Commodore's Corner - June 27, 2016
June 27, 2016
Summer is finally here and the high water has retreated. The club’s grounds look good and there has been plenty of activity. I recently had the pleasure of showing the club to a couple that is moving to Omaha. They have a Catalina 32 and are in the process of looking for a yacht club to join. They found several clubs between South Dakota and Kansas and spent the weekend visiting the various clubs they selected through websites and other research. They visited PYC on Sunday and spent about two hours walking the grounds and talking to various members as I gave them the full tour and answered all their questions. Simply, they were impressed with our facilities and the various programs: youth sailing, racing, sailing sisters, and the social events. One of the great benefits of being Commodore is being able to showcase our club and all we have to offer. Thanks to all the hard work of our members, it is easy to get people interested in our club. As we move into the holiday weekend, please remember that we are all ambassadors of our sport and our club, keep up the great work and let’s keep working on building the strong reputation of our club.
As we get close to the July 4th weekend, I wanted to highlight a few events and remind members of a few regulations that directly apply to Independence Day. As far as events, we welcome all sailors to participate in the Firecracker Regatta on Saturday and Sunday. Registration is $25.00 and includes admission to the party on Saturday evening with a DJ and Beer. Racing will be open to all classes with three races on Saturday and two races on Sunday. Please RSVP to Kenny Gall on PYC’s facebook or website page to confirm intent to race. Registration is Saturday morning.
Next, not to ruin the spirit of the fourth, but we all need to remember that fireworks of any kind are strictly PROHIBITED at Perry Lake and Perry Yacht Club. Below are rules and regulations from the Corp regarding fireworks. According to the Corps these will be strictly enforced.
RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING PUBLIC USE OF CORPS OF ENGINEERS WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS :
327.13 Explosives, firearms, other weapons and fireworks.
(a) The possession of loaded firearms, ammunition, loaded projectile firing devices, bows and arrows, crossbows, or other weapons is prohibited unless:
(1) In the possession of a Federal, state or local law enforcement officer;
(2) Being used for hunting or fishing as permitted under 327.8, with devices being unloaded when transported to, from or between hunting and fishing sites;
(3) Being used at authorized shooting ranges; or
(4) Written permission has been received from the District Commander.
(b) Possession of explosives or explosive devices of any kind, including fireworks or other pyrotechnics, is prohibited unless written permission has been received from the District Commander.
Please respect the regulations when on Perry Lake and on Club property.
While we are talking about regulations, there have been a few minor incidents at the club that have prompted members to e-mail, call, and talk to me about reminding people about taking care of club boats (youth sailing and the Committee Boat). As far as youth sailing boats, please make sure that all sails, spars, daggerboards, and rudders are returned to the youth sailing trailer and stored in a neat and orderly arrangement. Recently, several daggerboards and sails for sunfish had been left outside and laying in the grass and gravel after use. This is not good for the equipment. As far as 420s, please make sure that they are covered properly and stored on their dollies in an appropriate manner. As far as the various Hobie catamarans, please note that if you have never sailed a catamaran, they are a different boat with unique characteristics that require some attention. As such, the club requires that you get checked out before sailing the boats for the first time. Richardo Oben will be more than happy to provide the proper insights and instructions before sailing these great boats for the first time. Ricardo recommends either finding him around the club or even calling him at (816) 436-1610 to arrange a time to walk through the catamarans. Prior to contacting Ricardo, here are a few reminders that will serve as a basic primer about catamarans:
1. Launch from the beach, not the docks.
2. The last thing in and first thing out are the hull plugs PERIOD. They allow the boat to drain on the ramp before and after sailing. Just remember to put them in before sailing and to pull them out at the end of the day/weekend. They should not be left in with boats on the trailers, as the hulls cannot breath with the heat of the day and cool of night.
3. Trailer hubs should not get wet. The rear trailer cross bar should just barely get wet. Pull the boats up the rest of the way by hand, most have winches. The keel on the waves goes on the rear roller or pad, there is no way to see that if the trailer is too deep. The sail boxes/tubes stay dry if the trailers do not get too deep also.
4. Point boats into the wind when launching and returning to shore, especially when hoisting or lowering sails.
5. Please pay attention to all parts on the boat. If the blocks are not with the boat when put away where did they go? (A set was left on the beach all winter, which is not good for the equipment)
6. Lastly enjoy them as they are club boats, but remember that we are charged with taking care of them and keeping them in good working order
Finally, July sailing camp has been cancelled due to lack of enrollment. We are trying to determine if there's enough interest in the August sailing camp (August 5th - 7th). For the camp to run we need a minimum of eight kids to express interest and pay by Friday, 7/15. Money will be refunded if we don't get the minimum number of children to enroll. Please pass along the sail camp information to anyone you know with kids ages 8-16. The cost is $250 for PYC members and $300 for non-members. The camp is very organized, taught by ASA certified instructors, and has had much success teaching kids how to sail. Let’s work to maintain this great program and build a future generation of sailors and PYC members.
On behalf of the Board of Governors, Happy Fourth of July and we hope to see you around the club.
Fair winds and Following Seas,
Sean N. Kalic