Today's the day!
If you need help prepping and launching your boat, or want to pitch in and help others launch their boat, sign up. Helping out is a great way to get to know boat owners (aka schmooze your way into a coveted crew spot for Wednesday Night Racing or just casual weekend cruising).
We'll meet in the lower parking lot and work to raise masts, get dock lines ready, and help boats launch at the ramp.
Following the launching, we'll have grub and tasty beverages (and heck, there might be some sailing too).
10:00am Coffee & Rolls in the parking lot
10:30am-2:30pm Rigging & Raising
3:00pm Commissioning Ceremony
4:00-7:00pm Social Event - Food, Drink, Guest Speakers @ Doc's Lounge - 8805 Chambery Blvd, Johnston
Catered Casual Dinner, Full Bar Offering - Drinks on Own, Working on a couple of Guest Speakers. $25 per person to cover light breakfast, dinner and venue.
Full moon raft-up, potluck, and hang-out.
If you want to learn about anchoring, this is a nice event to hop on to.
Bring a dish to share, a beverage to share if you're not much of a cook, or a guitar if you're musically inclined. We'll meet up on the docks at 6PM, mosy out for a sail for a while, raft up, eat, drink, be merry, then sail home.
Some boats may camp out overnight! If you're interested to camp out and DON'T own a boat, let us know and we'll try and find a host boat for you.
Otherwise, stay as long as you'd like, or until the last boat sails home, whichever comes last.
Werewolves, please stay home for this one.
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a free boat safety check to club members. The inspection is pretty simple, and in exchange you receive an inspection sticker which shows that you are meeting safety standards.
Inspections will start at 9am. Each inspection takes 15-30 minutes, and will proceed in the order that we register. If you show up late, no big deal, we'll get to you after finishing the next inspection.
Inspection is optional and completely voluntary for club members. Inspection may make you eligible for a discount with your insurance company, and who doesn't like to pay a little less for their insurance.
What will the inspectors check? They have a helpful FAQ at their website: https://cgaux.org/vsc/ .
Inspectors can check your boat if it is in the water or on the hard. Land-based inspections do not include checking your trailer.
Join our annual COAL sail (Commodore's Once Around the Lake). We'll do a lap around the lake, raft up, and chow down).
Exact launch times and details are TBD for the moment!
Maybe you've sailed on the East Coast. Maybe you've sailed on the West Coast. But have you sailed...the Corn Coast? Also known as the Midwestiterranean Sea, Saylorville Lake is home to the world's longest-running land-locked, non-navigable waterway inland race series*.
Racing will take place Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th, and will include sportboat (buoy races) and keelboat (distance) divisions.
Full details will be determined after our February 25th meeting!
* (Don't look it up. Just let us have this. Please.)
If you sobbed when Peter Parker muttered "I don't want to go" in Infinity War, you'll be in good company for this event.
We'll help haul each others boats and help de-rig. Come show off your mast lowering gadget, show the young'ins how it's done, or prove to the Old Folks that you're fit and strong and can help drop a mast.
Deets TBD. We'll have counselors on hand (Drs. Bourbon and Rum, and Chamomile Tea if you don't partake) for those that need support. We also plan for some comfort food during and after the not-fun bits.
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