GLYC

TOM LECHOTA
Commodore
tomlechota@gmail.com

Ahoy all,

All the planning over the winter months is beginning to pay off with the start of the summer 2016 programs! The first regattas results are in the books.

In May, the 63rd annual Star fleet Tulip Time regatta once again brought Star sailors from all across the country to compete on the beautiful waters of Gull Lake. Sixteen crews sailed 5 races in the every changing wind that seems to be the hallmark of Gull Lake! Larry Whipple and Rick Barnes of Miami, FL - Biscayne Bay YC - won in convincing manner. GLYC's Jon VanderMolen and son, Tyler placed third and Jim Babel and Bill Hawk rounded out the top 5 finishes. 

The Sunfish fleet competed next in the first weekend of June in their Michigan Open regatta. Ten Sunfish sailors from Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan sailed in brisk winds with Gull Lake's Jim Richter leading the pack in 6 races over 2 days.

The first GLYC summer event, Super Saturday, was held to celebrate the summer solstice - except someone forgot to order up wind - none all day! So the sailing event turned into a social event with a good number of members and family returning for a tasty 5:30 dinner that lasted well into the evening hours. Following "Super Saturday" was "Special Sunday" - the 2015 Bob Boudeman Club Championship. Each YC fleet sent its 2015 seasons winner to sail against each other to determine THE Club Champion! For 2015 , TC Belco/Greg Smith for Stars, Fred Einspahr/Larry Carter for 210, Bill English/Joe Brogger for J22, and yours truly/Judy Maier (thank you, Judy!) for Flying Scots, competing in 210's in a round robin series. THE 2015 Bob Boudeman Club Champion is Fred Einspahr with Larry Carter as crew! Congratulations!! A special thanks to their boats and to hosts, Steve Parker, Jimmy Chadwick, Bill Hawk & Bill Klerk for spending their Sunday observing some of the best GLYC has to offer.

Summer programs began the 3rd week of June. Adult Sailing and Junior Instruction programs are looking forward to a fun and challenging summer of sailing. The Juniors get off to a fast start with a regatta just a couple of days after their first class!

The popular "Wet & Wild Wednesday" has begun at the Doolittle Pavilion. We have had some beautiful evenings to have dinner on the shores of Gull Lake and added entertainment of sailboat races! It's just like a summer cookout with the sweet smells coming from Chef Joe's grill - you shouldn't miss this Wednesday night treat!

On a personal note, this will be my last Gull Post article as my family is moving to Traverse City to be close to the grand kids. Our house sold quickly and we'll be moving at the end of June. Bill Hawk accepted the position of Vice Commodore in October and has been working closely with me since the first of the year. On June 15th, we did a change-of-command with Bill as commodore and myself as Rear Commodore. Bill has been doing a great job and will continue to offer the best programs to make your summer the best ever! I still have commitments to Race Committee and Adult Sailing class that I intend to fulfill. So, I will be around, just not every day as in the past few years. 

I started sailing in the late 90's in the Adult Sailing class, joined the Board of Directors in early 2000's and became Commodore in 2013 - what a ride! One evening in a corner of the Boat Bar long ago, Steve Parker and Bill English talked me into joining the YC Executive Board - thank you for seeing something in me that I didn't! A special thank you to Mike Rossen, who I enjoyed working with, Jesse & Sam on the grounds, Lisa, Lisa and Michelle in the office, Kristin and her staff, and the Board of Directors. 

To the Yacht Club - it has been an honor and privilege to be a member of this Club ,serve on the YC Board of Directors and be your Commodore. I believe I have gotten to know almost all the YC members over the years and will miss seeing you doing what you enjoy over the summer months- sailing the beautiful waters of Gull Lake! Fair winds and following seas...