Many CYC members have interesting and accomplished backgrounds, and we have chosen to highlight CYC member Admiral Denny this month.
Denny had the pleasure of attending the Mariners game Friday night (July 5th) with family members and crew from Bravo Zulu (Jim Duke, Matt Alred, Steve Walkington and Elizabeth Prout). Denny Vaughan was recognized during the 4th inning for his outstanding naval career and service to our great country.
Many of you also know Denny as the racer of the J24 Habenaro and Bravo Zulo .
Below is a spotlight on his career, written for his son Matt
Admiral Vaughan started his career in the Navy initially as a Navy ROTC student at Oregon State College (University now) and then the following year having received the highest score in the state of Oregon’s entrance exams, he received appointments to Annapolis – US Naval Academy (Principle appointment from Congressional Representative Charles Porter), West Point (Principle appointment from Senator Wayne Morse) and Air Force Academy (Principle appointment from Senator Richard Neuberger). Having spent his youth living on the Oregon Coast and sailing with his Dad, it was an easy choice where he would go – Navy!
Upon graduating with a BS in Marine Science in 1963 from USNA, he took a month off to see most of Europe before he headed to the West Coast, knowing that his ship he was ordered to was about to go to sea for six months. Upon reporting to his first ship, the USS FRANK E. EVANS (DD-754) he sailed throughout the Pacific starting off the coast of Vietnam in Yankee Station during the early stages of the conflict. The EVANS was part of Destroyer Squadron 23, Admiral Arliegh Burke’s highly decorated Little Beaver Squadron. He was stationed out of Long Beach, CA, serving initially as the MPA (Main Propulsion Assistant) being responsible for all the men and machinery (mainly boilers and steam turbines in those days). He “fleeted up” on his second WESTPAC (Western Pacific) tour aboard the EVANS to be Chief Engineer, while still an Ensign – It is usually a Lieutenant’s job. The EVANS sailed the waters and visited many of the ports of Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong (the first of six visits over his career), Philippians (Subic Bay and Manila), Vietnam and Taiwan (Taiwan Patrol). While OOD (Officer of the Deck) in the early morning of November 22, 1963 as the sun was about to rise, the radio messenger brought up to the bridge a message that President Kennedy had been shot. We shared that moment together while most of the rest of the ship was still asleep.
In 1965 while in Kaohsiung city, Taiwan he was transferred to the USS GOLDSBOROUGH (DDG-20) in Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i as their DCA (Damage Control Assistant). A few months later while going to an engineering school on Treasure Island, San Francisco, he qualified for UDT (Underwater Demolition Team). They were the forerunners to our SEALs. However, due to his extensive engineering background both academically and in practice, the Navy detailed him in 1966 to be Chief Engineer aboard the USS VAN VOORHIS (DE 1028) out of Newport, RI. The major sea exercise was UNITAS (meaning unity in Latin) that combined in-port training and sea exercises involving countries of Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Panama, Columbia, Paraguay, Equator, Peru, Chili, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil (Rio de Janeiro with Copacabana and Ipanema beaches) and capital town of Brazilia and port of Recifi.
Then in 1967, he became apart of the Mine Sweep Force and joined the USS RUFF (MSC (O)-54) as Chief Engineer, then in 1969 the USS CORMORANT (MSC-122) as Chief Engineer; then in 1971 became the Executive Officer of USS WOODPECKER (MSC-209) and then in 1972 the Commanding Officer of USS WARBLER (MSC-206). The WARBLER was his first of 14 commands (10 on ships; 4 ashore). From there he had short assignments: in 1973 the Prospective Executive Officer of the USS CHANDLER (DD-717), in 1974 Unit CO (Commanding Officer) of FTG Det (Fleet Training Group Pacific NW Detachment), in 1978 COMNAVSURFPACDET (Naval Surfaces Forces Pacific Detachment CO); in 1979 Prospective Commanding Officer USS MCKEAN (DD-784), in 1981 Research Officer at ONR (Office of Naval Research), in 1982 Admin Officer NRMTF (Navy Reserve Maintenance Training Facility Headquarters), and then back to the minesweeps in 1983 as Commodore of Mine Division 53. Under this command he took his ships for exercises to Hawai’I (RIMPAC – largest exercise in the Pacific) - as well as exercises in Alaska (Adak across the Bearing Sea to Seward) and many other exercises up and down the Pacific Coast.
Then in 1985 he took command of the Coastal Defense Coordinating Command headquartered in Victoria, Canada, and then stood up in early 1986 the first COMMARDEZPACNW (Commander Maritime Defense Sector Pacific Northwest). Then in late 1987 he became the Inspector General of REDCOM 22 (Readiness Command of the five Northwest states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana), and then in 1988 in became COMREDCOM 22 (Commander, Readiness Command NW.
From 1989 to ‘92 he was the Commodore of Inshore Undersea Warfare Pacific (COMIUWPAC) with its 14 unit commands. Under this command, he took three of these units to Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm (1990-91) placing them in the ports of Manama, Bahrain, Al Dammam, Saudi Arabia and Al Jubayl, Saudi Arabia for the protection of their country’s harbor approaches, harbors, anchorages, ports, vessels in these areas, waterfront facilities and cargoes from external and internal threats to ensure that US forces achieved maximum port and harbor operational capability. Under this wartime command he had the Operational Control (OPCON) of three MIUW units, three EOD units (Explosive Ordinance Detachments), three Navy Port Security Units, three US Coast Guard small boat Port Security Units, the US Army Port Security Detachments and host Nation assets and personnel. The day before the actual war began; he was sent to Cairo, Egypt to evaluate the security of the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. As they approached Cairo the pilot suggested they fly low over the pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx – and so they did. Upon landing, a person that answered his phone as “Gray Beard” and drove an armored car met him at the end of the airport runway, and they went out a side gate. The meetings took place in an Egyptian palace. In flying back as the sun was setting over the quiet desert he remembers the feeling of being the only one on the plane that knew what devastating action would take place in the upcoming early morning.
On short notice and a day before the US Marines landed in Saudi Arabia at the start of the war, he was part of a detachment to secure the landing beach during the initial assault of the Marines. It should be noted that all the MIUW units had both men and women assigned in combat zones. In fact, a woman was in command of one of the MIUW units. Before the units were deployed from the US, he was questioned whether women should be deployed into the combat zones. He’s immediate answer was “We trained together, and we will fight together – next question”.
At night all hands had to be in harden shelters, as the Patriot Missile Defense Systems did their jobs and would shoot down the scud missile being launched from Iraq, and the Scud Crud would fall out of the sky at times causing significant damage. One scud landed in the water less than 100 yards from the units in Al Jubayl, but fortunately it was tumbling and became ineffective upon landing. It was the only scud recovered in tack during the war.
The day after ODS/S was over, he traveled to Kuwait with an EOD special team to secure the port and ensure no explosives or booby traps were rigged before reconstruction of the port could start. He remembers clearly the command to “don’t touch anything”.
About a year after returning from ODS/S, he was in the field in the middle of a major exercise on San Clemente Island, CA, and he got a surprise call on the field phone that he had been selected for Rear Admiral. His initial assignments as a “Flag Officer” were: 1993 Commander, Military Sealift Command Pacific and Commander, Military Sealift Command, Far East. Also, for a short time he was called back to Wash, DC headquarters to serve as the Deputy Commander of all MSC. During these MSC commands he traveled to the MSC Detachments in Guam, Okinawa (beautiful beaches), Singapore (a port that had over 700 ships in the area working from the piers and mother ships at anchor), Japan (with exercises out of Hokkaido, Sasabo, Yokosuka Yokohama, and Okinawa), and Diego Garcia (watched nightly the crab races at the beach bar). Also, in Diego Garcia the humidity is so high, that a palm tree will almost immediately start to grow when a coconut drops to the sandy soil. He also traveled extensively in Alaska while visiting his commands (Juno, Anchorage, Whittier, Nome, Barrow and Prudhoe). While in Barrow in early July, there were still snow flurries falling and ice burgs being pushed against the shore; yet, local native kids were out in shorts and t-shirts playing soccer.
He had a special assignment serving in Sarajevo in 1992 to be the Deputy for Operations for the European Command out of Stuttgart, Germany during the Bosnian War (Croatia, Herzegovina and Serbia conflict). The night that he flew into base operations in Sarajevo he was given a safety brief and instructed to get to know the maps well. In case they were shot down, they were instructed on the location to get to for being rescued. They were further instructed to wear their flax jackets under their butts, as the bullets would be coming from below. Upon his return of seeing the destruction of war, he wrote a free flowing and emotional poem titled “Hollowed Eyes”. He also became the Deputy for Operations for the Atlantic Command during Operation Uphold Democracy in 1993’s Haiti uprising. Shortly after a Haiti status briefing to President Clinton, he was asked to go to Grenada and represent the President to make the principle remarks during Granada’s 10th anniversary celebration of their victory in the conflict with Cuba.
Upon completion of his MSC commands, he again was assigned in early 1993 to be Commander, Readiness Command 22 Northwest. This time as an Admiral. Later he was assigned to the Pentagon in 1993 to be Deputy to the Chief of the Naval Reserve; followed in 1996 to become Commander of the Naval Reserve Force reporting to both to the Commander in Chief (CINC) of the Atlantic Fleet and CINC of the Pacific Fleet; as well as Director of Naval Reserve reporting to the CNO (Chief of Naval Operations). At the same time he had additional duty as PEO (Program Executive Officer) for the Navy’s IT (Information Technology.
As Chief of the Naval Reserve he was responsible for the manning, training and operating his force of over 100,000 Sailors stationed throughout the world on the sea, in the air, under the sea and ashore. He also reported to the CNO on his Mississippi Area responsibilities.
He retired in September 1999 as PEO for Mine Warfare and Special Forces.
Medals and awards:
Interesting activities during his career:
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Elizabeth was the fourth person to sign up for the event. She began training and trying to recruit other race teams. After Denny sold Bravo Zulu (but before he bought Habanero), agreed to train with her. Denny, who had only ever paddled cruise ship kayaks before, climbed the steep learning curve. One the drive down he detailed the research he’d done about the science of long distance races like this. Accompanied by several CYC Members Elizabeth and Denny launched Friday evening with a goal of a morning arrival Saturday June 1st to PT.
At about noon on Saturday June 1st, Elizabeth and Denny crossed the line as the 20th finishers - almost exactly 18 hours after the start. Congratulations to Elizabeth and Denny!
The CYC Clubhouse will be closed on Friday, May 24 as it's the Friday prior to Swiftsure and a holiday weekend. Go out and have fun!
We had a standing room only turnout for our first 2019 Fridays in February speaker series last week. CYC member Chris Young gave a great talk about the highs and lows of his trip around Vancouver Island. His "Raven Recommends" were especially good tips.
It's a testament to the strength of CYC, where members can enjoy and learn from the travels of other members. Events like the February series wouldn't be possible without the members who volunteer their time to make it happen.
Thanks to all the members who helped make the first talk a success: Laurie Bushue for all the prep work involved, Molly Cain and Kaley Walgren for preparing and serving the food, Laurie McRae for tending bar, and everyone else that pitched in Friday night: Ron and Peggy Watt, Chris McMuldroch, Joyce Phillips, Mike McGuane, Hans Reinhardt, and Paul Baker.
Fifty sailors braved the cold last weekend and were rewarded with beautiful weather and two great days of racing. Many thanks to our race committee and whaler drivers: PRO Geoff Pease, Catherine Picha, Brad Greene, Matt Wood, Sara Longley, whaler driver Calvin Schnorbus and whaler driver Dylan Edlund.
Photos by Brad Greene; see many more Frigid Digit photos here: https://lightroom.adobe.com/shares/e98a429858a5475b9523a67b15b06def
Big shout out and thanks to all volunteers who helped make the CYC Booth at the Seattle Boat Show a big success. We could not have done it without you!! Huge Thanks to Stuart Burnell (for the seventh year) and Joel Thornton for Move In/Move Out, plus Stuart Lochner and his son John (one of our junior sailors) for getting the Opti to and from the Boat Show. The Opti makes our booth and says SAILING! Special thanks to Alex Simanis of Ballard Sails and CYC member for helping rig the Opti before the Boat Show opened the first day. Thank you to everyone who volunteered in the booth during the show and engaged and signed up new members plus connected with current members: Joel Thornton, Jennifer Sarthou, Margie Stolsig, Bill Fraser, Alan Ross, Peggy Ross, Matthew Wood, Lisa Cole, Paul Baker, Bret Phillips, Joyce Phillips, Jakob Lichtenberg, Shelagh Hansen, David Barnes, Noel Morgan, Lise Anderheggen-Leif, Elaine Cashar, Samantha Williams, Hans Reinhardt, Marek Omilian, Rich Bustamante, Kristine Bustamante, Wendy Weeks, Dan Murphy, Charlie Macaulay, Chris McMuldroch, Cindy Gossett, Derek Storm, Catherine Weatbrook, Dan Weatbrook, Peter Nelson, Susan Hagist, Ian Reilly, Liz Rose, Peggy Watt, Mike McGuane, Karen Mooney, Mike Taft, Wayne Balsiger, Ken Johnson, Jen Braden, Melanie Edwards, Mary Malone, and Mark Philiposian. Thanks to Elisabeth Graham for the initial work in scheduling volunteers. I could not have done this without all of you
Suzette Connolly, CYC Boat Show Lead.
A full clubhouse filled with an enthusiastic crowd celebrated sailors of all stripes (Racing/Cruising/Juniors) who experienced memorable sailing adventures in 2018. With the bartenders keeping up with the demand – the stage was set for a fun-filled CYC Awards Party on Friday, January 18 celebrating a multitude of outstanding 2018 performances.
2019 Commodore Jakob Lichtenberg hosted the ceremony assisted by several other Officers and Board members. The Awards came quickly, but not before Commodore Lichtenberg emphasized that the true winners for the Discretionary Awards were the nominees, itself a true honor to be celebrated.
Hans Otto Giese for outstanding service – the Club had three outstanding nominees for the Club’s most prestigious award, each with an outstanding record of service. For the first time ever, the Board elected co-winners: SHAUNA WALGREN and CATHERINE WEATBROOK. Shauna was recognized for her outstanding work in successfully running the junior sailing program in-house for the first time as well as her work on women’s sailing and the Club’s social programs. Catherine helped set up the Club’s office systems in 2017 and then worked tirelessly to ensure its operational success in 2018 as well as being a constant volunteer in Board activities, the office and behind the bar.
The third deserving nominee was junior sailor OWEN TIMMS; in 2017 he personally organized the first Junior-Only Leukemia Cup raising over $10,000; he followed that up in 2018 with an even more successful event, raising over $16,500 -- all while having a very successful sailing year on a Laser Radial personally and other dinghies sailing for Olympia High School.
Sailor of the Year – DALTON BERGAN, who successfully skippered and crewed on various boats in 2018, including numerous wins on his RS Aero, Loop, winning the Pacific Coast Championships in rhe Columbia Gorge (bullets in 12 of 13 races), Frigid Digit and PSSR, was 2nd in the International 14 Pacific Rim Championships (tied for first but lost the tiebreaker on the last leg of the last race), won the Shaw Island Classic and shared the win on Race to the Straits on Madrona and crewed on Riptide at Southern Straits, Swiftsure and Pacific Cup.
The other nominee, 11 year old DIETER CREITZ, among other achievements, won almost every Optimist race in the Northwest, placed high in a number of national Optimist races, skippered a RS Feva, a 2 person dinghy, to a 2nd in class, 3rd overall (first USA boat), at the RS Feva Worlds in Florida, and skipered Three Ring Circus in podium places in Race to the Straits and Down the Sound.
Boat of the Year – HERE & NOW, skippered by Pat Denney, with firsts at Blakely Rocks, Scatchet Head, PSSR, PSSC, the Fall Wednesday night series and Round-the-County, winner of the Northwest Challenge Cup for best combined performance at Center Sound, PSSR and PSSC, and seconds at Three Tree Point, Whidbey Island, Spring and Summer Wednesday nights and Sloop’s Blakely Rocks Benefit.
Other nominees, each with many firsts and other top finishes throughout 2018: ABSOLUTELY, skippered by Charlie Macaulay, DELIRIUM, skippered by Jerry Diercks, LOOP, skippered by Dalton Bergan, and MORE JUBILEE, skippered by Erik Kristen.
Gary Horder Award for outstanding Junior Sailor – DIETER CREITZ, who dominated Northwest Optimist sailing, winning the Northwest Youth Racing Circuit with 6 wins in 7 regattas, and was first overall at the USODA Northwest Regionals, the Pumpkin Bowl regatta, was first in fleet in the Canadian Optimist Championship and had top finishes in other national Optimist events. He addition he skippered a RS Feva, a two-person dinghy, to 2nd in class and 3rd overall (first USA boat) at the RS Feva Worlds in Florida, skippered Three Ring Circus to a first and third in the Race to the Straits and Down the Sound, respectively, and crewed on Smoke, Toxic and other big boats.
Other nominees were 11 year-old JACOB POSNER, who was a close second in Northwest Youth Racing Circuit on Optimists and had top finishes in other Optimist events, and high school senior OWEN TIMMS who won the Northwest Youth Racing Circuit and had other top finishes on his Laser Radial in the Northwest and nationally and led his Olympia High School sailing team to top Northwest finishes.
Boating Family of the Year – AL and JANE JOHNSON. The Johnsons successfully race and cruise their Quest 30 Charlotte and Al enjoys sailing Edgar, his foil Moth. On Charlotte they won the Gibson trophy, were 5th in class in Center Sound and 3rd in class in the SYC Tri-Island series. They are active in the CYC cruising program, often inviting others to participate in mid-week cruises, and each summer take month-long cruises in the San Juan and Gulf Islands.
The second nominee, the LHAMON FAMILY (Haley, Rusty, Barrett and Taylor) had a very active 2018, including Haley being co-skipper and co-navigator on Sail Like A Girl, winner of the Race2Alaska, serving on the Sailing Foundation, Commodore of the Port Madison Yacht Club and youth sailing instructor for the Bainbridge Parks Department; Rusty sailing his Thistle on Lake Washington with family members, Barrett participating the NW Youth Racing Circuit and other races on a Laser Radial and Taylor, a University of Oregon freshman, participating in family cruises on Lyric, the family’s Alden 44.
Cruising Boat of the Year – RAVEN, a Vagabond 47 Ketch, owned by Chris Young. Chris is an active member of the CYC cruising group. In the summer of 2018, he sailed beyond his normal sailing area with a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island – starting out with this 3 teenage daughters, and then a rotating group of friends as they explored places such as Chatterbox Falls, Hot Springs Cove and Tofino, and dealt with usual long-cruises crises such as running aground. Chris will speak about his circumnavigation at the February 2019 cruising talks.
The other nominee, SOLSTICE owned by Ron and Peggy Watt, fulfilled the Watt’s long dream cruise of three and half-months heading north to Alaska and back; earlier in 2018 they sailed from San Francisco to Puerta Vallarta on Dragon’s Toy with Tom Khors and Cary Purvis.
George Spalding Award for most inspirational junior – ALYOSHA STRUM-PALERM who was an outstanding junior sailor for his high school, Charles Wright, and for Gig Harbor and, while taking a gap year in 2018 before heading to Hobart in the fall of 2019, has added excellent sailing on big boats, including on Hamachi. For this award he was recognized for his successful coaching of Gig Harbor HS and in taking a particular effort to coach middle-school kids and give them an opportunity to learn to sail boats they would race when they reached high school, including organizing a regatta at Sail Sand Point just to give them competitive experience. A nominator noted: “It’s great to see an accomplished youth sailor giving back to the sailing community.”
Also nominated was JACOB POSNER, an 11 year old very successful Opti sailor who is noted for his excellent conduct on and off the race course, with a nominator saying: “ Jacob is a great winner, never arrogant about his performance and demonstrably pleased with the good results of his teammates.”
Dog House Award for an unseaman-like activity –ROBERT HODGE skippering his Catalina 30 Abendstern to an early return home start on an outgoing tide after a CYC cruise to Marrowstone Island, took a direct line out of Kilisut Harbor between the buoys, a no-no, and ran aground. And stayed there. All the 12 other boats on the cruise had the opportunity to sail by, wave and take photos, which they did! As Robert noted, he had just installed a new depth sounder, but it works best when the skipper looks at it! Six hours later they were able to resume their delayed trip home.
The other Nominee (and happy non-winner): Staff Commodore JOHN RAHN for an upwind broach in heavy seass on Pickled Beets just before finishing the third and last race at Grand Prix, which found one crew through the lifelines hanging on to the shrouds and John flat on his back up to his neck in water in the cockpit. All this in full view of the Race Committee. Everyone was rescued, John regained the tiller, and Pickled Beets managed a tie for 2nd place in the race and a half-point win at Grand Prix.
Six new additions for 2018 to the CYC Honor Roll for winning national or international regattas or awards of similar nature:
Commodore’s Trophy: Al & Jane Johnson on Charlotte, CYC
Gibson Trophy: Jenny Heins & Tim Huse on Those Guys, CYC
Three Tree Point:
Werner Ohmes Foghorn Trophy– best Center Sound performance:
Northwest Challenge Cup – best overall in Center Sound, PSSR and PSSC:
Patrick Denney on Here & Now, CYC
Bill Lieberman Trophy – top CYC junior in USODA NW Optimist Regionals:
Also recognized by Matthew Woods, Fleet Captain Race, were the many volunteers and employees who contributed throughout the year to make the Club’s racing program a success, including Rachelle O’Haleck and Aryn O’Haleck in the office, Bartender Karen Sheide, PROs Charley Rathkopf, Troy Childs, Egor Klevak, Geoff Pease and Brian Watkins, and those many persons who served as Protest Judges (noting that Jared Hickman had just been named as an International Judge) ,whaler drivers, volunteer bartenders, volunteer race committee members, protest judges, webmasters, race registrars, regatta chairs and others. He also thanked Hans Spiller for engraving all the awards and trophies, Jan Anderson for contributing most of the photographs used in the Awards slideshow and the Boat of the Year photograph that hangs by the bar, and Ken Johnson for preparing information about nominees for the Board’s decisions and writing the script and collecting the 100+ photos for the evening’s presentation.
All in all, a very successful evening filled with lots of sailing stories and memories (mostly true) of an outstanding 2018. Great fun for everyone there, and a good time was missed by those who weren’t.
On Monday, January 14 the new board held its first meeting led by incoming Commodore Jakob Lichtenberg. Jakob started the meeting by outlining the new board's objectives as (1) Focusing on transitioning the new leaders to their roles (2) Continuing to strengthen the club's finances (3) Remaining focused on advancing our mission to serve our members through diverse programs and strengthening of the sailing community.
As the club's new officers, we are humbled to be given the opportunity serve the club and build on its tremendous history and success. The depth of programs offered by the club and commitment of many dedicated volunteers make our club a great resource to the sailing community and the depth of our initial agenda and fact the meeting went a bit late into the evening indicates that 2019 is shaping up to be another exciting year for the club.
A few notable highlights from our first meeting included the Treasurer's Report presented by Karen Mooney, where she walked us all through a preliminary 2019 budget and new plans for the food and beverage presented by Rich Bustamante. Additional topics included the Business Manager's report on operations, racing and cruising schedules, plans for the Junior program, efforts to build new business memberships, and a recruiting update for new members. On that last point, all three of us spent time on Saturday January 26th at the Boat Show helping to recruit new members, and We're happy to report we all had success! Many thanks to Suzette Connolly for taking on coordinating this important event for the club.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at an event soon!
Jakob, David, and Shelagh
The Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle (CYC) was founded in January 1945 for the purpose of promoting, advancing and encouraging the sport of Corinthian (amateur) sailing, including racing and cruising, and strengthening the sailing community through the voluntary actions of its members. CYC’s 73rd Annual Membership Meeting was held on Thursday, November 14, 2018, and I would like to summarize it for you here.
Prior to beginning the meeting, members enjoyed a hearty meal cooked by Chef Galen and beverages served by Karen. The meeting began by reviewing and approving the minutes from the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting, and reviewing election information and 2019 officer and director nominees. A motion was passed to close the voting period.
We next reviewed the State of the Club, including membership and financial data. Numbers of CYC members and membership revenues have remained relatively consistent for the past few years, while operational costs have continued to rise. CYC’s membership dues have not increased since the club’s restart in 2011 (e.g., $35.00/mo for an adult family member aged 30-69), while costs (as measured by the Consumer Price Index) have increased over 12% during that period. Moorage, utility, and other costs at Shilshole Bay Marina have increased to a greater extent – and the Port of Seattle has recently announced another 7% moorage rate increase for 2019. It has become increasingly more difficult each year for our club to operate on the membership dues structure that was established in 2011. CYC has consistently lost money when serving food except in cases where a significant number of members have enjoyed the meal and contributed enough revenues to offset the food and labor costs, and changes were made in 2018 to address this. The club’s bank balance has declined the past few years, including a net loss of $35,084 last year, but we are forecasted to finish 2018 net positive only through extraordinary efforts of the board, food/beverage cutbacks, and unusually strong junior sailing program revenues this year due to volunteer efforts led by director, Shauna Walgren. For the reasons discussed above, the board has approved a 10% increase in membership dues for 2019 (e.g., $38.50/mo for an adult family member aged 30-69). The combination of this relatively small increase in revenue and good recent club investments, including CYC’s new Wild Apricot operational/membership management system, will provide a solid foundation for the future of our club.
Following this operational summary, Fleet Captain Race, Matthew Wood, presented a summary of a strong 2018 CYC racing program, which included continued growth of the RC Aero, J/80, and J/105 fleets. CYC partnered with business member Sail Northwest (Bob Ross) to host a successful revival of J/Fest after a 7 year hiatus. CYC also hosted the USODA 2018 NW Opti Championships, which was the best ever attended regional event of this type. Weeknight racing on the lake continues to have a consistently good turnout, but weeknight racing on the sound appears to have declined in recent years – particularly for dinghies on Thursdays. This will be evaluated further in 2019 to ensure that CYC racers continue to enjoy excellent racing opportunities that meet their needs.
Fleet Captain Cruise, Mike McGuane, presented a 2018 CYC cruising summary which included a discussion of the perennial member favorite February speaker series and second Thursday cruising socials, and a summary of member cruise events that were held at an average rate of one or two cruises each month in 2018. Another good year of CYC cruising.
CYC’s director leading junior sailing, Shauna Walgren, presented the successes of CYC’s junior sailing program in 2018, which included well attended sail camps that were taught by CYC sailing instructors along with CYC junior sailing assistants. These camps had both the highest number of students and the highest number of assistants (e.g., former students) of the current era of CYC junior sailing – with sailing in both Opti and Vanguard 15s (V15s). A private donor funded 15 scholarships that allowed some children to participate that otherwise may not have. The Wednesday night Guppy program for 4-7 yo kids and the Friday night open sailing program for kids of all ages both continued to be successful at getting more kids out on the water. CYC again hosted a Milfoil Dodger that allowed young racers to experience the thrill of racing around buoys – many for the first time. The high school racing program really made great strides in 2018. The high school racing team grew to include 15 members that won the 2018 NWISA North Regionals (as Ballard High School). A CYC junior sailing fundraiser held in February 2018 raised $9,000 that was used to purchase a trailer with four Flying Juniors (FJs) that were used to compete against other high school teams in the region.
CYC’s director leading membership/social/educational events, Liz Rose, presented 2018 social/educational information including a summary of how members can make events happen with the support of CYC’s social/educational committee, chef, bar, and office staff. Liz also reviewed the large number and variety of events that were held in CYC’s clubhouse in 2018, as well as upcoming events including the CYC Annual Awards Party and Seattle Boat Show in January.
After summarizing CYC program successes in 2018, Staff Commodore, Wayne Balsiger, then introduced the 2019 Heart of CYC Capital Campaign. Membership dues cover operational costs, but not costs for capital projects such as the much needed haul-out of the clubhouse, upgrades to the clubhouse interior/exterior, or CYC race equipment upgrades. As Wayne summarized in last week’s Telltale, CYC members have donated over $80,000 thus far – about half of the estimated $160,000 necessary for the clubhouse haul-out. Please donate as you are able to help CYC achieve this important goal. Our club and clubhouse are core regional sailing community assets, and achieving this goal will help us ensure that we can keep strengthening the sailing community for many years to come.
The meeting was adjourned after Staff Commodore and Nominations and Elections Committee Chair, Denny Vaughan, provided election results that identified the following outstanding 2019 board members:
Jakob Lichtenberg, Commodore
David Barnes, Vice Commodore
Shelagh Hansen, Rear Commodore
Paul Kalina, Jr Staff Commodore
Matthew Wood, Fleet Captain Race
Chris McMuldroch, Fleet Captain Cruise
Karen Mooney, Treasurer
Melanie Edwards, Secretary
Carl Sheath (Term 2019-2020)
Liz Rose (Term 2019-2020)
Rich Bustamante (Term 2019-2020)
Jon Anderson (Term 2019, one-year)
Eric Sanderson (Term 2018-2019)
Shauna Walgren (Term 2018-2019)
CYC is truly an amazing club with a remarkable 73-year history of strengthening the sailing community, and it has been an honor and privilege to serve as CYC’s Commodore in its 73rd year. A hearty welcome to the 2019 board, and I am excited for what should be a terrific year for CYC in 2019!
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