LHYC.org                                                                                                                             October 2006

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.



As we close out our 40th season the weather never seems to surprise us. Where the Summer Series had lots of wind, sometimes more than we liked, the Sunset Series was mostly light and variable. The Labor Day Cruise was shortened due the severe storm that brought the ocean right into Long Island Sound. The Katrina Cup and Fall Series were plagued with more of the same but we persevered non-the-less and sailed on in some beautiful weather. The typical high fall winds were to follow for the Women’s Skipper Race and Decommissioning. Shortly after the decision was made to postpone the race a week and hold the Decommissioning on shore, the clouds parted and the winds laid down and it was a beautiful afternoon – fouling our plans again.


We made another grand showing at Manhasset Bay Fall Series this year with 5 boats, Rogue, Challenge IV, Resolute, Sleepy Head, and Dreadlocks. They sailed in some pretty rough conditions. See the photos at www.manhassetbayyc.org and at www.sailjpeg.com.  This team did so well that we were awarded the first annual Huguenot Trophy. This trophy, donated by Adam Loory to increase participation, is awarded to the Club with the lowest score from its top 3 competitors. With only 4 points this year, that club was Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club. Thank you all for making us proud!


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I have been in contact with several members from the early years of our club as they have either seen the shirts around town, or stumbled upon our website. They too are now sporting the shirts, so if you see them around town, don’t be afraid to say hello. They have wonderful stories of racing and cruising and it’s nice to know that our lineage was built with so many friendly people with a great passion for the sport. A tradition that still grows in our membership today.


It is that time again that we look for Sponsors for our upcoming year. In order to have an ad in the YRA yearbook, we need to have commitments by December 8th.  Please see the enclosed letter and pass it around to corporations or persons that you might find interested in helping us maintain quality racing in Huntington Bay.


We are proposing to update the By-Laws, seems we do this about every 10 years. Once again there are no substantive changes, the bulk of the changes being formatting, spelling, and modernizing some language. Look for more information included with your annual dues bill coming shortly.


For those of you who just can’t get enough sailing between May and October, Centerport Yacht Club is once again holding a Frostbiting Series with 14 races beginning November 12th and continuing thru March 25 provided the bay does not freeze over. The boat of choice is the JY15 however with 3 or more entries there are provisions for Penguin, Ideal 18, Pixel or Laser classes. Harbor starts are at 12:30 and no race may be started after 15:30.  The race committee will attempt to get in as many quality races as possible for the given conditions. Please contact Rich Rubel at ensign1601@aol.com for more information.


Upcoming Events


Awards Dinner - November 11, 2006, Northport Yacht Club 1900-2300 Hrs.

$40 per person by reservation only. RSVP by November 5th to: Rich Rubel 124 Eaton’s Neck Road, Northport NY 11768 – 631-754-0891 or vicecomm@LHYC.org.


Holiday Party - December 10, 2006, Viva Juan - order off the menu in a private room, reservations necessary. Perhaps Santa will show up for the kids in a sombrero?!  Flyers are included in this mailing.


Annual Meeting – January 10, 2007 – location to be determined – more details to follow.


Ski Trip – February 10, 2007





Don’t forget all the good times that you had on the Block Island club mooring this summer and send in your fees. This amenity comes at a huge cost to the club and we would like to be able to continue to offer it. The cost is only $20 per night. The Port Jefferson should be back in service next year; we apologize for its absence this summer.


LHYC will have a cruise to the BVI Jan 27th-Feb 3rd 2007.  Please e-mail if you are interesting in joining us. Sincerely, Roger Dorr RKDorr@hotmail.com


FYI – there is a box down at the Willis Marine Center sales office for LHYC that contains sailing videos and other information to share with the membership. Charlie Powers has donated copies of the latest Volvo Race. Feel free to borrow and return in a timely fashion for others to enjoy!




If you are not receiving emails from us or would like to change your email please alert me at commodore@LHYC.org. Although we attempt to get all news out in Telltales there are occasional needs for short notice bulletins.


Have news, a story, or a photo you would like included next month please send it on. – As this is our 40th Anniversary as well, if you come across old stories or photos I have the technology to get those published as well.


Proud to be at the helm,

Leigh Sterflinger

LHYC Commodore



For those that have been asking about the Sterflinger’s new J24 name…Shuriken Japanese pronunciation “shoo-REE –ken” American pronunciation SHUR-i-ken" shur rhymes with stir – short i as in it  (lit: "hand hidden blade") is a traditional Japanese concealed weapon that was used for throwing, and sometimes stabbing. Shuriken are commonly known in the west as "throwing stars" or "ninja stars". Sterflinger (lit: “star thrower”) The Shuriken is mostly used as a nuisance weapon, not to kill. They distract the pursuers to prevent them from performing properly.


Where did that come from?  Ever wonder where certain terms came from?

There are terms with nautical origins that are used every day.


Hunky-Dory…(enjoyable, pleasant, and “A-OK”)

This expression is thought to have its origins in Honkidori, the name of a street in Yokohama, Japan, waterfront district where a sailor on shore leave could find just about anything his heart desired.


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