Spring 2024 Big Update

The 2024 sailing season is coming up fast. We’ve been a little quiet on the update front, but we’ve had a lot of people working hard at work in the background, getting ready for a fantastic summer of sailing. Here’s a quick summary of stuff we have happening right now:

Website refresh

We just completed a “gentle refresh” of the ASC website. This includes making the pages more mobile-friendly, cleaning up quite a bit of content, and updating some photography. (For the nerds in the house, the site uses WordPress with the Twenty Twenty-Four theme.) If you find any issues or have suggestions for content or features, please send us a note using the contact form and select “Website correction” in response to the “How can we help you?” question.

New membership management system

We’ve just updated to MembershipWorks, a professional-grade membership and event management platform. This system replaces our old Rube Goldberg collection of web forms and Google Sheets. We hope this makes for a more pleasant membership registration process and that the new system will undoubtedly help improve class registration and management. And if you haven’t already joined for the 2024 season, now is the time to sign up!

Classes are open!

Our 2024 class registration is open! Christopher Cryan (our Education Vice Commodore) has already sent out a notice to folks on the waiting list, and as of today, both beginner classes are already more than half full. So, if you’re interested in signing up (or have an interested friend), you should act quickly!

2024 budget and event schedule

We have a draft operating budget for 2024, and many thanks to our members who attended our budgeting work session and budget-themed board meeting. We’ll finalize the budget during our next board meeting, and in the meantime, I’ll email out a link to members so everybody can review the budget. If you’d like to comment on the budget, you can use our contact form. Select “Feedback or suggestion” in response to the “How can we help you?” question, and your comment will go straight to all ASC board members.

The events calendar is also ready, and you can find it here:

Spring work party

The Spring Work Party is coming up on May 25th! I’ll send out a more detailed post about that soon. In the meantime, I wanted to ensure that everybody added the event to their calendars. The ASC is a volunteer organization with no paid staff, so we count on a big turnout for this event to get the club up and running for the season.

US sailing insurance

Climate-change-driven insurance rate increases are hitting everybody, and sailing clubs nationwide have seen tremendous rate hikes. (The ASC’s insurance costs increased significantly last year.)

So I’m thrilled to report that our costs went down this year rather than up. This resulted from switching to a specialized sailing-club-specific insurance product that US Sailing offers. I wanted to express sincere gratitude to longtime ASC member Dave Johnson, who spearheaded this effort. The lower rates allow us to focus our limited budget on program, boat, and site spending.

US sailing instructor course

Speaking of US Sailing, we have an instructor flying up from the Lower 48 to teach a US Sailing Small Boat Instructor, Level 1 class. Many of the longtime ASC instructors will be taking this course.

Farewell Google Groups

Our new MembershipWorks system provides us with a simple way to send out email messages to our members. This feature duplicates the function of our venerable Google Groups system, so we plan to close the ASC Members Google Group shortly.

(We will continue using Google Groups to organize the communication for all our working committees.)

Hydroseeding and grounds work

We’re planning to hydroseed the section of the club grounds disturbed by last fall’s French drain project by the hoist and trailered boat storage area. Once we have established grass, this club section should be dryer and more usable. But there will be some short-term inconveniences while the grass comes in, and stay tuned for more information on that front. (We’ve already moved our usual June Intro to Sailing class to July in an effort to reduce the traffic on the grass while it grows in.)


Comments

4 responses to “Spring 2024 Big Update”

  1. Melodie Isgro Avatar
    Melodie Isgro

    Hello – inquiring about whether you still have the Ensign 22 available to sail, as this would be our main motivation for joining the club. Thank you. 971-227-5472

    1. Absolutely! The Ensign is getting a lot of love these days: we recently purchased brand new main and jib, and we’re working on a few rigging updates, including a boom-sheeting setup for the mainsheet.

  2. Charlie Powell Avatar
    Charlie Powell

    I am visiting AK again in July/ Aug, where are ya’ll located?

    1. Heya Charlie! We’re located on Big Lake in Southcentral AK. (North of Anchorage.) You can find a map to the club here: https://aksailingclub.org/contact/

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