President’s Letter February 2020

Dear 2020 Sailors,

ETYSA is happy once more to offer another season of youth sailing instruction programs. Year 2020 marks our tenth corporate year on the water, and this one promises to be as good as ever. Coach Will Glenn is returning, and we are filling our assistance coach roster and recruiting volunteers.

Our volunteer staff are instrumental to say the least. ETYSA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that strives to maintain an affordable and high quality youth sailing and water safety sport program serving Craven, Jones, and Pamlico areas. Comparable programs along the US eastern coast with similar attendance are twice the cost of ours or more. Please contact us if you wish to help.

This year we boast of two new board members, Ms. Sara Foster and Erin Moody. Arch Altman left the board to serve as Commodore for Blackbeard Sailing Club, but will continue to help ETYSA with fleet maintenance, and as a cherished adviser and supporter. I was nominated to replace Arch as ETYSA President. Jeremy LeRay, a charter member, returns as Vice President. Mike Foster, former Blackbeard Commodore, will be our Secretary. Clare Brock, also a charter member, remains Treasurer, and Doug Longhini returns, helping with program management, advertising, and other support. With this team in place, our officer ranks are fully staffed with a nice mix of deeply experience old hands, and new recruits with fresh minds.

A summary of last year is also in order, especially due to noteworthy events. We restricted camp enrollment last year due to waterfront reconstruction following damage from hurricane Florence. Even so, we held four camp weeks, and for safety reasons, focused on experienced sailors. At summers end we carried a team to Manteo NC for their annual regatta at the Maritime Museum. There our students won first place in both the 420 and Topaz classes!

We also held the ETYSA regatta on our home turf, Upper Broad Creek. Guests attended from Carolina Yacht Club, Wrightsville Beach, and a group of Sea Scouts from Raleigh-Durham helped fill the river’s course. We closed our year with a Sunday Fun Sail and Pizza Party. Last year will no doubt be hard to beat.

Now, with facility repairs completed, we expect to have six weeks through June and July brimming with students from beginner to advanced sailors. Registration links are activated and we have students already enrolled. Don’t delay! Once you have your summer calendar planned, please enroll so we can plan for you.

Looking Forward To Great Sailing This Summer,

Warm Regards,

Clifton Game
ETYSA, President