by Mike Samulin, LCYC Commodore
Well, here we are in the middle of summer – and it is hot. July was busy and ended up with our shrimp fest, which was a great success. Attendance was 100+ and everyone had great food and fun. A special thank you to the volunteers who made that event happen. August was a bit quieter with just the usual series races, an open sail day and the Sew-Mad Regatta, which I am sure will be a success again with Lynn Simpson in charge.
September begins with our Labor Day picnic and distance race – should be a great time. We also have our new member orientation on Sept. 21 along with our Cook Your Own Steak Dinner (CYOSD). If you are new (or new-ish) to the club, please attend the orientation as it is filled with useful information about the club and your responsibilities as a member. We also have an Adaptive Sailing day on Sept. 28, so please volunteer to help if you can.
Just to fill you in, Terri Beasley had to resign from the Board of Governors for personal reasons, and Ann Cook has been elected by the Board to fill the remainder of the term. A special thank you to Ann for stepping in to the Board position to fulfill the term. I should also thank Carolyn Harris who has also stepped into a Board position for the same reason – at our June meeting.
In case you did not notice – “A” dock has been moved closer to shore. It is a long story, but the bottom line is that the dock needed to be moved as some of the land anchors had shifted. Our SUPERB docks and grounds crew of Julian, Rashad and Ed had the help of some great volunteers in Travis Mitchell, Dave Sanford, Rick Walker and Joe Monosmith. They accomplished this move in one day. A very special THANK YOU to all of these folks for making this happen. The next phase for A dock is refloating with encapsulated foam. That process will begin soon.
Even though the lagoon is now even larger, please remember that this is the area where small boat training happens for the youth sailing program and open sail days. Be careful when docking your boats in this area (between A and B docks). Also, PLEASE do NOT block the youth sailing dock and sunfish docks – we have had a few boats tie up and block access to the water for these boats.
We are still having a few folks who, when launching their boats, use their trailer tongue extensions from the top of the hill. Please do not do this as it creates a higher chance of trailers disengaging from the vehicle and rolling down the ramp uncontrolled. The proper protocol is to extend the trailer tongue at the BOTTOM of the ramp. Please help to keep our ramp safe.
As usual, here is another picture from one of our sailing trips in the BVI – the Callwood Distillery in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, BVI. It is a very short tour – because the place is VERY small. You walk in, look left, look right, and the tour is over. The still is outside. For a small donation you can taste their rums and buy some if you want. This place is just a bit on the rustic side. Fair warning if you visit – put on some mosquito repellent before you arrive!
Callwood Distillery in Cane Garden Bay, BVI
Welcome New Members
Jason and Jennifer Olcott – Canyon Lake, TX
by Elizabeth Bentzen, Wurstfest Regatta Chair
It is hard to believe with the triple digit heat that fall is right around the corner. Along with the – hopefully – cooler weather it brings the Wurstfest Regatta! This will be the 51st year that LCYC has hosted this spectacular event. The Wurstfest Regatta continues to grow each year, bringing competitors from all over the country. The Regatta is an event of the Wurstfest festival in New Braunfels held November 1- 10.
Wurstfest Regatta Dates
- Wurstfest I – November 1-3 Boardboats & Centerboards
- Wurstfest II – November 8-10 Keelboats, Trimarans & Catamarans
The 2019 Wurstfest Regatta Chairs
- On the Water – Ray Leubner & Chuck Begley
- Galley – Mindy Rogers
- Publicity – Kathy Leubner
- Registration – Laurie McGill
- Launch/Ramp – Jean Junker
- Volunteer Coordinator – Carolyn Popp
- WF Raffle – Beth Wells
The WF chairs are busy organizing and planning this fantastic event. We could not do it without all of the wonderful volunteers. The chairs are looking for volunteers from the LCYC membership to help fill positions. Volunteering is great way the meet LCYC members and other sailors, learn more LCYC and enjoy the event. Please consider volunteering!
We are also looking for sponsors and items for the raffle. If you have any questions about the event, volunteering or want to be a sponsor and/or donate raffle items contact me at email@example.com
I am looking forward to working with everyone and having a fabulous Wurstfest Regatta!
LCYC – For the Next 50 Years!
by Debbie Fogle, Board Member
A little more than a year ago, LCYC members took a survey to determine some key data points about our members, and to solicit ideas for the future. Fast forward to today – your inputs and observations about the current state of our sport has led the current LCYC Board to approve the following recommended Vision Statement and Goals:
LCYC VISION STATEMENT
We strive to be one of the best family-friendly and preferred sailing yacht clubs in Texas. As sailors, we are environmentally responsible and the best stewards of our Canyon Lake home-waters. As ambassadors of our sport, we thrive on a spirit of competition, enjoy the relaxation of cruising, and mix fun with excellence in all we do. We expand access to the sport of sailing in innovative and inclusive ways. We are second-to-none in seamanship, comradery, respect, and willingness to serve our Club and the communities in which we live.
- Continue to govern and manage the Club in a manner that is fiscally responsible, evolves with current technology and trends, and focused on the vision and goals of the Club.
- Maintain a membership which is vetted and demonstrates an interest in sailing and related activities; and works with other organizations to increase the community’s exposure to the sport of sailing.
- Maintain a Board-led continuous strategic planning process ensuring membership and management involvement that best meets the vision.
- Maintain a marina and grounds that meets the Club’s needs for storing member boats, hosting regattas, and promoting its sailing skills development programs.
- Promote a clean and vibrant Canyon Lake natural ecosystem using sustainable practices in our events and facilities; avoiding significant adverse impacts as a result of our activities; and fostering close cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers as responsible stewards of the lake.
- Increase the number of opportunities members have for addressing concerns and ideas in a focused, timely, and transparent manner.
- Promote Club-wide volunteerism, regular rotation of event and program leadership, and maintain easy access to corporate knowledge.
- Promote and increase opportunities for members to improve their skills in sailing, seamanship, racing, and boat maintenance.
- Establish and nurture collaborative relationships with other Texas Sailing Association (TSA) member clubs.
- Promote LCYC leadership in regional and national regattas.
- Encourage and support active member participation in Club sailing and social events.
So… now what!? It’s time once again to plan and budget for activities which will help us meet our goals. If you have suggestions for how we can achieve these goals or program suggestions – please contact the appropriate program lead, or send your ideas to Board Member Debbie Fogle via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our club has a rich heritage of volunteerism, social activities, and competition. With your help, we can continue the tradition for the next 50 years!
by Lancine Justin and Vivian Miller, co-Port Captains
Many thanks to our wonderful hosts, Lori and Joe McDonough, for the Commodore’s Breakfast August 11th. The egg and cheese egg casserole was marvelous, especially paired with fresh strawberries and cantaloupe and a wonderful assortment of muffins. Plus, we had great help from the Sea Scouts, who even took on the yucky job of cleaning our freezer. You are all our heroes.
On Labor Day we are looking forward to Lancine and Vivian rusting up some brisket, potato salad and coleslaw. Please join us and bring sides if you last name is A-M and desserts from N-Z. Muchly appreciated.
See you all for a wonderful, social gathering….flowing with cold beer.
Adaptive Sailing Volunteers September 28
by Bill McVey
Our third and final Adaptive Sailing Outing will be held on September 28th.
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 www.ditwtexas.org.
They were also our guests for our previous outing in June and we had a very enthusiastic crowd of 30 guests who had a wonderful day. Many expressed interest in returning for the September sail so I’ll be very surprised if we don’t get another large group!
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 10-12 keelboats and skippers and also 10-12 additional experienced crews so we can accommodate up to 30 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 Bill McVey at email@example.com
Thanks very much!
by Lynn Simpson
The three day Learn to Sail Class was a popular class this year; within two days of registration opening up the nine available spots had been filled. A waitlist was started, and pretty soon thereafter that list had 10 names on it. There is usually a cancellation or two, but not this year. The class has become popular, I am super thrilled!
The class this year was pretty amazing in so many ways, first; what a great group of women, there was something extra special about this group, everyone was so enthusiastic, and supportive, and eager to learn the basics of sailing. The first two days of the program were split into morning classroom sessions and afternoons out on the water. The winds were perfect for a beginner class and although light, there was an occasional gust or two that caused a few moments of angst, add to that the huge wind shifts, it certainly made for an interesting two afternoons out on the water. The plan for day 3 was a full morning of sailing, no classroom, just rig the boats and go sailing! Well, Mother Nature had other plans, there was plenty of breeze with gusts of 20 plus. Erring on the side of safety, the decision was made to cancel the sailing. Two of the boats that were being used for the class were tied up on the leeward side of B dock; they were left there from the day before, ready for the sail the next day. Since the sail had been cancelled the boats needed to be moved, one to the main walkway so that it could be hauled out, and the other to its slip on the windward side of B dock. Between the gusts the winds calmed down enough so that both boats could be sailed to where they needed to go. This was a teaching opportunity, some of the students volunteered to sail on the two boats, while the others were quite content to watch. The two skippers; Debbie Fogle and I waited patiently for the wind to calm down. While we were waiting, we took the time to go over in detail with the crew the plan for returning the boats to the respective slip and main dock. With both boats moved, it was time to wrap up the class. The good news; 7 of the 9 students were ready to sign up for SEW-MAD, of those 7; we have 1 skipper ready to race her boat, “way to go Jennifer.” Yes, a wonderful class indeed! The success of the class lies with the volunteers that offer their time and their boats to the program, a big “thank you” goes out to; Donna Rice, Debbie Fogle, Terry Beasley, and Jennifer Bourland. Jennifer loaned her newly acquired boat to the program. I also want to thank Maria Wachter (photographer), Rick Walker (on the water support), and Fernando Ortega (photographer.) Next up for the program is SEW-MAD, so far 13 boats have registered, it is going to be a great Regatta!
See you on the water!
Women’s Sailing Class | Debbie, Susanne and Marissa on Skeeter
Series & Event Racing
by Rick Mella, Rear Commodore for Sail
Flying Scot Nationals
On Sunday, August 11th, Fred Soward with Crew Oliver “Buddy” Byington their THIRD PLACE FINISH at the Flying Scot North American Championship, known to many Flying Scot sailor’s as the Flying Scot NACs.
The trophies are on display inside the club house and will be available for viewing until the next 2020 Flying Scot NACs. Please congratulate both sailors for a job well done in representing LCYC at a national regatta.
Fred Soward summed up the experience: I’d like to begin by saying that it was an honor for Buddy Byington and me to be representing LCYC at the 2019 Flying Scot North American Championships. We drove to Florida on a Thursday but weather kept us from practicing on Fri, Sat, or Sun, with the qualifiers being Monday. Everything begins at the NAC’s on an extremely important and stressful 3 race Monday, which is fleet qualifying day, splitting the fleet into two groups. Fortunately, we qualified for the Championship Series Group, winning one of the 3 races. We felt our tuning and setup was good in the 8-14 knots range and decent but not ideal in the 0-8 knot range. Our finishes for the week were 5-2-2-2-4, with the 2 worst finishes being below 8 kts. Going into Thursday we had one race left and were two points out of first and tied for second – it was anyone’s Championship to win. The course was a W2 and after the first windward leeward we had second locked and decided to swing hard, take a shot at the win and gamble on a flyer. The flyer looked good for a while with good pressure and we were being lifted to the mark, when the wind completely died. If the wind would’ve held three more minutes, we would’ve likely won, but ended up with a third. The gamble didn’t pay but I believe we would take the same chance again. This was our first Flying Scot North American Championship, and Buddy’s and my original goal was to simply make the Championship Fleet. We far surpassed our goal, winning the Master’s National Championship and receiving third in the overall National Championship. Our success at the Flying Scot NAC’s is a real credit to the strong Flying Scot Fleet at LCYC and Buddy and I really appreciate all of your assistance and support.
Finally, Chris Powers provided details: In other Flying Scot LCYC news, Lynn Simpson is sailing in Women’s NACs this weekend with Marissa Avila and Janet Knecht, at Massapoag YC in Sharon, MA, and Fred Soward and his wife Roberta are likely to attend the Wife-Husband championships in Dallas next month.
Wednesday Night Racing
My Very special thanks to Chris & Debbie Fogle for organizing, boat setup and running Wednesday Night Racing at LCYC.
For the folks who came out to participate in Wednesday Night racing, things could not have gone better. A short windward/leeward race course with a gate on the leeward side and quick three minute starts made the short starting line a fun challenge for sailors using the LCYC Youth sailboats or BYOD (Bring Your Own Dinghy). The races brought together Laser, Aero, Sunfish, C420, Pico and JY15, Catalina 16.5 sailors of all abilities. These low key races were the perfect venue to try new techniques, boats and skills without worrying about where you placed since each 15 minute race was just for FUN (although sailors always know where they finished lol). The races attracted a group of about 10 people each evening with anywhere from 6-10 boats.
If you didn’t get a chance to join in on the fun this year, watch for the races to start back up next June. Dust off that Sunfish, Laser – or whatever you have sitting in the yard – and bring her out for an evening of fun, laid back racing, and camaraderie.
Summer Series Keelboat Club racing completed with Awards and a great Dinner sponsored by the LCYC Port Captains and aided with a few volunteers to bring this series race to a close.
Saturday, Aug 10th, winds forecast for 10-13 mph, with gust to 15 mph from the South / Southeast started the morning pre-starts with steadying winds, then dropping down by 2 PM to 6-8 mph, shifting at least 65 degrees at times providing one more challenge to keel boat sailors. Skippers with local knowledge of summer winds at Canyon Lake knew when to track on lifts and avoiding headers.
Sunday, Aug 11th, Summer Series Board Boat Club racing was a repeat of Saturday’s weather forecast with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees and heat indexes even higher. Winds were South by Southeast, shifting as bad as Saturday’s winds making very exciting finishes for all three races.
My special THANK YOU to all the volunteers that helped put this Summer Series race program together, organizing dinners, planning & scoring races, setting marks and helping clean up afterwards.
THANK YOU ALL!!!!
2019 Summer Keel Boat Series Final Standings
- J-22 Keith Zars 1st
- J-22 Wayne Peacock 2nd
- J-22 Ken Taylor 3rd
- PHRF Spin Gustavo Medelin 1st
- PHRF Non-Spin A Jack Carter 1st
- PHRF Non-Spin B Steve Wilson 1st
- PHRF Non-Spin B Glen Graham 2nd
- Big Boats Bill Clark 1st
- Trimaran Drew Riddle 1st
2019 Summer Board Boat Series Final Results
- Flying Scot Keith Zars 1st
- Flying Scot Chris Powers 2nd
- Flying Scot Fred Soward 3rd
- Sunfish Dave Sanford 1st
- Laser Craig Berleme 1st
- Portsmouth Chuck Begley 1st
- Portsmouth David Lilley 2nd
by Chris Fogle, LCYC TSA Representative
As luck would have it, the TSA regatta in August to be hosted by Palacios YC was cancelled due to water-quality issues. We were hoping this would be the “first regatta” for five new Opti Green fleet sailors from LCYC, but TSA and Palacios YC wisely took this precautionary measure.
Not to be discouraged, though – we put together an informal one-day regatta just for them – the Canyon Chaos Regatta 2019! We also extended an invitation to our sister club up the road and were thrilled when the Austin YC Roadrunners sent six of their Green Fleet kids to participate. We also had the current TSA 1st place Opti White Fleet sailor, Dylan Tomko, on-hand to set the pace for the Green fleet. Sailors from LCYC included Ryan Mitchell, Van and Tyson Templin, Preston and Parker Barber, and Beckham Mitchie.
The winds were perfect for the 13 kids on the starting line – a moderate 10-12 knot wind with very little chop. The kids got in 6 races – finishing closer to Dylan with each race.
Sailors were presented with a small keepsake afterward – and awesome refreshments courtesy of Donna Mitchell and Amy Templin. Coaches Yam, Travis, and Debbie provided on-water coaching, encouragement, and John and Tiffany Tomko helped with the course setup. A special thank you to our volunteers.
Additionally, AYC’s James Brock was on-hand to give a mini-clinic in the C420 to his friend and LCYC youth sailor, Caleb Fogle. The boys had a great time practicing with trapeze and spinnaker. James just sailed to an 8th place finish in the C420 class at the US Youth National Championships this summer, so this was an awesome opportunity for Caleb to learn from one of the best!
Everyone had a great time, and the consensus among the LCYC and AYC coaches and parents was that we should do joint youth activities more often! Stay tuned….
As of press time, the regatta in Palacios has been tentatively rescheduled for October 19-20. Next up, our sailors compete at Rock the Rock Regatta, September 7th and 8th. The regatta will be held on White Rock Lake in Dallas and hosted by the Corinthian Sailing Club.
Finally – SAVE THE DATE for our TSA Youth Regatta in 2020. We have submitted March 21st-22nd as a placeholder to TSA. The dates will still need to be approved by LCYC’s Board and the TSA leadership. This date is a week later than our typical dates because of the US Optimist Dinghy Association’s Gulf Coast Championships which will be held the weekend prior at the Houston YC. Please mark your calendars to help out with this great volunteer opportunity!
See you on the water!
Dylan and Ryan maneuvering at the starting line | Caleb and James heating things up in the C420
2019 TSA Youth Sailing Circuit Regattas
|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|
|19 -20 Oct||Cannonball Run Regatta (New Date)||Palacios YC|
|9-10 Nov||Changes in L’Attitude / End of Year Regatta||Corpus Christi YC|
|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|
|Ann Cook||Carolyn Harris|
|Glen Graham||Carolyn Popp|
|2019 – 2020|
|Debbie Fogle||Ed Miller|
|Bubba Harris||Scott Wells|
|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|