♦ Okay, friends. You'll never know what a good chef can do with an armadillo unless you come out to the WFSC Chili Cookoff Saturday (March 23). It's 5 p.m. (feel free to come early, and/or stay late). Chili, fixins, desserts, good clean fun (well, maybe, scratch the "clean", although we will have napkins).
The Chili Cookoff is a great event to introduce any of your friends to Sailing Club life. Who knows? After finding out about our "best kept secret," they might want to join us.
$5 if you're gonna eat (and why wouldn't ya)? BYOB. Be there!
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Hey folks, do you need another excuse to take a few days off and head down to the beach?
I've got one for you - the Port Aransas Wooden Boat Festival, set for April 12-14.
(a view from a past festival)
No doubt some of you have a stitch-and-glue project in your garage, or "temporarily" up in the rafters. (I had one in my office for 5 years before it was done). Others likely have some heavy restoration in mind of something that's really old (yes, Jim, we're talking about you!).
Consider this event if you need a shot of motivation, or if you just want to see a bunch of pretty and/or odd-ball boats. You will likely see boats designed by Graham Byrnes, Jim Malichak, John Welsford (who has been known to turn up in person at the festival), Phil Bolger, Matt Layden and more. You can also talk with the amateur builders who put the boats together.
Family style activities, informative sessions, beer and wine and, of course, our beloved Mustang Island beaches. The guy from Chesapeake Light Craft will be there, too, and no doubt he'll be happy to discuss their design catalog and hook you up with a kit so you can get started.
Anyway, if this tweaks your interest, here's a link for further info: http://portaransaswoodenboatfestival.org/
WFSC Board news
Some members of a local Boy Scout troop are getting ready for a major adventure. Troop 34 won a "lottery" allowing it to send five youths and three adults to the Boy Scout "Sea Base" in Florida, where they will board a 40-foot sailboat for a week-long snorkeling trip.
The scouts and leaders came to the WFSC board meeting this week and asked for the Sailing Club's help. The board agreed to arrange one or more weekend outings in which local big boat skippers will take them out for a little sail training. This will occur before the Sea Base trip, which starts on June 26.
In other action, the board discussed the recent repairs to our boat slips. Several fingers lost their styrofoam and headed for the bottom after a recent windstorm. Those repairs have already been made, with new encapsulated flotation installed by Arrowhead Welding. Member Steve Priester traveled to the Metroplex to obtain the necessary flotation units.
The board agreed to fund the repair of other more minor problems on the slips, and to plan and price possible expansion of the facility. This could include addition of more slips on the north side and/or repairs to stabilize the south side slips to make them more usable.
Boat Ramp Recovery.
Larry Ahlhorn, the club's very own Aquaman, made the first recorded, Artic Plunge in the Frigid Lake waters to recovery the boat ramp dock today. Mike Schulte, supervised the event and ensured Larry made it back to shore safely. The two Boat Ramp Heros were able to recovery the dock and managed to damage two winches in the process. Please remember, if you require any cold water survival skills to please contact Larry Ahlhorn for free tips.
Huge thanks for making this happen.
Donated Ice Packs
If you look in the clubhouse freezers you may notice some ice packs donated by Bob Walker. Bob has requested for members to feel free to use them. He did ask to please return them back in to the freezer when done. Thanks Bob!
Thar She Blows!
Yeah, it was windy at the yacht club Saturday. Big waves, water everywhere, angels singing. See for yourself:
Seriously, though, we did sustain some dock damage at the ramp and on the slips. No boat damage apparent, except for a cat or two that blew over. If you have gear at the club, it might be worth a trip out to make sure it is still secure.
Still dreaming of an adventurous road trip?
Flying Scot Midwinters, March 22-27, Sarasota Florida.
Hosted by the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, this would be a road trip that would give you some local bragging rights for the entire season! Maybe longer. Let you meet some world class sailors, too. Sarasota Bay is big and shallow. Interesting when the wind blows hard.
Downtown Sarasota, Longboat Key, St. Armand’s Circle, Siesta and Lido Beach offer all you can ask for: hotels in all price categories, restaurants, bars, beaches, and history (so says the regatta brochure).
Long road trip, but probably doable for somebody thusly motivated.
Social Schedule Kicks Off With Chili Cook-Off on March 23
The Annual (insert favorite adjective here) Chili Cook-Off will be held at the Club on March 23.
Rear Commodore Steve Colley is currently seeking cooks for the event. Tell him you want to cook and pick a theme or a title for your special dish so it can be submitted to the voting public. ("Raspberry chocolate" is available at this time, if you want to try to make that turkey fly. Speaking of turkeys, I don't think anybody has entered "Canada Goose Chili" yet, either).
This year's voting will feature prizes for winning cooks. Steve says we will start eating chili (and all the fixings) at 5 p.m. $5 a plate. BYOB.
Please RSVP here!
Is it Spring Yet?
Just a few on-line items to help keep you entertained while you wait out the rest of the winter (Winter? Do we still have those things?) You might even find an event you can actually get fired up for, plan for and enter.
* TEXAS 200. This is a small-boat event in June that travels about 200 miles up the Texas Coast from Port Mansfield over a four-day span. You are almost guaranteed to get big following breezes and heat … lots of South Texas summer heat. Still time to get fired up, find the right boat and enter this one this year. Anyone?
Texas 200 boats on the beach at Happ's Cut.
The route: http://www.texas200.com/Route.html .
From The Texas 200 website ( http://www.texas200.com/ ): The Texas 200 is:
A “rolling messabout” where people bring boats of all shapes and sizes and sail them on the south Texas coast.
A moving, exhausting, endurance test of boat, captain, and crew.
A chance to see areas of America rarely visited by man.
An exercise in planning, preparation, and problem solving.
A chance to make new friends and legends of the small boat world.
A video: https://youtu.be/qtVY4UJFYPY
* FOR THOSE WITH SLIGHTLY BIGGER ASPIRATIONS . . . The 50th running (in July) of the 2225-mile Transpac Race from LA to Honolulu. No, you can’t do this in a Flying Scot. Website: https://2019.transpacyc.com/
Note, this same group, the Transpacific Yacht Club, will be running a race in 2020 from LA to Tahiti, a mere 3570 miles. (LA to Tahiti? Who wouldn’t want to do that? Come on, people. We can DO this stuff!)
THE KRAKEN CUP, an eight-day rally type race in the Indian Ocean, starting in Zanzibar, and sailed in native dug-out canoes.
Sorry, you already missed this year’s event, which ended last month. But it’s time to plan for next year.
The first challenge is figuring out the event’s crazy website: https://www.theadventurists.com/adventures/kraken-cup/.
Here’s a good write-up on this event: https://www.catsailingnews.com/2019/01/kraken-cup-2019-final-report.html and a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7vJG5b6hO4 .
Looks like tons of fun, no?
EVERGLADES CHALLENGE, 300 miles from Tampa to Key Largo in canoes, kayaks or small sailboats. http://www.watertribe.com/events/evergladeschallenge/
This one kicks off March 1, so it‘s too late to register for this year. Always fun to watch. There's a tracker in that site somewhere. No, we don't have any local participants this year's event, but . . .
Club House Back Porch New Railing
Mike Schulte, Steve Colley, and Larry Ahlhorn were busy today while placing the new Post Rails around the Kitchen's back porch. The new rails will be installed soon. Thanks guys for everything that you do!
Mike Schulte and Larry Ahlhorn are at it again, installing the handrail. Thanks for everything that you both do!
Zac Ahlhorn, Larry Ahlhorn, and Mike Gillis completed the handrail around the back porch of the clubhouse! Huge thanks for everyone who assisted with the project.
The great volunteers of the WFSC finished the kitchen back porch project. We now have two rails all the way around the porch and meets all requirements for insurance purposes. Special thanks to Larry Ahlhorn, Mike Schulte, Steve Colley, Mike Gillis, and Zac Ahlhorn.
WFSC Board of Directors meeting Feb 7
The next meeting of the WFSC board will be Feb 7 at 7 p.m. at the Clubhouse. All members are welcome.
Greetings WFSC Members. We are thankful for the club’s 2018 leadership and we will continue the tradition. We will have an exciting race season this year. The race fleets will meet up soon and place the final touches up on the upcoming schedule.
Our lake is up at 100%. and with a little cooperation from Mother Nature, we hope for moderate and sustained winds.
Great News! Just like an exciting race season, we are planning four major big social events for 2019. We will have the Annual Chili Cook-Off, Barbeque Event, Harvest Winds Regatta and Christmas Party. We will get the dates and details out to you soon.
One of the Board's goals this year will be to increase the size of the club membership. We are currently at 46 members and would like to recruit more. If you know anyone who might be interested, please direct them to our website, www.wfsail.org.
Hope to see you at the Club!
WFSC Fleet Meeting set for February 28
Yes, it is time for our annual racing fleet meeting of 2019. The meeting will be at 6:30 pm, Thursday February 28, 2019. We have a room reserved at the Back Porch Draft House (4414 Kell). We have used their facility for a couple of years and it was always good.
Agenda will consist of:
- scheduling a racing schedule for both existing Fleets. (Big Boat and Flying Scot fleets)
- 1 series for the year vs 2 series for the year (some fallout from last year.)
- all-boat regatta (s)
- attention to R/C needs & improving system. (another permanent buoy,etc.?)
- racing series skippers receiving credit for R/C, scoring etc.
We will also address rules, with some books available. Knowing the rules in sailing & trying to sail by them adds character to WFSC sailing. "Good old boy" interpretation of rules on the race course is not always fair to the rest of fleet. We each must deal with that.
There will be more to come about the meeting. Good & fun subjects to address. Remember skippers, crew, any other interested parties are more than welcome
Steve Priester FS#274
The water is wide; I can't cross over.
Okay, that's good for a Scottish folk song, but not so good for anybody who wants to use any of our various "low-lying" facilities, specifically, this dinghy dock and the dock on the boat ramp. I guess whoever placed them thought they might never see the lake over the spillway again. We are currently building new ramps to facilitate uninterrupted access to these areas. The first one is going onto the dock at the ramp this week.