What’s New at CIYC

Week Two of Youth Sailing is done. The boats are packed up, the kids have gone, the trainers, Kim and Mel, have returned to Toronto. But the memories will live on. Lots of people can be credited with its success; among them Commodore Paul, Paul Cairoli, Rachel Foote, Mike Lippmann, Wally Hogan, Jyllian Mackie and Warren Ritchie. Kudos to all of you.

So here are the images from Week Two courtesy of Dennis and Beth Graham:

Week Two and Week Two Day 5

Week One of our Youth Sailing Camp is in the books and from all accounts, it was a roaring success. Week Two started today. Dennis Graham was kind enough to pass along a host of pics from Week One. You can find Day One here, Days Three and Four here and Day Five here. Commodore Paul offers the following, reflecting on last week’s success:

Well we did it, the first ever Youth Sailing Camp graduated 16 happy students this past Friday.

What a week it was. You would have been amazed to see the transformation of these green wide-eyed kids on Monday to the expert sailors who left the club on Friday afternoon. To see them on the water Friday tacking close-hauled to close-hauled with ease and confidence made me realize what a great job our wonderful instructors from Ontario Sailing did.
Mel and Kim were simply fantastic; not only teaching the kids sailing but keeping them (and me) entertained all week.

If you were one of those who visited the Club during the week, you got to see this first-hand. If you didn’t, then lucky you as you still have a chance to get down here for the week 2 class. It will be another triumph I am guessing.

Now that we see how successful these camps can be we can look to the future. This is a future of full active young members born from the graduates and families of a wonderful junior sailing program at the CIYC. The foundation for this future has been laid; we simply need to keep working hard to make it real.

How satisfying will it be for all of us to have a hand in developing our community’s youth and passing on the sailing legacy that we created.

Well done everyone and thank you.

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Check out the Buy, Sell, Trade page for some deals. Dave Prince is selling some PFD’s and flotation jackets and there’s a nice little racer just waiting for you.

The Youth Sailing program is underway and the young’ins had a great morning on the lake . . . light winds, perfect for teaching and learning. All that tacking and gybing builds an appetite. Here they are coming in to put the feedbag on. From their comments, everyone is having a great time.

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Hey! Looking to take on the race leaders? Have a look at this piece of art for sale. You can find your next boat on the Buy, Sell, Trade Page!

And now a word from your favourite auntie, Auntie Social . . .
Thank you to everyone that volunteered, pitched in and just enjoyed the Fish Fry on Saturday!! We served about 120 adults and children – higher numbers from last year!
A huge shout out to my volunteers in the kitchen and on the fryers – Lynne Klinck, Rath Mal & Rob Pretty, John Guillette, and Kristyn Pearce. The kids were amazing helpers as well!! Rob and Darren (super sax player) helped knock back the fish flies that showed up again – grrrr!!! John and Rob ran the fryers and BBQ with amazing expertise!! You’d never know they were brand new to the job!!
Rachel Foote helped with Friday night set up and decor. Ally Lippmann was a huge coleslaw and tartar sauce genius! Kathryn Groenewegen magically appeared to help sell tickets – thank you!!! I must thank Craig and Gord for helping me get the power washer going on Friday – I love that machine!!! Frank helped me get the fryers out of the shed, while Seann helped fire them up. The reverse process involved the same helpers and I can’t thank them enough!! Sunday clean up also received help from Beth and Dennis Graham – thank you!!
Finally, thank you to all that attended!! The Killer Goose Band was fabulous!!! I look forward to having them play again!!
Thank you all!!
Love, Wendy

The 2018 Maple Leaf Regatta and Famous Fish Fry are in the record books. Great participation from the members and from other clubs. Wally Hogan coordinated this year’s event, a windward-leeward series with four classes. Wally and his Committee Boat crew (Carol Perkes, Tina Chepeka and Tom Connolly) managed 12 separate starts . . . quite an achievement. The wind held until the last short leg but died completely resulting in the abandonment of the last two class races.

The Fish Fry followed. Auntie Social Officer Wendy Foote managed the event. So much work, so few volunteers. John Guillette and Mike Fournier stepped up to fry the fish and did an excellent job. Just an awesome meal. And the entertainment was terrific. The Killer Goose Band played hits old and new. Great job.

Thanks to all who attended, thanks to all who put it on. See you next year.

The Commodore has posted his latest comments on his page. Have a read . . . it’s a great barometer for where the Club is heading and our achievements. Of particular note is the fact that the Youth Sailing Program still needs volunteers. Can you help? Contact Wally Hogan if you have a couple of free hours. After all, you are the Club’s strength.

Race Officer Walter Cooper has posted the 2018 Maple Leaf Regatta Registration Form and Sailing Instructions on the Race Page. Here’s a quick link.

What’s up? Youth Sailing that’s what. CIYC hit the big time with an article published in the Kingsville Reporter on June 26th. Our premiere activity is a perfect blend of sport activism and community involvement. This will be CIYC’s lifeblood as a younger generation hits the waves. So much work and dedication by members has gone into the development of this program. You can help with its promotion by talking it up with friends and relatives who may have or know of kids 8 to 14 years of age looking to have a great time on the water. Ontario Sailing’s BOOM Mobile Sailing School provides pretty much everything a kid would need for week-long course. Dates are July 23 - 27 and July 27 - 30, 0900 - 1600 hrs. Spread the word!

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Hey, you know that delicious fish fry we have very Maple Leaf Regatta? Yeah, you know the one . . . mmmm, delicious. Well it doesn’t happen by itself. It takes people to get ‘er done and right now, Auntie Social Officer Wendy Foote, is looking for volunteers. Yes, I’m talking’ to you. Can you spare a couple of hours to ensure this event’s success? Sure you can. Send Wendy an email (just click right here, it’s easy). And thank you.

By the way, the Killer Goose Band (pictured below) will be playing for your pleasure after the fish is eaten. See you there!

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The Sail for Cystic Fibrosis Regatta was held last weekend and, despite the poor weather and lower attendance, still was a huge success. Thanks to Ally and Mike Lippmann for coordinating this hugely important Club event. You can read Mike and Ally’s account of the event here.

All race results are posted on the Race page. Check out this year’s drama here.

Updated work hours have been posted and are current to June 6. See where you stand by clicking this link.

The Mahjong Group does it again. Check out Commodore Paul’s message for June here.

Do you have an extra kid’s-size PDF you’re not using? Want to find a good home and good purpose for it? How about donating it to CIYC and be a part of our new Kids Don’t Float initiative. You can see by the picture that your PDF will be a part of a Loaner Station where visiting families and guests with children can borrow a PDF to ensure their little ones are safe around our grounds. Interested? Talk to Social Officer Wendy Foote.

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We have a busy weekend ahead. Saturday will be the Sail for CF Regatta and Sunday is the Blessing of the Fleet. Sunday’s event starts at 2 p.m. with a ceremony, a canal sail past, and Strawberry Social. Be there!

Wednesday’s race results have been posted. You can see the results of that wild ride here.

Race results for the Club’s first completed race can be found here. Congrats to everyone for showing up. 15 boats out there last night.

IGSA has posted an ad for sailing gloves if you’re in the market for some. There are two pairs available . . . one SMALL and one EXTRA LARGE. Further details can be found on the Buy, Sell, Trade Page.

The Committee Boat schedule has been posted on the Race Page. Check out when you’re up to set the line.

Dave Rempel (aka Captain Dredge) has provided an update for all of us on Little Toot’s status, one you should take a moment to read. You can access it here or by going to the Dredging Officer’s page.

Click here to view pics of the 2017 Race Awards Banquet.

The images below are the latest regalia offerings from our VC/Quartermaster, Warren Ritchie. This retro look is pretty cool and the price is right . . . a short sleeved shirt is $13, short sleeved with your boat name is only $18. If your preference is for long sleeved coverings, they can be had for $18 and $23 respectively. Both styles are available in navy or white. Let Warren know by email the colour, size, style and quantity you’ll need to look your best this racing season.

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Following is the list of tasks that need to be accomplished this weekend during our annual Clean Up Day. Look it over, pick one or two and let Property Officer Mike Lippmann know you would like to do the work. Remember, in order to get work hours for your work, you must be approved to do the work by the respective officer.

Spring Clean Up Day May 12th 2018

Job Description


Wash clubhouse windows inside & out - 2 people

Clean stoves/ovens inside & out - 1 person

Wash & clean Womens washroom complete - 1 person

Wash & clean Men's washroom complete - 1 person

Clean eavestroughs around building - for safety a 2 person job

Clean Clubhouse Kitchen - 1 - 2 Person

Go through all the tables & chairs and tighten fasteners - 1 person

Pick up lawn litter and rake lawn as required - 2 - 3 people

Rake and clean up gravel parking lot as required - 2 - 3 person job

Clean carpet in club, take outside and use carpet cleaning machine - 1 Person job

Take Grills apart and do a thorough job of cleaning - 1 person job

Mike Lippmann
Dig a 16" deep trench to Gazebo from washroom bldg - 2 person job

Wash vinyl siding all around club house 2 - Person job

Clean up & Weed Gardens and dress with mulch

Barrie & Sue Brewin
Rake and clean up gravel walkways around club property 2 people

Clean up freezer on deck - 1 person

Cut up scrap wood pallets for the fire pit - 1 - 2 person

Pull stoves out in kitchen and clean up behind them 1 - 2 person job

Move fire pit to South lawn - set down some paving stones, etc., 2 person job

Learn to Sail Officer Frank Foote has posted an update on the program. Have you seen a new orange boat in the yard? See what that has to do with the program. Frank’s blog can be found here.

Details of the Sail for CF Regatta have been posted. You’ll find all the information you’ll need to make this the most successful year yet right here.

Be the first to use the new JOB JAR, a new way to find out what work needs doing around the Club. You can view the scope of the work and apply for the job that interests you. It’s a great way to get your work hours. You can find the link anytime on the Work Hours Page or you can click right here. Welcome to the future.

And Launch for 2018 is in the books. Very fast, very safe. The new addition this year are the floating docks in Shark Alley that will be used for the Youth Sailing Program. Below are the two gents who are mainly responsible for the program’s introduction . . . Commodore Paul on the left and Property Officer Mike on the right. Well done chaps! Registrations are being accepted for the Youth Sailing Program so if you know of a youngster who would be interested, pass his or her name along to either Paul or Mike and they’ll get them enrolled. Thanks to Keith Boehme, Dave Prince, Gord Watton and the entire Launch Team for their excellent work. And, the Treasurer, Ilene Steinke, was thrilled with the pre-paid Launch fee that was included in your annual dues. Haul-Out costs are too but we don’t want to even think about that now. Let’s get some warm weather and get out there!

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Read the Commodore’s blog on the Commodore Page. There’s lots of good stuff happening around the Club, so stay informed.

There are four women on the waiting list for IGSA, just enough for one more boat. Can you help? Will you be a skipper for this excellent program? Let Rachel Park (rcpark@mnsi.net) know. You won’t regret it.

About two dozen members attended the last of three winter learning sessions, hosted by Race Officer, Walter Cooper. This instalment dealt with the Rules of Racing and was presented by Commodore Paul. The two-hour session emphasized the importance of knowing the rules and confabbing afterwards with other racers to discuss events. Everyone is encouraged to get a copy of the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-20, available free online. Below, Commodore Paul discussing the finer points of protestation. Download your digital version of The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020: Apple (iOS) version / Android version

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If we wait a couple of more days, maybe we won’t need the crane! Water has been slowly rising during the storm and Natalie and Mike Goodchild, Bob Mantyka and Dennis Graham can be thanked if you have dock boards this season. They were all out on Sunday gathering up the floating lumber. Thanks everyone! Here are a few of pics of the situation, courtesy of Bob.

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Meet Beth Delmege, CIYC’s newest Learn to Sail Social member. Beth has previous sailing experience with Hobie’s and Laser’s in Rondeau Bay but wanted to branch out to keel boats. Walter Cooper was Beth’s instructor. Below you’ll find Beth sandwiched between the Executive hierarchy, VC Warren and Commodore Paul. Welcome to CIYC, Beth!

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Need Work Hours? Go to the Job Jar, CIYC’s new way of finding out about what work needs to be done and getting authorization to do the work. You can find the Job Jar here or go to the Your Work Hours page.

Dock Officer Keith Boehme has posted the 2018 Dock Assignments (with a little help from his friend, Dave Prince). You’ll find them below.

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Well, that didn’t take long . . . The Island Girls’ Sailing Adventure is now fully booked. Kudos to the entire IGSA Committee. And if there’s a skipper out there who is still on the fence about joining in on the fun, please let Rachel Park know. The Committee would love to take on a few more Sailing Girls.

Dredging Officer Dave Rempel is in dire need of assistance before the season starts. Toot needs some dolling up on the deck and on the bottom. If you’re available to do a little painting, we can have her ship-shape in no time. Contact Dave at dredgingofficerciyc@gmail.com or contact him directly at (519) 562-7158. Thanks!

Hey early eaters! The Monday Morning Breakfast for Monday, April 2nd has been cancelled. See you the following Monday. Stay hungry, my friends.

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The second of three winter season information sessions spearheaded by Race Officer, Walter Cooper, took place last Saturday to a full house. This session (All the Boat Controls You Wondered About But Were Afraid to Ask (AKA - How to Sail Fast) found three of the Club’s more experienced racers (Pete Dewar, Frank Foote and Bob Bingham with +100 years of experience among them) directing the information flow and answering questions from the attendees. This great session was followed by the Annual Hug Your Boat bonfire (started with only one match and one gallon of gasoline by our industrious Commodore) and pot-luck dinner organizer by Auntie Social, Wendy Foote. All in all, a great day. Pics of the day can be found here.

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On March 17th, close to 20 people attended Race Officer, Walt Cooper’s instruction on spinnaker flying. Members who have always wanted to fly the sometimes confusing piece of nylon learned from the experience of both Walt and Commodore Paul during the two-hour event. Next class, All the Boat Controls You Wondered About But Were Afraid to Ask (AKA - How to Sail Fast) on Saturday March 24 at 2pm. This class will be followed by the Hug Your boat bonfire and pot-luck.

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From Commodore Paul -

I know it has not been that long since I last wrote but there are some important messages that you need to hear and we need your help.

Youth Sailing

As you know with the help of the Town of Kingsville, Truax Lumber and the good people at the OPP Copp Camp, we are 100% a go for our Youth Sailing Program this summer. The sailing camp first week is scheduled for July 23rd to July 27th and the second week is July 30th to Aug 3rd.

We are proud that Ontario Sailing, their expertly trained crew of instructors and their modern fleet of boats will be at our club to run this. Their expertise and experience means that our youth will receive the highest quality and safest instruction possible. We will provide our beautiful facilities and enthusiastic support staff.

Here is where you come in: we need to fill the classes up. Most of us do not have kids but we have grandchildren, nieces and nephews and neighbours. Take a moment, become an ambassador for our club and this great program. Registration forms can be found online on the CIYC web site and brochures are available at the club house.

Our hard working Youth Sail Committee is also pleased to announce the addition of Rachel Foote to our ranks. Rachel will be helping with registrations and keeping the rest of us in line.

Help us make this a great opportunity for our youth and ensure the future of our club.

Island Girls Sailing Adventure

This is a request on behalf of the organizing committee for volunteer Skippers. We are short a number of boats in this program that is important to the development of new sailors and potential members.

If you were a Skipper last year I urge you to sign up again. I promise better weather this year. The fun, the food and the good times will be equal to or better than ever.

At the very least this is a great way to get your boat off the dock and sailing.

Don’t let this event pass you by. Please get involved. Thank you.

Telephone Committee

I was at the Telephone Committee’s meeting last night. Boy do they know how to conduct a meeting!
The Phone Committee is one of those behind the scenes but vital contributors to the club’s success and I just wanted to say “Thanks” for all the work they do.


I hope to see you Saturday for Walt’s seminar, Hug Your Boat Bonfire and the Pot Luck Dinner.


Tom Connolly’s C&C 29 Jester is up for sale. Details are in Buy, Sell, Trade! or by clicking on this link.

Walter Cooper is requesting that everyone who plans to race this season complete a Race Registration form. You can find it here.

Hey Racers!

Print and complete the form below to register for this year’s fun and frolic. There is no limit to the drama so sign up today!

CIYC Winter Race Programs

Spring is just around the corner, and clocks change (Spring ahead) on Sunday March 11th, which is this weekend! Here are the dates for the three events promised before the boats go in the water. Think of it as getting your 'race hat on' before starting to prep the boat.

Spinnaker Course
Saturday March 17- 2pm

Starting at 2:00, we will be running the first part of the 'Spinnaker Flying' course. The hope is to eventually have this certified through Ontario Sailing - so you would get a certificate for it.

We will be going over the theory behind flying spinnakers, and talking about how to set up your boat to do this when we are in the water. We will also be reviewing some videos on proper technique for flying the kite. The land portion will be followed by an on water component where we will be setting your (or someone's) boat up and practice flying spinnakers. We are targeting finish for 4:00 and can sit around for awhile and discuss what you would like out of the on water program.

All the Boat Controls You Wondered About But Were
Afraid to Ask (AKA - How to Sail Fast)
Saturday March 24 - 2pm

We will be presenting a panel discussion on the use of the numerous 'aids' on your boat to make you go fast. Ever wondered on the proper use of your traveller, or is the main set properly for the wind and water conditions? How does the theory relate to your boat?

This is where to come and listen as three of our most experienced share their learning and attempt to answer your questions. Their combined experience covers most of the boats in our fleet and they must know what they are doing as they are in the winner's circle year after year.

Following this session will be the 'Hug Your Boat' - we have to start thawing them out as Spring is here. This will be followed by a potluck dinner. Hope to see everyone there.

A Discussion for New and Novice Racers
and Those Who Just Are Not Sure

Saturday April 14

Our Commodore Paul (wearing his racing hat, not his Commodore hat), will be giving a talk on the CURRENT version of the Rules of Racing - and yes they do change them every couple of years so come out and see what the rules are now! And no, we will not be going over every single rule, but will be highlighting the most common ones you must be cognizant of while racing this year. Paul even promises to use diagrams! I know I find it easier to understand this 'lawyer talk' with pictures. Burgers or a potluck will likely follow. More info on the eating part later. Here’s a synopsis of the discussion:

A Basic Rules

B Setting a Proper Start Line

C Basic Strategies for Good Starts and Other Points of Sail

D Discussion Period

Awards Dinner and Sailing Instructions
Saturday May 5

We plan to follow up all these racing events with the Awards presentations for last year's racing and a dinner. Mike Lippmann was looking at running this, so I haven't been able to verify the details of this component yet as he is sitting on a beach somewhere ignoring us - which is definitely the appropriate way to holiday. More information will follow.

Hope to see all of you at these events

Walt Cooper - Race Officer

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And now, a message from our Commodore . . .

With the great weather we have been having and the open water on the lake it gets one thinking about spring and with spring comes racing..... oops...... I of course meant to say sailing.... where is the stupid delete button on this computer?

So many of us are starting to get excited about the soon to be here new season. To help get you in the mood let me fill you in on some of the spectacular and semi-spectacular things that have been going on around the CIYC.

First, an update on the Youth Sailing Program now firmly scheduled for July. At the AGM I told you we had to raise about $20,000 in order to make the club ready to accommodate the program. I further went on to say that we could raise the money through debentures payable over 10 years, however, we would try and found outside sponsorship to help us. To this end, the wonderful Town of Kingsville has given us a non repayable grant of $10,000 to assist us in the building of docks required for the program.

Further, Jeremy Truax, President of Truax Lumber has donated approximately $4,000 worth of cedar lumber to complete our project.

Finally through some sound buying we have reduced our expenses to to the point that I believe we can easily cover 100% of our expenses before the program starts. I am over the moon!

What a great town we live in. The Mayor and the Town Council has shown great vision, support of its youth and an unprecedented confidence and faith in the Cedar Island Yacht Club.

Our Corporate neighbour, Jeremy Truax also possesses these fine qualities.

What a blessing and honour it is to be located in such a fine giving community. We will return their faith and trust in us by delivering the best Youth Sailing Program in the province.

The next big news is that Island Girls is back for another year. This program was fast becoming the club’s premiere event however, this year’s event was almost a no-go. It seems that many of the insurance companies used by our club were saying that Island Girls (incorrectly), was a commercial event thus making the boats involved charter boats and uninsured. Luckily after discussions with the fine people at Skipper’s Plan who insure most of our boats, they agreed our program was so good they felt all clubs should do it. They took our case to their insurers and were able to convince them that we should be covered. A big thank you to Petre Fischer of Skipper’s Plan for taking up our cause.

Thirdly,Walter Cooper has joined our Executive as Race Officer. Walter has put together a most comprehensive Mission and Vision statement for race. He intends as his goal to get 100 % of all members involved in at least one race activity this year. I urge you all to support him. He has some great ideas for all racers from the seasoned competitor to the new member who has yet to try racing. I will not detail his great ideas. I will leave that up to him.

The first Social Event of the year will be “Hug Your Boat Day’ on 24 March. This year it will be a multi function event with Walter Cooper Moderating a Panel of Experts at 2pm to discuss the Art of Sail Trim. This will be followed with a Hug Your Boat Day Bonfire with Cider and Hot Chocolate at 4pm. The topper will be a Pot Luck Dinner at 5:30, so mark that day on your calendar come for one, two or hopefully all three of these great events.

Speaking of Social, this club is noted for its great social events and this year will be bigger and better than ever. These great events do not take place without work behind the scenes. I urge you to contact Wendy Foote and sign up to assist at at least one event. You will have fun, get some of your work hours in and help spread the work load. Volunteer no matter what membership category you are in, no matter how many work hours you have ...... the more we all put in the more we will get out.

Wow its been a busy winter .... good thing the boats were on the hard and the lake frozen otherwise it may have been too much.

See you on the 24
th of March lets kick this 2018 season off right.


The 2018 Dock Request has a been prepared and you can access it here. Dave Prince is helping out Docks Officer Keith Boehme this year and hopes you will not tarry in providing your information. After all, there are only (click here) days left to Launch. The deadline for submitting your request is March 24th.

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The Skinny on Essex County PHRF

Last month I attended a meeting of the Race Directors of Southport, LaSalle Mariners and CIYC hosted by Essex County PHRF (ECPHRF). The reason for the meeting was two-fold, first to introduce the directors to each other and then to list all the races that are being scheduled in the upcoming race season. Apparently all the directors are new this year.

I have a list of 22 separate races, and when I get it formatted correctly, and am sure everything is correct, I will publish it for our membership. Of these, 9 are Essex County PHRF counters and two of these are double counters (two races at one club on the same weekend). One double is at Southport and one is at CIYC. Needless to say, the majority of races in the area are non ECPHRF races and many are held in the US - but you still require a valid PHRF certificate to participate.

I have been a member of Essex County PHRF for many years, some of which I didn't even have a boat. I am embarrassed to admit that my knowledge of the association has been a little 'thin', so I asked a lot of questions. The Members of the Executive present were very patient and tried to educate me.

Here is what I (think) I learned. The organization has a mandate which is on their website. Unfortunately, the website isn't working at present, so I couldn't see what it was and no one could accurately state what it was, but I am assured this will be rectified soon. Here is the breakdown on numbers for last year. Of approximately 110 members (I got this by pulling last year's membership ratings off the internet), LMYC has 43 members, CIYC 22, SPSC 18 and the rest are from marinas (Leamington 8, BR 4) with the remaining 16 from US clubs. So anyone can join the PHRF Station, but only the three clubs (LMYC, CIYC and SPSC) can host regattas as counters.

When you join, your boat will be measured and a rating provided, with a certificate (I actually have never received a certificate). If you compare your rating to other PHRF stations - ie. Lake Ontario, Thousand Islands - you may find your rating is different. What should be the same is the spread between the boats you are rated against in this area. So if your boat is rated at 129 here and your competition is 110, the spread (19 seconds) should be the same as in other areas.

If it isn't, you have grounds to request that your rating be 'adjusted'. Please note, Essex County PHRF only responds to WRITTEN requests, so if no written request to them, nothing will change.

The only time ratings are adjusted is in response to written requests from members - and you can do this for your boat or another boat you feel isn't rated properly. But you must also provide a rationale for the request. I don't think 'I'm just slower' will cut it.

There is a meeting coming up, and it is being held at LMYC (they get the best attendance if they hold it here - makes sense, they have the most members). If you show up, you can pay your membership ($20) there if you haven't paid yet. Later in the season this is $40. After the meeting there is free beer and pizza - I have never known sailors who can't consume $20 in beer and pizza in one sitting - so does this mean the membership is free?
If this is your first year as a member, the membership is free as well. The Station also 'donates' funds to each of the 3 clubs each year to promote racing. Last year they said they were trying to figure out ways to increase participation of racers at other clubs, I guess we will find out how that went at the meeting.

At some point they will announce the winners of the ECPHRF counters. I believe there is a winner for Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie and an overall winner. They even give flags to the winners. You must compete in a minimum number of races to be counted. Only around 6 boats qualify to be counted, at least this is what I thought they said. So if you get out and compete in the regattas, you stand a good chance of winning something, or at least being mentioned.

If you plan on racing at CIYC only, and don't anticipate going away to regattas, you still need a number for your boat and this seems to be the easiest way to get one. Failing that, Pete Dewar is left trying to 'make one up' for your boat, and no one is ever happy with the resultant rating (not that everyone is happy with the rating they get from PHRF) - I guess complaining about your rating is part of the racing process. This is just one of the areas we will be discussing in our race committee meetings.

Anyways, this is what I think I learned at the session. For our club, Mike Lippmann and Frank Foote are our 'measurers' and will take their results to ECPHRF and you will be awarded a Rating if you don't already have one. At last check they couldn't be bribed, but Mike is retiring so who knows. The list of races will be coming soon, and Beth will try to attach the membership application/renewal to this if you plan on attending the meeting, or you could give it to Mike (when he gets back) and forgo the free beer and pizza.

Walt Cooper
Race Director CIYC

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Welcome new Learn to Sail Social member, Kim Cocks. Kim was invested to our humble Club on February 13th at the Executive meeting.
Welcome to Cedar Island Yacht Club, Kim! Here, Kim accepts the keys to the Club from Commodore Paul.

Walter Cooper, CIYC’s new Race Officer has posted his vision for the Race Program this year. You’ll find it innovative and ambitious but he notes that his plan relies in large part on the membership’s participation. Are you up for a challenge? Read Walter’s message to you here.

And now, a very important message from Social Chair, Wendy Foote:

Ring that dinner bell!!!! Auntie Social has been cookin’ up some ideas!!

Hello CIYC !!! Since the weather and the groundhog won’t cooperate, I think we should just go ahead and think about spring, summer and sailing all on our own!

Last season, I wanted to get a feel for the work involved with events we hold to celebrate our sailing passion. So, I dug in, got dirty and figured it out. By doing this, I have a much better perspective on what people believe is “the scariest” job on CIYC executive. It is
definitely not scary, but a real HOOT!! I had a great season and thank all those that stepped up to help along the way.
For the 2018 season, I would like to start organizing now. Social is responsible for 5 events (at minimum) and 18 race nights. By signing up now for one of these events, you will secure a way to earn your work hours. I would like 3 people per event and we will add more if needed for the regattas. 2 people are needed for each race night. I’d like 6 teams of 2 people to handle race nights. There are 3 series of 6 races each, so 5 nights per series needs to be filled. (I get to do one each series – I need some fun too!!) The six teams will each take one night per series. Once we have volunteers, I will post a schedule so everyone can be organized. If for some reason you dedicate yourself to an event, but can’t make it, then a replacement person is your responsibility. The schedule will allow for possible switching – similar to how committee boat responsibilities plays out with the skippers.
Launch – breakfast / lunch (or just brunch) - April 21 (I think…)
Blessing of the Fleet – light snacks, collaborate with C & VC on schedule of events
Maple Leaf Regatta – fish fry - July 14
Labour Day weekend
Steak BBQ – Sept. 1
Pizza (or other quick meal) – Sept 2
Haul out – breakfast / lunch – October 20 (I think…)
Race night Group A: 2 people
Race night Group B: 2 people
Race night Group C: 2 People
Race night Group D: 2 people
Race night Group E: 2 people

There will be other events, I don’t have solid dates for yet.
Island Girls BBQ and events related to Youth Sailing may be added.
Assistance with planning Commodore’s Ball for next year is needed, if anyone would like to help, let me know.
Lastly, I will not be Social director for the 2018-2019 season. If you think that this job is for you, step up early and this entire summer will be a mentoring process. Deciding at the last minute to take on any CIYC executive role is tough when you are not familiar with what is involved. So please consider the post early and we can work together to make the hand-over seamless.

Once you decide about the events you would like to dedicate yourselves to, send an email to wjfoote@gmail.com so I can organize a schedule. This is an easy way to attack those work hours!!

An administrative item for your information . . .

All files for the Club’s website are stored in an application called OneDrive. OneDrive is owned and administered by Microsoft and, like all tech companies, Microsoft wants people to sign up for their services. When you click on a link on the Members’ Page to read Executive Minutes for December, for instance, you will be taken to the file storage in OneDrive and the opening screen will ask you to sign in or create an account. You do not have to do either to view the file unless you wish to do so. Simply click on the “No thanks, continue to view” at the bottom of the window. You’ll be able to read the file you have chosen.

The Executive wants everything affecting your membership and the Club’s well-being to be easily accessible and transparent. If you encounter difficulties accessing any part of the website or if you have suggestions for improvement, please do not hesitate to message the Communication Officer at communicationofficerciyc@gmail.com or use the Contact CIYC link on the website.

Secretary Carol Perkes has updated the blog on her page. You can check it out here.

On behalf of the Youth Sailing Committee, I am very pleased to announce that Ontario Sailing and their Boom program have awarded the Cedar Island Yacht Club two one-week Youth Sailing Schools to be held 23 July and 30 July 2018.

The Committee and you the members have workrd hard over the last two years to bring this goal from a dream to a reality. Our next step is to ensure that this is the finest sailing school in the region. A task that, for our great club, will be easily handled.

We have revamped the responsibilities of our commitee to best ensure that the many tasks that lay ahead get done in time.

The responsibility for the building of school docks and property preparation will fall under Mike Lippmann.

Liaison with Boom and all its complexities will be handled by Wally Hogan.

Jyll Mackie will handle registration, promotion and be the Boom Representative of the CIYC during the program.

Warren Ritchie and I will handle funding and budgeting.

All four of these areas will require help from you so please, if you are inclined, pick an area that suits your skills, call the Committee member in charge and offer your assistance. It will be a blast.

Sailing has been a great hobby, sport and social pastime for all of us so now is a wonderful time for all of us to get involved and help develop future sailors and future club members.

From today on the Youth Sailing Program at CIYC is real, is viable, and will be fun for all of us.

With Warmest Regards
Your Happy Commodore

Dredging Officer, Dave Rempel, has posted his remarks on his plans for the upcoming year. He can use your help so pitch in and call Dave to volunteer. You can access Dave’s remarks here.

Commodore Paul Cairoli has updated his blog on the Commodore’s Page. Check out what they have to say - click here.

Treasurer Ilene Steinke has posted revised membership costs for the coming year. You can access the revisions by clicking on this link.

For those of you who missed the Commodores’ Ball, well, you missed a wonderful night of camaraderie, good food, good times, oh, and a drum and pipe band. Commodore Paul spoke, acknowledging the achievements of those hard-working members who made the Club better this year.

Paul continued by introducing the new Executive for 2017/18 and wished them well in the upcoming plans. Warren Ritchie takes on the Vice-Commodore-ship, Ilene Steinke is Treasurer, Carol Perkes is Secretary, Dave Rempel is Dredging Officer, Mike Lippmann takes on Property, Keith Boehme is Docks Officer, Wendy Foote continues as Auntie Social and Frank Foote will assume the Learn to Sail Officer role. Richard Miles stays as Communications Officer. Paul also acknowledged Beth Graham’s role as Past Commodore but more so as publisher of the CIYC News. The News is the Club’s key communication tool and Beth does a tremendous job putting it out.

Paul stressed that we are “customers’ of the Club and that customer service is paramount and that we will strive to improve in everything we do.

Two key projects will take the stage this year: development of a Youth Sailing Program and creating a Future Needs Committee. The former will protect the Club’s legacy and help it grow. None off us are getting any younger and injecting new blood into the Club through a youth program will ensure CIYC’s continuity. The latter group will look at ways of acquiring real estate and dockage if the need arises in the future.

Paul closed by asking the membership to get more involved in the Club - putting your handprints all over the Club and making it yours.

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Nov. 1 - And now, a message from our Treasurer, Ilene Steinke . . .


CIYC is changing the timing of billings in the upcoming 2017-18 fiscal year. Currently, several bills are sent throughout the year, requiring deposits to be brought in at launch and haul out, and resulting in new balances owing to be issued with each new billing.
Billings will be simplified by including all standard items in the first billing that is sent out following approval of the budget at the Annual General Meeting in December. A year-end billing will be sent in October for ice charges and outstanding work hours.
The first billing will now include: membership, winter storage, dockage, cradle storage, launch and haul out. Members will be billed for the same services that they used the previous year.  We will debit or credit members’ accounts for any differences in services that they actually use in the new year. As always, payment of the first billing may be made in full or by way of 3 post-dated cheques.

October 30 - Members are reminded to have their dock boards removed by the November 5th deadline or face a $50 charge.

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October - Meet Terry and Candace Anderson, new Social members who joined us at the last Executive meeting.

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October - Rick and Flo Taillieu have joined CIYC as Social members, being inaugurated at the October Executive meeting.