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January Sailing news
By Randle Moore
Posted on 2/26/2016 12:48 PM

Sailing season on Canyon Lake may seem funny to some people. Our sailing season is from a week after Labor Day to a week before Memorial Day. By that way of thinking, we are in mid season.


Collaborative Fleet Report:

As you may recall, the boards of both LCYC and HCYC voted to combine the fleets of keel boats known as Non-Spin B. these include Cruisers of less than 30 feet. Part of the Collaborative Fleet concept is that of education. On Saturday, December 5th, we held our first home-grown seminar, “How to Get The Best Out of Your Boat on a Shoestring.”  30 members of HCYC and LCYC attended. Presenters were Jim Kizziar (Big Boat Fleet Captain), Pete Prados (usual winner of the Non-Spin B fleet), Lynn Simpson (Adult Sailing co-coordinator and U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Instructor), and Bruce Dunn (2015 J/22 Fleet winner).


Race Report:

Our racing fleet is on its road trip. The fleet is actively involved in the Winter Series hosted by LCYC. The December race weekend was last week, December 12 & 13. Our keel boat members showed up in force. John Ruiz on Wind Chine, Gus Medellin on X-trovert, and Mike Ferrell on Family Time were there. Other registered HCYC racers, Dwight Stickle on Sweet Lil’ Thing, Charlie Hankins on QT, Bob Willis on Mi Sueño, and I, Randle Moore, on My Girl opted to take a day off. Unfortunately, the wind also showed up in force. At the skipper meetings on Saturday, the wind was blowing consistently above 20 mph with gusts to over 30. LCYC PRO, Rick Mella, called for an hour postponement. By the time the hour had past, Gus and some other skippers had already left the marina to “play” in the wind, and the rest had gone home.


So at the conclusion of the first Saturday of the Winter Series, all keel boats are even. Our next keel boat Saturday of the Winter Series will be January 9th. On Sunday, wind conditions were about the same for board boats, except the temperature were in the 40’s instead of the 70’s. I choose to help my wife with the Christmas recital for her piano studio, so I missed that lovely day of racing.