Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Commodore's Corner - Have a Great Summer

Since the election your new Board has been working towards meeting the goals we set for ourselves and will continue to work through the summer so that we’ll be ready to begin our new season when we officially open on November 2. We have an Audit Committee in place, our Membership Chair Charlotte is working on some great ideas for next year, Dick and Andy are working on the BBR publicity and other fun “on the water” activities, Diane and her committee have developed some fun activities for next season, Dee and I are working on other projects and ideas we have for the club and Mario is working on an Accounting Manual. We hope to have much information to share at our first Monthy Membership Meeting in November.

Commodore's Corner: Amazed and Proud

One year ago, I was wondering if the long-standing VYC tradition of the Great Chili Cook-off was ever going to happen again. Many of us were. We'd been told two weeks prior to the scheduled time for the event that we couldn't use the parking lot in front of the clubhouse, and with no other venue available on short notice, we were forced to cancel. Many of us felt that we were letting down the memory of Jim Ketler, the founder of the Chili Cook-off, those who had worked so hard every year to make the Cook-off one of our biggest charity events, and most importantly the charities who so desparately needed support.

Now, I wonder why I was worried at all.

Dee Cockerham stepped up and volunteered to chair the new event. Dick and Ricki Willams joined in, as well as Tom & Gracie Wroblewski, and past event chair Laurie Ailworth. Emilio Oyarzabal, the harbormaster of Nuevo Vallarta Marina, agreed not only to allow the event to be held on the Nuevo Vallarta malacon, but also to provide immeasurable assistance in many other ways – always positive and looking for a way to make it happen. Marc Murphy, the head of the Riviera Nayarit Tourist Association and his assistant Silvia Duarte, promoted the event to their enormous list of contacts, including having hundreds of posters printed at their expense and put on poles throughout the area. Lupe Dipp declared “I'll get you 10 restaurants!” and made it happen. Ibis de Teresa sent countless press announcements to local newspapers and websites, and as always, Rodolfo Trejo and his hardworking staff did what they always seem to do: go above and beyond to coordinate, mobilize sponsors, set up the site and then clean it all up after it was over. Rudy and Dee visited scores of restaurants in the area, many multiple times, to ask they participate in the event.

I always worry a little about naming people, because I know there are others who worked so hard who also need recognition. There were over 40 other volunteers - they sold tickets, staffed the bars and just helped keep things going. You know who you are. Thank you.

There were the sponsors who provided goods and services free of charge: Riviera Nayarit, Corona, Coca Cola, the Nuevo Vallarta Water Taxi, Marina Nuevo Vallarta.

Then, of course, there were the event participants. We had 32 restaurants and private individuals showing off their best. No one got paid – everything they provided was donated. From chili to sushi, baked goods to tequila tasting, the variety and quality was simply amazing. In four hours we had between 400 and 600 people attend.

Why do all this? For our charities: Families at the Dump and Toys for Tots. Our charities will split over $6500.

If anything demonstrates the family that is Vallarta Yacht Club, it is what happened Saturday. I am truly proud to be part of such an amazing organization. Thank you all for letting me be a part of it.

Commodore's Corner: Thanks

Last evening's second annual Commodore's Gumbo was a great success. The 40 or so last hold-outs here in town gathered to share bowls of Louisana goodness and say goodbye to a few who have yet to depart for the season. It was great to see folks sitting around a huge table, smiling and laughing with old, and new, friends. Thanks to everyone who showed up.

And what a season it was. Under the guidance of people like Randy Hough, Ricki Williams, Dee Cockerham and several others, we had some great times together. We packed the house repeatedly in events like Cheeseburgers in Paradise and Luau Night (thanks Dick!). Our first-ever Porque No? auction was incredible. Thanks Dee! We enjoyed concerts by entertainers like Miki Prost, Kasianno and our good friend Tom Coster. I am so thankful for Tom's never-ending support of our club with his donations of his amazing talent year after year.

Our signature events, Banderas Bay Regatta and WesMex International Regatta will be talked about for years to come. WesMex had record numbers of participants, with many saying “this is the best run event we have ever attended”. Thanks Linda! I won't soon forget Banderas Bay Regatta participants excitedly saying, “This is the best ever! I'm coming back next year!” Thanks Randy!

Just when we thought we would be able to rest for the season, the state of Jalisco asks us to host the sailing events for the Mexican Youth Olympics. Again you stepped up to help. Thank you.

We have great memories of every one of these on-the-water events thanks to Jay's tireless efforts both on the water and off, creating and donating amazing images. Thanks Jay!

Of course, the greatest debt of gratitude goes to those members who support VYC in so many ways. From standing waist-deep in water helping kids with boats, to banging on doors to get that donation for an auction, to just making a point of coming down to the club for dinner every so often. It is you who make the club what it is – not four walls with a bar and a kitchen, but a family that shares and helps out in good times and bad.

Thank you.

Commodore's Corner: If it Ain't Fun...

Last night I was honored to emcee the awards presentation for the 2013 Vallarta Cup racing series. The Vallarta Cup is one of VYC's oldest yacht racing traditions, second only to Banderas Bay Regatta. Now in it's seventh year, the Vallarta Cup has always been a great way to show folks the wonderful sailing destination that is Banderas Bay.

This year, Rear Commodore Randy Hough's vision was to not only provide great sail racing every weekend in January, but also to have a great party at the club after each event. Everyone would be invited - racers and non-racers alike.

Randy turned to the ever-creative Ricki Williams - one of the best party planners I have ever seen. From Cheeseburgers in Paradise to Saturday Sliders, Ricki and her team put on some amazing parties. You could see the success in the smiles from the people who attended each Saturday night. Who would've thought I could be convinced to wear a hula skirt?

Commodore's Corner: Our Members are Awesome II

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.

Commodore's Corner: Our Members are Awesome

Every day, I'm reminded just how awesome our members are. As this particular example includes my wife Liz, I might be accused of being a little biased. Yep, I guess I'm guilty as charged.

As I write this (September 8) "Team Ruby Slippers", comprised of members Liz Barrow, Leslie Baldwin, Jenny Durnan and friend Cathy Hoffer, are beginning their second day in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure, in support of breast cancer research. This is a 60 mile walk (that's six-oh) over 3 days. Every walker has to raise a minimum of $2,300 - Liz's team has raised over $10,000. In spite of blisters and sprains, they continue to walk, supporting the search for the cure to a disease that has effected so many. All of us are proud of the team, and everything they have done to get here.
Every day, VYC members remind us how awesome they are through the big and little things they do. Supporting charities, volunteering to staff events, or just doing the little things for each other. Our members are an amazing group of people.
Do you know of a particularly awesome thing that a member has done? Let us know in the comments below.

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