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Bowers Ends Olympic Sailing Campaign

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  • 2/15/2018 2:08:00 PM

Bowers Ends Olympic Sailing Campaign
By Erik Bowers

After much thought and analysis, I’ve decided to end my Tokyo 2020 Olympic Campaign. Neither the Lauderdale Regatta nor Sailing World Cup Miami brought out my desired racing results as anticipated. I’ve been weighing this decision for the last few months. In the past year, my racing performance has ceased to justify the costs and sacrifices necessary to continue. I haven’t enjoyed the racing much during the last year either. When I take a realistic look at the international laser fleet, I don’t believe I can close the gap on the top 10 competitors in the world in time.
I always enjoyed the preparation whether in the gym or on the water. This meant putting in the lifting reps and quality time on the rowing machine. I refined physical conditioning, nutrition, sailing technique, and boat tuning. I studied weather, wind, waves, and tides for years. I analyzed GPS race tracking data from past regattas. I learned how to describe sensations, observations, and intentions with my own coaches and with others whom I’ve coached. Bottom line, I learned how to break big goals down into smaller actionable pieces along with making instant decisions with minimal information.
Nonetheless, I’m extremely proud of what I accomplished along this 6-year journey. I was a National Champion, a member of the US Sailing Team, the 2016 US Olympic Sailing Team Alternate, and proudly represented my country at five World Championships.
The privilege of pursuing a childhood dream took me all over the world. I raced in Canada, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Croatia, Japan, and Oman, experiencing the unique atmosphere and sailing culture in each country. During my 2016 Campaign, I sailed 100 days in Rio de Janeiro on 10 separate trips. Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer were always awe-inspiring sights. The final preparations just two weeks before the Rio Olympics with the US Sailing Team were super thrilling!
I met, raced against, and was coached by some very talented people. I’ll forever be grateful for the coaching and wisdom received from Mark Littlejohn, Maru Urban, and Chris Dold. I trained with 5-time Olympic medalist Robert Scheidt on his home water in Rio. Long Beach became a second home for me; the Snow, Sangmeister, and Atkins families were such gracious hosts. It will be impossible to replace the morning coffee and banter with a group of delightful senior advisors at Aroma di Roma. I’ve received much love and support along the way from my family, friends, and followers who stuck with me in both good and challenging times. I would not have made it very far without all of you.
I also want to thank the staff at US Sailing for facilitating travel, hotels, containers, coaches, coach boats, and a million and a half other things so that I could put my focus squarely on training and competing. Thank you!

As of now, I am excited and ready to begin looking for employment opportunities that match my skills, expertise, and college degree from The College of Charleston (B.S. Biology/Spanish Minor). Any help or thoughts provided would be greatly appreciated in my vocational pursuits. In closing, no matter what age you are or what stage of life you’re in it’s never too early or too late to reach for your dream.


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2018 MYC Membership and Boat Registration

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  • 1/30/2018 2:27:00 PM

2018 is shaping up to be a great year at MYC! Weekly club races, scheduled regattas, Wednesday Grill & Chills, Band Nights and parties are all part of our very busy sailing and social schedule this year.

Here are the 2018 MYC membership form and the boat registration form.  I hope to see you on the water and on Lighthouse Island!

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MYC will Host Inlands

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  • 1/24/2018 1:40:00 PM

The Minnetonka Yacht Club plays host to the 2018 Inland Championships this August 12-19, 2018.  This year, the race format will include a full week of competitive sailing, which will provide increased flexibility with the opportunity for great sailing all week long. 

The race schedule will be:

• A Scows will race Sunday 4pm August 12 - Wednesday 1pm August 15.
• MC Scows (at Upper Minnetonka Yacht Club) will race Sunday 4pm August 12 – Wednesday 1pm August 15.
• E Scows will race Thursday August 16 - Sunday August 18.
• C Scows will race Thursday August 16 - Sunday August 19.

The social schedule will be:

• A Scow Fleet Party Monday
• MC Scow Fleet Party Monday
• A & MC Scow Regatta Finale Tuesday on LHI
• E & C Scow Fleet party Thursday on LHI
• E & C Scow Regatta party Saturday on LHI

We expect to post the NOR and open registration in the spring.

MYC expects more than 600 sailors and their families to participate in this exciting event. To show off MYC and our beautiful island yacht club, this event will require many volunteers to make it a complete success. In the coming months, we will be calling on you to lend your talents during this important week for the club.

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Advertise with MYC!

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  • 1/16/2018 10:30:00 AM

Are you looking for a new advertising opportunity?  Then advertise with MYC!  We are currently taking ads for the 2018 annual program and for this often visited website.  Check out the ad form:

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MYC/LMSS Winter Social: the Left Turn Indoor Sailing Championship!

Please join us for a new winter social...  the Left Turn Indoor Sailing Championship!

Join us at the Left Turn Indoor Sailing Championship on February 11th! A fun gathering that includes remote control land yachting, snacks, refreshments, games and prizes for kids!

1:00 - 4:00PM

$25/sailor or $75/family*

The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre - 824 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

LMSS and MYC representatives will be present to answer your questions!

*All proceeds from this event will go to LMSS to help pay for the ongoing floating dock repairs at Light House Island.

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Happy Holidays from Pat

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  • 12/18/2017 3:41:00 PM

Happy Holidays from The Hughes family to each of you!  I am sure I am not the only one that is having a hard time believing how fast 2017 has raced by.  It seems like yesterday that summer was beginning and we were preparing for the A Scow Nationals at MYC.  Now, the ice has settled in and we are anxiously awaiting an all clear signal to get out our ice boats and fly around the lake on blades.

I wanted to send a note to share with each of you some of the exciting things that the board is working on for 2018 and beyond.  We continue to push ahead with new initiatives that will result in a better experience for our current and prospective members of the club.  We have such great assets at MYC and continuing to improve them will certainly benefit everyone.

New Board Members

We have four new members on the MYC Board of Directors.  Jean Olson, Pat Barrett, Tom Nicol and Kelly Brackin joined the BOD in September.  Each of them brings tremendous value to our group.  I thank them for agreeing to join the board!  Each new member will be very helpful as we continue to raise the bar in the area of member experience.

X Boat Class Booming

In 2015 MYC had no X Boats registered for MYC racing.  I will go out on a limb and predict 15 for next summer.  Yeah baby! Class leadership is the secret sauce and the X group is rocking it!  Contact Tim Regan to get your kids in the game!  Tim Regan can be reached at 612-850-9300.

PS  The X Inland will be at MYC in 2019!

Big Inland Update

Regatta Chair Kelly Brackin has been hard at work planning the big inland for next summer(aug12-19).  She has done a tremendous job working with the ILYA to set the foundation that will support an awesome event.  There will be tons of volunteer opportunities so watch for more communication from Kelly on how to pitch in to make this the best inland ever!

New “Executive Director” Role

The board has decided to make a significant adjustment to way the club is run day to day. We will shift from an organization driven by our volunteer Board of Directors to an organization run by an Executive Director and guided by our volunteer Board of Directors.  This move will allow MYC to function cohesively between commodores and ensure a stronger future for the club. The Board of Directors has teamed up with Cincinnatus, an executive recruiting firm, to perform a professional, broad reaching search for candidates to fill this new role. Please follow the below link to view this new job description and pass it along to anyone you know that might be interested.

MYC Positions Profile.pdf

Contact Brad Ballinger at Cincinnatus with questions, interest or to apply:

Sailing School Partnership

Our partnership with LMSS is on great footing.  They had another fantastic year and next year looks even better.  Watch for the X-boat fleet to be ripping around as part of LMSS next summer.  We are so lucky to have such a strong leadership group at that organization!

In closing, the BOD will spend time over the winter working class leadership, our infrastructure and long-term strategic planning.  We are very focused on membership growth for both sailors and non-sailors.  We know that if we can get families out to LHI for a social event we can interest them in trying the greatest sport around!

Thanks for your continued support and Happy Holidays!

Pat Hughes, MYC Commodore

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Highlights from the Banquet

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  • 10/2/2017 9:48:00 AM

Thank you to everyone that came out to help celebrate 2017!   It was a fabulous and festive night.
Many special awards were given out Saturday night. Please congratulate the amazing team of David and Carol Gross on winning the Lifetime Achievement trophy; The ever hard worker Sarah Jewett on earning the Carol Gross Trophy; Scott Smith received the Commodore's Right Hand for all of his efforts on the extended pontoon service; Skip Jewett on receiving the Commodore's Left Hand for all of his invaluable help; Jason Ostbye, a truly dedicated volunteer and co-chair of Bug Island, on getting the David Cochran Trophy; Danielle Lindeman on winning the John W Hunt Trophy for chairing a truly successful A National regatta; Katie Hanley on being our top youth sailor and receiving the Mike Plant Memorial; and Chrisy Hughes on earning the Robinson Trophy for all of her energy spent promoting youth sailing and getting the youth onto adult boats.  Congratulations on their well-deserved accomplishments!

A great big thank you to Terry Jewett for being a wonderful Commodore for the last two years!  Terry was MYC’s second female commodore.  She was incredibly hard working and always willing to help.

Congratulations to Pat Hughes, our new MYC Commodore!

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Bug Island Lit-Out

Bug Island Lift-Out is Saturday, September 30th at 9:00 a.m. Bug Island Lift-Out is for all Bug Island lifts, with exception of the keel boat lifts.  Remember to bring attire for being in the water, (i.e. swimsuit, shorts, wetsuits or waders) because the more help we get, the faster the lifts come out.  Pontoon service will be running from Park Avenue.

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2017 Commodore's Fall Banquet & Annual Meeting

Come celebrate Oktoberfest at MYC!  The 2017 Commodore's Fall Banquet and Annual Meeting will be on Saturday, September 30th on LHI. 

Beer- Braised Bratwurst Bites on Pretzel Sticks with Mustard;
Cheese Board with Apples, Grapes, and Crackers
Buffet Dinner:
Garden Salad with Pears, Cheese, and House Dressing;
Breads, Rolls, and Butter;
Pork Tenderloin with Herb Crust (6 oz.);
Chicken Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce;
Spaetzle with Butter and Parsley;
Braised Red Cabbage
Apple Crisp with Ice Cream;
Decaf and Regular Coffee Station

Reservations are required an it is important that we have your reservations no later than Monday, September 25th.  Please make your reservations by responding to this email or calling Carol at 952-474-4457.
Make your plans to attend our year-end banquet. The dinner and awards are always a special time to gather and celebrate our sailing season.  I look forward to seeing you there.




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Ekholm named Academic All American

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  • 8/22/2017 12:52:00 PM

A huge congratulations to MYC's very own Anders Ekholm on being named an Academic All American!  The ICSA recognizes collegiate sailors who have achieved excellence in national and inter-conference competition as well as excelling at the highest academic level for the 2016-17 academic year.  The criteria for the honorees are that he or she must be a Junior or Senior, have at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale, and be a starter or key reserve in at least seven university sponsored regattas.  Way to go, Anders!

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