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…
The last regatta of the 2014 racing season is coming up on the weekend of October 11th. Our club has suffered declining attendance for events and if there is any way we can step up for this one it will be good for all involved.We won’t dwell on the past; let’s just look forward and see what we can do to make the Minnow a real big one. We will have the October monthly meeting after the 1st round of racing Saturday afternoon. Let’s have a good turn out and spend some time talking to each other about how we can make the club functional again.
We care about sailing or we wouldn’t be here in the first place. Times change as do our priorities and distractions, and that’s what makes it important to recognize and overcome the barriers that are keeping sails from being hauled. We need to take steps now toward insuring that there will be a next generation of sailors on our lake. The club is built on the blood and sweat of many, and now will take just a bit more effort from a few to foster our growth going forward!
The Port Oliver Yacht Club burgee is traveling the world again this spring and summer. Last year it flew over the waters of Thailand, Australia, and the Seychelles. This year four sailors representing POYC competed in the 2014 British Virgin Islands Spring Regatta in April. The crew included Larry Caillouet, Richard Collins, and Dan Chaney from Bowling Green, and Bill Linehan from Indianapolis. They raced a Jeanneau 53 named Lady Suzanne and finished fifth of nine entries in the charter boat division. They were in contention until major damage to the mainsail track on the mast caused them to limp across the finish line in race #3 and miss race #4 altogether. In an ironic twist, Larry and Diana’s boat, Mary Jewell, was sailed by a Dutch crew and took first place, winning 5 out of 6 races.
After the BVI Regatta, the POYC burgee took its second tour of duty in French Polynesia, having visited the Society Islands previously in 2010. This year it flew for two weeks in Raiatea, Bora Bora, Maupiti, Tupai, and Tahaa aboard a 46 foot Moorings catamaran. No racing here, just beautiful days of tropical breezes, crystal clear water, swaying palm trees, and the roar of waves crashing on the reefs around each island. Inside the lagoons coral was bountiful and pristine. Warm waters and an abundance of tropical fish made snorkeling a must-do activity every day.
Next the POYC burgee flew over the turquoise waters of Turkey. Larry and Diana Caillouet sailed along the Mediterranean coast of Turkey on a 45 foot Sunsail Jeanneau monohull. They boarded the boat in Gocek and sailed as far west as Marmaris and as far east as Kalkan. Turkey is not exotic like Tahiti, but is beautiful in its own way. The rugged mountains come right down to the sea creating many bays and harbors. The days are sunny and warm, but at night you sleep with a blanket or two. The waters are turquoise blue and so clear you can see fish swimming 15 or 20 feet below the boat. The people are genuinely friendly and the food is great!
After two weeks in Turkey, the POYC burgee hopped over the Aegean Sea to board a 42 foot Moorings Beneteau monohull in Lavrion, Greece. Its itinerary for two weeks was to sail to the Cyclades islands of Kythnos, Syros, Mykonos, Paros, Ios, Santorini, Folegandros, Sifnos, Serifos, and Kea before completing the cycle at Lavrion. These islands are 20-30 miles apart and the winds can be strong, so each day saw some serious sailing.
The POYC burgee is now completing its world tour by returning to its “home away from home” the British, US, and Spanish Virgin Islands. Larry and Diana are sailing there with friends for four weeks in July before returning to the real home of the by-then tattered burgee, Barren River Lake.
Don’t let anyone from a fancy “white pants and blazer” yacht club disparage the Port Oliver Yacht Club. Its burgee has been seen around the world.
~Submitted by Larry Caillouette
The past weekends regatta was a fun event although the wind was very light to say the least.
Pancake breakfast and Pork BBQ dinners were a huge reward for all entrants in this year’s cup. Carol K. and Doug R. commanded the spatula and heard the approving remarks of many hungry pirates.
As for the light air racing, I was so far behind that without binoculars I couldn’t really tell what was going on. I did see Connie P. for a while as she and Zephyr were hoping for just such. The race committee mercifully ended the last race as I waddled around within 30 yards of the last buoy for half an hour or so.
The results for the regatta were as follows:
- C. Kersting 1st Cruiser
- B. Klarer 1st Dinghies
- K. Klarer 2nd Cruisers
- B. Sanders 2nd Dinghies
- G. Reimer 3rd Cruisers
- D. Sturm 3rd Dinghies
POYC thanks all participants for coming out and especially Bill Miller and the race committee, and social chair, Carol Kersting, for the spectacular grubs.
Don’t miss the next event, The Jolly Roger and Low Country Boil on June 14th. Let the wind blow!
Rob W. and Lee H. have their hands full with a whopping 14 students this time around! Welcome the students to the club if you see them.