Commodore's Scuttlebutt October 4, 2019

The bathroom renovation is progressing. We ran into a snag with the flooring but are now back on track. Please be patient as the water everywhere except the kitchen will be off until November 9th. I for one will be glad to have this behind us. 
McDougall Cruiser Regatta

Andy Carson has stepped up as PRO for the McDougall on October 12th. Andy, thank you so much! This colorful regatta series was initiated by HIYC in 1968 to honor the club's "Adopted Scotsman," Thistle skipper John McDougall: a Harbor Islander who was instrumental in organizing and promoting sailing in Nashville.  It was he who purchased the land on what would become Harbor Island.  John constructed a concrete causeway from the mainland for the purposes of developing a residential community prior to the lake being filled.  No doubt, he also dreamed of a permanent location for he and his sailing friends.  We at HIYC owe a great debt to this man; because without John and that fortuitous notion, HIYC would not be in existence. Mark your calendars for Saturday October 12th. More information next week.

The McDougall open will be Saturday October 26th. We have hamburgers leftover from the 4th that need to be grilled and eaten so let's plan on a cookout after the race. BYOB.
 
Quarterly Dues
Everyone should have received the email invoice for fall quarter. Please pay your dues promptly. For those of you who are non-resident be aware that you will be receiving the invoice once a quarter instead of once a year. The HIYC constitution clearly states the dues structure and we are now adhearing to that policy.
Domino and me - A Great Loop Adventure
 
October 3, 2019
 
Currently at Hammond Marina just south of Chicago and the Calumet River entrance.
 
We left Saugatuck and arrived in St. Joseph on September 20. Then fierce weather kept us on the docks at West Basin Marina for 4 days. The next window to cross Lake Michigan to Chicago did not come until Monday night, September 24. SV Columba and SV Domino left St. Joseph at 20:15 for a night sail in 15 knot winds and 2 to 3-foot waves. We had less than 15 hours to get across the 60 miles of lake before more strong winds and 6 to 8 foot seas would returned to Lake Michigan. We planned on 12 hours. With a SW course and forecast winds from the W turning to SW by midnight we motor sailed close hauled SSW and averaged SOG of 6.2 mph. It was a glorious crossing; clear skies with magnificent stars, the glow of Chicago growing brighter as we got closer and the forecast of SW winds not upon us until we were 20 miles from Chicago. We arrived off Hammond Marina at 06:28. Our Vanguard-15 fleet arrived for the Nationals at Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club on Friday. Lake Michigan decided to have anther temper tantrum exactly Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Nashville contingent performed admirably under extreme adverse conditions. Saturday’s races were cancelled before they began because there were not enough safety boats to deal with all the capsizing. Sunday’s racing took place under small craft warnings. Harold and I enjoyed the comradery and helped where we could. By Monday, the sun was out, winds had moderated and the waves were Ideal for sailing just like they had been on the previous Thursday. Go figure. But challenges loom. I have now been in the Hammond Marina for 10 days waiting for the locks on the Illinois river to open on October 5 after scheduled maintenance. However, heavy rain and flooding has prevented the maintenance from completing on time. Of the three locks you must pass through to get to the Mississippi, two will be open by the 10th, the third may not be able to open until the end of October! Such a delay means many Marinas will already be closed as will the ability to get fuel and supplies. There are about 50 loopers caught in this dilemma. The Looper Association (AGLCA) is helping us negotiate with the Army Corp or Engineers, the Illinois Waterway, and the marinas for options. So, party time in Chicago time! The Horseshoe casino is right next to the marina with great food and entertainment. Uber and Lyft are quick rides to downtown Chicago, Navy Pier, The River Walk, Restaurants (including some great Polish and ethnic cooking ) and the arts. I don’t want to be stuck here for the winter but can’t think of a better place to be if I have to be.
 
Next, we explore Chicago while we work on a solution for closed locks and a quick way to get home before winter sets in. How many sailors would it take to portage Domino across that closed damn lock?!?
 
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