Gull Lake Yacht Club: March & April

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The Gull Lake Yacht Club board has been busy this winter planning our 2013 schedule.  We are very excited with the growth and activity of the Club’s waterfront activities.  It is important that we keep sailing in the forefront our water activities and are always looking to keep the experience fresh and new.

Our biggest news this offseason involves the revamping our Junior Sailing Program.  We have hired a new Director of Sailing, Mike MacQueen, and hired new instructors to teach the kids.  We expect subtle changes to the program curriculum, but our focus is twofold.  First, we are looking to introduce sailing to as many children as possible in our “Learn to Sail” program.  We have enjoyed great success with the “Learn to Sail” program over the years and want to continue to see kids in Opti’s.  Second, we want to focus on racing for our more experienced students.  We are bringing back Thursday night family racing.  Our instructors will be on hand on Thursday nights to aid our racers and help those who want to learn to race.  Thursday night racing was immensely popular in the past and we look to re-establish the fun for the kids and parents alike.  And finally, once again, we have been asked to host a regional youth regatta which is a great honor and something for our racers to look forward to.  Our regatta is planned for July 12, and we will be looking for parent volunteers to help pull off this great event.

We are thrilled to see the formation of a new class in the Club.  The J22 fleet has been formed with as many as 5-6 boats expected to participate this summer.  The J22 is a great boat that offers comfort, stability, performance and affordability in sailing.  Long time member, Tick Ticknor is the new fleet captain and has some great ideas on how to involve families in this wonderful boat.  The J22 fleet will be racing on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons.  If you have interest in learning more about this great boat and new fleet please contact Me or Tick for more information.

Our last goal, this year is to help organize our Power boaters into a fleet.  Our slips are now full and we have great energy around our docks.  At many clubs around the country Sailing and Power boaters are joining forces to make the boating lifestyle one that is fun and social and does more than just coexist.  We are hoping to unite all our members  who love the boating lifestyle and generate an environment that everyone will want to be a part of.

We are looking forward to great times on the lake in 2013.

Who Has More Fun….

Jon VanderMolen
Commodore