As I write this, I'm sitting aboard Randy Hough's "Yemaya" in the marina in Cabo San Lucas. We came up overnight a couple of days ago to meet up with the Baja Haha fleet, and to escort those who want to go with us back down to Banderas Bay. I'd like to thank Randy for his dedication to the cause - it's not cheap to take a powerboat on a 600 mile round trip just to help out some cruising folks, but Randy is willing to do it, and pay for the fuel, just to help out the cruisers. It's that sort of selfless dedication that continues to give me faith in people.
Randy and I got a chance to stand in front of the Haha folks last night at the awards party and tell them what I great club VYC is, and encourage them to come to beautful Banderas Bay. We reminded them that we are an independant club founded by cruisers, and we continue to support cruisers.
As you all know by now, we were forced to cancel the Cruisers Chili Cookoff a few days ago. I can't tell you how dissapointing that was. The Chili Cookoff is one of the longest traditions we have in Banderas Bay, and to see it go away, at least for this year, was something that none of us wanted to happen, even if the reason was out of our control. After I made the announcement, I expected to hear from a lot of angry members, and rightly so. You know what happened? I got numerous emails of support from people with ideas on how we might make it work. As a club, our members pulled together to look for ways to continue the tradition, and adapt to the changing environment. It is still early days, but I think we just might be able to put on an event this year that continues the tradition, and of course provides much needed support for our charities.
A couple of months ago, I wrote an article titled "Our Members are Awsome". While part of it was a somewhat blatant means of bragging on my wife Liz, I was serious. We see it all the time, and every time I see it I'm a little prouder to be part of VYC. We saw it a few weeks ago when several of our members took time off on a Sunday to help make the club ready for the season. I'll never forget seeing Judy Lyon on her hands an knees, scrubbing the baseboards, or Dorr Anderson, on a ladder cleaning the spotlights, Karen O'Hara, making sure our book collection was clean and in order, or even our club staff, who took their own Sunday off to come in an help, without pay (we didn't ask them, they just came). Thanks to everyone who helped. I think you will agree with the folks who are just coming in to the club for the first time this season, and saying "Wow, this place looks great!"
With members like this, setbacks like the issue with the Chili Cookoff become opportunities. We will come back with an event that is better than ever.
On November 23, we are coming together to celebrate 10 years of being the best yacht club in Mexico. We'll be remembering the folks who got us going, perhaps telling a few stories of the old days, and thanking our founding members for all their hard work. Together, we have done some amazing things over the past 10 years.
We're just getting started.