Club opening is coming up on April 14th, 9 a.m. – noon, followed by lunch. There will be plenty of projects so bring your gloves, chainsaws, clippers, shovels, hammers, and tools. Some projects will be: cutting firewood, working on the docks, planting shrubs and plants, spreading grass seed, Spring cleaning in the kitchen and bathrooms. The list keeps growing.
But opening day isn’t the only time maintenance gets done at PYC. This year we are working on putting a second boat lot to the south of the current one. Some of the boats and trailers will be moved so that ground work can be done. There will also be some maintenance work done to the current lot. The entrance road to the club will have cracks filled and sealed this year.
Landscaping around the clubhouse and the caretakers’ house will begin this Spring. If you have an interest in helping plan landscaping or donating plants, hosta, vinca, ajuga, or sedem are just a few that we think will survive at the club. Send me an email at email@example.com.
Perry Yacht Club’s Rear Commodore, Matt Gatewood, presented an Intro to Racing Seminar at Kansas City Sailing on March 10th to a group of sailors interested in giving racing a try.
Matt started off the discussion by asking what everyone was interested in learning then tailored the presentation to cover those topics. The program was well attended and left the audience wanting more!
It is impossible to cover everything about racing in less than two hours but Matt did a wonderful job answering our questions and presenting the basics.
There are many opportunities to give racing a try at PYC this summer in the form of fun races and in the more advanced series races. There are also ample opportunities to be involved with the race program by volunteering to be crew on someone else’s boat and running the committee boat. Racing is not only fun and exciting, but also a great way to sharpen your sailing skills.
So don’t hold back. Get involved!
You can find out more about racing by visiting PYC’s Racing Blog and, specifically for women, PYC’s Sailin’ Sisters Blog.
Take advantage of the these opportunities to have a great time out on the water with friends this summer.
I was glad to see all who could make it to the Winter Membership meeting. We had an excellent turnout. The biggest topics for discussion were the breakwater and this year’s budget.
John Anderson gave a very good report for the Long Range Planning Committe on the options for a new breakwater. Four club members (John Anderson, Gary Templeton, Ricardo Oben and I) had traveled to an Arkansas marina that was using three different types of breakwaters – where we could see them in action. We are waiting on some additional engineering data before we make a decision to take to the board and the membership next fall.
The new budget was passed with no changes.
Now we get to look forward to the club opening April 14th and the start of another great sailing season at PYC. Please join us for the club opening where we open up everything after the winter shut down and clean away any issues created by winter weather. Take a look at the Club’s social calendar and sign up to host one of our great parties.
We look forward to seeing you at the club.
s/v Let it Breeze
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 12, 2012 (reprinted with permission from BoatUS) – Let’s admit it. We’ve all made mistakes. And when it comes to boating goof-ups that can cause a little pain, the folks at BoatUS Marine Insurance have seen them all, handling hundreds of claims each year. So here’s a look inside the claims files for some of the more preventable mistakes that cause injuries around the boat yard every springtime, and some tips to avoid them:
#1 Don’t overload the ladder: At any marina each spring, ladders are as common a sight as channel markers on the ICW. Up. Down. All day long, boaters scramble on ladders to bring up supplies, fix things and prep their boat. Carrying heavy things, however, sometimes causes ladders to buckle. Lesson: have your own ladder and know its safe carrying load. It is also good to never face forward or have two persons on one at the same time, and understand that loose footwear such as flip-flops can snag on a ladder rung quicker than dragging a treble hook over Grandma’s shag carpeting.
#2 Jack stand missing: Painting the bottom of the boat to prevent marine growth is a common task for coastal boaters. However, there’s always a section on the hull where you can’t paint, usually where the jack stand supports the hull. Removing the jack stand to finish the paint job, however, almost always leads to an unstable boat, and using your shoulder to hold up the boat will get you to the emergency room pretty quickly. Lesson: Have the yard put the boat in a sling to finish the last few spots, or ask to have them add extra stands first (do not do this on your own).
#3 Trailer tires not blocked: A trailer boater was working on his boat at home in the driveway when the trailer suddenly lurched forward due to the man’s weight shifting on deck, causing him to fall – ouch! – to the pavement below. Lesson: Block the wheels every time, all of the time.
#4 All come tumbling down: Every boater likes a shiny, waxed boat. What we don’t like is to have to constantly move the ladder while using a heavy buffer on the gel coat. So we reach, we stretch, we lean so far out that the unbalanced ladder now tips sending us tumbling down, resulting in broken bones. Lesson: It’s worth the extra time to ensure the ladder is always on a solid footing and secured to the boat, and don’t over extend.
Please note: PYC is a participating BoatUS group, so members can join BoatUS for half price. Just reference the Group ID Number GA81491Y on their application form.
The winter has been so mild; it’s hard to tell that summer is on its way.
With dues collected and boats being launched, docks can be assigned . I have open slips so tell your sailing friends to come to PYC.
After we determine which members won’t be returning and account for the unpaid slips I can move members to other slips they desire. Just let me know if you would like to move. I will try to get you what you want.
s/v Ho’ale ale’a (Have Fun)
As we near the midpoint of March and get that much closer to opening the club and readying the boats, I wanted to update everyone on how we are doing with the PYC Dues Renewal Drive. Of the 150 leasable slips we have the following results (color-coded on the dock map below):
Paid in Full (green): 108 slips (72%)
Deposit Only (red): 19 slips (13%)
Open Slips (yellow): 6 slips (4%)
No Payment (white): 17 slips (11)%
If you have not yet paid your full 2012 membership dues please think of me next time you have the checkbook out – and send me the dues! For those of you who have paid, thank you.
Hope to see all of you at the club soon.
What's your color? Green we hope!
Sailin’ Sisters is gearing up for the 2112 sailing season with lots of exciting events. We still have two more free seminars to go on March 10th and April 7th at Kansas City Sailing from 3 to 5 pm. A different topic is presented each time so come when you can. We meet up at The Slow Ride Roadhouse afterward with the significant others and sailors from other area marinas. It’s a great way to meet new sailors and swap sailin’ stories!
Sailin’ Sisters is teaming up with the PYC race committee to present a free beginning racing seminar at 1 pm, just before the March 10th Sisters’ Seminar at Kansas City Sailing. ALL PYC members are invited. Rear Commodore Matt Gatewood will present the basics on how to get started in sailboat racing. Please RSVP to Terri Tilford if you’d like to attend. Tilford81@aol.com Matt has Fun Races planned twice a month during the sailing season so there will be lots of opportunities to participate in the fun races as well as the more serious series races. Even if you’ve never considered racing, at least come and learn the rules to you can appreciate the tactics when watching a regatta. Give the fun races a try then move on to the series races as you master your understanding of the rules and tactics. Racing is a great way to quickly improve your sailing skills!
The Women’s Midwest Sailing Conference will be held May 19th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The cost for a full day’s worth of workshops is $125. Space is limited so get your reservation in soon. See Terri Tilford for details and information on car-pooling.
Mark your calendars now for the women’s annual cruise, which is planned for Saturday, July 14th. “Pirates of Perry” is the theme, and we plan to have shirts again this year. We’d love to see every woman member out on the water for this fun event so please consider taking out your boat! There is no shortage of willing crew so if you’ve never skippered your boat before, this will be the perfect opportunity. There’s no yelling but there might be plenty of giggles!
We plan to hold a Sunfish class again this summer once the water warms up. The Sunfish are a perfect learning platform for basic sailing skills. They offer immediate feedback of when you are doing things right – and when you are doing something wrong (hence the need for warm water). They are a blast to sail and once you have been checked out on them, you may use them any time that the youth sailors don’t need them. They are a great benefit of PYC membership. Please use them!
As you have probably heard, the PYC board of governors generously approved the purchase of a boat to be used as a sail and race training platform for the women’s program. We bought a 1977 Santana 20 in Oklahoma City this winter and have been working on her ever since. We plan to use the boat for repair, maintenance, sail and race training and encourage all PYC women to come take part. Come join the work parties, which we’ve had just about every weekend at Anderson Automotive. Thanks to John and Teresa we have a wonderful place to work indoors. You’ll learn lots about boat repair and maintenance while you hang out with some pretty fun sailors. For details, contact Joan Allen or watch for the work schedule on the Sister’s Blog. (See the button at the right.)
Once she hits the water, we hope to train lots of women in all positions on the boat, so we can always have a interchangeable crew to participate in the fun and series races as well as regattas this year. We’re new at this. Come join in at the beginning so we can all learn and improve together! Sail training will be held most Saturday mornings at the club. See Amy, Terri or Joan if you are interested in any of these activities.
Please help support our programs by participating in the fundraisers to help pay for gear and improvements to the training boat.
For further information, go to the Sailin’ Sisters Blog. We’d love your feedback on improving the women’s program. And you can see the list of names that have been suggested so far the Santana 20. But only those who work on the boat get to vote on a name for her!
Come take part! We are all about encouraging each other to get out there and improve our skills and have fun while we’re at it!
Terri Tilford Tilford81@aol.com
Amy Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan Allen email@example.com
If you ever wanted to learn about sailboat racing now is the time to get prepared and be a part of this free racing clinic.
The PYC Sailin’ Sisters and the Race Committee at PYC are offering a racing clinic on March 10. This free clinic will be held at Kansas City Sailing from 1:00 – 2:45 pm.
Matt Gatewood, PYC’s Rear Commodore and Chair of the Race Committee, has agreed to share his knowledge of racing rules and how to get started in racing. Even if you think you will never race come learn the rules so you will better appreciate the tactics in play when you watch a regatta.
There will be a drawing for door prizes, $5 a ticket. Refreshments provided by Sailin’ Sisters.
Class size is limited so RSVP soon (to Terri Tilford at firstname.lastname@example.org).
These classified advertisements are provided as a service to PYC members and the sailing community.
Used Boats for Sale
2002 MacGregor 26X. Sail in style on The Good Life. This boat is in excellent condition and comes with four sails, 2002 Mercury 9.9, inverter, solar charger and many more amenities. $17,500 OBO. E-mail email@example.com for brochure and information.
1983 Catalina 25′ Tall Rig. Comes with 5 sails (3 are standard, 2 are mylar racing sails). This boat has new topside paint, multi-season bottom coat, VHF radio and microwave oven. Also included: AM/FM/CD radio, bimini, self-tailing winches, marine head, depth gauge, 700 watt converter and more. $9,000. Call Dan at 785-845-7804.
1983 Siedleman, Fare Exchange. Looking for partner to share 1/2 ownership ($1,000) and 1/2 slip fee ($600 annually). Call Randy Wills at 785-478-1780.
1968 Columbia 28 sloop has only had a handful of owners in 43 years! Length: 27’7”; Beam: 8’6”; Draft: 4’4”; Dry weight: 6500 lbs.; Ballast: 2800 lbs.; Sail area: 343 sq ft; Hull: fiberglass; Headroom: 5’10”; Berths: 6. Spacious accommodations include convertible dinette, deluxe galley and fully enclosed head. Fin keel, spade rudder, and high aspect ratio sail plan make her a smooth cruiser. The Mercury 9.9 HP 4-stroke outboard is only about 4 years old and runs great. Dual batteries are 2 years old. Sails: Main, Jib, and Genoa all in good shape. All rigging is solid. Inside cushions are in great shape and a new portable head will be included. This old boat is solid as a rock and easy to sail. It comes with a dry dock cradle and is currently stored at Perry Yacht Club in the SW gravel storage lot. It’s ready to sail this Spring! $4,000 OBO. Call Jim Smiley at 816-914-4227.
1985 Hunter Legend 40. LOA 39′ 7 ½ ”, LWL 32’6″ Beam 13’5″, Draft 6’6″, Displacement 17,400 lbs., Engine Single diesel, FWC, 4 cylinder, 40 HP. Fuel: 38gallons, Water:105 gallons, Holding: 2 X 20 gallons Accommodations: The perfect live aboard boat. The master stateroom is aft with a centerline queen berth. A large hanging locker on each side, shelf space to port, and sliders and shelves on each side of the berth provide plenty of storage space. The aft head and shower opens to both the aft stateroom and main cabin. 2 hatches and 4 ports provide ventilation aft. The galley is L-shaped with double stainless sink, large in-counter AC-DC refrigerator, as well as a smaller front-loading Norcold refrigerator with a small freezer. Forward of the nav station is the saloon with a large settee that provides extra sleeping space for a guest both to port and starboard. The drop leaf table is to starboard with a wrap-around settee. Guest stateroom (v-berth) with hanging locker and private head and shower. For further details of the many amenities contact Scott Kessler at 816-392-9470, firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for more info.
Other Items and Services
Custom Boat Decals for Sale. Fullmoon Signs and Graphics produces quality custom boat names using the highest quality 2ML vinyl available. With unlimited colors and designs we can creatively produce your boat graphics. E-mail us your boat name and ideas and we will provide a layout for your approval. Our custom graphics will be shipped with detailed installation instructions. Call 316-264-4075, visit our web site www.signsbyfullmoon.com, or e-mail us at email@example.com.
House in Mission, KS for sale. PYC members, Bruce and Cathy Liese, need to downsize. The nest is empty and most of their time is spent at the shop! If you know anyone who wants a big beautiful house in Mission please direct them to:
Spinnaker for sale: I – 35.0, J – 11.5, JC – 12.5, P – 38.8, E – 13.0. 787 sq. ft. For 27 – 30 ft boat. Red & White UK airx . Good all-purpose spinnaker. $600. Contact Terril Cook at 913-220-7971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trashing your old sails? Junking any small hardware? Don’t throw them away! Let me recycle them into something useful and fun. ANY condition will do! Please contact Joan Allen at (913) 648-6028 or email@example.com.
HawkEye handheld sonar system, depth finder, air and water temperature. Floatable, waterproof. Never opened. $75 obo. J/M Dodd, 913-631-2043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to place an ad in the classifieds? Contact Bruce@KansasCitySailing.com. Please let us know when your boat or item has been sold so we can remove it from the list.