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The Helmsman
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Ahoy Pointers! July is upon us and are we feeling it! Ninety-seven degrees but with a mercifully cooling breeze as I write this onboard Luna Blu with sandpaper in hand, still on the hard at Dandy Haven Marina (but progress, however slight, is being made). 

As you know, we did not have a membership meeting in June, so we are making up for that by having a party following the Veteran’s Cup Race on Sunday, 7 July and a membership meeting later in the month! Our Racing Rear Commodore Jeff Rogers tells me that as of this writing we are short on entries and are in great need of members to bring out their boats for the Veteran’s Cup. Even if you are not a racer, register, come on out and just take a leisurely sail around the marks and then join the fun at the clubhouse for the party. This is a charity race to support the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation with all funds supporting Virginia veterans. We really need your help to make this event a success.
 
Also, we still have Yankee Station Series Races upcoming, which can be put to good use to prepare for the Tri-Service Cup Race. We need to bring the Cup back to OPCYC!

A little club business to discuss. Two issues have been brought to the Board’s attention that should be of concern to the membership as well.

The first is our lease agreement renewal with FMA. From what Alan Bomar, our FMA Liaison has expressed to the Board, FMA is proposing a significant increase to the club in the new lease agreement. The new agreement is still in draft, so we have not been presented with a final document yet.

The second issue is the club’s insurance with Burgee Program by Gowrie Group, written through Chubb Insurance, increased their rates for the upcoming year which represents a 9.3% increase in our cost. These two bills represent the largest drain on our operating funds, and although we do not want to do it, the Board may have to consider raising dues to mitigate the cost increases.

 

The Board will discuss these issues further at our next meeting in August.

 

 See you on the water!

 

Keith Midgette

OPCYC Commodore

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