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April 2024

Commodore’s Report    |   New Members    |   Port Captains’ Report    |   Docks and Grounds Update   | Adaptive Sailing   | 2024 Adult Sailing Class a Success   |    Race Management Report   |    Life Jackets Are for Everyone    |    Women’s Sailing  |   First Fun Sail Event: FUN!

Commodore’s Report

by Glen Graham, Commodore

April is upon us, and I find myself constantly checking the lake level. Thanks to some rain in March, the lake level has remained relatively unchanged since January. However, as warmer weather approaches, we are anticipating further declines. The Low Water Planning task force has been working hand in hand with Docks and Grounds refining the details of an expected move of the Marina within our lease area. Pete Prados (Docks and Grounds Chair) and John Ruiz (property manager) have worked extremely hard to keep our ramp viable. Club Members with J22 keelboats or equivalents can still launch and enjoy the lake.

In other news, we had a good turnout for our new member orientation last week. This was followed on the same day by a well-attended “Fun Sail.” It was nice to see so many members enjoying the day and lake together. Thanks to Dru Wright and our Women Sailors for organizing this event. The day ended with a tremendous Italian night dinner (see the Port Captains Report for details).

The Board of Governors performed a successful trial run of the Member’s Only Portal on our website, and this should go live in April. The content will contain board minutes, the current Low Water Plan, and other member-only information. Details for logging into the portal will be in your weekly blast.

Lastly, to quote Shakespeare “If all the year were playing holidays, / To sport would be as tedious as to work.” Our Annual Spring Work Day is scheduled for April 6th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. I hope everyone has this on their schedule. We have had some great turnouts in the recent past, and many hands make for light work.

 

Welcome New Members

by Nicole Rapp, LCYC Club Bookkeeper

Linda and Mark Robinson of Canyon Lake are Members 1560-S.

Nissa and Cody Rappoport of Austin are Members 1561-S.

Port Captains’ Report

by Ann Cook and Sally Phillips, Port Co-Captains

March winds and April showers…hmmm. We could certainly use more rain as lake levels remain low. Keep dancing! As far as the wind last month? Some days it was heavy and other days not so much. Very typical for Canyon Lake but that makes our sailing more interesting (and challenging).

Our March Commodore’s Breakfast had a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Thanks to Penny and Joe Monosmith, Joyce and Alan Hunter, Karen Sigler, Susan and David Hoffman for offering scrambled eggs with ham, pancakes, bacon, sausage, hash browns, fruit, green mimosas, and especially, Irish coffee! This cooking crew had such fun in March that Penny, Joyce, and Karen volunteered to do it again in April with the help of Marina Conrad. The breakfast menu on 14 April will feature egg casserole (with sausage, hash browns, and cheese), pancakes, muffins, fruit, mimosas, and coffee. What a team!

Joyce and Alan Hunter, Penny and Joe Monosmith,  Karen Sigler, and Susan and David Hoffman treated Club members to an excellent Irish feast.

Irish coffee and green mimosas for breakfast? Oh, my!

The St. Patrick’s Day Commodore’s Breakfast was a happy event for all who attended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We closed out the month with a fabulously successful Italian Night dinner for 130 hosted by Susan and Scott Holland, Claudette and Tom Cozzi, Jean and Bob Drew, Brigitte and Rocky Hill. This talented galley crew prepared homemade lasagna in three versions–traditional, low-carb, and gluten-free. Now that is over-the-top service! It was accompanied by garlic bread and salad plus a huge antipasti spread supplied by members. And to top it all off, Carmenza Hamilton made four pans of delicious Tres Leches for dessert. No one left hungry for sure.

Tom Cozzi, Brigitte Hill, Claudett Cozzi, and Susan Holland (pictured here) cooked an elaborate feast along with Rocky Hill, and Jean and Bob Drew (not pictured). Port Captain Ann Cook (center) helped facilitate the event.

Carmenza and Charles Hamilton deliver homemade Tres Leches.

Tres Leches!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking ahead, the May Commodore’s Breakfast celebrates Mother’s Day and is traditionally hosted by Fred Day and the LCYC men. If any of you men are handy in the galley and available to assist on 12 May, please let Dr. Day know. In turn, the women will handle the Father’s Day Breakfast on 16 June.

The next dinner event is our annual Jimmy Buffet Party scheduled for 22 June. This is a popular one, and we need hosts and a big crew.

Please continue to RSVP for our events as it really helps us to plan properly and avoid food waste. Once you submit your response, you will receive an immediate confirmation. If not, then your entry did not go through. Be especially careful to type your email address correctly. The system cannot recognize an incorrect address.

Thanks again to all you “deputy port captains” who volunteer in the galley. We couldn’t do it without you! We look forward to seeing you at the club or on the water.

Docks and Grounds Update

by Pete Prados, Docks & Grounds Committee Chair

The Spring Work Day for the membership is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Registration will be at the Clubhouse. Breakfast and lunch will be served to participants.

D&G is monitoring the low water level in the lake. It is currently down twenty-two feet, and the recent rains have not helped the situation. Preparations are in progress to move the Marina into deeper water if the lake level continues to drop.

Power to C Dock will be temporarily off for three days soon to replace the power cable. Skippers will be notified in advance.

The Boat Ramp is still open, and skippers can launch and retrieve their boats at their own risk. The water depth at the end of the Boat Ramp is six feet.
Skippers should not enter the lagoon area between A Dock and B Dock due to the low water situation. D&G has removed a number of underwater obstructions in this area.

Adaptive Sailing: MAY 4 and June 1

by Joe McDonough, Adaptive Sailing Program Chair

It is time to start planning our Adaptive Sailing Program for the Spring of 2024. We will be taking our disabled veterans and families from Operation Comfort out sailing on May 4, and disabled members of Door in the Wall Texas, on Saturday June 1. Much the same as last year, our participants and families will show at 11:00 a.m. We will collect waivers, discuss a few fundamentals of sailing, enjoy a nice lunch provided by LCYC, then go sailing with LCYC members. The lake is exceptionally low, and our docks are even more difficult to traverse than they were last Fall. Unless we have rain, it may be even harder for non-ambulatory participants to get down to the boats. Therefore, we will need the best from our LCYC volunteers this May and June for these events.

LCYC’s Adaptive Sailing Program is our signature event for public service. We renew our lease every 10 years for club grounds from the Army Corps of Engineers. The fact that we host such events really helps us with the renewal. However, even beyond the lease this is a great program, and volunteers always leave better than they came. I highly encourage you to help when the call for volunteers and boats starts coming out this month.

I look forward to seeing old faces and meeting our new member volunteers on May 4 and June 1.

2024 Adult Sailing Class a Success

by Mike Stellato,  Adult Sail Training Program Chair

This year’s class was a true success by many measures. Nearly 70 students signed up! That was narrowed down to the first 30 students (by date of sign-up) with a few remaining on the waiting list. The Weather this year was spectacular: we had 4 days of nearly perfect novice sailing weather! The first day’s class focused on teaching the basics of sailing, types of boats, names of parts, sails, lines, etcetera, directions relative to boat and wind, what makes a boat go, and how to stop, start, and turn a sailboat. Saturday and Sunday were perfect weather for students’ learning. LCYC members provided 15 boats which allowed one student to helm and the other to trim sails for most of their time on the water. On the lake, students experienced all of what they had been taught in the Clubhouse.

The second weekend’s weather was also incredibly good, but the class attendance dwindled to about 22 students. Time commitment was the main culprit. All the boats went out to teach man overboard procedures, navigation, right of way rules between boat, as well as up-wind and down-wind sailing. Phil May gave a wonderful class on boat maintenance, navigation, and safety. Overall reviews from the students were very positive, with a number of students stating that they had taken expensive sailing lessons before but learned more from the LCYC lessons!

The student critiques submitted all were very appreciative of our volunteer skippers, crews, instructors, and all Club members for making this opportunity possible for them. I believe four have already submitted applications for LCYC membership, and a couple more are considering doing so! Some wish to help out on Race Committee & Youth Sailing! Attendees included four LCYC member couples – some with their own boats, as well as new beginners.

Those who volunteered to help this year included the following:

INSTRUCTORS: Aaron Britain, Phil May & Mike Stellato

HELPERS: Mariana Wachter and Tad Wachter

SKIPPERS: This Class cannot exist without Skippers!!  Ray Leubner, Fred Day, Bruce Dunn, Bill & Anne Cook, Phil May, Steve Wilson, Jack Mogab, Travis Grahmann, Bill Clark, Joe McDonough, Scott Wells, Scott & Sue Holland, Jerry Anderson, ‘Bog’ Godlewski, Mike Stellato, Harrold Simons, Gustavo Medellin, Phil Davis, and possibly others.

Please join me in thanking them for giving their time, talents, and resources to teach this class of students about the sport we all love! Without Volunteer Skippers, these on-the-water classes cannot happen!

Race Management Report

By Rick Mella, Race Director

Many thanks go out to Docks & Grounds for supporting the Spring Series racing by making sure LCYC Race equipment is in good working order and fully fueled, and working hard to ensure LCYC ramp can support Keel boat launching & retrieval.

The start of 2024 Spring Series Regattas was a mixed weather bag. Nineteen Keel boats registered for Saturday, March 16, 2024. Sixteen keel boats checked-in before the scheduled 12:59 Alert Signal sound, with the Warning Flag to drop at 13:05, but winds were below 3 mph, and Race Committee decided to Postpone the race. Three starts were planned for each race where two scheduled Keel boat races each month are held on Saturdays. Using Pennant One as the Warning Flag for the PHRF Spinnaker Class, five keel boats started at 13:45.  Under Pennant Two, five Big Boats lined up at the starting line at 14:50, and under Pennant Three, six PHRF Non-Spinnaker Keel boats made the starting line at 14:55.  Winds were measured between 4 to 6 mph for the first race but were slowly dropping to 3.5 mph by the start of the second race.  The Spinnaker & Non-Spinnaker Keel boats sailed a Windward/Leeward course, and the Big Boats sailed a Triangular course for the second race, to help avoid Wing-On-Wing downwind legs. By 15:00, the Race Committee, under the lead of John Thompson, Principal Race Officer (PRO), directed the RC Chase Boat to anchor at the Leeward mark, since the winds were dropping below 3 mph, and the Race Committee decided to shorten the course using the S Flag and two horn sounds. The last boat finished by 16:03:24.

Sunday, March 17, 2024, Spring Series Board boat racing started under completely different weather conditions as a severe lightning rain shower postponed the Board boat starts until 14:37, approximately one and a half hours after the normal 13:05 start time for five Flying Scots and two Portsmouth sailboats. Three races were scheduled for Sunday’s Board boats. Jordan Merson functioned as Principal Race Officer, organizing the Race 1 start after postponing the race due to short thunderstorms. All three races turned out to be excellent competitions between skippers, with tacking duels between boats, and leaders handling the wind shifts to their advantage as they sailed the Windward/Leeward course.

Race Committee volunteers are needed. Volunteers are always welcome; no experience is required! LCYC members or non-members who want to help with Race Committee duties, please reach out since we have many openings for volunteers throughout the 2024 calendar year. A new feature on the LCYC website:  https://lcyc.net/race-committee-volunteer-form/, allows you to sign-up for race committee duties scheduled throughout the year.  One other option is to contact me by phone at 210.289.4704 or via email at richardamella@gvtc.com or RaceDirector@lcyc.net.

Life Jackets Are for Everyone

By Safety, Insurance, and Risk Management Committee

Life jackets, life vests, lifesavers, life preservers, life belts, personal flotation devices, PFDs, float coats, inflation vests, buoyancy aids, and even “Mae Wests” are all terms that describe something you wear to keep your head above water. Most people call them life jackets; sailors usually refer to them as PFDs.

A life jacket (or Personal Flotation Device – PFD) is the single most important piece of safety equipment on your boat. Ninety percent (90%) of all drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket, and more than two-thirds of all boating fatalities were drowning incidents.

There are currently five classes of life jackets, and each one has a special purpose. The life jacket types are shown below:

New labeling is on the way, but traditional jackets and flotation aids labeled by “type” still meet regulatory requirements until they are no longer serviceable. The new labeling system relies more on icons and less on wording.

Wearable life jackets will be divided into five buoyancy categories: 50, 70, 100, 150, and 275 Newtons (metric to harmonize with Canadian standards).

Choose the level of buoyancy that is right for your type of activity. The curved arrow shows the likelihood that the PDF will turn an unconscious wearer face up in the water.

 Life Jacket Facts:

  • All Life Jackets must U.S. Coast Guard approved.
  • On recreational vessels under twenty-six (26) feet in length when underway (including drifting or not at anchor), all children under 13 years old must wear an approved life jacket. Adults must have a properly fitting life jacket that is easily accessible. (Texas Law)
  • Children under age twelve (12) must always wear an approved PFD when on LCYC docks and around the water. (LCYC Rules)
  • Participants engaged in certain water sports such as using personal watercraft must have one approved wearable device for each person on board. PFDs MUST be properly worn by all occupants, including those being towed. Inflatable PFDs are not approved for use on personal watercraft. (Texas Law)
  • ALL life jackets must be readily accessible and not in an out-of-reach location or in original packaging.
  • Any boat sixteen (16) feet and longer (except canoes and kayaks) must carry a throwable PFD.
  • Throwable devices must be at once available for use such as in the cockpit or near the helm
  • An inflatable life jacket must be properly armed with an unused gas cylinder.
  • Inflatable life jackets are authorized for use on recreational boats by a person at least 16 years of age.

Life Jackets Are for Everyone Bibliography

LCYC Women’s Sailing Program 2024

By Dru Wright, Terry Beasley, and Susan Hoffman

Hello Women Sailors!

Our next Wine & Cheese Social will be on Sunday, April 7th from 4-6 p.m., featuring a program on “Naughty Knots” and “When Two Boats Meet.” We are going to master the Bowline! Be sure to let us know you are coming by signing up on the weekly Blast. Come join the growing number of women participating in the LCYC Women’s Sailing Program. We will have a practice sail from 1-3 prior to the party for those who want to sail.

The weather has improved, and we’ve been able to get out on the water most Wednesdays in March. We meet at the Super Dock on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Depending on how many women show up, we’ll go out in one or two keel boats. As the weather improves, we’ll add Sunfish and other small boats.

We had the First Fun Sail event on March 23rd from 2-5 p.m. Winds started off exceptionally light but filled in about 3:00 for a great afternoon on the water. Thank you to all who came out to participate!

The board has approved two Women Only Intro to Sailing classes on June 18-20 and August 27-29 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Class sizes will be limited to 8-10. Participants must be over 18 and an LCYC member to register. These classes will be taught by Terry Beasley, Susan Hoffman, and Dru Wright. Be sure to sign up in May when it is posted in the weekly Blast.

See you on the water!

First Fun Sail Event: FUN!

By Dru Wright, Fun Sail Chair

Twenty-three boats set sail for fun before Italian Night.

The First FUN SAIL Event was a success! We had 23 boats and over 55 participants join us Saturday afternoon March 23rd. We had a short skipper meeting to introduce two racecourses, one for smaller boats and one for big boats. The weather was beautiful; although the winds were very light the first hour, they filled in for some really nice sailing from 3-5.

A BIG thank you goes out to the Fun Sail Race Crew: Tom Livengood, Bo Wright, Gene Fest, Susan Hoffman, and Penny Monosmith all helped to make it a great day! I think everyone had a FUN DAY!

We hope to have more of you come out and join us Memorial Day from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. for the Second Fun Sail Event, with the Fish Fry following. Decorate your boats and your bodies with red, white, and blue! It would be great for all those who have Sunfish, Lasers, and Aeros to get your boats ready for summer fun sailing!

Future Fun Sail dates are May 27, June 22, July 27 and September 2.

 

 

     

   

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