Many thanks to everyone who came and competed!
The teams are sending us pictures this weekend, so come back here to see what our teams are up to in Austin!
Special thanks to Angel Shellenberger of Team Miss Conduct for agreeing to serve as the official photographer for DCYC’s J/24 fleet!
Team Miss Conduct and Team Bad Moon both did the Club and Texas proud. Congratulations to all!
With everybody so busy with school kids and the other, we did not have sufficient content for a Hailer, so in lieu of, you get just me.
First, my heart and prayers go out to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. From the pictures I’ve seen, it’s devastating and I can’t imagine being there. I have a sister and two nieces living there and some personal pictures they shared with me were frightening. They did not experience much more than wet carpet and confinement to their homes, however I can’t say that for several members of the club with second homes in Rockport and Port Aransas. I’ve seen some pictures and homes are beyond repairs and it just leaves you heartbroken for them and I wish them the best. I’m so grateful Texans have come together to lend a helping hand and for all the 1st responders, including my son from Salt Lake City and support from all the states.
Here at DCYC, we have we been blessed with a great August. While it has been hot, I don’t recall an August with so many days under 100, plus the rain has been well received and keeping the lake at good levels and the club looking green. Let’s just hope September doesn’t bring any surprises.
Did you attend the great Steak Dinner on the 5th? If not, you missed a great meal plus a great time to meet and greet other members. We had over 70 members show up and from what I could tell, all had a great time. A great big thank you to Suzanne Glorioso who hosted the dinner and those that helped her.
These member dinners are a great way to get involved in the club and any member can make it happen. If you have a special meal you would like to share with the club, come forward and host a dinner. You determine the date , the menu, what it’s going to cost (pad it a little so you don’t come up short), and then set the price to charge members. The club will collect and reimburse you for your actual expenses. Coordinate it with our entertainment Chair, Pam Hancock, and she will help you get it on the DCYC calendar and start the reservations. Too much for one person? Then get with another member couple and make it a tag team. And if your still not comfortable, just organize a pot luck, arrange for food trucks, do a cocktail hour, wine tasting or game night or anything that just brings us together. This is your club, so step forward and make it happen. You will get all the support you need.
On a recent Friday, what started out with a text to few turned out to be about 20 plus members at the club enjoying steak, chicken, crab, corn on the cob all cooked in front of us by new member Dave Lorenat and ended up with a few going out on an evening boat ride. I’ve said it before, the more you hang at the club the more enjoyable it becomes.
Chris Dickey, our Rear Commodore/Membership guy, and his wife Kim put on a great new member orientation and welcome party. Not only did Chris and Kim spent many hours in the kitchen before the party, Chris had a great bar set up serving blue agave Margaritas. I believe we had 90% participation from new members and the follow-up and meet and greet with existing members was great. Welcome all new members!
How often do you talk about DCYC with your friends, neighbors, work partners, restaurants or other public opportunities?? The person in the next office or standing next to you at the checkout line might not even know we exist or just may be a sailor that moved here recently. I was in Elliott’s hardware the other day inquiring about the stack of pallets they had stored in the back (thinking black floats) and a lady overheard the conversation with the manager. She came up to me and asked a thousand questions as her family moved here from San Diego 6 months ago and did quite a bit of sailing with friends. I was at LSA in Denton (a great place with live music) and the couple next to me over heard me and Phyllis talking about DCYC (about all we talk about this year) and they too seemed very interested. The point is talk about DCYC any chance you get and spread the word. We need to build up our membership. You ask why?
So put your marketing hat on and bring in some new members.
Share your talent with DCYC. There are far too few members doing the majority of the tasks at DCYC. With over 180 members, I’m disappointed that so few step up and help the club. I’m sure all of you have a specialty or talent that could benefit the club in some way. Are you an electrician, plumber, craftsman, designer, artist, business owner, bookkeeper, CPA, sales person, marketing specialist, Facebook/ tweeter/ Instagram/social media geek or have connections with someone? If so step forward and let me know. We can always use extra helping hands. Currently we are exploring doing a major social media marketing campaign to get new members. Can you help? We are also exploring getting year round sponsors for the club. Can you help? If so, contact me or any BOG member or flag officer.
Your dock committee headed up by John Lusk continues to meet monthly, brain storming ways to improve the break water, dock ramp approaches, courtesy dock improvements and other. Thanks to work parties coordinated by Tim Johnson, we are making progress removing some of the old metal docks in the bone yard and stacking floats for relocation to clear that eyesore from the entrance. Thank you to the volunteers that have been helping out. For those of you who haven’t helped you’re in luck. More work parties are on the calendar so it’s your turn to step up.
The long range planning committee headed by Dave Meek continues to meet monthly. Some topics have been rearranging dry storage parking, outdoor amenity improvements, replacement reserves, membership and much more.
Please review the DCYC calendar and get involved in an upcoming event. Some highlights I see include:
9-3-17. Sunday Labor Day Pot Luck and Raft Up. The fun starts at 4:30 PM Bring a dish, bring your beverage of choice and relax pool side. Join the raft up at 6 till sunset. See the web site for details and sign up now.
9-9-17. Saturday Night (Disco) Fever Night hosted by Michelle Ditmer & Teresa Connell Meek. You know this will be a great time for all. Sign up now.
9-16-17 A Picnic on The Lake will be a great opportunity for motor boat members and sailors to social and mingle at John Horwdel’s back yard at Lakewood Village. Sign up now.
9-9-17 Fall Series Race # 1. And several weeks after. Get out and sail, who cares if you win or lose, just get on the water. Interested in crewing? Every boat needs 3-8 crew members; you need to start sometime. If interested in crewing contact the fleet captain Heather Fahle.
9-30-17 Pirates of the Corinthian. I look forward to this event every year. The club grounds will be full of youth and Jr sailors from several other clubs. This is a great opportunity to volunteer and help out. I always help with race committee as I love to be on the water watching the young sailors
10-14 17 Terlingua In Exile. Our second regatta of the year and again the club will be full of synergy. Another chance for you to get involve and lend a helping hand. In the evening the kids make boats out of sticks and cans and race in the pool. It’s a event you don’t want to miss.
10-28-17 Halloween Party! A great time for everyone to get dressed up for the best Halloween costume party ever, so call the sitter, put the kids to bed. It’s time for the Grown-Ups to raise the Dead! Witches Brew will be flowing or bring your own Poison.
Have you signed up on Bill.com yet? If not, I’m going to keep preaching this sermon until everyone is on. The majority, about 75% of the members are now using the system and it has cut down a great deal of time processing checks. If you buy anything on line, its really no different except you can’t pay by credit card. The system is FDIC insured, so it’s as safe as it can be. You can select to manually pay each month or auto pay. I personally selected auto pay. It sends me a notice before they debit my account. Remember that Steak Dinner we had at the club that was $10.00 each. Because I’m on auto pay, it paid the charge for me BUT PRIOR TO THE PAYMENT, A NOTICE WAS SENT TO ME, per the notice below. If I had a problem with it, say it should have been for only one person, I could have stopped it.
Thank you for using Auto Pay!
This payment to Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club will be made from your Bank Account James E. Hankins ******3960 on 08/21/17.
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Since Bill.com processes payments on behalf of Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club, this payment will show up on your bank statement as “Dallas Corinthian Bill.com”.
If you don’t want to pay Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club automatically anymore:
1. Log in to https://app.bill.com/p/dcycbilling
2. Mouse over the gear icon at the top right corner and click “Auto Pay is On”
3. Click “Edit” icon, then deselect “Automatically Pay Bills”
Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club
It’s so simple and no more late charges because I forgot or paid the same old amount. Most Apartment Communities and management companies now require their residents to pay using Bill.com or similar systems to reduce cost and handling. If you are still paying by ACH, you might be saving yourself time since your bank is sending the check for you but we are still receiving your paper check. We don’t have staff to do admin work, because to do so would mean increasing membership dues. We have our volunteer TREASURER Jeff Ellefson handling this who also has a full time job. He spends hours to go to POB, or track down your check, open envelopes, fill out deposits slips and then must drive that check to the bank for deposit, when it could and should be done electronically. Please help me help your club . Sign up for bill.com today go to: https://app.bill.com/p/dcycbilling
“The overall enjoyment and fun that happens at DCYC occurs when you become involved, meeting new people and contributing to the ownership and camaraderie of our club. DCYC is a MEMBER OWNED ALL VOLUNTEER OPERATED club. It takes each and every one of us contributing in some way to keep the yacht club fun, inviting, and fully operational.”
I want DCYC to be the best place it can be and hope each of you want the same.
Please know my door is always open. If you have any comments, suggestions, or complaints concerning your club, please get in touch with me.
If you want to get more involved with special projects, or have a company or the resources to help DCYC in any way, please get in touch with me.
I’ll be waiting to hear from you!
We can’t adjust the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
Lucija Ruzevic, daughter of Nino and Lara Ruzevic, just returned from competing in the US Junior Championships for the Smythe Trophy where she secured a 6th place finish among twenty of the most elite laser radial youth sailors in the US. This year, Lucija was the only girl to qualify for the laser radial division. That meant she was going head-to-head with nineteen young men who were all older, bigger, and more experienced than Lucija, and she beat almost three-quarters of them.
Only two youth sailors from each of the eleven districts are eligible to compete in their class at the US Junior Championships, held in Toms River, New Jersey in 2017. To secure her invitation to the US Junior Championships, Lucija had to place in the top two at the highly-competitive Smythe qualifiers held at the Gulf Coast Championships.
It was only earlier this year that Lucija started racing radials. Lucija has graduated to progressively bigger boats twice in just eighteen months. It was early in 2016 that Lucija moved from Optis to the 4.7 laser fleet. She sailed the 4.7 for less than a year before moving up to the laser radials in April.
The 4.7 was a great fleet for Lucija, too. You will recall that she was the top ranked 4.7 sailor in Texas for the 2016 season, earning her seat at the Race of Champions held at White Rock earlier this year.
Now in the radial class for less than a year, she is the top ranked youth radial sailor in TSA.
Lucija will compete in three final TSA regattas in 2017, including our own Pirates of the Corinthian. As this season winds down, she is maintaining her strength/cardio training that includes two core workouts a day in addition to an hour of swimming.
Professional sailing coach Scott Lindley continues to guide Lucija’s sailing career and considers her a remarkably coachable sailor. “She listens and does what you ask her. And she asks the right questions. She is one of the youngest kids out there (in the laser radial class). She has some things to learn about sailing under pressure, but she is handling pressure more maturely than most kids.” Coach Lindley added that it’s Lucija’s passion for sailing that sets her apart from her competition.
US Youth Championships held at Corpus Christi Yacht Club, held in June 25-28, 2017. Images courtesy of Emily Stoke of Corpus Christi Yacht Club.
Light Refreshments will be served
Ron Weiss owned and raced Crazy Horse, FRERS 45. He also co-authored Greenpeace Captain with Peter Willcox.
FROM THE HOST, SUZANNE GLORIOSO
“Saturday I had the pleasure of hosting dinner for 73 fabulous people. Dinner consisted of ribeyes, baked potatoes and an wonderful salad made by Ms. Leslie Maynard. The weather was great for grilling and the race that followed dinner. I think a great time was had by all that attended. A special thanks for Ms. Leslie Maynard, Mr. Massey for the grill, cleaning, etc, David Lorenat for being the Grill Master, and the awesome and always helpful Hankins, Hancocks and Hoffmans. We have a great club!! DB you’re next!”
Steak night was attended by more than sixty members of the club. Many thanks to James Hankins for the images.
People attending the event had the opportunity to watch the fourth race in our Full Moon Race Series!
Click here to gear up for Terlingua and Fall Sailing at DCYC!
Sale ends soon, so don’t dally!
Dan Wolf built some remarkably comfortable built-in seating at the gazebo on the breakwater. Check this out! Perfect place to chill out. Massive thanks going out to Dan!!
While we were there to check out Dan’s great work, we found Matt Cerralvo all the way up Holiday’s mast replacing the windex. How’s the view, Matt?
This weekend finds DCYC sailors at the coast for two different events. In the first, Lucija Ruzevic is competing in the 2017 US Youth Championships. Read this from their website:
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (June 21, 2017) – For the second time since 2013, the Corpus Christi Yacht Club will host the pinnacle event for youth sailing in the United States. The 2017 US Youth Championships will bring together over 175 of America’s top youth sailors, with qualification for the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships on the line in four of the six classes. Sailors under 20, both young men and women, will race on Corpus Christi Bay over four days, beginning Sunday, June 25 through Wednesday, June 28.
As with all US Sailing Junior and Youth National Championships, competitors will receive world-class event management and support. The 2017 U.S. Youth Championships will be run by a team of experienced judges, coaches and race officers who will provide high quality racing for America’s top youth talent. Since the first edition of the Youth Champs in 1973, the regatta has served as a transformative step for young sailors who aspire to reach the highest levels of sailing. U.S. Youth Championship participants fill the rosters of successful college sailing programs and routinely achieve All-American status. The Youth Champs is also part of the pathway for ambitious athletes who hope to earn a place on the US Sailing Team, and ultimately at the Olympic Games.
Lucija has worked tirelessly to earn her spot at this event and we know she will do well.
Also at the coast this weekend are two of DCYC’s J/24 teams competing in the 2017 Beasley Cup at the Houston Yacht Club, the fourth circuit stop for the Texas J/24s: Chris Holmes with TEAM BADMOON and James Freedman with TEAM MISS CONDUCT.
On June 3-4, Lucija took top honors in Laser Radial at the Chocopalooza Regatta held at Rush Creek Yacht Club, a Bemis Qualifying event.
WAY TO GO, LUCIJA!!!
Lucija’s summer schedule is full to the brim with racing. Check out this crazy schedule:
June 9-11, Lucija is heading to the Laser Gulf Coast Championships in Corpus Christi. Note that this regatta is also the US Sailing Area F qualifier for the Chubb U.S. Junior Championship held in New Jersey.
June 17-18th, she will race at the Rockin’ Rockport Regatta on the Coast.
June 24-28 will find Lucija at the U.S. Youth Championship at the Corpus Christi Yacht Club. Her dad shared this about the event: “Only 200 youth sailors form across the US got invited (qualified) for this event. Lucija is one of only 14 laser radial girls who qualified (radial fleet: 14 girls and 31 boys)!”
July 6-11th, she is competing in the U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship for the Nancy Leiter Clagett Memorial Trophy at the Houston Yacht Club.
The dates for the Texas Youth Race Week at Lakewood Yacht Club overlap somewhat with the Leiter Cup, but she may also attempt to compete in this event, as well.
Lucija, we are tremendously proud of your hard work and dedication to the sport of sailing.
A potluck brunch was offered in honor of Carol Robert’s retirement from her longtime service as the accountant for the club. The brunch was hosted by Pauline Chetlet, Heather Fahle, Pam Hancock and Marie Nuchols.
Commodore Hankins made a special presentation recognizing Carol’s dedication and demanding workload.
We are all so thankful for Carol’s indefatigable service to DCYC. Though she will remain a member, her smiling face will be missed by all who work with her.
We want to especially thank our sponsor, Audacity! Allison and her sister, Phoebe, joined us for the awards ceremony and brought along a couple cases of our favorite brews!
Joining the party was Rachel, one of our newest and likely our very youngest member! Ari and Amy are Rachel’s proud parents. Be sure to say hi to Rachel and her lovely parents when you see them around the club.
The Annual DCYC Heritage Cub 2017 regatta has come and gone. Personally, I believe it was a great success and would like to thank all of those that participated. We had 36 boats on the water and without boats on the water it wouldn’t be much of a regatta, so a big Thank You to all those that traveled—some as far away as Corpus Christi—as well our members here at the club.
Regattas just don’t happen without a lot of planning and help. Thank God for Charles and Janell Hoffman who co-chaired in 2016 and chaired this year (2017) and have been planning and preparing this since last year. What great leadership we had with them at the helm.
It’s a long list but would also like to recognized the following:
Cash Sponsors: Slalom Shop, SVT Tronics, ACR Realty Inc, David & Kristin Lyon, Steve & Sheryl Stout, Charles & Janell Hoffman, John Pearson and Mr. Anonymous.
In-Kind Sponsors: Mariner Sails, Don Q Rum, Norma’s Café, Audacity Beer, Reddy Ice, Texas Body Works, IDLife
Member Volunteers & Non-Members:
David Patterson – Race Management Team Captain / John Lusk – Regatta Logistics Team Captain / Tonja Sanchez Holmes-Moon – Registration / Judge Team Captain / Jessica Hancock – Registration / Accounting/ Phyllis Hankins – Entertainment Team Captain / Rum Happy Hour Chair / Marie Nuchols – Promotions Team Captain /Peter Brigaitis – Fleet Promotions/ Heather Fahle – Sponsor Recruiting / Suzanne Glorioso – Committee Boat / Lesley Maynard – Breakfast / housekeeping / Dick Peters – Scoring / Dagny Boaz – Race Equipment / Pauline Chetelat – Breakfast / Pam Hancock – Sunday Lunch, with husband Jim Hancock / Kim Dickey, Justin Adams FUNDRAISING / Janet Bilhartz, Susan Crittenden, Bob & Susan Maeyama & non-members Alexa Stevens, Jessica Johnston, Juliet Thomas DINNER HELPERS/ Skip Bilhartz, & non-members Mike Smith, James Hamilton, Mark Hoffmann, Ross Glorioso FISH FRYERS / Dan Crittenden, James Cooley, Lynn Harpold VIP BOATS Michele Ditmer, REGISTRATION /Lara Ruzevic T-Shirt Sales: Edna Brown, non-member Judy Ruzycki, Dave Meek, Tim Johnson GENERAL HELPERS and a big thank you to Mark Blanchard for all that he did as well
(And there are countless others that are not listed that volunteered at this regatta)
If you did not participate, you missed out on a great opportunity to make a lot of friends working shoulder to shoulder. I have personally been involved for the last 7 years and see a lot of the same volunteer’s year after year and it’s time for those not participating to step up and share in this great effort.
by Janell Hoffman
Hard to believe that 1 week ago Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club was beginning to set up for the arrival of J/24s, Catalina 22s, and assorted classes for our annual regatta. It was our 61st Heritage Cup and the 12th Annual J/24 Corinthian Cup, otherwise known as the Corinthian Heritage Cup Regatta 2017.
We had 35 boats registered in 6 classes.
But while everyone was preparing for the excitement on the water, many hands went in to make sure that the onshore preparations were adequate to entertain more than 200 people for the weekend. The tent was set up, port-o-potty in place, and truck full of ice, donated by Reddy Ice Pilot Point, was on site and ready. On Friday evening, Sloppy Jos were served to any and all who came hungry. Also, Peter Brigaitis prepared a feast for the J/24 personnel. That’s why the sailors like to come to DCYC. We go the extra distance!
Saturday and Sunday mornings, coffee and a continental breakfast was out and ready at 7am. Thanks to Jessica Hancock and Dick Peters for running registration all weekend. Thanks to Leslie Maynard, Nassif Kaldawi, April Harpold, Lara Ruzevic, and Pauline Chelat. Following breakfast, sailors were invited to pick up their lunches. Thanks to Subway in Aubrey for providing the sandwiches at a reduced cost.
John Pherson and Lindsey Pherson served as our official regatta photographers all weekend. You can find almost 900 of their images here (the password is 2017). Thank you, John and Lindsey!
After the races, the sailors came ashore, grabbed a cup and drew a beer from the tap. The beer for the weekend was donated by Denton’s own Audacity Brew House. Next came The ever popular Happy Hour, starring the DCYC Rumminator prepared by Phyllis Hankins and her team. The rum was donated by Don Q. The servers were able to raise about $300 in tips (to encourage them to open early which were donated to the Youth Program.
As Happy Hour was winding down, Charlie Hoffman led a team of expert fish fryers, organized by Ross Glorioso, to fry up about 100 lbs of Louisiana channel catfish. That was accompanied by potato salad, coleslaw, hush puppies and cobbler, all of which was donated to the regatta by Norma’s Café in Frisco. Of course, it was expertly served up by the Fox Hollow Farm Hands, including members Janet Bilhartz and Susan Crittenden.
During dinner, the DJ Manny geared up his equipment and played music during and after dinner. As the evening wound down, people were sailing and camping out. Steve Utz pulled out some Chinese lanterns and they floated out in the darkness over the water, while the music played on. A great end to a great day of racing.
Sunday morning, bad weather threatened and races were delayed, but the storm passed and the races went on. As the races ended, sailors began loading up their boats and heading in for some lunch. Pam and Jim Hancock grilled up some delicious burgers. They were so delicious that we had to pull out some extra ones to meet the demand.
After lunch, the awards were given and the winning raffle ticket for the Quest 13 Kayak, graciously donated by Mariner Sails, was announced. After selling over $1,800 in raffle tickets, the winner was Graham Marshall, one of the J/24 racers.
By 5pm, the club was pretty much cleaned up, sailors were gone and the regatta was all but a memory, and a good one at that. We had good weather, good races and we are pretty sure that we will have a good amount to donate to our Youth Sailing Program when everything settles out.
We would be remiss to not mention Marie Nuchols and her amazing gift for promotion. From the minute she said yes to heading up the promotional piece of the regatta, she tirelessly worked to encourage the leadership team and members to take part in this important event.
And a special word of thanks to our Commodore, James Hankins, for having confidence in us and in his club. He was supportive at every turn. Because of his due diligence, we were able to collect many cash and in kind donations from members and businesses and even the docks.
We are so grateful to all who helped make this regatta a success. DCYC is a definitely a member-driven club.
Five teams from DCYC will be competing in the 2017 J/24 U.S. North American Championship starting tomorrow. Skippers and their crews started arriving in Houston on Wednesday and Thursday. At least some of the teams ended today with a practice sail (image below).
Good luck to James Freedman and Team Miss Conduct, Christopher Holmes and Team Bad Moon, Tonja Sanchez Holmes-Moon and Team Siren, Tim Johnson and Team Gray Wolf, and Andrew Theisman and Team Youn’Guns.
UPDATE: Miss Conduct had a great performance on the water! James and Team Miss Conduct even beat Will Welles in a race! Way to go, TEAM MISS CONDUCT!!!
DCYC teams finishing their evening practice after rigging and the skippers’ meeting.
Here’s Team Miss Conduct, Team Siren, and Team BadMoon on the water.
While we were all at the CHCR, Lucija Ruzevic was at the Silly String Regatta at Grapevine. She took first place for the girls and snagged the 2017 Girls Texas State Champion title!!!