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March 2019 Ditty Bag


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Commodore’s Report

by Mike Samulin

Well, the February Board of Governors meeting was followed by a day that was too cold to sail.  Unusual for this hearty group of racers!

The board also held a special meeting on Feb. 16 to discuss the docks and grounds request to work on A dock, and a review of the survey from last year and the recommendations by the task force that has been working on the survey responses.  The task force has come up with some good ideas and will now take these concepts and bring to the BOG some more definition on how to move forward.  This group, which included Chris and Debbie Fogle, Jim Kizziar, Sandra Linsdey, Elizabeth Bentzen and a few others did a great job of sorting through the many pages of responses to come up with some new ideas to move forward with.  The task force will come back to upcoming BOG meetings with this more refined information and suggestions on how to proceed.  The short month of February ends with first weekend of adult sail training – let’s hope the weather cooperates.

Upcoming events to be noted include the second weekend of adult sail training, the spring series races, and the Italian night dinner, along with an open sail day on March 30.

Remember, daylight saving time begins on March 10 – don’t forget to SPRING FORWARD.

We did have a little movement in the slip waiting list– 1 slip did open up.  We do hope that those not using their boats will consider moving “up the hill” to allow space for those who are waiting for a slip.  On that note, an alternative to moving your boat up the hill if your boat is “over the hill” and needs to be let go of, we have a solution for that too.  We have a third party who will pull the boat from the marina and dispose of it for you.  I know that sounds terrible, and if you are like me you can get attached to a boat, but… if you are unable to sail your boat and are unable to SELL the boat, it might be time to let go.  Depending on the size of the boat, for about $800 to $1000 the boat will be removed and disposed of for you.  If you calculate the slip deposit that will be refunded to you (varies based on date of deposit and boat size), along with the savings of not paying the slip fee, you can usually break even in about 2 to 4 months.  If you want to know the exact details of your deposit and slip fees, Renee Kizziar our treasurer will be glad to help.

I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes – from The Seven Seas Sailors Calendar (a great sailors calendar – check it out):

“There is more to sailing than ropes and winches, cleats and bulging sails.  There are faraway places and the ever changing light, and the silence, and a great peace at the bottom of your soul.”   Ferenc Mate

And, I will share one of my favorite anchorages in the BVI…

Pirates Bight, Norman Island, BVI Photo by Michael Samulin

Welcome New Members

Ash Beatty – League City, TX
Han Saurage – Baton Rouge, LA
Jarrod Tubs – San Antonio, TX
Caleb Fogle – San Antonio, TX

6th Annual Charles L. Branch M.D. Leukemia Cup Regatta (LCR)

June 1 & 2, 2019

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

LCYC’s sixth annual Leukemia Cup Regatta (LCR) will officially kick off at the April 14th Commodore’s Breakfast. Please plan to attend, eat some yummy food and learn about the progress being made in the fight against blood cancers.

Leukemia Cup Regattas are hosted nationally by 45 independent yacht clubs whose goal is to raise funds for the benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America (LLS). Last year, these Regattas raised about $6 million for LLS in the fight against blood cancers. LCYC raised $62,317 in 2018 and over the past five years of LCYC’s participation, $216,000 has been raised for the South Central Texas Chapter of LLS! A 2019 goal of $65,000 is a reasonable stretch on 2018’s success. We can do it!

Phil Crane and I will be Co-Chairs again this year, reaching out in March to former and potential new committee members and fundraising teams. Committees include Fund Raising, Publicity, Food, and Race. Of course, we want all those who made last year’s regatta so successful back again; 15 very active fundraising teams, 9 sponsors, cocktails with the Commodore, and a record setting silent auction were keys to our success last year.  Please consider joining this great team and having some fun in support of a very worthy cause.

The BOG approved a move to June 1 & 2 as the dates for this year’s LCR. We’re looking for some cooler weather, better wind, and less boat traffic than what we typically get for the July 4th holiday. Volunteers are needed for both on-the-water and on shore activities. Please call me at 512-633-4434 or email Phil and me at if you can help in any way.  “Cocktails with the Commodore” was a great success last year, so we’re again putting it on the schedule for the evening of May 31st. Over the weekend, one day of racing will be devoted to The Branch Long Distance Race and the other to buoys racing. A BBQ dinner, silent auction, and live music will follow the racing on June 1st.  Awards will be presented to sponsors and fundraising teams that evening. Trophies will be awarded to competing fleets on Sunday afternoon.

LCYC is making a difference in the fight against blood cancers. Please help keep the momentum building!

Reciprocity Benefits

by Renee Kizziar

Reciprocity in this context refers to a yacht club allowing a member of another yacht club (the “visitor”) access to the club’s facilities and amenities.  LCYC members can enjoy reciprocity with many other yacht clubs.  LCYC also offers reciprocity to members of many other clubs.

Whenever an LCYC member asks the administrative office about reciprocity with another yacht club, we recommend that the member contact the other club.  Clubs have a variety of amenities to which they may or may not offer visitors access.  Clubs may also request that visitors have reservations and be pre-approved.  The most common pre-approval request is for a certification of “good standing”.  With enough notice, the LCYC office can e-mail this certification to another club.

One of the avenues through which LCYC members enjoy reciprocity is through LCYC’s membership in Yacht Clubs of America (“YCA”).  YCA has an on-line directory of member clubs.  This directory can be viewed for free by anyone having a user name and password.  These names and passwords appear on YCA membership cards.  You can obtain a YCA membership card from the LCYC office simply by requesting a card (e-mail  The directory includes the names and contact information of all affiliated club, as well as hours of operation, dockage information, restaurant and lounge information and reciprocity status.

Some clubs only accept payment on account.  So it is a good idea to take your LCYC card when visiting another club.  If you pay on account at another club, that charge will appear on your LCYC statement a month or two following your visit, depending on when the club you visited sends LCYC the information.

Consider taking advantage of this feature of your LCYC membership.  And enjoy your time on or near the water.

Port Co-Captains

by Lancine Justin & Vivian Miller

February’s Commodore’s Breakfast was deliciously prepared by Joe and Lori McDonough, and everyone raved about the wonderful cherry and apple strudels. We so appreciate all our volunteers!

March is going to have a very special event; Italian Night! Please come prepared to delve into our Italian dishes, sip a little vino and listen to a special guest appearance….an Italian accordion player. Come one, come all on March 30th!

On the 10th will be the next Commodore’s Breakfast and Donita and Skip Klement will be hosting this palate pleasing event.

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

January 2019 Winter Long Distance Regatta

by Rick Mella

Saturday, January 26, 2019, the Race Committee sounded one Horn beginning this year’s Winter Long Distance Race Pursuit Start on Canyon Lake.  The 8.08-mile course started with light winds registering between 1.34- 3.5 miles an hour for Donna Rice’s Chickadee PHRF Non-Spin yacht to begin at 11:30am.  Nine other skippers followed suit with Joe Monosmith’s Saturday Knight multihull bringing up the final start at 12:03:40.

Figure 1: Gals versus Guys Reaching Down the Lake

With wind direction South by Southwest, sailors reached down the lake after rounding lake marker #1, and winds slowly increasing to 5 – 8 mph for their sail to marker #8.  As the sailors headed home to LCYC and the first boats started to appear around Jacobs Creek point, yacht Canyon Wind sailed gently across the finish line at 13:55:40 to take top honors (First Place Gus Medellin), followed by Fred Lindsey in TLT (Second Place), and Phil Davis steering Tejano across the finish line to take Third Place.

In the Non-Spinnaker fleet, Bill Clark sailed Cascabel to a First-Place finish followed by Scott Wells taking Second Place.  All sailors were treated by our wonderful LCYC Port Captains to a great dinner followed by Awards presentation.

Figure 2: LCYC Coming Into View

2018-2019 Winter Series Keelboat / Boardboat Races

Saturday & Sunday, February 9th & 10th, Mother Nature had different plans for the final weekend ending the 2018-2019 Winter Series Keelboat / Boardboat regattas.
Overall standings with 24 Keel boats registered & 13 Board boats registered, the results follow:

Keel Boat:
J-22                         Keith Zars                First Place
PHRF Spin              Gus Medellin            First Place
PHRF Non-Spin B   Steve Wilson            First Place
Big Boats                 Bill Clark                  First Place
Multihull                   Joe Monosmith           First Place

Board Boat:
Flying Scot              Chris Powers            First Place
Sunfish                    Debora Fogle           First Place
Portsmouth              Craig Berleme           First Place

Awards & Winter Series Dinner presentation will be determined & scheduled at a later date.

Just Remember if you miss living up North:  Detroit Yacht Club has a few open slips

Figure 3: Detroit Ice Breaker

Youth Sailing Program

by  Chris Fogle

March is here, and that means it’s time for LCYC’s turn on the Texas Youth Sailing Circuit. Our ‘Spring Fling’ Regatta will be held March 16th – 17th.  Make plans now to race (kids!) or volunteer (older kids!).

The first stop on the TSA Circuit was February 9-10, and Dylan Tomko hit the water well-prepared!  He competed in the kick-off regatta at Lakewood Yacht Club in Houston, and this was his first regatta in Opti White Fleet division. He dominated the field and won his division!  Congratulations, Dylan!

Our other two racers have hit the water again after a winter spent getting in shape. Our first formal practice was last month, and Ryan Mitchell (Opti Green) and Caleb Fogle (Laser 4.7) enjoyed some time in a C420 after practice – honing sail trim skills and having fun! Both boys are looking forward to getting back on the starting line on our home-waters.

We’ve had some questions surface about sailing instructions this summer. The short answer is “yes, we’ll have some.” Once the TSA regatta is behind us, we’ll focus on getting the registration in place for both the Orientation to Sailing over Memorial Day weekend, and the follow-on Beginner’s Sailing lessons in June. We’ll add other lessons and clinics if and once we have volunteers for the sessions. If you would like to help us set these up and run them, please contact me directly.

We mentioned this last month – 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.  Drop us a line in email letting us know you’re interested, and we’ll get you the information you need.

You can always contact us We’d love to hear what you’re thinking.

See you on the water!

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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