Notice of Motions for 2017 AGM

According to the TBYC constitution notices of motion that may affect the TBYC constitution itself must be presented to TBYC membership 30 days prior to the AGM. The 2017 AGM is scheduled for November 30, 2017.

Any TBYC member may present a motion for consideration. The following three motions are generally supported by the TBYC Board and have specifically been presented by the movers and seconders mentioned.

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Close of Nav Tickets Now Available!

Close of Navigation Dryland Regatta party tickets are available now!

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 Prince Arthur Hotel - Provincial Room
Music by: Tourist Bureau
Symposium: 5:30pm

Tickets: $40 each
Dinner choices: Chicken, roast beef, vegetarian
Tickets available at: Dulux Paints (next to MacDonald's on Memorial), Barewood Furniture, or Kathleen (call or text: 629-0439)

TBYC price for rooms at Prince Arthur, if you'd like to overnight on Nov. 18: $89 + taxes (tell them you're with the TBYC banquet).
 

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Participate in the TBYC Planning Survey!

The TBYC is currently in the process of developing a long term plan for the Club. As the first step, we are asking all members to please complete the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TBYC2017

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Silver Islet Yacht Club Courses

The following SIYC Courses have been added to the TBYC website calendar:

SIYC Maritime Radio Course: Sat July 22 1700-2000; & Sun July 23 0800 to 1100

SIYC PCOC Course: Sat July 29 1300-1600 & 1700-2000

SIYC Youth PCOC (8-12): Sat Aug 12 100-1200; & 1300-1500

Courses are open to General Public

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Customs Clearing Update from U.S. Customs

U.S. Customs prefers to have all boats report to the closest dock to the Grand Portage Port of Entry since we no longer staff the office in Grand Marais, MN. The closest dock is the Grand Portage Marina, we understand most large sail boats won’t fit so the next dock would be located in Horse Shoe Bay between Big Bay and Chicago Bay in Hovland, MN.

The approximate GPS coordinates for Horse Shoe Bay are: Lat 47º 51.02 Lon 89º 56.09 (20.9 miles northeast of Grand Marais and 16.2 miles southwest of Grand Portage).

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2017 International Race Volunteers Needed

The TBYC Race Committee is seeking volunteers for TBYC Race Committee is looking for volunteers to staff the finish line for the 2017 International Race, which finishes in Thunder Bay this year. These volunteers make the International a special event for sailors all around Lake Superior, and is an opportunity to put our best foot forward as a club.

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Gear Up for Outdoors offers TBYC Summer Safety Special!

Heading into the height of the boating season, the TBYC and Gear Up For Outdoors have teamed up to offer all TBYC Members this special promotion!

From July 12 to July 31, 2017, TBYC Members pay NO TAX on all Mustang Survival flotation products (Mustang Inflatable (Hydrostatic/Automatic/Manual Inflatable), Mustang PFD or Mustang Jackets/Pants or Survival Suit)!

Not only that, all qualifying buyers are entered in a draw for the new Mustang Bluewater 30L Waterproof Gear Hauler - valued at $250.00!

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Bert Blaauw, Past Commodore and founder of SUNORA

It is with deep sadness we share that long-time TBYC member, Bert Blaauw, a Past Commodore (1998-1999) and founder of the SUNORA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 6th, after a long battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Our deepest condolences to Pyteke and the family. He will be greatly missed.
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Let's Ring in Summer 2017 Together!

Race 5 of the On-Deck Wednesday Night Series takes place on this week on June 21, the Summer Solstice.

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Spring Yard Sale - New Date!

The TBYC Spring Yard Sale has been scheduled for Saturday, June 10, at the Mission Island yard! More information here: http://tbyc.on.ca/events/tbyc-spring-yard-sale

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Wednesday Racing Series Information Updated

For the sailboat racers among us, the On Deck Wednesday Night Series NORs, Sailing Instructions, and Fleet PHRF Handicap documents are now available on the series page.

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TBYC Launch Dates

The Mission Property yard water is on and launch begins on Tuesday, May the 9th, weather and yard conditions permitting.

Launch days will be Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.  When booking your launch please group the appointment times.

If you have antifreeze in your engine it must be pumped out before you launch. Barrels for waste antifreeze are located on site, please use them.

To launch, your current insurance must be on file with the Club and your account must be current, no exceptions.

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Spring Yard Sale - POSTPONED

Due to weather conditions, this Saturday’s yard sale at the Mission property has been postponed.

On the bright side, you have more time to gather your sale items.

We are considering next weekend, watch for the posting.

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Final 2017 Racing Calendar Now Available

The final 2017 TBYC Racing calendar is now available:

2017 TBYC Racing Season Calendar (PDF)

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TBYC 2017 Social Calendar Updates

Planning continues to go forward regarding 2017 events. As event dates draw near and as dates are confirmed, email blasts will be sent out, a member phone blitz will be held, and watch for posts on the TBYC website and Facebook.

Please be sure your email address and phone numbers are up-to-date in our TBYC directory. We are always looking for volunteers (e.g., help with phoning, event setup, etc.).

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Spring Breakfast Success – Thank You TBYC Volunteers!

The Spring Breakfast held on Saturday, April 22 was a tremendous success with approximately 125 stopping by for a hearty breakfast at Mission Clubhouse. Thank you to all who supported this event. Special thanks to our amazing volunteers, Jim, Gail, Andrea, Beverley & Reg, for their time and efforts, as well as Gerry, Lori, Michael, Scott, Janet, & Hank.

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Destination Projects Update

Paul Morralee, April 18, 2017

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Canadian Power & Sail Squadron 2017 Schedule Available

Canadian Power and Sail Squadron schedule of 2017 courses are now available.  Visit http://www.boatingcourses.ca/cities/Thunder%20Bay for course details and registration information.

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Invoicing Notice to all Members stored at the Thunder Bay Yacht Club Mission Property

A change to the invoicing procedure with regards to Launch, Haul-Out and Summer Storage has been approved and will be effective this season.

Within the next two weeks, prior to the boating season, all members with boats stored on the Mission Property will be invoiced for an Annual Service Fee.

The invoice for the Annual Service Fee will be calculated using the current Launch / Haul rate structure for the size of the boat and will be equal to the cost of one launch and one haul-out for the season.

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MAC Input to Parking Authority Report to Council

For the interest of members, here is the set of recommendations compiled by The City of Thunder Bay Marina Advisory Committee (MAC) for presentation with the Parking Authority Report to City Council:

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2017 SUNORA Regatta Details Released

The details for the 22nd SUNORA Regatta (scheduled for the week of July 29 – August 5, 2017) are now available the SUNORA information page: http://tbyc.on.ca/22nd-anniversary-sunora-regatta

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New Crew Program Being Offered Again for 2017

The TBYC is offering the popular New Crew Program once again for the 2017 season!

Adults with little or no prior sailing experience are encouraged to join experienced sailor and educator Bill Dunlop for a two-weekend program that will give them a practical foundation for joining a boat as crew for TBYC sail races.

This introduction consists of 4 classroom and on-the-water sessions, based out of Oliver Road Community Centre (563 Oliver Road). The total cost is $165, and includes a 2017 TBYC Associate Membership at $25 and $140 for the program.

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Crew Development Program Being Offered Again for 2017

The Race Committee is pleased to announce that the Crew Development Program will be offered this spring. This program will be of interest to our racing crews who wish to advance their understanding of the boatspeed, tactical and strategic issues that arise on the race course. In short it is directed to skippers and crew members who wish to up their game.

Our belief is that an increased understanding of the decisions that are made on the race course will make our sport more fun and enhance the contribution that our crews can make during a race.

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Public Consultation on Parking fees at Prince Arthur Landing

The City of Thunder Bay is considering implementing a pay parking system at Prince Arthurs Landing for the Pearl Street “Boaters Lot” and the North Lot (by the Tai Chi area) beginning in 2018.  At the present time the city is not considering implementing paid parking on the Piers (1 and 3), but there may be situations where boaters need to pay for parking in the paid lot if the parking spaces on the piers are full.

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Join our Facebook Page!

TBYC now has an official Facebook Page for official news, event, and club updates for our members on Facebook. Be sure to Like our page to get official updates in your Facebook feed! https://www.facebook.com/thunderbayyc/

A Facebook Group already exists (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2325788135/), and is a great forum for local boaters to share updates with each other. However all official communications will be posted on the TBYC Page.

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2017 Racing Rules Changes

Every four years the Racing Rules of Sailing change.

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Safety At Sea Seminars

Safety at Sea Seminars are for everyone: cruisers, powerboaters, sailors, and sailboat racers.  For racers, check the NOR and Sis to make sure that you select the course that is required for any particular race. 

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Tentative 2017 Race Schedule Released

It's never too early to start planning for the racing season! To help you with this task, the Tentative 2017 Race Schedule has been distributed, available below.

The website's racing pages will be updated once the schedule has been finalized.

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"Randle Reef" Presentation Preview

Preview a November 30th presentation about "Randle Reef" by Dr. Chris McLaughlin, Executive Director, Hamilton Harbour Bay Area Restoration Council. Dr. McLaughlin's presentation focuses on the largest environmental cleanup ever undertaken on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes, the Randle Reef project in Hamilton Harbour.

In the following audio clip, Chris previews the presentation about the Randle Reef project he will be making at 7 p.m. on November 30th in Room 3004 of the ATAC building at Lakehead University.

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AGM: Thursday November 24, 7pm

The TBYC AGM has been set for Thursday November 24 at 1900, at the Mission Clubhouse. See the event listing for more details.

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