were expanded again in 1982, when club members built an additional 29 davits under the leadership of Ted Perna. Davits were added at
the north and south end of the club and across from the boardboat
pads. This was the last major expansion of the docks until the late 2000s.
The docks and clubhouse needed significant maintenance
in the mid-1980s. A $600 per member ($300 a year for 2 years) capital
assessment was approved in January 1988. A new tack room and restrooms
were assembled off-site and delivered on a trailer for installation
in the fall of 1988. A new clubhouse (photos below) was completed
in 1990. The old clubhouse (photos below) was located where the
sail folding area inside of the south gate is now. Photo spreads
of the old clubhouse and new clubhouse construction can be accessed via these links.
The second pontoon boat that was used for race committee
(right photo below) was purchased in 1983, replacing a red and white
deck boat (left photo below) We sure knew how to dress back then.
The committee boat davits were moved to their present location by
the tackroom in 1986.
The keel boats were moored in front of the bathhouse,
as well as, north of the club. All the moorings were consolidated
north of the club in the late 1980s.
the good old days, we used permanent marks (1984 Sailing Instruction
map left) and defined the race courses by listing the sequence of
marks to be rounded. With the committee boat sitting at the starting
line beside the G mark, an Olympic course in a south wind might
be posted on the courseboard as "D C G D G D". In 1985,
we changed to our current system using temporary marks and course
designators such as O for Olympic and T for Triangle.
1985, the Lightning Fleet moved its race program from Sunday to
Saturday where it stayed until 2003 when it rejoined the Sunday
Joint Lake Race Program. SMU brought six 420s and started their
racing program at CSC in 1985. The Optimist Prams were purchased
in the 1980s to start the current junior program
has a long tradition of excellence in race management. A number
of nationally and internationally recognized judges and race officers
have gotten their start at CSC. The USYRU (now US SAILING) National
Team Racing Championship (Hinman Trophy) was held at the lake in
1986. CSC received the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy (photo)
that year. US Sailing selects the recipient each year on the basis
of race management excellence.
An openhouse and boatshow (photo) was
initiated in 1987 to "increase one design racing, get fresh
blood in the club, overcome the lack of local class boat dealers,
and pull in young families via the junior program." The boatshow
was not achieving these objectives and the last one was held in
The lake has frozen over a number of times. There are stories of
people driving their Model T's across the icy lake. That cannot
be verified, but here is photo evidence (below) that the lake froze
and club members played ice hockey in December 1983.