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  • 04/10/2016 6:03 PM | John Webster (Administrator)

    I recently learned that David Ahlers, a long-time IYC member, past Commodore and Board Member, passed away on March 28, after an extended illness.  Dave and his wife, Nancy, joined the Yacht Club in 1992 and were active members for over 20 years.  An avid sailor, David loved spending time down at the club and on the lake at the helm of his sailboat Ockham’s Razor

    The formal obituary appeared in the April 2, issue of the Ithaca Journal in print, but the online version was only viewable on the Perkins Funeral home website:  http://www.perkinsfuneralhome.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/15090/id/3641376 and may have gone unnoticed by many.

    An announcement also appeared in this week’s Cornell Chronicle:  http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/04/former-johnson-professor-david-ahlers-dies-78.

    A celebration of David’s life will be held at the Yacht Club later this summer.  We will send out an announcement when a date has been set.   In the meantime, if you would like to send a card to his wife, Nancy, the address is:   725 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY  14850.

    Our sincerest condolences to Nancy and her family.  

    May the wind forever be in David's sails...


  • 03/25/2016 4:14 PM | John Webster (Administrator)

    The Board has reviewed a list of proposed improvements and changes to the area around the Club received from the Buildings and Grounds Committee.  The plan is to focus on small relatively low cost projects centered around the lake lawn and main building that improve the experience at the Club as well as the appearance.  The project proposals are purposely independent of each other, small and possible to be completed in a relatively short period of time with volunteer labor.  The plan is to have regular short work parties on weekends through the spring to proceed with as many of these projects as the membership can accomplish.  The list includes the following:

    Remove the pine bushes in front of the main Clubhouse window and prepare the area for replanting.

    Remove the overgrown bush at the southeast corner of the pavilion and prepare for replanting.

    Fill in holes in the lawn and re-seed

    Fill in the spaces between the concrete floor in the pavilion with new stone.

    Construct beach stairs next to the sand box.

    Construct new dock stairs.

    Construct a ramp next to the outdoor dining area to increase accessibility.

    Replace the roofing on the woodshed.

    Cut a six foot opening through the pavilion wall to connect the area to the lawn.

    Construct o flagstone patio outside the pavilion.

    Construct a patio area on the point around the fire pit with Adirondack chairs.

    Improve the transition to the parking area with stone fill.

    Paint angled lines in the parking area.

    Add gravel to the parking lot.

    Landscape between the railroad ties in the parking lot.

    Add gravel to the north access driveway.

    Fix soffits and install gutters along the kitchen eaves.

    As you can see, the list is ambitious and, to the extent we get these things done, will significantly improve the look and feel of our Club.  If you are interested in reviewing these proposals, please let me know and I can provide you with more detail and the  cost estimates.  We will be announcing the schedule for work parties in the next few weeks.  I hope you can join us to help.

    Thanks...

    Rich John 

    DirectorB&P Committee

     richard.john59@hotmail.com



  • 03/25/2016 3:07 PM | John Webster (Administrator)

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  • 03/23/2016 9:52 PM | John Webster (Administrator)

    The Pennant 20 March 2016 Revised.rtf

      The Pennant   

    20 March 2016

    Newsletter of the IYC Cayuga Lake Cruising Fleet

    Minutes of the Spring Meeting on March 20, 2016

    In attendance: Fleet Captain Charles Witherup, Assistant Fleet Captain Rick Bray, Secretary Eberhard Alsen, Ratings Chairman David Feavearyear, plus members Mike Newman, Bill Russell, Richard Stephens, and Mik Tulumello.

    During this meeting we spent a lot of time discussing Dave Feavearyear’s plea to establish a “white fleet,” a non-spinnaker fleet to attract new skippers. We agreed to talk to cruising skippers about the latitude and long distance races which are “open” to sailboat skippers at no fees and we agreed to add two special for white fleet skippers. See item #3 below.

    1. Registration Fees. Skipper registration fees will again be $ 200 for IYC members and $ 250 for non-members of the IYC with $ 100 for skippers racing only in the Spring or Fall series. Crew registration fees will continue to be at $ 20 for non-IYC members and $ 10 for IYC members.

    2. Financial Projection. In the absence of the treasurer, the Fleet Captain reported that the projected year’s end balance in the fleet’s account is approximately $ 500 less than last year because we purchased a new racing mark and lights.

    3. Racing Schedule. It was agreed to drop the 11th races of the Spring and Fall Series in favor of two open “white fleet” events. One will be on June 11, to be advertised as the “Sailstice and Barbecue,” the other will be on October 23, to be advertised as the “Frostbite and Barbecue.”

    4. Racing Instructions. We agreed to the Fleet Captain’s long-standing suggestion for new capital letters to designate our racing marks according to the first letter of their names. See attached map of race marks

               

    5. Race Communication from the Race Committee. We agreed that for the use of the Fleet Captain or Assistant Fleet Captain we should purchase a high quality hand-held VHF.

    Respectfully submitted by

    Eberhard Alsen

    CLCF Secretary



  • 02/22/2016 8:42 PM | John Webster (Administrator)

    In January we made our last mortgage payment!!!  I can recall when the mortgage balance was in excess of $500,000!  

    Further, this month we made our second payment of $34,000 to pay off a three year short term loan to construct the marina wall and improved roadway.  This time next year, we will be debt-free!  Believe me, we have an enviable balance sheet. 

    Congratulations to us!   Deep gratitude to all our members, volunteer Board members, and flag officers; especially those that went before us – what wonderful stewardship!  The next chapter of our 109 year old Club is ahead of us.

    Banks review balance sheets, but examine cash flow.  Our story is admirable here too, in that we run a tight fiscal ship and break-even over the years.  As Treasurer, I want to underscore that our future relies on protecting and enhancing revenue.  To that end, please encourage folks to come on down and explore joining our merry band of lake enthusiasts.  

    Chip Bryce, IYC Treasurer


  • 02/02/2016 8:07 PM | John Webster (Administrator)

    Rich Steinacher, Chair Harbors & Docks Committee

    Mon 2/1/2016 3:20 PM

    It’s All About the Work

    Work. That’s one element that binds us together as a Club. Work as a shared experience, as volunteers with a common purpose. It is simply unbelievable what we can do, bound by a common purpose. And that’s what it takes to keep the Ithaca Yacht Club a thriving, growing concern in 2016, and going forward.

    Sometimes it’s a simple thing, like an observation that Joe Miller made early this winter when C-Dock was clearly in distress. Joe took a picture of the dock and shared it with his Harbors and Docks colleagues, via email (good thing, as I was in California!). One feature of that picture stood out to several of us: The east end of the first floating section was seriously out of alignment with the next section. Over the next few days, other H and D members, including Jesse Miller and Mike Luzzi inspected the dock, and reported that the physical connection between these two 60-foot sections had broken. Because all seven floating sections of C-Dock have five anchors each (35 total) holding them in place, we weren’t too concerned that we’d lose a dock. But the misalignment was putting our very expensive electrical cabling, plus the main waterline, in danger of pulling apart


    During the next few days, Harbors and Docks members shared possible solutions, including chaining the two sections back together, while correcting the alignment problem. It came down to who could do the work, and this time, we agreed, as a group, that we wanted our key vendor and friend, Ron Knewstub, to look at the problem. Ron and his staff have provided yeoman service to the Club over the years, recently having built the stone and wood-piling dock just south of the bridge, rebuilt major sections of the North Docks, and also teamed with members of our committee, or donated equipment and boats, to allow us to make repairs to major Marina components (This fact alone has saved us a lot of money!).

    I reached Ron last week in Domenica, Costa Rica. He promised to inspect the C-Dock problem promptly when he returned. On Tuesday, January 26, Ron inspected the break, and called me with his proposed solution. We agreed that he and his team would take a crack at repairing it the next day. Sometimes, even the most dedicated volunteers need to call in the professionals. That was the case, here. On Wednesday, Ron called me and relayed the details of the solution, along with pictures showing the properly aligned docks. On Thursday, he checked the work and called me again. We agreed on one more step to safeguard the docks, which was to be completed yesterday.


    Working together as a group, with a key vendor-partner, we solved a critical problem for the Club, without great expense. Solving problems together is one of the glues that hold us together as the Ithaca Yacht Club.

    Resolve to help the Club in some small way this year!

    Rich Steinacher, Director, Harbors and Docks



  • 11/10/2015 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations and thank you to the following 2016 IYC board of directors:

    John Webster-Commodore

    Judy Singer-Vice Commodore

    Joe Miller-Rear Commodore

    Chip Bryce-Treasurer

    Marrie Neumer-Secretary

    Rich Steinacher-Harbors & Docks

    Mike Rudan/Rich John-Buildings & Grounds

    Harriet Sutherland-Food & Beverage

    Katie Clapp-Social

    Chris Rogers-Sailing

    Dave Filiberto-Race & Regatta

    Sharon Myers-Membership

  • 10/24/2015 3:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click HERE to read our latest issue of BOWLINES, written by Rich Steinacher, Director of Harbors and Docks.

  • 10/09/2015 4:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IYC longtime member Elizabeth Boligiano Gordon passed away last week unexpectedly.  She was 91.  She and her family were members of the club for over 50 years.  Liz was energetic, fun loving, and a straight shooter-just this past summer she frequented our restaurant almost weekly.  She and Ralph (Bolgiano) sailed their star boat out of the club for many many years.  She is survived by four children: Randy, Douglas, Christopher and Elizabeth and their families.  A celebration of her life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6 in the Auditorium at Kendal. 

    she and Ralph sailed their Star boat out of the Ithaca Yacht Club. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theithacajournal/obituary.aspx?n=elizabeth-bolgiano-gordon&pid=176032308&fhid=7263#sthash.WzK4jISQ.dpuf


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