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The Annual Rubber Duck Rescue Race ….

March 22, 2013 in Cruising Blog, From Vice Commodore, General Blog, Racing Blog by davec

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Use the man o’er board drill to rescue ducks out in the lake for major prizes and awards by collecting the most. Its great event we have each year. Mark your calendars and secure your crew.         call Dave at 214-682-4385  for more info.


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Sunfish Regatta, Bad timing

August 31, 2011 in Racing Blog by admin

Well, it looks like the marina is pulling up anchor and sailing out of the cove, just in time to disrupt any activities the slip holders may have scheduled for the weekend. Duh! Of course, that includes our LYC stuff. So, even though the Sunfish can float in a couple of feet of water, we don’t know where the pavilion will be by this Saturday, (or whether we can even get to it).  Consequently, the majority of the board decided that the Sunfish Regatta should be abandoned or cancelled. No new date was selected.

On the other hand, I’m thinking that anyone who has an adventuresome spirit might want to think about leaving the option open. We might just think about going out and playing with the Sunfish if we can get to them. It would not be an official LYC event, but we might just go out and mess around with the boats. Besides, we can’t use our real boats anyway. Both the Memorial and Independence regattas were lightly attended, but those of us who did participate had a ball. I sure would hate to miss another opportunity to do it again. So, why not think about going out and play with the little ones. We don’t need no stinking power, or hot dogs. What do you think?

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Memorial Weekend Sunfish Regatta Rescheduled to 6/4

May 24, 2011 in Racing Blog by admin

The first of three Sunfish Regattas for 2011 will take place on June 4. Hot Dogs with all the fixings will be on sale for $1 each. Come out and join the fun. Even if you don’t race, there’s a certain amount of entertainment value in watching the shenanigans.
Registration is at Noon
Each entrant will race three races. Low score wins.
Trophy awarded for first place. Gift certificate for second place.

Entry Fee is $10, cheaper than a bag of popcorn and a drink at the movies  (Yikes!)

Race Pass for the year is $70, includes three Sunfish Regattas, the Full Moon Series, and two other regattas.
It sure would be nice to know if you intend to compete. Please email me and let me know.


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Leukemia Cup 2011 (10th Anniversary)

May 9, 2011 in Racing Blog by mike

WOW!  What a weekend.  LYC sailors did it again.  3 Entries, 3 Trophies.  PARAGON ended up in 1st place, Floating Logic ended up in 2nd place, and Lil Buddie ended up in 3rd place in each of their classes.  I want to personally thank my crew for their outstanding teamwork.  All year long they have continued to work like a well oiled machine.  All I had to do was drive.  Also, Kenny (Lil Buddie) was tied in points for 1st place.  It was very close racing!  I have to say that I enjoyed this race so much because we were constantly looking a little forward or a little behind us at the competition.  The top three boats were never far away.  Most of the time, a beer could be thrown between us.

The event contributed more than $125,000 to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society making the grand total for all 10 years to over $1,000,000.

The races included collisions, broaches, and lots of wind.  The food was awesome. The Painkillers were both fruity and full of Mount Gay Rum.  Lastly, there was some great scenery.

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See ya on the lake!

Captain Mike

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New Race event!! – Full Moon Series

April 30, 2011 in Racing Blog by admin

The LYC board has come up with a way to (hopefully) spice up the old Summer Nite Series.  The new event is called THE FULL MOON SERIES. We scheduled five race days that closely coincide with the dates of the full moon for months May through September. The 2nd and 4th races also coincide with the Collin Park Marina dock parties. On those dates we will start the races an hour or so later so we can take advantage of the marina’s food, drink, and music. On the other three dates there will be a food-related before-the-race activity at the club pavilion.

The races will be in the staggered start race format. Each boat will have an individual start time that is based on the assigned LYC PHRF handicap. The course will be selected from one of those identified on the Long Distance & Staggered Start Course Map. The map and Notice of Race can be found as links on the LYC Racing page. The start times and course will be announced at the pavilion prior to the start of the race. Whoever gets back to the marina first, wins.

So, come on out and munch with the bunch. And, since you’ll be there anyway, you might as well take advantage of the beautiful sunsets and moon rises, cool summer night breezes, and peaceful sailing with you friends. There’s always room on a boat, so, no excuses.

Check the on-line calendar on the web site for the dates and times, and check the Notice of Race on the web site Racing page for race details. Also on the Racing page is a link to a two-page summary of race related dates, suitable for printing and magnetic attachment to the fridge.

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Reschedule Frostbite Regatta ??

March 7, 2011 in Racing Blog by admin

In Greek mythology, the Anemoi were wind gods who were each ascribed a cardinal direction, from which their respective winds came, and were each associated with various seasons and weather conditions. They were sometimes represented as mere gusts of wind, at other times were personified as winged men, and at still other times were depicted as horses kept in the stables of the storm god Aeolus, who provided Odysseus with the Anemoi in the Odyssey.

Of the four chief Anemoi, Boreas was the north wind and bringer of cold winter air, Notus was the south wind and bringer of the storms of late summer and autumn, and Zephyrus was the west wind and bringer of light spring and early summer breezes; Eurus was the east wind.  Additionally, four lesser Anemoi represented the northeast, southeast, northwest, and southwest winds.


I guess you could say that Boreas was a little too upset to permit execution of the Frostbite Regatta last Saturday. So, I thought I’d see if he might calm down a bit and give us another chance .

I am polling the members to see if there is any interest in rescheduling the Frostbite Regatta to one of two available dates: March 12 or March 19. Both of these dates are shown to be open on the LYC calendar. If you are an interested racer and have a preference for one of the dates, please comment to this blog and we will reschedule accordingly.

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Overview of 2011 Racing Events

January 29, 2011 in Racing Blog by admin

Here you will find a summary of the racing events we have planned for this year. Dates have been assigned, but the publication of the firm schedule is awaiting final inputs from other officers. So, this is what we have so far.

Almost all of the keel boat racing events will coincide with social events. This includes four one-day regattas and five Full Moon Races. There will usually be only one of these single-day events each month of the March to November sailing season, for a total of ten race days (not counting Sunfish). Stand-alone events will include three Sunfish regattas and the Turkey Trot to Ticky Creek race.

Due to lack of interest, the traditional spring, summer, and fall race series are now history. But, in order to still take advantage of the wonderful sailing in the summer evenings, we are replacing the Summer Nite Series with races that coincide with the full moons that occur in May thru September. There will be a total of 5 of these “virtual” Full Moon Races. Two of them will be on the same date as the two marina dock parties, so we’ll start those races a little later in the evening than the rest. On those other three race days we’ll have some kind of pot-luck social prior to the race. We haven’t yet decided if the Full Moon Races should be considered a series or just be individual events. Surely, we will have made a decision before the first one.

The reason for the quote marks around virtual is that the races will actually be held on Saturdays closest to the true full moon dates, not actually on the date. This proves the validity of the old saying “any word or phrase that immediately follows the word ‘virtual’ is always a lie”.  Comments are welcome. -Larry

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Turkey Trot to Ticky Creek

November 11, 2010 in Racing Blog by admin

Well, looks like we’ve come close to the end of another perfectly good season of fair weather sailing & racing on Lake Lavon. But do not despair. There is just one more opportunity to participate in a LYC event on the water. It’s a fun sailing event, starting at the tire breakwater at CPM, sailing past the “island”, turning left around the southern-most no-wake buoy at the Ticky Creek boat ramp, then back to the tires at CPM. It’s about 11.5 NM round trip. Motor boats are welcome to participate, but they must motor in reverse gearSmile.
The event will be a staggered start race. Each boat will start at a specific GPS time, based on LYC-modified PHRF handicaps. Since the handicap adjustment is applied at the start, the first boat to get back to the finish line is the winner. First and second place prizes will be awarded (and shared) at the club pavilion at the conclusion of the event.
Date: November 20 (Saturday)
Registration and Skipper Meeting is at 11:00 a.m. at the LYC pavilion.
There is NO registration fee.
First boat to start at the CPM tire breakwater at 12:00 p.m.
Awards presented and consumed at the LYC pavilion after the last boat finishes.
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Harvest Moon 2010

November 9, 2010 in Racing Blog by admin

OK, it looks like I’ll be the first to attempt to give you some sense of our experience.  Maybe the rest are just trying to put the whole thing behind them. But I’m going to write it all down just in case I need to refresh my memory next year when Mikey comes around asking for money.

Half of the crew traveled down on Tuesday to get the boat checked out and provisioned. Before we got to the boat we met up with Phil, who happened to be in town visiting his newly acquired power boat.

After our visit with Phil, we proceeded to the boat to check it out and unload the truck before it got too dark.  We  completed our chores, and we went looking for one of the restaurants Phil suggested. After a great meal, we slept on the boat that night. On Wednesday, we spent most of the day shopping and securing the provisions. On Wednesday night the rest of the crew arrived. So we stored their luggage and readied for the Thursday morning launch, and went to sleep.

On Thursday morning we arose with great anticipation, and sailed for the 2:00 start.  At the start, the winds were a bit light. The weather forecast indicated that the wind would build to around 15-20 knots with 3-4 ft. waves. That didn’t seem too bad. But they were wrong. As the day wore on, the waves and the wind kept building. Late Thursday night we found ourselves in 20-25 knot wind and around 8 ft. swells. And it lasted all day Friday. The trip turned into a blur. Once the waves came up, sleeping was almost impossible, and eating was out of the question for most of us. There was a constant wrestling match between the boat and the helmsman. The boat spent most of its time laid over, wallowing in the swells. When the boat crashed into a wave just right, a torrent of water came over the bow quarter and soaked the cockpit. We had to trade our shorts and tee shirts for full foul weather gear. We managed to finish the race on Friday evening without major incident, but were a bit disappointed in our finish position. Friday evening and Saturday was spent trying to recover and catch up on our alcohol rations.

Saturday evening was highlighted by lots of rum, a satisfying barbecue supper, trophy presentations, no trophy, a good band, and, for some of us, alcohol-induced dancing.

I, personally, don’t have an explanation for why we didn’t finish better. We were beaten by boats we had beaten before, and by boats that were rigged similar to ours. The only thing that I think might have improved our position would have been to have sailed a course that was a bit more southerly than the one we chose. However, I can’t imagine that we could have made up enough time to have beaten any of those who finished ahead.

Somehow, the two master chefs on board had managed to feed us two wonderful supper meals and some great breakfasts at some some time during the race and on the way back. Much thanks to both of you. I seem to remember sandwiches for lunch one day. Once again, we managed to buy a lot more food than we could consume. But, then again, maybe more is better than less.

We got some relief from the high waves on the trip back to our marina by staying in the intracoastal waterway. However, we still managed to have several adventures, including three groundings, being chewed out by the Colorado River Lock Nazi, jamming and freeing the main sail roller system, spotting and notifying the Coast Guard of an overturned power boat, and being delayed for over an hour by the boat Cache’, skippered by Robert Giles, from Lakewood Yacht Club. It seems that Mr. Giles and crew, in their infinite wisdom, decided to tie up their 50′ sailboat at the only available fuel dock between Port Aransas and Galveston, and then leave and walk into town to a restaurant for supper. They managed to dock such that no one else could get fuel. They eventually wandered back to the boat with full bellies, and then decided to fuel up, while our boat continued to circle around. Another sailboat that was circling around became badly in need of fuel, so they had to precariously tie up and wait, since they were on fumes and in danger of running dry. I guess it exceeded Mr. Giles’ capacity for comprehension that any of the more than 100 sailboats returning to Galveston via the intracoastal just might be in need of fuel before the docks closed for the night. Other than those incidents mentioned above, the return trip was quite uneventful.

Upon returning to the marina, we started cleaning up the boat and ourselves. At some point it was decided that we would all return to Dallas that evening instead of spending the night on the boat. So, we packed up, went to eat a nice supper at our favorite Mexican Restaurant, then headed for home.

Was it fun? No, not really. Were there any highlights? Well, it was an adventure. Is that all? I did get a new appreciation for those sailors who have found themselves subjected to this kind of misery on long passages. Any other positives? Maybe, but none come to mind right now. Will you do it again? Only if, in the next eleven months, I manage to kill off all of those exact brain cells that hold the memories of this race. But don’t count on it.

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Founders Regatta Done, Yea!

October 12, 2010 in Racing Blog by admin

As subtly indicated in the heading, the Founders Regatta (see footnote 1 later, not now) is now finally over with. And, what an event it was. The weather could not have been better, the turnout was fantastic, and the racing was outstanding. We were finally able to have a real “Around the Buoys” race, the first one  in a very long time. The only thing missing was a committee boat at one end of the start line. This event was extremely well attended, considering the limited turn-out for some past events. The Founders would be proud of us.  In addition to the list of usual competitors, we had three newbies show up. Now, if we could have gotten some of the club’s other boats out there with us, we would really start looking more like LYC racing of old.

We’ve been trying to get this regatta off the ground (literally) since last April. I have long been puzzling over a reason why we had a bunch of entry forms in the briefcase that were titled “2010 Founders Regatta”, all filled out and signed. I kept saying to myself: I said, self, (self said “huh”) Why do I have all these completed entry forms, and am still trying to have the regatta? Self said “No clue, go ask somebody who hadn’t overwritten or destroyed those particular brain cells in the interim”.  So finally, after the race on Saturday, I was reminded that we actually tried to do the thing back in April. And we actually did start the regatta, but the wind pooped out before we could get the race done. Mystery solved. Sure am glad we were able to have a chance for a do-over.

The results are as follows:

First Place – Tom Johnson – Mille Dewey – 2,1,2

Second Place – Larry Kousal – Radical – 1,2,3

Third Place – Janet/Bob Davenport – Cheers – 3,3,1

Fourth Place – Max Car – 4,4,4

Fifth Place – Howard Martin – Beau Tango – 5,5,5

Sixth Place – Dave Christensen – Cautauqua III – 6,6,6

Prizes were awarded for the first three places. Actually, I gave my 2nd place prize to the 4th place finisher. Also, Tom was forced to take home and display (or store) the perpetual Founders Regatta Plaque (see footnote 2) until the next Founders Regatta.

Actual scoring spreadsheets are being emailed to the competitors, along with a table of the LYC-adjusted PHRF handicaps that were used.


1. I never have been able to resolve the conundrum regarding the writing of the word “Founders” for this and other articles. As long as one has only to say the word, nobody can tell the difference. But when you go to write it, is it Founder’s, Founders’, or just Founders? I’ve given up guessing, and have decided to leave off the apostrophe altogether.

2. I think I finally (sort of) resolved the conundrum of there being two different perpetual “Founders” awards.  One is the plaque awarded to Tom last week. It clearly says Founders (plus something) on it. The other is this really nice trophy that consists of a 12″ x 12″ x 7″ wooden base, and a really large and ornate cup on top. The whole thing is about 17″ tall. Inscribed in it is “Lavon Sailing Club” (Lavon what?), and “Founder’s Cup”. Note the use of the apostrophe, signifying only one founder (see footnote 1). Anyway, there’s a whole bunch of little plaques around the sides of the base. The earliest one is inscribed with the date 1982, and the name “Thomas North”. The following yearly plaques are sequential and uninterrupted until 1995, when R.S. awarded it to himself and stored in his attic until we finally retrieved it from him, plus the other Founders award,  in 2008.

So, here’s my best guess as to the way it is: The perpetual Founders Plaque (with the barometer on it) is the Founders Regatta Award. So Tom got the one he was supposed to get. The really big perpetual Founder’s Cup was intended to be awarded to the Club Champion at that year’s Christmas Dinner. It would be awarded to the skipper whose total score for all races run that year was the best. Apparently, that award ceased to be presented after 1995, and the tradition (and trophy) were lost. I recently retrieved the two awards. But, in my confusion about the similar names, I mistakenly awarded the big one to my brother (Frank) and myself for winning the Founders Regatta in 2008.  It stayed at Frank’s house until he passed away earlier this year. On top of everything else, I somehow managed to award myself the other Founders plaque, also in 2008.  Hopefully, this clears up some of the confusion and documents my understanding in case someone might care to know, someday. I have the big cup, and don’t know what to do with it, since our racing participation has been so patchy. Yes I know, the footnotes ended up longer than the article.