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April 2019 Newsletter & Spring Meeting Reminder
Here comes April! Congratulations on making it through the winter and
here's to the coming sailing season! Some of us have begun
the de-winterization and spring cleaning of our boats, while other
ambitious members have already made it out on the water!
A few announcements /
reminders for members:
- The April monthly board meeting will be combined
with the Spring General Membership meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday,
April 3rd, at John and Marcy Baker's home. Their address is 6060
- Our gratitude to John and Marcy Baker for offer to
host our Spring General Membership meeting. This is a potluck
style event with the club providing a main course of pulled pork.
Please bring your favorite libation and a side dish, or
desert to share.
- Our lease of the club house does not begin until May
1st. As such, the club house will not be available for members
until May 1st.
- Dock carts are always available to club
members. The combination for the dock carts will remain set to
last year's code until May 1st.
- WHSYC is now on Twitter!! Keep up to date with
the latest club announcements, race updates, and impromptu cruising
outings by following sailingalaska
WHSYC Members, this is notice of our upcoming April
meeting on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. This
month we will be meeting at John & Marcy Baker's home at 6060 Yukon Road. The
Sailor's Social and dinner will begin at 7:00 pm and will be followed
by the meeting and presentation at 8:30 pm.
The meeting topic is Vessel Maintenance,
Safety and Destination Racing.
For as long as I can remember, Keith and Ray, aka the
riggers, have come up from the Anacortes, WA area to care for our
vessels. Aside from the hefty costs of making individual arrangements
to bring up your own rigger, this is your opportunity for rigging inspection,
repair and replacement. As there has been some reticence to return
this year, it is imperative that we do all we can to make their trip
run as smoothly as possible. We are looking for housing, use of
a vehicle, and a list of all vessels and the work required. Please come to the meeting
prepared to list the work required on your vessel this spring.
Let us know if you have a spare vehicle, or know of available housing
in Seward that they could use during their visit. Commodore Don
Smith of the Kenai Fjords club has put out a similar plea to their
membership. We hope to have a consolidated list of work required
by the end of next week.
Boat Maintenance Services
You work hard to enjoy your boat. With that comes routine boat
maintenance. It is important to protect your shaft and
propellor with protective Zinc anodes, and that by cleaning your hull
and reducing drag you improve speed and fuel efficiency.
Below are a few options to consider for this type of
Jon LeVan is offering dive services this spring, early
April and part of May in Seward. Contact him as soon as possible to
arrange services. Jon is Bixlar's cousin and will be diving with the
same services and rates as Bixlar has in the past. To contact
Jon call or text 907-539-2253 or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seward Boat Harbor offers boat haul out services at affordable hourly
rates. The harbor is willing to lift your boat so that you can
replace zincs, scrub your boat, or perform other duties within the
hourly rates posted. Contact the Seward Harbormaster's Office
for rates and more information if interested.
Those of you who have come to know the riggers
over the years know that they have done a wide variety of quality
work on the fleet in Seward and we hope they continue this
tradition. Keith Stone is retiring from rigging in Alaska this
year. Ray Hines and an associate rigger from
Anacortes, WA., have expressed interest.
They will do rig tuning, install furlers, do rig
inspections, any repairs or upgrades you may need, install shrouds,
fabricate lifelines, install running rigging, just about anything you
may need..they will even help you bend on your sails after a long,
dark winter. No job too big or too small!
This year's rigging dates are undecided at this
time. We are coordinating between the William H. Seward and
Kenai Fjords Yacht Clubs to have work performed on our boats. As
the riggers need to know how much work needs to be done in order to
plan their trip, we need to schedule work now.
Note: Those of you who need parts built like shrouds
or lifelines need to step in now, with concise measurements, in time
for the riggers to get stuff fabricated and sent ahead. You may
contact Keith at: email@example.com or call Ray @ 360.421.7915.
Please bring a sheet of paper with your information,
vessel name, and a list of work to the April 3rd meeting.
If you haven't sent in your application for membership to the William
H. Seward Yacht Club for 2019 please send in the attached form or
visit the membership section of the WHSYC website before May 1st.
Membership categories are the same as last year. A
Family Membership is $450, and an Individual Membership $280.
WHSYC is once again offering Cruiser or Alumnus Memberships (2
people) for $150, and Junior or Race Crew memberships for $50 per
WHSYC has secured use of the club house for the 2019
Season, and it's amenities will be available to club members for the
duration of the 2019 sailing season (May - September).
2019 Activity Schedule - Updated
The activities for 2019 are taking shape. Please see below for our
2019 schedule of events. You can also visit the calendar on our
website at www.whsyc.org for
the most up to date information. (If you use google calendar,
you can click on the "+" at the bottom right of the
calendar to add WHSYC's calendar to your own).
WHSYC monthly meetings will target the 3rd Thursday of
the month from 6:00-7:30 pm, (minor schedule deviations may occur on
Topic: Pending... trying for diesel engine
Summer Activities Schedule:
- May 3rd - 5th: Club House Opening Weekend
- May 16th - 19th: Seward Harbor Opening
- June 8th: Race #1 Destination race
- July 5th - 7th: Commodore's Cruise - Verdant Cove
- July 20th: Race #2 Destination race
- August 3rd: Rum Doodle (Women's Race)
- August 5th: Race #3 Short track
- August 10th - 18th Seward Silver Salmon Derby
- August 30th - September 2nd: Race #3 Alaska Cup
combined with Sailing Inc's Day Harbor Cruise
- September 27th - 29th: Club House Closing Weekend
Mark your calendars for Wednesday April 3rd for our Spring membership meeting.
John & Marcy Baker have graciously offered to host the party at
their home. Bring a dish and tales of the sea to share as we
wet our appetite and prepare for this year's sailing season!
If there is a topic of interest that you would like to
learn more about, or if you have a topic that
you would be willing to present/discuss or share in
the newsletter, please let me know. Also, if you have any comments,
suggestions or feedback please don't hesitate to share them with me.
Thank you all for your time, efforts, and
contributions to the club. It is your shared experiences and
enthusiasm that make WHSYC a great club to be a part of.
Fair winds and gentle seas ,