The Yankee Doodle Regatta and July Meeting and Potluck !

The Yankee Doodle will be on Sunday morning due to the apparent 80 percent chance of (much needed) rain on Saturday. Skippers meet at 9AM on Sunday

The July Meeting and Potluck is still Saturday @ 6pm

Dinner on Saturday is a low country boil. Please bring either a bread or dessert. Nothing else needed. 6pm for dinner and a meeting to follow.

Blessing of the Fleet / Huddleston Regatta / Monthly Meeting !

Join us for the Blessing of the Fleet and the Huddleston Cup – Events start at 10AM on Saturday with the Blessing, followed by the Huddleston Cup Regatta and Dinner with the Monthly Meeting on Saturday night around 5pm . Racing Continues on Sunday for the 2nd day of the Regatta. Skippers meeting on Sunday TBD . If you are coming to eat on Saturday, please bring a side dish. This is the premiere event of the 2022 season! Join your fellow club members on what should be a great day on the water.

Meeting April 9th – Workparty #2 rescheduled but Meeting and a Meal is a go!

The Telltale will be coming shortly, but not right now.  I felt that I needed to get this reminder out to you immediately.  I am like the butcher who backed into his meat grinder.   I got a little behind in my work.  Yes, Virginia, at 78 years old I am still working.  Where did I go wrong, let me count the ways.

Remember that we have a Meal (12), and Meeting (1-7) scheduled for this coming Saturday, April 9.  The management has decided not to have a clean-up.  It might rain off and on, here and there.   But, unless you are the Wicked Witch of the West, you will not melt.  Reverend Bradon Cook will be serving a delicious meal.  And you will want to hear the latest new at the Meeting.\

Please come out.  We miss you.

Lee Huddleston, Scribe

The Telltale – February 2022

THE wake-up call

As Dr. Frankenstein is reputed to have said, “It’s ALIVE!  It’s ALIVE!  Well, yes, the Port Oliver Yacht Club really is still alive.  It just needs a couple of dope slaps to get it moving.  The Club looks rather good; the docks are floating; and the Lake level is up above summer pool.  The docks are not secured to the land, so don’t put your boats on the docks quite yet.  Wait for the Dock Master, Greg Glass, to give the signal.   Besides, the water is still rather cold.  And there is a large raft of logs and trash blocking the end of the ramp.  Which brings up the first installment of Coming Attractions.  


On Saturday, March 12, from 9:00 until 12:00, we will have a clean-up of the Club Property.  Other than the mess at the end of the ramp, there are leaves to be picked up and other house-keeping tasks to be completed.  At 12:00 we will have a potluck meal.  Please bring food to share.  After the meal, there will be our first meeting of the year. 


Founder: “Founder” is an unusual word in that it has many different, unconnected meanings.  Of course, we have the five “founders” of our Club, Bud Burford (father of John), Joe Mayfield, Don Mayfield, Paul Huddleston (father of Joe, Phil, and Lee), and Joe Huddleston (brother of Phil and Lee).  There is “founder” which means melting and casing metal.  There is “founder” which is to disable an animal, especially a horse, by overfeeding it.  But the “founder” that I am interested in is the nautical context, where founder means to submerge or sink.  This species of founder comes from the Latin fundus which means the bottom or base.  So, a sinking boat is expected to end up on the fundus. 

Apophenia:  The human tendency to link unrelated things.  (For example, including this term in a sailing club newsletter.)  😊

Duning-Kruger Effect:  People who know the least about something often seem confident that they know more than everyone else.  (Now my bet is that you think that term is apropos to a sailing club. 😊)  

Weatherly:  The ability of a sailboat to sail close to the wind with little leeway.  A modern racing boat can sometimes point almost to 30° off the wind.   Most cruisers do well to sail to 40° or 50° off the wind.  Viking ships and square-rigged boats struggled to sail 70° off the wind.  Whereas clipper ships could sail up to 65° off the wind.  That may not seem like much of a difference, but consider that they were traveling very long distances. A small advantage added up to a big difference.    


The air will soon feel warm, except for a few cold snaps such as “Dogwood Winter,” “Blackberry Winter,” and “Linen Britches.”  But, the water will remain cold for several more months.  The point is, if you get your boat in soon, please keep the temperature of the water in mind.  First-of-all, launching your boat is going to be a “bracing” experience.  Give some thought to how you might be able to launch without getting wet.  It can be done with a little forethought.  

As you go out onto the Lake, please wear a Personal Floatation Devise (PFD), that is, a life jacket to those of us who have been around a while.  Of course, it would be prudent to wear your PDF even in the summer, but in the early spring it can be more than just handy.  A warm body falling into a cold lake can practically paralyze the person’s muscles.  Climbing back into a boat or righting a capsized boat may be easy in the summer but nearly impossible in the spring.   And, even if it does not save your life, it will make it easier for us to locate and thaw out your body. 

For those days when the air is cool, remember that cool air is denser.  So, a brisk wind which would be wonderful in the summer may be harder for your boat to handle in the spring, same wind speed but much more power.  Adding to that, the winds in the spring tend to be stronger.

So, do not dilly-dally,   Get your boat ready enough and go sailing.  The Lake is calling you.


The first order of business is the selection of sails.  Reconsider flying that 155% genoa.  I know that it is beautiful and makes your heart leap up, but it can easily overpower your boat.  Save it for the summer doldrums.  

If you can reef your main sail, think about doing so before you go out.  When there is a nice gentle breeze in the Cove, look out at the main body of the Lake.  If you think that you are looking at a herd of wild, white stallions, think again.  They are whitecaps that appear when the wind reaches 12 to 13 knots.  A prudent sailor will put at least one reef in her main before going out.  When she gets out on the Lake and discovers that the wind is within her capabilities, she can always shake out the reef.   You will find that it is a lot easier and safer to put in a reef while you are sheltered and shake it out later than to go out and get beaten up by strong wind while you try to put in a reef. 

If you are getting healed over too much for your comfort or even rounding up, you need to adjust your center of lateral resistance relative to your center of effort.   Say what?   Your center of lateral resistance is your centerboard or keel.  Your center of effort is the combination of your sails.  

Most people think that the only purpose of the centerboard line is to raise or lower your board according to the depth of the water.  But they are missing out on a very useful tool.  Most centerboards are attached at their forward end.  When they are lowered, they pivot on that forward attachment until they are essentially vertical.  But there are a lot of positions between vertical and horizontal.  If your board is all the way down and your boat is healing more than your like, you are probably “tripping over your board,” in other words, the wind is trying to push you sideways and the centerboard is pushing against the water to resist.  The push of the sails is above the resistance of the board so the sideways push tends to heal the boat over.  When you first pull on the centerboard line it does not lift the board straight up.  It starts the board pivoting on that forward attachment.  The first few inches of the line raise the board very little.  What those first few inches of line do is move the board aft.   When you do this, you will be moving the center of resistance of the board under the main sail.   The boat will not round up or heal as much.

For boats with fin keels, of course you cannot raise the keel.  But you can move the keel slightly farther aft my moving weight forward.  If the bow is down and the stern is up, the center of resistance will have been moved aft to some extent.

One more line with which you need to become familiar was invented by a distant relative of our Member, Tom Cunningham.  It is called a cunningham after Briggs Cunningham.  It is a line that runs through a grommet in the luff of a mainsail about a foot above the gooseneck (where the boom attaches to the mast).  If you have reefing on your boat, the first reef point grommet is probably a few inches farther up the luff.  The cunningham is used to tighten the luff by pulling down on it.  

You may ask, “Why not just lower the boom or raise the sail higher?”  A very reasonable question.  Raising the sail higher or lowering the boom does tighten the luff, but it also affects the whole sail in ways you might not want.  Another good reason is that most racing boats have black lines around the ends of their masts and booms to prevent a sailor from using a larger sail or stretching her sail larger.  Take a look at your own boat.   Now you don’t have to wonder what those black bands are for.  By using a cunningham, a sailor can tighter her luff without going over those black lines.  

So why would you want to tighten your luff?  The topic of this article should give you a clue, heavy weather sailing.  When you are sailing you want the deepest draft of your mainsail to be as close as you can get it to your mast.  As you know, the wind moving over that bulge is what creates the lower air pressure, which in turn, moves your boat.  But without a cunningham, as the wind increases in strength, the bulge tends to move aft.  Normally the lower air pressure at the front part of the bulge pulls the boat forward.   As the bulge moves aft, the lower air pressure will pull less forward and more to the side, slowing the boat down and making it heal more.

If you do not have a cunningham grommet in your mainsail and you want to add one, please note that the grommet has to be embedded in a lot of extra pieces of sail cloth to keep it from ripping the sail.   

Lee Huddleston, Scribe

Perfection : Belated February Telltale by Lee Huddleston

  Perfection is the enemy of good enough.  That is a principle that I know, but repeatedly forget, to my eternal distress.  It applies often to work on sailboats.  You want it to be “perfect” so it does not get done at all.  If that does not sound familiar to you, you are probably one of those fortunate people who simply get things done.  They may not be “perfect” but they are done.  If it is familiar to you, keep reminding yourself to stop trying to be perfect.  Your “good enough” really is good enough.  Getting it done is more important than making it perfect. 

I am sharing this warning with you to help you avoid the trap and to explain why this Telltale is so late.  The Facebook program doesn’t allow formatting (at least not for me) and posting pictures has evaded my brain.  So, I decided to prepare the Telltale using Microsoft Publisher.  I want the Telltale to look great, with color, pictures, drawings, and interesting layouts.  When I served as the Scribe before you were born, I prepared the Telltale on a typewriter with hand drawn pictures on 14-inch paper which I then mailed to every member.  I even weighed two sheets of paper and a staple to be sure it was mailable with one stamp.  Now  Facebook is a marvelous program, but it is cramping my style.  So, rather than getting it done the “old” way, I wanted to do it perfectly.  Unfortunately, teaching myself how to do it “perfectly” has been harder than I anticipated.  So please excuse the tardiness of the February Telltale coming to you in March.  Hopefully, someday, it will be worth the wait.


You are sailing along in the dark.  The only light you can see is off your starboard bow.  The single light is red and it appears to be crossing your bow from right to left.  What are you looking at?   What additional information do you need?  And what should you do? 


On Saturday, February 13, 2021, the POYC Board of Directors met via Zoom.  Present were Commodore Kevin Klarer, Vice Commodore Brandon Cook, Scribe Lee Huddleston, Social Chair Meg Webb, and Race Chair Rob Hatcher.  Absent were Purser Gary Reimer, Hard Master Bob Zoellner (due to email problems), Assistant Hard Master Bob Sharlow (snow skying), and Past Commodore Troy Monroe.

1. The first item of business was the Spring Clean Up, Potluck and Membership Meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 13.  Yep, that is this coming weekend.  The Clean Up will beginning by 10:00 a.m. or earlier if you can make it.  All Members are asked to attend so that we can get the Club in ship shape.   Please bring all the tools that you think you or someone else could use.  

Please bring a dish to share at the Potluck.

After we have eaten so much that we can hardly stay awake, Commodore Klarer will conduct a monthly Membership Meeting.  If you want to find out what is going on and even influence the future, come participate.

2. The next item on the agenda is another Work Party, Potluck, and Membership Meeting scheduled for April 10 beginning at about 10:00 a.m. followed by a Potluck.  The Vice Commodore will live up to his last name, Cook, by preparing some primary gourmet dish to complement the scrumptious vegetables, salads, baked goods, and deserts provided by Members.  Yummy.  Don’t miss it.  After the meal, if you are still awake, Commodore Klarer will conduct the April Membership Meeting.  

   3. The next item of business was the Blessing Of The Fleet which is scheduled for Saturday, May 8 at 12 noon.  After the Blessing, we will have a lunch and then a Membership Meeting. 

4. The next Membership Meeting will be Saturday, June 12.

5. Then at Board Meeting Race Chair Hatcher set out his schedule of races for the season. 

May 22 and 23 – Huddleston Cup Regatta – Kevin will run it.  Meg in charge of meal Saturday night

June 19 –   the Karl Millen (plus an attempt at a Glow Race that evening). The Karl Millen was originally meant to be a one-design race such as all Sunfish.  Unfortunately, we don’t have enough of any class that races.

July 10 – Yankee Doddle – then meal and Membership Meeting

August 14 – Infinity Race – then meal and Membership Meeting

September 11 – Moment of Silence for 9/11.  Porkey Race – then meal and Membership Meeting

October 9 and 10 – Great Minnow Regatta – with meal and a short Membership Meeting on the 9th

October 30 and 31 – Pirates’ Plunder

7.  There was a discussion of how we might be able to build some way we could use our docks during high water and not miss out on weeks of good sailing.  Anyone with ideas is encouraged to make suggestions to the Hard Master, Assistant Hard Master, or Commodore. 

8. Vice Commodore Cook said that the last Trivia Night was well received so he will probably schedule another one in the future, day and time TBA.

9. Rob Hatcher will be dismantling (chopping up) two cruisers in the next few days, one in the upper lot and one in the lower lot.  While he is cutting lead, stay away for your health.  Maybe this will inspire some other owners.  Hey, don’t look at me!  😊

10. There was talk of holding a swap meet.  If you are interested, let an officer know.

answers to the quiz 

You are probably looking at the port bow running light of a sailboat.  “Probably” because you are initially assuming that the skipper of the other vessel has equipped his/her boat with the prescribed lights and that he/she has correctly turned them on.  If you are on a body of water patrolled by the Coast Guard, you can have relatively high confidence in your assumption.  If you are on a lake such as Barren River Lake, your guess might be correct, but you should not bet your life on it.  While most boats will have the regular equipment because they were manufactured that way, the lights may not be on, the red and green may have been reversed, additional lights of various colors for attracting fish may overwhelm the regular lights, or the crew may be celebrating some holiday or just happiness for being on the water by displaying whole strings of multi-colored lights.  It is best to give such boats a wide berth and watch them.

Back to our assumption, a sailboat crossing your bow.  Why do we assume that it is not a motor boat of some sort?  Because we don’t see a white steaming light above the running light or an all-around white light (usually near the stern).  

Just for comparison, if your boat and the other boat were both power boats, the color of the light is your clue as to what to do.  Stop and let the other boat cross your bow.  If you can’t stop or you are too close, turn hard to starboard to avoid the other boat. Your turn to starboard will present your red running light to the other boat and give an unambiguous signal to the other boat that you have turned and “given way.” The other boat does not have “right-of-way.”  There is no such concept in the COLREGS (International Regulations To Avoid Collisions At Sea 1972) which can be found at OR  The other boat is simply the “stand or carry on boat.”  Its duty is to keep going the same direction unless it sees or believes that you are not going to give way.  To avoid confusion and a possible collision make your turn or other action early and obvious.  

Back to our assumption that the other boat is another sailboat.  The additional information that you need is “what tack is the other boat on?”  Just like the racing rules, starboard tack over port tack, and leeward over windward, even in the dark.  You start by noting your own tack and the direction of the wind.  If you are beating to windward on a port tack, with your boom over your starboard side, the boat crossing your bow probably has the wind on his starboard side and his boom out to port.  Thus, the other boat is on starboard tack and you are on port. The other boat is the “carry on boat” and yours is the “give way boat.”  If you can slow down enough to make it obvious that you are giving way, do that.  If it will not be obvious enough, turn to starboard, showing your red port light, and pass behind the other boat.

 If, on the other hand, you are beating to windward on the starboard tack and the other boat is still on starboard tack, both boats are on the same tack.  BUT your boat is leeward, so your boat is still the “give way boat” and the other boat is still the “carry on boat.” 

Now, one last scenario, assume that the other boat is a power boat.  As a sailboat meeting a power boat, you are the “carry on boat” so you sail on.    But you have to wonder whether the other skipper knows the rules AND will comply.  You should carry on until it is obvious that the other boat is not going to comply.  Of course, that can be a little scary.  This is why if you are a “give way boat” it is “good form” to give way earlier rather than later.  If the other skipper fails to give way, resist the understandable urge to aurally reflect on his linage and seamanship. Avoid making enemies on the water, no matter how outraged you are.  Sometimes people who don’t understand or care about the rules have been known to become dangerous on the water, especially in the dark after a few drinks.    


Let me know what you liked about this Telltale, what you did not like, what changes you would like me to make, and what other topics you would like me to address.  Please send it to me.  If you have written an article, send it.  If you have something to sell or buy, let me know.  Once I learn to publish photos, please send some to me and tell me when they were taken and by whom, and the name of anybody in the picture.  

I am going to try to email the next Telltale, if possible, to avoid the limitations of Facebook.  If you are not sure that the Club has your email address, please send your name and email address to me.  I am afraid to put my email address in this Telltale because it is public.  Just remember that my email address is the name of my O’Day plus my sail number at  Just about every fiberglass boat has a serial number in the fiberglass on the transom.  I have simply used my number as my sail number.  Or you can text me at my phone number (between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. because my phone makes a noise when I get a text)        

Lee Huddleston, Scribe 



Gary Reimer, our Purser, has asked me to remind you of something that you probably already know, your annual dues are due and payable during the month of January.

For Regular Members the dues are $300. If you are a Regular Member who is 65 years or older you get a 10% discount, making your dues come to $270.

For Associate Members the dues are $175. Again, if you are 65 year of age or older, you also get a 10% discount, making your dues come to $157.50.

If you do not pay your dues during January, there is a $5 late fee for every month after January.

You can mail your dues to Gary Reimer at our PO Box 1472, which makes the Zip Code 42102-1472. (20 years before Columbus and a century or more after Leif Eriksson)