2015 LPYC Saturday Fun Race Series
The goal of this series is to provide a fun way to get sailors out on the water to enjoy sailing their boats. Although it is called a race, emphasis is on fun and participation and not on strict racing. As discussed below, boat ratings will be adjusted from race to race to compensate for each individual boat and captain. The goal of the race is to have fun.
The series will be set up with an approximate four nautical mile course so that all boats should be able to finish in two hours or less in normal wind conditions. The starting line will be an imaginary line between the northern point on the western shore and the northernmost edge of the Brookshire Brothers covered boat houses on the eastern shore at approximately 32° 05.674’ N, 95° 26.02’ W.
We will sail approximately two miles south toward the dam. A large, highly visible orange turning mark will be set at approximately 32° 03.731’ N, 95° 26.02 W. ROUND THE TURNING MARK TO PORT AND SAIL BACK UP TO THE STARTING LINE TO FINISH THE RACE. Below is a diagram of the approximate race course:
Greetings LPYC members & friends!
Thanks to everybody who came to our annual meeting @ Clear Springs. It was a great gathering, although we did hurry through the meeting. We missed some of you, but hopefully you will be able to attend some other functions this year, and there will be plenty of opportunities. Here are some of the upcoming events:
On January 17th, twenty plus members and guests gathered at Clear Springs Restaurant in Tyler to hold the annual Lake Palestine Yacht Club meeting. While enjoying a club provided meal, the members heard reports from the directors.
The 2014 sailboat race series finished under some light and fluky winds. Finishing in First Place of the series was Bob Coker, Closely followed by Jim Stevenson and John Owens tying for the 2nd place, and rounding out the top finishers was Warren Lyon. The race course has been located to the southern part of the lake in hopes of better winds, and freedom from underwater stumps.
As many as 10 different boats competed, with as many as 8 in a single race, and next year promises to be even better with new participants and several returning from mechanical problems.
The 2015 series gets underway in April, stay tuned for the schedule of race events.
LPYC HISTORY FOR THE RECONSTITUTION OF THE CLUB
2004 to 2006 Planning discussions starting with Steve Lowe and John Owens. Over that time period Bob Pryor, John Ellis, John Springer, and David Rozell were in some of the discussions.
July 24, 2006 Meeting at Spring Creek for the Reconstitution of Lake Palestine Yacht Club. Present were Steve Herber, David Rozell, Bob Pryor, John Owens, Steve Lowe, John Ellis, Lynette Ruby, and Britt Ruby. This is from the minutes of the meeting.
THE CLUB IS BEING ESTABLISHED AS A BOATING CLUB WITH BOTH POWER AND SAIL BOATS WELCOME.
As we reach the mid point of the 2014 race series, the biggest challenge has been the disappearing wind on race days. One of the races no one finished, one boat did make it a hundred yards from the start line though. One race was shortened to the turning mark, even then some of us never quite made it. Only one race had fresh, challenging breezes, the others were just enough to keep moving breezes.
At the mid point, the current leaders are Jim Stevenson in first, followed by John Owens, Lynn Easley, and Bob Coker. But there is only one point separating each of the top four, so a lot can, and will happen in the second half of the race series.
The final race before the summer break will be on June 21, and the race course will be moved to the southern part of the lake in hopes of better wind conditions as a test.
See everyone on the water!
On January 18th, 17 members plus guests met at Clear Springs Restaurant in Tyler Texas for our annual meeting. After enjoying the the meal, Rick Walker our Commodore called the meeting to order.
Reports by the Treasury, Secretary Officers, and Social Director were given Conditions of current marina facilities on Lake Palestine were discussed, along with future possibilities. Recognition for Monty Shank was given for his support for new marina faculties. Recognition for club members for their support of the club, and trophies for the sailboat race winners. See the Annual Meeting Minutes for January 2014 for all the details..
Officers for the upcoming year were installed. John Springer and Warren Lyon were re-elected as directors. Rick Walker will remain as Commodore, Warren Lyon will assume role as Vice Commodore. John Springer will remain as Treasurer, and Lynn Easley will remain as Secretary for the upcoming year.
After closing remarks, the meeting was adjourned.
LPYC would like to thank everyone who competed in the 2013 series sailboat races. Conditions were sometimes quite challenging, especially when weather fronts like to arrive right in the middle of a race!
Bob Coker took first place in his Islander 28 with 27 points.
Lynn Easley finished in 2nd place with his San Juan 24 with 21 points.
Jim Stevenson and John Owens tied for 3rd place with 19 points.
The 2014 series will start up again this spring, see ya on the water!
Wondering about the construction going on at Lake Palestine Marina? Thanks to negotiations between LPYC, Lake Palestine Marina, and The Upper Neches River Authority, 12 new docks are being built to accommodate deeper draft and or larger boats. Expected completion date is around the first part of June.