President's Letter for Issue 188
Ray Seta

AMYA President

President@theamya.org

San Antonio, TX

With the passing our dear friend and Model Yachting Editor John Davis, this has been an incredibly busy quarter for most of us here at the AMYA, but no more so than for the two guys that helped get Model Yachting Issue #187 out and into your mailboxes with such a short delay that most folks didn't even seem to notice. AMYA volunteers Pat Butterworth and Cliff Martin were on the forefront for the completion of Issue #187, and with the help of our longtime publisher and friend Marco Incrocci of Graphics Plus, we were able to continue John Davis's passion and legacy. Again special kudos go out to Pat, Cliff, and Marco for a job well done.

I hope you, as members of the AMYA, enjoyed and proudly display your "MEMBER" only window sticker for your vehicle. It's been great to see all the pictures of stickers already proudly displayed on vehicles posted on social media and hear the kind words from our members for doing this. I have received some questions from some members on how to obtain additional "MEMBER" window stickers. Please go to the link on the left of the AMYA's webpage, titled Ship's Store. Michelle Dannenhoffer, our fantastic Membership Secretary for the AMYA also manages the Ship's Store. Not only does Michelle handle a variety of AMYA items for your shopping pleasure but also offers online shopping via PayPal or credit card. Go to (www.shipsstoremodelyacht.com) for all your stickers, AMYA apparel, vinyl sail# and Class Emblems, past Model Yachting magazines, boat plans, Starting tapes/CDs, and much more. You will also be able to purchase the new 2017–2020 Racing Rules of Sailing at a discounted price for AMYA members. Since the AMYA supports and is a member of US SAILING, the National Governing Body of Sailing, we are able to offer to our own members at a discount price items such as the new 2017–2020 Rule books and Quick Rules Cards. Please support the Ships Store!

As with the last issue, we have included an AMYA bumper sticker located in the plastic mailing sleeve of this issue (#188) of Model Yachting as a "thank you" for continuing your support with your membership. Enjoy this new issue (#188), featuring the Micro Magic Class. Included in this issue you will be reviewing the AMYA's 2017 Ballot nominations of Regional Directors, Class Secretaries, and motions for various Class Rules changes, along with all our regular features.

When I first started my reign as President of the AMYA, one of my goals was to increase exposure of the AMYA and its purpose. One way of doing this was to rely on local clubs to become more proactive in their activities and not discount the importance of just participating in static or sailing display atmosphere where spectators and families all have a common denominator—the desire to be outdoors and around the water for pleasure sailing or racing. Just this past quarter, from February to May, there has been eight very high profile Boat Shows, either on the water or festival-type settings around the country. With the help of some of our AMYA-sanctioned clubs, the AMYA will have a presence at all of these shows. They will have flown our AMYA Banners and/or WindBlades and handed out promotional TriFolds and copies of Model Yachting magazine. I want to thank the following folks specifically, as well as their fellow club members for their passion, dedication, and time for these types of activities: Don Ouimette, Fred Goebel, and Fred Schneider, Houstonic MYC #117— display/sailing at the Connecticut Boat Show, Hartford, CT; Mark Cooper, Clearpoint MYC #64, Lone Star MYC #275— displaying/sailing at the Herman Park Wind Festival, Houston,TX; Gene Novak, Sacramento MYC #59—display/sailing at the Pacific Sail & Power Show at the Richmond YC, Richmond, CA; John Stoudt, Herb Dreher, Jim Linville, John Frankenfield, Rick Gates, John Snow, and Colin Mosgrove will all be representing both Regions 1 & 2, US Vintage Model Yacht Group, Chester Spring MYC #303, Minuteman MYC #25, and Marine Modelers of New England—displaying/sailing at the Woods Hole Model Boat Show, in MA; Steve Schertler, Maryland MYC #205—displaying/sailing at the Annapolis Spring Boat Show, Annapolis, MD; Gene Wisner, The Admirals MYC #144—displaying at the Radio Control Festival, Avon/Indianapolis, IN; John Stoudt, Chester Spring MYC #303—display/sailing at the West Vincent Township Community Day Celebration; James Knorr, Wisconsin Maritime Museum—display/sailing at the Midwestern Model Ship and Boat Contest. Thank you again to all these folks for helping the AMYA in its promotional efforts to further spread the word of RC sailing and gain exposure! In the future, please let me and/or your Regional Director know of any upcoming Boat Show events in which your club would like to participate. We would like to assist in any way we can by providing literature, display banners, or specific funding to help you spread the word of RC sailing.

I would like to remind all Class Secretaries, Regatta Chairmen, Club Commodores, and/or members of the AMYA how important it is to continue to submit your upcoming local AMYA-sanctioned regattas, especially RCRs and NCRs on the AMYA website's Regatta page as soon as you know your dates. This is the only way our Regatta Coordinator for the AMYA will have the information for your Chevrons. This is another way for folks to plan early on their personal travel schedules around the country and their own regions. Please remember to submit your stories, results, and high-resolution pictures of your event by the deadlines listed for each specific Model Yachting issue. These deadlines are very important for us to meet, in order to keep this great magazine on time in your mailboxes.

In closing, once again I would like to mention the sad passing of John Davis this past December. He will be deeply missed, but his legacy of this magazine and the professional level up to which he brought our Model Yachting staff will never be forgotten. It was only by his efforts that we were able to move forward in such a smooth transition and continue what he loved doing for us—Model Yachting magazine!

Sail on John Davis!

Bring on summer; hope to see you at the lake! Ray Seta

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