Cambridge Yacht Club
Commodore’s Newsletter April 2018
Winter was over two weeks ago, and spring seems slow in coming. We have, however, some great spring events for you to plan for.
Our Trivia Night in mid March was a huge success with over 80 participants. Many thanks to Lin Perry and her sister Marilyn for organizing this event. Thanks also to John Donegan who gave a great assist and to Peter Kallop for donating the winning team’s prizes. We hope to repeat this Trivia event later this year.
“Launch into Spring” with the exciting band “Tranzfusion” on April 14th. The band will start it’s performance at 8:00 and continue until midnight. Cover charge will be only $10. Please make reservations for dinner and a table for the show. Non member guests are welcome but only if accompanied by a member.
On Friday, May 5th, Chef Gregory will whip up some special “Cinco de Mayo” fare. Sombreros and long colorful skirts are optional.
One the high points of our social calendar this year will be our annual sock burning event, to be held at noon on Saturday, May 12th at the Gazebo. I asked Fleet Captain and former Navy officer Bill Clyde about the origin of sock burning. He explained it was a Navy tradition whereby after a long winter aboard ship the crew was ordered to remove and destroy the one pair of socks they had worn throughout the winter and henceforth go sockless. I did not know this, having served in the Army where we were ordered to change socks every two weeks.
Our boating season officially starts on May 19th, with Commissioning Day. Our official commissioning event will be at 5:30 followed by drinks, dinner, and then our Jr Sail fundraiser auction and activities. One of our favorite bands, “Golden Touch“ will provide entertainment.
Board member, Sue Jones, has been contacting boaters and organizing club cruises, raft-ups and other boating activities for the summer. To date more than 25 of you boaters have signed on. I don’t know if Trappe Creek is big enough for all of you. Sue is having a cruising club meeting at 6:00 on April 19th with dinner to follow.
Look around our foyer next time you stop by. We have two new prints of paintings by George Wright, a renowned local artist with preparation and framing by Downtown Frame of Mind. Step further into the club house and you will see a trio of photographic reproductions and more of the same in the main dining area. The paintings in the foyer are ours, but the photographs are on loan from Jill Jasuta, a talented Cambridge photographer. This display of art work is part of our effort to update and expand our clubhouse décor and is being guided by our Rear Commodore, Nancy Johnson. If you particularly like the light house trio, we are considering purchasing it using member donations. If you like our art initiative, consider making a small cash donation. Just tell Linda.
We are working on some major maintenance issues. The Junior Sail dock suffered considerable damage during the recent storms and will need a rebuild. We continue to battle roof leaks in the dining room and are now getting bids to fix the roof HVAC ductwork which is the main contributor of our leakage problem. We have cleaned up and repaired some kitchen equipment and are considering the replacement of an aging stove. Finally, we will be adding some new refrigeration equipment to the Gazebo in anticipation of a robust season of Gazebo use.
Your enthusiasm for our club and our activities is evident in the increasing number of members using our restaurant, our marina, and attending our events. We, on the Board of the CYC, will continue to make “for the members” our priority.
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