The first third of 2013 has been a remarkable dash. The long established notion that we are genuinely the “World’s Greatest Sailing Club” has been repeatedly confirmed over the last couple of weeks.
Full of fun, racing and social functions these last two weeks demonstrated the dedication of our diverse membership to recognize and supply all recreational water enthusiasts with a venue and value without parallel. The agenda and passionate approach to readily provide access to our Bay for the areas sailors has never been more apparent.
Last weekend with the YSP, Commodore Jennings, the BKYC and an outpouring of volunteers collectively filled Sarasota Bay with hundreds of sailors and boats. Not since last year’s Labor Day Regatta has so many Sailboats packed Sarasota Bay. The 2013 YSP Sailfest from all accounts was a fantastic success. Over 200 sailors, quality conditions, and competition made the weekend. In the end it was nice to see familiar young faces from around the Club on the awards podium. Well done! With Commodore Jennings guidance the Club hosted the 8th annual Gulf Coast Traditional Small Craft Festival. Joined by some of the areas famous designers, boat builders, craftsmen and cool “salts” we had a marvelous mix of boats and personalities. The beauty and art of the boats was not lost and the opportunity to share firsthand knowledge and history was a truly unique. As you read this Commodore Jennings is debriefing the event and looking at dates for the 2014 9th annual GCTSC Fest. I hope everyone will mark that date and join us. Finally, once again many of the Clubs Sailors joined in the Sarasota Bay Cup fleet last Saturday. And once again, like last year, the Club was well represented and much of the awarded hardware made its way back to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. Great showing!
I look forward to seeing you around the “World’s Greatest Sailing Club”.