LHYC.org                                                                                                        March 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.


Well here it is, my second Telltales!  As promised the new format is coming along- Mission Statement on top, and now for the first Quote of the Month; One year as I was working in the boatyard, I had occasion to work shoulder to shoulder with a gentleman from the islands.  We were putting the mast back together, and I was doing what I thought was helping.  At one point he turned to me and told me, in a great accent, “don’t worry mon, I won’t break your pretty little boat.”  A classic that will stay with me forever!


Social Functions:

Our fearless Vice Commodore has been busy lately, and has filled out our social calendar with a few things.  The winter speaker has been finalized, (see attached flyer), and Tom Castiglione will help us with sail trim and crew work.  As the weather forecast for tomorrow is snow and sleet, this is a fun night that helps us remember the warm breezes of summer.  Hope to see you there.


The New Members party is coming up, Saturday, April 17.  It will be the official unveiling for the Sterflingers’ newly renovated house!  Keep the date open, and you should receive the formal invitation in the mail soon.  After all, the smell of fresh paint doesn’t always have to be bottom paint.


There is talk of getting the monthly Friday Night Raft-up going again!  This was a great tradition in which the same Friday of every month in the summer we would raft up at the Club mooring and enjoy a night out on the boats to kick off the weekend.  For a while we even ran a “fun” family race beforehand, with the coveted coffee mug as prizes given out right on the spot.  Look for upcoming information regarding dates and times.


Member News

Again, let me apologize for those that I know I’ve missed in this section every month.  I can only publish what I’m aware of, so please help me by passing along anything you have, commodore@lhyc.org.


Our prayers go out to the Mavronicolas family.  Linda lost her mother just recently.


Congratulations to Kaity Stork again, as she continues to make us proud.  She was named to the US 2004 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF team for the World Championships in Gdynia, Poland.


Bob Corso has graciously volunteered to be the new Membership Chairman.  All new applicants should be forwarded to him at his new e-mail address, membership@lhyc.org.  Right out of the box we have three new applicants for him: Tony Chillemi Sr., (sponsored by Tony Chillemi Jr., and Charles Powers), Mark Warsheim, (Doug Vaughn & Lorenzo Vascotto), and Peter Zarcone, (Doug Vaughn & Chris Schnieder).  Any objections should be forwarded to Bob ASAP.  We hope to get them through the process before the New Members Party.


Web Page:

If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at the new web page.  The Webmaster, Mike Sterflinger, has done a great job of keeping it up to date with the latest breaking news.  Again, please help us out and pass along anything you can think of for him to publish, webmaster@lhyc.org.

Coming soon- he has discovered a bundle of old pictures from the previous web page, and he’s talking of getting a new feature going.  It will be in the format of a, “name that boat”, contest.  There might even be prizes for the person with the best percentage of perfection.  In the spirit of this, I’ve been lurking about the local boatyards, and may ask Mike to start another section- name that covered boat.  Stay tuned in.


Out and About

A number of our members have been spotted all over the globe!  A number of Board members were seen at Steamboat Springs CO. over the Presidents break.  Commodore, Vice Commodore, Board member Jeff Epstein, the Webmaster and even some friends of the club, (Mary Graf and co.), all looked good sunning and wedeln.  Of coarse the Vascottos’ were at the clubhouse west in Salt Lake.


An overwhelming percentage of the Board was also seen at the Heineken Regatta in St. Martin.  The LHYC burgee was properly displayed at many functions, as was the good name of the club.  Past Commodore Bob Storck, Present Commodore, Rear Commodore, Secretary, Webmaster, and applicant Pete Zarcone all had a good time and spread the good cheer of the LHYC at every opportunity.  Although Lloyd Harbor didn’t, “own this place”, we did a respectable job, (7 of 23), in what turned out to be a mostly one design bareboat division.

Sail for the Cure:

We are looking for anyone who is interested in assisting with this event.  This has become a premier fundraiser for research against breast cancer.  There are several ways available, 1) club representatives meet once a month to plan and run subcommittees 2) item donations are accepted for the raffles and 3) you can purchase raffle tickets.  Please contact Leigh Sterflinger at (631) 757-0799 or at vicecomm@lhyc.org if you are interested in being a part of this hugely successful event, or would like more information regarding the charity.



In the constant pursuit to help our sport grow, Rich Rubel has been actively placing crew.  These are typically people that approach us from the web page, or new members that show an interest in getting involved.  We typically try to place them with skippers that are looking for help, and that would be interested in being ambassadors for our sport.  If you are interested, or know of anyone looking to get involved, please send Rich and –e-mail and look to the crew board section of the web site.


The 2004 Safety at Sea seminar is coming up soon.  This is the premier local open ocean sailing course, and anyone planning to participate in the Bermuda Race should take it, (I believe 30% of each crew are mandated to take this class).  It is offered by our YRA in conjunction with the US Merchant Marine Academy, and the date is Saturday, 4/3/04.  Anyone interested can get information through a link we’ve put up on our web page, (www.lhyc.org), or from the YRA.


See You Out There,