2017 Blue Chips Regatta

Oak Hollow Sailing Club held its 4th Annual “Blue Chips Charity Regatta” on Saturday, July 15th, in memory of our past member and club officer, Nancy Valego, and to raise money for cancer research in honor of Nancy.  Our club has raised over $4500 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation from donations and tee shirt sales during the past four years.  Thank you to all our members and friends of the club who have contributed to this worthy cause!  Nancy’s son, Matt, attended the event on Saturday, and passed along his family’s thanks to us for our recognition and remembrance of Nancy, and our contributions to cancer research in her honor.

We had a wonderful turnout for the event, with over 40 members present.  Thank you to Sue Cole, Roger Bates, and Mary Dusek, for morning refreshments, coffee, donuts, and ice, and to the many participants who brought side dishes and desserts for our post-regatta cookout.

Special thanks to Bruce Leigh, who somehow entered the marina before sun up and launched the pontoon boat by himself, which is no small feat. The boat was floating and ready for the race committee before anyone else arrived – thank you, Bruce!

Tom Kirkman volunteered to handle PRO duties, and was assisted on Race Committee by Chris Malcolm, Mary Desek, Annette Grefe, and Mike DuPont. The course was set up as windward – leeward with a gate at the leeward end, and the wind cooperated so that three races were completed by around 2 pm, with two one-lap races and a final 2-lap race. Thank you to all Race Committee volunteers for a very fine job of execution.

Fox 8 Sports covered our event, and we thank them for the few hours they spent filming and interviewing us about our charity event and about our club in general. This should be good publicity for OHSC. The camera man sailed with Michael Nordahl and was able to get some very good video on the water.

Following our regatta, Jerry and Paul grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for our cookout, and we enjoyed the food and post-regatta fellowship. Awards for the regatta were presented by Paul and Linda.  Congratulations to the following sailors and crew:

Mono-hull First Place: Phil Andrews, who won all three races
Mono-hull Second Place: Dan Schuee and Merritt
Mono-hull Third Place (tie): Linda Marsh, John Fulcher: and Michael Nordahl

Multi-hull First Place: Roger Bates (who edged Warren Mitchell by one point)
Multi-hull Second Place: Warren Mitchell

Tom Kirkman pointed out that there was enough wind during each race to allow all sailors to keep moving, and thus our times from first to last were better than usual. There was a 20-minute time limit once the first boat crossed the finish line, and no boat ever had a DNF in any of the three races (except one who chose to go in).  That is unusual for a summer race on Oak Hollow Lake. Congratulations to all sailors!

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OHSC June Regatta Recap

OHSC held its June 2017 Regatta on Saturday, June 17, 2017.  We had an excellent turnout with 36 members present, one guest, Greg Goette, and new member Nestor Ochoa, who crewed with Paul Walter. There were a total of 16 boats registered to participate, 12 mono-hulls, and 4 multi-hulls, and all 16 began the first of three races that were held.

Thank you to our Race Committee, Andy Squint, PRO, Bruce and Sally Leigh, Glenda Wilkinson, Bill Inmon, and Gary Gooden.  The wind shifts just prior to the first race (90 degrees) presented course layout challenges, which continued into the second and third races, so RC stayed busy keeping up with course changes and weather monitoring, as well as all other normal RC tasks. We were fortunate that the weather cooperated (no thunder and lightning) and except for a lull during the last part of race 1, the wind was decent and allowed us to complete three races (and a fourth unofficial “bonus” race for those who stayed out for it).  Thanks to Sue Cole for coffee and to anyone else who brought items for morning snacks.

Congratulations to Dan Shuee and Merritt Wayt, for their 3 First Place finishes in the mono-hull division, and to Roger Bates and Meghan Proctor for their 3 First Place finishes in the multi-hull division. Also congratulations to Annette Grefe and Phil Andrews for 2 Second Places and to Carl and Lois Simmons for their 2 Third Place finishes in the mono-hull division.

Our next regatta is Saturday, July 15, and is our Annual Blue Chips Charity Regatta, during which we collect donations for cancer research in honor and memory of our past member and officer, Nancy Valego, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2013. Please put this on your calendars.  It is an important event which we celebrate with a cookout following our races.

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June Regatta

Oak Hollow Sailing Club is holding its June 2017 Regatta this Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Current weather forecast for Saturday is good with 5 to 7 mph South winds and partly cloudy conditions for most of the day. Thank you to our Race Committee volunteers, Chris Malcolm, Mary Dusek, Bill Inmon, and Glenda Wilkerson, and to Sue and Paul who have signed up for morning refreshments. Please keep in mind that anyone is welcome to bring something for our pre-regatta morning snacks.

If you are planning to sail, please sign up at the link below so we know how to plan – there is NO PENALTY if you sign up and then can’t show up. If you would like to participate as a crew person, we will try to get you on a boat, so please indicate that on the sign-up sheet.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RHiiRJJX8xsIZDzaq7Af04M3dm4gyMyR7b-ukDM2lTA/edit#gid=189972722

Looking forward to a strong turnout!

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OHSC May 2017 Regatta Recap

Oak Hollow Sailing Club held its May 2017 Regatta on Saturday, May 20th. We had 31 members attending and 14 boats participating in the races. Winds were forecast to be in the 5 to 7 mph range all day, and started out that way. We were able to complete 3 races, although the wind died during the third race with only 3 of 10 boats completing the race during the time limitation.

Special thanks to our volunteers for the event: the Duffy’s for providing homemade breakfast burritos, and to Gary Gooden, Paul Walter and Sally Leigh for pastries, fruit and water. (Sorry if someone was left out of this list – other items were brought but I don’t know who brought them). Tom Kirkman handled PRO duties, with race committee volunteers Teri and Mark Craven, Sue Cole, and Dari Starkey. Tom introduced a new course design for us (a gate at the upwind mark) which was well-received by the sailors, as they were presented with an option of a port or starboard mark to round. Thank you to the entire race committee for their excellent work.

Also, a VERY special thank you to Bruce and Sally Leigh for heading up the club’s pontoon boat restoration (with help from Tom Kirkman also). Since the April Regatta, the club had to purchase a trailer for the pontoon boat and park it (the pontoon boat) at the North Marina for our future use. Bruce and Sally and Tom had it pressure washed, restained, flooring repaired, seats removed and repainted, and Tom constructed a new console with a cutting board top. Also, Bruce obtained new lettering for both sides of the boat, so we now have an RC boat that looks much more presentable. Thank you for your many hours of work!

Below please find the handicap scoring and overall race results for the May regatta. Congratulations to mono-hull race winners Phil Andrews (2 firsts) and Michael Nordahl (1 first), and to multi-hull winners Roger Bates (2 firsts) and Jerry Eldred (1 first).

Our next regatta is scheduled for Saturday, June 17.

2017 Regatta 2 – May

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Fun Day !

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