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Ekins' Echo, Fall 2021

Thunderbird Yacht Club's Official Newsletter

Commodore's Message

Hello All-

What a fantastic Labour Day weekend that Shelley and I were so fortunate to be a part of. A huge thank you to all who attended and contributed, either by providing raffle donations, or your time and effort. You made “Margaritaville“ and Sail Past a smashing success! A big thanks to Doug Gordon for making a special trip back to Squamish to pick up the dinner for Sunday night.

As fall is now here, so is the fast approaching work party on October 2nd and 3rd. Plans are currently in motion to procure and transport materials to undertake some significant dock repairs at Ekins. Our work parties are fundamental to the success of our wonderful club, not to mention a great way to get to know your fellow members, so please join us!

Enjoy the first colourful days of the autumn season, and I look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Warm regards,

Mark Smith


Sail Past/Commodore’s Cruise

What a fabulous Labour Day weekend with Sail Past on September 4th to honor and celebrate Commodore Mark Smith (in the rain!) and then Margaritaville on September 5th, where the sun came out and the Annex dock was rockin’! The 48 boats and 138 attendees had a marvelous time, and we thank all those who contributed and worked so hard to make the weekend a success – our first event in two years. Wow. Just. Wow.

A full gallery of memories are now available to view on the website; many thanks to Club Members Annette and Wayne Wiltse for all the great photos! Check them all out on the website at Sail Past & Margaritaville Gallery And in case you missed the events, (or the memories are a little fuzzy) check out the following birds-eye-view video put together by Past Commodore Jim Ptycia.

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere!

Annual Award Winners

At the Sail Past reception held on September 4th, Commodore Mark Smith gave out the following annual awards to very deserving Club Members:

  • The Bill Barton Award-presented in absentia to Jerry Reinders

  • The Andie Rathie Award-presented to Diana Lyons

  • The Past Commodore Award-presented to Lynne Gladstone

Congratulations and thank you to each of these recipients for all their hard work and contributions to the Club!

Fall Work Party – October 2nd & 3rd

The Ekins Fall Work Party is being held on the weekend of October 2nd and 3rd and projects will focus on winter preparation and dock maintenance and repairs. Commodore Mark Smith and Rear Commodore/Ekins Management Chair Travis Endersby will be coordinating job assignments and welcome all the help you can give. Please RSVP now if you are able to attend. And in case you missed the last newsletter, there have been some changes to our Outstations. Click here to read the corrected version.

Annual General Meeting – Save the Date!

TBYC’s 49th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held virtually via ZOOM on Tuesday, December 7th at 7:00 PM. Last year we had a successful AGM with over 70 attendees, all via our first ever virtual AGM. Meeting materials will be sent to the membership two weeks prior to the meeting along with meeting registration instructions.

TBYC 50th Anniversary

2022 marks the Club’s 50th Anniversary. From the start in 1972, our Club has been very special, and we plan to celebrate this momentous occasion all year long with Club Regalia, a 50thAnniversary edition Roster, exceptional Club Events and more! Look for lots more information as we start 2022.

Want to learn more about our history? Check out the Club’s website under the tab “Our Story” where the Club’s complete history can be found.

And finally, some really great news for Howe Sound and TBYC...

Squamish, BC (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Territory) Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound, an area renowned for its rich Indigenous culture, biodiversity and distinct geography, has become Canada’s 19th UNESCO Biosphere Region, the International Coordinating Council for the Man and Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC) announced this month. In a nut shell, this designation means that Howe Sound is now protected and we say goodbye to the threat of a gravel pit at McNab Creek. Phew!

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