Wow!  I can’t believe another year has passed.  I am looking forward to making 2018 as exceptional a year as 2017 was.

First and foremost, I want to take the time to express my appreciation for everything that our Board does for this organization.  There are no words for the gratitude I feel towards these volunteers that selflessly contribute their energy and time towards making this little sailing club such a success.  2017 was a challenging year for us as we were extremely short-handed, but somehow these individuals managed to pull off some of the best events the club has seen.  The organization of these events was flawless and the spirit was contagious!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to have our new Vice Commodore, Mike Cain, on board.  He is just a terrific person and a perfect fit for us.  Going a year without a Vice Commodore is challenging, but the board really helped manage that.  Mike will be able to provide community cultivation within our club since he and his family are liveaboards at Shilshole. 

It is also exciting to have Marcellina DesChamps as our new social media volunteer.  Since she has been on board, she has initiated new ideas for social events, has spear-headed STYC Community interaction and communication, and she is a great host if you haven’t noticed.  Plus, her social media skills are just amazing and has really put STYC on the map finally.  Many of you have commented on what a difference her presence has made.  Thank you and keep those kudos coming to Marci and Mike!  Such positive energy from these 2!  I’m stoked!

Thanks to our corporate sponsors, STYC continues to be able to provide some of the most memorable races and events.  I am so grateful for their generosity.  We could not do it without you!  Huge thanks to Seaview Boatyards, CSR Marine, Kamgear, Fisheries Supply, Ballard Sails, Sloop Tavern, Northwest Rigging, Sail Northwest, Seattle Sailing Club, Ballard Elk’s, Skagit Bank, and many others!  We look forward to continuing these important relationships throughout 2018.  If your company is interested in becoming an STYC sponsor, please contact me.

If you haven’t renewed your membership for 2018, now is the time to do it.  You have until February 28th!  That small yearly fee of only $90 pays for so much for our members.  Heck, if you plan on racing at least 3 Ballard Cups, you may as well sign up as your yearly membership fee will cover that… and so much more.  It really is the best deal out there. 

After many years, we finally had to raise dues and race fees a tad to account for the increase in insurance costs, taxes we pay (yes, we pay taxes even though we are a non-profit), race equipment maintenance costs (we have 3 buoys to dive and maintain now), Paypal fees, and increased storage fees for all the race equipment.  We are still the cheapest little club there is…not to mention the most fun! The small yearly fee of only $90 allows members to register for 22 races without additional charges ($680 savings!), attend monthly socials and cruises, membership parties, receive discounts from certain local merchants, etc.  Plus, membership allows access to other members.


I’d like to share an overview of what we can look forward to the first half of 2018:

We will be hosting monthly social events again this year.  The turnouts on these in 2017 were spectacular and what a way to meet our membership!  Some of these events will be land-based and some on the water so make sure we have your accurate contact info so you can be in the know.

February’s Cruise will be the weekend of February 24-25 in Port Orchard.  Dana has reserved the activity tent for a gathering of potluck and cocktails.  As usual, this is a cruise not to be missed.  If you cannot sail to Port Orchard, be sure to come by and join the festivities by car.

The Blakely Rock Benefit Race is coming up in just 2 short months on April 7th!  This years’ beneficiary is the fine folks from the Sailing Foundation.  Make sure you sign up and stay tuned to hear about additional fun events planned for that day!  Got kids?  Stay tuned…..

Ballard Cup Series are right around the corner.  We are still seeking committee boats and crew for these 3 series of races.  Skippers, remember that you get credit as if you had raced……for being a committee boat.  Ask us how.  Hey, being committee boat may help you win a series!

The Clipper Boats are coming the end of April!  I think we need to help escort these fine folks into our amazing city don’t you?  Tours will be happening.

This year’s Race to the Straits is going to be a not-miss event again.  We are back in collaboration with the Northwest Maritime Center.  Register early before the spots fill up!  Only 125 boats able to race this year.

Can’t take off a few days to sail to Alaska?  Then you may want to join other STYC members in attending the send offs for Race to Alaska 2018.  We have a few STYC members racing this year and I promise that you too will want to become a R2AK race tracker junkie!

Got any ideas for new races?  Any inspiring speakers out there we should know about? Let us know.

If you wish to become involved on an event or participate in other leadership roles, please contact me directly.  We are seeking volunteers for a number of available positions for 2018.  It’s a great opportunity to share your knowledge and experience and make a difference for our club.

In addition, Board Positions are also open for both this year and in 2019Contact me for further details or even better….attend one of our monthly Board Meetings.  They are held locally on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30pm.  Free pizza and beverage.  The meetings are a lot of fun.

Lastly, show your support for STYC throughout 2018 by “LIKING” our Facebook Page.  Check us out on Facebook at @SloopTavernYC.  On Instagram?  You can find us on Instagram at #SlooptavernYC.  Make sure to hashtag those photo opportunities wherever you are!  And if you like our posts, make sure to SHARE them!


Shannon Renner

Commodore, Sloop Tavern Yacht Club