Volume 41 Issue 2 – February 2022
As we start out this new year and rounding the corner of the surge in corvid (hopefully), we will once again change our venue to Zoom for the next meeting on February 10th. We will also be postponing the presentation of the Landlubbers Awards until the March meeting. It’s more fun doing it in person and I’m sure we will be meeting in person for the March meeting!!
If you’re new, our Landlubber’s Celebration is where the old board recognizes some of our members for funny, or heroic, or unusual stories that have happened in the last year’s sailing season. So put on your thinking caps and send your stories to me at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Our On the Water coordinator, Shane, has our new 2022 sailing schedule together, so take a look in this newsletter. We will be having 3-4 weekend trips and plenty of day sails, some weekday evenings, some weekend day ones. But, in order to make these A GO, we need volunteers to step up and coordinate a sail or two. So, during the February meeting it’s not too early to speak up.
You as coordinator get to sail free that day!!
Our February program will be “Restoring boats” presented by Nick Condos who restored his 25’ McGregor. Check out his presentation at our meeting.
I’ll be sending out the zoom link on a later email,
Thursday, February 10th member meeting at 6 PM
A FASCINATING SHORT SEA STORY
The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia.
The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the result.
The Warrimoo’s position was LAT 0º 31′ N and LON 179 30′ W.
The date was 31 December 1899.
“Know what this means?” First Mate Payton broke in, “We’re only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line”.
Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime.
He called his navigators to the bridge to check & double check the ships position.
He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark.
Then he adjusted the engine speed.
The calm weather & clear night worked in his favor.
At mid-night the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line!
The consequences of this bizarre position were many:
- The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere & in the middle of summer.
- The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere & in the middle of winter.
- The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899.
- In the bow (forward) part it was 1 January 1900.
- This ship was therefore not only in:
- Two different days,
- Two different months,
- Two different years,
- Two different seasons
- But in two different centuries –
all at the same time.
Mark Graas – Vice Commodore
Mark and Doughnut enjoying a sunny winter day!!!
February’s meeting guest speaker will be Nick Condos. His presentation will be the skills it takes to work on his newly purchased “fixer upper”. It should be informative!
Ellie Watson – Membership
As of close to the end of January, the Salty Dogs have 36 paid members for 2022. 26 of these are membership renewals and the rest are either new members or members who joined last year after the sailing season was over. There are about 25 members from 2021 who we are hoping will soon renew.
Application forms and credit card payments can be found at https://www.saltydog.org/membership/ The 2-page application needs to be filled out completely with signatures on BOTH pages. Please do not write SAME on any of the lines, as I do not always have access to previous applications.
Once the application is complete with the necessary signatures and initials, there are 3 ways to get it back to me:
- Send it to me by snail mail. My home address is on page 1 of the application.
- Scan it and text or email it to me at email@example.com
- Take a picture of both pages and text or email it to me.
I hope to be hearing from lots of you soon!
Neisha Atchley – Dry Land Coordinator
Salty Dogs Ice Skating and Lunch
Hello Salty Dogs! Happy New Year.
We’d like to assemble at Evergreen Lake for ice skating and lunch on February 19th. We thought to meet at 10:30am and skate/watch others skate/walk around the lake (whatever your preferred activity is) and then have lunch at noon at outdoor picnic tables. Please bring your own lunch and a dish to share, Salty Dog Style.
- Skate rentals and limited concession food/drinks will be available outside ONLY at Evergreen Lake. No inside access to Evergreen Lake House
- Skate sizes for rent range from strap-on skates to men’s size 16. Expect lines for skate rental. The rental fee is $7 per pair.
February 19th 10:30am
29612 Upper Bear Creek Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439
Please RSVP by 2/12/2022
Contact: Neisha 720-955-6354 for questions or firstname.lastname@example.org
March 19th “Make your own Pizza Party” at the Sandlin’s
More to come in the March “Dog Tales”
Shane Brouillette – On the Water Coordinator
Shane here …….. your on-the-water coordinator extraordinaire….
So, the 2022 sailing schedule is in this newsletter and I wanted to say a few words about it. There are 4 moonlight sails listed. I expect maybe 2 of them to happen. They often get canceled due to clouds, cold nights and bad weather. So, I schedule 4 in hopes of getting 2.
Next subject: I need to turn all of those question marks (?) in the right column on the following schedule, into names of people who will coordinate these sails. I have been practicing my grovel to use at an actual meeting but that might not happen due to the covid mess. I hope to use members who are not already performing other club duties to ‘adopt’ one of these sails and make it happen. If you have never done this, I will be your mentor and backup person. You, yourself will go free on any sail that you coordinate. In particular, I am hoping to sweet-talk someone into doing the “meeting sails”. There are 4 monthly meetings for the season that happen at Chatfield and after the meeting we then do an evening sail. The right person for this job is someone that is likely to attend these 4 meetings since there is no advance planning and setting it up on the fly at the meeting is how they happen.
Questions, problems, donations…….. please, contact me at email@example.com or 303-393-0555 (not a smartphone) in the afternoons.
That’s it folks……. I hope that there are enough sails that work for each of you to make for an enjoyable season this year.
Cindie Sandlin – Newsletter
Well, this is my second newsletter and I hope that it is living up to the expectations of everyone who reads “Dog Tales”. If you have any suggestions, information, stories, jokes, fun facts, pictures, etc. and would like included in the next newsletter, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana asked me to “interview” a new member each month so we can get to know each other a little better. I will be calling someone for the March 2022 “DOG TALES”.
The Last word on the subject….
One night at sea, the ship’s captain saw what looked like the lights of another ship heading for him. He had his signalman blink to the other ship: ”Change your course 10 degrees south.” The reply came back: “Change you course 10 degrees north.” The ship’s captain answered: “I am a captain. Change your ships course south. To which the reply was: “Well, I am a seaman first class. Change your course north.” This infuriated the captain, so he signaled back: “Dammit, I say change you course south. I’m on a battleship!” To which the reply came back: “And I say change your course north. I’m in a lighthouse.”
Brook Moreland – Treasurer
COLORADO STATE PARK PASSES GROUP PURCHASE
Salty Dog Sailing Club members, friends, and friends of friends
Colorado Sail & Yacht is now taking orders for 2022 discounted park passes and is inviting you to participate. The cost per pass is $63, for a $80.00 annual park pass. The process will be the same as last year, you will receive a voucher that you will turn in for the pass. There is no limit on how many you order, please feel free to pass this on to your family and friends that would like park passes.
We are purchasing State Park Pass Vouchers which are good for one year. The voucher can be turned in at Park Offices or most Park Entrances for an Annual State Park Pass. The club will take orders through March 15th, and the vouchers will be mailed by the end of March.
The vouchers will be valid from March 2022 to March 2023. Your park pass will be valid for one year from the time you turn in your voucher for your annual pass.
Order now for the cost of $63 by visiting https://csyc.org/2022-colorado-state-park-pass-vouchers/
Or mail a check payable to CSYC to:
24 Mountain Pine Dr
Littleton CO 80127
A little bit about a fun summer trip
2022 The Big Mac Trip will be June 23-26th, 2022
Again, this year we will be staying at the Admiral’s Cove Resort. I talked to the new manager, and they didn’t raise prices for the cabins and motel rooms but did for the campsites. To get a jump start on reserving your lodging (they sell out fast), call Julie at 1-970-630-3156. Rooms will book fast so act soon. She is working from her home, so please leave her a message and she will get back to you shortly. Please mention that you are with the Salty Dog Sailing club, and you will get a discount from the website prices. The website is www.Admiralscoveresort.com if you would like to check the place out. Also, they have a new cancellation policy, better than past years, so ask about it. I have already got my campsite reservation and a cabin for the boat captains. I’m hopeful that I can get at least three boats for the trip. Cindie and Keith already have their campsite reserved and are bringing their boat. I’ll be working on the price as soon as I get boats together. If you are a boat owner and are interested in bringing your boat, please call me or email me at <email@example.com>.Please let me know that you did get lodging reservations and would like to come on this trip, as it is first come, first serve!!
— Thanks Diana
21 foot MacGregor sailboat for sail
I never put my boat in the water this season, it is in dry storage, and life got in the way. I am willing to sell for any reasonable offer, perhaps unreasonable.
Length 21 feet, swing keel. Ideal for Chatfield, when you hit bottom just roll up the keel. Sales in good condition. Motor not included. In dry storage at Chatfield.