Commodore’s Notes 2021

NBYC Annual Business Meeting/Social
Wed, September 1, 2021

Dear NBYC Members,

It is my deepest desire that through this unprecedented pandemic event and other current world events we can learn how to better understand and care for one another.

Something I know we all have in common is the Spirit of our club. We all share a passion for sailing and concern for the wellbeing of all our members.

In addition, I think all of us would recognize a strong desire for enjoyment and to some a semblance of normalcy. That desire could lead all of us to unconsciously relax in following CDC recommendations whether it’s meeting at the Mitten, going shopping, visiting friends, or attending social gatherings. I highly doubt any of us would do so with malice intent. If, and or when this does happen it would be our hope that we all can ask for forgiveness of others as well as forgiveness in our own self.

In the light of this spirit, I think it best to institute some minimal guidelines to ensure everyone’s wellbeing for this Saturday’s annual meeting.

Please keep in mind that our situation with regards to Sailing and Club Meetings/Activities during this pandemic is not static. It is an ongoing, fluid/dynamic situation, and therefore, recommendations on safety may change going forward. We all need to be informed, stay informed and continue to monitor our situation.

We all live and work in different areas of the county and/or state and therefore come into contact with a wide variety of individuals.

After consulting with our physician, I am taking all these factors into account, and implementing her recommendations.

I think it is reasonable to ask the following.

1. If anyone has symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, please quarantine, and do not participate in the races or events at the club. And please get tested.

2. After a Positive COVID-19 test, a negative test will be required prior to re-engaging in Club Activities, including racing.

3. Everyone should wear a mask at all indoor activities.

4. Everyone should wear a mask at any and all outdoor activities where we do not maintain physical distancing of 6 feet (ie at the Mitten, after the races awaiting the results),

5. Everyone should wear a mask any time there is a situation where we do not know the vaccination or health/contact status of the individual(s) with whom we are meeting, indoors or outdoors.

6. At this time, CDC guidelines for testing for COVID-19 infection is only recommended for individuals with symptoms. Hence, please get tested if you have symptoms.

I believe you will all agree that these are the basic CDC and MDHHS guidelines and should therefore be acceptable and easy to implement.

For further reference, I’ve listed some Key websites with current recommendations are the CDC and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Useful links:
Test for Current Infection | CDC

Testing for COVID-19 | CDC

Coronavirus – Coronavirus (michigan.gov)

Coronavirus – Public Guidance (michigan.gov)

Coronavirus – Test (michigan.gov)

2021 Business meeting/social Protocol

Regarding all the above, here’s how I like us to conduct the annual business meeting/social.

1. Set up tables spaced at least 6 feet apart on the Marina grounds next to the pavilion. * Bring own table if you desire.

2. Bring your own food, beverage, plates and eating – serving utensils.

3. Mask wearing is your decision, however recommended according to CDC guidelines.

4. We’ll have hand sanitizer ready for handing out awards.

5. Keep in mind recommendations from above.

6. Any other personal safety measures you feel necessary for your wellbeing.

7. If you wish not to attend the minutes on the Club’s website in order to keep you informed.

In conclusion, I hope this addresses most concerns as we move forward. Finally, we are all responsible for our own health, as well as the wellbeing of the collective. Therefore, trust what you know to be in your own best interest.

Mike Finazzo

June 28, 2021

The Applebee series race #1 June 26th got off to a slow start. The race was postponed until Sunday. There was high hopes of winds as forecast. 6 boats started the race with somewhat building winds. Outrageous found steady wind in the middle of the Bay while the others slowly worked there way to the Gull Island mark. It wasn’t long before the faster boats broke free of the rest of the field, however by the time Outrageous, Pegasus and Paradox made it to the 1st mark the winds left the Bay. Sadly, the race was called as no boats would have been able to complete the race in the allotted time. 

Let hope for better winds next week!

Mike Finazzo

It’s partly cloudy with a 12 knots breeze on a beautiful summer Saturday, the fleet closely bunched on a run to the first mark. All was going perfectly well until Tamara shook me awake this morning. Just another winter’s dream of sailing. How many dreams of sailing do you have throughout the winter? They help me keep the sailing spirit. I enjoy our winters here, yet I enjoy our summer even more because of sailing.

It will not be long until we will begin pre-launch prep and splash into another season.

New Years greeting from your Commodore Mike Finazzo. I anxiously await spring even though it’s not certain what restrictions or freedoms there will be. I am planning as if we will have a full summer available to us. I also am prepared to adapt to conditions as they dictate. So, as last year, we need to be flexible and adjust as needed.

Here is what I hope is available to us.

  • A full race season on Tuesday and Saturday.
  • Social potlucks: July 4th and Labor Day end of season.
  • I hope that the members who were not able to continue last year will rejoin this year.
  • Movie night, (John & Chris if you are still willing to do. I have access to a projector).
  • I’d like to invite the Cruisers in the group to share some of their journeys with the club some Saturday evening over snacks and beverages. So please let me know if you would be so kind to share with the Club.
  • I believe in past years, there were Club members at the start/finish helping with a safe and fair start as well as recording finish times. I know it would help me focus better. Those willing to be starters please let me know.
  • Mike Cann has agreed to invite the sailing school staff and graduates to crew during our races. I know Tamara and I will welcome the additional help. I hope you consider offering your boat as to them as well.
  • Last year, Campbell was interested in doing an overnight flotilla cruise to a port close by. Unfortunately, conditions made it impossible to do. I hope we can make it happen this year. I think this will create some interest with membership of the non-racers crowd.
  • I plan to reach out the sailors at the Marina that are not members and invite them to join.
  • With assistance, Mike Cann, tweaking the handicap system. I suspect we will never satisfy all racers, but the Club is doing its best to be most fair to all.

In closing, I wish to honor those who have led this Club throughout many years. Their leadership has kept our group together with unity and strong fellowship.

I hope that we can keep this tradition for many more years to come. Please feel free to help guide me as your Commodore for this coming season.

Remember “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails”!

Mike Finazzo