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  1. akaGP

    Chicago Area III

    Flying Wasp is not an outsider. He must be kidding about 007 Aw c'mon, the vision of this guy harassing George was simply too much to resist. I knew it was BS when you said "regular" crew. George does not regularly race. I am LMAO ! The cockroach who had been deloused from almost every boat the he ever crawled on took FW's hook. line, and sinker.
  2. akaGP

    Chicago Area III

    Mast could be unstepped and the boat could be hauled using the crane at the south side of the harbor. I have a set of straps that would do the job; all you need to do is borrow a trailer. I bet that Blair has one available or can get one.
  3. akaGP

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    As I was deciding on the J111, I also looked at other boats such as the Archambault 35, C&C115, even a Summit 35. By the time you get it similarly configured (e.g., carbon mast), there wasn't appreciable difference. So what other ways would you spend $300K other than a used boat? Are you bringing a J111 to Detroit? I would enjoy having more time to race against the design getting to know it's personality. Good for you on treating yourself to that "new boat smell", one of my favorites. Well, close to Detroit - Lake Huron. I took deliver last spring, Hull 25 named unplugged. Planning to be down for the NOOD next spring. Sorry; Detroit Nood Regatta is no more.
  4. akaGP

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Wrong as usual; LOL !
  5. akaGP

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    It is impossible to underestimate the ignorance of some morons who race on Lake St. Stupid, you being the prime example of that truism.
  6. akaGP

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    When I raced in the US we could throw out a DSQ, in fact a DSQ is discardable everywhere I've raced. Very occasionally you'll see a DND (Disqualified Non Discardable) for something very specific. You'll note the other Reflex 38's were mid pack results wise. Not that I ever get DSQ'd, but here we can't throw them out. Different rules for different countries I presume. Sounds like Puma needs some quality competition. Care to provide a link to that "no throw out of DSQ in the USA" rule, or are you just going to continue bloviating?
  7. akaGP

    Chicago Area III

    Thanks for your reply Andy, such as it is, even though it did not answer any of the specific questions that I have asked in a civil manner. Perhaps others will have better luck in getting answers to their questions Happy Thanksgiving to all.
  8. akaGP

    Chicago Area III

    Crew memberships have always been $10, we are now looking at actually offering something for that money(a novel concept apparently). Crew memberships never have or never will be required, so please don't put that assumption in anyone's head. No new fees are added, a full membership for boat owner over 20 feet is still $40, though we are looking into changing it (The budget numbers have finally settled in after a bit of volatility, and we are determining our cash flows) Owners of boats under 20 feet (aimed at dinghy sailors) can now join for $10 and receive the newsletter and be eligible for Grants in Aid. Owners who want to be members of LMSRF should certainly join. The rub, as always, has been the mandatory LMSRF membership for only those boat owners who enter at least one of Area 3 designated races; in 2011 there were only 198. That is because LMSRF has not found a way to mandate membership from thousands of owners who either race in Area 1, Area 2, Area 4, Area 5, Chicago MORF and any Chicago area inshore OD class. Forced membership of Area 3 owners in LMSRF is even more egregious due to the fact that no Chicago area yacht club demands that its members join LMSRF in order to enter any of their yacht club races, most of which are not on the Area 3 schedule. So how did this mandatory membership in LMSRF for Area 3 owners come about. Well, as usual it was put in place voluntarily as a temporary fee for only one year to bail out LMSRF that was about to become bankrupt. Of course, once iit was included in the Area 3 NOR and SI, it never got removed due to lobbying from LMSRF. While the race entry revenues for the Area 3 yacht clubs have been in steady decline due to >65% drop in the number of starts, LMSRF has during the last 11 years years enjoyed from >$7,000 to <$12,000 annual income due to the owners in Area 3 who have not yet rebelled in mass, although I and some others have voted with our feet and stopped entering Area 3 races in protest. Can you imagine the improvements that could have been made in race committee performance with a budget of between >$77,000 to <$132,000. The other important issue is that membership in LMSRF gives an individual member the right to vote for only one seat on the Board of Directors. In all the years that I monitored the working of LMSRF, I have never seen any individual members vote for even that one seat. Things are so bad that no one wanted to be LMSRF Commodore in 2012. That indicates that most boat owners who are coerced to become LMSRF members in order to enter Area 3 races have given up. To understand how endangered Area 3 racing has become while LMSRF was spending our money like a drunk sailor on shore liberty, it is instructive to present some numbers. Number of Area 3 starts in 2002 = 3,084 Number of Area 3 starts in 2011 = 1,068 Delta ..................................... = 2,016 % of starts in 2011 vs 2002 ..... = <35% Number of boats entering at least one race in 2004 = 287 Number of boats entering at least one race in 2011 = 198 Delta ................................................................ = 89 % of boats entering at least 1 race in 2011 vs 2004 = ~69% Total Yacht Club Gross Income from Area 3 races in 2010 = $31,778 Total Yacht Club Gross Income from Area 3 races in 2011 = $25,353 Delta ........................................................................ = $ 6,425 % of Gross Income in 2011 vs 2010 .............................. = <80% Can anyone please explain how forcing a small minority of owners to provide most of the LMSRF operational budget year after year is good for Area 3 sailing in Chicago. I believe that it is time for Chicago sailors to instruct their yacht club representatives to vote for abolishment of LMSRF membership requirement for race entry in 2012 Area 3 NOR and SI. George, I am not going to start an argument with you about this, but LMSRF does provide a good amount of management for Area 3. It has not been the best in the past few years due to a big change forced by the downturn in the economy. Area 3 also takes up a larger percentage of the budget and has the largest population. We do understand that we have to change, and are in the process of offering more for less. I don't want to say anything until we finalize a few more things, but we are going to reduce the costs associated with joining and racing in Area 3 and around the lake. As far as the Commodore, we have Glenn McCarthy stepping in to take the job, and he seems pretty gung ho about it. The whole reason no one wants the job is that it frankly has been a lot of work without a whole lot of support in the past few years since the removal of back office support. It is a thankless position with a ton of work associated with it. If you feel so strongly George, please come and take a position on the board alongside me (or frankly any board at any YC/organization). Also, arbitrarily picking years to make your numbers come out the way you want them does not prove a point, it just makes you look like a politician Andy, Let me again thank you for the time and effort it takes to be a volunteer in any organization. You say that LMSRF "provide(s) a good amount of management for Area 3". Would you enumerate the specifics of that alleged "management for Area 3" ? As for your claim that "arbitrarily picking years to make your numbers come out the way you want them does not prove a point", please explain how else to derive deltas between the high and low points? Here is an even more alarming fact that you may want to consider; the >37% decline in the number of Area 3 starts in only one year. Number of Area 3 starts in 2010 = 1,713 Number of Area 3 starts in 2011 = 1,068 Delta ........................................ = 645 % of starts in 2011 vs 2010 ..... = >37% But don't let the reality of how dire things are bite your ass and stop you from attempting to defend the indefensible. As for trying to convince the very same crony leadership who drove LMSRF down the wrong path to change directions, good luck with that; I have already wasted years doing it. The most that was ever accomplished after fighting tooth and nail was to separate Area 3 from the management contract costing ~$30,000 per year that was bankrupting LMSRF. "Offering more for less" would only apply to a situation where membership in an organization was voluntary and based on perception of value. As for sailors "around the lake" rushing to voluntary join LMSRF , that has forever been Glen's pipe dream that is never going to happen. If you don't believe me ask Glen for LMSRF individual membership list, then compare the total number of individual members from "all around the lake" to the number of Chicago Area 3 owners who are coerced into paying membership dues in order to enter any Area 3 race. Let us know how that works out. A much more elegant solution would be for Chicago Area owners to eliminate Area 3 and pass the money that is used to run LMSRF on to the yacht club race committees that actually run races. Those race committees need money, they do not need LMSRF or Area 3. If LMSRF and Area 3 were to suddenly disappear, it would not effect sailboat racing in Chicago by an iota.
  9. akaGP

    Chicago Area III

    Crew memberships have always been $10, we are now looking at actually offering something for that money(a novel concept apparently). Crew memberships never have or never will be required, so please don't put that assumption in anyone's head. No new fees are added, a full membership for boat owner over 20 feet is still $40, though we are looking into changing it (The budget numbers have finally settled in after a bit of volatility, and we are determining our cash flows) Owners of boats under 20 feet (aimed at dinghy sailors) can now join for $10 and receive the newsletter and be eligible for Grants in Aid. Owners who want to be members of LMSRF should certainly join. The rub, as always, has been the mandatory LMSRF membership for only those boat owners who enter at least one of Area 3 designated races; in 2011 there were only 198. That is because LMSRF has not found a way to mandate membership from thousands of owners who either race in Area 1, Area 2, Area 4, Area 5, Chicago MORF and any Chicago area inshore OD class. Forced membership of Area 3 owners in LMSRF is even more egregious due to the fact that no Chicago area yacht club demands that its members join LMSRF in order to enter any of their yacht club races, most of which are not on the Area 3 schedule. So how did this mandatory membership in LMSRF for Area 3 owners come about. Well, as usual it was put in place voluntarily as a temporary fee for only one year to bail out LMSRF that was about to become bankrupt. Of course, once iit was included in the Area 3 NOR and SI, it never got removed due to lobbying from LMSRF. While the race entry revenues for the Area 3 yacht clubs have been in steady decline due to >65% drop in the number of starts, LMSRF has during the last 11 years years enjoyed from >$7,000 to <$12,000 annual income due to the owners in Area 3 who have not yet rebelled in mass, although I and some others have voted with our feet and stopped entering Area 3 races in protest. Can you imagine the improvements that could have been made in race committee performance with a budget of between >$77,000 to <$132,000. The other important issue is that membership in LMSRF gives an individual member the right to vote for only one seat on the Board of Directors. In all the years that I monitored the working of LMSRF, I have never seen any individual members vote for even that one seat. Things are so bad that no one wanted to be LMSRF Commodore in 2012. That indicates that most boat owners who are coerced to become LMSRF members in order to enter Area 3 races have given up. To understand how endangered Area 3 racing has become while LMSRF was spending our money like a drunk sailor on shore liberty, it is instructive to present some numbers. Number of Area 3 starts in 2002 = 3,084 Number of Area 3 starts in 2011 = 1,068 Delta ..................................... = 2,016 % of starts in 2011 vs 2002 ..... = <35% Number of boats entering at least one race in 2004 = 287 Number of boats entering at least one race in 2011 = 198 Delta ................................................................ = 89 % of boats entering at least 1 race in 2011 vs 2004 = ~69% Total Yacht Club Gross Income from Area 3 races in 2010 = $31,778 Total Yacht Club Gross Income from Area 3 races in 2011 = $25,353 Delta ........................................................................ = $ 6,425 % of Gross Income in 2011 vs 2010 .............................. = <80% Can anyone please explain how forcing a small minority of owners to provide most of the LMSRF operational budget year after year is good for Area 3 sailing in Chicago. I believe that it is time for Chicago sailors to instruct their yacht club representatives to vote for abolishment of LMSRF membership requirement for race entry in 2012 Area 3 NOR and SI.
  10. akaGP

    Chicago Area III

    Andy, When trying to reach out, you may want to consider the fact that not everyone is willing to sign up with Facebook in order to communicate. Good luck, and keep us informed on this thread
  11. akaGP

    Chicago Area III

    Less than 25 people had made reservations as of yesterday. CYA called for an emergency meeting with only the Commodores of the YCs invited. The meeting was last night at Columbia. Don't know the outcome, but we all should know shortly. Thanks for the info update. Anyone who is still clueless enough to financially support CYA, gets exactly the representation that they deserve.
  12. akaGP

    Chicago Area III

    How appropriate to get this email on Halloween from the CYA zombies trying to resurrect the Yachting Ball. Apparently they didn't get the memo and didn't hear the shuffling of those sailors who voted with their feet. Subject: CYA Yachting Celebration Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:14:53 -0700 (PDT) From: CYA The Chicago Yachting Association In cooperation with US Sailing is proud to present the CYA Yachting Celebration 10 December 2011 Chicago Yacht Club 400 E Monroe Street 7 PM to 10 PM Business casual attire (jacket required) The cost is $45.00 per person and includes very heavy hors d' oeuvres, a free Scotch tasting presented by Old Pulteney Scotch, door prizes, and yachting awards. There will be a cash bar with a full selection of beverages. Following the social hour we will gather in the main dining room to enjoy a presentation by Gary Jobson, President of US Sailing, and a world renowned personality in the yachting world. He will present a program of interest to both power and sailing enthusiasts. This will be followed by the awards presentations. All of this will be in a holiday atmosphere you don't want to miss. Make reservations at: Chicago Yachting Association 3726 North Odell Avenue Chicago, IL 60634 Enclose your check made out to CYA. You may also reserve by email at chicagoyachting@aol.com . Reservations will not be validated until checks are received at the above address. No credit cards. There will be limited free parking at CYC. When the lot is full you may drop off your guests at CYC and proceed to the Millennium Park Garage on Columbus Drive. This is 2 blocks from the Club. A discount parking certificate will be available at registration. See You There!
  13. akaGP

    Chicago Area III

    DuSable Harbor report. "F" (for fucked) dock: some finger piers have broken lose and are ~20 degree incline. Warning posted on gates of "E", "F". and "G" docks not to enter; I would disregard if proceeding with caution. Sunk boat at the pump out, as well as few smaller boats severely damaged including a failed roller furling forestay at the east end of "D" Dock. A number of furling jibs destroyed. As for insurance, I believe that unless the policy was written for a specific amount regardless of replacement cost, owners of 30 year old boats will be lucky to get present market value. Some of those boats may not be insured. I wish that an insurance broker would comment, just to get a reality check. On Sunday I saw a nice looking 26' sailboat with a furling jib and an outboard at Montrose harbor that the owner just purchased for $200 (two hundred bucks). The OB was worth at least 3 times the cost of the entire boat.
  14. akaGP

    Henderson 30?

    I may have one for sale in your neighborhood; FT10 on a trailer in Pensacola.
  15. akaGP

    Chicago Area III

    Cradles are not allowed; you'll have to pay for cradle storage where ever the cradle is now. Other than your boat falling off jack stands and the inability to work on the boat bottom, there shouldn't be many concerns; lol.