As I enter my third year as commodore I have seen many exiting changes here at the KYC over the last couple of years. We have had a tremendous increase in membership each of the last few years. And more members of the community are taking advantage of what the KYC has to offer. To all the residents of Kwajalein come on down and check us out. You will be happy you did.

Over the last year some changes have been made to the facility. A new Sunfish equipment storage container has been added and located to where set up and breakdown of the fleet is an easy process. A complete addition of new fleet parts will keep the fleet in prime operating condition for the future. We also purchased a new storage container for all our equipment and supplies to keep us up and running. As with the past all this has been made possible by a great group of volunteers who put in a lot of sweat and hours to keep this Yacht Club going. When you come down you will see the changes like the new deck and bridge to Camp Hamilton. We will be starting the construction of a new pergola on the south side of the pavilion. So, if you feel like helping out with some projects please let us know. We can always use the help.

Sailing continues to be a major part of the yacht club. Our fleet of Sunfish are in good working order and very popular with the community. We also have our Hobie Cat and Bahia for those who would like a little more challenge. We are looking to schedule a regular race program and regattas in the coming year.

This year we had a change to one of our biggest events of the year. The 18th Annual Spring Break Music Fest was relocated from Emon beach to the KYC and Camp Hamilton. It was a huge success. The day was filled with events for the kids at the beach and some great live music and the annual home brew contest. Some of the members anchored their yachts right off our deck to enjoy the music. It looks like SBMF has found a new home. As usual we will be holding our other annual events such as the Swashbucklers Ball in October and the Christmas Parade of Lights in December. One of the new events we are looking into is an October Fest celebration similar to SBMF. We look forward to playing a key role in the enjoyment of the community.

The Open Mic Music Jams will be happening more this year now that the renovations are just about complete. We now have our own PA system and back line to support live music at the KYC. So check our calendar and bring down whatever you play or just enjoy the sunset and sounds by the lagoon.

One thing I do want to mention is that the KYC wouldn’t be where it is today without the support of KRS and their Quality of Life program. QOL has made it possible for us to provide a venue and activities for the Kwajalein community to enjoy for years to come.

And in closing we are still open at 4:30 for Sunset Thursdays. Come by to enjoy the sunset, relax and I promise that you will not be disappointed.

Komol Tata and fair winds

Tim Roberge

Commodore 2018