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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Saturday June 18 - the LOTS sail (an 'un-guy' trip) - - Claire Zepeda

It’s time again for the Ladies Only Time Share (LOTS) and we are going to have LOTS of fun!


This year’s date is Saturday, June 18th. We will be meeting at JBM around 10am. Then we will head out, enjoy the (hopefully) wonderful weather and fair winds. Maybe stop and anchor for lunch and a swim, return to JBM and tie up at Jack's for dinner then be back to our dock around 10pm.


We will divide the cost of the boats by the number of sailors. Last year’s per person cost was about $12. Please bring your own drinks and something to share for lunch.


Please call or email one of us if you are interested. Space is limited. Looking forward to a wonderful day of fun and friendship!


Marilyn, Jessica, Sherri & Trudy


Claire Zepeda ( 734-973-6665

Jessica Hogg ( 734-748-0328

Marilyn Leece ( 313-618-1188

Trudy Morse ( (248) 930-0659

The A-Dock: Happenings at JBM - - Jack Townsend

Keelboat Classes 

There were four empty slips on A – Dock this weekend! Both L2 keelboats were out all day Saturday and Sunday for L2 class, this was their “long” day weekend, sailing to the Metro Beach/Black Creek anchorage.


The L3 boats headed out early (sort of) Saturday morning for Cove Marina on the Thames River in Ontario, Canada. It was a great weekend of sailing and on-water instruction.


Lost Items 

I found a Richardsons; clear plastic chart bag with navigation tools in it – 3 sets of dividers, 2 parallel plotters a Dockley’s Speedrose plotter (that’s an old-timer), and a Safeco Marine calculator. These items were found at the shore end of A Dock, since this was the weekend for navigation in both ASI classes we thought these items might belong to an ASI member. We are also contacting JB Marina to let them know we found these items.


If these items are yours please contact me ASAP – Marilyn Leece, my email and phone number are in the directory. Marilyn Leece


L2 Keelboat Maintenance 

The two L2 keelboats are still experiencing some minor technical difficulties which the Boat Captains and Assistant Boat Captains are trying to address as quickly as possible – unfortunately most of the BCs and ABCs are also in Instruction Classes. We are aware that you want to timeshare these boats for the Memorial Day Weekend and we are trying to get them in an acceptable (but not perfect) condition to allow timesharing – we will let you know very soon if the boats will be available.

Interlude BC – Jerry Brady

Overture BC – Mike Perrin


On Overture – you will notice something new this year; we have switched radios with Voyager III. Overture’s ICOM radio could be more easily adapted (available parts) for DSC (Digital Selective Calling). Richard Jaeger, our designated radio swapper, switched the radios last week; he still has a few minor adjustments for VIII to set it up for DSC. We made this switch so it will be easier for the L4 boats to send out a digital distress call and to stay in contact with the other L4 boat. Since these boats are sailing in remote waters it makes since to equip the L4 boats with this feature first. We will, in the near future, look to set up both L2 boats in the same manner. Even though the L2 boats are not sailing in remote waters we wish to have them as “distress” ready as possible – plus it will be as easy as making a phone call when contacting each other. No more “what boat name was that – of did you hear that, was someone calling us?”


Craig Smith – Maint. Dir., Keelboats

Tom Baker, Asst. Maint. Dir. – L4

Jack Townsend, Asst. Maint. Dir. – L2

Mike Perrin, Boat Captain - Overture


For more information about DSC read the following excerpts for BoatUs


“All DSC equipped VHF radios can send a distress call in digital form on channel 70. The call, sent in much less than one second, includes your unique identification number (MMSI) and if the radio is connected to a GPS or Loran C, the precise location of your boat. The distress call will continue to be sent until it is answered by another station. The station hearing the call will likely call your radio on channel 16 or, in the case of the Coast Guard on 22A and begin the process of bringing you the help you need. Having a highly automatic way of making your need for assistance known has obvious advantages.”


Here is another great feature of DSC. “A Class “A” VHF/DSC radio makes use of the "Selective" in DSC by calling other DSC radios by their unique MMSI number. These radios usually provide an electronic notepad that stores names and MMSIs for other boats or shore stations. Another station can be called by selecting the name or number from the stored list, choosing the channel number on which you wish to communicate and pressing a button. A digital call containing the MMSI being called, the MMSI of your radio and the channel number on which you wish to communicate is sent on channel 70. The called radio recognizes its MMSI and alerts its operator to the incoming call by emitting a ringing tone. The radio automatically switches to the communication channel chosen by the caller, allowing voice communication to proceed with no further action required of either party.”


Parking at JB

Although the marina slips are filling up fast there are still plenty of boats on the hard. Please be sure, especially on weekdays and Saturdays that where you park does not block access to a boat. The marina has some very heavy equipment they use to pick up the boats for launching and many of those equipment operators do not mind coming very, very close to your vehicle (or side mirrors). If you see an orange cone sitting in front of a boat do not park there or move the cone – or you may come back to a towed vehicle. Also there are many trailered boats in the parking and their owners need plenty room to access them – and there are many levels of trailering skills among JB’s trailer-boat owners.


The marina will try to contact people to move their cars but they won’t spend an hour doing it. Also many boat owners are still painting their hull bottom, waxing, and doing other activities that result in airborne contaminants that are looking for the perfect place to land.


So in this case, instead of “buyer beware” it is “car-parker beware”.

Thundering Thursdays at Kent Lake - - Dave Amsdill

Please join us for open sailing, practice sails and guest sails on Thundering Thursdays 6 PM till dark each week beginning June 9. I will be keeping an email distribution list and will email a reminder and update of weather projections on Tuesday each week and will be accepting reservations via cell phone. Please email me ( to get on our distribution list and call me, Dave Amsdill, at 734-645-3806 to let me know your plans in order that we may do our best to get everyone out and sailing.


If you are a rated sailor and could be available for most or at least some Thursday nights please volunteer to join the Thundering Thursday team to provide practice sails to students, guest sails to prospective members and just get some sailing in. Please don’t worry that you’re not experienced or knowledgeable enough, we’ll learn together. It’s a great way to earn hours, empower new students, improve your skills and knowledge and give back to the club.


See you there, Dave Amsdill

Tuesday Day Sails - - Dave Pardy

For those interested, David Pardy will be coordinating day sails at Kensington on Tuesdays. This is not meant to replace any other sails but meets the philosophy of 'the more sailing the better'.


Here is how it works.:

Send David a quick note saying you're interested at so he can add you to the email list. David will check the weather and send out a note to those interested probably by the Sunday before the Tuesday sail confirming the sail.


Those who can make it on the Tuesday, reply back to David that they will make it and whether they are rated or not. This should allow David to make sure that we have enough rated sailors for the number of students/guests.


We all meet at the lake at 10:30 and sail until about 1:00 or until people wear out. If weather looks good other days, David might add sails now and then and he'll email those on his list. We also need a few more rated sailors who can commit to be there most Tuesdays since David won't be able to make all of them. He'll also need help if we have a surplus of students/guests. If you can make most Tuesday, please let David know so he can plan.




What you need to know about DSC VHF Radio - - Richard Jagers

Do You Have a Phone on Your Boat? No not a cell phone! Not a marine phone either.

It is a radio that has phone like features. Well the L3/L4 boats have a phone. It is called a DSC VHF radio. How does it work? Why would you want it?


Although there are lots of wonderful features, the easy answer is it is much safer, and easier to communicate with the other L3/L4 boats. It also allows an immediate distress signal to be sent in less then 10 seconds. It could save your life. We are working on getting them operational, and hopefully they will be finished before the boats make the journey up north.


Basically a Digital Selective Calling (DSC) radio communicates selectively only with the number it called. Other boats don’t even know the call was made, making it much more efficient and much more private. It also works in an emergency, and helps keep unnecessary chatter off channel 16 and 9. No more need to call the other boat on an open frequency, then switch channels to continue your conversation. It also saves time by avoiding many of the steps of a Mayday.


As part of the Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS) each boat is assigned a unique 9 digit Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI). This number acts just like a phone number. Dial the number and it “rings” on the other end. The boat called has the choice to either answer or ignore the call. Once the radios are properly wired to GPS when you answer a DSC call it will show both your boat and the calling boat on your GPS, so you will immediately know where they are. It will also show your boat on their GPS. This is very cool! Just the other day while on the L2 boat I was listening on the radio and plotting where the L3/L4 boats were located, but I only caught a portion of the coordinates, so I just had a general idea of where they were. Not nearly as accurate as it could, or should be. Ever miss what channel the other boat moved to? Suddenly both of you are on different channels. DSC solves this problem by automatically transmitting the channel the two boats want to talk on, and automatically switching the channel for you.


With a properly configured radio and GPS, (which we are still working on) in an emergency simply push the emergency button for about 5 seconds. Instantly your location in Lat and Long along with the boat name, boat type, owner, and many other important pieces of information are transmitted to the Coast Guard. Taking far less time then Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, etc.


The Coast Guard can immediately respond to your distress. By the way sending a false DSC distress carries the same consequences of sending a false Mayday, so you better be using the Distress DSC in place of, or in conjunction with a Mayday. DSC calls from boat to boat are done via a menu, not the distress button, so there is no chance of sending a false DSC distress while calling another boat.


There are lots of other cool features, but boat to boat calling, and knowing where each boat is, along with having the instant communication of important information in an emergency situation makes it a winner with me.


If you have questions about how DSC radios with connected GPS works, send me an email and I will try to answer them.

Dockmasters needed at Kent Lake - - Anne Ostroth

 DOCKMASTERS are needed at Kent Lake for all Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays throughout the sailing season.  The dock master helps keep things running smoothly at the dock when there are a lot of boats coming and going,  Also, it is helpful to club members who want to take children and non-sailors sailing to have someone to catch a line or give a timely shove. This is especially important on class days.  Instructors should not have to conscript friends and family to serve as dock masters for when they are teaching.  Best of all serving as dock master is a good way to earn work hours.  There are two shifts per day AM (9 am - 1 pm) and PM (1 pm - 5 pm).  If you are interested please email Anne at


CPR Training opportunity - - Kathy Chrzanowski 

This is an interest survey of who would like to be be trained in American Red Cross CPR/First Aid.  Everyone should have this training when out on the boats, since EMS is not very convenient.  I have a friend who is willing to teach the class.  She will be trained in the new guidelines for this training on May 21.  Therefore, this class would be run shortly after that. 


There will be a per student fee, but we can get the room free.  It will probably be a series of evenings to accomplish this.  If interested send an email to Kathy Chrzanowski

One more thing...       


Words to live by: A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour 


The ASI Burgee is on a weekly schedule. The next one will be next Tuesday, May 31. Please send your Burgee input to by Sunday for inclusion in that Burgee. 

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