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Date: 1/14/2022
Subject: PPYC Newsletter
From: PPYC Communications Director

It’s Winter, But 
Things Are
 Gearing Up At
Percy Priest Yacht Club
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What’s Happ’nin’ …
The Upcoming Events calendar on our Home page has been updated to include all 2022 activities and events. Many that provide Volunteering opportunities do not have that information available yet, but all will include it no later than the end of this month. As always, only events closest to the current date display automatically, but through any of the three buttons at the top of the list you can display the full year calendar in a one-page summary or at two different levels of detail.
Please note these items coming up in the next few weeks now, and click on their links for more information about them:
  • February 3rd. First Thursday Sailors’ Meetup. Great times for members and prospective members to visit with each other, and also to interact with our Board members who are among the regular attendees. No agenda, just mixing with fellow sailing enthusiasts and having a good time. Registrations would help us in our work with the facility to plan for the number of people attending. They are limited on space.
  •  February 12th. Food Safety Class. Most folks would be surprised to learn that requirements for providing food in public settings are very stringent. Our Social Director Richard Lewis, who will conduct this class, is a walking encyclopedia on the subject and has several relevant certifications. There is no fee, but registration is required to enable us to plan appropriately. Please register now.
  •  February 19th. Sailing — Weather Or Not. Kurt Berger will lead this class. Understanding the weather is very important in ensuring the comfort and safety of sailors. There is no fee, but registration is required to enable us to plan appropriately. Please register now.
Here’s a new way to think of the April 9th Hamilton Creek Marina Cleanup Day. … Consider it yet another way Percy Priest Yacht Club provides opportunities to spend time with old friends and meet new ones — that can all happen while doing the work that needs to be done. Whatever skills you have, they can be put to good use! Registration is not required, but we recommend it because registrations help us plan the day. Think about it.
The PPYC Board will be devoting some of its time this year to long-range strategic planning for our Club — assessing where we are now, what we believe we need to be as the future unfolds, and what we need to do to be that kind of Club. One of the most valuable sources of input to us in this endeavor will our Members — how you perceive us now and what thoughts you may have about how we can continue to provide benefits commensurate with our fees. So if you haven’t already taken the survey, we would sincerely appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to take it now at Survey.

Speaking of the Calendar updates underway, an organization like ours requires a lot of work by people who are willing to volunteer their time and talents in support of PPYC. Many of those people (including our Directors) are frequently visible to our members because they provide leadership and support for our many sailing, education and social activities. Behind the scenes, our Directors are actively working with others in Club Leadership performing less visible — but nonetheless important — duties in areas such as Planning, Operational and Financial Management, Membership And Public Communication, and Membership Development. Just to give you an idea on some of the other “background” tasks:
Finally, some brief updates on some previously reported items:
  • Winter Thoughts — Average low temperatures at HCSM December through February are 28 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Time for boat owners who sail year-round to prepare for close monitoring and freeze protection when necessary and those who pack it in ‘til Spring to winterize their boats. 
  • The water level on Percy Priest Lake is controlled by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of a regional flood control system. At 7:00am today it was about 3.5’ below Summer Pool level (which is 490’,) and was projected to be 4’ below by midnight tonight, and another foot lower by midnight January 16th. It traditionally drops to Winter Pool level (483’) from mid-October to mid-December and stays at that level until it rises to Summer Pool level from mid-March to mid-April. Seven feet is a very significant drop that introduces aground hazards for keelboats that aren’t hazards when the lake is at Summer Pool level. You can keep updated on water level projections and other information as often as you like by clicking the PPL & HCSM Information button near the top of the Home page of our web site.
  • 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 if you’re a year-round sailor -- and greet each other on the water when you’re out! Don’t forget we’re at or near Winter Pool, so plan your route more carefully than is necessary at Summer Pool.
Best wishes to you and yours for a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Charles Jones, Communications Director

Percy Priest Yacht Club

PO Box 290485
Nashville, TN 37229