Joe CRYC

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  1. Joe CRYC

    Covid-19 Impact on Yacht Club Revenue and Financial Stability

    We are still "shut down". You can grab a canoe or kayak off the rack, but not a Laser (weird MD rule, only paddling allowed). The bath house is locked up. No kind of scheduled activity is going on, but individuals may be in and out to check on their boats or just get some exercise.
  2. Joe CRYC

    Covid-19 Impact on Yacht Club Revenue and Financial Stability

    The big question for many - when you you know if a jr. program is doable and how hard will it be to staff it?
  3. Joe CRYC

    what's your yacht club doing?

    My club is closed for now per state orders. Members may access the property to do something like check on their boat, but the building is shut and no group activities are going on. The club dues are low and also the club has to have them, there is no plan for a refund. There is no "profiteering", this just covers fixed expenses. Plans for racing and jr. sailing are to be determined. I have no idea what RMYS has in the way of dues or expenses, but most if not all landed clubs have bills that will not go away just because no one is there.
  4. Joe CRYC

    The Yacht Club - Do you get value from your dues?

    We have clubs around with no property that cost around $50/year. We have clubs that essentially also run a marina, like EYC, SSA, and AYC that cost a lot, but commercial marina space in Annapolis costs a lot too. CRYC is kind of unique in having water access and property while being on the cheap side, but we are on the other side of the world (AKA The Shore) from Annapolis. If all the clubs with property go away, running a boat race won't be impossible, but it will suck pretty hard compared to now.
  5. Joe CRYC

    The Yacht Club - Do you get value from your dues?

    There was a time before WW II when some yacht clubs seemed to be like being in the Navy from what I have read. They had all kinds of military-like ceremonies and some of the upper classes from the better clubs managed to donate their yachts for coastal patrol duty and get commissioned in the Navy as the skipper of their donated yacht too when the war started Kent Island Yacht Club *used to* do all the uniform stuff, but either they quit doing it or the photos got taken down.
  6. Joe CRYC

    The Yacht Club - Do you get value from your dues?

    Letterboxing? What exactly is that? I can assure you that if you ask 100 random people what happens at a yacht club, probably 99 think it is people on 120 foot yachts ordering more drinks and 1 person knows it is someone scraping barnacles off the Whaler and fixing the lift.
  7. Joe CRYC

    The Yacht Club - Do you get value from your dues?

    Agree. If the club is AYC, you could feel like you gave them enough cash to handle things for you with paid staff. I sure would. For $250, we are DIY or it doesn't get done.
  8. Joe CRYC

    The Yacht Club - Do you get value from your dues?

    The junior sailor = new member thing is mixed at best. We do get members that way, but not a lot. Some parents love the club and join, but for many others at our club and many other clubs it is just one thing of many they drive their kids to. Wess, one thing you are fighting is with two busy parents and scheduled to death kids, free time is incredibly valuable. This upcoming regatta we have will cost me a vacation day or two. Many people today would donate an organ before their vacation...just sayin This was us back in the day: http://www.cryc.org/migration/skipper_mag/skipper.htm
  9. Joe CRYC

    The Yacht Club - Do you get value from your dues?

    I honestly don't think national politics has any effect on our club social scene, we have all types. That said, I think a lot of people presume a "yacht club" consists of Thurston Howell types debating the best way to beat their servants or something
  10. Joe CRYC

    The Yacht Club - Do you get value from your dues?

    I am not sure how making a club like the Navy is going to help, but I may not be clear on this. In case Ajax is off doing something, AFAIK he was a submariner.
  11. Joe CRYC

    The Yacht Club - Do you get value from your dues?

    I get value for money for sure at CRYC (Corsica River Yacht Club) For $250/yr we get: A nice swimming beach, a nice pavilion with showers, a place to keep a boat on a mooring for free (you put down the mooring), cheap land storage for small boats in racks, a crane to get boats onto trailers, nice property to relax under trees, local ospreys and eagles to watch, and a junior program for the kids. We share the same issues as other clubs. We have the same people doing all the work and we are not getting younger. Fleet sizes are pretty much somewhat to WAY off historical norms. Getting enough kids to keep the junior program alive was hugely problematic - working parents have no ability to transport kids and kids will sail for a week or two and then do something else. We have allied ourselves with the YMCA for sailing to get their marketing reach and before/after care. This is working so far and we hope to expand it. We have added kayaks and canoes to sailing for general water adventures. RE club as a business. We are most certainly not this, but some country/yacht clubs did or do have significant membership from people looking for a place to entertain business associates.
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