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  • Clinton Lake Levels Report from Chris Tesdal on Clinton Lake water levelAll,I was at the  lake this morning and have some new photos to post. Also, I found a cool little website run by the USGS that tells the water level at the lake. A handy tool for us in the future to remotely monitor the lake level (both high and low). It looks like the water is receding from the debris washed up.​​The pictures included show the CLSA grounds, Dock 5, and the Spillway. The website also shows water temperature. Now, let's relax and enjoy the New Year!Chris Tesdalhttp://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=05578300
    Posted Dec 30, 2015, 11:33 AM by CLSA Sailing
  • Now Showing--In the Heart of the Sea! Have you gotten your sailing fix this December by going to see In the Heart of the Sea?I reported on this website last January that In the Heart of the Sea would open in March 2015.  But as all good sailors know, sometimes the wind disappears, and sailing ships don't get to port (or movies to their theaters) on time.  But this movie is in theaters now.According to http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1390411/, this movie is a more complete story of the whaling ship Essex than was Moby Dick. Here is a plot synopsis from that website:In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2015, 9:03 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac
  • Harbor Master Repairing Sailboat Dock Harbor Master, Dick Hanson, was busy at work today (November 5) on major repairs to Toland Dock.   The next time you see Dick, shake his hand and tell him "Thanks" for all the work he does for CLSA!  
    Posted Nov 27, 2015, 5:14 AM by CLSA Sailing
  • CLSA Fall Banquet — November 7 The CLSA Fall Banquet will be held at Teddy Buckmen's in  LeRoy, Illinois, on Saturday, November 7.  Happy Hour will start at 5 p.m., and dinner will begin at 6 p.m.   Menu options include the following:   16 oz. Ribeye, Stuffed Chicken Breast Pan Seared Salmon w/Herb Butter Sauce Stuffed Green Peppers Vegetarian Pasta  Side dishes include a Baked Potato and Fresh Green Salad. Price per plate is $25; drinks will be billed separately.  There will be a raffle item and several door prizes.   This is a night for remembering the racing season with many awards and recognition of influential club members with awards in the areas of sportsmanship, club enhancement, and social contributions.  Also, we will ...
    Posted Nov 24, 2015, 7:36 PM by CLSA Sailing
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posted Dec 30, 2015, 11:33 AM by CLSA Sailing

Report from Chris Tesdal on Clinton Lake water level

All,

I was at the  lake this morning and have some new photos to post. Also, I found a cool little website run by the USGS that tells the water level at the lake. A handy tool for us in the future to remotely monitor the lake level (both high and low). It looks like the water is receding from the debris washed up.​
​The pictures included show the CLSA grounds, Dock 5, and the Spillway. The website also shows water temperature.

Now, let's relax and enjoy the New Year!

Chris Tesdal

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=05578300

Clinton Lake Level December 30, 2015




Now Showing--In the Heart of the Sea!

posted Dec 16, 2015, 8:53 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Dec 16, 2015, 9:03 PM ]

Have you gotten your sailing fix this December by going to see In the Heart of the Sea?

I reported on this website last January that In the Heart of the Sea would open in March 2015.  But as all good sailors know, sometimes the wind disappears, and sailing ships don't get to port (or movies to their theaters) on time.  

But this movie is in theaters now.

According to http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1390411/, this movie is a more complete story of the whaling ship Essex than was Moby Dick.

 Here is a plot synopsis from that website:

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. "In the Heart of the Sea" reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

I planned to go to the movie with Bill until we saw a trailer on the Charlie Rose Show recently.  Maybe we will go to a multiplex and see different movies.

If you see it, write a review and send it to me to add to this post!

Ruth Ann   vokac@mchsi.com






Harbor Master Repairing Sailboat Dock

posted Nov 5, 2015, 4:24 PM by CLSA Sailing   [ updated Nov 27, 2015, 5:14 AM ]

Harbor Master, Dick Hanson, was busy at work today (November 5) on major repairs to Toland Dock.  

The next time you see Dick, shake his hand and tell him "Thanks" for all the work he does for CLSA!

 

CLSA Fall Banquet — November 7

posted Oct 28, 2015, 3:18 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Nov 24, 2015, 7:36 PM by CLSA Sailing ]


The CLSA Fall Banquet will be held at Teddy Buckmen's

in  LeRoy, Illinois, on Saturday, November 7. 

Happy Hour will start at 5 p.m., and dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

 

Menu options include the following:  

  • 16 oz. Ribeye, Stuffed
  • Chicken Breast
  • Pan Seared Salmon w/Herb Butter Sauce
  • Stuffed Green Peppers
  • Vegetarian Pasta 

Side dishes include a Baked Potato and Fresh Green Salad.

Price per plate is $25; drinks will be billed separately. 

There will be a raffle item and several door prizes.

 

This is a night for remembering the racing season with many awards and recognition of influential club members with awards in the areas of sportsmanship, club enhancement, and social contributions.  Also, we will elect and install our new CLSA Board members.  Finally, there will be a Passing of the Flags Ceremony to honor both our outgoing and our incoming Board members.


Come enjoy good food and fellowship with our sailing family. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

RSVP Here!

15-11-07 Fall Banquet


 

 

2015 October Windword

posted Oct 27, 2015, 2:51 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac

Yikes! Where did October go? Lots of activity at the club. Read all about it!

Deb Aronson
Windword Editor

CLSA Member Robert Shultz Dies

posted Oct 19, 2015, 9:17 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Oct 19, 2015, 9:38 PM ]

CLSA is saddened to learn about the death of Robert Shultz on October 14, 2015.
We send our sincere condolences to his wife Kathy and the rest of his family!
You can read his obituary online at The Pantagraph.

CLSA Harbor Master, Dick Hanson, Plans CLSA Fall Workday

posted Oct 12, 2015, 4:05 PM by CLSA Sailing   [ updated Nov 11, 2015, 4:16 PM ]

CLSA Fall Workday  —  Saturday, October 24    

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

    Please plan to come help get CLSA ready for winter!
Many hands make light work.

Dick Hanson has set a list of priorities for CLSA Workday:


1.      Pavilion – First take down the flags carefully, stack them and get them to Gerry Christman (who will NOT be at the work day).  Stack the tables on a tilt so snow and water will not sit on top.  The Ray Green and a Sun Fish on a trailer will be stored on the west end under the pavilion roof.  Block up the axles of the 2 trailers.  Clean out the “office of anything the mice can destroy.”  Potted plants? 

 

2.      Firewood – Restack the firewood next to the shed.  The wood is up against the shed wall not letting the rain runoff the roof to the ground.  It would be better for the shed wall to keep it dry.  

 

3.      Committee Boat – We need to get the boat ready to be set outside at the Yeagles.  Clean out the cabinet items that need to be put indoors.  What should we do about the solar panel on the roof – cover it against the sunlight?  I will take both batteries to my house for winter storage.  The boat motor will be winterized by the Marina at a later date. 

 

4.      Shed – Straighten up the items and throw out anything not used.  The 3 dollies – take apart at the T for easier storage in the shed.  Life preservers need to be cleaned and hung up for drying.  Maybe we need to take them to a member’s house for cleaning.  Put stable in the mower gas tanks and remove gas from cans – use fresh gas in the spring. 

 

5.      Boats on Outside rack – Make sure all are empty of water that could freeze.  Tie down all 8 boats to their shelf against wind.  Check all storage tubes so they are tight against rain water.  The Ray Green needs a new tarp for a winter cover.  I will get a tarp.    

 

6.      Pavilion Eave Trough – I will have wood supports – 2x4s - screwed to the two north trusses.  Then the 5” eave trough will be screwed to the top of the outer end of the 2x4s.  With a few persons we will assemble the 50’ trough and lift it up into place in one piece and screw it down to the 2x4’s.  The downspout will be on the east end.  We also need to remove the old rotten truss on the NE corner of the “office” and replace it with a 2x10-18’.  With a few guys we should be able to attach it to the beam ends.  I will bring another stepladder.  We will need 2 more 6 or 8 foot stepladders.  

 

7.      Rototill and Plant Grass Seed -   Where the old wood pile was located, we need to level off the ground hopefully with a rototiller and plant grass seed.  If anyone has a rototiller that we can use, please let me know and bring it Sat, Oct. 24

 

8.      North side of Pavilion – We need to lower the ground on the north side of the pavilion so water runs east and not thru the “office.”  I will bring a wheel borrow and shovel. 

 

9.      Dead Trees North of the F/S – We need to saw up the tree that was dragged into the grass.  Throw the pieces north over the piles of dirt and pea gravel. 

 

10.  New Tree Plantings – This fall we need to plant a couple of new trees for future shade.  One needs to be planted just east of the ash tree stump. 

 

11.  Dock East end Section – This fall while the lake level is low and before the spring high water, we need to replace the end section and add better flotation.  This will not be done during the work day but should be “discussed that morning”- how to do it, where to do it and who can help.  At least 2 new floats are needed to replace the water logged existing Styrofoam.  Cost may be $450 for 2 black molded seamless floats – like the ones used under the rest of the dock - plus new lumber.       

 

15-10-24 Fall Workday



Vickie Cup Distance — Saturday, October 10

posted Oct 6, 2015, 4:50 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac

              Vickie Cup Distance
WhenSat, October 10, 12pm – 4pm
DescriptionOn Saturday, October 10, CLSA will host its 2015 Vickie Cup Distance Race. Even if you haven't raced enough this summer to get a trophy in the series of distances races, this is your chance to earn a trophy for distance racing. Trophies will be awarded for the one-day Vickie Cup Race! An Oct 2 email reported the wrong date for this race! Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 10! The course is a loop about 11 nautical miles long and provides a very scenic round trip of Clinton Lake. Prior to the race, we will hold a skipper's meeting at noon at the CLSA pavilion. The race committee determines race course details, which depend on weather conditions. The start of the race is scheduled for 1:00 PM and usually includes cabin boats, Flying Scots, and a mixed fleet. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. We will provide friendly help and advice with the basic rules. Our racing is good-natured. Good sportsmanship is the rule. Come join CLSA for the Vickie Cup Distance Race, the last race of 2015 ! Host - Gerry Christman

Race Report 2015 Vickie Cup Triangle Report by Chris Wojnar

posted Oct 6, 2015, 3:48 PM by CLSA Sailing

Everyone thought the day would be a Sailor's dream on Sunday for the Vickie Cup Triangle race. Wind was predicted at 10 to 11 mph without any gusts, and the clouds were to yield to warm sunshine for the participants.  However, Murphy's law overruled these little details, and the racer's were greeted with 15 to 20 mph WITH gusts! 

It took race committee quite a while to set marks so they would not drift..and even the committee boat had to be readjusted multiple times to get the race course "Square" to the wind conditions. Rear Commodore, Tom Yeagle, did a Yeoman's job and really set a super windward/Leeward course. 

All participants survived the blustery conditions and as the three races got underway, the winds started to diminish somewhat (but there were still whitecaps!).  The dinghies like the Flying Scot were planing downwind under spinnaker, and the cabin boats did not have it much easier, especially the ones "single-handed." Perry Biddle, fighting the gusts, was trying to fly a genoa on his 26 ft Balboa  and broke a block on his mainsheet.  In the second race rounding the windward mark, he had wily veteran Bill Vokac to windward coming around, causing him to lose concentration and hit the mark (a real no, no)!  After the race when asked how things went, Perry made it clear that it SUCKED! 

Jerry Christman took first on Synergy (Capri 22), and Joe Budden was close on his stern taking second. Bill Vokac took third on his Mac 25. Rick Wojnar led the dinghy fleet with Craig Rost second. Kudos to Dick Hansen on "Blue Chip" as he single handed the vessel throughout without any mishaps!

Commodore's Feast is Saturday, October 3!

posted Sep 28, 2015, 2:58 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Oct 26, 2015, 9:20 PM by CLSA Sailing ]

The CLSA Board cordially invites you to the 2015 CLSA Commodore's Feast

CLSA Pavilion

Saturday October 3

5:30 – 9:00 pm

This event, for members only, is the Board's thanks to the membership for a great sailing season.   

Your participation in the races, moonlight sails, dock walks, potlucks, classes, work parties—all our eventshas contributed to a fantastic CLSA year, which we will celebrate! 


Our Social Chair, Debbie Yeagle, has a delicious steak dinner planned. There will also be a vegetarian option.  

This meal is provided at no charge to members by the CLSA board, so all you need to do is to RSVP.

(Steaks will be ordered only for those who RSVP!)


RSVP Here!



It might be cool outdoors: Dress for the weather!
There will be a door prize and a raffle to own part of CLSA History:  Bring cash!
We will have some guests from Clinton Lake Marina: This will be an opportunity to say thanks to them!

 

                                                    CLSA always welcomes new members:  

Join now, come to the Commodore’s Feast and Fall Banquet, 

and retain membership all through the 2016 season!  

 

Click to join CLSA.



15-10-3 Commodore's Feast


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