1 S A L T S P R I N G I S L A N D S A I L I N G C L U B TellTales V o l u m e 3 4 • N u m b e r 1 • N e w Y e a r 2 0 1 5 Obviously, participants in the New Year’s Eve cruise to Montague this year went a little wiggy. Isn’t this a great new look for Derek Hill, Kim Laidlaw and Iain Leckie? More photos on page 8. Calendar January 2015 S 4 11 18 25 M 5 12 19 26 1st 1030 1st 1230 6th 1900 18th 1030 16th 1030 23rd 1700 T 6 13 20 27 W 7 14 21 28 T 1 8 15 22 29 F 2 9 16 23 30 S 3 10 17 24 31 Hot Rum Race New Year’s Club Social Board Meeting Ben Mohr Rock Race Season’s End Race Pub Night-‐Member Host T 5 12 19 26 F 6 13 20 27 S 7 14 21 28 Groundhog Day Race Board Meeting Channel Islands Race All-‐Club Boyz Cruz SISC Winter Craze-‐Leg 1 SISC Winter Craze-‐Leg 2 General Meeting Our new Board for 2015 had its first meeting in December, and it was great to see the familiar faces of many returning Directors. I thank our outgoing Board members for their service to the Club, and for helping make the transition smooth for their successors. We have some great new talent on the Board this year, and I would like to welcome Paul McManus, Derek Emmerson and Betsy Johnston to the executive. Paul McManus has been working closely with outgoing Vice continued on page 2 PHOTO ABOVE: JACQUELINE SUTTON 1st 1230 3rd 1900 15th 1030 21st-‐23rd 21st 1125 22nd 1030 24th 1900 T W 3 4 10 11 17 18 24 25 by Patrick Beattie Happy New Year to all! I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year’s celebration. February 2015 S M 1 2 8 9 15 16 22 23 Commodore’s Report 2 3 SALTSPRING ISLAND SAILING CLUB TELLTALES building her Social Committee and putting on many successful events. Betsy joined SISC in 2011 and has been very active in Club life, both as a volunteer and as First Mate aboard the Beneteau 473 Merriweather. Commodore’s Report continued from page 1 Commodore, Wayne Tepper, throughout 2014 as House and Grounds Coordinator. This year they are switching roles and Paul will lead the dedicated House and Grounds Team as Vice Commodore. Paul joined the Club in 2011, and skippers the Monk 36 Trawler, Ara’s Ark. Already the new Board is hard at work covering the needs of the Club. I was so excited to see such a great turn out at the Christmas Party and Boat Light-up. It was a great event and congratulations to the light-up winners. After three years of tremendous accomplishments as Rear Commodore, Bob Jones has passed the baton to the capable hands of Derek Emmerson, who contributed as a Foreshore Team member. Derek has been a member of SISC since 1999, and has skippered his Hughes 31 sailboat, Oracle, in some of the 2014 Club races. As we move ahead I would like to welcome Connie Brett to the position of Information Systems Coordinator. Connie will be heading up the new Info Systems committee, and will work with Database Manager Norbert Schlenker on developing a new comprehensive, secure and shareable Club database. This will help us in many management tasks, and allow members to access up-to-date roster information year-round. ■ Betsy Johnston takes over as Staff Captain from Lynn Clark, who did a great job for two years New Year 2015 Meet Your 2015 Board of Directors Patrick Beattie Commodore Eric van Soeren Past Commodore Paul McManus Vice Commodore Derek Emmerson Rear Commodore Kevin Vine Fleet Capt Racing David Roll Fleet Capt Dinghy Perry Ruehlen Fleet Capt Cruising Betsy Johnston Staff Captain Deb McGovern Secretary Norbert Schlenker Treasurer Rod Macdonald Wharfinger Silk Questo Communications D ir 2 SALTSPRING ISLAND SAILING CLUB TELLTALES New Year 2015 2014 Award Winners Major annual Club awards were presented at the Commodore’s Banquet on November 15th and at the AGM on November 25th. ❶ The Commodore’s Award for 2014 was presented by Commodore Patrick Beattie to Silk Questo in recognition of her leadership in developing and executing the Club’s communications program and media. ❷ Past Commodore Eric van Soeren ❶ ❷ presented The Past Commodores’ Award 2014 to Hugh and Karen Preddy. Among their many contributions to the Club were six years of Wharfinger duties, including relocation of boats during our Marina Renovation Project. ❸ The 2014 New Members’ Award recognizes Bruce Stenstrom for his enthusiastic volunteer work as Sailing School Coordinator. Bruce wasn’t able to attend the banquet or AGM, so will be presented his award at a future suitable occasion. ❸ ❹ Top racing awards for 2014 presented at the Commodore’s Banquet by FCR Kevin Vine included the overall Points Trophy, won by Roger Kibble and the Round Saltspring Trophy for top finishing SISC boat, won by Craig Leitch. (See page 4 for more honours at the Racing Awards Night). ❻ In addition, three hard-working volunteers were cited for their contributions in 2014 and presented with flowers. They included: ❺ Volunteer Coordinator Wendy Vine; ❻ Membership Officer Susan Castle; and Clubhouse Booking Coordinator Candace Brochmann. ❺ Congratulations to all the winners, and a sincere thanks for their efforts on behalf of the Club. ■ 3 ❸ ❹ SALTSPRING ISLAND SAILING CLUB TELLTALES New Year 2015 Racing Awards Night 2014 PHOTOS: SILK QUESTO A festive and well-attended Racing Awards Night was generously hosted by Derek Hill and Betsy Johnston on November 29th. A potluck dinner was followed by presentation of hundreds of racing trophies – well, dozens anyway – including the entertaining ritual of nominations for the Broken Tiller Award. Various inexplicable disguises such as wigs and masks added to the merriment, giving credence to the suspicion that one must be crazy to race boats. For a complete report on who won what, with pictures and captions, click here to visit the 2014 Podium. The Feast Kibble Cup s Channel Island vost Round Pre Round Saltspring Gate Crashers The Broken T Jack Langdon ortla Moresby-P 4 iller nd Round Penders 2 1 SALTSPRING ISLAND SAILING CLUB TELLTALES New Year 2015 Racing Forum by Kevin Vine, Fleet Captain Racing Captain Betsy Johnston and her team, featured hot rums and an excellent lunch. Presentations of various types of rum prizes were handed out to Martin Herbert, Vincent Argiro, and Kevin Vine, who sailed (“drifted” might be more apt) into first, second, and third places respectively. The season on the water tapered out as only a handful of boats turned up to brave the elements for the Season’s End Race and the Snowflake Series. The “elements” – as it turned out – were pleasant surprises, as races days featured a bit of sunshine, no rain. The wind, on the other hand, did taper out as the season drew to a close. Organization for the 2015 Season is pretty much in place. The 2015 Racing Calendar has been published on the website. The new schedule accommodates the Vancouver Island Racing Series (VIRS) races and the IOM regatta dates. Our own races have been adjusted to fit the schedule better, with the hope of being able to add some Saturday events as the season progresses. By contrast, the Racer’s Awards Night, which was kindly hosted by Derek Hill and Betsy Johnston was enthusiastically subscribed by over 50 people, who showed up for a great evening of wonderful food, drink, camaraderie and fun, as the nearly two dozen awards were handed out. You seen a taste on page 4. For the full shot of award winners and photos, go to the 2014 Podium page on our Club website. Saltspring Island Sailing Club’s Race Instructions have been updated and are now published on the website. Racers are all encouraged to give them a read through! Communication with the racing fleet takes place through an email list that currently has nearly 70 subscribers. Emails come out a couple of times a week with racing news, reminders, results, stories, anecdotes, links, and photos. If you’d like to tune in to what’s going on with the SISC racing group, email [email protected] and let me know! Congratulations to Electra, Imp, and Kay D who had a great 2014 racing season, and finished within a few points of each other for the overall Points Trophy. The 2015 Season has now begun. New Year’s Day turned out to be yet another lovely mid-winter day, and eleven boats showed up for the Hot Rum Race (photo right). The breeze was virtually non-existent, and it took an hour and a half (give or take) for the fleet to finish the less-than-twomile course! Nevertheless, there were several exciting moments as the closely grouped boats threaded their way in ultra-slow motion around the course. What’s Next? Ben Mohr Rock Race Sunday, 18 January A simple course: Start — Ben Mohr Rock buoy (P) — Finish The Hot Rum Social, organized by our new Staff 5 PHOTO: PHILIPPE E RDMER Ground Hog Day Race Sunday, 1 February This event features a bacon-egg-pancake breakfast prepared by the willing hands of several of the skippers before the fleet ventures out to the race course: Start — Batt Rock buoy (P) — Welbury spar (P) — Finish. ■ 1 SALTSPRING ISLAND SAILING CLUB TELLTALES New Year 2015 Staff Captain’s Report by Betsy Johnston December was a busy month for my tenure as Staff Captain to begin, and for lots of volunteers to help out! The social events committee of Aly Markert, Karen Laidlaw, Laura Dafoe, Alex Golder, Julie Mills, Ruth ❷ Humberstone, Nancy Bortz, and Louise Devlin met on December 3rd to plan the 2015 calendar and the events. ❶ Christmas Party and Boat Light-up The first actual event, the Christmas celebration with potluck dinner, was very well attended by 85 festive members! The clubhouse looked terrific, having been decorated a few days before by: Aly Markert, Ruth Humberstone, Arlene Dashwood, Julie Mills, continued on page 7 ❸ ❹ PHOTOS: SILK QUESTO ❾ CHRISTMAS CHEER ALL AROUND ❶ Rob Denny and Tony McEwan ham it up ❷ An appreciative crowd ❸ Colourful Christmas angels Liz Anderson, Karen Tepper and Dorothy Finnigan ❹ Several new members attended, including Christopher Cheeseman and Gillian Taylor ❺ New member Scott Cadenhead and friend ❻ New Associate members William Cote and Jean Marie Panepinto ❼ Hungry partygoers descend on the potluck table ❽ Diane Lugsdin and Susan Castle get into the spirit (or is that spirits?) ❾ Jodie Hawley, Nancy Bortz and Louise Devlin make merry! ❺ ❻ ❼ ❽ 6 2 SALTSPRING ISLAND SAILING CLUB TELLTALES New Year 2015 Secretary’s Report ❶ continued from page 6 Karen Laidlaw, Nighean Anderson, Nancy Bortz and myself. The mulled wine and potluck food contributions were delicious and volunteers Laura and Ruth, Karen Laidlaw, Debby and Peter Brouwer, Pauline Spencer, Nicky Arnoldus and Gord Dafoe helped make the whole event run smoothly. Colleen and Lorne Shantz judged the boats that were lit-up for Christmas. Louise Devlin supplied the prizes for the many winners. ❶ Commodore Pat Beattie emceed the light-up prizes. ❷ Bob Jones and Dorothy Finnigan won first prize for the beautifully decorated Oasis (photo above). ❸ Silk and David Questo won second prize for Mystic’s lights. ❹ Merriweather (Derek and Betsy), ❺ Second Wind (Eric and Julie van Soeren), ❻ Blue Peter (Derek and Jenny Barrio), ❼ Ruby drue (Russell Logan), and ❽ Nest Egg (Kim and Karen Laidlaw) all won prizes for their decorations. ❷ ❸ ❹ ❺ New Year’s Hot Rum Race and Luncheon The weather was perfect for the race (except for the wind) and we had a wonderful luncheon (see photos on page 9). Attendance was somewhat low because of the flu. Only 53 people made it, down almost 30 people from last year! Aly Markert organized lots of volunteers to prepare, serve and clean up. Julie Mills, Alex Golder, Debbie Brouwer, Glenys Prince, Gaye Gardiner, Lynda Ardern, Jackie Truscott, Karen Laidlaw, Jodie Hawley, Patricia Marlatt, Marilyn and Michael Dawson, Marilyn’s sister Barb Wright, and Gyle’s sister-in-law, Bev Morris all worked diligently. Aly and Iain, Nancy and RB, and Alex helped take down all the decorations and made the clubhouse shipshape for 2015. ❼ ❻ PHOTOS: SILK QUESTO Coming Up – January Pub Night Our first Pub Night of the new year is scheduled for January 23rd, and we’re looking for a couple of members to volunteer to host. It doesn’t have to be elaborate – just appies or snacks for 30 or so. Please contact me for more information if you’re interested. Call, or email [email protected] ■ 7 ❽ SALTSPRING ISLAND SAILING CLUB TELLTALES New Year 2015 Wigged out on New Year’s Eve! by Betsy Johnston On the annual New Year’s Eve cruise to Montague, four boats – Merriweather, Minke, Wind Dancer and Nest Egg – braved the cold weather to meet and celebrate bringing in the New Year. Participation was down because of the virulent flu so many came down with over the holidays. PHOTOS: JACQUELINE SUTTON It was a beautiful clear afternoon and night. The 10 of us had a fun time on Merriweather. We had decided to make it a wig party as you can see in the photos, which made it hilarious. We shared appies and had a potluck dinner with lots of spirit and spirits. NEW YEAR’S FUN (from top) Around the potluck table (l to r) Art Munneke, Iain Leckie, Aly Markert, Betsy Johnston, Alex Golden, Tony Meek, Kim Laidlaw, Ben and Jacqueline Sutton; Ben and Jacqueline; Art, Jacqueline and Betsy; Aly and Tony. Tony Meek built a fire at the nearest campsite where we twirled sparklers, drank champagne and brought in the New Year – Winnipeg time! ■ MID-WINTER PUB NIGHT Friday • January 23rd • 1700 hours at the clubhouse Hosts wanted! Please contact Betsy at 538-5541 8 SALTSPRING ISLAND SAILING CLUB TELLTALES New Year 2015 New Year’s Day Yo Ho Ho ❷ ❶ ❸ ❺ ❻ ❼ ❿ ❽ ❾ ❶ Hot Rum Race winners Vincent Argiro, Kevin Vine, Tony Meek and Martin Herbert show off their rum prizes ❷ Jackie Truscott and Roger Kibble show off their rum ❸ RB and Nancy Bortz give a rum salute ❹ Martin and Vincent enjoy rum handwarmers ❺ Some of the fabulous galley crew (l to r): Jodie Hawley, Julie Mills, Karen Laidlaw, Barb Wright, Patricia Marlatt, Marilyn Dawson, Betsy Johnston and Arlene Dashwood ❻ Heinz Vitovec and David Questo toast the rum ... ❼ ... as do Kim Laidlaw, Russell Logan and Lisa Halstead ❽ Cheryl and Chris Gadsby en route to the rum ❾ Paul McManus, Don Dashwood, Gyle Keating and Kevin Vine have already been into the rum ❿ How about some healthy salads to go with that rum? 9 PHOTOS: SILK QUESTO ❹ 1 2 SALTSPRING ISLAND SAILING CLUB TELLTALES New Year 2015 International One Metre Report by Martin Herbert, IOM #27 The International One Metre sailors have finally made the big time with two of its members receiving nominations for the (un)coveted Broken Tiller Award. Lawrie Neish assisted Derek Hill in nominating Roger Kibble, providing photographic evidence of an event that might have been called “boarding,” “dismasting,” “bursting’” or “bruising”. as well. Kevin also shared some of the photo’s with the racing group and Matti Troyer is thinking of building one as his final project at the Landing School, a very well-regarded boatbuilding school in Maine. The photo was taken by Roger’s son Steven at Sunset Pond and captured the aftermath of Roger launching Lawrie’s boat, toppling over, and dismasting it – tearing the jib, submerging his radio and twisting his knee. This should have won the award on many levels, but as we know, Roger is slippery and seems to have nine lives. This leads directly to IOM winter news – boatbuilding. This year I have challenged myself to build a wooden IOM. I chose one of my brother’s designs, Calypso, and started with the drawings on Nov 1st. It was so much more fun building in wood than fibreglass that the boat progressed rapidly. I am in the final stages of sanding the hull in advance of varnishing and hope to have the boat sailing by February. An Italian IOM blog got wind of the project and asked for pictures, so I sent Massimo a series of step-by-step shots which he updated on a regular basis. I copied some of these to my brother and he was so enthused that he started to build one The other great news about winter sailing is the “Storm Watch” where a good blast of wind brings IOM sailors down to the docks hoping for #3 rig sailing. Last week Mark Wallace and I got some good nose diving #2 rig sailing and had fun till our fingers stopped working. These little boats love a breeze and the grounded seaplane pilots told me some years ago when I was sailing in Ganges that the wind was topping 40 knots. The boat was in perfect control with the only fear that of the helmsman being blown off the dock. We are also continuing our weekly practise races leading up to the first major regatta in March, the Western Canadians held on Beaver Lake. ■ 10 PHOTOS: MARTIN HERBERT He managed to wiggle out of this, and four other nominations for fiascos in oversized boats as well. It was a tour de force performance. On his last nomination he pulled the rabbit out of the hat, and nominated your humble reporter for the sin of “boatbuilding”. I was on the point of protesting this call when I realized that Roger, ever innovative, had changed the tone of this award. I quickly accepted the Tiller and might have become the first winner to claim the trophy who is very proud of the reasons for the nomination. Other members have expressed interest in the boats since our successful club IOM Team Race (won by Ole Anderson, Iain Leckie, Derek Hill and Betsy Johnston) so I am planning to host an open workshop in January where all the mystery of building will be laid out. When a date is set there will be an invitation sent to Club members. 1 2 SALTSPRING ISLAND SAILING CLUB TELLTALES New Year 2015 S U M M E R M E M O R I E S F O R A W I N T E R ’ S D A Y Small Boat Cruise – Part 1 By Martin Herbert, Fireball #1205 The 2014 Small Boat Cruise, a five-day event, was the most adventurous yet. Ably organized by Rob Denny and Casey De Jong, the cruise was a lovely mixture of long sailing legs and stopover respites in idyllic locales. reefed main and full jib. You can just see Carmen through the window in the jib. Our second guests were Matt Law and Danelle Hames (below left), seen approaching the first night’s destination, Russell Island, in their Dufour 34, towing the Chester Yawl that Matt built last winter. Matt and I are childhood friends who have raced against each other for 40-some years and this picture is taken from my Fireball, the class of boats that we used to race. This year we has an assigned mothership for each of the small boats which made for ease of food and gear storage for the small boats and opened up venues where beach camping was not allowed. It changed the tone of the event to one of sheer luxury. The added benefit of this was that the number of spouses increased dramatically and raised the bar on the cooking as well. Just astern of Matt’s boat is Eleanor Point and as it came abeam we both hoisted spinnakers and raced to the anchorage. My secret weapon was Rosemary, former US National Champion in Fireballs, and her spinnaker handling pulled us through to the lead. Who says cruising is dull? We had two guest boats and one interloper. The most rugged of these were David and Carmen, who camp-cruised in their 16’ sailing canoe and led the way on day one in a yummy breeze, charging out into the white caps with obvious glee. Below, they are pictured leaving the dock under As for the interloper, we will get to him later. Anchored off Russell Island (below), the wind now gone, Matt rows Nighean and Rob ashore for a pot luck dinner on the beach. At anchor are two of the three Rob Denny boats on the cruise, Sandpiper and the Enterprise. Because they were camping, Dave and Carmen were on Portland Island while we enjoyed the food and a fabulous sunset. continued on page 12 PHOTOS: MARTIN HERBERT 11 4 3 SALTSPRING ISLAND SAILING CLUB TELLTALES New Year 2015 us. Another fabulous meal unfolded, stories told and many laughs shared. Small Boat Cruise continued from page 11 Despite all of us having 15 photos of the sunset I am going to let you picture it in all it beauty. Well done, good imaginations. The next day we set off in light wind for Brentwood Bay and Daphne Island. It was a long sail in such a light wind but fortunately by the time we were abreast of Piers Island the wind started to build and we had a good spinnaker run down to Moses Point. I had not expected two days in a row with good wind in summer and I was feeling quite blessed. We dropped spinnaker and rounded to a beam reach across the mouth of Deep Cove in a building wind. By the time we got to Pat Bay the wind was delightful and the perfect angle of a deep beam reach. We could be planing along at 12 knots, perfectly dry as the spray was being flung sideways by the chines. I had forgotten what a fun boat the Fireball was to sail. So that takes us to the half way point of the Small Boat Cruise. Much more fun to come but perhaps we will save that for later in the winter. ■ Once past Pat Bay the wind lessened and swung ahead so we had to beat into Brentwood Bay. Daphne Island is set very close to the shore and is difficult to see – but what a beautiful place it is, especially after a good hard sail. Our clever cruise organizers had booked us for two nights so we were set for another good meal and a day of playful rest in small boats the next day. Casey joined me for a jaunt around Brentwood Bay in the gusty wind just for the fun of it. Calling all Valentines Rob’s family are the long time owners of this island and the house has the best sailing library I have ever seen. Dave and Carmen got to stay in the guest house and Carmen did the most amazing “Happy Cabin Dance” when she saw the luxury of the place. And now for the interloper. Late that afternoon Blue Peter sailed up the bay and anchored off the Island. Beautifully handled by Derek Barrio, it was a delight to see it dance in to the anchorage and come to rest. While a 33-foot boat can hardly be called a small boat it was great to have him join Skipper’s Choice Potluck Dinner Sunday • Feb 15th • 1800 hrs 12 PHOTOS: MARTIN HERBERT The next day saw a flotilla of small boats go up to Tod Inlet, some even went ashore to participate in an extreme sport. I believe it was called hiking, but I managed to avoid it, instead sailing around Daphne Island with Nighean (above, in the spacious crew’s quarters on the Fireball), dodging in and out of moored boats and checking out the crazy cross section of sailing vessels afloat in the harbour. 1 2 SALTSPRING ISLAND SAILING CLUB TELLTALES New Year 2015 S U M M E R M E M O R I E S F O R A W I N T E R ’ S D A Y Joys of Anchoring By Michael Clark Once we were out of the small bay the winds died down, heartbeats declined and we felt safe again – but it was sure still dark! We then spent a long slow passage on radar to Powell River as we felt that Lund would be too congested to find two slips late at night. Lessons learned: Do not anchor on a steep underwater slope; use two stern lines; have a preplan memorized in case you have to maneuver out in the night; avoid rafting; and be sure you know the weather forecast for the local area before you anchor. And ... do not anchor on the sunset side of the Copeland Islands just so you can dance to “Jump” as the sun goes down. ■ Safely anchored, we passed the evening swimming in the warm incoming tide, enjoying drinks and appies before dinner, and even a small dance party to the music of the Pointer Sisters classic “Jump” on the foredeck. The ladies thought this was quite grand – especially that beautiful sunset. VHF Radio Course – ROC(M) We retired below and watched an old classic movie, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, until about 11 pm, when we came on deck to realize that we couldn’t live there anymore either. The wind had shifted to the north and was blowing about 15 knots. Our stern line was hanging limply in the water and the rocks to the north looked awfully close, and seemed to be getting closer. Time to go! at Saltspring Island Sailing Club Radio Operator’s Certificate Maritime (ROC-‐M) Jan 13, 15 and 20, 2015 Completion of this course will earn the required Radio Operator’s Certificate Maritime (ROC-‐M) for operating a VHF radio transmitter onboard your boat. All sessions run 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Course Fee: $75.00 (for SISC members) Call for details. But it was sure dark and we were, of course, tied together. We learned pretty quickly that two boats tied together do not steer very well – and as Selyna Rose’s plotter was taking a long time to boot up and show the course out. We dropped E-ticket’s 200’ of stern line, Lynn pulled up the anchor and 13 To register, call Laura Dafoe 250-‐537-‐8804 PHOTO: MICHAEL CLARK we cleared the rocks while Dennis gave us a compass course. But getting the two boats disentangled was a challenge until Victoria cut off the fender that was snagged in Selyna Rose’s gear. And then we had to get the dinghy, which was being towed backwards, on to the davits. After many weeks north of Desolation Sound aboard Selyna Rose, Lynn and I, accompanied by Dennis Fortin and Victoria Skinner on E-ticket, were heading south and decided to anchor in the Copeland Islands. We had been there many times but always in the wee harbour on the east side of the island where it gets equally dark but is well protected from wind and offers good stern tying potential. But that west side enjoys the long summer sunset, so that is where we decided to stay the night in one of the few small indents that can hold one boat each. That did not pose any problem as E-ticket could tie alongside Selyna Rose and we only then needed one anchor – and one stern tie line to hold us off the north side of the indent. 1 2 SALTSPRING ISLAND SAILING CLUB TELLTALES New Year 2015 Secretary’s Report by Deborah McGovern Happy 2015 everyone! Although this year is pretty quiet so far as new member inquiries go (although that can change quickly, as soon as the weather improves) 2014 was a very busy year for membership. career and a young family, Bruce jumped in with two feet to help with the Juniors program. Bruce quickly took on the role of Sailing School Coordinator, perhaps little knowing how much would be involved. Along with Dave Roll, Fleet Captain Dinghy, plus the instructors and many member volunteers, Bruce has been a large part of the reason this year’s Summer Sailing School was so successful from a safety, quality, budget and of course, fun perspective. It was a particularly challenging time for the program as many changes were being made to the various segments of the Junior Program. In summary: number of classes held:18; number of young sailors who got to enjoy learning to sail: 114; amount of community goodwill gained for the Club: priceless. A total of 18 new members (12 Regular and 6 Associate) have been brought on board during the past year. This has been off set by about a dozen resignations. Membership therefore remains remarkably steady. In total, the Club now has 185 Regular Members, 17 Associate Members, and 4 Juniors. It is especially nice to see the several younger couples with families join and to have our Junior members, like Matti Troyer, “graduate” to full Regular membership when they reach age nineteen. A note on membership cards and Yearbook packages: Despite several reminders there were still 34 envelopes not picked up from the clubhouse lobby by members in 2014. This represents a considerable loss in materials and volunteer time in putting them together in the first place. It’s also been great to see many new members at recent events including the recent AGM. There were also several new faces at the sold-out Commodore’s Banquet too. During the interview process the volunteer requirement of membership is strongly emphasized and we do our best to highlight the skills and interests of each new applicant. Then it’s Wendy Vine’s job to match those skills with the committee area they best fit. And a fantastic job she is doing of this. We are now involving new members more quickly so that they feel a part of the running of the club early in their membership and get to meet other members. This year we will have the membership cards ready for pick up at the clubhouse early in the New Year, just as soon as we have the firm membership listing to send to the printers to produce the cards. Rather than sorting the Yearbooks into large, individually addressed envelopes, once they are ready they will be handed out at the clubhouse. Please remember that it is still the Members’ responsibility to pick up their cards and Yearbooks at the clubhouse. To encourage this involvement Nick and Vicky Hodson donated the New Member Award to recognize outstanding contributions from new members. It was the Membership Committee’s privilege to select the new member who has contributed the most to the club within the last 24 months. This year the award was awarded to Bruce Stenstrom. Bruce and his partner Kiran joined in March 2013. Despite the demands of A note on TellTales distribution: Starting this year, printed copies of TellTales will no longer be mailed out! Up to now we have been printing out colour copies and hand mailing about a dozen copies of TellTales each month to members who have limited web access or have requested home delivery. With the rise in postal costs, in future, although we will not be mailing out TellTales, a few copies will be available for pickup at the clubhouse instead. ■ 14 SALTSPRING ISLAND SAILING CLUB TELLTALES 2015 Boat Show Season! Take Advantage of this Great Offer to Members! Jan 21 – 25 BC Place/ Granville Island vancouverboatshow.ca Group Discount on Pacific Yachting Subscriptions Just $24 for a Year Jan 23 – Feb 1 CenturyLink Field/ South Lake Union seattleboatshow.com Apr 30 – May 3 Victoria’s Inner Harbour (BC Yacht Brokers Assn) bcyba.com Victoria Harbour Boat Show New Year 2015 SISC members who enjoy reading Pacific Yachting are being offered a group discount rate. $ 24 Regardless of your past renewal date, you can take advantage of this reduced price of $24* per year (tax included), which will take effect from your present expiration date. If you are not already a subscriber, you will receive your first issue in spring. Plus, if you include your email address in your order, you can also receive the electronic edition at no extra cost. Member Notice! Time to Update Your Yearbook Listing Our 2015 Club Yearbook will soon be going into production, and we’re requesting the help of all members to make sure all the data in the 2015 Directory of Members and Boats is correct and up-‐to-‐date. This includes current contact info, email, and vessel particulars as well as your address. Please check your listings and submit any corrections needed to Club Secretary Deborah McGovern no later than January 30th. This will help us keep our Club database updated and accurate. The Yearbook will be published at the beginning of April. * regular rate $48 To participate, your cheque for $24.00, payable to Jim Linklater, must be received by February 13, 2015. Mail to: Jim Linklater 188 Wilkie Way Saltspring Is, BC V8K 2J4 Questions? Call Jim at (250) 537-2632, or email [email protected] Remember! Deadline for receipt of your cheque is February 13th Please note: Pacific Yachting will not accept add-ons after the group order has been mailed. Thanks for your cooperation! 15 SALTSPRING ISLAND SAILING CLUB TELLTALES New Year 2015 Parting Shots Another favourite summer port-of-call south of the border is this snug harbour just a few hours from SISC. Besides excellent docks and facilities, including a small store and friendly snack bar on the pier (Mmmm, breakfast croissant sandwiches in the morning, ice cream cones in the afternoon), there’s a historic, family-run restaurant just a short hike up the rural road. Here’s your only hint: both the harbour and the island its located on are named after animals. For the first prize of the year, send your guess to [email protected] Editor’s Log Nov-‐Dec contest winner… Happy New Year to everyone! I’m in the 11th hour throes of crossing off the essentials on my “todo” list and packing for New Zealand, where we’ll be sailing the Bay of Islands for part of our visit. I have a couple more tales lined up for later in the winter (if Martin’s promises are to be believed, and I know he loves to tell a good tale), and I plan to steal a few adventures from Tanya Van Ginkel’s Mexico cruising blog to share. Plus, I have a pretty good pirate story myself (good pirates, of course). And then, there’s New Zealand – gotta be a yarn or two ahead Down Under. So put your writing caps on, and tell us a story! Silk Questo Editor | [email protected] We quickly got five correct answers identifying this favourite haunt of local cruisers: the historic Maria Mahoy home on Russell Island, now part of the Gulf Islands Marine Park. If you haven’t visited when a volunteer family member is on duty to welcome you, don’t miss it next summer! The lucky winner by a roll of the dice is Julie Mills. I’m now away until February 1, but will get your prize to you then! TellTales is a publication of the Saltspring Island Sailing Club 152 Douglas Rd, Saltspring Is, BC V8K 2J2 www.saltspringsailing.ca © 2015, Saltspring Island Sailing Club all rights reserved. TellTales Next Issue Deadline: Friday, Feb 6th, 2015 PHOTOS: SILK QUESTO We’re starting off the new year with a couple of fun membersubmitted cruising stories from last summer. Let’s have more! If you have an interesting cruising tale to tell – whether recent, or even from the distant past – please consider sharing it with your fellow members. It could be informative, adventurous, educational, gripping, poignant, hilarious, nostalgic, exotic ... any kind of story you like to tell, or read about. Don’t worry if you don’t see yourself as a writing “pro” – free editing is included!
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