As I sit here writing this note, Christmas carols are playing, the weather forecast has snow coming this weekend and long range forecast of a week of 50 degree days to follow! Weather blogs are saying this is the warmest period in recorded weather history. At the December Yacht Club meeting, there were comments that we should re-launch the boats! I feel for the Ice Boaters - last year on December 5th, they were sailing on Houghton Lake. This year, the closest was northern Minnesota with 4-8 inches of ice, pretty hard to believe! (By the way, I ran across a video of a radio controlled ice boat - maybe the next "club" activity? The things you find on YouTube!)
Now that the docks are out and boats are put away, the Yacht Club Board still meets to plan the summer 2016 activities. Mike MacQueen will return as Head Junior Instructor but will be looking for assistant instructors. Jack Greive and Kevin Luther have graduated from WMU and now have full time jobs. On behalf of the GLYC, I would like to thank both of them for their time and efforts for assisting in an outstanding Junior Sailing Program for the last couple of years. If you know of anyone interested in assisting, please let myself or Roger Turner know.
On a similar note, the Race Committee is looking for a few good people to assist wit hteh various regattas we have throughout the year. No experience needed - we will show you what you need to do to help out. Must be available on some holiday afternoons, some Sunday afternoons, some Wednesday nights and just enjoy spending time on beautiful Gull Lake! Drop me a line if you're interested and would like more information.
It's a real pleasure to congratulate Dave Johnson, Sr. on receiving a lifetime achievement award from the International 210 Association at their December meeting in Weymouth, Massachusetts. He was awarded for his contributions to the class as competitor, officer, and promoter of the sport he loves so much. Son, Dave and daughter, Melinda grew up here sailing with Dave whenever possible. Daver is a 3-time National 210 Champion, worked on US Olympic Sailing committees and Melinda is the GLYC Principal Race Officer.
Now that 2015 summer activities have concluded, don't forget that the Boat Bar continues to be open Thursday through Saturday. The fireplace is warm, menu items are delicious, plenty of your favorite beverages and the summer crowds are gone. (No, no more outdoor deating but the fire pits are available!) Don't forget the Burn Your Socks Party is coming up on March, 20th.