What’s New at CIYC
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.
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.
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.
Racing Rules and Awards
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 cognisant of while racing this year. Paul even promises to use diagrams! I know I find it easier to understand this 'lawyer talk' with pictures. We are hoping to follow up the event with the awards presentations for last year's racing. 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
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 24th 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.
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.
Race Director CIYC
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Nov. 1 - And now, a message from our Treasurer, Ilene Steinke . . .
YOUR BILLINGS - CHANGES COMING!
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.
October - Meet Terry and Candace Anderson, new Social members who joined us at the last Executive meeting.
October - Rick and Flo Taillieu have joined CIYC as Social members, being inaugurated at the October Executive meeting.