SLOG – BLYC Sailing Log

New Buckeye Lake Sailing e-mail List…

In an effort to better communicate with sailors at Buckeye Lake this summer, in addition to this “SLOG,” BLYC will be hosting an e-mail news list through which we will communicate information on plans for the season, upcoming events, race results, etc.  Please use the form below to sign up to receive the latest news on sailing at Buckeye Lake…

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SLOG – What is US Sailing?

US Sailing is the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing in the US.  That said, what is it really that they do?  Membership in US Sailing has a lot of benefits – both directly and indirectly – for all sailors whether they race or not.  As our NGB, they are involved in helping to write the rules that govern racing, but US Sailing also offers a number of opportunities in a variety of areas that support sailors – Instructor Training, Keelboat Training, Race Management, Boat Ratings, and much, much more.

BLYC is an organizational member of US Sailing and this allows us to not only host US Sailing sanctioned events at the Club, but also makes us eligible for liability coverage in regards to sailing instruction, dockage, and running races.  This type of insurance is not easily affordable through via other avenues.

Individual membership also offers some great benefits to sailors:

A US Sailing membership provides you

  • Access to world class educational materials
  • Competitive services and resources to propel you on the race course
  • Access to educational courses and smears that will expand your abilities
  • Great discounts at our store and savings through our partners
  • Certification and insurance opportunities
  • Opportunities to connect and grow the sport of sailing in your area

A US Sailing membership provides the sport

  • Certified Instructors are the backbone of ‘Learn to Sail’ programs for youth and adults.
  • Certified Coaches take these sailors to the next level.
  • Ratings Services level the playing field.
  • Certified Race Officers are ready to make the right call at your signature regattas.
  • Certified Judges and Umpires enforce the rules and provide credibility to your racing events.
  • National Championships test your skills against the best.
  • Resources help clubs enhance their programs.
  • Newcomers introduced to the benefits of sailing.

If you want to learn more, visit the membership pages on the US Sailing website HERE.

BLYC to host I-LYA Travelers Series Kick-off Regatta

After several years off the water, Buckeye Lake is back!  BLYC has been selected to host the first I-LYA Junior Travelers Series Regatta of the 2019 season – Saturday, June 1 2019!  This is a great opportunity for us to show off our Club and lake as this regatta will attract dozens of youth sailors from all over the Lake Erie region – Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, & Indiana.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Plans are very preliminary at this time, but it’ll take a strong group of volunteers from the Club to host this event.  If you are interested in joining in on the fun, please contact Mike Bruckelmeyer.

e-USSailing Newsletter – November 2018

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  • Cory Sertl Elected 25th President of US Sailing’s Board of Directors
  • US Sailing Accepting Nominations for 2018 Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year
  • US Sailing Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center
  • NSPS 2019 – Keynote Presenters Announced; Schedule Posted
  • US Sailing Education Zone Returns to Extreme Sailing Series San Diego
  • Corpus Christi Yacht Club Earns World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award
  • Donate to the 2018 Annual Fund
  • US Sailing Member Benefits

SLOG – Become a Certified Race Officer!

by Steve Harris

So… you want to get more involved in sailing life at BLYC, but you don’t know how to (or don’t want to) sail and race?  We have the opportunity for you!  Get involved on the Race Committee.  This off-season, we will be providing two opportunities for you to learn more and to get involved.  Race Committee work can, at times, be a bit hectic (even stressful) but at BLYC, our races are designed to be fun and casual and our Race Committee is very much the same way.  Consider joining us…

Race Committee 101

This 2 hour introduction to Race Committee work was developed by US Sailing over the past few years to give RC volunteers an introduction to what we do and why we do it.  It’s not a comprehensive training course, but rather intended to help you become more comfortable with what we do and why we do it.  We have scheduled this for Sunday, March 3rd.  If you’re interested in getting involved – even if you’ve volunteered some in the past – this short introduction will help you to become more involved and join in the FUN!  Steve Harris will be our instructor

One-Day Race Management Seminar

This is the US Sailing training course for Club-level certification.  For those who want to learn more, dig in deeper, and perhaps eventually earn US Sailing certification, this one-day (~8 hour) course delves deeper into the “whys” in addition to the “hows” of Race Committee work.  This course is planned for Saturday, February 9.  US Sailing tries each year to have several of these courses in our area (Area E – essentially Lakes Erie & Ontario and inland waters surrounding and to the south).  We attempt to hold one that is taught in and focuses more on inland lakes and the unique challenges they represent.  This year, BLYC and Hoover Sailing Club will co-host this course at BLYC.  Our instructors will be Steve Harris and Jamie Jones.

Jamie is a US Sailing Regional Race Officer and Past Commodore of Hoover Sailing Club with extensive racing and race committee experience.  He has been a course PRO at the I-LYA Junior Championships (Junior Bay Week) for several years now in addition to many other high-level events.  This past year, he was a course PRO for Chubb US Junior Championships and the PRO for the US Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championships for the Ida Lewis Trophy.

Steve is a Past Commodore of both BLYC and I-LYA.  He has been a PRO for Junior Bay every year since 2007 and has been the overall PRO the past 4 years.  In addition to many other high-level events, this past season he was again the PRO for the Mills Trophy Race, course PRO for Cleveland Race Week, course PRO for the Chubb US Junior Championships, and PRO for the US Team Racing Championship for the Hinman Trophy.  Steve is also a member of the US Sailing Race Officer Training & Certification Subcommittee and is the Area E administrative Race Officer.

CLICK HERE to learn more about US Sailing Race Officer Certification

CLICK HERE to visit the US Seminar Calendar page where you will find a link to registration.