www.LHYC.org May 2008
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.
With two shots from the cannon (one by Pete the other by Katie Sterflinger, for good measure), our season officially started on April 26, with the new members’ cocktail party at the Sterflinger residence. Going against the forecast, the day turned out to be beautiful, albeit chilly even for this frostbiter, but the turnout was huge and we were able to provide a memorable introduction for five of our six new members (the sixth was away on business, but promised to hoist his glass in our direction at the appropriate time). Through word of mouth and our presence on the water, at home and at various away races, the word is out that in the Huntington area the Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club has plenty to offer. And our ranks aren’t stopping there, as we have interviewed two other applicants as of press time (with possibly one more to go). All told, this should place us very close to a full membership of 100 boat owners, all serious about sailing and furthering the sailing community. You can be assured that our membership committee, headed by Theo Novak, is stressing service to the club, be it through volunteering as race committee, or providing some much needed service to a club social event. I am confident that the enthusiastic group of sailors just inducted will be stepping up in typical LHYC fashion.
You know the old saying, “time and tide waits for no man,“ and it’s that time of year to get our boats out there and participate in club events. Our Spring Target Rock Regatta, partnering with Masthead Cove YC is scheduled for Sunday, May 18 and will be headed up by PRO Ron Prior with new member Geremy Chelius at his side. Masthead Cove will be responsible for the post race fare at Nicky’s and as always, all are welcome to join us. On the heels of the Spring Race is the start of the Summer Series, with race number one on May 28. Next, we have the Women’s Spirit Race and Huntington Bay Championships on May 30 and 31 respectively, and headed up by PC Charlie Powers and Roy Sherman. Please know that the Women’s Spirit Race is seeking donations (there is no set race entrance fee) with the proceeds to benefit Huntington’s Breast Cancer Coalition; for more details about the race and post race festivities at Huntington YC, please contact Leigh Sterflinger. To start the month of June, our Commodore’s Cup is slated for Friday, June 6. As I am fond of saying, we need race committee volunteers, so, like voting, please sign up early and often! Lastly, we have some wonderful, fresh new cruising plans for the upcoming Memorial Day Cruise headed up by Mark Ambrosious and his most capable first mate Judy. Please see the enclosed agenda for this cruise and offer your support to our cruising program. The Memorial Day weekend is not complete without our stellar raft-up on the club mooring on Monday. I look forward to seeing everyone there.
Board Meeting Bullets: The May Board Meeting, hosted by the Sterflinger’s at their home addressed the following as part of our agenda:
Safety at Sea Seminar by Charlie Powers
With this year being the 102 year of the Newport to Bermuda Race with Bacci, Challenge IV and Resolute registered, as well as the Storck family sailing on a few different boats, PC Charlie Powers signed up for the course and shared his findings with us. The information below may have been something you wondered about, and can save your life or the life of a crew member, Thanks Charlie.
This year’s Safety at Sea seminar was again hosted by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. As it is a Newport to Bermuda Race year, it was largely attended by people that will be participating in that June event.
The new, hands on format was used again for this class, which was modeled after the programs offered for the Sydney to Hobart Race and was quite memorable. Participants were actively involved in many of the classes given; all went for a swim in the pool, in full foul weather gear, including getting into a lift raft. I’ll never forget two things about this exercise. For one, I was surprised by how buoyant we were at first until our foulies filled with water. Secondly, how hard it was to get out of the pool with many gallons of water now trapped in my suit. If you ever find yourself climbing up a rope ladder to a rescue boat, remember to first drain yourself.
Another great class was the emergency distress signals. We were all allowed to fire off many types of flares at the sea wall. I personally carry one of those 12 gauge handgun models. I was surprised at how small the signal was compared to one of the hand held Solas parachute flares. We also used the hand held signal flare that burns like a road side flare. This was highly effective; especially to signal a boat in close range, but one thing to remember is to hold it overboard while burning. There is a certain amount of hot slag that runs off these devices.
We were also all put on boats and practiced hands on man overboard drills. Fortunately, one of the mid-shipman was “lucky enough to volunteer” to go into the water and not one of us. The “Quick Stop” method is still the maneuver of choice, but it was stressed that each boat could be different, and some of the bigger, heavier boats might respond better to a “figure eight” retrieval. There is no other way to determine which is better for your boat than to go out on the water and practice these drills at least once a year.
Overall, the event was very well managed. The Academy was great to us and offered much in the way of manpower, resources and organization. The Storm Tri Sail Club ran the event and did a great job putting it all together for us. Even if you are not going to be doing the Bermuda Race some day, I highly recommend the Safety at Sea Seminar.
This just in from our GHBYC rep., June Kendrick – The Town of Huntington (TOH) is charging residents $800 for launch service, $950 for non-residents. Those using the row-out moorings in front of Gold Star Beach may not use the launch service. If they take a mooring anywhere else, they can, but as there is a waiting list for the row-out moorings in front of Gold Star Beach, the launch will not service those moorings. Wyncote, Harbor Boating and Wincoma moorings will be serviced by the TOH launch service. ~__/) The 2008 rosters were produced by Mike Sterflinger, again, and look beautiful. However, the roster is only as good as the information we receive. Please stay in touch with me to ensure that the information cited is accurate. In that vein, new member Don Rassiger reports that his phone numbers need updating as follows: Home 423-1611, Office 516 214-8105 ~ __/)
March & April 2008