Junior area

All we need is the sailors!

Bring your boats Memorial Day weekend.

New racks. New pavers. Wooden floating dock installed. Ramp to wooden floating dock still a work in progress.





Learn to sail weekend a success

We completed the 2016 Learn-to-sail (LTS) class this past weekend. We had 14 guests with us, including several newer members and several who may become members at some point down the road. The weather was interesting – a little damp and cool on Saturday but with a nice breeze, Sunday was sunny and again a nice breeze. Ken Irwin, Jason and I served as the instructors on shore, and club members Sean Clements, Doug Fisher, Dan Adams, Dave Hutton, Chris Getschow and Jay Bundy (as well as Ken and Jason) served as guest skippers on the water. Some of our guests may be visiting the club again next weekend to learn more about our association – so if you see someone you do not know please introduce yourself and meet them, and help them to learn more about our unique association. Thanks to all for your support of this program. Pete.

Link to photos



Sunday sailing

It was a nice sunny day in the mid 70s – finally. Wind? Yes we had wind. The 10-15 mph northerly breeze with lots of gusts and shifts kept the sailors busy. One too busy and gave his bilges a good spring cleaning. Windward-leeward courses were sailed.

Memorial Day Party

Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar

Cowan Lake Sailing Association – 7379 Ohio 730, Wilmington, OH 45177 – View Map

• A live jazz band, corn hole and entertainment for the youth
• A fully catered dinner of pulled pork & fried chicken is planned with dessert
• Please bring an appetizer per family to share
• Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages are included

• Adults $25
• Youth (ages 13-20) $20
• Children (ages 5-12) $10

• Appetizers 5:00pm (after races are over)
• Club Meeting 6:00pm
• Dinner 6:30pm
• Music 5:00pm to whenever

• Needed no later than Sunday May 22nd
• Preferred form of registration is via the link in this e-mail. If you have issues with the link, send your RSVP to Jim Blackburn at jimrunsalot@yahoo.com or call 513-207-4256

Wooden finger dock

Junior harbor progressing

The plan is coming together. It started with installing plastic floating docks with a launching ramp with rollers. Good gravel roads were built for vehicle access. A retaining wall enlarged flat area for boats on dollies. New wood racks have been fabricated for the Optis. A wood floating dock has been installed in an L configuration for stability. It still needs work. This week a contractor is installing lattice design pavers over the entire area. This allows a stable work area, while allowing rain water to soak in. The state doesn’t permit designs that allow muddy runoff flowing into the lake. Now, the junior program efforts turn to readying for junior camp.

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Racing at Cowan Lake

Our club prides itself in running a good racing program. We have a core group of seasoned racers knowledgeable in race management that comprise our permanent race committee (PRC). A few are, or have been certified race officers. Members of this group are usually in charge of the club racing race committees (RC). All our members serve on our RC for two days each season and work under the direction of the PRC members. If the less experienced members are not well instructed or don’t understand their duties it can cause errors in the conduct of the races.

We can improve the quality of our race program if more strive to understand more about the process of race management. This not only makes our RC function better, but this knowledge makes the sailors better racers. We have an online resource on our website that details our procedures. Under the Racing menu, is a sub-menu for Race Management. There is a large volume of material, but It would be good to skim over this section and read the areas you aren’t sure about. We can all benefit.


Sunday sailing

This Sunday was chilly – in the 50s and breezy. Enough that only 10 boats raced. The WNW breeze of 12-14 mph gusted to about 20 mph occasionally, especially in race 2. Both Lasers, sailed by the Lawrence kids, were just worn out by the strong breezes of race 2. RC set 3-lap windward-leeward courses both races.

New pictures in gallery.


Shorten course

There has been some confusion in recognizing or setting up a shortened course finish line. Since this procedure changed 8 years ago, some aren’t aware.

For those wanting to know more on the details, click the link below.

Shortening course


Party time!

Memorial Day is approaching. As always, CLSA plans to celebrate the event with a party and regatta. A live jazz band, catered pulled pork and fried chicken dinner, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages included. Members are invited to bring appetizers to share.

Racing starts at 1:00 Saturday, with the appetizers after racing about 5:00. Club meeting at 6:00 with dinner at 6:30. Sunday racing starts at 1:45.

Cost $25 per adults, $20 for youth and $10 for children 5-12.

Please RSVP.

Click here to make reservation.