WOW! What a great day on the water!

We started the day off by launching our new Club 420 sailboats for the juniors at Liebs Island.  BLYC members joined in to help escort them as they paraded the new boats down the lake to BLYC.  Upon their arrival, the PHRF fleet launched along with several of our 2018 sailing camp participants in Optis.  All sailed around the front of the Clubhouse where Father Mike blessed the fleet and it was time to race!

Olivia and Katy

We had good wind and the RC set a nice long windward leeward course for the PHRF fleet – the new 420s sailed by Matthew Davis & Bryor Burke and Katy Schroeder & Olivia Smith sailed with PHRF and were handicapped along with them.  The Optis were sent on a smaller triangle course and… well they sailed and had fun.

It was a great day as the girls, sailing C420 #8612 were off the line like a shot and took a commanding early lead which they never lost – finishing a full 6 minutes ahead of Big Girl and 7 minutes ahead of the other C420.  A promising look ahead to our 2019 BLYC Sailing Team!

Last week’s Rabbit Flag winner Chuck Bendig presented the girls with the the coveted award for this week – a great day of adults and youth sailing together and having a great time on our beloved lake.

Sail on Sundays… Sunday, August 26

Submitted by Dave Paligo for No-Name-Yet

This entire summer has been plagued with light to no wind for our SOS series.  This week, we put 3 boats on the line for three races with start #3 being a photo type start with all of us hitting the line almost at the same time.

All in all, we had three good races.  Our starts on “Team No-Name-Yet” weren’t the best, but in each race we improved by staying tighter in the start box and closer to the line. After the starts, we knuckled down to the basics, kept working on those tacks, gybes and weight placement and that was what kept us in the hunt and in the race. I want to give big kudos to our team Bill Collinson, Marsha Bendle and to welcome Chad Schrock who is a new crew member and has never sailed or raced before. We will see everyone next week at the starting line.

Buckeye Lake Juniors get two new Club 420 Sailboats…

Club 420s racing for the Bemis Trophy – US Sailing Junior Doublehanded National Championships – at North Cape Yacht Club, August, 2018


Thanks to the generous donations of many BLYC members and friends, Buckeye Lake Junior Sailing, Inc. was able to purchase two new Club 420 sailboats this summer.  These boats, manufactured by Zim Sailing, were used for the US Sailing Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championships for the Ida Lewis Trophy in Mentor, Ohio in late July and again for the Chubb US Sailing Junior Doublehanded Championships for the Bemis Trophy in LaSalle, Michigan the first week of August.  They have only been raced twice!  As a result of Zim’s loaner program for the Championships, the boats are made available for sale to junior sailing programs at a discounted price.

One of our new boats, Sail Number 8612, at the finish line at the 2018 Chubb US Sailing Junior Championships. Trevor Davis and Rider Odom of Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis won the Championship in this boat.

These boats will significantly improve our junior sailing fleet and provide additional opportunities for our youth sailors too learn, race, and be competitive.  The last time we purchase new boats for the program was in the early 2000’s.  The youth sailors, and everyone around the Club, is excited about the opportunities that these new boats will offer and are looking forward to seeing them on the water.

On Sunday, September 2, we plan to launch the boats for the first time on Buckeye Lake.  The Juniors will launch at Lieb’s Island and parade the boats down the lake to the Club where BLYC Fleet Chaplain Fr. Mike Gribble will offer a fleet blessing for the new boats and for our junior sailors.  All BLYC members, friends, and members of the Buckeye Lake community are invited to join us – along the north shore or at BLYC – to celebrate this growth in our program and welcome the new additions to our fleet.  More Information to Come…

We are still accepting donations for the program and to help fully fund the purchase of these new boats. Please contact Mike Bruckelmeyer for details.

Sail on Sunday – August 5, 2018

Winds: SW, 7-8 knots
Climate: 89°F, 58% humidity with sweaty T-shirts
Course: S-1-2-F (all three races)

No Name Yet #1049

I want to thank the RC for the great job they did, the crowd of spectators that gathered in the RC shack for their support and our team which consisted of Bill Collinson, our first-time racer Ed Romito and myself.  I also want to commend both Alex Fischer and Chuck Bendig who single-handed all three races as they are both tough competitors.  A big congrats to Chuck with his O’Day 26 Big Girl on winning the coveted Rabbit Flag.

FINALLY, after 6 weeks of races being cancelled because of no wind we were able to get back out on the race course.  We had steady SW wind at the start line and our strategy was to hug the line and cross on port tack. We did okay and were about 15 seconds behind the O’Day 26. We held our port tack all the way to the north bank and with a few good lifts we were hoping it was enough to round the windward mark w/o any additional tacks; but the wind shifts and lifts would not cooperate and we ended up asking for Rule 18 rights (3 boat rule) from the Catalina 22 to round the mark. We ended up having to duck her stern at the last moment to avoid contact (I really owe Alex a few barley-pops on that one) and rounded in third position. We made up the distance with good sail trim and rounded the leeward mark for a second position but corrected out to a third place finish. Second race, we were the same strategy for our start but, with a wind shift while in our start sequence, we were forced to start on starboard. We were again a little late, but seemed to make up good position and held this all the way around the course.

Third race we had to take a DNS as our team had prior commitments so we put the boat away while the race was going on.

David for Team No-Name-Yet

Meeting Reminder

Hi everyone,

Just a quick reminder of the upcoming meeting this Thursday for the Fundraising Committee at 7:00pm.

There are many things that we need help with so if you are willing and able, we encourage you to come to the meeting on Thursday evening.  If you cannot attend the meeting, please let us know where you are able to serve Friday and/or Saturday.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Your BLYC Auxiliary Board
Jeff, Susan, Stephanie & Julie