LHYC.org††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† April 2004

Mission Statement:


The objects of the Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club shall be to encourage and promote interest in, as well as to foster the art and enjoyment of, the sport of sailing by providing the opportunity and means for the development of individual skill and knowledge, encouraging excellence in seamanship and navigation, and by providing participative events wherein these qualities can be exercised under the aegis of the LHYC burgee.


Social Functions

The Winter Speaker is right around the corner, Tuesday, April 13, 1900 at the Halesite fire house.Tom Castiglione will speak about sail trim and crew work.Come on down and reminisce about racing, and best of all itís FREE!


The New Members party is also right around the corner, Saturday, April 17, 1700 at the Sterflingerís house.We have a great group of new members this year, so come on out and enjoy this fine night out.This also brings me to the ballot for them.If you havenít responded via e-mail to Leigh regarding your vote for the new members already, please return the enclosed ballot to her via regular mail ASAP, or e-mail her.Weíd like to have the vote back in time to be able to formally welcome the new applicants in.For any details Mike and Leigh can be reached at vicecomm@lhyc.org or (631) 757-0799.


The new format for the Spring Series will sport a nice party after the racing, featuring free beer and food.Itís open to all members and is scheduled for Sunday, May 23rd.


It looks like the Friday Afternoon Raft-up, (and ďfriendly raceĒ), have returned.Itís going to be the 1st Friday of every month, please see enclosed flyer.


The Memorial Day Cruise is almost formalized.It looks like itís going to have Center Island and Greenwich as its highlights.There will be a formal announcement in Mayís Telltales.


Winter Maniacs

Well there are some of us that are so mental about sailing, (and you know who you are), that they sail all winter long.They even do it in tiny little boats, and are so revved up the pack ice doesnít stop them!Rich Rubel, (head maniac), has written a lovely summary of the racing.Iíve enclosed this article on a separate sheet so that as you are moved by it, you might get influenced to help Rich in his other duty as Fleet Captain.Rich has put together the Race Committee volunteer form.Please find it in your heart to help us all out by filling it in and returning it to Rich.


Boner Nominations

Although itís early, believe it or not, we have a nomination for our most prestigious award.As always, the nominees will remain nameless, so feel free to forward any you have to me as they happen.At least the nominee in this instance was lucky enough to be surrounded by the prettiest of scenery as he/she committed one of the ugliest displays of seamanship Iíve seen in a long time.

The scene was set in a serene anchorage, just yards from a pristine beach.The individual in question volunteered to take a member of the crew to the beach early in the morning to catch a plane.They had scouted the beach in advance, and spotted a location Ĺ mile from the boat where they could walk to the airport.As they were approaching the beach about 100 yards out, in the dark, the driver turns to the passenger and as the words started to come out of his mouth that he thought he heard waves breaking, all heck broke loose.The boat was instantly in the surf, duffle bags churning, hull toppling over rock and the outboard torn off the transom spinning wildly about at their ankles.As they stared each other in the eye, wondering who was brave enough to pick up the still running outboard, the skipper decided heíd do it, so as to not get the passengerís nice plane cloths full of blood.With things together and the boat on the beach, they parted company.The passenger finds that the airport property is fenced off, and ends up walking most of the way down the beach back to the boat.The gracious volunteer found he now has to get the dink back, without motor or, of coarse, oars.Surf churning too much to re-launch, he drags the boat, (painter tied around his waste) down the beach, only to have to hand paddle back to the mother ship.

A very formidable nomination.


Member News

It is with great sadness that we have learned of Cynthia Ayers' passing. 

Our prayers go out for her, Jon and the rest of the family.

Cynthia and Jon were one of the clubs earliest members, and Iím sure she played a major part in Jonís Commodoreship.

Cynthia S. Ayers, 73, died peacefully April 3rd, 2004.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00PM Monday, April 12th at Old First
Church in Huntington, followed by a reception at the Centerport Yacht Club.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory to Nature Conservancy, 250
Lawrence Hill Rd, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724, or Harmony Foundation 7930
Sheridan Rd., Kenosha, WI 53143-5101, an organization devoted to the
enhancement of music education programs in schools throughout the country,
would be most appreciated.


Itís the time of year that the By-laws say I must post the names of those members that havenít paid their dues yet.Although itís very late, if you e-mail me right away, (commodore@lhyc.org), and send your dues, ($128.75 is the late fee), to Roy Sherman at 31 West 18th St., Huntington Sta., NY 11746, I think we can still get you in the Roster.This is important this year, as we will also be issuing identification cards this year.This will help when using the LHYC name for reciprocity abroad.Hereís the list;

Robert Baranaskas††††††††††††††††††† David Cassel†††††††††††††††† Edward Dole

Leo Hiatrides††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Erling Kristiansen††††††††† Steve Schwartzapfel

Richard VanStry



Sail for the Cure is looking for someone (or company) to sponsor the Trophies. These trophies would be used for the Lloyds Trophy Sail for the Cure Race and handed out on race day. They may have the sponsor name on them if desired, they may supply a banner to hang at the barbeque, and they would receive advertising in the race information packets handed out on race day. If you know someone who might be interested, please contact Leigh Sterflinger at 631-757-0799 or vicecomm@LHYC.org.


Fix It Corner

This used to be one of my favorite parts of Telltales, and over the years I have gained many time saving ideas.Hereís one of the ones that has saved me countless hours, and Iíll never have another boat without this modification.

Weíve all needed to bleed the air out of the fuel system after opening it up to change the filters.This is typically done with a little lever that moves the fuel pump diaphragm up and down.After about two hundred strokes, in tight quarters, weíre all about ready to throw in the towel.A simple solution is to insert one of those rubber outboard motor primer bulbs into the fuel line between the fuel tank and the first fuel filter.Iíve found that most fuel lines in this area are the easy to work with black rubber type.After closing the pit cock from the fuel tank, just cut in the primer bulb, (facing the right way), with small hose clamps.Priming is now done in less than two minutes with just one or two squeezes of the bulb.

Anyone having other tips theyíve learned over the years, please pass along for future publication in this spot.



See You Out There,




Charlie Powers