Commodore’s December Report

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 summer camps and PB&J had record enrollment. The junior program grew by leaps and bounds and we finally have a large and vibrant high school program. A lot of the credit goes to Coleman Terrell and the hard working parents. Our members, adult and junior, competed in regattas all over the world and brought back trophies The team of Scott Young, John Morran, and Doug Kern took second place in the Resolute Cup, a highly competitive regatta, hosted by the New York Yacht Club. Look for results later in this issue. On the financial side, we paid off a sizable loan and are now debt free!

On a negative note, we witnessed the worst flooding on Lake Travis in twenty seven years and survived! The staff, the board, and the membership stepped up and met the challenge in an extraordinary manner. I have never been as proud to be a member of AYC!  The toughest part of being commodore is striking eight bells for our deceased members. This year we lost Vic Manning, Rod Malone, Ray Lott, Lenore Lott, Jack Downes, Larry Haig, Steve Bilger, and Doichin Tzolav all of whom gave the club so much.

It has been an honor serving as your commodore and I could not have asked for a better board. We all worked as a team and supported each other faithfully.  And the support we had from Jackie, Tom, and Coleman was exceptional. The club could not have functioned at this level without their hard work.

Lastly, I want to thank the members of the club for their support and encouragement.