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February 2019 Ditty Bag


February 2019 Newsletter PDF

Commodore’s Report

by Mike Samulin

The New Year sure did get off to a frigid start!  The First Things First sail was COLD!  Even with the cold weather, there were still many boats on the water and all had a great start to the New Year.  The First Things Second dinner was well attended and the Port Captains Vivian and Lancine did a wonderful job with the dinner.

Our orientation meeting went very well and I again want to thank our new Board Members – Debbie Fogle, Bubba Harris, Jean Junker, Ed Miller and Scott Wells.  The following weekend was the first BOG meeting of the year followed by the annual meeting of the Canyon Lake Sailing Foundation.  January 19 is the US Sailing Course Race Management Training class, but this article was written just before that, so we will report on that in the next Ditty Bag.  January was a busy month.

I do want to give a special thank you to the outgoing BOG members, including Phil Crane (although he still hangs on as Rear Commodore), Joe O’Brien, Anu Day, Bill Clark and Chris Powers.

February should be a bit quieter, but we do have our Adult Sail Training on Feb. 23 and 24.  Make sure to get the word out to future sailors.

One recurring topic at our club is slip usage.  The Army Corps of Engineers limits the number of slips that any lake can have, and we are at our maximum.  If you or someone you know are not able to use your boat and are looking for options, we have spoken with someone who does boat work in the Canyon Lake area.  He is able to offer a solution for those who do not have a boat trailer.  He can pull your boat from the lake, move it to the dry storage area, lift it from his transport trailer and place it on stands.  This allows you to have access to your boat in dry storage, but reduce your cost of storage (slip fee vs. dry storage fee).  LCYC is not involved in this process – this would be a private transaction between you and David. It is not inexpensive, but in approximately 12 to 14 months (depending on the size of the boat) the cost of the move can pay for itself and the boat owner is just looking at a monthly fee of approx. $37.50 for dry storage – much less than a slip fee.  Contact David Guevara directly at 830-387-6621 for specific pricing and to make arrangements.

Happy Sailing…

Welcome New Members

James and Dale Pokorski – San Antonio, TX

Lifetime Service Award

by Sandra Lindsey

Members who have made outstanding contributions to LCYC for 20 or more years are eligible to be nominated for the LCYC Lifetime Service Award. Factors considered by the Board of Governors when selecting honorees from those nominated by Club members include (but are not limited to) the following: 1. Long term volunteerism to LCYC 2.Consistent support of club activities 3. Effective service in elected and/or appointed positions 4. Demonstration of leadership, sportsmanship, and cooperation.

How do I nominate someone for the Lifetime Service Award? Submit nominations to the LCYC Club Administrator (Carolyn Cole) by email ( or in writing (Lake Canyon Yacht Club, P.O. Box 18554, San Antonio, Texas 78218-0554) by February 22, 2019. Include the nominee’s name and membership number, reasons the person should receive the award, and your name and membership number. Your name will be removed from the submission before it is forwarded to the nominating committee.

How are LCYC Lifetime Service Awardees selected? A committee appointed by the Board of Governors will review and evaluate nominations, and make recommendations to the Board of Governors, who will make the final selection. The nominator’s identity is not revealed to the committee or the Board. Who is on the nomination committee? The Board of Governors will appoint at least 5 committee members, only one of whom can be a current board member. A requirement for committee appointment is club membership for at least 10 years.

When will the awards be made? The Lifetime Service Awards will be announced at the annual Founders Day Celebration in April 2019.

How many awards will be given? The number of awards is not limited and there is no minimum or maximum.

May I nominate myself or someone in my family? Yes, and yes.

May I nominate more than one person? You may nominate as many people as you believe deserve the award. Usually only one person in a married couple is a voting member.

May I nominate both? Yes.

Can posthumous awards be made? Yes

What is the deadline for nominations? Nominations are accepted by the LCYC Administrator through February 22, 2019.

Adult Learn to Sail Class

by Mike Stellato

Introduction to Sailing- Part 1, Feb 23-24
Goal – Provide basic understanding of sailing and specific water safety practices related to sailing.
Each day after classroom instruction there will be on-the-water sailing that will use keelboats skippered and crewed by experienced club members. To the extent possible we will provide one boat for each two students for the sailing sessions each day. After demonstrating each new course objective, students will be given the opportunity to do the helming and sail trimming to learn hands-on.

Subject objectives will include:Types of sailboats, Sailing terminology, What makes a sailboat go, Relationship to wind, Sail trim, Controlling a sailboat, Knot tying, Basic right-of-way rules.

 Intro to Sailing- Part 2, March 2-3
Goal – to build on the previous week’s basic training by providing additional classroom topics and on-the-water sailing activities.

Subjects will include: Launching a boat from a trailer, Rigging and de-rigging the boat, Departing and returning to a dock or mooring, Planning a short trip, Understanding weather considerations, Making a sail plan, Safety Considerations including emergency procedures, Knowledge of the knowledge of the Texas Water Safety Act, Continued emphasis on right of way rules, and using Correct sail trim to sail the boat efficiently (as quickly and as safely) as possible.

Saturday afternoon will be a 3 hour sail to Canyon Lake Marina, or island, or dam, depending on weather. The intent on Saturday is for a leisurely sail, to use the boat to take a trip, practice the lesson objectives and build self confidence.

Sunday afternoon, we will lay out an hour-long triangle and have the students sail the track as quickly as possible, two times around. The intent Sunday is to sail the boats as well as possible, with primary emphasis on efficient upwind sailing, best boat speed, and compass headings to cover the course in minimum time.

Class Schedule for both weekends – Saturday and Sunday:
9am-noon – classroom
12-1pm-lunch (bring your own)
1pm-4 pm – on the water sailing

Everyone is encouraged to treat these two weekends as a single course, although we will accept entrants for either one (must have prior sailing experience to sign up only for the second one).

The fees are $30 for both weekends, or $15 for either weekend separately. Only one fee is required for two family members if they are willing to share the course books.

Registration is now open – click HERE to register.
Please contact Mike Stellato at with any questions.

From the Office

by Renee Kizziar

Do you keep phone numbers in your phone? How about adding the club’s codes? You can put the codes for the gate and for the clubhouse with the club’s phone numbers, or at some other place where you are likely to look. Can’t remember the club’s codes? E-mail me at and I will send them to you.

TSA Spring Fling Regatta

by Chris and Debbie Fogle, Regatta Organizers

It’s once-again time to roll out the LCYC welcome mat for nearly 100 youth racers from around Texas – and we need your help!

This year’s circuit stop hosted by LCYC – the Spring Fling Regatta – will be March 16th-17th.

This is the final weekend of Spring Break for most Texas schools. Our regatta is already an established Spring Break tradition for families who camp out with us for a few extra days. Last year, LCYC was awarded the TSA Regatta of the Year, and we achieved a Silver Level Certification from Sailors for the Seas. We were the first TSA regatta in Texas to achieve this award for excellence in promoting Earth-friendly and sustainable regatta practices.

This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in an exciting event for the club. Last year, nearly 70 LCYC members volunteered to help – and we will need the same number this year!

Volunteers are needed to help on the water and ashore. If you’ve never worked a starting line as a member of the race committee – this is a great opportunity to get your feet wet (figuratively, of course). Watching these amazing youth compete is truly a rewarding experience.

We are most in need of on-the-water volunteers: working the safety/mark-set boats and start/finish lines.  We also are looking for motorboats and line signal boats we can use during the regatta.  If you’re interested in helping or have a boat we can use, please send an email to and let us know where you can help.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Port Co-Captains

by Lancine Justin & Vivian Miller

January First Celebration Dinner “First Things Second” was attended by 50-plus club members who enjoyed Vivian’s spectacular turkey chowder, LCYC’s version of Texas caviar, and we can’t forget the wonderful wienies and “Wurstfest-style” chili.  There were hugs and New Year’s greetings everywhere with the usual din of laughter filling the clubhouse.

Ed and Gwen, “Deck Fluff,” Miller enthralled over 30 club members with tales and slides from their Great Circle Loop cruising adventure on January 12.    Wine, delicious sausages, French bread and gourmet cheese were enjoyed by all.  Our thanks to Ed and Gwen for a riveting and educational presentation.

Thank you so very much to the incoming Board of Governors for hosting the January Commodore’s Breakfast with cheesy, bacon-adorned cowboy quiche and fresh croissants.  Of course, the champagne and orange juice flowed liberally!

Mark your calendars for the Commodore’s Breakfast on February 10 hosted by Lori and Joe McDonough.  They’ve come up with a marvelous menu of cherry and pineapple strudel, scrambled eggs, sausage and mimosas!

Save-the-date!  Or Salva la data!    Our phenomenally popular Italian night returns to the McKown Deck on March 30th.  Plan to bring your tastiest antipasto to share and the hosts will provide pasta and dessert!

This year we are focusing on recycling, reducing and reusing.  Have no fear, we are not re-using plastic knives and forks, but we will ask you to drop them in soapy water so we can recycle them.  Let’s work together to save the planet!

Thank you from Co-Port Captains Vivian Miller & Lancine Justin

Winter Series Racing

by Rick Mella

Saturday, January 12th, 2019, the second Keel Boat regatta covering race 3 & race 4 of a 6 race winter series got underway this last weekend.

After a week of cloudy & dizzily weather, Mother Nature clears the skies with a Saturday forecast of winds blowing between 13 to 16 mph and gusting as high as 21 mph, flowing in from the North with a little cold bite reminding sailors why sailboat racing is so fun.

Twenty-Three Keel boats were registered for the 2018-2019 winter sailing and on Saturday, seventeen keel boats ventured out to the Race Committee boat anchored near the Core of Engineering Mark #2.

As the Chase boat manned by Joe McDonough & Chuck Begley worked to set course marks for a Triangular-Windward-Leeward course, the J-22s, Big Boats, PHRF Spin-As, PHRF Non-Spin-Bs and one multihull prepared for the three start sequences specified on the white board of the RC boat.

With the race start 10 minutes away, to begin at 13:00, Dr. Dunn radioed in that J-22s only race Windward – Leeward courses, triangular courses are for beginners.  To facilitate the J-boat’s desire for better competition, Race Committee switched their course to a straight W2 (windward-leeward).

With winds clocking in at 16 knots, the Starting Pin was set and the first Warning flag when off at 13:01.  At 13:06, all J-22s made a clear start, bunched up at the Starting Pin side of the race line and reaching for clear air when 20 seconds after the Class one flag drop, Sail Number 226 suffered a catastrophic failure of the lower inner shroud, leading to a fractured mast and a man overboard.  Thankfully, everything turned out OK with the crew rescued and the disabled Alyssa Rose towed safely back to LCYC.  Pictures highlighting some of the hull damage are shown in Figures 1 & 2.

Figure 1 – Alyssa Rose cabin top

Figure 2 – Alyssa Rose mast plage

Sunday, Jan 13th, Board Boat regatta had three races scheduled for part 2 of the 2018-2019 winter series.  Six Flying Scots checked in on a course very similar to the previous day’s Windward Leeward W2 course.  Winds at the 13:00 Warning flag were flowing between 9 to 11 mph, from the North, with a forecast of decreasing intensity throughout the afternoon.

Three good races were sailed by the FS fleet, with lead changes occurring in each race, and skipper Bill McVey finishing the third race leading the fleet to the club house for a celebratory toast.

Click HERE for Keelboat results.

Click HERE for Board Boat results.

Youth Sailing Program

by  Chris Fogle

It’s been a relatively quiet winter, so far – and at least as far as sailing is concerned. Let’s catch you up…

The winds have been a mix of “nothing” and “everything” – and the temps have been warmer than usual. Our youth sailors competed in one event – the LCYC winter series in December. Caleb Fogle raced the Laser 4.7 in Portsmouth and still has the frozen toes to show for it!

We’re already “gearing up” for another TSA racing circuit. Both Dylan Tomko and Ryan Mitchell received new Optis and are anxious to get them on the water and prepare for this year’s circuit. Caleb has a new hiking bench to help him get into shape for the Laser fleet this year.

Our youth racers should be busy getting ready – their team-wide goals include improving their:

  1. Knowledge and application of the racing rules;
  2. Knot tying skills;
  3. Knowledge and application of sail trim; and
  4. Physical fitness.

The TSA Youth Racing Circuit begins next month at Lakewood Yacht Club near Kemah, TX, on February 9th-10th.

And – it’s not too late to try your hand at racing! If you’re between 8 and 18 and already know how to sail, we invite you to come out and try racing with us. You would have an excellent opportunity to compete right here at home during the Spring Fling Regatta over Spring Break, March 16th and 17th, right here at LCYC.  Our first practice of the season is scheduled for Saturday, Feb 16th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm – weather permitting. Drop us a line in email letting us know you’re interested, and we’ll get you the information you need.

Finally, we are still looking for volunteers to help set up and run some of our activities in 2019 – especially sailing lessons. If you can help us by taking this on, please contact us at

See you on the water!

US Sailing’s Youth Sailing Newsletter for January 2019


2019 TSA Youth Sailing Circuit Regattas

9-10 Feb Kick-off Regatta Lakewood YC
15-17 Mar Spring Fling Regatta LCYC
6-7 Apr Chocopalooza Regatta Rush Creek YC
18-19 May Silly String Regatta / TSA Girls Championships Grapevine Sailing Club
8-9 Jun Road Runner Regatta & Texas State Youth Laser Championship Austin YC, Austin TX
22-23 Jun Rockin’ Rockport Regatta Rockport YC
10 Jul TX Youth Race Week Clinic Houston YC
11-14 Jul Texas Youth Race Week Houston YC
17-18 Aug Cannonball Run Regatta Palacios YC
7-8 Sep Rock the Rock Regatta Corinthian Sailing Club, White Rock Lake
28-29 Sep Jr. Ol’ Man of the Sea Regatta Ft. Worth Boat Club
12-13 Oct Pirates of the Corinthian Regatta Dallas Corinthian YC, Lewisville TX
9-10 Nov Changes in L’Attitude / End of Year Regatta Corpus Christi YC


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