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Date: 8/17/2021
From: Communications Director

What’s Up At PPYC
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Lots going on over the next few months! …


 This Saturday August 21st we’re having a Potluck Lunch from 11:00am – 2:00pm. This will be a red cup affair. Bring food for your family plus two. PPYC will serve Honey Baked Ham, hard pretzel rolls and condiments. This will be another great opportunity to just enjoy being with your fellow sailors in a beautiful setting. Registration is not required but highly suggested so we can plan appropriately.
All PPYC members and Wednesday Night Race participants are invited to join us for the Wednesday Night Cookout on September 1st. Best hamburgers on the lake! The cookout begins at approximately 7:00pm. You don’t have to participate in the race to participate in the cookout. If you plan to attend the cookout — whether racing or not — please register in advance so we‘ll know how many to plan for. The cost per person is $10.00 plus tax if registering online by 10:00pm August 30th, or $11.00 cash at the event. The August 11th cookout was a bang! 42 of us came out to enjoy the great food and great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
The 2021 Christmas And Holiday Social is set for December 4th from 5-9pm! Reservations are required, and we expect the number available within our capacity to dwindle quickly as the event draws nearer, so now isn’t too early to make yours. 
The cost per person is $20 plus tax, and you’ll consider that a bargain when you see the the dinner menu and the hors d’ oeuvres planned for the 5-6pm social hour. Check it out at this link: Christmas And Holiday Social.


The Rookie Race is right around the corner. It’s actually in two parts — a PPYCU classroom session Prep for the Rookie Race will be held September 4th from 1 to 4pm. The actual race is September 11th. See details for each part by clicking on it in the Events Calendar on our home page.
There are three more Cruising events scheduled this season — September 5th, October 9th, and November 13th. Details for each will be added to their placeholder calendar entries when they are finalized. By the way, Cruising enthusiasts might like to know that the number of people who’ve sent requests to be included in all of our cruising-related communications is growing steadily — crossing 20 this month. If you would like to be included in that list, let us know at and we’ll add you to it [don’t worry, you won’t get an email every time someone posts they are headed out to sail.]
There will be four more Regattas during the last quarter of this year. There are placeholder entries for them in the Events Calendar so participants can mark their calendars, and more information for Regatta participants about our Regattas can be found on the Regattas page at our web site. Details for Regattas are posted in their calendar entries as their scheduled dates draw nearer.

Okay, I’m admittedly slipping this paragraph in under Sailing as a “plug” for our 
Skipper/Crew Matchups system, as an appeal to boat owners and/or Club Boat Program members who undoubtedly sometimes want to go sailing but don’t have any of their “regulars” available as crew at that particular time. There are 30 [thirty] people listed in our rapidly-growing Crew Available Directory now, and 4 of them have signed up this month — and their entries include usual availability times and level of experience. So if you own a boat based at the Hamilton Creek Sailboat Marina [or for that matter, at Elm Hill or Nashville Shores — maybe because you participate in PPYC events but haven’t yet been able to get a slip at HCSM,] or if you’re a Club Boat Program member, please consider listing yourself in our Crew Needed Directory. Everything anybody needs to know about our Skipper/Crew Matchup System, including links to both Directories and a form to get yourself listed, can be found at any time on our web site by clicking Sail in the main menu and selecting Crew:Needed/Available from the list that appears — or you can find it now at this link: About The Skipper/Crew Matchup Process.


Tuesday evening LATH [Learning At The Helm] sessions appear here because LATH’s main purpose is education, but it’s on-the-water sailing, too. Its season ends August 31st, and the remaining sessions are full with full waiting lists. People’s plans change, though, so keep checking. Maybe you’ll get lucky!

n September 25th from 1-4pm, a special PPYCU educational class will be held at an outside facility — How to Sail and Points-of-Sail Training. It will be taught by Joyce Matlock, an excellent sailing teacher we’re fortunate to have among us. See details at this direct link to the class listing in the Events Calendar. Registration is required because of space limitations, so register early.
Our events attract a lot of participants because they are well-planned and well-run. That is because of our members who Volunteer to provide the support needed to make them successful. We’ve mentioned often how important volunteering is to our club. Why? At least two reasons: 1) the camaraderie that develops when people work together to make something worthwhile happen; and 2) the ability it gives us to keep our fees at their very modest levels [absent the great work done by our volunteers, our costs would increase considerably because of the paid labor we would need.] There are opportunities available now. Please think about signing up for some of them. You can always access that page from the Home page menu, or now at: Volunteer Opportunities. Also, if you would like to be added to a list of people who volunteer often and prefer volunteering for specific types of events and/or duties, send an email to our Social Director, Richard Lewis, at
Finally, some brief updates on some previously reported items:
  • Masks are now required again in Metro facilities [of which HCSM is one.] There are exceptions, but most of them are related to Metro employees while in their offices and people with medical or other reasons they cannot wear masks. You can read Mayor Cooper’s August 5th Executive Order in detail at this link: Metro Policy On COVID-19 — Updated 2021-08-05. PPYC’s policy on compliance with regulations issued by governmental agencies under whose authority we operate can be accessed at this link: PPYC Policy On Compliance With Regulations.
  • If logging in at our web site is not something you often do, it would be worth your time to log in once in a while and avail yourself of the substantially expanded view that logged-in members see. So check it out, maybe starting with this link to a page summarizing the many enhancements we’ve made over the past year or so: Our Web Site — What’s New.
Go do some sailing -- and greet each other on the water when you’re out!

Charles Jones, Communications Director

Percy Priest Yacht Club

PO Box 290485
Nashville, TN 37229