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May 2024

Commodore’s Report    |   Club Boats for Member Use – Try Sail On!     |   Pay Your Club Statement Automatically!    |   Port Captains’ Report    |   Docks and Grounds Update   | Adaptive Sailing   |    Race Management Report   |    Crew Overboard (MOB of COB) Procedure    |    LCYC Women’s Sailing PROGRAM 2024  |

Commodore’s Report

by Glen Graham, Commodore

Greetings to all!

May is one of our busiest sailing months, and it will be even busier this year. We begin with Adaptive Sailing on Saturday, May 4th (please volunteer for this worthwhile activity).

Next, we have the temporary closure of the Marina from May 6th through May 8th as we gently nudge the slips into deeper water. Docks and Grounds has planned for this move over the past six months and has enlisted the help of over twenty trained volunteers. Please prepare yourself accordingly since access to the Marina will be extremely limited on these days, and all electric and water services will be turned off.

The Spring Series racing concludes this month, followed by the Long-Distance Race on May 26th. The very next day we will have our group FUN SAIL. We encourage you to fly the Stars and Stripes or display the appropriate colors when you participate in this event to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Don’t forget this is followed by the Memorial Day Fish Fry. I hope to see everyone there.

Docks and Grounds has done a tremendous job keeping the ramp functional for just about all our boats and the planned sailing activities. We are limited to one open lane on the ramp, so please be extra courteous, and remember to move your boat and trailer away from the ramp as quickly as possible after the launch or retrieval. After launching, boats should be tied up along the walkway, well out of the way of the ramp. Thanks for your cooperation.

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.

Pay Your Club Statement Automatically!

Vivian Miller, Treasurer

Statements that are not paid by the 25th of the month after they are issued are considered to be past due. Past due accounts:

                    • Are included on a past due list, which is included in Board of Governors meetings, and, under our Bylaws, must be posted on the Club bulletin board,
                    • Incur administrative expenses in reporting and following up on the late payment, and
                    • May be charged a late payment fee.

Signing up for automated payments avoids this situation. There is no charge for this service.

Automated payments remove the risk of putting checks in the mail, which may be delayed, misdirected, mangled, or stolen. In the past, the Post Office has put Club mail in the wrong PO Box – one time it caused a 13-week delay! (The delayed mail included checks from bank bill paying services, which we cannot post to accounts until we receive them.) I personally have experienced a stolen birthday check sent to my son and an attempt to use it to make a large purchase at Lowes. You can imagine the hassle involved with closing and opening a new account.

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. There is no charge to you for using automated payments.

For your convenience, the authorization form for automated payments is available on the club website here. Your invoiced payment will be charged to your checking account on the 10th of the following month.

 

 

Port Captains’ Report

by Ann Cook and Sally Phillips, Port Co-Captains

Penny and Joe Monosmith, Joyce and Alan Hunter, Karen Sigler and Marina Conrad cooked the Commodore’s Breakfast in April.

The calendar for this past month was a little light on social events, but kudos nonetheless are in order for the crew who prepared and served our Commodore’s Breakfast on the 14th, especially since they had just completed doing so for March. That’s two in a row, and we didn’t even have to ask–they volunteered!! Let’s hear another round of applause for Penny and Joe Monosmith, Joyce and Alan Hunter, and Karen Sigler who also enlisted Marina Conrad to help with April. Much appreciation to all of you.

The May breakfast on the 12th coincides with Mother’s Day, and a big celebration is planned. Fred Day has rounded up his team of LCYC men to honor the women of the club with a hearty meal of eggs, bacon, pancakes, fresh fruit, mimosas, and coffee…and maybe even some music. Entertainment has been known to be provided in the past. We’ll see. This event is usually well attended, and all are welcome, so remember to RSVP. (And please know that a small charge will apply per person for more than four guests over the age of 12 years.) The bell rings at 9:00 am for serving to begin.

Our traditional Memorial Day Fish Fry will be held from noon to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27th with Fred and Sandra Lindsey taking charge of the fish and hush puppies. Marylin and Mike Myers, Susan and Jason Chism will be hosts for the event. Susan and Jason volunteered to assist even as they were submitting their application–now that’s the kind of engagement we like to see! The club will supply potato salad and coleslaw, but members are asked to bring a dessert to share. This event is always lots of fun. Don’t miss it.

A quick look ahead to June 22nd promises even more fun–our annual and very popular Jimmy Buffet party! Dave and Audrey Anderson will be assisted by Gary and Debbie Kirkham in leading the event and by John Ruiz who will manage the drinks. Wear your best Caribbean attire and be prepared for music and good food à la “Cheeseburger in Paradise” style.

Thanks again to all of you who have volunteered already or who are planning to do so for upcoming dates. Let us know if you’re available to help, and we will find a place for you. Working in the galley is a good way to meet and bond with fellow members. As the saying goes…many hands make light work (and lots of laughs)! We still need hosts for the July 4th picnic and for the September breakfast, so don’t be shy. We’re here to help you.

See you at the Club or on the water!

Docks and Grounds Update

by Pete Prados, Docks & Grounds Committee Chair

The Spring Workday was very successful. Forty-eight volunteers participated, and together with the Docks & Grounds crew, we addressed a number of projects. Special thanks go out to those who worked on registration, the galley crew, and project teams. Your volunteer efforts are most appreciated.

The shore power line between the Super Dock and the C Dock has been replaced. It is now above water. The cable is protected by conduit and housed in the metal walkway frame.

Skippers are reminded that boats may be parked on docks (excluding the boat ramp area) for only three days without an approved permit. Forms for longer-term parking may be obtained from the Property Supervisor.

D&G is monitoring the water level in the lake and how it is affecting launching and retrieval of boats. The water depth at the bottom of the boat ramp is now approximately 5’.

Marina Closure:  Phase I of the Low Water Plan will be implemented on May 6th – 8th, 2024. A team of trained volunteers will be moving the Marina 40’ into deeper water. The power and water to the Marina will be turned off and access to the docks will be limited to the trained personnel working on the project. The boat ramp will be closed during the move. Any exceptions need to be approved by the Property Supervisor or the D&G Chair.

The LCYC Safety Committee condemned the stairs from the McKown Deck to the swimming pool. There are currently no plans to replace it. Access to the pool will be at ground level adjacent to the restrooms.

Adaptive Sailing: May 4 and June 1

by Joe McDonough, Adaptive Sailing Program Chair

Adaptive Sailing Program is well underway at LCYC for the Spring of 2024. We will be taking our disabled veterans and families from Operation Comfort out sailing on May 4, and disabled members of Door in the Wall Texas, on Saturday June 1. Much the same as last year, our participants and families will show at 11:00 a.m. We will collect waivers, discuss a few fundamentals of sailing, enjoy a nice lunch provided by LCYC, then go sailing with LCYC members. The lake is exceptionally low, and our docks are even more difficult to traverse than they were last Fall. We are not accepting non-ambulatory participants this year. We are in need of boats. If you can help email Joe at adaptivesailing@lcyc.net

LCYC’s Adaptive Sailing Program is our signature event for public service. We renew our lease every 10 years for club grounds from the Army Corps of Engineers. The fact that we host such events really helps us with the renewal. However, even beyond the lease this is a great program, and volunteers always leave better than they came.

I look forward to seeing old faces and meeting our new member volunteers on May 4 and June 1.

Race Management Report

By Rick Mella, Race Director

Canyon Lake’s water level is at a historic low point:

Docks & Grounds has insured that LCYC Ramp #12 is open with a 5 foot depth for launching Keel boats. We are OPEN for business, please come and sail.

Spring Series Mid-Term races were held this past weekend (April 20th for Keel Boats, and April 21st for Board Boats).

Two Keelboat races were scheduled for Saturday, April 27th, 2024, but the weather forecast did not hold up to expectations for good spring sailing. The day started cloudy with light winds; by race time drizzle, light rain, and northeast winds kept temperatures in the sixties. The Principal Race Officer (PRO) was Chris Powers, with RC support from Dru Wright on the Signal Boat, where Dru stepped in to volunteer at the last minute. Doug Gregory and Rick Mella handled the Chase Boat, setting two courses: one Windward/Leeward for Spinnaker / Non-Spinnaker fleets and one Triangular course (Jibe Mark) for the Big Boat fleet. Twenty-two Keelboats had registered in Regatta Network, and nineteen Keelboats checked in before the scheduled 12:59 six-minute Alert signal, which started the five minute count down.

Sunday, April 21st, 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, & 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.

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.  One other option is to contact me via email at richardamella@gvtc.com or RaceDirector@lcyc.net.

Mark your calendars for upcoming events:

 

Crew Overboard (MOB or COB) Procedure

By Safety, Insurance, and Risk Management Committee

Crew overboard prevention – Falling overboard can happen on any size boat. Preventing an overboard situation is relatively easy when you use a little common sense.

While on board you should always strive to have at least two points of contact with the boat. This means, you should have both feet planted and holding on with at least one hand. Or, if you are moving about, hold on with one hand to grab rail or stanchion and take one step at a time.

If seated, have your feet touching the floor, or holding on with both hands. Having two points of contact assures that your body is positioned in such a way that most of your body is in contact with the boat.

A crew-overboard (COB) situation creates a number of risk exposures for those in the water, including panic, injury during the fall, and hypothermia. For those aboard the boat, an unplanned water rescue requires quick thinking and coordinated action.

Crew overboard rescue – Successfully finding the victim’s location in the water and safely maneuvering the vessel to perform a rescue are highly dependent on the type of vessel involved, experience of the captain, weather, and sea conditions.

Good skills and sound judgment are mandatory when executing a rescue. However, while every rescue will be different, several common success factors do appear:

  • Immediately toss a floating device to the victim in the water.
  • Have one or more people stay in visual contact and continue pointing at the victim.
  • If available, press the COB or MOB button on the GPS to record the rescue location.
  • If possible, contact 911.
  • Have others signal nearby boaters that an emergency situation exists and to clear the area.
  • Turn the rescue vessel around, take the shortest and safest course to the victim.
  • Approach from downwind.
  • Idle or stop the engine to avoid injury.
  • Toss a line (secured to the rescue vessel) or other appropriate device to victim in the water.

Crew overboard retrieval – Once the rescue vessel arrives, completing the rescue may be complicated by the victim’s condition, their conscious state, or the inherent design of the rescue vessel. Powerboats with high freeboards and sailboats with closed transoms make getting the victim out of the water and into the boat a challenging task.

 If the person is conscious and able to climb, the safest way to retrieve them from the water is by the swim platform or boarding ladder. Throw them a flotation device with a towline attached and pull them to the ladder or platform. The person can then climb back into the boat safely. If no boarding ladder is available, rig a dock line to a cleat and make a loop step for the victim.

If the boat has low freeboard, pull the person to the side of the boat and have them face toward the boat. Grip both of the person’s wrists and instruct them to do the same with yours. Smoothly and swiftly pull the person straight out of the water.

When pulling a person from the water by hand, lower your center of gravity so that you do not also go overboard. If there are other passengers on board, they can assist by holding onto your waist or legs to stabilize you.

If the person is unconscious or cannot lift their own weight, you may need to use a life sling or harness to retrieve them. Two people can also lift the victim by grabbing them underneath the armpits.

Avoid entering the water to retrieve the person unless absolutely necessary. If the victim is panicked, they could drag the rescuer underwater or cause further injury.

Only enter the water if you are a strong swimmer and the water and weather conditions are favorable. Wear a life jacket and take a flotation device with you when you swim to the person. Keep the flotation device between them and yourself as you pull them back to the boat.

LCYC Women’s Sailing Program 2024

By Dru Wright, Terry Beasley, and Susan Hoffman

Dru Wright, Robin Engel, Jan Broyles, and Mindy Rogers set sail on a Wednesday.

Hello Women Sailors!

We had a fun Social Event on April 7th with wine, cheese, and goodies. We mastered several knots including the Bowline! There was a discussion on “When Boats Meet” and who has the right of way. Thanks to Laurie McGill and Lisa Begley we had a presentation on the “Bernoulli Principle” and what makes boats go. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Wednesday Women’s Sailing continues every week (except May 8th due to the marina being closed to move docks and piers). We meet at the Super Dock on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am. Depending on how many women show up, we’ll go out in one or two keel boats. Those with small boats should plan to take them out with us this summer.

The second FUN SAIL Event will be on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. This is an ALL-Club Event for Families and Friends! Meet at the Super Dock for instructions and to sign waivers. Be sure to decorate your boat and wear Red, White and Blue!!  Let’s have a fun morning sailing and then enjoy a wonderful Fish Fry at the clubhouse at noon.

Registration will open 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. 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!

 

     

   

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