www.LHYC.org                                                                                               September 2007

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.




Stratford Shoal Race  - A beautiful (can't ask for a better) day for the 2007 Stratford Shoal Race and Make-a-Wish Regatta.  Thanks so much to everyone who entered and raced to raise $2300 for a great cause.   With little wind at scheduled race time - things did not look good.  Our Race Committee PRO Bob Carballal postponed until the southerly picked up and it filled in beautifully.  I would really like to thank Bob Carballal (a past LHYC Commodore '89) and his wife Theresa for taking their boat out to start the race and to be there for the finish.  Also special thanks to Mia Rubel for spending the day with them to assist.  Great, great job RC team - your efforts are appreciated by all. 

 Little Brown Jug Race - The weather was great with plenty of sun and a good breeze at the start to have our traditional race to RG and back.  It did lighten up a bit at the finish and the motorboat chop was nasty but everyone finished in good time and had a great time. Congratulations to Ed Dole on Rogue who finished first and had the lowest corrected time minutes ahead of the next boat! Thanks to Joe Nakelski and friends for volunteering for Race Committee and getting off a great race.  Thanks also go to Rich Rubel and wife Janet for getting the party together at Bay Hills Beach where the view was spectacular and the food was fine! 

 The Summer Series that came in like a lion with 20+ knot breezes went out like a lamb with a cancellation of the last race due to lack of wind. Unfortunately this left boats hoping to advance in the series results with their week 9 standings. Thank you to 10 great race committees that handled diverse weather conditions creating one of our best series challenges yet. The Clash of Champions coveted belt has finally changed hands this year as Mike & Bernadette Olsen and team Salient took over the title.


Sunset series racers were blessed with 5 great nights with good wind, clear skies, comfortable temperatures and gorgeous sunsets, allowing for a throw out race. Close competition had several finishing positions left to the last night. What a fantastic way to finish out a fine summer of racing!


The weather was beautiful and there was lots of wind for the Women Skipper’s Race. Although we lost 3 or 4 entries to schedules and weather we still had 7 boats on the line for a great event.  The new format of Windward/Leeward worked great and tie-up afterwards was a nice way to end the day.  Thanks to Roy Sherman for running race committee single-handed and doing a fine job.  Thanks also to our women skippers - Bonnie Kirschner on Liquid Soul; Leigh Sterflinger on Shuriken; Mary Graf and Lauren Callahan on Rascal; Joyce Feore on American Dream; Judy Ambrosius on Atlantean and Gabriella Meyer on G2 and Mrs. Horch on Susan K.


For our historical races, Katrina Cup and Winkle Cup, winds kicked up in the mid 20's with gusts to 30+ and big seas.  Of the boats that made it out to the race course - a number of boats that were shorthanded wisely made the call to head back to port - while a few remaining boats with crew and equipment prepared for big breeze conditions stayed on for a thrilling race out into the sound. The wind seemed to settle down a bit (18-20 range) for the 2nd race - LHYC's Katrina Cup.  RC set a course for a great W/L 6 leg race inside the bay.  Big thanks to PRO Jack Hessel of CYC with Al Rosanes and PRO Charlie Powers of LHYC on Lady Hawk Big thanks also to Bob and June Kendrick who ran chase boat on the Melrose for both events and provided a level of security as well as assisting with adjusting starting line, etc. and taking some great action photos that are up on the website.  Thanks to Fran Johnson and Chris Schneider for their assistance in organizing this joint club event and to CYC for a great after race BBQ at the club where 30 or so skippers and their crews (racers and non-racers) shared in the days events.



 The Labor Day Cruise was short but sweet!  JanannII crew showed up on Port Jefferson with the flotilla of toys in tow. The Shuriken crew, not up for J24 cruising, showed up by car and shared in the sunfish fun as breezes were strong, kayaking to the shore, ice cream in town rounded out the day. Wasabi Pea and Magic sailing with kids made the trip as well. The next day in Black Rock was a super spot and Atlantean and Bacci joined in with a concert on the pier and dinner in town. Before you forget about the moorings you used this summer please send in your usage donations - $20 Block Island  $15 Port Jefferson – to Mike Olsen, LHYC Treasurer,  PO Box 60, Huntington NY 11743.


We would like to thank the following members for their support of the new engine for the Melrose. Ayers, Bolen, Coneys, Epstein, Feore, Keller, Mavronicolas, Mindich, Olsen, Powers, Rubel, Savan, Scarpulla, Sterflinger, Suss, Rave, JStorckJr, Rstorck, Vascotto, Walters, Whitehead. We are almost 25% of the way to reaching our goal of paying for the engine without depleting our reserves. Donations are still being accepted – mail to Mike Olsen Treasuer as above.


It’s that time of year again when we look for sponsors for our racing program. A sponsor letter is enclosed – please pass this on to persons or companies that you feel might be interested in supporting our efforts to keep the sport alive in Huntington Bay while keeping our dues and fees to a minimum. If you need a personalized letter sent out please contact Mike Olsen at Treasurer@LHYC.org. Premier sponsors need to have payment and ad copy in to us by December 1st to be published in the YRA Annual Book.


It is also time for us to do some succession planning. If you find yourself with skills to fulfill the following support positions we would appreciate you giving a small about of time to the club. Marketing, design our Race Ads and T-shirt. Scoring – assist the Fleet Captain in scoring some or all of our races. Cruising Chair – plan our 3 club cruises.  Membership – handle communication and correspondence with our club applicants through to member status. Please contact the Leigh Sterflinger at 631-757-0799 or commodore@LHYC.org.


Upcoming Events

Awards Dinner- November 10th at Northport Yacht Club – invitations on their way – send in photos to webmaster@LHYC.org for the slide show if you have not already done so.

Holiday Dinner – December 9th – details to follow

Ski Trip is on for 2008 – alert your crew – date and location to come soon!




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. Feel free to borrow and return in a timely fashion for others to enjoy!  Video’s of the 2005/2006 Volvo Ocean Race and the Acura Miami 2007 Race Week and the America’s Cup Challenge have been added to the library.

 Looking for crew? Want to be crew? – Look for opportunities in the Boats and Crew CLASSIFIEDS section of the website or contact the webmaster@LHYC.org know and he’ll put up your ad.

 We still have transom stickers available at $5 a piece – put them on your boat or on your car and show your Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club pride!


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Proud to be at the helm,

Leigh Sterflinger

LHYC Commodore



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

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


 Above Board

Any activity that is synonymous with fair play and honesty, or takes place in plain view, is considered to be “above board.” Although the origin of the expression is obscure, some modern authors suggest that it stems from its opposite “below board.” In the age of piracy, disreputable captains, in pursuit of vulnerable merchant ships, attempted to conceal the strength of their ship’s complement by hiding their crews below the boards (deck) – a practice synonymous with foul play.


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