As we reach the mid point of the 2014 race series, the biggest challenge has been the disappearing wind on race days. One of the races no one finished, one boat did make it a hundred yards from the start line though. One race was shortened to the turning mark, even then some of us never quite made it. Only one race had fresh, challenging breezes, the others were just enough to keep moving breezes.
At the mid point, the current leaders are Jim Stevenson in first, followed by John Owens, Lynn Easley, and Bob Coker. But there is only one point separating each of the top four, so a lot can, and will happen in the second half of the race series.
The final race before the summer break will be on June 21, and the race course will be moved to the southern part of the lake in hopes of better wind conditions as a test.
See everyone on the water!
On January 18th, 17 members plus guests met at Clear Springs Restaurant in Tyler Texas for our annual meeting. After enjoying the the meal, Rick Walker our Commodore called the meeting to order.
Reports by the Treasury, Secretary Officers, and Social Director were given Conditions of current marina facilities on Lake Palestine were discussed, along with future possibilities. Recognition for Monty Shank was given for his support for new marina faculties. Recognition for club members for their support of the club, and trophies for the sailboat race winners. See the Annual Meeting Minutes for January 2014 for all the details..
Officers for the upcoming year were installed. John Springer and Warren Lyon were re-elected as directors. Rick Walker will remain as Commodore, Warren Lyon will assume role as Vice Commodore. John Springer will remain as Treasurer, and Lynn Easley will remain as Secretary for the upcoming year.
After closing remarks, the meeting was adjourned.
LPYC would like to thank everyone who competed in the 2013 series sailboat races. Conditions were sometimes quite challenging, especially when weather fronts like to arrive right in the middle of a race!
Bob Coker took first place in his Islander 28 with 27 points.
Lynn Easley finished in 2nd place with his San Juan 24 with 21 points.
Jim Stevenson and John Owens tied for 3rd place with 19 points.
The 2014 series will start up again this spring, see ya on the water!
Wondering about the construction going on at Lake Palestine Marina? Thanks to negotiations between LPYC, Lake Palestine Marina, and The Upper Neches River Authority, 12 new docks are being built to accommodate deeper draft and or larger boats. Expected completion date is around the first part of June.
The 2013 race series kicks off April 13 at around 2:00 pm. This is a fun informal race series for all types of sail boats. A staggered start time is assigned that is adjusted for each boat and skipper, and updated after each race. The idea is to have everyone finish at about the same time. To check your start time, just visit the current race standings page. If you would like to join us, either contact Jim Stevenson with your information(contact info on the race details page), or drop us a line here on the website and we'll forward the information to Jim.
Hope to see everyone on the water!
2014 LPYC Saturday Fun Race Series
The goal of this series is to provide a fun way to get sailors out on the water to enjoy sailing their boats. Although it is called a race, emphasis is on fun and participation and not on strict racing. As discussed below, boat ratings will be adjusted from race to race to compensate for each individual boat and captain. The goal of the race is to have a staggered start so that each boat crosses the finish line at about the same time.