Board of Managers’ Meeting: March 2011


Minutes from the Mar. 15, 2011, Y-Knot Board of Managers’ meeting in Clifton Park are submitted for consideration as follows:

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

Minutes from the meetings of Jan. 25 and Feb. 15 were read and accepted.

The Treasurer Rick Irvine said there was no budget news to report.

Rick also reported that the graphics are done for No Limit. He asked how much we wanted to do, to make it a billboard or something more limited. He said our logo looks good on the web, but not so good on a boat. We’ve agreed the graphics on the transom will read, “YMCA Camp Chingachgook, Lake George.” Rick asked what words we might want on the hull freeboard. The sail will read yknotsailing.org. We’re looking for something to put on the hull to explain the program a little bit while it’s on the trailer. Relative trade offs of words such as disabled and accessible were discussed. Dan suggested a slogan, “Making sailing accessible.” Mark suggested, “Y-Knot: Disabled & Community Sailing.” Don said “accessible sailing” was enough.

Regarding fund raising for the new waterfront project, Mike Peluso, Mark Carnevale and YMCA Camp Chingachgook Camp Director George Painter made a connection to a person with the state who had information about a little known Federal grant for people with disabilities. Her name was Nancy Stoner and she provided a package which George has in his possession.

Don found grant opportunities form the Glen Falls Foundation and the Charlie Woods Foundation, which he turned over to Keith.

The Camp has and would like to sell a 15-foot white Potter which is in really great shape, probably worth $3,500, with a cutty cabin that can sleep 2 and a trailer. There’s also a 22-foot 1964 Hurley with a bilge keel that needs work, but also with a trailer. There are also 3 Lasers (hulls) no spars, dagger board or rudders. Proceeds from sales of these boats would go to the club.

Regarding our involvement to promote disabled sailing at Sail Newport this summer in Rhode Island, Keith said that Curt Leatherbee says they are unable to help underwrite costs for Y-Knot to attend. We could get a start time for two days of racing, but Curt couldn’t tell us whether they could help us with a chase boat or any other support for the event. He said he might be able to find 2 or 3 people to participate. Curt said he’s comfortable we can find lodging in the area in July for $99/night. Steve Mintz has gone to these sort of events in the past, but he doesn’t require the kind of healthcare support other sailors might. In addition, Keith said we couldn’t even count on dock space so we would have to hoist boats at the end of the day. The Board decided we would get in touch with Curt and tell him our budget doesn’t allow our involvement this year.

Mark produced a draft of an email announcement about the April 2 social event at Diamond Eight. We’ll just say that food and beverage service will be available. Rick will send out the announcement. The chalk talk will begin at 12:30.

Learn to Sail is May 8, 15 and 22 (Sundays).

Our next meeting is April 19 at the Clifton Park Library.