1 May 2007 Goal: USA Paralympic Sailing Team For Beijing Until very recently, I haven't had much to report about our sailing campaign to represent the USA in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. In January, we met with Lt. John Pucillo USN EOD, when he came to Miami for a "team tryout". I had made an appeal to the Wounded Warriors Project, explaining that our team had an opening and that we wanted to offer it to a recovering serviceman. I explained the classification system for sailing and requested help to find a leg amputee that was strong and agile. Lt. Pucillo (aka "Pooch") answered the call. Last May, Pooch lost his left leg above the knee, while serving in Iraq. EOD is the acronym for Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Their motto is "Initial success or total failure". While Pooch has just a little sailing experience, his desire to excel and his ability to train intensely and efficiently have proven to be great personal assets. After only six days of training, Pooch raced with us in his first regatta. True to his EOD motto, I can report that we enjoyed "initial success" by winning the Disabled Mid-Winter Regatta hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club. (continued on page 2 ) Pool Opens Memorial Day Weekend! Learn To Swim Program Returns See the reverse side of the May calendar for all RYC Pool News! Swim Application on Page 6. The Log Get Out On The Water! The Best Way To Kick Off Your Weekend Friday Night Genoa Only Races The 2007 Season Starts Friday, June 1 New this year: Women s Skipper Division! Race Start Time is 6:25 Racing continues every Friday night throughout the summer Enjoy a cookout and live music on the deck after each race 5555 St. Paul Boulevard Rochester, New York Racing experience not required for these casual fun races Please complete a registration form before joining the races For more information, contact Moby & Caroline Burton, PROJECT COMPLETION: Thanks To You For A Job Well Done The Banquet Room Renovation Project is now complete. Use of the space started on March 31, about four hours after we finished a few small details. If you have yet to see the room, take a look the next time you are at the Club. I am sure you will like what you see. You may recall that the project started on January 2, with a planned completion date of March 26. Four days into the effort, we decided on a major change to the scope of work. With some creative thinking and a bit of redesign, we made better use of the space in the attic. The low flat ceiling changed to a sloped ceiling. This required some structural modifications to one of the roof support beams. The sliding partition and the wall above it were eliminated. A portion of the main stairway (continued on page 3 )
2 2 Commodore s Message Dear Members, Happy Spring! It sure took its time getting here and with so much happening around our Club, let's hope the warmer weather is here to stay. There are plenty of things going on at the Club. As most of you know, the new dining room renovation is complete and the kick off party on March 31 was a huge hit. Thanks to everyone who made this possible. I know that Mary and the House Committee have been discussing plans for dining on the second floor during the busy nights. More info on this later. At its April meeting the Board authorized the beginning of the construction of the new pavilion on the north deck. Donations to fund this project have been strong and we are almost there. As of this writing we are still looking for about $15K for final funding. We have selected our builder and by the time you read this work will already be started on the front lawn. Since we have to dig the front yard up anyway, we are making further improvements to add MEMBERSHIP REPORT RYC Membership as of April 19, 2007 Resident 405 Non-Resident 108 Associate 11 Surviving Spouse 24 Privileges 5 Honorary 22 Ancient Mariner 49 Leave of Absence 33 Student 24 RJYC 60 Military Leave 2 Ready for Election Wilma Darling (Associate) Scott Blodgett (Resident) Ready to Post Bonnie Griffith (Non-Resident) Proposer: Wilmot Castle Seconder: Tom Strasenburgh Don Corsaro (Associate) Proposer: Michael Tette Seconder: Jeff Norton Jennifer Altobelli (Resident- Legacy) Proposer: Warren Waldow Seconder: Hollis Creek Status Changes: To Resident: Rosann Lill (Associate) Stan Chizuk (Resignation) To Non-Resident: Louis DiBari (Resident) more pavers in the areas where it was hard to maintain grass during the busy summer months. Thanks to Bud Webb for handling this project. In about two weeks the racing season will begin. I know that Fleet Captain Sail Doc Sullivan and our Race Management Chairman Hank Stuart have been very busy getting everything organized. I would ask that if you are racing this year that you register your boat now! This will make things easier as we get started. I was unsuccessful in finding a volunteer for the position of the Club cruise organizer this year so I will be planning a much more scaled down cruise. Tentative plans call for a gathering at an island near Gananaque on July 3 and then a party very similar to the one we had last year at Waupoos on July 6. More info will be coming. I hope to see many of you at the RJYC fund raising auction on May 4. I am not sure who is in charge of the weather for Memorial Day but lets hope it's nice. See you around the Club! Skip Shumway, Commodore All Hands on Deck Saturday May 12 at 9 am for RYC Grounds Cleanup Member volunteers are needed to weed, rake, and sweep to make the grounds of RYC shipshape for the Commodores' Ball and Memorial Day. Bring gloves, brooms, and yard tools and lend a hand. Goal: USA Paralympic Sailing Team For Beijing (continued from front ) My other team mate, David Schroeder, is our talented helmsman. David is a tenured English professor at Miami-Dade College in Miami, FL. David is a C 5-6 quadriplegic that for 35 years has excelled in both wheelchair and sailboat racing. Living in Miami, David is blessed to be able to have training sessions with sailing superstars Kevin Burnham, a 2004 Gold Medalist in 470's, Magnus Liljedahl a 2000 Gold Medalist in Star's and Bill Mauk, a 2006 World Champion in the Etchell's Class. Bill Mauk is a fantastic coach and mentor, and has been our greatest ally and supporter. The US Paralympic Sailing Team Trials are this October in Newport, RI. That event follows the 2007 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship, that we are hosting in Rochester, NY this September Over the summer, our team will have several other regattas in Newport, Chicago, New York and Marblehead as we prepare to peak our performance to win the trials. I am really inspired by my team mates and the commitments and sacrifices that they are making to prepare to win the US Paralympic Sailing Team trials. I am also very proud that our campaign was the first to reach out and bring a wounded warrior into the sport of disabled sailing. What a great privilege to share this incredible journey with these two fine men. Hopefully I'll have more good news to report soon. Smooth sailing, Keith Burhans, USA 671
3 3 RYC BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING The Board enjoyed dinner and discussion in the newly renovated upstairs dining room on a lovely spring evening. The view from on high was stunning - even the river water looked blue in the late afternoon sun. The Conewago Room, as it is now known, is an elegant and tranquil setting. This project was a triumph and credit goes to the many members who invested sweat equity, most particularly Steve Wilde for wringing out the details and bringing about a first class result. Now that the inside work is completed, a number of outside projects are taking shape at the Club in support of a very busy summer. First, we extend a warm welcome to two new members Scott Blodgett and Wilma Darling. Both Scott and Wilma have strong connections to RYC: Scott lives in the area and sails regularly with John Doyle on Out of the Blue. Wilma is Steve Walther's Mom. We also renew our welcome to Roseann Lill and Stan Chizuk who re-upped to Resident Membership. Charlie Ross reported on the finances for the vacationing John Miraglia. In March, our dues revenues were slightly below budget, and expenses related to finishing the dining room project went a bit over budget. However, for the year to date we are running some $43,000 better than budgeted. Expenses and cash flow are being watched carefully as we enter the most active quarter of our operations. Club Manager Mary Smith reported several very successful recent events, particularly the Wednesday evening presentations. We served 86 dinners on April 18 before the presentation on shipwrecks of Lake Ontario. Mary outlined a full schedule of events and parties over the next couple of months. Notch Miyaki took another bow for the outstanding promotional DVD his team created for RYC. The new RYC burgee treatment is being implemented, and a tri-fold pamphlet for prospective members is being prepared to round out the marketing package. Commodore Shumway is charting the annual Club Cruise, which will include rendezvous at Past Commodore Reg Britton's compound in the 1,000 Islands, and a visit to Waupoos. The Regatta Committee presented a great opportunity: RYC has been asked to submit a bid to host the 2008 J-22 World Championships. Once again, RYC is being asked to put on a Worlds one-design regatta Memorial Day 2007 because our member commitment, sailing grounds and facilities are simply ideal. Jim Barnash and Mark Sertl have stepped forward to chair this event, and the Board gave an enthusiastic approval for the team to submit a bid to bring this regatta to RYC. If we win the bid, as expected, we'll add the J-22 to our list of World Championship credits which include the Star, Flying Dutchman, Dragon, IYRU Women's, Soling, 8-Meter, J-24, and IFDS. Len Redon's sub-committee on the Guest Privileges Program presented their implementation plan for the season. Starting in May, all guests will be able to register and obtain a Guest Privileges Card, enabling them to charge their food and beverage purchases to their credit card. The cards can be used at the bar and in the restaurant on race days, regattas and other events. Cash and credit cards will be accepted only at special events. This change will have a number of benefits in terms of speeding up service and reducing the work involved in handling cash at the various points of service. The registration process will also allow us to better understand the usage pattern of regular guests. Please take a moment to assist your regular crew and guests to register and obtain a guest card. Just ask at the front desk, bar or see Mary Smith to register. Commodore Shumway announced that fundraising for the Memorial Pavilion is proceeding successfully. While we are still about $20,000 short of our goal, we have more than sufficient commitments to initiate the project at once with a goal of completion by the end of June. The Board unanimously approved the start of construction and hired Shane Olney's firm, Danrich Homes, as the general contractor. Facilities Chairman Bud Webb will be providing the hands-on leadership of this project. This project is 100% funded by donations, so if you would like to honor a friend, relative or simply invest some equity in a part of RYC, please call Skip Shumway, Charlie Ross or Jack Gilbert to make a pledge. Finally, Skipper Marc Fischer presented RYC with a half-hull trophy for his team's B-Flight 1st /5th place overall in the Pacific Life Yacht Club Challenge. Team RYC took a big step forward in this year's series, competing successfully against nationally ranked match-race teams from the west coast. Three wins on the final day of racing gave RYC a sweet victory in this prestigious invitation-only event. Congrats to Marc, Keith Burhans, Flipper Werheim, Bobby Bryant, Tim Donovan, Eric Voss and Chuck Bauerschmidt. The Flag Officers cordially invite you to be a part of all this year s Memorial Day events on Monday, May 28: 0800 Morning Colors and Memorial Service 0845 Complimentary coffee and donuts 1200 Luncheon service in the Clubhouse 1220 RYC Ensign raised to full staff 1500 Commodore s Fleet Review 1730 Memorial Day buffet 2039 Evening Colors PROJECT COMPLETION: (continued from front ) wall was cut back to open the entire room. The main stairway wall was stripped of its white paint. What you do not see above the ceiling in the attic are a few major improvements, such as spray foam insulation of the roof rafters and replacement of old ductwork with properly sized duct work These two items along with a new HVAC control system will provide the correct temperature and humidity conditions in the room. We have also installed an up-to-date A/V system with a hide-away screen. Light fixtures, flush mounted sprinkler heads, carpet, window treatments, paint and wall-paper are all new. We also did a little rehab on the second floor restroom. A few other project tid-bits: 15 contractors and 8 sub-contractors were used, requiring 31 purchase orders, 76 work days including several Saturdays and some Sundays leading to project completion, including the above major project change, just five days later than originally planned. About 600 volunteer hours were spent stripping and sanding the main stairway wall. Project manager activities required over 400 hours. The final project cost: $255,000. Twenty-nine members volunteered their time doing things, such as removing and storing half hull models and pictures, providing interior design review, stripping the main stairway wall, and cleaning windows and chairs. A big thank you to the following: Jack Allen, Nick Benvenuto, Miles Bliss, Gloria Carozza, Chris Dorsey, Brenden, Deven and Mike Ebertz, Peggy Fess, Jack Gilbert, Jim Hill, Robb Holt, Tom Kankoski, Fred Karshick, Jane Kinsella, Chris Long, Shane Olney, John Pugliese, Brook Richardson, Charlie Ross, Tom Ruflin, Paul Ruganis, Beth Sahrle, Skip Shumway, Mary Smith, Rick Sullivan, Doug Taylor, Jeanne and Warren Waldow, Bud Webb, and Steve Wilde. Most of the half hull models will be replaced in the banquet room. We are working on another location for the past commodore pictures and other photographs, most likely on first floor wall space. The burgees will be placed in the new deck pavilion. Steve Wilde
4 4 Rochester Yacht Club Women's Racing Association IT'S A BRAND NEW SEASON FOR WOMEN SAILORS AT RYC! We'll be enjoying some NEW events this year: Friday Night Genoa Only Racing will have a special scoring and awards for boats helmed by women, in addition to fleet scoring. You can score twice in one night all summer! Brush up your skills for the season. Join Cory Sertl for a WRA Racing Seminar. Thursday May 24, 5:30-9:00 Thursday May 31, 5:30-9:00 Friday June 1, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Brush up on boat handling, sailing concepts and performance sailing skills. Learn racing tactics, and strategy, starting skills and rules. Program is taught in Sonars with coaches in each boat. This program is for women at all levels of sailing experience. $ 75 for RYC Members $ 95 for Non-RYC Members Registration is requested by May 18. Please complete this form and mail it with your check payable to RYC, or RYC member number to: Rochester Yacht Club c/o Women's Racing Assoc., 5555 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester NY Questions? Contact Alicia Baum (H) , or Linda Gardner (H) , Name: Address: City: State: Zip: Home Phone: Work Phone: Emergency Contact/Relationship: / Phone: RYC Member: yes no RYC Member Number
5 RYC WOMEN S ASSOCIATION 5 Save Tuesday, June 19 for RYC Women s Association Boat Tour Tour selected RYC members boats with cocktails and dinner available on the upper deck! Boat Tour: 5 6:30 pm Cocktails: 6 7 pm Dinner: 7 pm All members are welcome to this exciting event. Get to know your neighbors! SAVE THE DATE! If you are a Past President, save May 23 for your special luncheon! Shaw Festival, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada Wednesday, September 26, 2007 Featuring PHILANDERER at the Royal George Theatre 2 pm In true Bernard Shaw style, this delightful comedy starts when three vitally different young women try to join the all exclusive men's IBSEN CLUB in London. Women vs Men. Let the games begin! Costs Transportation & Theatre, $98 (taxes included) OR Transportation, Theatre & Gourmet Luncheon. Pkg Price: $120 (includes all taxes & gratuities) Gourmet Luncheon: 12 THE GATE HOUSE, RISTORANTE GIARDINO ANTIPASTO: Lemon dill marinated Atlantic salmon on bed of sweet & sour vegetables MAIN COURSE: Roasted pork loin with prosciutto white wine sage butter sauce OR Chicken breast braised in tomato green olives chardonnay sauce (choice of one) DESSERT: Chocolate orange mousse soufflé; Coffee and Tea Reservation Policy for 2007 Call MARYANN HAAS , or her at Once Maryann has verified your reservation, please confirm it by sending your CHECK made out to MARYANN HAAS, and mail it to 254 OAKRIDGE DR., ROCHESTER, NY, Guests will be accommodated on space availability. CANCELLATION POLICY: NO REFUNDS AFTER JULY 14, UNLESS WE SELL YOUR SEAT.
6 6 A MESSAGE FROM THE CLUB MANAGER Dear Members, As our Club springs to life this season, so will you when you partake in the new variety of offerings about to be born at the Club in May. Chef George has created a memorable succulent new spring menu, and, after many hours of grueling tastings of various wines from around the world, several new wines will be added to our wine list for your enjoyment. Lunch service will be available on Tuesdays beginning May 1. Please feel free to share the beauty of our location with your family, friends, or guests. We have a variety of different Club events coming in May including the infamous RYC Women s Association Fashion Show on May 2 and our Mother s Day Buffet on May 13, where you will be entertained by the melodious tunes of Susan Moorhouse on harp. Also, an event not to miss is Olympian Sally Barkow on the May 5. Please see the events calendar for more details. And, certainly remember to reserve your tables for the culinary delights, music, and camaraderie of the Commodores Ball. The month of May brings something for everyone. This past month s staff education was a Workshop on Social Etiquette offered to us by the New York State Chapter of Club Managers. We sent four of our seasoned employees to enjoy a day at Niagara University with guest speaker John Bourdage, from Social Edge Seminars where he shared his expertise on a multitude of skills including: Etiquette for Dining and Social Graces. Our staff learned how to properly eat French onion soup, pass the salt with the pepper when fine dining, and other intricacies of formal dining. Student interns from Niagara University, RIT and the University of Virginia s Hospitality programs will begin their season at our Club the second week in May. There will be a wine and cheese reception after the May board meeting where you will have the opportunity to meet them. They are all eager to spend the summer with us where they will be given the opportunity to work in all areas of the Club. Please come and welcome them. And finally, the season truly begins on May 29, Memorial Day. Let s raise our glasses in a toast to a safe, enjoyable, and exciting summer of 2007 at the Rochester Yacht Club. See you at the Club! Mary Smith RYC Swimming Lesson Application Swimmer s Name Age as of 6/1/07 Session Level For Levels I and II please circle a desired time slot: 10:50 11:20 am or 11:25 11:55 am Parent s Name Home Phone Work Phone Cell Phone Adress/Zip Family Physician Phone Please note any allergies or medical conditions that might limit your child s participation: Note: If adult responsible for bringing or picking up your child differs from the above, please give name and phone number. Name Phone Return application and check payable to Rochester Yacht Club or charge your RYC membership account # Return to: RYC 5555 St. Paul Blvd. Rochester, NY 14617
7 7 POWER FLEET DINNER! SATURDAY, MAY 5 TH! 6:30 COCKTAILS 7:30 DINNER! 8 METRE ROOM RSVP CLASSIFIEDS WANTED: Used laser. Contact: Skip Shumway, FOR SALE: Sailboat. Hunter 212, 2000, Honda 4, Trailer. Like new. Contact: Bud, FOR SALE: Sailboat. 27 Catalina 1978 Classic. Timeless exterior, Salty teak-trim interior. Sleeps 5, galley, Head, Atomic 4 Inboard. All sails, roller-furl, Steel cradle, Full Docs. Complete & original! Summer School located in RYC yard. $11, 800/BO. Contact: Richard Swacen, or Juergen Granz, Mark Your Calendars Now For These Upcoming Events! HARBOR FEST JUNE 23 Come and dance to the music of the Rochester All Stars Enjoy a BBQ on the deck DECK PARTY AUGUST 11 UP THE RIVER & CLAM BAKE OCTOBER 7 RYC Ideal 18 Keelboat Program The boats held up well in 2006 and were sailed frequently and raced competitively. Jason Evans has worked on them again this off-season. The recently added sails still sound newer than most on the starting line; this year we're moving the dry sailed boats back to the Club basin and setting up a bottom cleaning schedule. You know the program, and now it's time to try it! For $ per family (or $295 if you sign up prior to April 1 now extended to May 1) you can take advantage of the Keelboat Program, with no worries of ownership. Don't be left sitting at the bar or pool wishing you were out on the water when the breeze comes up. Have questions: Call Chris Dorsey at or him at More details will follow, but if you're interested, fill out the form below and return it with this month s bill, or fax it to , Attention Keelboat Program. Or drop it off at the Club. Name: address: _ Club Number: _ Bill me once ($395.00) ($ prior to April 1) Bill me in three installments ($ each) ($ each if registered by (May 1) I (we) am a experienced intermediate novice beginning sailor. I (we) am interested in racing day-sailing instruction. We're planning another Ideal summer for you.
8 Rochester Yacht Club 5555 St. Paul Boulevard Rochester, New York PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID ROCHESTER, NY PERMIT NO. 748 Happy Mother s Day! Mother s Day Brunch 10:30 am to 2 pm Soup: Cream of Asparagus Salad: Vegetables A La Greque Seasonal Fruit Salad Tomato & Mozzarella Salad Seafood Pasta Salad Tossed Salad with Three Dressings Cold Salmon Display Selection of Smoked Seafood Carving Station: Baked Virginia Ham Roast Turkey Breast Roast Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus Omelet Station: Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers, Mushrooms, Ham, Bacon and Cheese Waffle Station: Sliced Berries, Whipped Cream, Syrup Assorted Bread Display Menu Entrées: French Toast with Maple Syrup Blintzes with Assorted Toppings Bacon and Sausage Chicken Breast Stuffed with Artichokes and Crab Sauce Ivory Jerk Roast Pork Loin with Golden Pineapple Relish Rigatoni Amatriciana Crab Stuffed Sole Breakfast Quiche Assorted Vegetables Roasted Potatoes Viennese Table: Assorted Cakes, Pies, Pastries, Chocolate Mousse and More! $22.95 adults, $11.95 children, children under 3 free