Are you craving one of your favorite treats? The Junior Sailors are taking orders for Krispy Kreme doughnuts during the next 8 days. You can place your order in advance with any of the kids in the program until October 12 when all orders must be submitted and paid in full.
Prices as follows:
Original Glaze: $145 pesos per dozen
Varied: $179 pesos per dozen
Krispy Kreme requires minimum sales of 50 dozen to place the order. So consider the staff at your condo, or the security guard at the front desk and bring them a treat!
Donuts will be available for pick up at the club on October 17. And, when you pick up your donuts you can get your car washed.
Prices for car wash:
Small & medium size car: $50 pesos
SUV & Pickup: $70 pesos
Enjoy the fun and support the Junior Sailing Program! Krispy Kreme requires minimum sales of 50 dozen to place the order. So consider the staff at your condo, or the security guard at the front desk and bring them a treat!
This update from your Commodore contains some very important information that you will want to be aware of now, rather than later when you return to Mexico and the Vallarta Yacht Club. As I mentioned last month, we legally have been required to set-up our restaurant and bar operation as a “for-profit” business. As an immediate solution, we did take this action effective in August. But, we are still working out the details. Changes that you will see become very prominent when you open the menu and notice two changes:
There is now only one price for each item. Members will receive a 25% discount. Any non-member (or delinquent dues member) will need to pay the full menu price. Plankowners and Gold Flag members receive a 40% discount.
We now are required to pay a 16% Value Added Tax (IVA) onto the amount actually paid for food and beverages. Thankfully, the value of the MXN Peso seems to be holding steady below its high mark of 17 pesos to the US Dollar.
Now for some good news!
You will recall that last month we announced our successes in reaching four major negotiation terms with Paradise Village management that will continue to be of benefit to our Club. And, that this Spring we have been able to establish the Vallarta(YC) Sailing Foundation, a California non-profit public foundation with IRS 501(c)(3) tax benefits. And, here are two ways that combining the above functions can benefit the individual VYC member:
Donate $1,500.00 or more to the Vallarta Sailing Foundation and become a Gold Flag VYC Member. VYC Gold Flag members can maintain their membership with a minimum of only 2 months dues and receive an additional 15% discount on all food and beverage. Of course there is a value to these benefits (estimated at $270.00) leaving a remaining $1,230.00 effective US tax-deductable donation.
Rent a Paradise Village Marina 38’ to 42’ slip directly from the Vallarta Sailing Foundation. You must pay the identical rates as the Marina charges, but there is a direct Mexican tax avoidance of over $1,000.00 per year. These slips are available to VYC members with preference given to year-round applicants.
For further information about the newly formed Vallarta Sailing Foundation, or to make a donation, please see the attached FAQ sheet. Or, in regard to the above good deals and general questions, please contact Andy Barrow (925 270-0473), Linda Green (510 846-2571) or myself (510 846-0230).
For detail on Vallarta Sailing Foundation, and how VYC Members can benefit, click here.
We were saddened to hear the news of the sudden passing of Philo Hayward yesterday. Lifelong musician and sailor, Philo was known locally for his pizza restaurant and community center, Philo's Bar in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. He loved to tell the story of showing up in La Cruz after completing a sail to the South Pacific, seeing a local home at the site of what is now his bar, and deciding to puchase it. Philo played his music there almost every night, accompanied by musicicans from all over the world. During the season there was rarely an empty seat, or space on the dance floor. Philo always seems to be giving, to his local community, and to the community of cruising sailors that arrive every year. He hosted dozens of trips to San Sebastián del Oeste, not only helping people better appreciate that lovely town, but also helping that community.
Philo loved kids, having holiday events for the local children with hundreds of attendees, making sure that each child got a present or candy. During the day, his bar became a free english school and criuser's hangout, many using his extra rooms and showers. When many restaurants closed during the summer months, Philo made sure his place stayed open at least a few nights a week, ensuring not only a place for people to go, but that his employees kept their jobs during the low season.
There are many, many other things we could tell about his wonderful man. Suffice to say, "His was a life well lived". He will be missed by all of us. Our sincere condolences to his famly.
“Andy, can you go to the club? Danny says Nancisita is sinking, and I am far away from the club!”
I agreed to run down to the club to see what I could do to help, searched around for my foul weather jacket and jumped in the car. The storm that filled the streets with water had just started to calm down a little, but there was still so much water in the streets that driving the car was like driving a boat.
When I got to the club, I ran down to the public dock to see Vidal, in only his shorts, helping Danny out of the water. Nancisita was essentially under water, I could just see the top of engine a few inches under the surface, and Danny had been swimming underwater trying to attach a line to the far cleat. Only the bimini and a few inches of the steering position were above the water.
The heavy rain had overwhelmed the bilge pump in the boat; being a large open panga, it is a great water collector. Rudy told me later that when Danny had first checked on it at the beginning of the storm, it looked fine. Half an hour later it was underwater. That’s how much rain came down!
The three of us tried a few things to see if we could raise the boat, but there was no way without more equipment. Danny and Vidal were wet and tired. We tied the boat securely to the dock and I told Danny to clean up, close the club and head for home - we would get help in the morning.
This morning I agreed to meet Rudy, Linda and Dan at the club to assess the situation. When I got there, I found a large wooden beam rigged like a lever lifting the engine out of the water. It turns out that Rudy had returned to the club with his son later in the evening, and with Vidal’s help the three of them had managed to raise the engine out of the water. The rest of the boat was still swamped.
As I have frequently experienced in Mexico, people here just want to help each other. After some discussion and recruiting some others to help, Nancacita was re-floated. At one point we had three Paradise Village security guards, several pangeros, another fishing panga and a couple of others holding ropes, rigging levers and helping to bail. Andres, the new Paradise Village Dockmaster, showed up with another panga and a high volume pump, and with the help of a couple of dock workers, pumped Nancacita dry.
By mid-morning the outboard mechanic was in the process of removing the engine from the boat so that it could be taken to his shop and assessed. His initial comment was that it was probably going to be fine - the engine is very well sealed. The battery will have to be replaced, wiring and control cables checked and replaced if necessary.
Thanks to everyone who pitched in to help raise our club boat. One of the many reasons I love Mexico is the people. Warm and friendly, and always ready to jump in to help when it is needed. I saw that again today.
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.