Thursday, July 30, 2009

Buccaneer Wet Wed Series - Final Results

Get the final results here. Hint - a red boat won!

Call for Race Officials for Next Wet Wed Series - Aug 5,12,19


Please consider volunteering to serve as a Race Official for the next
Wed Wed Series. The Summer is quickly passing and being out on the
lake watching sail boats in the evening is great. Ask anyone who
was there last night!

Drop me a line if you can commit to any of the Wed night races or any
of the upcoming Regattas.


Tom Harrison

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Girl Scouts 7/29/09

The Girl Scouts Troop #620 enjoyed an incredible day of sailing at the Club. We arrived in rain, which turned into excellent wind and then ended with beautiful sunshine! The girls actively participated and I think we have some future sailors in the bunch! Thanks to Dave for making the connections to help this happen. :)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Pirate Races: FOOD!

Kitty litter cake

cherry cake with 7-up

shrimp feed

the cutest pirate cake ever

bbb-bad to the bone!

all smiles at the start....

Cindy & Jeromy, a force to be reckoned with!

Rowdy Ray, Punchy Pam and Bad Bob

Hammerhead Remick!

the lovely Karen Remick, not to be reckoned with

Captain Blackbeard Dan Heath

Pirate's Race 2009

Many thanks to Pirate King, Jim and his mighty wench, Dawn for a fun-filled day of piracy at the lake! The "racing", water fights and potluck meal were enjoyed by all who attended. Congratulations to the new King, Jay and his fearless wench, Melissa as they take over the responsibilities for next summer's fun!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Buccaneer Wet Wed Series

Nice evening, fairly steady wind- 6-9 knots - a few shifts. Damn fine races by the squad. Most of the races were decided by a boat length--with a few stragglers.

I would start the next race 5 min after the last finisher-- got four races in by 8:45. Did upwind and down and a Triangle.


Results to date here.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

More Firecracker Photos

Laser Dog

Here are a few good shots of the Laser show...

2009 Firecracker Regatta - Final Results

Get the Final Race Results here!

Firecracker Photos

You Mean That Mark?
Epic Battle

Saturday, July 04, 2009

More 2009 Bucc nationals

Dave and Elayne at Mission Bay, sailing in the 2009 Bucc National Championships.

Start of the Bucc A fleet. The starting line is full, with the committee boat in the lower left and the pin in the lower right and nothing but very good Bucc sailors in between.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

2009 Open House and Sailing Class

More photos. Check out the Model A visitors!

2009 Sailing Class Pool Session Photos

Better late than never! Photos limited (mostly) to our trim and fit kids.

Scuba Mooring Mission

TL and George spent over 4 hours in the water last weekend (plus more on land) for mooring checks, boat bottom inspections, fire poker retrival and hoist repairs.

Well done gents!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Big Lake Joy

I've been sailing with you all for 5 years now. There have been so many moments of great joy mixed in with moments of angst as I continue to learn about the art of sailing. One of my most favorite recent experiences has been learning how to perform a "heave to" to use during storms or for rescues. With many thanks to new member, Terry, I've been learning about the art of sailing. I've always felt the water and wind and had good boat sense. However, sailing with someone who constantly wants to learn and perfect is helping me along my path to becoming a more secure sailor. This is a reminder to all of us of the importance of learning, pushing boundaries and trying new things. In the meantime, find the joy in the quiet moments, and the peace of the sunsets and rises of our beloved spot. See you on the water.

One ship sails east and another sails west
With the self-same winds that blow.
Tis the set of the sail and not the gale
Which determines the way they go.
As the winds of the sea are the ways of fate
As we voyage along through life,
Tis the act of the soul that determines the goal,
And not the calm or the strife.
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

2009 Firecracker Regatta (and more) - July 3rd and 4th

Racing, food and fun coming this holiday weekend!

For more ideas on kid races and fun sailing/racing games, see these excerpts from Mary Well's Revival chapter of Catamaran Racing for the 90's in the archived issues of The Sheet online. You can use these links to quickly jump to the Revival articles:

Revival Part 1

Revival Part 2

Revival Part 3

Revival Part 4

Revival Part 5

We've just past our 3rd anniversary of using this blog as our club newsletter! Here's a reprint from the last 2006 issue of The Sheet to help keep those creative posting juices flowing.

The Importance of a Newsletter - Collectively, using this new format we'll have a more vibrant, interesting and timely publication. That's the power of a group blog.

But what do I write about you say? Whatever strikes your fancy -
  • What do you feel when you sail?
  • What are some of your favorite lake experiences?
  • What did you learn last weekend about boat handling, sail trimming, start tactics or mark roundings?
  • What is your favorite type of sailboat?
  • What is your most memorable sailing experience?
  • Favorite sailing vacation.
  • New ideas for fun events and races at the club, e.g. last year's Pirate Race.
  • Potluck themes (I think we definitely have this one covered! ed.)
  • Cool sailing links you've found on the web.
  • America's Cup and Olympic Sailing events. (Nice work on the Buc Nationals coverage ed.)