Debbie and I have been able to sail the lyon's share of this winter. Except for February, when winter asserted itself in earnest and the canals froze thick enough to drive a car on.
On March 14, I decided to take a shot at breaking the ice from Ernie's dock with the ice breaker "Valkyrie". I thought, if I can get out, then we should set the marks! Yeah... I know.... it's a bit early for some, but if there's one other sailboat on the lake... that's a race! Three hours of ice breaking paid off... (6 tons has it's advantages).
Since we have not been able to be together I wanted to fill you all in about some changes & additions for the SLTWYC Calendar for 2019.
I am sorry we had to cancel the Valentine's event but since the weather did not cooperate it was the only way to go. I am especially sorry to any of you who did not receive the email of cancelation. I never know what happens to some of the emails out there is cyberspace!!
Hello SLTWYC Members,
Your new board has been busy preparing our race events calendar and the accompanying social events calendar for the upcoming season! Please see the attached calendars. Both calendars will be available for viewing on our forthcoming web site.
The new year brings membership renewal. Attached is our updated application form that we are requesting all members to complete so that we have current information.
The process of merging the clubs is moving forward and to that end we have a couple of items that need your attention.
The combined club needs a new burgee. The attached flyer has all the information you need and I am looking forward to seeing what you creative types come up with.
The bar will be open for next season and the Port Captain needs to know how to stock it. The attached alcohol survey will help make sure that we have your favorite libation.
The October General Membership meeting date has been changed. It has been changed to Saturday, October 6th at 4pm . This will be an important meeting in which we will be addressing proposed changes to our Executive Board structure. A flyer with details will be forth coming.
Hope to see you on the 6th,
The Officers, Directors and Members of US SAILING are pleased to present the ARTHUR B. HANSON RESCUE MEDAL to the crew of APRÈS SKI for the rescue as follows:
On September 17, 2003 at the "Wet Wednesday" race at the Tahoe Windjammers Yacht Club on Lake Tahoe, the 65-degree air was blowing 25 knots, with three to four foot seas. Free Flight, a Moore 24 took a spinnaker knock down broach to weather, when skipper Pat Mitchell fell overboard into the 60-degree water without a PFD. Free Flight’s crew hailed, "Man overboard," and threw a life jacket towards the victim.
Skipper Lynn Wright, Mike Robinson, and Michelle Langlois on board another Moore 24, Après Ski, heard the hail and started beating upwind. Langlois continuously pointed at the victim, while Robinson dropped the jib for better control in the conditions. As they approached they heard the victim say, "Better hurry" as the effects of hypothermia were beginning. Après Ski sailed into a position to weather of the victim and deployed a Lifesling which the victim pulled over his head, under his arms and secured. The crew of Après Ski pulled the victim to the transom of their boat when the victim placed his foot in the boat drain for support and the crew pulled him aboard after the victim had been in the water for nearly 20 minutes. Next they took the victim below and covered him with a sail for warmth and took him to shore. The crew of Free Flight were able to return safely to shore to meet up with their skipper.