Over 200 members and guests including the 95 youngsters in the sail training program attended the annual Sail Training awards Ceremony last night at the TYC.

And, the award recipients were certainly dressed in their fine summer attire for this prestigious event of the summer season. Young ladies wore pastel colored dresses with their silver of gold sandals. Preppy shirts, button down collars, of course, were the choice of the young men. Most of them wore khaki colored shorts with their basic brown flip flops.

Their mothers were also dressed for the occasion. Bright white dresses with colorful tiny sailboats, flowers or red lobsters stood out happily in the gathering.           

Before the Ceremony began guests were treated to a summer fare of hamburgers and hot dogs and the barbequed chicken especially prepared by Bruce Epke. Committee members served the buffet line in the clubhouse. Noah, 12, and Neil, 15, provided dinner music as they took turns playing keyboard.

The Ceremony began precisely at 6:30 pm. Mike Mills, director of the sail training program, welcomed the parents and congratulated the students who would soon receive their rewards. He turned the microphone over to Meredith Collins, the program director, who kept the presentations running at a good pace.

The TYC sail training is recognized as one of the best programs among all yacht clubs in this area. The program is based on the US SAILIING curriculum with instruction carried out in age and skill-appropriate age groups. Under the leadership of Meredith Collins the program has grown to provide classes for 95 students. There are ten sailing instructors who teach students at eight different levels of sailing ability.

For over an hour, students would come to the head table and receive their certificates from Meredith or one of the instructors. There were at least a dozen youngsters in each of the eight groups. In each group there was a sailor of the year award, an improved sailor and a sportsmanship sailor award.  

As the program moved quickly it became too much for Callie, my able assistant, and myself to write down all the names. I was told that all names will be available shortly on the web site.

We did manage, with a little help from Meredith, to be able to present to you the names of the prestigious awards given tonight.

Commodore Phyllis Ibbotson welcomed the guests and presented the Commodore's Sailing award to Luke Munroe.

The Bob Berglund trophy was awarded to Greer Page and the John Fonseca Trophy was awarded to Chloe Katz and Ryan Sheehan.

Although the sessions have ended, many of the students will be participating in the NBYA Junior Race Week next week. Please check our web site for details.

Summer activities continue at the TYC as Mardi Gras Night will be held next Thursday Night. There are two additional Thursday Night Pot Luck events after that, California Cuisine and the Chowder Cookoff. This is followed by the annual Labor Day Cookout with Junior Activities on Labor Day.

That's the same day as the Charlie Laroue Memorial Race. Summer continues at the TYC and we invite you to participate in these events.

See you on Thursday night, God willing!

Thanks, Jim Rogers