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June 2019

Commodore’s Report    |    New Members    |    Leukemia Cup Regatta    |     Women’s Sailing Program    | Youth Sailing    |    Spring Series Racing    |    Longneck Regatta   |    TSA Update   |    Port Captains   |    Adaptive Sailing   |    New Auxiliary Dock      |    LCYC is Getting Greener   |    LCYC Personnel

June 2019 Newsletter PDF

Commodore’s Report

by Mike Samulin, LCYC Commodore

Hello sailors…  The month of April closed out with our spring work day, which Julian Craven and Elizabeth Bentzen spearheaded – great job!  We had a large turnout and much was accomplished.  Sadly, May 4 saw us bid a fond farewell to founding member #10 Dr. Bubba Horner.  And, as of this writing we still have the Longneck Multihull Regatta and Memorial Day fish fry coming up.

Bubba’s Tree at LCYC

Looking ahead to June, we have our annual Leukemia Cup Regatta on June 1 and 2, along with Cocktails with the Commodore on Friday, May 31 – I hope to see you there (see the announcement for details).  The fundraising (and fun) of this event is important in helping the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Central Texas with their work.  Please participate – sail and donate!  June also brings us our Moonlight Distance Race on the 15th, and our Summer Breeze party on the 22nd, along with our regularly scheduled racing events.

Well, Vicki and I had a chance to sail the BVI in late April and early May.  As we were sitting at Marina Cay at the outdoor restaurant a gentleman approached me as I sat there with my LCYC visor on.  He introduced himself as Charles – who had lived in Wimberley and raced J boats at LCYC against the likes of Fred Lindsey and Lynn Simpson.  We had a great conversation and happened to discuss his new location – Manhattan Yacht Club – in New Jersey (go figure).  Wear your LCYC hats and shirts – you never know when someone may come up to you and recognize the burgee!

By the way – the BVI is back and doing well.  While some locations are still closed and have a ways to go (Bitter End Yacht Club, Saba Rock and some others), many places are up and running and better than ever.  The people of the BVI truly appreciate your visiting their islands and sailing their waters.  The sailing is great, the food is outstanding and the people are fun to be with.  If you need any details about what is open or closed just let me know.  We made the rounds – from Tortola, Marina Cay, North Sound Virgin Gorda, Cane Garden Bay, Jost Van Dyke, and Norman Island.

I also have to share a little story – the morning we were heading off of the boat (sadly) to catch a taxi to the airport (to head home) I was speaking with a nice English gentleman who was getting ready to head out on a 38 foot monohull with just him and his wife.  He confided in me (after looking around and speaking in a whisper) that his wife was having her 77th birthday the very next day!  This just goes to show that sailing is a lifelong activity.  And as some of our members can attest – DO NOT LET YOUR AGE GET IN THE WAY OF SAILING!

Fair winds and following seas – see you at the club…


Restaurant at Leverick Bay, North Sound, Virgin Gorda and Island Windjammer SV Vela heading down the Sir Francis Drake Channel – Mike Samulin

Welcome New Members

Preston Bezant – San Antonio, TX
Jeffrey and Jennifer Bourland – San Antonio, TX

Charles L. Branch M.D. LEUKEMIA CUP Regatta June 1 & 2

by Ray Leubner & Phil Crane, LCYC LCR Co-Chairs

With a week and a half remaining (as of this writing) until the 2019 Leukemia Cup Regatta, LCYC has already raised donations and commitments of over $45,000 for the South Central Texas Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, putting us ahead of last year’s pace! The fundraising teams listed on the LCYC LCR webpage continue to drive the success of our fundraising efforts. To make a donation, just choose your favorite team and a link will take you to their webpage. We also have signed up 11 sponsors! They have collectively donated $13,000, a new high for us thanks to the addition of Keith Zars Pools. So if you come across folks from Keith Zars Pools, CEMEX, Roeschmann Design, Mittel Cattle Company, McCracken and Carroll Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley, Intruder Alert Systems, J S Fine Wines, Broadway Bank, Glen Graham &Associates, and/or Peter E. Macler Associates, please give them a big, warm thank you! The Silent Auction is now up to 43 items. A few more treasures, products and/or gift certificates would be greatly appreciated! Please call Ray Leubner if you have an item or service to donate.

The NOR is up and posted; but only 8 boats have registered so far. Yuck! No fleets have formed yet. MORE BOATS PLEASE! Expected fleets are J-22, PHRF Big Boat, PHRF Non-Spin B, PHRF Spin, PHRF Trimaran, and Portsmouth Catamaran. This year, there will be a last place trophy for the Crane’s and Samulin’s wine drinking and cigar smoking last place Catalina 22, but you never know. Scott and Beth Wells may give them cause for concern.

Please join us for the 2nd Annual “Cocktails with the Commodore” on Friday, May 31st at the home of Ray & Kathy Leubner from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Bar snacks, wine, beer & cocktails will be served by our infamous leader with some help from his friends. Last year’s event was a huge success and a lot of fun.  Donations of $50/person from this event will be credited to TEAM LCYC and will go directly to the South Central Texas Chapter of LLS. Please RSVP by Wednesday May 29th as attendance is limited to 50. RSVP HERE

The club will be providing the Saturday night dinner of roast pork, cheesy vegetable rice, Mary Lindsey’s green beans, dessert and drinks. An RSVP HERE for the Saturday dinner is also posted on the LCR webpage, and in the Constant Contact blast emails. Please RSVP so that we will have enough roast pork. We would hate to run out…..Joe and Lonna can’t cook anymore last minute. Remember to include your guests and crew. Adding to the fun will be the LCR Silent Auction and live music from our own Rocky Hill’s band, Jazz Blues and Diamonds.

T-shirts can be picked up starting Saturday afternoon for those of you who pre-ordered.

Ray Leubner and Phil Crane

Youth Sailing

by Chris Fogle

LCYC has a long and rich tradition of providing youth with opportunities to learn how to sail, enjoy and appreciate our sport, and grow in confidence on the water. At times our youth sailing programs have thrived, and at other times – less so.  We need your help.

Debbie and I have had the privilege for the past nearly 2-1/2 years to serve as the Co-Chairs of our Youth Sailing Program. It’s time for us to step away from this responsibility and pass the torch to another member.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve assumed responsibilities for six areas – some have traditionally been part of the Youth Sailing Program, and others only tangentially so. They don’t have to be “all together” – but we currently manage them that way.  The areas of responsibility are:

  • Youth Committee Chair
  • Youth Sailing Instructions
  • TSA Regatta organizer (held in March each year)
  • TSA Representative
  • Racing Coach
  • Youth Fleet Maintenance

As part of our transition, we are relinquishing responsibilities for the first two “hats” as of June 1st: Youth Committee Chair and Youth Sailing Instructions.

We are asking all members to please consider serving as our Youth Sailing Program in one or more leadership roles. What does it entail?

The Youth Sailing Committee (Co-)Chair acts as a point of contact for coordinating sailing and social activities for youth. Our primary responsibility is to our members, but we also have an opportunity to be ambassadors for our sport to our surrounding communities. The Youth Sailing Committee Chair recruits volunteers for youth sailing events and provides budget inputs at the end of the year. They coordinate the activities of the Youth Sailing Committee’s activities and members.

The Youth Sailing Committee Chair can elect to take on the responsibilities for setting up Youth Sailing Instructions, or she or he can recruit a committee member to take on that role. In the past, we’ve benefitted greatly by having a separate person responsible for coordinating and delivering instructions. Going forward, it would be good to once again have someone other than the committee chair to manage it. They can draw upon us and the many other US Sailing Certified Instructors and volunteers in the club to deliver the instructions.  We currently field an average of 3-5 requests for sailing instructions PER WEEK in the Spring and early Summer months. The market is there.

What about the other “hats?” Our plan is to continue with our TSA responsibilities and Youth Fleet Maintenance until we can coordinate a more permanent option for the Board to consider. These are both significant responsibilities about which an incoming Chairperson will not have to worry. Debbie and I will remain on the Youth Sailing Committee and active in coaching and youth and family sailing events.

Please consider stepping up and taking on this role in the club. We’re here to help. You’ll be joining in a tradition of volunteerism upon which LCYC members take pride.  If you have any questions about the responsibilities and how you can get involved, please send us an email at, or give us a call.

See you on the water!

Port Captains

by Lancine Justin and Vivian Miller, co-Port Captains

On Sunday, May 12th, at the Mother’s Day Commodore’s Breakfast, the men of LCYC were once again on center stage to serve a festive Mothers’ Day Breakfast to over 60 attendees.  The delicious menu included pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, yogurt, fresh fruit and juice/mimosas and coffee.

Dressed in khakis and white short-sleeved shirts, the Moms were serenaded with “Daisy, Daisy”, and each attendee received a white carnation.

Many thanks to the team that assured a celebratory event!  Fred and Anu Day and family, who coordinated the event and décor; Mindy Rogers, for helping with provisioning; Bob Rupp for not missing the presentation of a long-stemmed white flower to each woman going through the serving line, aged from 6 to 93!;  Glen Graham, Marvin Arnold, Jim Joynt, Bob Drew, Terry Tomko and Bill Cook…the all-male motley crew in the kitchen.

Are you a new – or newish – member?  Volunteering at our social events gets you into the thick of things and gives you an opportunity to meet and network with other members.  Please consider volunteering! Just let us know and we’ll find a spot for you to help our hosts who have already generously volunteered for upcoming events.

See you on the water or at the club!



Adaptive Sailing Friday June 21st, 2019

by Bill McVey

By the time you are reading this article we will have just completed our first of three adaptive sail outings scheduled for 2019. It was planned for 5/24 and we had 23 volunteers with eight boats lined up for an expected guest list of 25 wounded warriors and family members from Operation Comfort!

We will be hosting our second outing on Friday June 21st.

Our guests for this event will be coming via the Door-in-the-Wall Texas organization. This is a great organization located in Bandera, founded by a mother of a special needs child herself years ago. They offer various activities during the year for their participants, and sailing at our club has become one of the favorites for quite a few, as we have several folks that have attended multiple times! You might enjoy visiting their website to learn more about the organization at

Our schedule is

  • 11 am- orientation to club and sailboats
  • 11:30 – lunch; LCYC provides for both guests and volunteers.
  • 12:00 – Assign guests to boats
  • 12:15 – go to boats, sail
  • 2:45 – return to docks
  • 3:00 – end of event

We would like to have 8-9 keelboats and skippers and also 8-9 additional experienced crews (in case the skipper decides to go for a swim!) so we can accommodate up to 25 guests. We also need 3-4 volunteers to set out the lunch and clean up afterwards.

The outing will be about 4 weeks after this is published in our Ditty Bag, so it’s not too early to be signing up to help if you are interested! Just email

Thanks very much, Bill

Women’s Sailing Program

by Lynn Simpson

The performance/spinnaker class held on May 18 & 19, was a first for the Women’s Program! The class was small, 2 students, which was perfect as the class really had a lot detail that needed to be covered. Lindsey Sorensen and Marissa Avila were eager students and were ready to learn about the spinnaker. There was much to cover including performance, sail controls and there effect on the boat in light/medium/heavy wind conditions, with that segment covered it was on to learning about the spinnaker. It was a super breezy day and, there was no chance that we would get out on the water. We did get in a couple of successful spinnaker hoists and douses at the dock, but that sadly, that was the extent of our spinnaker handling for the day. On Sunday, the wind was super light, too light to think of venturing out of the marina. There were more dock side demos and following an early lunch, the wind finally filled in. It was time for spinnaker show down, Lindsey and Marissa rigged the boat, and then we set sail. We enjoyed a couple of hours out on the water, and had successful hoists/douses/jibes. It was a terrific afternoon, Lindsey and Marissa, were on cloud nine, both had done an excellent job.


Learn to Sail Class:

The Learn to sail classes offer a thorough introduction to the basics of sailing on a small keelboat to include; boat nomenclature, rigging and de-rigging the boat, tacking, jibing, helm, sail trim, departing and returning to the dock, wind awareness and safety. In the Learn to Sail class you will learn enough to get you off to a good start and sail with confidence with a little help from our women instructors.

For questions about the program please contact Lynn Simpson, Women’s Sailing Coordinator at

Class Details:
Where: LCYC
When: July 26, 27, & 28
Cost: $75.00
Class size is limited to 9 students.
Online registration will open on June 14!

The finale of the program will be the women’s regatta SEW-MAD on August 24, more detail on this event as we get closer to the date.

See you on the water!

LCYC Is Getting Greener!

by Debbie Fogle

If you attended the TSA regatta in March you may have noticed the absence of plastic utensils during the meals and the bin we used to collect the used BAMBOO forks and knives.

One again, we used our TSA youth regatta to take steps to limit the amount of trash making its way to our landfills.  Behind the scenes, diligent LCYC members were making sure the recyclables went to the right bins, compostable materials went to another bin, and what little trash was left made it into the dumpster.

In addition to using compostable utensils, everyone was encouraged to bring reusable water bottles and coffee cups to further reduce the use of plastic and wastes.  Vivian Miller was instrumental in us being able to send things to a compost pile instead of the landfill.

We applaud the really outstanding strides being made by our Port Captains. They have made concerted efforts to be very aware of our club’s footprint on the world and are taking measures to reduce waste, recycle and reuse.  Their efforts have extended beyond regattas to our monthly breakfasts and Board meetings. The lack of Styrofoam cups and plastic stir sticks for coffee is refreshing and encouraging!   If you happen to forget to bring your own, they are using some of our beautiful Wurstfest mugs and metal spoons!

As sailors, it pays for us to be super-sensitive to our impact on the very playing field that we love.  We can all make little changes that will actually have a big impact if we all do a little something.  So, the next time you come to the club for a breakfast or luncheon or dinner – bring your own cup.  I can guarantee you won’t confuse it with someone else’s, and it will keep your drink hotter or colder than any red Solo cup could ever do.  And – you’re helping us reduce galley costs!

Check back next month for some more ways to make LCYC greener, and if you have any suggestions about things we can do, please send me a line or stop me on the dock.


Series Racing

by Rick Mella, Rear Commodore for Sail


First things first:  Congratulations to all the sailors (Skipper & Crew) who participated in the Winter & Spring Series.  Mother Nature brought some challenges for both the winter and parts of the spring series race days but showed her stuff for the final days in the Spring Board boat regatta held on May 5th, and the Spring Keel boat races on May 11th.

Since the Winter Awards were postponed due to weather, both the Winter & Spring awards were presented for each fleet at the Spring Awards & Dinner gathering.

J-22 Mule Mechanic – Skipper Ben Kyzar, sailed single handed

Skeeter headed towards the leeward mark


Rick Mella
Rear Commodore for Sail

2019 Spring Keel Boat Series:
J-22                           Keith Zars                Baby Lips
PHRF Spin               Gus Medellin          Canyon Wind
PHRF Non-Spin B  Jack Carter             Sonar
Big Boats                  Bob Willis                Pearl of Great Price
Multihull                  Charlie Mayer         Otra Vez

2019 Spring Board Boat Series:
Flying Scot              Chris Powers          The Full Catastrophe
Sunfish                     Dave Sanford
Portsmouth             David Oats              Survivor
Laser                         Chris Fogle

Future sailing events:

Memorial Day Long Distance race is scheduled for May 27th, with skippers meeting on the Super Dock to begin at 2:00pm with first Pursuit Horn at 3:00pm.  All starting times will be handed out at the Skipper’s Meeting along with the course to be sailed.  Look forward to seeing everyone sail.

Next, the 2019 Summer Regatta series for Keel & Board boats are now open with the Keel boat race scheduled to begin on June 8th, July 13th & August 10 at 13:00.  Skipper’s meeting at 11:30, only on June 8th.  New for Summer series, added a Non-Spin A and Non-Spin B fleet, where Non-Spin A boats of PHRF ratings below 180, and Non-Spin B for boats with PHRF ratings higher than 180.

2019 Summer Board Boat series will begin on June 9th, July 14th & August 11 at 13:00.  Skipper’s meeting at 11:30, only on June 9th.  New for Summer series, Board boat registration is open to all Boardboat, Centerboard & Portsmouth classes.

Longneck Multihull Regatta

by Travis Mitchell

Longneck Regatta 2019 is a wrap! Saturday’s wild weather forecast kept the race committee glued to the reports hour by hour. We watched several bands of thunderstorms and lightening head our way just to fizzle out a few miles from us. By 3:00 PM we made a group decision to get out on the water and race. With 18 entries this year we had three separate starts at the line. The first race had decent wind as we powered up to A mark double trapping all the way. By time we got one race in the books the wind quickly began to fall off. By 4:30 our second race was a slow crawl to the finish and we were done for the day.
After tear down and a hot shower we were treated to a fantastic Gennaro’s Italian dinner back at Lake Canyon Yacht Club. Visiting with old friends and sharing stories made up for the light racing and we were all glad to have dodged the weather and stayed out of harm’s way.

Sunday were back on the beach ready to sail but after a no wind postponement we realized a day of racing was not meant to be. With the sound of a horn the regatta was over. Race committee did a great job to score each group with Saturday’s results and after trophy hats and laser-cut bamboo cups with the fleet logo and Longneck #1 for the winners the regatta was in the books.

First Place in the Hobie 16 fleet – Yam Vidal and Kyle Polzin.
First place in Hobie 17 fleet – Jane Sherrod.
First place in Portsmouth B fleet – Jim Casto.
First place in Portsmouth A fleet on F-18 – Steve Piche and Juke Ball.

Many thanks to the race committee; Rodger, Rita, Betty and (Carrie on loan from Austin Cats!) Thank you chase boat crews; Rick, Adam, Ziggy, Debbie, Chris, Caleb.

Thank you to our scoring team to include Rick, Betty and Jake!

Many thanks to Donna and Meredith for set up of the most fantastic dinner, deserts, Longneck decorations, organizing the trophies, gift bags, and answering the call to many questions throughout the day!

Thanks to Porcha at Jacobs Creek for allowing us to launch off the point and enter the park as VIPs! If not for you and your team lowering the water side cable, last minute moving of rocks and setting up the entrance passes for us the regatta would not have been the same. Thank you!

Thank you Chris and Debbie Fogle with Weathermark Creations for our awesome winner trophies this year!

We had a stellar turn out of regatta sponsors this year to include: Premier Plaster and Stone, Illusions Drywall and Painting, Diamond Plumbing, Advanced Windows and Glass, Taylor Designer Flooring, Infinity Concrete, KM Designs Inc, Mitchell Custom Homes LLC, Keystone Granite, Site Solutions, Educated Roofing, PS Designs Inc, Ferguson Bath- Kitchen and Lighting Gallery, Williams and Chase Insulation.  Thank you sponsors!  You not only support our regatta but help Canyon Lake Cats donate to the Canyon Lake Sailing Foundation that supports youth sailing.

Thank you to all the skippers and crews that participated and hope to see you all back here again next year.

TSA Update

by Chris Fogle, LCYC TSA Representative

Last month I reported on the drastic weather extremes in April. This past month was not much different for our racers.

On the TSA Circuit, we had one sailor – Dylan Tomko – compete at the Silly String Regatta at the Grapevine Sailing Club. Bad weather caused the cancellation of the first day of racing, but the sailors were able to get in five races on Sunday.

Dylan visited the podium for the fourth consecutive time with a 3rd place in Opti White Division and 8th place Overall Opti Fleet.

The next regatta on the TSA Youth Circuit is just up the road at the Austin Yacht Club. The Roadrunner Regatta will be held June 8th and 9th on Lake Travis. Make your plans today to stop by and cheer on the LCYC sailors.

Off the circuit, Caleb Fogle continued in the LCYC Spring Series – winning two of the three races in May. Sailing conditions were perfect and a welcome change from the previous drifters. Caleb’s fine showing in May earned him a second place overall for the LCYC Spring Series in the Laser Fleet.

We are very proud of our Canyon Lake youth racers!

We are still looking for more youth to join us. By the time of this report, we’ll have introduced 8 more sailors to the sport at our Memorial Day introduction to sailing class.  If you’re between 8 and 18 and already know how to sail, we invite you to come out and try racing with us. Drop us a line in email letting us know you’re interested, and we’ll get you the information you need.

See you on the water!

2019 TSA Youth Sailing Circuit Regattas

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

Another Auxiliary Dock on the Water!

by Harrold Simmons

In just six months, LCYC member volunteers changed the pile of junk on the left ( Fig 1) to the brand-new auxiliary dock on the right (Fig 2).  This one is a much-needed replacement for the larger wooden dock next to the Superdock.  Like the others before it, this dock is supported by encapsulated floats and slopes from Superdock height to about eight inches above the water.  This makes for much easier loading of the chase boat on race days and much easier for launching of small boats like Optis and Sunfish.


I was very pleasantly surprised by the number of volunteers who wanted to work on this dock.   Not only on workday (4/27) when we launched it, but also in covering the surface with decking, attaching floats to the frames in preparation, and stripping the foam off the frames last fall.  Even now, some of our members are nursing sore muscles, back pain, and  joints for their effort.   I am puzzled by why so many of our members want to work on docks.  It’s more than a feeling of obligation because many came out to also do preparation work and decking outside of our normal workday.  It could be that some members want to work with their hands to build something that will live on past them.  It may be that launching a sizable dock is just a lot of fun.  Whatever the reason, the volunteers who worked together to build this dock, can look on it with pride; they are the “Plank Owners” and will be forever appreciated for their contribution to LCYC.

This is the fourth dock that LCYC member volunteers have built.  All are supported by encapsulated foam floats and all constructed at far less cost than having it done professionally.  All totaled, this amounts to 5% of the total surface area of our floating marina.  This puts us at 30% of our marina supported by encapsulated foam; the remaining 70% is supported by bare foam that can erode, flake off, and absorb water.  The US Army Corp of Engineers is pressing all marinas on Canyon Lake to replace bare foam floatation with encapsulated floats for environmental reasons.  Obviously, there is more to do, and our Board of Governors, along with Docks and Grounds, are exploring ways forward to satisfy this need.  Member volunteers can also be part of this progress by building docks that we can do.  Working together we can make LCYC marina something we can all be proud of.


LCYC Personnel


Commodore – Mike Samulin Treasurer – Renee Kizziar
Vice Commodore – Elizabeth Bentzen Port Co-Captains – Lancine Justin, Vivian Miller
Rear Commodore – Phil Crane Rear Commodore for Sail – Rick Mella
Secretary – Mindy Rogers

Board of Governors
2018 – 2019
Terry Beasley Kathy Leubner
Glen Graham Carolyn Popp
2019 – 2020
Debbie Fogle Ed Miller
Bubba Harris Scott Wells
Jean Junker

Committee Chairs
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 – Michael Vocke, Rashad Williams
Property Manager – Julian Craven Ditty Bag – Bill Cook
Docks & Grounds – Edward Ward Website – Kathy Leubner

























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