CSC State Fair 10/6/2018

more photos                                                                                                                             by Cathy
       complete results                                                                                       
Nancy takes 1st place in the Butterfly. 
Marshall takes 2nd place in the Butterfly.
Burton takes 3rd place in the Butterfly.

Don and Paul take 3rd place in the Flying Scot.

Doug takes 2nd in the Laser. Photo by Monica.

Look at those beautiful clouds! Photo by Monica.
Participation was good for the CSC State Fair and the weather cooperated, turning into a beautiful day with a nice steady breeze (8-12 mph) from the southeast.  We had seven sailing the Butterfly with Paul sailing with the Flying Scots and Doug sailing the Laser. 

Monica was on race committee and did a great job notifying us of changes on the race course. So glad the PRO changed that W-3 to a W-2 for the rest of the races.  

With 5 Snipes, 7 Butterflys, and 10 Lasers on the course it did seem a bit crowded at times but as racing continued it seemed we got more used to sharing the course. Congratulations to the winners and all those who participated.

Hope this is the start of a lot of great fall sailing! 

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Flooding at White Rock Lake - Part 2

   More photos from the flood                                                                                                  by Cathy

Flooding at White Rock Lake - Part 1 was originally written on 11/29/2015. There are several links there and some historical information about the flooding along the creek. Back then I didn't think it would flood at Northwest Highway, Lawther, and Buckner. That area has been improved with a higher bridge but with this last record breaking flood on 9/22/2018 that area did flood.

Butterfly pads were not prepared for the record breaking flood - on 9/22/2018.
We drill holes through the dock and put in poles or we attach lines to the stern and weight them. All to try to keep boats in place during floods. We may have a couple of floods a year but this time we had a record breaking flood and boats did not stay in place. At least we did not have any Butterflys which came untied and drifted into other part of the lake. That did happen to a few boats and also a toolbox.

The water was much higher than we've ever seen it. 

There is lots of clean-up being done at the boat clubs at the lake. Most boats seem okay and with a little bit of lifting the Butterflys are back in their pads. Thank you to all who helped.

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Flooding at White Rock Lake - Part 1

 Originally posted on 11/29/2015                                                                                             by Cathy

It's been a record year for flooding at the White Rock lake boat clubs (4 times), due to North Texas's wettest year on record.  Surely this will be the last flood of the year until spring rolls around.  Earlier this year we had the wettest May in Dallas-Ft. Worth history.  35 trillion gallons - enough to cover all of Texas in 8 inches of water.  It's nice to see the lake fill up . . . but this is too much of a good thing.

During heavy rains at night, it's become second nature to wake up and check the Corinthian Sailing Club harbor cam to see if the water has come up over the docks.  Usually the water is about 4 feet below the boats and a walk-way can be seen to the right.  If the walk-way is under water then White Rock Boat Club docks will also be under water and we will need to clean-up once the water recedes.   CSC webcam

Another interesting thing to check is the NOAA White Rock Creek Flood gauge.  This is upstream of the lake but if it floods in the creek then flooding at the lake cannot be far behind.  This also forecasts when the water level will drop.  NOAA White Rock Creek at Greenville Ave. flood gauge  

Here is a very detailed report from 1963, discussing some of the major floods to that point with some analysis of the flooding that occurs.  Things haven't changed much except Northwest Highway at Lawther and Buckner is now high enough that it doesn't flood.  Floods on White Rock Creek

Yesterday I walked around the lake and took some photos since there was no sailing.  It was chilly but invigorating and the pictures tell the story as the water was receding.  Unfortunately at the moment, the water is rising again.

White Rock Lake boat club as the water begins to recede but still unsafe to venture out on the docks. 

Lots of water pouring over the spillway.

On the path near the Arboretum, lots of trash left behind as the water recedes.

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7-21-2018 No Racing

                                                                                                                                                    by Cathy

This is racing from last week - a perfect day. This week, not so much. 
We were warned by Jim that it was going to be hot so we needed to be ready to start at 10:30. Dallas is under an excessive heat warning until 7pm Sunday. Five of us rigged and were ready to go while Nancy and John headed out to set the course. Unfortunately after throwing in the first mark, the committee boat died and started drifting to shore. John called Jim who suggested throwing the anchor out. I'm going to have to remember that.

My boat was half off the dock and fully rigged so I figured at least I'd get to sail around a little. Everyone else was in the same situation so we all went out with a few of us taking some paddles to the committee boat. I actually didn't realize how hard it is to sail with a long paddle sticking out of the cockpit. Meantime we all sailed around in circles while Larry jumped on the committee boat to see if he could determine the problem.

Maybe he took some instrument to check the battery but the battery in that died. Or something like that. I'm not sure I got all the story straight but in the final analysis the committee boat was towed back to the boat club by the rower's motor boat. Then there was some problem with the rower's motor boat so we found them a zip tie.

I was one of the first to head in as I realized it was gusty and shifty and having only sailed 2 times this year, I was not really prepared for that amount of wind. Plus it wasn't like the committee boat was going to be able to rescue us if we had a problem. Now from the CSC site I see that there was a 23 mph gust that went through at 10:53 am. That's probably what convinced me.

Larry was next and tied up to the dock but then his painter broke and his boat drifted around in the harbor. I thought it was going to shore but apparently the boom vang and/or main sheet was still cleated a little so fortunately the boat sailed back to Larry, then back out because we didn't bring the hook in time, then back in again where Larry and Miles grabbed it. This whole thing was beginning to be kind of funny and as it got hotter and hotter and it had been so gusty, maybe it all worked out for the best that we didn't sail.

Larry was left trying to figure out the problem with the motor boat and the rest of us probably headed straight to air conditioning! I know I did.

Update from Miles: BTW- Kudo's to Larry for repairing the boat yesterday.  Seemed to by a burnt fuse or something.  I'm glad Larry knows how to fix things because I sure don't.

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7-14-2018 Racing

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Sandy and Burton in a close finish in the last race.
We had a nice 5-10 mph breeze with wind mostly from the SE and 6-7 sailors out to enjoy the day. Gary and I had race committee. He is so expert that it was an easy day for me just to enjoy watching the sailors and listen to Gary's play by play.

In the first two races the sailors finished in the exact same order with Paul, Burton, and Sandy taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The shifts settled down a little as the day went by but in the 2nd race with the lightest air a few sailors got stuck at the windward mark for a bit. We broke for lunch and Gary mentioned that around 1:00 the wind tends to pick up. It did so we headed back out.

That last race mixed things up quite a bit with some very close races. Sandy and Burton changed places a few times with Sandy taking 1st place and Burton 2nd. Then Larry and Jim also had a close race with Larry 3rd and Jim 4th.

I had not been out in awhile so it was great to see how well everyone was sailing. Lots of practice goes into this from boat handling to playing the shifts. Racing is fun even if you aren't competitive. And for beginners, racing improves your sailing skills quickly.  Plus it's always cooler on the lake!

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Butterfly Wrangle

                                                                                                                                                                       by Paul

Photo from 5/26 - Snipes in the distance. Hope the Wrangle is a perfect day with wind but not too much!
Gary, Jim and Miles did get one race in this morning in very light air before there was a little thunder and lightning around and we abandon right after the start of the second race. 

The NOR and registration are open for the wrangle regatta next weekend, please do the registration online as quick as possible to try and get a headcount for lunch and drinks.

ASAP. T-shirts are included and I guess I’ll just duplicate last years order. 

I know the wind and weather gods have not been favorable for racing so far this year, everybody please pray for enough wind but not too much on June 2nd and 3rd. 

Registration is linked through the CSC website.         NOR            Registration

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4-29-2018 No Racing

                                                                                                                                           by Cathy

As can be seen from the photo, it's a gorgeous day. Just one problem. No wind. And this after lots of Saturdays with too much wind.

Commodore's Cup last weekend was windy, stormy, then actually pretty good in the afternoon on Saturday, then windy again on Sunday. Paul, Marshall, and Jim made it out for various races with Paul placing 1st, Marshall 2nd, and Jim 3rd. Heard Paul started late when he realized Marshall was out there and still managed to catch up. And rumor had it Jim sailed down to see if anyone was sailing on Sunday. Heck no, too windy for the Butterflys. At least those guys got in some sailing. Good for them! 

Goldilocks: When will the wind be just right?

Don't know the answer to that but it has to happen eventually!

Happy birthday to Paul.

Wish we'd had some good sailing weather for him but missing the essential ingredient, the Butterflys called it a day but according to Paul did "accomplish retiring this old boat permanently".

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3-3-2018 Racing

                                                                                                                                                    by Cathy

Sandy, Gary, and Doug on the starting line of the first race.

Nice warm March day with SE wind 10-15. The wind picked up after awhile and it was very shifty according to the sailors. It was a great day to be out on the lake. We had 5 Butterfly sailors off and on. It was surprising that more did not turn out for such a nice day.

It was gusty and shifty enough that we had one capsize. Nancy, Ken, and I handled it pretty well, considering we are not that expert. We got the sailor up using the nice new ladder and between the 4 of us righted the Butterfly and then the sailor could easily step in and sail away. It is always a good idea to put a bottle on the top of the mast to keep the mast from getting stuck in the mud. Or the flotation device designed for the Butterfly can be used. If the boat does get stuck then the chances of the sailor being able to get the boat up are slim and once in the boat - at least everyone is safe and there are extra hands on deck to help with the sailboat recovery.

Doug won every race with Gary and Sandy trading places for 2nd and 3rd. Great to see Miles and Joyce out and Joyce was catching up at the end. Small piece of advice: pull that sail in more to point higher when going upwind.

Joyce, start of the 2nd race, Miles in the background.

Race committee - Ken managing the anchor. 

Race committee - Nancy after setting up on the finish line.

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Pad Assignments

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Jim installing his stand and roller on his new pad.
Hello Fleet 20,

Hopefully we’ll get to race again soon but in the meantime WRBC has finished the East pad and it looks awesome!

Jim and I moved our boats over today which appears to be the last decent day for a while, all the bowline ties are installed (thank you Bradley!).

The only thing I felt needed to be changed was the space at the end on the South facing boats (mine’s on the end) to make sure there was enough space to sit for hoisting sails, departing and coming back into the dock. I think I’ve left enough space but it makes it a little tighter for each spot moving down the line. 

Paul's Butterfly with space to sit on the edge.
We also have enough room to leave at least 1 foot between your transom (when tied down) and the end of the dock so that we can walk our boats easily back and forth to the end. Hopefully this Saturday it will warm up enough for racing and moving some or all of the boats over!

One other thing is there wasn’t enough interest in the Laser’s rock the ice regatta so were planning on just having fleet racing on Jan. 27th. 

Hope to see everyone soon on the starting line, 

Your Fleet 20 Captain

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1-6-2018 Racing

                                                                                                                                                   by Cathy

Jim called it just about right. The forecast for Saturday afternoon is encouraging: mostly sunny, temperatures in the low 50s, and southerly wind averaging 10 to 12 mph.  A good start to the new year.

Ended up being even warmer - more like mid-60s. Our kind of January! The wind was steady from the southeast with a few puffs up to 15 mph or so. We had a different winner for each race. 

First race: Doug, Sandy, Nancy
Second race: Nancy, Doug, Sandy
Third race: Burton, Doug, Nancy

Fun to watch some great sailing. Nancy got a big lead in the second race in front of Doug and held it. And in that last race, it seemed Burton was way ahead of everybody the entire race. We had to race him to the finish line!

Doug trying to catch Nancy in the second race.
Doug not catching Nancy!
Thank you for the driving lessons, Marshall. Everything went so smoothly the whole afternoon. And no capsizes . .. always good when the water is so cold.  

We have an improvement in case someone does end up in the water. Jim arranged for a new ladder and it is very nice. I think Marshall told me he was the first to try it out and it worked quite well. Also there is a lot of new labeling with some helpful hints. AND someone (Larry?) replaced all the lines for the buoys so they will not float away leaving the weights behind. Thank you!  

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12-9-2017 Racing

by Pam

Friday night at the annual Christmas party, the weather forecast had most people convinced there would be no sailing on Saturday.  Nevertheless, people showed up to make that decision for themselves.  Anytime the wind is out of the North and the water temperatures are cold, it merits careful consideration about sailing.  We probably should have remembered that.

Several of us showed up at about the same time and walked out to the end of the WRBC docks.  The sun was out, the temperature didn’t feel too cold and the breeze seemed a bit on the gentle side.  Not at all like the forecast.  Sandy was already dressed to go out, Marshall was game, Paul was a go, John was on the fence, Jim detoured to the committee boat, and Doug and I were both prepared to sail so we decided to knock out 3 quick back to back races … but that old North wind had different plans.

As we sailed out to the start, the wind was beginning to build with an unpredictable selection of puffs and shifts.  Cathy’s boat, Sylvia, gave me a few warnings on the way to the course that she would not tolerate a wild ride so I had better go easy.  It’s been a while since I danced with the old North wind but I remembered the steps … hard puff, hard hike, no wind or auto tack, capsize.  My goals were simple, no hiking for any reason, stay upright and finish the race.  Doug was a different story entirely.
Doug showed up completely unprepared, wearing heavy fleece pants and a heavy fleece top and nothing waterproof.  I rummaged through the car and gave him spare wind pants, jacket and gloves and Paul put a fleet boat together for him.  By the time he got to the race course, we were already in the start sequence and he just winged it and hit the line on time and was leading the fleet straight to the left side of the course.  You know, where the strongest, puffiest, shiftiest and most unpredictable wind was lying in wait for the fleet.  Doug didn’t even get to dance.  Not more than 20 yards off the start line, he initiated a roll tack and just kept on rolling.  Now, he’s still recovering from broken ribs so I hollered for the committee boat that he was going to need help and turned to see they were already pulling up the anchor.  He’s Canadian and can tolerate cold temperatures and if I just stayed upright, I had him beat so I kept on sailing.

Paul had been on Doug’s hip and continued to stretch his lead throughout the race as the wind got wilder and wilder.  John was living dangerously and hiking.  I was with Sandy for a brief period but he left me behind early on.  Nancy was behind me for the briefest of time and then passed me on a few shifts that I either didn’t see or didn’t get since I was favoring the right and more stable side of the course.  I was unintentionally working my way back to Miles as the wind built and then noticed that Marshall had rounded the windward mark and headed back to the docks.  Then it looked like Miles had pulled ahead of me on the second upwind but he had turned early to head back in as well.  I was in last place but I had already beat three boats and one of those was Doug, so there was no quitting.

Paul won the race with a nice lead, John was second, Sandy third, Nancy fourth and I brought up the rear with Doug trailing behind to keep an eye on me.  Yes, despite being soaking wet and wearing clothes that were the equivalent of a sea anchor, after being rescued, he stayed on the course to race in the second race and also to keep an eye on me.  Probably, I should have felt bad about leaving him in the water at the start but … ah … well, I had him beat if I finished the race. 

It was a pretty clear that racing was over for the day after we finished the first race.  Nancy came over later and said that the CSC weather station indicated we had a 29 mph gust while racing.  Yep … that sounds about right.  What fun!  Oh, and Doug had a nice hot shower, a good long nap, and now has the beginnings of a cold.  He’ll nap again today and be fine by tomorrow.  He’s pretty durable that way.

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2017 Annual Christmas Party/Awards

                                                                                                                                                        by Cathy
Perfect venue for the annual Christmas Party/Awards. Photos by Doug
More photos by Gary/Lynn
This year's annual Christmas party was hosted by Joyce and Lee. What a beautiful welcoming warm home to enjoy all our Butterfly friends and celebrate another successful year of Butterfly sailing. Thank you to Joyce and Lee for opening up your home. We know these events don't fall from the sky though you did make it look easy! 

And thank you Paul, Joyce, and Jim for all your hard work in putting the event together and thank you to everyone who brought food. It was all wonderful. The brisket was delicious . . . 

The series winners for 2017 were:

Winter Series: Paul, Sandy, Burton / Nancy
Spring Series: Sandy, Paul, Gary / Cathy
Summer Series: Sandy, John, Burton / Nancy
Fall Series: Paul, Sandy, Gary / Nancy

Butterfly sailor of the Year: Sandy

Congratulations to all!!

The officers for 2016 have all agreed to stay on another year. We really appreciate everything y'all do for the fleet. 2017 officers:

Fleet Captain: Paul
Race Chair: Jim
Secretary/Treasurer: Bob
Scoring: Gary

Special thanks again to Paul for being our fleet captain since 2014. Here is hoping that 2018 will be the best year ever. 

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Racing 12-2-2017

by Pam
Photo by Bill Naifeh -
It was a beautiful December day in Texas!  Sunshine, a gentle breeze with coolish temperatures that made both shorts and pants a comfortable choice. We had an average of 10 sailors with some comings and goings for different races. 

I can’t remember the last time I was out but things had changed.  First order of business was finding Cathy’s boat, Sylvia. The east dock was gone and Sylvia had been moved. Jim and I checked sterns until he found her. Then, I went to use the bathroom but they were locked and Bruce directed me to the new port-a-potty. Oh, how I had forgotten that unique smell. Next, while rigging, Paul had to point out that the main block does not go where the vang goes. It’s been too long and I would have been lost without everyone. I keep trying to break this absentee habit but work and life keep getting in the way. 

I had a friend, Bill, join Marshall and Doug on the committee boat. Bill is interested in trying his hand at sailing photography and needs a place to practice until he finds the right settings, lens, angles, technique, etc. Naturally, I could think of no better place than the Butterfly fleet. So, for a few weeks (or months) we will have an official photographer. He is a bit of perfectionist and I think his work is quite stunning. First lesson he learned is that the boat is constantly moving (imagine that) and his very large zoom lens was a little overkill (Doug said he almost poked a sailor in the eye at the start).  Bill was not the least bit happy with his pictures (which are quite good) but he nevertheless put up a link to a few of them just so we would have something from the day They are on his website and free to download. As he takes more photos, he will continue to load them onto his website and we are free to download whatever we want.  I believe the website is limited the size of what he can upload so if you happen to want the full quality digital photo, just let me know and I’ll get it. When I say full size photo, I’m not sure but I think we’re talking about being able to blow it up to like billboard poster size (but I might have that wrong). I will put a link to our “gallery” on his website at the top right corner for ease in finding it.

Photo by Bill Naifeh -
So, onto the sailing.  First race, Paul and Nancy jumped out with the lead. I was on their tail at the windward, reach, and leeward marks. Then somehow, I passed Nancy on the second upwind and moved into second. Next thing I knew, I saw Burton and Sandy on the course and couldn’t remember seeing them before racing (later learned they were late to the start) but they were both moving up fast to catch me.  So, of course, I tacked, dropped the tiller, knocked my sunglasses off my face, dove for them, dropped the main sheet, screamed, uttered some curse words, spun, maybe tacked and gybed, recovered my sunglasses, then the tiller and mainsheet, sheeted in and sailed on toward the finish line for a second with Burton and Sandy taking 3rd and 4th. It was only going to go downhill from there so I tagged out and let Doug sail.

Turns out I was badly needed on the committee boat.  Marshall said so when he handed me the score sheet and said it needed to be fixed because he couldn’t write and Doug couldn’t see. Sure enough, it looked just like he described. After rewriting the score sheet, I slipped the hosed up one into my pocket to do something I’ve wanted to do every time I’ve done duty after turning 50. Skipping ahead to today, I have now redone the score sheets to a Dr. Seuss big print version since juggling reading glasses and sunglasses along with wind and a bouncing boat is just too frustrating for a beautiful day of sailing.  Next time I’m out, I’ll drop them in the box. I hope that is next weekend but it could be 3 to 6 months from now. 

So back to sailing. With Burton and Sandy getting to start on time for the second race and with Doug now sailing, it was game on for Paul.  Honestly, I got to chatting with Bill and Marshall and didn’t pay much attention to the racing. I believe Jim was first to the windward mark, then later it was a photo finish at the end with Doug, Sandy and Paul, in that order.

For the third race, Burton had retired and Doug had the lead at one point and luffed up to let folks catch up (he always says you don’t learn anything sailing by yourself at the front of fleet).  The finish was Paul, Doug and Sandy, in that order.

Photo by Bill Naifeh -
Observations: I noticed that Gary was off his game for most of the day but he had some of the best pictures taken during the day. Larry just kept popping to the top of the fleet (if only briefly) which is something new for me to see. Jim was up and down in the fleet. Nancy seems to be a force to be reckoned with. Miles was holding on to his favorite spot but much closer to the fleet than I recall. Cathy's boat Sylvia is an impressively fast girl. I'm way out of shape. Gotta get back to sailing.

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Racing 11-25-2017

                                                                                                                                 by Jim and Cathy

Photos by Paul:

Last week's races were held in near ideal weather.  Paul performed single-handed committee duty with great success.  

Remember: Fleet 20's Christmas Party will be next Friday, Dec. 8!

Burton showing Monica the bowline knot. Photo by Monica

Monica bought Burton's old boat and was all set to give it a try but could not get her sail up. Turned out that her shreave at the top of the mast needed to be replaced. Pam had written a blog about it that described finding the part at Lowe's - a lot cheaper than ordering it. Burton and Nancy came to the rescue and helped replace it so will be fun to see if Monica will make it out this Saturday. Butterflyers to the rescue!

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Racing 11-11-2017

Eight Butterfly sailors, including Nancy and her two brothers, Steve and George, came out to enjoy the day. I stayed on the docks after sending Steve out on my boat so am not too sure the details are correct. From what I gathered there might have been only two races with both being 2 1/2 Windward. The CSC Championship regatta was also taking place on the lake and three Snipes were out doing their short races. The wind was gusty and shifty but there was a nice breeze from the south. It was a little cool out there but pretty nice for a November day.

On race committee, Miles and Larry, were joined by Martha, also part of the "Nancy entourage". Unfortunately a Snipe capsized and needed assistance so Martha reported that she had a pretty interesting time out there.

I also got the debrief later regarding the fact I neglected to discuss the athwartshp hiking strap so Steve struggled with keeping the boat flat and George capsized which I think went pretty well since he was able to self recover. Just goes to show that Nancy's siblings need to return for more Butterfly adventures!

Our Saturday sailing is a good time for inexperienced sailors to come out and learn with us with the knowledge that if help is needed it is not far away. We had intended to have a rescue seminar to discuss best practices but the water might be getting a little cold to actually practice in the lake. Maybe some discussion at lunch break would be helpful. I also wrote a blog eliciting comments some time ago and it would not hurt to review some of the suggestions here: Capsizing

Happy birthday to Nancy, turning the big 60 on Tuesday!

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