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TBYC Year End Update

Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Ekins Echo, December 2020

Commodore's Message

Hello all,

It is with great honour that I serve as TBYC’s Commodore this year. Our club has meant a great deal to Shelley and I since we joined back in 1999. We’ve met a number of people who have become lifelong friends. Friends both on and off the water. As we continue to grow our membership, so will our friendships grow.

While we bring a close to a very challenging year for the world, I know we’re all looking forward to embarking on 2021 with hope and positivity. Despite the pandemic, many of us were fortunate enough to be able to greet each other, even though it was from a distance. That is the beauty of our club. We are very fortunate for our members and our outstations, Ekins in particular.

I would like to thank Cathy Dietrich for serving as Commodore last year who, despite COVID-19 and a debilitating leg injury, was a great leader to us all. Cathy, I applaud you for your support to the board and your positive and encouraging attitude during a year that I know was a difficult one.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank the retiring board members for their dedicated service, and to welcome the new board who will take us forward. This club wouldn’t exist without you. The extra time and effort you put in is admirable.

Shelley and I wish you the very best of the season, and we look forward to being with you in 2021 and welcoming our new members!

Warmest regards,

Mark Smith


2021 Board of Directors

At the December 8, 2020 Annual General Meeting the 2021 Board of Directors were elected by acclamation:

Commodore - Mark Smith

Vice Commodore - Joe Schretlen

Rear Commodore - Travis Endersby

Staff Captain - Janis Ostling

Fleet Captain - Reg Allen

Treasurer - Pat Blair

Secretary - Lynne Gladstone

Past Commodore - Cathy Dietrich

Directors at Large - Vince Alvernaz, Jana Fritsch, Syd Kelland, Oydis Nickle, Joanne Wilkinson

The 2021 Committee Chairs are:

Ekins Management - Travis Endersby

Membership - Janis Ostling

Outstations - Joe Schretlen

Communications - Jana Fritsch

Roster - Oydis Nickle

Events and Social - Joanne Wilkinson/Cathy Dietrich

Long Range Planning - Reg Allen

Safety - Vince Alvernaz

Sunshine - Cathy Dietrich

Council of BC Yachts - Syd Kelland

Photography - Joanne Wilkinson

Regalia - Joanne Wilkinson

Annual Awards

Each year the Club grants awards to deserving Members and at the December 8th AGM, the awards were presented as follows:

The Bill Barton Award:

Awarded to the Member who serves unselfishly and quietly (just like Bill), demonstrating the good spirit of the Club throughout the year. 2020 Winner: Vince Alvernaz

The Andie Rathie Award:

Awarded to the Member who has contributed the most to the success and welfare of the club.

2020 Winners: Cecil Jones & Josef Loew

The Past Commodore Award:

Presented to the Associate Member whose presence, support and activities help make the Club the superb family organization that it is. 2020 Winner: Janis Ostling

20 Year Pins

In 2019, TBYC launched the concept of awarding 20 Year Pins. These pins celebrate and commemorate a significant milestone of long term membership in the Club. TBYC's success depends on the stability and growth of membership and active participation in the Club and we recognize and honor the dedication and commitment of the following members.

20 Year Pins Awarded in 2019:

Clark Leighs and Sheila Kinnear - joined 1981

Wilf and Lynne Burnett - joined 1988

Dave and Karen Richardson - joined 1992

John and Sally Kapinsky - joined 1993

Ray and Sue Dennis - joined 1996

Herb Deane- Freeman - joined 1997

Bob and Audrey Gautschi - joined 1998

Sandy MacPherson - joined 1998

Jim and Lynne Gladstone - joined 1999

Wayne and Wendy Naylor - joined 1999

Victor and Carol Pizzey - joined 1999

Paul Shield and Susan Kidd - joined 1999

Mark and Shelley Smith - joined 1999

Rorie and Susan Vickery - joined 1999

20 Year Pins Awarded in 2020 for those Members who joined in 2000

Reg Allen

Dennis Hnatyszen and Barbara Johnston

Don and Susan Ogden

TBYC Launches New Website!

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our new website! Our goal was to improve the Club's website, make it current, more intuitive and user friendly and ensure it is mobile friendly. And we have added a lot more relevant information and photos. The website address is the same: and the password for the Members Only section is also the same: TBYC2016. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Transport Canada Proposed Changes to boat licensing

A message from the Council of BC Yachts:

Proposed Small Vessel Regulation changes - Transport Canada request for comments

At the recent Council of BC Yachts meeting, proposed changes to the Small Vessel Regulation with regard to pleasure boat licensing were discussed. We now have a link to the Transport Canada consultation site where comments regarding the changes can be made. Go to to give your input. The site will remain open for comments until January 15, 2021.

Below are the specific changes being considered by Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety.

• Bringing grandfathered pleasure craft licenses (with no expiry date) into a 5 year validity time frame.

• Reducing the 10 year validity period for PCLs to 5 years to ensure that ownership information is updated more often.

• Expanding the Small Vessel Regulations to include all pleasure craft with motors of 10 hp. (7.5 kilowatts) or more, including personal watercraft, which are principally maintained or operated in Canada and, all pleasure craft, including all power-driven and sail-alone vessels over 6 meters in length, with the exception of human powered vessels (e.g. kayak, canoe).

• Reducing the timeframe for vessel owners to report a name or address change from 90 days to 30 days and specifying 30 days for the buyer to notify a sale or transfer of a vessel ensuring that updated information is available in the same boating season.

• Providing Transport Canada the authority to cancel a PCL if the license holder does not comply with the regulatory requirements.

• Introducing a service fee of $15 for PCLs thereby reducing the cost borne by taxpayers for providing this service.

As this challenging year draws to a close, we wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and joyous New Year.

And of course, safe boating.

Copyright © 2020 Thunderbird Yacht Club, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

Thunderbird Yacht Club

PO Box 91036

West Vancouver, BC V7V3N3


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