Posted by: svwindward | 2017-03-27

WLSC Schedule 2017

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 Boat parade @2p , music on the deck @4-5p, fireworks @sundown
July 8 Summer Race #1, plus Laser & Sunfish Race
July 15 Mentor Race
July 29 Summer Race #2 & Cruise Captains Mystery Event (TBD)
Aug 5-6 Ladies Sailing Classes
Aug 12 Single Handed Race
Aug 13 Summer Race #3
Aug 26 Float, swim, lunch with the Power Squadron
Sept 2 Summer Race #4, 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 | 2017-08-08

Sat August 12 – 3 events!

** Summer Series Race #3 
Skippers Meeting 10:00
Race 11:00

** Lunch 1:30 Ziti & Meatballs
You do not have to race to enjoy the potluck
Bring a dish to share
$3.00 PP

** Single Handed Race/Fun Sail
Captains Meeting 3:00
RULES Skippers have no physical help at all, this will be by the honor system of the sailors. The skipper does all the sailing himself. People can join on the boat but are not to help except when its time to dock – Cruise Captain Billy Becker

Posted by: svwindward | 2017-06-27

July 2nd – Parade, Music, Fireworks

Happy 4th of July!

Holiday weekend activities will be held on Sunday July 2nd this year,
hosted by Lakeshore Marina

  • Boat parade at 2 pm
  • Live music around 4-5 pm at sailboat deck
  • Fireworks at sundown


Ahoy Race Fans!

I wanted to send out an early notice of a slight schedule shift.

We’re going to start the Summer Series with Race #1 on Saturday July 8th with a 10AM Start.  The scheduled Laser Race will be held at 3:00 on the same day:

If you’d like to volunteers for Race Committee Boat, please email me.

Summer Series #1
Saturday July 8th,
Skipper’s Meeting at 9:00am on the docks
If you’d like to crew, be on the dock at 9
First Horn at 10:00AM

Laser Race
Boat Rigging at 1:00
Skippers Meeting at 2:00
Starting Horn at 3:00

All the best,

Posted by: svwindward | 2017-06-13

Summer Sailstice 2017 – June 24-25

Summer Sailstice is a worldwide celebration of sailing, usually on the weekend closest to the summer solstice.

s/v Windward has hosted Summer Sailstice events on Watauga Lake for many years (Windward usually hosts special, double-secret probationary Winter Sailstice events too, but here we digress). Always on Watauga Lake, the exact location varies, plans vary, formality varies, weather varies, attendance varies – the only constant is that we head out, hang out and have fun. This year’s no different. The Watauga Lake Sailstice Raftup 2017 (opens in a new tab) occurs Saturday night, June 24, at a location to be announced – probably the day of the event.

No experience necessary for this family-friendly event! Plan on a raftup, BYO dinner, swimming, and perhaps a campfire on a nearby beach (weather and site permitting). Just bring your smiling face and splendid attitude, something for your dinner and breakfast, whatever you want to drink (and perhaps a titch extra to share) and your overnight gear, plus a couple of fenders and some mooring lines to raft up. If you have an anchor and associated tackle handy, bring that along as well. Bored easily? Like to explore? Bring along that dinghy, or kayak, or SUP, or spiffy double secret underwater propulsion device. Extra points if you can tie a great cleat hitch.

You’ll probably want a VHF radio (handheld will do), because cell service is limited to non-existent once you are past the bridge, and depending upon interest, participation, availability of sweet coves, weather and personal whim, this year’s event may find us east of the bridge, which at full pool of 1960′ has about 51′ of vertical clearance the third vertical out from the south side.

Interested? Questions? Ideas? This would be a perfect time to bump s/v Windward’s skipper, Jeff,  at, or show off your superb radio protocol and hail Windward on VHF 16 (working 68, alt 69) when you’re on the lake. Remember, events are planned for those that  show up (and Windward only buys so many party favors raftup booty), so let him know if you definitely are coming, possibly are coming, or probably are maybe considering it. Or talk to Cruise Captain Billy Becker – bet you’ll see him at the dock this weekend.

NOTE: If you are coming, be sure to also sign up on the Summer Sailstice site.  You’ll need to create an account, but sometimes you win cool swag.  Last year s/v Windward was the proud (and surprised) recipient of a seriously cool MTI PFD. Signing up is not mandatory, but it is if you want to maybe win something.

Fair winds,
s/v Windward

Posted by: svwindward | 2017-06-13

Fathers Day Race Sat Jun 17

Ahoy race fans!

This Saturday will be an awesome time at the Lake!
Our annual Father’s Day Race IS ON!

With a predicted High of 86, only a 50% chance of thunderstorms, and winds blowing out of the South at 4mph, we are good to go for a wonderful summer race.  We’re going to start this one early to try and beat the heat and thunderstorms:

Saturday June 17th Skipper’s Meeting at 9:00am on the docks
If you’d like to crew, be on the dock at 9
First Horn at 10:00AM, and let the racing begin!
We’ll set Race Details at the dock.

All the best,

Posted by: svwindward | 2017-06-08

Spring Series 2017 Results

Ahoy WLSC Racers!

First, a huge THANK YOU! to Russ and Gayle for picking up Committee Boat duties this Spring and to all the Captains and Crew for joining in the fun.

Spring Race #4 was another beautiful day on the Lake, and although the wind held up for a while, for a few of us, it just sputtered out a bit too soon.

In the A-Racers, Sam Shafer and Pat Pritchard pulled into the finish line just 55 seconds apart with impressive times of 1:13:33 for Pat, and 1:14:28 for Sam. With Sam garnishing a 1st place in corrected time.

In the PC-Racers, Rob Remme and crew did it again, with their third 1st Place of the year, and Ed and Sue Lockett persevering to pull off a determined 2nd Place finish.

Now for the Overall Results for the 2016 Spring Series:

Congratulations to the following captains and their crew who finished in the top 3 places in their racing class this Spring!

A-Racers:                                                                    Boat                     Spring Batting Avg. 
                                                                                                                    (Best 3 of 4 races)
1st                   Tony Catoe                              Pearson 30                  .900
2nd                  Sam Shafer                              Morgan 323                .833
3rd                   Wayne Catoe                           Hunter 30                   .700
4th                   Billy Becker                              Catalina 27                   .200

1st                   Rob Remme                             Beneteau 30E              1.000
2nd                  Bob Hebner                             Catalina 250                .750
3rd                   Bill Smith                                Catalina 30                  .526
4th                   Ed & Sue Lockett                      Catalina 320                .500

Note: Racers must participate in 2 or more races, and the calculation method for “Batting Average” is explained on our website: ; then go to link “Racing Info”

The season’s scoring spreadsheet WLSC 2017 Spring Race Results CURRENT – 20170613 is now available!

All the best,
Bob Hebner

Posted by: svwindward | 2017-06-08

WLSC Summer Race Series 2017

Open up the hatches, get out the light-weight canvas, and pour on the sunscreen…we’re going to the Summer Races!

Lots of input to have a Summer Race Series, so the heat is on:

Summer Race #1, July 9th
Summer Race #2, July 29th
Summer Race #3, August 13th
Summer Race #4, September 2nd

So mark you calendars!

If you’re new to racing, here’s a great opportunity to learn with one one of the captains, just come on down.

I’ll be sending out announcements with details prior to each race.

All the best,

Posted by: svwindward | 2017-06-08

June 10 Poker Run

June 10th

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


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 | 2017-05-22

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:

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


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