THE MAIN SHEET
MARCH 2006 - WHITE ROCK LAKE - DALLAS, TEXAS
A LETTER FROM OUR COMMODORE
Dear CSC Members,
As I write this I am listening to a sound I have not heard
in some time: rain. In fact a lot of rain. While we certainly needed
it I wish it could have come over a longer period of time than two days.
I checked the Club today and the water level was at least three feet
over the docks and will quite possibly crest over four feet by the time
the run off from up North catches up with us. While all of the boats
were riding normally when I looked I am sure that the docks and boats
will need maintenance and cleaning as a result of the debris and water
pressure. Please be sure to reserve April 1st on your calendar for CSC
Spruce Up Day as it will be more important than ever to have your help
in keeping the Club in good shape. You also will want to check on your
boat to make sure it weathered the storm in good condition. When doing
so, take a moment to look at your davit and those davits around you.
Are they in good condition? This could be a great opportunity to get
to know your davit "neighbors" and spruce up your own corner
of the facilities.
The rain is also an indication that Spring is here, bringing
regattas and out-of-town sailors to our Club. We were fortunate to host
the White Rock Cup this past weekend for Victoria Class model boats.
Brig North reported that we had participants from eight states and from
as far away as Barbados! All had positive things to say about the Club
as once again CSC has shown itself to be a first class host of regattas
of all types and sizes. It is also worth noting that several of the
members of this group have joined the Club this year and are taking
an active role in our functions. If you run into Brig or one of the
other new members please welcome them to our family.
Speaking of family, the Junior Sailing series is also
kicking into gear this month. Sandy Denison, Steve Comen, and Jennifer
Draheim have worked very hard to establish a new series of junior sailing
events. The Metroplex Junior Sailing Series is open to junior sailors
throughout the DFW area and is designed to help develop racing sailors
from the various sailing programs in the metroplex. The series will
consist of seminars, practices, races, and regattas. The series started
at Rush Creek on March 4th and the first CSC stop will be held on April
22nd - 23rd. If you would like to pitch in and help, contact either
Steve or Jennifer.
We also have our Leukemia Cup event coming up next month
which will coincide with the Metroplex event described above. In my
mind very few events can compare with this one. First and foremost this
is an opportunity to make a difference in somebody's life. Our combined
events raised $136,500 last year which significantly helped the Leukemia
& Lymphoma Society to work on cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's
disease and myeloma. Beyond this they continue to strive toward improving
the quality of life of patients and their families. You have probably
heard of Gary Jobson's involvement in this cause as national chairperson;
his illness has made that involvement a very powerful message indeed.
In our corner of the world we have several sailors who have had to deal
with this terrible disease and I hope you will join me in making a difference
in their lives. Take a few hours out of your schedule to raise some
money for this worthy cause. Our website has a link with some great
ideas on how to make this easy for you.
Well the rain continues to fall and I'm already late getting
this written so it's time to bring this month's commentary to an end.
I hope to see you down at the Lake often and if there is something we
as a Board can do to enhance your enjoyment of the Club please feel
free to drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Take care, sail
often and see you soon.
Corinthian Sailing Club
Between 12:30pm and 3pm on Sunday 19 March 5.8 inches of rainfall was
recorded at Love Field, exceeding the amount that had fallen there in
the previous five months.
The effect on White Rock Lake of this much water falling
in less than three hours was dramatic. By mid-afternoon the water was
at least three and a half feet over the docks and several boats were
in the process of sinking in their slips. At its high point, the water
covered the ropes that form the railings at the North entrance. Several
sections of either davits, walkways or docks were seen floating away.
The floating pier by the VIP was cocked up over one or more collars,
and the refrigerators in the clubhouse apparently floated up and fell
over. The SMU 420 and two Lasers were found on the East shore - one
Laser was stuck in a tree while the other one was still on its dolly.
A dozen davits suffered damage serious enough that their owners needed
to be contacted by the davit registrar.
On Monday, thanks to a big investment of time and effort
by many people, much of the damage was repaired. One of the three collars
securing the floating dock by VIP was levered back into place. The other
two collars will have to be removed and re-bolted to new timber. Three
sections of foam flotation for the dock were recovered from the West
shore and will have to be reinstalled at the March 25 work party. The
smaller junior floating dock was also placed back in the water in its
normal position. The lines tying it to the dock are temporary at this
point and will need to be re-tied soon.
The clubhouse, heads, and tack room have been hosed out.
Cathy Harrington has disinfected these areas - when next you see Cathy
please thank her as she put in far too many hours cleaning things up.
The Club boats came through the storm pretty well. All
will need cleaning over next two weekends. The committee boat managed
to break through one roof joist as it floated up. Its brand new engine
will be checked to ensure that no water got into its crankcase. To avoid
engine damage due to water contamination, the gas in the rescue boat
gas cans has been replaced.
(This article is based on emails by Jeff Bodkin, Sandy
Denison and Bob Harrington. Photo by Jeff Bodkin)
SUMMER YOUTH SAILING CLASSES AT CSC
For this Summer's classes we have two great instructors returning, Katy
Towles and Michael Gent. Katy is from Oklahoma City, actively races
on the Laser Circuit and attends OU. Michael is a member of the University
of Kansas Sailing team. Both are US Sailing certified instructors. Also
returning to assist with the classes this Summer will be Paul Denison
and Nichole Grant. Both Paul and Nichole completed the US Sailing Level
I Instructor Course last Summer. It should be a great Summer of sailing.
Recommended ages for the classes are 8 to 18 - those younger
than eight are often not ready. Average class age is 10 to 14 years.
Check the session description on the registration form to ensure that
you sign up for the session that is appropriate for your child's skill
The normal class session will run from 9:00 am to 2:00
pm each day, which is often the physical limit for younger students.
For those students who have the stamina and are interested in racing,
we offer an Extended Day option for an additional fee. Extended Day
will run from 2-4 p.m. each day and will focus on competitive sailing,
with an introduction to racing. They will be joined at 3:00 PM on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Thursdays by our Junior Race Team members, whose practice
sessions with the coaches will be on those afternoons.
The Youth Class Registration form is at http://www.cscsailing.org/2006_CSCJUNIORSAILING_CLASS_REGISTRATION.pdf.
Here's a general description of?the summer class sessions:
Session I - General Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Sailing
Class - June 5 - June 16
Open both to beginners and to those who have already taken a sailing
class or who have prior sailing or racing experience. The class will
be divided based on skill level.
Session II - General Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Sailing Class -
June 26 - July 7
Open both to beginners and to those who have already taken a sailing
class or who have prior sailing or racing experience. The class will
be divided based on skill level.
Intermediate/Advanced Race Clinic - July 10 ? 13
Open only to our more advanced sailors, including members of the CSC
Junior Race Team, to prepare for Texas Youth Race Week or to receive
day long race training in a clinic, team practice format.
Texas Youth Race Week - Galveston Bay - July 15-21
CSC coaches will provide on-the-water coaching during Texas Youth Race
Week for CSC juniors who meet the program participation requirements.
Session III - General Beginner/Intermediate Sailing Class
- July 24 - August 4 (Tentative Based on Interest)
Open to beginners, to those who already have some sailing experience
and to everyone else who just wants to get in some sailing before the
end of summer.
To keep up-to-date on CSC junior sailing activities, have your name
added to the CSC Youth Parent email list by sending an email to email@example.com
with the subject line reading "Add me to the CSC Youth Parent email
Greta Mittman, Vice Commodore - Race
Sunday Race Duty
March ERC: Steve Comen
March 26 - Corinthian Fleet
April ERC: Ken Brown
April 2 - Flying Scot
April 9 - Rebel
April 16 - Easter - No Races Scheduled
April 23 - Radio Control Boats
April 30 - C15
Wednesday Night Fun Races
Start your training regimen now because Wednesday Night
Fun Races start May 10th. Top five training tactics:
5. Practice laughing at yourself.
4. Practice not laughing at your crew or other competitors.
3. Practice not yelling at crew or other competitors.
(Take a deep breath and count to ten, then exhale.)
2. Practice relaxing and having a cold beverage.
1. Practice just having a good time.
LEUKEMIA CUP REGATTA
The Leukemia Cup Regatta series has raised close to $450,000 since its
local inception in 2002. Last year, the North Texas Leukemia Cup Regatta
event raised the second highest fundraising amount in all of Texas.
Please join us in our fundraising efforts this year as we smash the
half million dollar mark to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma
and Hodgkin's disease and to improve the quality of life for patients
and families. You need not be registered for the regatta to fundraise
- you are still eligible to earn great prizes and help save lives.
The easiest way to fundraise is to set up a personal fundraising
web page at http://www.active.com/donate/leukemiacupntx. Click on "Become
a fundraiser" and follow the step-by-step instructions for setting
up your site. Email your website address to your family and friends,
and they can donate securely by credit card on your website. It only
takes a few minutes and will make a lifetime of difference for many.
In addition to fundraising, you can make a real difference
by donating an auction item for an auction at CSC that will be part
of the Leukemia Cup fundraising event. Your auction items count toward
your fundraising goal. Anyone raising $8,500 or more will win a trip
to Rhode Island for a sail on an Americas Cup race along with many other
Please contact De or Steve McCombs by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 214-319-7036 to donate your items. Here are some suggestions:
Balloon Rides, WWII airplane rides etc.
Lake or vacation house for week or weekend
Unique settings to visit for lunch?(Last year lunch at the historic
Fire Station was one of our highest bid items!)
Tickets to Sports Events
Tickets to Cultural Events
Dinners at Great Restaurants or Catered
Sailing books, supplies and decorative items
Paintings and Art
Wine, 99 bottles of beer, other adult beverages, & more wine
Furniture, decorative items etc.
Electronics - flat screen TVs, computers, ipods
Services - landscape design, kitchen design, computer services
Thank you for joining us in this celebration of our 5th anniversary.
DO NOT DEAL WITH A WOMAN NAMED DORIS
A few weeks ago a couple of officers from the Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department paid CSC a visit during Sunday races. In summary their message
was that, for the last few years, they have handed out warnings for
unregistered boats at the Club, but this period has ended and they will
now start ticketing those boat owners whose boats are not registered.
According to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/faq/fishboat/boat/registration_and_titles,
the following vessels (when on Texas public water) are required to have
current registration, including when docked, moored, or stored:
All motorized boats, regardless of length;
All sailboats 14 feet in length or longer or any sailboat with an auxiliary
According to the same source, sailboats 14 feet and over in length must
be titled, as must all motorboats and all outboard motors. Vessels that
are currently registered and not titled must be titled when transferred.?
Note that it is possible to register your boat by mail,
which may save you a long trip: the local office that handles boat registrations
and titles is just off I-30 in Garland near Rockwall.? The link above
has most of the information you'll need, but here are some more links:
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
The article title is the heartfelt advice of a CSC member,
and refers to an employee at the Garland office.?
MARCH BOARD MEETING
The board voted without dissent to not allow kayaks to be stored on
board boat pads. Club policy on kayaks stored inside boats in davits
has not changed: such storage is permissible.
The board discussed Directors and Officers insurance to
cover the eventuality of someone suing board officers or volunteers.
D & O is a kind of liability insurance geared towards suits resulting
from the decision-making of officers: it does not, for example, protect
against someone falling off the dock into the water and suing us - we
have a different insurance policy for this sort of occurrence. Annual
cost of D & O insurance is about $700. The board voted without dissent
to pursue this insurance.
There was a recent catastrophic failure in the davit of
Rescue 2 - the windlass broke. It has been repaired but will probaby
have to be rewired.
This year's Annual Banquet will again be at the Dallas
World Aquarium, but this time in a different area of the aquarium.
A proposal was made to help build a new Laser fleet at
the Club, by lessening the burden of the membership and initiation fees
for people joining this prospective fleet. After some discussion, the
board agreed without dissent on a plan to allow prospective Laser fleet
members to pay initiation, membership and boat storage fees in three
installments. The enrollment period for this offer ends when the first
installment falls due on Mother's Day, with the final installment due
on Labor Day. We expect that 5-8 people will take advantage of this
offer, which is a one-time arrangement for this fleet only.?
We've already got other incentives in place at the club
to grow fleets oriented towards younger sailors: the new board boat
pads being planned, and our new board pad rental policy that gives priority
to active board boat sailors.
HULL OF SHAME
The first few contenders for a leading role in the monthly Hull of Shame
feature have gone and improved themselves out of contention in the last
few weeks. So this month the Hull of Shame feature is on Spring Break
at an undisclosed location, getting tanned and fit for its exertions
over the coming months. Instead, here's what would surely have been
a winner from last year.??
The photo is by Diane Van Buren.?The?plant?looks?like?it?might?need
Robert Dorrell, Davit Registrar
Here are excerpts from the Club Bylaws that deal with boat and davit
ownership and maintenance responsibilities:
SECTION 6. SUSPENSION
Any member may be suspended for sufficient cause by the
majority vote of the Board of Directors. The term ?sufficient cause?
shall include, but not be limited to, one or more of the following acts
(b) Failure to maintain davit in good repair and a safe,
(c) Allowing a davit or boat pad to remain empty, or using
a boat davit or boat pad solely for the storage of a boat that is not
(d) Failure to maintain boat in clean, safe and seaworthy
SECTION 9. SLIP AND DAVIT OWNERSHIP
(a) No slip or davit shall be owned outright by a person
who is not a regular member of the club. A slip or davit owner shall
not rent, loan, or otherwise make available the slip or davit to an
individual who is not a regular member in good standing of the club,
except on a singular occasion.
(b) A slip or davit owner shall not rent, loan, or otherwise
make available the slip or davit for an extended period of time (no
more than 60 days) without written notification to the Registrar of
Slips and Davits.
(e) A single membership shall not own, rent, or otherwise
have possession and use of more than two (2) slips or davits.
(3) Boats kept in davits shall be raised to a height of
at least one foot above the nominal lake level as measured at the lowest
part of the hull or appendages.?
(j) Privately owned equipment shall cause no damage to
club, or other members, property.
SECTION 10. SALE OF SLIP AND DAVIT
If a member who owns a slip or davit ceases to be a member
through resignation or expulsion, that person shall have the right to
arrange for a sale of such property for a period of 90 days after that
person ceases to be a member and for so long thereafter as such property
is not sold under the following provisions of this Section 10. ....
sale may be made only to a regular member in good .... Notice of such
sale shall be posted at the club facilities for a period of at least
30 days prior to the sale. The proceeds of the sale shall be paid to
such former member after deduction of all amounts due the club by such
former member ....
My position as Davit Registrar binds me to uphold these
club bylaws - rules chosen by the voting members of CSC. Based on these
bylaws, 104 of 200 davits appeared to be in violation for one reason
or another. This does not count those boats with expired or missing
Violations included: nail heads sticking up; dry-rotted
lumber; three boats in one board boat spot; seven mummified boats in
inactive davits - don?t get me started.
Please take a look at your davit: knock in those nail
heads, and replace those parts in need of replacement! Consider using
galvanized steel parts to get five times the life for twice the cost.
Let's invest wisely together and create a good looking, low-maintainance
club. Register your boat. Let me know how I can help you.
Here is updated contact information for some local davit
Ken Brown (972) 977-4750
Arlon Fowler 214 878 5096
Michael Mittman (214) 929-3511
Ben Larson (214) 926-1852
Joe Romanowski (214) 683-1128
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL REMINDER
Dudley Bayne, Rear Commodore - Membership
Most members have responded with their 2006 membership renewals, but
there are quite a few who have not.? If you haven't sent in your renewal
already, please do so very soon, so you'll get your cards before the
lock combinations change.
SOME UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS
25 March, Saturday, 8:30am CSC Storm Cleanup - we need to finish cleaning
up and repairing the docks, walkways, tack room, clubhouse, junior locker,
and KMD floating dock. There are lots of walkway boards missing, and
other dock issues that you would expect after a flood, but hopefully
we can do it all Saturday and not have to carry anything over into the
Spruce-Up Day chores.
1 April, Saturday, 9am-4pm CSC Spruce Up Day - Dress to
get dirty and come on down to help us Spruce-Up the Club. There are
many projects, big and small, everyone can help. Breakfast and lunch
will be provided!
2 April, Sunday, after the races (5:00pm if it rains):
Splash Day - Splash Day kicks off our Spring and Summer Sailing Season.
We will have food and drinks after the Sunday races. Our C-15 Fleet
is graciously hosting this event. Come and join us to celebrate the
new sailing season!
8 April, 9am - Second Saturday Shoreline Clean-up.
8-9 April, Sat-Sun - CSC hosts the "Rock-The-Rock?
Regatta: Texas Sailing Assoc. Youth Circuit Regatta. This regatta will
be attended by junior sailors 19 years of age and under from throughout
Texas. For less experienced sailors, the Optimist Green Fleet will sail
separately from the more experienced sailors. If you have never sailed
in a regatta you should give it a try. Everyone has fun and in the Green
Fleet you sail with other sailors your age who are just starting out.
Try it once and we guarantee, you will be hooked!
21-23 April, Fri-Sun - Leukemia Cup Centerboard Regatta
at CSC. See article in this newsletter.
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. The clubhouse phone number
is 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.