Posted by: svwindward | 2019-02-10

Winter Blahs Party, Feb 16 2019

You are invited to attend the WLSC Winter Blah’s Happy Hour and Dinner on Saturday Feb 16 at the Bonefish Grill restaurant in Johnson City, and enjoy the evening chatting about the upcoming sailing season, as follows:

  • Saturday, February 16, 5:30pm
  • Location:  Private dining room at Bonefish Grill, 1902 N. Roan St. in Johnson City
  • Happy Hour starts at 5:30pm, with appetizers provided by our club (based on number of RSVP attendees)
  • Sit down/order dinner at 6:30pm
  • Drinks and dinners are at member’s expense
  • To speed up order-to-being served time, a condensed menu of 5 entrees will be offered:

– Blackened Baja Fish Tacos w/ fries ($14.50)
– Lily’s Chicken ($16.20)
– Atlantic Salmon ($18.50-$20.70)
– Scallops & Shrimp ($20.70)
– 6 oz Filet Mignon ($22.90)
– 2 sides are included with the last 4 dishes
– A house salad ($4) is available with an entree
– If this doesn’t work for you, their full menu could be used to order other items, e.g. a large salad
Please RSVP to me via this email by Tuesday Feb 12 latest if you and your spouse or partner/friend plan to attend, so we can advise the restaurant manager how many people to expect for happy hour, appetizers, and dinner.
Note:  If you have not yet paid your WLSC membership dues for 2019, Treasurer Kim will gladly accept your check ($40) at the dinner.

See ya at the Bonefish Grill,

Commodore Dave

Posted by: svwindward | 2018-12-31

New Year’s Day Frostbite Race 2019

Ahoy WLSC Racers!

With a nice break in the weather forecast (57F, 5-10 kts) for the afternoon of Jan 1, I look forward to seeing a GREAT turnout for the Frostbite Race!  It may even hit 60F which could be a record high for the race.  So let’s start the New Year out right by doing what the WLSC does best….an afternoon of racing on the lake and then chat about the race over a tasty potluck dinner on the deck.
  • Don’t forget your potluck dish and drinks!
Sail On My Friends…Into the New Year!
Commodore Dave
Posted by: svwindward | 2018-12-04

Commodore’s Update – Dec 2018

Ahoy WLSC Sailors!

This is the first email sent to the membership from my new gmail account, ““.  Many thanks to Bob Hebner for setting this up for me.  The WLSC email distribution list has been updated for both the new Commodore and Race Captain gmail accounts.

Due to limitations and other issues with the previous Race Captain AOL account, it will not be used hereafter for sending emails.  It will be used for reference only.

We have two (2) WLSC events planned for early 2019, so save the following dates:

  • January 1, for The 19th Annual Frostbite Race with the skipper’s meeting at 12 noon.  Details for an after-race gathering will be advised later.
  • February 16, for The Winter Blah’s dinner party beginning at 5:30pm at the Bonefish Grill in Johnson City, a good central location for many of our members.  Further details for this event to be advised later.

We all have a busy month ahead with the Holidays approaching.  Patti and I wish you and your family much joy during the Holiday Season and happiness throughout the New Year.

Commodore Dave Gurysh

Posted by: svwindward | 2018-11-29

Fall 2018 Turkey Trot results

What a day for the 2018 Turkey Trot Sailboat Race. Skies were sunny and the winds were light at the start. There were five boats in the race

Skip Green
Clark Lucas
Scott Flagley
Tim Sherwood
Rob Remme

Winds picked up at the staggered start, we all started on a broad reach for the island. It was a pretty close race to the East end of the island. Winds were aprox 8 mph out of the West.

Rob Remme (My Girl) took the lead and finished first in 54 minutes.
Skip Green 2nd and
Scott Flagley 3rd.

It was a great day for finishing WLSC racing program for 2018. Till next year

Race Captain Rob Remme

Posted by: svwindward | 2018-11-29

Fall 2018 Race Results

Ahoy WLSC Sailors!

If you missed the General Meeting and Awards Dinner on Saturday November 10, the Overall Results of the Fall Racing Series are shown below.

We had a total of 30 captains and their crew participate in the 4 races this Fall.  The winds were very light for one race causing a shortened race, steady for 2 races, and strong for the last race.  All in all, we had a great time racing.

Congratulations to the following captains and their crew who finished in the top 2 places for Overall Fall Series in their respective racing classes! Batting Average is based on each skippers best 3 races.


Place Skipper Boat Batting Avg
1st Skip Greene J24 .818
2nd Peter Catoe Borresen BB10 .571
Billy Becker Catalina 27 (a)
Scott Fagley Pearson 30 (a)
Marc Nachman Olson 30 (a)
John Rice Ultimate 20 (a)



Place Skipper Boat Batting Avg
1st Rob Remme Beneteau 30E 1.000 (Won all 4 races)
T 2nd Bob Hebner Catalina 250 .750
T 2rd Dave Gurysh Catalina 30 .750
4th John Middaugh Catalina 30 .444
5th Ed Lockett Catalina 320 .231
Bill Murdoch Tanzer 22 (a)
Tommy Willis Pearson 28 (a)

(a): Not Eligible, due to missing 2 or more races

Note: the calculation method for “Batting Average” is explained on our website:; then go to link “Racing Info”, and “Fall Spring Cumulative Scoring”.

Congrats to Skip Greene and his crew for their steady performance all year to capture 1st place Overall Year 2018 in the A-Racer class!  

Congrats also to Rob and Anita Remme who were presented a beautiful “Most Improved Racing Team” trophy by Wayne and Danielle Catoe in memory of their son Tony Catoe.

Here’s the WLSC-2018-Fall-Series-Results spreadsheet for the 4 races and the Overall Results for the 2018 Fall Series.  There are tabs also for the results of the 2018 Frostbite Race, Commodore’s Cup, and the pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.

In signing off, please give your full support to Rob Remme, our newly elected Race Captain.

Sail On My Friends!

Dave Gurysh
WLSC Commodore

Posted by: svwindward | 2018-11-15

Changing of the Bridge, 2018

Ahoy All WLSC Members!

First, a big thank-you to Bob and Shari Hebner for organizing, decorating, and putting on a really nice Annual Fall Meeting last Saturday at the Triple J Barn in Roan Mountain.  We all enjoyed the happy hour and a delicious catered dinner, followed by a fun meeting and awards presentation.

During the meeting, the members present elected the following new officers for 2019:

  • Commodore – Dave Gurysh
  • Vice Commodore – Billy Becker
  • Race Captain – Rob Remme
  • Cruise Captain – Russ Veldman
  • Secretary – Monika Wiedmann
  • Treasurer – Kim Anthony

The new officers look forward to conducting in 2019 a mix of events on the water, docks, and deck that hopefully will represent the interests of the membership.  You will likely see some “retro” gatherings, including eating breakfast pancakes after a couple of Summer morning races, a Saturday night movie or two on the deck, and a “meet and greet” new members on a couple of weekend evenings with wine and cheese.  Rob Remme will lead the racing program and Russ Veldman will plan raft-ups and cruises on the lake, and possibly cruising/sailing on a much larger body of water.  And of course we will have some great cookouts on holiday weekends, and continue popular events like the Veterans Regatta, Summer Solstice, Youth Sailing Camp, etc.

We will be calling you to support these events by helping to organize and carrying through the event, and of course by attending.  If you have any comments or ideas for your officers to consider, please feel free to email me anytime.

Membership dues are due on Jan 1, 2019:  A motion was passed at the meeting to keep the membership fee at $40.  Please mail your check to WLSC at P.O Box 342, Hampton, TN 37658 by the due date of Jan 1, or give your payment to Kim Anthony or myself at the Frostbite Race on Jan 1st.  Thank you much.

I look forward to seeing you at the Turkey Trot race this Saturday, 1pm Skipper’s meeting, 2pm start of race.

Sail on My Friends,

Dave Gurysh

WLSC Commodore

Posted by: svwindward | 2018-10-17

Great weekend on the lake! Oct 20-21 2018

It’s that time again race fans!  FOUR UPDATES THIS WEEK:

1st: Fall Race # 4, Saturday, October 20th, 1:00 Skippers Meeting, 2:00 Start (watch for updates from Dave G.)

2nd: Following the race, we’re planning on getting real soupy!!

Main Course: Your choice of delicious Panera Bread Tortilla Soup or Cream of Broccoli. Bring a suitable side dish for what is looking like a brisk Fall day!

3rd: Live from Watauga Lake, It’s Saturday Night!  As the sun goes down and the moon comes up…. it’s time for Billy Becker’s Bedtime Night Sail…a crisp night sail followed by huddling around the heaters on the dock, and just maybe tell a few tall sailing tales!  Like, I’m remembering once, when our trusty vessel La Bateau transformed right before our eyes, and became…tune in Saturday Night to find out more

4th: The annual Commodore’s Cup Race at 10AM on SUNDAY Morning the 21st.  Skippers meeting at 10AM, Starting horn at 11AM.  Course TBD at skippers meeting.

Sail On My Friends!
Commodore Bob


Posted by: svwindward | 2018-05-24

Makeup Race, Sat May 26

Hello Everyone,

The Lockets have volunteered to do committee boat for the race this Saturday. The race is on. James Little will hold the skippers meeting at 1:00 and the start at 2:00. If you have any questions about this race please email James Little I will be incommunicado until Monday.

Sam Shafer
WLSC Race Captain

Posted by: svwindward | 2018-05-14

Fun, more fun, and general updates

Ahoy Sailors!! Cross your fingers, the snow is gone! Here’s a snapshot of what is in-store for you at WLSC:

1. There is no time like right now to Pay your Dues!

2. We now have two new Dock Carts and one recently refurbished cart…YEA!

3. GENERAL MEETING NOTICE…We will hold our Spring Annual Members Meeting after Race #4 on the DECK on May 19th at 4:30PM

4. WOMEN’S SAILING CAMP! Betsy Austin has graciously volunteered to coordinate this year’s event…more to follow…THANK YOU BETSY!

All the best,


Ahoy Sailors!

Spring Race #4 is upon us this Saturday, 5/19/18. Skippers meeting is going to be on the dock at 1:00 with the race start at 2:00. John Rice has volunteered to do the committee boat duties.

Due to the Spring Meeting being held at 4:30 on the deck we will only attempt to get one race sailed on Saturday.

Following the Race we will have a Fired Chicken Potluck, so bring your favorite sides, fixin’s, and desserts! Potluck will be $3.00 plus bring a dish, please email Commodore Bob a head count so we can have the appropriate amount of chicken.

We’ll start the General Meeting after the Potluck around 4:30.

Hope to see everyone at the race and the meeting.

Commodore Bob Hebner
Race Captain Sam Shafer

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