Commodore’s Log – Diana Bliss
Commodore’s Log – Diana Bliss
I made it back from Peru, but I was detained for five days since I had Covid. But I’m doing well and getting caught up on everything. We’ve had some changes in the sailing schedule, so be sure to take a look and see the articles in this newsletter. Please make note of the change in the member meeting date for this month—it will be Thursday July 7th still down at the Seagulls Restaurant at Chatfield at 5:30 PM, with sailing at 6:30 PM. Marilyn will be coordinating the July 7th Member meeting sail, so go to the website to pay ahead of time.
At the July 7th Member meeting we will have several sails opening for sign-ups. On July 1st Shane will have an evening sail at Cherry Creek. See the email blast sent for details. The Big Mac trip changed venues to Lake Dillon because of low water levels, which hasn’t happened in the last five years! Carol K. is coordinating the July 15th-16th Dillon weekend sail. See her article for details and pay online—first pay, first serve!! Then on Saturday, July 23rd, Cindie will coordinate the Scavenger Hunt Sail. This was a lot of fun last year and should be this year too! Sign-ups will be open at the meeting in which you can pay then. See her article for all the details.
While I was gone, I heard that the New Member Sail and the Lake Pueblo weekend Sail both went well with good weather. Thanks go out to – Cindie for coordinating the May Member Sail, Mark G. – for the New Member Sail, Melissa for the Lake Pueblo sail, and Neisha for the June Member meeting Sail. That’s two new sail coordinators!! Good Job!! Also, we couldn’t have these sails without the boat owners who volunteered their boats. In June we had Cliff R., Bob Brand, and Shane who had their boats available. We have had several new members join in May and June. Good job, Ellie! Also, thanks to Shane for completing the sail schedule with coordinators for the rest of the year!!
A lot is happening, so I hope you are getting out to do some sailing with us! Remember the July Member meeting is Thursday the 7th at 5:30 PM with sailing at 6:30 PM. We encourage you to pay online ahead of time, so we know how many boats to try to get. See you all at the Seagulls Restaurant at Chatfield!!
Smooth sailing, Diana
Seagulls Restaurant at Chatfield Marina July 7th
5:30pm for a short meeting and 6:30pm Sail!!
Shane Brouillette – On the Water Coordinator
|Sailing Schedule 2022|
|July 1 – Friday||Evening Sail||Cherry Creek||Shane|
|July 7 – Thursday
This month only*
|Meeting Sail||Chatfield||Marilyn A|
Friday to Saturday
|July 23 – Saturday||Scavenger Hunt Sail||Chatfield||Cindie S|
|Aug 11 – Thursday||Meeting Sail||Chatfield||Ron V|
|Aug 20 – Saturday||Sail||Chatfield||Ron V|
Friday to Monday
|Labor Day Sail||Dillon||Jim Watson|
|Sept 9 – Friday||Moonlight Sail||Cherry Creek||Shane|
|Sept 11 – Sunday||Sailgrass||Chatfield||Cindie S|
|Oct 7 – Friday||Moonlight Sail||Chatfield||Shane|
Marine salvage operation
So….. while sailing a whybuy boat, somehow a mooring line was lost. Hoping that it was lost close to the dock, Shane came back another day with a cobbled together grappling hook (3 large “S” hooks rubber-banded together) and threw and retrieved the hook about 20 times. Alas, no luck. Had to pay $100 to whybuy to replace it. In my defense, the mooring line is so thick that the eye of the line is too big to put thru the eye of the boat cleat and only gravity is holding it on the cleat.
Salty Dogs invite you to Sail with us on Lake Dillon
Two days: Friday July 15, and Saturday July 16.
Members – $20/one day or $35/2 days
Guests of members – $30/ one day or $50/2days
Reserve online at SaltyDogs.org/shop
Mornings are usually calm and the wind can pick up in late mornings and in the afternoon.
Each day we will meet at the Dillon Yacht club area at 11:00 am to sign up for boats that depart from Frisco or Dillon. Friday night we plan to rally at Pug Ryan’s for dinner and comradery!
Sailors: Bring your sailing stuff: PFD, hat, jacket, sunscreen, water, etc. Plan to meet at the Lake Dillon Yacht Club picnic tables at 11:00 AM to sign up for boats. The yacht club is located past the Dillon Marina office and near the F dock (321 Marina Drive, Dillon, CO 80435). We will sail 11:30am to 4:30pm, then on Friday, we get together for an optional 5:30PM dinner at nearby Pug Ryan’s Brewery (104 Village Place, Dillon, CO 80435).
Members – $20/one day or $35/2 days, Guests of members – $30/ one day or $50/2days. Pay online at saltydog.org and click on “shop”. If you are only going for one day, you must specify which day. Include your name(s), phone number, email address and whether you plan to join us for dinner on Friday. Your payment received is your reservation if space is still available, so make your reservation early. We have limited space on the boats—about 12 sailors’ total.
Attention “Why Buy” members/boat owners who sail on Lake Dillon : Call/text me if you are available to reserve and/or captain a boat on Lake Dillon on SATURDAY, July 16TH.
Thank you in advance.
Carol Kolesnikoff 303.588.9198 (voice and text)
Scavenger Hunt Sail
When: Saturday July 23rd
Where: Chatfield Lake – Meet at the Marina at 9:30am
Cost: $15 Members; $21 non-members
Come out to find some interesting things on and around the water.
Prizes given to those on the winning boat.
RECAP FROM PUEBLO SAIL, 6/3 – 6/5
Mel Steiner – Coordinator
For the first time in many years, no rain or squalls interfered with our Saturday or Sunday excursions on the lake. The only rain we encountered was on Friday’s commute to Pueblo. We had moderate winds on Saturday and light ones on Sunday.
One “hiccup” that weekend was that the South Marina’s docks were closed through the end of June for construction and slips were not available, which meant that our boats needed to pull out each afternoon and put back in the next day. But captains Bob Brand and Cliff Randall took that all in stride, and the crew was happy to assist.
There was a “bonus” sail Friday afternoon – Cliff ‘s boat was rigged early, so Valkyrie went out for a few hours with Bob Brand, Mark Graas, and Jeremy Frett crewing. Meanwhile, Ronni Willcox and Mel Steiner held down the fort at the campsite and prepared for the Friday night potluck.
We rafted up for lunch on Saturday, and Ronni prepared gourmet sandwiches! On Saturday night everyone went to the Shamrock Brewing Company in downtown Pueblo for the group dinner. The food and the service were great as always.
On Sunday during light to zero winds, Cliff motored into several coves and identified a few ideal places to drop anchor and raft up for lunch when we do this trip again next year. Thanks to everyone who made the Pueblo trip an enjoyable weekend!
Yacht safety is not unlike general boat safety. The safety equipment for yachting may be extensive, but these tools can help make sure that all the passengers stay safe. In addition to life jackets, yachts should have search lights that will enable the captain to see better after dark or during inclement weather. Search lights should be powered both by batteries and by the vessel’s power system. An emergency steering system is a good idea, as it can serve as a backup tiller in the event of a system failure. Man-overboard equipment should include components that will make it easier to retrieve a person who falls overboard. Other safety equipment that should be on board includes fire extinguishers, flares, bilge pumps, and a two-way radio for communication. If buying a used yacht, make sure that all of this gear is in place before taking the vessel out on the water for the first time. In addition to having these items, crew members must know how to use all of the safety equipment so that they can act quickly if there is an emergency.
- A Boater’s Guide to the Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats(PDF)
- Safety Equipment Compliance(PDF)
- Yacht and Safety Briefing Checklist(PDF)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 70 percent of boating accidents occur due to operator error, so it’s important that the captain make sure that they’re fully equipped both with gear and with knowledge before they head out on the water. A boating education course can help reduce the incidence of accidents. In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadron offer vessel safety checks for boaters as a way to help boaters ensure that they are operating their watercraft safely and legally. With attention to boating safety and maintenance of equipment, boaters can have enjoyable and safe outings on the water.
Cindie Sandlin – Newsletter
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