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Corn Cob Regatta

posted Sep 2, 2017, 8:45 PM by Web Master

Aug 26th starting around 1pm three teams of  sailboats, kayaks and windsurfers were chosen for an around bird island race.  The event was organized and capably run by MIss Amy Mills who did an admiral job of setting up the day.  I didn't count the number of participants but there must have been 15 or 16 in the fleet.  The prizes for the winning team were jars of honey supplied by Kieran Mills and luckily I was on a winning team.  After the race which was fairly long to complete due to the light wind conditions and seemingly lazy kayak paddlers a delicious potluck supper complemented by roasted Taber Corn was enjoyed by all.  

It has been a hot and dry summer with on average lighter winds.  It was nice to see such a good number of club members out to participate in this event.  It would be fun to have a couple of these events in the season rather than just this one.  Perhaps we can do something about that for next year.

Kayak demo day set for Wed. Aug 9th 10am to 4 pm

posted Aug 5, 2017, 9:39 AM by Web Master

Unfortunately we had to postpone the paddling demo yesterday due to high winds and big waves coming from the north onto the beach by the club. We'd like to re-schedule for August 9th Wednesday 11AM to 4PM. This shouldn't interfere with our regular Wednesday evening sailing. 
Bette and I will be fairly busy this week with family, and we were hoping somebody would volunteer to be at the club between 10:30 and 11:00AM that day to open the gate for the High Level crew and their gear. As well to collect the rental fee and to lock the gate at around 4:00PM when they are finished. They won't need anybody from the club to be around during the day but all club members are welcome to check out the equipment.
Thank you.
Larry

Kayak Demo Day Aug 4th-Cancelled due to weather look for new date soon!

posted Jul 27, 2017, 9:13 PM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 4, 2017, 4:15 PM ]

On Friday August 04 from 10 AM to 4 PM High Level Canoe and Kayak will host a free demo at the club. They will be bringing a variety of different kayaks, paddleboards and canoes for anyone to try. Included there will be a peddle drive fishing kayak and a motorized fishing kayak.
Come on out to see what is available, try out any that interest you. 

Two Windsurf Clinics July 19 6:30 pm and July 22 1 pm.

posted Jul 11, 2017, 9:05 PM by Web Master   [ updated Jul 11, 2017, 9:21 PM ]

Now that our regatta is over we set a couple of windsurf clinic dates set for July.  They are Wednesday July 19th start 6:30pm till 9:00pm and Saturday July 22 start at 1 pm to 4:30 pm.  We hope you can make it. 
Once again if you are not a member but bring your own equipment to use there is no charge to come sail with us.  If you are not a member and do not have your own equipment there is a $25 donation required to offset the cost of the club’s equipment.
Wearing water shoes or old sneakers is recommended.  We do have some lifejackets which you will be required to wear.  If you have your own lifejacket or wetsuit please bring it along.  We do not provide wetsuits.

30th Prairie Wind Regatta

posted Jul 11, 2017, 2:12 PM by Web Master

Our 30th annual Prairie Wind Regatta was hi-lighted with entertainment from Medicine Hat.  A very accomplished guitarist, Rob Hudec along with a bass player entertained a large group of people until a little past 11pm Saturday night.  The regatta started on Friday July 7th with the Seaspray catamarans competing for the Canadian National title.  Winds were a bit light but 4 races were completed.  Saturday July 8th was a better wind day and 4 longer races were sailed by all of the fleet, about 55 boats in total.  Sunday July 9th was a light wind day and two more races were completed.  The fleets consisted of Seaspray Catamarans, Lasers, Laser radials, Fireballs, X-class Catamarans, San Juan 21's, Optimist Dingies, and others.
  
The food group outdid themselves again and nobody went away hungry or unsatisfied.  Around 100+ people were fed at meal times.  The weather was unusually hot (mid 30's) and almost intolerable, that is, until you doused yourself in the lake.  It goes without saying that our volunteers deserve to be honored and thanked for all of their efforts whether they participated fully or partially helping in any way.  This is our club's biggest annual project and it takes a lot of people's help.





Upcoming regatta help needed

posted Jul 1, 2017, 7:58 PM by Web Master

Regatta July 7,8 and 9:

As for the Regatta which is coming up quickly, we have compiled a list of chores that need people to take on.
Volunteers to be the Opti Race officer(s).

Volunteers to run the races; marksboats, score keepers, shore crew.

The beef has been ordered. 

Kitchen volunteers please check with Sharon Snell for Friday and/or Janet Cormack for Saturday and Sunday. Muffin bakers also needed.

Plate and cutlery count. Bette will do this job.

Checking for supper tickets or wrist bands. Bette again.

Order from Water Pure and Simple, ask for delivery. Larry will do this job.

Sort out the Race Flags.

Check to see if we have enough/any race registration sheets and score sheets.

Trimming and mowing as needed.

Check our power boats for oil/fuel/battery levels and general seaworthiness.

There is possibly a leak in the transom of the "Tinny", find and repair.

If someone has the time look at the floor in the Ladies washroom. I believe there is flooring available in the lawnmower shed.

Pickup the BBQ from Harvey's Plumbing in time for the Saturday supper.

And last but not least, Amy Mills is still looking for donations for the "Silent Auction". Proceeds are for the Junior Sailing Program/equipment.

If you would take on any of these jobs please reply to this e-mail (NSC Newsletter) 
Thank you

Seaspray Catamaran Day

posted Jun 27, 2017, 6:48 AM by Web Master   [ updated Jul 3, 2017, 8:37 PM ]

You are invited to come and sail with us at Newell Sailing Club.  Meet other Seaspray sailors in your area.  If you have questions or issues with your boat perhaps we can help.  This is a chance for you to get your boat ready for the upcoming regatta if you are planning on attending.  There will be a launching dolly available to launch your boat.  This is a great small catamaran and a lot of fun to sail so come out and enjoy the day. 

Long Weekend Monday July 3rd. 2017 We had five Seasprays out to this Seaspray day and general sailing day.  Others included were a Nacra 17, Nacra 18Sq meter, a couple of windsurfers, kayaks, etc.  Hot Hot Hot but with a nice breeze that held all day long.  Checked out each others boat and some people made adjustments etc. that helped.  

Kayak and SUP learning day well attended

posted Jun 23, 2017, 8:40 PM by Web Master

There were 33 participants in the Kayak Level 1 and 2 classes and Stand Up Paddle board class.  Winds were up a bit later in the day but posed no problems for the on the water event.  This event day has been hosted for a few years now and is always well attended.  It is encouraging to see so many take part and hopefully we will see more kayaker and SUP's on the water in the future.

Building Maintenance Project 2017

posted Jun 9, 2017, 2:34 PM by Web Master   [ updated Jun 29, 2017, 9:07 PM ]

Thursday June 8th had 5 volunteers showing up.  We managed to clean up around 2 of the sheds as well as almost completing cleaning up around a 3rd shed.  The boat racks were relocated to a spot where maintenance will be less of a problem.  The goal is to make it easy to cut the grass around all the sheds and make them ready for metal sheathing.  Hopefully one more good turnout will have the job done.

Another work night is scheduled for next Thursday June 15th.  When the sheds are completed the dock enhancement is next on the list.  Re-attaching the dock will finish the dock and hopefully we will have this done before the regatta.  It shouldn't be a lot of work but will require four or five people.

June 15th evening saw 4 people help finish the clearing of the area around all the sheds.  Some trash needs to be removed and scrap wood sorted and burned.  All of the buildings are essentially ready for metal siding.

June 22 had a few people out to help spread the wood chips provided by the park as a result of the wind damage that occurred on the evening of June 8th when a storm front moved through the area.  The wood chips make it easier to walk on the ground as the areas where the wood chips are spread are prone to being muddy when wet.  They also help to retain moisture so that grass may eventually grow.  The garbage/refuse pile was taken away as well.  About a third of the wood chip pile was spread.

June 29 had about 7 people show up to help finish this project.  The club grounds look very neat and tidy, grass all cut.  Junk removed, Sidwalk blocks placed.  Tires arranged North of the rental sheds.  Thanks to all the people who helped to clean up the clubs grounds.

Kayak and windsurf clinics

posted Jun 1, 2017, 6:00 AM by Web Master   [ updated Jun 26, 2017, 5:58 AM ]

A multi skill level kayak and SUP clinic will be held on Sunday June 18th starting at 9am.  All equipment will be provided by Lethbridge Kayak company as well as instructors.  There will be a fee depending on which level you participate in.  Contact Larry or Betty VanPypen for information and a spot on the list.  403  378  4211  There is a fee for this clinic.

The sailing club will be putting on two clinics in June on June 11 and 25th starting at 1 pm and running to 4:30pm.  These clinics are aimed at the novice/beginner windsurfer.  New forgiving equipment is used and is easy to learn on, not like the old days.  Aimed at the adult and youth to help get you started.  Small fee for non sailing club members.   Contact Don Snell 403  362  7196 for info. 

Update on Jun 11 Clinic.  This clinic was fairly well attended with 4 people getting some time on the water.  The wind was strong out of the West to start but moderated thru the afternoon.  

Update on June 25 Clinic.  Four people attended with one new.  Conditions were good for learning and lots of water time for those who came out. 

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