West Bay Yacht Club's Racing Season Begins
Monday, June 6th
West Bay Friends- I wanted to take a minute to reach out to each of you and provide an update of how we got to where we are and where we are going from here. I have had the opportunity to speak with many of you via phone calls, emails and face to face discussions. In almost every case by the time we ended the conversation you were happy that we were headed in the right direction and looking forward to the future. There are a vocal few with different opinions as is their right. I wanted to forward portions of an email I sent to a member addressing some concerns and correcting some erroneous information. I am available if anybody has questions. My hope is that this will set the record straight and we can quit looking in the rear view mirror. I would also like to remind everyone that we are “The Friendliest Club on the Bay” and we should keep this in mind when our opinions vary. Look forward to more from the board in the coming weeks, please contact me if you have any questions. We are also looking for volunteers to serve next year so if that is of interest please reach out to a board member!
I met with Ken Blais (House Committee Chair) and Pat Norton last November to discuss a lease. She at that time insisted that we were in default of our current holdover lease due to not maintaining the building. She was open to the idea of a potential lease discussion provided we fixed the roof and increased the rent. We were not in a position financially to fix the roof. The cost at the time was over double our cash balance at that time. We agreed to shrink wrap the roof and try to come up with a solution. The board had many spirited discussions about raising dues, assessments etc. We tasked our treasurer with trying to get a real, accurate picture of our finances, where we really stood and what we could afford. With a lot of effort, Dale did and the truth is we could only afford to pay what we were paying at that time and had no excess funds available. By the time this was revisited with Pat in June, she was in negotiations to sell. We received legal notice in August to Vacate our space. We have fully moved out and this chapter is closed.
There is a lot of emotional turmoil surrounding vacating the clubhouse. Our Plan was to move out like Gentlemen/Ladies and then regroup and move deliberately. Our Finances, membership, cruising and racing are in good shape so there is no need to panic. The idea was that we now have excess funds available in the neighborhood of 10k to return to the membership in the form of benefits and to build our programs. My thoughts were to get through the tough part and then take stock in where we really are and what we have to work with. I have also talked to 40+ members personally. Some are not happy with losing the clubhouse but 70%+ don't see it as a loss but an opportunity.
An opportunity to improve our cruising by giving each cruise a budget.
An opportunity to pick up 6 additional moorings.
An opportunity to give activities the budget to acquire nice venues for our functions.
An opportunity to fund racing by giving racing a budget.