Because of wind chill temperatures in the low 40’s and forecasted rain, Wednesday Racing for May 4th is cancelled.
Always short of bills when you try to pay for your burgers at our post-race BBQ. Don’t worry. You can prepay for the race season at a discounted rate,
You only pay $25 a person for the Spring Race Series or $50 a person for both the Spring and Summer Race Series.
You can prepay here.
Please be aware that the South Ramp is closed until May 1st. If you are planning to launch and retrieve your boat this evening for the race. You will have to do so from the North Ramp. CPW is having staffing issues so they are unable to support the operation of both ramps.
Also be aware that if you are wanting to pull your boat from the storage lot to the North ramp with the mast up, there are at least two trees overhanging the main road as you head in that direction.
If you are launching to go into a slip, accommodations for launching could be made through Chatfield Marina.
Our Skippers’ Meeting for the upcoming race season will be Saturday, April 9th⋅10:00 am to noon at the Seagulls Restaurant at the Chatfield Marina
The meeting will cover the latest news on the racing schedule and the NORs & SIs. Also you will be able to sign up for RC & Burgers, pay racing fees and meet other sailors and crew members. Safety and RC procedures will be reviewed.
The CSYC Board has established the policy that every CSYC racer must have a new PHRF certificate at least every third year. It has been three since all racers were required to submit a new PHRF certificate. Details on the CSYC PHRF Policy and how to apply for PHRF certificate can be found here.
Hello CSYC Members,
Now that the holidays are over and the possibility of some relief from the pandemic, we can begin to look forward to Spring and the start of another sailing season. It is closer than you think! I want to welcome back our members to the 2022 edition of the Colorado Sail & Yacht Club. I would also like to introduce our 2022 Board of Directors, as well as provide a quick summary of our plans for the 2022 sailing season.
Commodore – Dean Lenz – Capri 22 – Tranquility
Vice Commodore – Mark Lindeman – Capri 22 – Icarus
Secretary – Scott Haerbig – Flying Scot – Queen Bee
Treasurer/Membership – Brooke Moreland – Catalina 25 – Autumn Winds
Race Director – Michael Kline – J22 – Naughty Moose
Social Chair – Lauren Klepac – Why-Buy
Webmaster – Larry Morland – Catalina 25 – Rainbow Chaser
Dinghy Chair – Open
Recent Past Commodore – Gary Simon – J22 – Chance
We also have our advisory panel of past Commodores: Robert Kline, Trey Hegstrom, Dan Griggs, & Ken Ross
The primary board members can be reached through the “Contact us” tab on the CSYC website. Feel free to drop us a note on anything you wish to know or comment on about the club!
We’ve been working on our plans for 2022. First on our agenda is the Wine and Cheese party that will be held at the Ken Caryl ranch house on Saturday, March 19th. This is a great time to reconnect with fellow club members and meet a few new sailors as well. Invitations have been sent out with all the details. This event is open to members and non-members so if you have someone who might be interested in sailing, bring them along!
We have our 2022 Skippers meeting on April 9th at the Marina starting at 10:00 am. We will walk through what we have in store for racing this spring and summer along with a quick rundown of any rule changes, a short safety briefing, and a refresher of the operational aspects of the committee boat. We’ve also opened this meeting to non-members with an opportunity for those looking for crew and to get to know potential new members. Our fleets are still strong, with growth in the J22, PHRF, and Flying Scot fleets as well as increased participation of the Why-Buy J22 boats. We are excited to have many new faces. Even if you are a seasoned racer who thinks you’re already up to speed, there’s bound to be something new and you will enjoy reconnecting. So, join us!
This year, as a precursor to the beginning of series racing, we plan to hold a practice race on April 13th. Those who are in the water can take the opportunity to shake off the remains of winter’s wear and tear, tune up your rig, and dust off your crew. This race will not count in the series standings, it’s just for fun.
Our racing season dates are set on our calendar with keelboats starting on April 20th and the dinghy season starting May 24th. So please log on to (www.csyc.org/calendar) for all the 2022 dates. Of course we have not left out the FAGAWI, and Pursuit races.
Finally, you may have heard from previous years about our bi-weekly Monday night Practice: a meet up and beer can race around marks. We are finalizing our plans for this event but it’s safe to say it is just an excuse to get out on the lake with friends and potentially meet up with new sailors to encourage them to buy a boat and join our club.
I hope you are getting excited for the sailing season, and I look forward to seeing everyone on the lake! Don’t forget to log on to csyc.org for club information and interesting articles.
Fair winds and good sailing!
2022 CSYC Commodore
The deadline has passed and park vouchers are no longer available
We will be meeting virtually through ZOOM. Normal board meeting attendees will be sent a ZOOM link via email. If you haven’t received link or want to attend, contact email@example.com for link.
We have a CSYC Mailing List to provide you updates on the latest news posts on our website. Also this mailing list will be used to send out information on upcoming CSYC events including last minute changes.
Continuing a long-running club tradition, CSYC’s annual Fugawe race was held on August 21st. The Fugawe (a portmanteau of “where the f?ck are we”) is a night race starting at sunset and ending at midnight. The boat that sails the farthest around marks 2, 5, and 7 during that four-plus-hour time period, and therefore has the highest handicap-adjusted average speed, wins the race. The Fugawe is preceded by a social raft-up in the south no-wake zone before the race, at which members share appetizers and camaraderie.
In this year’s event, the raft-up was ruined by an afternoon/evening rainstorm. But that didn’t stop Betsy Gutknecht, and Robert and Marsha Kline, from taking the club’s pontoon boat out on the water to watch the race and snap some photos (thanks Betsy!).
Five of the club’s largest keelboats came out to the start line to contest the race: defending three-time champion Grenadine, and challengers Jabulani, Moku, Night Hawk, and ZZZulu. The start went off at 7:47 p.m. between a pair of no-wake zone buoys, to finish at midnight at the marina channel markers. The clouds parted about 90 minutes into the race, revealing a beautiful night with a full moon reflecting on the water. Winds were light this year, generally from the w
est with occasional shifts of 45 to 135 degrees, challenging the racers to select the best strategy for covering the most distance around pairs of marks.
When the race was over and the results were in, Night Hawk upset Grenadine to take victory, sailing 3/4 mile farther in the time period for an average speed of 1.89 knots to Grenadine’s 1.77 knots. Night Hawk won by looping the most far-apart marks 2 and 5 more than Grenadine, which looped more marks in total, but marks that were closer together. Congratulations to Night Hawk, and heartfelt thanks to all boats that came out and competed!
The Fugawe is always a fun event, and the club encourages all boats to participate. Grenadine’s crew makes a weekend of it, by camping in the park, and would love to have other crews join in that fun tradition! Now, as the winner of the 2021 Fugawe, Night Hawk has earned the honor of running the 2022 Fugawe. See you next year!
The Commodore’s Ball on Saturday, Nov. 6th is our biggest social event of the year with great food, drinks, and awards recognition – guaranteed to be a wonderful evening!
Please RSVP by paying online at https://csyc.org/csyc-commodores-ball. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, October 29th. The cost is $50 per person.
The Farmhouse at Raccoon Creek, 7301 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton CO 80123
Cash bar (liquor, wine, draft beer all $6/serving)
Appetizers (Jalapeno poppers and pretzel bites with queso)
Surf and Turf Buffet (Grilled NY strip steak, seared salmon filet, rolls, steamed vegetables, tossed green salad, roasted potatoes, brownies for dessert) (Members are asked to bring their own dessert creations to complement the brownies).
6:00 – 7:00PM Cash bar and appetizers
7:00 – 8:00PM Dinner
8:00 – 8:15PM Commodore’s Remarks, election of 2022 Officers
8:15 – 8:45PM Awards
8:45 – 9:00PM More drinks and close
Please RSVP by paying online at https://csyc.org/csyc-commodores-ball. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, October 29th
You can also RSVP by mailing a check for $50 per person to
24 Mountain Pine Drive
Littleton, CO 80127
You will need to get up early on Friday October 1st and stand in line in front of the marina office. The 2022 slip wait list opens on October 1st. You must come down IN PERSON to get on the wait list. Your position on the wait list is based on your place in the line. You also must have a check for $700 for your deposit. Last year when Jackie arrived at the marina at 8:30 am, there were already over 40 people in line.
CSYC member Cindi Sandlin stood in line for her slip last year. Her experience was : “It’s like camping out for concert tickets in the 70’s. We got there at 6:15 and it was super cold. We were 5th in line and got one of 20 slips. There were about 100 people by the time the registration began. ”
More details can be found at the Chatfield Marina Website: http://www.chatfieldmarina.com/sliprentals.html