Posted by: svwindward | 2017-09-01

Annual Watauga Lake Cleanup – Sat Sep 9

The annual Watauga Lake Cleanup is Saturday, Sept 9, from 9am to 1pm.  Meet at Fish Springs boat dock to volunteer.  Lots of trash to pick up!

Questions? Ideas? Go to or contact Rita, the coordinator, at 423-534-4785

Posted by: svwindward | 2017-09-01

Summer Series #4 Sat Sep 2

Summer Race #4
Skipper’s Meeting at 9
First Gun at 10


12:00 Raft-Up on the Beach

5:00 Cocktails on the Deck!

5:30 Catered Meal!
6:00 Dance Party!!!
$10 RSVP to Anita!

Posted by: svwindward | 2017-09-01

Summer Series – Race 3 results

Congratulations to all for an amazing race event, and to the top 3 sailors:

1st Place John Rice and crew
2nd Place, Marc Nachman and crew
3rd Place, Skip Green and crew

Here’s the data:

Summer 3
Skipper PHRF Finish time Elapsed Time Elapsed (sec) Finish Place PHRF Place Minutes off Lead Boat
John Rice 144 12:01:07 0:55:07 3307 2 1 0
Nachman, Marc 102 12:01:06 0:55:06 3306 1 2 3.308743
Greene, Skip 123 12:04:26 0:58:26 3506 3 3 4.814116
Catoe, Wayne 186 12:15:15 1:09:15 4155 4 4 9.53605
Rob Remme 181 12:19:56 1:13:56 4436 5 5 14.11876
Lockett, Ed and Sue 184 12:27:34 1:21:34 4894 6 6 72.23206
Pritchett, Pat 183 12:57:45 1:51:45 6705 7 7 47.47394
Posted by: svwindward | 2017-08-29

Sept 2 Watauga Gras Rendezvous


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

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