Future: The Encore series begins Wednesday Sept 15, with Cruiser start at 6:15 and Fleet 1 start at 6:30. This series is included in your Wednesday night registration. We will have meals every week and an awards party on Wednesday Oct. 20.
Jonathan Stewart will be acting as our temporary resident chef this week and will be preparing Shephard’s Pie. Please come join us after the race for some great meals. Again, we welcome everyone that docks elsewhere to stop at our courtesy docks and join us for dinner at the clubhouse.
Past: We had a great awards dinner last week along with the trophy ceremony and the great music provided by Ben Rogers. It was a wild night starting with a nice storm brewing in the vicinity. We were served a fantastic meal by Greg Cash and Darryl Lanier along with many other volunteers, a big thanks to all these volunteers that made this such an incredible meal and cleaned the kitchen to my mother’s standards.
Warren did an excellent job as our moderator as well as the 3 Vanna’s, Heather, Terra and Ann, who passed out the trophies as well as the sail bags that were donated by Hunter Riddle of Schurr Sails filled with coozies.
The theme of this series of trophies was “This is beer can racing”. Winners won Rtic cups and Rtic soft coolers along with a case of beer (as close as I could get) to the Fleet Champions.
Congratulations to all the winners and a big thanks to all skippers and crews that made this an exciting sailing season with the best attendance in many years.
Look forward to seeing you on the race course, Dana
All things come to he/she who waits and boy did we wait. It has been an incredible summer so far, 3 hurricanes in the area so far and little to no wind on several Wednesday nights. This has been the most unusual Wednesday night sailing season for many years. This last race was a tough night, one side had better pressure but the other side had better shifts. It was difficult if you chose the wrong side, but thrilling to be sailing in wind again.
A big thanks to our race committee who brought the wind and ended our season with a bang; Robin Terrell, Tricia Terrell, Chris Beisner, Damian Beisner, Dale Owens, Sophie Webster and Rick Smith. We appreciate everyone’s patience through this struggle to complete this 10 week series.
A quick note about the upcoming Wed Series 1 and 2 awards banquet. We will provide excellent food (thank you Greg Cash and Darryl Lanier), live entertainment (McCarthy will not be reading poetry, but we will have live music), and the most awesome awards, but this will be BYOB.
We were lucky enough to be given some great items by the sailmaker, Schurr Sails, to all registrants in the Wednesday night series (thank you Jonathan Stewart). So please make sure your boat is represented at the awards if you cannot be there. But I surely hope I will see everyone this Wednesday, it will be a great gathering and an opportunity to mingle with your fellow Wednesday night sailors/competitors that we haven’t had since 2019.
The other side of the coin is we still have to be vigilant about protecting ourselves, so let’s take whatever precautions necessary.
On Sept. 15, we will begin the 5 week Encore Wednesday night series. The cruisers will start at 6:15 and the rest of the fleets will start at 6:30. We will be sending the Encore SI/NOR on Tuesday.
For those of who knew Penny Chinik the following link will show you her obituary and information on services.
Penelope Eileen Pawling Chinik Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information (flaniganfuneralhome.com)
I look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday night, Dana
Thanks to Race Committee of Jim Rapp, Spencer Gay, Caden Bautten, Jim Failmerger, Norm Barnes and Tom Graham for their best efforts on this ninth night of the second series. We have one more race to go and there will only be one throw out for this series. The hurricane weather gave us some great sailing weekends (who expects that in July and August) but really disappointed us on Wednesdays.
I have a sad report, Jim Chinik owner of a Beneteau named Baiser Francais, one of the High PHRF fleet members, lost his wife to cancer on Saturday. Penny was a very supportive and an active member of the Keelboat fleet. We send our condolences to Jim on the loss of his wife who was a valued member of Lake Lanier Sailing Club.
Series 1 and 2 awards dinner/party at 6pm on Wed Sept 8
Encore series race #1 Wed Sept 15
LARC Fall series race #1 Sun Sept 12 with Skip Meet at 11am Aqualand store
Fingers crossed for the last race, Dana
It was a fabulous night, I couldn’t stop smiling all night (I was quite calm when my crew put my spinnaker up as a pennant)!! It was a perfect night to be sailing under the moonlight with a balmy evening and very little motorboat traffic. This is the kind of night that makes the summer moonlight race something special. I think Pat Finnick (who decided to check out mark 11) was probably the only one that got to see the fireworks at the Margaritaville on his way back to the dock. Congratulations to everyone for making this a great event (barring hurricanes).
For those of you that wanted to know what boats they passed in the dark, here is the order of the finishes.
Linda Webster 9:17:10
Chris Jackson 9:26:40
Francois Rivard 9:27:00
Cole Woener and the GT crew 9:28:27
Spencer Gay 9:37:17
Norman Plotkin 9:42:50
Jim Chambers 9:47:30
Overall results are attached and upcoming email will address trophies.
Upcoming LARC Fall series, skipper’s meeting at 11am at Aqualand for all races.
#1 Sun Sept 12
#2 Sun Sept 26 by BFSC
#3 Sun Oct 17 by UYC
#4 Sat Nov 13 by LLSC
See you on the race course, Dana