The Helmsman
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As we close out 2021 and Welcome 2022, I am thankful for all the things that went well this year. OPCYC was well represented at the Hampton Lighted Boat Parade with Dolphin Dreamer winning second place and Bob D’Haem in his Hatteras winning third place in the power boat category. 

By the time you read this we will have had logged the first racing event in 2022 with the Dana Dillon Memorial New Year’s Day Madness race. 

Karen and I have moved to the power side and are currently working on getting a 40-foot custom cabin cruiser, built on top of a Navy utility boat, in shape for the summer cruising season. It will be bittersweet as Wine Down will be on the hard as well in Deltaville listed with Yazhu Yachting.

The board has decided to move the Commodore’s Ball tentatively to March 19th.
As your Commodore, I need your feedback: good, bad, or otherwise regarding your attendance at the Commodore’s Ball. We have had limited interaction this past year and the planning of the Ball is resource intensive. If you are not comfortable attending, please let me know or another board member.

I am fearful that emails are not reaching the membership for many reasons. As board members talk to members the question is asked regarding emails. If you are reading the Helmsman and not sure you are receiving club emails, please let a board member know.

We are going to start having monthly membership meetings at restaurants. The Social team will be sending out further information. The Sea Scouts are hosting a Valentines dinner with dine-in or take out. PMU will have a hybrid form of classes, although in-person will be more interactive and encouraged. Reach out via email or phone to let me know what you would like the club to focus on in 2022. We are also debating if the Memorial Day Cruise will be going to Cape Charles or some other venue. 

To determine what the membership wants, I will be sending an email survey. It will be followed by board members calling each club member. I encourage all of you to participate, even if your response is a negative one. If you do not receive an email by January, please reach out to any board member (contact information is listed in this newsletter). A large part of the survey will be for planning the Ball. A negative response is maybe even more important than a positive one. If the membership is not comfortable in attending, there is no reason for a committee to spend significant time preparing only to have to cancel at a later date. Thank you for your input. If you decide not to answer the phone and a board member leaves a voice mail, please return their call, even if you decline to attend.

I look forward to seeing you all on the water in the coming year. The weather has been fantastic and gathering with friends makes it even better.