Join us on an adventure into the spectacular Barrancas del Cobre. This is an area 4 times larger than Grand Canyon and 2000 ft deeper. Its remoteness makes it a step back in time. Spectacular views, one of the 10 greatest train trips in the world, deafening silence, amazing stars at night, and a chance to experience the Tarahumarara Indians, make this a very special experience.
Come see the canyon before progress takes over and travel with your friends!
As most of you know, due to various scheduling conflicts, this year’s Annual General Membership meeting was postponed into the first week of April. Consequently, the installment of the new Board was celebrated immediately after being elected at the AGM. And yes, I was elected to a second term as your Commodore along with the following returning and newly elected Officers and Directors:
Dick Locke *
Susie Morrison *
Sharon Sax *
Linda Green *
Dick Markie **
Note: * New Board Member, ** Appointed Director
Last year’s Officers, Directors and various committees raised the bar to a new height for both ashore and afloat activities with a record breaking Chili Cook-off/Tast of Nuevo attendance and WesMex regatta participation as well as a great variet4y of musical entertainment evenings and, of course, the huge OPTINAM Optimist championship in July. We are well aware of your expectations for this year and we will try are best to not disappoint you.
However, this year’s Board is faced with meeting the challenge of satisfactorily resolving three different significant financial challenges described below:
FIRST. Resolve the continued unacceptable operating overall Club deficit. Although the Treasurer reported an operating result of a 111,000 peso gain (which included an OPTINAM profit of 167,000 pesos); when depreciation expense is added, we see a true loss of 89,000 pesos for the year. We will need to Identify and act on various means of increasing revenue streams and invoking carefully selected cost cutting measures.
SECOND. Take needed measures to offset the effects of the weakening peso in regard to U.S. dollar based Club expenses. One of the Club’s largest expense is the facility monthly rent which is billed in U.S. dollars. Since our peso based dues is required to meet all expenses of the fixed overhead in keeping “the doors open”, we incurred a net deficit of $10,850 USD in this category. Therefore, while evaluating the merits of cost cutting operational changes, the Board did decide to return to a USD basis for monthly dues. Effective June 1, 2015, the monthly dues is based on $75.00 USD. As pointed out at the AGM meeting; this is not an increase in our dues, but an adjustment to the basis to match the fixed expense billing and lease payment requirements.
THIRD. Come into compliance with newly enacted Mexican tax laws. Effective January 1st, the Mexican tax authority has taken several measures to offset the loss of revenue worsened by the global drop in crude oil demand. One area that effects directly on our Club functions is the legal interpretation that the Bar and Restaurant can no longer qualify as a nonprofit operation. Consequently, the Board has reluctantly decided to spin-off the Bar and Restaurant from the nonprofit Vallarta Club de Yates, A.C.. Some of these required changes are not transparent. But, you will see: 1) the elimination of the guest separate price (members in good standing will receive an automatic 10% discount off the menu price), and 2) a 16% IVA tax appearing on your receipt. Our goal is to continue providing you the very best in quality and value and we shall.
Lastly, I want to wish you all a very enjoyable summer and I, along with your Board of Directors and Club staff look forward to welcoming you back in the Fall.
On April 8, 2015 the Vallarta Yacht Club held its annual Volunteer Luncheon to acknowledge the many hours of volunteer time its members and friends spent supporting the activities and Sailing Regattas over the 2014/2015 season. A tradition at this event is the presentation of the Jim Ketler Award which is given each year to a VYC member who contributes time and service to both the Yacht Club and the Banderas Bay Community. There are many who support the club and many who contribute to the community – but not many who do both.
This year the Jim Ketler Award was presented to Charlotte Shull – a woman who epitomizes what was envisioned with this honor. For many years she has worked quietly but tirelessly and efficiently on behalf of both the Yacht Club and the community.
She has contributed her expertise on many committees and as both Secretary and Membership Chair of the VYC. Additionally she contributes to the community through her many years as a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, currently working through a chapter here in Mexico which provides support for a senior citizen home and a special needs school.
VYC is proud to add Charlotte to our list of recipients of the Jim Ketler Award.
Sailors on the coast of Mexico frequently find themselves challenged by the relative scarcity of up-to-date charts for the area. Some electronic chart providers have significantly improved their charts over the past few years, and Navionics is one of the best.
We are happy to announce that Navionics have given VYC permission to provide their Web-based charting system on the our web site. The charts are interactive, allowing zoom, satellite overlays, and different displays of depth and distance. We particularly like Navionics' "Sonar Charts" feature, which provides extremely good underwater contours.
Would you know what to do if a friend suddenly dropped to the ground? What if they were choking? Just a few hours of training could give you the skills to save a life.
Dr. Jim "Toothpick" Nordstrum has been giving CPR training to VYC members and non-members for a number of years. An expert first responder, Dr. Nordstrum offers these classes free to VYC members, and for a small fee ($15) for non members. Licenced captains may also re-certify for an additional fee.
The class involves video trainng and hands-on training in CPR techniques, the use of oxygen and in the use of the club's AED (Automatic External Defibulator).
Next will be scheduled when class size is sufficient. You can sign up at the club office.
Optinam 2014 has finally ended and once again, Vallarta Yacht Club Members showed their support, welcoming 175 competitors from 19 countries.
In addition to the competitors, there were over 100 Team Leaders, Coaches and family members accompanying these young sailors, ages 8-15. Officials came from various parts of South America and North America bringing their vast knowledge, training and experience to the event.
Wind conditions for the event were predictably light but that didn’t stop these competitors from giving their best as evidenced by the results. To view the results of Optinam 2014, you can go to www.Optinam2014.org and click on “Results” . You will see that, included in this event was Team Racing, which we rarely see here in Vallarta.
At the local level, Mexico had 27 participants in Optinam including our own Carlos Sainz Mesa, who demonstrated his competitive spirit throughout the event. VYC Coach Eugenie Russell was also asked to be one of 3 coaches for the Mexico Team.