Posted by: svwindward | 2019-02-25

Commodore’s Note Feb 2019

  1. We currently have 52 memberships for 2019 which is ~30 less than in 2018.  So if you are interested in joining the club this year, and we hope that you are, please send a check for $40 asap to:  WLSC, P.O. Box 342, Hampton, TN  37658

OR, for those of you who would like to pay via PayPal, Treasurer Kim Richards has recently created a PayPal account for WLSC.  Now your payment can be sent to . Here is a link if you need to learn how to use PayPal. . There will be a convenience fee of approximately $2 for the user.

  1.  23 members attended the Winter Blah’s dinner party on Saturday evening Feb16 at the Bonefish Grill in Johnson City.  The food and service was very good, and everyone had a great time getting together and mixing it up.  Unfortunately we learned that two members of our club recently fell while skiing and suffered injuries.  Speaking for the club, we wish both of these sailor/skiers successful surgeries and a speedy recovery!!
  1. All 7 members of the WLSC Executive Board met before the dinner and had a very good discussion on many topics.  Anita Remme was elected Member-At-Large, as the 8th member of the Board; she will represent the membership well.
  1. The 2019 WLSC Calendar of Events was agreed upon and has since been updated to include the Lower Chesapeake Cruise in late May-early June.
  1. Next Event:  Race Clinic and Spring General Meeting, both to be held on Saturday March 30, tentatively planned to be on the event deck.

So, don’t miss out on all the FUN in 2019.  If you haven’t already, send in your dues and JOIN the WLSC!

Sail On My Friends!

Commodore Dave Gurysh

Posted by: svwindward | 2019-02-19

WLSC Lower Chesapeake Cruise, May 30 – June 7, 2019

Cruise Captain Russ Veldman asked me to send his write-up below of the results of his survey and his subsequent Plan for the 2019 WLSC Cruise of the Lower Chesapeake between May 30 thru June 7.  Seven (7) sailboats from 33′ to 51′ long are available for charter from Norton Yachts out of Deltaville, VA.  If interested in this cruise adventure, you will need to contact Norton Yachts directly (phone # in website below) to make arrangements for your specific charter dates, boat selection, provisions, etc. and submit a Bareboat Charter Application to Norton Yachts to see if they approve you as a captain for a bareboat charter.

As I understand, the boats will be chartered on a first come-first served basis once approved.  As per below, Russ and Gayle have reserved one of the seven boats, from May 31 to June 7.  If you desire, you could start a day earlier and charter for a minimum of 3 days or 4-7 days if you wish.  It’s up to you.  Russ advised me that the price range shown below for each boat is for a 3 day to 7 day charter.  Please call Norton Yachts to confirm pricing, including that for number of charter days between 3 and 7 days.  After you confirm your reservation with Norton Yachts, please contact Russ Veldman ( so he knows who plans to go on this cruise.  And thanks to Cruise Captain Russ for setting up this cruise plan for our club.

Sail on my friends,
Commodore Dave

From Russ:

Just about everybody’s choice was the Chesapeake in late May/early June. With that in mind, I contacted Norton Yachts ( and spoke to Lynn. (Be sure to identify yourself as part of Sailing club in Tennessee.) She will give us free sleep aboard the day before and the day after our cruise.  Depending on the number of boats chartered, she will give additional discounts (probably 5%).

My plan is to charter for seven days, but You can charter 3, 4, 5, 0r 6 days.

Dates — arrive on May 30 for free sleep aboard and begin charter on Friday, May 31.  End charter on June 7, 2019 with enough time to return and participate in Veterans regatta on June 8, 2019 (if that is in your plans) or earlier if that is your plan.

All their sailboats are available on the 29th through the 8th except Func349. Func 349 is only available until June 5, 2019.

I have reserved Audacia for May 30 thru June 7.

Posted by: svwindward | 2019-02-19

Veterans Regatta 2019 – Help Wanted!

Veterans Race, Cruise & Potluck

Saturday, June 8th 12:00 PM

On the WLSC Deck

Please Confirm How You Can Help?

  • CREW

When ask last year after the event what we could do to make this event better we received the suggestion of a home cooked meal and a cruise of those that do not want to race.  This effort is funded by the generosity of our WLSC volunteers, as a very simple way to say thank you to our Veterans. We rely on WLSC generosity to make this happen, so if you would like to help us make Veterans feel appreciated this year, in honoring the men and women who served us. I encourage each of us to open our hearts and each WLSC family to help make this event wonderful for the Veterans. If you will each please respond with how you can help to

Anita Remme or 423-341-3123.  It takes a lot of people to have an event like this and it is much appreciated!

Posted by: svwindward | 2019-02-10

Frostbite Race 2019 Results

Ahoy WLSC Sailors!

In unusually mild 55F weather for New Year’s Day, we had an excellent turnout for the 2019 Frostbite Race with 12 captains and their crew racing to and around the island and back.  Winds were light for the staggered-race start and at the finish line (the marina buoy line), but picked up nicely to 5-8 kts out on the lake, with a couple boats flying their spinnakers.

After the race, a great turnout of ~40 people gathered on the deck to enjoy a potluck spread of several kinds of soups, cuts of meats, salad, desserts, etc and just enjoy being together at the lake on the first day of the New Year.

The race results for the first 5 finishers (all within 10 minutes) were as follows:

1st    Skip Greene – J24
2nd   Billy Becker – Catalina27
3rd    Wayne Catoe – Hunter 30
4th    Bill Murdoch – Tanzer 22
5th    Oleg – Hobie Cat 16

Other racers included Jeff Arnfield, Scott Fagley, Bob Hebner, Warren Lamb, John Middaugh, Tommy Willis, and Mike on the Lancer 28.

Too many people to mention helped with the setup and clean-up, and it was much appreciated.

Next WLSC event:  The Winter Blahs dinner on February 16 at the Bonefish Grill in Johnson City.

Sail On My Friends!
Commodore Dave

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

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