Sunday sailing

The first races of the fall series found a good sailing day. Sort of hot, but a decent breeze, although shifty. Generally a SW breeze, it did spend some time as a southerly mid-race. Probably varying between 3 and 10 mph through the afternoon.

Be reminded of festivities next weekend. Labor Day races Saturday and Sunday, with the party after racing Saturday. Then on Monday, the Betty Duncan Women’s Championship will be sailed. If you plan to attend the party, please RSVP At the business meeting we will be electing the new officers for 2016!

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.


Women’s Weekend

A great time was had by all! The weather was beautiful during the day with sunny, blue skies and plenty of wind to learn how to sail. The entertainment in the evening were the storms with cloud to ground lightning, 40 mph winds which blew over two tents, rain and more rain and hail! The food was delicious thanks to Lynn Kitchen and her better half. The beverages of the usual plus margaritas matched the Mexican food and theme perfectly. Thank you Marian Brainerd! Our on land instructors met our sailing needs by teaching “How to be a Better Crew” by Connie Sheets, beginner skills by Cindy Fisher and Q&A by Patty Lawrence. Our expert women sailors shared their skills on water. Thank you to Marie Pratt, Carey Nelson, Cindy Fisher, Lynn Kitchen, Kaity Japikse, Teri Thobaben, Kathy Beatty and Gwen Marshall! We had special assistance from Bruce Kitchen, Bob Nelson, Phil Beatty and Jason Japikse. Thank you! To the 17 women, keep up the good work and keep coming back!
We think more members need to learn Zumba! It was so fun to follow Anita Burton Heck’s dancing instruction. Great way to get in shape and stay in shape!


4th of July weekend

We had wonderful weather for  weekend at the club. Saturday was sunny and Sunday was a little overcast which made for a respite from a hot sun. We had a great party and the format worked out well. The band was well liked. The dunking machine was really a hit and raised some money for the junior program. People offered money if a named person would sit on the dunking seat.

Racing was pretty good and had good attendance. The Saturday breeze was a little uncooperative and RC had to postpone a little for it to (relatively) settle down. There were also a few waits for the wind strength to reach our required 3 mph. RC need to adjust the course several times. Sunday was better, but the best breeze showed up after the first race. It shifted to the west and picked up a little and RC took the bait and set a longer windward-leeward race. Thistles and Highlanders sailed 3 laps, most other fleets 2 laps and Lasers and 420s 1 lap. It worked well as all fleets finished together. 34 boats raced the adult course.

CLSA Champ2015

New Club Champion

The sail-off of the fleet champions was today. It was a good sailing day with an easterly of 7-10 mph and no rain until we were back onshore and unrigged. Congratulate Andy Lawrence of the Thistle fleet.  It was far from a runaway as only 3 points separated the whole fleet and the win was by a tiebreaker with Bob Rowland.

See the details at Club Championship Results.

Also, Kate Rudy submitted a lot of pictures to our gallery.


Wayward MC

This Scow, still on it’s lift, was floating out in the harbor. The buoyancy of the boat was enough to support the lift, as the boat cover was tied down to it. Close call – should have been tethered to shore.

More flood pix

The water is so high that many boats are floating on their lifts that usually are okay in flood. Some of them are floating away taking their attached lifts with them! It would be wise to check your property. Crews there are doing the best they can.

Click on picture to enlarge.

In addition, a member sent these.