Commodore Words
Yo-Auld Lang Syne Sloopers!

Great to see so many of you (including Slooper Santa!) at our annual Christmas party!  It was a terrific event, and we've received very good reviews regarding the new venue - the Nordic Heritage Museum!

At our party we announced that STYC has chosen the Ballard Food Bank as our 2011 BRBR beneficiary.  Congratulations Ballard Food Bank!  We also announced that we plan to offer to support our two runner-up organizations (Sail Sand Point, and Girls on the Run Puget Sound) in other ways during 2011.  Stay tuned!

Election results were as follows:
 2011 Commodore = Tim Morgenroth
 2011 Vice Commodore = Mike Beste
 2011 Secretary = Nigel Barron
 2011 Treasurer = Chris Halstead
 2011 Board Position #1 = Kirk Fraser
 2011 Board Position #3 = Mark Music

Thanks to our members for voting, and congratulations to the 2011 board!

We wrapped up our party announcements by honoring Carol Pearl for 20 Years of Outstanding Service to STYC!  Carol was STYC Commodore in 1992 and 1993, and has continued to be the glue that holds this club together since!  We have held our board meetings at Carol's house for the past few years, and Carol always takes the lead on organizing our big club gatherings - including our Spring Meeting, BRBR, our Fall Meeting, and the Christmas party! Thanks for everything, Carol!

It’s been a pleasure to serve as your Commodore for the past two years.  We’ve got a great thing going at STYC!  Keep it Fast, Fun, and Friendly!

Cheers!

Paul

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Yo Ho Ho Sloopers!

Hope to see you all at our annual Christmas Party to wrap up an excellent year of racing and cruising at STYC!  You should have received a full-color postcard in the mail (thanks, Bob Foulds!) with party details, but here they are again:  The Nordic Heritage Museum (new venue!) doors will open at 6p on Friday, Dec 10 and admission will again be $15/person.  The club will be providing dinner (7p) that will include salmon, roast beef, salads, beer, and wine, and members are asked to provide appetizers (last names A-M) and desserts (N-Z).  Gertrude’s Hearse will provide party tunes from 8p-11p.  The Ballard Food Bank will have a van in the museum’s parking lot to accept your donations.

As stipulated by STYC’s bylaws, elections will be held at this party.  Ballots are posted on the website and printed copies will be available at the museum entrance.  Completed ballots will be accepted until 8:30p, and we will then tally and announce results during the band’s intermission.

Cheers!

Paul

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Happy Yo-vember Sloopers!

Your board is hard at work planning STYC’s end of the year finale – the Christmas Party, which will be held on Friday, December 10 at the Nordic Heritage Museum – as well as beginning to plan for next year.  We also are beginning to discuss next year’s Blakely Rock Benefit Race beneficiary.  Please contact me or any other board member with your suggestions.  This is also last call for nominations for next year’s board members.  Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering next year or if you would like to nominate another member.

Also – member Deborah Bach and Three Sheets Northwest would like to invite you to a nautical book exchange that Three Sheets NW is hosting with Armchair Sailor. It is at 7p on Friday, Nov 5 at the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) and is designed to be a fun event where people can mingle, have a drink, meet other boaters and swap books.  Proceeds will be used to support CWB.  More details and registration information can be found at:  http://threesheetsnw.com/blog/archives/13088 (www.threesheetsnw.com)

Cheers!

Paul

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Yo Sloopers!

The Fall Regatta was a great way to finish off our 2010 racing season with bright sunshine, a 10-15 knot northerly, and challenging courses!  Thanks to Ben and Jen Braden for providing the RC boat, Vanadis, and to Ken Chin and the RC crew from Kowloon for running the regatta!  Ken Jones and his crew on Penetration won NFS Class 1, Kirk and Jen Fraser and their crew on Moonshine won FS Class 2, and Ken McDonald and his crew on Beltane won FS Class 3.  Congratulations to Moonshine for winning first overall in this regatta with three consecutive bullets!

Congratulations also to Kirk and Jen Fraser for winning the first Commodore's Cup of the new era with Moonshine!  The Commmodore's Cup will be presented at STYC’s Christmas Party on Friday, December 10 at the Nordic Heritage Museum.  We will also be holding our annual elections to determine next year's board at this party, as well as celebrating the year with good food, seasonal beverages, and the music of Gertrude's Hearse.  Mark your calendars!

Cheers!

Paul

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Happy Yo-Tober Sloopers!

The current forecast for this Saturday’s Fall Regatta is looking terrific - hope you are able to get out and enjoy a nice day of racing around the buoys!  Thanks to Ken Chin for providing both the RC boat (Kowloon) and RC crew for this last STYC race event of 2010!  This event will determine the winner of this year's newly formatted Commodore's Cup, which will be awarded at STYC’s Christmas Party on Friday, December 10 at the Nordic Heritage Museum.  Commodore's Cup standings (with one race to go) are posted above on the website.

As STYC has done for other US Sailing local training offerings, STYC will reimburse the $65 course fee for up to five members that attend US Sailing’s upcoming Judges Workshop and then volunteer to serve on a protest committee on three occasions next year.  Charlie Macaulay (Regional Administrative Judge, Area L) will be conducting this workshop in Issaquah on October 30/31.  For additional information, contact Charlie at (425) 766-3822 or cmacaulay@globalriskconsultants.com.

STYC swept the Seattle Jack and Jill Series this year!  Congratulations to STYC member boats Quixote, More Cowbell, and Moonshine for winning all three divisions as well as the club trophy, and to More Cowbell for also winning first overall!  Trophies will be presented at the SYC's Sailboat Awards Dinner on Friday, November 19.  STYC coordinated this year's series and we are providing the take-home trophies that will be presented at SYC.  We are also replacing the perpetual club trophy that has been missing in recent years.

Election of 2011 STYC board members will also occur at STYC’s Christmas Party.  Board members meet as a group approximately 10 times each year to discuss and coordinate STYC’s annual racing, cruising, and other club/community events.  This club is member-powered and we get out of it what we put into it.  Please contact me or any other board member to volunteer to serve on next year’s board, or to nominate other members for next year’s board.  STYC has a good thing going, and if you choose to volunteer you will certainly enjoy both helping out your club and learning what it takes to make STYC’s events happen!

Thanks!

Paul

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Yo Sloopers!

STYC's last two shorthanded sailing events of the year, the Single-Handed Race and the Jack and Jill Race, had both good participation and excellent breeze!  A great way to wrap up our summer racing calendar!  Next year STYC will be including shorthanded sailing events in a new shorthanded sailing series.  Stay tuned!

The Fall Membership Meeting was a good time as always!  Thanks to KAMgear for hosting, to Scott and Susan Burbank for providing a terrific presentation on their Vic-Maui experience, and to Robert Leighton for providing a discussion on marine safety!  Also at this meeting the membership passed a motion to allow non-members to enter one general STYC race event next year without requiring the standard $25 fee.

Our last racing event of the year will be the Fall Regatta on Saturday, October 16.  Moonshine and Grayling are currently battling it out for the top spot in the Commodore's Cup, and this race will determine the winner.

Contact STYC Cruise Director, Tammy Walker, if you are interested in leading any cruise events this fall.  It would be great to add one more this year before winter sets in!

Our Christmas Party will be held in a new venue this year.  Please plan to join us on Friday, December 10 at the Nordic Heritage Museum for good food, good times, and music provided by Gertrude's Hearse.  As always, we will be electing next year's board members at this party.  Contact this year's board if you are interested in being part of the board next year!

Thanks!

Paul

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Yo Sloopers!

Please plan to attend STYC’s Fall Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 16 at KAMgear’s Intergalactic Headquarters!  The club will provide burgers, salad, and beer, and members are asked to bring appetizers (A-L) and desserts (M-Z).  The grill will begin cooking at 6p, and our meeting will start at 7p.  At this meeting we will plan to discuss some new proposals for next years club events – including allowing non-members to enter one STYC race without paying a non-member entry fee, and additional promotion of shorthanded racing.  Following our membership discussion, Scott and Susan Burbank and Team Moto will present “To Maui and Back – What Does it Take?” and Robert Leighton will present “Marine Safety – Racing and Cruising.”

It is always great to see how much STYC accomplishes each year as a completely member-powered volunteer organization!  This is a truly great club thanks to members like you!  Please join us at the Fall Membership Meeting to provide your input on both this years prior events (including some new ones!), and upcoming future events.  We continue to receive great suggestions that we try to incorporate to keep STYC going in the right direction for our members.

Hope to see you all Thursday, September 16!

Thanks!

Paul

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Yo Ha Sloopers!

Congratulations to Kirk Fraser for winning both the Single-Handed Race and to both Kirk and Jen for winning first overall in the Jack and Jill Race on their boat Moonshine!  Moonshine, More Cowbell, and Dacha won Jack and Jill classes 1, 2, and 3, respectively.  Thanks to Dan Randolph for providing Nefarious as RC boat in the Single-Handed Race and to Scott Peterson for providing Runner as RC boat in the Jack and Jill Race.

Ballard Cup III had some great participation again this summer, with 35 boats registered!  Congratulations to Grayling, Moonshine, Zap, and Whistling Swan for winning classes 1, 2, 3, and 4, respectively!  Thanks to Event Chair Ross Peterson, STYC Race Chair Dan Randolph, and STYC Fleet Captain Bill Blodgett for serving as race committee for Ballard Cup III.

Also this summer, our new Spring Beach buoy was seen traveling north on a cruise to nowhere.  Thanks again to Dan Randolph, Scott Peterson, Andy Vatter, and the crew of Nefarious for retrieving the buoy and re-deploying it!  During the replacement dive Dan, Scott, and Andy determined that a severely corroded shackle was the reason that our new tackle had failed.  Dan will be following up with the supplier of this shackle to discuss this finding and acquire replacement shackles.  Now that we have completed this investigation, we are confident that the new Spring Beach buoy will remain on station for years to come!  Thanks also to member Reinhard Freywald for setting a temporary mark at Spring Beach at this year’s events when the permanent buoy was AWOL!

Thanks!

Paul

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Yo Sloopers!

Down the Sound was a great event - with boats finishing the long course both days, a fantastic party in Gig Harbor on Saturday night, and an awards party at Ballard Sails!  Congratulations to Rev, Grayling, Nefarious, First Edition, Alternate Reality, and Lady Too for winning classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, respectively, and to Nefarious for winning first overall!  Thanks to Val Maughmer and Mike Beste for providing the RC boats on the Seattle and Gig Harbor ends.  If you didn't join us this year, make sure to get this event on your calendar for next year.  Down the Sound looks like it will join Race to the Straits as a perennial favorite for racers in this region!

Next up are two more STYC shorthanded events - our Saturday, August 14 Single-Handed Race and our Sunday, September 12 Jack and Jill Race.  Please see the website’s Racing page for additional information, and come join us for these events!

Scott and Susan Burbank's Riptide 35, Terremoto, and Team Moto (Scott, Susan, Alex Simanis, and Skyler Palmer) were first to finish the Vic-Maui race!  They arrived in Lahaina on July 14 after 11 days, 15 hours, 20 minutes, and 49 seconds, and they placed second after Kinetic finished a day later and corrected over them.  Team Moto consisted entirely of STYC members, and their elapsed time ranks in the top third of fastest times (set mostly by long sleds) in the history of the race - dating back to 1968!  Congratulations Team Moto!  Scott and Susan are on their way back across the Pacific with two new crew membes, and they expect to arrive in Seattle before our Single-Handed race.  Watch for them and give them a Slooper-sized 'Welcome Back!'

Thanks!

Paul

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Yo Ha Sloopers!

We currently have 27 boats registered for the First Annual Down the Sound race to Gig Harbor and back.  Entries will continue to be received up until the 7p skippers meeting at the Quantum Sails loft with a $15 late entry fee.

We will also have some cruisers (both boat and auto) joining us in Gig Harbor on Saturday for the party.  Party tickets can be purchased through the website’s ‘Send Us Money’ link.  If you arrive early in Gig Harbor on Saturday, Mike Beste has invited you to join him at the finish line on the RC boat Bamboo.  Call Mikey (VHF 72) or STYC Cruise Chair, Tammy Walker (206-819-0000), to coordinate a dinghy ride from the Tides Tavern dock out to his Skookum 47 sailing/fishing/party vessel.  Bring your lawn chair, beverage, and PFD and relax on the water while cheering on boats as they finish.

First Annual Down the Sound t-shirts are available for purchase at the Sloop Tavern.  Pick up a shirt while you’re dropping off your entry!  Please also coordinate directly with Arabella’s Landing (253-851-1793) regarding Saturday night moorage for this event.

Thanks!

Paul

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Yo Sloopers!

Looks like summer has finally arrived, and now it’s time to start thinking about STYC’s first annual Down The Sound race on August 7 and 8!  This race is modeled after STYC’s very popular Race to the Straits, and it’s sure to be another great event!  Participants will race from Shilshole to Gig Harbor on Saturday, enjoy a summertime party with food, beverages, and prizes at Arabella’s Landing on Saturday night, and then race back to Shilshole on Sunday.  Register for the race (STYC website online registration is open) and reserve your moorage at Arabella's Landing now!

See the website’s Racing page for additional information.

Thanks!

Paul

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Yo Say Can You See, Sloopers!

We've wrapped up June racing with last Friday's Take-Your-Time Fridays race and Ullman Sails' BBQ and swag party at Shilshole Bay Marina and this Monday's last Ballard Cup II race and awards presentation at the Sloop.  Now we roll into July with more racing on both Mondays (Ballard Cup III) and Fridays (TYT Fridays – July Series) and July promises more sunshine and warmer weather!  Hope to see you all out enjoying summer racing on Mondays and Fridays in July!

Summer also means cruising!  Poulsbo has scheduled fireworks for July 3 again this year, and a contingent of STYC members plans to join the large gathering of cruisers anchored in Liberty Bay.  Be sure to fly your burgee and look for other STYC members if you’re heading over to Liberty Bay this weekend!

Have a Great Independence Day Holiday!

Paul

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Yo-loha Sloopers!

Four STYC members - Scott and Susan Burbank, Alex Simanis, and Skyler Palmer - have departed to deliver the Riptide 35, Terremoto, to Victoria where they will begin the Vic-Maui race on Saturday, July 3.

You can follow Terremoto’s progress both via ‘Yacht Tracker’ on the Vic-Maui website (http://www.vicmaui.org/), and via a SPOT tracking device link on the Team Terremoto website (http://team-moto.org/).  The Team Terremoto website’s Race Log page will also include both race updates from Terremoto and information on how to communicate with Terremoto during the race.

Go Terremoto!  Have a great sail to Lahaina!

Mahalo!

Paul

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Yo Sloopers!

Take-Your-Time Fridays races are underway!  Something new we are trying for these races is designating a Crew Pool area at the end of Shilshole’s X Dock (the dock closest to the boat ramp, with the two hoists near dry storage).  We hope that boats needing crew and/or willing to give rides will swing by X Dock on their way to the course and pick up folks that may be waiting there.  This may also be something worth trying on Monday nights and/or weekends if it seems like a good idea.  Let us know what you think!

Our June 2010 Anchorline is out - and it's a whopper!  We have moved into the 21st century (since it's been here for a decade now), and now deliver this newsletter electronically - which saved a lot of printing in the case of this newsletter!  This newsletter as well as our other previously printed annual publications, our race book and membership book, are now also available on this website.  The membership directory can be accessed by members after logging in to the members section of the website.

The Anchorline's Araminta article has generated a lot of discussion.  Look for additional 'lessons learned' articles to follow.

Thanks to board members Dan Randolph, Nate Creitz, and Bob Foulds for purchasing a new Spring Beach mark from Curd Buoy, constructing the anchor at Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel, and coordinating with Kvichak Marine to deploy the mark with the crew of the Kvichak Defender on April 7!  We now have a mark that we hope will allow local racers to be able to race to Spring Beach on Monday nights and weekends for many years to come!  Thanks also to Kvichak owners (and new STYC members!) Jim Meckley, Brian Thomas, and Keith Whittemore for contributing Kvichak’s resources towards this effort!

Our 30th Annual Blakely Rock Benefit Race was a huge success - we raised over $10,000 for the Ballard Food Bank!  Thanks to everyone that participated and helped STYC reach this first-ever five-figure goal!

Ballard Cup I had some great racing this year, with 38 boats registered!  Congratulations to Breeze, Moonshine, Sputnik, and Ishtar for winning classes 1, 2, 3, and 4, respectively!  Thanks to SBYC, STYC Race Chair Dan Randolph, and STYC Fleet Captain Bill Blodgett for serving as race committee for Ballard Cup I.  Ballard Cup II runs through June 28, and Ballard Cup III runs through August 9.

Thanks to STYC Cruise Director, Tammy Walker, and STYC members (and Three Sheets Northwest editors) Deborah Bach and Marty McOmber for organizing the Memorial Day Cruise to Bremerton / Neptune’s Bash and Rendesvous!  Stay tuned to the website’s Cruising Page for more details regarding upcoming cruises – including our traditional Cruise to Poulsbo for the July 3 fireworks in Liberty Bay.

Keep it Fast, Fun, and Friendly!

Paul

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Yo Sloopers,

Congratulations to those of you that completed what was certainly the most challenging Race to the Straits in its nine year history!  Halfway times were due May 5 at 6p, and results have now been finalized and posted to the STYC website (www.styc.org).  RTTS awards were presented at the Sloop Tavern on Monday, May 17.  Thanks to board members Christopher Butler and Nigel Barron for organizing this event as Event Chairs again this year!

STYC's Spring Race results have also been posted to the website.  The weather cooperated with both sun and a light northerly, which allowed for an enjoyable circumnavigation of Blake Island!  Congratulations to Grayling, More Uff Da, and Whistling Swan for winning the three classes of nineteen boats that competed in this event!  Thanks to board member and STYC Fleet Captain, Bill Blodgett, for serving at Event Chair for this year’s Spring Race!

The Memorial Day Weekend Neptune's Bash and Cruise to Bremerton was enjoyed by about a dozen boats - despite the weather!  Take-Your-Time Fridays races are now underway and those continue every Friday night through July.  Ballard Cup racing continues on Monday nights through August 9.  See both the Cruising Page and Racing Page for details regarding these events.

Thanks for Keeping STYC Fast, Fun, and Friendly!

Cheers!

Paul

Below is information provided by the Seattle Thistle Fleet regarding the David Dellenbaugh Lecture benefitting The Sailing Foundation.
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An Evening with David Dellenbaugh Lecture Event

The Seattle Thistle Fleet, along with CYC and The Sailing Foundation, is hosting an evening with Dave Dellenbaugh.  You know Dave as the publisher, editor, and author of Speed & Smarts as well as his multiple world and national titles.  Oh yea, and he was the winning America's Cup helmsman in 1992.

His topic of discussion will be, "Strategic and Tactical Rules of Thumb for Faster Sailing".  We want to extend an invitation to the entire sailing community to share in his wisdom and experience.

Date:           Friday, May 7
Time:          Doors open at 6:30pm.  Talk begins at 7:00pm
Location:     MOHAI - Museum of History and Industry
Admission:  $10.   Proceeds will benefit The Sailing Foundation
Info:            SeattleThistles.org

We are excited to share this event with the sailing community in Seattle so please forward this e-mail and attachment to any friends, fleet/club members or others in your network.

Thanks!

Jen Wisemore
Seattle Thistle Fleet
www.seattlethistles.org

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Thanks to all participants for helping to make this year's STYC Blakely Rock Benefit Race a huge success!  It looks like we may make our goal of raising $10,000 for the Ballard Food Bank!

Jan Anderson's race photos can be viewed individually via Flickr at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/75869001@N00/sets/72157623836076320/
or as a full-screen slideshow at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/75869001@N00/sets/72157623836076320/show/
Jan and Skip Anderson donated the $20 cost of each high resolution digital image to BRBR and the Ballard Food Bank!

The BRBR silent auction page has been updated with final results.  Please contact me or Treasurer Chris Halstead regarding payment and collection of auction items.  Checks should be delivered to STYC made payable to the Ballard Food Bank.

STYC's next event is another big one!  The ninth annual Race to the Straits will be held on May 1 and 2!  Please plan to participate in this race to Port Townsend on Saturday, the mid-race party at the American Legion Hall on Saturday night, and the race back to Shilshole on Sunday!  We are still currently in need of race committee boat(s) on the Seattle end on both Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon. Please contact event chairs Nigel Barron and Christopher Butler or any other board member if you are able to help with this event.

Cheers!

Paul

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Revised BRBR results have been posted (4/13/10).  A clock malfunction on the RC boat immediately prior to the scheduled start of Class 2 (11:05a) created a chain of events that eventually resulted in a restart of Class 2 (11:40a) and subsequent starts.  We apologize for the confusion.  Please monitor VHF 72 and RC signal flags when unclear regarding the starting sequence.

Thanks!

Paul

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BRBR Update - Late entries are accepted (with $10 late fee, which also goes to the food bank) up until Saturday's 9:30a skippers meeting.

Please see Deborah Bach's article on the Three Sheets Northwest website (http://www.threesheetsnw.com/) for an excellent summary of this event and more information regarding the Ballard Food Bank's current situation.

The sun has returned to the Pacific Northwest!  Get out the boats!  We're going to have a great time on Saturday!

Thanks!

Paul

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Our next STYC event on the calendar is a big one!  Please plan to participate fully in this year’s 30th Annual STYC Blakely Rock Benefit Race on April 10!  STYC is hoping to set a new fundraising record in order to help offet the Ballard Food Bank's record needs this year!  Attend the breakfast (7:00a-9:00a) with your crew and purchase shirts, hats, raffle tickets, and bid on silent auction items!  The current race time forecast is calling for sun and a northerly - perfect!  The awards/raffle party begins at 7p, and we hope to see you there!!!

Our club members and local marine professionals are coming up with some great ideas for donations this year – including donations of their time and services.  We are also receiving direct cash donations for the Ballard Food Bank.  Please check the website's BRBR Donors List and Silent Auction pages for our current list of donations - and let me or any other board member know if you have any additional suggestions regarding fundraising or event improvements.

Thanks for helping support this event and the Ballard Food Bank!

Paul

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Yo Ha Sloopers!

We should be proud to be a members of this all-volunteer club that does so much for local sailing and our community!  Already this year we’ve had many great examples of this.

Our March 18 Spring Membership Meeting was a great example where many members volunteered to help with future events and also provided some excellent input and offers for help with the upcoming 30th Annual Blakely Rock Benefit Race (BRBR) on Saturday, April 10.  CSR donated another free haul-out for the meeting, which we raffled off to raise $230 for the Ballard Food Bank.  Thanks again to CSR!  Following our membership discussion at the Spring Membership Meeting, NW Yachting's Bruce Hedrick provided an excellent presentation regarding 30th Annual BRBR weather and tactics.  Thanks, Bruce – and thanks to members Bill Blodgett and Kathryn Meyer for hosting the Spring Membership Meeting at KAMgear, to Bill for also coordinating with Maritime Brewery, to Dan Randolph and crew for transporting the barbeque, to Skyler Palmer and Alex Simanis for working the grill during the meeting, and to Carol Pearl, Tammy Walker, and Lisa Doherty for managing the food and other remaining meeting logistics!

Please plan to participate fully in this year’s 30th Annual BRBR.  We are hoping to set a new fundraising record to help support the Ballard Food Bank during their time of record need.  Attend the 7a breakfast with your crew and buy the entire crew hats, shirts, and raffle tickets.  Members are coming up with other creative ways of donating – including donations of time and services that some of our members are uniquely qualified to provide.  We plan to implement a silent auction of some donated items online via the STYC website in advance of the April 10 event.  We are also accepting direct cash donations for the Ballard Food Bank.  Please let me or any other board member know if you have any additional suggestions regarding fundraising or event improvements.

Thanks to Bob Foulds for his work on this website.  Please change your bookmarks to our new domain name www.styc.org, and please provide your comments regarding how we can make this website work well for the club.  Our race documents and most other club documents are all available online now.

Lisa Doherty continues to do great work as our new Clubhouse Coordinator!  Lisa has cleaned up our trophy case and is updating our perpetual trophies that were last updated in 1993!  She is also working with Airloom crewmember Dave Esty (Custom Wood Interiors Inc.) to build an additional corner cabinet between the trophy case and the front window.  The corner cabinet will house additional trophies as well as a digital photo frame donated by member David Marod.  We also plan to soon be flying a STYC burgee on the mast above the tavern!

Thanks for helping to Keep STYC Member-Powered, Fast, Fun, and Friendly!

Paul

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Yo Sloopers!

The board hopes to see you all at our Spring Membership Meeting at KAMgear on Thursday, March 18!  This meeting is a great opportunity for you to meet this year’s board, to hear what we’ve currently got planned for 2010, to ask any questions you may have, and to make suggestions for improvements to your club.  One of our meeting topics will be our 30th Annual Blakely Rock Benefit Race (BRBR), which is next on our racing calendar on Saturday, April 10.  A box will be available at our meeting for your donations to the Ballard Food Bank.  We will discuss this upcoming event and your ideas regarding how to set a new record for fundraising for the Ballard Food Bank this year.  Some great ideas have come in already!  Please let me or any other board member know if you have any additional suggestions regarding fundraising or event improvements.  Following our membership discussion, NW Yachting's Bruce Hedrick will provide a presentation regarding weather and tactics for our 30th Annual BRBR.  Thanks, Bruce!

It appears that all revisions to 48 North’s Top 25 Boats of 2009 have now been completed – and the final results include the following six STYC member boats:

 #1 – Money Shot, Mike Schiltz (Co-Winner!)
 #3 – Here & Now, Pat Denney
 #12 – More Uff Da, Ben Braden
 #13 – Kowloon, Ken Chin
 #17 – Runner, Dan Randolph
 #25 – Tryst, Stuart Farrell

Congratulations to these Top 25 award winners from 2009!

Thanks!

Paul

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Yo Ha Sloopers!

March has arrived, the sailing calendar is beginning to heat up, and STYC has already kicked off 2010 in fine fashion with both a great race and a cruise!  More information on those events below.  We also have two other big events coming soon - our Spring Membership Meeting at KAMgear on Thursday, March 18 (see copy of postcard mailing above), and the 30th Annual Blakely Rock Benefit Race (BRBR) on Saturday, April 10!  This year's BRBR will benefit the Ballard Food Bank, and we hope to set a new fundraising record in order to help address the Ballard Food Bank's record needs.  Please let me or any other board member know if you have any ideas regarding fundraising and/or are able to help us out.  Raffle donations are already rolling in from local area businesses.  Please make sure this Grand Prix qualifying event is on your calendar, and come to the Spring Membership Meeting to hear NW Yachting's Bruce Hedrick discuss weather and tactics for this year's 30th Annual BRBR!

Despite the threat of little to no wind, the race committee was able to run the long course for the January 30 Iceberg Race - and all competitors finished by mid afternoon!  A terrific turnout (29 boats in 5 classes!) and a well-run race made for a great day on the water, which was followed by a great evening at the Sloop!  Thanks to John and Lisa Doherty for volunteering as Event Chairs and hosting the Iceberg Race!  Also thanks to Bill and Kirk Fraser for providing the committee boat, Tir Na Nog, and to Mike Beste and Tom Barrigan for also serving as race committee.  Also - thanks to STYC Race Chair Dan Randolph and STYC member Reinhard Freywald for setting temporary marks at Skiff Point and Spring Beach on the morning of the race!  This was the first of many opportunities to accumulate points towards this year’s newly formatted Commodore’s Cup, which will be awarded to the boat with the best five scores of STYC’s eleven events.  See the 2010 race book for more details.

About a dozen boats (Bamboo, Dacha, Quixote, Vanadis, Kowloon, Blue Martini, Peko, Tsunami, Ishtar, Illusionist, and Lucidity) participated in this year's February 27 Winter Cruise to Poulsbo, and a great time was had by members of various local clubs!  Some participants even raced in PMYC's Jim Depue Memorial Race on the way to Poulsbo on Saturday!  Thanks to STYC Cruise Director, Tammy Walker, and STYC members Ben and Jen Braden for organizing this cruise - and thanks to Poulsbo for continuing to produce great pickled herring!

We had a good turnout of five STYC members (Tom Barrigan, Dan Randolph, Bill Blodgett, Mike Beste, and me) at the US Sailing Basic Race Management Seminar that was held at CYC on January 23.  Thanks again to STYC Past Race Chair, Tom Barrigan, for helping make this seminar happen and working to improve regional race management!

To keep our club fully member-powered, STYC needs volunteers for both racing and non-racing activities.  Please contact Race Chair, Dan Randolph, or Past Race Chair, Tom Barrigan, to volunteer to help with race events and contact Cruise Director, Tammy Walker, to volunteer to help with cruise events.  Contact any STYC board member to discuss where else you might be able to help the club and we will make sure you have a good time doing whatever you choose to help with!

Thanks, and Keep it Fast, Fun, and Friendly!

Paul

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Yo Sloopers!

This is a reminder regarding the following upcoming events:

1/22 Mini Transat Presentation by Craig Horsfield and Chris Tutmark at CYC

1/23 US Sailing Basic Race Management Seminar at CYC

1/27 STYC Renewal Party at the Sloop Tavern

1/30 STYC Iceberg Race

2/26-28 STYC Poulsbo Cruise

STYC Past Race Chair, Tom Barrigan, has helped coordinate the Basic Race Management Seminar and STYC is hoping that members will attend to help build our race management crew.  The club has agreed to reimburse the registration for the first five members that attend the seminar and then serve on the STYC race committee for three race events.

STYC membership dues are based upon the calendar year but there is a grace period that extends through the end of this month.  To make renewal easy (and maybe just for an excuse to get together at the Sloop Tavern) we are again holding our annual renewal party at the Sloop next Wednesday, January 27 (~7:00p - 9:30p).  Stop by the Sloop to meet your 2010 board members and drop off your renewal.

The Iceberg Race and Poulsbo Cruise are sure to be great events.  Thanks to John and Lisa Doherty and Ben and Jen Braden for volunteering as Event Chairs for these events.  Check the STYC website’s Racing and Cruising pages for event details.  We also are beginning to plan for this year's Blakely Rock Benefit Race, which will benefit the Ballard Food Bank again at this year's event on April 10.  The Ballard Food Bank's needs have grown by 25% over the past year, and we hope to surpass our previous donation amounts by 25% as well.  Please let me or any other board member know if you have any ideas and/or are willing to help the cause.

Thanks!

Paul

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Yo Sloopers!

It was great to see and chat with many of you at our annual Christmas Party on December 11!  It was a great event, and the perfect way to finish off a fantastic year!  Thanks to Lisa Doherty and Tammy Walker for cooking the prime rib, to Skyler Palmer for cooking the salmon, and to Carol Pearl for working the kitchen and putting together the salads and just about everything else!  Thanks very much to member Dianne Carlson who did a fantastic job with decorations for the event!  Bill Blodgett performed an amazing rescue after we set a new land speed record for beer consumption (we ran dry at 9:30p) and he was able to deliver another keg from Ballard and get it tapped before Little Bill and the Bluenotes had worked through three songs!  Thanks to Tom Barrigan for working the door, accepting admission and donations for the Ballard Food Bank, and soliciting membership volunteers for next year’s club events!  Thanks also to all the other board members that helped set up and clean up the event – it was a terrific group effort, and an example of what makes this club such a good one!

Our first race event of 2010 will be our Iceberg Race on Saturday, January 30.  This will be your first opportunity to begin accumulating points towards next year’s newly formatted Commodore’s Cup, which will be awarded to the boat with the best five scores of STYC’s eleven events.  See the 2010 race book for more details.

To keep our club fully member-powered, we need additional help staffing both racing and non-racing positions next year.  Please contact next year's Race Chair, Dan Randolph, or Past Race Chair, Tom Barrigan, to volunteer to help with race events and contact Cruise Director, Tammy Walker, to volunteer to help with cruise events.  Contact any STYC board member to discuss where you can help the club and we will make sure you have a good time doing whatever you choose to help with!

Thanks for a great year, enjoy your holidays, and Keep it Fast, Fun, and Friendly!

Paul

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Yo Ho Ho Sloopers!

Hope to see you all at our annual Christmas Party to wrap up a good year of racing and cruising at STYC!  You should have received a full-color postcard in the mail (thanks, Bob Foulds!) with party details.  This is always a great event!  Contact me or any other board member if you need more information.

Thanks to Nigel Barron and Alex Simanis for co-chairing our Fall Regatta on Halloween!  We had a good turnout, good weather, and great breeze, which all combined to make a terrific event!  Congratulations to Tim Onders’ Frog Prints (1st Place, NFS Class 1), Duke Phan’s Grayling (1st Place, NFS Class 2), Ross Peterson’s Tenacious (1st Place, FS Class 3), and John and Lisa Doherty’s Dacha (1st Place, FS Class 4)!

Tom Barrigan has helped coordinate a US Sailing Basic Race Management Seminar that will be conducted at the CYC clubhouse on Saturday, January 23, 2010.  Thanks, Tom!  Hope to see some of you there to help build next year's race officer pool!

Cheers!

Paul

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Yo Sloopers!

Congratulations to Money Shot (1st Place, P05), Ladybug (1st, P07), More Uff Da (2nd, P07), Three Ring Circus (3rd, P07), Little Blue Dune Buggy (4th, P07), South Lake Union Trolley (5th, P06), Blue Martini (6th, P06), Kowloon (7th, P06), Moose Unknown (8th, P06), Vanguard (9th, P05), and Sputnik (12th, P07) on a job well done representing STYC at SYC's Grand Prix!

We will finish off the year with our annual end of the year bash on Friday, December 11 at the CYC clubhouse.  It is sure to be a terrific time as always, and we hope to see you all there.  We hold our annual club elections at this party each year.  Please submit any nominations you have for next year’s board no later than Nov 1, as outlined in our bylaws (see the website's Bylaws page).  You can e-mail them to me and/or any other current board member.  Our contact information and current board positions are identified on the website's Board Members page.  The following positions are up for election this year, although term limits have not expired on the current four executive officers (Commodore, Vice-Commodore, Secretary, Treasurer):

Elected Positions / Position Descriptions
Commodore(1-yr term, 2 term limit) / Preside at meetings, represent club, sign membership cards, propose club operating budget, enforce bylaws

Vice Commodore(1-yr term, 2 term limit) / Assist Commodore, coordinate/obtain USCG race permits, oversee magazine publicity (race event announcements/results) - future Commodore

Secretary(1-yr term, 2 term limit) / Prepare meeting minutes and distribute on request, make membership applications available, complete/deliver membership cards, collect/sort club mail, maintain bylaws

Treasurer(1-yr term, no term limit) / Prepare annual budget for board approval, provide financial reports at board meetings, deposit/dispurse funds from club checking account, complete tax reports, maintain club registration

Board Position #2(2-yr term,beginning even year) / Attend board meetings, support club events/administration

Board Position #4(2-yr term,beginning even year) / Attend board meetings, support club events/administration

It was great to see many of you at the Fall Membership Meeting!  We discussed the current state of the club, and how we are member-powered.  We have had personnel turnover at both handicapping positions this year, and Dan Randolph will be assuming the Race Chair position from Tom Barrigan next year (thanks, Dan!).  To keep our club fully powered, we also need your help supporting the roles identified on the Board Members page – including the following 2010 race event volunteer positions:

Volunteer Positions / Position Descriptions

Race Management / Collect race entries, check eligibility/rating, check class breaks, maintain race equipment, coordinate race event chairs

Race Event Chair / Coordinate RC Boat, PRO, RC Crew(4 in addition to PRO), Scorer, Protest Committee, Trophies, coordinate with Sloop Tavern (skippers meeting/awards party), host results party

Principle Race Officer / Pick up race equipment, run skippers meeting, run race, clean shotgun, clean and return race equipment

Race Scoring / Build and post class breaks, score results, provide results to EC and post to website

Protest Committee / Hear and evaluate protests following race event

RC Boat / Provide race event start/finish vessel

RC Crew / Attend race event and support PRO

The club is able to support your volunteer efforts in many ways, including reimbursement of fees (US Sailing Race Management Course, fuel/supply costs, etc.), and we aim to make sure you have a good time at any position you volunteer for.  Please let us know where you’re able to help out!

At the Fall Membership Meeting we also discussed making some changes within the club to keep pace with the times.  Two motions (one for each document) were made to issue electronic (pdf file) rather than printed copies of the race book and membership book next year, and both of these motions passed.  Please let us know what other changes (if any) you’d like to see at STYC.

Thanks!!!

Paul

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Hello Again (HeA) Sloopers!

We’ve made it three quarters of the way around this year’s lap of the sun.  Hope you all had a great summer and are ready for upcoming fall racing and cruising, as well as two big STYC meetings/parties!  Thanks again to all those who have participated in club events thus far this year, and thanks to all those who have volunteered their time to help make them a success!

RACING
Summer racing included Ballard Cup races on Monday nights, the Single-Handed Race, and the Jack and Jill Race.  Congratulations to member Duke Phan for winning all three Ballard Cup series (I, II, and III) in the non-flying sails division!  Duke and his Q Boat, Grayling, have been long-time regulars on Shilshole Bay on Monday nights.  Speaking of Duke and Grayling, I received an interesting call from the Herreshoff Marine Museum regarding a Q Boat, Tondelyo, which they had recently rescued from demolition.  They wanted to get in touch with Duke to find out more about him and Grayling and also let him know about Tondelyo, which is apparently the oldest surviving Q Boat – designed and built in 1909 by Nathanael Greene Herreshoff (NGH).  Did you know that J.P. Morgan Jr. commissioned NGH to design Grayling in 1923?  Great history!

This summer’s Single-Handed Race (August 15) and Jack and Jill Race (September 12) were both held on beautiful warm (hot!), sunny days – and the Single-Handed Race even had breeze!  The last STYC race of the year is the Fall Regatta, which occurs on Halloween this year.  Hope to see you all out there to show us your tricks on the race course, and to partake in Sloop Tavern treats following the race!  This is the fourth and final qualifier for the STYC Commodore’s Cup.

CRUISING
Cruise Director Tammy Walker is continuing to do great work coordinating cruising events this year.  This year's Memorial Day GOTBOATi cruise to Port Orchard (thanks Ben and Jen Braden!), July 3 cruise to Poulsbo (thanks Mike Beste!), and September 26/27 Tides Tavern Trek to Gig Harbor (thanks John and Lisa Doherty!) were great successes!  Please watch the cruising page on the website and/or use the website forum to get involved with cruising events and/or suggest future cruising/social events.

MEETINGS / PARTIES / ETC.
Our Fall Spring Membership Meeting will be held at KAMgear on Thursday, October 15.  Nigel Barron will be giving a presentation on member boat Artemis’ participation in this year’s Transpac Race.  Come join your fellow Sloopers for burgers, beer, salad and potluck appetizers/desserts at KAMgear, place your order for STYC apparel, and listen to stories from Transpac.  We also plan to discuss the State of the Club.  Times are changing, and our club is striving to keep pace.  We have a new handicapping team (thanks, Kirk Utter and Nate Creitz!), and we are currently developing a new organizational structure for our race committee.  Thanks to former handicappers, Stuart Farrell and Bob Bonney, and to former Race Committee Chair, Tom Barrigan.  Please plan to attend our membership meeting to voice your opinions related to the future direction of the club, and to find out where you can help!

As always, we will conclude our year with a fantastic party!  Please join us at CYC on Friday, December 11 (NOT the night before Winter Vashon this year!), for food, drink, music (Little Bill and the Blue Notes), and a great time!

Keep it Fast, Fun, and Friendly!

Paul Kalina
2009 STYC Commodore

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Yo Sloopers!

Congratulations to Little Blue Dune Buggy, Here and Now, Money Shot, Blue Martini, Kowloon, Runner, Ishtar, Zap, Slingshot, Vanguard, and Lady L for a great STYC showing at Star and Bar!  Thanks to John and Lisa Doherty for organizing the Tides Tavern Trek on September 26/27.  It was a great event - a two day circumnavigation of Vashon Island with a Saturday night stay at the Tides.  See the website's Cruising Page for additional details regarding this cruise event.

Paul

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Yo Ha Sloopers!

We’ve had a great start to 2009 and a great upwind leg!  Now we’re turning the windward mark and starting our run to this year's finish.  Thanks to all those who have participated in club events thus far this year, and thanks to all those who have volunteered their time to help make them a success!

RACING

First on our beat upwind was the sunny Iceberg Race, followed soon thereafter by another terrific Blakely Rock Benefit Race.  Winter finally came to an end on April 4, the sun came out again, and we raised over $6,500 for the Ballard Food Bank!  Race to the Straits and the Spring Race were also blessed with good weather this year.  The vast majority of this year’s Race to the Straits participants experienced both favorable winds and tides and were able to finish the long course both days.  Thanks to event co-chairs Christopher Butler, Nigel Barron, and Alex Simanis for coordinating all the logistics for this race.  Ballard Cups I/II have had good turnouts and great racing this year as well.  Please see Ken Chin’s article in the June Anchorline for a wrap up of Ballard Cup I.

Our events are successful due to the efforts of our volunteers that provide their time and/or vessels.  Thanks to Race Chair, Tom Barrigan, for coordinating our race events throughout the year, to Web Master, Bob Foulds, for event scoring and web posting, and to the following other volunteers for the first half of 2009:

    Event / RC Boat / RC Crew

    Iceberg Race / SV Theory – Tom Barrigan / John and Lisa Doherty, Mike Beste
    Blakely Rock Benefit Race / MV Slack Alice – Jonathan Little / Tom Barrigan, Robert Leighton, and the Bellingham Yacht Club race committee
    Race to the Straits-Seattle / SV Figaro – Pete Serafin / Carol Pearl, Chris Halstead, Laurie Turay, Duncan and Deborah Hunter, Jean Penney
    Race to the Straits-Port Townsend / SV Spice – Bob Leighton / Tom Barrigan, Bob Foulds
    Spring Race / SV Theory – Tom Barrigan / Steve Tindall
    Ballard Cup I/II / MV Olele - SBYC / Ross Peterson, Andy Scheen, Don Sarin

Still on the racing calendar for this year are Ballard Cup III, the Single-Handed Race, the Jack and Jill Race, and the Fall Regatta.  Please see Tom Barrigan’s article in the June Anchorline regarding our need for additional support for RC boats and crew, and please contact Tom or I, or any of the event chairs (Tom Barrigan – Ballard Cup III, Dan Randolph – Jack and Jill, Ken Chin – Single-Handed Race, Nigel Barron/Christopher Butler/Alex Simanis – Fall Regatta) to discuss how you can help STYC with these events.

Many STYC members have shown some great performances in local, regional, and national races thus far this year.  Watch the Transpac website (http://www.transpacrace.com/) to track STYC vessel “Artemis” and members Lou Bianco, Nigel Barron, and Christopher Butler as they race 2,225-nautical miles from Long Beach to Hawaii.  Transpac 2009 begins Monday, June 29, and Artemis starts on Thursday, July 2.

CRUISING

Cruise Director Tammy Walker worked with Ben and Jen Braden and “Get Out The Boat”  to put on a terrific GOTBOATi event over the Memorial Day weekend.  Please see Tammy’s article in the June Anchorline to read all about the great times had by all during this event.

STYC members have traditionally sailed to Liberty Bay and rafted up for Poulsbo’s July 3rd fireworks.  This year’s fireworks were originally cancelled by the organizers due to lack of funding, but the City of Poulsbo has recently announced that the show will go on!   Poulsbo volunteers and the Viking Fest Corporation have announced that they will host “Poulsbo’s Fireworks on the 3rd” sponsored by the Suquamish Clearwater Casino and citizen donation.  The contemporary Navy band “Passage” will play at the Kvelstad Pavilion in Liberty Bay Park at 8:30p, and the fireworks will start at 10p.  Sail over to Liberty Bay, proudly display your STYC burgee, and enjoy the fireworks with your fellow Sloopers!  The website’s Forum page would be a good place to coordinate logistics with other members.

Watch the website’s Cruising page for additional summer/fall cruise events, and contact Cruise Director, Tammy Walker, with any ideas/suggestions.

OTHER

It was great to see many of you at our Spring Membership Meeting on May 28.  Thanks for KAMgear for providing the venue (and their embroidering services), and thanks to Northwest Rigging for the rigging presentation and comic relief!

Member Lisa Doherty has been doing terrific work sprucing up the STYC trophy case.  The case and trophies have been cleaned/repaired, and the brass plaques on the trophies have been polished so that they are legible again!  Please thank Lisa for all her hard work the next time you see her on Dacha and/or at the Sloop!  Thanks also to Jay and Catherine Thiele for the new beautiful wooden plaque with “Sloop Tavern Yacht Club” engraved on it at the top of the trophy case!  Lisa is also moving forward with updating the trophies with additional plaques to bring trophies up to date.

Enjoy the downwind run this summer, and Keep it Fast, Fun, and Friendly!

Paul Kalina
2009 STYC Commodore
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Race to the Straits 2009

Thanks to all who participated in this year's Race to the Straits!  Results have been posted, and unless we hear of any scoring issues we will begin engraving trophies immediately.
Trophies will be presented at the Sloop Tavern beginning at 8:30p on Monday, May 18.  See you there!

Jan Anderson of Jan’s Marine Photography (janepix@harbornet.com) was able to take some great photos near the mark at Double Bluff. You can view her photos at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/75869001@N00/sets/72157617656216750/

Thanks, Jan!

Paul
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BRBR Photos

STYC member Bob Connell was on the water taking photos of this year's race.  You can view his photos (and download them for free, too) at the following web address:

http://picasaweb.google.com/bobconnell/STYCBlakelyRock2009#

Thanks, Bob!

Paul
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BRBR Results and Trophies

Blakely Rock Benefit Race results have been posted.  Thanks to all who participated and helped STYC raise over $6,500 for the Ballard Food Bank!

For those of you that were not able to pick up your trophies after the race, we will have trophies available for pick up at the Sloop Tavern after Ballard Cup racing - 8p, April 20.  See you there!

Paul
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Yo Sloopers!

The National Weather Services delivers the following good news: the snow WILL stop and the sun WILL come out for the Blakely Rock Benefit Race! In addition to the great weather, we will be serving up a terrific blintz breakfast at 7a. The skippers meeting is at 9:30a, the first gun is at 11a, and the awards and raffle begin at 7p. Please come out and join the fun and help support the Ballard Food Bank! Raffle items are being listed on the website on the BRBR Race page. We will also be conducting a silent auction for jewelry and other items.

Hope to see you all at BRBR!

Thanks!

Paul
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BLAKELY ROCK BENEFIT RACE
APRIL 4th 2009
PHRF, One Design, and Cruising Classes
Blintz Breakfast 0700
Skippers Meeting 0930
First Gun 1100
Awards/Raffle Party at the Sloop Tavern at 1900
Silent Auction
Hats / T-Shirts
PRESENTED ON BEHALF OF THE BALLARD FOOD BANK
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Yo Ha (there's an Ahoy in there somewhere) Sloopers!

2008 was an excellent year!  Thanks to all those who participated in club events, and to all those who volunteered to make them a success.  Past Commodore, Neil Bennett, did a wonderful job of orchestrating the STYC board and club events.  Thanks, Neil!  This year’s board has many of the same faces, with the exception of outgoing Secretary, Park Densmore and incoming Board Members Dan Randolph, Nate Creitz, and Alex Simanis.  Thanks to Park for his service as Secretary, and welcome to new Board Members Dan, Nate, and Alex!  Please check the Board Members page on the STYC website for the names and contact information of your representatives who volunteer to keep STYC running smoothly.  Tell them that you appreciate their efforts, and let them know if you can help them out with anything this year!

It was great to see so many of you at our year end party on December 5.  It was a fantastic time, with great food, drink, and music provided by Beckie Sue and Her Big Rockin’ Daddies!  It was the perfect way to wrap up a terrific year that included impressive performances by members in so many regional races.  Congratulations to STYC members Ben Braden, Pat Denney, Dan Randolph, Ken Chin, Nate Creitz, Mike Schiltz, and Scott Burbank for placing in 48 North’s Top 25 last year!

2009 is looking good, too!  We’ve got some new members, and it was great to see both old and new at our annual membership renewal party at the Sloop on January 28.  New member Tammy Walker and Jen Braden have volunteered to be co-Cruise Directors this year, and they quickly organized the first cruise of the year along with Ben Braden - in February!  Ben’s “Get Out The Boat” initiative has caught fire, and he is doing a great job of working to get boats out and participating in events more often this year.  What better way to forget about shoveling snow this past winter than to sail to Port Madison and Port Orchard with Ben and Jen and fire up the BBQ!  Stay tuned for more cruising and social opportunities this year, get out your boat, and enjoy the fun!

Racing this year is looking to include new divisions, new events, new trophies, and new rules!  Back by popular demand will be flying sails divisions in STYC races this year.  We are currently reviewing alternatives for new events and additional trophies to recognize members that perform well in multiple events.  Come to the Spring Membership Meeting in April to give us your thoughts and help determine the outcome.  It was good to see many of you at Dick Rose’s seminar on January 16.  If you aren’t familiar with the new rules yet, you can let North U bring you up to speed at the seminar at SYC on March 22 before our next race – the Blakely Rock Benefit Race on April 4.

Our first race of the year, the Iceberg Race, had a good turnout on a beautiful sunny day.  Tom Barrigan, Race Chair, did another terrific job running this race and made the right call again by sticking with the short course.  Thanks, Tom!  Participants had a great day, and were able to find enough breeze in Shilshole Bay to finish the race before the Sound was becalmed.
Next up is the Blakely Rock Benefit Race.  This is always a fantastic event!  It’s a great opportunity to help our community, and it’s a Grand Prix qualifier!  Raffle items are already rolling in from local businesses.  I hope you all plan to join the fun, come to the breakfast, buy shirts, buy hats, buy raffle tickets, come to the awards party, and help support the Ballard Food Bank!  All proceeds generated during the event will go to the food bank, and this year they need our help more than ever.  Not long after BRBR is this year’s Race to the Straits on May 2.  Please contact me if you are able to help us out with either of these two upcoming big events.

Bob Foulds, Webmaster, has added some useful features to our website that include online renewal using PayPal and a discussion Forum.  Thanks, Bob!  This discussion Forum is a great tool – let’s make good use of it to communicate with each other and generate new ideas for growing our membership, increasing club participation, and serving our community.  If you’ve got ideas we want to hear them!

I look forward to serving as your Commodore this year!  Keep it Fast, Fun, and Friendly!

Paul Kalina
2009 STYC Commodore