Message from the Commodore

25 May 2021 8:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Fellow GRSA Members,

The weather is warming up and sailing season is here!  We have had a great Spring so far and have accomplished much.  Member participation was exceptional on workday, with over 60 people coming out to help get the club ready for the season.  We also had a sail camp workday to get the club boats cleaned up and ready for the students.  Again, we had a great turnout and were able to get all the boats ready to go.  The 420’s have never looked so good.  THANK YOU to all who took the time to come to the club and lend a hand!  It is genuinely appreciated!  We held our first social event in over a year on May 1st, and it was a tremendous success.  Many commented that they were glad things are returning to normal and are excited to be enjoying the club again.  Additionally, the fireplace has been repaired and inspected and is open once again.  Even though it is warming up, the evenings can still be chilly, and I know many will be glad to be able to have a fire again.

We have a few events coming up, too.  Our Memorial Day regatta and social is this Sunday and registration is open on the website.  The GRSA Invitational Regatta is less than a month away, on June 12th-13th.  The Notice of Race is posted on the website and contains a link to register on Regatta Network.  Please register early if you are planning to participate, as many people from out of town often base their decision to attend on the number of boats registered.  Remember, any class with at least three boats will have their own start and we will have a Portsmouth class for any classes with fewer than three.  It promises to be a great event, and we would love to have a large turnout.

On the housekeeping side, just a couple of reminders.  Please remember when your boat is at the dock to tie it up away from the ramps.  This is especially important if you plan on leaving your boat in the water overnight.  It should be at least 50’ from the main ramp, if possible.  This allows our fellow sailors room to launch and retrieve their boats.  Also, once you have launched your boat, please return your trailer to its parking spot, so other members’ boats are not blocked in with your trailer and car.

The year is off to a fantastic start, and I am excited for what is to come.  Please keep an eye on your email and the club’s website for additional social and race events.  We will be adding a few fun things.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about anything club related, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 See you at the club soon!!

Chris Cookson


Mobile: 804-986-3231


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