Presentation of Draft TBYC Strategic / Long Range Plan

You may recall that last summer, the TBYC Executive undertook a survey of club members and relevant stakeholders as the first step in developing a strategic plan for the Club. Since that time an Ad Hoc Committee of TBYC Executive and club members has been working to put together a draft strategic plan using the survey results, input from a focus group and other relevant sources of information.

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Passing of Wayne Hurley

With profound sadness we share the news of Wayne Hurley's passing on March 26. A long-time TBYC member, former Membership Director, avid cruiser and racer, Wayne was a kind friend to many members of the TBYC. He will be dearly missed.

More details can be found at:

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A Celebration of Barbara Heald's Life

It is with great sadness we share the news of the passing of Barbara Heald, wife of Jim Heald. We offer our deepest condolences with Jim, the Heald family, and their friends. A long-time TBYC member, Barbara will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A celebration of Barbara's life will be held Saturday, March 17, at 11:00am, at the Kakabeka Legion: 4556 Highway 17, Kakabeka Falls.

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Assistant BBQ Cook [2018-2]

This opportunity has been taken
T-Harbour -On the Water - Rendezvous
Date of Opportunity: 
July 21, 2018 - 3:00pm

Head BBQ Cook [2018-1]

This opportunity has been taken
On the Water - Rendezvous T-Harbour
Date of Opportunity: 
July 21, 2018 - 3:00pm

TBYC to host World Sailing Approved Offshore Personal Survival Course

By Bob Vander Ploeg, Fleet Captain

Thunder Bay Yacht Club is planning to host a World Sailing Approved Offshore Personal Survival Course April 7 and 8 of 2018. This two-day course has great value for all boaters: cruising and racing sailors, power boat cruisers, and fisherman.

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Holiday Greetings from the Commodore

Dear Members,

As we draw together to close off the year, I would like to take this opportunity as your newly elected Commodore to wish you and your family the best of the season.

It is at this time of year that we reflect on our past activities and achievements and begin planning for the upcoming year.

Last night the Executive Board met for the first time to start to get ready for the 2018 boating season. There is already some exciting prospect being discussed as we strive to build, promote and encourage recreational boating on Lake Superior, the grandest of all lakes!

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TBYC Welcomes Commodore Paul Morralee, and New Board Members

Congratulations to former TBYC Secretary Paul Morralee's on his election to Commodore! All the best wishes in leading the TBYC over the next term.

Also, welcome, and congratulations, to the TBYC Executive Board's new members:

Tyson Derouard: Bulletin
Lesley Dell: Secretary
Shannon Whale: Social

Finally, the board says farewell to Todd Sicliano as he leaves his post as Past Commodore. The club thanks him for his years of service on the executive.

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Notice of Motions for 2017 AGM

According to the TBYC constitution notices of motion that may affect the TBYC constitution itself must be presented to TBYC membership 30 days prior to the AGM. The 2017 AGM is scheduled for November 30, 2017.

Any TBYC member may present a motion for consideration. The following three motions are generally supported by the TBYC Board and have specifically been presented by the movers and seconders mentioned.

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Close of Nav Tickets Now Available!

Close of Navigation Dryland Regatta party tickets are available now!

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 Prince Arthur Hotel - Provincial Room
Music by: Tourist Bureau
Symposium: 5:30pm

Tickets: $40 each
Dinner choices: Chicken, roast beef, vegetarian
Tickets available at: Dulux Paints (next to MacDonald's on Memorial), Barewood Furniture, or Kathleen (call or text: 629-0439)

TBYC price for rooms at Prince Arthur, if you'd like to overnight on Nov. 18: $89 + taxes (tell them you're with the TBYC banquet).

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Participate in the TBYC Planning Survey!

The TBYC is currently in the process of developing a long term plan for the Club. As the first step, we are asking all members to please complete the following survey:

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Silver Islet Yacht Club Courses

The following SIYC Courses have been added to the TBYC website calendar:

SIYC Maritime Radio Course: Sat July 22 1700-2000; & Sun July 23 0800 to 1100

SIYC PCOC Course: Sat July 29 1300-1600 & 1700-2000

SIYC Youth PCOC (8-12): Sat Aug 12 100-1200; & 1300-1500

Courses are open to General Public

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Customs Clearing Update from U.S. Customs

U.S. Customs prefers to have all boats report to the closest dock to the Grand Portage Port of Entry since we no longer staff the office in Grand Marais, MN. The closest dock is the Grand Portage Marina, we understand most large sail boats won’t fit so the next dock would be located in Horse Shoe Bay between Big Bay and Chicago Bay in Hovland, MN.

The approximate GPS coordinates for Horse Shoe Bay are: Lat 47º 51.02 Lon 89º 56.09 (20.9 miles northeast of Grand Marais and 16.2 miles southwest of Grand Portage).

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2017 International Race Volunteers Needed

The TBYC Race Committee is seeking volunteers for TBYC Race Committee is looking for volunteers to staff the finish line for the 2017 International Race, which finishes in Thunder Bay this year. These volunteers make the International a special event for sailors all around Lake Superior, and is an opportunity to put our best foot forward as a club.

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Gear Up for Outdoors offers TBYC Summer Safety Special!

Heading into the height of the boating season, the TBYC and Gear Up For Outdoors have teamed up to offer all TBYC Members this special promotion!

From July 12 to July 31, 2017, TBYC Members pay NO TAX on all Mustang Survival flotation products (Mustang Inflatable (Hydrostatic/Automatic/Manual Inflatable), Mustang PFD or Mustang Jackets/Pants or Survival Suit)!

Not only that, all qualifying buyers are entered in a draw for the new Mustang Bluewater 30L Waterproof Gear Hauler - valued at $250.00!

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Bert Blaauw, Past Commodore and founder of SUNORA

It is with deep sadness we share that long-time TBYC member, Bert Blaauw, a Past Commodore (1998-1999) and founder of the SUNORA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 6th, after a long battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Our deepest condolences to Pyteke and the family. He will be greatly missed.
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Let's Ring in Summer 2017 Together!

Race 5 of the On-Deck Wednesday Night Series takes place on this week on June 21, the Summer Solstice.

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Spring Yard Sale - New Date!

The TBYC Spring Yard Sale has been scheduled for Saturday, June 10, at the Mission Island yard! More information here:

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Wednesday Racing Series Information Updated

For the sailboat racers among us, the On Deck Wednesday Night Series NORs, Sailing Instructions, and Fleet PHRF Handicap documents are now available on the series page.

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TBYC Launch Dates

The Mission Property yard water is on and launch begins on Tuesday, May the 9th, weather and yard conditions permitting.

Launch days will be Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.  When booking your launch please group the appointment times.

If you have antifreeze in your engine it must be pumped out before you launch. Barrels for waste antifreeze are located on site, please use them.

To launch, your current insurance must be on file with the Club and your account must be current, no exceptions.

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Spring Yard Sale - POSTPONED

Due to weather conditions, this Saturday’s yard sale at the Mission property has been postponed.

On the bright side, you have more time to gather your sale items.

We are considering next weekend, watch for the posting.

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Final 2017 Racing Calendar Now Available

The final 2017 TBYC Racing calendar is now available:

2017 TBYC Racing Season Calendar (PDF)

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TBYC 2017 Social Calendar Updates

Planning continues to go forward regarding 2017 events. As event dates draw near and as dates are confirmed, email blasts will be sent out, a member phone blitz will be held, and watch for posts on the TBYC website and Facebook.

Please be sure your email address and phone numbers are up-to-date in our TBYC directory. We are always looking for volunteers (e.g., help with phoning, event setup, etc.).

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Spring Breakfast Success – Thank You TBYC Volunteers!

The Spring Breakfast held on Saturday, April 22 was a tremendous success with approximately 125 stopping by for a hearty breakfast at Mission Clubhouse. Thank you to all who supported this event. Special thanks to our amazing volunteers, Jim, Gail, Andrea, Beverley & Reg, for their time and efforts, as well as Gerry, Lori, Michael, Scott, Janet, & Hank.

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Destination Projects Update

Paul Morralee, April 18, 2017

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Canadian Power & Sail Squadron 2017 Schedule Available

Canadian Power and Sail Squadron schedule of 2017 courses are now available.  Visit for course details and registration information.

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Invoicing Notice to all Members stored at the Thunder Bay Yacht Club Mission Property

A change to the invoicing procedure with regards to Launch, Haul-Out and Summer Storage has been approved and will be effective this season.

Within the next two weeks, prior to the boating season, all members with boats stored on the Mission Property will be invoiced for an Annual Service Fee.

The invoice for the Annual Service Fee will be calculated using the current Launch / Haul rate structure for the size of the boat and will be equal to the cost of one launch and one haul-out for the season.

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MAC Input to Parking Authority Report to Council

For the interest of members, here is the set of recommendations compiled by The City of Thunder Bay Marina Advisory Committee (MAC) for presentation with the Parking Authority Report to City Council:

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2017 SUNORA Regatta Details Released

The details for the 22nd SUNORA Regatta (scheduled for the week of July 29 – August 5, 2017) are now available the SUNORA information page:

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New Crew Program Being Offered Again for 2017

The TBYC is offering the popular New Crew Program once again for the 2017 season!

Adults with little or no prior sailing experience are encouraged to join experienced sailor and educator Bill Dunlop for a two-weekend program that will give them a practical foundation for joining a boat as crew for TBYC sail races.

This introduction consists of 4 classroom and on-the-water sessions, based out of Oliver Road Community Centre (563 Oliver Road). The total cost is $165, and includes a 2017 TBYC Associate Membership at $25 and $140 for the program.

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