Hello from the frozen north (Bass River, Massachusetts)!  Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound are still cold from the wintertime so there is an evening chill in the air.  Noreen is freezing but the ice in my veins helps me.  We have a needed fire in the fireplace as I write this brief message. 


We had a great Change of Watch at Barritt Park last month and I wish to thank everyone for a great turnout and a special thanks to Vickie Solomon for a great banquet! 


The start of a summer events program this year is a great and long overdue advancement for our Squadron.  While we do not have sailboat racing over the summer many of you are aware that Green Flash, a separate organization unaffiliated with the Venice Sailing Squadron, is ably run individually by John Lynch, to provide a summer venue for sailboat racing enthusiasts.


Speaking of racing, I regret to inform the membership that Jay Tyson, who was elected Fleet Captain-Racing at the Change of Watch has, for personal reasons, decided not to accept this position.  While this is an important position for the Squadron its vacancy is not critical since we have developed an experienced and quite able Race Instruction Standing Committee.  This committee consists of Ken Nolan, Norm Sooy, Gerry Cashion, Mike Kirk, Rob Menson and Ben Rotteveel, who are working to insure the continued success of our popular racing events.  If you have, or someone you know has, race experience and familiarity with U.S. Sailing's Rules of Racing and would be willing to consider this position, please let us know.


The summertime also gives us a chance to think ahead about how we can improve the Squadron's programs and events.  We are a member-driven organization so we need your constructive suggestions on how we can improve your membership experience.  Please contact any officer or director with your suggestions.


Have a great summer season!


Bill Gately