Thursday, September 29, 2016

Two Lovely collections of Glow Photos, With more to Come!

For those of you who would like to either re-visit your weekend or, if you missed it, wish you were there. Here are two collections of photos that are so wonderful it'll make you feel like you are still at Clinton Lake!!
Sorry for the crazy-long urls!!


Let me know if there is any trouble accessing these!


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Glow in the Dark Marks End of Midwest District Regatta Season

Camping Chez Torgerson. from Left, Ben Williams, Geoff Endris and Luther Torgerson ~All photos by Erin Bauer

Well, at the risk of tooting my own (really Fleet 135's) horn, I'd say the Glow regatta was pretty much a success. The weather was a little toasty, but still reasonable for camping. We had the very able PRO Dan Goldberg squeeze two races out of the light, north-northeast winds Saturday and then two more great races Sunday when the wind finally arrived from the south.

Dan working his magic

We had 24 boats, which is a nice crowd. It goes along with what I've noticed all season: that every regional regatta we went to had 20 or more participants. We missed the Chattanooga contingent (their districts conflicted), Tom Dawson (lost his crew), the Benners (family wedding) and our own Eric Bussell (wife Nancy's birthday trip to New Orleans), but we managed to have a good time anyway.

from left, Dan, Nacho/ and Rick, Sarah and L.A. 
In Saturday's first race, in light wind, Bill Vogler and Jack McClurkin caught Bruce and Lynn Kitchen, who have been having an outstanding season. In the second race the Kitchens came back and, as the wind died, snuck up the right side of the lake, while Ben and Deb tried the left side, barely missing a few stumps and branches! It was a relief to the whole fleet when the RC shortened the course from five legs to three in dying breeze.
Bill, with white spinnaker, leading the fleet
This was the first year we used regatta network for scoring and apparently it was amazing. As soon as Trent Johnson got off the water and entered a few numbers, voila! The results were up! This is a far cry from back in the day when we hand wrote results on the white board at the pavilion.  I know not everyone loves registering on line but it sure did make scoring tons easier. ....

After everyone pulled their boats and started drinking beer we started the steak cookout, with the able assistance of Chris Tesdal. We really need to buy him a chef's hat one of these years. We had the usual amazing beers from Madison courtesy of Deb and Luther Torgerson, as well as many other adult beverage contributions, and chocolate cake to die for from Heather Johnson.

In addition to the fabulous food, we had fantastic entertainment courtesy of Jamie Cash and his wife, Jeannine. It was too dark to take a photo but it was impressive to see everyone happily surrounding Jamie and his keyboard and the bonfire and just mellowing out. Heaven. I really really REALLY hope they come back next year!
Jamie in the orange hat, on Mango, with Ken Johnson, Mango's owner.

Unfortunately this year, particularly with the light wind I think, we had to contend, not only with flies but an alarming number of yellow jackets. We have never had yellow jackets before, but I think by the end of Sunday we'd had three or four stings at least. Poor Linda Budden got stung on her tongue and Jamie's daughter also got stung. Ugh. Note to self, fix that.

Sunday's wind was a little more assertive, which made most people happy. Nothing like having a light wind day to appreciate one with a little more pressure. For those without radios there was some confusion about why the race committee kept setting up and then moving. It turns out there is a mythic underground obstacle somewhere along the shore near where the race committee set up. We urged them to move, which they did. Then, when Bryan Hunt and Tom Yeagle sailed by to check on their placement, WHAM! They hit the darn thing. So the race committee had to pick up and move again, this time farther out into the lake, which necessitated them changing the course from a W4  to a W5. For those who didn't understand what was happening, that added even more confusion when they realized boats were still racing after the fourth leg!

It's a funny thing when you complain for years and years about something and never get bothered enough to fix it. Well, that changed Sunday, and after the awards were done and everyone packed up, a few intrepid club members went out with a sonar device and marked the trouble spot. Was it a ridge? A chimney? The Loch Ness monster on holiday? It's hard to say...

Sunday was Ryan Malmgren and Stacey Rieu's day, with two bullets. The Kitchens hung tough with a second and third place and the overall win for the weekend.  Congratulations Bruce and Lynn!! I know Angie took photos at the awards, so I'll put that up as soon as I get it.
Ryan and Stacey rounding the mark and heading upwind, t he rest of the fleet trailing well behind.
In addition to the gorgeous Glow in the Dark trophies made by Frank and Marianne, we had travel trophy awards.District Governor Bronson Bowling made the funkiest trophy ever: pieces of tire tread (relatively clean!) with each participant's name and sail number attached. Hilarious!! Fabulous! Ben and I won the trophy, but I'd say the winners were all the folks who traveled hundreds of miles to party and sail with their fellow Flying Scot sailors!

That's all for now, but there is a link to some photos that Erin Bauer took. More will come, I'm sure.

Craig Rost rigging his new boat at the dock

Charlie sailing Mango. Charlie is planning to join CLSA and
bring Mango, his uncle Ken's boat, with him!!

Frank and Marianne getting ready to leave the dock Saturday
They brought, not only Friday's brats, but made the
gorgeous trophies this year

Monday, August 22, 2016

Are YOU Eligible for the Travel Trophy?

We have one more District regatta and that is the Glow in the Dark scheduled for September 24-25 at Clinton Lake. (sign up NOW!) So I went through my records and have determined that we have five boats who are already eligible and EIGHT more boats eligible if they attend the Glow. If you wonder if that is you, contact me and I'll let you know!

To be eligible you must sail in three of the six qualifying district regattas (Eagle Creek -Indy; Egyptian Cup - Carlyle; Ephraim; Sheridan Shores - Chicago; Delavan Districts; Glow in the Dark). And next year we hope to add the Wooden Duck regatta at Medicine Lake in Minneapolis. It's no further than Ephraim, I'm telling you!

This year we will recognize every sailor who participated in the Travel Trophy. it's important to remember that the point of the trophy was to actively encourage traveling, so what better way to do that than to celebrate the travelers?

47th annual Smackdown now a Tradition!

Fleet 135 (Clinton Lake) and Fleet 83 (Carlyle Lake) continued their tradition of an annual smackdown regatta. Some of you might remember the awesome belt that Bryan Hunt created last year for the first 47th annual event. We hosted this year at Clinton and came up with some gorgeous weather. The Carlyle sailors, just two boats this year, came up the night before to join us for our annual Venetian night and cookout. We had a record 60 people attend the steak cookout and moonlight sail. Unbelievable! Sunday was crisp and bright with winds probably about 10 but up and down, dropping by the end of the day to more like 6, I guess. Rod Bussell ran five races and Bronson Bowling from Carlyle Lake came out on top, with Rick Wojnar from Clinton Lake winning the Fleet 135 trophy as the top performer from our fleet. The belt, however, stays with Clinton because as a team Fleet 135 outperformed Fleet 83 ... barely! It'll be interesting to see who prevails next year!
John Cassada trying on the belt with, from left, Lisa Harshbarger, Chris Tesdal, Rachel Bowling, Bronson Bowling, and on the right, Tom Yeagle

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Happy Ending to the Missing Trophies Story

Hi All! A quick up date on the missing trophies saga. I will not keep you in suspense: they have all been found! The single-hand was at Carlyle but turned over so only its back was visible. Hiding in plain sight! And the Wisconsin Cup, which does end up being a trophy specific to Ephraim, was sitting in that club's trophy case, having been retired many years ago.

So! It was great we sent out an APB and especially great that they have all been located. Bill Vogler promises to send Larry Klick the single hand trophy. Fleet 135 might get the fleet trophy next week, and the Wisconsin Cup is tucked safely in its home at E;hraim!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Districts Wrap Up .. and the Tale of the Missing Trophies...

So we waited, we waited, and we waited a little more. The motor boats came out and made enormous waves, a little wind winkled by, more motor boats drove by. We watched. We waited. Larry Kmiecik, of Delavan brought me inside to see all the great photos his crew took on the water Saturday and he and I went through all those, picking which ones he'd send to me. People started packing up their boats. ... And then the horn went off and that was it. The regatta was over.

The districts ended more with a whimper than a bang, which happens, as we all know, and I will say here that I think Delavan did a very good job on this event. Kudos to them! Yesterday's conditions were great, and we had far more wind than the predictions I saw called for.

Meanwhile, the trophies were handed out. I'm proud to say Fleet 135 won the Fleet Trophy, with the three highest finishing boats (1st, 2nd and 5th). Hopefully that trophy will be found in the coming week and delivered to Clinton Lake soon...And when I get the photos Linda Vitt took you'll see we wore our neon shirts just like we did at the NAC. Subtle, we are not! At the districts we also have a century trophy for the top finishing boat whose captain and crew's combined ages are 100 or more. That described all but about two or three boats this weekend. We've talked for awhile about the need for a Whippersnappers Trophy or something. We really need a trophy for the team whose combined ages are either under 100 or under ... I don't know ... 50? Am I right? Let's do this!!

Meanwhile, it pains me to mention that we have not done a great job as a district keeping track of our perpetual trophies. The fleet trophy was not in attendance but we think we know where it is. The Single Hand trophy (which Larry Klick won Friday evening) is missing, as is something the Faugusts remembered as the Wisconsin Cup, which is a big, silver-colored champagne bucket-shaped trophy. No one is clear on its history, but if someone comes across it, please let us know! And perhaps we need to begin a practice of keeping a ledger of the trophies we do have and who is in possession of them. It's a shame to lose track of this treasured objects.

I know I mentioned photos, and there are some. I just don't have them yet, but when I do, I'll post them here, pronto.

Next and final district regatta of the season is the Glow, September 24-25. We heard from many people this weekend who are planning on coming. Hope to see you there!

Oh, as a P.S. : Larry Klick actually sold Popeye to a couple new to the Flying Scot who had been shopping around the last couple of weeks. I didn't catch their last name, but they are Jim and Jennifer? Janet? from Mills Lake, just an hour from Delavan. They bought Larry's boat and then Jim convinced him to come to the Glow and crew for him. It's gonna be epic!!

Where Will Districts Be Next Year?

This morning we awoke to virtually zero wind, so while we waited to see what might happen, we had so much fun visiting one another. From my perspective it was great to see the Delavan sailors, who we don't often see on the regatta circuit. Ironically, it is because they have such a strong club racing program. They are understandably unwilling to leave town and jeopardize  their club standings.

I also got to catch up with Larry Klick and Mike Minsk from Medicine Lake, MN, who I haven't seen in a long time. You all may remember Larry sailing the bright red boat, Ketchup. He recently sold that boat and this weekend was sailing "Popeye." Also, I met several other sailors from Medicine Lake, including Mariah Minsk, Caroline Urban, two young women and enthusiastic sailors from that club. We talked a lot about making sure to include the Wooden Duck regatta, which I believe is the last weekend of July, in district publicity and to make sure we include it in the regattas eligible for the Travel Trophy. I will definitely be going to the Wooden Duck, since I now have family in the Minneapolis area. Also, if anyone knows the sailors from Neenah-Nodaway, that's another club I'd love to see become more active on the regatta scene.

Meanwhile, as we were all standing around, Bronson decided to hold the district meeting. That's how it works, remember. Every year we hold a district regatta and at that event we discuss district business, like where will we meet next year, how do we get more people to travel, how to grow membership, where and when are the national, sanctioned events, etc etc.

The most important question is, where will districts be next year? It was decided, a little unfairly, since no one from that club was here, that it was Madison's turn! Now, I will say, we haven't yet checked with the good people in Madison, but I hope that, if we all stand ready to lend a hand in any way we can, that we can make this work. We'll keep you posted on that dream! Another important element to "voting" for Madison is that, like Delavan, it enjoys a relatively central location. We all marveled at how central Delavan is within our far-flung district. Not too far from Ephraim, not too far from Clinton...Carlyle and Eagle Creek a bit far, but you can't have it all. And our friends in Iowa....well...there's always Medicine Lake!

Similarly, Madison not too far from Delavan, might also be pretty well located, which is bound to help attendance.

We also elected Chris Tesdal as Bronson's "lieutenant governor," a position we didn't know was a thing until this weekend. Chris will help Bronson get the word out about all the things listed in that top paragraph. Bill Vogler gave a report about upcoming national events. Nationals, for example, start June 25, 2017, and are being held in Sandusky, OH. It's going to be a great venue, plus there are tons of things your kids and spouses would like to do, like go to Cedar Point Amusement Park. Stay tuned for more details. And speaking of kids, if your kids have spring break March 12-16 consider taking them to New Orleans. While you sail, your family can enjoy the delights of things like the Insectarium, the WWII museum (best museum I've ever been to), fantastic food, delightful waterfront and warm weather. I got up and urged everyone at this event to consider traveling more. You all have heard that spiel enough I won't repeat it here!