Would you know what to do if a friend suddenly dropped to the ground? What if they were choking? Just a few hours of training could give you the skills to save a life.
Dr. Jim "Toothpick" Nordstrum has been giving CPR training to VYC members and non-members for a number of years. An expert first responder, Dr. Nordstrum offers these classes free to VYC members, and for a small fee ($15) for non members. Licenced captains may also re-certify for an additional fee.
The class involves video trainng and hands-on training in CPR techniques, the use of oxygen and in the use of the club's AED (Automatic External Defibulator).
Next will be scheduled when class size is sufficient. You can sign up at the club office.
Optinam 2014 has finally ended and once again, Vallarta Yacht Club Members showed their support, welcoming 175 competitors from 19 countries.
In addition to the competitors, there were over 100 Team Leaders, Coaches and family members accompanying these young sailors, ages 8-15. Officials came from various parts of South America and North America bringing their vast knowledge, training and experience to the event.
Wind conditions for the event were predictably light but that didn’t stop these competitors from giving their best as evidenced by the results. To view the results of Optinam 2014, you can go to www.Optinam2014.org and click on “Results” . You will see that, included in this event was Team Racing, which we rarely see here in Vallarta.
At the local level, Mexico had 27 participants in Optinam including our own Carlos Sainz Mesa, who demonstrated his competitive spirit throughout the event. VYC Coach Eugenie Russell was also asked to be one of 3 coaches for the Mexico Team.
When Juanito Varela joined VYC's Junior Sailing Program, everyone could see that he was special - his natural ability on a sailboat was clear from an early age. After sailing as long as he could on Optimist dinghies, Juan graduated to Laser dinghies and RS:X sailboards. In only couple of years, Juan's natural ability was evidenced by consistent podium finishes on the RS:X.
Juan set his sights on representing Mexico in the RS:X Boys class at the ISAF Youth World Championships in Portugal, biggest event in the world for youth sailors.
Since the election your new Board has been working towards meeting the goals we set for ourselves and will continue to work through the summer so that we’ll be ready to begin our new season when we officially open on November 2. We have an Audit Committee in place, our Membership Chair Charlotte is working on some great ideas for next year, Dick and Andy are working on the BBR publicity and other fun “on the water” activities, Diane and her committee have developed some fun activities for next season, Dee and I are working on other projects and ideas we have for the club and Mario is working on an Accounting Manual. We hope to have much information to share at our first Monthy Membership Meeting in November.
The grill is fired up at VYC for a Sunday cookout! Joint your friends every Sunday at VYC for a cook-your-own barbeque on our grill!
You don't even have to bring your own stuff - we will provide beef hamburgers, chicken burgers or beef hot dogs (plus the buns and toppings) for only 60 pesos, and we will fire up the grill just for you and your family.
As always on Sunday, the bar is open for your favorite drinks, and the game will be on!
Did you know that VYC has an out station? Several years ago, a few dedicated members approached the owners of the El Coral Restaurant in Las Animas with the idea of establishing an ongoing outport for VYC members on that wonderful secluded beach. The result was a long and happy partnership with one of the best beach restaurants in Banderas Bay!
Members of VYC are offered a 10% discount at El Coral. Additionally, thanks to the generous donations of members over the years, El Coral has a domino set, Bocce Balls, a kayak and a stand-up paddleboard available to VYC members.