On the Line
Week at a Glance
Get ready for more great club races on beautiful Lake Mendota in the coming week!
Here are the details on MYC races and all other calendar events for the coming week.
Welcome to the Mendota Yacht Club! If you’re looking to become part of a club with a long history of terrific sailing, reasonable dues and a friendly social atmosphere, you’ve come to the right spot!
Founded in 1903, the Mendota Yacht Club is the oldest sailing club on Lake Mendota and Dane County. Lake Mendota is recognized as one of the best, if not the best, inland lake in the county for sailboat racing. As a member club of Inland Lake Yachting Association (ILYA) we routinely host regattas for all scow classes. We’ve had our share of members who have achieved regional, national, and Olympic recognition whose sailing roots are anchored here.
Our fleets consist of one design scows and keelboats. We race on Wednesday and Friday evenings and Sunday mornings. If you’re an experienced skipper or crew, someone who just discovered the fun of sailboat racing, or someone who just wants to talk shop with sailors, you’ll find opportunities for developing your skills at MYC!
Our club is more than just racing; we host fun events and regular after race parties during the season at a variety of venues. Because our club is a volunteer run organization, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and meet other members. In fact, many of our members are also members of the Four Lakes Ice Yacht club and would be happy to introduce you to the fun of soft and hard water sailing!
Again, welcome to the MYC. Please explore the website and feel free to contact the membership chair if you have any questions.
Membership in Mendota Yacht Club is open to everyone interested in yachting, seamanship, and other kindred matters and related activities. We welcome both racing and non-racing sailors. Membership is open to all persons - regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender.
Our Mission Statement
The purpose of this association shall be to encourage and foster the sport of yachting among young and old ... to sometime, somewhere win an Inland Lakes Regatta, and to do all other things agreeable and necessary to carry out the purposes of this corporation.
In Memory of Keith Kreps
If you were among the few who motored/drifted out to the starting area on Wednesday
evening, you might have noticed Veloce` sailing under a slightly different spinnaker. Our boys on Veloce` flew this in tribute to their good friend and MYC member Keith Kreps who passed away on Tuesday
. Keith was and very active MYC social member. He and Wendy were regular hosts of the famous Bloody Mary party for many, many years at their home near the UW Lifesaving Station. A celebration of Keith's life will be scheduled at a later date. His obit is in today's Wisconsin State Journal
. I'll leave the rest of this message to Grant Frautschi who had this remembrance and tribute to his dear friend.
It is with a mixed emotion, sad and happy that I share with you that our friend Keith Kreps passed on August 19th. Keith was my best friend and everyone’s friend. He shared his funny signature open mouth laugh and smile, his passion for life, knowledge of business, his boats, his beer and his family. Keith did not have a big family, but he sure made one by including all of us.
Always desiring to be a pirate, Keith never made it, instead Keith was the Jolly Mon. Every second that I knew him, everywhere he went, near and far he spread joy and laughter, and made people happy.
Please know the strength that your friendships gave him and Wendy as they fought an undiagnosed illness these last few years. As always, he showed us how to live life, during the last years, he was always optimistic never giving up. His boundless love for Wendy kept him fighting, trapped in his body he just could not do it anymore.
In the end, as he was leaving on his journey, Keith was there holding court making us all smile and laugh, telling stories and then listening to ours. It should not be a surprise to anyone that he had a Bloody Mary, a beer, and listened to music surrounded by the ones he loved the most and slowly drifted peacefully away on his journey of afterlife.
I believe that Keith is sailing the heavens and will always be around us. I know that he is in my heart and as only the Jolly Mon could be and will put a smile on my face whenever I think of him, which will be often. As you think of Keith right now, I bet you’re smiling and have just a little spring in your heart – that is the magic of our friend Keith.
I can add this chance encounter I had with Keith a few years ago when I pulled into the Edgewater pier to pick up a load of passengers in the Grand Mariner. The place was jumping and there was no space for any "normal" boats to tie up, let alone the 52-foot Grand Mariner. Keith, camped out with some friends at a table on the end of the pier, instantly noticed me and my "situation." Suddenly he was on his feet, acting as the dockmaster, cajoling folks to move their boats so we could get in. It was as though that pier was his and everyone there was his friend who'd stopped by for a cocktail. No muss, no fuss, no stress. Within a matter of moments a (huge) hole opened up at the front of the pier and we were in and out leaving everyone there and especially Keith, with a big smile. What a guy.
Thanks to Don Sanford for ILYA Updates!
Please see the MYC News that Don sent out for updates regarding the infamous ILYA Regatta, this year held in Oshkosh, WI. Also see www.ilya.org for all of the stories and details on the regatta winners.
No Racing on Victory Day - but the subs were delicious!
Unfortunately there was not very much wind on Sunday morning or afternoon, leading to no racing for the Annual Victory Day Race. PRO postponed the race initially and then was forced to cancel after the lake went from dead calm to filling in a little and then back to dead calm. As the sailors piled in the backyard of the Harper Residence's, 30' of sub sandwiches were devoured along with chips, drink and cookies. Sailors came by boat, bike and car to enjoy the sunny lunch. A huge THANK YOU to Dr. Harper for hosting such a fun, relaxing event. Now if only the wind would have cooperated!
Sunday Bliss for MYC Sailors - 8/3/14
With a dismal forecast, the wind on the water was nothing short of perfect. Average 10mph of wind out of the west with sunny skies made for a perfect day of Sunday racing. On the first upwind beat, the left paid out but on all other upwind legs, the right was the money maker. Lon Schoor on H7 in the E fleet showed perseverance as he was over the line at the start, but somehow dug is way back and finished first! The three top keelboats were all rounding very close to each other at most upwind marks - check out the season standings to find out who won!
Kattack App is the bomb!
The E fleet continues to use Kattack, an excellent app that tracks registered boats during the race. The E fleet is finding information like VMG, average speed, point and distance sailed. Excellent post racing analysis only improving the sailors. All fleets should start using the app to find out how you are really sailing! It has been amazingly informative. If you have questions about the app, contact Mike Barnett.
Wednesday Night was exciting sailing followed by delicious pizza!
With multiple legs, no modified mark, and a medium 5-10 breeze, all sailors enjoyed the night with close mark roundings between multiple fleets! H3 from the Escow fleet grabbed their first gun of the season by taking advantage of the left side of the course on most upwind legs. Eidolon and Veloce were battling at the last downwind mark with the Eidolon taking the bullet and the MC Fleets Wednesday night champ retained his title! See all of the results under Current Season Standings.
After the racing, 15 plus pizzas were devoured as the sun set on a beautiful Lake Mendota evening at Bob and Christy Holz's home. Thanks to everyone for enjoying the night and especially to our host who always know how to throw a fun party. Word has it that Donny Anderson provided a few sailors a ride home on a 22' center counsel and might become the regular water taxi on Wednesday nights!
Toast to the Capital Brewery Social!
25-30 sailors from all fleets joined in on the drinking of fine local brew last Thursday. It was a beautiful night at the Brewery with conversation and beer flowing freely! Talk ranged from A-Scows in the Chicago- Mac race to match racing to sailing carnage to regattas to RC sailing. What more could one sailor ask for! If you have any pictures, post them on to your member account on the website so we can all enjoy them!
RC Sailing, Youth Laser Sailing and Capital Brewery Social ALL TONIGHT - Thursday 7/1/14
Check out the calendar for details on these fun events. Links to specific events are on the left hand side.
Light Wind Didn't Stop Racing Last Night! (7/17/14)
Despite the dismal forecast and glassy look of the lake, PRO Tim Stanton and crew got a beautiful race completed with what appeared to be patchy at best wind! The race started on time with no postponements except for a general recall with the keelboat fleet. A few shifts throughout the race allowed sailors who got to the left side of the course to be ahead at the windward mark, but the downwind legs were evenly matched and lots of place changes occurred in every single leg. Boat speed while staying in the wind was the name of the game!
Congrats to Lon Schoor and Team
H-7 had an excellent showing at the ILYA E Invite at Lake Geneva this past weekend. Lots of wind, lots of races (7 total - 3 Friday, 3 Saturday and 1 Sunday) and Lon Schoor, Heidi Rosenbaum and Miles Clark placed 5th overall. The competition was extremely tough on Lake Geneva but Lon didn't let the other sailors or the choppy, rough water get to him. A total of 6 Mendota boats sailed in the regatta with some excitement coming into play when H-3 lost their mast due to a forestay breaking in the heavy wind. Congrats to all Mendota sailors for participating.
Last Weeks Racing Review
The Moonlight race was simply stunning with the moon on one side of the race course and the sun setting on the other. Light winds discouraged some from coming out to play, but Anma and team got a course set and a nice breeze pushed all boats around the course peacefully.
The racing on Sunday morning must have been exciting with all the wind as Dave Seabald on his MC and Team Veloce and Team Quick Willy hold onto their first place finishes.
Belated Payton Regatta Photos
Thanks to Grant for these great pictures at the social events! Sorry about the delayed publishing but Andy & I were up in the North Channel putting our finishing touches on NorthStar in preparation for our upcoming cruise through the end of August. Darby will be updating the website while I'm gone. We'll send pictures. Have a great rest of the summer!
- - Barbie
No Fireworks for MYC...in terms of wind that is.
The wind gods must have been concentrating on something else as the 4th of July race was cancelled due to extremely calm wind (bouy readings of 3 knots or less). The same story became true for the Sunday race(s) although the forecast was looking excellent and many people recruited additional people for "extra" weight. With 10-15 mph predicted, we were all ready for some hiking. However many either paddled or motored to the race course and at 10am Tim Stanton and his RC crew fired off the postponement. Hopes were lifted however as wind started to fill in from the WSW around 10:20 and we got a start off right around 10:30am. Unfortunately the wind shut off again during the first winward mark rounding and RC fired three bullets telling all of us what we sadly already knew - the race was cancelled. As the keelboats motored back to Hoofers and the scows were being towed back into burrows, the wind filled in again and this time stayed around for the rest of the day! Sometimes you just can't win!
Bloody Mary's Were Spicy!
We had a good turnout for the Blood Mary party at Donny's Tin Condo. It was a perfect day to be out next to the water. Donny had a couple of paddle boards that the kids had a great time with. The Bloody's were excellent with spicy or not so spicy choices. There were screwdrivers as well. Donny provided a ton of brats and some of the thickest burgers I have ever seen.
Wild Sunday Morning Racing (June 29th)
Sunday morning proved to be a perfect summer day with a temperature of 80 degrees and 15-20 knots of breeze out of the south. Velociteck readings of 19 knots proves it was no rest for the weary especially on the downwind legs!
A couple of E scows tipped over providing some "excitement" on the course, but thanks to Tim Stanton and his RC team as well as the UW rescue boat Harvey, all members returned to shore safely. Jeff Russel, Rhonda Arries and Donny Anderson were out on their E scow and were able to pull away from the fleet, securing the bullet by a land slide. Congrats you three!
The Keelboat Division I was the other fleet on the race course and it tight racing with full spinakers on the downwind legs. Eidolon took 1st place followed closely by Veloce. And Jerry and Joye Ebert appear to be getting the hang of their new J-70, Mercurious, with a third place finish.
And a special thanks to the motor boats, think it was Bob and Chirsty Holz, who provided the horn and record keeping as the boats crossed the finish line while RC1 was keeping the sailors safe with the turtled E Scow.
After the racing was done, a few sailors spent additional time on the water and in the wind kiteboarding and windsurfering throughout the afternoon. Hard to beat an 80 degree summer's day full of whitecaps!
Louther Wins Payton Regatta Mallory Cup
Congratulations to Brian Louther and Team Veloce for winning the 2014 Payton Regatta's Mallory Cup award in a fiercely contested 2-day regatta. Erik Simonson and Team Javelin took the first bullet on a cool and cloudy Saturday morning in a nice, slightly shifty breeze. Regatta PRO Anma Ingeana had RC2's Larry O'Brien and Steve Lewis help reset the line for the second back-to-back while 17 boats in three fleets cooled their heels for a very brief delay. Then Louther came back to beat out Simonson and the other keelboats to take the second bullet of the day, tying up the score for the Mallory Cup competitors.
A great turnout at the Maple Bluff Beach was greeted with ample sunshine and warmer evening temperatures after a quick afternoon thunderstorm, fortunately scheduled in between the races and the potluck and steak picnic dinner. Scottie Louther served up steaks grilled to perfection and the potluck fare brought a nice assortment of side dishes and way too many sweets for those of us watching our waistlines.
On Sunday the breeze lightened. The MC's opted to skip the second day, as did one keelboat and one E. In the first race, Team Eidolon took first with Veloce in second and Javelin in third. The light wind resulted in a DNC for Eidolon in the final race of the regatta, and Veloce/Javelin took first/second respectively. Net result: Veloce 7, Javelin 8 for first and second place in the regatta.
Schoor's Team Mirage took first for the E's while Sebald took first for the MC's. In a disappointing absence of Division 2 keelboats, the Annie Allen Trophy will unfortunately not be awarded this year. But folks gathered for the Mallory Cup presentation to Team Veloce and once again celebrated this wonderful trophy we have thanks to the generous gift from Jim Payton, who won the trophy in 1962.
Mid-Summer Night's Dream (June 21)
Be sure to plan on the Payton Regatta Potluck on Saturday evening, June 21, 6 PM. See the MYC Calendar
for details. And for a great weekend of racing, come to the Payton Regatta! The Keelboats are competing for the Mallory Cup this year and the Keelboat II class winner will be awarded the Annie Allen Trophy.
2014 Calendar Correction (June 20)
There will be no club races on June 20, 2014.
Madison Youth Sailing Foundation Classes Begin
Got Kids? - - Madison Youth Sailing needs them!
Beginning June 16 Madison Youth Sailing Foundation begins summer sailing classes. Classes range from beginners to advanced and are taught on Optimist Prams or Lasers. Kids can also learn to windsurf and on no-wind days stand up paddle boarding is an option.
What’s new this year?
- Laser Radial and 4.7 rigs make this fast, high performance boat much more manageable for kids and young sailors. MYSF now has 4! All the boats and gear have been gone through to make sure they are all working perfectly.
- New instructors! Director Leslie Poole has put together an incredible team of instructors and sailing coaches, all with lots of experience and all who have done youth sailing programs as kids themselves so they know what’s fun.
Madison Youth Sailing is asking for your help!
We're raising funds to help purchase a trailer capable of getting 9 Opti sailboats to and from regattas. Madison will be sending record numbers of young Opti sailors to numerous regattas this summer and the trailer is a key ingredient in making this work.
As a 501c3 non-profit, donations to Madison Youth Sailing Foundation can be tax deductible (check with your tax person). Those donations will also go a long way to making this summer an awesome experience for many kids.
Father's Day - Day of the Big Blow (June 15th)
With an average wind speed of 20+ knots and a dozen gusts of about 30 and one clocked at 39 on top of the Space Science Building (I know, it's way less on the lake) several brave souls showed up for the Sunday morning racing. Phil Morley sent a little email to the E Scow fleet saying "fun ride out today" and this clocking of their boat speed. (These wind conditions are too hard on the E rig to actually engage in a race, and it's pretty hard to keep the pointy end up.)
A hearty bunch of keel boaters raced in these challenging conditions with the following results:
||Quick Willy (1st)
||Village Idiots II (DNF-but way to go!)
Check out these great shots taken by ROA Joe Stanton.
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Lake Wawasee E-Open Regatta (June 7-8)
Several MYC E Scows headed for the great venue of the Lake Wawasee E-Open Regatta last weekend. H3/Shiva, H7/Mirage, H11/Full Tilt, and H88/Crazy Eights are the MYC boats that participated.
The results are posted at the Wawasee Yacht Club link above, which reports the following. Twenty eight boats competed. Sixteen came from off Lake Wawausee with boats from as far away as Colorado. Three races were completed on Saturday in light to moderate winds. Two more races were completed in heavier winds on Sunday to round out the planned 5 race regatta.
Our MYC boats placed as follows: Lon Schoor and team H7 took 6th, Phil Morley and team H3 took 7th, Phil Zalog and team H88 took 12th, and Lance Puccio and team H11 took 17th. Congratulations to all!
A Week of Firsts (June 1)
Spring Series Wrapup
- Keelboat I first place goes to Brian Louther and his crew on USA706/Veloce.
- Keelboat II first place goes to Bruce Wampold and his crew on 1427/Village Idiot II.
- Congratulations to all! See Current Season Standings for all results.
Summer Sailing Season
- We kicked off on Memorial Day, our first race of the summer season. The weather was iffy, but undaunted, Vice Commodore Brian Anderson fired the first shot of the season to signal the memorial firststart for those sailors who are no longer with us and the race followed immediately after the fleet honored all those we fondly remember. I don't have any scoring info on this one, but several boats went out. Check the season standings later for details on this and all races.
- Our first Wednesday night race was a beautiful night with a nice breeze, as our new PRO Tim Stanton managed his first official race of the 2014 season. The race was well attended by 20 boats in four classes: 6 E's, 4 Keelboat I's, 7 Keelboat II's, 3 MC's. First place winners for the four fleets, respectively, were H7/Mirage - Lon Schoor, USA148/Red Line - Robert Krebs for snow-bird boat-owner Tom Larson (hey! we think it's nice up here!) sailing with long-time crew Charlie Goehring and first time ever racing & second time ever sailing athlete Denise Nechvatal beating Veloce by one second according to the official handicap report, 1469/Flying Monkey - Hoofer Sailing Club, and 2036/Hokaze - Fleet Captain David Sebald. I don't know if this is a first, but three Hoofer boats took the first three positions in the Keelboat II fleet. Way to go Hoofer Sailors!
- Our first ever Friday night open-to-all-race was another glorious evening with a nice, fluctuating breeze. Commodore Dane Vermillion gave boats the little extra time we needed to find our way to the starting line and then he blew the first horn to signal the start of the race. Two E's competed in the nice 6W course set by our commodore and a collection of keelboats I didn't get clearly on my radar (hint, hint, send me some info to publish here ) because Andy and I were busy giving seasoned keelboat sailors and Mac racers Mark and Chris Gillespie their first E boat ride and race on Phil's graciously-loaned H88. Lon with grandson Bryn (a seasoned, 10-ish-year-old Opti racer) and his 10-ish-year-old buddy Josh and his dad quickly got off the line first and to the second leeward douse first before both boats decided that was enough for a first race. Because this is a casual, all-boats race, finishes are simply recorded in the memories of the participants.
- The first Sunday of the summer season greeted us with a single, distant rumble of thunder, so while the keelboats motored or sailed out, the scows stayed at Burrows a little while until it was clear to go. 8 E's, 3 Keelboat I's, 2 Keelboat II's, and 4 MC's got to the line in plenty of time to hear PRO Tim fire the dreaded two guns to signal the first postponement of the season. Well, we got out there with a nice wind but then it disappeared and, as Tim told me later, it shifted 30 degrees so he aptly reset the line, fired the 6-minute postponement flag down, and we were off to a great race with a very nice breeze keeping the skippers, boat balancers and sheet handlers on their toes. The E fleet's new ringer, Skip Rather logged his first first on H23/Avanti, besting Lon by eight seconds in a closely dueled race with Lance only 12 seconds behind that - fleet beware of Skip and his crew! (BTW, clearly a good boat, H23 is open for new, would-be E sailors to charter next year. Contact Fleet Captain Mike Barnett for details.) Brian Louther took the KR-I first on USA706/Veloce, while Bruce Wampold took the KR-II first on 1427/Village Idiot II. 2036/Hokaze was again led to a victorious first by Fleet Captain David Sebald. As a final first of the day, seasoned I-20 and all-around racer/sailor Leigh Leonard took her first swim from an E after the race on the trip back to Burrows. The boat popped up quickly, sailed dry, and no one seemed too chilled by the experience. Hey, - what was that you were consuming at the time, Leigh?
Wednesday After-Race Socials
- It was this season's first gathering of the Keelboaters at their annual, favorite after-race good-eatswatering hole, Oakcrest Tavern. We filled up a few tables, told a few stories, negotiated a few crew opportunities, and decided it would be good to keep this up for another season.
- It was also the first ever announced gathering of the Burrows scow crowd at Banzo's at Sherman Ave. Eric Kerlow, self-appointed E-Fleet Camaraderie Director is encouraging the Burrows crowd to check out this venue after the races for good times and good Middle-Eastern-fair food.
How About Lake Mendota Shoes?
- An old crew, Ed Olson, from the 70’s sent me this - he had to buy a pair just because of the name! Checkout the “Lake Mendota Boat Shoe” —Lon
- Ed. note: Now that's a first! Sorry, girls (er . . . women), men's sizes only, back to West Marine for a good pair of women's deck shoes. —Barbie
Racing Last Week (May 26)
The second and final weekend of the spring series was followed by the Memorial Day Race, which had the following schedule:
10:00 AM “Memorial Gun”, in memory of those deceased
(no fleets start)
10:05 AM Class E
10:10 AM Class MC, Class I-20 and Lasers
10:15 AM Keelboat Racing, all Classes
See the racing rules for all starting sequences throughout the season. The racing rules prevail in the event of any errors in the schedule given above or elsewhere. The rules are available in the MYC Directory and they are replicated on this website following this menu path:
A few words from Commodore Dane Vermillion
Sailing season got under way last weekend. Wind was a little light but fairly consistent. We had 4 boats out Saturday and 6 on Sunday. Hopefully there will be more out this weekend. It does look like light winds again but we are planning for 2 races on Saturday and 2 on Sunday.
Tim Stanton to be our PRO: In related news we have hired Tim Stanton to be our PRO for the Sunday and Wednesday series. Tim was out with me running last Sunday's race and everything went pretty smoothly. I do apologize to the Division II Keelboats for not providing a "gun" for their finishes. Tim will be running this Sunday's race as well.
I would like to give a HUGE thanks to Brian Anderson for stepping up to run this Saturday's race and the Memorial Day race.
Niemann advances to Grand Slam Event (May 18th)
by Dave Gorwitz
May 18 2014 – Oyster Bay NY – The 4th and final day of Oakcliff’s Spring Invitational Clinegatta dished up some champagne sailing. The final moment of the regatta for Chris Poole and his Riptide Racing team when they came from way behind to pass David Niemann’s Team Honey Badgers to secure the win.
Niemann does not go home to Wisconsin too disappointed though, as he gained an invite to the Oakcliff International, the final event in the top ranked Grand Slam series. Poole had previously qualified.
Even though Poole sailing with Chris Kennedy, John Colburn, Ladi Oguntoyinbo and Morgan Keating came out on the top of the scoreboard, no one dominated the week as all teams pushed their limits and sailed exceptionally well. This could be attributed to the fact that all of the teams trained for two very full days of clinic before racing even began.
The Clinegatta concept was pioneered at Oakcliff by Dave Perry and this year he stepped it up a notch by observing from onboard on race day 1 and giving immediate feedback after the finish flag. The cliché of a rising tide lifts all ships was actually true as the two days of clinic, individual and then group debriefs had every team throwing around Oakcliff’s Match 40s like they owned them during the 49 races sailed.
Of note was youngster Colin Kennedy who in one prestart with his team of mostly dinghy sailors managed to keep their Match 40, the largest boats used for match racing in the US, in a dial-up, head to wind, within spitting distance of David Niemann as both boats sailed backwards for nearly 2 minutes of exceptional boat handling.
All of the racing can be viewed on T2P.tv courtesy of Heron Financial Group. A wrap-up show will be broadcast Wednesday May 21, 2014. Heron Financial is also raffling off a full case of Veuve Cliquot Champagne. Entries are being accepted at http://www.oakcliffsailing.org
MYC Spring Series - and they're off! (May 18th)
Veloce and Eidolon took first and second respectively on Saturday and Sunday for Fleet I and were joined by Soma in third place on Sunday. In Fleet II Quick Willie beat Village Idiots II on Saturday and then Village Idiots II got their revenge over Quick Willie on Sunday with Blur taking third place.
Check out Joe Stanton's great shots of the Sunday racing:
You can check out all the scores regularly by navigating the menu as follows:
- Racing/Current Season Standings
- <select the racing series of interest>
Lake Geneva's Spring E Regatta - Great MYC Showing (May 18th)
Lon Schoor's Team H7 placed a prestigious 4th place among 35 outstanding teams from around the country on the May 17-18th weekend! Also sailing well from the Mendota Yacht Club were Phil Zalog's Team H88, Patrick Heaney's Team H13, Eric Kerlow's Team H73, and the new H-3 partnership of Phil Morley, Brendan Boylan, and Andrew Fox. For full regatta results, see Lake Geneva Yacht Club/2014 E Spring Regatta Final Results. For more details see E Fleet Regatta Reports. And check out this great aerial video link just sent by Lon YouTube - 2014 E Spring Regatta.
Also, checkout these great shots taken by Ann Callison, mother of former E Scow crew James and David Oldeschulte, who sailed on H23 with Andy Jackson a few years back and with Eric Kerlow last summer. Ann took these marvelous shots while buzzing around with Andy and Barbie on Bluebird (also pictured below) and friends and MYC members Stefan and Kristi.
Keel Boats Lifted in & Ready to Sail (May 10th)
by Linda Bauman
On a perfect weather spring day with little wind, 13 keel boats cued up to be gently placed into Lake Mendota at Marshall Park. The Reynolds crane operator, Dan, arrived early so that the first boat (Veloce) was in the water by 8:20 am the last boat was in by 12:15.
It was an efficient operation with many yacht club members at hand to assist. Despite our nonstop operation of trailer positioned, boat lifted off trailer, bottom paint applied to areas inaccessible on the trailer, boat lifted in, then crane assisted raising of the mast, we managed to keep dock space available for the many fishermen and motor boaters eager to enjoy a day on the lake.
Jerry Ebert contributed to huge boxes of doughnuts to help fortify the crowd. The secret to the smooth operation was that many people had done this before, including Dan our crane operator. I also think the clip board I carried around with the list of the paid up boats seemed to impress a number of people that the yacht club was ‘organizing’ the event.
Looking forward to lift out in the fall! Check out Tim Stanton's great aerial shots:
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes Posted (May 5th)
The Board of Directors met on Monday, May 5th. We got lots done and are happy to share the minutes with our members. Logged-in members can link directly to the latest minutes at the upper right of this page just under the menu or, to see the attachments or any past meeting minutes, simply use our new menu navigation by mousing over Club Info and clicking on Board of Directors Mtgs.
Burrows Pier In a Huge Success (May 3rd)
The Buzz about the Spring Banquet (April 26th)
A chilly onshore breeze gave only a moment's pause to early morning risers. Fueled by bright sunshine, bagels and coffee, eighteen sailors on a mission soon generated the body heat and teamwork to set the pier and rail in record time. A hearty thank-you to all who helped!
Soon the park will look like this:
MYC Membership Survey Complete (April 30th)
Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent survey. The board is reviewing your responses and we hope to have final results available before the summer series starts.
The Brickhouse BBQ was hopping last Saturday night as we packed the room with sailors excited about the upcoming season. We had 59 adults and 4 kids in attendance. New members hooked up with possible rides and old friends enjoyed reconnecting, spinning old sailing yarns, and generally enjoying the camaraderie.
Here are just a few of the comments floating about on the email circuit thanking Peggy Elath for organizing another great MYC social event:
- Great party last night and great speaker!!
- Kudos for the great Spring Banquet event last evening!!!
- Great party & we enjoyed Perry's talk.
Plot Your Course
Plan on Partying with Us
Here are a few social events coming up this season.
Make Summer Regatta Plans
For the complete schedule of regattas commonly attended by MYC members see MYC Calendar
. For links to the full details on regattas, see MYC Regatta Page
NorthStar Sailing Blog
Follow the blog of Andy Jackson and Barbie Stimpson as they sail around Northern Lake Huron.
Charlotte's Web Notes
"FIND" - Navigate reorganized MYC Home Page either by
scrolling or by using the links directly below the headings within any
of the 3 columns. As a result of member feedback, all news has been
reorganized into the center column and we've added shading to the outer
columns for a little contrast. We hope you like the new organization and
appearance! As always, please send us your feedback
if you have comments on the website.
"UP" - Did you know you can go "up" to top of page simply by clicking the up-arrow at the right of any page display?
"BIG" - And you can increase the font size of your web display by clicking on the "A" at the right of the page display!
Feature of the month:
McEleney recently relocated to Madison area and is looking to crew on
any of the keelboats. See her profile page or call her at 563-321-5608.
See Crew Signup in Forums for details and additional crew possibilities.
Float your new Boat!
Ralph & Raelene are headed for Rochester, NY so RnR is on the block. 2004 Colgate 26/Fabulous condition/ $33,000/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Classified Ads in Forums for details and to find other boats for sale
Open Racing Most Fridays
this year every Friday except July 4th we’ll have an all-fleet start
for any fleet including members and guests. This includes Lasers, Cats,
Badger Sloops, guests, friends neighbors - any and everyone is welcome!
The course will be set a bit closer to the Union and many of us will
stop by the Hoofer piers for a social hour to end the night following
Lasers Invited to Additional Races
new this year the Madison Laser fleet and the Youth Laser fleet are
invited to participate in the MYC specialty and Payton Regatta races.
Racers need to be MYC Members but there are no racing fees for the
Website is currently under a re-design. Please have patience while the
8 person volunteer team works through the website and makes changes as
necessary. From time to time you may experience information found in
different places on the website, under different menus, or perhaps
completely eliminated for the time being. Please know that the website
team is working hard to make the new MYC website functional for all
members and is making sure to preserve the spirit and the history of
MYC. If you have any questions or comments, please bare with us and
contact Darby Sugar, email@example.com. Thank you very much.
See the following for information about website improvements:
2014 MYC Website Rollout Plan