Per George Harris, the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) President and CEO)
This morning I testified before the Senate Transportation Committee opposing a new proposal to double the watercraft excise tax. This is the tax Washington boaters pay annually when they register their boats.
Boaters are the only user group that pay an excise tax and we think it is unfair and inappropriate to increase this tax.
The funds from this Vessel Excise Tax go directly into the state general fund.
Please take action now and let our state senators know you do not support this increase. It only takes one minute! Click this LINK now to send a message to your state senator.
If you were unable to join the Women's Third Thursday event with Janna Cawrse, you can enjoy the presentation via the recording link below:
Janna Cawrse Esarey (Women Who Sail book curator and author of The Motion of the Ocean) as she shows fantastic pictures of her family’s attempt to sail through the Northwest Passage, a route newly open due to climate change.
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The last weekend in February we had the first cruise of 2021 to the Blake Island Marina. It was a nice weekend with moderate southerly winds for a beat down on Saturday and a nice run back to Shilshole on Sunday with some boats hoisting spinnakers. Six CYC boats with 14 people attended plus a family of three that were thinking of becoming members. They had a great time with us on Saturday and signed up to become members via the CYC website Sunday morning. The wonders of modern technology!! Welcome to Nathan, Vanessa and Evelyn!! We are excited to have you as some of our newest members.
The marina was full with 17 boats Saturday night. An additional 15 other boats had tried for spots without luck. The marina was a busy place on a nice winter weekend. All of the CYC boats managed to get a spot on the dock with Cruise Leader Morris Lowitz arriving last and having to wait on a mooring outside the marina until they could take the Load/Unload spot at dusk. A spot on the dock opened up first thing Sunday morning so they had a place on the dock instead of having to go back out to a mooring for breakfast. Morris brought his three person J-80 crew to help him sail his Jeanneau 44 Keala for the weekend. Thanks Morris for stepping up to lead this cruise. In fact this was not only Morris’ first time as Cruise Leader, but also his first CYC Cruise period. The other boats on the cruise were Solstice, Altair, Tula, Mara andMaggie May plus our new members on their Beneteau 393 Equilibrium.
Saturday we had informal socially distanced cocktails on the dock at 5:00 with some people sitting on their boats. Everyone then did their own dinner before meeting up ashore for a fire. The group at the fire was never more than ten as people came and left during the evening by chance. We had a second campfire going in the event the group was larger at any one time and we needed to split up into two groups. The Shelters that we usually use for a potluck dinner and fire are currently closed due to COVID Restrictions. We took hikes around the island or out to the West End in small groups, great exercise and the chance to visit with old friends or make new acquaintances, even if the trails were a bit muddy in places. A great start to the CYC Cruising Season and a wonderful group.
If you not able to attend the Racing Rules Changes of Note meeting, there's still an opportunity to hear what was discussed. Below is a Zoom link to the recording of the meeting, which starts at about the 2 minute mark (Passcode: c&4&1%V2) https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/4rVcNTtl8RyY911MlrapCfrozTleJuYVXJcdvEoizOZZk5U2QLDFiOaQwO1w_rfu.oGZAgYSZD34FKZz2
Hello members and CYC community at large,
The clubhouse is ready to return to Shilshole from Dyna. Unfortunately, "Mother Nature" is making it a bit difficult. Due to safety and insurance reasons, the club can not move in winds of 10 knots or higher. The plan was to move the club today (Monday) or Tuesday; however, it is now TENTATIVELY scheduled for this Wednesday, Feb 3. I am in the process of getting a better timeline from Fremont Tug (it will move in the morning, during daylight hours).
Last week CYC had a fun social event with the Nordic Museum via zoom. We learned to make a new cocktail and how to make Swedish stars. If you missed this event, here is the link to the video - you can learn to make the cocktail and how to make a Swedish star just in time for Christmas. [LINK]
As we close out 2020, we are overwhelmed by the commitment and strength of our membership. As a result, we have been able to invest in needed maintenance and modernized our club. We believe the club is positioned to provide value to our members better than years past. The board has voted on a modest dues increase for 2021 to ensure we are able to keep the assets of the club maintained and to ensure we can compensate our staff fairly. 2021 rates are as stated below:
Age 19-24: $12/month
Age 25-29: $23.50/month
Age 30-69: $42.00/month
Age 70+: $23.50/month
Associate: $114 annually
Non-Resident: $144 annually
For those who can do so, we encourage annual payment via check. This helps keep our overhead costs low.
On behalf of the board, thank you for your continued support. I look forward to welcoming everyone to our beautifully updated club house and seeing everyone on the water in 2021.
Shelagh Hansen, 2021 Commodore
CYC Financial Situation (Remmert Wolters, Treasurer)
Those, who attended the membership meeting, did get an overview of the club’s finances. For those, who did not, I can make a long story short by stating that we held our own. Our income dropped substantially but we were able to cut expenses to a point that we will have a break-even year or slightly better. Considering the current times, that is a good result.
We do need to cover the clubhouse project and the fact that we had to take on some debt to do it. The rebuild is a one in twenty-five-year event that was unavoidable. It started out as a barge project but expanded to include windows and siding. The windows were in danger of falling out and the siding was toast. There were some other issues that needed to be taken care of and, what started out as a $200K project turned into a $600K project. We will get our clubhouse back later this month and, although we will be installing new carpet and re-finishing the floors in January, it will be as good as new by the time we can use it again.
Our membership was amazingly generous, and we can fund 85% of the project with donations. The last 15%, we had to borrow from the bank ($50K) and members ($50K). No-one was comfortable with the decision to borrow money, but the board had no choice to approve it and the project could not be completed without it. We take these financial obligations very seriously and we are committed to pay down these loans at the earliest opportunity.
To keep capital and operational activity separated, we have stand-alone accounts for “The Heart of CYC” and “The Jr. Capital Fund”. We will create a similar account for debt service. It will function as a reserve account to make sure that we can service our debts for the immediate future. Once enough reserves have been accumulated, we will start pre-paying back these loans as the funds allow. We are basically looking at five-year commitments but, if possible, we would like to see these loans go away in the next two years.
If you are in a position and inclined to help us with that, a donation would be appreciated. Mark the donation “Debt Service Relief” and Cindy (CYC's business manager) will make sure that it gets posted accordingly.
On Wednesday, Nov 18th – the CYC held its annual member meeting. Commodore David led the discussion with an overview of the club, and pictures and information on clubhouse renovations. Remmert (our Treasurer) next shared how we’ve managed to run a breakeven year. Each Program (Racing, Cruising, Social, Juniors) talked some highlights from the year, and we concluded with 2021 Commodore-to-be Shelagh discussing the club’s vision for 2021…which, due to COVID, is evolving. We also announced the election results, with all candidates running for office elected. Key takeaways included that the club has had so many volunteers step up this year (thank you!) and widespread financial support through donated registrations, membership dues, and Heart of CYC donations – goes to show how great our club members are!
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The 2020 sailing season is coming to an end, and it is time to consider the 2020 CYC outstanding performers. As Covid won almost all of the 2020 races, the Club will have fewer awards this year. But your input as to the awards that the Club will consider is even more important.
The Board will select the Award winners, who will be announced in January 2021.
If you have a suggestion for a 2020 CYC Award, please provide it (with a brief bit of background explaining the basis for the nomination) to Ken Johnson, by email (email@example.com) or by mail: 3706 So. Ridgeway Place, Seattle, WA 98144 Ken assembles the nominations and presents them to the Board for its decisions.
Honor Roll of Champions- CYC sailors who have won national or international championships or have achieved honors of an equivalent level. We are aware of the Tasar North Americans but if you know of other similar championships or regattas, let us know.
Hans Otto Giese Inspirational – one who has consistently provided leadership and inspiration to CYC and to the amateur sailing community. Recent winners include Dick Rose, Shauna Walgren, Catherine Weatbrook, Suzette Connolly and Jen Hobden.
Boating Family – an active family in racing, cruising, CYC activities, other sailing efforts. Recent winners include Geoff & Alison Pease & family, Al &Jane Johnson, Mike & Julie Cains, Erik & Karrie Sandersons and the Buchans.
Greig Memorial Cruising – cruising leadership and accomplishments, whether in local or blue waters. Recent winners include Cathy Sherwood & Kent Powley, Chris Young, Scott & Kristen Meilicke and Jon & Michelle Henderson.
Gary Horder Memorial – CYC Junior with active and successful racing program. Let us know about any CYC juniiors participating in other races, if any. Recent winners include Dieter Creitz, Abbie Carlson, Talia Toland and Owen Timms.
George Spalding Inspirational – most inspirational Junior sailor. Recent winners include Sam Airhart, Alyosha Strum-Palerm, Owen Timms, Jack Holbrook and Blake Bentzen.
Dog House – a sailor who handicaps him/her self by unseamanlike activity – usually some bad luck and hopefully with a bit of humor in it. Recent awardees include Mike Taft (cooking chili during a race with no stove fiddles), Robert Hodge (agrond on Marrowstone as all the CYC crusing boats sailed by) and David Gallimore (stepping off YC6 and taking 2 steps, with only 1 step worth of dock).
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