Corinthian Sailing Club
THE MAIN SHEET
APRIL 2006 - WHITE ROCK LAKE - DALLAS, TEXAS
A LETTER FROM OUR COMMODORE
Dear CSC Members,
Well another month has gone by and once again I am amazed at the
dedication and generosity of this group. Last weekend we completed
the second installment of the Leukemia Cup regattas and I am proud
to say that between CSC and DCYC we raised over $112,000 for the
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It is worth noting that the CSC portion
of this event raised $52,000 this year which was up 23% over last
year's fundraising efforts. Additionally, attendance jumped from
62 boats to 75 boats in 2006. Of note was the Flying Scot fleet
that showcased their determination and depth of talent by putting
30 boats on the starting line. Regardless of what fleet you sailed
in, the caliber of racing was first rate across all three courses
and it appeared that sailors from the age of 8 to 80 enjoyed the
near-perfect conditions. I especially would like to thank all of
the volunteers who made the weekend possible. If you havent
made it down for one of these events you really need to do so. The
great food, libations, live auctions, and bands truly showcase our
can do attitude! A special thanks to all the DCYC members
who came over to help run our races and to those CSC members who
made the trek the next weekend to DCYC.
Having said all this, I realize this event requires a great deal
of time and effort from our membership group. What helped to put
that effort into perspective for me this year was speaking with
Chris Henkel, our honored hero for this years event. Chris
is a very accomplished sailor who has spent many years sailing at
CSC and throughout the Dallas area. Last year his wife, Stephanie,
was diagnosed with Leukemia and they entered what has become the
battle of their lives. Chris was kind enough to address how that
challenge has effected him during the awards ceremony and couldnt
say enough about how the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has helped
them to understand, and cope with, their situation. As a result
of the new treatments that have come out in recent years Stephanies
prognosis has improved and I know you will join me in wishing her
a full and speedy recovery.
The realization I came to after spending time with Chris last weekend
was that while the racing and social events are a lot of fun, the
real joy in these events comes from helping others. I am proud to
know that our membership continues to step up year after year to
make this event such a success and point to the $500,000 that has
been raised in the past 5 years as a measure of this. It is worth
noting that the top two fundraisers at this year's event were Corinthian
Sailing Club members. Please take a moment to thank David Barrett
and Ralph Red Dog Jones for their efforts to make a
difference. Better yet take a moment to access the Leukemia Cup
web site and see what you can do to help this worthy cause.
In conclusion, thanks to all of you who help to keep CSC in the
spotlight of our community. I hope that you will continue to remain
active and to enjoy the Club to its fullest. In May we launch our
Wednesday Night Racing series and First Friday Parties. Additionally
there is a race management seminar on May 7th and a Memorial Day
party to finish the month on a high note. I hope that you will take
advantage of these activities and that I will see you at the Club
Jeff Bodkin, Commodore, Corinthian Sailing Club
Here's a simple introduction to the flags used in sailboat race
starts. The idea here is to cover just the basic concept. All the
gory details are in the
Racing Rules of Sailing, 2004-2008
Say the committee boat is indicating that your boat class is one,
so that your boat class starts first. Further, suppose that your
race starts at 10:30. The countdown sequence starts five minutes
earlier at 10:25 (let's call this T=5), and involves two flags.
The first flag corresponds to your boat class. Since your boat class
is one, the flag to look for is numeral pennant one. When this flag
is raised at 10:25 it indicates the beginning of a five-minute countdown
sequence. When this sequence ends at T = 0 two things happen: numeral
pennant one comes down, and the race starts. So the numeral pennant
goes up at T = 5 and comes down at T = 0. If there's a second boat
class racing, their T=5 is your T=0: their numeral pennant goes
up when your numeral pennant comes down.
Its advantageous for sailors to start a countdown timer in order
to accurately predict T=0: it may help to get a good starting position.
For sailors who missed or muffed the numeral pennant going up, there
are two additional timing opportunities, which is where the second
flag comes in. The Preparatory flag (P flag) goes up at T=4 and
comes down at T=1. Here's an illustration of the five minute sequence:
10:25:00 5:00 numeral pennant one goes up. Horn sounds This is
the warning signal. Five minutes to go. First chance to capture
10:26:00 4:00 preparatory (P) flag goes up. Horn sounds. Second
chance to capture timing
10:29:00 1:00 preparatory (P) flag comes down. Horn sounds. Final
chance to capture timing
10:30:00 0:00 numeral pennant one comes down. Horn sounds. Race
If many boats cross the start line early, a general recall is issued.
If only a few cross early, an individual recall is issued.
10:30:02 +0:02 individual recall flag goes up. Horn Sounds. committee
boat sounds one horn, yells number of recalled boat(s)
10:30:02 +0:02 general recall flag goes up. Two horns sound. committee
boat sounds two horns, all boats return to start.
Basic Race Management Seminar
CSC hosted a very informative four hour Basic Race Management Seminar
on Sunday morning, May 7th. The 14 people who attended was given
an excellent overview of the technical aspects of conducting a sailboat
race, from starts to finishes, from flags to penalties, and not
least, many what-if scenarios. The seminar, which was free, was
conducted by National level US Sailing race official Brad Davis.
The 2006-2007 Race Calendar started April 02. Please note the weekends
on which your fleet has duty and review the Sunday Joint Sailing
Instructions including the Race Committee Responsibilities and Guidelines
section before your race duty so you will know what is expected
of you. Race Committee members should be at the dock no later than
12:30 pm on Sunday.
Did you notice something different on the race course on Sunday?
If not you were probably disqualified from the races. This race
year a windward offset mark has been incorporated. The offset mark
is a medium size white sphere with the word OFFSET written on the
side. Be sure to round the offset mark, if it is present, before
heading downwind. In addition a standoff mark may be trailed behind
the Race Committee boat, so make sure you do not venture into no
mans land between the standoff mark and the RC boat.
Sunday Race Duty
May ERC: Phil Morris
May 7 - Corinthian
May 14 - CSC Board
May 21 - Rebel
May 28 - Flying Scot
Wednesday Night Fun Races
If you would like to gain racing experience but are not quite ready
to tango with the big boys during Sunday races, then Wednesday Night
Fun Races are for you. The Wednesday Night Fun Races will begin
on May 10th. The first gun will be at approximately 6:15 pm.
A couple of new twists for this year:
If you are new to racing or have not been racing in awhile, hopefully
you made it to the Basic Rules of Racing session that was held at
6:30 pm on Wednesday May 3rd at the CSC clubhouse.
A Rules Coach boat will be on the race course to help point out
undesirable situations that are developing before they actually
occur. So please heed the coaches' suggestions.
HULL OF SHAME
The boat in davit #93 (shown below) has the doubtful honor of being
this month's Hull of Shame. No single stand-out feature got it its
first place finish - rather the combination of disintegrating flotation,
mildewed surfaces, frayed sheets and broken rub-rail clearly indicate
a boat that has been neglected for a long time.
If this boat could talk, it would be saying "show me some
CSC POLICY ON KAYAK STORAGE
At the March meeting of the Board of Directors the board unanimously
voted to limit the storage of kayaks and canoes on club-owned property.
This decision was reached in response to several concerns that members
had raised regarding the storage of 2 or even 3 boats for the price
of one on the board boat pads. The obvious concern was that such
a policy circumvented the intent of our rental agreements and was
not fair to the other members who pay the same rate to store one
boat. Additional concerns were raised regarding the unsightly nature
of this arrangement and one case where damage was caused in a storm
situation when a pile of boats shifted on to their neighbors
However the driving force to remove kayaks from the board boat
pads has been the shortage of storage space for board boats. As
our Club grows to embrace several new one-design fleets, the demand
for this type of space is increasing exponentially. To help address
this, the Club has committed to building 26 new board boat pads
on the North end of the Club. I am happy to say that as of now only
two of these spots are open and the existing pads are completely
full. However this does leave us with a quandary about how to best
use our scarce resources to serve members' needs. While I realize
that many of our members enjoy the experience of paddling on our
lake, our bylaws spell out that the objectives of the Club
shall be to encourage the sport of sailing. Accordingly we
have decided to allocate Club-owned areas, such as the board boat
pads, for the storage of sailboats.
Please note that the storage of kayaks inside boats in davits continues
to be permissible. (the distinction here is that the davits are
privately held property) I would ask members to be considerate of
their neighbors when storing kayaks in this fashion and to remember
that access to the common areas may not be impeded by such storage.
Should you have any questions regarding this or any other policy
of the Club please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
APRIL BOARD MEETING
We are seeking accomodation for one of our returning Junior coaches,
Mike Gent, for the duration of this Summer's Juniors classes. The
period is June 1 - Aug 5. If you or someone you know are interested,
please contact Sandy Denison (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The percentage of members including an additional $100 with their
membership renewal in lieu of the eight hour service requirement
is approximately 30%.
The number of davits not in compliance with club policy has declined
from 104 earlier this year to a current level of 45.
if you are leasing your davit you need to let the davit registrar
(email@example.com) know this.
DO NOT GO TO THAT LAST WINDOW
This is another reminder that Parks & Wildlife are actively
enforcing boat registration requirements. Avoid a fine by getting
the sticker on your boat up to date. Here are some useful links
to boat registration information, from last month's newsletter:
General Information: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/faq/fishboat/boat/registration_and_titles/
Registration & Titling Requirements: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_lf_a0900_1108.pdf
USCG Navigation Center: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/mwv/navrules/inland.htm
By the way, Donna occupies the last window at the local boat registration
Ahh, it's a wonderful thing and it gives me a tinge of envy, to
see how a number of fine CSC members are improving their davits
using galvanized steel posts. It used to be a rare sight, yet now
one can see beautiful steel davits just popping up all over the
place. These davits may quite possibly look this good for the next
fifty years, and the luster it adds to the look of our club is just
I've also seen some good-looking rebuilds using treated lumber.
It's a fine example of those members who are investing in the future
of our club by taking the initiative to rebuild their davits. A
number of members are beginning to notice that their own davit really
is in need of maintenance, and that many of these davits are in
need of a complete rebuild.
We've got around three hundred members here at the CSC and there
are approximately six million folks in the DFW area. This means
that each of us represent one in twenty thousand people who are
not only interested in sailing, but lucky enough to be a member
of CSC. Truly it is a privilege which is good to remember when wondering
whether or not to be responsible in the care and maintenance of
one's davit. Remember: old walkways must be removed when rebuilding
and old posts must be removed when possible.
I've noticed that some members are leaving the rudder down on their
boat and leaving the boat low in their davit. This leaves your boat
vulnerable to damage by floating logs and wave action. Go the distance
and make sure your boat is up in the davit and that the rudder is
not left down after use.
Beware of dehydration and drink plenty of water when on the lake.
Let me know how I can help to make your experience as a club member
better. Stay involved and stay active in the club, it's fun and
it can be good for your health.
Here are phone numbers for some local davit rebuilders:
Ken Brown (972) 977-4750
Ben Larson (214) 926-1852
Joe Romanowski (214) 683-1128
SOME UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS
10 May, Wednesday: the 2006 Wednesday Night Fun Races start. First
gun is at approximately 6:15.
13 May, Saturday: Second Saturday Shoreline Cleanup, in conjunction
with For The Love of the Lake. Meet at CSC at 9:00am.
13-14 May, Sat.-Sun.: Laser/V15 Mother's Day Regatta.
27-28 May, Sat.-Sun.: Snipe Southwestern.
28 May, Sunday: Pre-Memorial Day Post Race Party.
A complete list and more details are on our club calendar
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CORINTHIAN SAILING CLUB
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 the East side of beautiful White Rock Lake. Phone 214-320-0841.
Our web address is http://www.cscsailing.org ; a general email address
is firstname.lastname@example.org. Our mailing address is Corinthian Sailing
Club, PO Box 180087, Dallas, TX 75218.