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 | 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 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 | 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

Posted by: svwindward | 2016-08-29

Labor Day Weekend – it’s on!

There’s a full slate for this Labor Day weekend:

WLSC Singlehand Race and Fun Race Saturday Sept 3

How do you accommodate a race committee meeting, a holiday weekend, uncertain winds, a Parrot Head party and a bunch of singlehand racers without the usual crew feeling left out, all while leaving time for breakfast, education, a little poker, and most of all have fun? You do it all!

12 Noon Saturday Sep 3 – Singlehand Race – strut your solo stuff

  • Skipper’s Meeting, sailboat dock, at 12 Noon
  • First gun at 12:30 pm
  • Staggered start (pursuit race) from normal starting line, grouped to nearest minute based on adjusted fleet PHRF rating. First-time racers or those traditionally finishing further back my receive additional time allowance
  • Course based on wind conditions and participation, probably 3-4 nm. May use separate marks, may go around island.
  • No autopilots, no spinnakers or other flying sails
  • Extra vigilance mandatory: you have no lookout for traffic under your sails
  • Exclusive prize for the winner!

3 PM Saturday Sep 3 – Fun Race – your crew can participate

  • Skipper’s Meeting about 3:00 PM, or the nearest ½ hour after end of Singlehand Race if it runs long
  • First gun 30 minutes later (target 3:30)
  • Staggered start (pursuit race) from normal starting line, grouped to nearest minute based on adjusted fleet PHRF rating. First-time racers or those traditionally finishing further back my receive additional time allowance
  • Course based on wind conditions and participation, probably 3-4 nm. May use separate marks, may go around island.
  • Spinnakers optional, Water guns optional, Parrots optional (but cannot be used for propulsion), Good attitude mandatory

6 PM Saturday Sep 3 – Parrotheads: Cheeseburger in Paradise Potluck and Party

  • We love you, but please RSVP for meals to Anita at doevalley@comcast.net (423-341-3123) before it’s too late. $5 per person
  • The menu includes… Cheeseburgers!
  • Bring a dish to share
  • BYOB
  • Prize for the best Parrothead attire
  • Live Beach Music 7-9:30

9 AM Sunday Sept 4th Breakfast  with  education 

12:30 Sunday Sept 4th Poker Run – Skipper’s meeting at 12:30

  • Get details for the Poker Run at the 12:30 Skipper’s Meeting

 

 

Posted by: svwindward | 2016-08-05

Watauga Lake Circumnavigation, Sep 30 – Oct 2

pirate_penguin_standing_photo_sculpture-r474a8a5af0a14757b82f7943564fbf3f_x7saw_8byvr_324Aargh, ye drove o’ dock denizens, ye raft o’ reticent readers, ye swarm o’ sailors, ye school o’ sweltering scallywags!

Would you sail to the ends of the earth and back?  Well, maybe the lake? 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 world’s end, then you will need a captain who knows those waters.

Sailor, you’re in luck: WLSC will be circumnavigating Watauga Lake from Friday, September 30 (after work), through Sunday, October 2.  Join us for the Circumwataugation and become a captain who knows those waters.  skull-compass-rose

The Circumwataugation Expeditionary Fleet will depart Lakeshore’s dock Friday September 30 after work (or whatever else you do with your time earlier in the day) and spend the weekend sailing and motoring our way generally clockwise around the navigable limits of the lake, including Roan Creek, Watauga River and Elk River, deploying dinghies and kayaks as needed, anchoring (or tying off) where we find ourselves come sundown, stargazing for a few stragglers from the recent Perseid Meteor Showers, searching for trolls beneath the IMG_2635bridge, taking our meals afloat, surveying previously unvisited coves, swimming as needed to keep our collective chill, perhaps swapping crews here and there, retrieving the occasional floating object, seeing whether the rope swing is still swingable, marveling at the destruction wrought by July 8th’s wind event, and generally reveling in a couple of self-contained days away from the dock.  It’s a full and varied weekend, just like that sentence.

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, find us on Saturday morning, 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.

The schedule is easy, but it’ll be tough to join us if you can’t find us. Cell service from most providers is spotty to non-existent beyond the bridge, and sometimes sooner.  Hail on VHF 16, working on 68. That’s the ticket. If you don’t have a reliable radio, this is the perfect time to plop down $50 – $90 on a handheld VHF – no installation needed, just charge it up and communicate.  You’ll generally get NOAA Weather Radio built-in, so even if you don’t have much to say on VHF you can get a heads up for freaky thunderstorms.

This is a show-and-go, self-contained, BYOE (bring your own everything) voyage, but drop Jeff, your Cruise Captain, an email windward@lizards.net if you think you might come.  Prior proper planning and all that.

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Posted by: svwindward | 2016-07-29

Ladies’ Sailing Camp Aug 6-7

LADIES SAIL CAMP

Saturday & Sunday August 6 & 7

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This is the opportunity for all of us to polish our sailing skills as well as getting to know each other better while having fun. Program is  as follows

PLEASE RSVP

Saturday
9:00  – meet on deck. Workshops on everything you always wanted to know about basic sailing techniques, sail boat terminology, etc. all your questions will be answered.
12:00 – lunch on deck  ($5.00 p/p)
1:00  –  meet at the dock. Build confidence In docking in and out of a slip. Taking boat out for a sail. (Men will be allowed to crew only).
5:00 – debriefing on deck. Questions and answers.
6:00 – dinner by our famous chef Denis Anthony followed with music and dancing. ($10.00 p/p) BYOL. 

Sunday
9:00 – on deck. Workshop on boat safety and man overboard instructions.
12:00 – lunch ($5.00 p/p)
1:00 – practice man overboard on the water. 

For more info and to sign up, contact Danielle Catoe by e-mail dmcatoe@gmail.com or tel. 828-898-3072  and indicate how many lunches and dinners you wish to purchase.  Thank you

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