Happy New Year to you and your families! I hope all of you had the opportunity over the holidays to enjoy the company of family and friends, as well as some time to relax and reflect.
For GGYC 2013 was a great and, indeed, unprecedented year. We achieved our financial targets, exceeded our membership goals, and we have a beautifully remodeled clubhouse including a new elevator. Of course, we also successfully defended the America’s Cup!
I thank one and all for your support and dedication, especially our diligent and dedicated Directors and Staff for the extra hours that they worked to achieve our goals and complete our projects.
As to AC35, planning is proceeding apace. Likely you will have read in the papers that just before Christmas Mayor Lee and his team gave GGYC/ORACLE TEAM USA a proposal for hosting the next Cup in San Francisco. Other venues are possible, but I remain confident that San Francisco is the best and first choice. 2017 is the date under discussion with the Challenger of Record, Hamilton Island Yacht Club (Australia). We expect that plans for AC35, GGYC’s second defense, will firm up in the next three months or so. Since 1983 when NYYC lost the Cup to the Aussies, only San Diego Yacht Club has successfully defended the Cup more than once. SDYC defended twice – 1988 and 1992 – then lost it in 1995. We have our work cut out for us if we are to equal SDYC’s record, let alone going one or more better over the longer haul!
Speaking of Hamilton Island Yacht Club, congratulations to Bob Oatley and his Wild Oats XI team for another impressive Sydney - Hobart win. We are proud that GGYC member Ian Burns was again a key member of the WOXI crew, as were OTUSA sailing team member Matthew Mason (NZL), and AC34 Regatta Director Iain Murray (AUS). Congrats, too, to the “Big Fella”, as Iain Murray is affectionately known in sailing circles, for his appointment as CEO of the Challenger of Record.I look forward to seeing all of you at the club throughout the year.