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 The Main Sheet
August  2003   White Rock Lake     Dallas , Texas


Upcoming events:

Wednesday Night Fun Races End

August 27


Labor Day (Post Race Party)

August 31


Adams Trophy and Mallory Cup
Area F Elimination Regatta
CSC September 6-7


Corinthian Single Handed Regatta
September 13


White Rock Lake Championships
September 21


September 27 - Past Commodores Dinner
Mark your calendars

SMU Frozen Hate Regatta
CSC October 4-5


State Fair Regatta
October 11


Flying Scot Open House Regatta
October 18-19


Annual CSC Banquet and Awards
City Club in downtown Dallas
Silent Auction

November 8


Business Meeting
Royal Oaks Country Club

January 15



 Great sailing books available to club members at big discount:


Contact Tom Miller
Limited quantity, requests will be filled as received


Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing
By Dave Perry, Illustrated by Brad Dellenbaugh
CSC Price: $15.00  Retail Price:  $32.50

Description:  This indispensable guide for sailors and racing officials includes the complete text of the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing, 2001-2004 and US SAILING Prescriptions. Perry concisely and clearly answers all the most commonly asked questions on the racing rules, and then some. His comprehensive, easy-to-understand explanations, with extensive references to US SAILING Appeals and ISAF Cases, make this book a complete and authoritative resource on the rules. Fifth edition, illustrations by Brad Dellenbaugh


Winning in One-Designs
By Dave Perry, 3rd Edition
CSC Price: $10.00  Retail Price:  $24.95

Description:  Long considered one of the very best books about sailing by competitive racers around the world, Dave Perry's Winning in One-Designs covers every aspect of racing. Perry's expert advice, clear explanations and numerous tips in this newly revised and updated edition, offer invaluable instruction to sailors at all levels of competition.


Social Update


Jul y 4th at the Corinthian Sailing Club started early and ended late! 

The July 4th celebration began on July 3rd, as the Junior Sailors decorated the Corinthian Sailing Club float for the Lakewood Neighborhood Parade.  The float included a blue and white Opti on a red trailer, pulled by a very, very cool red Land Rover.  The float was decorated to simulate a boat moving through water with all of the traditional Independence Day fare.  The junior sailors arrived early on the Fourth.  They filled large containers with water, stashed bags of candy and flyers advertising the Junior Sailing Programs and climbed into the float.  They were ready to face the day and headed up to the staging area for the parade.  The parade started on time with the Dallas Police helicopter flying overhead with sirens blaring!  The Corinthian Sailing Club float looked great!  The Junior Sailors returned laughing and were wet from head to toe! The water was used to reload their water-blasters! I am not sure they expected to have the crowds reciprocate with their own water-blasters as they moved down the parade route!  Fun was had by all!  Special thanks to Ken and Selina Brown, Diane and Bob Van Buren, Donna and Sandy Dennison for their contribution to the float design and decorations, driving Ken Brown's  very cool red Land Rover and making the flyers!  Thanks to the Junior Sailors who participated in the parade!  What a (water) blast!

The Corinthian Sailing Club July 4th Celebration started around 5:00 p.m. with the arrival of barbecue from Red, Hot and Blue.  Special thanks to all CSC members who participated in this fun day.  Red Dog Jones provided a memorable reading which helped us all recall how dear our freedom really is.  We had a plenitude of wonderful desserts for all to enjoy!  Kathy Minyard won the dessert contest and took home a fancy beer carrier on wheels!

The summer breeze helped modify temperatures as the boats sailed in search of watermelons.  The Tommy, Melissa Miller, son Jonathan (and friend) were successful at finding not only the watermelon with the star, for a $50 gift certificate to West Marine, but also enough watermelons for additional T-shirts... It must be that very, very fast boat!

The Illuminate Your Boat contest was won by Ken and Selina Brown, daughter Kindra (and friend).  Their Corinthian was decorated with red, white and blue Christmas lights! We were amazed at the number of boats participating in this contest.  There were red and white sails illuminated by a light and white sails illuminated by red, white and blue lights and more!  It was great.  Get ready for next year!


First Friday Celebration

Pray for a Summer Breeze Party!

We can always count on a crowd on First Friday's when margaritas are on the menu!  This was no exception with over 100 members and guests attending! The food was provided by Blue Mesa Grill.  We were fortunate to have a hefty summer breeze.  Special thanks to Patrick Glynn for providing a drum trio.  The jazz drum presentation, good food, friends and the breeze kept us all very cool!  The Grungiest Hat Contest was won by Bob Harrington (his hat was run over by a tractor! Don't you wonder why he kept it?).  The Prettiest Hat Contest was won by Judy Blackmon.  Judy's hat included live sunflowers! Special thanks to all for a memorable evening!


Mark Your Calendars for the Up-Coming Events!

August 31, 2003 - Labor Day Celebration after the Sunday races, or around 5:30 p.m.

September 27, 2003 - Past Commodore Dinner at the Corinthian Sailing Club.

November 8, 2003 - Awards Banquet at City Club in downtown Dallas .  Note, we will have a Silent Auction again this year, please begin the search for Auction Items!

January 25, 2003 - Annual Business Meeting at Royal Oaks Country Club


Junior Program


Another successful Summer Season of junior sailing classes has come to a close.  This year our program served a total of 41 junior sailors spanning the ages of 7 to 17 and skill levels from complete beginner to dedicated racer.  Much of the credit for the success of our program should go to our coaches Megan Chrostowski and Joe Richardson, who were ably assisted by our three junior coaches Joey DeCosta, Brittany Widzer and Paul Denison.

Overview of Summer Sailing Classes and Regattas:

Summer Sailing Program: 

Being race-oriented, our junior program is structured around the Texas Sailing Association Junior Circuit Regatta Schedule.  This year we began with the Area F Sears Cup competition at CSC the weekend of June 7-8.  CSC fielded two teams, who finished second and fourth among a strong fleet of competitors.  Then beginning June 9th we dove right into a one-week racing clinic to prepare our junior racers for the three-regatta Dallas Race Week held June 14-21.  Twelve of our CSC juniors participated in one or more of the three regattas comprising Dallas Race Week and a number of our sailors brought home hardware in both the Laser Radial and Optimist classes.  We followed Dallas Race Week with a two-week sailing class from June 23 to July 4 which was devoted to beginner sailors and at which more than twenty young people were introduced to the joys of sailing.  After the beginner class we held a two-week intermediate class from July 7-17, the purpose of which was both to provide the next level of instruction for sailors who had completed the beginner course and to prepare our more experienced sailors for Texas Race Week.  After Texas Race Week we rounded out the summer with another class from July 28 to August 8, which was open to both beginners and anyone else who just wanted to come out and sail.

Texas Youth Race Week:

The highlight of our program each year is the trip to Galveston Bay for Texas Junior Race Week.  Texas Race Week is a US Sailing Junior Olympic Sailing Festival which is traditionally held the last week of July each year.  Race Week consists of three, two-day regattas held at three separate yacht clubs on Galveston Bay and Clear Lake .  It attracts the best junior sailors from Texas to Florida .  This year CSC was represented by four of our junior racing sailors: Masie Comen and Cameron Keehn in the Optimist class and Brittany Widzer and Paul Denison in the Laser Radial class.

Competing in the Optimist Green fleet, Masie Comen medaled in all three regattas with finishes of tenth, seventh and sixth out of a fleet which averaged thirty competitors at each regatta.  Masie topped off a week of strong sailing by scoring a bullet in the last race of the last regatta for which she was awarded one of the coveted red "Daily Firsts" t-shirts, of which she should be justly proud.  Masie also came home with a medal for placing fifth overall in the Optimist Green fleet for all three regattas.  Newcomer Cameron Keehn, at his first regatta, also made a good showing by chalking up consistent mid-fleet finishes all week.  He showed improvement with each race and came close to medaling at the last regatta.

CSC was also well represented at Texas Race Week in the 38-boat Laser Radial class by Brittany Widzer and Paul Denison.  Paul finished fourteenth overall in the combined three-regatta event and medaled with an eighth place finish in one regatta.  He had a second place finish in one race-missing first by half a boat-length-and had several other top-ten finishes during the week.  Brittany also did well in the event with two top-ten finishes and a number of other good races.  Brittany and Paul, both 14 years old, show great promise for the future, as they were consistently competitive against much older sailors, many of whom were three to four years older than they were.

While we are all proud of our junior sailors for their accomplishments on the water, of equal importance were the good times shared off the water during the week by our juniors, as well as their coaches and parents, who are all looking forward to returning again next year.

Fall Season Junior Activities and Regattas:

Although the Summer junior program may have ended, we hope that junior sailing will continue at CSC into the school year and the Fall Season.  It is our hope that with the help of committed parents, the junior program can build upon the success of the Summer and continue with junior activities into the Fall.  With the help of parents we plan to organize some junior activities this Fall which, in addition to sailing, will include some on the dock fun.

Parents Meeting - August 31st:  To that end, parents of junior sailors interested in helping to organize activities for our kids this Fall are asked to come to a short meeting in the Junior Gazebo on Sunday, August 31 at 6:00 p.m.   This is the same evening that the club will be hosting a Labor Day party.  So, let's plan to talk for a while about what activities we should organize for our kids, and then continue the discussion over some good food and drink at the Labor Day celebration in the clubhouse.  If you are unable to make the meeting but would like to help, contact Sandy or Donna Denison at 214-826-3998 to pass on your ideas or volunteer your services.

FWBC "Ol' Man of the Sea Junior Regatta" - Sept. 6-7.  Finally, parents of junior sailors interested in attending the Fort Worth Boat Club Ol' Man of the Sea Junior Regatta the weekend of September 6-7 should contact Sandy Denison at the above number or at  This is always a well-run and well-attended regatta, attracting some of the best junior sailors in Texas , while at the same time catering to the needs of the novice green fleeter attending his or her first regatta.  We encourage you to attend.  If you do, you will be hooked.

Dates to Remember:


August 31 at 6:00 p.m.      Parents' Meeting in the Junior Gazebo to discuss organizing junior activities for the Fall.


September 6-7                          FWBC Ol' Man of the Sea Junior Regatta 


Team 4 Texas


Team for Texas consists of 4 women from the North Texas Area : 

Kathy Irwin (helmswoman) Rush Creek Yacht Club

Wendy Vann (trimmer) Fort Worth Boat Club

Debbie Adams (foredeck person) Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club

Kai Kunnapas (middle/tactics) Corinthian Sailing Club


The Team is preparing to participate in the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship for the Bengt Julin Trophy in Annapolis , Md. September 27- October 3, 2003 . This year will be a celebration of the 10th RIWKC regatta after 20 years of growth in women's competitive sailing. The event has proven its staying power, even its promise for the future, as last year all attendance records were broken when the regatta moved to Annapolis .


This US Sailing sanctioned event is sponsored by Rolex Watch USA and   held at Annapolis Yacht Club. Rolex Watch has been the title sponsor of the   event since 1985 (the event is held every other year) and feels that their  exposure is well justified. The RIWKC is regarded as one of the highest profile, most competitive, all-women keelboat regattas in the world. 


The Team is holding a fund raiser Saturday, Aug 23rd at 7pm at DCYC.  If you would like to contribute to the campaign contact Kai Kunnapas at


Flying Scot NACs Crew Notes
and District Governor's Update from Scott Mauney


Flying Scot North American Championship

Lake Norman , North Carolina

July 19-25, 2003


Wednesday, July 16th - Bill Draheim gets a call from Marc Eagan to build sails for Marcus and Andrew Eagan for the North Americans.  Bad news - Bill won't have time to build us a new set of sails.  Good News - Another good sailor will be using his sails.  Bill says to me - Don't worry I think it's more important that we bring our lucky rabbits foot rather than new sails to Lake Norman .  When he's right he's right!

Monday Winds: 8 to 14 knots (Perfect Breeze).

Monday morning first qualifying race, we start towards the middle of the line three rows back, take a clearing take to the right ducking 5 to 6 boats, breeze dies out on the left, round with leaders go on to win race.

Monday second race, we start towards the pin, get shot out the back by Marcus Eagan, tack out to the right, cross behind the entire fleet, get right, breeze goes left, play "ketchup" for an eighth.  Bill promises his starts will get better.  So far no chance of being called over early!

Tuesday Winds: 10 to 15 knots (Perfect Breeze).

Final qualifying race, good start FINALLY, winning race until last beat, Marcus Eagan and Bill Ewing get by us by going to the favored leeward gate and get into better breeze.  Hold on for a 3rd.

Wednesday Winds: 10 to 15 knots (Slowly winding left with heavy shore influence).

First race for the championship, round the first mark in 3rd behind Greg Fisher and Harry Carpenter.  Make up considerable distance on downwind leg.  Greg Fisher hits leeward mark gate and does a 360.  We catch Harry going upwind, lead going downwind.  Greg catches up on last upwind leg.  The race committee sets our finish line 50 feet beyond the windward and offset mark.  As we sail on starboard between the windward mark and the offset mark the challenger fleet, rounding the windward mark and turning down to the offset mark, blocks us from tacking onto port for the finish.  Greg beats us by a boat length.  Ouch That Hurt!

Second race for the championship, race committee moves course to compensate for the wind going left.  Get good start towards the pin, professional photographer's boat crosses directly in front of us, had to restrain myself from going crazy.  Initially we stayed left, Marcus crosses in front of us, and we stay left with Harry Carpenter while the fleet is stacking up right taking advantage of right shore effect.  This is where it got tough.  Trying not to get caught too far to the left we start working our way back to the right, end up crossing behind too many boats.  Harry Carpenter stays left looking bad until the final port tack rounding in the top three.  Marcus ends up winning the right group and gets launched for an easy win.  Greg Fisher and Ira Cohen eventually grind Harry down for second and third place.  What really happened up front is a mystery because we rounded the first mark about 15th to 18th place going very slow.  We stayed in slow mode downwind and back upwind.  Wasn't until the last downwind that we start moving through the fleet.  We decided to go high over the fleet on the port tack, just holding on to an inside overlap on the left gate.  The race committee had moved the weather mark far to the right; we were hopefully going to get some right shore effect.  Everyone in front of us was working out towards the middle of the lake.  Bill and I and everyone behind us were stacking up to the right, near the shore, hopping for a miracle.  After we made it around the right shore we actually lost a couple of boats.  Everyone around saw us losing ground and bailed out back to the left.  Now there was no option but to head back to the right shore.  We actually had to sail the boat healed up to keep the centerboard from running aground on the sandbars.  Finally on the last tack to starboard we were over-standing the finish line, we got a shot from the right and were now barreling down to the finish line.  Steve Bellows was one of the boats that had been in front of us the whole race.  He said "I couldn't see you because of all the other port tack boats, but you guys sounded like a freight train".  We passed 7 to 8 boats at the finish.  At the time we felt exhausted and a little defeated.  We were now in fourth place.

Thursday Winds: 0 to 4 knots (Frontal High Pressure System has landed on top of us).

Sat under shade trees all day drinking favorite beverages, playing touch football, decided to leave boat in water all day and overnight so boat could become one with the lake.  That was our excuse for being too lazy to pull the boat out of the water.

Friday Winds: 4 to 6 knots (High Pressure - At least one more race is needed to be considered a regatta).

Race committee was looking to get 2 races off.  However, this would be the last race.  I'm glad we didn't know that at the time.  We start 70% down the line, everyone to windward falls down behind us, and we end up rolling the boats to leeward, finally a great start.  We start out left but end up working middle right.  A few boats way out to the right get a sliver of breeze and boats on the far left come in strong as well.  We end up rounding around 8th.  Harry Carpenter is close by and Marcus Eagan is directly behind us.  Marcus brings breeze behind on port tack.  Marcus starts to roll us so we gybe away back towards the middle.  We never see Marcus again as he gets stuck out on the left.  We go back upwind losing a couple of boats rounding the weather mark directly behind Harry Carpenter.  Harry looks back at us, as we both barely squeeze around the weather mark and says "boy that was ugly".  This is our final downwind leg.  Harry Carpenter is not only ahead, with 10 to 15 minutes left in the race, he is winning the regatta.  We sail downwind on port tack. Harry decides to sail higher hoping to get to the fresh breeze first and to roll the boat directly in front of him.  The breeze is filling from behind and Bill sails straight to the leeward gates.  Harry ends up sailing into the exact hole the Eagan brothers had sailed in the previous downwind leg.  We sail to the left gate with 5 boats ahead.  On this final beat Steve Bellows rounds behind us.  He manages to work right and gets by us with more pressure on starboard tack yelling, "Hey boat buddy". - This was because we had loaned him some parts earlier in the week.  Bill and Steve get in a loose cover tacking dual right up the middle of the course that propels us closer to the leaders just to our right.  As we come in for our final port tack everyone, including Steve, goes in front on starboard tack.  Even though we're getting lifted on port, the pressure is now moving left to right.  All the boats that had tacked to weather of us were slowing down while we were punching through to the right getting lifted towards the committee boat.  One lone boat had stayed to the right of us.  It was Meredith Dodd with crew John Meredith - on her way to her first first-place finish at Nationals.  We tacked one boat length outside the committee boat to squeak out a second.

The wind slowly shut down to nothing and 90 minutes later the race committee decided to call it a regatta.  Like last years North Americans at Pensacola this regatta proved to be chess match.  On Thursday, with no air all day, you just have to keep reminding yourself that the long waiting and setting around is just part of the regatta.  Lake Norman , in the summer, will test your patience more than any lake I've ever seen.  It's like White Rock only on a larger scale, so once you commit to one side there's no going back.

District Governor's Notes: The 2003 Flying Scot North American Championship had 90 boat registered.  Each boat was measured using a lottery system.  Depending on what color you drew determined what would be measured.  Our color indicated the boat would be weighed with the centerboard in, the safety equipment checked, and our main sails would be measured.  The whole process from our late Sunday registration to final measurement took all of 45 minutes.  The crew from Lake Norman had certified almost 80 boats by Saturday.  This new system was a huge success and will make it much easier for clubs hosting future Flying Scot Nationals.  From now on all boats will be measured at every North American Championship.  There is no waiver for having a certificate from the previous year.  The FSSA weighed all the rudders to determine a future minimum weight for complete rudder head and blade assembly.  All rudder blades must now be approximately 3/16-inch plate.  One further note: There will be no sail measurement at next years Flying Scot Mid-Winters.  Amen!

Next years Flying Scot North American Championship will be at Lake Carlyle , Illinois - July 17-23rd.


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