5/11/19, 6:00 pm
Dave & Lori Gorwitz
6/15/19, 6:00 pm
Maple Bluff Beach
6/16/19, 3:00 pm
Payton Regatta Awards
7/07/19, 1:00 pm
Wendy's Bloody Mary Party
8/04/19, 12:00 pm
Victory Day Party
Between Race Party at Burrows Park
8/21/19, 8:00 pm
After Race Pizza Party
Liz and Todd Tiefenthaler
9/01/19, 1:00 pm
Hot Dog Fest
Don and Beth Anderson
Meet Ron Curio, Your 2019 Commodore.
It is fortuitous that Ron Curio, a man who has loved and studied wind and weather all his life, would become commodore of the Mendota Yacht Club.
Ron started sailing at Hoofers in 1965 when he came to UW as an undergraduate in meteorology. When he wasn’t at Science Hall learning about weather and atmosphere, he would immerse himself in the weather while sailing at Hoofers. He never felt guilty about the time he spent on Tech Dinghies and Interlakes because he felt like he was working on his major.
Once he got his BA in Meteorology, he moved to Washington DC to work with the National Meteorological Center. His main job there was to plot maps by hand. It didn’t take him long to discover sailing on the Potomac, where he sailed on a Dragon, a boat similar to a Lightning.
In 1970, he moved to Chicago to work for the weather bureau. Not wanting to be far from the water, he took up residence in Chicago’s Lincoln Park near Lake Michigan. Since it was early in his career, he couldn’t afford Chicago’s pricey yacht club market, so he joined the American Youth Hostel. As a member of AYH, he sailed a Rhodes 19 on Lake Michigan. It wasn’t long until he started teaching sailing to other hostel members, and this enabled him to sail for free.
It was during a dryland weather lecture for classes preparing to sail that he met his future wife, Kathryn, a Nursing student at the University of Illinois. They didn’t “connect” immediately, but later when Ron led a Youth Hostel trip to Door County, Ron and Kathryn hit it off. They were married in March, 1974, in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and began sailing together on a Rhodes 19. On the day Nixon resigned in August of 1974 they bought their own Rhodes. They loved sailing together. Kathryn was awesome on the spinnaker, and in 1985, just before they moved to Madison, after their second child was born, Ron and Kathryn won the Rhodes 19 fleet championship.
Before moving to Madison, Ron began his search for a new boat. He contacted Mendota Yacht Club to learn which fleets sailed in the club and settled on the M-20. He purchased one before moving to Madison even though he knew nothing about scows. The boat suited him, but as the fleet slowly dwindled, Ron found himself on a boat without a fleet. He learned of an MC fleet in Pewaukee and started commuting to bi-weekly races. He was thrilled when he discovered that an MC fleet was taking root on Lake Mendota and came back to sail with the MYC.
Ron has several goals as Commodore of MYC. First and most important, he wants the club to have a fun and successful sailing year. He is hoping to improve club communications, something that is a challenge in a decentralized club without a central boat house. He feels this can be done by making the MYC website our “virtual” club house. He’s hoping the website can become the “go to” place for members when they want to learn what is happening in the club. Finally, Ron would also like to enhance coordination with Hoofers and the Madison Youth Sailing Foundation. He is hoping to organize at least one event with these clubs this year.
Ron loves racing competition, being on the lake, and losing himself in the moment when the wind and the water and the sailing and racing skills all come together. It would give him great pleasure for you also to experience that joy, and to that he dedicates his time as Commodore and Board member of Mendota Yacht Club.
Unless you were vacationing in Playa del Carmen this past week-end, the place to be on Saturday night was the Four Lakes Yacht Club where roughly 65 boaters from four different yacht clubs braved freezing rain, slush, and high winds to meet fellow lake lovers and to bask in temperatures cranked up to 80 degrees.
The revelers donned Hawaiian shirts, shorts, sandals, and sunglasses as they mingled with each other and enjoyed the buffet dinner. It was fun getting to know folks from Madison’s other yacht clubs. MYC’s Eric Kerlow organized the event and the Four Lakes Yacht Club graciously hosted it.
Kent Gangstad (Four Lakes Yacht Club) was our colorful and entertaining MC. Among other things, he conducted a Drink It or Wear It raffle in which our MYC members won big. Participating clubs were Four Lakes Yacht Club, Mendota Yacht Club, Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club, and Monona Sailing Club. If this year was any indication, it may have been the first of many annual combined yacht club gatherings.
Paul McMillan, Don Anderson and Don Sanford
Julie Mills and Joe SIlverberg
Frost quakes are popping and booming on roofs, decks, and the lakes. The young (and young at heart) are ice skating on driveways and sidewalks. Winter sailors are scurrying around looking for the smoothest and fastest ice. With all this cold-weather activity, it’s hard to think about summer sailing. But that’s exactly what Linda Baumann, MYC’s 2019 Social Chair, has been doing. She has assembled a slate of social events that will match the year’s sailing and racing for fun and excitement.
We understand that the County has just lifted the “No Wake” restriction from Lake Mendota. Maybe it’s time to try for a (late) Fall Season. Just kidding….
But while we have your attention, Dane County Land & Water Resources Department will be holding public meetings regarding the 2018 flooding. These are interesting programs and ought to be of interest to:
County staff will provide information on factors that contributed to the flooding, next steps and initiatives to reduce future flooding and improve Dane County's ability to respond to flooding. They’ll also take questions from attendees.
These meetings are free and open to the public:
For more information on the 2018 flooding click here.
On October 26, around 50 sailors and their families gathered at the Essen Haus to celebrate the 2018 sailing season. In spite of the shortened racing season, spirits were high as people shared sailing stories along with the family-style dinner.
WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2018 TIME: 6 p.m. Cocktails at the Bar and Hors D’Oeuvres 7 p.m. Dinner 8 p.m. Awards 8:30 p.m. Polka Band! WHERE: Essen Haus
The upcoming Annual Membership Meeting is on Wed. Sep. 12 at 6 p.m.
People gather for drinks and/or dinner on their own at 6… meeting starts promptly at 7.
The plan is to have the meeting at the Essen Haus as has been customary. We will make an announcement if that changes.
Please return trophies at the Annual Membership Meeting. If you can’t attend (or can’t get a crew member to drop the trophies off at the meeting for you), then you must drop your trophies off at the Commodores house between now and Sunday, Sep. 16 – at the LATEST.
Dear MYC Sailors,
I wanted to provide you all with an update on the status of MYC racing.
As a result of the recent and unprecedented rainfall, Lake Mendota is subject to an indefinite slow-no-wake restriction. The high water has also compelled us to haul RC1 and RC2 out of the water. Maple Bluff Marina, where we keep RC1, is officially closed for the season; the docks and boatlifts have been removed and will not be reinstalled this season. We considered moving RC1 to Skipper Buds or one of the other marinas, but even if we were to have done so it would not have been practical for our race officer to get to and from the racing area at 5 mph, besides, our committee boats do not have bottom paint – that would have made for a huge mess had we left them in the water.
Most of the docks on Lake Mendota, including those at Burrows Park, have been pulled out. Even if Burrows were usable, the MYC scow racing season would have ended on Labor Day anyway. While many of you with keelboats on moorings still have your boats in the water, your competitors who keep their boats on lifts have had to pull their boats.
It is extremely unlikely that the slow-no-wake restrictions will be lifted anytime soon. As long as the restrictions are in place, holding further club races is, regrettably, unfeasible. Should the no-wake restriction be lifted, we will reevaluate whether to hold any fall-series keelboat races.
Fall is one of the best times to get out on the lake. Lake Mendota is open for sailing. If you are lucky enough to have your boat in the water, enjoy! Sadly, mother nature has dictated that our 2018 racing season is likely complete.
I look forward to seeing you all at the Annual Membership Meeting and the Fall Banquet. Check the MYC website for updates.
David M. Gorwitz
No racing at least until the slow no wake restriction is lifted. Also note that we have had to haul RC1 out that and her home, Maple Bluff Marina, is closed for the rest of the year.
It is reasonably likely that we are done for 2018.
The Wednesday night race is cancelled due to the Slow-No-Wake from the county.Photo gallery!
Who: MYC sailors and friends
What: All you can eat pizza and beer for $5.00
Where: Tim and Darby Sugar’s house.
When: 6:30 PM.
Why: Because eating pizza, drinking beer and telling sailing stories is so much fun!
The annual moonlight race was set for July 25th.
The annual moonlight race was set for July 25th.
Back-to-back races on Sat/Sun at 10 a.m. The Sunday races count as part of the Summer Series (unless expressly stated otherwise in the SSIs).
Avanti wins the Memorial Day race in her first outing...
Avanti wins the Memorial Day race in her first outing...
The 2018 season began with a slow start on Saturday due to very light winds...
Bill Shelton was the main caretaker for Bill Ward after his accident on RC 1 in 2006. Since Bill Shelton passed away 5 months before Bill Ward, there was a need for someone else to look after Bill Ward’s affairs...
Club members and guests celebrated the beginning of summer and the upcoming sailing season with fellow sailors at the 2018 Spring Banquet on May 12th. Commodore Gorwitz has graciously hosted the banquet at his home once again.
The final races of the Fall Series were a great success. With winds 10-15 with gusts over 20 knots, it was a fun ride!Photo gallery!
More details as we get them, no reports of any arrests yet!
...has been moved to Grant's Bayside house! The party time will still be from 1pm until 4pm.
With light to medium winds and moderate temperatures, we had great turnout with 28 boats racing!Photo gallery!
With barely enough wind on Saturday and almost too much wind on Sunday, we got in a full slate of races for the Keelboats, 3 races for the E-Scows and a pair of races for the MC-Scows.Photo gallery!
Even with some minor technical issues, we did get racing in. Major thanks to Keith Rosenbaum and Tom Teska for making the race possible.
The evening began with a breeze of 10-15 kts for some fun sailing. 22 boats came out representing every fleet.Photo gallery!
NEW RACING RULES EFFECTIVE 2017
Please note that there are several important changes in the 2017 MYC Notice of Race & Sailing Instructions (NOR/SSI) and in the 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).
We strongly suggest that you review the rules and take note of the several important changes.
We had no racing on Saturday due to lack of wind, but Memorial Day was a fun day to be out on the water!Photo gallery!
After a 24 hour delay brought on by the icky weather rule, MYC had a great start to the sailing season. Six keelboats ventured out into the stout, chilly breeze.Photo gallery!
MYC started the social season on Saturday with a fantastic party at the Gorwitz home. Feauring roast tenderloin, wine, cheese, beer and of course copious amounts of rum!