Happy New Year! And cheers to 2018, which we trust will bring you good and happy sail-ing. We hope everyone had a great holiday. As we say goodbye to 2017, we want to thank Mary Anne for her excellent stewardship dur-ing the last year, her work and accomplishments have been amazing. TSC has been truly blessed by her leadership. The Executive Committee (Board) consists of six officers and the Past Commodore. Three of last years’ officers have agreed to contin-ue in their previous capacity. Their involvement provides continuity and a smooth transaction. Thanks to Lorrie, Fredrica and Jim Waller for volunteering to continue their office for another year. And thanks to Jim Madsen and David Gray for their commitment to TSC for 2018. As David Craigie would say, “we need new blood”.
On January 13th , a group of interested sailors met at the Boat House to consider a new pro-gram proposal, the TSC Expanded Membership Program. This program would entitle a mem-ber, paying an additional $250 per year, to the use of a TSC keelboat. The keelboat will be in good condition and slipped at the Little River Marina. The plan is for there to be ten such members for each boat designated as a “Club Keelboat.” The TSC Keelboat will be maintained by the members who are a part of the Expanded Membership Program and the current plan is to have each boat purchased with donations from TSC members and friends. We hope to pur-chase the O’Day 24, Shamrock.
Lake Thunderbird is protected in the Oklahoma water quality standards (OWQS) as a Sensitive Water Supply (SWS). This means special protections apply like no new discharges to the lake. The city of Norman is struggling with getting enough water. They are proposing to discharge highly treated sewage back to the lake to allow re use of that waste water. Wastewater treatment has advanced tremendously in 30 years when the current regulations were first written. Despite that, this practice is currently prohibited by the OWQS. New rule making by the OWRB is establishing a new classification of “SWS with reuse”. If that rule making is approved this spring by the legislature , the Governor, and EPA the next step will be to re classify Lake Thunderbird. that would occur in 2019. Our March meeting presentation will feature a speaker from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to come and talk about this topic.
If you are expecting to participate in the 2018 Commodore’s Cup Racing, please take a few minutes to look at the Deed Of Gift. It’s located on www.thunderbirdsailingclub.org. Look about half way down the left edge menu that is on most of the pages. The Deed of Gift specifies that the competition is open to club members in good standing. Two fleets are available: Cruising and Spinnaker. You will be asked to state in which fleet you are racing at the beginning of the year to help with the score keeping. Please notice that those who do not race are scored as finishing after those who did race. That is, showing up for the races is important if you want a shot at the trophy. Racing has begun with our first race taking place, last March 21st. We will race every Wednesday, depending on weather, until some time into late October.