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A visit to the club

It was a nice, mild day so a trip to the club happened. What a surprise. Earlier, a group had gone up and removed several Ash trees, which were condemned. They went the extra mile to cut them up into firewood size as well as grinding the stumps. Some of the smaller sizes were stacked for use, but most requires splitting and remains in piles near where they were felled. A spring work party or two will make short work of this with a commercial power splitter.

The lake is down at the winter level, about 5 feet below summer pool. It is ice covered. This is an ideal time to work on lifts that are still on the lake bottom. Remember, when you visit the club in wintertime, the restrooms are not usable as the water is shut off.

Check pictures in gallery.

Membership renewal

The 2016 CLSA membership renewal invoices have been mailed. Payment is due now and is considered overdue March 1. Advantage of early payment is priority consideration of requested race committee assignment dates. For new members, dock assignment is considered only after dues payment and it sets your seniority date in the club..

We are all excited about the 2016 sailing season.

 

Horsepower hearing held

On Tuesday the hearing was held on the proposed new rule that would allow a 2 year trial to allow boats with motors more than 10 HP to operate on Cowan as long as they operated at idle or no-wake speeds. Most of the opposition centered on doubts that users would comply since patrols here are so rare. DNR admitted that last season there were only 15 patrols here and usually for about 2 hours before they left for another lake. They claimed they had to increase patrols at Caesar’s Creek Lake because of fatalities there.

Certainly, those that testified at the hearing were mostly people firmly against the rule because they didn’t want to change the peaceful nature of the lake. We can only hope they got the message from lake users that it would be a big mistake.

Horsepower limit on Cowan Lake Threatened

From the very beginning of the building of 692 acre Cowan Lake in 1954, it was designated as a less than 10 HP lake. This was mostly because of its relatively small size high speed powerboat activity could not safely coexist with other water activities such as fishing, sailing and paddle sports. This has worked very well as these other activities have flourished. In 1978 Caesars Creek Lake opened not 10 miles away and became a haven for power boaters with its unlimited horsepower and 2830 acres of water. Because of its size, other water activities were also successful.

Two years ago a group, not regular Cowan Lake users, convinced the Division of Watercraft to consider allowing boats with large motors to operate on our lake if they didn’t speed. They used language like “idle speed” of “no wake speed”, but there was no assurance of anybody to enforce this. A big hoopla surfaced as this became public and many groups that either were lake users of just friends of the lake, led by CLSA raised up in opposition. This was sufficient to make them shelf the idea as they learned the real users were so strongly against it.

It the seasons since, apparently some boaters thought it passed as several powerboats have appeared running their big engines at slow speeds. It addition at least one was seen at high speed towing a tube. Regularly, boats with large motors, even if they didn’t run them on the lake, fire them up to drive on their trailers. This is what digs the big hole at the end of the ramps.

They are back! The same group is insisting the big motors should be allowed. None of the arguments have changed. The  Division is again considering allowing it, only based on the requests of the outsiders.

We all need to rise up again to prevent this new rule from being approved. Emails have been sent out to our membership to make their feelings heard to our state representatives as well as the Division of Watercraft. There will be a meeting on December 29 at 10:30 AM in Columbus for public comments. We urge members to appear or just attend to support our position. Department of Natural Resources Assembly Center at 2045 Morse Road in Columbus.

Website

At the recommendation of our new vice commodore, Jim Blackburn, we are working towards including a photo of each member located on the fleet pages. This will help members and others recognize other members. It will take some time to collect all the photos and plug them in. It may be a good off-season project. It is possible to opt out.

Etchells

Another CLSA star

Jon McClean, recent CLSA member and Highlander sailor now competes in the Etchells class. He recently competed in the 2015 Etchells world championships, sailed in Hong Kong. With Skip Diebold driving, they won the event in a fleet of 43 boats. They are to be congratulated. The class allow teams to sail with 3 or 4 crew. They sailed with 3.

See results here.

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Closed for the season

Members came together and lovingly put our toys away for another season. The kitchen, clubhouse, shelterhouse, vessels and harbor crews started early and worked until  the job  was done. The boats are stored on the porches of the clubhouse and shelterhouse. The floating docks were detached from their posts and towed to Sunfish Cove, where they will winter. If anyone visits the club during the off season, remember that the water will be off and the bathrooms not usable.

Check these pictures.

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Dredging

Most are probably aware that the water lotus is expanding at our lake. It is noticeable in Quaker Cove and at the headwaters of the lake. It won’t grow in more than 3 feet of water, so it is an indicator of our lake silting in. It is part of the natural lifecycle of lakes. To maintain their usefulness for recreation, they need to be dredged from time to time.

A suction dredge is now working at the east end of our lake. A rotating cutter head on the end of the suction boom turns the mud into a slurry that is pumped through a pipe to a spoil area some distance away.

Find the lake on Google Earth and you can see the dredge. If you look carefully, you can see the spoil pipe snaking around the area. It ends in the spoil pond that can be seen to the ESE. The pond has a divider.

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High school regatta

Saturday the teens endured temps in the 40s with rain and wind NE at 8-18 mph, The youngsters who sailed really got a workout. 6 teams sailed in the A division and 7 in the B division. Each division sailed 6 races. That made it 12 races during the day. Courses were windward-leeward twice around finishing downwind. It was a short course with the start finish line in the harbor. Check the gallery of photos taken by Howard Miller in our gallery.

Check article in the Tuesday, October 6 Enquirer. It is page 6C, the sports section. Link