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February 2020

Commodore’s Report    |    New Members    |    Adult Learn to Sail Class    |     Series and Event Racing   |    Club Boat Program     |    TSA Update     |    Racing Etiquette   |    Port Captains  |    LCYC Personnel

Commodore’s Report

by Elizabeth Bentzen, LCYC Commodore

The New Year started off with an enjoyable First Things First sail, followed by a nice turnout to the First Things Second dinner. Margaret McGill hosted the meal with help from me and Carolyn Harris.

The annual Board Orientation was held on January 4th with Board Members, Officers, and Committee Chairs in attendance. This session provided new and returning club leaders with a formal introduction to their duties and responsibilities, and included a thorough presentation by Jim Kizziar, Legal Counsel to the Board.

On January 11, we had the first regular Board of Governors meeting for the new year. Among other business, the new Board approved the 2020 budget and committee chairs. I would like to welcome new Board Members – Chuck Begley, Carolyn Harris, Joe McDonough and Boguslaw Godlewski – and thank them for their commitment to serve LCYC for the next two years. I would like also to thank the outgoing board – Glen Graham, Carolyn Popp, and Ann Cook- for their dedication and hard work for the past two years. Thanks also to other officers and committee chairs who have agreed to serve this year, or who continue to serve.

As many of you know, D dock suffered some damage just before the New Year started. Marine Development, Inc (MDI), the company who has built some of our docks and breakwater and maintained our marina for the past few years, and our LCYC Docks and Grounds crew worked hard to complete dock repairs. In the immediate aftermath of the accident, before MDI could start working, Julian Craven (LCYC Property Manager) and several club members stabilized D Dock and moved and secured all the boats affected by the event. Thanks to Mike Samulin, John Ruiz, Marvin Arnold, Ray Leubner, Rick Walker (Docks and Grounds Chair), Pete Macler, Pete Prados, Robert Willis, Anibal Diogenes, and Travis Mitchell, the “first responders”, for their hard work! D Dock is back where it belongs with new cables, and all boats should be back in their slips by now.

As we sail into February, please remember that the dates for Winter Series Races have been changed from the usual second weekend to the third; keel boats will race on February 15th and board boats will race on the 16th. As usual, the Board of Governors’ meeting will be February 8, and the Commodore’s Breakfast is on February 9th. Also, don’t forget the Adult Learn to Sail – Introduction to Sailing Part 1 – will be held Feb. 29th and March 1st. Registration is now open for the class, so if you know an adult who wants to learn to sail, tell them about it.

Look forward to seeing you at the club and on the water!

Welcome New Members

  • Erik Siegel – San Antonio, TX



Adult Learn to Sail Class 2020

by Mike Stellato, Adult Sail Training

Lake Canyon Yacht Club is conducting an ADULT LEARN TO SAIL program for those interested in learning the Basics of Sailing and on-the-water boat safety. Participants that are 18 years of age or older are encouraged to register for this course.
The following Itinerary will be followed:

I. Introduction to Sailing- Part 1, Feb 29 – Mar 01

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 keel boats 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.

Subjects 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.

II. Intro to Sailing- Part 2, March 7- 8

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, basic understanding weather considerations, making a sail plan, Safety Considerations & emergency procedures, knowledge of the Texas Water Safety Act, 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, 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 [must be 18 yrs of age or older] if they are willing to share the course books.

Register online at Registration should be operational by mid-January. Please contact Mike Stellato at with any questions.

Port Captains

by Margaret McGill and Mindy Rogers, Co-Port Captains

Chuck, Elizabeth, Carolyn, Scott, Ed and Margaret hosted the January Commodore’s Breakfast

It’s me again… Margaret. I’m baaaack… As Elizabeth contemplated the role of Commodore, I offered to do anything I could to help her (knowing full well that might be the Port Captain job). Happily, Mindy Rogers was all in! If you worked in the kitchen at Wurstfest 2019, you know how talented Mindy is and how good she is to work with. I will write the monthly column for the Ditty Bag, and Mindy will do everything else, right Mindy? Just kidding about the everything else part, but I will be the one you hear from in the newsletter.

As usual, we’ve only had a couple of events this month, but they were pretty well attended. The First Things First meal was enjoyed by about 45 people. The food was delicious, and everyone enjoyed catching up. Even the peas cooperated this year! Several people were nice enough to remind me of the year the black eyed peas refused to cook. I called them “al dente”, but they really were a disaster. This might be my favorite event of the year.

The January Commodore’s Breakfast was organized by Ed Miller, LCYC Governor. He recruited Scott Wells, Vice Commodore, and Chuck Begley, also LCYC Governor; a few others volunteered: Elizabeth Bentzen, Commodore, Carolyn Harris, LCYC Governor, and yours truly. The menu was simple, and the compliments were generous. 57 people were served. Thanks to all who participated!

The galley crew sported new aprons, embroidered with the LCYC logo and ranks. The club purchased the aprons and I embroidered them. If you work in the kitchen, you can wear one too. Don’t they look great?

Upcoming events include the February Commodore’s Breakfast on the 9th, and end-of-racing series dinners with trophy presentations on the 15th and 16th.

This year, Commodore’s Breakfasts are assigned to individual LCYC Governors, which is different from the past. It means we have hosts for all the breakfasts, but it doesn’t mean you can’t volunteer for one! We’ve already had enquiries from people who know how much fun it is to make breakfast for the club. Contact me or Mindy if you want to participate in a Commodore’s Breakfast and we will put you in touch with someone who needs help.

See you at the club or on the water!

Club Boat Program Survey Results

by Ann Cook, Club Boat Program Committee Chair

In 2019 the BOG authorized a committee to explore a club-owned sailboat program. First of all, thanks to all of you who took the time to respond! We heard from a quarter of our membership and 91% were in favor of a program of this type (regardless of their plans to actually participate). Interest in the different boat types included in the survey varied as below:

  • 63% – for dinghies like a C-420
  • 60% – for a daysailer like a Flying Scot
  • 48% – for a small keel boat like a Catalina 22
  • 42% – for a multi-hull like a Hobie Cat

The BOG have given their approval to proceed with the study and the survey results support that decision. Obviously there is a lot more work to be done before a program can be implemented, not the least of which is determining boat availability, liability issues, maintenance, etc. To be clear, NO slips will be used in the program.

Next step is to arrange a small focus group. If you are interested in participating, please email by Wednesday, February 12.

Series & Event Racing

by Rick Mella, Rear Commodore of Sail

RC Volunteers Nancy Hodo, Elizabeth Grahmann & Debbie Fogle

Chris Fogle Demonstrates Light Air Race Starts

2019-2020 Keel Boat Winter Series Regatta for January 2020 got underway Saturday, January 11th. Saturday’s forecasts for winds were 20 mph, gusting to 30 mph, with cold northerly flow. At race time (13:00), 13 keel boats had checked in with the Race Committee out of the 29 keel boats registered for the Winter Series where winds had dropped considerably prior to the first start. Two races were sailed (Race 3 & Race 4 out of six scheduled). At the start of the third race in the winter series underway, winds were blowing at speeds between 6-7 mph, wind direction from the Northwest and a course distance of 3.6 miles. The north wind kept temperatures on the cool side, but plenty of sunshine to keep spirits high before heading home to a warm club house.

For Sunday’s races, the weather was sunny with temperatures in the mid 60’s, but winds were light making course adjustments difficult. Three races were sailed on a 1.68 mile course, where winds were blowing from the South / Southeast between 4-6 mph. Three races were sailed and scored by the best RC volunteer crew yet this year: (Figure 1: photo, from left to right: Nancy Hodo, Elizabeth Grahmann & Debbie Fogle).

REMEMBER the 2019-2020 Winter Series will finish with Awards & Dinner on February 15th & 16th. Email address for racing:

LCYC Racing – Fun for All

by Debbie Fogle, Series Racer

Once a month, usually on the second Saturday and Sunday, you will find the docks at LCYC bustling with the excitement of pre-race preparations. We are fortunate to have a great Rear Commodore of Sail, Rick Mella, who leads his team of volunteers to run great races in all types of conditions. Their efforts have resulted in a marked increase in the number and types of boats taking part in the monthly regattas.

As a racer and race committee volunteer – and in the spirit of helping others who are currently or are interested in racing – I thought it would be good to give some perspectives on race etiquette and some of the rules of racing.

This month let’s look at some start/finish line etiquette. On any given race day we can have upwards of 3-4 different starts, and this could increase as even more boats participate. What does this mean? Boats don’t all start or finish at the same time. What should the racers do?

According to RRS 24.1: If reasonably possible, a boat not racing shall not interfere with a boat that is racing.

According to RRS the definition of Racing: A boat is racing from her preparatory signal until she finishes and clears the finishing line …

If you are not in a start sequence, you should keep clear of the line and avoid being in a place that might interfere with those boats who are starting. Each starting sequence is 5 minutes long, so you will have plenty of time to get in position once your sequence begins.

Upon finishing a race be aware of the other boats around you and clear the finish line. Try to stay out of the way of other boats who are still racing. This applies to BOTH sides of the line, since we run courses with the RC boat in the middle of the course. A boat who is still racing should not have to make a course adjustment around a boat who has already finished. It is especially impacts Portsmouth and PHRF boats, since they are scored by their times. Having to unnecessarily duck a boat may add time to their finish.

See you on the Race Course!

TSA Update

by Chris Fogle, LCYC TSA Representative

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! As we wrote last month, we are gearing up for LCYC’s annual youth racing event, the Spring Fling Regatta, to be held March 21-22. We expect about 80 sailors from across Texas for this annual jewel on the TSA youth racing circuit!

We are still in need of about 25 volunteers. Help is needed in the galley, race committee members for the three starting lines and race courses, and people to work the safety and mark-set boats.

We are especially in need of powerboats and skippers to fill the safety and mark-set boat positions. We may also have an opening for a Principal Race Officer (PRO) for the Green Fleet Opti course. If you have race committee experience and would like a low-threat opportunity to be a PRO, please let us know. It’s a great way to see if you like race management, and you’ll have an experienced team helping you with the setup and execution.

If you would like to help this year for any positions at the Spring Fling Regatta, please contact Chris Fogle via email (

  • As a reminder:
    On February 6-8, U.S. Sailing is holding its Sailing Leadership Forum in San Diego. This is a great opportunity to network with other sailing clubs and community sailing centers to discuss the sport today and learn from each other. Registration is ongoing; check out the website if you’re interested.
  • US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1 is being offered at Viridian Sailing Center in the Dallas area. It will be held over 2 weekends, May 23-24 and 30-31. The course runs 8 hours per day and you must be present for all of the training. Must be at least 16 years old to participate. For more information contact

If you have any questions about US Sailing, Area F events, the TSA Youth Circuit and Youth National Championship regattas in 2020, please contact your LCYC TSA Representative, Chris Fogle (the author).

See you on the water!

2020 Texas Sailing Association (TSA) Youth Racing Circuit Dates

1-2 Feb Kick-off Regatta: Changes in L’attitude Regatta Corpus Christi YC
21-22 Mar Spring Fling Regatta LCYC
4-5 Apr Chocopalooza Regatta Rush Creek YC
9-10 May Silly String Regatta / Texas State Girls Optimist Championship Grapevine Sailing Club
6-7 Jun Road Runner Regatta & Texas State Youth Laser Championship Austin YC
20-21 Jun Jr. Ol’ Man of the Sea Regatta Ft. Worth Boat Club
9-10 Jul

11-12 Jul

TX Youth Race Week Clinic

TX Youth Race Week

Houston YC

Lakewood YC

1-2 Aug TCYC Youth Regatta Texas Corinthian YC
22-23 Aug Cannonball Run Regatta Palacios YC
12-13 Sep Rock the Rock Regatta Corinthian Sailing Club, (White Rock Lake)
26-27 Sep Rockin Rockport Regatta Rockport YC
10-11 Oct TSA End of Year Regatta: Pirates of the Corinthian Regatta and KO Sailing Texas State Optimist Championship Dallas Corinthian YC

LCYC Personnel

Commodore – Elizabeth Bentzen Treasurer – Renee Kizziar
Vice Commodore – Scott Wells Port Co-Captains – Margaret McGill, Mindy Rogers
Rear Commodore – Mike Samulin Rear Commodore for Sail – Rick Mella
Secretary – Laurie McGill

Board of Governors
2019 – 2020
Debbie Fogle Ed Miller
Bubba Harris Jean Junker
Scott Wells
2020 – 2021
Chuck Begley Carolyn Harris
Boguslaw Godlewski Joseph McDonough

Committee Chairs
Adaptive Sailing – Bill McVey Membership – Jim Garity
Adult Sail Training – Mike Stellato Nominations – Jim Kizziar
Audit Committee – Rick Cioppa Personnel – Ed Miller
Budget Committee – Laurie McGill PHRF – Jim Garity
Cabana Owners – Christina Purcell Safety – Ron Popp
Corps of Engineers – Joe McDonough & Rick Mella Slip Utilization – Steve Edlund
Docks & Grounds – Rick Walker TSA Rep – Chris Fogle
Emergency Task Force – Julian Craven Vice Docks and Grounds – Dave Sanford
Lifetime Achievement – Sandra Lindsey Wurstfest Regatta – Scott Wells
Long Range Planning – Marvin Arnold & Ed Miller Youth Sailing – Travis Mitchell
Women’s Sailing – Lynn Simpson & Debbie Fogle


Club Administrator – Carolyn Cole Docks & Grounds- Edward Ward, Rashad Williams
Staff – Carolyn Cole Maggie Carty, Tiffany Hodge Ditty Bag – Bill Cook
Property Manager – Julian Craven Website – Kathy Leubner

























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