Commodore's Scuttlebutt August 23, 2019

Low Country Boil and Raft-up.

Tomorrow Evening! 
We will have disposable containers but if you care about the earth, drop off your container by 4:30 pm. We will have tape for you to write your name and what you want (or don't want). There will be potatoes, corn, smoked sausage, shrimp, and maybe some bread. Shrimp, meat, and veggies will be cooked separately to accommodate dietary restrictions. Around 75 people signed up and we purchased food based on that number. If history repeats itself some of those who signed up will not show up and there will be food for those who didn't make the deadline. We will plan on rafting up out across the harbor as we did last year. Hopefully Ted can be the anchor once again.
Board Nominations are due in August
Please submit your nomination for Secretary and Junior Governor to be elected at the quarterly meeting on September 28th immediately following clean-up day. The Junior Governor will serve for three years as Junior Governor, Governor, and Senior Governor. The Secretary will serve for four years as Secretary, Vice Commodore, Commodore, and Rear Commodore. 
Both of these new leaders must be willing to attend our monthly board meetings, be responsible for several races and events, assist other board members with their responsibilities, help decorate for the holidays as well as  plan and serve the Christmas Brunch.
Nominees must be current with their dues, in good standing, and willing to serve the 3 or 4 year terms. 
Look around the club, on the water, at a social gathering....who do you know who would be willing to serve our club for the next three or four years.
Send your nominations to Rear Commodore Gene Lovelace . 
For additional information about theis process or the responsibilities of these offices, check out th eHIYC website, member section, HIYC Constitution: Article V Section 1 - Officers and Board of Governors & Section 5 Nominating Committee.
Race Committee Chair
Most of our regattas are organized by the race committee chairs Bruce Richards and Jim Doran. It is a big job and both of these guys have been at it for quite some time. We need someone to volunteer to co-chair the cruiser chair position with Jim Doran next year and then take it over entirely the following year. During the year as co-chair Jim will teach you everything you need to know. We also need a PRO for the McDougal Cruiser regatta on October 12th.

Harbor Island Yacht Club invites you to sail in the forty-fourth annual Lotsa Lasers Regatta on Old Hickory Lake September 21-22, 2019.  We plan short-course races following three-minute starting sequences governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing with changes made to RRS 29.1 (Individual Recalls will be hailed), A2 (Scoring to exclude a “throw out” if six or more races are completed) and 67 with respect to 42 (Propulsion will result in an excludable disqualification) as detailed in the sailing instructions.  These may be reviewed at the website,, along with directions and weather.  Breakfast and lunches will be provided and there will be a lasagna dinner Saturday night. And there will be awards...for the top three juniors (age 17 and under), for the first first-time participant, for the first lady...apprentice master (35-44), master (45-54), grand master (55-64), great grand master (65 and over), featherweight (under 60 kg), Clydesdale (over 80 kg)...and for the top four finishers overall.  All will be eligible for the dreaded MOP (middle of the pack) and for the highly prized Bookend Award (presented to the skipper who starts in every race and finishes with the highest point total).  Radials and 4.7’s will compete as a separate class for “top three” awards. *AND Vanguard-15’s are invited to compete as a separate class for “top three” awards by way of practicing  for their National Championships in Chicago the following weekend.
The registration fee will be $30 which includes lunches Saturday and Sunday, dinner Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning.
Please call Bruce Richards at (615) 347-0721 ( ) if you have any questions or if we can assist you with your planning.  If you plan to arrive Friday night, you will need to call to obtain the combination to the gate across the causeway.  If you would like to use one of NSF/HIYC’s boats to sail in this event, contact Greg Theriot (615) 578-3084 (

SATURDAY SEPT 21         1000 HOURS                Registration
                                                 1130                         Skippers' meeting
                                                1145                           Lunch
                                                1300                           First race with others to follow
                                                1830                           Dinner
SUNDAY SEPT 22                  0800                          Breakfast
                                                1000                          More races (no starts after 1300)
                                                1400                          Lunch and trophy presentation

Please go to to pre-register and help us with our planning!

Since 1975 Lotsa Lasers has been the district’s premier gathering of  Laser sailors of all ages and levels of experience and ability--from those trying to get a boat around a “real racecourse” for the first time to those trying to qualify for the Olympic trials.  Sailors, and Laser sailors in particular, recognize the importance of “bringing young sailors aboard” and encouraging growth in confidence and skill through participation in regattas here and elsewhere.   Among the young sailors who participated 30 years ago was  Australian Laser sailor  John Sykes who took a weekend break from his fellowship training in interventional radiology at UAB in Birmingham to sail at HIYC in Lotsa Lasers.  So fond were his memories of the fall colors around the lake, the fireplace in the clubhouse and the hospitality that he planned a return trip to the US last year to coincide with Lotsa Lasers, packing his sail and his mainsheet and boom vang for the trip!  So while his wife Ann read a book by the fireplace in the clubhouse, John sailed SECONd CHILdHOOd  to a series of second place finishes in Saturday’s fresh northerly breeze, comfortable in  the 15 knots common on his home waters off the coast of Adelaide. 
Peterborough Hydraulic Lift Lock
Domino and me – A Great Loop Adventure
August 16th,  anchored by Gannon Narrows Bridge on the Trent Severn Waterway (TSW), mile marker 132 of 240. So far transited 31 of 43 locks. The town of Bobcaygeon, Ontario is 6 miles north.
The Trent Severn Waterway is a water world vacation destination made possible by the 43 locks that maintain water at a navigable level throughout. Included are gravitational feed locks, step locks, hydraulic lift locks, marine railway locks, locks that are electrically operated and even locks that require a human to walk around a wheel with a handle to open and close. The Peterborough hydraulic lift lock is the showcase, an amazing display of human technology from 1903 when it first opened. Today it is still the highest hydraulic lock in the world at a lift of 65 feet. The Canadian towns on the TSW epitomize hospitality, friendship and helpfulness. You can stop and enjoy fine restaurants and pubs, music, antiques, boutiques, art galleries, museums, chocolate outlet stores, bakeries and much more. At every lock, the lock master and his/her crew take time to talk to the boaters, sharing information and their experiences on the waterway. Many locks are lines with adults and children observing, questioning and critiquing (all in fun) boat handling in the locks. At marinas and lock walls where you can tie up for the night, you easily make new friends, share your boating experiences and exchange contact information with the hope of staying in touch. NEBO, a phone app developed by the America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association (AGLCA) ( allows you to sign up and share locations, cruise logs and notes with other Great Loop participants. Next, I meet Rob and Nelson in Midland, Ontario and we sail Georgian Bay.

Healey Falls Flight 16-17 Locks
Hell's Gate on Stoney Lake
Fall River Trip to Kentucky Lake
Interested? Contact Rob McDonald 
It seems like every year or two several boats move together down river to Kentucky Lake. It is a fun and interesting trip especially if you have never done it. This trip is in the early stages of planning so contact Rob with  your input.
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