Board of Managers Meeting: October 2010

Minutes from Oct. 30, 2010, Y-Knot Board of Managers’ meeting minutes held at Camp Chingachgook are submitted for consideration as follows:

In attendance were Scott Stewart (Vice President), Keith Edwards (YMCA Camp Chingachgook liaison), Don Miller (Vice President), Rick Irvine (Treasurer), George Painter (YMCA Camp Chingachgook Director), Spencer Raggio, Mark Carnevale (President), Tricia McCluskey, and Dan Byrnes (Secretary).

The August 17 minutes were reviewed and then approved by the Board for posting on the Web blog.

The Financial Summary for 2009 as of Oct. 30, 2010, was reviewed. Keith said there was one past donor that had not donated yet this year, and we were expecting more donations. Three years ago, Sen. Little gave the YMCA a $100,000 member-item state allocation for construction on the waterfront project. Since then, it’s taken two years to get the permits, and the project has yet to get underway. The state closed all member items that weren’t submitted. We were able to use about $20,000 but we lost $80,000 and now we have to make that up.

Additional funding sources will be needed no doubt as the state budget situation is tight and we can’t expect to see that item in the budget again anytime soon. As a step toward making up the shortfall, George Painter said that he’d like to hear about anyone we might know who would be in a position to give $5-10,000.

Regarding boat repairs, Keith is repairing a few lines and some other things on Martin #48. The rub rail and furler on No Limit (the Freedom 24) need some work. The autohelm has been repaired after it broke in the Regatta.

Rick will be working on the boat graphics and getting them on the Martins during the off-season.

Regarding tarps to cover the Martins, Keith talked with our canvas guy, Bill Weatherbee, who said it would cost about $150 each for 6 tarps to cover the cockpits and prevent rain from filling the boats. These will keep most of the water out of the interior of the boats and prevent algae from building up. Keith would be doing the snaps on the hull. Don moved that we approve the expenditure, Mark seconded it and the expenditure was approved.

Learn to Sail this year, which is open to the public, will be held May 8, 15, and 22. Spencer Raggio will head that program up again.

The question was raised about future regattas and how we handle conflicting requests or reservations for specific boats. Do we want to establish a lottery or do we want it to be treated as a first come, first served arrangement. The same is true with regards to sails. We don’t believe there is a performance difference among the six Martins, but there is a perceived difference. Do we need a policy?

We will continue to honor the existing policy, which is that special needs people will get their needs met first. So, someone who needs the autohelm, for example, will get a boat that is rigged for an autohelm. After that, we’ll handle reasonable requests for specific boat and sail preferences as they come up. This represents no change in policy. Getting to the starting line on time, Spencer said, picking the right side of the course and just learning to sail fast is more important than which boat you pick. Keith added that we shouldn’t even be thinking in terms of rating the boats.

Regarding the Chowder Fest Regatta, Don has been in touch with Kyle Lavoy who has a contact from the Algonquin Hotel. Mark is going to put out an email inviting people to see who might be interested and whether we can make this a successful fundraiser.

Regarding new business, Keith talked with Curt Leatherbee and he said there’s one other boat beside his in Newport, RI, and he’s wondering if there’s some way we could get two boats down there for an event so that boat could get in the water. So if we can find a date, we may be able to create an event that would be exciting. Spencer suggested you can do it earlier or later than mid summer because it’s warmer there. Keith is going to follow-up.

At this time, the makeup of the Board for next year will remain unchanged.

Our first meeting for next year will be Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at the Clifton Park library.

Submitted by Dan Byrnes, 2010-11-03.