Today, The Club at Westpoint participated in the annual Coastal Clean-Up Day, a first for our club! We had a total of four volunteers that spent two hours collecting trash around Westpoint Harbor. Being an owner of a boat at Westpoint, I consider the marina incredibly well kept and clean. In fact, I expressed doubt we’d find much trash to pick up. Turns out, if we slowed down, and looked closely we could find trash at the sides of the parking lot. We started near the dumpsters (I did not count anything found in the immediate vicinity of the dumpsters) and we headed east towards the dry storage, walking the space south of the parking lot, on the side of the salt pond. We covered the area all the way back to the slough. Then, we started at the dumpsters and went west, on both sides of the parking lot, out to the pathways of Pacific Shores. What’s astonishing is that each of us averaged nearly 10 pounds of trash. We collected, counted and weighed 35 pounds of trash in total between 9 am and 11 am. Overwhelmingly, cigarette butts are the most popular item found, we counted nearly 100! Next popular item was plastic pieces, where we found everything from wrappers to food trays to boat hose (think engine cooling hose) pieces, lots of them.
I had a reception table set up near the dumpsters, and during the morning several people from the marina stopped to learn what we were doing. All expressed interest in participating next year. We also had several “walkers” drop by, they too expressed interest for next year and were pleased to hear what the club was doing. A big thank you to Medea, Neal, and Tod! The four of us today represented The Club at Westpoint and kept 35 pounds of trash from finding it’s way into the water.
To reflect on what’s possible, just up the street at Sequoia Yacht Club, they had 51 volunteers and collected nearly 500 pounds of trash!
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BOARD MEETING: May 13th, 2021
Purpose: Regular Monthly meeting – Zoom call.
Attendance: Peter Blackmore, Medea Bern, Mark Sanders, Robin Driscoll, Kevin Parker, Eric Stang, MeeSun Boice, Patty Corcoran, Apologies Shannon Amerman, Paulien Ruijssenaars.
1.1 Approval of Previous Minutes.
The minutes for April were unanimously approved.
2. Business Arising.
2.1 Building Update. Mark gave an update as follows: The construction work for the Road/ Utilities is proceeding well. The storm water run off which is a large area is almost complete. The Parking area is done, The Street lighting is on order. The next main step is to instal the main water line.
Regarding the building construction permit BCDC has confirmed approval for the first stage which is the building shell construction. The City has asked several questions which have all been answered. We are assuming a permit late June or July. The constructor is lined up - Makk. Several subcontractors for tiling, duct work, windows have been agreed.
2.2 Finance Update. Shannon had sent out the April details but was not available for this meeting. We have a strong cash position and the additional full membership applications in progress before end June will strengthen the cash balance at year end.
2.3 Membership Update. Kevin had sent the Membership update to the Board. MeeSun gave an update on the several great appilcations she and Parke have sponsored. In addition, Robin, Patty and Peter have sponsored new applications. Net we have one approved already in May and 6 in process. By end June we should have met our target of 20 new memberships for this year which is a credit to everyone.
The membership renewals continue to go well.
We then discussed our potential new Board member Dana Sanderson. To date Paulien, Medea, Kevin and Peter have met her and approve. Mark knows them as marina residents and is positive. We asked other Board members to please reach out to her next week. (Kevin provided contact details). We shall then get Board approval by email so she can join before the next Board meeting.
2.4 Club Value Proposition: The Board agreed we need to update our value proposition. Paulien will lead this. We want to include a better description of the new Club layout plus any changes to related areas ie pool completion will be delayed and the deck area over the water may not be built. Net the value proposition remains strong but we want one statement that is complete which we can all refer to.
2.5 Events: We had a very successful open air concert on April 24th with the Whiskey Hill Billies. Steve Stanley is scheduled on May 22nd. The event committee has booked thru August. For September we agreed to secure an event for Sept 11th which coincides with a Cruise In from SFYC. Food Trucks were approved for all open air events and we would promote use of the food truck to marina residents to help cover the cost and also encourage attendance at the event.
2.6 Board member updates on key matters.
Paulien: Paulien texted to confirm she will bring back an update to the next meeting on value proposition and a new purpose statement on the Culture of the Club
Kevin: A lot of interest from Harbor residents now that work on the ground has started. Plus renewed momentum which we need to leverage. Great support from the Harbor Master Team to encourage membership. Good interest in crew for the Friday Fun Series. Recommendation for an editorial in Climate magazine which we approved. Good interest in the craft beer night - first one is today May 13th.
Robin: Restaurant LOI progressing. Good opening discussion on focusing on core values to enhance the Westpoint experience. Robin will update Board with next steps and more details by email before the next Board meeting.
Eric: PYSF has a full schedule for Summer. Includes two National competitions and one International in Italy. 20 FJ’s purchased for $170k to ensure a strong High School program.
Mark: Pleased at the collaborative approch to events for marina residents. Suggestion on including key PYSF coaches in events. (they are included in the craft beer evening), Cargill update which may benefit PYSF which Mark/ Eric will discuss.
3. Ending Items
3.1 AOB – none
3.2 Date for next meeting is scheduled for June 10th at 5pm. This is already scheduled as a Zoom event.
Fall Equinox and Fall Sailing
Today is the September Equinox, and for the northern hemisphere, it's also the first day of Fall. The day of the year when day and night reach equal time and winter begins it's approach. For many, it signals the time of year to begin getting the boat ready for winter storage, for others, it is the time to head south, and for those of us in the San Francisco Bay, it brings some of the best sailing weather of the year. An already very active hurricane season, as well as global pandemic, will certainly add an extra layer of choices for sailors considering cruising this next season.
SAVE THE DATE!
Summer Sailstice June 19, 2021
Whatever the next season holds for you, remember to think ahead for the next summer season, and save the date for Summer Sailstice 2021. The 21st annual Summer Sailstice is just 273 days away. Sure, it's a little way off, but it will be here before you know it, and we want you to be ready. Each year since the beginning of the century, sailors around the world have come together in celebration of sailing — wherever they are, whoever they're with, and on any boat that floats and is propelled by the wind.
What will our community do to celebrate sailing come summer 2021? We are not sure, but we can't wait to find out. Though many parts of our future remain uncertain, we are certain that, come next June, Summer Sailstice is happening.
North Sails Photo Contest Winners
John and Amy Cole of Lake Eustis Sailing in Florida celebrated with remote-controlled Soling boats and caught the winning photo (see below). https://sable.madmimi.com/c/48971?id=2621084.27384.1.4297ba33b2d12e98f9d9400a449593f7
The North Sails Photo Contest Winner
Sonya & Jack were 2020 Ambassadors and are joining our team again for 2021!
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