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1997.07.10 - Excom

EXCOM MEETING
Thursday July 10, 1997


Minutes of the Cal Sailing Club

for July 10, 1997

The regular meeting of the Executive Committee of the Cal Sailing Club was held at the Clubhouse on Thursday, July 10, 1997. Commodore Rebecca Haussmann presided.

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM. In attendance were Rebecca Haussmann, Laura Boytz, Matthius Reinsch, Abizar Lakdawalla, Peter Baczek, Dan Twelker, Marceline Therrien and Bill Csajko. Also in attendance were Racing Chairperson Dan Acland, YRA Chairperson Hester Burn-Callendar, and members Tim Brandon and David Rabinowitz.

The club has $23,055.62 in the checking account.

Racing Marks (Dan Acland)

Dan Acland requested the Executive Committee consider purchasing four 15-inch diameter orange fenders for use as racing marks. The price with tax for the four would be about $120. He also requested that the Executive Committee consider replacing the existing windsock at the dock. The existing windsock (a Christmas present to Commodore Rebecca Haussmann from her family) is a "tufted" windsock that, due to the uneven flow characteristics of the "tuft" (a sewed-on outline of a sailboat), did not accurately reflect the true wind direction, and as such was a hindrance to the racing program. It was decided that the tufted windsock could be modified to become non-tufted by removal of the offending sailboat outline. Dan Twelker moved to spend up to $120 to purchase four new racing marks. Peter seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

REPORTS

Commodore (Rebecca Haussmann)

BYC Adjunct Memberships:

The Berkeley Yacht Club discussed with Rebecca the offer for CSC members to get adjunct memberships with BYC. The adjunct memberships, costing $50 per year for a CSC member, would enable the member to enter the BYC and attend BYC functions and lectures without having a specific BYC member bring them as a guest. Rebecca moved to accept the BYC offer for giving CSC members the opportunity to obtain adjunct memberships. Peter seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

General Membership Meeting:

Bill noted that the next General Membership Meeting will be coming up in August. Bill will reserve the BYC for the meeting, and Rebecca will send out the postcards. (Secretary's note: the BYC has been reserved for the evening of Thursday, August 7 for the next General Membership Meeting.)

Rating Committee:

Rebecca has selected Graham Hale to be added to the Rating Committee. Rebecca moved to have the selection approved by the Executive Committee. Marceline seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

ROTC:

The Navy ROTC from U.C. Berkeley contacted Rebecca about using our keelboats for classes for their members. The ROTC had been using sailboats at Treasure Island, and with the base closure they are now using sailboats at Coast Guard Island, but there are problems with this arrangement. They would be willing to pay us for use of the boats, which would require the use of two Ensigns for three weekday afternoons (with a Senior or Cruising Skipper on board) both in August and September. Two concerns that were expressed were any conflict with existing outreach sailing programs by our club (Hester only noted one day which would overlap, and as such would require all three Ensigns to be used for an afternoon); and that we do not rent boats, but should pursue getting reimbursed through some other method. Rebecca will discuss this with them further.

Phone Survey:

Rebecca wants to have a phone survey of members done by people needing work credit, to obtain information such as club demographics, how people found out about the club, whether the member windsurfs or sails or both, etc.

Kayaks:

Dan Acland had previously discussed with Rebecca the idea of requiring members to have some rating (i.e., Junior Skipper, Novice Windsurfer) before allowing anyone to use a kayak. The consensus was that we should instead encourage more people to use them, since we do not have any problem with people joining the club solely to use the kayaks. The current wind restriction of seven knots seems to be unduly restrictive, and hard for the dayleader to determine. Bill moved to modify the operating rules to change the wind restriction on use of kayaks from seven knots to 10 knots or when white caps are present. Abizar seconded the motion, and it passed with seven votes in favor and one abstention.

SBRA Race (presentation to the Executive Committee by Hester)

CSC is sponsoring an SBRA race on Saturday, July 19. Lidos, JY-15's, Bytes and Sunfishes will be raced. A $5.00 entrance fee for SBRA members will be charged, since a fee is required for insurance purposes and it will go toward the barbecue. CSC members who race will also be charged. Skipper sign-in will begin at 9:00 AM, and the skippers meeting will be held at 10:00 AM. There will be no trophies or prizes for the winners. Since it is a lesson day, we will make use of Rhodes 19's and Ensigns for lessons. Hester also noted that YRA is sending her a list of people claiming YRA membership through CSC, and that if anyone wants to purchase a CSC burgee to contact her.

Vice Commodore (vacant)

No report was provided.

Port Captain (Dan Twelker)

Disciplinary Action:

A Junior Windsurfer, had been warned a number of times and received two suspensions for failing to observe club rules. Since the last meeting, where the Executive Committee discussed his sailing Junior equipment in the Junior Area (while still a Novice Windsurfer), he came back in after the posted closure time, and on another day sailed into the Senior Dinghy Area past Hs. Lordships restaurant. The same dayleader (David) observed both infractions, and suspended him for 36 hours. Due to the repetitive violations, Dan Twelker moved to suspend the member for five more days starting from today, and providing that any future violations will result in a minimum of one week suspension. Peter seconded the motion, and it passed with seven votes in favor and one abstention.

Posting of Suspensions:

The dayleaders have recently been displaying the names of members who are suspended for various reasons. Their reason is that it alerts members to the fact that suspension are given if you do not follow the rules. Concern was expressed by some members of the Executive Committee that posting members' names is a kind of public ridicule, and should not be done. This is consistent with the club by-laws, which state that disciplinary hearings will be held in closed session of the Executive Committee. It was decided that dayleaders could post notices that state what types of infractions occurred and the resulting disciplinary action, but that the individual names will not be displayed. The individual suspensions will be noted inside the cover of the dayleader log. It was also decided that current policy of not including discussion of disciplinary actions in the posted Executive Committee minutes will be modified. A discussion of the disciplinary action without the individual's name will be included in the posted minutes, but there will be no change to including a the member's name in the discussion of the disciplinary action in the official file copy of the minutes.

First Vice Commodore (Laura Boytz for Martin Scanlan)

Laura had nothing to report.

Second Vice Commodore (Matthias Reinsch)

Equipment Purchases:

Matthias moved to purchase two new carbon fiber masts at a cost not to exceed $350; and new footstraps, uphauls and harness lines at a cost not to exceed $200. Bill seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

Third Vice Commodore (Abizar Lakdawalla)

Uncle Donald Repairs:

Abizar and Rebecca will repair the spinnaker pole topping lift block, spinnaker halyard block, and windex on "Uncle Donald" this weekend.

Treasurer (Marceline Therrien)

Budget:

Marceline provided copies of reports on the club's finances. We have over $23,000 in the checking account, and so far this fiscal year income has exceeded expenses by over $9,000. This is around $7,000 more than last year this time, but last year during this period we spent around $5,000 for the new Lido sails. The checking account will be tied to a money market account so that we can make interest on the money in the account.

Floating Bottle:

Marceline moved to spend up to $200 to print 700 copies of the Floating Bottle. Rebecca seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

Rear Commodore (Peter Baczek)

Accelerated Dinghy Training:

The last accelerated dinghy training class went well, and the next one is scheduled to begin next Monday, July 14.

Newest Senior Skipper:

Dan Twelker is our newest Senior Skipper.

Secretary (Bill Csajko)

Bill had nothing to report.

Other Topics

Returning Cruising Skipper:

David Rabinowitz was a member of the club starting in 1970, obtained his Cruising Skipper rating, and has not been active in the club for about ten years. He was Vice Commodore for a while. He has now rejoined the club, and wishes to have at least his Senior Skipper rating reinstated. He has repassed his Junior Skipper tests, and has been teaching. He was told that he should have at least two rating committee members go sailing with him, and have them provide their recommendations to Rebecca as to whether his rating should be reinstated (the club operating rules state that you lose your rating after being away from the club for two years, but that the Executive Committee may reinstate the rating).

Boat Donation:

Rebecca brought up again the potential donation of the Islander 29. Although it is worth about $6,000 to $8,000, if we held it for two years before selling the boat it would cost the club about $2,000 to $3,000 for storage. It was agreed that if the donor was willing to allow us to sell it right away, that we would accept the donation. Rebecca moved to accept the donation if the donor accepts the condition that we could immediately sell the boat. Peter seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

The meeting ended at 9:40 PM. The next regular Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 24, 1997.