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New Years Social

posted Jan 4, 2018, 7:05 AM by Web Master

Despite the cold the annual New Years Day social was another enjoyable event.  Ice skating was cancelled due to the cold and foot or so of snow on the ice.  Cross country skiing/snowshoeing was the thing to do this year.  Barry Heal laid a nice ski trail with his snowmobile and track set.  The day was cold but with no wind and bright sun the conditions were very tolerable and enjoyable.  Later on an executive meeting was held and a nice potluck meal was held.  The meal was a nice contrast to the usual holiday fare.  Highlights of the meeting included passed motions regarding the readying of the tin boat for sale and rebuilding the trailer back to road ready, keeping the membership rates the same for 2018, and finding a solution to making the slippery ramp safe.  

Executive Meeting Nov 22 2017

posted Dec 13, 2017, 8:12 AM by Web Master   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 8:14 AM ]

Highlights include
Motion passed to sign/renew lease for 10 years.

Motion passed to replace the windows in the hall with new windows.

Motion passed to clad all four of the sheds/lockers with metal siding.

Discussions included 

-   investigate the upgrading of the marks or tin boat with either a bigger motor or a complete boat/motor upgrade.  The existing boat works but is 
     underpowered and a bit small for what we need it to do.

-  in light of the possibility of metal siding being dented easily in high traffic areas discussion about the use of 'Hardy board'  or replacement of 
   existing rotten cedar boards and re-staining were topics.  

-  the need to move the existing opening in the fence along the east side of the lot to line up with the park bathrooms and build a gate with a 
   combination lock would facilitate access and not cross any campsites.

-  finishing the women's bathroom floor with tile that has been purchased and is ready for installation. 

Oct 14 2017 Winter Preparation and AGM

posted Oct 15, 2017, 8:29 AM by Web Master   [ updated Oct 15, 2017, 6:44 PM ]

The winter preparations were carried out for the most part.  We had good attendance with many members helping to prepare the club for winter and to tend to their boats by either dropping masts and moving them home or getting them ready for the winter.

AGM highlights included final reports by the treasurer of the club's finances, the rentals report, kayaking report, and windsurfing report.  A few unfinished projects for 2018 include moving the east access gate further to the south and possible upgrade to the tin boat (our marks boat for regattas).  After a lengthy discussion regarding 2018 dues mostly revolving around inactive boats and their owners and the dues for longer cruisers, the motion vote was postponed for the meeting on Jan 1 2018.  Possibly a newsletter to the membership will generate some more responses on this subject.  The club has very low dues when compared to other sailing clubs. The reason for the low dues is to attract more members and not to simply increase the number of boats stored.  The goal is to also encourage more active participation in operations of the club as well as to encourage more sailing, windsurfing and kayaking activities.     

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.

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.  

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