Port Clinton Yacht Club
PCYC February 2014
From the Commodore
What a great morning to sit in a cozy room overlooking the slopes at Boyne Highlands. The PCYC ski team has overwhelmed Boyne Highlands with over 60 members and families. We have renamed it PCYC North. Ramon is waiting for me to join him for first tracks on the slopes but at minus 2.75 degrees I feel it it my responsibility to diligently work on this jib sheet article. It could be a long one because I plan on writing until a Chinook wind comes along and warms things up a bit. Our annual ski race is planned for later today. This year we have monitors to prevent ski race number switching and to make sure everyone goes through all the gates. This is quite a serious event that carries the prestige of an Olympic encounter and one year of bragging rights. Consider joining us for one of our two winter wonderland outings at Peak N Peak after Christmas or the January outing at Boyne Highlands. The other option is the Power Fleet Wine Cruise coming up soon. The cold and snow this January has not prevented us from enjoying our club. We started 2014 off with front row seats of the Walleye Drop, sprinkling of snow, and fireworks. Our popular Friday Night Snacks including Tacos, Carol Greene's special soup with her famous Dumplings (two eggs per cup of flower) my absolute favorite, and Cellier's homemade cheese and chicken enchiladas. The Christmas decommissioning was completed in record time (any football games that Sunday??) and the Winter Brunch was outstanding on a sunny, cold beautiful winter level something day! We were treated to a fantastic Prime Rib meal at the Recognition Dinner, prepared and served in traditional PCYC fashion by a dedicated committee. I brought my daughters Christmas Ginger Bread House Creation to the club to display. After dinner it all but disappeared. We really have some Ginger Bread lovers at the club - isn't that right - Vicki? This years Award winners were: George Shade Memorial Jr. Sailor of the Year - David Leone Shark Trophy - Skipper of the Year - Dennis and James Bergeman Oliver True Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Service - Fred Pachasa February starts with my favorite BYOS on February 1st. You have your choice of three (not one but three) different soups, the potato bar, the salad bar, and special Mama Joe's pies for dessert. That is a meal in itself. Thus, you do not need to go outside
“The cold and snow this January has not prevented us from enjoying our club. “
The Rear Perspective
Is winter ever going to end!?!? Eric has been keeping busy with inside jobs and snow plowing. With the cold temperatures in January not much is going on outside except some ice fishing. But, spring will come. At the time you are reading this you should have seen some signs of spring, especially if you attended the Cleveland boat show. There are definitely signs that the Best Club on the Lake is preparing for spring behind the scenes; the boat lifts are in the shop and will be ready for the summers use and John Henry Bolte is working with Eric on some mechanical issues at the pool. It is sure great that we have such talented members. Our largest project for the year, the Glass House Replacement is proceeding smoothly. We are negotiating with a contractor on the scope and pricing. Again we ask for your patience as we finalize the details of the project. We still have a target to have this information out to our members before one of our spring membership meetings for your approval. Our negotiating team is headed up by Dave Obergefeld and includes John Luscombe and myself. Don’t hesitate to contact one of us, any Flag or Board member if you have any questions. From time to time members borrow items from the club. We are looking for several missing large cooking pots from the kitchen. If you have borrowed these, please return them. We will have to turn the security cameras on in the kitchen if we continue to loose items. If you notice anything else missing please notify Chuck. Speaking of the kitchen, some routine maintenance was performed on the exhaust hood as it was pressure washed. This is completed every year as this is one of those items that the health dept. inspects. As our pool Chairs, Cory and Renee Stine and Eric and Diane Zeitzheim are preparing for the spring. They are looking for Lifeguard and Attendants staff. If your child or grandchild is interested, you can pick up an application for employment at the bar. The chairpersons would like these returned by the end of March so their team can be finalized before the season begins. Spring will be here before you know it. Watch out for that ground hogs shadow. Ah, I never believed in that anyway. I just watch for the grasses greening and the warmer temperatures that lie ahead. I welcome any comments or suggestions in regards to the house and grounds. I can be contacted at my cell (419-2618630) or email me at email@example.com. Just remember “This is your Club, Use It and have fun”. I will keep saying this all year and maybe by the end, you too, will really believe it. RC Doug
From the Fleet Captain of Sail
This is your editor filling in for the Sail Fleet Report. Commodore Mike took time from the slopes to submit his report but I couldn’t get Ramon’s report by my deadline. I want you all to be aware of Feb 1st & 2nd social events at the club. I attended the Recognition dinner and sat with Dan, the Felters and Ramon. It’s always a really nice and well attended event although this year a popular wedding drew many of our members away for the evening. Dinner was as good as ever. Our Jr. Sailor of the year award was presented to David Leon. The Shark Trophy went to past commodore Denny Bergeman. The Oliver True Memorial Award was presented to Diane and Fred Pachesa. Thanks to all of members and volunteers for their support. We recognized all of our bar staff, grounds keepers and club officers for their time and dedication. Thanks went out to all our past Commodore’s whether they could be with us or not. There are countless members who deserve thanks, who work hard to keep our club one of the nicest clubs on the great lakes, and every effort was made to include you all. Reminder to attend the Junior Sail spaghetti fundraiser dinner on February 21st. (I think it’s spaghetti, it usually is.) Look for details from Secretary Dave Bringman as the event gets closer.
Jr. Sailor of the year, David Leon.
Shark Trophy Winner Past Commodore Denny Bergeman and Oliver True Memorial Award winners Diane and Fred Pachasa.
Fleet Captain of Power
Plans for the 2014 "Cruise-Outs" are being made. I am hoping to have things finalized over the next few weeks with the final destinations announced next month. The "Wine Cruise" will be held on February 15th. For those that have signed up, the bus will be departing from PCYC at noon. Lets hope for nice weather. With each winter day that passes, we are one day closer to the April IceBreaker. Think Spring... Happy Boating RJ Basil FCOP
The Commodore, Continued
and grill your favorite lobster, steak, chicken or whatever if you do not want to challenge the cold in our charcoal heated fire pit. Check out the other February events on the last page of the jib sheet. The social committee will be finalizing assignments for next years calendar on February 9th. If you forgot to fill out choices for the social year (May 2014 - Apr 2015) when you sent in your dues then we have to guess and try to do our best with assignments. Sponsors of new members may be assigned an additional committee with the new member in order to help them with their orientation to the club. Assignments can vary from year to year due to changing events, numbers required, and allowing members to participate in different functions. Please use your cars stickers as this helps us monitor club usage. Some membership cards were sent out without car stickers. If you need a car sticker you may get one from our club secretary Dave Bringman or at the bar. This year is like days of old. Ice fishing villages are sprouting up on the lake and the cold temperatures are solidifying the ice. The Christmas trees are set up mapping a path to Put-inBay. I was thinking of our hockey games in the lagoon at PCYC in the past with the Lays, Bugbee, Dracka, Bergemans and others that I can't remember at this moment. They were not exactly high performance skating expeditions. Some of us had hockey skates, some figure skates, and others just tennis shoes or boots (our goalies). We had sweat pants with newspaper taped on our legs for shin protectors. Extra hats were our helmets that protected us from our many falls to the hard cold ice. It was a challenge to stand, move the hockey puck, and not trip on the large cracks in the ice. The best defense was to hit the puck off to the side of the smooth ice into the snow and rough ice. The first one who could find the puck had the advantage because everyone else was looking for the puck in the snow. If you really got frustrated then you would hit the puck into the water near the dock supports or edge of the lagoon. That happened quite a bit because many times we had to switch from lost hockey pucks to stones or cans. We always concluded the day with chocolate bit cookies and half frozen bottles of Coke. The person who remembered to bring a bottle opener was the hero. I was looking for photos of the ice cover on Lake Erie and ended up at epa.gov website that has some interesting facts about the ice cover on Lake Erie. It effects all kinds of faucets from heat and moisture transfer, light for photosynthesis, evaporation, lake levels, erosion, ice damage, to navigation issues. Check it out. My proof reader is on the slopes or maybe in the bar. I apologize for the mistakes. I have a need to cruise the slopes. The end. See you at the Club!
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Souper-Bowl Sunday 3—5:30
Card night every Tuesday, come & play cards or games
7 Meatball Subs & more snacks 6PM $5. 14 Valentines Dinner at the Club
To the Bay Party! 6:00, $5 Cover Chg
21 Jr Sail Fundraiser
28 Friday night snacks
1/2 Way to The Bay Party, Feb. 8th
Red buckets, beer flowing, and summer beach attire What? Yes, the Port Clinton Yacht Club transforms as 1/2 Way to the Bay is ready to roll on Saturday, February 8th the Round House doors open at 6 p.m. with pizza brought in by Frosty’s (or your favorite mainland substitute). Food, beer, and beads flowing get ready for one of the favorite PIB and PC bands in the land ”The Junk”, taking the stage at 8 p.m. Bring your family and friends Five dollars at the door (food is separate) and special room rates at Mr. Ed’s Commodore Perry Inn for those late night partiers that can’t wait for the full PIB experience. Call Mr. Ed’s Commodore Perry Inn to reserve your room.