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, 2020

New Year’s Day at the Boathouse was a great event. More than 50 people joined in the fun.

Hats off to the swimmers who made the polar plunge. Piers braved to the cold water for 7 and a half minutes. Keith and Melissa Camp-bell brought Pegasus around to the boathouse and beat to the dam in 25+ knot wind with 4 passengers; brisk but not bitter cold.

I am looking forward to the coming year. With the new tractor and RIB coming to us in the near future, our resources are improving. The shared boat program is alive and well. The sailing instructors are talking about up-coming classes with enthusiasm. I want to thank everyone who made donations for the Zests, Teras, tractor and RIB. I know every-one in the club hopes we are successful in our endeavors to promote sailing and assist in the growth of the sailing club. Thanks to all of our partners and may this year provide us with opportunities to strengthen our relationships.

February, 2020

Finally, the AquaJet 14 arrived from Florida. Six TSC members “supervised” the offloading of the RIB at Norris Marine in Norman. Many thanks to Norris Marine for facilitating the delivery at their business. While the RIB is there Norris will make some minor repairs so it will be ready for classes in June.
As Commodore, I have the duty (privilege) of attending the LTEF board meeting(s). Last night was the annual board meeting and much discussion was devoted to the use of donated funds for specific projects directly affecting the sailing club. It is my sincere hope that sailing club members and anyone else associated with the boathouse or LTEF, that there is absolute confidence in the administration of those donated funds.

As I looked around the table I felt total trust in the in the members of the board and the boathouse management. The only goal of all concerned is to advance the welfare of our various programs and the well being of the boathouse. All of us benefit from the use of the boathouse. I hope we all feel gratitude for the endless hours of donated time and effort that go into the operation and management of the boathouse and the supporting programs associated with it. If we had to pay for all the services provided by our members and partners we would have been out of “business” a long time ago. Rest assured, your donations are being meticulously care for.

March, 2020

As most of you know, the Shared Boat Program (SBP) is growing and it has become an integral part of our community sailing program. The keelboat classes use the SBP boats for the on-the-water skills training. The keelboat students are associate members of the sailing club when they pay for the keelboat class. Some of the keelboat class graduates have become part of the SBP crew. We are excited about their continued interest and involvement in sailing and the sailing club.

The TSC board will be proposing new language to be adopted into the by-laws and standing rules of the TSC. Thus far, an ad hoc committee has been shepherding the program but, the board feels it is time to establish a standing committee to oversee the SBP. Committee members will include TSC board member(s), two crew from each shared boat, the boathouse manager, a LTEF board member and the SBP manager who is appointed by the TSC board.
I hope each of TSC members will continue to support the SBP by voting for the by-laws change in an upcoming club meeting.

April, 2020

No one can claim that life is not interesting or challenging. I missed seeing everyone at the March pot-luck however, the TSC board had its virtual meeting to conduct business. Thank you, Lorrie. All events scheduled for April have been canceled and May events are pending. Let’s see how things progress in the coming 4 weeks. We certainly are hoping our June sailing classes will happen as planned.

Those enrolled in the CPR class that was scheduled for Mar 21st can still go online to complete the 5 hrs of training and print your certificate. We will schedule the hands-on portion when the pandemic has subsided. Work on the AquaScan RIB is progressing. We are still planning on having the summer sailing classes.

Please, stay in touch with each other while we are prohibited from meeting in person. Let someone on the board know of illness (if you wish to share). There may be something we can do to help. At the very least we can send good thoughts your way. Be careful out there and hopefully we will soon meet again.

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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

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/

June, 2019

Unfortunately, weather remains better for ducks and geese than sailors! Hopefully, this is as high as she goes. May is springing us into a summer of sailing education, racing, and fun nevertheless!

May Fiesta proved fun, filled with great food, and an awesome program on Racing/Rules, etc. by Jerry Lojka, Mary Anne Secrist, and Karen Thurston. Thanks again to David Gray for providing the festive atmosphere.

Stay tuned for Tie Dye Summer Beach Party on June 15. BE SURE TO BUY YOUR TSC T-SHIRT FOR THIS EVENT. We will also kick off the Leukemia Regatta!

July: Cheeseburgers in Paradise Be sure to bring picnic-style food for the July club meeting and potluck; August: 50th TSC Anniversary Celebration; September: Boats, Blues and BBQ; Oct: Sailing Knot Bee

July, 2019

Happy summer everyone!

What a busy month! TSC volunteers are the backbone of our club, and we especially appreciate them all as June activities descended.

The RS Teras and Zests arrived. Thanks to Phil for tactfully shepherding the boats from England to Norman and to all of the volunteers who helped unload and put them together. They have been put to the test in youth sailing classes for two weeks in June. By all accounts, the kids and instructors love the boats.

Again, thanks to Jerry Lojka, Phil Moershel, Jim Waller, Jim Chapman, Gray Graham, Paul Reynolds, Frederica Cottrel, Mary Ann Secrist, David Gray, Devon, and others, not to mention the awesome food provided by David and Joyce Craigie! Sailing class instructors and volunteers were very well fed!

These classes provide a wonderful opportunity for youth to learn sailing skills, engage in physical activity, become comfortable around the water, and make new friends. These classes are top notch and we are lucky to have so many skilled volunteers to manage these classes (and the children).

Upcoming Programs – July: Cheeseburgers in Paradise Be sure to bring picnic-style food for the July club meeting and potluck; August: 50th TSC Anniversary Celebration; September: Boats, Blues and BBQ; Oct: Sailing Knot Bee

August, 2019

As you all know, on August 17 TSC will celebrate 50 years of fun-filled sailing and educational activities, friends, and food! As I’ve been collecting stories from our gloried past, one came to mind – and I always remember it when I see small sailboats … and Connie Di-vine. Connie, a long time TSC member and 20-year secretary for the Lake Thunderbird Educational Foundation, and I were reminiscing at our recent Cheese-burgers in Paradise event. By the way, what a party!!

Thanks to Rear Commodore David Gray for setting up the wonderful evening with food, music, décor, and fun.

Upcoming Programs – August: 50th TSC Anniversary Celebration; September: Boats, Blues and BBQ; Oct: Sailing Knot Bee

September, 2019

Another month of summer to go! Lots going on. OKASA, 50th birthday celebration, LLS Family Water Festival, weekly races, Boats, Blues, and BBQ — a busy place we have here!

What a party we had to celebrate TSC’s 50th Birthday! Over 100 of our old and new friends came to celebrate! Thanks to all that helped and contributed to a joyous occasion.

Upcoming Programs – September: Boats, Blues and BBQ; Oct: Sailing Knot Bee

October, 2019

A busy summer of activity – meetings, 50th Anniversary, sailing classes for youth, adults, and now finishing up Fall Keelboat class, community events like OKASA and CAST, and LLS fundraiser, boat-house and grounds maintenance.

Like the golden leaves of autumn that we rely on each fall to bring us golden color and change, hope for the future, these members continue to con-tribute to the boathouse, its maintenance, raising its community presence…our members are golden gems keeping the club, the boathouse, and the LTEF growing.

Particularly, Les Cummings and Phil Moershel, we hope you get and continue to be well as we move forth. Thanks so much for all that you all do now and in the future for TSC.

November, 2019

As the year draws to a close, I remain so impressed and proud of the programs that TSC offers, and the tireless energy of the people working to improve our pro-grams, equipment, and facilities.

Phil Moershel and the BoatHouse Management Committee have worked non-stop to upgrade our youth sailing fleet. Classes were all full this summer and keelboat class members are doing their final sails. In conjunction with the LTEF and BoatHouse Management, we are raising funds to replace our tractor and safety boat, two essential items needed for regattas, classes, and community events (see notice later in this issue).

December, 2019

As I think about this past year as Commodore, I again am reminded of how much service and activity goes on within TSC. Our members are some of the hardest working, generous, and kind-hearted folks one could ever hope to meet. I have learned a lot of lessons this year – in particular, this club accomplishes nothing without its members!

We have much to offer our members, and our community. We have folks of many talents who put in many hours in the effort to teach classes, provide sailing opportunities to new and experienced sailors, and keep our BoatHouse and grounds in good condition.

We have many stewards of the environment and facilities, and I am thankful for our association with Lake Thunderbird and surrounding community. I appreciate the patience all have had with me during this very busy year, and I look forward to continued involvement in the coming years.

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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