Getting the itch to get back on the water yet? While some members head for the ski slopes, sailors head south to get their keels wet! Star sailors Jon VanderMolen, TC Belco, Tom VanderMolen & Steve Ticknor were in Miami to sail the 2016 Zag Master Regatta on February 6th & 7th. The Regatta scoring was shortened to two Saturday races while the Sunday races were cancelled when the wind kicked up. It was an elite group of sailors consisting of America Cup and Olympic skippers and crew. Scoring was based on the two Saturday races and tied for third were Jon & TC! They drew the short straw and were placed 4th by .0001 point! Actually, there were 3 other ties, all decided by .0001 points! Tom and Steve were scored "On Course Side" and incurred a penalty for the first race and recovered to 16th place for the second race and 19th overall when the final tally came in. Congratulations Jon & TC and Tom & Steve - we are all jealous that you were sailing in early February against a really tough group of competitors! Next up for the Star fleet is Miami Race Week (aka Bacardi Cup) in the first week of March. Jon has his name on the books already - good luck!
On the home front, replacement of the boat launch camp has been approved and paperwork has begun. The DEQ permit paperwork has been filed and as soon as that is approved, the physical work will begin. DK Construction says they need 3 days and hope to be finished by late April/early May - this all hinges on DEQ approval date.
The summer program planning continues. The regatta calendar is complete at this point and has been added to the Club calendar. The Junior Sailing Program is being reviewed at this time. No changes are expected, except we will have need for assistant instructors. If you know of anyone interested, please let Mike MacQueen, Roddy Turner or myself know - there are no age or experience requirements. The Adult Sailing class already has a number of people signed up. As in past years, class will be on Tuesday nights from 6-8 pm.
There is need for additional Race Committee personnel. The Race Committee sets and adjusts the race course according to wind conditions and records start, finish and scoring for each race. No sailing experience required, helpful but not required. We will teach you all you need to know. Scheduled race days are Wednesday nights, Sunday afternoons, and various regatta weekends. Primary goal is to have enough personnel to rotate attendance and not be required every race day. Race Committee is comprised of several members, so you will not be expected to run a race all by yourself. An experienced Principal Race Officer is appointed for each race and is assisted by others on the pontoon boat with up to 2 other "mark boats" that will place race buoys as directed by the PRO. If this sounds interesting to you, please contact Dave Johnson, the office, of myself. We can also have you ride along to see if you may like it. It can be addictive!
The last time I will mention for this edition - while flipping through the winter 2015 edition of "Yachting Times" magazine, I ran across an add for Miami Race Week (aka Bacardi Cup). There was something familiar about the center Star Boat, I know that sail number, and lo and behold it's our own Dr. Jim Babel! Bill Hawk helped me with details, it's from 2013 with our own Scott Benson as crew - in a national magazine! Wow!