From left are rear commodore Andrea Fricke, trustee George Bott, secretary Ethel Gibbs, trustee Wylie Wright, trustee Anker Madsen, fleet captain Warren Hottle, trustee John Henley, commodore Rita Theisen, vice commodore Eddy Whichard and treasurer Joel Dugan.
After a moment of silence to remember deceased charter member Shirley Crawford and long-time members Carol Ryan and Jim Young, Bott reviewed the club’s goals and achievements for the past year and announced awards.
Among the goals he highlighted were: installation of the club’s long-awaited pier; membership growth to a current level of 138 which had exceeded projections; improved participation and performance in the Rappahannock Cup Regatta against the Rappahannock River Yacht Club; and achievement of a strong financial footing.
“I can report that your ship, this club, is way out in front of our planned course, and the forecast looks terrific,” said Bott.
He cited membership chairperson Sue Johnson as being a “prodigy at identifying and vetting potential new members” and stated that all credit for exceeding membership goals should go to her.
To honor Young, vice commodore John Henley displayed a “Jim Young Landing” sign and stated that it would be placed as a memorial on the club’s dock.
Bott recognized various other members for assisting in the Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta, and awarded YPRCC shirts to Henley for dedicated and unselfish service; Ethel Gibbs for sustained excellence; Bruce Gibbs for grounds care; Ellen Huddy for fundraising; Ellen Dugan for publicity; Sara Ford for service and inspiration; Warren Hottle for performance on the water; Rita Theisen for meticulous books, records and government filings; Gale Madsen for pot-luck coordination; and Anker Madsen, David Turney and Joel Dugan for steady guidance.
Webmaster Warren Ryan was awarded the commodore’s trophy for his many years of service and participation in all phases of the club’s management.
Following Botts’ presentations, fleet captain Warren Hottle announced that Anker Madsen, captain of Stephanie, had been selected Racer of the Year. Madsen also won the top spot in the club’s PHRF racing class fall series while John Tidwell in Gulf, placed first among cruising class racers.
On the non-racing side, Eddy Whichard recapped the cruising year and noted a memorable trip onboard Islander, member Tom Dade’s Irwin 46 ketch.
The club voted in the officers and trustees for 2014, including Rita Theisen, commodore; Eddy Whichard, vice commodore; Andrea Fricke, rear commodore; Warren Hottle, fleet captain; Joel Dugan, treasurer; Ethel Gibbs, secretary; and John Henley, Wylie Wright, Anker Madsen and George Bott, trustees.