...is finally here. SSYC's new-format Open House debuts this Saturday, with a day-long list of activities and fun. Read about it throughout this issue -- and remember to stop in and bring friends.
...And watch for Day at the Lake on Channel 6's morning programs beginning at 6:30 a.m. Friday.
It was a busy June General Membership Meeting ...
...with approval for voting reform on By-Laws changes, setting a $100 assessment for A Dock repairs and other improvements and needs, and raising the IT Committee to status as a full Standing Committee.
And the 80th Queen's Cup ...
...is in the books, with a rollicking start and a pretty quick romp across the lake to Grand Haven. SSYC boats did well.
From the Helm
Midway Through a Successful Season
By Jerry Kedziora Commodore
With the 4th of July this week, we are almost midway through our season.
The sail race fleets are off and running, and we just completed another Queen’s Cup Race, SSYC’s 80th. The race was a success with more than 150 boats registered.
Thanks to Scott Burke, the Special Events director, and all of his team for a great Queen’s Cup event. The start was tough, with the wind out of the NE and blowing hard while big seas were running. It was a test of boat handling skills and seamanship, not only for the racers, but for the start, check-in and the other support boats.
I had the midnight to 6 a.m. shift at check out in Grand Haven. The first boat to finish was Heartbreaker, checking out at about 12:24 a.m. Saturday morning.
The people of Grand Haven were very welcoming, and the finish team enjoyed great hospitality.
This year we had great sponsors for the race, including North Sails (thanks to Tom Pease), Mount Gay Rum, Harken and Harken Derm. Harken Derm’s Midwest product launch for their new sun block product was here at our Club, presented by Dr. Edit Harken.. Thanks to Pete Engel for B & G’s maker of boat electronics for their support as well. Please support our sponsors.
There are still a lot of events that we can enjoy. Coming up is the Day at the Lake this Saturday (July 7). The events start with breakfast and continue all day, including the flea market and an auction of Adirondack chairs that have been enhanced by various artists recruited by Nancy Pluta. There are a whole lot of other things throughout the day. Please make it your day. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of you supporting the event.
One of my favorites is the flea market. Much to my wife Jean’s delight, I always wind up buying something at the flea market, and I can’t wait to bring whatever I buy home and show what a great deal I got. I just wish she wouldn’t roll her eyes so much.
George and Sam Graubner have been putting a lot of work into this. Please support this day-long event. There will great food, fun and things to do. You can read and see all the details elsewhere in this issue.
See you down at our Club.
SSYC's Day at the Lake
Day at the Lake Premiers Saturday with Open House, Chair Auction, Festivities
By George Graubner VC Power Boater Chair
Preparations are in full swing for SSYC's first-ever Day at the Lake this Saturday, July 7.
Adirondack Chair Auction
The Adirondack chairs are arriving and they are amazing. Local artists are decorating 18 of them, and they will be auctioned off in support of our efforts for Big
These are some of the chairs that will be available at the Day at the Lake Auction to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Brothers/Big Sisters. You’ll see pictures of several of them with this article, and pictures of the rest will be posted at ssyc.org as they arrive. You’ll be able to see them at the Club, too.
Hats off to the artists for these exceptional creations! Bios of the artists are at ssyc.org, too. There’s a link on the home page. We are thankful to them for donating their artistic talents to assist us.
The live auction begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday. If you can’t make it and want to bid, get a proxy to bid for you. Cash, charge or house charge will be accepted.
A Full Day of Open House Activity
We have a full day of activities for members and the public alike, including the flea market, auctions, beer tasting, breakfast and lunch prepared by the grill team. The Juniors will be there with sailboat rides in the horseshoe. The SSYC membership committee will be there escorting visitors. Since this event is open to the public, visitors and potential members will get an opportunity to see SSYC in action and perhaps they may want to join.
The All-American Picnic will be located in Canvas Cove followed by dancing!
Our Marketing Group has done a great job! They’ve been organizing and lining up the chair artists, using social media to promote the Day At The Lake, and sending out press releases and talking to the media about this special event.
As a matter of fact, Channel 6 will be doing a live broadcast early this Friday morning, July 6, from the Club. This publicity will certainly benefit the Club overall and the efforts of the many committees and groups within the Club, as well as gaining overall exposure for SSYC. Set your DVRs or tune in to TV6 Wake Up and Real Milwaukee to view the segments. The segments are expected to air starting at 6:30 a.m., and the shows run until 10 a.m. Several Club Members will participate, including Cookie Mueller, Gary Johnson, Pete Engel, Matthew Mergner and Sam Graubner . Annie Jurczyk from BB/BS will be here to talk about their organization and our partnership.
A special thanks to Sam Graubner, Nancy Pluta, Cara Gaitens, Cindy Johnson, Kathy Reading and Doug Reading for all their help on this project!
Additional Power Boater Events
While Day at the Lake is a major event for the Power Boaters and SSYC, the Power Boaters’ next Time Out Thursday is July 19. It’s ‘grill your own’ in the Canvas Cove. Details will come later.
After that, is Fish On/Fish Off on Saturday, July 28. Those interested in participating in the annual fish off can contact George Artka.
And for the cruisers in the Club – power or sail – we have our annual cruise to Racine in August.
For all of our events watch your email, lobby TV monitor or our website ssyc.org.
SSYC's Day at the Lake
Here's the Schedule for Day at the Lake this Saturday
Marketing and Media Exposure for Club's Activities
By Sam Graubner Marketing Group Chair
It’s certainly been a flurry of activity over the past few months for SSYC’s Marketing Group, prepping for the Review of the Fleet, The Queen’s Cup and – coming up this Saturday, July 7 – the Day at the Lake.
There have been quite a few responses from the media due to our marketing efforts. We have had coverage in the Scuttlebutt Magazine, Milwaukee Journal Sports Section, Milwaukee Journal Online, Bay View Compass front page, and WTMJ Channel 4 helicopter to mention a few.
And, our social media efforts have increased. The tracking of those posts have increased substantially, while our number of likes and followers have also
The Bay View Compass, above, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, below, were among the local media providing Queen's Cup coverage. Check out these and additional links at the end of the article.
increased! That’s all good news and great for the Club. What’s important is we are making headway with the media and making contacts for future marketing efforts. So, it will be important to continue those efforts.
The HOT NEWS is that SSYC will be featured in Channel 6 Wake Up and Real Milwaukee live broadcast direct from SSYC this Friday, July 6, starting at 6:30 a.m., until 10 a.m. Rain or Shine! If you’re interested in seeing how broadcasting is done, you certainly could be an onsite viewer. I know it’s early in the morning, but what an incredible opportunity to showcase our Club and our Day at the Lake Open House event taking place on Saturday.
Briefly, there will be four segments in each program. Segment one will feature an overview of SSYC highlighting history, Juniors, Auxiliary, etc. Segment two will feature boating, including power boating and sailing, including a catamaran, cruising sailboat and racing sailboat. Segment three will feature Big Brothers/Big Sisters and our partnership with them and their community efforts for kids. This may include a short boat ride too! Segment four will feature our Day at the Lake, including the silent auction and our Adirondack chairs auction that will benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters. See main article for more info on this event. The event info along with artist bio’s and pics of chairs that have arrived so far can also be seen on our website: ssyc.org (See ON DECK on the home page for links)
Did I mention that the Day at the Lake is open to the public? So bring your friends and family for a full day event. Our membership committee will be available to answer questions about the club and provide tours. Juniors are donating their time and efforts to provide day sailing in the horseshoe. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will be on site to provide safety tips and vessel checks. There will also be a flea market, beer tasting, raffle, wine pull, an All American Picnic and dancing until 11:30 p.m. It’s a can’t miss day with something for everyone.
Check out these links to our recent media coverage:
The 80th running of the South Shore Yacht Club Queen’s Cup Race across Lake Michigan tested boats and crews. Winds at the start were out of the northeast at over 15 knots with waves running three to five feet. These conditions forced many skippers to make some tough decisions prior to the race.
One hundred fifty-three boats entered this year. As registration started on Thursday, it was clear that weather would be a concern.
By the time the race was underway, the number of boats crossing the start line had dropped to 137. Some boats ultimately turned back after battling the lake, while others pressed on.
Crews arriving in Grand Haven commented that, although conditions were challenging, the ride was exhilarating -- far better than drifting in light air.
The 2018 Queen’s Cup was won by the Section 4 boat Sociable from Milwaukee Yacht Club, narrowly beating SSYC’s Matt Mergener sailing Instigator by 4 minutes 33 seconds. Instigator placed 2nd overall and won the Fons America Trophy as the SSYC monohull boat with the best corrected time. The Silvie Trophy, awarded to the first boat to finish, was won by Heartbreaker, a TP52 from Macatawa Bay Yacht Club piloted by Robert Hughes, with an elapsed time of 7:44:03.
Rick Trisco’s Tango in Blue, from SSYC, took home the Silver Jubilee Trophy as the overall winner of the ORR fleet. Team Tango also placed first in Section 2 and third overall in the PHRF fleet.
This year 27 SSYC boats entered the Queen’s Cup with eight boats taking home trophies and flags. In addition to Instigator and Tango in Blue, the following SSYC boats won or placed in their divisions: Adventurous, Passport, Madcap, Bounder, Hobgoblin, and Triumvirate. Full race results can be found online at www.ssyc.org/queens-cup.
Grand River Sailing Club was a great finish host. Thanks to Mark Erickson, my counterpart at GRSC, the coordination with the City of Grand Haven was outstanding. Marina staff and volunteers helped guide finishing boats to their slips. Grand Haven even completed the renovation of their Waterfront Stadium in time for the 80th Queen’s Cup awards ceremony, which was the first public event at the new facility.
The crew of Sociable from Milwaukee Yacht Club, this year's Queen's Cup winner. Bruce Nason photos.
Rick Trisco, third from left, shakes hands with Commodore Jerry Kedziora. Rick is shown with his crew from SSYC's Tango in Blue, which won the Silver Jubilee Trophy as the overall winner of the ORR fleet and also placed first in Section 2 and third overall in the PHRF fleet.
Boats in the well at SSYC on the wet, windy and gray morning of the race.
The awards ceremony was held in Grand Haven's new outdoor stadium.
Special Events Director Scott Burke at the awards ceremony.
Safety in the Slips is Always in Season
By Greg Gaitens Rear Commodore
Be a courteous and Safe Slip Holder
With the summer in full swing and boats in their slips, I thought it would be a good time to touch on some safety issues.
Electricity around water is always a cause for concern. Only marine grade locking power cords are permitted to be used to plug boats into the electrical pedestals at SSYC. Please verify your shore power cord is in sound condition and that it does not hang into the water. Not necessarily this brand, but these are the only kinds of cords allowed:
Please keep the finger piers and main dock clear. Nothing is permitted to be mounted to the top of the finger piers or main docks. Line holders, steps, wave boards, and ladders must not be an encroachment to the top of the finger piers. Dock boxes must be mounted to the dock box brackets and not the top of the main dock or finger piers. Keeping the finger piers and main dock clear aids access in an emergency.
Remember it is the slip holder’s responsibility to prepare their slip for the season and clean up their slip prior to the slip closing work party in the fall. Please be considerate of your fellow slip holders. Please make sure your wave boards are down and not an encroachment on the shared finger pier.
The electrical pedestals should not be modified or worked on by Members. If you suspect there is a problem with the electric service at your pedestal, please notify the Slip Chairman. The issue will be evaluated and addressed by a professional electrician. I have found a situation on C dock where improper modifications to the pedestal were performed which did not meet code, were unsafe and permanently damaged the pedestal.
Please do not tie docking lines directly to the piling bails on the finger pier and center pilings. These bails will not carry the load of boats pulling on them in a storm. Damage to the boat and the docks is the likely outcome. The bails should be used as an attachment point for chain that wraps around the piling, see below photo. This approach distributes the load to the piling and puts little stress on the bail.
Dock maintenance continues
Thank you to the volunteers who built finger pier pallets last week. We were able to complete and stage a quantity of finished pallets which will help the work balance when we start again on the finger pier replacement project.
Update Ice Damage to A Dock.
The insurance adjuster made a recommendation to SSYC’s insurance provider that the insurance company hire a professional engineer to review the bid and scope of work presented by Dave Kadinger of Big Lake Marine. I expected an engineering report from another firm but they are no longer responding to my calls. In fact, neither the insurance company nor the adjuster nor an engineer representing the insurance company has reached out to SSYC yet following initial contact.
Volunteering for a Slip Committee work party is a great way to support your club. The Slip Committee welcomes all volunteers. If you would like to join the Slip Committee, or participate in Slip work parties, please let me know via email.
Kaszube Cup Starts Monday; Helpers Still Needed
By Robert Sabinash Junior Advisory Director
The Kaszube Cup 2018 will be held at SSYC this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 9, 10 and 11.
This is a major junior event in Wisconsin and Illinois with Juniors coming from as far away as South Africa. We are expecting 75 to 100 sailors from around the area to compete in 420, Optimist and Laser classes.
We still need volunteer help in several areas:
• Food preparation - Lunch, and Dinner
• On the water: Safety Boat, Spectator Boat, and Race Committee operation
• Organization and registration help
Please contact me, Bob Sabinash, at and I can get you on a list. We will have signup lists available at the Junior clubhouse for convenience also.
T-Shirt Contest Winner Announced
Fiona Kelley has won the Kaszube Cup tee shirt design for 2018.
Her design will be used for the regatta tee shirt and Fiona will receive a $100 Prize.
And Parking Spot Contest Winner Announced
The parking spot raffle was won by J Socha. Your space is available immediately, and your sign will be provided soon. Congratulations.
Volunteers Needed for 2018 Para World Sailing Championships
By Scott Burke Sail Race Director
This September Sheboygan will be hosting the 2018 Para World Championships. The organizers are excited to be working with SEAS, Sail Sheboygan and World Sailing to bring the best Para Sailors to the Midwest from around the world.
Over 80 competitors are expected for a week of racing on Lake Michigan as World Sailing is campaigning to bring sailing back to the Paralympics in 2024. This will be the first time the Para World Sailing Championship will be held on the Great Lakes and Sheboygan is ready to welcome you!
The organizing team has reached out to sailing organizations in our area in hopes of getting volunteers to support this great event.You can find more information on the event and volunteer needs at the link below
Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering for what promises to be an exciting week of racing.
Many Grounds Projects Completed in June
June has been a busy month completing many projects including:
-Outside lockers have been renovated and painted.
-The north and south derricks have been repainted and “named”
-The propeller and anchor on the front lawn are newly painted
-Motors on the two side derricks have been inspected and are ready for use.
-Recycling containers on the grounds have been labeled. Use these containers and also the many ashtrays to dispose of cigarette butts
-The garden and landscaping look better than ever
-There are numerous empty lockers, without locks, empty dry sail and dinghy spaces. There is a waiting list for these three items. If you’re not going to use these options, please advise the office. If not being used, we may assign to Members on the wait lists.
Thank you to everyone who has been part of preparing the grounds for the summer season.
From the GM
June Arrives, and the Season is in Full Swing
Greetings to All,
Well, here it is July already, and the season is in full swing.
As I write for this issue it is 95 degrees outside but the Club is nice and cool, so come on down and enjoy all the Club has to offer.
There are many people to thank for making the Queen' Cup the great event it is. Race No. 80 was no exception. In spite of the weather the events were well attended. Special Events Director Scott Burke and the volunteers are to be commended. The staff did their usual great job.
This week brings the first-ever Day at the Lake event, this Saturday, July 9. Get involved! Introduce a friend to your club. The Super Flea Market, Great food, chair auction and a DJ will make it a day to remember.
Corn Roast is just around the corner. Mark your Calendar for August 11.
Record Turnout at Review of the Fleet Marks Start of Season
By Vince Verhasselt Entertainment Director
June 9 saw SSYC hosting 2018’s Review of the Fleet. The Review of the Fleet traditionally is the opening of the boating season. This year in spite of the cold weather as well as the fog and mist there were a record number of boats that participated, with 18 boats taking part in the parade, along with the Coast Guard, a police boat, a Coast Guard Auxiliary boat, and a nice display by the fire boat. Of course the parade was led by the Lily E, which then took a bouquet out to the green bell buoy in remembrance of the deceased members who are buried there.
The theme this year was “A Great Escape”. We had several boats that were decorated very creatively. We even saw General Patton riding on a boat that was decorated as the movie, ‘The Great Escape.” There was a prize for the best power boat and best sailboat.
Later that evening the seven member band Eastside Exclusive played. We had them perform inside due to the cold weather outside, and they all managed to fit into the downstairs lounge. The volume was not over powering, and they played some great dance songs. This was the first time that they played here and would like to come back. This was also the first band that was hired by the entertainment committee's new band subcommittee.
This year we had several distinguished guests at the Review, including Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt. I would like to thank Patty Thompson for volunteering to be our MC for the day. She was outstanding. I would also like to give thanks to Mark Humphrey for playing taps and ringing the memorial bell and thanks to Pastor John Wohlrabe for blessing the fleet. The national anthem was sung this year by special guest Jennifer Schafer. Of course this was a team effort from the entertainment committee. Therefore I would like to thank Dolly McCartan, Wendy Ponting, Jean Wolfrum, Sally Parente and Lynn Verhasselt for all their hard work planning this event.
Corn Roast is Next
Our next event will be our annual Corn Roast. Don’t forget this one folks, on August 11. Save the date, and there will be more info to follow. Don’t forget to look for the signup sheet when it comes out.
If anyone would like to join the entertainment committee, meet fellow members and have fun planning and executing these events. Just give me a call at 414-704-3306 or email me at .
The weather was chilly, foggy and misty with a breeze off the lake, but the Review of the Fleet attracted a healthy crowd of onlookers and a record turnout of boats. Dave Wehnes photos.
The Coast Guard came by for a salute.
Hobgoblin was in the spirit of the theme, "The Great Escape."
The power fleet was well represented.
Odyssey took the prize for best costumes on a sailboat.
Making the turn in tight quarters
No Review would be complete without a visit from the Milwaukee Fire Department.
Thanks, Volunteers, for Spring Cleanup and More
By Jerry Kedziora SSYC Commodore
I have a riddle for you. What’s pink, is not a flamingo and is electrifying? Why it’s Bill Pink.
Bill is a master electrician and has been generously volunteering his time and expertise to trouble shoot and fix electrical problems around our Club. Recently he has been working on an electrical problem on C dock.
It seems some Member awhile back jammed a 50 amp outlet into a panel designed for 30 amp outlets. It’s going to take some time to fix because a new panel has to be fabricated and some other details need to be addressed before power can be restored to this outlet. Bill is on it.
Dazzled by their brilliance. Thanks to Mark Wolbrink and Ralph Winkler for painting the small derricks and the anchor and propeller in front of our Club. They really look great and enhance the look of our Club. I suppose I shouldn’t comment on their painting techniques, but I couldn’t help noticing that Mark had a lot of white spots on him. I almost thought he had new version of measles, while Ralph had none. Regardless, they got the job done.
Then we have Mike Messmer, who power-washed the lower deck and upper decks. These areas needed a good cleaning and Mike got it done.
Also, many thanks to the volunteers who have been working on making new pallets for the finger piers and taking on plank replacement at the south end of the “U”.
Thank you all for supporting our Club and making it a better place for all of us.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to be at a work party, please consider being at the next one. We can always use the help, and it’s a lot of fun.
And please consider joining a committee. Being part of work parties or being on committees gives any Member, new or old, an opportunity to meet other members, make new friends and feel good about contributing to the well-being of our Club.
Check Out Links; Like SSYC on Facebook
Check out the newly restored "Useful Links" page on ssyc.org. It's all there: connections to web pages in areas like Boating Equipment, Weather, Yacht Clubs and Stores. Look under the For Members tab on the Home Page. Member log-in required.
Meanwhile, keep up with all the latest happenings and photos by liking South Shore Yacht Club on Facebook. And check in when you're at the Club, using #SouthShoreYachtClub. Our page is SSYCMKE and you can find it right here.
Editor's Note: Members, have something to sell or give away? Lost something? Here's your chance to run a free ad. It's very simple. Go to the SSYC website, to the For Members tab, to Compass Submissions, to Submit an Article. Give your article a title (like "Classified") then type in your short classified in the big text box and hit Submit. Upload a picture if you have one. Do that before the first of the month in order to appear in the next Compass. One-time ads for personal items only; no commercial ads, no standing ads. All submissions subject to editing or deletion for good taste, propriety and brevity.
RIB for sale
SSYC Juniors RIB boat w/trailer offered for sale to the general membership. New: note price of $450. 1996 12' hard V-bottom w/trailer. Contact Chris Moll 414-333-3227,
1977 33' Carver Mariner $19,500
Contact Steve at 262-527-4232 Owner bought it new and has used his 45+ years of experience as a mechanic to meticulously maintain the engines. Engines were rebuilt in the late 90's with only about 150 hours of use since then. Spacious cabin has large dining area that can be converted into a sleeping area plus two swivel rockers. Huge fly bridge is great for entertaining or for watching for the next rod to get a strike.
Full canvas on the fly bridge allows for conversion to 2 more sleeping spots. Great family boat that can be used for entertaining and fishing. Includes 4 Walker Electric downriggers, 6 trolling rods with Penn 209 & 309 reels and hundreds of current and vintage spoons, flies, dodgers, flashers and dipsies. Additonal features include: • Twin 233 hp Mercruiser inboards • 3 burner electric stove and oven • Air conditioning and heat • Refrigerator and freezer • Microwave • Head area includes separate walk-in shower • Wood floors in galley and head • Side table with liquor cabinet • Large extendable dining table • Hydraulic trim tabs • Teak swim platform with ladder • Halon system plus two fire extinguishers • Anchor plus full set of lines, fenders • Stereo with CD Player • Custom built tool storage cabinet • Custom built trailerable skid for winter storage • Barrier coat bottom finish
Check for Stray Current in the Water
Stray electrical current has been a serious and sometimes fatal problem in some marinas. We have no evidence of the problem at SSYC, but you can check your slip to be sure. The Slip Committee has purchased a Shock Alarm ($108 including shipping).
This device claims to indicate when there is stray electrical current in the water. This can be used by Members to check the situation around their boats to confirm proper grounding of electrical systems and safe water prior to cleaning of boat bottoms or other in-water activity.
But a reminder: swimming is not allowed in the slips.
You can check out the Shock Alarm from the dockmaster.
Wedding Bells at South Shore Yacht Club
Member Jim and Robin Kaun of Brookfield were married at SSYC on Saturday afternoon, June 30, in warm and breezy weather. The outdoor ceremony was followed by dinner upstairs and dancing in the Canvas Cove. Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple.
General Membership Meeting
Members OK Voting Reform
By Seth Goettelman By-Laws Committee Chair
At our June General Membership Meeting, our Members came together to pass voting reform. After 18 months of campaigning, 5 town hall meetings, and countless hours of hard work, every Active Member and Life Member in good standing will now have the right to vote on By-Laws amendments regardless of the Member’s attendance at membership meetings.
As a committee, we are proud of this accomplishment and thank all those Members who participated in the process.
As a brief recap, the membership voted in June in favor of comprehensive voting and balloting reform. Going forward, any proposed By-Laws amendment will be brought up for discussion at a membership meeting and then bound over for a vote in connection with the next membership meeting. Upon the conclusion of the second meeting, the Club will send ballots to all Members eligible to vote as of the date of the second meeting. These ballots will be due back to the Club within a few days. Ballots received prior to the deadline will be tallied and the results will be announced as soon as they can be confirmed.
These are significant and important changes, but there will always be much more work to be done. With that in mind, the By-Laws Committee remains committed to working with the Members, directors and the various committees to continuously improve our Club. At the By-laws Committee meeting next week, we will start developing the processes, procedures and rules necessary to implementing these changes.
There are many exciting projects in the works, and this is a great time to be a Member. While working with the various committees to craft proposed amendments, we want to take this opportunity to reaffirm the promise made to Life Members. So long as I chair the By-laws Committee, we will protect and honor Life Membership. The By-laws Committee will not propose any amendments to eliminate Life Membership nor curtail the rights of Life Members.
One of our biggest assets as a Club is that fact that we are a community of volunteers. Unlike many other yacht clubs around us, our Members roll up their sleeves and do the hard work themselves. Our community is a better place because of it. If you would like to get involved with our committee or if you have any questions, comments or feedback you would like to share, please email me at: .
$100 Assessment Approved, IT Committee Upgraded
$100 Assessment Approved
The membership also approved a $100 assessment. The Board had proposed a $90 assessment, but the measure was amended by a Member from the floor to "an even $100," and the amendment carried without dissent.
The assessment, which is levied on Active Members, will be used for a list of capital projects and other expenses, including the $25,000 insurance deductible for the A Dock ice damage repairs (the total insured cost of which could run over $100,000), additional (uninsured) lumber costs for A Dock, legally required fueling systems equipment and repairs, outside stairway repairs, Queen’s Cup security, and an increase in property taxes levied by the City on the Skid Lot property.
Any funds generated by the assessment that are remaining after those expenses are covered will be used for planned dining room improvements.
A By-Laws change, approved without dissent, creates the IT Committee as a standing committee rather than as a special committee simply appointed by the Commodore. A companion By-Laws change creates an official charge for the IT Committee, which states as follows:
"It shall be the function of the IT Committee to provide the strategic and tactical guidance of the Club's overall technology. The IT Committee shall meet as necessary and shall notify the membership of its actions at regular membership meetings. It shall annually prepare and present to the Finance Committee recommended budget detailing its expected expenses and a statement of expected income based on its activities."
This brings to 17 the number of Standing Committees. The others are Audit Committee, By-Laws Committee, Finance Committee, Insurance Committee, Membership Committee, Nominating Committee, Grounds Committee, House Committee, Slip Committee, Waterfront Services Committee, Entertainment Committee, Junior Advisory Committee, Powerboat Committee, Public Relations/Publications Committee, Sail Committee and Special Events Committee.
A question from the floor by Mike Wiedel at the June 12 General Membership Meeting . (Bruce Nason photos)
By-Laws Committee Chair Seth Goettelman, right, explained the proposed changes and answered members' questions as the group considered the absentee voting measure that eventually was adopted.
The upstairs level was packed for the meeting.
Off to Wind Point
A classic early summer scorcher greeted starters for the 27-mile Wind Point Race on Saturday, June 16, with hot and gusty southwesterlies (at least on land) and temperatures in the 80s. Both class winners were from SSYC:Andy Dillon's Return to Sender led eight boats in PHRF 1 and Chris Moll's Shaka was tops among 10 boats in PHRF 2. Bruce Nason photos.
Wednesday Night Racing
There isn't much better than a steady evening southeaster, warm temperatures and flat water for our sail racers, as these photos by Club Photographer Bruce Nason from the June 20 SS-SSS show. What an evening!
Club Membership Continues to Grow
By Patty Thompson Membership Director
Meet our Club's newest members:
Penny and Tim McGrath
Sally and Mike Miller
In all, seven new Active Members and one new Associate I member were accepted by the Board of Directors at its June meeting. This brings total active membership to 491, which exceeds our budgeted membership of 490! Thanks to everyone at the Club who chipped in with recruiting, Boat Show duty, referrals and all the other things that make our membership efforts successful.
New member Tim McGrath, joining with his wife Patty, said, “Your open house in May is what really sold us on this.” They don’t own a boat now, so they’ve joined the Club looking for networking and a chance to meet some great people. “And so far this has met our expectations.”
Jim Belanger is retired, splitting time between Milwaukee and Florida. His explanation for joining the Club was simple. “I met some people, liked it, and joined.”
Joe Arcara is an active sailor and looking for a place to spend time on the water with his family. An IT professional, he’s also already volunteered for the IT Committee.
The public works director in Whitefish Bay, John Edelbeck moved here from Waupaca a few years ago and joined the Club as a place to meet people. Good choice!
And Mike Miller, joining with his wife Sally, is already an active sailor and volunteer. Mike has been helping with the Sea Scouts and sailing on Nature’s Touch. Their son is in the Juniors Program.
Also accepted into membership in June were Active Members Mark Davis and Robert Neimon and Associate I member Olivia Evan.
Be sure to say hi when you see these folks around the Club.
Membership by the Numbers (as of mid-June):
Associate I: 8
Associate II: 9
Life Surviving Spouse: 45
Candidates waiting for July induction: 3
Applications Received: 6
Resignations: 1 Active
Changes: 1 Active to Non-Resident
Deceased: Non-Resident Member Peter Merryfield
Next Open House is this Saturday, July 7
Our next Open House for prospective members will be this Saturday as part of the Day at the Lake celebration, the daylong gala open to the public to show off our Club and its members. Membership Committee Members will be available during the event to give tours.
We’re also making a pitch for new Members during the “wall beer” gatherings twice a month after the Wednesday night races, trying to sign up some of the crew members who are often at the Club but who aren’t yet members.
One in a Million: When Lightning Strikes!
Member Shelly Galligan contacted us to say that she writes articles for her website that may be of interest to readers of the Compass. Here's one about lightning, which is always a concern to boaters when storms move through. Even boats in the harbor aren't safe. At least three boats with SSYC ties have been struck at moorings in recent years -- one in the north mooring field, one at McKinley and one in Racine. Read and enjoy Shelly's article at this link: https://shellygalligan.com/when-lightning-strikes/
2018 Fish On Fish Off Fishing Tournament is July 28
This year’s Fish On Fish Off fishing tournament will be held on Saturday, July 28, with a rain date of Sunday, July 29.
This event will be our 14th annual fishing tournament. Our Club started this event so we could be the harbor of hospitality to other clubs throughout Lake Michigan. One of our goals for running this tournament was to have other yacht clubs feel welcome as our guests, not just for the tournament, but to feel welcome using our facility during the year. It also gives us an opportunity to showcase our Club and make new friends.
Last year South Shore Yacht Club won the traveling trophy. We hope this year to retain it. So this is a call out to all of the fishermen and fisherwomen from our Club. We need another good showing to help keep our trophy. Come join the fun and get ready to tell all the fish stories about the one that got away.
This year, as in the past, the fishing tournament is open to all recognized yacht clubs on Lake Michigan. The entry fee for the tournament is $40 per boat with a 100% payback of the entry fee through prizes. Any boat that is participating in the contest will be given free dockage during the weekend of the tournament. There will also be a $10 lunch offered after the tournament is over. Entry forms will be available at the Club office. I would like to thank all of the volunteers from all clubs. Without their help this event would not be as successful as it is. If you have any questions about the tournament please contact Past Commodore George Artka at 414-761-3681 or Mike Gengler at 414-659-9240.
The entry fee must be mailed with a copy of the entry form information to George Artka 9020 South 20th St. Oak Creek, WI. 53154 postmarked no later than July 15. Refund if event is cancelled.
Please submit the number of people attending the BBQ. This will help us purchase the proper amount of food. Please include your spouses, children, and significant others. We would like to make this an opportunity to get to know you and your family. Payable at event.
Rules: All Wisconsin DNR rules apply. Most notable: Only fair hooked. No sorting of fish. Must quit fishing when the first legal 3-man limit of fish are caught (15 total Salmon and Trout), 9 rods maximum, with 9 lures maximum. Species: Lake Trout, Atlantic/Chinook Salmon, Rainbow, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout. Prizes awarded on the following basis: 10 points per fish, 1.0 point per pound, ounces converted to 1/10 points. Weigh in will be at the SSYC (by car or boat) No later than 12:00 Noon. Catches later than 12:00 noon will not be counted. Fish boxes must be taped with boat name or SSYC assigned boat number. Observer (who can fish) will keep a log of the fish caught, and must seal the box and put the name of the boat or number on the box. Fish must be delivered in your box to the SSYC Dock master. For the first 15 fish prize. Dock Master’s time applies.
Fishing Times: Boats will be allowed to leave the dock at 4:30am the day of the contest. No lines in the water until the 5:00am start time. We have arranged free dockage at the SSYC for this event. We would like you to start the contest at SSYC, but it is not mandatory.
Prize breakdown: Cash prizes will be awarded based upon the number of boats entered. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place, Big Fish, First 15 completed, and largest fish in each category. The contest is intended to be a 100% payback contest.
Last year's winners...
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