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AGM and Winter prep day Oct 13/2018

posted Oct 14, 2018, 10:55 AM by Web Master

A well attended, despite the weather, work/meeting/potluck day went well.  A lot of work was completed on the berm and beach area that was subject to so much storm flooding over the course of the 2018 season.  With the lake being kept at a full level for a much longer time during the season, this work became necessary.  Although it is experimental work, something had to be done to avert a repeat of this season's flooding in the 2019 season.  We have become a little like Holland and will probably have to add some type of sump pumping system as well.  The other routine maintenance items were mostly completed and the club is ready for the winter season.

An AGM meeting was held, nearly on schedule and lasted less than an hour.  The potluck supper was again outstanding and a lot of happy conversation took place over the course of the evening.  We have a new executive and once the minutes are sent out the website will be updated.

The replacement of the replacement windows are nearly here and with the improvements in the weather over the next week it is planned to have another work day to get the windows in again.  The wrong windows were sent out and inadvertently installed.  The windows we actually paid for were dark coloured brown and had a wider brick molding.  It cost considerably more for the colour and wider molding so the supplier offered to correct the problem.  Perhaps if enough people show up another screen door can be installed as well. 

Three NSC members and their spouses attend Seaspray North Americans in Northern California

posted Sep 18, 2018, 6:50 PM by Web Master   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 6:52 PM ]

Michael and Susan Sonnie, Hamish and Frances Ferguson and Don and Sharon Snell attended the 47th Annual North American Seaspray Championships that was hosted by the Humboldt Yacht Club during the Redwood Regatta on Big Lagoon, Northern California over the long September weekend.   Eleven races total for the Seaspray fleet of seven boats started on Friday with good winds and five races sailed.  Saturday and Sunday each had 3 races in lighter winds and sometimes even fog.  Sailing in the fog was cool in that boats would appear and disappear and your sense of direction to the mark was even more difficult.  Big Lagoon was a camping only venue and luckily for us tenters the rains held off and things were fairly dry except for the heavy dew overnight.  Michael Butler from Fort Bragg, California placed 1st, Don Snell 2nd and Jay Gardner from Napa, California placed third.  Congratulations to all who attended and raced.
Part of the fun of these long distance events is the trip there and back.  Plans to take in other attractions always yields some interesting surprises and Northern California, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho states all have there interesting potential side trips.  Glad everyone had a safe trip and a fun adventurous time.


Beach and Berm work has begun

posted Sep 13, 2018, 6:08 PM by Web Master

Work has started on building a berm or dam to stop water from entering the club grounds.  Since the EID policy is to keep the lake as full as possible, waves and storms has caused flooding on numerous occasions over this season.  The plan is to elevate the ground level enough to stop waves washing onto the club property.  With the fall season nearly here and the prime sailing season behind us there is time to complete a comprehensive landscaping project to ensure no further damage will occur.  Gravel and road crush will help to maintain the roadway and grass seed will be planted once the dirt has been levelled.  Possible groin development will hopefully prevent sand and small gravel from washing down the shore line.  It is still possible to launch your sailboat further South along the shore line.  

Corncob Regatta

posted Aug 25, 2018, 9:06 PM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 26, 2018, 5:49 AM ]

It was busy when I arrived at the club at about 1pm for boat setup.  I was nearly last to get my boat ready.  In all there were eleven sailboats on the water and three kayaks.  Kieran and Amy Mills helped organize how the fun event would take place with there being two places to sail to, to recover ingredients for making a smoothie.  Yum.  In the end it didn't matter how good your choices were because a critical team of judges ruled out some excellent tasting smoothies and gave the nod to the father and daughter team of Thomas and Angelina Goral sailing their Solcat.  It was a change to see that a Kayak competitor didn't again win a sailing regatta.  Tied for second place were the team of Kieran Mills and Pierre Moskaluk and Betty VanPypen and Roger Bouchard.  Fourth place was again a tie with team Mike Sonnie and Don Snell and team Amy Mills and Sandy Moskaluk.  Sixth place went to team Richard Braul and Charles Reichart.  Cheering everyone on was Greg Cedarstrand in his Siren 17 along with his daughter and son in law.  After gathering their smoothie choices it seemed everyone stayed out sailing for another hour or so because the winds were so perfect.  I was testing out a Seaspray and really enjoyed the sailing conditions.  Afterwards a tasty potluck supper finished off the event.  Hot Taber Corn provided as well (it was tasty).  People stayed for a campfire before heading out.  Another great event and a good turnout.

Past members visit.

posted Aug 19, 2018, 8:53 PM by Web Master

It was nice to see past long term members Norm and Fran Moll back for a visit on Sunday Aug 12.  Fran attended a Pottery School in Medicine Hat the following week and her and Norm dropped up and shared a Sunday meal with a group of the club's members.  The following Sunday (August 19th) past long term members Gord and Mary Peterson dropped by for a visit.  Once again the winds were light so the entertainment provided was to see who could skip their rock the most.  Avery Barath suggested the contest and recorded a maximum of eight skips.  Not bad whoever did that.  It's not all about sailing at the club!

Dessert Night a sweet hit!

posted Aug 9, 2018, 8:02 AM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 9, 2018, 8:09 AM ]

Hot August Dessert Night social was a lot of fun.  Some delicious and creative desserts were set out for all to try.  Between 20 to 30 people were out for another enjoyable evening.  Once again the wind co-operated by not blowing at all.  A warm hazy night, smoke provided by BC fires, added to the relaxed atmosphere.  An out of focus crimson sunset finished up the evening.

Salad Night well attended!

posted Jul 25, 2018, 8:47 PM by Web Master

About 30 people were out to NSC social with "Bring a Salad" potluck meal.  Summer doldrums had most people off the water but a great night with healthy eating made up for the lack of water activity during the day.   Richard Braul, not only a great sailor but also tops the list again with an original salad.   Can't wait for the next "Dessert" special coming up real soon. 

Regatta well attended

posted Jul 18, 2018, 9:28 PM by Web Master   [ updated Jul 25, 2018, 8:50 PM ]

A total of 63 sailboats were entered.  Two separate race courses were set, one for optimist dinghies and one for the rest of the fleets.  Winds were strong on Saturday and a total of three races were sailed.  Sunday had moderate winds and a total of 5 races were sailed.  Our largest event for the season had a good complement of club volunteers to help host this event, a part of the Alberta Series of six events.  A lot of before the event club preparation was accomplished with a number of work parties scheduled from the beginning of the season.  Results are posted on the Regattas page.  Thanks goes out to our sponsors of this event including Philpott Honey, Brooks Water Pure and Simple, Sleemans Brewery, Mat O'Toole for the wine, and others.  The club member's swap sale was considered a success with many items being sold or swapped.  The club grounds were also used for tent camping and there was very little space left.  One item that has become apparent is the need to develop our shore line to harden it up to prevent wave action erosion and a way to prevent flooding of the grounds.  It will be an urgent project and needs to be corrected soon.  Other considerations for the shore line project would be to maintain ease of launching and retrieving sailboats.

There were nine Newell Sailing Club members sailing in the regatta, 6 in the Seaspray class and three in the Laser class.     

Richard Braul's Sailboat Edibles from July 4th Appetizer night.

posted Jul 10, 2018, 2:37 PM by Web Master

Swap or sell your sailing equipment during the 2018 Prairie Wind Regatta

posted Jul 8, 2018, 8:23 PM by Web Master   [ updated Jul 8, 2018, 8:24 PM ]

That's right.  Sell a boat, kayak, used but still in good condition sailing equipment.   The club members who want to participate can set up their items on display that they wish to part with.  

More details to follow. 

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