Dear Fellow Members,

Welcome to June in August! At long last, we have had a stretch of really nice weather! Nevertheless, we are already talking about Pre-season Football Parties, Labor Day Weekend, Chili Cook-offs, Clam bake, Halloween Parties and believe it or not, Winter Storage. Please see the emails Larry sent out on Friday and notices in this edition of the Mariner, but most importantly, the signup deadline for winter storage is August 31st.

Two weeks ago, the Annual Lakeside Regatta and Gulden/McCarty Cup, featuring a Wine Pull, Silent Auction, Live Auction of tickets to five different concerts at Blossom and 50/50 raffle raised over $20,000 for UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, smashing last year’s record of $8500! Big thanks to everyone who participated and donated. Over 75% of the Silent Auction winners were members who were not participating in the regatta itself which we greatly appreciate as we strive to make this weekend an all Club event, not just about sailboat racing.

The Club is in very nice shape financially and we are beginning to make plans for improvements during winter shutdown – I can’t believe I’m writing about these things on such a beautiful day! Anyway, all comments and suggestions are welcome and the earlier we get them the easier financial planning and scheduling will be.

The record high water levels we have been experiencing have caused us some minor aggravation. Of particular importance is avoiding swimming in the harbor because minor electrical currents have been detected. Garland and his team regularly monitor current flow in the harbor and take the necessary corrective action but during this period of high water levels, it is best to be particularly cautious.

There is still plenty of Summer left before what I hope will be a beautiful Fall, complete with an outstanding season of Cleveland Browns Football! Team Spaceman will be back and forth to Chicago for the next couple of weeks as we prepare for and then participate in the J-111 World Championships. You can keep up with our exploits on Facebook at Spaceman Spiff Racing. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing all of you at the Club and wish you and yours all the best for a healthy, happy rest of the Summer!

Fair winds and following seas.

Rob

“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”
Kenneth Graeme