Posted by: svwindward | 2018-05-01

Spring Race #3 Sat May 5

Hello Everyone,
The 3rd race of the spring series is this Saturday May 5th.
The Skippers meeting and sign up will be on the sailboat dock at 1:00 with the PC racer start at 2:00 and the A-Racers at 2:15

If we have good breeze we may try and make up one of the canceled races.

Reminder we still need volunteers for committee boat duty and setting out marks for the following races:
5-26-18 Spring Race (make-ups)
7-7-18 Summer Race #1
8-4-18 Summer Race #3
9-22-18 Fall Race #2
10-6-18 Fall Race #3
10-20-18 Fall Race #4

Sam Shafer
WLSC Race Captain

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Posted by: svwindward | 2018-04-10

Spring Race #2 Apr 21 – Committee Boat Needed!

Hello Everyone,

We do not have a committee boat or anyone to set out marks for the Spring Race #2. No committee boat, no race!

The Skippers meeting and sign up will be on the sailboat dock at 1:00 pm With the PC racer start at 2:00 and the A-Racers at 2:15.

Reminder we still need volunteers for committee boat duty and setting out marks for the following races:

4-21-18 Spring Race #3
5-5-18 Spring Race #3
7-7-18 Summer Race #1
8-4-18 Summer Race #3
9-22-18 Fall Race #2
10-6-18 Fall Race #3
10-20-18 Fall Race #4

Sam Shafer
WLSC Race Captain

Posted by: svwindward | 2018-04-06

Race start sequence updated

Attached is the updated start sequence Start-Sequence-for-Spring&Fall-Races.

Posted by: svwindward | 2018-04-05

CANCELLED: Fall Race #1, Sat Apr 7

UPDATE from Race Captain Sam Shafer:

WLSC Racers,
After polling several racers, and looking at multiple weather forecasts, I am going to cancel the race for tomorrow. We will use the scheduled make up race for the 4th race in the Spring Series.

Sam Shafer
WLSC Race Captain

Reminder we still need volunteers for committee boat duty and setting out marks for the following races:

Spring Race #2 4-21-18
Spring Race #3 5-5-18
Summer Race #1 7-7-18
Summer Race #3 8-4-18
Fall Race #2 9-22-18
Fall Race #3 10-6-18
Fall Race #4 10-20-18

Posted by: svwindward | 2018-04-05

All Sat Apr 7 events cancelled or rescheduled

UPDATE: Due to a profound lack of interest by the racers in the face of the current forecast, Race Captain Sam has cancelled the first race. A 5th makeup or fun race was already scheduled at spring season’s end, and will serve as substitute for scoring purposes.

From Commodore Bob:

Due to the potential of some cold rainy weather and some schedule conflicts we will be canceling the Dinner and the WLSC General Meeting this weekend. These will be rescheduled and I’ll keep you posted.

As of now, the Race is still a go. Sam will update by noon on Friday if the forecast deteriorates.

Look forward to seeing everyone one soon.

All the best,
Bob

Updates above. Short version:
Nothing is happening this weekend!
Spring Race #1, Post-race dinner and Spring Meeting are all cancelled.


Quick Watson, Spring is afoot! It might take Sherlock Holmes to find us temps above 45 :).

Three opportunities this coming weekend on Saturday, April 7th

First, It’s Race Time!  Race Captain Sam will be sending details shortly.

Second, It’s Dinner Time! 

Following the race, Patti Gurysh and a few other members are planning to serve beef stroganoff over noodles with several veggies and desserts for a celebration of our first dinner of 2018.   Only $5 for a full course amazing meal!  No need to bring a dish, just a hungry crew!

Third, Our WLSC Annual Spring Meeting directly following the Dinner.

All the best,
Bob

Posted by: svwindward | 2018-03-16

Race Committee Volunteers needed

Hello Everyone,

As we approach the start of the Spring Racing series we need to get volunteers for the Committee boat and setting out marks.  All racers are encouraged to volunteer to help facilitate this year’s racing program.

Without a committee boat the racing does not happen.
If the marks do not get set we have nothing to race around.
 
Spring Race  #1 4-7-18  Sam Shafer
Spring Race  #2 4-21-18
Spring Race  #3 5-5-18
Spring Race  #4 5-19-18
Spring Race (make-up/fun race) 5-26-18

Summer Race #1 7-7-18
Summer Race #2 7-21-18
Summer Race #3 8-4-18
Summer Race #4 8-18-18

Fall Race #1 9-8-18
Fall Race #2 9-22-18
Fall Race #3 10-6-18
Fall Race #4 10-20-18
Fall Race (make-up/fun race) 10-27-18

If you have questions about Committee Boat duty or setting out the marks I will be happy to answer them.

Sam Shafer
WLSC Race Captain
WLSCRaceCaptain@aol.com

Posted by: svwindward | 2018-03-13

Summer Sailstice Circumnavigation: June 22-24!

Druid preening, ospreys!

Summer Sailstice this year is officially June 23 (yes, that’s a couple of days behind the actual solstice).  How will you spend it? Would you sail to the ends of the earth and back? How about something a little less ambitious, like the end of the lake? It’s not global, but Watauga Lake is big, with more than 45 miles of shoreline, and you’ve probably only seen part of it. If you will brave the weird and haunted shores at Watauga’s end, then you will need a captain who knows those waters.
skull-compass-roseSailor, you’re in luck: This year’s Summer Sailstice celebrants will circumnavigate Watauga Lake from Friday, June 22 (after work), through Sunday, June 24. At Commodore Bob’s request, S/V Windward is Summer Sailsticing for WLSC once again. Join us and become a captain who knows those waters.  Come for the whole thing, or join us for whatever part you are able. Leave with the first wave, catch up with us at anchor Friday night, or find us on Saturday morning, or boogie past the bridge and day sail with us on Sunday: it’s your call. Or just skip it, hear the stories later, and realize you’ve missed out on a lot of fun that people wanted you to be a part of.

More details to follow, but now’s the time to mark that calendar, stick that note on the refrigerator, put the entry in Google Docs. It’s also a great time to register for boffo prizes at https://www.summersailstice.com/event/watauga-lake-summer-sailstice-circumnavigation. You don’t have to enter to participate,  but the whole free prize thing is pretty compelling.

Fair Winds!
s/v Windward

UPDATE from Commodore Bob:

We were unable to pull together a Saint Patty Party together, but will continue to work on the fun!

Also, when we put the calendar together some time ago, I did not realize the Mentor Race event was on Easter weekend, so we will be rescheduling and get you an update shortly.

=== Previous posting below ===

Hello Sailors!

Although I was traveling and missed the stunning warm weather that made all the trees bloom, it’s beginning to feel a lot like SPRING here in East Tennessee!

We have two events currently scheduled.

The first being a possible St. Patty’s Deck Party on 3/17If you’d like to plan and coordinate this event, email me….quick.

Second up on the list, is a Mentors Race and Clinic on 3/31.  The goal would be to have a short “Racing Made Easy” clinic followed by a Race where an experienced Skipper would sail on your vessel with you, or you could elect to Ride and Learn on seasoned Skipper’s vessel…your call.  Two easy steps:

  1. If you are an available seasoned Racer, email me letting me know you can join in the fun on 3/31.
  2. If you’d like to attend the Racing Made Easy clinic and go for a sail, email me letting me know if you’d like to Race with a skipper or have a Skipper join you aboard your boat.

I’ll connect skippers and crew and send out details by 3/15.

Sail On My Friends!

Commodore Bob

Posted by: svwindward | 2018-03-06

TN Safe Boating Course, Mar 20&22

This month the JCSPS/TCBC will assist the TWRA by presenting to the public their Boating Safety course.

The two-part course runs from 5:30 – 8:00 PM on March 20 & 22 at Northeast State Community College in the Library Building,  Room L-106.

If you have any one in your family under the age of about 30, they must carry the Tennessee Boating Safety Education Certificate with them while operating a power boat in Tennessee (this includes a Sailboat, under power, with an engine OVER 7.5 HP).

This FREE two evening class will help you pass the EXAM.  (EXAM cost is $10)

See the  full story & signup details!

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