Posted by: svwindward | 2017-03-27

WLSC Schedule 2017

WATAUGA LAKE SAILING CLUB
Schedule 2017

February 25 Winter Blahs Ole Barn Restaurant presentation on the Great Loop
March 25 General Meeting
April 1 Race Clinic & Shake out the sails
April 8 Series Race #1
April 22 Series Race #2
May 6 Veterans Regatta
May 7 Sunday Series race #3
May 20 Series Race #4
May 27 BBQ & Rock the Dock Dance (Michael Knowles/Rock’n’Roll Traveler)
May 28 Poker Run
June 10 Cruise Captain Surprise (TBD)
June 17 Father’s Day Regatta
June 23-25 Youth Sailing Clinic
July 2-4 Events to be determined
July 8 Laser & Sunfish Race
July 15 Mentor Race
July 29 Race & Cruise Captains Mystery Event (TBD)
Aug 5-6 Ladies Sailing Classes
Aug 12 Single Handed Race
Aug 26 Float, swim, lunch with the Power Squadron
Sept 2 Watauga Gras and Low Country Boil
Sept 3 Race & Cruise Captains Special Surprise (TBD)
Sept 9 Race Clinic & Series race #1
Sept 23 Series Race #2
Oct 7 Series Race #3
Oct 21 Series Race #4
Oct 22 Commodores Race
Nov 4 Fall Meeting/Awards/ Dinner/Change of Officers

Posted by: svwindward | 2017-05-22

WLSC Young Sailors Academy 2017, Jun 23-25

WLSC Young Sailors Academy 2017

Friday 6/23 to Sunday 6/25

WHO? – Young sailors ages 8 to 14 years of age.

How Many? – This year we are capping the active participation to ten young sailors.  So it is first to register first to sail.  Register means sending the check in advance or taking your chances day of.  We have limited resources and want to be able to plan as much as possible.  TY

Where? – Watauga lake sailing club Deck, Dock and on the water located at Lake Shore Marina Watatuga lake.

Registration fee of $60.00, first come first serve.

Mail a check made out to WLSC

    Jean Lindsey
    PO Box 342  
    Hampton TN 37658

We need response as soon as possible with your intent. Mail that check and send me an email to:
tcatoe63@gmail.com

We need to know the age of the sailor and the sponsoring member.  This is a members only event.

This year we will be starting Friday 6/23  at 4:00 PM with introductions and proceed to evening swim test, sail talk and dinner.

We will spend Saturday and Sunday on the water from 9 to 5 or 6.   Lunch will be provided for the sailors and those that support the sailors.  The support team will be designated.

All Young Sailors will be required to have a life jacket which will be worn by all while on the water.

All sailors are turned back over to their respective guardians at the end of the day around 5 or 6 in the evening.

We will be in the water, on the water and around the water at all times.  Our goal is to have fun being exposed to the lifestyle and many aspects of sailing, then have some more fun but boating safety will be a primary topic through the weekend.

I am looking forward to having a fun sailing experience  this year.

Please let me know if you are interested in helping with this fun event.

See you in the wind!!
Tony C.
Young Sailors Academy Captain

Posted by: svwindward | 2017-05-22

Rock the Dock, Sat May 27, 6-9pm

Don’t miss it! RSVP doevalley@comcast.net

rock

Posted by: svwindward | 2017-05-22

Poker Run, Sunday May 28th

The Poker Run will include Sailboats an Motorboats, meeting at 1:00 on the dock event starts soon after.
I am conducting a Poker Run for sailboats an motorboats after the run the winning hand is determined by event officials
How the Poker Run will be done……
Basic Card Game would be – 5 card draw- (( the draw cards will be the optional cards you can obtain as explained below))
$10.00 entry fee – pay out for the Run would be to the best hand 50% of the total collected
If you purchase something from Lake Shore or Fish Springs Marina save your receipt to get an extra card making you a better hand; you can buy an extra card envelope for $5.00 at the end of the run.
Time limit for the run; starting after the 1:00 meeting and back to the dock no later than 4:00, Their is no
particular order to pick up cards other than start an finish card envelops are mark based on pick up points.
Their will be 52 cards in each box at the pick up points take only one card per boat
All envelopes are to be returned to the dock at the end of the run unopened envelopes will be opened and hands will be recorded by event officials
POKER RUN – CARD PICK-UP POINTS
Start – Meeting on dock 1st card
Lake Shore Marina – (dock)
Captains Table – (dock)
Fish Springs Marina – ( outer dock)
Finish – Back at the dock (last card and optional card can be purchased)
Cruise Captain Billy Becker

Posted by: svwindward | 2017-04-05

Spring Race #1 – it’s on!

Ahoy members!

The Big Day is almost upon us…
with a predicted High of 58, only a 10% chance of rain, and winds blowing WNW at 8mph, we are good to go:

Saturday April 8, Skipper’s Meeting at 1:00pm on the docks
Several skippers have indicated a need for crew, so if you’d like to join an experienced skipper during a race, COME ON DOWN! Be at the Skipper’s Meeting at 1:00.

First Horn at 2:00, and let the racing begin!

And then…at 5:30, An Amazing Potluck – even if you don’t race, COME ON DOWN!
Chicken and Dumplings, bring a passing dish
Cost: $3.00

All the best,
Bob

Posted by: svwindward | 2016-10-19

Fall Race #4 & Commodore’s Cup

Saturday, Oct 22 – Race #4, Fish Fry, Go Bahamian

The 4th race of the Fall Series on Saturday October 22 will be held 1 hour earlier than usual, with events planned as follows:

  •  At 12 noon on the docks:  Skipper’s meeting
  • At 1:00pm:  First horn for the race
  • After the race on the event deck:  Fish Fry dinner and a presentation on “Taking Your Boat to the Bahamas,” both courtesy Bill and Adair Murdoch
  • After everything: The Orionids Meteor Shower peaks in the wee hours Friday, with a partial moon still in play, but there are meteors to be seen. If you’re feeling adventurous, anchor out (to get away from the dock lights) and watch ’em streak by for a while.  Bring a jacket, because the evening forecast is fashionably cool.  Just be back in the morning in time for…

Sunday, Oct 23 – Commodore’s Cup Race

Cap off a brisk, eventful sailing season with the annual Commodore’s Cup Race! This race is open to all members with a PHRF-rated boat (sorry, Lasers and Sunfish). After careful consultation with our Commodore, this year’s event will feature a new course. With a favorable forecast – westerly winds around 7 mph, sunny skies, temps in the low 60s – the course will also  be a little longer than usual, so we’re starting a little earlier. Details at the skipper’s meeting

  • 12 noon on the docks:  Skipper’s meeting
  • 1:00pm:  First horn for the race

 

Posted by: svwindward | 2016-10-19

Fall Race #3 (Oct 8) Results

Ahoy WLSC Sailors!

Eleven (11) captains and their crew turned out for the 3rd race of the Fall Series on a dreary afternoon with a 50% forecast for showers and 10-15 kt winds. And sure enough, it did shower during the race and pretty hard at times. The race was at risk for being cancelled at the first mark due to the 60 minute time limit, but the Olson 30 and the Catalina 320 rounded the mark in time to continue the race. The NW forecasted winds finally filled in as we rounded the mountain mark and stayed strong on the last three legs to the finish line. So the race turned out to be an exercise in patience of light and variable winds on the first half and then a challenge of strong 10-20 kts winds on the last half.

Congrats to James Little and his crew on the Holder 20 for capturing their second 1st place in the A-Racer class in the Fall Series, winning by 3 minutes corrected time! Congrats also to Billy Becker and new crewmate on the Catalina 27 for their strong performance in earning 2nd place. And congrats to Marc Nachman and his crew on the Olson 30 for capturing 3rd place and the fastest elapsed time of 1:40:11.

Congrats to my crew on the Catalina 30 for capturing 1st place in PC-Class 2. Congrats to Ed and Sue Lockett and their crew on the Catalina 320 for taking 2nd place with another good performance. And congrats to Bill Smith and his crew on the Catalina 30 for earning 3rd place.

And congrats to Warren Lamb and his crew on the O’Day 27, racing for the first time this Fall and taking 1st place in the PC-Class 3 with a solid elapsed time of 2:05:59. And congrats to Bob and Dave Hebner on the Catalina 250 for taking 2nd place.

Attached are the 2016-fall-race-results-3 for the race.

Thanks much to Rob and Anita Remme for the great job on Committee Boat duty, and to the Remme’s, Marc Nachman and Tony Catoe for assisting with retrieving of marks. And special thanks to Commodore Anita and Sherri Hebner for providing the delicious BBQ ribs for the pot luck dinner after the race.

NEXT SERIES RACE: 1:00pm Saturday October 22, preceded by a Skipper’s meeting at 12:00pm.
There will also be a Fish Fry after the race and a slide show of “Cruising the Bahamas”, all put on by Bill and Adair Murdoch.

Fair winds to you,

Dave Gurysh
WLSC Race Captain

Posted by: svwindward | 2016-10-07

Fall Series 3rd Race Sat, Oct 8

Ahoy WLSC Sailors!

Just a reminder of the 3rd race of the Fall Series to be held this Saturday October 8, with events scheduled as follows:

At 1:00pm on the docks: Skipper’s meeting (will be moved to event deck if raining)

At 2:00pm: First horn for the race

After the race at ~5pm on the event deck: BBQ ribs and potluck dinner

Currently the forecast for Saturday afternoon calls for 30% chance of showers and 10-15 mph winds but for now we plan to race, so come on out to the above events and have some fun.

Dave Gurysh
WLSC Race Captain
cell: (336) 404-1331
email: wlscracecaptain@aol.com

Posted by: svwindward | 2016-09-28

Fall Series Race 2016 #2 Results

Ahoy WLSC Sailors!

On a sunny afternoon 13 captains and crew turned out for the 2nd race of the Fall Series.  The race began in very light winds going to the OBS/dam mark.  NW winds of 6-8 kts fell in after 30 minutes into the race, as we chased the OBS mark floating west of its normal position.  Thanks to Clarke Lucas who retired early in the race and then did his best to retrieve the mark.  There was a bit of a log jam at the supine OBS mark, followed by variable winds on the leg to the ISL mark.  The patient racers were rewarded when rounding the mark with brisk NW winds most of the way to the finish line.

Congrats to James Little and his crew on the Holder 20 for capturing 1st place in the A-Racer class by 3.7 minutes corrected time!  Congrats also to Marc Nachman and his crew on the Olson 30 for earning 2nd place with the fastest elapsed time of 1:16:56, with a good run to the finish line along the north side.  And congrats to Tony Catoe and his crew on the Pearson 30 for taking 3rd place.  Wayne Catoe and his family crew flew the spinnaker on the Hunter 30 to make a solid run.

Congrats to Ed and Sue Lockett and crew on the Catalina 320 for capturing 1st place in PC-Class 2, winning by 9.3 minutes corrected time and with the fastest elapsed time of 1:31:48; an impressive win for Alabama Girl in light wind conditions for much of the race.  Congrats to Rob Remme and his family crew on the Beneteau 30 for earning 2nd place with another strong leg to the finish line, winning by 2 minutes corrected time over yours truly and his crew buddies on the Catalina 30 taking 3rd place.

And congrats to John Smith on his Precision 18, racing for the first time this year and taking 1st place in the PC-Class 3.  Also was good to see Bob and Dave Hebner out flying their new genneker on their Catalina 250.

Attached are the official 2016-fall-race-results-2 spreadsheet results for the race.

Thanks much to Russ Veldman and Gayle McPherson for the great job on Committee Boat duty, and to Marc Nachman and Tony Catoe for assisting with retrieving of marks.  And special thanks to Steve Brumit and Sue Lockett for preparing the tasty kielbasa, potatoes, and onions for the pot luck dinner after the race.

NEXT SERIES RACE: 2:00pm Saturday October 8, preceded by a Skipper’s meeting at 1:00pm.  

Fair winds to you,

Dave Gurysh

WLSC Race Captain

Posted by: svwindward | 2016-09-28

Fall Race 2016 #1 Results

Ahoy WLSC Sailors!

At least 15 racers attended the Racing Rules Refresher on the deck on Saturday morning.  Then in the afternoon we had a very good turnout of 14 captains and crew for the 1st race of the Fall Series.  The race began in nice brisk WNW winds of 6-9 kts going to the OBS/dam mark with Rob Remme and Bill Smith leading the way for the PC group.  The A-Racers did not have as good a wind on this first leg, especially around the OBS mark area.  The old 3-mark course was used to try to encourage more captains to use their spinnakers, but only Sam (racing singlehandedly!) and James flew their spins in the light air to the island.  Rob Remme and James Little were first to round the ISL mark, followed closely by a mix of two A-Racers and two PC Racers.  Westerly winds picked up to a max of 11 kts on the final leg to the finish line with Tony Catoe enjoying lifts on the south side of the lake.  Then light variable winds returned to provide a challenge to finish the race.

Congrats to Tony Catoe and his crew on his new Pearson 30 for an impressive win in the A-Racer class, capturing 1st place by 2.5 minutes corrected time!  Congrats also to James Little and his crew on his Holder 20 in earning 2nd place.  And congrats to Marc Nachman and his crew on the Olson 30 for taking 3rd place and crossing the finish line first in an elapsed time of 1:13:30.  It was nice to see former racer John McMillan out racing his J22 again and Sam Shafer on his Morgan 32.

Congrats to Rob Remme and his crew on the Beneteau 30 for taking 1st place in the PC-Class 2, winning by 1.1 minutes corrected time and also having the fastest elapsed time of 1:39:45!  Yours truly and crew on the Catalina 30 got passed by Rob in the last 200 yards but we managed to earn 2nd place on corrected time.  Congrats also to Bill Smith and his crew on his Catalina 30 for taking 3rd place, only missing 2nd place by 38 seconds corrected time.

There was only 1 boat in the race from PC-Class 3, but Bob Hebner got hungry after 2 hours out on the water so brother Dave had to bring him in for dinner.  I’m still hoping that more boats from this class come out for the remaining Fall races and get in on the fun.

Attached is the 2016-fall-race-results-1  spreadsheet.

Thanks much to Wayne and Danielle Catoe for the excellent job on Committee Boat duty, and to Bob Hebner, Marc Nachman, and Tony Catoe for assisting with setting/retrieving of marks.  And special thanks to Chris Kirkpatrick and Carl Hacker for preparing the tasty pork tenderloin for the pot luck dinner after the race.

NEXT SERIES RACE: 2:00pm Saturday Sept 24, preceded by a Skipper’s meeting at 1:00pm.  

Fair winds to you,

Dave Gurysh

WLSC Race Captain

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