Corinthian Sailing Club
THE MAIN SHEET
FEBRUARY 2006 - WHITE ROCK LAKE - DALLAS, TEXAS
A LETTER FROM OUR COMMODORE
Dear CSC Members,
As I begin my term in office I would like to share with
you what an honor it is to represent you as your Commodore this year.
I appreciate the trust that you have placed in me and promise that I
will do all I can to keep the Corinthian Sailing Club the best place
to sail in Texas. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank
the other Board Members who have volunteered their time to make our
Club a better place. This is a very qualified group of people and together
we are going to do some great things this year.
My focus in 2006 is to make the membership experience
at CSC as enjoyable as possible for our members. The best way I know
of making this happen is to encourage you to use the club as often as
possible. Just like a boat, a Club wastes away if it isnt used
by its members. Too often work, kids or other recreational activities
override our desire to enjoy our Club. To a certain extent this is unavoidable;
but I would like to challenge you to try and find one day a month to
come down and enjoy your investment. Think about how much that $406
a year can provide:
Beautiful views of the downtown skyline at sunset.
A veritable nature preserve right at your doorstep come down
and catch the pelicans before they migrate again!
The most competitive racing in the area at any price!
Outreach programs to help newer sailors get up to speed and feel more
comfortable using their boats.
First class educational programs like our junior sailing camps and adult
GREAT social events like First Fridays and other exciting parties that
will be announced soon.
What amazes me most is that CSC offers you all of this for half the
price of the other Clubs in the area. Without a doubt our membership
experience provides more bang for the buck than any alternative I am
aware of. I hope you will take up my challenge to come down once a month
and that I will see you and your family soon. Bottom line, this is your
Club and you deserve to enjoy it.
See you at the Lake!
Corinthian Sailing Club
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
The CSC Annual Business meeting was held at the Royal
Oaks Country Club on January 19th. No changes to the club's by-laws
were made they have not changed since the service requirement
was added in 2004.
Here are some of the highlights of the meeting:
The club ended last year with a $21k surplus of cash in
the bank after all bills were paid. Most of this surplus was a carryover
from previous years. Income and spending were both within a few percent
of plan. This surplus is in addition to the $50k emergency fund, invested
in certificates of deposit, that has been set aside to deal with catastrophic
events. Notable capital expenses in this budget included $55k for the
replacement of the clubhouses siding, the replacement of the clubhouses
upper deck flooring, and other improvements to the club facilities.
Attendees at this years annual business meeting
were treated to a discussion of the state of sailing and the importance
of fleet building by John Kolius. John is a five-time Americas Cup veteran
(Courageous, America 2, Il Moro di Venezia, America 3, and Aloha), an
Olympic Silver Medalist in the Soling, and winner of several World and
North American championships in a variety of boats.
Given this pedigree and his current ownership of KO Sailing,
the largest provider of small boats on the Gulf Coast, he brought a
unique vision of our sport, from the highest levels to local Club racing.
The evening's discussion focused on the competition that
yacht clubs currently face to attract and retain young sailors. John
asserted that the battle being fought for the scarce leisure time and
disposable income of our population increasingly is not between competing
yacht clubs; but rather between other sources of recreation and sailing.
As demands of worker productivity increase, golf, skateboarding and
even movies will compete for this increasingly scarce resource.
Mr. Kolius believes that the successful Clubs of the future
will have to work together to market the sport as a low cost, easy access
means of enjoying nature and friendly competition if we are to survive.
Our sport does a good job of training and attracting kids but we tend
to lose them once they reach their late teens, when girls (or boys)
and cars come into the equation. The key to retaining this group is
to provide exciting, inexpensive means for young adults to participate
in the sport.
Throughout the discussion John described the sailing experience
as needing to be a cheap date. He showed that by amortizing
the cost of ownership of an inexpensive dinghy such as a V-15 over five
years the costs are actually cheaper than movies and popcorn if attended
on a regular basis. By bridging that gap between the youth sailing programs
and the more financially established generations we will ensure the
continuity of our sport.
A spirited discussion followed of the merits of various
classes such as the Laser and V-15; but the consensus was that a good
progression from Optimist Prams would be to a small high performance
single handed boat to an inexpensive double-handed boat and then to
the more established classes that currently make up our Club. He also
discussed the need to market these boats to the general population by
means of hosting mid-week low intensity races such as our Wednesday
night sailing program. Wherever possible he emphasized the importance
of making these races as visible to the general population as possible.
Adult sailing classes and mentoring programs were also discussed as
a good means of reaching out to new sailors. The presentation concluded
with a solid round of applause from the group and a challenge from our
new Commodore for members to introduce a young adult to sailing this
We ended 2005 with 295 members. As the six-year table
below shows, we have a very stable membership:
2006 Club Officers
The Norman B. Watkins Award
The Norm Watkins Award is presented annually to the member
of CSC who best represented the club as a Corinthian Sailor. He or she
may have provided unusual leadership, served to promote the sport of
sailing, or trained others in sailing or seamanship. This years
recipient of the award is Steve Comen.
Old Salt of the Lake Award
This award recognizes and honors the crusty old salts
who sail at the Corinthian Sailing Club.The winner of the Old Salt of
the Lake award for 2006 is Sylvan Newman.
Special Service Recognition
For Extraordinary Volunteer Efforts:
Allan Schmidt, Lauri Block, Kathy Harrington, Pat Diggins,
For Leukemia Cup:
Red Dog Jones
For Special Olympics:
Steve and Renee Comen
For Adult Sailing Program:
For Our Presence on the World Wide Web:
Lisle Eddy, Frank Richards.
FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING
The board voted unanimously to leave annual dues at their
2005 levels. Returned check charges, which formerly were borne by the
club, will this year, for the first time, be passed onto the writer
of the check. There were about ten such cases in 2005.
The board is discussing extensive improvements to the
North Docks. Projects 1-4 are being considered for implementation in
2006. Projects 5-6 are longer term and aim to improve existing structures
and accommodate growth. The first three projects are enhancements aimed
at the Junior Program and board boat sailors.
Project 1 Expand the deck area near the north entrance
to add two ramps for the junior program and provide storage for 12 Lasers
and 12 Optis. Two ramps would be constructed, allowing launch to the
Northwest or to the South.
Project 2 Reconfigure storage rack to hold 12 boats and
to better protect them.
Project 3 Widen north entrance gate for better access,
so it is similar to the South Gate. This will greatly increase small
boat access to our facilities when hosting events such as Junior Events,
the Leukemia Cup and State Fair Regattas.
Project 4 Build 12 new board boat pads north of the junior/SMU
locker with access to ramps. This project aims to attract new sailors
by adding pads to expand and broaden our membership base. We have a
commitment from nine non-CSC sailors to join the club and promote a
new laser fleet on the lake. Two existing CSC members have committed
to bring new lasers to the lake. We can continue to economically expand
this area in stages as demand dictates. Access to these facilities will
be focused on active sailors who will be catalysts for growth throughout
Boat Pad Renewals
The Board voted to make boat pad renewals contingent upon
usage. We have had two years of full boat pads, and lack of available
pads has become a problem. We want the pads to be used by boats that
are sailed regularly, and not for long term boat storage. The solution
is to implement a priority system similar to ones employed by other
This years membership renewal form will include
several questions in the pad rental section of the application. Each
answer will be assigned a point value which will be used to determine
priority in the awarding of boat pads. These questions will include:
Is the boat used in the White Rock Joint racing program?
How many times was the boat sailed last year?
How long have you been renting storage at CSC?
Which boat pad would you prefer?
Based upon the point values generated by these responses, the Davit
Registrar will assign pads.
The intent is to provide a non-partisan means of assigning pad rentals
and to focus allocation of resources to more active sailors.
Rescue 2, our 15-foot whaler, has been repaired. It now
sports a new rub rail, and several holes have been patched. The committee
boat has a new 60hp Mercury outboard, sitting atop a new transom. We
plan on replacing the aft floor on the committee boat this year.
Hull of Shame
This year we will pick the ten boats or davits that stand
head and shoulders below their peers for their advanced state of decrepitude.
We will highlight one of these boats or davits each month with a captioned
We're not talking here about boats or davits that are running a bit
late on routine maintenance - minimum entry requirements will span floating
walkways, abandonment & safety concerns, general appearance and
how lack of action is affecting neighboring davits and the image projected
of the club. Extra points will be awarded for growing plants, insect
colonies, or bird's nests. Owners will be notified well in advance,
in case they would rather fix up or remove their boat so it no longer
qualifies for the honor or appearing here.
IS YOUR DAVIT SAFE?
Robert Dorrell, Davit Registrar
Now is the time to take notice of our davit areas. Budget
for your davit repairs and make sure they happen soon, or let someone
else take over the maintenance and use of your davit. For the safety
of all members and the appearance of the club itself a few of us who
have davits, ought to give someone else a turn to have a davit. Far
too many davits have made my initial list of those in need of repair,
so I will wait in the hope that many of us will knock in those nails
and replace those missing walk boards, those rotted railings, those
At the end of March I will do another walk-through. After
that I am duty-bound to notify each member about necessary repairs to
their davit, and this is the part of the job which I wish I didn't have
to do. I will be posting a list of these davits at the club house.
So, please take a look at your davit. Is your davit number
on the end of your davit? Is the end of your davit there? How does the
walkway look, are nail heads sticking up? How about the railing and
posts? Do you know your davit neighbors?
Stay involved and stay active in the club. Let me know
how I can help you. Here are phone numbers for some local davit rebuilders:
Ken Brown (972) 977-4750
Michael Mittman (214) 929-3511
Joe Romanowski (214) 683-1128
Ben Larson (214) 926-1852
You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
SOME UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS
11 March, 9am - Second Saturday Shoreline Clean-up
11-12 March - White Rock Cup Victoria Regatta - RC Model Regatta at
A complete list and more details are on our new and improved
club calendar http://www.cscsailing.org/calendar_csc.php.
THE MAIN SHEET YOUR NEWSLETTER
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to the newsletter are welcome. If you have experienced formatting problems
with the newsletter, please contact me at the email address above.
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.