Sunday sailing

A sunny fall day again – just perfect. A southeasterly about 5-6 mph made for good racing. Windward-leeward courses of 3 laps in the first race and 2 laps in the second were sailed. 20 boats raced. The MC scow fleet had their regatta today.

High school sailing

In an earlier post we introduced the high school sailing program we are getting in to. This last weekend the Ohio high school group attended a regatta at Hoover in Columbus. On October 3 they will sail here at Cowan.


Sunday sailing

Football weather! Seemed like a fall day in the mid-60s, but mostly sunny. The breeze was great for  change,  a 5-10 mph westerly. Two windward-leeward courses were sailed. The MC fleet had a little excitement in race 2, with 3 boats capsizing. The Thistles had finished  a great regatta with 8 races sailed.

Betty Duncan Women’s Championship

Labor Day Monday the Women’s Championship races were sailed. It was a good sunny day, but we had wished for a little more wind. As it was, we had a SW breeze of 3-5 mph. Our aim was to sail three races of 45 to 60 minute duration in order to make the Portsmouth handicap scoring system more valid. Kathy Beatty sailed her Thistle, Dana Larison (the 2014 champ) sailed a Highlander, Sara Schumann sailed a Highlander and Carolyn Price sailed her MC Scow.

Congratulations to Carolyn for her fine sailing to win the 2015 Women’s Championship. Interestingly, Sara Schumann gave up sailing her Opti to drive a Highlander here and earned 2nd place. However Carolyn beat Sara by just one second to get 1st in race 1. Had Sara sailed one second faster than she did, she would have won the championship as she would have won the tie-breaker for the regatta. What a marvelous job for a junior sailor.

Score sheet


Labor Day

The holiday weekend found us under a big high pressure area resulting in clear sunny weather, but little wind. Interestingly, the hot weather spawned some thunderstorms in SW Ohio, but none had Cowan Lake in it’s sights. On Saturday, lack of wind delayed sending the fleets out to race. After filling in to the required minimum breeze, they managed to get in one race. It was a great party, but only the kids were willing the don the fat suits for sumo wrestling because of the heat.

2015 club officers were elected with the following result:

Doug Fisher – Commodore
Jim Blackburn – Vice-Commodore
Tim Gilliland – Treasurer
Carey Nelson – Secretary
Howard Miller – Board of Governors
Patty Lawrence – Board of Governors
Steve Fader – Board of Governors finishing Jim Blackburn’s term

Sunday wasn’t much better, but they had a little better wind and got 2 races in. It was SW about 3-5 mph with triangle course  races.

Pictures in Gallery

Bring-a-Friend Regatta


Not really a regatta, but a lot of fun. The juniors last program of the season, other than Labor Day, brings the group together for a weekend of laid back, just fun sailing. To make it just that much more fun, they invite a non-sailing friend to share it with. About 38 kids participated. The RC boat instead of tooting race signals, blared rock music out for all to enjoy. More than the boats were rocking.

High School sailing

Many aren’t aware, but there is high school level competitive sailing activity. This is more modeled after collegiate sailing  than US Sailing youth programs. CLSA will host the Fall Conference #3 of the Ohio High School Sailing association on October 3. Some of our sailors will compete. Erik Schumann is coordinator of the event.

Schedule is below:
Saturday, October 3, 2015
0900- Check in and Registration
0900-1000- Rigging of boats
1000- Competitors meeting mandatory for all sailors
1030- First Warning. Races will continue throughout the day. Lunch will be served on shore between sets
1530- No race shall start after this time.


Party alert

It’s, hard to believe that the last holiday party of the season is coming. Labor Day is just around the corner. Festivities include the party on Saturday, September 5 following racing. Our vice commodore has plans to top the dunking machine that was such a hit on the 4th of July. Make your plans now and send your RSVP to

The holiday Monday is the Betty Duncan Championship.