Welcome (November/December 2017)

All too quickly the end of 2017 is upon us, and 2018 is right around the corner. It has been a fun year. We would like to thank all who have contributed photos and articles to The Mainsheet,  and we wish the incoming board a very successful year. We will be celebrating Sailing Singles’ 30th anniversary in 2018.

In this issue, our Commodore reflects on the past year in From The Helm.  In Sailing News we cover the International Raft Up, the Boat Parade, Deckhands at work, and the SOS.

In Social News we report on the Thanksgiving Party and the the Holiday Party. Check out the photographs of our members having fun.

And in Of Interest to Captains, Brian Brown describes the very important task of  keeping your food and drinks cool.

We have a Sunfish for sale in our Classifieds section.

 

Save The Date!  Sailing Singles of South Florida  Change of Command

Join Us for the Formal Induction of 2018 Board and Annual Awards at Lighthouse Point Yacht Club.
Saturday, January 20, 2018       6:00 PM  – 11:00 PM
Cocktails, Ceremony, Dinner and Dancing all Evening to the sounds of EBONY. Cash Bar 6:00 – 7:00 ~ Ceremony 7:00-7:30 ~ Dinner & Dancing  ’til 11:00.    Cost  $45 SSSF Members / $65 Guests. INVITATIONS WILL BE MAILED ~ Please RSVP to Dot Castell, Sailing Singles Social Director by January 14th.

Go online to register for the New Year’s Celebration Overnight Sail, December 31-Jan 1 and ring in the New Year on the water.
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a happy and healthy New Year to all.

Doug Noble and Gillian O’Neil,
The Newsletter Team
Email newsletterteam@sailingsingles.org
Photos to photos@sailingsingles.org

From The Helm (November/December 2017)

From The Helm

by Commodore Kelly Dobbs

 

 

I can see the final destination from the helm.

This year has been amazing for our club. I think I have met almost every member of this club. I have worked with some amazing board members who moved this club into the next phase of progress for its members.

Vice-Commodore, Sheila O’Neil was always ready to step in when I was away; she developed the General Meeting presentations from our Board Minutes each month, created our new Member Orientation package, and produced two outstanding Sailing Orientation Sessions (SOS) this year, each with interactive informative sessions, hands-on activities, and a boat-on-the-water learning experience.

Your Board Secretary Cheryl Lutz did an outstanding job of not only meeting minutes but helped our club grow through Meet-Up, an online meeting place where she directed potential members to club socials at Flip Flops, and answered questions to engage those interested in sailing. Also, Cheryl handed birthday gifts to members at our general meetings. If you had a birthday this year, (who hasn’t), see Cheryl for belated birthday wishes and your gift.

Our Newsletter Editor Gillian O’Neill and IT Director, Doug Noble worked together to create a blog format for The Mainsheet which is easily read from mobile phones and other devices. Gillian reported on all club events, profiled our Captains, took photos at all events and also encouraged members to contribute photos and articles.

We all had a great time this year, thanks to our Social Director Dot Castell who offered a variety of venues, entertainment, and a choice to cook or contribute to the meals for our social events. Just look back on the fun we had at Feeling Lucky, Wacky Tacky Hillbilly Picnic, Summer Beach Party, Pirates of the Caribbean Island Party, Boo Crew Halloween Party, cake at Flip Flops, Thanksgiving Social, Holiday Party and yet to come, the Change of Command!

Keeping track of registration fees and dues was streamlined this year by our Treasure John Konheim who expanded our accounting to handling payments on line. All payments generated an email confirmation to members and immediate transfer of credit card payments to our SSSF bank account.

Membership Director Ben Nahabedian greeted members and guests at almost every meeting this year. He grew the club by nearly 50 new members and helped ensure our returning members had waivers in place to participate in club events.

A special Deckhands Program was established this year by our Fleet Captain, Susan Cohoat to show our appreciation of our Captains and to thank them for allowing us to be their crew. Susan also organized our extended sails to the Keys, Palm Beach, and the Bahamas.

Our Sailing Director Sheila O’Neil organized monthly sails and raftups always scheduled for the second weekend to make it easy for all to participate. Each club sail had a sailing objective for Captains & Crew to learn more about sailing while on the water, and each sail had a themed raftup for fun. A major contribution Sheila made to the club this year was configuring our website, sailingsingles.org, to allow online renewal and new member applications, registration for club sails and socials, recording captains sail credits, calendar display of all club activities and even paying your dues, guest fees and party contributions on line.

Our IT Director, Doug Noble, ensured our website was secure with all the new online payment activity by monitoring and installing special security certificates. Additionally he published our Pink Book Directory, maintained our club email and website services and kept our image and information on Facebook up to date.

Wow, way to go 2017 Board Members!

There has been a lot of good times and some sad times. The club lost three great Captains: Shel Miller, Rudy Sprenger, and Rich Hustins. Your Commodore designed a special SSSF Burial at Sea burgee with a pink border surrounding a field of 8-stars on a blue background signifying the 8-bells that sound for “end of a sailor’s watch at sea”. It was my honor to develop an SSSF Ceremony and to officiate the Celebration of Life and Sea Services for our members.

Thank you Sailing Singles of South Florida for having trusted your fellow members who served as your 2017 Board to run your club and promote our club purpose: bringing together single adults who sail, or wish to do so, in order that members can meet others with similar interests, participate in sailing and social activities, share information about sailing and learn safe boating practices.

Tight Sheets,

Commodore Capt. Kelly

Sailing News (November/December 2017)

Fall SOS

The Fall SOS (Sailing Orientation Session), our SSSF training for members, was held on  Saturday, November 4, at Sailor’s Point facility in Hollywood. Members rotated each hour to another of the 3 sessions offered:

  • Boating Essentials
  • Health & Safety on the Water
  • Dinghy Operation

The Boating Essentials was taught by SSSF member, Bill Bratt who shared his years of experience sailing to explain the rules of the road, navigation aids (beacons and buoys), and the meaning of the lights we see on boats at night. Here’s a quick reference:

Health & Safety on the Water was taught by an EMT from Heartfelt, CPR and AED Training, who offered an overview of current CPR practices and provided CPR mannequins for hands-on activity. We formed Captain with Crew teams and practiced the CPR procedures using the mannequins on the ground as we would on a boat.

Dinghy Operation was taught by Commodore Captain Kelly, Captain James Bradford, and Bill Bratt. Each instructor reviewed the proper way to board a dinghy, equipment needed in the dinghy for short excursions to shore and provided instructions on operating the dinghy motor. Members took turns operating the dinghy. James Bradford showed how to tow a boat in distress back to the dock.

Thank you to Gulfstream Sailing Club, responsible for operation and maintenance of Sailor’s Point facility. Copies of all SOS training handouts for 2017 are posted on our club website, under ABOUT US>Sailing Education. After logging on to the website, members can download the handouts.

Another success SOS was enjoyed by all who attended.

Sheila O’Neil, Vice-Commodore

Deckhands Report – Irish Rover

On November 5th (Guy Fawkes Day) a group of SSSF members descended on Patrick O’Brien’s  Irish Rover. They rubbed and scrubbed till his boat gleamed … then they went off to Lake Sylvia to celebrate.

 

International Sail & Raft Up

 

 

 

 

The SSSF International RaftUp is a tradition started by Captain James Bradford, decades ago and is always a great event. On November 11th, the flags of many nations were flying over the SSSF International RaftUp in Lake Sylvia. Eight vessels participated:

  • Escape – France
  • Meridian2 – Netherlands
  • No Mo – USA
  • Ryan’s Place – Bahamas
  • Rising Star – French Polynesia
  • Viking Princess – Japan

TT Val Hal also joined the raftup, and part of the French Polynesians arrived by waverunner! Colorful costumes, festive food, and iconic decorations showed the boats country for the day. Prizes were awarded to the following winners:

Escape – Best Captain and Crew representation of country with the French Maid, the French Playboy just arriving from the Riviera and the French Fashion.

Individual– Captain James Bradford with his ornate Japanese Kimono and Jean-Marie Gordon with her coordinated, colorful island ensemble for French Polynesia.

Meridian2 – Most Authentic Food with a spread of Dutch delights representing the Netherlands with rookworst (sausage), cheeses, various herring and of course windmill cookies!

Rising Star – Best Decorations for French Polynesia. There were so may palm fronds and totems on the boat it was hard to tie up!

As it was Veterans Day it was also a time for all to thank the many veterans we have in the club  for their service, plus  it was Captain James’ Birthday!

Sheila O’Neil, SSSF Sailing Director

Boat Parade and Raftup

The annual Fort Lauderdale Boat Parade was held December 9th. We were advised by the weatherman that it could be wet and cold – and we were prepared! Although it was a bit chilly, it dried up in the afternoon and we had a clear night for the parade. We got an early start to grab a front row spot in the Middle River  so we had a really good view of the boats from our raft-up.  Five club boats participated – Meridian2, Viking Princess, Andy Jay, Ryan’s Place, and Lex Rex, and about  thirty members and guests hopped from boat to boat, sampling different foods and enjoying the fun.

Social News (November/December 2017)

Thanksgiving Dinner

Once again, Dot Castell organized a pot luck Thanksgiving Social at her condo clubhouse in Pompano Beach for those of us without a local family.

Holiday Party

Our annual holiday party was held at Tropical Acres Steakhouse on Dec 1st, more than 70 members and their guests attended. According to one member the appetizers were great, the dinner was super, the entertainment by Ebony was amazing, so all in all it was a great success. See for yourself!

Thanks to Gabe Forray and Max Goldstein for many of these photos.

 

 

Of Interest to Captains (November/December 2017)

 

 

by Brian Brown

 

You probably think this article is about air conditioning…but it’s really about cooling off your drinks and keeping your perishable items from spoiling. So here’s where this begins.

This article addresses making ice and keeping your food/drinks cool…and how to do it on a budget…about $500 all in. Note, buying a DC powered fridge and ice maker will cost you a couple of thousand dollars.

First, having a generator on board always helps but most of the people I know don’t have a provision for that on their sailboats under 40’. Well, they might have that little Honda generator that’s about a foot wide by 2 feet wide that purrs …and can run for 7 hours on a little more than half a gallon of gas. But they are expensive, around $1000 for 2000 watts. So let’s look at other ways to cool off that cost around $500.

In order to make this $500 equation work, we first need to look at the total wattage required for both an ice maker and refrigerator: 400 watts for an ice maker and 320 watts for a small fridge. Oops, did I mention that’s AC and not DC voltage? Most sailboats are DC. So let’s look at the power sources to provide 720 continuous AC watts (the combination of the ice maker and the small fridge).

There’s the motor, solar and wind power to produce DC power—but remember that DC power needs to be converted to AC. Solar and wind power rarely produce enough power to run a fridge and ice maker so it’s pretty much left up to the motor or generator to do the job. And with the motor running you’ve got to have an inverter—a unit that converts DC to AC– but inverters draw a tremendous amount of power. If your engine is off, an inverter can fully drain a battery in 15-30 minutes when fully loaded (running several AC powered devices). Even if your engine is on charging your battery an inverter can drain your battery. Beware…turn OFF the inverter and charge up the battery before shutting off the engine otherwise you might not be able to start your engines again! (Its best to have a back up battery not connected to any source on the boat—spending $99 for that battery is, well, priceless.

Step one—getting an inverter. A decent inverter—will cost around $300 and output about 3,000 watts. You don’t want the devices you attach to it to come close to the 3,000 watt total capacity. Its better if you run on a 2/3’s of the converters capacity…or about 2,000 watts. If you run it on a battery only while consuming 2,000 watts without running the engine it will drain the battery in about 15 minutes…so keeping the engine on when the inverter is on is critical…remember even with the engine on the inverter can drain your battery so learn what is the correct balance.

Step two—an ice maker and a small fridge will cost about $100 each. Wow eh? Yes, they will be small but a small ice maker will make 20lbs of ice in a 24 hour period or about a tray every 10 minutes. The fridge will be similar to the one like you had in your dorm room in college; probably a little bigger. Cooling off yet? You bet. Both will fit inside a small sailboat…the ice maker will most likely be countertop styled and promote easy access for those guests that are thirsty.

Step three—don’t expect miracles. The fridge and the ice maker will do their best job when you are docked on shore power…so let that party begin! But, once you leave the dock and are motoring make sure that you have your inverter going to keep that party going as long as you can because once you anchor and shut down the motor, you’d better turn off the fridge and ice maker…and have enough back up ice made that you can enjoy your day. With only the fridge running (320 watts) on a 3000 watt inverter you might be able to get a couple of hours on the battery without starting the engine.

So, let the party begin…but at the dock first OK?

Classifieds (November/December 2017)

For Sale :

Sunfish Sailboat for sale. 14.5 feet. Complete with brand new bailer, in excellent condition, $550. Contact Joseph Basil 954-993-2003

Want to sell something? Send your ad to newsletterdirSSSF@sailingsingles.org. Classifieds (except real estate) are free to members. Promote your business to members. Business ads start at $60/year for business card size ads, $100/yr for double card size.