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Dining at Ganly’s

Wednesday evening dinners at Ganly’s are tradition in our sail club.  At one time these get-togethers had been a way to continue the fun after a Wednesday day-sail on Blue Marsh Lake.  As our club grew older and did not sail quite as much the desire to get together continued, and even grew. It’s not uncommon to find 10 or more members having dinner together most every Wednesday at Ganly’s Pub or at Beverly Hills Tavern when Wednesdays mean, “buy one dinner, get one free”.  During two recent dinners members of Blue Marsh South (Florida) and even Blue Marsh East (England) joined us. Check out the pictures below and see who you recognize.  Now that our web site is interactive why not try to name all of our out-of-town guests in the Comments section of this post.  Just click on No Comments (if no one left a comment yet) or Comments to view the Comment window.  We’re asking for a name (first only is fine) and email address (not visible to the public) just to keep it safe.  Let’s see if we can get all eight for the October 2nd gathering even though two are not visible.  Be sure to click on both pictures (twice) to see a full size photo.

 

Blue Marsh Daysail – Friday, Sept 6, 2013

Our rescheduled day sail on Blue Marsh was a pleasant day on the water. We got on the lake around 10:30 and the winds were sufficient to push us across the lake several times and around the island. We started with two boats – Sandy & Russ Witzke and Jan & Tom Stoner joined by Tom Lucas. Armando Antonini then arrived to give his Force 5 a run. We broke for a picnic on the hillside overlooking the lake on the State Hill side enjoying the almost fall day. We finished our sailing with a couple more hours on the lake and then retired to Ganly’s for a light supper. In summary it was a beautiful day but would have been even better if we had more boats joining in.  Maybe advance scheduling on a weekend would help to increase participation.  Tom Stoner

August 24th Race Draws Four Boats

THIRD RACE OF SEASON HELD AUGUST 24

Four Boats

Our third race of the season was contested by four boats Russ Witzke with crew George Ferris, Armondo Antonini with Conrad Vanino, Tony and Mary Stajkowski, and Tom Stoner with Ron Hrabak.  Years ago the club awarded me the Turtle Award as I capsized twice.  I want all to know that we have a new champion- Armando.  He has two this year and coupled with the one in the 2006 Regatta he now has three.   He didn’t even wait to start racing before he got it out of his system by capsizing while tied up at the dock!

Back to the races- all two of them.  At the start the wind was up and showing lots of promise so we called the first race as ABC twice around.  Even at 12:00 the wind was fairly steady so we called the same race again but we no sooner got started and the wind started dying.  We managed to finish the race but the wind had diminished to the point of not making a third race enjoyable.  Russ took the day with a 1-1; Armando was second with a 2-2 and I was third with a 3-3.

Thanks go as ever to wife Jan for her work as race committee head assisted by Betty and Lou Brown.  Thanks also to the chase boat crew- Barb Vanino, and Jay and Jane Moyer.  We welcomed past member, Bev Bonnville, back to watch the races.  She has moved from Lake City, MI to Hellertown near Allentown.

Tom Stoner- Racing Chairman

Race Standings

    Racing points accumulated toward 2013 Championship
 

Results as of

 

YTD

6/29

7/27

8/24

9/21

10/19

 
 

Handicap

 

 

Skipper

Next Race

             
R. Witzke

1.000

28

12

8

8

     
T Stoner

1.101

23

9

10

4

     
J Rutolo

1.151

22

13

9

       
A Antonini

1.168

9

 

3

6

     
P Correll

1.144

8

8

         
R. Crump

1.204

7

7

         
R Hemphill

1.171

3

3

         
T Stajkowski

1.291

2

   

2

     
B Ciferri

1.093

0

           
M Katzen

1.180

0

           
M. Adair

1.227

0

           
                 
                 
                 
Points represent number of boats beaten plus 1/race.      

 

July Race Sailed Under Favorable Winds

Our second race of the season was a delightful affair as the winds predicted to be in the 7-14 MPH range held true from the beginning race and built gradually all day.  We did an ABC, ABC twice around, and once around the island.  The stronger winds managed to keep everyone competitive so much so that after the first two races three boats were tied for overall.  Russ Witzke with crew Tom Lucas finished first in all three races however with the handicaps mixed in the results changed somewhat.  Tom Stoner with crew Henry Borneman finished first with a 1-3-1 showing; Joe Rutolo and Conrad Vanino finished second with a 2-2-2;  Russ Witzke and Tom Lucas finished third with a 3-1-3.  Armando Antonini sailing alone worked hard and even had a knockdown in the third race but was able to finish.

Again thanks to our committee- Jan Stoner, Ron Hrabak, Lou and Betty Brown and our chase boat- manned by Jay and Jane Moyer and Mary Calcagno.  They make our racing possible.

 

    Racing points accumulated toward 2013 Championship
 

Results as of

 

YTD

6/29

7/27

8/24

9/21

10/19

 
 

Handicap

 

 

Skipper

Next Race

             
J Rutolo

1.151

22

13

9

       
R. Witzke

1.000

20

12

8

       
T Stoner

1.075

19

9

10

       
P Correll

1.144

8

8

         
R. Crump

1.204

7

7

         
A Antonini

1.138

3

 

3

       
R Hemphill

1.171

3

3

         

Sail to Bernville in the Rain

A Bad Day of Sailing Beats a Good Day at Work

We had cleaned and packed everything up and just started out to return when the rain started.  I put a rain jacket on but Henry elected to just enjoy the rain. He finally relented and put one on after about a half hour. We had three boats - Tony and Mary got a late start so were not with us on the way up and then they took a couple wrong turns so they never caught up with us and decided to return when it started to rain. We managed to sail all the way to Church Road - Armando and Ralph, Russ and Tom Lucas and daughter Tegan, and Henry and I. The winds were light but the overcast skies kept it cool and except for a few fishermen we had the lake to ourselves. At the park we had a table and enjoyed our tube steak lunch. On the way back after sailing for a half mile we decided to motor and I pulled the two powerless sailboats back to the dock. The two boats being pulled alongside each other took the opportunity to get even wetter with a water fight between them. All and all it was a fun alternative to the daysail to Nockamixon.

Tom Stoner

Editor’s Note:  Upon contacting the above participants for their perspective on this event a comment was received that one of the captains had the audacity to hide behind his mainsail while sacrificing his crew in order to drench the “enemy,” all the while remaining dry himself.   Instead of revealing who this scoundrel might be we invite you to post your guesses in the Comment box below this post. 

 

 



 

Spring Cruise 2013

Dinner at Waterman's

Dinner at Waterman’s

And then there were two…

 

This year’s Spring Cruise to the Chester River began with the expectation of five participating boats.  Shortly after the list was compiled I learned that Tom Stoner would not be able to make the trip as he would be vacationing in England with his wife Jan.  Tony and Mary Stajkowski were plagued by mechanical and electrical problems on their boat, and then, just days before the trip, we learned that Donna Ferron, our trip leader, could not make it because her partner and crew, John Pittman, would not be home in time from a business trip.  To make matters worse, Michele and I were so preoccupied with planning and organizing a trip to California in early June that we forgot to make kennel reservations for our dog.  With no one to watch our dog that left Michele home to be the dog-sitter.  The silver lining of the trip was that with Tom in England, his usual crew, Henry Borneman, was now available to crew for me.  So on the morning of Saturday, June 15 Henry and I, along with Mike and Kristel Adair, headed south for Long Cove.

After picking up our launch permits a short distance from the ramp, our boats were in the water by 11:30 AM.  The wind was light, but enough to make for pleasant upwind sailing, with sailboat races all around us.  The course markers were large and obvious, and we did our best to avoid the course while taking time to view the battles for position on the water.  The sail to Lankford Marina was downwind and the going was much slower.  Naturally, just when it was time to take down the sails the wind piped up and made an otherwise easy task a bit more challenging.  After calling the marina on the radio we found our slips, side-by-side, and helped each other secure our dock lines.  The first big surprise after docking was to learn the shuttle we had been promised to take us to dinner in Rock Hall had no driver.  The driver was on vacation and decided at the last minute he didn’t want to come home.  Apparently, he was having too much fun to come back to work.  The marina owners promised to get us to the restaurant, but later informed us they had a commitment that evening and weren’t sure how they could get us there.  While they were working on a solution we headed to the pool for a very enjoyable swim.  A short time later the owners announced a solution:  they were giving us the keys to their daughter’s brand new Chevy Malibu with just 5,000 miles on the odometer!  Now that’s customer service extraordinaire!  So with Mike driving and me navigating with my iPhone’s GPS, we found Waterman’s in time for our 7 PM reservations.  We were given outdoor seats against the railing overlooking the harbor for a very pleasant view to enhance our experience.  The food, drink, and conversation were good, adding to the day’s enjoyment.

On the way back, I made a navigating error and ended up taking us to the ramp where we launched instead of the marina, just a short distance away.  It was a good mistake, so we thought, as it gave Mike an opportunity to move his truck and trailer to a better parking spot and allowed me to discover that I had not placed my parking permit on the dash where it could be seen.  Unfortunately, when Mike and Kristel installed their sun shade their permit got moved to the passenger side of the dash and was not seen by the local law enforcement officer who gave them a nasty ticket.  Geez…isn’t putting it on the dash good enough?

After a good night’s sleep on our boats we awoke just before 7 AM and I got coffee brewing on the alcohol stove.  Henry slept so well on our boat’s new cushions he suggested parking our boat in his garage, since he slept better on-board than in his own bed!  While coffee was brewing I took a look at the weather on my phone and learned small craft advisories had been posted starting at 10 AM.  Uh-oh!  We better get moving.  We hastily got ourselves ready and launched by 9:15.  We originally planned to head straight for the ramp so we could tear down and get on the road before the storms hit.  Out on the water, however, the weather was actually nice; it was partly cloudy, but not threatening.  And the wind was good, about 8-10 knots off our beams.  So we sailed the area until noon and then headed in.  Docking, trailering, and tearing down went reasonably well and we were on the road before any rain arrived.  We stopped for an early dinner at Baker’s Restaurant and I was surprised to learn of such a nice place to eat along the way home.  Approximately 4 PM the rain finally began during the middle of our trip home, but it was a light rain which didn’t cause us any problems.  We arrived back home around 6 PM and called the weekend a success.

Regatta 2013

Race Participants

Race Participants

Racers Who Placed

Those Who Placed

Tom Stoner

Tom Stoner, Race Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28th ANNUAL REGATTA SAILED ON June 29     (Click photos for full size image)

Our annual Regatta was another test of our perseverance as the wind was teasing us all day.  It was supposed to build to the 8-10 range by 1:00 but it only gave us spurts of 5 or so minutes before falling off again.  At least it didn’t rain but it did dry you out.  We managed only three ABC races each just once around.  Not good for three and a half hours as we started at 11:00 and called it a day at 2:30.

We had six boats come out- Russ Witzke and crew Tom Lucas, Ray and Ingrid Hemphill, Tom Stoner and Ron Hrabak, Phil and Eileen Correll, Joe Rutolo and Conrad Vanino, and Rick and Steve Crump.  Speedy Russ showed us the way by again physically beating everyone.  However the second race did him in as he got caught in some light air and lost his usual substantial margin finishing 5th after handicap giving him a 1-5-1.  Joe Rutolo in his O’Day Daysailer managed a 3-1-2 day to finish first overall.  Tom Stoner was third with a 5-2-3 day.

Thanks to our committee- Lou and Betty Brown, Mary Stajkowski, and Jan Stoner.  Also a big thanks goes to our chase boat crew- Barb Vanino, Mary Calcagno, Jay and Jane Moyer.  It’s nice to know someone is looking out for trouble as well as pulling the marks after the race.

If the chase boat continues to be available maybe we can have more around- the–island races.

Thanks again to Barb and Conrad Vanino for hosting the Regatta party the next day at their home.  Conrad did double duty as a fine auctioneer for the auction of used items for the benefit of the club.  Also thanks to helpers Joe and Michele Rutolo, Jan Stoner, Russ Witzke, Tom Lucas, and Tony Stajkowski for helping make the party a success.

Tom Stoner – Race Chairman

REGATTA PICNIC PHOTOS BELOW – Many thanks to the Vaninos for hosting the picnic and to all those who contributed and participated.

Big Fun at Little Buffalo

Click once for larger photo, a second time for the whole enchilada.

Little Buffalo, Big Fun!

Ten adventuresome souls trekked to Little Buffalo State Park outside Newport, PA north of Harrisburg for a weekend of fun and fellowship in mid-March: Adairs, Stajkowskis, Moyers, Vaninos, Mary Calcagno and Anna Grace. Mike and I picked up the keys to the cabin mid-afternoon on Friday and soon the others arrived to “set up camp” for the weekend. It was a hardship to endure the modern conveniences of the cabin–hardwood floors, comfortable furniture, 40″ flatscreen TV and DVD player, fully appointed kitchen, 3 bedrooms of sturdy bunkbeds, 2 full baths, heat/AC, washer/dryer, and more, but somehow we managed.

Friday night, we enjoyed a dinner of lasagna, garlic bread, salad, and an awesome chocolate cake (Barb, you outdid yourself!). We played some games, the winners of which won prizes out of Kristel’s box of miscellaneous goodies. Next came the PJ Fashion show–lots of style, but Jay in his Grinch jammies was the hands-down winner!

Saturday’s plans included a GPS Poker Run in the park, so after our delicious pancake breakfast thanks to Chefs Tony, Mary, and Barb, Mike and I left in the beginning snowfall to set up the course. Owing to the weather, we didn’t make it unnecessarily challenging for the 4 teams to find the caches of playing cards, unless you wouldn’t think to look inside a porta-potty or were put off by a couple “Road Closed” signs. The snow fell a little harder, accumulating on the grass, trees, and road. Really pretty in this remote setting! While everyone was out on the poker run, Mike and I hiked a trail through the woods, one of many that exist in the park. We regrouped for lunch then finished the Texas Hold ’em game for the poker run and determined the winners to be Barb and Conrad. More prizes from the goodie box.

Foursies started right after lunch as it seemed we indulged in everyone’s snack food all day. A hearty game of Toss the Pigs (more prizes), a trial of Tai Chi by some of ladies, and a Jeff Dunham video rounded out the afternoon. We debated the wisdom of our dinner plans at a local restaurant considering it was still snowing, and we decided since we had all brought enough food to sink a battleship that we would continue to nosh our way into the evening. We entertained ourselves with good conversation, bad movies, and tall tales until some of us headed to our bunks. Michael, known to sleep through earthquakes, indeed slept through the shenanigans that followed…

My head had barely touched my pillow when a loud pounding began, and continued on and on. Then loud voices and hooting and thumping feet. Tony got up and confronted the offenders in his tidey-whities, but despite Tony’s dignified bearing the miscreants continued to behave like teenagers alone in the house for the first time with the parents away for the weekend. Without naming names or pointing fingers at who started the mischievous mayhem, I can relate that the residents of the downstairs bedroom were completely unrepentant the following morning. One claimed to be in the bathroom and completely innocent. Yeah, right! A brother and sister each ratted out the other, while another with a history of practical joking stood by with a saintly look on her face. Well, jokers, just remember, paybacks can come at any time!

We put the hootenanny of the previous night behind us as we sat down to a wonderful breakfast of ham, eggs, toast, and fruit served up by Jane, Anna, and Mary C. Before long we were packed up and heading for home, having thoroughly enjoyed the weekend at Little Buffalo!

Kristel and Mike Adair

Weekend Hosts

Intra Coastal Waterway Presentation a Huge Success

The ICW presentation at the March 13 general meeting was a huge success. Our presenter, Ron Harbin, detailed his May 2012 solo voyage from Middle River, MD to Beaufort N.C. and back. To those of you unable to attend, below are numerous web links Ron provided for use as reference for anyone who may be considering this trip.

An Insider’s ICW

Super Bowl Party 2013

BMSA February 3rd, 2013 Super Bowl Party

It was a great evening with a full house of members of the Blue Marsh Sailing Association gathering to watch the 2013 Super Bowl game on Pennsylvania Avenue. The party was not held in the West Wing because of the number of attendees. It was held in the Flyers Den and Island Bar areas of the Vanino’s Casa.

There was concern this year for the turnout of the event as neither of of the Pennsylvania Teams were playing with few Baltimore or San Francisco fans within BMSA. However, everyone was surprised to see a record crowd turn out to watch the game considering it was just the 49’ers and the Ravens. Even more interesting was that the game was not a 49er “blow out” as predicted and the final results with the Ravens surviving a win by a score of 34 to 31 over the 49ers. Yes, hard to believe, but yes it did happen. It goes to show that the odds makers don’t really know the game as most think they do. We know now the value a made or missed field goal.

With lots of food, drinks, deserts and side entertainment by the Kaia and Hexi Duo, the Century 21 Ads during the game on the three TV’s and the guest appearances of the legendary Gene Paris and his neighbors Pat & Harry Shalter (three prior members who indicated a desire to re-join BMSA this year), it was a very merry time for all, even without the Eagles in the game.

Most interesting was the influence Gene Paris had on the Witzke’s, Tom Lucas, Sissy Elder, Anna Grace, Mary Calcagno and the other “old timers” as they hung around the Island Bar and Kaia and Hexi entertained the Antonini’s, Adairs, Moyer’s, Stajkowski’s and others in the Flyers Den with Barb keeping everyone in line. My job that day was to …. ( I don’t remember).

Conrad Vanino