Just a Reminder, The Dock Water Will Be Shut Off Monday October 24th. Fill up your tanks this coming weekend. There is water available at the top of A dock but you either need a long hose or have to cart it.
What a great fall weekend up at the lake. The leaves are starting to change colors and paint a beautiful picture. Friday was a good day up at the lake. There was wind and anyone who had a chance to be out on the lake had a great sail. When we got up there Friday afternoon we went over to welcome the new boat, Seahawk (Dave & Barbra Wilcox’s new Catalina 34). She is a beauty. We also saw Martha on the dock and she said that the 2 couples Mark and I had met up in Annapolis had called inquiring about slips at Steele Creek. There may be a Gemini 105 (34’ catamaran) and a Jeanneau 35 in Steele Creek’s future. We invited Eddie, Dave and Ron over for a spaghetti dinner. It was chow down on M&M. After dinner we ended up with 11 people on board laughing away and even went through some questions from Yachting Trivia Pursuit. Soon it was time for everyone to head to their boat to get ready for a good night sleep and the hot dog race Saturday morning.
From 2011 Hot Dog Race Committee Chairman: Ron Honeycutt
Steele Creek Yacht Club's annual 2011 Hot Dog Race was successfully completed on Saturday October 15th. The day was gorgeous with few clouds, sunny weather although on the cool side and plenty of wind. At the captains meeting 9 race boats signed up for the race with first ever start for Mark and Meryl and crew on M & M. Ron explained the rules and gave out the race diagram. Racers were presented with a long race with Ron's usual interesting course with a lot of zig zags requiring racers to pay attention to the race course. With winds predicted in the 15 to 20 knot range the fleet headed out for the 12:00 start to be handled by the our committee boat Odyssey and Jeff Matthiae. The wind would prove to be quite blustery with numerous gusts in the 26 knot range and steady winds in the 14 to 18 knot range and quite shifty.
Before the race was to start, Honeycraft trying to set the starting line had a major snafu. The anchor line for the starting mark got wrapped around the rudder and after throwing out the boat anchor, crewman Duane Raver volunteered to get in the water to attempt to correct the situation. Fortunately after about 10 minutes of concentrated effort Duane and Ron were able to successfully remove the wrap and get the starting line set. Thank you to Proto for standing by for support.
With the wind building and gusting most boats reefed sails with two race boats dropping out of the race even before the start. Jeff started the race countdown at 12:00 noon with a crazy start seeing Redux going over early to have to restart and Tenacious getting a little close to the committee boat to start the race in first place followed by Journey, Godspeed and the rest of the fleet. During the race there were wild roundups by several of the boats including Journey and Honeycraft. ( a few almost misses too). A little over half way into the first leg of the race, Godspeed tore their Jib tack. However, the crew of Godspeed did not let this deter their efforts as they continued to race along in third place chasing Tenacious and Journey. The heavy winds really showed the boat speed of the larger boats with most hitting 7 to 8 plus knots. Pronto hailed the race committee boat that they were dropping out of the race due to a mechanical problem with the boat. As the race progressed Tenacious continued to dominate and lead the fleet around the marks with Journey always pressing. When Journey had a severe round up and 360 degree turn this opened up the lead for Tenacious and crew. Redux a J22 was seen on a couple of occasions surfing in the big gusts. About a third of the way into the last legs of the race Honeycraft was able to overtake Godspeed and get into 3 place behind Journey and Tenacious. Tenacious was able to continue to pull away from the fleet and finished to take line honors. Special thanks to Jeff for committee boat, Eddie for setting, picking up marks and help with calculations, Duane for unsticking Honeycraft and carrying race marks to shed and all boats crews for racing and Barbara for taking pictures.
After the race Ron presented to Eddie and the Tenacious crew the Hot Dog Flag and first place trophy, second going to Honeycraft and third going to Journey with pictures. Congratulations to trophy winners and racers for enduring a blustery race. Eddie presented a humorous trophy to Honeycraft a horse backside trophy for their "lack" of mark setting skills and race goofs. Meryl then started the Boat renaming services with the Hot Dog Cookout to occur afterward.
BOAT FINISH TIME CORRECTED TIME FINISH
Tenacious 93.12 min. 99.71 min. 1st
Honeycraft 110.78 109.08 2nd
Journey 99.80 112.03 3rd
Redux 115.90 114.66 4th
M & M 118.85 123.60 5th
Godspeed 112.70 125.22 6th
It was a fun and exciting race. Thanks to Ron Honeycraft for designing the course and putting the race together. At 5 PM we gathered near M&M for the presentation of the trophies then on to boat naming ceremony. We had several new boat come to Steele Creek or Change Owners since the Spring. Five of them being honored on Saturday. We had plenty of Champagne to share as we started the celebrations with M&M ( Catalina 350) and made our way down the dock to Namaste (Catalina 28), Hide Away (Catalina 25), Tumbleweed (Pearson 33), and Seahawk (Catalina 34). It’s always nice to have good things to celebrate. I know that there are several boats that have not been named yet and a few more boats coming this winter. We will have another naming ceremony in the spring.
Then onto the Hot Dog Dinner. We had 26 people and quite a selection of side dishes and desserts. We gathered up at the gazebo for the cookout. Martha was invited to join us. The big buzz was that everyone is excited to see a catamaran come to Steele Creek. After dinner and the clean up, several people went boat hopping. It was a beautiful night with full star twinkling. It definitely gets cooler at night. In the morning we had Dave and Eddie over for pancakes and bacon. It was another beautiful morning on Kerr Lake. The sun was up and warming things up quickly, Carolina blue skies and almost no clouds. There was a nice steady breeze, less than Saturday’s gusts and steadies. We had quite a regatta out by noontime. With the winds blowing from the south, most of us did an upwind sail towards Satterwhite. About and hour into the sail we heard on the VHF that Big Bird (Beneteau 35) had ran hard aground on a shoal just north of Satterwhite. Tenacious and Chiang Mai were there first with Tail Wind and M&M not far behind. A motor boat tried to help them off but was unable to pull them off. We asked Robin to make a bridle with the anchor line. Meanwhile John Hancock was out sailing with Tom Pearson and we asked them if John can get to his power boat Chapter Two to help. They headed back to the dock to get the powerboat. They were able to get in close, get a bridle on and pull Big Bird off the shoal. Cheers went up. Thanks John and Tom. We continued sailing after that down to Satterwhite and back. It was a nice relaxing sail. Back at the dock it was time clean up and head home. Great weekend. Of course our usual stop for dinner at Zerdo’s. We met Rhonda and Kier there too.
Rick Birch asked me to post that he has his 2006 Hunter 27 up for sale. Here is the Craigslist posting if anyone is or knows someone who is interested http://raleigh.craigslist.org/boa/2647293063.html
Our next club event is our Halloween sail and pot luck on Saturday October 29. We will have a $25 gift certificate to West Marine for the “Best Dressed Crew”. (you can dress up after the sail). Bring a ghoulish dish for pot luck. (eyeballs (meatballs), bat wings (chicken wings), etc.) Make up a name. Have a great week.