the ASI Burgee - Tuesday August 7, 2012
Kent Cup SPLIT! - - Michael Golden
On one of the best sailing days this year there was a tie in the 10th Annual Kent Cup Race.
Team USA: Gary Crosbie, Steve Kang, and Paula Merideth, TIED with Team
ATLANTIS: Fred Trinker, Warren Puggini, and Deb Broomham. Each team had 3, 2, 1, finishes and so the two part Kent Cup, an engraved vase inside the Champaign "Kentainer", will be shared by the 6 team members until next years big race. The French team finished third. It was just like being at the Olympics, but the Queen didn't make it.
The team representing Chile was slowed down by the Irish team in the first race, capsized in the second race, and was still bailing at the start of the third where Greg the novice finished second. The Race Committee boat crew of Dana Sims, Pam, and John Tiley did a sea-mans duty of handling chaos in the west end, in addition to a fine job of managing the races.
10th Kent Cup Teams 2012
Kent Cup Co Champs (Fred is missing)
Deb Broomham, center, took FIRST place among the novices, followed by Greg Kostyniuk second, and Paula Merideth third (second from left).
Deb Broomham receives sailing gloves for first place novice in the Kent Cup from Michael Golden, race coach.
Bit and Pieces of the Picnic - - Joan Swain, Level 1 Mgr
While erroneously being given some credit for Saturday's successful picnic, aside from being sure Blaise was again going to be the chef, now only in his 2nd season with the Club - with his life too busy to sail, but not to BBQ - all I had in mind was show up and observe the planned proceedings.
Arriving at 9AM, strolling close to where the racers were still on shore, only expecting to see them head off for their Kent Cup race, I was shortly approached with a request. One team was missing their novice and wouldn't be able to compete unless they could find a warm body to fill in - and I appeared to qualify.
"Uh, I'm not a racer."
"Don't have to be."
"You're sure this will be helping that team?"
"Yes, it's the only way they can compete."
"OK (to myself thinking, they've got to be kidding, but here goes)."
So, donning the appropriate team colors, I joined in.
I quickly found out that I was paired with 2 excellent sailors. I'd not sailed with either before. No, I'm not competitive, but my cheerleading inner self quickly emerged for 'my' team. The bonus was getting some real-time use of a spinnaker. The wind picked up. My captain kept us heeled (my favorite) as we jockeyed for the start. We...are...in...front. I'm thinking how exciting is this!. We rounded the first mark well ahead of the rest..... Did I get lucky or what? Well, that's the 'bits' on that.
After the races, I was back to my plan and willingly participated in sampling the great buffet. I especially enjoyed the fruit to offset the spicy vegi burger, and more desserts than usual. I did my part in trying this one and that, and went back for more.
"Want to join the scavenger?"
"No, I've only done the scavenger sail once, and got frustrated by the puzzle falling apart."
"But others need crew."
"OK, I'll join in."
Again, purely by happenstance, I sail with 3 new-to-me mates. Though we're the last boat to leave the dock, having discovered a rigging malfunction, the good news is we see where other boats have gone to grab the clues. We're supposed to circle hidden pictures, then what? Should've paid better attention. That's the 'pieces' of that activity....
What comes after the "bits and pieces" is not important. What follows, is: my 'just-watch plans' were thrown off that day; my time as crew for the race was both fun and exciting; my time scavenging was more good sailing, some laughs and an exercise in patience. The five-fold bonus was my time with new sail mates.
Thank you to all who planned the events, all who cooked and brought the delicious and variety of food, and to Chris, Sherri, Peter, Bonnie and Ed. The picnic gave me some great bits & pieces to remember.
Notes from the President - - Kate McRae, ASI president
Recently a representative of Pure Michigan, Rob Bliss, contacted ASI to see if we would be interested in being part of a video they are shooting on Michigan. When I spoke with Rob he wanted ASI to represent the city of St Clair Shores. I have few details at this point other than they want to shoot the video on August 22 during the day. Seems like a great chance for ASI to get the word out about the club. If you are interested in being part of the video send me an email at email@example.com. I will update all when I have more information.Below is part of an email sent to me by Rob along with a link to a You Tube video his company did for the city of Grand Rapids.In partnership with Pure Michigan, General Motors, and Weber Shandwick (one of the largest public relations companies in the world) we’ll be creating a Michigan LipDub video from August 19th-26th. I will be visiting 50 Michigan cities in just five days, and each city will be given one line to sing in our song (those singers can be crowds, street performers, symphonies, children, etc.), and one 5-10 second scene within the video.
All those 50 cities/50 individual scenes will be put together into one video and broadcasted to millions of people.
The Big Question: if you could show only a 5-10 second clip of your city to millions of people, what is the most visually impressive, attention-grabbing moment you could create on camera?
With only five days to get to 50 cities we won’t have much time to spend in each city, preferably no more than one hour. We have an interest in partnering with you to put your attraction/city in the best possible light and grab the viewer’s attention. We’ll also want to coordinate with local media so we can maximize the attention for your scene.
This just in.... Don DeRyckere, Chief Interlake Maintenance guru
You know that unfortunate mishap at the ASI race Saturday, that resulted in a 90 degree bend in the mast of Interlake #7? It's been fixed, and Interlake #7 IS BACK IN SERVICE!
Well, maybe 'fixed' isn't the right word; Monday I swapped out the mast from our newest Interlake, which isn't in service yet, to number 7. We'll take the bad mast to Ohio and get it replaced at Customflex. But in the meantime, we've got a full fleet of eleven again, in the water at Kensington! You racers sure make life interesting! How'd you do that, again?
Ahoy Students! - - JoAnne McClure
I know you were probably taught to remove the mainsheet from the cleat when sailing to avoid a capsize. This is a good thing! However, when you remove it makes all the difference. Here's why: If you remove it when you start to rig, the boom will swing back and forth, causing problems with boat bvalance while rigging and perhaps "booming" a crew member. This is a bad thing.
Soooooo, leave the mainsheet in the cleat until you are at the dock and ready to raise sails. Then remove the mainsheet from the cleat. That way, you won't get into difficulty with the boom flopping around.
See you at the dock, JoAnne
Sail the North Channel next year? Level 3/4 class for 2013 - - Bill Lane
Level 2 sailors, it is not to early to consider joining the level 3/4 class for 2013. Sail to interesting ports such as:
- Thames River
- Port Huron/Sarnia
- Harbor Beach
- Little Current
- Port Elgin
- Plus Georgian Bay and the finest cruising area in North America.
The North Channel: Enter beautiful anchorages like Covered Portage Cove, Snug Harbour, Marianne cove, Browning Cove, Sturgeon Cove and the Benjamin Islands.
- Learn advance navigation techniques and enhance your knowledge of GPS
- Do off shore sailing work
- Advanced anchoring
- Boat provisioning
- Crew organization
- Sail to a destination overnight
1. Have a Level 2 sail pass and work hours current.
2. Sail the Level 2 keel boats 8 times, 4 times or more as captain and 4 times as crew.
3. Email to the head instructor an updated sailing resume.
Contact Bill Lane for details
Tiley's musings - - John Tiley, ASI Mentor
Working with students and being dock master you see and learn a lot. Ive had a great time. We've had several students as dock master and often had a rated dock master mentor on hand too. Its a great combo. Thanks to all our mentors!
We are a teaching club, and to that end, I've put up a video...
Answer the question and win a prize ! Your suggestions for other videos are welcome.
john m tiley ASI Mentor firstname.lastname@example.org
Wet and Wild Wednesdays - - Bob Dallos and John Johnston
Wet and Wild Wednesdays, what do we do, you may ask? Well, on Wednesday nights, old salts, new students and those in between, simply show up at the East boat launch at Kent Lake about 18:00 (6pm for the newbie’s), ready for fun, skill sharpening, practice sailing, and of course the chance to meet with other club members that also have a passion for tall tailing err, sailing.
John Johnston and I are around to help ensure that all sailors old and new are paired up with new sailors and if you’re nice to us help catch you at the dock and even fold some sails. We are all about having fun and sailing until dusk chases us off the boats. We will help with launch chores, answer questions, if needed, take out a boat on the lake.
For the rated and experienced members of the club, this is not only a great way to meet and welcome new members, but also help them gain confidence in their skills so they too can become rated members. Not only will you have a great time, but you can even get in some of those volunteer hours. Come out and join us at Wet and Wild Wednesday’s! See you at the Lake!
John and Bob
Keelboat sailor 'wannabees' note: Level 2 Class 2013 - - Bill Lane
It's not too early! Become a Level 2 Captain and Sail the Level 2 O’Day 28 foot Keel boats Interlude and Overture on Lake St Clair and Learn the basics of:
- Navigation and GPS
- Docking a keelboat
- Keelboat sailing
- Radio operation
- Boat systems
- Rules of the road for power boats
- Refueling and pumpouts
And much more
1. Declare sailing ability by submitting a sailing resume to head of Level 2 instruction.
2. Be an ASI member and Level 1 Sail Pass holder with all volunteer hours up to date.
3. Complete and present a certificate showing completion of US Power Squadron or US Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating / Basic Seamanship course before the start of Level 2 classes. The class must have a navigation component.
4. Sail the Interlake 8 times during the 2012 sailing season.
Sail longer and farther than ever before
Contact Bill Lane, Level 2 head instructor, for details
248-891-6125 Email: email@example.com
Sunday Drive Anyone? - - Dave Amsdill
Sunday Drive? I know what you’re thinking. Boring! Take heart, this is not your Daddy’s Sunday drive. That is, not unless your Daddy is Capt. Jack Sparrow or Long John Tiley. This is Sunday driving pirate style. Wind in your face, sails filled with a warm summer breeze, spray coming over the bow and no seat belts or other restraining devices.
Please join us on Sunday afternoons on Kent Lake from 1PM till 3PM for practice or open sailing with all your favorite ASI buddies. Please email Dave Amsdill (firstname.lastname@example.org) and get on our Sunday Drive participant list. We’ll send out a reminder a few days before and do our best to match up students and guests with rated sailors. It’s fine to also just show up, but emailing ahead will make the whole event work out better. . And remember, giving practice sails is a great way to earn work hours.
I would like to introduce the Sunday Drive gang, those dedicated members who will be leading and coordinating Sunday Drive’s this year for your sailing pleasure. We will be alternating Sundays depending on who is available. And the leaders are: Dana Sims, Paula Merideth, Stephen Kang, Deb Broomham and myself Dave Amsdill. Thanks to all for their generous giving of their time and talents.
Keel Boat Invitation! - - Dave Pardy
Interested in sailing the ASI keel boats on Lake St. Clair? I'm trying to match up rated and unrated members and their guests who want to go out.
The concentration is on Thursday and Friday mornings and Thursday evenings but David might expand that depending on the interest.
Email David (email@example.com) and he can send you more details and add you to his email list.
Need Practice? Call David Ei !
Tuesday Day Sails - - Susanne Guendelsberger
For those interested, Susanne Guendelsberger 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 Susanne a quick note (firstname.lastname@example.org) saying you're interested, so she can add you to the email list.
- Susanne 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 Susanne that they will make it and whether they are rated or not. This should allow Susanne 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.
- Those coming to these sails are welcome to do practice sails, just tool around the lake or anything that they and their shipmates want to do. The more the merrier so rated sailors, sail students and guests are always welcome and encouraged!
If you are a rated sailor and you take a student(s) out on a Practice Sail on these Tuesdays, it should be good for 2 work hours.
On a related note, Laura Miele (a level 2) is available Tuesday mornings for L1 sails but needs to be off the lake by about 12:00. If anyone is interested in getting to Kent Lake earlier, say 8:30 or 9:30, she would be available to take them out on practice sails. Let her know if interested at email@example.com or 404-518-1858 (cell).
TESTING OPPORTUNITY: Susanne is taking over coordinating Tuesday sails from David Pardy (firstname.lastname@example.org) making it possible for him to concentrate on testing new L1's and other commitments. David can administer tests at our Tuesday sails so let him know if you want to test so he can be ready. David expects to be at most Tuesday sails. LET'S SAIL!
Stony Creek Maintenance Nights - - Richard Gady and Heidi Dzendzel
Mark your calendar for Monday September 10 starting at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
This is a good time to get a few volunteer hours, clean up the fleet and
complete some repair items.
Remember to fill in the maintenance log located in the sign-in booklet with
any repair or improvement idea. I will send out a list of items we can work
on together. (Park your car in the main parking lot and walk to the Boat
This is a great time to learn and meet other sail club members.
(Remember for the new students, maintenance class is only held at Kent Lake)
Your help would be most appreciated! Richard Gady (email@example.com)
Testing Procedures for Level 1 Rating - - JoAnne McClure
If you have completed all your classes and practice and are ready for your water test, here is a list of Water Test Instructors. Contact them to set up an appointment to take your water test.
Water Test Instructors:
- David Pardy
- Bob Frank
- Mike Perrin
- Don Anderson
- Sam Olive
- Yasuo Fujita
- Bill Lane
- Andrew Leszczynski
If you have passed your water test and taken the Maintenance Class, study your book, handouts, ASI Policy Manual, and class notes and contact a Written test instructor from the list below. Bring along your completed water test form and sail pass when you take the test.
Written Test Instructors:
- JoAnne McClure
- Nancy Weiss
- Sam Olive
- Chris Lamb
- Heidi Dzendzel
- Dave Pardy
- Trudy Morse
Questions? Contact JoAnne McClure. Good Luck!
Motor boat operators and deckhands wanted - - Michael Golden
Operators are needed for the Kent Lake motor boat during races. Take a training on operation of the safety boat and earn two volunteer hours during a race. Helpers learn race management and work with an operator setting marks and recording finishes and also get 2 hours credit.
Contact Michael Golden firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Reminders from the Keelboat Scheduler - - Jon Buyle
The sailing season is in full swing: timeshare reservations can now be made easily. I need any priority scheduling events, such as maintenance, instruction, evening sails, or special events sent to me so that I can get them in the scheduling calendar. Please provide this information as soon as possible so that your event is secured and timeshares don’t have to be cancelled.
Here are a few reminders for keelboat captains in order to make the process work best for all of us:
1-Please limit your calls to 9AM-9PM, unless it’s an emergency. Feel free to email me anytime.
2-Use the ASI website to check on availability of keelboats before calling. It is updated daily. You can also click on an entry in the calendar to obtain more details, such as the timeshare hours and the designated captain of a timeshare. That information can be useful for several reasons, such as checking with the previous captain on any problems he experienced with the boat, arranging a transition with the next captain, or notifying the next captain if you are going to be late.
3-When leaving voicemail requests, please speak slowly and clearly, especially when leaving numbers. I often have to listen to a message several times to get all the information.
4-Be sure to notify the Boat Captain and Keelboat Scheduler if a boat needs immediate attention that could affect safety & future timeshares.
5-Remember that reservations are made on a first-come, first-serve basis and are not held or confirmed for you until secured with a credit card.
6-Make your reservations as far in advance as you can. I will do my best to respond to last-minute requests, but cannot guarantee a response in less than 24 hours. (I have a life too!)
7-Finally, Do NOT take a boat without clearing it with the Scheduler first, even though a boat appears to be available or your boat becomes disabled. There have been situations where a member who has reserved and paid for a timeshare arrives later and finds the boat gone. It may also be a safety risk for you and your passengers, as the boat may have been taken out of service or have special instructions that the Boat Captain has asked me to convey.
A special welcome to all the new Level 2 Captains. Have a great summer and great sailing season! Hope to see all of you out on the lake.
Jon Buyle, Keelboat Scheduler (email@example.com)
10 AM Weekday Sailors - - Vic Macks
This is a list of rated sailors sailing daytime weekdays. Anyone on the list can initiate a sail at his/her rated level by email/phone call to anyone on the list. For example, you can look ahead one to three days, check the weather, decide on a day, and call/email those on the list for crew. This could be on Interlakes or keelboats, depending on your rating and interest and the interests of those on the list. It's that simple. The list may contain rated sailors interested in Kent, Stoney, or Lake St. Clair. Of course, a rated keelboat sailor initiating a sail on a keelboat is obligated to have at least one sailor aboard who is rated at level 11, level III, level IV or equivalent. The time share fee for keelboats would be split among the number aboard.
Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following:
-Name and rating
-email address and phone number(s)
-likely days available
-preferences (Kent, Stony Creek, or Lake St. Clair)
I will email an updated list as often as there are changes, additions, etc. Remember, sails will be initiated by anyone on the list. All that's needed is you on the list. Questions? Send an email or call me at 586-779-1782.
Dock Masters Needed - - Anne Ostroth
Dock Masters (DMs) are needed every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday throughout the sailing season. This is especially true on Level 1 class days (see calendar). It is a great way to earn work hours and meet other sailors. Anyone with a sail pass (student - Level 4) is encouraged to sign-up. There are four shifts per day: 9-11 AM, 11-1 PM, 1-3 PM, and 3-5 PM. You can sign up for any number of shifts per day. And now we also have dock master shifts available on Tuesdays starting June 19 from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm.
DM duties are described in the notebook labeled "Dock Master" on the front and located in the DM box. This notebook contains the DM badge ( so others will know you are the designated DM) and other helpful information. The DM box also contains the boat hook and other supplies. I recommend that unrated sailors choose DM shifts on Sat. mornings so that someone from the maintenance team can open the DM box for you. Please email me at email@example.com to sign up and assist your fellow sailors.
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Who writes the Burgee? YOU DO! I'm only the editor, chief copy-and-paster, and spiritual advisor. I depend on you sailors - old salts and newbies - to send in content. What kind of content? Just about anything you'd like your fellow members to know about. Of course, it should be related to sailing and boating! When in doubt, send it in for consideration!
Please send your Burgee input to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the next Burgee. They're on a weekly schedule. Send in your stuff for publication by Sunday for inclusion the following Tuesday. Sail hearty and often, and don't let your jib luff!