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No more bungee cords needed to keep the refrigerator doors closed! Yes, we have a new (slightly used) unit that will keep your food and drinks cool and fresh. Our thanks to John Diggins for getting the club a cool deal.

Want to know which way the wind is blowing (not in a political sense) and how fast? Check out the new digital weather station procured by Bob Harrington and installed by Frank Richards! Read on forThere will be much more to come your way concerning the capabilities of this device.


August 6 - “Eskimo Beach Party” was truly a gift of a beautiful day. The “First Friday” was very well attended. Renee & Mark Pinkston made sure that kids of all ages could enjoy the opportunity of delicious chilling in August at the Clubhouse. What a lot of tough decisions to make with so many ice cream flavors from which to choose! Thirsty adults indulged in the glacial pleasure of lovely frozen margaritas. Thanks to Renee & Mark Pinkston for their hard work and help in handling this event.

Reminder: Have you bought your CSC T-shirt yet?
Only $15 each
Diane & Bob Van Buren
214-827-0204 or


September 25 - “Past Commodores Dinner” 25, at the SC Clubhouse. This is a seated dinner, with cocktails served at 6pm and dinner at 7pm. The cost per person is $15; complimentary for commodores and their families. Reservations are required, and must be made before 9/21; call Diane & Bob at 214-827-0204.


October 9 - “Beer, Boats & Bratworst” -
November 6 - Annual Awards Banquet


A new museum is opening this month in the Bath House Cultural Center to "preserve and present the human and natural history of White Rock Lake Park and its surrounding environment." CSC has helped with the development of this project and is being recognized as a Bronze Patron sponsor for our efforts. We will be listed on the Permanent Exhibit Plaque and in the Museum & Lake Guide. A display on White Rock sailing will be prominently featured in the White Rock Lake Museum.

Our members are invited to the Grand Opening on Saturday, September 18, 2004 from 12 p.m. (Noon) to 5 p.m.

12:00 Bath House and White Rock Lake Art Exhibit open for visitors
12:22 Ribbon cutting with Mary Poss, Honorary Chairperson, and dignitaries
12:30 Steven Butler, White Rock Lake historian, lecture and book signing
1:30 Marsha Webb, pianist, composer of White Rock CD
2:00 Children’s Event –Face Painting: “Face Faces”
2:30 SMU Geology Department presentation “White Rock Rocks”
3:00 Children’s event – Sailboat Making
3:30 Marsha Webb, Finale

Other upcoming events include an October lecture series.

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m., Dallas Storm Water Management- will present Aquatic Ecology in Dallas
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m., Becky Rader - Master Naturalist with talk about White Rock Lake original Blackland Prairie
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., George Boyd- Nature photographer will show & discuss images shot around the Lake
Sunday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m., Professor Steven Butler will present a Halloween treat - the "true tale" of the "Lady of the Lake"

White Rock Lake Championship
Maurice Martin Championship
(CSC Club Championship)


September 19, 2004 Qualifier – Portsmouth
September 25, 2004 Finals – Corinthians

Held at Corinthian Sailing Club, White Rock Lake, Dallas, Texas

Rules: The regatta will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing (2001- 2004), the prescriptions of US Sailing, the rules of the applicable Classes (except as any of these are altered by these sailing instructions), and by these sailing instructions.

Entries: The Skippers (Helmsmen) must be members of the Corinthian Sailing Club or the White Rock Boat Club. The Qualifier is a Portsmouth event. No regatta fee will be charged.

Notice to Competitors: Notices to competitors will be posted on the official regatta notice board located at the Corinthian Sailing Club clubhouse.

Changes in Sailing Instructions: Any change in the sailing instructions will be posted 30 minutes before the warning signal on the day it will take effect.

Signals Made Ashore:
5.1 Signals made ashore will be displayed from the CSC flagpole.

5.2 Code flag “AP” Answering Pendant, with two horns, (one horn when lowered) means “The race is postponed”. The time for the new warning signal will be posted on the notice board as the “AP” is lowered.

Schedule of races: -

Skippers meeting Sun Sept 19 12:00
First race (Warning) Sun Sept 19 1:00
2 Races to Follow

Skippers meeting Sat Sept 25 9:30
First race (Warning) Sat Sept 25 10:30
3 Races to Follow

Advancing: The top four finishers in the A Fleet will advance to the finals and the top two finishers from B Fleet will advance.

Courses: The courses described in the Sunday Joint Sailing Instructions will be used. A copy is posted on the official notice board. Only one course will be signaled for all.

Marks: Marks will be orange spheroids about 3 feet in diameter. Change marks will be orange spheroids about 3 feet in diameter with black band around it.

The Start: Qualifier –
10.1 Races will be started in accordance with racing rule 26. There will be two starts – A Fleet consisting of F/S and Lightning and B Fleet consisting of all others.

10.2 The starting line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on the committee boat and the adjacent mark.

10.3 The class flags shall be numeral 1 and numeral 2 pennants

10.4 Top four finishers from A Fleet and the top two finishers from B Fleet advance to the finals.

Individual Recall: Individual recalls will be signaled in accordance with RRS 29.2. In addition the Race Committee will hail the number of the boat(s) over early.

Changing the Course after the Start: A change of course after the start will be signaled before the leading boat has begun the leg, although the new mark may not then be in position. Any mark to be rounded after rounding the new mark may be relocated to maintain the original course configuration. When in a subsequent change of course a new mark is replaced it will be replaced with an original mark.

The Finish: The finishing line will be between a staff displaying an orange flag on a race committee boat and the adjacent mark.

Time Limit: The time limit will be 1 hour for the first boat to finish.

Protests: Protests shall be written on forms available at the Corinthian Sailing Club and lodged there within 30 minutes of the docking of the committee boat.

Scoring: The 2004 Table of American Portsmouth Numbers will be used to calculate each boats corrected time. The Low Point Scoring System, Appendix A of the racing rules, shall be used. All scored shall be counted (no throw out). If fewer than the scheduled races are sailed, due to any reason, then the completed races shall constitute a regatta.

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to the helmsmen and crews for the top 3 places in the finals. The Maurice Martin Perpetual trophy will be awarded to the top CSC helmsman at the CSC awards banquet.



The Snipe US Masters Championship will be hosted by Corinthian Sailing Club October 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th, 2004. Check the list of positions on Frank Richard’s e-mail attachment and/or the CSC service requests listed on the web site.

Contact Jason Balgooyan at (214)328-6030 or e-mail if you want to volunteer and want to discuss the possibilities.

This event should be a good one with 25 to 40 expert snipe sailors from around the country competing for #1 Master.

The Club Has a New Weather Station

The weather station that we have used for almost 30 years has finally given up and been retired. In its place is a shiny, new weather station that we purchased from Texas Weather Instruments. This is a state-of-the-art all digital system. Here is a description of some of the capabilities of the system.

Wind readings at 1 second intervals. You can also display one minute averages.
Air and water temperatures. The system will also display windchill and heat index.
Relative Humidity.
Barometric pressure with an indication of whether it is rising or falling.
There is a lightning indicator that provides an indication of the counts that have occurred over the last minute. The count is an indication of the distance and intensity of the strike. A weak, nearby strike and a strong, distant strike could have the same count. The unit is quite sensitive and probably indicates strikes as far away as 200 miles. We will need to watch this for a while to get an idea of what count level indicates lightning strikes occurring in the area.

There is a crib sheet on the wall below the display that further explains the system.

We have been provided software that will allow us to look at history of various readings, monitor local radar, and put CSC weather station data on our website. This is being evaluated by the CSC board. We would like your input on whether or not you think this is worthwhile. See next article.

CSC thanks David Patterson who underwrote the cost of our system. He is the owner of Texas Weather Instruments and long time sailor at DCYC. You may also remember David as PRO for last years Leukemia Cup Dinghy Regatta at CSC. To learn more about TWI and our new system checkout their website -

Membership Poll on Weather Station Enhancements

We have been provided software that will allow us to look at historical trends of various readings, monitor local radar, and put CSC weather station data on our website. This software is very powerful and will allow us to display almost any cut of the data being generated by the weather station, both at the club or on our website. It will allow us to grab virtually anything off the internet and display it at the club.

Examples of the data displays may be found on our website - This is real data from the evening of Sept. 7. It was clear, pleasant and breezy. The historical trend charts are not complete because the computer had only been running a little over 2 hours when the images were generated.

The initial screen you see is an example of what could be shown on a continuing basis on the CSC website. This particular example includes a 24 hour look at one minute average wind speed, peak wind speed, wind direction, barometric pressure, air and water temperatures and lightning counts. It also includes a wind rose which shows the wind direction over the last hour.

Examples of the real-time display at the dock can be accessed from the link at the bottom of the page above - The first screen shows three hour trends for one minute average wind speed, peak wind speed, wind direction, and lightning counts. Also, 24 hour data is shown for barometric pressure and air temperatures. The second screen shows real-time regional weather radar and weather maps downloaded from the Internet.

This all sounds great, but it is not free.

First, we need a computer and display running 24 hrs a day at the dock. There is a hardware and installation cost associated with the computer installation of between $100 and $300. We will need to find a club member who is interested in tending and maintaining this system. Also, the system could be a target for vandalism and theft.

Increased capabilities can be had at increased costs. For the above mentioned computer installation, one could view historical trend charts similar to those described above. To be able to download the radar and weather maps and to put the weather station data on the CSC website, we would need a dedicated Internet connection. This would entail an additional cost of about $500 the first year and a continuing cost of about $400 per year. While these costs don't suggest an increase in your dues, they are expenses that your dues will cover.

Let us know what you think. This survey solicits your opinion on a mid-year decision that will impact the club's future expenses. Is this worth the added expense and effort? Are you will willing to help install and maintain the system? Email us at, respond online at the bottom of the webpage referenced above, or send us a note to the CSC PO Box listed at the bottom of this newsletter. We need your inputs by the end of the month as we intend to act on this at the October board meeting.



Plans are made and committees are being formed now in order to make this event a great success in fund-raising for the fight against leukemia and lymphoma. You have opportunities to guarantee the success by serving on a committee and by participating in sailing, fund-raising, food preparation, gathering auction items, publicity and gaining sponsors.

Ralph Jones and Mark Smith are co-chairmen and will work with committees to make sure that all functions are on schedule. Please think about how you can best serve and check the CSC web site for committee contacts.



CSC Social: Events Help -- Diane Van Buren
Maintenance Opportunities -- Pier Rear
Junior Program Assistance -- Sailing Education Commodore
Minor Fiberglass Repairs -- Education Commodore
Second Saturday Shoreline Clean-up -- Lauri Block
Archivist -- Richard Wade
Snipe Championship Regatta – Jason Balgooyan e-mail

Contact either the website or individuals shown above to indicate your willingness to participate.



The Main Sheet belongs to each member of the club. This is an invitation to all members to submit articles about the club, regattas, meetings, fleets, awards, members, family and community. The deadline for information is the 20th of the month. Please submit articles to Any suggestions concerning improvements to the newsletter are welcome. If you have experienced formatting problems with the newsletter, please contact me at the email address above.


Membership in the Corinthian Sailing Club is open to anyone with an interest in sailing. Club facilities are located at 441 E. Lawther Drive on beautiful White Rock Lake. Phone 214-320-0841. Email address is Mailing address is Corinthian Sailing Club, PO Box 180087, Dallas, TX 75218.


The White Rock Lake Museum’s grand opening is Saturday, September 18, 2004. The museum is located inside the Bath House Cultural Center. Visitors can tour the museum, learn about the human and natural history of the lake and park, and view the documentary-style video and artwork by White Rock Lake area artists. For The Love Of The Lake is the underwriter for the White Rock Lake Museum.

On July 10, 2004, the Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-up is 100! Thousands of volunteers have been helping to keep White Rock Lake’s shoreline, park, and lake clean for 100 consecutive months. The Corinthian Sailing Club is one of 44 groups who have adopted a portion of the shoreline and park to reduce the litter and make White Rock Lake safe and enjoyable for everyone.