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St. Patrick’s Day Cruise and Raft-Up
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Tuesday, March 18th ~ 6:00 GENERAL MEETING
March 22nd ~ Highway Clean Up
March 30th ~ SUNDAY SAIL
April 4th-6th ~ The Second Annual LPSC Surf & Turf
Commodore’s View from the SPINNAKER for MARCH 2014
View from the Spinnaker
by Deedy Payne, LPSC 2014 Commodore
I am sure you all have a bucket list of things you want to do and for us LPSC members, many of those “things” probably have to do with sailing. Doug and I have owned ten sailboats in the past 35 years and have never flown or owned a spinnaker, until now. I decided that at the top of my “sailing” bucket list for 2014, I was going to figure out how fly the spinnakers on Island Time, our O’Day 272. (Yes, you got that right – she came equipped with TWO spinnakers!)
To start this learning project, on February 1st I attended the SCYA Women’s Sailing Convention with Sammi Majors. We drove over to Newport Beach, CA Friday afternoon and spent a fabulous Saturday with 200 women who all love sailing and know a lot about it. I took Sail Trim and Spinnaker workshops as well as Rebuilding Winches (I also was able to service the winches on our boat last month!) and Navigation 201. Sammi took a class where she went out on the water with an expert captain as well two land-based classes. The skilled women who teach have all raced and captained and cruised extensively. They know the sport from a women’s point of view and they know more than most men! Cindy Wynne, who captains a Beneteau 35s5 and has won the Newport to Ensenada race several times with an all women crew, taught us how to trim sails, pack the spinnaker, and fly it with ease. (By the way ladies, we already have a group ready to head to the convention next year so mark your calendar for the first Saturday in February, 2015! It is so worth it!!)
Cindy made it look doable in SoCal and back here at Lake Pleasant on February 15th we had our own Women on the Water spinnaker class. Stacey Loula, an AYC racer who volunteered her services, showed about seven women how to fly spinnakers. What great reinforcement for what I had learned in California! Island Time was right there, and with the help of Jeannie Zortman (new LPSC member) and Jeanette Lombardi (guest sailor who found us on SAIL ARIZONA Meet Up), Doug and I flew our beautiful blue and white spinnaker for the very first time. Light air and a lot of patience were the key to making it a successful day. A big thank-you to Stacey and all the ladies who came out. Thanks also to Lynn Buchanan who was able to borrow Dianna Andress’s boat to add another spinnaker opportunity to the fleet. I know all the women who participated learned a lot and became more confident in their knowledge and understanding of sailing.
As with any sport, our goal is to improve skills while having fun. LPSC is helping all of us do this. With the addition of the TransLoch fleet in the AYC racing series, the Women on the Water classes, and our Sunday Sails, we are taking our sailing skills to new levels and having fun. Of course the parties and cruises and General Meetings round out the LPSC experience to truly enhance our LPSC sailing in the desert. Thanks to all the members who are participating in the club events. If you are new or haven’t been active for a while, jump in and join us!! You will learn a lot, meet lots of great sailors and most of all, have fun!
(Earlier “Views” are published in the ARCHIVE category on the sidebar.)
Famous thoughts …
… on time
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” (John Lubbock)
Famous thoughts …
… on tattoos
On old time sailors, it was fashionable to tattoo a pig on one foot and a rooster on the other. An old-time bos’n claimed that anyone so marked could not drown, for these creatures despised the water. (Horace Beck – Folklore and the Sea)
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