The Mainsheet

The “Mainsheet” is the Thunderbird Sailing Club’s monthly newsletter. Since it’s inception in 1969, The Thunderbird Sailing Club has used the Mainsheet as it’s primary communications tool. Now published and distributed electronically, in it’s early years it was created on a typewriter and distributed by mimeograph. Remember those? If you were born after 1970, I bet you don’t!

On this page you will find a collection of all the Mainsheet editions that have been saved, digitized, listed for posterity’s sake. Big thanks go to Les Cummings for his diligent archival work in preserving the history of the Thunderbird Sailing Club.

January, 2019

Please welcome the 2019 TSC Board … yes we got some new blood (Welcome Hadley Jerman, TSC Secretary)! Welcome back to Jim Chapman (past commodore), Jim Madsen (Vice Commodore), Frederica (Treasurer), David (Rear C), Jim Waller (Fleet Captain). Phil and Jim Eller will continue as Boathouse Committee chair and Mainsheet editor, respectively. It’s not too early to consider a post on the board for 2020.2019 is shaping up to be another busy year of educational programs and classes, regattas, raft ups, fellowship and great food as usual! Be sure to check out the website (www.thunderbirdsailingclub.org) and our monthly MAINSHEET for upcoming events.

February, 2019

The Lake Thunderbird Educational Foundation added two new members to its board of directors at the annual meeting. The members are David Gray and Glede Holman. Neither of these individuals are strangers to the Boat House and BH mission. David became involved with the BH as a member of the OKC tri-athletes. David is one of the most accomplished swimming coaches in the state. He has spent numerous hours working to improve the BH grounds and generally enhancing the facility. Dave is also a member of the Thunderbird Sailing Club, serving as the Rear Commodore.

March, 2019

2019 is the golden anniversary of TSC’s start! Calling all History buffs –all who have pictures, knowledge, experiences, stories, about this great club from its beginning! Les Cummings has tons of great pictures (online and hard copies). We are pulling together a history/celebration committee to come up with ways to celebrate this golden anniversary. Ed Shoemaker will be helping us pull together some great activities/documents. If you know of regatta winners in years past, special tidbits of information, or anything that can help make this celebration grand, please let us know.

April, 2019

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Happy Spring TSC! We are springing into lots of sailing action, even as we might anticipate some severe weather events. Speaking of weather, we had beautiful weather and a great turn out for our St. Patrick’s day celebration and pot luck. Patrick Hyland, from the Weather Center here in Norman had us riveted, and weather aware!

May, 2019

First Sail is a new initiative organized by US Sailing with the goal of promoting the benefits of sailing, encouraging individuals to get out on the water and growing the sport of sailing across the United States. So, folks from out of town may be contacting us about going for a sail…for $50 each. Proceeds from this program will go toward upkeep of the share boat fleet. Thanks Jim Chapman! Check it out at https://www.ussailing.org/education/adult/first-sail/

January, 2018

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”.

February, 2018

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.

March, 2018

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.

April, 2018

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.

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