I am excited that we are starting another great season of sailing on Lake Pepin! It's been a long winter, and I for one am looking forward to catching up with friends, grilling on the patio and enjoying Pepin's awesome sunsets (as well as the sailing, of course!). The weather finally let up, and remembered it is supposed to be spring just in time for the start of the season.
The Clubhouse was officially 'opened' last weekend.Tables are on the patios, the grills are redy for steaks, brats and burgers, and the refrigerators are waiting to be filled with salads, beer and whatever. Thanks to Andy, Mike and Sylvana for your assistance!
Thank you all for being a Pepin Yacht Club Member once again. I have a feeling it's going to be a great year!
Alan Jordan, Commodore
Around the Club
Daisy the D-Dock Duck
Last weekend Mike and Sylvana discovered that a duck had made her nest and laid 7 eggs on a shelf in their cockpit! Daisy doesn't appear to be too upset when humans invade her space (as long as you don't stick your hand in there looking for a winch handle, Dan!). In a few weeks Mike and Sylvana will become proud step-parents to Daisy the D-Dock Duck's Ducklings!
Dogs in the Clubhouse.
Please note that Dennis and Joan have advised that dogs (and other pets) are not allowed in the Clubhouse. I know this is disappointing to some, but the matter is out of our hands. We ask you to please respect this Marina policy.
If you have news to share for future newsletters please email me!
If you have not yet paid your membership dues, Sally will be sending a reminder soon. A few people had issues paying via Zelle. If that is the case, remember you can pay by old-fashioned check too: either by mail, or you can hand it to Sally or myself at the marina.
Welcome back to the club Bill and Kristie Fliehr!
Bill retired last year and they had plans to take their boat Changing Course down river in July. Several things got in the way, including the low water levels and they didn't end up leaving Minnesota until earlier this year, when they sold their house and headed down to Alabama in their RV. They came back North for the summer a week or so ago, and are now planning to keep the boat in Pepin. It's great to have you both back in the club!
We are expecting to also welcome one or two other new members this year. We will introduce them in future newsletters.
Don Sulentic, a long-time club member sadly passed away in late March. Our sincere condolences to Stephanie and family.
For many years Don and Stephanie hosted the annual lamb roast at PYC. The lamb was slow-roasted over a charcoal fire until it nearly fell from the bones.
At one time, Don and Stephanie were admirals owning two sailboats. One was kept on Vancouver Island and they would spend their summers traveling from one boat to the other. We loved hearing stories of them sailing the inside passage.
Don you will be missed! Stephanie, we hope to see you at the marina throughout the year.
While we have a few events pencilled in on the calendar, the Social Committee is still in the planning process.
Watch this space for events to come!
Saturday May 21 - Commodore's Cup
Our first race of the year is less than 2 weeks away!
The skippers meeting will be at 11am, and the race starts at 1pm.
Afterwards,we will celebrate the start of the season at the clubhouse with the Commodore's champagne reception!
If you are planning to race please email Amy, the race coordinator.
Crew needed, or would like to crew? Contact Alan if you'd like to crew on one of the boats or if you'd like to race your boat, but need crew. We will try to connect everyone up.
General Membership Meeting - Saturday May 21
The first membership meeting for the year will be held at 10am in the clubhouse, prior to the skippers meeting for the Commodore's Cup. We hope you can attend!
One of our favorite watering holes, Kathy's Shoreline Pub will not re-open this year .
Also, the expected pizza pub (or whatever its latest planned format was) in Dave Sheriden's old building will not be opening. The owners have apparently separated, and the building is for sale again.
Alex will not re-open the 404 coffee shop either.
But all is not lost! David Vance has leased the space right next to the Post Office on 2nd Street and will soon be opening River Time, serving wine, beer, cheese and good music. The grand opening is set for May 26th (I believe) but there may be a soft opening earlier.
David plans to be open Thursdays thru Sundays from around 4pm. There is a large patio with a firepit behind the building (opposite the Captain's Legacy bar), where Dave will be bringing bands/musicians throughout the summer. This is a welcome addition to Pepin, replacing the venues we have lost.
Please reward David with your patronage!