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.
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|
|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|
LAST NIGHT we had one of my favorite meals, Jolie Brise soup. It’s a seagoing soup, of course, named after the world-famous, wooden, gaff-rigged pilot cutter that, even in its dotage, is still a force to be reckoned with. In 2011 she was first in class and overall winner of the Tall Ships Race — and not for the first time.
Jolie Brise started life in France in 1913, as a working pilot cutter in Le Havre, but she was bought for private use in 1923 by an Englishman, Commander E. G. Martin. He sailed her to a win in the first Fastnet Race in 1925 and became famous for more ocean-going exploits in other yachts in later years.
Commander Martin sailed with a hefty, hardworking crew in Jolie Brise and they brought with them some hefty appetites, so it’s not surprising that one of his favorite meals was onion soup. It’s just what a hungry crew needs on a brisk night at sea, hot, tasty, and chock-full of energy. It’s quick and easy to prepare and handy because onions keep well on a boat.
You should try it sometime. Here’s the original recipe from Commander Martin:
Place four medium-large onions, peeled and cut into quarters, into a covered saucepan with 3 to 4 cups cold water.
Add 2 tablespoons Bovril (or other strong beef stock), 4 ounces butter, a dessert spoonful Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce, a little black pepper, and (when the cooking is nearly done) a small glass of sherry or rather more white wine.
Boil gently for 30 minutes or until the onions have fallen to pieces and are soft, stirring occasionally.
Now, you might be a little taken aback at the amount of butter in this recipe, but you must remember that it was meant to satisfy the energy needs of hardworking men in a cold climate. And anything with that much butter in it is bound to be delicious. But now I cut the butter ration in half, to 2 ounces, and still find it very tasty and satisfying. I tried a vegetable spread substitute once and it was a disaster. Stick to butter.
We can find Bovril occasionally in the British section of our local supermarket, but I more often use beef stock cubes instead — enough to make 5 cups of bouillon.
So give it a go, and save some of that sherry or white wine for a small toast to a real sailor and a wonderful boat: Commander Martin and Jolie Brise!
Stolen from John Vigor
Anyone else have any nautical recipes to share?
Consider using this instead of a Bowline for securing a sheet to a jib clew, its more compact than a Bowline and also much more resistant to shaking out. The downside is that, it’s also prone to jam and be much harder to untie. This is the same knot as the 4 in hand knot used for tying neckties. Good for wherever you don’t want to take a chance of the knot coming loose.
I’m going to start a “Knot of the Month” feature again this year, to kick it off here’s a knot that should be better known, but isn’t. This is much more secure than a bowline for this application, and holds extremely well with synthetic lines also.
This is a great knot for a halyard or a vang, it’s very compact and gets tighter when it is used. Simple and easy to tie. One caveat is once its tightened under a load, you will need to cut it off to remove it.
Here is the information on how to tie it…