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2021 HSC Board of Governors

On November 1, 2020, the following were elected to serve as the 2021 Hoover Sailing Club Board of Governors.

Officers2021 Board
CommodoreCharlie Vasulka
Vice CommodoreChad Headlee
Rear CommodoreDave Smith
Membership SecretaryLisa Aspery
SecretarySarah Lynn
TreasurerMark White
Fleet CaptainAppointed by Commodore
Past CommodoreSteve Lavender
Committee Chairs
HouseChad Headlee
GroundsTed Thomas
DocksPeter Rothman & Dave Stetson (assist)
JRTNate Ireland
Leadline EditorLisa Kreischer
PublicityDave Smith
RacingAppointed by Commodore
SafetyChris Fogle
Sail InstructionJamie Jones
SocialJoyce Lohner
Planning & ProjectsJay Huling
Planning & ProjectsMatt Fisher

Commodore’s Comments

The docks are out, the season is done,
Unless you’re frostbiting, where the season has just begun.
It was an interesting year to say the least,
As we continued to sail despite the Covid beast.
A beast, may or may not be how you think of it,
But no matter what you call it, we are all tired of this *hit.
It has chewed up our lives in so many ways,
And taken so many from us, before the end of their days.

Helping us through, were the days that we sailed,
Given so many other parts of our lives were curtailed.
Engaging in some races helped us step away from the news,
And for a few hours, escape the Covid blues.
At the end of each day as we came ashore,
Many of us were thinking we should do this some more.
Sailing also gave us a chance to catch up with our friends,
It’s too bad the season has come to an end.
And while the season may be done,
At least we can clearly see that 2020 did include some fun.
Special thanks go to the board members and as well as everyone,
Who did what was needed to help the club run.
Let us hope that next year Covid will be a thing of the past,
And life will return to normal, at last.

2020 HSC Fleet Racing Season Wrapup

Hoover’s 2020 racing season was a great success despite the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Governor lifted the ban on events like softball, baseball, and sporting events, like sailing, so we were off to the races.  We lost 10 weeks of sailing because of the Pandemic in April and May. There were a few boats racing on Memorial Day and on the 7th of June but HSC started our racing schedule officially on Sunday, June 14.  Eleven Wednesdays and 20 Sundays for a total of 93 races.

Club Racing

While the crowd on the patio after racing was pretty sparse the participation on the water on Sundays and Wednesdays was strong.  We were able to conduct racing from Mid-June through October. We had 3 Pursuit Races with boats numbering between 25 and 30 each time. With no throw out this year it took every race to determine the Club Champion, Steve Lavender.

The fleet that has the best sores in all the pursuit races determines the Fleet Champions.  The award for 2020 went to the MC Scows. The MCs came out in force this year. Like always.

Pursuit Race StandingsRace 1 Race 2Race 3Total
Steve Lavender/Thistle2237
Matt Fisher/MC Scow1179
Mark White/Interlake46212

Tim Bachman redesigned and built a new Pursuit Race Trophy. Thanks, Tim.

Regattas

The typical 2-day regatta was replaced by a Saturday-only format and Hoover hosted six regattas all-together:  Interlakes 1, Thistles 3, and MC Scows 2.  All very well attended.  No dinners at the clubhouse and parking lot award presentations, but it seemed to be a big hit.

Frostbite Racing AKA S.A.i.L. Therapy

Sail-Aholics in Lasers therapy sessions, otherwise known as Frostbiting, will continue through the cold months as long as there’s no ice in the way and the day’s weather meets this formula: Temp/Wind speed >= 3.5.  On Black Friday 20 Laser sailors showed up to race!  Commodore and S.A.i.L. Counselor Steve Lavender organizes races on the weekends for all those who just need/want to sail.  If you’re not on his email list and want to participate, contact him at lavender.1@osu.edu.  Even if you don’t sail a laser and you may join the list, you’ll be entertained by your counselor’s weekly report and song lyrics and photos. 

Of course, this isn’t a frostbiting laser race, but the double rainbow is a good sign! Don’t you think?

Labor Day Racing Photos-Winds 18 mph Gusts to 26

Scot Spot

The 2020 sailing season is over and I am hopeful it is NOT repeated. I hope you got out sailing on your Scot this past season. It was one of the safest activities you could do with the breeze blowing past and the Sect in particular allowing for social distancing between skipper and crew. If you piled the family pod on and went for a cruise, even better. 

Speaking of cruising, I am participating in a special committee that FSSA President, Bil Dunham, has organized to discuss cruising activities for Scots. It is not news that many of our FSSA members, incluing Fleet 37, are not racers. When Sandy Douglas designed the Flying Scot he wanted a family boat suitable for both day sailing and racing, and he succeeded brilliantly. It is a “cruising” boat.

A Flying Scot cruise is not crammed with 2000 passengers and an all-night buffet! (Sorry about the buffet part.)   It can be an hour, a day or a week. There is a tradition of cruising in the Scot.  Some of you may have participated, or at least considered participating in the Fleet 37 excursions to Lake Erie where we spend generally 2 nights at a pleasant hostel and the days sailing on the Lake, sometimes to Put -in -Bay, sometimes to Kelly’s Island and one memorable trip to Middle Bass Island. In recent years the overnight part has been at a rented house at Lakeside Chautauqua during September, spending the days on the Lake and the evenings going to a local restaurant or making a feast at the house followed by long walks and board game. No shortage of “spirits” for those who choose to imbibe.  We have also taken camping trips to Kelly’s Island, ferrying a boat across and using it to day sail off the campground.

There are some memorable long term cruising experiences memorialized in old editions of Scots on Water. Graham Hall, a FS legend, famously led a group of 9 Scots on a 5-day trip on the St Lawrence River that started in Canada in 1987. He later led a similar trip to the Thousand Islands in 2004, chronicaled in Scots on Water by the Albani family.

While these kinds of trips are great fun, they do require some considerable time and preparation even to go to Lake Erie for a day or two. Racers who follow regattas are not intimidated by the thought of dropping the mast and preparing the boat and trailer for a road.  Others might be but that is the beauty of a fleet and a group event, plenty of help and advice. The hassle is worth it! I do not regret any of those trips to Lake Erie, even the ones where the weather failed to cooperate and we were “forced” to take in the local sights.

My participation on the FSSA committee has provided me with some ideas for cruising events on Hoover. We want to see many Scots in a gaggle sailing and having fun. One such idea is an on the water treasure hunt requiring participants to tag certain locations or features by photo as they cruise by with bonus points for wildlife sightings.  Other thoughts include a day on the lake with a coach on the water helping people with sail trim and other tips to make us all better sailors. Any of these opitons end with a party on shore.

So let me know your thoughts about these ideas and others. I will ask the Social Chair and the Race Committee to reserve at least two dates next season for FS cruising activities.  We can certainly invite other fleet to join. The point is to get dates on your calendars early!

Email me at msweterlitsch@columbus.rr.com with your thoughts and ideas for events.

Finally, we have a new tool for mast raising and lowering. We invested in a MasterHelper that makes it possible for pretty much anyone to raise or lower a mast.  It is available to anyone to use but it does require simple installation of 2 nylon loops secured under the stemband on each side of the bow 253/3 inch forward of the side stays. I have some extra loops and am happy to order more. They are unobtrusive and do not interfere with anything on the boat. If your boat has eye straps located about 2 feet forward of the side stays you will not need the nylon loops.  You also need a mast ring but that is standard on FS masts. Stephanie Bahr and I will be demonstrating the device in the Spring to raise our mast. Hopefully, we can schedule a FS mast raising event in late April or early May.

http://www.flyingscotracing.com/Flying_Scot_products/masterhelper.htm

Here is a video of a similar device in use.  Our device has slightly different instructions but works the same way. Excuse the somewhat chauvinist videoJ

https://www.sailingtexas.com/Movies/FlyingScotMast/mastsystem.html

Scow Scoop

MC’s Have Record Year in 2020

Our MC fleet at HSC had a very strong 2020 season, with 92% of the MC sailors getting out to race (at least once)!  This actually means that participation was up in 2020.  We still sailed 73 races this season, the same as during the 2019 season, even with our late start this year.   The average number of boats in each race increased from 6.2 to 6.6.  24 of the 26 boats in the MC fleet raced at least once. 19 of the total had at least 5 races and we had 12 Scowboys sail more than 20 races.   With many normal MC regattas being canceled across the country, people raced more at home and we had 12 races with at least 10 boats on the line.  While our normal May regatta was postponed and changed to a one-day BYOE (Bring Your Own Everything) event in September, we had 25 boats competing.   Single-handed boats are naturally socially distanced, I guess.     

Blake and Clark dueled down to the final race of the season. And after the dust settled, the 2020 fleet racing trophy returned to Richard Blake after a long string of seasonal victories by Clark Wade.   Congratulations Richard. 

Here are the season’s standings for everyone who raced an MC:

Blake 795Thomas 115
Wade 784Keller 108
Fisher 635Fogle 100
Pace 509Basford 82
White 493Tyndall 76
Sun 428Keenan 37
Vasulka 248Andrew 36
Lonsdale 220Graves 32
Wolf 204Lavender 22
Huling 151Bingham 12
Rendina 150Smith 8
Lohner 146Lantz 3

A Hail from the Rail

The Hoover Thistle Fleet 126 held the Hoover PLAID/Last Splash Regatta on October 17th.   (PLAID = Please Leave Appropriate Interpersonal Distance) 24 boats attended the one-day regatta in crisp conditions with a great breeze out of the SW blowing 7-12.  The Hoover Thistle Fleet actually held 3 one-day regattas this year with great success.    We appreciate the outstanding RC work from the always impressive MC fleet, with Clark Wade and Richard Blake on the RC boat,  Chris and Trish Fogle on one safety boat, and Larry Basford and Larry Graves on another. 

The Lake Erie District has a great fall series starting the weekend after Labor Day.   There are 5 regattas—Atwood, Sandusky, North Cape, Crescent (Detroit) and Hoover—that count toward the Fall Series.    The best 10 races for each skipper are counted for the Fall Series Championship.  District Governor Conor Ruppen and Carrie Patterson do an outstanding job of promoting and helping manage each regatta.  All of these regattas were run with appropriate COVID distancing and masking.   For registration at each regatta Conor and Carrie would walk through the parking lot taking temperatures and collecting a nominal entry fee.   We all appreciate the leadership of the class officers in these times and we need to continue to perfect our efforts to keep everyone comfortable in these conditions., hopefully not for too much longer.   Hoover is the last regatta and the awards for the Lake Erie District were handed out after the PLAID regatta awards.

I won’t go race by race but will highlight some of the key aspects of the regatta.  My niece, Gwen Mulvey, and I crewed for my son Stu. Our best race was a 4th and that was likely the best we were around any mark.   But our worst race was a 6th.    We ended up winning the regatta with those finishes, but I admit we were kind of keeping track of some of the big finished by out competition.   The Thistle class does not have throw out races no matter how many races are sailed and everyone in the top 7 had to count a 12th or worse.     Stu was getting great starts, often one of the top 2 or 3 starts in the fleet.   But half way up the first beat we were often on the wrong side of a shift and would round the first mark usually worse than 7th or 8th.   But we would catch boats and sailed a consistent—albeit very boring appearing races—and were able to pull it out. 

With the fall series finale at Hoover and the strong Ohio contingent that has always been in the Lake Erie Districts this PLAID regatta had some of the top sailors in the class.  3 of the competitors have been in the top 5 in the Nationals in recent years.    The Taylor brothers, with Ethan steering and Will crewing had a great regatta but again, had to count a 12.   I have been following these two for 3 or 4 years.   They bought their boat 3766 a few years ago and totally refurbished it and it looks outstanding.   Conor, Carrie and Ed Spengman were 3rd and Tom Hubble and Bobby White were 4th.  Craig Koschalk with his wife Lauren and Ryan Kyle sailed impressively, but had to count an 18th in the first race.    I don’t know exactly what happened that race but the      team put together a great string of finishes in the last 5 races.

Locals Steve Lavender with Bob McNitt crewing sailed an impressive regatta finishing 7th, and were only 3 points out of second.  Mike McBride with his wife Kimberly and Jerry Pignolet also sailed well finishing 8th.

With the Nationals 2 hours up the road and a strong spring series the fleet is looking forward to a fast winter, midwinters hopefully, and a great 2021.
To see photos from this regatta visit

For photos from the PLAID Regatta https://www.lisaksphotos.com/Sailing/2020-Thistle-PLAID-Regatta


Additional Thistle News
by Ann Jones

EIGHT BELLS FOR CHARLIE STEIGERWALD.

We are saddened to report the recent passing of former HSC and Fleet 126 member Charlie Steigerwald, at the age of 89. Charlie won 1972 Thistle Nationals with his daughter, Julie, and former Club member and Thistle builder, Doug Laber, crewing. In 1970, Charlie finished Thistle Nationals in second place with former HSC Commodore Dale Trott crewing. Charlie raced his Thistle #1619, “Windlassie” for many years at Hoover before moving to Cleveland. While he was a member of our Club he won the 1973 Jameson Good Sportsmanship Award, and he certainly deserved it. Also, Julie Steigerwald won the Rippel Junior Sailor of the Year Award in 1972, and she later raced Thistle #1619 as a HSC member.

Grandson Charlie Yingling now actively races #1619 and attended at least one Fleet 126 regatta last summer. Windlassie is a gorgeous natural woodie, both inside and out, and she is featured on the cover of our October/November 2020 Thistle magazine, Bagpipe.

One of my personal favorite memories of Charlie was of the time he attended a seminar at the launch ramp south of Smothers Road on Sunbury Road. Now, other skippers who attended that seminar took their boats apart, trailered them across the Smothers Road bridge, and re-launched them at the Sunbury Road location. But not Charlie! No, he set sail from Thistle Cove and when he got to the Smothers Road Bridge, he dipped his mast (sails and all) and then raised it again on the south side of the bridge and sailed in for the seminar–WHAT A GUY!


HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THISTLE FLEET 126. We hope this holiday season is warm and enjoyable for all of you, and we wish you a safe and happy 2021. It will be wonderful to see you and sail with you again!

PARTY! PARTY! We are looking at a Fleet party in the social distance! Obviously, safety is the first concern, so details will be decided later. A suggestion has been made to celebrate in February. Please stay tuned so that Fleet Captain Mike McBride can update us.

The 75th Thistle Nationals have been scheduled for July 31 – August 6, 2021 at Cleveland Yachting Club, Rocky River, Ohio, and some boats are already preregistered.

RESERVOIR WATCH – The Lake is still pretty wide, and it has been full of Lasers on several occasions. Meteorologist Jamie Jones has mentioned in the past that La Nina years are typically wetter than average, so it may remain higher than usual all winter unless the powers that be lower it. 

STAY SAFE AND SEE YOU AT DOCKS IN! 

180 Degree Award

Nathan Ward’s (the winner) recollections: 

It was Labor Day and I wanted to take a few friends sailing in my Thistle—there was an approaching storm but I thought we had an hour or two of wild wind before the storm arrived and my crew, who had never been sailing before, all agreed we should go out. 

After reaching back and forth across the lake in some very strange oscillating breeze, my overconfidence got the best of me and I decided to put the fourth person sitting on the bow tank with the jib down. No problem, right?!!

We were by the bridge when a hard shift hit and auto tacked us onto port. I was slow to alert my crew to what was happening . . . as they stayed on starboard just a little too long the boat heeled, heeled, turned, and capsized! After I was certain that everyone was OK, I assured them that we could float for as long was needed.  We tried repeatedly to right the boat, but because the floatation tanks were completely full of lake water, this was impossible. The boat wasn’t sinking, but it wasn’t totally floating either.

Lucky for us Don Bacharowski, Jeff Jones, Stephanie Bahr, and Dave Stetson all came to the rescue in two HSC rescue boats.  Jeff traded places with my crew who can’t swim.  My other 2 friends got on Dave & Steph’s boat.  And they begin the slow tow back to the club ramp.  BUT, my boat didn’t really want to float at all, to which the photos will attest.  PLUS the boat towing us sputters, then stalls. . .

Meanwhile, some Good Samaritan, likely driving across the bridge, had alerted the Westerville fire department to our predicament and a heavy rescue truck stopped on the bridge.  As the firemen notice the stalled towboat, the officer in charge radios to confirm that a city power boat is on the way, while a medic scrambles down the riprap to the shore, where Don calls to him from the still-running rescue boat to assure him that what he’s seeing is, and I quote, “not normal per se, but under control.”

If that’s not enough excitement, remember the approaching storm I mentioned?  Now the tornado-warning sirens start going off.  We can see the dark sky approaching quickly. It was scary to watch the cloud formation as it rotated toward earth. Luckily it did not form a tornado. However, we learned days later that a small tornado touched down in Galena. 

As we neared the dock, Hoover members greeted us with lots of help!  Marty S. convinced the water rescue unit, that was now waiting at the top of the ramp, not to launch their boat and thanked them for their efforts. Finally, the remaining operating Hoover rescue boat headed back out, under the darkening sky, to bring in the disabled skiff with the rest of my friends. As they reached the mooring dock, the tornado sirens were still howling mournfully to serenade the various groups putting ALL the boats away.

All in all, it was a legendary day for my friends. Their first experience sailing was a wild one that they will not forget. 

As for my Thistle, and me, I was not banned from the club like I thought I would be and my Thistle is now for sale. I’m happy to make you a deal! 

Much gratitude to everyone that assisted in our rescue, and puts work into making sure our members are always safe.  —Nathan Ward

Thanks to Stephanie Bahr for the photos.

Honorable Mention 180 Degree Award

This skipper was sailing a borrowed Thistle downwind under spinnaker. He called for a jibe, but the pole work was late, and the boat capsized. They righted the boat — but it went right back over. Nothing too unusual here, you may say, but the “Rest of the Story” revolves around the fact that during the capsize, the skipper wet his pants.

No! That was worded very carefully – to be clear, the skipper was in full command of his plumbing throughout the incident. Instead, his complaint about wet pants referred to the crew’s performance, which he felt, despite coping with an unfamiliar boat in heavy air, had not met his high standards. Hoover’s Roving 180 Degree Nominator, Ann Jones, says this skipper explained to her that he applies the following test: “A skipper should never get his pants wet above the knee during a capsize, if both crew members are doing their jobs properly.”  This time, the water reached his waist when both crew executed an agile walkover, but then slipped off the unfamiliar centerboard before they could stop the boat settling sideways into the reservoir.

For reminding his crew that they should aspire to the highest standards and that a dry skipper is a happy skipper, Honorable Mention goes to Jeff Tyndall!

2020 Sportsmanship Awards

Sportswoman Award

The HSC Sportswoman Award is presented annually to a woman who shows outstanding service to the club and the sport of one-design sailboat racing.  She should show true sportsmanship both on and off the water.  Past recipients decide who receives this award each year.  Last year’s recipient Stephanie Headlee presented the award.

While 2020 has been crazy, to say the least, this year’s recipient stayed her normal course and showed excellence both on and off the water.  Before I read her history of sailing, which will quickly give her away, l would like to announce that this year’s award goes to Kimberly Pasley.

When Kimberly was quite young, she used to play on the bow tank of the family Thistle while her dad raced at Hoover. She learned very quickly to duck during tacks. 

As she got older, she participated in the Hoover junior program. She moved up to lasers when she was still quite small. At risk of giving away her age—they didn’t have radials back then. So she was out there in a full rig laser as a kid, competing against the big high schoolers. In light air, she would often beat them. Kimberly would go on to be a sailing instructor and won the Ripple Award in 1991.

Somewhere in there, she crewed on a Highlander to good result and went on to participate on the Sailing Team at Connecticut College. She then ran a sailing program in Nahant, MA, and sailed keelboats out of Marblehead, MA. She met her future husband (Mike McBride, current HSC Thistle Fleet Captain) at a Thistle regatta in Nyack NY, and it has been smooth sailing ever since! 

Since moving to Ohio 2 years ago, her two kids have been crewing on their Thistle 4003, doing sailing camps in the summer, and generally playing with Lasers and Optis. When they sail Thistles, they are old enough that they are in the back of the boat, but they still duck during tacks. 

Kimberly’s sailing prowess does not go unnoticed by Hoover members:

Ann Jones states: Kim and Mike sometimes take turns on the Thistle helm and frequently take the kids out with them as well. On other occasions, Kim crews for various club members (I believe I saw her on a Scot or an Interlake a few weeks ago). And when Kim crews for others, she reverts back to her sail instructor persona and acts as a mentor when others need her help.   And let’s not forget the Labor Day Series results: in first place was Bill Miller, second was Kim Pasley, and third was Steve Lavender.

Lisa K observes: It seems like I saw her crewing or skippering on almost every HSC Thistle this summer. She seems to be a supportive crew and skipper.  

Rachel L adds: She is a skilled sailor and has been an active sailor not only on her boat but other boats and fleets.  Steve has benefited from her crewing experience.  She and her husband have also been very good about encouraging and including new thistle owner David Schworm and his son in sailing by crewing for him and taking both he and his son sailing.  She’s an excellent recruiter, such a good thing!

And one last story from Lisa A that shows her grit: Steve and I were on race committee a few weekends ago and it was BLOWING.  Lots of sailors retired from the races as the wind built.  Two Lasers – Kimberly P and Steve Lavender came out to the start line for the second race.  Kimberly had a good lead coming up to the finish but capsized right before the finish line.  She immediately started righting her boat, but Steve sailed past to win the race.  There were only 5 boats left on the water for the 3rd race that day, and the competitors asked if we would run one short race.  We did, Kimberly and Steve sailed again, and Kimberly won that one.  Nice comeback!

Please join me in congratulating the 2020 HSC Sportswoman of the Year–Kimberly Pasley!

Jameson Good Sportsmanship Award

Tom Fee was awarded Sportsman of the Year in recognition of his efforts to maintain and even improve our club racing procedures during a very difficult year, in recognition of his strong participation in the club’s races, and in recognition of his positive and Corinthian spirit on the racecourse.

The State of High School Sailing & Fall 2020 Awards

What a great season we had despite everything 2020 has thrown at us! Think back to March when everything spring was canceled. Think to May when summer JRT was canceled and Learn to Sail was severely limited. Now think to August at the High School open house when we kicked off our season with 53 kids on the water and at least double that number at our parents meeting. I look at that and think to myself that we couldn’t have done it without the commitment and cooperation of all of us here in the parking lot. For that, your coaching staff and I thank you!

We had an amazing season on the water this fall too. Just to put it in perspective:

  • We took over 1100 temperatures this fall (4300 for the whole year!)
  • We had 25 sailing days for our kids this fall: 18 practice days and 7 regattas. 

Several of our sailors came to just about everything they could. I knew I could count on our core group of 15 to show up every time there was something going on, and it’s not surprising that we’ll recognize many of them this evening with our Buckeye Cup team trophies.

Fun Facts

  • We added 22 new sailors to our program as first year HS Sailors (5 from Thomas and 4 from North!)
  • We have 62 kids enrolled from 17 different schools in our program!
  • Our program has transitioned from a middle school heavy program to a 9-12 heavy program, which sets us up perfectly for our Spring championship season.

One thing we can all agree on is the level of competition improving through the season. We documented real improvement from many of our teams and with a little help in recruiting these teams will be a force to be reckoned with! Whether it’s our 8 graduating seniors or our 14 middle school sailors or anyone in between, the coaches are proud of each and every one of our sailors, for their accomplishments, for their willingness to follow our COVID rules and most importantly, their ability to be great teammates to each other.

2020 Buckeye Trophy

The 2020 Buckeye Trophy is our Fall Championship recognizing consistency and excellence on the water during the 5 regattas hosted between Hoover and Leatherlips. We had 17 Central Ohio teams qualify for the event by scoring results in at least 3 of the 5 events, and going into the last event, we had a tie at the top of the standings with close racing mixed into the standings for sure.

We recognized our top 5 teams at a parking lot awards presentation at the end of the season.

5th Place: Olentangy Mixed with consistent top 6 finishes in 4 of the 5 events they sailed in:

  • Graham Newbauer
  • Campbell Goh,
  • Liam Rodriguez
  • Aiden Rodriguez
  • Bella Boetcher
  • Brice Ray

4th Place: Westerville North Varsity with 4 top 5 finishes:

  • Brendan Smucker
  • Sam Heighway
  • Fisher Howe
  • Alex Hedrick
  • Brinn Faulkner
  • Sami York

3rd Place: Olentangy Orange Varsity with 3 top 2 finishes (counting a DNS at the first Leatherlips Event):

  • Mason Shaw
  • Molly Jones
  • Ben Keller
  • Jacob Pennels    

2nd Place, New Albany Eagles with 4 top 3 finishes:

  • Beylen Gode
  • Thomas Ellis
  • Matthew Fu
  • John Sullivan
  • Jed Lory
  • Abby Cole

And finally, our 2020 Buckeye Trophy Champion: Olentangy Liberty Varsity, a true team effort with top 3 finishes in all 5 events, in fact, only finishing out of the top 3 in division 3 times all season:

  • Emma Friedauer
  • Will Bruner
  • Porter Martin and
  • Brady Smith

We are looking forward to getting together again in the spring to do it all over again!

2020 Rippel Award

This year our junior sailors were faced with a less then perfect situation; this is an understatement. That said, they handled it perfectly, also an understatement. At the beginning of the year our sailors did not know if they would have a season at all, everyone took it all in stride. From virtual practices to not being able to travel to regattas; it was incredible. Masks on shore, temperature checks, twice a day for some that spent all day at the club. Our sailors followed every state and local guideline flawlessly.

During a pandemic, we were able to furnish a team with 33 sailors and three coaches, practice two nights a week and juniors sailing in Wednesday night club racing. We had three regattas this year, two at Hoover and one at Leatherlips Sailing Club. Out of those three regattas Hoover took home almost every available medal. Thanks to all of our sailors that made it a successful season on and off the water.

Thanks to all the parents. The parents are the backbone of this program; we could not do it without them. They transport the sailors to and from practices and to events. They help load boats, volunteer at regattas, and much, much more.

I really appreciate the efforts of our assistant coaches. Nick Byerly and Bob France are fantastic assets to this program. This year required our coaches to be extra creative and innovative, Nick and Bob certainly delivered.

A very special thanks to Jamie Jones and Scott Savage. They put in so much work behind the scenes so the coaches could focus on coaching on the water.

“Competition for the Ripple Cup shall be based on Junior Sailing achievement. Excellence in competitive racing will be the principal qualification balanced by a record of good sportsmanship and dedication to Junior Sailing.” In 2020 Brendon Smucker was the clear winner. In a field of outstanding young sailors, Brendan managed to stand out amongst the crowd. At the top of the fleet in every regatta, he sailed in, his achievements speak for themselves. I was especially impressed with Brendan’s sportsmanship this year. This young man was always more than willing to help his fellow juniors. In fact, he often identified areas to help and jumped in without being asked. Brendan volunteered to help coach High School practices and was a fantastic asset. Brendan always modeled a supportive attitude and was a strong and positive influence on everyone around him.

2020 HSC Awards

Our annual Awards Banquet was replaced this year with a presentation ceremony on the porch of the clubhouse, Sunday, October 18, after racing. It was a delightful time spent with friends and family. Our Master of Ceremonies Jeff Clark put no less effort into this casual event than any of our formal banquets. His performance of The Quarantine Rag is not to be missed. See the link to the FaceBook video below.

Award2020 Recipient
Hoover Cup
The individual who has the best scores
in the pursuit races.
Steve Lavender
Pursuit Race Trophy
The fleet that has the best scores
in the pursuit races.
MC Scow Fleet
Jameson Sportsman Award Tom Fee
Sportswoman Award Kimberly Pasley
Rippel Award Brendan Smucker
180 Degree Award Nathan Ward
Rob Ciccotelli Award
for Excellence in Communication
Jamie Jones
(For more details on HSC Awards check out the History section of your Hoover Sailing Club Directory, page 11 this year)

The Quarantine Rag
For those of you who couldn’t make it to the award ceremony, we wanted to share this video of our emcee’s intro song. Jeff Clark wrote, recorded, and performed this for the entertainment of our club members.
https://fb.watch/2icXOJG9nN/

The Quarantine Rag

Lyrics by Jeff Clark
Sung to the tune of Tom Lehrer’s The Vatican Rag

Trouble came from Wuhan, China,        
Locked us in so now we kinda    
Bring home groceries by the crate, and
Isolate, Isolate, Isolate!     

If we’re being really candid,
Sailing safe means single-handed
Shootin’ up with Clorox     
When I hit the T-docks       
Doin’ the Quarantine Rag!

If you won’t keep social distance
Wear a mask at my insistence    
Though you say I shouldn’t fear  
Because it soon will disappear …          

I’m not making this stuff up, folks
Fauci says its not a hoax
Crap! I think I touched my eyes,
And then forgot to sanitize!         

So it came from Wuhan, China,  
Locked us in ‘til now we kinda     
Bring home groceries by the crate to
Isolate, Isolate, Isolate!     

This year Hoover ran a lotta’
Single afternoon regattas
Lavender is rhymin’                       
Havin’ a good time and     
Sailin’ the season
While coughin’ and sneezin’        
We’re doin’ the Quarantine Rag!       

HSC 2020 Membership Report

Our membership numbers are strong.  We have been slowly and consistently increasing our Active membership for at least the past 10 years. 

2020 has been a tough year for everyone but HSC remains a wonderful asset.  Even if we did not get to sail as much as we may have wanted this year, maintaining club assets for our future sailing and social gatherings benefits all of us. Thanks to all of you for maintaining your membership!

2021 dues invoices have been mailed and should be delivered by the time you read this.  Please contact me if you have not received yours.  laspery@columbus.rr.com

NOTE – if you haven’t mailed your 2021 dues payment yet, now is the time.  Late fees kick in on payments mailed after December 31.

 Nov 2020Nov 2019Nov 2018Nov 2017Nov 2016Nov 2015
Life/Honorary433334
Active147146144141142137
Ext.Visitation11777810
Young Adult135765
Senior676544
Jr Sailing71410151513
Associate023561
Crew7108654
Inactive81416181415
Total191206202207203193