Ahoy Me Hearties!
KUDOS to all involved in looking after the boats @ Lake Palestine Marina during the flooded conditions. Also, a big thank you to Jim Stevenson for continuing to do a great job with the race series event. Participation has been really nice.
The LPYC directors had a great meeting last Saturday, & decided on some dates for upcoming social events. Please mark your calendars, even though Dana & Sherry will be sending out details & reminders soon.
- Saturday, June 6th: Dock party @ Lake Palestine Marina hosted by the Springers, Adams, & Walkers (lake levels permitting, or bring your own rake) Time TBA
- Saturday, June 19th: LPYC will host dinner @ Jakes on the square on the roof – time TBA
- Friday July 4th: Fireworks @ Emerald Bay Club bridge – we will raft up, cook, (LPYC will furnish dogs & burgers with all the trimmings),& watch a great show right in front of the old sailboat star – time TBA
It’s going to be a great summer. If you are not a member of the LPYC, please join – it’s only $125 for the first year, & you get a cap & burgee! Renewals are only $100 per year, & as you can see from the few events listed above, you will get a nice return on your investment toward the club’s future.
Boater Education: Here are a few definitions all boaters should learn:
- Aboard - A piece of lumber that may be used to repair your boat.
- Astern - A type of look. Your spouse gives you astern look when you attempt to buy things for your boat.
- Compass – A navigational aid that accurately points to the largest metal object on your boat.
- Gunwale - ("gunnel") The part of a vessel near the side used for supporting one's midsection while one is engaged in the practice of heaving.
- Sailboat Race – Two or more sailboats headed in approximately the same direction.
- Through-the-hull fitting - A leak.
"There is nothing- absolutely nothing- half so much worth doing, as simply messing about in boats."
-Ratty said to Mole in Kenneth Grahame's beloved 1908 classic, The Wind in the Willows.
For the 2nd time this spring, rains have caused the lake to rise up over the docks at Lake Palestine. Water was 6-8 inches over the docks at Lake Palestine Marina a few days after the last crest in water levels. It's a good thing that boats (generally) float!
At least we will start the normally hot dry summer with a full lake.
Stay safe and watch out for floating logs, and other debris washed into the lake.
2015 LPYC Saturday Fun Race Series
The goal of this series is to provide a fun way to get sailors out on the water to enjoy sailing their boats. Although it is called a race, emphasis is on fun and participation and not on strict racing. As discussed below, boat ratings will be adjusted from race to race to compensate for each individual boat and captain. The goal of the race is to have fun.
The series will be set up with an approximate five nautical mile course so that all boats should be able to finish in two hours or so in normal wind conditions. The starting line will be an imaginary line between the radio tower on the western shore and the new red topped boat house on the eastern shore at approximately 32° 06.55’ N, 95° 27.05’ W.
We will sail approximately two and one half miles south toward the dam. A large, highly visible orange turning mark will be set at approximately 32° 04.60’ N, 95° 25.91 W. ROUND THE TURNING MARK TO PORT AND SAIL BACK UP TO THE STARTING LINE TO FINISH THE RACE. Below is a diagram of the approximate race course:
Greetings LPYC members & friends!
Thanks to everybody who came to our annual meeting @ Clear Springs. It was a great gathering, although we did hurry through the meeting. We missed some of you, but hopefully you will be able to attend some other functions this year, and there will be plenty of opportunities. Here are some of the upcoming events:
The 2014 sailboat race series finished under some light and fluky winds. Finishing in First Place of the series was Bob Coker, Closely followed by Jim Stevenson and John Owens tying for the 2nd place, and rounding out the top finishers was Warren Lyon. The race course has been located to the southern part of the lake in hopes of better winds, and freedom from underwater stumps.
As many as 10 different boats competed, with as many as 8 in a single race, and next year promises to be even better with new participants and several returning from mechanical problems.
The 2015 series gets underway in April, stay tuned for the schedule of race events.
LPYC HISTORY FOR THE RECONSTITUTION OF THE CLUB
2004 to 2006 Planning discussions starting with Steve Lowe and John Owens. Over that time period Bob Pryor, John Ellis, John Springer, and David Rozell were in some of the discussions.
July 24, 2006 Meeting at Spring Creek for the Reconstitution of Lake Palestine Yacht Club. Present were Steve Herber, David Rozell, Bob Pryor, John Owens, Steve Lowe, John Ellis, Lynette Ruby, and Britt Ruby. This is from the minutes of the meeting.
THE CLUB IS BEING ESTABLISHED AS A BOATING CLUB WITH BOTH POWER AND SAIL BOATS WELCOME.
As we reach the mid point of the 2014 race series, the biggest challenge has been the disappearing wind on race days. One of the races no one finished, one boat did make it a hundred yards from the start line though. One race was shortened to the turning mark, even then some of us never quite made it. Only one race had fresh, challenging breezes, the others were just enough to keep moving breezes.
At the mid point, the current leaders are Jim Stevenson in first, followed by John Owens, Lynn Easley, and Bob Coker. But there is only one point separating each of the top four, so a lot can, and will happen in the second half of the race series.
The final race before the summer break will be on June 21, and the race course will be moved to the southern part of the lake in hopes of better wind conditions as a test.
See everyone on the water!
On January 18th, 17 members plus guests met at Clear Springs Restaurant in Tyler Texas for our annual meeting. After enjoying the the meal, Rick Walker our Commodore called the meeting to order.
Reports by the Treasury, Secretary Officers, and Social Director were given Conditions of current marina facilities on Lake Palestine were discussed, along with future possibilities. Recognition for Monty Shank was given for his support for new marina faculties. Recognition for club members for their support of the club, and trophies for the sailboat race winners. See the Annual Meeting Minutes for January 2014 for all the details..
Officers for the upcoming year were installed. John Springer and Warren Lyon were re-elected as directors. Rick Walker will remain as Commodore, Warren Lyon will assume role as Vice Commodore. John Springer will remain as Treasurer, and Lynn Easley will remain as Secretary for the upcoming year.
After closing remarks, the meeting was adjourned.