From the Commodore


June 26, 2020

After considerable input from members at the Board Meeting last night, and reviewing the Membership Handbook, the AYC board has rescinded the prohibition on guests at AYC.  Guests are allowed as outlined by the Membership Handbook HOUSE RULES – General – Guests We ask that all guests wear facial coverings while on AYC property

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Fleet Activities Message from the AYC Board

June 12, 2020

The Austin Yacht Club appreciates its members and we realize that everyone is anxious to resume sailing this season.  Due to existing COVID-19 restrictions, we all have to be responsible about resuming events.   As part of AYC’s limited reopening, and in the interest of having AYC members and their families re-engaging

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May 30, 2020

We’ve always prioritized the safety of our members, and in these uncertain times, this is no different. That’s why we are implementing and enforcing best practices for social distancing and self-isolation in the midst of COVID-19.  As we begin the process of re-opening areas of our club, we will take steps slowly

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Commodore’s Newsletter December 2019

December 20, 2019

It is hard to believe it has been a year since I was elected commodore and I drove through that dense fog over the 620-bridge thinking ‘what have I gotten myself into’ as I shared with you all in the January Telltale. I must admit, it has felt pretty foggy

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Town Hall Meeting results

October 30, 2019

I want to personally thank all of you who came to the Town Hall meetings in October.  Both nights had good but different conversations and yet the results were somewhat the similar. Here are the tallied results… Sunday October 13, 17 responses Tuesday October 15, 18 responses My take on

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Update from August board meeting

August 28, 2019

Here’s an update on the UTSC issue. The board voted to approve the one-year contract with the Memorandum of Understanding that UTSC is on formal probation. The AYC-UTSC committee will work the next 3 months in creating the procedures and processes that are to be followed by UTSC. The next

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Note from the Commodore August 16, 2019

August 16, 2019

Hello Membership, I hope your summer has been enjoyable and you are enduring our current heat wave. There has been an issue that this year’s board has taken on and I wanted to share it with you. Since about 2012, the University of Texas Sailing Club has been a member

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Commodore’s Newletter

May 27, 2019

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April 1, 2019

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February 23, 2019

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Commodore’s December Report

December 3, 2018

2018 was a remarkable year at the Austin Yacht Club. We had a lot of competitive series races and our regattas were all successful, with the exception of canceling the Centerboard Regatta We hosted the Sunfish Women’s North American Championship; with our own Lucy Brock winning in dominant fashion. Our

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November 2018 Commodore’s Report – Post Flood Update

October 30, 2018

Hello Members, First of all, I want to thank the staff and membership for the remarkable response to the impending flooding of Lake Travis. Your help prevented a disaster and minimized the damage that occurred. 

We now have to be patient while the club is restored to its pre-flood condition.

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OCTOBER 2018 Commodore’s Report

October 10, 2018

Upon Arriving at the club for Indian Summer Race 3, something seemed out of place or different . As I walked down to the docks, I realized what was different, 70 degrees and Northwest wind! We are entering the best part of the sailing season and I hope we all

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September 2018 Commodore’s Report

August 29, 2018

SEPTEMBER 2018 COMMODORE’S REPORT The Austin Yacht club welcomes September with open arms. We made it through another sizzling summer and are looking forward to the fall season. The heat definitely effected the activity at the Club. The Keel Fleet cancelled both the Independence Cup and the Singlehanded Regatta due

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August Commodore Report

August 4, 2018

Everyone seems to have survived the intense heat of July , only to have August come along with more of the same. Thankfully the board did not schedule any series racing in August. The Keel Fleet will have it’s annual Single Handed Regatta on August 18th, as well as a

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Commodore’s July Report

July 2, 2018

2018 started out as one of the busiest years at AYC and the second half seems like more of the same. On Memorial Day weekend , instead of Turnback, we had the Luau. Social Chair, Margo Bower, and a great group of volunteers, hosted a fabulous party. The food and

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Commodore’s August Article

August 2, 2017

WE are the Austin Yacht Club. Yes, AYC has nice facilities, but those facilities are not AYC. This Club is not an “it” but an “us”. The “WE” are you and I and the other members around us at the Club. WE are a volunteer run organization. The operation starts

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From our Commodore – March 2017

March 23, 2017

Opening Day was a great event again this year. The fact that many of you attended in spite of the gloomy weather, tells me that you agree. The large number of past Commodores who were present lets us know that they think it’s a special day too. You look at

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March Commodore’s Report

March 18, 2016

AYC is now officially “open”! We celebrated Opening Day 2016 earlier this month on March 7th. It was yet another wonderful day on Lake Travis and a good excuse to celebrate the treasure we have here at AYC. Many thanks to all those who pitched in a made it happen!

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December Commodore’s Report

December 10, 2015

Top Ten Reasons I Enjoyed 2015 at Austin Yacht Club It is hard to believe my year as Commodore of the Austin Yacht Club has come to an end, but before the year ends, I wanted to share the Top Ten Reasons I had such a great year as your Commodore. The lake

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November Commodore’s Report

November 11, 2015

It certainly seems that the weather gurus have accurately predicted the El Nino for 2015-2016. The other possibility just might be the Austin Yacht Club scheduling a major regatta. Beginning with Turnback, which brought us a full lake, the Roadrunner, which had weather delays, and the rescheduling of Governors Cup to miss an all

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August Commodore’s Report

August 20, 2015

Back in June I was contacted by Augusto Villalon, a former AYC member, about scheduling a meeting and presentation by David Wheelock, a water engineer with the LCRA, about their proposed Water Management Plan. On August 11 we had that meeting in the AYC and it was attended by 50 or so

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July Commodore’s Report

July 11, 2015

The question of whether Lake Travis will ever fill back up has been answered in a resounding manner. The fact that Texas is a state that exists in a permanent state of drought, interrupted by periods of intense flooding, has been proven once more. The years of improving the area

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April Commodore’s Report

April 11, 2015

If you haven’t raced lately at AYC, you may not have noticed that, after 35 years, our main race committee boat has had a facelift. John Bartlett had recommended that we eliminate the hard top that a lot of us have left pieces of skin on through the years. With

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January Commodore’s Report

February 7, 2015

The 2015 Austin Yacht Club Board of Directors approved the 2015 budget, capital improvements plan, and race schedule for the year at our first meeting. This was the result of three half days of meetings prior to the board meeting to discuss the items needing to be replaced at AYC

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