vice Commodore and Commodore during the club’s reconstruction.
Tremendous thanks goes to our Steward of nearly 50 years, Dave Marks and Assistant Steward Johnny Leggat, former long- time member, completing his first full year. They made it possible for club business to run smoothly by maintaining the fleet, docks, clubhouse, and campus and all the extras they do to enhance members’ experience. We appreciate all they do to keep us afloat.