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Subject:                          WHSYC April Newsletter and Spring Meeting Reminder



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April 2019 Newsletter & Spring Meeting Reminder



WHSYC April Update

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 Yukon Road.


- 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_Seward.


WHSYC is now Tweeting!











April Meeting Reminder


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 work:


Dive Services: 

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:

Haul Out Services:

The 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.



2019 Riggers Update



 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: 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.



2019 Membership Form

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 person. 


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).


New Members are being offered a 50% discount on Family and Individual Memberships for 2019.  Memberships received after September 1st will be applied to the following calendar year.  Please renew or submit your 2019 membership applications before May 1st.  For existing members looking to pay their renewal fee, please visit the renewal section on the William H. Seward Yacht Club Website.


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 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). 


Winter Activities Schedule:

WHSYC monthly meetings will target the 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:00-7:30 pm, (minor schedule deviations may occur on occasion). 


- April 18th: 

  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



Stay Tuned


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 ,

Bill Goodell

2019 WHSYC Commodore


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