News & Events

New Years Day Social

posted Jan 12, 2020, 9:01 AM by Web Master

Twenty people were in attendance for a lovely weather day at the club.  The hall was a warm and cozy place to be this day.  I, unfortunately did not take any pictures.  The ice was not cleared for pond hockey due to the crusty snow cover that stuck to the ice surface making it too difficult to clear the snow off the ice.  Cross country track sets were in place and the mild weather, no wind sunny day made for very pleasant cross country skiing.  Lots of gaming, visiting and eating of xmas leftover treats took place over the afternoon.  Once again the new windows in the hall made a real difference in how warm the hall got with the door sometimes getting left open to keep it cool enough inside.  No frost see through windows are a real plus!  A short exec meeting was held after the excellent potluck dinner.  Things wound up sometime after 8 pm

Although it seems a long time till sailing season some planned activities may get the Byte sailboats in a more ready to sail state for the upcoming season.  Boat parking issues will continue to be worked on and a gate at the south end of the old roadway will facilitate getting boats into and out of the second row of stalls.  If you have a boat at the club over the winter or rent a locker your dues are due by March 31st.  There are changes to the membership form  so all members must fill out and email or send a copy along with payment.  

Club Fall Cleanup and Winter preparation

posted Oct 9, 2019, 8:43 AM by Web Master   [ updated Oct 9, 2019, 12:22 PM ]

A number of routine jobs including removing and storing the veranda screens, draining water lines, draining tanks and bathroom wash basins, cutting and trimming the grass, checking the outboard motors, placing wire fencing around shore line willows (to stop beavers removing trees), placing tree and leaf mulch on muddy areas, additional seeding of grass on the berm as well as holding the club's AGM.  Many members also prepped their boats for the off season or removed them from the club grounds.  After all this there was a superb potluck supper in a very warm and cozy hall.  
Our club is continuing to draw out our active members and it is a chance to get some visiting in and continue to improve our facility.  We are fortunate that so many of our members are willing to help out and be part of a vibrant active organization.  We have seen a general increase in on the water activities and our membership numbers are growing.  We provide a place to have your sailing equipment in a semi ready state and serve those members who take advantage of this facility and what it has to offer.  At the AGM it was the general feeling that our club is not a storage facility for those members who do not use their equipment or take part in the necessary volunteerism that this club depends on.    

Club SeaSpray sailors attended North American event in Osoyoos, BC

posted Sep 20, 2019, 9:59 AM by Web Master

Six club members and their wives attended the Sea Spray North Americans over the weekend of Sept 13, 14 and 15th.  John Cormack acted as race officer with an on the water committee boat and effective mark placement ensuring fair racing.  Although the winds were light on Friday, the next two days were windy enough to complete 9 more races after the one race on Friday.  Newell members place well in this regatta taking first, second, fifth, sixth and seventh in the 11 boat fleet.  The picture below shows our members waiting for wind on Friday.  The Osoyoos Sailing Club treated us well and the food was great.  Saturday's sailing had enough wind to fly a hull on occasion.  

Sept 1 Sunday Brunch Well Attended

posted Sep 2, 2019, 5:59 AM by Web Master

Once again about 25+ people participated in the last special potluck brunch.  Although the weather looked iffy in the morning the sun came out and made this late summer event a lot of fun for those of you who attended.  A lot of tasty breakfast/lunch items were available to try and there were lots of heaped up plates to prove that people were hungry.  
It was a good day to go on the water with breezy east winds blowing.  A fleet of kayaks and about eight SeaSprays were out.  The SeaSprays were able to sail four practice races to help get the fleet ready for some competition in Osoyoos later this month.  There were a number of other club sailboats out as well.  This may have been the largest club fleet out this year.  A lot of people just hung out on the beach as the weather was near perfect.  
For the balance of the season no more "special" potlucks are planned.  Look forward to next year.

Corn Cob Regatta Highlights

posted Aug 25, 2019, 7:58 PM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 30, 2019, 1:37 PM ]


Thanks to Amy Mills for organizing the Corn Cob t-shirts with the various models showing a few of the colours.  Other colours include, orange, red and a few others.  These are not year designated so you may see them again next year.

Morning race session had six participants for a couple of hours of practice starting and a short course race course.  May repeat this in the future.

The afternoon event open to all sailing club member non-powered boat craft happened on an almost windless sunny warm afternoon.  Five markers were placed in various places on the water north of the club.  Each marker had a letter written on it and competitors had to read the five letters to know the word to progress to the on shore crossword puzzle.  Winner of the race back to shore for the kayak fleet was Cindy Meers and Betty Van Pypen was the first of the kayak fleet to solve the crossword puzzle.  Richard Braul was the first of the sailors back to shore and also the first of the sailors to solve the crossword puzzle.  For their accomplishments a jar of Kieren's honey was a much appreciated prize.  In all there were 17 competitors which was easily the largest fleet we have had for this event.  As part of the sailing fleet, the fact the wind was not present for most of the two hours I spent on the water, getting back and then having to solve the crossword puzzle was a formidable challenge.  Even though some of the sailors were helped with a tow for part of the way, it was easily apparent that the craft to be in for this event was a kayak.  Remember, next year sailors, pray for wind.
After the challenge was over there was a lot of socializing and of course the potluck supper along with the corn, beef and refreshments provided by the sailing club.  All in all about 25 people were in attendance.  It was a lot of fun.     

Corn Cob Regatta Day this Saturday August 24th

posted Aug 21, 2019, 2:11 PM by Web Master

      2019 Corn Cob Regatta Day            
                     Saturday August 24 1pm
Sailing Club provides corn and roast beef, you bring your own salads, desserts and refreshments.  Supper to start around 5-6pm
There will be a skipper's meeting at 1:45pm, boating event to start around 2pm.  This is open to all members who sail, kayak or windsurf.  

        Sailboat RaceClinic/Practice
                    open to all sailboats and windsurfers 
          Saturday August 24 10am to 12noon
                Skipper's meeting 9:30am

New lockers are ready

posted Aug 18, 2019, 7:30 PM by Web Master

There is a little bit of landscaping to complete around the base of the new lockers.  They are ready for use now.  Boat racks and a bit of organizing the placement of things will see this project complete.  These lockers are bigger than the first set by two feet longer and at least a foot taller inside.  They will rent for $200 per year.  

Main hall rentals on August 10th and 22nd.

posted Aug 8, 2019, 5:45 PM by Web Master

Please respect our renters and give them room.  If you want to sail on these dates you can work around the users of our main hall facility.  Hopefully they will not block your boat in or park in such a way so that you cannot launch your boats.  If you ask nicely to move a vehicle or two I am sure they will comply.  Thank you.

Mexican Potluck and Storage Locker update.

posted Aug 7, 2019, 9:06 PM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 7, 2019, 9:17 PM ]

Another of our socials is over and with the calm weather there were a lot of people out for the event.  Here are a few pictures showing the spread.  There were some spicy tasty dishes and even the desserts were "hot".  We have one more special potluck on the long weekend in September.  Due to unforeseen circumstances there has been a date change for the "Brunch" potluck.  It has been changed from Aug 17 to Sept 1 11 am.
The additional lockers are under construction and should be finished the end of this week.  It looks like they may all be booked up even before they are finished.  They are much bigger volume wise and are two feet longer and at least a foot taller inside than the first lockers. 

Salads/Dessert Night

posted Jul 24, 2019, 9:19 PM by Web Master

Richard mentioned each "Penguin" took 15 minutes.  Pretty good effort!
Dave became quite attached to his "dessert" penguin, even tried to feed it!

Salads/Desserts night featured some great salads with lots to eat and enjoy.  Desserts were tasty and once again Richard Braul gained more fame with his almost too good to eat "Penguins".  Each piece took 15 minutes and there were three hours worth to eat.  
Well done everyone for their efforts.

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