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September 2021

Commodore’s Report    |    New Members    |   Series and Event Racing    |    Docks and Grounds |    Shrimpfest    |   TSA Canyon Chaos Regatta

Commodore’s Report

by Scott Wells, LCYC Commodore

Please welcome Dr. John Allred as the new Youth Sailing Chairman. John and his wife Kate have kids and grandkids that participated in the youth sailing classes this summer and he has a passion to see that program continue. John has a great deal of experience with children and has organized large swimming events in the past. Of course he will be relying on LCYC’s just as passionate base of volunteers to assist. Please reach out to him and offer your time and talents; there is much to do.

Please welcome Ms. Vivian Miller as LCYC’s next Treasurer. Vivian is well qualified and brings an enormous amount of experience to this vital role at the club. She is also getting married this fall. The official transition date is 1 December.

Join me in thanking Ms. Renee Kizziar for a job well done. As many of you know, Renee has served our club as Treasurer for the last 13 years. Renee has instilled a tremendous amount of professionalism and credibility as Treasurer. She will still be around the club; take a few minutes to reach out and say thank you for her contributions. We are blessed to have had Renee as our Treasurer all these years.

LCYC has its first Business Manager in Ms. Maggie Carty. Maggie has worked for LCYC part-time over the past few years is also very well qualified to assume this role full time. We are very lucky to have her.

Labor Day weekend is right around the corner now. The club gets very busy on these holiday weekends. Let me take a minute and remind everyone that guests are allowed at the club, but must be escorted by the sponsoring member. Do not, under any circumstances, give out the gate code to your guests. You should meet your guests at the gate and escort them on the property at all times. Remember that only members may launch their boats on our ramp.

Covid unfortunately does not seem to be going away. Everyone wishes it would. The BOG has closed the clubhouse once again. Outside activities are permitted, but social distancing is required as is wearing of masks when distance can’t be maintained. Regardless of one’s opinion, Covid is not something you want to get; for some it can be fatal. Let’s do our part this holiday weekend by not contributing to an already out of control situation at our local hospitals. Many of us know health care workers, so you know the burden.

Volunteering: There is no better way to meet other members and get plugged into the LCYC community than volunteering. It is low stress and fun. I can almost guarantee that you will make new friends. Come on out and join us!

Just Go Sailing!

Welcome New Members

  • Matteo Jofre, Spring Branch, TX
  • Derrick Willingham, Seguin, TX
  • Daniel and Joni Fields, Canyon Lake, TX

Docks and Grounds

by Pete Prados, Docks and Grounds Chair

The D&G crew is in the final stage of dismantling and disposing the old piers that were recently removed from C Dock. Some of the steel frames are in good shape and will be salvaged for future use.

The pump out system for waste holding tanks is nearing completion. Operating instructions are being prepared. The final step will be to get USACE (CORPS) approval. Note: the CORPS now requires floating facilities which house and/or moor vessels containing sanitary devices to provide, maintain, and operate an approved pump-out and/or disposal facility for portable units.

The next big project for the crew is to remove and replace rotten timbers on the wood decks and piers. This work will commence soon.

Plans are to have a fall work day. Details are forthcoming.

Shrimpfest!

by Terry Tomko, Shimpfest C0-Host

Series Racing

by Rick Mella, Race Director

What a weekend to finish out the Summer Series races with both Saturday & Sunday ideal weather conditions for LCYC racing series. Winds for both days were at 8-10 mph, from the Southeast making the Windward/Leeward (W) course a wonderful weekend for racing.

Saturday, August 21st, Keel boats took the line after observing the paratroopers dropping from a helicopter offering some military highlights for our sailors, with pontoon boats retrieving paratroopers from the water. Congratulations to all sailors who participated in the weekend races. Winners will be mailed awards.

In the J-22 Fleet, Gary Bourgeois took first place with Keith Zars in second place:

In the PHRF Spinnaker Fleet, Gustavo Medellin took first place & Wayne Peacock achieved second place honors:

In the PHRF Non-Spinnaker Fleet, Glen Graham sailed to first place, with Chris Pickett taking second place:

In the Big Boat Fleet, Bill Clark won first place, with Jack Mogab taking second place:

In the Multi-Hull Fleet, Drew Riddle won the series in first place:

Keelboat and Boardboat Racing July 17 & 18

Sunday, August 22nd, thirteen Board Boats checked-in to race three races scheduled for the summer’s final race series. With winds favorable for twice around the race course before finishing. Sunday’s results:

In the Flying Scots Fleet, Keith Zars took first place honors, Jeff Foerster came in second place, John Thompson finished in third place and Wayne Peacock took fourth place:

In the Sunfish Fleet, Chris Besch achieved first place:

In the Portsmouth Fleet, Chuck Begley took first place & Jordan Merson took second place:

Again, my special thanks for the Race Committee volunteers. They worked very hard to set & manage the race course for our LCYC Series Regatta for the Spring Series weekend. Volunteers are always welcome, no experience required! Working as a Race Committee volunteer, it’s a great way to view the monthly racing at LCYC. For those LCYC members / non-members, who want to help with Race Committee duties, please reach out to me since we have plenty of openings for volunteers throughout the year. Contact info: Email: richardamella@hotmail.com or RaceDirector@lcyc.net

TSA Canyon Chaos Regatta

by Debbie & Chris Fogle, TSA Representative

On August 7th-8th, LCYC hosted the Canyon Chaos Youth Regatta – its yearly stop on the TSA Junior Circuit. What a great weekend of sailing we had! After a postponement in March due to the tornado strike on the docks, it was good to get this opportunity to showcase LCYC on the TSA Circuit.

Thirty-nine sailors from across Texas and Oklahoma made their way to Canyon Lake for some great sailing, and they were not disappointed. The regatta lived up to its name as the weekend proved to be a heavy wind sailor’s paradise both days and kept the young sailors moving and being alert for the next big wind gust.

This year our LCYC Crewsers Youth Sailing Team were well-represented by nine sailors in four of the six different classes. In Optimist Green fleet we had Van Templin, Jack Sorensen, Cai Lockett, Jack Pickett and Matthew Acock sailing in 10 races. LCYC Crewsers captured half of the bullets in the races with Jack Sorensen with 4 and Cai with 1.

On the Optimist Red/White/Blue course, LCYC was represented by Ryan Mitchell and Tyson Templin. Ryan earned the Gold Medal in Blue Fleet and finished the 8 races in 3rd overall. Tyson sailed really well after recently making the jump from Green to RWB Fleet, finishing 4th in Blue fleet.

Over on the Laser Course John Smedley raced in the Laser 4.7 class, and Caleb Fogle sailed the Laser Radial. After snapping a mast in the first race on Saturday, Caleb was able to sail hard and make up some points on Sunday in the very heavy wind to finish with a bronze medal after 7 races.

By the end of the weekend, we had some very tired but happy sailors. Despite a turnout that was uncharacteristically low for LCYC’s stop on the circuit, this regatta was a huge success. We would like to thank all the volunteers who made it possible, as our success as a club is directly attributable to our rock-solid volunteers!

We would like to thank the following volunteers who gave their time and talents to ensure a safe and fun racing environment for all the sailors.

  • Ramp Crew: Jean Junker, Ron Popp, Bog Godlewski, and Bill Allen
  • Galley Crew: Lead Mindy Rogers, Carolyn Popp, Elizabeth Bentzen, Peggy Joynt, and Dave and Audrey Anderson
  • Green Fleet: PRO Travis Grahmann, Jordan Merson, Lindsey Sorensen, Dave Templin, Gary Clark, John Thompson, Chuck Begley, and Troy, Blake, and Clayton Micklitz
  • Opti RWB Line: PRO Lynn Simpson, Maria Wachter, Catherine Parten, Nancy Hodo, Dave Sanford, Lancine Justin, Travis and Donna Mitchell and Amy Templin
  • Laser Line: PRO and Chief Judge Mark Foster, Michael Miller, Stacy and Steve Wilson, Allen Borden, Ray Johnson, Scott Wells, Phil Crane, Pete Prados, Glenn Miller
  • Check-In: Joannah Pickett and Lucy Pickett
  • Scorer and All-Around Regatta Admin Advisor: Ken Taylor
  • LCYC Youth Racing Team support: John Allred, Casey Lockett, Dave Smedley, Travis Mitchell

Special thanks to our wonderful Docks and Grounds crew – Julian, Rashad and Marina – who worked behind the scenes to make sure the venue looked beautiful, organized our race equipment, prepped the launching areas, and ensured we had everything we needed.

As you can see, regattas and events don’t just happen without the many volunteers who selflessly give their time and talents to make LCYC a great club and supporter of our sport. If you are new to the club and looking for a great way to meet new people or enjoy a weekend on the water, consider volunteering for one of our many upcoming events. In the meantime, Happy Sailing and thank you to Scott Wells and the entire BOG for allowing us to hold this stop on the TSA circuit in what is proving to be a crazy year (again).

Stay tuned to the Ditty Bag for more updates as the season progresses. You can also check out the TSA website at https://txsail.org/ for more information, or check us out on the Facebook TSA Junior Sailing Page www.facebook.com/groups/172730702754870

2021 Texas Sailing Association (TSA) Youth Racing Circuit Dates

Check the TSA website for updates.

TBD TX Youth Race Week
11-12 Sep Rock the Rock Regatta Corinthian Sailing Club, (White Rock Lake)
25-26 Sep Jr. Ol’ Man of the Sea & USODA Mid-America Champs Fort Worth Boat Club
9-10 Oct Pirates of the Corinthian Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club
30-31 Oct Chocopalooza Rush Creek Yacht Club
20-21 Nov TSA End of Year Regatta: Changes in L’attitude Regatta and KO Sailing Texas State Optimist Championship Corpus Christi Yacht Club


     

   

   

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