LMSA supports Julie Sommer in her round the world voyage with eXXpedition

Julie Sommer with LMSA board members during the fall ENSA/INSA banquet.
From left to right: Teresa S, Randy S, Phil L, Julie S, George R, Rick S, Paul B and Mark S.

Julie Sommer of Omaha was one of 300 women selected to participate in an all women around the world voyage to study plastic pollution. The program supports women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as well as sailing. Julie was chosen for Leg 13: Vanuatu, Oceania to Cairns, Australia . She will be sailing on a 70 ft ketch named TravelEdge from June 5th -19th, 2020. Julie has to fund her voyage and the LMSA board voted to contribute $1,000 to support her efforts. Julie is not a sailor and wants to be as prepared as possible for the voyage, so LMSA members have volunteered to work with her in the spring to help with the sailing basics.

You can find out more about the round the world eXXpedition here.

To find out more about Julie or to help support her journey, check out her gofundme page.

Big Red Sub Club at LMSA

Twice a year the Big Red Sub Club brings members of the USS Nebraska (submarine) SSBN-739 to Nebraska for a tour of the state through Kearney, North Platte and Omaha. As in previous years, this year’s crew of six sailors were given royal treatment attending two parades, a rodeo, the College World Series and they even got to pet penguins at the zoo. At the end of their whirlwind tour, their last stop is the Lake Manawa Sailing Association where the crew and Big Red Sub Club members picnic in the pavilion. LMSA members provide sailboat rides (weather permitting). This year Steve H provided a tour of Lake Manawa via pontoon boat. It was a beautiful evening on an almost empty lake. If you would like to find out more about the Big Red Sub Club, check out their face book page https://www.facebook.com/BigRedSubClub/

Steve gets ready give five USS Nebraska sailors and two Big Red Sub Club members a tour of Lake Manawa.

Loving the No Wake Lake

I learned to sail on Lake Manawa. Everyone told me you could sail in really light winds, but most of my light wind sailing has been very unpleasant. Stalled out in the wake of motorboats, bobbing like a cork with my sails flapping around is not exactly fun. Then the no wake lake happened and it’s like the clouds parted and the sun shone down. Light wind sailing on Saturday and Sunday was pleasant. Gently ghosting through the nearly glassy water was a novelty that we kept marveling at. It won’t last forever, but we will treasure the no wake lake while we have it.

Saturday, June 15 – Sunset Sail
Sunday, June 16 – Light wind spinnaker practice

Wednesday Racing Update (June 12)

We had Mark S and Bill B racing on Nacra 5.2 cats, Nathan R on his Hobie Getaway, Jed on a Rebel 16 and Colin on a club laser. We welcome Jim O to his first race with LMSA. Jim sails a sunfish and prefers the challenge of crazy high winds. No disappointment there on Wednesday night with a high, gusty north wind. The RC set a windward/leeward course on east lake. Unfortunately, there were a couple casualties. The outhaul on the laser failed and dropped the boom. Colin had to pull the mast and take a tow in, but the laser was easily repaired. Nathan’s Getaway flipped before the races, but he powered through and ended up taking first place overall. After the last race, Nathan’s forestay failed and his mast came down. Fortunately there were no injuries, but some equipment was lost. Thanks to the RC for towing services! (pictures will be added when available)

Introduction to Sailing

The first session of Introduction to Sailing started on Saturday, June 8th (10 students) and the second session started on Monday, June 10th (11 students). This is the first year we are incorporating the Holder 14s and we are very pleased with them so far. They sail fine with just the main and can comfortably carry 3 adults. Teaching with two different types of boats (Sunfish and Holder) has presented new challenges and some additional work, but we are working out the kinks. Thanks to everyone who has shown up to help with the first two sessions (Bill D, Bill S, Chris P, Eileen R, Laura M, Lisa S, Nathan and Scott R).

Monday night class – Sunfish and two Holders. Laura and Bill D coaching from the Whaler.