The C-dock is scheduled to be repaired starting tomorrow. Please stay away from C-dock till Friday at this point. If anything changes, I will let you know. I would like to also welcome our newest members to the SCYC, Sue & Verne. They have a Catalina 34 on C-dock.
It seems like summer is doing a jump start on us. We are having an unbelievable number of 90+ degree days and high humidity. We want to keep our sailors, their family and guests safe. Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke can happen even to the best of us. Please make sure that you have and drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeine drinks (water or Gatorade is best) while sailing or at the docks in the high temperatures. Make sure you are either under a bimini or have a hat or a way to get out of the sun. Start drinking before you are thirsty. I have copied some information from www.MayoClinic.com on these heat related topics :
Heat exhaustion is a condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating. It's one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe. Causes of heat exhaustion include exposure to high temperatures, particularly when combined with high humidity, and strenuous physical activity. Without prompt treatment, heat exhaustion can progress to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition. Fortunately, heat exhaustion is preventable.
Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion may come on suddenly or may develop after days of heat exposure.
Possible heat exhaustion signs and symptoms include:
- Cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat
- Heavy sweating
- Weak, rapid pulse
- Low blood pressure upon standing
- Muscle cramps
- Stop all activity and rest
- Move to a cooler place
- Drink cool water or sports drinks
Young children, older adults, people who are obese and people born with an impaired ability to sweat are at high risk of heatstroke. Other risk factors include dehydration, alcohol use, cardiovascular disease and certain medications. What makes heatstroke severe and potentially life-threatening is that the body's normal mechanisms for dealing with heat stress, such as sweating and temperature control, are inadequate. The main sign of heatstroke is a markedly elevated body temperature — generally greater than 104 F (40 C) — with changes in mental status ranging from personality changes to confusion and coma. Skin may be hot and dry — although if heatstroke is caused by exertion, the skin may be moist.
Other signs and symptoms may include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Rapid and shallow breathing
- Elevated or lowered blood pressure
- Cessation of sweating
- Irritability, confusion or unconsciousness
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- Fainting, which may be the first sign in older adults
- Move the person out of the sun and into a shady or air-conditioned space.
- Call 911 or emergency medical help.
- Cool the person by covering him or her with damp sheets or by spraying with cool water. Direct air onto the person with a fan or newspaper.
- Have the person drink cool water or other nonalcoholic beverage without caffeine, if he or she is able.
Next weekend June 18th-19th there isn’t a club event. There is the Governor’s Cup at Henderson Point. Some of you may like to sail out and watch. There will be a cake on Saturday evening to honor our “Dads” . Our next club event is Saturday June 25th. It is a late afternoon Volleyball game at Clambake Cove with a campfire cookout. I will tell you more next week. Have a great week and Happy Father’s Day to all of our Dads.