Fairwind Yacht Club

September 2019 - Editor: Murielle Hamilton - Vol. 47, No. 9



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• The Commodore's Log (293 words, <2 min)
Final Membership Meeting (148 words, <1 min)
Board Elections: Final Slate (155 words, <2 min)
Virtual Tour Of Our New Catamaran (video, 4:53 min)
Racing Techniques:  The Pit Position (82 words, <1 min.; video, 9:07 min)
FYC Takes Honors In WOW/WAH Races (137 words, <1 min)
New ASA 114 Catamaran Training (35 words, <1 min)
Fairwind Election Procedures (503 words, <3 min)
Credits & Useful Links (90 words, < 1 min.)
The Commodore's Log

September Greetings

By Alan MacGovern, FYC Commodore

 

The other day I was down in Marina del Rey and got an opportunity to go aboard, get shown around, and sit on for a while, our luxurious new cruising catamaran, Mariah. I must say I was very impressed. It is really in terrific shape, doesn’t have all those worn and somewhat tired features that some of our boats have due to the heavy use they get and is very very nicely appointed. The crew at MdR are to be commended on the job they are doing bringing her on board. While I’m not a proponent that possession of nice material things is any indication of personal worth, it's hard not to feel that one belongs to some more fortunate societal level when sitting on such a luxurious yacht. And I do feel, that as Fairwind members we are fortunate to have found, and joined, the club we have, with all that it offers at such modest membership costs. It behooves us all to work hard to maintain and improve this great club by volunteering, attending meetings so your voice can be heard, helping with our community outreach projects, taking great care of our boats, and generally being a positive force within our membership.

Fairwind's new catamaran, Mariah
(Photo courtesy of  Art Toye)

Speaking of meetings, please make an extra effort to attend the General Membership Meeting scheduled for September 14 at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club. The meeting starts at 11am and a big item on the agenda is the announcement of the results of the elections of new officers. I think there were also be the opportunity for those who have not yet been shown around Mariah to do so, and it would be great to hear your impressions.

Till then have some great, safe sailing

Alan MacGovern
FYC Commodore

Alan MacGovern was born and raised in Ireland . He began sailing in small boats as a young teenager and sailed competitively with the Dublin University Sailing team. Later, when living in Massachusetts, he took up sailing on a local lake in Sunfish and raced them competitively for many years, including two Sunfish World Championships. He joined Fairwind in 2010.
FYC Final Meeting Of The Year

FYC 2019 Final Membership Meeting

By Alan MacGovern, FYC Commodore

 

Ahoy all Fairwinders,

I want to give you all a preliminary notification of our final Membership Meeting of this fiscal year and this administration. It will be held on September 14th at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, beginning at 11 am. It's a very important meeting as, among other things, it will include the announcement of the results of the on-going elections for the new slate of officers for the 2019/2020 club fiscal year. Since it will be at SMWYC, everyone who has not yet seen her, will have a chance to have a look at Mariah, MdR's luxurious new cruising catamaran. Believe me, whatever you feel about the purchase of such an expensive asset, she is a beauty.

So put the date on your calendars, September 14, 11 am at the SMWYC. More info and a detailed agenda will be sent out later.

Safe sailing,

Alan MacGovern
FYC Commodore

Alan MacGovern was born and raised in Ireland . He began sailing in small boats as a young teenager and sailed competitively with the Dublin University Sailing team. Later, when living in Massachusetts, he took up sailing on a local lake in Sunfish and raced them competitively for many years, including two Sunfish World Championships. He joined Fairwind in 2010.
Fairwind Elections: Final Slate

Final Slate Of Candidates For The Board

By Michael Delaney, FYC Election Committee Chairman

 

The Election Committee is submitting to the membership the Final Slate of Candidates for the upcoming Election for the Fairwind Executive Board.

Club Wide:

Commodore:  Lenox Grasso
Secretary:  Florinda Ramos - Harrison
Treasurer:  Adrienne O'Donnell

Specific by Harbor:

MDR Port Captain:  Lenox Grasso
MDR Fleet Captain:  Art Toye
MDR Rear Commodore:  Stephen Fenster
MDR Membership Secretary:  Bruce Gale
 

CIH Port Captain:  Lynn Erickson
CIH Fleet Captain:  Scott Hickman
CIH Rear Commodore:  Hal Cohen
CIH Membership Secretary:  Michael Mariani

The candidates' statements and photos may be found on the Election Page of the Fairwind website at http://www.fairwind.org/members/election_docs/2018_election/index.html

The election ballots will be sent to the membership on September 7 via Survey Monkey.  The voting will close on September 13 and the results will be announced at the General Membership meeting on Saturday, September 14.  The results will be posted to the website and distributed via club email on Monday, September 15.

Regards,

Michael Delaney
FYC Election Committee Chairman

Note from the Ed.: a previous article about Election Procedures and timeline is requoted at the bottom of this newsletter).
Michael Delaney joined Fairwind CIH in 2007.  He is an ASA Instructor and frequently involved with boat maintenance.  He was on the Board of Directors as Treasurer 2008 – 2013, Commodore 2014 – 2015, Jr. Staff Commodore 2016.  He currently volunteers with Channel Island National Park and is a member of the Naturalist Corp.
A Video Tour Of Mariah

Visit Mariah, Our New Catamaran

by Mark Salkin, FYC Secretary
Video tour of Fairwind's new catamaran, Mariah (Video by Mark Salkin)
Mark Salkin learned to sail as a boy in MDR under the tutelage of his father. He joined Fairwind in 2016.  With ASAs 101, 103, 104, 105 and 114, Mark is Fairwind's Secretary to the Board of Directors.  He is an attorney practicing in West LA since 1983 and a real estate professional. He's been married for 40 years.
Racing Techniques

Doing Pit In Sailing Races

 
In racing, everyone onboard usually has a pre-determined position: you trim the jib or the main, or fly the spinnaker, or do foredeck, for example. Most of these positions are pretty obvious. Then there's the person who does pit, and what exactly is that? Depending on the boat, it can include various things. Here's a video below that gives a pretty accurate idea of what that may be. For even more information, here's an article from Sailing World:
https://www.sailingworld.com/get-your-pit-together/
The Pit
(Footage courtesy of Beneteau 36.7 - North Sails U.)
WOW/WAH Races 2019


Fairwind Shines in WOW/WAH Races

by Murielle Hamilton, FYC Editor
 

The yearly weekend of races known as WOW/WAH took place in Santa Monica Bay August 24th and 25th. WOW must be an all-women skipper and crew; WAH needs only have a woman at the helm.

Fairwind members were well represented in both categories. We competed in 5 races over two days. 

In WOW (Women On the Water - all-women crew), in a new class of Capri 22’s, FYC Member Mary Kullenberg placed 3rd at the helm of SMWYC's Wayne’s World; FYC Editor Murielle Hamilton took 2nd overall with FYC’s Sundance, and FYC Member Susan Anderson took top honors skippering FYC’s Generosity. Photos below. 

In WAH (Woman At the Helm), Hollie Stenson helmed Crimson Star, a Santana 30 from SMWYC. 

Special thanks to all who helped make this a reality. It was exhausting but a great deal of fun!!!
FYC's Susan Anderson (2nd from R), Generosity skipper
(Photo courtesy of  Margie Woods)
FYC's Murielle Hamilton (center), Sundance skipper
(Photo courtesy of  Margie Woods)
FYC's Mary Kullenberg at the helm.
(Photo by Yosh Han)
Training & Classes

More ASA 114 Catamaran Classes Added
 

By Art Toye, FYC Fleet Captain MdRH


We've added one more class next Tuesday on 9/3/19. Call or email me if you want more clarification.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Uvc82eFOl-dbi_R7DAghbrPRIagJK1RdwCN33ajxKVU/edit?usp=sharing

Regards,

Art Toye, FYC Fleet Captain MdRH
310-560-2560
arttoye@gmail.com
 
Art Toye is the FYC Fleet Captain for Marina Del Rey. He previously taught sailing at UCLA.
Fairwind Election Procedures

Election Procedures for  
2019 - 2020 Executive Board
 
By Michael Delaney, Election Committee Chairman

The Fairwind Board of Directors has formed an Election Committee to run the upcoming Fairwind election of the Executive Board for the 2019 – 2020 year. The election process is described below and was presented to the membership at the first meeting of the current fiscal year. The election committee is made up of the following members:

Michael Delaney, CIH, Chairman
Mark Salkin, MDR, FYC Secretary
Abigail Convery, CIH
Bob Hoffman, MDR

In accordance with Article IX of the By-Laws, all voting shall be conducted by an electronic means reasonably calculated to ensure that voting is fair and free from the improper influence of any person or persons; voting shall close at midnight the day before the meeting date.

As in recent years, the Election Committee shall use the SurveyMonkey platform to conduct the voting process. An email will be sent to all of the Regular Club Members in good standing, being those eligible to vote. Ballots will be sent out to NCO's, Small, Medium and Large. They will not be sent to Crew, Boat Owner, Honorary, or Leave of Absence members. The Committee will use a confidential Survey Monkey account, so that the voting can be kept confidential and will not be accessible by future users of our SurveyMonkey program.

In the event that there are more than two nominees for any one position, the member who receives more than 50% of the votes cast, shall be declared the winner. If no nominee receives more than 50% of the votes cast, there shall be a run-off election. If any of the nominees elects to withdraw their name from the run-off election, they may do so but they do not have to. If none of the nominees withdraw, then the run-off will be conducted with all of the same nominees and will be repeated until one nominee receives more than 50% of the votes.

The process shall adhere to the following schedule:
Board appoints Election Committee: By July 29
Election Committee sends out notice of election to the membership requesting
nominations for Board positions: By July 29
Request Candidate Statements and photographs: By July 29
Initial Slate of Candidates presented to the membership: By August 14
Nominations accepted until: August 31
Final Slate of Candidates sent to membership: On or about September 1
Candidate Statements posted to the website: As received
Electronic ballot sent to membership: By September 7
Election closes: Midnight on September 13
Results presented to the membership: September 14
Results posted to the web page: September 16
 
The Election Committee is hereby requesting nominations for all Board positions.  The Board positions and duties can be found on the 2019 Election Page of the website:  http://www.fairwind.org/members/election_docs/2018_election/index.html
The Election Committee has poled the current Board Members and those that are running again are listed on the webpage under Nominations Received.  The Committee has also been looking to find candidates to fill the open positions as well.

If you have any questions or comments, email Michael Delaney at delaneyofto@msn.com
Michael Delaney joined Fairwind CIH in 2007.  He is an ASA Instructor and frequently involved with boat maintenance.  He was on the Board of Directors as Treasurer 2008 – 2013, Commodore 2014 – 2015, Jr. Staff Commodore 2016.  He currently volunteers with Channel Island National Park and is a member of the Naturalist Corp.
Useful Links & Credits

Hello Fairwinders,

Photo credit for the header this month goes to yours truly. It was shot in MdRH.


The Newsletter Submission Guidelines can be found here: http://www.fairwind.org/newsletters/Newsletter%20Submission%20Guidelines2018.pdf

The Cruise schedule is here: https://www.fairwind.org/activities/cruising/index.html

The Useful Contacts List is also on the website:

http://www.fairwind.org/members/documents.html

Updated Boat Chiefs for MdRH are here:  
http://www.fairwind.org/includes/MDR%20BOAT%20CHIEFS%20March%2031%20R1.pdf

If you have any questions or want to discuss an item directly with me, you can email me at fyceditor2019@gmail.com. Thank you!

Murielle Hamilton
FYC Editor
Murielle Hamilton is from the French-speaking part of Switzerland where she graduated in Dead Languages and Poli Sci. She has spent most of her life in music, working for Prince, the Rolling Stones, et al., and in fashion, with her own line sold at Barney's, Nordstrom's, etc.. She joined FYC in 2018, has ASAs 101 and 105 and races frequently.
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