I just came back from Estes Park and there’s still snow in the mountains, but warmer down here to start the sailing season! We had a good turnout of 16 people for our first in-person meeting with two renewals, two new members, and sailing!! Things are starting to open back up. June’s meeting will again be down at Seagulls Restaurant at Chatfield Thursday, June 10th, at 5:30PM dinner/short meeting with sailing at 6:30 PM. They will have a fuller dinner menu. There’s no need to try to sign up for the meeting day sailing online, just come to the member meeting and sign up with payment that night. Bring a friend to check out the club!
We had two weekend trips open up, one to Lake Pueblo, and one to Big Mac. I think at this writing there is one more spot open for the Lake Pueblo June 4th-6th and maybe Big Mac. Ladies Day sail had to be cancelled because of high winds but we did get to socialize on the Moreland’s boat to eat our lunch and munch on other goodies. There’s another June moonlight sail coming up June 22nd. You can sign up at the June meeting. See following newsletter announcement about this sail.
Also coming up in July 28th, we will have a day sail at Dillon Lake, see write up in newsletter and sign ups at meeting. We are honoring the men on Men’s Day sail on Sunday, July 8th. See the article in this newsletter. So, lots of sailing coming up. If you are still interested in joining us this year for sailing, it’s not too late to rejoin the club! That way you will be on the first roster posted which is coming out soon. Membership forms are on the website and you can pay there too. Any questions, ask Cliff or any board member about membership. Invite a friend to our in-person meetings. I want to thank the SD members for stepping up to coordinate a day sail and weekend sails. For May, let’s say thanks to Gary K for the meeting sail, and Mark G for the Ladies Day sail. And also thank the boat owners for offering their boats— Morelands, Cindie S., Nick C., Dave W. and Marilyn A. There’s still open spots for day sail coordinators later this summer. We couldn’t have this club without our volunteer coordinators!
Salty Dog Sailing Club Board Update Under Financial Guidelines and Policies
This is a simple way to make up for cancelled sails. Members and guests get credit for a cancelled sail or have the option of a refund. Then, boat owners can offer their boats for a makeup sail. The boat owner can look at their schedule and the weather forecast and offer their boat for a short notice pop-up sail. The treasurer would track the credits from the missed sails. Emails would go out to members with credits when a pop-up sail is available. The boat owner would be in direct contact with the guests to coordinate the sail. This would only be available for cancelled sails to paid members or guests.
Next Upcoming Event – Club Meeting June 10th, 5:30pm at Chatfield
Mark Graas – Vice Commodore
Men’s Day Sail FREE Saturday July 10th (date change) 9am at Chatfield Reservoir
To all you Salty Dog Men (Dudes), you sail free Saturday July 10th. Meet at 9am at Chatfield Reservoir, sail at 10am. Everyone, please bring lunch and something to share. Meet at 9am Chatfield South Boat Ramp parking lot. The cost is free for Salty Dog Men ($15 deposit check returned on sail day), $15 for women, and $21 for signed up male/female guests. Email Coordinator, Mark firstname.lastname@example.org, for your commitment of Captain and Boat or Crew Member. Cancelation Policy- Less than 48-hours, a fee of $15 is charged to all no shows including free men. Wearing masks is at the discretion of the boat owner but masks should be worn around the dock area. Sign-ups will open up at the June 10th member meeting.
Sunday, 5/23/21, was our Ladies Day Sail that was a high wind/no sail day. The Captains decided not to go out with gusts to 40 knots. Good call! In true form of the Salty Dogs, we all sat on Larry and Brooke Moreland’s boat and had a beautiful sunny lunch and camaraderie.
2021 Salty Dog Upcoming and Past Presentations
-Mark Graas, before all main presentations, funny story/sailing rules/knots, 5 min.
-Jim Schoendaller March 11th “Unexpected Rough Weather, Vital Sail Bag” 20 min.
-Gary Kieft April 8th presentation “Man Overboard”.
-Marilyn Allen October 14th “Sailing and Diving the Virgin Islands”, 20 min.
Cliff Randall – Membership Report
Welcome to our new members– Neisha A, Janice, Peg M, and Marguerite G, and our renewed members– Nanette A. and Cheri M. Several of them showed up at the May meeting. That brings our membership to 39 members so far this year.
The hoodies are in and ready for pick up. You can get them at the June meeting or call Cliff (720-448-6572) to arrange a time and place for pick up. They look AWESOME!!
Andrea Lewis – Dry Land Coordinator:
Finally the sun is out, and sailing season has started!! Salty Dogs is obviously focusing on sailing activities for the summer. However, Gari Westkott is kindly organizing another July 4th party at her home – see her write up for more detail.
Also, keep in mind for the Fall, Marilyn is going to organize a scuba activity. Hopefully, we will be diving at the Aquarium in Denver!! I, for one, am going to have to spend the summer gathering up the nerve to do it. But by September/October, who knows, I may be ready!!
Any other suggestions for dry land activities, please let me know. 303-881-7376 email@example.com
Tiffany Jordan – Newsletter
As we get back out on the water, please send any photos you approve of for use in our publications of your sailing days to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to be able to use pictures of our AWESOME members rather than some random photograph.
Melissa Steiner – Member/Coordinator
Pueblo Sail – Friday 6/4/21 – Sunday 6/6/21
Come join the Salty Dog Sailing Club with our first weekend trip of the 2021 sailing season!! We will be going to Lake Pueblo on June 4th-6th. We have two boats so far and would be open for a third and one campsite. Hotels are also in the area and Melissa will have a list of them. One is the Hampton Inn at Southgate only 9 miles from the South Marina. We have two days of sailing planned: Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting). Friday night will be a potluck dinner at the campsite #92—bring your own meat to grill and a side dish to share, also a chair and BYOB. Club will provide the paper products for dinner. Hotel dwellers are welcome to come to the potluck dinner. Please let Melissa know what you are bringing. Saturday night dinner will be at a local restaurant close by where Melissa makes a group reservation. Breakfast and lunches are on your own.
The member price will be $110.00 for sailing and Friday night dinner. Guest price will be $165.00. Sorry, no reduced price for one-day sail. You can pay online or mail your payment in. There is limited crew space on this trip so first to pay are signed up for the trip.
For more information in the meantime, please contact:
Melissa Steiner 720-933-8554 (cell) email@example.com
Diana Bliss – Commodore
Big Mac Trip – Friday 6/18/21 – Sunday 6/20/21
The Salty Dogs will be going to Lake McConaughy from June 18th-20th. We will be staying at Admiral’s Cove again this year. You must register for this trip as there are limited spots on the boats. We have three boats this year so far with eight crew spots available. I’ll be looking for another boat so we can take more people. Your check will reserve your spot on this trip. The price of this trip is only the price to bring the boats up. YOU are responsible for getting your own reservation for lodging! The price does include a pot-luck dinner on Saturday night.
The price of the trip from July 18th-20th is $163.00 for club members and $245 for guests. This is based on the current three boats signed up. If we get a fourth boat, the cost may be reduced with a refund for the difference. Please mail your check (payable to Salty Dogs) to Diana Bliss. This will reserve your spot—it’s first-come/first-serve. If you pay online, please email me that you signed up and paid.
If you want to get reservations at Admirals Cove for a motel or cabin, please call 308-355-2102. Please leave a message saying that you are with the Salty Dogs. Rooms may be limited!! I also have a list of hotels in Ogallala. If Admiral’s Cove doesn’t have any rooms left, here are the two closest lodging:
North Shore Lodge 308-355-2222
Otter Creek Lodge 308-355-2372
Most of these places have cabin/trailer, kitchenette rentals. Here’s some others in the area:
Eagle Canyon Hideaway 308-287-2673
Gander Inn Motel- B&B 308-778-5616
Kingsley Lodge (by the dam coming into lake) 308-284-2775
Mesa View Lodge (your best budget motel-says ad) 308-355-5000
Vogl’s Lodge & Lure. 308-355-2321
Hotels in downtown Ogalala:
Elms Motel. 308-284-3404. Lazy K 308-284-4056
Oregon Trail 308-284-3705
Pump & Pantry. 308-284-6119
I don’t know about these places so you will have to call. If you have any questions, you can call email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shane Brouillette – Member/Coordinator
Meet at the little shack on the dock at 6PM. Bring a light jacket in case it gets chilly. Also, a flashlight/ headlamp might be useful. Suggested return time is 10-11pm but it’s really up to each boat captain.
$10 for members, $15 for guests. Pay online at saltydog.org or send me a check payable to Salty Dogs: 6500 E Alaska Dr Denver, CO 80224
Shane Brouillette 303-393-0555 email@example.com
John Venema – Member/Coordinator
Day Sail on Gorgeous Lake Dillon – Wednesday 7/28/21
Sailors: Bring your sailing stuff. Plan to meet at the Lake Dillon Yacht Club picnic tables at 11:30AM 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 12:00PM to 4:30PM, then get together for an optional 5:30PM dinner at nearby Pug Ryan’s Brewery (104 Village Place, Dillon, CO 80435).
$16 members, $24 guests of members. Pay online at saltydog.org and click on “shop” or mail me a check payable to Salty Dogs. Include your name(s), phone number, email address and whether or not you plan to join us for dinner. 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 WEDNESDAY, July 28. Thank you in advance.
John Venema 303-589-8604 (voice and text)
Other Club News
Gari Westkott – Member
Fourth of July Party – Sunday 7/4/21
Come one, come all, maskless, smiling, and happy to see others!!! Whoopee!!! Another Fourth of July at 5:30pm at my house, 1690 S. Deframe Ct., Lakewood 80228. BYOB and BYOM (booze and meat to grill). AND a salad to share. It could be egg salad, bean salad, potato salad, macaroni salad, tuna salad, Jell-O salad, a green salad, Greek salad, pear salad, broccoli salad, apple salad, cucumber salad, carrot salad, chicken salad, avocado salad, fruit salad, shrimp salad, tomato salad, ham salad, spinach salad, German potato salad, deviled egg salad. A prize will be given for the best salad – voted on by the U.S. electoral college. Anyone who really wants to bake a cake, call me.
You will again be divided into teams that will compete. For what? Haven’t decided yet, but this time I guarantee you will not need to take off any of your clothes. Also, everyone is to come with a great joke or little story to tell us in the wee hour of the evening until the fireworks begin. Be prepared to dance to some awesome Iranian music.
If you have a folding chair, it would be good to bring one. Some of you went up to the street above my house and watched the fireworks display from up there; some of you sat on the roof of my house to do the same – your choice. Let’s issue in a new year of no Covid. My assumption is that you have all had the shot if you wanted one. And if you didn’t get one, it was because you didn’t want one.
You may invite a friend or two. I just need to know the final number coming.
Gari Westkott 303-986-4792 firstname.lastname@example.org