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June 14, 2018

June 14, 2018

I don’t know what she has against us, but Mother Nature has been (literally) puffing her chest out now for three weekends in a row………..70 mph straight line winds on Memorial Day, 50 mph east winds the morning of the Yacht Club party, and a sideswipe of downdrafts this past Saturday (unless you reside in Mason City, in which case you incurred a direct hit).  Despite all that, we managed to get in nearly all of the YC races last weekend……….so take that, wind gods.

THE ANNUAL DAD/MOM/LAD/LASS RACE………….is this Sunday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m.  It’s always worth watching, because it really is the only time all year that our younger sailors can be 100% certain of getting back at their parents.  That’s because the parents are skippering X Boats while their kids are crewing.  The crews are encouraged to engage in repeated eye rolling, chuckles, guffaws and utterances like “Really?” or “I can’t believe you did that”.

THERE’S ANOTHER FRIDAY EVENING SOCIAL……..this Friday evening, June 15 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Yacht Club.  We’re going to keep trying this until we get it right. There’s a grill, some family friendly events and games, and maybe some racing for the Sailing School students. Bring your own food and beverage (but no hard liquor).

SAILING SCHOOL STARTED THIS WEEK……..It looks like they got the dock, lifts and boats in just in time. And the new outside storage rack is pretty impressive.  If you or a friend or a family member still want to register for upcoming sessions, check out the Sailing School website atwww.clycss.comfor scheduling and registration.

IF YOU HAVEN’T CHECKED OUT THIS YEAR’S VOLVO OCEAN RACE, YOU SHOULD……….Seven 65 foot one design sailing machines have been racing around the world since last October.  They are in the midst of the second to the last of 11 total legs.  And these monohull boats move, regularly exceeding 20 knots.  The racing has been close, with several finishes within minutes of each other after 3,000 miles………..and it’s been pretty gnarly, especially in the Southern Ocean where there’s no land to cut down the wind, the waves and the cold. Anyway, if you’re interested, go to www.volvooceanrace.comand you can see live tracks of the current race, plus replays of the previous legs………’s pretty impressive.

TEASER……….John Hanson got his hands on some old CLYC fleet lists from (we think) the 1968 year book. I’m going to try to put the lists together in upcoming weeks, to see if you recognize some names of CLYC sailors from half a century ago.  As John made it clear, “The X boat sailors are all senior citizens today.”

Fair Winds and Following Seas, Oz

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