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2017 Racers Awards held on March 4th 2018

The 2017 annual awards ceremony took place on March 4th at the Rocking Horse Pub. Cheeks were rosy and spirits high after a fine day on the water for races 3 and 4 of the 2018 Hot Rum Series. The event was well attended, with 30 Racers and SCYC supporters. The Rocking Horse staff did a very nice job of hosting. 




Fleet Captain Neal Berger presented awards to the winners of the various races or race series held during 2017.









 The Ken Woodward Hot Rum Series was won by Freewind - Richard Hudson, skipper.




The Spring Series was won by Ice Bear - Neal Berger, skipper.

The Bay Race was won by Ice Bear - Neal Berger, skipper

The Fall Colour Series was won by Shingebiss - Neal Berger, skipper.






















The Best Overall was awarded to Ariyas - Andrea Shimmelfennig/Andrew Rycroft, skippers. This vessel had the best score of the boats that raced in all three series per SCYC rules.










The Fleet Captain's Twisted Spike Award was presented to John Collins and the crew of SPUD for general enthuasism and spirit.  











This article is being presented through the lens of a jet-lagged attendee. Having just returned from Dubai on Wednesday evening, husband (The DAZED Vice Commodore voted in by acclamation earlier in the week- surely someone else wanted the job!) and writer were still experiencing very long days with early wake ups at 2:30 am! But there was NO WAY, they were going to miss this annual event!

From the moment one walked in the doorway, members were greeted by Elaine Curran and Jo Graham (Social Director) and queued for photos by Wally Clark while sipping a complimentary Prosecco... One was made to feel like a most welcomed VIP. SCYC is known for its inclusiveness and friendships. The buzz around the room during the cocktail hour made it obvious that members seek each other out to catch up with one another. The door count came to 87 this year.

The decor was chic with the satin blue table runners on white tablecloths and glass centerpieces surrounded by light strings... that were later used as jewellery by some innovative members. Who knew they had a dual purpose? Cathy Carey, Donna Howells, and Joanne McIlveen circulated -immersing themselves in conversations, while taking candid photographs for our Photo Gallery.




The capable Jim Dutton was the Master of Ceremonies over dinner. He  welcomed everyone, including specialguests, Past Commodore George Creek and wife Barbara from Ladysmith Yacht Club. Our treasured member, Bonnie Curl was called upon to lead the Mariner's Grace.

 The Fairwind’s staff served a lovely plated dinner. (The writer and husband started to confuse the location of the dinner- transported back aboard the Azamara Journey. This became even more disconcerting for them when the wine kept being replenished...) A special mention goes out to Dan Vogt (Manager of Food and Beverages), Joanne Fortin (set-up), and JoHanne and Elizabeth Robinson (creating the cocktail/dinner ambience).

 The program was presented over the dessert, and YES, the writer and husband continued to over- indulge in the sweets. (Denial, denial, denial - their cruise wasn't really over, was it?)

 Past Commodore Peter Howells was called upon to present the Si Wood Trophy. Peter made it clear that he already knew a week or two into his term as Commodore, who the recipient of this award would be. It is presented to a member for his/her outstanding contribution to the club. Even before Peter announced this year's recipient, his name was being whispered at the tables. Everyone knew the deserving person to have his name engraved on the cup was Bruce Petry. His involvement and willingness to support the club whenever and wherever he can was apparent to all members. Congratulations Bruce!






 A clever introduction of the SCYC Commodore of 2018 was made through a video production. One was transported to Hawaii (presumably) where COMMODORE SIMON HUDDY, was awaiting the induction ceremony with the (literally) THROWING of the Commodore's Cap by PAST COMMODORE PETER HOWELLS. (If the writer of this article was more techy, she'd upload it onto our website.) Such a clever way of having Simon present for this important evening! It is now official, SIMON HUDDY is now COMMODORE!







The new 2018 Executive was introduced, including:

Vice Commodore Ryan Laudien (stunned and confused... "I'm what? I thought I agreed to be Treasurer?.... ")

Past Commodore Peter Howells

Secretary Sandra Dutton (We love executive members who stay on for another term or two or three... Am I pushing it?)

Treasurer James Watson (Did they mix you and husband Ryan up? Perhaps you'd like to trade places...)

Rear Commodore Bob Delaney

Fleet Captain Neil Berger

Staff Captain Doug Herchmer

Social Director Jo Graham (Oh, we're so lucky that you extended another year!)

Communications Director Kathy Swangard (Kathy MUST continue, she's the only one who knows what's going on and how to communicate it on the web! NEVER leave us! Promise!)

Director at Large Chris Jobb 

Husband Ryan was called upon (in the absence of holidaying Commodore Huddy) to thank Past Commodore Peter Howells for his service and leadership to the club. Ryan mentioned his strength as a gifted "relational leader". Peter built a strong working relationship with Seacliff Properties that will serve the club well moving forward. Past Commodore Peter Howells will be remembered as a quality, articulate, sociable and fun/ caring leader. Thank you Peter!

Of course, everyone knows the real power lies in the contributions of the spouse, don't they? Donna Howells was presented with a bouquet of flowers for keeping her wandering Welshman husband pointed in the right direction and focused on his SCYC duties. Well done, Donna!

The talented resident poet of our membership, John Vallis, was called upon to set the stage for the judgement of the recipient of the MEMA AWARD with Judge Bruce Barry presiding. For those new members, MEMA stands for Most Embarrassing Moment Award. Boaters are notorious for "making little mistakes" which become fodder for some hilarious tales. These incidents are taken note of and submitted to the Executive for consideration for this most UNDESIRABLE award. This year there were 4 submissions and Judge Barry made his judgement based on the noisiest response by the members in attendance. (A truly scientific approach, wouldn't you say?)

1. Tim Rann nominated Larry Morden for moving to the DARK SIDE by selling his sailboat and purchasing a power boat. (absurd)

2. Wally Clark nominated John Collins for radioing in a message that Spud would finish ahead of Regalo and Starlight Express. With bad luck and questionable tactics, they actually finished last…  Jim Dutton was revealed as the actual radio operator.

3. Tim Rann nominated Richard Hudson for hitting a Yeo Island reef.  Richard wasn't present so the award was deflected to the unscathed racing crew member-Pam May-Straka. This would have been her first MEMA award. (Her husband, Joe Straka, on the other hand, was a recipient of the award twice before.)

4. John Vallis nominated Gerry and Anne Thompson for their 2017 “Body of Work.” A leaking thru-hull, errant toilet seat, unnecessarily replaced pump, Gorilla Glue mess, and unplanned swim were but a few of their 2017 boating events. Surrogates acted with the appropriate outrage at the nomination due to Gerry and Anne’s mysterious absence.



  And the MEMA award for 2017 was awarded to...

              ANNE and GERRY THOMPSON!(and accepted by those weird people waving cardboard faces...)











 Dancing followed with SOUND SUCCESS providing the music. And the evening ended with members staying for the last few songs. (A true sign that everyone had a great time!)The Commodore's Ball takes organization and attention to detail. The success of this event is dependent upon our exceptional Social Director, Jo Graham and her troupe of volunteers, including: Marion Clark, Sheila Greenberg, Bonnie Curl, Donna Howells, Sandra Dutton, and Elaine Curran. Thank you to all for making it a memorable night!

































It is 5:30 pm as this writer finishes this article and she's about to put her jet-lagged body back into bed... Sweet Dreams...

                                                                                                  - Article submitted by Mary Laudien (aka PRAIRIE GIRL)   http://www.marylaudien.com-

                                                                                                  - Photos by Wally Clark, Cathy Carey, Donna Howells,  Joanne McIlveen  



2017 SCYC Wine Tour

On September 29th a total of 46 intrepid wine tasters enjoyed a a fabulous day out, despite a forecast for heavy showers and a last minute bus break down.

The day began bright and early in the upper parking lot at Fairwinds Marina with coffee and some very tasty muffins baked by volunteers. Happily the bus was soon fixed after only a minor delay and after departure, the MC’s, Bill & Linda Hamilton, did a fine job of keeping everyone entertained with jokes and skill testing games. The very talented Andy and John Vallis blew everyone away with their unsurpassed knowledge of 1960’s Canadian rock music and Canadian trivia.

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Another successful Club Regatta has become a recent memory for the SCYC membership. The anticipation leading up to this fun, team-building event is over and members will be winding down their cruising throughout the end of the season... but not before they participate in one last club cruise.

The writer of this article had her heart set on participating in this year's event. After experiencing the exhilaration of racing previous years with the TwoCan sailing faster than one ever imagined, she was keen! (Perhaps it was due to the expert crewing onboard from the Orava team... ) But alas, it wasn't meant to be. The Saturday weather took a complete 360 with 25 knot winds and rain. This would not have been an issue, had they not moved their boat to Stones Marina in the spring. By mid-afternoon, after tracking the less than ideal conditions and consultation with the Orava crew, the Captain finally decided mid-afternoon not to move the TwoCan. Well, didn't that take the wind out of their sails? Literally.

Not to be left out completely, they attended the Captain's Meeting in the morning, regardless of the fact they lacked a sailboat tied up to the dock. A few photos were taken to share the mood of the Captains and crew before boarding their vessels for this race that no one takes too seriously- especially when one understands the rule of the race. After 1.5 hours out or reaching the final way point (whichever happens first), the boat in the lead must turn around simultaneously with all the boats behind him, racing back to Schooner Cove. You see how this BANG and BACK RACE is anything BUT a serious affair!




























The RAG-BAGGERS and STINK POTTERS headed out enthusiastically for an afternoon of fun and camaraderie on the water. After the previous blustery day, the conditions on Sunday afternoon were perfect for a race in wind of 16 knots and the sun shining with a comforable16 degree temperature. As expected, those SEA GODS were smiling down on the 2017 SCYC Fleet Regatta, once again.















       THEY'RE OFF!








Hungry sailors returned to a barbecue organized by Rhonda Lott and Gerry Reimer. Joanne Petry was recognized for coming up with a system to reduce and recycle after the dinner. She met her ultimate goal of just having one small bucket of garbage at the end of the evening. Well done Conservation Queen!

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SCYC knows how to organize and pull off a memorable, challenging, and spirited regatta weekend. The BMW LASQUETI ISLAND REGATTA (it's new official name, as BMW is now it's presenting sponsor for the event) is a favourite amongst racers from as far away as the Mainland, Campbell River and Victoria. 200 sailors participated over the weekend, making it a lively event! The comments, kudos, and testimonials from the racers on Sunday morning, was a tribute to the reputation SCYC has for hosting the BEST Regatta in the VIRS series.





The racers and SCYC members, launched the weekend with a burger barbeque (halibut, salmon and/or beef) on the greens overlooking Schooner Cove. Live music was supplied by a group of talented local jammers and the festivities set the tone for an incredible regatta weekend. Breakfast was served both Sat. and Sun. mornings and stew was waiting for the hungry racers when they returned Saturday evening.

As everyone knows, an event such as this, does NOT happen without a village. Some of the key people involved, included:

PETER MILNE- the overall coordinator of the Regatta and a most detailed leader! He was thrilled to have 80% of the boats registered early this year!
BRUCE PETRY- found the sponsors and gathered the prizes. He is our GO-TO-GUY in the club who helps out on many fronts- timekeeper and setting up/dismantling, etc.
WALLY CLARK- organized the Race Committee, found slips for visiting boats and communicated the directions to their berths.
CHARLENE SINCLAIR - nicknamed, "FIREBALL" is the member who personalized the event for the visiting sailors, and coordinated a team of 40 volunteers, to serve the barbeque on Friday Night, breakfast on Saturday morning, stew dinner on Saturday night (which ended up being until 1:30 Sun. am... who knew?), and a final breakfast on Sunday morning before the Awards Ceremony.
KATHY SWANGARD- as SCYC's Communications Officer, organized the regatta poster, contacted racers on the Island and the Mainland promoting the regatta. She promoted the event through the Scyline, ensuring that all members were involved as much as possible.
ANDREW RYCROFT- handled the bar service and managed his team of volunteers to serve libations with both dinners.
DAVID KRATT- Fairwinds new manager was helpful in participating in the hosting for the Regatta.

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A clear, sunny May 7th was not a given with our unpredictable, wet spring. THANK YOU SEA GODS for providing the best conditions possible for SCYC's Opening Day of the Season!


The SCYC dignitaries were led down to the After Deck by our piper, Josh Dielemon, Commodore, Peter Howells, and Nanoose Power Squadron Commander, Jim Dutton. There was an impressive number of Past Commodores in the procession this year! 





Bruce Barry provided an account of the history behind Sail Pasts and re-acquainted memberswith the procedures to follow when sailing past and receiving the salutes from our distinguished Commodore and Power Squadron Commander aboard CASSIS.  

Commodore Peter welcomed everyone to the event. It was clear he was thrilled to see the crowd of participants filling the After Deck and adjoining pier. Commander Jim followed with sharing a helpful aid for Commodore Peter to access when heading out to position his stationary vessel. (Yes, he wore the PORT (red sock for left) and the STARBOARD (green sock for right!) certainly, a must for any Captain (and perhaps especially Commodore Peter...). Fleet Captain, Andrew Rycroft addressed the membership, as well, mentioning the Sail Past Fun Race that was a new addition to the event this year. He also gave instructions to the captains about formation on the water and taking the lead.  Many thanks to John Curran, Past Commodore, for organizing the 'on-the-water' portion of our Opening Day.

Our national anthem was sung (thank you Lou Boulanger for leading the participants) as the Canadian flag was hoisted. And then the crowd dispersed to their boats to get into formation out on the water, for the Sail Past ritual. And what a lovely afternoon it was basking in the sunshine and watching all the captains and their beautiful vessels get positioned. Several members boarded other's boats and enjoyed the social aspect of the event, making the day all the more memorable!



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