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From: Bob Finn, Harbormaster
August 6, 2020

Just prior to Tropical Storm Isiais, which tracked up Lake Champlain, I cruised our harbor observing each boat for risks of damage or mooring failure from sustained extreme wave action and/or high wind. Most were well prepared but a few might take additional precautions.
Taking out random factors such as mooring location, wind direction, hull windage, and weight, this intends to identify measures boat owners can take to mitigate or eliminate risk. Also, as we have replaced 60% of the moorings with new ½” hardware, possibility of mooring failure is greatly reduced.

Factors that are within control of boat owners include:
1. Reduce windage by securing, covering, or, ideally removing, sails, dodger, bimini, awning, wheel covers.
2. Remove anchors from bow where flukes could saw through mooring pennants. A couple of boats have anchors secured to pulpit in ways that prevent contact with pennants, but most anchors on bows remain high risk factors.
3. Make sure pennant lines run fair to two strong points - one can be primary, taking the load, while the other secondary/safety. On sailboats, the mast is the strongest point, but a pennant line to it must be led fair through a bow chock.
4. Cover pennant lines with anti-chafe gear (tape does not qualify) at all possible points of contact (bobstay, anchor roller bracket, toe rail, pulpit, headstay chainplate)
5. Envision what mooring lines will do when bow buries in waves and prepare for the worst
6. If boat has a bow eye, secure a pennant with a clip to it, as the primary holding point. Most powerboats have one bow eye low on the stem. This enables boat to ride over waves rather than be pulled under by pennants secured to foredeck
7. If owners are going to be away, such as to another state, they should leave the boat in shape to ride out a tropical storm or hurricane. It may not be convenient, but it’s better than returning to a boat to find expensive canvas shredded or get a call that their boat has broken loose.

July/August 2020 Binnacle
Now Available

In this issue:
Cruising a Deserted lake
Singlehanded sailing takes off at LCYC
New Members
Around the Club
And much more!

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Since July 1, LCYC, like all the rest of the state, has been required to separate compostable waste (food waste) from other trash. There is a separate marked container for compostable waste outside the area where the dumpsters are located. Please when coming off your boat, separate compostable waste from all other trash and place in this container. Do not put compostable waste in the dumpster or the recycle bins. Thank you for your cooperation.

• The Etchells/Sportboat series will begin July 13th.
• The Doublehanded Race will replace the Ladies Skipper Race on July 25th.
• The Ladies Cup will be held August 1st with no onshore activities. Please refer to updated SIs coming soon. No skippers’ meeting, awards or post-racing event.
• Additional weekend racing is still being considered. Stay tuned.

Remember to wear masks on club grounds, docks, and launches, sign in at stewards’ office and do not linger on docks. Also please limit crews to family households and trusted friends groups.

Section 10.2 has been updated to reflect that the RC "may" display a placard designating the windward mark. Most likely to be displayed when a drop mark is used or when the windward mark isn't totally obvious.



LCYC is a member-run yacht club located in a sheltered cove on the southwest shore of Shelburne Bay in Shelburne, Vermont, USA. We offer moorings, activities, and community for our members, most of whom own a sailboat or powerboat. The object of the Club is to promote and encourage boating and sailing on Lake Champlain, while emphasizing racing, cruising, and education, without financial gain. Click here if you are interested in joining LCYC!

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Lake Champlain offers some of the best freshwater cruising in North America. The beautiful scenery and charming lakeside destinations make it a great place to explore. LCYC organizes several rendezvous events. Spontaneous cruising events also materialize throughout the season. We have a number of scheduled events planned for the summer season. Cruisers are out and about just about every weekday and weekend throughout the summer.

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Lake Champlain Yacht Club has an active junior sailing program, open to all children ages 8-17. We use Optimist prams and Flying Junior dinghies for instruction and racing. Full and half-day sessions are offered for all ability levels over an eight week period each summer. All of our Instructors are US Sailing certified and have extensive experience. We also typically have two race weeks during the summer, the Lake Champlain Champ Chase Regatta and we travel to Lake George for the Cheeseburger Regatta!

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