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Promoting the sport of sailing on Lake Travis since 1951
AYC is located on 35 acres of lakefront property on the shore of Lake Travis, in the heart of the Texas hill country yet only 30 minutes from downtown Austin.
Activities are organized year round, with racing of some kind almost every weekend and many weekday nights during the summer months.
The club supports local high school sailing teams and hosts the University of Texas sailing team.
The club also offers on-the-water and classroom-based training for members and non-members, including a kids' summer camp.
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Barry Bowden provides detail in his Race Commander article, but suffice it to say we had a good year on the water. By my admittedly rough guess, I count 28 days of series races, with seven days of formal AYC regattas, and two or three fleet organized regattas for at least 38 days on the water. Add in Friday night beer can races and Wednesday night Sunfish/Laser races, and that total jumps to at least 90 days of racing on the water, or about ¼ of a year! We are fortunate to have a club, a lake, and a climate that afford so many opportunities to race!
Although our harbor facilities have grown to be quite far from the clubhouse and sail training room, our Sail Training program was not deterred by terrain nor low water.
Under the direction of Jenny Loehlin, your club ran a full schedule of summer day camps and our ever popular PB&J learn to sail program. We also conducted clinics on starting, centerboards, and women’s sailing, as well as several keelboat classes.
2013 was also a year of investments. Many of the facilities at AYC are aging, and for the past several years we have worked hard as a board to improve our savings, and to begin a program of replacing older assets. In 2013 we replaced Dock 2, installed new dock walkways, replaced the AYC clubhouse roof, extended our concrete ramp to provide better low-water access for dry sailors, trenched the property to offer some protection to our oak trees, replaced two of our Opti sailboats, replaced a chase boat, replaced a chase boat motor, replaced a skiff motor, improved our kitchen facilities, replaced our gate access system, and replaced several office computers. There are probably at least a dozen other improvements that I am forgetting. All of this was done through prudent use of low-cost loans, and while increasing our overall cash reserves.
As wonderful as all the racing, the training, and the capital improvements are, I personally feel the most important club accomplishment for 2013 was significantly growing our membership. There are many contributing factors, including our improving facilities and our full-time sail trainer Kate Nobel and the awesome junior program she has assembled. However, much of the credit goes to Johannes Brinkmann and the 2013 membership committee who did a great job of attracting, qualifying, and shepherding new members into the AYC community. In 2013, the membership committee launched a very active activity notification email spearheaded by Vic Manning, and the committee also started posting pictures and short bio’s of new members both in telltale and on the results bulletin board over the beer cooler.
It is with great confidence that for 2014, I hand over the AYC tiller to John Morran who will serve as commodore this coming year. In fact, the entire incoming board is very strong, and represents an almost ideal mix of returning board members who bring know-how and continuity along with totally new board members who bring fresh ideas. Please join me in thanking the returning board members John Morran, Barry Bowden, Jen Schwan, and Molly Lewis, and join me in welcoming the new board members Eric Rochard, Doug Casey, Wade Bingaman, and John Halter. I also wish to thank those board members who have served us in 2013 and are taking a hiatus from board service: John Saunders, Jenny Loehlin, Jon Nash, and Johannes Brinkman.
It has been a privilege to serve as your commodore in 2013. I deserve very little credit for the fact that 2013 was a great year for AYC. The real credit goes to my fellow board members, the various committees, our dedicated staff, and the countless volunteers who give so freely of their time and talent. These fine people truly make AYC the wonderful place that it is, and made my job as commodore incredibly easy. My most sincere thanks to all of you, and happy sailing!
2013 AYC Commodore