What's New at CIYC

The following four videos graphically illustrate the dangers of getting hit by the boom and CIYC has taken steps to mitigate the long-term damage that can occur from a smack.Commodore Warren has developed a Concussion Protocol that each of us should read and become familiar with. You can find the policy here.

Be sure to save the date . . . the AGM will be held on December 1st at 1 PM. All members, regardless of status are invited. And if you have a hankering, bring along a dish for the Pot Luck that will follow the meeting.

The final Work Hour tally has been completed and audited. There were a few issues surrounding this year's recordings that included an error in the spreadsheet formula, multiple recording sources, illegible recording (like scribble instead of print, first names only) and the like. All that to say, the hours are balanced and you should review them to ensure your records agree with ours. You can access the record here.

Are you interested in some real estate? How about a small piece of land just north of the Club . . . Lorna Lane. At the last Executive meeting, it was proposed that, as an alternative to handing the land over to the Town, we would offer it to members. Here is the notice:

Notice to Members:

As reflected in the recent Survey Monkey questionnaire, we have had some potential liability issues with the Lorna Lane property.  On the recommendation of our lawyer, and through the overwhelming support of the member responses from the survey, we are starting the process of divesting ourselves of the property.

Before doing so, this issue will be raised at the  upcoming A.G.M. for discussion and ratification.  In the interim, the Town of Kingsville has indicated they would assume the property and cover all associated costs in the process.  Any member(s) desirous of obtaining title to the property should let their intent be known in writing to the Secretary.  

Members would have preference in this transaction, and would be purchasing the property for $1.00.  They would assume all costs in the transaction.

Don't forget to check on the status of your work hours. Summer's end draws nigh.

Here is the link.

The Labour Day Weekend Races are coming soon so here is what you need to know in order to participate. First, this from Race Director, Walt Cooper:

CIYC 2019 Labour Day Weekend Races

Welcome everyone to Cedar Island's Labour Day Weekend Races. This weekend almost seems like the end of summer, kids are back in school next week, and everything seems to be rolling over into fall activities. But there is lots of sailing time left and this weekend promises to provide both a fun filled and varied sailing program.

Saturday will feature two distance races, one from Colchester to CIYC - this is an ECPHRF counter, and the second, if numbers are sufficient, is from Leamington to CIYC - this is a fun race, but there will be prizes! Sunday will feature the Labour Day Regatta - also an ECPHRF counter. The intent is to schedule two races for this day, with an option of running a third race, using the CIYC Wednesday night course layout. Please see the NOR's and SI's for the full instructions.

The races will utilize a windward/leeward format and each is a distance of 4.0NM. Races are scheduled to be run consecutively and still have everyone in to the club for a wonderful session of food and entertainment. So plan to come out and remember the operative word for the weekend is fun!! All the race applications, NOR and SI's will be on the club website.

If there are any questions, I can be reached an on the club website, or by cell 519-980-8920.

Hope to see all of you this weekend!
Walt Cooper - Race Director

Now, this is the link to the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions.

Finally, this is the link to the Entry Form for the races. Can't download it? There will be copies available in the Clubhouse.

Good racing!

For you racers out there, here are the results of the Wednesday Night Race Survey you participated in.

Safety is everyone's responsibility. Please read the following article written by Drew Frye from Practical Sailor and check to ensure you meet all electrical safety requirements.

Preventing Electric Shock at the Dock

Alarms, no matter how accurate, are no substitute for strict adherence to safe practices.
The human body runs on electricity and if you overload the nervous system with an external field, everything goes haywire. Every year several people die because they go swimming near a dock, a wiring fault creates an electric field in the water, and their muscles freeze. It is called Electric Shock Drowning (ESD).
A victim of ESD doesn’t always appear to struggle, because they physically can’t. Their diaphragm is paralyzed, their swimming muscles incapacitated, and they simply sink. This danger is regarded as almost exclusively limited to freshwater—although no one should ever consider a saltwater marina to be free of electrocution risk. The human body is more conductive than freshwater, but less conductive than salt water. Because current seeks the least resistant path, the preferred electrical path in freshwater is your body, while in saltwater—except in unusual circumstances (metal prosthetics, for example)—it is water.

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Non marine-grade connectors on a wet dock create a recipe for disaster

How to Avoid ESD

Never swim near docks with AC power. Encourage your marina to test periodically for leakage. • When you go for a sail, unplug the shore power from the pedestal and switch off the pedestal breaker. • Move your boat at least 150 yards from any marina before entering the water to perform maintenance or to scrub the bottom. In freshwater, the power gradient can extend as much as 150 feet from the fault. • If the dock is used by swimmers, install only low voltage lighting and no power outlets. • Never use 120 volt power tools from a tender or float, or even in a way where wet conditions can create a ground through you. Using power tools near freshwater or saltwater can be lethal. The seawater becomes an excellent coupler from the sailor to ground, and wet hands make a good connection to the power tool. • Always use GFI protection. If there’s none in the circuit, install a GFI pigtail. • If you must swim in a saltwater marina, unplug yours and nearby boats and turn off pedestal breakers and battery switches. This should eliminate the remote risk of a severe fault. • Although swimming pool electrocutions are extremely rare (all pools equipment must meet strict safety codes), accidents can happen. Never swim if a portable 120-volt pump is in use. • Never swim in or near freshwater marinas. • Do not swim around freshwater docks that have electrical equipment. • Install galvanic isolator in all shore power systems. This provides a barrier between the shore ground and hull ground. • Install a solar system on your boat, eliminating the need for shore power.
Field Detectors
While the best policy is to stay out of the water, a lakeside dock is a kid magnet. There are electric field detectors, that with various levels of rigor, detect dangerous faults.
These units simply measure the difference in voltage between the shore power ground and the water where the sensor is located. If it is located too far from the fault or located close to a grounded, metal portion of the dock, it may not measure a voltage differential. There is no UL listing for this category of products. Although several units claim to be UL certified, this appears to be in reference to their UL-compliant components. There is no universal standard for this type of equipment.
What We Tested
Ordinarily Practical Sailor tests all of the equipment we review, but for this preliminary market scan, we interviewed the manufacturers and several users, and reviewed the specifications. 
Fixed Mount Alarms
For fixed units, professional installation is strongly recommended, both to ensure that the unit is properly installed and to inspect all wiring for compliance with current electrical code (compliance with original code at time of construction means nothing). Installation cost varies, typically from $150 to $350.
Dock Lifeguard A single sensor, properly placed, is said to protect an area about 40 feet on a side. Up to four sensors may be used to increase the area of coverage. The panel includes both LED indicating the relative strength of the field, and loud alarm, and a flashing light, from $950 (www.docklifeguard.org/index.html).
Safe Water Systems Shock Guard 24/7 Up to four sensors, each protecting a 26-foot radius. Detects as little as 1.7 volts differential from ground. Powered by a 9 volt battery, the alarm, which is not very loud, emits six second chirps for 24 hours, after which the battery is dead. Annual replacement is required. The battery can be tested by placing a supplied magnet against the panel is a specific location, which lights a light and causes a chirp. Panel includes 105 dB buzzer and contacts to trip up to four GFI circuits, $695 (If you're into partaking of cannabis, take a look at the Club's Cannabis Protocol.


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The professionally installed Dock Lifeguard detects a hot grounded dock.

Portable Floating
Targeted at the swimming pool market, these float on the surface and measure the electrical gradient between closely spaced sensors. As a result, range is limited. They are best used by walking them around the edge of a pool before use. As such, they may not detect changes after the swimmers enter the water. Additionally, they provide very little or no protection against hot electrical equipment near the water, such as lifts, railings, and dock frames.

Shock Alert This free-floating sensor detects tiny potential differences across its 5-inch width. A green flashing light is displayed if no gradient is detected, and a beeper and flashing red light activate if a gradient is present. $150 online and through Home Depot. (www.shockalert.com).
Shock Alarm Another free-floating sensor, the Shock Alarm measures the gradient in a small area, and flashes and beeps if any current is detected. $129.00 online (June 13, 2019
Closure Notice: Boat Ramp - Cedar Island Marina

Closure Notice: Boat Ramp - Cedar Island Marina
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The Shock Alert is easily deployed. In general, these systems can give swimmers a false sense of security.

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The Shock Alert is easily deployed. In general, these systems can give swimmers a false sense of security


We do not recommend the floating units. While they may provide some protection, failure to detect hot boat lifts and limited range allows too much room for error. We stand by the conclusions of the Electric Shock Drowning Organization, which does not support the use of what they refer to as “green light” devices. According to the ESO, these devices can encourage swimming in potentially hazardous areas, placing more people at risk. And, of course, the devices can fail.
Additionally, fault could occur after people have entered the water, with a new circuit introduced or activated. Given the prevalence of failures of boat electrical equipment and in marinas, the potential for failure is a valid point.
It is also important to remember that electricity is not the only hazard for swimmers in marinas. Moving boats, turning propellers, and entanglement hazards are just a few of the risks.
Does the equipment work? The most adamant insist that you can never be safe enough, since current detectors have their limitations. On the other hand, if you strictly adhere to these safety tips around the water and only use such devices as a means of fault or failure detection, we see value here.

Looking for an inflatable boat? Here's a new 9 foot one that can be had for $50. Check it out.

Work hours have been updated. You can check your status here.

Looking for the Maple Leaf Regatta Notice of Race and Application? You can find it here.

Youth Sale Update

It is time your Youth Sail Committee gave you an update on the 2019 Youth Sail Camps.

The big news is that there are only five spots left - 2 in Week 1, 2 in Week 2 and one in Week 3. So if you have been wanting to register, now is the time to do so and avoid being on a waiting list. This time last year we had four registered. What a great success.

It's not too early to start thanking people. These are people who worked tirelessly on the Committee as well as those people and organizations who have contributed.

Thanks to Wally Hogan and Rachel Foote for developing our marketing plan and for promoting registration. To Mike Lippmann and Brian Isaacs who are handling all the technical preparations. Without the four of you this great program would not have happened.

The Committee wants to thank the Town of Kingsville for their faith in the program and for their generous $7,000 donation. This has allowed us to reduce the overall cost of the program this year. Cop Camp is making donations again this year and our own Race Committee is doing a Youth Sailing fundraiser. Finally, thanks to two of our members, Mike Fournier and Gary Kiers, who gave cash gifts to the program.

Many of you are 100% behind this program and see its long-term benefits. To those of you who do not, we understand but ask you to take a moment to talk to one of our committee members and openly discuss your concerns. We need feedback - good and bad.

By the way, if you are looking for work hours, we need on-site supervisors during the sail camps. Sign up for full or half days. You will have a blast being part of the camp. Let me know.

Paul Cairoli

If you're into partaking of cannabis, take a look at the Club's Cannabis Protocol.

Members! There is an important message for you on the Members' Page. Please take a minute to review the proposal and offer your comments to the Commodore as soon as you can. The code to access the page is the clubhouse door code.

June 13, 2019
Closure Notice: Boat Ramp - Cedar Island Marina

Closure Notice: Boat Ramp - Cedar Island Marina
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On Monday night (June 3rd), several skippers had spent the early evening sailing with some new friends to introduce them to our favourite sport.
We gathered at the clubhouse as the sun set for some snacks and tall tales.
As darkness fell and the skippers were tidying up their boats, Sue Markham, one of the lady sailors, watched in horror as her skipper fell onto the dock while leaving his boat.
As most of the sailors were in the club there was no one else nearby to help so she grabbed the skipper and pulled him off the dock onto the pathway. It should be noted that this skipper weighed nearly twice as much as Sue.
She noticed that the skipper was unresponsive and turning blue so she debated whether to run and call for help or help the man lying in front of her. Because she had some first-aid training at her work at the post office she decided to start CPR.
She called for help and some visiting American sailors who happened to be at their boats came over, saw the emergency and called to the club house for help.
Luckily, Dr. Rachel Park was in the club and grabbed the AED unit which was mounted on the club wall and rushed to help. A sailing trainee Maxine Sylmajobena (who had been trained in emergency procedures) joined Rachel and together they worked on the unconscious skipper for what seemed like an eternity (probably 30 minutes). 911 was called quickly. 
Gord Watton who was trained in industrial accident prevention opened both front gates to the club and waited for the emergency vehicles to arrive. After a long time (maybe 20 minutes) we heard the EMS vehicles but they went to the wrong side of the creek and were obviously struggling to find the club. One of the police officers jumped into her car and with light blazing drove off to direct the EMS vehicles to the club.
In the meantime, Rachel and Maxine kept working on the skipper using CPR keeping him alive.
Once the EMS team arrived they took over the life-saving process and eventually took the skipper to Leamington Hospital. He was eventually taken to Windsor where he was given a pacemaker.
As at this writing, he is home recovering with sore ribs but alive and as well as can be expected given his ordeal.
I applaud the members of Cedar Island Yacht Club for their quick and professional action.
I am not a medical person but I am convinced that had it not been for the heroic efforts of Rachel Park, Sue Markham and Maxine Sylmajobena, our beloved skipper would not have survived. 
I am told the the skipper may be sailing again in a month or two.

~ Commodore Warren

UPDATE: Bob was at the Club Wednesday, June 12. He is in good spirits, sore and somewhat more bionic than he was prior to the 3rd. Jim Norris says Bob said to say hello to everyone.

Work hours have been updated. Check yours to see where you stand.

Bet you've been wondering what happened at the Blessing of the Fleet and Sail Past celebration a couple of weeks ago. Without further ado, here's a link to a fine presentation created by none other than Dennis Graham. Many thanks to Denny for recording the event. BTW, this will mark the fifth year in a row that the Commodore's Sail Past has been cancelled due to (no, not the bagpipes and drum playing) but to poor weather. Better luck next year, Vice Commodore Tom Steinke.

The racing season is finally underway and the first race took place last night, May 29th. You can check out the results on the Racing Program Page.

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Hey Racers (and Potential Racers)!

Race Officer, Walter Cooper, has made some important changes to this year's race program and, if you're already part of it or just considering joining in on the fun, you should familiarize yourself with the changes.

Click this link to take you to the Race Page and to the changes.

For Sale!
CAL 25 Sailboat (photo – Sept 2018)
1976 Cal 25 - Comes complete with sails, 9.9 hp Honda outboard motor, life jackets, Cobra HH600 DSC+GPS marine radio, and 6 point steel welded dry dock cradle. Asking $3,000.
Please contact Matt Gervais at 519-551-2645.

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Welcome to a new season. We're in the water!

Here's to a fun-filled and safe sailing season.

Below is
Sparrow, Social Officer Sandy Wright's acquisition and newest addition to Cedar Island Yacht Club's fleet.

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Dave Prince is helping out with Docks and has asked that the following opportunities for work hours be posted:

Gyn Pole/Jib Crane Repairs, asap prior to Launch Day.

Launch Day, Saturday April 27th at 0700 hours for Launch Crew and no later than 0800 hours for Members launching their vessels

Cradle Day, Saturday May 4, at 0800 hrs.

Equipment Inspection, Preparation, Maintenance and Repairs (including Mast Dollies & Pump-out)

Phone or email Dave to confirm and arrange tasks.


Dave can be reached at 519-562-5833 or at

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Here we grow again. Say hello to our newest members . . .

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Beth Hughes, Learn to Sail Social

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Mary and Mike Hughes, Learn to Sail Social

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Jack and Cheryl Albert, Learn to Sail Social
Welcome aboard all!

The minutes of the 2017/18 Annual General Meeting have been posted and are available on the Members' Page.

UPDATE: Social Sandy has advised that a member has come forward to build Jenga on steroids. Thanks!

And this, from Social Officer Sandy Wright . . . "I'm looking for a volunteer who's good at woodworking to make two outdoor Jenga games for the club. I have the instructions I can send to that person and they will be reimbursed for the cost of materials."

There are two new postings on the Members' Page worth reading. The first is the revised Bylaws and Policies and Procedures document (effective December 2018) and the new Code of Conduct protocol for members and their visitors.

Don't forget, the passcode to gain entry to the Members' Page is the clubhouse door code.

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The Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday, December 2nd and, if you missed it, you weren't alone. Fewer than half of the voting members at CIYC were in attendance. It's a strange phenomenon. But those in attendance were pleased to learn that the new Executive has been invested, that the Club's plans big things this year for Youth Sailing, that the Treasurer has increased savings for dredging of the basin and a number of other initiatives the Executive has in store. The minutes will be available in due course. A pictorial of the event can be found here.

Here is an important addition to the reading package for the AGM. It deals with Youth Sailing, the program's performance last year and the committee's plans for the coming year. You can find it by clicking this link.

Great news! We partnered up with Lettering on the Cheap, a website for boat registration letters & numbers as well as boat graphics & letterings. They're providing a $100 discount code for our members! Check out their website for some pre-styled boat registration letters or use their lettering tool to assemble your own registration number decal.
Here's the code you can use on the checkout process: 

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The Annual General Meeting is next Sunday at 2 PM. Please make an effort to attend. Accessing the background information will assist you in contributing to meaningful discussion and good decision-making. Secretary Carol Perkes has put the package together and you can find it by clicking this link. See you on Sunday!

The website has a few changes, mostly cosmetic but one that has troubled some users is gaining access to the Members' Page and the Your Work Hours Page. Both are passcode protected as the information therein only pertains to members. The passcode has been changed to the four-digit code for the clubhouse door. If you don't know what it is, email a member of the Executive and you'll be clued in.

The website suffered a breakdown and has been rebuilt. Work remains to bring it completely up to date. You will notice some changes to the new site and, as always, I welcome your comments and suggestions for improvement.

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The 2018 Commodores' Ball was held Saturday, November 17th at the Kingsville Golf Club recognizing all Past Commodores and the huge contributions made to the Club and its future by Commodore Paul Cairoli. As always the meal was exceptional and the desserts a delight but the real highlight of the evening was the roast delivered by World Champion sailor and friend of Paul's, Skip Lennox. Skip dissolved some of the mystique around our esteemed leader and lead us down the path of Paul's racing experience starting out with a fully equipped Catalina 27 (what?!) and ending with his current sled, Bambarra. Paul delivered his thoughts on the past two years, recognizing the achievements of his Executive and the members in beautifying the Club. Paul's shining accomplishment was the introduction of Youth Sailing this past summer, viewed by many as the saving grace for the Club as it will provide a stream of new, younger members to replace our aging population.

All in all, it was a great night. You can see pictures of the event by clicking the link below. I really have to get a new camera . . .

2018 Commodores' Ball