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Originally delivered on 8/15/2019 11:01 am

SUBJECT: SAYRA August E-Newsletter

August E-Newsletter

SAYRA Commodores Notes August 2019
There are two regattas that signal the end of the summer for me; the Rockville Regatta and the Carolina Yacht Club (NC) Regatta. Both enjoy warm spots in my heart. Rockville was a dear part of my childhood and post college experience while CYC-NC came into our lives originally as part of the SAYRA Junior Circuit and now is part of our family sailing calendar. Sadly they fall on the same weekend and have done so for many decades, so I am forced to choose. Fortunately one can’t go wrong either place. Continued...

Congratulations to our TEAM SAYRA Sailors that represented us at the Chubb US Jr. Championships sailing out of PYSF near SFO.  They made SAYRA proud on and off the water! Full report & great pictures HERE.


Daniel Escudero - 2nd Smythe Radial Atlanta Yacht Club
Ben Smith - 8th Smythe Radial Carolina Yacht Club
Nathan/Michael Bowen - 16th Bemis C420 Augusta Sailing Club and Bemis Sportsmanship winners!

Proud of these sailors for working hard to achieve these goals! Great job! Thank you clubs and everyone that supports our Helen Hanley Fund -making these dreams a reality! More information on the HH FUND HERE 

   TEAM SAYRA Announced! 

SAYRA has endorsed a team organized and skippered by John Mellnik, of Lake Norman Yacht Club.  John and his team have not been actively campaigning in recent years, but are all excellent sailors anxious to get back to championship sailing.  (John has sailed in the Mallory twice, and his only over-30 crew was his skipper back in 2007, when John was 16.  Liz Chambers, also 16 at the time, sailed on the SAYRA team in the Adams that year.) John's team includes: - John Mellnik, Lake Norman Yacht Club, Mike Mergenthaler, Lake Norman Yacht Club, Elizabeth Chambers, SAYRA (formerly LNYC), Elisabeth Whitener, SAYRA (formerly LNYC), Carter Little, SAYRA. The Adult Championship will be sailed from Beverly YC, Marion, MA, Sept. 5-8, using J/80s. 
Good luck TEAM SAYRA! 

Club Spotlight - Keowee Sailing Club

Does your club provide a membership orientation?  Keowee does a great job by sharing a video with all the essentials!  Great idea to provide consistent and relevant information to your clubs new member!  KSC has a full membership 225 with a waiting list. full docks 150 in water 75 dry, no debt, and own the club outright. They are certainly doing something right in the upstate of SC! Check out the video:

  Make plans for the Low Country HOOK! Click HERE

SAYRA Club Championship Sept 14th- Countdown is on to see what club will top the leaderboards for 2019!  8 teams have registered - Lake Lanier SC, Lake Norman YC, Carolina SC, Augusta SC, LaserD12, Western Carolina SC, Columbia Sailing Club, Lake Murray Sailing Club! More information HERE

SAYRA Jr. Grand Prix - BYSC - Jr. Pluff Mud Championship

September 14-15th  Registration:

Get ready for the 2nd Pluff Mud Championship September 14-15, 2019! This is the final saltwater stop on the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association Jr Grand Prix. Come on out for excellent fall sailing conditions in Beaufort. Bring your Opti, O'pen BIC, International Laser Class Association - ILCA (Full Rig, Radial & 4.7), Club 420 Association or Sunfish!

  BOARD BASH REGATTA   September 14-15th 

This one's for you!  That's right...Vanguard 15, Jet 14, Lasers, 420's, Sunfish, and Opti! After sailing, we'll have a "What the Heck Happened Out There" debriefing session led by our resident pro, Tim Porter.  Then we'll head to The Commodore's Shrimp Boil for dinner.  Afterwards we'll swing to music at the pavilion.  PLUS, we've got a really cool t-shirt!  Two man boat registration includes 2 t-shirts!  Super deluxe camping on site! And don't forget to sign up for the Ping Pong Tournament....prizes at stake! 

   RULE BOOK SURVEY - What do YOU want?

How do you use the rulebook? US Sailing wants to know! We're looking for your feedback on how you use the rulebook, what size/materials you like best and what resources you would like to see included with a rulebook app. Please share your thoughts with us by completing this brief survey. CLICK HERE


  US Sailing Life-Jacket Maintenance Video Series

Great resource is available to everyone.... please take a moment and review your type/style and share with your crew and clubs. CLICK HERE


 2020 Sailing Leadership Forum

Registration is now open for the Sailing Leadership Forum.  The SLF will be held Feb. 6-8, 2020 at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa.  Clubs should consider sending a representative to this conference, where there are many opportunities for networking, best practice sharing, and valuable information about what is happening with sailing in the US.  "Instructors, coaches, race officers, program directors, class/fleet leaders, yacht club management, organization leaders, and volunteers will find key takeaways from this pioneering event."  Find information and register at .

Do you have something to present or discuss that you think would be of use to attendees at the SLF?  US Sailing is looking for presenters;

US Sailing Membership - Check out the COOL new Digital Membership card... LOOK for yours in your email this week or JOIN/RENEW today! Get these discounts you get HERE!