Lucija takes top honors at Chocopalooza!

GREAT NEWS!

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!!!

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Image courtesy of Lara Ruzevic

 

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.

And I bet you thought your summer was busy!

Lucija, we are tremendously proud of your hard work and dedication to the sport of sailing.

Go get ’em, Lucija!! SAIL FAST!!


 

 

Brunch in Honor of Carol’s Retirement

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.

Thank you for everything, Carol!

Spring Series Winner + DCYC’s Youngest (and quite possibly most adorable) Member

Congratulations to our Winners from the Spring Series!

PHRF A: Matt Harden and TEAM WHEN IN ROME

PHRF B: Dick Peters and TEAM YODA

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!

Check out these happy sailors!! IMG_3197-Dick-smIMG_3203-Matt-SMIMG_3204-WBIMG_3210-SMIMG_3211-SM

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.


 

Commodore’s Regatta Report

By James Hankins

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 RuzyckiDave 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.

See you next Year!


 

Regatta Report for 2017 Corinthian Heritage Cup Regatta

Regatta Report from the Shore

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.


2017 J/24 U.S. North American Championship

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.

Sail fast, y’all!

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DCYC teams finishing their evening practice after rigging and the skippers’ meeting.

Photographer unknown.

UPDATE

Here’s Team Miss Conduct, Team Siren, and Team BadMoon on the water.



Jib Crane is Regatta Ready

Thanks to David Meek for supplying (and operating) the equipment to take down and then re-install the water side mast crane.

Thanks to Randall Massey for rebuilding the crane hardware and reworking the crane hardware on short notice.

And thanks to James Hankins, John Lusk, Jon Pomeroy, John Finks, Mark Blanchard, and David Patterson for the help on the ground.

Successful operation—ready for the Regatta!!!

James even went for a climb on the tower afterwards, to prove it was firmly attached (and to remove the temporary lifting straps).

 

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Image courtesy of John Lusk

Opening Day Honoring Past Commodores

If you missed the opening day at DCYC, you missed a real treat .  Though the rain never came, the wind did prevent any water activities. Nevertheless, we made the best of it. Chance Beck did a great job coordinating the event as he has done for several years. With over 40 members and guests in attendance, the club and season was blessed by Pastor  Donna Sutton Oaks of Oak Grove Methodist Church.  Drake Ditmer and Ryan Dickey (future commodores?) did a great job raising our flags as each officer was announced followed by shotgun blast performed by Darrin Ditmer. I was delighted to have  twelve past commodores join us, including Forrest Garb (1970), Jack Coke (1978) & Dick Leavitt (1979) whom we don’t see much. All past commodores were presented a piece of the old docks destroyed  by Tropical Storm Bill on June 18th 2015. Each also gave a brief memory of their time as commodore, which was a joy to hear. We heard stories of the harbor being dry with keels stuck in the mud, old wooden docks covered with snakes, a Volkswagen floating in the harbor and the merger of the club with members from Pier 121.   A few  commodore facts  were also shared as well.

The morning ceremony was topped off with a toast of champagne, then followed by a wonderful lunch and social time .

Throughout the day, we were delighted to see some of our recent newest members join in. We also had one new member sign up that very day and is going through the BOG approval process as I write this. In addition, a few other guests showed up and toured our facilities. The evening ended with a great burger burn and social time coordinated by Pam Hancock with help of grill masters Jim Hancock and Chris Hoskins  upstairs in our newly refurbished clubhouse. We all thoroughly enjoyed the evening, even staying until past 9 PM, reminiscing  about the day’s events.

I want to personally thank all of those that helped in any way and for all those that supported the club with their attendance.

Let’s look forward to a great rest of the year .

James Hankins – Commodore 2017

     

These images are lower-resolution so that they load quickly. If you would like a free high resolution copy of one of these images, contact Marie.

 

 

Sincere thanks to Phyllis Hankins for being willing to share the images she took at Opening Day!!

Courtesy of Phyllis Hankins

The dinner crowd. Photo courtesy of James Hankins

Congrats to TEAM MISS CONDUCT!!!

James Freedman and Team Miss Conduct made a strong showing with a very close 2nd Place Win at Cowtown this weekend! We are so very proud of you all. 😀

  1. Reports indicate a pretty rough first day on the water for everyone. Frank Heidlberger and James Curry were helping with RC and report they had to bring someone in from the course for hypothermia. David Patterson, Randall MasseyHeather and Bill Fahle, Bob Johnson, Jerry Neeley, John FinksMike Smith and Charlie Hoffman also spent their weekend on Race Committee. Huge thanks, everyone. We hope you had your foulies with you on Saturday!

Kudos also go out to our other J/24 racers who braved the cold water on Saturday: Christopher Homes with Team Bad Moon, Andrew Theisman with Team Youn’Guns, and Tim Johnson with Team Grey Wolf.

Way to demonstrate the Corinthian ethic, everybody!

Do you have pictures or stories from this weekend? Send them to us to share!

From the Fleet Captain, Heather Fahle

From the Fleet Captain, April 2017

It’s finally spring again and things are really heating up on the race course!  Our Winter Series was a big success, with some pretty nice weather dealt to us. We are looking forward to a busy season!

The annual Valentine’s Day Race was a blast with seven “couples” crewing the race boats. Honors for the day went to Tim Kraft and Pauline Chetelet on Noble Savage and David Patterson and Dagny Boaz on Enjoy By II. Awards were towels embroidered with the DCYC burgee and the winners’ names on their towels. If you haven’t checked out the pictures of the day on the blog yet, please do so, as Marie did a beautiful job with the pics, as usual! She got quite a few kissy face pictures as well. Thank you Tonja for once again hosting a great race. We all missed Kelly out there, but I’ll bet that he was proud of you!

The Winter Series wrapped up with a total of nine boats on the line, and competition was fierce in the ranks.  When the dust settled, Matt Harden, Peter Brigatis, and Tim Kraft on When in Rome (known to many of you as simply, “Viper”) took the top spot, with bullets in five of the six races that they competed in. Dick Peters and his all girl crew came in second, and as a reward, and in a successful play to keep them happy, Dick has fitted Yoda with “facilities.” Jim Ryon, with first mate Dolores, edged the Fahles out for third. Next time, Jim Ryon, next time.

We’ve got a full calendar and a lot of fun races coming up this spring! You can find the full list on the DCYC website. In addition to the Spring Series, which starts on March 8, we have a variety of other races planned this year. We’ll several restaurant pursuit races, a couple of long distance races, some fat boat races, and a “Steeplechase Regatta” on Kentucky Derby day. Register and come race with us.

Racing at DCYC is not just about the time on the water. It is also a social experience. After each race, you will find the group hanging out by the grills, discussing the race, telling tales, laughing, and enjoying grilled foods and beer.

If you don’t want to race your own boat, or if you don’t have a sailboat, come aboard and crew. All experience levels are okay, including experience level zero. We always have skippers looking for crew. They’ll be happy to teach you what you need to do, and it’s a great way to learn. We’ll do our best to match you with like-minded racers.

See you on the water!

Public Meeting for Lake Lewisville Master Plan revision

The Commodore would like to inform you of an upcoming public meeting hosted by the US Army Corp of Engineers  for the purpose of discussing the Lake Lewisville Master Plan revision.  Per the attached news release, “(k)ey topics to be addressed in the revised Master Plan include revised land classifications, revised natural and recreational resource management objectives, utility corridors, recreation facility needs and special topics such as invasive species management.”


 

Trash cans at the DCYC docks and disposal of hazardous materials

We have a friendly reminder from our leadership team that trash cans by the docks are for discarding small trash and rubbish after a day on the water. 

The trash cans are not to be used for disposal of large items from boat repair or remodeling and never for flammable material like oil, gas or diesel fuel.

Disposal of such items remains your personal responsibility, especially with regard to hazardous materials. 

If you have questions, please consult with our Commodores or Harbormaster. 

Thank you for your cooperation. 

Message from the Commodore

IMG_6579Don’t look now but if you haven’t noticed, its already March 2017. 

Say good bye and farewell to ups and downs of the lake level and the wild roller coaster ride we all took in 2016.   Even though the last two years were a challenge thanks to mother nature’s curve balls, I must say I’ve really enjoyed serving as Rear and Vice the past two years. The club has been responsible for me and Phyllis making so many friends and changed our life style from city living where you hardly see or know your neighbors to lakeside country living with a yacht club playground and so many fun friends and events we are never without something to do. After enjoying the DCYC sailing opportunities and social events since 1996 I made the decision to do my share and give back to the club. This adventure started with the Board of Governors six years ago.  In doing so I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to keep DCYC functioning on a day to day basis from those before me. Serving the club has its moments good and bad, buts its opened my eyes, and allowed me to meet so many of you. I’ve made a lot of friends along the way and possibly a few enemies enforcing a rule or two but it’s all good. If your active in the club you will eventually be given a nick name. Yes, as rear commodore I was the Derelict Nazi. Last year as Vice I was the “Energized Bunny”, the “Work Party Nazi” and also known as “Marks Boss”.  I heard a few others but can’t put those in print.  Can’t wait to see what this year brings.

Just in case you forgot where we were in 2016 take a look at this!

Yes, the water level was about 532 and we were using Tim Johnsons motor less ferry to pull ourselves back and forth to the docks, we had dock debris everywhere and boats scattered about anyplace we could. LOOK at us now one-year latter. We have been blessed with average rain fall, our new docks are the best on the lake, pot holes are gone, grounds are great and the club looks better than ever. How did this happen? A great core of dedicated energetic members like you and the leadership. I say a big high five and Thank You to Dick Peters and Chris Osborn for passing the baton while leaving the club in great physical and financial position considering the expenses and loan process related to the new docks & recovery efforts. GREAT JOB !!

As your incoming Commodore, I appreciate the trust you have placed in me and I’ll do my best to keep Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club the best it can be.  I want to thank all the 2017 existing officers, board members, committee heads, event chairs that have stepped forward and accepted positions this year.  This is a very qualified group of people and talent and look forward to working with each and every one of them.  The list is posted on our web site so be sure to thank them the first chance you get.  A few I must mention is Tonja Holmes – Moon is back as the Hailer Editor. She hopes to be up and running in April.  Pam Hancock is Entertainment Chair and promises to bring back some of the old traditional activities & events so popular in years past.  Take a look at the event calendars as its quickly taking shape. These social events are always a great time and the more the merrier plus a great way to meet others in the club.  Leslie Maynard is back at House Chair, taking care of one of our biggest assets and it’s a big responsibility so when you’re enjoying the club house, you should be thanking Leslie. A new chair position this year is Motor Boat Squadron; John Horwedel will be coordinating some events focused on gathering our motor boaters for raft ups & other water events throughout the year. Heather is back as fleet captain who did a fantastic job last year so look out this year. Also a special thank you to Charlie & Janell Hoffman who are chairing the Annual Regatta. Also, I’m so thankful that Mark Blanchard our one and only caretaker is still with us after the last two years. He does a great job taking care of our property and in some cases our members.  Remember the success and fun at the club does not happen without you. I’m hopeful our events will be well attended. A lot of time and effort goes into planning and preparing and your participation is a great way to show your appreciation.  We need everyone to take a position on a committee.  Do your part by reaching out to a committee chair, as they all are looking for volunteers with new ideas & talents. Their names are listed on the Officers’ page. It’s easy, call them and let them know your willingness to help. Or contact me 214-549-1122 Jhankins@alshallgroup.com and I’ll get you connected  

Our annual meeting was well attended on November. For those who missed it, I’ll share a short summary of the four Capital Improvements projects the members approved.

1.  Replacement of Residence Septic system $12,000

The system is beyond repair & must be replaced.  Bids have been received and will be reviewed with anticipated completion in April.

2.  Repair & Replace 2nd Floor sub floor, as needed, re-carpet & refurbish Upstairs Restrooms – $35,000.

This project has already started as carpet has been removed & job scope identified. Bids are currently being solicited.

3.  Floating Breakwater – $15,000

The existing breakwater will be salvaged and repositioned to the East.  A new breakwater system will be installed to provide better protection to the harbor.

4.  Lower level Blinds – $2,500.   Look for new blinds or shades mid-year.

If you want more information on the annual meeting, the minutes are posted on the web site in the members only section

My theme this year is “We can’t control the wind, but We can adjust the sails “A south wind has blown population North surrounding us with opportunity.  With membership at its lowest in many years at 137 we anticipate and I’m hopeful membership will grow rapidly in the next 2-4 years. Dan the statistician has determined most members join because of someone here at the club. So you the member need to put your marketing hat on and make sure they know we are here. Don’t miss an opportunity to share our story with your friends, workmates, clients, school events or other. Once they step foot on the grounds and see our great facility they will join. This is also a great opportunity to rebuild our youth program (the future of DCYC) as new families move to the area.

I must also mention a Northern is blowing in. Carol Roberts our Club CPA, who handles all our accounting needs and office administration for the last 11 years has a desire to transition out of that position to spend more time with family & travel.  I had no idea until recently how much Carol does for the club, handling reimbursable requests, dock sales, member club charges, phone calls, a large volume of Emails, all in addition to accounting responsibilities. Finding someone to fill her shoes will be darn near impossible without additional cost to the club.   This transition period will be a challenge for all of us and new procedures must be set up to streamline and simplify some of our methods of which we do things now so we can keep cost down. Our new incoming Treasurer, Jeff Ellefson is working closely with Carol now looking forward to his suggestions and recommendations to make the transition as smoothly as possible.

If I haven’t bored you into a sleep by now, Ill share a few more things. If you have a suggestion, a new idea or complaint about anything related to the club, I want to hear from you, not through third parties and not on social media. There are several ways you can be heard. Call or contact any Flag officer or BOG member.  Contact me at  214-549-1122 orjhankins@alshallgroup.com . You can come to any BOG meeting. Just for this reason I have placed a spot on the top of the agenda as follows:

This agenda item provides an opportunity for the public or a DCYC member to address the BOG on any matter that is not posted on the agenda.  The BOG  will also  hear comments on specific agenda items that are listed  prior to the BOG addressing those items. There is a three minute time limit for each person wishing to speak .The BOG  is not required  to take action or engage in any discussion on presentation or inquiries concerning an item not listed on the agenda.  However,  a representative of the BOG  or a Flag officer may respond with either a statement or specific factural information in response to the inquiry. Once this session is closed there shall be no further input from the public or members not on the BOG or Chairperson unless called upon by the flag officer in charge.

In closing (finally) I’ll share what so many before me have shared

“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 (beyond monthly dues payments) to keep the yacht club fun, inviting, and fully operational.

We can’t adjust the wind, but we can adjust the sails!!

James Hankins

Commodore

It’s killdeer nesting season!

A few gentle reminders from our Harbor Master and Resident Naturalist, John Lusk:
  • Nesting season has started. Remember that Killdeer plovers nest on the ground in shallow depressions, often in areas with a lot of rocks (like along our roadways and in the dry storage area). Please exercise caution when walking or driving the grounds in the next few weeks.
  • Killdeer are protected by federal and state laws, as are all birds.
  • Club grounds include Corps land in a natural state. The Board and many club members support a policy of peaceful coexistence with all the wildlife, including snakes and turtles.
  • Dogs off-leash can harass or injure the Killdeer, most especially the eggs and juveniles who are more vulnerable; please control your dogs.

Thanks for helping keep our club a habitat in which we can enjoy the overwhelming beauty of nature.

First Circuit Stop for the J/24s in Kemah

We have multiple teams representing the Club in Kemah at the first Circuit Stop this weekend, including Tonja Sanchez Holmes-Moon with Team Siren, Christopher Holmes with Team BadMoon, Tim Johnson with Team Gray Wolf, James Freeman with Team Misconduct, and Andrew Theisman with Team YounGuns. (If I have missed your team, let me know!)

Good luck, everyone! SAIL FAST!

RESULTS (Congratulations to James Freedman and Team Misconduct on their 4th Place finish in a very competitive fleet!)

(And send your pictures to share!)

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I adore this image provided courtesy of Darla Hogberg

Images courtesy of Darla Hogberg

Images courtesy of Tonja Sanchez Holmes-Moon

Images courtesy of Peter Brigaitis