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Below is the Feburary 2011 R.P.S.C. Newsletter

Rickey Point Sail Club ~ 2011 Newsletter ~

Please take a few minutes and catch up with your favorite sail club.

1. From the Commodore – J. Foster Fanning, Commodore, Page 1
2. L. R. National Recreation Area Shoreline Management Plan - J.B. & D.S. Page 1
3. Notes from the field - Mauritius - Joann Marshall & John Hageman Page 2
5. R.P.S.C. Waiting List - J. Foster Fanning Page 4
7. Nutshell Pram (a Wooden Boat design) - Jay Berube Page 6
8. The Final Word – Who’s Got Cabin Fever… - Commodore Page 7
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If we are of the same mind-set you too are looking forward to trimming the sails and listening to the water passing along the hull as your vessel cuts a clean wake across the lake. Thinking of sailing gets me looking at my ‘to do’ list not only for the boat but for our sail club as well. Here are a few things on the list for R.P.S.C.
Membership meeting:
We have locked in on our spring general membership date. It is 3:pm, Sunday March 13th, 2011 at Barney’s Junction Restaurant, Kettle Falls.
Treasurer’s position:
Larry Ravencraft has given notice of relinquishing the treasurer’s position. He and Ursula have sold the boat and are moving on to other activities. While we will all miss Larry we are fortunate he has done such a great job with organizing our fiscal records and updating our financial documentation our club is much better off for his efforts.
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Don Shirm and Jay Berube attended the Lake Roosevelt Forum Conference this last fall representing the sailing club. We plan to make more detailed presentations at the annual meeting, but wanted to give you some initial information from that conference, since there were a number of topics that will be of interest to club members.

The Management Plan for Lake Roosevelt was finalized in 2010. It contains information of interest to our sailing club. The portions of most interest are the North District Enhancements and the Camping Plan. The North District includes the area around Kettle Falls.

North District Enhancements
  • Redesign Marcus swim beach area
  • Develop Lion Island (at the mouth of the Colville River) as a designated swim area.
  • Develop a deep water launch for Kettle Falls (this may re-open the issue of moving the marina).
  • Move the floating toilet at Kettle Falls closer to the Rice area.
  • Create new shoreline trails; Bradbury to Rickey Point and Kamloops to Napoleon Bridge.
  • Analyze an expanded parking area at Rickey Pt.
  • Better enforce noise restrictions (Not limited to North District).
Camping Plan
  • Camping will go to a permit system.
  • The NPS will provide bags for human waste and permits at boat launches.
  • Create more boat in camping opportunities.
  • Establish a walk-in campground at Daisy-Jerome Pt.
  • Develop a reservation system for boat-in camps.
  • Allow beach campfires.
There will apparently be public meetings regarding the camping plan this year.
Again, we will have an NPS representative present this topic in more detail at the annual meeting.
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Here are the subjects to be covered from the Lake Roosevelt Forum, (in addition to Jay's shoreline management plan). I hope this makes it for the newsletter. Don
  • Dam Maintenance, renovation to the third powerhouse: What it will mean to us.
  • Fish Safety: Ongoing tissue sampling of Columbia River fish.
  • Black Sand Beach: Monitoring the clean-up.
  • Invasive Muscles: Be afraid, be very afraid... Coming to a lake near you?

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Notes from the field -                  MAURITIUS, INDIAN OCEAN
November 25th, 2010
Dearest Commodore,

My humble mate and I write with news of the Tropic of Capricorn and its most favored island, Mauritius (or as the natives refer to it L’Ile Maurice). Since it is Thanksgiving Day, we decided to attempt to soothe our homesickness by writing to you.

To date, we have found the accommodations and the natives here, most pleasant. East Indian, African, Chinese, and various mixtures of the above inhabit this bit of volcanic outcropping in the middle of the Indian Ocean, and of course, the stray European. Although the official language is English, we’ve found that many people do not speak it but rather Creole, French, or Hindi. My limited French has been of some help, but smiling stupidly and gesturing appear to work as well as bad French in communicating with the local population.

With our own vessel in dry dock, we’ve attempted to find suitable passage to a nearby island to explore the possibility of a RPSC EAST buoy field. As luck would have it, we were able to engage a 9meter catamaran, the SunKiss2 and found an exceptional crew to guide us through the dangerous reef that surrounds all of Mauritius. After successfully navigating the reef, our search led us to the shores of Flat Island, where we immediately set off to survey the mooring choices, marine life, and local medicinal rum-based libations.

With window-like enclosures for our eyes, breathing tubes and clever propulsion devices on our feet, we could concentrate on inspecting the sea bottom. We observed many wondrous sea creatures, both flora and fauna. One of these was the colorful and curmudgeonly Picasso Triggerfish. When swimming over the sand nest of one of these creatures, we found it necessary to be quick about one’s business and be on the way. Otherwise, one might feel the wrath of tiny teeth imbedded in one’s backside and/or some other soft tissue.

The energy expended in such delightful endeavors soon brought us back to our craft. There we found the crew grilling a feast of smoked marlin (since we were unable to locate the fabled dodo bird – they seem to have all disappeared) over a charcoal fire for us. To ward off any potential infestation of the dreaded Hairy-Berry Teetsee Fly, known to swarm unsuspecting boaters, we followed the direction of the ship’s doctor (Dr. Rumologist) and continued our intake of medicinal rum. Fortunately, the good doctor had prepared ample amounts of the proper concoction to maintain our good health by using the local ‘Good Will Rum’ (about $2.85 per liter) infused with local fruits such as lychees, lemons and oranges. Following a satisfying meal and several more doses of Good Will, we prepared for the journey home by resting in the sun on the SunKiss2 trampoline.

In the hands of our able-bodied crew we were able to navigate through the turbulent seas between Flat Island and L’Ile Maurice. However, the pitch and roll of the sea continued on land for some time, not completely subsiding until later the next day.

So, dear Commodore, we are happy to report that there remains an excellent anchorage which would be very suitable for a RPSC EAST buoy field and most respectfully request that we be dispatched to begin negotiations with the natives as soon as possible.

Your humble servants,
Joann Marshall & John Hageman

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Rickey Point Sail Club                                WAITING LIST

Here is the current information regarding our buoy field waiting list for 2011. There will be movement on this list this year as at least one member is resigning from our club. Other members may be removed from buoy assignment for compliance reasons.

If you are near the top of the waiting list you need to be prepared to accept the offer of a buoy assignment. Here’s how it works:

Waiting List Members: If you receive a NEW BUOY ASSIGNMENT you are required to pay the following:
  • A one time non-refundable fee of $100.00 (funds buoy hardware, anchor system)
  • Membership fee $25.00 (funds various activities & admin costs)
  • Buoy fee $130.00 (funds NPS annual permit fees)
  • Insurance fee $45.00 (funds mandatory insurance)
Total $300.00

Position Name Boat name Boat type
1 Gary & Suzanne Killings Peaches MacGregor 26
2 Adam Wharf Davy Jones Luders 21
3 Dan Kilgore Li'l Sea Breeze Montgomery 15
4 John R.Hageman Gillyfoyle Halman 20
5 Michael & Catharine Whitby BREILA Contessa 38
6 Fred & Joanna Perry Desert Fish Catalina 22
7 Forrest Hincke Fat Chance Northwest 21
8 Bryant Tyrone looking to buy
9 Pete DeLang MacGregor 26
10 Kris & Jody Bellini SAFFRON San Juan 23

There is another type of buoy assignment referred to as temporary which occurs when RPSC Board approves a buoy holder hardship claim for a season. If you are on the waiting list and a ‘temporary buoy assignment’ comes your way you pay your normal membership fee (see above) and the seasonal buoy fee and insurance fee for the buoy that is temporarily available to you.

Buoy holders: If you know in advance that you need to make a hardship claim for the season please work with the R.P.S.C. Port Captain or Commodore as soon as possible so we can temporarily assign your buoy and help you recover costs for this season.

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Our By-Laws can be reviewed at:
The proposed changes are highlighted in yellow. Non highlighted text is current language of the by-laws.

Article II – Membership: Section I
As an initiation fee on being admitted to Club membership, a new member shall be assessed a yearly dues as follows:
1. Annual $25 per individual membership equals one vote.
2. A pro-rata share of costs incurred by the Club on behalf of the members, which shall include costs for:
  • Buoy hardware, anchor hardware upgrades and maintenance fees (one time occurrence)
  • Annual buoy fee (for buoy holders only)
  • Annual insurance fee (for buoy holders only)
Article II – Membership: Section III
Application for membership in the Club shall be made by submitting a signed agreement to adhere to club By-Laws and BFG and payment of club dues. The membership application will be reviewed and if accepted the applicant will be installed as a club member at the next membership meeting.

Application for membership in the Club shall be made in the manner prescribed by the Membership Committee Officers Board as approved by the general membership and included in these by-laws. The membership application, in its approved form, shall contain an agreement to abide by the By-Laws of the Club. An application for membership shall be referred to the Membership Committee for recommendation. If the recommendation is for approval, the applicant shall then become a member of the Club upon payment of the required fees and installed at a membership meeting.

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Nutshell Pram (a Wooden Boat design)
I have forms and plans for building this sturdy little tender. Both I and Don Worley have built them, and we'd like to find a home for the forms and plans.
Good price - free to anyone who might be interested.
I would also like to sell/trade my pram if anyone is interested.
Please contact Jay at 738-6987.
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Remember you can keep you with your favorite Sail Club on-line at: http://rickeypointsailclub.blogspot.com/

Look forward to seeing many of you at our general membership meeting 3:pm, Sunday, March 13th at Barney’s Junction…

CABIN FEVER?                       WHO’S GOT CABIN FEVER?

Wikipedia’s got it wrong. They say, “Cabin fever is an idiomatic term for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group is isolated and/or shut in, in a small space, with nothing to do, for an extended period”... Not. As a northern sailor I know cabin fever. Get it every year about this time. It’s a reaction that takes place when I’m isolated from my boat for over three months with another two months of winter weather to go. I know the symptoms really well. That pacing back and forth in front of the fireplace, which has already consumed far too much firewood. The tired eyes from rereading my favorite sailing books, TREKKA, MAIDEN VOYAGE, WORLD CRUISING ROUTES. Some years I reread all 21 books of the Jack Aubrey adventures by Patrick O’Brian. And then the anticipation, oft near desperate, while awaiting the next issue of Cruising World to sate my fevered hunger. Yep, I got it ~ bad…

Sometimes the only cure is for Catherine to tuck me into our loft berth and whilst I recover sipping medicinal rum she will read me excerpts from our cruising logbook.

“We dropped the hook in the small cove between Hellsgate Island and the towering cliffs of basalt forming the northern wall of the anchorage. The water was calm and taking on a hint of golden from the setting sun. After a long day passage it is most always refreshing to bring the vessel to a stop. Secure the hook in good holding sand, let out a hundred feet of chain, and take a deep breath in the cockpit. Not another boat in sight. No roads. No houses. Just a crescent, sandy beach bordered to the north by the tall dark cliffs and a small, steep walled, uninhabited island between us and the body of Roosevelt Lake and the main channel of the Columbia River. As the vessel and crew settle to quiet we spy a mother whitetail doe with a near grown fawn moving quietly from their browse under the bitterbrush and into the shadows of a lone copse of ponderosa pines. Canadian geese call in their flight overhead, vanishing into the dark but colorful western sky. As Catherine and I touch glasses in a toast to another evening aboard I note the sky and the merlot are of the same color and a smile crosses my lips thinking to myself, “we are drinking the sky”.

With that I’ll drift into a pleasant sleep, dreaming of bright sails and warm breezes, a good old boat and well found mate. Secure in the knowledge winter will pass…
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