We have decided to cancel the last Sailin’ Sisters Seminar which was scheduled for April 6th at Kansas City Sailing. I want to thank Bruce and Cathy Liese for their generosity in hosting our group over the past 5 winters! We have benefited tremendously from our association and friendship with Bruce and Cathy and all the other fine folks at Kansas City Sailing. Their support has been limitless!
I sincerely hope that our water levels return to normal very soon and that each of you has a safe and fun sailing season. I challenge you to stretch yourselves, grab a gal pal and go sailing! How about setting the goal of single handing this season if you haven’t done so already? Why not try racing? Or signing up for some ASA or private sailing classes through Kansas City Sailing or on one of the coasts this year? The possibilities are limitless!
Then write about your adventures on the PYC website or Sailin’ Sisters blog. Share the joy and encourage others with your successes. Believe in yourself and imagine the great adventures that await!
PYC Sailin’ Sisters
Sailin’ Sisters met in early January at Kansas City Sailing for a good refresher on sail controls and trim. Thank you to Bruce Liese for leading such a great discussion. Our next meeting will be February 16th at 3:00 when we will talk about navigation – something important to all sailors. Please note that our March meeting has been moved from the 9th to the 2nd to accommodate the PYC general membership meeting. (See related article.)
Something new for Sailin’ Sisters has begun. In an effort to see more women out on the water and introduce them to racing, we are holding meetings to learn about circling the buoys. We held our first meeting on January 19th at my house in Leawood. Rear Commodore Pat Allen spoke briefly about PYC’s Racing Program and encouraged women to participate next season in both the Fun and Series Races.
Thirteen women then set about telling of their sailing and raceing experiences. I have to tell you, there are some pretty funny stories out there and some mighty determined women sailors! It was a great way to get to know these wonderful women and their sailing backgrounds. I am really looking forward to learning with them at future meetings and sailing together next Summer. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, February 17th at 3:00 in Leawood. We will be using the book, Getting Started In Sailboat Racing, by Cort and Stearns as our guide to learn the basics and understand the rules. Please read Chapters 1-4 before the next meeting if possible.
Remember that all of these meetings – both for Sailin’ and Racin’ Sisters – are open to all women sailors of all experience levels. We encourage you to attend! You’ll find a great group of supportive women interested in helping each other sail more and sail better. Please contact me if you have questions or wish to get involved.
Sailin’ and Racin’ Sisters
We had such a great time this year learning to sail and race She Worthy, PYC’s little pink Santana 20, that the next logical phase is spreading the joy! In addition to our winter Sailin’ Sisters seminars (see related article), we want to hold racing seminars to encourage more women to get out there on the race course and give it a try! NO, we are not experts but we have the desire and drive to do better. We are looking for women who want to sail and race as part of a rotating team on She Worthy or – even better – to take your own boat out and give racing a try.
So ask yourself, “What would it take to make me get out there to go around the orange buoys? What’s holding me back?” We will address your concerns at our race sessions. So in addition to the regular winter sailing seminars for women, we will hold separate sessions for the specific purpose of learning, understanding and applying the racing rules of sailing and ways to improve boat speed. I guarantee, there is no better way to improve your sailing skills more quickly than being involved in racing.
Robby Robinson, author of The International Marine Book of Sailing states, “The joy of sailing increases when you sail well, and nothing spotlights what it takes to sail well more effectively than racing.” Robinson also says, “…every time I hoist a sail to cruise, my racing experience is there to draw on.”
Women make great team members and if we put some effort into learning the sailing race rules, we can have an awesome time together out on the water. We can put the study time in now over the long winter (and have fun while we are at it) and then be ready to hit the water in the spring for some practice. Our first meeting will be on January 19th at 3:00 in Kansas City (location to be determined).
Give me a shout if you are even just a little bit curious. No one is asking you to commit to spending every summer weekend slaving away as crew. We just want to encourage you to come learn a bit about making a sailboat go efficiently and understand a few rules. Come talk sailing with us! It should be fun an informative! Please let us know you are game by commenting below or email me at email@example.com.
The Festival of Trees is the primary fundraiser for The Shelter Inc. in Lawrence whose mission is helping those in need in Douglas County and northeast Kansas. Diane Guthrie and Nancy Frierson are leading the team of Sailin’ Sisters to create a unique nautical wreath to be auctioned off on Tuesday, November 27th. Both Diane and Nancy have an expert eye for design.
Diane has generously offered the use of her home in Lawrence for Sailin’ Sisters to get together to create the wreath this Saturday, November 17th at 3:00 p.m. Diane’s address is 2913 Stratford Court, Lawrence Kansas 66049. Please bring a beverage or snack to share.
This Sailors’ Wreath is made of everything that reminds a sailor of the seas, including nautical ornaments: from sailboats to lighthouses that actually light! Based on a ship’s wheel, this is a great conversation piece you might want to keep up all year long! Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
Please join Sailin’ Sisters for this worthwhile project benefiting those in need in our community. For more information about the Festival of Trees Auction on November 27th and The Shelter Inc. please visit their website.
If you would like to make a donation, have questions, or to RSVP to get together at Diane’s home please contact Diane by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (785-749-4320). You can also contact Nancy by phone (913-829-5060).
Hope to see you there!
Time is quickly running out if you wish to pull your boat from Perry Lake waters this year. One PYC member ran aground at the very end of the Thompsonville courtesy ramp just before pulling their boat out on Saturday, October 20th. Please do not delay if you plan to pull your boat before winter, otherwise you will need to make arrangements to stay some place other than Perry Yacht Club. All boats are required to be out of PYC’s harbor before winter.
I think it is safe to say that all the Perry Yacht Club folks who made the effort to travel to Stockton for this year’s Governor’s Cup Regatta are happy they did! Along with a few diehard spectators from PYC, two Santana 20s (She Worthy and Heela Monster), three Ultimate 20s (Fast Lane, Viva la Vida, and the Denney/ Feinberg’s yet to be named 20), and a San Juan 20 (Double Trouble) made up six of the twenty entrants in the regatta. Perry Yacht Club was well represented taking a trophy in each of the fleets. Fast Lane took fourth in the spinnaker fleet. Heela Monster took second in the Santana fleet. And not only did Double Trouble take first in the jib and main fleet, they also took home the Governor’s Cup! Congratulations to Neal and Nancy Barkley!
Saturday held lots of sunshine and winds from the north with three upwind-downwind races with an offset at the windward mark. Winds were steady but strong which made flying spinnakers fast and exciting. Sunday had much lighter winds from the East for the two upwind-downwind races. After the final race, we got quite a chuckle out of the “What a Day for Sailing” song played for each boat as they crossed the finish line.
There were several things that made us smile… the fabulous wind and crisp Fall weather, the gorgeous lake, the wonderful facilities, the well-run races, the great communication by the race committee, the competition, the beautiful boats, and the friendly folks at Stockton who organized this fun event. To see lots of great pictures, go to CedarRepublican.com.
It was great being able to stay the entire weekend right there at the Orleans Trail Marina. Being able to walk over to the restaurant to grab a meal or drink, stay at the hotel or fiddle on the boat without having to drive anywhere was convenient. It was super having the registration, dinner and awards in the hotel because after racing, I was too pooped to move very far!
As a beginner racer, I especially liked the friendly communication between the RC and the boats. I loved being able to ask a question if needed, the repetition of instructions and the countdowns. The races were just the right length, the right number and well laid out.
Having low water at Perry seems to have given us the unexpected silver lining of the Stockton regatta. Had we had plenty of water at Perry, we probably would have been content to stay at home and sail. As it is, we were forced to look elsewhere for an opportunity to race in a regatta of larger proportions. We are so glad we did and feel confident that we are now on a new trend of traveling annually to the LS Governor’s Cup.
Organizing and event like this takes a lot of work by a huge team of folks. We had a wonderful time and thanks to everyone who put in the effort to make this such a success. Thank you to all the spectators, participants, Orleans Trail Marina and Lake Stockton Yacht Club! We look forward to sailing with you again next year!
9/30/2012 – Editor’s note: I just got some additional pictures from Lee Cline. Thanks Lee!
Now that Commodore’s Cup weekend is but another great PYC memory it’s time to find more wonderful Fall sailing opportunities, and we think we’ve found one. Stockton Yacht Club is holding their annual Governor’s Cup Regatta the weekend of September 21-23 and it’s not to late to register.
For those who have never been to Lake Stockton, you are in for a treat. Beautiful hillsides, trees and, best of all, lots of CLEAR lake water! With low water at most of the region’s lakes, this year Stockton looks to have greater than usual participation since they still have good lake levels.
There are already a few PYC boats and observers planning to travel the mere two hours south from Kansas City to enjoy the weekend festivities. Please go to www.StocktonYachtClub.com to register for sailing and/or festivities. Options for accommodations range from lovely tent camping sites to cabins and hotel rooms.
Thanks to donations from Dave Neubert, Sailin’ Sisters is madly mounting spinnaker hardware on She Worthy so we can be competitive with the others of the Santana 20 fleet planning to be there – some from Weatherby Lake and some from Oklahoma City. I know there are others from PYC planning to join in. We can make a great showing from Perry Yacht Club, make new sailor friends and invite them to our regattas next year!
Please RSVP in the comment box below. We need to know how many people plan to participate. It should be a great time!
On Sunday morning after Sailin’ Sisters recovered from the first round of pillagin’, we were ready for more! The piratin’ continued out on the wacky racecourse set in some pretty stiff winds. Timing didn’t matter as five boats took part in what we hope will become an annual event. Boats were to grab a pennant (pirate duct tape) off the windward mark then make a 360 degree turn on each leg of the course.
But the best part was that as they went past the committee boat, they were to toss a beverage to the race committee. Unfortunately for them, this also brought them within squirt gun range! Also unfortunately for the committee, we didn’t count on return fire in the form of water balloons from Captain Morgan’s crew!
Congratulations to Bret Overholtzer for following most of the rules (honestly, we didn’t watch the whole time but I’m guessing there might have been some pirate-line behavior going on), for single handing his boat through the entire race, and for winning the race by means of random drawing!
A big thank you to the race committee and to all the participants for taking part, demonstrating excellent boat handling skills (no boats were scraped in the execution of this event), and for being such good sports! Let’s do it again next year! Arrrrrr!