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    April Board Meeting - 6:30

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    Fire Extinguisher Service

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    April General Membership Mtg

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APRIL 2009

COMMODORE'S CORNER

A sad day for me and for history…

As I was leaving for the airport to fly to Newport Beach to compete in this year’s Cabo Race (we were 2nd in class and 4th overall this year), Carole called and told me to get a copy of the days’ Seattle Times as there was an article about towing the Wawona to dry dock to saw her up and throw her away.

I met the Wawona in the summer of 1995 and was asked to put her back together. I have always liked a challenge so I accepted. With little money and a plan, we went to work trying to save this wonderful piece of history.

She was built in 1897 as a lumber schooner and plied the waters of the West Coast delivering lumber from the forests of Washington and Oregon to build California. As she was the first of her kind to be built with a deep, full keel, she was able to sail empty on return voyages. This made her ideal for the fishing trade that she entered into in 1914. She continued fishing until the war, when she was used as a barge to deliver spruce from Alaska to Boeing for war planes.

After the war she was refitted and did a last season in the Bering Sea where she holds the record to this day for most cod caught.

With the age of steam and refrigeration, she fell into disuse and was anchored in Lake Union with others of her type.

Wanona in her glory years Wanona's final days

Save our Ships acquired Wawona in 1960 and the City of Seattle cut her up in 2009.

~Bill White


WHAT'S HAPPENING?

APRIL 15, GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009 ISLANDER
1800 HOURS — NO HOST SOCIAL
1900 HOURS — POTLUCK DINNER AND PROGRAM
“YEAR(S) IN REVIEW”
Recap LIYC’s Events on film With Jim and Shanley Lett

Bring a main dish, side, salad or dessert to share and your own plates and utensils. Coffee will be provided and other beverages can be purchased in the Islander Lounge.

Your hosts for the evening: Duane and Audrey Bordvick
360-468-3152 or duane@shoalbaycompany.com

OPENING DAY!

May 2, 2009

Sign up using the reservation form
BEFORE APRIL 24TH!

Please click here for to PRINT RESERVATION FORM

GET YOUR FIRE EXTINGUISHERS READY FOR CRUISING

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Islander Parking Lot
For details, see article on page 4

REGISTER NOW !

June 12-14, 2009
Gulf Island Cruise
Brentwood Bay Marina

Call Matt at (250) 652-3151 or (250) 544-2079

Website: www.brentwoodbaylodge.com/marina

Brentwood Bay Marina and Resort

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July 17-19, 2009
Commodore’s Cruise
Poets Cove Marina

Call Caroline Johns at (866) 888-2683 or (250) 629-2127
or email her at marina@poetscove.com

(Details in the June newsletter.)


MARCH MARDI GRAS WAS INDEED MASKED MADNESS...

Revelers at the March General Membership Meeting came dressed to party with masks of every color, shape and material. Can you Guess who is who?
Maked marvels Masked members
Foreign masks Elegant Mask Who is this?

Judy Welker's table decorations were stunning!

SPECIAL THANKS TO HOSTS DAVE AND JUDY WELKER

All enjoyed another soon-to-be-world-famous Lopez Island Yacht Club potluck. Glenda Pugerude won the 50/50 raffle drawing. (That's Host Dave Welker at right checking Glenda's winning ticket with a mysterious pink person in the middle).

And then the floor cleared for lots of jokes and stories.

The hosts also arranged for surprise entertainment: Doug Cram on guitar, Rod Duncan on harmonica, Judy Welker, violin, and Duane and Audrey Bordvick leading sea chantey vocals including Barnacle Bill the Sailor.

Masks and mad money
Doug Cram Playing Sea Chanties

GET YOUR DISCOUNT ON BoatUS MEMBERSHIPS

You’re all familiar with BoatUS and the many benefits it offers to recreational boaters nationwide: West Marine discounts, towing packages, insurance, travelers assistance, free magazine subscriptions, product alerts, etc. But did you know that Lopez Island Yacht Club, as an organization, is a member of the BoatUS Co-operating group, which enables all LIYC members to enjoy BoatUS individual memberships for HALF PRICE?

For just $12.50 (half the regular fee) you can take advantage of all BoatUS has to offer (including the new cruise booking page on the BoatUS website>>>). Just remember to enter our LIYC Group Number GA83169Y when you sign up via the Internet, on the application blank, or by telephone.

Application blanks are available at LIYC’s general membership meetings (where you buy your 50/50 raffle tickets) or go online and visit www.boatus.com.

You can also see samples of the free magazines and brochures.


Safety First:

FLARE TESTS ENLIGHTENING

Getting your boat ready for the summer cruising season should include a check on safety equipment, including the visual signaling devices required by the Coast Guard on all recreational boats 16 feet and longer. BoatUS recently* conducted tests on 25 different signaling products grouping them by class: aerials, handheld devices, non-pyrotechnic and smoke.

WHAT THEY FOUND: Handheld flares are the most commonly purchased pyrotechnic devices because of their relative low price and straightforward design. But performance during the day is lacking, often appearing as a navigation light—not a signaling device. The other concern about handhelds is the intense heat of the molten “slag” that drips down as they burn. The hot liquid metal can easily cause serious burn injuries or even boat damage.

Aerial flares offer more variety, but again, performance during the day was not great.

The study found that smoke was by far the best for daytime use.

It’s a different story, however, once the sun goes down. Height, burn time and brightness are 3 things to consider for night use. Also consider how easy they are to use, as at night visibility is diminished and reading instructions may be impossible. Standard protocol states that aerial flares should be used for getting attention initially, and handheld flares for guiding rescuers in.

New laser flares may hold the most promise as potential replacements for traditional flares, but they aren’t there yet.

BoatUS has posted the complete results of their testing, including video clips of the tests themselves, on their website.

Visit www.BoatUS.com/Foundation/Findings.


ANNUAL FIRE EXTINGUISHER
SERVICE SET FOR APRIL 8

On Wednesday, April 8, Bill LaPorte of Sea-Cure Services of San Juan will again travel to Lopez to inspect fire extinguishing units for our yacht club members (and their friends.) Bill will also update your unit’s tags to show they are current to meet Coast Guard regulations.

Bill will be receiving units in the parking lot across from the Islander Resort office from 10:00 to 11:00 am.

Prices for this service are:
Units of 2.5# and under $7.00
2.5# to 5# $9.00
10# and over $10,00

You may bring as many as you like, including those from home.

If you’re dropping them off, be sure to put your name on each unit—not on the old tag.

Bring your check or cash. (No credit cards, please.)

If you have questions about which units can be serviced, you may want to give Bill a call prior to April 8. You can reach him at (360) 378-3135 or email: bill@rockisland.com.


EXPIRED FLARES: ARE OLDIES GOODIES?

All pyrotechnic flares sold today have an expiration date 42 months after manufacture date. This ensures that flares, which are made of chemicals that degrade over time, can be relied upon to work properly throughout the designated lifespan.

So the same BoatUS testing (see article at left) compared expired flares performance with that of current flares.

From diminished output to misfires and complete failure, older flares did NOT perform as reliably as current flares. The one exception was the SOLAS smoke canisters. The 10- to 20-year-old smoke canisters seemed to perform as if they were new.