www.LHYC.org                                                                                                   December 2009

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.


It never ceases to amaze me how, all the sudden, the holidays are upon us (and again, I’m stymied with the dilemma of gifts) and another year has gone by.   But this year, after serving with our board for the past two years, and getting ready to hand over the reins to a new, incoming slate of flag officers and Directors, I am especially “Ferklempt!”  (i.e., you remember, Mike Myers as Linda Richman on SNL?)  These past two years have gone by incredibly fast and have been especially rewarding for me personally.  But, it has all been made possible by the efforts of many at the club who carry out their jobs, or volunteer for certain tasks and give to the club in various ways, all done with little or no fanfare.  There are too many to mention, and I would be remiss if I were to inadvertently forget someone.  However, the officers and directors work hard to provide us with expertly run races, sailing events that are both new and innovative (e.g., a reinvigorated Spring Series is in the works, headed up by Glen Suss, Dave Willis and Doug Vaughn), as well as parties in which the membership wishes to attend.  Please stay involved with the yacht club either by performing race committee, volunteering to run one of the regattas, heading up a trip or a social event.  I found it fun and challenging being involved with our club and recommend it to anyone with a love of our sport.  As this will be my last Telltales, I want to thank all my contributing editors, those who offered editorial and other feedback, and the board who worked tirelessly to make sure all went off without a hitch.  Our membership, coffers and new slate of officers is a strong one and our future as the preeminent sailing club of the north shore is assured.  But I feel myself getting Ferklepmt again; in the meantime, talk amongst yourselves. 

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy New Year,

Rich Rubel Commodore LHYC


Board Meeting Bullets: The December Board Meeting hosted by the Sterflinger’s addressed the following as part of our agenda:


NYAC & Huguenot YC Turkey Day Reach by PC Charlie Powers

A few words about the above regatta and the long standing tradition of the En Route/Pied Piper/Janann crews.  Although late in the year for big boat sailing, and at the far west end of the Sound, this event has grown on all of us and one we look forward to every year.

            We started participating in this race at least ten years ago, mostly as a lark.  That year we competed in the Roger Dorr’s prior boat, Huron, a Sabre 30.  It was an unusually cold fall and we had to break the ice off the boat and drive through skim ice in the harbor to get to the starting line.  If we had only known that the Deadliest Catch group was going to become famous for this, we would have filmed it.  Personally, I caught pneumonia and literally spent all of December fighting it off.

            In these early years the competition was just developing; there was only one class and no spinnaker boats.  Over the years, this is one of the few regattas that has grown in size and at present there are four to five classes, at least two courses and both spinnaker and non-spinnaker boats.  Although the race moniker suggests a casual reaching race, the courses are usually much more challenging, with at least one upwind and one downwind leg set with government marks.

            The routine starts in the fall with our gang drawing straws to determine who’s going to keep their boat fully rigged for this race which is always the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Over the years we have done it in a Sabre 30, Hunter 34, Pearson 40, Tartan 10, Tripp 36, and our most recent “racing machine” a Beneteau 423.  Last year, we finally got it dialed in and won our division in En Route.  It made for an easy argument this year as to which boat to use, as we now had to defend our division standing.  Roger Dorr, being the ever gracious host, kept the boat in fine racing trim and let us use the boat for the second year in a row without him on board; it’s not easy keeping a local sailing schedule while maintaining a world class Opti schedule for the young hot shot in the family.  Unfortunately, without his guidance, we forgot to feather the prop this year and had a somewhat less than ideal finishing position.

            After racing we end up stripping the boat and lately, diving into a bushel of fresh steamed clams.  There is always talk of how the LHYC Fall series used to go over multiple weekends and last into November.  The day is capped off listening to Christmas music on the car ride home and in my mind, always awakens the holiday spirit.


Beerfort Wind Scale – Finally, a wind force scale modern sailors can use:

Force 0: Sails hanging limp. Tiller tends itself.   Force 1: Beginning pressure on sails. If sheet is eased out, the tiller still tends itself.   Force 2: Sails flapping in the breeze, and boat drifting sideways to leeward. Sheets must be tightened and one hand put on the tiller. As the wind fills the sails, the boat heels. Case of beer must be placed on cockpit floor.  Force 3: The beer may be knocked over and must be supported or held in hand. Force 4: Empty bottles rolling against each other in cockpit, must be thrown over side. 

Force 5: All beer streaming behind boat must be hauled in.  Force 6: Nobody can hold onto more than one beer at a time. Force 7: The case of beer slides on cockpit floor. One person must be appointed to sit on it. Force 8: Bottles can still be opened by one person. Beginning of difficulties pouring into the mouth without spilling. Force 9: Bottle must be held with two hands. Only experts can get the cap off by themselves. Force 10: Two people required to open bottles. Empties must be thrown to leeward only. Very difficult to find mouth. Some teeth may be knocked loose.  Force 11: The beer tends to foam out of bottle, very difficult to drink, lips split and teeth fall out. Force 12: All open bottles foam. Impossible to drink, temporary abstinence may be required.


Miscellaneous Illuminations:  A quick note to share the wonderful news, Nadine and Theo Novak are the proud parents of a baby boy: Dylan Theodore Novak born 11/23/2009 at 1457 hrs., Weight: 7lbs. 9oz., Length: 20" ~~__/)  RRS changes effective on Jan 1, 2010 regarding “mark room” have been issued and can be obtained by going to the YRA LIS website. ~~__/) Did anyone happen to catch the Sunday, Nov. 22 Newsday article entitled “They’re Sailing Through School,” which featured a photo spread of Peter Sterflinger.  The article quoted the center’s Executive Director, Dave Waldo, who races with us on John Storck’s Rumor, “the center focuses on teaching racing for high school kids who will hopefully become competitive in college and beyond.”  Harborfields HS, Oldfield Middle and St. Anthony’s HS are some of the local schools participating at the waterfront center; the program must be working, Peter and his crew Sean Cornell have sailed consistently strong in the Fall JY 15 Frostbiting Series, finishing second in a fleet of ten.~~__/)  Roger Dorr, Jr, bested a 32 boat Opti fleet winning the Bermuda Open and National Optimist Regatta, hosted by the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club.  With sailing curtailed after one race on day one due to 25+ kns. of breeze, six races were later held; with seven races, Roger’s throw out was a sixth place, giving him the win by one point.  Congratulations to the Dorr’s (Mom and Dad too) and despite the initial heavy weather, it didn’t look like too shabby a place to sail Optis!   ~~__/)  Tom Bolen and  son TJ with their Boy Scout troop will participate in the First Annual Polar Bear swim at noon on New Year's Day to benefit the Northport Food Pantry.  Troop 410 is doing this in conjunction with the Northport Village Fire Department’s Smoke Eaters (Jr. Fireman), ensuring that there will be the proper safety equipment available, and are seeking sponsors for the event. There is no deadline for the donation - you can mail or drop a check off at the Bolen’s.   While you are comfortably warm at home, think of the shrinkage going on and those less fortunate that you will be helping out during this Polar Bear “swim.”~~__/) “The problem with winter sports is that - follow me closely here - they generally take place in the winter!” - Dave Barry


Please remember to attend or send in your proxy for the Annual Mtg on Jan. 13


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