Valentine’s Day Race Delay for 29 Degree Temps

Fleet Captains trying to decide whether or not they should proceed with a race in less than ideal conditions often consult with the “Go-No-Go” calculator (like this one at Rush Creek). Plug in a few numbers and the calculator produces a verdict that quantifies the risk. Scores between zero and 59 mean sailing is on. Scores between 60 and 70 fall into the dreaded “Race Committee Discretion” zone. And then scores 71 and above dictate “No Sailing Today.”

At 1 pm, with a temperature of 29 degrees, the calculator spit out a score of 106.

So. No sailing for you today, young lovers. But never fear, for the race will be rescheduled for better conditions. It must be rescheduled because we already have three crystal trophies etched up for the event. So we will compete somehow, sometime, someway for those lovelies, even if it just comes down to the women on the participating teams arm-wrestling for them.

Stay tuned for the rescheduled event.


Valentine's Day No Go


From the Commodore

Wow, October is almost over. Personally, I’m done with the summer temperatures. Who would have thought we would still have 99 degree days in September/October? I’m ready for the cooler temps.

What’s been going on at our club?

I do hope you had the opportunity to attend some of the September/October social activities and events. We had a great pot luck /raft up on Labor Day weekend that was well attended. Michele and Darrin Ditmer hosted a great Disco party that was fun for all and I was sore for three days after all that dancing. Then we had the picnic on the lake hosted by John Horwedel that I understand had some great food and all had a good time. We ended September with a great Italian dinner hosted by Dagny Boaz that was wonderful and the Pirates of the Corinthian Regatta which had great participation of over 70 youth sailors thanks to the efforts of Michele Ditmer and her team of volunteers.

October has been a great month with our annual Terlingua-In-Exile Regatta, the Chili-Chili Cook Off, and the famous Al Schlitz Beer Can Regatta,  all of which had a great turn out thanks to the efforts of Peter, Heather, Justin, and Suzanne, plus the many volunteers. These social events along with all the scheduled sailing events and races are what make DCYC a great place. Remember: “The overall enjoyment and fun that happens at DCYC occurs when you become involved, meet new people and contribute 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.”

The ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING is scheduled for November 4th. This year, it will start at 11 am and we are adding a little pot luck flair to it after the meeting. Please place it on your calendar so you will not miss this important meeting. At this is the meeting, we give a short recap of 2017 and the financial position of the club. Additionally, you will have a chance to approve three new members of the Board of Governors that will help make the important club decisions for the next three years. We also discuss and approve the 2018 budget and any suggested capital improvements. A quorum of at least 25% of the members must be present. There is also a Dock Meeting for those of you who own a dock. Please participate—sign up on the web site so we know you’re coming. Are you interested in finding out how the club operates and participating in helping to improve our club? Then toss your name in the hat as a candidate for a seat on the Board of Governors and help make DCYC the best it can be. We encourage anyone interested in joining the leadership team to contact David Paterson at 972-816- 6665.

What Else has been going on?

Your Board of Governors, flag officers, the Dock Committee and Long Range Planning Committee have all been working hard prepping for the annual meeting. Did you notice the basketball court is free of floats and cleaned up? Thank you Tim Johnson and his team of DCYC volunteer helpers in making this happen and thanks to Randall Massey for the donation of new basketballs and rack. Repairs have been made to the electrical system providing power to the pool, pump house and more thanks to Chance Beck and David Meek. In addition, a new mast pole has been installed near the crane pad thanks to Tim Johnson and David Meek.

What’s about to Happen?

October 21-22:  Hobie Cat RegattaCome on down to welcome our visitors and watch these Hobies fly across the water.

October 28: 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. It’s a pot luck. Click here to register

November 4: Annual Member Meeting at 11 am. Includes dock meeting and followed up by a pot luck upstairs. Come find out what has happened, what’s going to happen in 2018, and vote on your new Board of Governor members. Click here to register.

December 9: Commodore/Christmas Dinner. Come join us for a great evening of dining and a salute to those that have served the club this year. Click here to register.

What needs to happen:

Have you signed up on yet? Last time I checked, there were only about 35 members not yet signed up. For those that have, thank you. For those that have not, please sign up. affords us better internal controls. When we can avoid cash or check transactions, the money is directly deposited, and that means we decrease our chances for errors. The system is FDIC insured, so it’s as safe as can be. You can either opt to manually pay each month or auto pay. Personally, I opted for auto pay. The system even sends me a notice before they debit my account. It’s so simple and I never risk having a late charge because I forgot or paid the same old amount. Please help me help your club: sign up for today.  Go to:
If you have any issues and/or questions, please contact the DCYC Treasurer, Jeff
Ellefson, CPA at 972-447-9912 or

 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 look forward to hearing from you!

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

James Hankins

214-549- 1122

Commodore’s Report

From the Commodore


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.

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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?

  • Increase funds to expedite DCYC improvements
  • Improve Volunteerism for events
  • Improve participation in Sailing events
  • More options for crew
  • Introduce new families to the joy of sailing or boating
  • Expand the Youth Sailing program
  • More people, more fun

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.

What else has been going on?

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.

What’s about to happen?            

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.

What needs to happen!

Have you signed up on 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.


Dear James,

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.

Pay To Invoice # Invoice Amount Amount Paid Pay On
Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club Inv4914 $20.00 $20.00 08/21/17
Total: $20.00

Since processes payments on behalf of Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club, this payment will show up on your bank statement as “Dallas Corinthian”.
If you don’t want to pay Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club automatically anymore:
1. Log in to
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”

Thank you,
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 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 today go to:

If you have any issues and or questions,  please call or email the DCYC Treasurer Jeff Ellefson, CPA at 972-447-9912 or

Don’t forget!

“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.

James Hankins




Glorioso Steak Night


“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.




Image courtesy of James Hankins

People attending the event had the opportunity to watch the fourth race in our Full Moon Race Series!

Fourth of July at the Club!

New seating at the gazebo + Holiday gets a new windex

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?


Image courtesy of msn’s camera phone.


Image courtesy of msn’s camera phone.



Image courtesy of msn’s camera phone.

Lucija and J/24s at the Coast this weekend

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.

We are so very proud of you, Lucija! SAIL FAST!


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.

We are proud of our J/24 teams! SAIL FAST, Y’ALL!!


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!


DCYC Spring Series and Beercan Update

We are 2 race days into the spring series and there are some tight races developing. The results stand as such:

In the PHRF-A (fast boat) fleet, Matt Harden and the Viper crew are in solid first with 4 points. We have a close race for second though, with David Patterson on Adios with 9 points, and Dan Wolf on Scoots is breathing down his neck with 10 points.  Dr. Hoppenstein on Cyrano and John Finks on Shotglass are tied for 4th, each having missed a day of racing.

In PHRF-B, Dick Peters on Yoda is dominating. With his all-girl crew, Dick has 4 bullets this season for a total of 4 points. Jim Ryon on Rokon is solidly in second with 9, while Bob Sittel on No Mas has 15 and and yours truly on Shark has 17, both having missed a few.

You can’t win if you don’t race!

The next series race is on Opening Day, and what a great opportunity to show some of these tight races. I’ll be out of town, but watching the results from afar.

The last couple of beercan races have seen some pretty windy conditions, so we haven’t had a huge turnout, but we’ve had some great sails and some beautiful sunsets 🙂IMG_20170419_202354606

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!)

Darla in Houston March 2017 02

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