Message from the Commodore

Dear Members,

Welcome to 2021!  It is a pleasure to serve as your Commodore this year, a truly humbling experience.  I joined TBYC over 20 years ago and have never looked back.  Having become a member of the Board six years ago, I can honestly say that my appreciation blossomed tenfold and has allowed me to realize the true potential of our club.

TBYC is a unique and phenomenal club, one that is highly regarded in the boating community. Thanks to you and your ongoing efforts, it is one to be envied, and Shelley and I feel privileged to be part of it.  We are a boating community unlike any other, in that it is rare for any other yacht club to proudly boast a rustic alfresco longhouse, a pizza oven, tent pads, a volleyball court, serene views, incredible walking trails and warm water for summertime dips. Our many other exceptional outstations only add to its charm and allure.

In the background, your Board is working diligently on a number of initiatives to yet improve many aspects of our Ekins jewel this coming year, and I will update you as we move forward. On that note, I want to recognize the Board for their ongoing dedication over the years, and to give special thanks to Cathy Dietrich for her support and commitment as our outgoing Commodore.

Our membership are our greatest ambassadors when it comes to recruitment, so please keep spreading the word. Also, please consider joining the Board in any role that may interest you.  I know you would find the experience as rewarding as I do.

COVID has been difficult for all of us, and I hope you’re staying safe and healthy.  These are definitely unprecedented times that we could never have foreseen, nor its impact on the world. Though we may have to forfeit our usual epic events for a while longer, we remain a strong club because of our strong members – all of you.  Please be safe, boat safe, and adhere to our provincial health orders as we all continue to work through this pandemic.

I look forward to seeing you all on the water!

Warmest regards,

Mark Smith
Commodore

Thunderbird Yacht Club  PO Box 91036 West Vancouver, BC V7V 3N3