Herb Siewert – RIP

Herb Siewert — I heard today that our longtime member. sailing mentor and friend passed away yesterday 2/26/15 at about 3;30pm. Herb planned to be cremated and the family will hold a remembrance at a later date. Please offer up your prayers and good wishes for him. Herb was always first with a kind word, and always made others feel welcome to our club. Fair winds and sail on Herb.

March Work Party – March 14th at 10am


Yardmaster Steve Stahl supervises Yard Cleanup efforts, while Captain Rob Hatcher looks on. Anne Lawson and Greg Glass swab the decks.

Our Spring Work Party will be held March 14th Saturday, starting at 10AM. The list s long and we need many hands. Bring your regular garden cleanup tools, rakes, clippers etc. Lunch will be provided by the club.

Here’s a list of what we need to do and also a list of proposed capital improvements we have on the table:

ITEM POYC SPRING 2015 Work Party Action Items
1 Remove Junk from Yard and take to Dump  
2 Secure Water Line to Kitchen Sink to Side of Deck  
3 Remove Optimist Prams  
4 Reseal Picnic Tables  
5 Work on Yard Lights  
6 Re-arrange boats in Yards  
7 Clean Fire Pit Area  
8 Switch Hobie Trailers  
9 Straighten Out Gate  
10 Trim Pine Tree by Garbage Cans  
11 Remove Stump by Sunfish  
12 Fix Park Benches  
13 Catalog Boats in Yard  
14 Clean and Install Dock Ladders  
15 Clean Committee Boat hulls  
16 Move Blackhawk to upper lot  
17 Paint Dock Stand-off Arms  
18 Mow and Trim around Boats  
19 Clean Head  
20 Drink Beer  
  Capital Projects Follow-up
1 Inspect / Fix / Replace Committee Boat Motor Doug Roberts / Others
2 Obtain and Purchase a Chase Boat Board – Gary Reimer
3 Replace Garbage Enclosure Board
4 Reroof Shed and Head with Metal Roof Board – Gary Reimer
5 Obtain Boat Hoist and Install on Pad Gary Reimer
6 Rebuild Steps to Upper Lot Board and YM
7 Replace Grill Alan Cannon
8 Build Sunfish Roof and Racks Need a plan for this
9 Cut Down Tree behind Head – Need Equipment for this Board – maybe Rob H or Hire Out
10 Re Gravel Yard Yardmaster to Hire Out

All Hail the Vernal Equinox

Do the happy dance! Now we just need water in the hole. The work party last weekend was very productive. Turnout wasn’t huge, but the ones who did come out kicked some tail. Thanks to Alan, Denise, Ben, Tom, Claire, Kevin, Bill, Mark, Greg, Gary, Deborah, Lee and the officers for the elbow grease.

Denise and Alan Janes rake around this odd artifact from the concrete age.

Denise and Alan rake around this odd artifact from the concrete age while Ben reorganizes the shed.

Mark Saderholm works on the path while Rob Wyatt does a rain dance in the background.

Mark Saderholm smooths the path and Rob  does a rain dance in the background.Trees have been trimmed the path to the dock and the ramp cleared.

The committee boat has been stripped of the remaining rotten deck and will soon get a new one.

The RC boat is ready for some love.

The RC boat is ready for some love.

The galley received a coat of stain and the shed has been reorganized so you won’t be able to find anything. We will be having another work party on April 12th before the next meeting to finish up what couldn’t be done in a day by the few. Come on out and give us a hand!

In other news, Lee Huddleston was granted emeritus status and Herb Seiwert sold Gary Guss his Mutineer, so Guss is a real pirate now.


2014 Commodore’s Reception

Happy Winter Solstice! Fortunately, there aren’t too many icicles around here at the moment, but that’ll change. Tomorrow’s daylight will be a little longer and before we know it, we’ll be on the water again. That’s what I keep telling myself.

Meanwhile, as the hustle of the holidays keep me from thinking too hard on matters of wind and water, I know that as soon as the New Year arrives The Commodores Reception will shift my focus back where it belongs — on Boat Life (or life with a boat). Commodore Gary Reimer will be hosting the reception at his house on Sunday, January 5 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. If the weather is cooperative, there will be a fire — Sounds good! Check out the event on facebook for further details.

Make 2014 the year you remember for sailing!

2013 Yankee Doodle Regatta Results

Saturday was a beautiful day for racing and the results of the 2013 Yankee Doodle are in…

Congratulations to the following skippers:

1st- Kevin Klarer
2nd- Deborah Champion
3rd- Gary Reimer

1st- Bill Klarer
2nd- Barry Sanders
3rd- Dale Sturm

Thanks to Lee Huddleston and Frank Kersting for volunteering as the race committee.

This Saturday, Aug. 3rd, will be the make-up date for Blackbeard’s Cursed Infinity Regatta.  Hope to see you there!

July Meeting Minutes

The monthly meeting was held at the lake on July 12th at 1845 with Vice-Commodore Doug Roberts presiding in the absence of Commodore Reimer. The meeting started with a salute to past Commodores present.

The rain over the Independence Day weekend that proved to be a wash for racing provided a soggy opportunity to begin construction of our new outdoor cooking area. The plan which was conceived earlier in the year, was discussed, debated and nearly completed in about three days.

DIY specialists Doug Roberts and Deborah Champion design the work surface of the new cooking area on the fly!

DIY specialists Doug Roberts and Deborah Champion design the work surface of the new cooking area on the fly!

Purser Cannon gave the Treasurer’s report – The bills are paid. Cannon says that several of our members have not paid dues for at least one year. Delinquent notices will be sent shortly. Members not currently in good standing may see their boats moved to the upper lot to accommodate new members’ boats. Please pay your dues if you are in arrears.

We have a new member this month, Emil Dular, from the Elizabethtown area.  Welcome aboard Emil!

Harbormaster Miller reports that due to the recent heavy rainfall the lake level is up well over summer pool, and the number of boats that are being left on the docks are increasing the windage and leverage placed on the submerged anchors. Please be mindful of this situation.

Race Chair Rob Wyatt has rescheduled the Yankee Doodle for Saturday, July 27th and The Infinity for Saturday, August 3rd due to inclement weather on the original dates. The party that was originally planned after the Infinity will now be held on Saturday, August 17th following the Karl Millen Regatta. Another two part Sailing School session is also planned for August 10th and 17th and participants will be encouraged to take part in the regatta and festivities afterward.

Social Chair Rob Hatcher was noted as resigning his position. Commodore Reimer will pick up the slack in the meantime and is actively seeking a replacement.

Scribe Gary Guss started a new career in real estate earlier this year, and as such has seen very little spare time. Hence, he has passed the pen to Rob Hatcher.

Cooks are still needed for meetings for the remainder of the season. Contact Doug Roberts if you would like to volunteer for one of the meetings.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1905 and attendees were treated to some excellent shish-kabob grilled over an open fire by Peter Kafer. Thank you Peter!

Respectfully submitted,
Rob Hatcher, Scribe — Port Oliver Yacht Club