Monday, March 31, 2008
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Saturday, March 29, 2008
View Larger Map OK - that is what the signs on Interstate 94 say. But everyone in the Navy knows it as "Great Lakes." On the way back from Crowley's Ed and I stopped by. I needed a replacement sticker for my windshield (the last one went when the windshield was hit by a rock and spider webbed.) While we were there we filled up on gas (actually, it was the third fill up of the day.) We bought $10 in Chicago at $3.74 per gal, then again $10 in Chicago at $3.68 per gal. At Great Lakes it was only $3.32 per gallon. We are paying $3.27 in Milwaukee so it was not that bad. Brad told us that Chicago now has a 10.5% sales tax, the highest in the nation, and that is why gas is so expensive. Anyway, after putting out the "low fuel" light for the third time we went to find the MWR (morale, welfare and recreation) run marina. I had been there once before about 7 years ago and had taken away that it was in pretty rough shape. Well, it still is. But wait, there is a $13 million renovation underway so it will be brought back up to a reasonable state in the near future. So we look forward to at least stopping by and seeing it after they are done. Perhaps an overnight on the seawall. The picture above is the marina. Great fun to play at being back in the Navy!
Friday, March 28, 2008
US SAILING RACE OFFICER TRAINING & CERTIFICATION
PROGRAM-BASIC RACE MANAGEMENT SEMINAR
Presented by John Strassman, US SAILING Regional Race Officer
View the US SAILING website for registration and further information. www.ussailing.org Education, Race Offi cer Training, or contact the MYC Secretary, Rachael at 414.271.4455.
This seminar is sponsored by the US SAILING Race Management Committee and the Milwaukee Yacht Club. It is designed for people who have some race committee experience, but newcomers are also welcome. It will be held at the Milwaukee Yacht Club, will begin at 8:00 am
and end at 5:30 pm.
The topics covered include: RC objectives, RC responsibilities, sailing instructions, RC jobs, RC equipment, setting the course, starting system, starting penalties, before the start, during the race, fi nishing, and scoring. The changes in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2005-2008 that
affect race management will be discussed. At the seminar you will need your own copy of The Racing Rules of Sailing 2005-2008 (“RRS”).
Milwaukee Yacht Club 1700 N Lincoln Memorial Drive Milwaukee, WI 53202 Phone: 414.271.4455
These ladies go at it with enthusiam. Their web site is at http://www.mbwso.org Give it a look and let them know we sent you (our blog needs all the publicity it can get!)
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Obviously it will need work to prepare it for the Chicago - Mackinac but they do have several months to get it done.
I was quite surprised the other day when driving over the Hone Bridge that there was not ice anywhere. Or so I thought. Then I drove into McKinley and found that there was still 12 inches (according to the ice fisherman) by the slips.
It looks like it is finally starting to melt. Yea! Now if we can only get a clear path to "F" dock.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Link to the race info is: http://www.miyachtclub.com/index.htm
Friday, March 21, 2008
No, wait, 7 to 10 inches of snow. If we get 10 inches we will have had the second most snowfall winter on record. We need almost 26 inches to move into first place. But spring is still young and we get record snowfalls here until mid April. So keep your hopes up!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
USCG Boat House - apparently they are missing a permit to tear it down. So as soon as the permit is issued the project will get back on track.
McKinley early opening: It has been a tradition for McKinley to permit slip holders to bring their boats to the marina before its official opening day of May 1st. The quid pro quo has always been that the marina does not provide any services. I asked Clarke if he had set an "early arrival" date in mind. He laughed and told me "It's up to God. There is still 12 inches of ice in the marina!" So he knows we want to get in as soon as we can but also but also realizes that only ice boats could dock at the moment!
Monday, March 17, 2008
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
From mere bits of paper, pieces of wood, some chicken wire and alot of enthusiasm...
we gave birth to a gigantic yellow submarine.
The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center's "Sailor's Ball" took place last night at the Italian Community Center. Over 300 people attended, hundreds of auction items, and of course, the contest for the best decorated pram.
we got a respectable 2nd place... and yes, we GOT THE T-SHIRTS. some say far better than the goofy hats they got for first place.
I also know for a fact that we had way more fun putting it all together. we had a great time. what a wonderful experience. sure made this winter alot more tolerable. there's something really satisfying about working together for a common goal. lot's of stories and lot's of laughs.
wait 'til you hear some of the suggestions for future yellow submarine voyages... review of the fleet for SSYC among them...
Thanks so much for joining us on this silly adventure. it way a joy.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
(Full disclosure - my son Trevor is an Assistant Manager at the 76th street store. Tell him you saw his name on my blog!)
Went to the dentist this morning. Second day in a row and not done. On the way home Hamido (my driver, helper, and in general all around goo...
I was invited by Nick to help him move his Swan 46 from Key West to Galveston TX a distance across the Gulf of Mexico of about 7500 nau...
There has always been a great interest in knowing how much to budget for the cruising life. The answer is always "it depends." I t...
I had a great conversation with Jerome "Jerry" Sullivan today to bring me up to speed on Merlin's future racing plans. Merl...