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Fellow LMSA Members:

Spring is here and is fulfilling its teasing of warmer weather to come.  With some days warm and sunny its easy to get anxious to get on the water.  There is nothing preventing you from launching and retrieving your boat other than it’s much less convenient without the floating docks installed.

Some of you may be new to the club and are unfamiliar with our installation process.  Traditionally dock day has been scheduled for the last weekend in April due to weather and water temperatures.  We contract with L&N Docks to install the wet slip docks due to their expertise.  L&N schedules a trip to the Council Bluffs area based on the readiness of customers in the area and the weather forecast, particularly wind.  We receive about a one day notice of their arrival so that we can have the gate open.  If the tee dock is installed first, it interferes with floating the west slip docks so it is easiest for L&N to install the wet slip docks before we install the tee dock. L&N knows our docks-in date and is aware of a desire to have the docks installed ASAP.

That being said, the State of Iowa and CDC guidelines to prevent Coronavirus infections specifies a group maximum of 10 people and 6 foot social distance spacing.  This will preclude our traditional method of installing the tee dock since ten members shoulder to shoulder are required to lift a dock section onto the pontoon boat trailer.  It would also be foolhardy to have 40-60 members simultaneously on site.  I have committed to the DNR Executive Director that LMSA will follow the Coronavirus mitigation directives and CDC guidelines.  So this year I have discussed with L&N that they use their forklift to lift and launch the tee dock sections while their crew is completing the securing of the wet slip sections.  This would occur immediately after the wet slip sections are floated.  A small crew of our members will move, pin and anchor the docks.  The finger pier and shore stations will be put in separately. 

This is our current plan.  However, if any of the L&N crew is exposed to or contracts the coronavirus this Spring, it is expected that their entire crew will be home isolated or quarantined and will not be able to accomplish the installation of the docks.  In this case we will need to develop a plan C. 

We have received Coronavirus prevention guidelines from the American Sailing Association and will promulgate these shortly.  There are apps that you can use to practice your sailing skills. In the meantime, use this period to scrub your boat, complete the list of to-do items on the boat or at home, and use the apps and computer programs to improve your sailing skills so you’ll be ready to get on the water when warmer weather fully arrives.

Please contact me if you have any questions at

Rick Scofield President

In remembrance of Ken Hall

A long time loyal member & comrade of our Lake Manawa Sailing family
has passed away; Ken Hall.
He was very involved with the club from anchoring our dock team on

Docks-In-Day to building several boats, and had a deep passion for sailing & ice boating.

The Hall family suffered a tragic loss on 7 August 2019 when Commander Kenneth Hall, USN (Ret) passed away.  Ken Hall was a Department of the
Air Force Civilian in J8, and valued member of the USSTRATCOM team. 

A memorial service with full military honors for Ken will be held Friday,
August 23 at 11:30 am in the Offutt AFB Chapel and Annex: 2500 Capehart
Road, Bellevue, NE. 
Following the service, a wake celebrating Ken’s life will be held at The

Nebraska Brewing Company:  7474 Shadow Lake Towne Center Parkway
#101, Papillion, NE. 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project; Military Working Dog Team Support Association, Inc.; or The U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Center.  Please direct any sentiments for the family to P.O. Box 115, Council Bluffs IA, 51502-0115.

A farewell sail to Ken will be held at Lake Manawa. 
(Will follow up with time & date)

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

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