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June 2024

Commodore’s Report    |   Welcome New Members    | Save Our Club Money!    | Club Boats for Member Use – Try Sail On!     |     Port Captains’ Report    |   Docks and Grounds Update   | Adaptive Sailing with Operation Comfort   |    Race Management Report   |    Ideas for Conducting a Safety Briefing for Guests Aboard Your Boat    |    Shorepower Concerns | LCYC Women’s Sailing PROGRAM 2024  |

Commodore’s Report

by Glen Graham, Commodore

Greetings to all!

Well, May certainly was a busy month at LCYC! It included Adaptive Sailing, the conclusion of the Spring Race Series for Board Boats and Keelboats, a (very slow) long-distance race, a continuation of the Wednesday Beer Can races and Women’s sailing events, the Memorial Day Fun Sail and Carl Hawkins Fish Fry. I hope you took advantage of some of these many opportunities to get on the water and socialize with your fellow club members. The greatest achievement for May was moving the Marina an additional 40’ into the lake. This effort was led by our Docks and Grounds team (more to follow in their report) with help from many club volunteers. In addition to moving the Marina, the remaining walkway that contained Styrofoam floats was replaced with encapsulated floatation. This completed a long and difficult project mandated by the Army Corps of Engineers well ahead of schedule.

Please check the calendar for all the events planned for June. The Summer Racing Series begins on June 15th. Don’t forget about the Father’s Day Breakfast scheduled on the 16th, and the Fun Sail and Jimmy Buffet Party on June 22nd. Our Docks and Grounds crew have worked very hard to keep the ramp open for launching, so please take advantage of their hard work, and get out on the lake. I hope to see you all on the water!

Welcome New Members

Karmen Campos and Andres Campos-Delgado are members #1562-S. Please welcome them and thank them for their massive efforts in the Galley during the Carl Hawkins Memorial Day Fish Fry.

Save the Club Money!

by Vivian Miller, LCYC Treasurer

Our dues and fees are the lifeblood of the Club:  the funds are used to pay for operating costs, repairs and maintenance and the myriad of expenses needed to keep the Club functioning.

As your volunteer Treasurer, I am focused on ways to save money and to keep our dues and fees as low as is prudent. You can help in this endeavor by signing up to pay your statement automatically by debiting your bank account.

I estimate that it takes $5 per month per member to process checks that are sent through the mail. This includes time to pick up the mail, open it, scan the check, reconcile the day’s receipts, and post the member’s account. Payments that are handled automatically through bank debits cost the club less than $2 per member. While $3 is not much money, multiplied by just 100 members, it adds up to $3,600 per year!

AND – there is no charge to the member for this service.

The Club members who are using automated payments have told me it is convenient and worry-free. I use it myself. With automated payments you do not have to address an envelope or find a stamp.

For your convenience, the authorization form for automated payments is available here:  Your statement amount will be charged to your checking account on the 10th of the following month.

Happy members sail a Club boat during a recent FUN SAIL event.

Club Boats for Member Use – Try Sail On!

by Bill Cook, Sail On Boat Program Chair

With warm weather and summer around the corner, we’re all looking forward to getting back on the water! But what do you do if you don’t have a sailboat, or if you want to teach the kids or grandchildren sailing? Sail On is an LCYC program where members can sign up to use Club dinghies. Our fleet is located on B Dock, and includes International 420’s, Sunfish, Lasers, Optimists and more. There is a small additional fee for unlimited use of the boats. While Sail On does not offer sailing instruction, LCYC has learning opportunities with our Adult Sailing Seminar, Women’s Sailing Program and FUN SAIL Events. For more information, check out our web page lcyc.net/sail-on-boat-program or contact the Sail On chair lcyc.net/info/contact-our-team/contact-the-sail-on-boat-program-chair.

Port Captains’ Report

by Ann Cook and Sally Phillips, Port Co-Captains

Fish Fry hosts decorated everything!

Varied and abundant desserts line the counters at the Fish Fry.

Commodore Glen Graham and longtime member Mary Lindsey (#518-S) visit on Memorial Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fred and Sandra Lindsey and their hard-working crew gather in their outdoor kitchen.

Fish Fry Galley Crew

May 2024 will be remembered as the month of the first “marina move”–and hopefully the last! (Keep doing your rain dances.) Details of the move will be covered in other reports, but huge thanks are due to Margaret McGill, Laurie McGill and Mindy Rogers who helped shop and prepare breakfast and lunch for the hardworking crew of men who assisted John Ruiz, Dave Anderson, and Kyle Monroe. Lots of work was accomplished in those three days and lots of dollars saved. What would our club be without its volunteers?!

The 12 MAY Commodore’s Breakfast on Mother’s Day was another success thanks to Dr. Fred Day and his singing short-order cooks. Their menu of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, mimosas, and beautiful, fresh fruit was enjoyed by all who attended. Their customized rendition of “Daisy” maybe not so much, but it was all in good fun. White carnations were presented to the women who were grateful they didn’t have to prepare or clean-up the meal!

 

Our traditional Memorial Day Fish Fry on Monday the 27th drew a crowd of 150 members and guests. We probably would have had more were it not for the oppressive heat and humidity. The event was kicked off by a solemn flag-raising ceremony conducted by the Sea Scouts of Ship #26. John Waugh, guest trumpeter, played Taps during a moment of remembrance for those who lost their lives protecting our freedom which is what the celebration is really about. Afterwards, we enjoyed fish cooked to perfection by Fred and Sandra Lindsey and their helpers, plus delicious sides of coleslaw and potato salad prepared by the galley crew of Marylin & Mike Myers, Karmen & Andres Campos, Susan & Jason & John Chism. But the variety and volume of desserts contributed by our members put the event over the top! Thanks to everyone who helped make this day special.

On the calendar for later this month is the Father’s Day Breakfast prepared by our LCYC women. If you are available to assist on Sunday, June 16th, please get in touch with Sally Phillips who will be organizing this meal to honor all the fathers in the club. The menu will include boudain sausage and egg casserole, eggs florentine, Dad’s coffee cake, fresh fruit, and bloody Marys and Marias.

Towards the end of June is the not-to-be-missed Jimmy Buffett Party on the 22nd. Dave & Audrey Anderson joined by Gary & Debbie Kirkham have assembled a big team to decorate, cook and serve. If you’ve never been, you are in for a treat. You won’t even recognize the club–it will be transformed! A band will be playing your favorite Buffett tunes and John Ruiz will again be managing drinks. Wear your best Caribbean attire and be prepared for a good time and good food à la “Cheeseburger in Paradise” style. Most importantly, be sure to RSVP as this party is usually well attended. All are welcome but please know that a small charge will apply per person for more than four guests over the age of 12 years.

Thanks to all of you who do let us know your intentions to attend a social event where we have to purchase food in advance. Your response helps us plan properly and manage our food-related expenses for the club. Remember, when you successfully submit an RSVP, you will get an immediate reply upon completion of the form, and then an email confirmation as well. IF you do not receive these two responses, then your RSVP did not go through and your name will not appear on the list of attendees.

We could not begin to offer as many social events as we do without YOU–our valued volunteers. Let us know if you’re available to help and we will find a place for you. We still need hosts for the July 4th picnic and for the September breakfast so don’t be shy about stepping up. We’re here to guide you. Thank you in advance.

See you at the club or on the water!

Docks and Grounds Update

by Pete Prados, Docks & Grounds Committee Chair

MARINA MOVE (May 6-8, 2024)

The Marina Move Crew let the Marina out 40 feet into deeper water.

The Marina move was a Huge Success!! Not only were the Marina and 144 boats moved 40′ out into deeper water, but the flotation replacement project was also completed (three years ahead of schedule).

The Low Water Subcommittee, the Commodore, and the D & G staff did an outstanding job planning and organizing the move and completion of the new walkway.

These accomplishments were attributed to a great team effort by the following volunteers:

Members: Richard Mella, Bill Cook, Roger Goodfellow, Bill Clark, Jack Carter, Scott Holland, Skip Morrison, Wayne Shoquist, Tom Cozzi, Teddy Belitsos, Glenn Miller, Joe McDonough, Ron Popp, Robert Cryder, Stephen Voight, Gus McGrath, Dwight Stickle, Walker Taylor, Gene Fest, Jack Demsey, Phil May, Bryant Bowington, Rick Walker, Marty Kruse* (* New Member Applicant)

Port Captain Crew: Ann Cook, Margaret McGill, Laurie McGill, Mindy Rogers

Commodore, Low Water Subcommittee, and D & G: Glen Graham, Ray Leubner, Marvin Arnold, Pete Prados, John Ruiz, Dave Anderson, Kyle Monroe

Marina Consultant: Jim Shephard –

Adaptive Sailing with Operation Comfort

by Joe McDonough, Adaptive Sailing Program Chair

Adaptive Sailing hosted 31 veterans  and families from  Operation Comfort on May 4th. After checking in our guests, LCYC volunteers Anu Day, Lori McDonough, and Shirley Jones treated everyone to delicious fresh sandwiches while boat assignments were worked out. Then everyone retreated to the upper deck for a quick picture shown below.

LCYC sailors who volunteered their time and boats included Leslie Heath, Mike Stellato, James Gardner, Scott Wells, Bill and Ann Cook, Fred Day, Allen Borden, Andrew McCarty, Bill Clark, Patti and Dwight Stickle, Roger Goodfellow and Erik Siegel, and Bruce Dunn with Jerry Anderson’s boat. 

The weather cooperated with light winds, and a good time was had by all. Another Adaptive Sailing event will occur in early October. Thanks again to the LCYC volunteers!

Race Management Report

By Rick Mella, Race Director

Topic One:

The Spring Series came to an end on May 16th for the Keelboat races, and May 17th for the Board Boat races.

Many thanks go out to our PROs who stepped up to support LCYC sailing for the Spring Series. For Saturday, May 16th, (John Thompson) worked the racecourse where winds were extremely light from the southeast and dropped below 3 mph at the end of the first race, leading to an Abandon flag for the day. On Sunday, May 17th, our PRO was Dwight Stickle, who led the team on the Signal Boat and Chase Boat with ideal race conditions, finishing three scheduled races for Board boats.

Sunday, April 21, 2024, Spring Series Board Boat racing started under completely different weather conditions from Saturday. Skies cleared, and winds increased to 15 mph, with gusts over 19 mph by the third scheduled race. Nine boats were registered in Regatta Network, and four Flying Scots and two Portsmouth boats checked in. The Chase Boat was staffed by Doug; Peter, and Jean deployed the Windward/Leeward course under strong winds.  The PRO set the course for each race. Flying Scots sailed twice around for a distance of 3.24 miles each race, and Portsmouth boats had a 1.62 mile course for the three races scheduled on Sunday.

Topic Two:

Each Sailor is responsible for obtaining a copy of the Racing Documents listed on Regatta Network for the Race Series. Two important documents, “Notice of Race,” called the NOR, and “Sailing Instructions,” called the SI, are key documents required at each LCYC race event. It is generally a good idea to download and print a copy of each document or have the PDFs downloaded on your phones.

The NOTICE OF RACE:

Cited from the “The Sailing Dictionary,” the Notice of Race is “defined as the details about a race, series, or regatta,” published or sent to LCYC and competitors. “The NOR includes information as to the racing, class and special rules that will apply, the date, time, and place where the race will be held, and particulars concerning entrance fees, closing date for entries, prizes, scoring system, and time and place for receiving sailing instructions.”

The SAILING INSTRUCTIONS:

Cited from the “The Sailing Dictionary,” the Sailing Instruction is defined as “the racing rules prescribe that details of how the race will be run and must be available for every competing yacht. The instructions include information about the course, marks, course signals, classes, starting time and line, finishing line, time limit and any special instructions for that particular race.”

LCYC’s current Sailing Instructions include six different sailing courses that the PRO (Principal Race Officer) can select from given the current race environment for race weekends. The SI Appendix lists the six different course maps, three popular sailing courses are “W,” “WL,” and “WA.”  Using the example listed below, Course WA describes a Windward / Leeward / Downwind Finish mark set where the starting line and finishing line are the same and arranged to the Port side of the Race Committee Signal Boat. In the table listed next to the diagram is a description of the Signal label posted on the RC White Board. For example, the Label Signal “WA1” means racers are to start at the designated start time, sail to the Windward mark, round the mark to Port, then sail to the Leeward mark, rounding to Port, then sail back to Windward, rounding the mark on the correct side, then sail to the finish line, (Start-W-L-W-Finish).  For Label Signal “WA2”, racers start, sail to Windward, sail to Leeward, sail to Windward, sail to Leeward, then sail to Windward for the last time, rounding the mark and sailing to the Finish Line, (Start – W – L – W – L – W – Finish). Label Signal “WA3” has four windward runs before a downwind finish.

In the future, if sailors have any questions, please address these questions at the Skipper’s Meeting, or reach out to the Race Director. I will instruct all PROs, when sailors ask about a particular course selection during a race weekend, that the PRO on station should reply back to the sailor to search the two documents for answers, since answering a course question during a weekend race gives an unfair advantage to that skipper, and should be avoided.

Topic Three:

To support and promote BOARD BOAT racing at LCYC, the Race Director will seek permission from the LCYC Board of Governors to change Board Boat racing from Sundays to Saturdays, looking at the 2nd Saturday of each month beginning in July of 2024. More will follow on this topic….

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. Other contact options are via email at richardamella@gvtc.com or RaceDirector@lcyc.net or phone call at (210) 289.4704.

Ideas for Conducting a Safety Briefing for Guests Aboard Your Boat

By Safety, Insurance, and Risk Management Committee

Think back to the first time you stepped aboard an unfamiliar boat. You didn’t know where the fire extinguishers were located or what that beeping noise from the navigation station meant. These are examples of the mysteries your guests will be facing when they step aboard your boat.

Conducting a Safety Briefing is always the right thing to do for your guests. You have a responsibility as captain to ensure your invited guests are familiar with the basics of your boat, from the location of safety equipment to what they should do in an emergency. Here’s how to ensure your guests are safe, comfortable, and able to assist should the need arise.

Why It’s Important

While you may be intimately familiar with the layout and location of equipment aboard your boat, don’t assume that’s the case with your guests. Plan your safety brief to cover the basic questions that a novice would ask, but without overwhelming them with information. If a guest is more experienced or expresses an interest in learning more, you can always speak with them individually once underway, even allowing them to assist in operating the boat or in the event of an emergency.

Always conduct a safety brief prior to leaving the dock, no matter how nice the weather or off schedule you may be. If you’re tempted to wait until later while underway, it may be too late should a problem arise, and immediate action is required.

Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst

A good safety brief will cover the basics (such as the location of all safety equipment), but don’t hesitate to be creative and include additional topics, such as briefly describing specific procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency (someone falling overboard, for example).

Remember that, as captain, you may be involved in the emergency and unable to give instructions at that time. If it’s you who falls overboard or becomes incapacitated, would your guests know how to rescue you or call for assistance?

What To Cover

While you’ll want to develop a predeparture brief that’s tailored to your specific boat, here are a few basic topics that should be part of any safety brief:

  1. LIFE JACKETS

Don’t simply point and tell where they are. Get them out, and make sure everyone has a life jacket that fits, knows how to don it, and either wears it or knows where it’s located if stowed. Explain how inflatable life jackets work, as well as how to orally inflate or manually activate them. Show guests where the throwables (life rings, flotation cushions) are located and how to use them in the event of a man-overboard situation (more on this later).

  1. FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

Go over their locations and use. Take one down and pass it around so guests can hold it in their hands while you explain the basics of how to activate and use it.

  1. FLARES/EMERGENCY SIGNALING DEVICES

Cover the types, where they’re located, and potential dangers of using flares. You could also discuss basic operation, a particularly good idea for longer cruises.

  1. FIRST-AID KITS

Show the location of each on board. Many boats will have a basic first-aid kit for daily use and a separate, more complex kit for serious injuries. Show guests where both are stowed and let them know it’s OK to access the basic kit for minor stuff like bandages and aspirin, but to inform you of any injuries, regardless of how small. This is also a good time to ask if anyone has medical issues you should be aware of, as well as medications, to address them (e.g., EpiPen, inhalers). Tell guests they can come to you after the brief to discuss in private if they prefer.

More Good Knowledge to Share

  • HEADS: Show guests where they’re located and how to use them. Include little tricks you may take for granted but a novice doesn’t know, like pumping long enough to make sure the lines are flushed clear, never running an electric head dry, and so on.
  • HATCHES: How to open and close them safely to avoid banged heads or pinched fingers. Also cover when they can be opened and when they must be kept closed—such as at night while underway or when someone is working on deck.
  • TRASH: Hopefully, everyone knows you can’t simply throw it overboard, but don’t assume it. Point out where they can dispose of trash, as well as any separation requirements for items like recyclables or food waste.
  • HOW TO BOARD AND DISEMBARK THE BOAT SAFELY when docked, using the dinghy, or during any other situation you anticipate.
  • DOCKING PROCEDURES: For inexperienced guests who will be helping when docking, assign tasks and explain the procedure when leaving and approaching the dock. Demonstrate the proper use of fenders when docking, while highlighting the dangers of fending off with hands or feet.
  1. BASIC BOAT OPERATION

If you go overboard, can your passengers at least stop the boat? There should always be someone aboard other than the captain who can operate the boat. At a minimum, make sure everyone can bring the boat to a stop. If sailing, show passengers how to release the mainsheet and jib to dump the sails. If motoring, show them how to place the engine in neutral and shut it down should the need arise. The latter is particularly important in a man-overboard situation, as you don’t want to chance someone coming into contact with a spinning prop while trying to reboard.

  1. MAN OVERBOARD

Make sure everyone knows to throw the life ring, spare life jackets, cushions, and so on, toward the person in the water, even if that person is wearing a life jacket. These additional items not only provide additional buoyancy for the person in the water to grab, but also make it easier to find them if you must turn around. Assign one or more people to be spotters – maintain visual contact with the person in the water and point toward them until they’re recovered. Discuss other MOB considerations as warranted, such as preventing the MOB from being struck by the boat or contacting propellers.

  1. SAFETY HAZARDS

Take a moment to point out things to guests that could hurt them. These include slip and trip hazards (wet spots, deck cleats), the dangers of grabbing lines or rigging rather than solid handholds, hatches they could fall down, and the like. Explain how things that move while underway (a sailboat’s boom for example) can cause injury, while the boat itself can be hazardous to move about in during rough seas or stormy weather.

This is also a suitable time to point out safe places for guests to sit while sailing or during evolutions such as docking and anchoring.

Finally …

Encourage guests to ask questions during and after the brief and hold an informal debrief at the end of the day or trip. This not only provides valuable feedback to fine-tune your brief but also helps ensure the next trip will be an even greater success!

Shorepower Concerns

By Safety, Insurance, and Risk Management Committee

If you are using a shorepower connection, please take a few minutes to read this free article from Practical Sailor Magazine. This information could possibly help prevent a fire on your boat or on the docks.

LCYC Women’s Sailing Program 2024

By Dru Wright, Terry Beasley, and Susan Hoffman

Vivian Miller, Robin Engle, Donna Rice, and Terry Beasley prepare the Chickadee for a Wednesday morning sail.

Hello Women Sailors!

Wednesday Women’s Sailing continues every week. We now meet at the Super Dock on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am. Depending on how many women show up, we’ll go out in one or two keelboats. Those with small boats should plan to take them out with us this summer.

The third FUN SAIL Event will be before the Jimmy Buffet Party from 2:00  to 5:00 p.m. This is an ALL-Club Event for Families and Friends! Meet at the Super Dock for instructions and to sign waivers. Bring your parrot and your shaker of salt and join the Fun!

Registration opened on May 15th for the first Women Only Intro to Sailing class scheduled for June 18-20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Class sizes will be limited to 10; currently, 8 have registered. Attendees must be over 18 and LCYC members to register. These classes for Women will be taught by LCYC Women Sailors. Topics will include boat nomenclature, rigging and de-rigging the boat, tacking, jibing, helming, sail trimming, tying knots, departing and returning to dock, wind awareness and safety. There is a fee of $20.00 to cover the US Sailing Book. Watch the Weekly Blast for registration information.

See you on the water!

Nesting News

One half of pair of Egyptian geese incubates three eggs on the McDonough bimini.

 

The Egyptian goose couple that has been around the Marina for years has taken up nesting–on the McDonough’s H340 bimini.  The nest has three eggs, reduced from four after a sail.  But the McDonoughs are standing by for delivery.   Joe says, “Let’s see how it goes.  A new bimini  is being ordered.  Ugh…”

For more on Egyptian geese, click here.

 

 

 

 

     

   

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