A Hail from the Rail

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–Ann Jones

HEARTY THANKS TO STEVE LAVENDER, our outgoing Thistle Fleet Captain for his many fine years of service. Steve is HSC Vice Commodore, and he will now be in charge of helping the Club become greener and more energy efficient.
AND A HEARTY WELCOME TO MIKE McBRIDE, our new Thistle Fleet Captain.  Mike is a well-known past President of the Thistle Class Association, and he ran the second part of our Fleet meeting like a true pro. Mike and Kim (Pasley) McBride threw an excellent Winter Bash Party, and we really enjoyed their hospitality!
The Election of Officers. In addition to our new Fleet Captain Mike McBride, Steve Lavender is still our Racing Representative, Kyle Assad graciously consented to remain Treasurer, Bill Miller equally graciously agreed to retain his job of Scorer, and yours truly volunteered to be Leadline correspondent again.  Actually, they plied all of us with beer and we were kinda easy!
Payment of dues. Our dues remained the same as last year, although some individuals contributed more to the Thistle Class Association than the required amounts–probably the effects of the beer again!  If you haven’t paid your dues yet, please contact Kyle Assad.
Sign-up for Race Committee duties.  While still under the influence of the aforementioned beer, we volunteered for our required duties.  If you have did not have an opportunity to choose race committee dates yet, you can do that through Steve Lavender.
Tom Hubbell extolled the pleasures of racing in our upcoming Nationals at Sandpoint, Idaho this summer.
Several new regatta dates were announced.
Also, the much-anticipated 2018 racing results were finally announced:  In the Wednesday series (counting 10 of 19 races), our winners were: 1.Team Lavender; 2 Team Clyde; 3. Assad/Nye; 4. Team Miller, and 5. Team Ward.  Sunday winners included (counting 15 of 47 races): 1. Team Lavender; 2. Team Miller; 3. Team Clyde; 4. Team McBride; 5. Team Assad/Nye; 6. Team Church; 7. Team McNitt; 8. Team Ward; 9. Team Hoar; 10. Team Fisher; 11. Team Andrew; 12. Team Hubbell, and 13. Team Tshantz.  Gorgeous pottery trophies handcrafted by our very own talented Rachel Lavender were presented to the winners.
And then we all adjourned for, you guessed it, more beer!
MIDWINTERS WEST RESULTS:  That regatta was sailed on January 23-26 at Mission Bay, San Diego, an absolutely gorgeous location.  There were 14 boats in the Championship Fleet and 12 boats in the President Fleet. Winners were: 1. Gillum; 2. Pignolet, and 3. Vaughn.  The Larry Klein Memorial portion of the regatta was won by Team Gillum, with Team Klein finishing second.
MIDWINTERS EAST is scheduled for February 24-March 1, and the entire regatta will be raced at St. Petersburg Yacht Club, unlike the split regattas we experienced in recent years.  On March 24-26 (Sunday-Tuesday), Coach TCA, will hold an intense training event, led by Past TCA National Champ and current Olympic coach Mike Ingham and our very own Past US Sailing President and Past TCA President Tom Hubbell.  Racing is scheduled to continue through Friday.
Mid-winters Dreamin’
(To the tune of California Dreamin by the Mamas & the Papas)
All the snow is gone (all the snow is gone)
And the sky is grey (and the sky is grey)
I wish I could sail (I wish I could sail)
On a winter’s day (on a winter’s day)
I know that I could (I know that I could)
Out on Tampa Bay (Out on Tampa Bay.)
Mid-Winters dreamin’ (Mid-Winters dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day
Checked out St Pete’s Weather
At least three times today
Well, I just had to go and see (just had to go and see)
Conditions on the bay (on the bay)
I’m stuck here in Ohio (Stuck here in Ohio)
Where there’s no sailin’ today (no sailin’ today)
Mid-Winters dreamin’ (Mid-winters dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day
All the snow is gone (all the snow is gone)
And the sky is grey (and the sky is grey)
I wish I could race (I wish I could race)
Out on Tampa Bay (Out on Tampa bay)
If only I could have gone (if only I could have gone)
To see Matt lead the way (I’d see Matt lead the way)
Mid-Winters dreamin’ (Mid-Winters dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day (Mid-Wintes dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day (Mid-Winters dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day
DAYDREAMING OF SAILING? On page 5 of the February/March “Bagpipe”, our very own TCA First VP, Tom Hubbell, reminisces about the joyous times he personally experienced while traveling to past regatta. He mentions, “Enjoying a week of vacation with 300 of our close friends”, which has also been my personal experience at lots of Thistle Nationals.  On pp. 6-7 of that magazine is a description of the enticing on-shore activities we can experience at Sandpoint, Idaho, the site of our 2019 Nationals. Dave Perry’s Racing Rules Quiz is on pp. 24-25,  And last, but certainly not least, on page 27 is the announcement that our TCA Contribution Fund has actually exceeded the goal of $15,000, because an anonymous donor contributed $15,000 to bring the total to a staggering $21,776!  That money goes toward Growth and Promotion (which helps sponsor juniors at chevron events), and the Sustaining and Contributing Memberships (in addition to our regular dues)  fund the regular expenses or the Thistle Class Association.
WANT TO FIND OUT WHERE TO BUY A USED THISTLE?   Contact Steve Lavender, he knows of some for sail (sale).
February 24-March 1
Mid-Winters East
St. Petersburg Yacht Club, FL
March 16
Annual Pi Party, St Patrick’s Day, Soupin’ Up The Fleets, Rites of Spring and General Bacchanal Event
We always invite the Leatherlips Thistle Fleet to join us. The site has not been decided, so stay tuned for time and location.
March 31
HSC Docks-In starts at 8 am.
That’s a mandatory work day—all hands on deck!  Please don’t move any boats into the lower (West) drysail until the end of the day, it will be appreciated if you bring a breakfast snack or a dessert co complement our main lunch.  Also, we hope that you will wear a PFD and bring a change of clothes if you plan to work on or near the water because we don’t want to lose you.
April 13-14
8-Ball Regatta
Geist Reservoir, Indianapolis, IN
April 7
HSC Sunday Racing begins
Thistles have the second start again.
May 4-5
MC Regatta
Thistle Fleet has Race Committee duty both days
May 11
Wet your Thistle Regatta
Hoover Sailing Club–Make sure your boat is ready to go, and we can use your help around the Club!
June 15-16
Lake Erie Districts
Sandusky Sailing Club, Sandusky, OH
June 15-16
Berlin Regatta
North Benton, OH
June 29-30
Great Lakes Championship
Cleveland Yachting Club, Rocky River,OH
July 21-26
Thistle Nationals
Sand Point, Idaho  (This location is rated as one of the most beautiful sites in the country, with temps in the 70’s and little chance of rain. Check out the web site for more info—looks like a perfect vacation spot.)
More information on regatta dates and about the Thistle Class can be found here.

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