Announcing the 2011 Summer Sailstice event on Milwaukee Bay
Join other Milwaukee area boaters on June 18, 2011 for a day on the Milwaukee Bay. MYC, MCSC, MAST, and SSYC have teamed up to encourage people to get out on the water and take advantage of Lake Michigan.
There are many events planned and activities include:
Pancake breakfast hosted by Milwaukee Yacht Club
Open House at Milwaukee Community Sailing Center
Poker Run sponsored by Milwaukee Area Sail and Trail
Open House and Party hosted by South Shore Yacht Club
Sailboat rides for people who do not have their own boat (or a friend with a boat)
The party at SSYC starts around 4:30 and we encourage all Milwaukee area boats to come and raft up in the Horseshoe. There will be inexpensive beer and food served, and and we'll have live music. This is sure to be a fun event.
Watch for an email blast for more information on this event OR visit the Milwaukee Sailstice website at:
April showers bring.....not many days to get boat work done before launching. Rain and cold again today and the launch schedule starts in three days. Either a lot of work will be put off until boats are in the water or next week will be pretty frantic around the Club.
After optimistic lake level projections last fall, the actual lake level is anything but optimistic, the work party installing the gas dock had to lower it 18 inches. Hopefully all the spring rains will bring the level up a few inches. The latest Army Corps of Engineers' report indicated levels could either be up or down this summer by about a foot.
While on the topic of gas, our petroleum dealer performed the annual test for water in our tanks and happily the results were totally negative. Apparently an inch or two of water is “acceptable” but the our test had absolutely no trace of water. So filler up with confidence.
What’s the worst way to ruin a day on the lake, those dreaded black flies. We’ve discovered a product at the Wisconsin Marina Association meeting that, if it lives up to its advertised claims, will cure that problem. BugSlayer, Home Pest Control has several spray products that are EPA approved that are effective in controlling spiders, mosquitoes and the pesky black flies. The spray bottles will be on sale soon.
There has been one ‘organizational’ committee meeting for our 100th anniversary in 2013 and a second meeting will be scheduled very soon. About a dozen persons came up with a good starting list of activities and commemorative items for the celebration. Watch for e-blasts announcing the up-coming meeting date and plan to attend.
Lastly, have you heard of the Honor Flights program? It’s a charitable organization that arranges no cost flights for WW II veterans for a one day trip to visit the World War Two Memorial in Washington DC. A couple of our members have made the trip. Recently it’s been suggested to me that this may be a another way in which SSYC members can give back to our community by having a fund raising event to honor these members, the ‘greatest generation’. I like that idea and am thinking that we could set aside a weekend for fundraising events...perhaps Review of the Fleet.
By Rick Trisco
Hello fellow racers,
Hopefully you have received your PHRF certificate for this season and your boat is nearly ready to launch (some enthusiastic racers have already launched). Now it’s time to make sure you have crew for this season. If not, please contact Cheri Kent and get a list of potential crew members who showed up at the [very successful] crew search party that was held in April.
At our PHRF Fleet meeting it was decided that the fee for this year would be increased to $130 in order to budget for trophies, since the race committee is no longer supplying trophies for PHRF race winners.
The Sailing Instructions will be available online in mid-May and an email will be sent to PHRF racers with the location. Additionally, we will communicate updates to the SI’s in that email.
We’re about a month away from a great 2011 racing [and post-race party] season and I can’t wait to see you on the course.
As a reminder, please let your friends know that new members are welcome and will receive a $100 bar and restaurant gift certificate after they become members. This incentive has been extended till the end of June so tell your friends to get their application in the office soon. Now is a good time to join our club and start getting the benefits of membership and start accruing seniority.
This month we have more fellow boating enthusiasts and new members at the club, and the number of inductees continues to grow. Here are photos of our new members (with their consent) so you can introduce yourself when you see them around the club.
Please join me in welcoming the following new members.
Dr. Gina Buono Perry Nell Tom Heinrich
Our early spring events have been well attended. We hope the enthusiasm will continue into summer.
We have been having cleaning problems with the carpeting that was installed during the renovation of the Club in 2006. There has been negotiation going on for some time. Thanks to the continuing pursuit, the carpeting manufacturer has agreed to replace all the carpeting for the cost of labor. The board is in agreement with this. The cost of trying to keep the current carpet clean has been expensive. The replacement will be done as soon as possible and should take less than a week. The Club will not be closed during the replacement. If it should be necessary to close the lower bar for a day, the upper bar will be open.
In the next month they will be launching the boats. Be careful around the Club because of the activity that is taking place during this time.
Hello again cruisers and cocktailers! With a nice break in the Seattle like weather, I’m sure everyone is getting excited about planning a sunny cruise to a nearby warm water port.
Now is the time to finish that bottom paint and schedule your launch date so you can dock in style at the 2nd Annual Kick-off/Raft-up Potluck event at Discovery World on Sunday May 22nd at 1:00pm. Just like last year, the early birds already in their slips can motor up to the south docks at Discovery World and dish out the finest cruising cuisine and sample each boat’s signature libations. If you are still pumping out antifreeze then please feel free to drive up with your “four wheeled” cruiser.
Don’t miss this event as all the upcoming cruising trips will be discussed at the raft up. The tentative plans are: a late spring Racine cruise right after Memorial Day weekend, a mid-summer cruise to Sheboygan (possibly with the MAST group), a late summer return cruise to Racine (possibly with the MAST group), and a fall sail to Port Washington. There’s also the LMYA Rendezvous at Port Washington June 18 & 19 that we mingle in with, so no matter what,it’s going to be a busy summer for us cruisers!
I’m confident we will have another good turn out at this year’s raft up. I hope everyone is just as excited as we continue to expand our cruising destinations and sharing more good times together.
Junior Auction Items
By: Helen “Cookie” Mueller, PC
The Junior Foundation has several items that are for sale to the SSYC membership.
Snipe Boat and Trailer Opening Bid - $500 15 ft. 2 to 3 person boat. Includes boat, trailer, mast, sails, rudder, dagger board and pole launcher.
9.9 Johnson Engine Opening bid - $1,000 New. Four stroke long shaft. Electric start. Comes with fuel tank and fuel line. It does not come with key start and shift lever controls.
Laser Hull Opening Bid - $50 Used hull. No mast. Mast butt glued into the step. The mast step needs to be replaced.
To bid on an item, write your name, the name of the item you are bidding on and the bid amount on a piece of paper. Seal in an envelope. Label the envelope “Junior Auction.” Drop the envelope off at the SSYC office. Bids will be taken May 1st through May 31st. All bids will be opened on June 1st.
The highest bidder for each auction item will be the winner. All items are sold “as is.” Unsold items will be sold to the public. Anyone interested in seeing the items that are for sale should contact Mike Blackwood. He can be reached at email@example.com or at 414-281-6803.
By Jan-Marie Weiler
April showers bring May flowers….so we should have a lot of flowers this year. With the launch season underway, the yacht club has come to life. The Auxiliary members have begun to come out of hibernation and the spring migration is also underway. It is so good to see our members back after a long winter! This month’s meeting is Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:00. It is a dinner meeting for honoring Past Presidents and Life Members. Reservations are required. Please call the office at 481-2331. Remember if you make reservations and find you cannot attend, you must also cancel with the club office. There is a $12.00 charge for the dinner that will be collected as you arrive that evening. Kay Putney is the master of ceremonies, as she is our Life Membership Chairperson.
Our June 7th meeting is also a dinner meeting. This is our traditional picnic held in our dining room. It is also a 6:00 start with members bringing appetizers, salads and desserts. We decided this meeting will be a White Elephant exchange so bring a wrapped white elephant item. The June meeting is also the evening unveiling the Queen’s Cup merchandise. Our members get first chance to purchase items on this night.
Remember Auxiliary meetings are always the first Tuesday of the month but we don’t have a meeting in July and January. So…there is no meeting in July. The August and September meeting will have a start time of 7:00 p.m. Guests and prospective new members are invited to those 7:00 start time meetings.
If you are looking for an opportunity to spend time with Auxiliary members there are Queen’s Cup merchandise selling dates coming up. A sign-up schedule will be circulated at the May and June meeting. This is a wonderful way to get to know other auxiliary members and club members. Pat Rakowski, Fran Airing and Cookie Mueller do a nice job of organizing our big fundraising event. It does take the involvement of all of us to pull off a successful sale.
If you know of a member in need of sunshine, please let our Sunshine Chairperson Sue Manske know. A big thank you goes out to Peggy Eilers for maintaining our bulletin board in the ladies lounge. Thank you to the members who contributed to the Second Harvest donation in March. Let’s get on with the boating season and all the activities at SSYC. We look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming events!
By Carolyn Nason
Here are a few helpful hints:
Now that boats are getting back into the water, don’t forget about the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It has so many uses: from cleaning grease off your galley stove to cleaning the head. It also gets rid of those pesky black marks from guest’s non-boater shoes.
Here come the birds. Keep them off your boat by hanging a few twisted strips of aluminum foil on your life lines.
Some fun ideas at www. fiverr.com. This site connects you with people willing to complete all kinds of tasks – from designing business cards to writing/singing a song on your choice of topic. All for only five bucks!
Hooray, it’s varnishing season and here’s a way to save your brush. Once you’ve finished a coat, put your brush in a plastic grocery bag and tie or wrap with rubber bands to keep the air out. Your brush will stay moist for a day or so, just long enough for you to return for a second coat.
Hey, did you know an eggshell makes a great scoop? You know, when a pesky piece of shell drops into your bowl of cracked eggs. The edge cuts through the thick egg whites better than your finger or a spoon.
Speaking of eggshells, now that we’re all out working in the garden, why not sprinkle some crushed eggshells around your plants. They’ll keep snails and slugs away.
This year July has five Fridays, five Saturdays, and five Sundays. This happens once every 873 years! Sounds like a reason for a party.
For your garden: slide an aluminum can with both ends removed over garden seedlings to protect them from the elements.
Scrubbing with a little water on a wadded-up piece of aluminum foil will leave rusty chrome bright and shiny.
Freshen your boat’s carpet and upholstered furniture by sprinkling with baking soda. Allow it to sit for a half hour or so and vacuum. No more musty smell.
Finally, here’s a make-shift speaker for your iPhone. Place your iPhone in a ceramic cereal bowl and crank up the volume. The concave shape of the bowl will amplify the music. Just be sure to hold the milk.
As always, keep your hints coming.
SS/SSS Fleet News
By Barbara Drake, SS/SSS Fleet Captain
The Notice of Race has been mailed to all skippers who were registered in the 2010 Fleet. If you do not receive your copy by Monday, May 2nd, or if you will be a new member in the fleet, call the yacht club and a copy will be mailed to you. The only change from last year is that the fees have been raised $20.
The Sailing Instructions will be online after May 13th. If you are unable to print a hard copy, one can be obtained in the office. As soon as the sections are determined, ribbons to be flown from the backstay will be available.
The first race is scheduled for June 1st. May 25th will be the last day to submit the entry for this race. There will not be a race during the week of Queen's Cup.
The Lady Skipper Race is scheduled for Sunday, July 24th. Let's have a large participation in this event.
See you on the starting line.
By Bruce Nason, Commodore
Here’s a question to start off this months musings. Has anyone ever heard of a US Shipping Board Sailing Series? I received an e-mail from a guy in Michigan a couple of weeks ago. He has a large silver tray with “SSYC, 1953, US Shipping Board, Series 1st” engraved on it. I’ve asked a few of our ‘old timers’ but it still remains a mystery. I did google US Shipping Board and found that it was a government agency established in 1917 to control shipping during WW I and was abolished in 1934. Any ideas?
As you read or will read in the House Chairman’s article we’ll be replacing the carpet in the Clubhouse. There have been cleaning issues with the carpet ever since it was installed. The carpet manufacturer has agreed to replace the carpet for labor costs only. The dates haven’t been scheduled yet but we’re hoping it will be a quick process and won’t cause too much inconvenience.
Sunday morning breakfasts have started once again and they’re great. The hours are 9:00 to Noon, make it a weekend habit. See you there.
We’ve hosted a number of community oriented events lately and a couple more are scheduled in the weeks ahead. This is great for our image as a good citizen and neighbor as well as an opportunity for us to promote membership in SSYC.
Work parties, both large and small, have been busy the past several weeks getting your club ready for the summer. Thanks to all of the volunteers.
What You Need to be Able to Race in the Queen’s Cup Race
Have you ever thought about racing in the Queen’s Cup Race? If you’ve wondered what the requirements might be, here’s a quick summary…
First and foremost, you’ll need a boat that is big enough and in good condition so that you feel secure in crossing the lake. It could be as small as 22 feet (a J-22 for example), or as large as 40 ft or more. Obviously, the boat and its equipment and sails should be in good condition. That doesn’t mean you need a full set of new racing sails, but your boat and sails should be in good enough condition to handle any weather conditions that may arise.
You will need an LMPHRF handicap certificate. This assigns a “handicap rating” for your boat, which allows the race committee to place you in the correct division and to score your boat properly. LMPHRF stands for Lake Michigan Performance Handicap Racing Fleet. The website is www.lmphrf.org. You’ll find an application on the website. It requires you to provide a set of specifications for your boat. You’ll find some of them in the manufacturer’s literature for your boat. The application will ask you to provide measurements of your largest sails (mainsail, headsail and spinnaker). You can contact your sailmaker and ask him to provide them, or you can measure the sails yourself. The fee is $55. Don’t wait too long to apply, otherwise an expediting fee will be added. I suggest you send in your application before June 1st.
LMPHRF requires you to be a member of US Sailing before they will accept your application. You can go to www.ussailing.org to join. The annual fee is $60. One of the benefits of being a member of US Sailing is that they will send you a copy of the rule book whenever it is updated.
Don’t be intimidated by the rule book. Although it is about 150 pages long, the basic rules are all within the first fifteen pages, and most of what you need to know is in just ten pages. By the way, for just a few dollars you can download the rule book as an “app” on your smart phone.
You will need to carry safety equipment that meets the requirements of a “Category 3 race” as defined in the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations book (available from US Sailing). While the safety equipment specifications are too detailed to list here, they include:
A VHF radio
Life jackets and harnesses
Emergency flares (For the QC race, we accept a USCG flare kit)
Two bilge pumps
In general, all of the items specified in the book are things you want to have on your boat so that you feel comfortable about crossing Lake Michigan. A life raft is not required, although I carry one on my boat.
Not required, but highly suggested is a set of charts for the start and finish locations.
When you register for the race, you’ll need to provide proof of liability insurance with a minimum of $300,000 in coverage. (Make sure your insurance policy covers you if you are racing.) I call my insurance agent and ask him to send me a copy of the declarations page of my policy, showing that it is paid up through the dates of the race.
With your LMPHRF certificate in hand, as well as your proof of insurance, you can submit your entry. This can be done on-line at the SSYC website, or on paper. Simply call the SSYC office and ask for a copy of the Notice of Race packet. (The documents in this packet are also available in the Queen’s Cup section of the SSYC website.) The entry deadline is one week prior to the race (but please don’t wait until the last minute).
Once you’ve entered, you must also register. Registration must be done in person, by any member of your crew, on the Thursday or Friday before the race. Registration opens at 11 AM on Thursday and closes at 5:30 PM. It opens again on Friday morning and closes at 3 PM. If you do not register (where we verify that all of your paperwork is up-to-snuff) you will not be scored for the race. You will receive a copy of the Sailing Instructions, scheduled start times, etc. when you register.
Then, it is just a matter of assembling your crew, throwing together a bit of food, and stocking up with appropriate beverages. Dust off your navigation skills and set a waypoint for the finish buoy in your GPS.
Now you’re ready to head for the starting area, check rule 26 in your rule book for the starting sequence and listen to the announcements by the race committee on your VHF radio. As long as you don’t cross the starting line before the gun for your section, you’re off and racing to Muskegon.
We’ll look for you at Muskegon YC when you arrive. (You’ll need to turn in a finish report.)
And, above all, have a great time before, during and after the race!
Power Fleet News
The wine tasting was held on March 26th. Thanks to Barry Goodstein, who headed up this event along with the assistance of Sharon and Chuck Lustig and Dan and Donna Danowski. There was a nice selection of wines and beers. Chef Pete and his crew served up delicious appetizers.
Tom Gale has stepped up to the plate to assume the duties for the LMYA weekend. This is a major undertaking and Tom will need many volunteers. Details have been sent out in the mail. The event runs July 2nd through the 4th. This event includes a nautical flee market, an auction, a breakfast buffet, steak fry and an All American Picnic. Be sure to sign up. This will be a busy weekend at the club, as it follows the Queen’s Cup.
Mark your calendars for the first Powerboat's Thursday on May 26th. This will be the Chili Dump and Flare Shoot. Craig and Joan Lake are in charge of this educational evening.
Our June event will be held on the 9th with our Spaghetti Night dinner.
There are two up-coming “Friends and Family Nights. These Thursday events will be the "Grill Your Own" events set for June 23rd and July 28th.
Please contact me if you have an interest in running an event, or if you have any suggestions for ways we can improve what we have done in the past. New ideas are always welcomed, as are new faces.
Looking forward to seeing you at South Shore. We may be hanging on our power boats this summer and utilizing them as cottages, as I watch the price of gas increase.
Double Handed Fleet News
By Bruce Nason
The 2011 Double Handed Series Notice of Race is published and the count down has begun to our first Friday afternoon Double-Handed Series Race. The date is changed from the date originally published on the 2011 Race Schedule. The correct (new) date is JUNE 17TH. As in the past the first warning will be 1555 and the race course is always the same no matter the wind direction.
The date for the July race has also been moved up a week from the original published date. The July date is July 15th , that’s the first night of the South Shore Water Frolics, so it’s a great excuse to get down to the club and start the weekend off with a fun race. The August and September race dates are as published on the 2011 Race Schedule.
The 2011 fees will remain the same as last year and of course Carolyn is already thinking about the after race treats. So stop by the Club Office for the NOR and we’re ‘tweaking’ the SIs so they’ll be available soon.
Anne Newton (Jaeschke) serving in the Coast Guard
Member Jim Jaeschke's daughter Anne (now Newton) on the bridge of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf in Juneau, Alaska on their way to the Bering sea. The ship was in an 18' beam sea on the way and the reports further North were of 50' seas. Anne is an officer on the ship and also serves as the officer of the boarding teams.
From the Manager
Well it is late April and it is still “cooler near the lake.” Special thanks go out to all of the slip workday heroes led by Nello Copen. Great job! If you missed any of the recent events at the club, you missed some great times. Karaoke night, the crew search party, Easter brunch and even the Best of the Wurst were well attended.
Upcoming events include
The Juniors annual Mother’s Day Breakfast, May 8th
Australian Wine Dinner, May 14th (only a few spots left, make your reservation today)
Review of the fleet and pig roast, June 11th
2011 Summer Sailstice (all boaters party under the tent at SSYC), June 18th
And speaking of entertainment, check out our line-up for the coming season:
June 11th - The Pink Flamingoes
June 30th QC Party - The Invaders
August 6th Corn Roast – Ain’t Misbehavin
September 10th Fish Boil – Our House
October 29th Halloween Party – JAMIT (back by popular demand)
Plus Karaoke under the tent on dates yet TBD
Come on down to your club for a season of fun and camaraderie.
On a serious note we ask that when using the transport carts please clean them out after you use them, in particular cigarette butts. Thank you!
Invite a friend to join SSYC today.
Clean Boating Pending Legislation
Boaters, be aware of new impending legislation covering current boating activities. While we should all be aware of the environment around us and be interested in keeping objectionable materials out of the marine environment – realism should be the norm and not one size fits all.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing future clean boating requirements for all recreational boats in the next few months.
A specific list of proposed requirements is not yet available. We do know that sewage will not be discussed or covered - it's part of a different law. EPA is looking at several broad categories of vessel discharges:
Antifouling paints and zincs
Graywater (from showers and sinks)
Bilge water (with concern about oil and grease, which is already illegal to discharge)
Cleaning products/maintenance practices
Disposal of garbage and fishing waste
Transport of invasive species (Wisconsin has already addressed this problem)
We need you to help EPA know that any new mandatory "management practices" must be based in science, and should be reasonable, practical, and economical. You should share with EPA the clean boating practices that you already employ, or that can be easily adopted within your boating. For ideas: http://www.boatus.com/foundation/cleanwater/
It is crucial that EPA hear from a variety of boaters on this topic.
Above Excerpted from Boat US
Is a Copper-free Bottom in your Future?
By Dave Wehnes, Vice Commodore
The year 2011 may be remembered as the year we boaters started thinking differently about copper. After centuries of relying on toxic metals to ward off growth on the bottoms of our boats, both sailors and powerboaters are awakening to a new era of environmental consequences, greater regulation and breakthroughs in science and paint technology.
Copper has been used to ward off marine growth since the days of the Roman Empire. (The first copper-based paint was introduced in 1860.) Paint using tin instead of copper was introduced in 1950, but was banned about 20 years later. Most of us are using copper today.
The copper leaches out of the paint at a rate of about eight micro-grams of copper per square centimeter per year, or about two pounds annually for my 30ft sailboat. In the open waters of Lake Michigan that’s not a problem. But in protected marinas the level of copper often exceeds the EPA’s standard for toxicity – 3.1 parts per billion. The state of Washington recently banned the use of copper bottom paints for this very reason. The copper comes from leaching, and from power-washing the boats when they are hauled. (Mid-season scrubbing by divers contributes only a small fraction of copper to the problem.)
SSYC is working toward obtaining a “Clean Marina” certification, and part of the process will require us to address the issue of copper being released into the lake from sanding, painting and power-washing. The long term goal is to work through Milwaukee County to install a system that will collect and trap the copper in a settling tank for subsequent removal and disposal. (The county has applied for funding through a federal grant to collect and filter not only the impervious portions of SSYC’s grounds, but the entire public lot.)
In the short term, we will likely implement some sort of above-ground filter this fall to trap the runoff from power-washing. We may require people to use sanders that are equipped with a vacuum attachment, which is then attached to a shop-vac, when sanding below the waterline.
Even as these systems are implemented, the days of copper bottom paint are numbered. Paints are now on the market that utilize zinc-based biocides (i.e. Interlux ACT) and there are even some new slick paints without biocides that can match copper in price, lifespan and fouling prevention.
If you purchase a new boat, or decide to strip off all of the old antifouling paint, you should consider one of these non-copper solutions. Not only will you help the environment, but you’ll be positioning yourself for regulations that are likely to be implemented in the not too distant future.
Help Needed for Kaszube Cup Regatta
By Helen "Cookie" Mueller, PC
The SSYC Junior Sailing Foundation will sponsor the annual Kaszube Cup Junior Sailing Regatta on July 11th - July 13th.
Organizing and running a successful Junior regatta is a lot of work. That’s why we need the help of the SSYC membership. Numerous members have already committed to help out with the regatta. We need additional help in the following areas.
Safety Boats - Do you have an inflatable or a small powerboat that you would be willing to take out during the regatta as a safety boat? Or, do you have a boat that a Junior Advisory Committee member could use as a safety boat? The safety of the Junior racers is very important. Please help us out.
Housing - Would you be able to house some Junior racers and their chaperones on your sailboat or powerboat during the regatta? Housing will be needed on Monday, July 11th and Tuesday, July 12th.
Door Prizes - Do you or your company have any items that you would like to donate as door prizes for the regatta? Our goal is to get enough door prizes so that every participant receives one. Some suggestions include hats, t-shirts, sunglasses, flashlights, bags, croakies, hat clips, mugs, cups, and water bottles.