by Elizabeth Bentzen, LCYC Commodore
Hello and Happy New Year from your 2020 Commodore!
I am looking forward to serving the club and its members in the coming year. I come from a long line of club leaders and volunteers and I learn by example. My grandparents, mother, aunt and uncle have held leadership and volunteer positions for many years. I look forward to following in their footsteps but I also hope to create my own path.
To begin the year we will have a Board Orientation to bring our new and returning board members up to date on our budget, including plans for activities and club improvements.
As we begin the New Year, I urge you to read our Vision and Goals that were approved in 2019 here and think about what you can do to help the club be successful in achieving these goals. Please reach out to the appropriate chairperson to let them know of your interest. In addition to helping the club overall, volunteering at club activities is a great way to get to know other members.
What better way is there to start the New Year than sailing with your friends and family? The club calendar begins with First Thing First, an annual leisure sail on January 1st . After a brisk sail come join us at the clubhouse to warm up and enjoy a meal. The club will provide meat and black-eyed peas for luck. Please bring a side dish or desert to share.
I look forward to seeing you at the club and on the water!
Welcome New Members
- Glen Ufland – New Braunfels, TX
by Margaret McGill and Mindy Rogers, Co-Port Captains
Ann Cook, Carolyn Popp and Elsa Graham helped host the December Commodore’s Breakfast
Series & Event Racing
by Rick Mella, Rear Commodore of Sail
2019 Annual Board Meeting held on December 7th, celebrated LCYC Sailing awards for this year. To recognize an outstanding Race Committee Volunteer, Nancy Hodo received a gift from the Rear Commodore of Sail as a reward for all her work this year in supporting race weekends.
LCYC Annual Board Meeting Dinner was December 7th, 2019, where the Rear Commodore of Sail announced this year’s fleet first place standings:
- J-22: Keith Zars / Baby Lips
- PHRF Spin: Gustavo Medellin / Canyon Wind
- PHRF Non-Spin: Jack Mogab & Steve Wilson / Pura Vida
- Big Boats: Bill Clark / Cascabel
- Multi-Hull: Joe Monosmith / Saturday Knight
- Flying Scot: Keith Zars / T Bone & Chris Powers / The Full Catastrophe
- Sunfish: Dave Sanford / Sail # 10
- Portsmouth: Chuck Begley / Sail # 2120
- Laser: Chris Fogle / Sail # 198013
Gustavo, Chris and Nancy are recognized by RCS Rick Mella
2019-2020 Winter Series Regattas got underway Saturday, Dec 14th & Sunday, Dec 15th, continuing through January 11th & 12th, finishing on February 15th & 16th.
For Saturday’s races, the weather was sunny with temperatures in the mid 60’s, but winds were calm leading to a 30 minute postponement for the first race, starting at 13:27. Once the cat’s-paw formed a consistent Eastern wind pattern, the Windward/Leeward race course was reoriented for 6 mph winds and a 2.6 mile race course. Two races were sailed but winds remained light letting skippers determine which side of the race course provided the best advantage.
For Sunday’s Board Boat races the weather continued with light winds from the East, where sailors had the same 7 mph winds experienced the day before for all three races sailed on Sunday. 13 Board Boat sailors checked in with the Race Committee, so 8 Flying Scots started with Pennant #1, 2 Sunfish, 2 Lasers & 1 Portsmouth started under Pennant #2. At the end of each day, snacks & beer provided fuel for sailors to collaborate and review how the day’s races were sailed.
As part of the new communication, the email address for racing firstname.lastname@example.org
by Chris Fogle, LCYC TSA Representative
Happy New Year! December flew by quickly – and it’s now time to gear up for another exciting youth circuit in 2020.
First things first – some calendar info. The TSA leadership has finished coordinating with all member clubs (including LCYC) for their preferred dates to host youth regattas in 2020. We are once again the second regatta of the year, and likely to be the first regatta for many sailors, as the kick-off regatta is 3 weeks earlier. Posted below is the complete 2020 Youth Circuit Schedule, as it stands today.
As noted above, LCYC’s annual youth regatta, the Spring Fling Regatta, will be held March 21-22. This is a great opportunity to volunteer. We typically have over 80 sailors from all across Texas, and it takes about 50 volunteers to fill roles in the galley, the launch ramp, race committee members for the three starting lines and race courses. We are always in need of powerboats and skippers to fill the safety and mark-set boat positions. If you would like to help this year, please contact Chris Fogle via email (email@example.com).
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 sailingleadership.org if you’re interested.
Have you ever thought of getting your US Sailing Small-boat Instructor Certification? Opportunities will emerge throughout the year; check out the US Sailing website for a schedule. One Texas offering has already been posted: US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1 at Viridian Sailing Center. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
|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|
|TX Youth Race Week Clinic
TX Youth Race Week
|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|
|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 – Mindy Rogers|
|Board of Governors|
|2019 – 2020|
|Debbie Fogle||Ed Miller|
|Bubba Harris||Jean Junker|
|2020 – 2021|
|Chuck Begley||Carolyn Harris|
|Boguslaw Godlewski||Joseph McDonough|
|Adaptive Sailing – Bill McVey||Membership – Jim Garity|
|Adult Sail Training – Mike Stellato||Nominations – Jim Kizziar|
|Audit Committee – Rick Cioppa||Personnel – Glen Graham|
|Budget Committee – Laurie McGill||PHRF – Jim Garity|
|Cabana Owners – Rick Walker||Safety – Pete Macler|
|Corps of Engineers – Pete Macler||Slip Utilization – Steve Edlund|
|Docks & Grounds – Travis Mitchell||TSA Rep – Chris Fogle|
|Emergency Task Force – Julian Craven||Vice Docks and Grounds – TBD|
|Lifetime Achievement – Sandra Lindsey||Wurstfest Regatta – Elizabeth Bentzen|
|Long Range Planning – Marvin Arnold, Ed Miller||Youth Sailing – Vacant|
|Club Administrator – Carolyn Cole||Staff – Rashad Williams|
|Staff – Carolyn Cole Maggie Carty, Tiffany Hodge||Ditty Bag – Bill Cook|
|Property Manager – Julian Craven||Website – Kathy Leubner|
|Docks & Grounds – Edward Ward|