Chatham Yacht Club
Teaching Love of Sailing on Pleasant Bay Since 1921
Spinsheet -August 30, 2022
What a great start the summer of 2022 was to the next century of Chatham Yacht Club! Across all CYC’s offerings – from the Sailing School to the weekly races to the Adult Sailing program to our multiple social events to another windy CYC Regatta to our accomplished 420 and Optimist Race Teams – this past season was an incredibly successful one for our sailing community.
Returning (one last time, I promise!) to a theme I mentioned several times during the summer, I want to thank you all for the time, talent, and treasure you offered to CYC over the recent months.
TIME: Our eight weeks together each summer at CYC is sadly very brief. Thank you for embracing every moment of it with us and for participating in so many ways as part of our Club community. I hope the time you spent at CYC was as special and memorable for you and your family as it was for me and mine.
TALENT: As you all know, CYC runs on volunteerism and all of you offered so many of your talents to the Club this past summer. It would be impossible to thank every single person who gave of themselves to CYC this year but I would like to especially thank the Executive Committee of Tracy Dart (Vice Commodore), Bart Wesp (Rear Commodore), Cindi Fitzmaurice (newly retired Treasurer), Carrie Spring (Secretary), and Julie Murphy and Barb Shipley (Sailing School Co-Chairs); our Adult Sailing Chairs of Gwen Shipley and Karen Taylor; our amazing Social Committee of Kristen Zabbo, Laura Etre, Nikki Bartlett, Jenna Benson, Deb McLean, Kerry Cahaly, and Jenn Gilmartin; the CYC Volunteer Co-Chairs, Alicia Downs and Sarah Lipson; Ted Dickson and the members of the CYC Race Committee; the members of the CYC Dock Committee; our great Patrol Captain, Mike Szymanski, and Fleet Captains, Kegan Berner and Jeff Howell; and our Gear Chair, Liz Kintz.
A very important set of people to thank for their talents are Ellen Fuller, Grace Gunsalus, and the incredible CYC Sailing School staff. These young people work incredibly hard and are called on daily to contribute in ways that fall outside their job descriptions. One tangible way we can all say thank you to our staff is by making a gift to the Staff Appreciation Fund. Please join me in making a contribution to express our gratitude to this amazing group. You can donate through the following link: https://chathamyachtclub.wildapricot.org/Donate.
TREASURE: One of the most important initiatives this past season was the Campaign for the Next Century, the capital campaign we announced at the CYC Opening Meeting with a goal to raise $350,000 to make the needed investments in the Club’s environment, sailboat and powerboat fleet, and infrastructure to position CYC for success in its next century. You responded to this call and were incredibly generous with your treasure, donating to-date over $365,000 towards our ambitious goal! We have begun making the investments in the areas targeted in the Campaign and will have more updates for you in the months ahead. Most importantly, I am so grateful for your generous support of CYC and I would in particular like to thank the Campaign Committee of Paul Burmeister, Natalie Coleman-Fuller, Tracy Dart, Alan McClennen, Bonnie Rosenthall, Anne Sampson, Cathy Taylor, and Bart Wesp.
I always find this time of the summer very bittersweet in Chatham. While the places, sights, and sounds are all the same on Pleasant Bay as they have been all summer, it is simply not the same because the people of CYC are no longer there each day. It is the people of CYC and the culture you’ve all created at our Club that makes CYC so special. We are very fortunate to share our eight-week season together and I look forward to next June when we can gather again. In the meantime, enjoy the end of summer, I hope you have a great start to the fall, and thank you again for a truly memorable summer 2022!
- Marshall Bartlett, Commodore
Chatham Yacht Club Executive, Sailing Series and Sailing School Awards were presented during the closing meeting on August 21st. Congratulations to each of you!
CYC SUMMER SNAPSHOT - What a summer!
STAFF APPRECIATION FUND
Our sailing school staff has done a wonderful job this year! If you feel positive about the job these hard working young people have done for the last eight weeks, or if you want to give an extra thank you for your child's sailing school experience, please donate to the staff appreciation fund. The club uses these funds to give bonuses to the teachers. Thank you!
ADULT SAILING GRATITUDE & APPRECIATION
Please join us in thanking our members who have contributed their time and energy developing and running our (fun!) ADULT sailing class.
And our amazing boat owners who have graciously loaned their boats to the program:
Thank you to our generous donors!
CHATHAM YACHT CLUB HOLIDAY GEAR ORDERS
Prepare for the HOLIDAYS and place your CYC gear orders early! Due to the custom and made-on-demand nature of the CYC gear, please allow for extended lead times to receive. We have been advised that all orders for the December holidays should be placed by November 8th.
CLUB HOUSE CLOSING AND CLEAN UP
THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who helped to clean and close our clubhouse and grounds. It's no easy task but this year went very smoothly and we finished in no time. CYC would not be able to open or close without your elbow grease, we are GRATEFUL. See you next June when it's time to do it in reverse!
PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF ANY WEATHER EVENTS
Any boats in the mooring field should be checked before and after - regardless if this is during the open CYC season or after this weekend.
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