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2017 LMSA Fleet Regatta NOR – September 16th LMSA Membership,

Our 3rd annual LMSA Fleet Regatta and Cookout was successfully held Saturday, Sept. 16th.  Twelve boats representing 3 fleets entered the 3 race contest.  Bob Hoffmann and George Rood were the Race Committee for races held in west lake in 12 to 15 knot winds.   Mark Scherer on his NACRA 5.2 catamaran found the winds to his liking and won all 3 races.  Phil Lee on his Finn single-handed a second place finish in all three races.   Third place in all three races was won by Chris Scofield, Rick Scofield and Jake & Ross Olsen respectively all sailing Snipes.  Chris and his crew, Matt Bielenberg, won the third place trophy by having the highest point count.   Gift Certificates in various amounts were awarded to the top three skippers and crews.  ENSA won the overall Fleet Championship.  The new Fleet Championship Trophy-Flag is shown below with fleet winners by year on the bottom left side.  ENSA will be added for 2017 and the flag displayed in the Club office.  The complete race results can be found on our website.
Following the Regatta and award ceremony was the Shrimp Boil and Brat Fest with attending sea song music.   Thanks to Bill Steitzer for his preparation of three pots of wonderful shrimp, corn, potatoes and other mystery ingredients.  Bob Hoffmann grilled the brats and about 60 members and friends joined in with various sides and desserts.  Humbly, your President was congratulated on his 81st birthday with song, cake and good wishes.   A good time was had by all.  Click here for Trophy Flag

Missouri Valley Championship Snipe Regatta – September 9th & 10th Flyer

Racing Rules Seminar attended by 17 LMSA Members on Saturday, August 12th at the Phoenix.  Pat Flood gave an outstanding presentation of the 5 aspect of racing: Preparation, Starting, Upwind, Mark Rounding and  Downwind.  He also went over the primary racing rules.  Good time, good food and a beer or two was enjoyed.  Thanks, Pat!

1/2 Pint Regatta was a huge success!  Thanks to George Morgan and David Olson for their Old Salts leadership.  Record number entries (9), over $200was raised through the drawing for sailing prizes and some Rum was left over but mysteriously disappeared (maybe it will show up next year).  Jim Krance was the overall winner mainly because of his costume being exact replica of a British Soldier.  See picture.  Way to go, Jim!




Look forward to and get ready for the 1/2 Pint of Rum Regatta on Saturday, July 29th.  Info and flyer forthcoming.  Also mark you calendars for Saturday, Aug 12th for a Free Sailing Racing Clinic for all LMSA Members.  Pat Flood will be the moderator.  Event to be held at the Phoenix Bar and Grill, 120th and Blondo, starting at 6:30 pm.

Fireworks a big success!

Please be advised that the annual Lake Manawa Fireworks display will be held this Saturday, July 1st at about 10:00 pm.   It is always a good show from the Point and our Club provides an excellent viewing spot.

Regatta News:  Mike Recker, Chris Scofield, Rick Scofield and George Rood competed in the 50th annual Fire on the Water Regatta at Branch Oak Lake in Lincoln on June 24th and 25th.  Twenty Three boats from 4 states competed in high winds.  Chris did the best of our fleet with a 6th place overall in spite of a capsize.

Just Added:  New Adult Beginning Sailing School Session added  for July 10-13 (4 consecutive evenings) from 6-8:30 pm. Cost is $95 per student. Sign up now while there are still openings.

Later correspondence yielded a decision by the DNR not to let us rebuild the pole barn.  As they will be demolishing it soon, we must arrange for other storage of the ice boats and other contents.

A meeting was held with the DNR on Monday, May 22nd.  Our interchange was positive and the manager of our concession verbally okayed our contract for another 5 years pending a few details.  The DNR will not replace the pole barn but will demolish it.  We are evaluating our rebuilding it to keep the storage available to us.  We must decide soon.  We asked for the trees to be removed from our north lot but was refused because of cost. We asked them for removal of the trees and brush behind our West lot fence which they will consider.  We complimented them on our new roofs, new bulletin board and the repair to our boat ramp.  Our new concession manager will be Michelle Reinig who resides in the Lewis, Iowa DNR office.

On May 18th, a new Sunfish Rack to hold 10 boats was constructed on the beach to facilitate sailing school students easier ingress and egress to the lake.  Thanks to the crew of Rick Scofield, Randy Greer, Martin Lesch, Bob Hoffmann and George Rood for their construction efforts.  Thanks also, to Regis Picard for painting the shop door and for Martin Lesch and Julian Lachendro for reconstructing the door on the RC shed.

Docks In Day Saturday, May 6th was a big success.  Sixty-two members helped to make this event a record setter for shortest time for dock deployment.  This event was rescheduled from April 29th and the decision was perfect as was the weather.  Special thanks to Bob Hoffmann, event chairperson, Ken Hall on the docks, Captain George Morgan for heading the Murphy Gang, Rick Scofield on the Truck, Dave Olsen chasing all the non-dock items and Will Mott, Mark Scherer and the ENSA boys who erected the fixed docks and the RC boat Shore Station.  Let’s not forget George Morgan and Dave Olsen and the Old Salts Sailing Society for provide Brats and Refreshment after the event.  Thanks again to everyone who helped.

Manu Larsen has been selected to replace Nick Schroeder as Facility Manager sometime in July.  Nick has join the Air Force and will enter the service questing for a spot on the Air Rescue Task Force.  We wish Nick all the best and thank him for his loyal and competent service these past 4 1/2 years.  Please welcome Manu to her new position and give her your support.

Struyk Turf, Ltd. has been contracted to service our lawn and mole control.  Westcorp, Inc. had been contracted for vegetation control of lots, gravel and other non-mowed areas.

A rack for storing the Sailing School’s Sunfish will be constructed and located on the beach next to the ramp.  This will better facilitate the use of the Sunfish for ready use for sailing for both the students and the membership.  Other projects to better our Club facilities with be forthcoming.  Stay tuned for the work party announcements.

You might notice the new brackets on the ends of T-Docks for erecting a 1″ pole and a mono filament line to retard the Sea Gulls in the fall.

Peter Guile, Paul Brasher and Tom Williams will be the permanent Race Committee for Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon races.  The races this year will include boats from both ENSA and INSA all sailing together.  We thank these gentlemen for stepping up to this duty and providing such a valuable service.

The wet slips were installed and March 31st.   This year we added a new 20′ section so that the water depths will be greater.  The closest slip to shore now has 4 feet of water.  This year the two Santana 20’s used for Match Racing (one belonging to Randy Shipley and one belonging to the club) will be in the wet slips.  The Match Racing League members are excited about having this convenience.  Should help speed up the readiness for racing.

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