November Monthly Meeting Recap

The meeting was held after the Fall Workparty. on Saturday November 11th. We started with a salute to past Commodores – Lee Huddleston, Rob Hatcher, Gary Reimer, and Deborah Champion.


Gary Reimer –  Purser Report: Purser reported that the Dues for 2018 ( $300 per member / $50 for extra boat, would be due and payable starting January 1st. A late fee will accrue after February 1st. This is a change from our usual dues procedure and will help us have funds prior to the start of the season. We will contact members via email instead of sending out mailers which have become expensive in recent years. The club is in decent financial shape with about $9000 in funds after paying our Corps dues and Gary will start putting some money back into a capital expense account to cover the eventual replacement of the Pavilion and improvements thereof.

The Christmas Party – This year the party will be held on December 9th from 6-10pm at Christ Episcopal Church on State Street in Bowling Green. The Fee will be $10 member. This year the club will provide Beer and Wine and we would like the members to bring a potluck dish  (heavy hordeuvre’s) If each couple/ or member could prepare enough to serve 10 people, we should have sufficient food for all. Please RSVP on our Facebook page or contact Leah McMurtrey to let us know what you are bringing. Lets try for variety! so we don’t all bring the same items.

2018 Slate of Officers – We presented and voted on the following candidates for 2018
Commodore – Bill Miller
Vice Commodore – Troy Monroe
Scribe – Gary Guss
Purser – Gary Reimer
Hardmaster – Tom Cripps
Social – Leah McMurtrey ( and helpers)
Race Chairman — Rob Hatcher

Other Business –

We briefly discussed hiring someone to mow the yard next year. As always, each member is responsible for mowing under their boat and are encouraged to help out their neighbor as well. Bob Zoellner lives nearby and has the equipment to do this as well.

Bob Zoellner

We would like to welcome Jack Blanton to the Club, Jack has purchased Troy’s boat Watercolors – Please introduce yourselves to Jack and make him welcome.

Please welcome New Member Jack Blanton

The winner of the Chili cookoff this year was Troy Monroe, who took the valuable trophy home after extremely arbitrary judging by the Scribe. Thanks to all who brought chili and fixings and also thanks for helping out at the work party.

Troy and Dexter take the prize

2017 Chili Trophy

 

 

 

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Pirates Plunder Recap

Pirates Plunder results are below. Many thanks to the pirates for coming out for the last race of the season. There was plenty of wind and more shallow spots than usual as several can testify. The technical aspects of scoring the race may be a bone of contention, but I want to remind that the first challenge of this race is using the RaceQs GPS application. The second is going out and sailing the course. And of course having a good time!
The course wound up being about 20 miles with all tacks considered. It was really fun to watch the replays and see the tactical decisions/ indecisions that went into play Saturday. Hopefully the prizes will surface, if not we will refund your money!
I’m off to the dentist finally!
Peace out~ Rob

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Pirates on the Prowl - Pic by Troy M.

Pirates on the Prowl – Pic by Troy M.

The Great Minnow Recap!

The Great Minnow Recap – by Frank Kersting

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Blustery Race Day as Nate comes calling

Hurricane Nate entered the Sunday race, so it was canceled.  Luckily Bill Miller, living up to his reputation as ‘The Master of Racing,’ ran 7 races on Saturday.  After the 7th grueling race, Bill polled the racers; Frank Kersting tiredly responded, “I AM 71.6 years old, Bill!”  The winds were a constant 9-11 miles an hour with hints of white caps throughout the day as Nate cast his initial cloud cover over the southeast.

Holding 7 races in the span of 3 hours meant that the marks were set to the wind, so they were demanding.  The POYC racing has 9 options for courses.  Bill ran several of the longer courses and then shouted his own version of course challenges to the passing cruisers. At the party, Steve, who was also on the committee boat, said that “They thought about adding ‘D,’ ‘E; and ‘F’ to the mix for good measure?”  These new course designations were both a test of long-term memory and seamanship!  A good time was had by all!

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Dale Sturm – Winner  Dinghys

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Rob Hatcher – Winner Cruisers

The first race was punctuated by barging at the windward buoy followed by a hull-on-hull scraping.  As Dale observed, “Sailing is the fastest 4 miles an hour in racing with no brakes!”  As the 7 races progressed, the cruisers sorted themselves into predictable finishes with Rob Hatcher never mixing it up as he flew away from the fleet.  That left the rest of the fleet to figure out who was ‘really starboard, as both captains freely called out for right of way!  What fun!

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Dale Allison – Second Place – Cruisers

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Carol Kersting – Third Place Cruisers

As all the boats were returning to the docks with exhausted crews, Dale Sturm was not only first in the dinghy class but also first to the docks.  When Tom Cripps debarked from Dale Allison’s classic cruiser, Tom’s arms were so bruised that everyone commented that ‘the beating must have continued until Tom’s morale improved because they came in second.’  Third place belonged to Carol Kersting as she captained her able crew through puffs, headers and gusts.  Debbie Champion and Kevin Klarer ran solid races as Denise was sidelined with a mending heel.  Troy, his son Dillon, and friend Frank rounded out the cruiser class as they were tested on their maiden voyage in their newly purchased Oday 25—well done, Troy and crew.

Leah, the social chair, set a fine banquet as Troy had volunteered to ‘smoke some butts.’  The bar-be-cue was delicious and the sides well-complemented the meat dish.  Thanks to everyone who brought a side dish.  In the evening, Allen and Denise serenaded the mellow group with songs from Fleetwood Mac, the Beatles and other artists whom we all knew and loved, Thanks to everyone who made the event so memorable.

The Great Minnow ’17 is in the books.

The next race is Saturday, Oct 14, the Pirates Plunder with skippers’ meeting at 10:00.

Also Friday October 13th – is our October Meeting and Movie Nightmare ..  See Details on Facebook page!

ALERTA !!! NOW HEAR THIS!

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1.) IF YOU AREN’T SAILING IN THE GREAT MINNOW – PLEASE REMOVE YOUR BOAT FROM THE DOCK TO MAKE ROOM FOR THOSE THAT ARE SAILING THIS WEEKEND.

2.) THE CORP OF ENGINEERS HAS ANNOUNCED AN EARLY DRAWDOWN OF BARREN RIVER LAKE TO ACCOMODATE SHIPPING ON THE OHIO RIVER.

The lake measured 551.96 ft., at 9 a.m. today. Summer pool is 552 ft.
The drawdown will begin with a 0.5 ft., drawdown through Oct. 17.
Beginning Oct. 18, the drawdown will proceed as needed to drop Barren River Lake to winter pool of 528 ft., with the target date of Dec. 1, to reach the winter pool level.

3.) THIS EARLY DRAWDOWN MEANS WE NEED TO MAKE SURE ALL BOATS ARE OFF THE DOCK BY OCTOBER 23RD.

4.) WE WILL MOVE THE DATE FOR THE PIRATES PLUNDER REGATTA TO SATURDAY OCTOBER 14TH.

THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION!