Hello Chatfield Sailors!
Welcome to Sailing and Racing on Chatfield Reservoir in 2023. This coming year your Board of Directors has a full schedule of events planned for both the off-season and the sailing season! Goodbye Covid!
- Social Stuff
First up is a Chili Cook Off social event. Festivities commence at 5:30pm on Friday the 20th of January for a fun get together. The location has been sent to all CSYC members via email. So dust off your world famous chili recipe and get ready! We’ll all be voting on our favorite Chili recipe and prizes will be awarded.
Please RSVP to: social.director@CSYC.org with the number in your party and what you’ll bring to the potluck. Side dishes and something to put out the mouth fire are also encouraged.
Other social events are planned as well and we’ll notify all via the email blasts from the website. The calendar page on our website also has the dates and details of all the events we have planned for 2023. Just click on the event title to get all the details of that event. So check that out.
- Sailing Stuff
Another fabulous racing season will kick off on Saturday April 15th with the annual Skippers meeting at Seagull’s Restaurant in the Chatfield marina. This year we are planning a practice ‘Rust Remover’ race on the Wednesday following the skippers meeting, April 19th. It’s an un-scored opportunity to get out on the water and practice. The spring series keelboat racing begins on April 26th.
One initiative you’ll be hearing more about this year is a ‘rules refresher’ to help us all be more aware and competent at applying the Racing Rules of Sailing while on the course in the heat of competition. Most Importantly the rules keep us all safe. They also dictate our actions during a race to insure a fair competition. We all agree to abide by these rules whenever we enter a race. So, it is incumbent on us all to have a detailed working knowledge of our rights and responsibilities while racing. To help us all gain that working knowledge, your Board of Directors has developed a training requirement. It’s new this year and will be required of all helmsmen and Skippers in order to participate in racing. This refresher training will consist of watching a few short video presentations online and taking a short quiz. We are ironing out the details and will post the requirements on the CSYC website and send an email blast in the near future.
- Regatta Stuff
Other big news this season is that we are back in the regatta business! Dean Lenz, our 2022 Commodore, is spearheading the planning effort for an ‘Autumn Winds Regatta’ sponsored by CSYC on Chatfield Reservoir the second weekend in October. This event will require a large cast of volunteers. We’ll be calling on all members to pitch in and help pull off a great season ending event
Finally, I want to encourage all our members to go to the CSYC.org website and sign up for the email news blasts. It’s our best tool to get Club info to all our members quickly and efficiently.
Looking Forward to a great season,