Papoose Articles

by Don Okner

Previous Papoose articles dating back to April 2001 can be viewed in the Papoose Archive section.
Most articles include original photos that appeared in the LMCC publication.  Enjoy!

May 2018 Papoose Article

posted Apr 8, 2018, 1:13 PM by Ian Oldridge

Please note the following important information regarding the Junior Sailing School: Due to the extended Sparta public school year because of excessive snow days, we have revised our schedule for the Junior Sailing School. This very popular activity is open to children of all members of the Lake Mohawk Country Club.  We will have trained, US Sailing certified instructors teaching the classes.  Classes are open to children of LMCC members and will now run from July 2, 2018 to August 3, 2018. There will be three levels of instruction.  Students must be age 10 and above. Space is limited. Here are the details:

Dates: July 2, 2018 to August 3, 2018

    •       Sailing Level 1: Monday, Tuesday Thursday

                ◦       A.M. Class: 9:30 am 12:15 pm, or

                ◦       P.M. Class: 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

    •       Sailing Level 2: Wed & Fri 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

    •       Sailing Level 3/3+ (Snipe Sailing): Wed & Fri 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

    •       Students age 10 and above

    •       Cost: Level 1 - $375; Level 2 or 3 - $250

 

To register, call Jan Oldridge at (973)729-3105 or email her at lmycjsp@gmail.com. Don’t wait until the last minute or you may be too late!

Remember, the LMYC is open to any LMCC members who are interested in sailing.  Therefore, plan to join us. For more information, you can visit us on the web at www.lakemohawksailing.org. Ian Oldridge has been doing a terrific job with our web-site.  It’s well worth the look! Also, you can email us at lakemohawksailing@gmail.com, or write us in care of PO Box 29, Sparta, NJ.

Until next month, smooth sailing and God bless America!

                                                           Don Okner


April 2018 Papoose Article

posted Mar 10, 2018, 7:35 AM by Ian Oldridge   [ updated Mar 10, 2018, 7:56 AM ]

2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the incorporation of the LMYC and the 85th year of organized sailing on Lake Mohawk! We are looking forward to some great fun so, check your email and our web site for dates and times of events as well as our first races, which are likely to take place before May has ended. 

We are once again offering our every popular Junior Sailing School which is open to children of all members of the Lake Mohawk Country Club.  We will have trained, US Sailing certified instructors teaching the classes.  Classes are open to LMCC members and will run from June 25, 2018 to July 27, 2018. There will be three levels of instruction.  Students must be age 10 and above. Space is limited. Here are the details:

Dates: June 25, 2018 to July 27, 2018

    •       Sailing Level 1: Monday, Tuesday Thursday

                ◦       A.M. Class: 9:30 am 12:15 pm, or

                ◦       P.M. Class: 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

    •       Sailing Level 2: Wed & Fri 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

    •       Sailing Level 3/3+ (Snipe Sailing): Wed & Fri 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

    •       Students age 10 and above

    •       Cost: Level 1 - $375; Level 2 or 3 - $250

To register, call Jan Oldridge at (973)729-3105 or email her at lmycjsp@gmail.com. Don’t wait until the last minute or you may be too late!

Remember, the LMYC is open to any LMCC members who are interested in sailing.  Therefore, plan to join us. For more information, you can visit us on the web at www.lakemohawksailing.org. Ian Oldridge has been doing a terrific job with our web-site.  It’s well worth the look! Also, you can email us at lakemohawksailing@gmail.com, or write us in care of PO Box 29, Sparta, NJ.

 Until next month, smooth sailing and God bless America!

                                                                                                                                                     Don Okner



March 2018 Papoose Article

posted Feb 23, 2018, 10:37 AM by Ian Oldridge

Wow! It’s not only 2018 but, it’s already March -- and in April, our activities will begin.  Next month, we will have our annual clean-up (ugh!) and ask that all members try to lend a hand.  The reward will be our first social event for the year, the Prep Signal Party.  And in May we can expect a Mast Raising event  where sailors and crew will assist one another in readying their boats for racing, followed by a Cinco de Mayo Party.  Please be on the alert for dates and times for these events as well as our first races which are likely to take place before May has ended. 

We are once again offering our every popular Junior Sailing School which is open to children of all members of the Lake Mohawk Country Club.  We will have trained, US Sailing certified instructors teaching the classes.  Classes are open to LMCC members and will run from June 25, 2018 to July 27, 2018. There will be three levels of instruction.  Students must be age 10 and above. Space is limited. Here are the details:

 Dates: June 25, 2018 to July 27, 2018

  • Sailing Level 1: Monday, Tuesday Thursday
    • A.M. Class: 9:30 am – 12:15 pm, or
    • P.M. Class: 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Sailing Level 2: Wed & Fri 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
  • Sailing Level 3/3+ (Snipe Sailing): Wed & Fri 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Students age 10 and above
  • Cost: Level 1 - $375; Level 2 or 3 - $250

To register, call Jan Oldridge at (973)729-3105 or email her at lmycjsp@gmail.com. Don’t wait until the last minute or you may be too late!

Remember, the LMYC is open to any LMCC members who are interested in sailing.  Therefore, plan to join us. For more information, you can visit us on the web at www.lakemohawksailing.org. Ian Oldridge has been doing a terrific job with our web-site.  It’s well worth the look! Also, you can email us at lakemohawksailing@gmail.com, or write us in care of PO Box 29, Sparta, NJ.

Until next month, smooth sailing and God bless America!

                                                                                                                      Don Okner


February 2018 Papoose Article

posted Jan 6, 2018, 10:30 AM by Ian Oldridge

As reported lase month,  our  2017 Awards Party was held on Dec. 10th at which time trophies were presented based on racing results for 2017.  However, that was not all.  Some of our members were recognized for their service to the LMYC. Commodore Perry Anderson reports the following:

 

The John Myers Memorial Trophy – in recognition of outstanding club service: We are a small club and we count on all to pitch in to make it work.  Therefore, to single out one or two people is difficult. We have selected Don and Madeleine Okner as the 2017 recipients.

 

Don Okner writes the monthly LMYC article for the Papoose. He is also our agent with the State of NJ for filing LMYC’s “not for profit” annual report. Normally it is a routine report which the Treasurer annually completes and submits.  Two years ago, the State of NJ instituted an on-line system with disastrous results. Data from the previous year was omitted, which made it look as though the prior year had not been filed.  Don was able to sort through all information and correct the current and prior year’s filing.

 

Madeleine Okner is responsible for stocking the Buoy Room with soda and paper products.  She also cleans the bathroom as needed (thankless tasks). This past year, she noticed that the table and benches were in need of paint, and painted them. Thank you to Don and Madeleine for your Outstanding Club Service.

 

The Edwin Syracuse Memorial Award -- In memory of Ed, a fellow sailor and friend, to all who knew him.  His life demonstrated true sportsmanship, displayed courage through the adversities he faced, and exemplified dedication and service to sailing. John Marx is the 2017 recipient. John was unable to race this past summer, yet he remained active and interested in racing. He served on the Board, prepared the race schedule, reminded skippers when they were to be race committee for the day, and served as race committee on multiple occasions. He also prepped the Club Snipes for the Junior Sailing Program and kept them in tune.

 

The Most Improved Skipper award for 2017 went to Brent Cherry. Brent unquestionably demonstrated his skill with a Lightning, taking second place in the Spring Series and fourth in the Fall Series.  He and his family have been great additions to the club. 

 

Our 2017 Crew of the Year recipient is Joe Fleming IV (pictured with Commodore Perry Anderson).  Joe is a friendly young man who faithfully and enthusiastically crews on his dad’s Lightning, Tabasco, a beautiful Lippencott boat with a lot of lines that Joe helps keep ship-shape. We need and welcome more young people like Joe in our club.

 

We now look forward to 2018 and hope that any LMCC members who are interested in sailing will plan to join us. You can visit us on the web at www.lakemohawksailing.org. There are lots of great photos on the we site—thanks to Ian Oldridge.  

For more information, email us at lakemohawksailing@gmail.com, or write us in care of PO Box 29, Sparta, NJ. Until next month, smooth sailing and God bless America!

                                                                              Don Okner


January 2018 Papoose Article

posted Dec 11, 2017, 8:55 AM by Ian Oldridge

Ahoy and Happy New Year to all.  The LMYC had a great 2017 that included active racing, social events, a successful junior sailing program and new members. Our  2017 Awards Party was held on Dec. 10th at which time trophies were presented based on the following racing results for 2017:

  • Fall Racing Series – Lightnings

    • 1st Rich Miner

    • 2nd Brent Cherry

    • 3rd Joe Fleming

    • 4th Don Okner

  • Spring Racing  Series – Lightnings

    • 1st Rich Miner

    • 2nd Perry Anderson

    • 3rd Don Okner

    • 4th Brent Cherry

    • 5th Joe Fleming

  • Lightning Fleet Champion – Rich Miner

  • The Snipe Fleet did not sail enough races to qualify for their Annual series

  • Open Regattas

    • Gabor Cup – June

      • 1st Perry Anderson (Lightning)

      • 2nd Rich Miner (Lightning)

      • 3rd Joe Fleming (Lightning)

    • Marine Base – July

      • 1st Brent Cherry (Lightning)

      • 2nd Perry Anderson (Lightning)

      • 3rd(T) Joe Fleming (Lightning)

      • 3rd(T) Don Okner (Lightning)

    • Commodore Cup – September

      • 1st Rich Miner (Lightning)

      • 2nd Brent Cherry (Lightning)

      • 3rd Tim Mackey (Snipe)

We look forward to an even better 2018 and hope that any LMCC members who are interested in sailing will plan to join us.

You can visit us on the web at www.lakemohawksailing.org. For more information, email us at lakemohawksailing@gmail.com, or write us in care of PO Box 29, Sparta, NJ.


Until next month, smooth sailing and God bless America!

                                                                                                                                                                 Don Okner



December 2017 Papoose Article

posted Nov 10, 2017, 8:10 AM by Ian Oldridge   [ updated Nov 10, 2017, 8:19 AM ]

On Oct. 22, 2017, we held our Annual Meeting at the home of Commodore Perry and Margaret Anderson. While some business was conducted, the focus was social and, a good time was had by all who attended.  Thanks to Perry and Margaret for, once again, opening their home to us for the event.

The business for the evening involved the election of our officers and trustees for 2018.  The slate was unanimously approved.  Therefore, Perry Anderson will serve as Commodore with Rich Miner as Vice Commodore,  Joe Fleming as Rear Commodore, Gail Miner as Treasurer and Julie Fleming as Secretary.

Our Fleet Captains will be Brent Cherry, Lightning Fleet and John Marx, Snipe Fleet. Constance Gill was appointed as a Three Year Trustee, with Ed Snook and MaryBeth Mackey serving as Two Year Trustees and Karl Hauck and Brent Cherry as One Year Trustees.

We also extend our congratulations to Birgit Fox who was accepted into Nursing School in Florida. Nursing is a demanding program and leads to a career in a much needed profession.  We sincerly wish Birgit our best for her success!

Final results for the 2017 racing season will be reported in the January, 2018 Papoose.     Also, please note that we still have two, well used Sunfish and one Snipe for sale, as well as a double deck Sunfish trailer. John Marx is also selling his Lippincott Lightning.  If you are interested in any of these boats or the trailer, call John at (973)729-0313.

Whether you are an experienced sailor, a novice or if you are interested in social events, we offer it all!  Why not plan to join us in 2018? You can visit us on the web at www.lakemohawksailing.org. For more information, email us at lakemohawksailing@gmail.com, or write us in care of PO Box 29, Sparta, NJ. 

Until next month, smooth sailing and God bless America!

                                                                                                               Don Okner


November 2017 Papoose Article

posted Oct 8, 2017, 9:44 AM by Ian Oldridge

As reported last month, the LMYC’s final regatta for the year, the Commodore’s Cup, was scheduled to be held on September 3rd. However, rain followed by light light air forced a cancellation.  But that did not stop the Commodore’s Party that evening, at the home of Perry and Margaret Anderson.

All of the guests had a wonderful time enjoying the company and camaraderie of the group, the great food and super desserts, including home-made blueberry pie and peach cobbler.  The crowd welcomed returning members Alex Fox and Birgit Bogler, who now are living primarily in Miami, Florida, but still have their house at Lake Mohawk.  Birgit’s crab dip was a big hit.  Many thanks to hosts Margaret and Perry.

Our Fall Series, that began on August 6th, was nearly over with one weekend of racing to go when this article went to press.   Therefore, final results will appear in next month’s Papoose.  As of Oct. 5th, there were two weekends of races to add to the total for the series.  

On Sept. 10th, with Joe Fleming and son Joe as our race officials, The Commodore’s Cup Regatta finally took place.  Three Lightnings and one Snipe competed in light to moderate wind out of the northwest.   Rich Miner came in first, followed by Brent Cherry second and Tim Mackey in a Snipe edging our Don Okner in his Lightning.    

On Sept. 24th, the air was light but two of our Lightning skippers, Joe Fleming and Brent Cherry, went head to head in one race with Brent taking the honors for first place and Joe close behind.  Light air forced cancellations on Sept. 17th and Oct. 1st.  It will be interesting to see the final results for the Fall Series and the overall results for both the Snipe and Lightning Fleets.  

 

Please note that we still have two, well used Sunfish and one Snipe for sale, as well as a double deck Sunfish trailer. John Marx is also selling his Lippincott Lightning.  If you are interested in any of these boats or the trailer, call John at (973)729-0313.

 

Whether you are an experienced sailor, a novice or if you are interested in social events, we offer it all!  Why not plan to join us in 2018? You can visit us on the web at www.lakemohawksailing.org. For more information, email us at lakemohawksailing@gmail.com, or write us in care of PO Box 29, Sparta, NJ. Until next month, smooth sailing and God bless America!

                                                                                                                     Don Okner



October 2017 Papoose Article

posted Sep 7, 2017, 6:18 AM by Ian Oldridge

The Lightning Spring Series ended on July 30th. It was exciting and the results were very close. For starters, every one of the Lightning skippers won at least one race. In the Gabor Cup Regatta, the first open regatta of the year, Rich Miner won the first race and Perry Anderson won the second race, setting up a tie. In describing the tie breaker (combined overall time), John Miller, the Regatta RC, said it couldn’t have been any closer and was a virtual tie, because, even though Rich was a second ahead in elapsed time, Perry won the Regatta by a second on Portsmouth adjusted time used in regattas.

In the next open regatta, the Marine Base Regatta, Brent Cherry had two come from behind wins to win the Regatta, with Perry Anderson in second place. Based on the overall scores in the Spring Series Rich Miner came in first with a 1.286 average, Perry Anderson was second with a 1.429 average, Don Okner was third with a 2.0 average and Brent Cherry and Joe Fleming rounded out the top five.

The Fall Series began on August 6th with three Lightnings and one Snipe competing in two races run by race officials Perry and Margaret Anderson. Rich Miner took two firsts, followed by Brent Cherry placing second in both races.  Don Okner was third in the first race but did not sail the second.  Tim Mackey came in fourth in race one and third in race two.

On August 21st, Don Okner and Joe Fleming went head to head in their Lightnings with Joe capturing two firsts.  Tim Mackey competed in a Snipe in first race, coming in third.  Rich Miner and Hank Jelinek were the race officials. 

The last races in August took place on the 27th with four Lightnings and one Snipe competing in light and variable wind. John Marx was our race official. Brent Cherry snagged two firsts and Joe Fleming finished third in both races. Rich Miner only sailed the second race in which he took second place.  Perry Anderson was a DSQ in race one and did not sail race two.  

Our final regatta for the year, the Commodore’s Cup, was scheduled to be held on September 3.  However, it rained until start time and light air followed resulting in a cancellation and rescheduling of the race. The Commodore’s Party however took place at the home of Perry and Margaret Anderson and a good time was had by all.

Remember, racing continues through October 8th. The following are the Race Official assignments for October:

  • Oct 01 -- J. Fleming
  • Oct 08 -- H. Gooblar / H. Jelinek

 We still have two, well used Sunfish and one Snipe for sale, as well as a double deck Sunfish trailer. John Marx is also selling his Lippincott Lightning.  If you are interested in any of these boats or the trailer, call John at (973)729-0313.

Whether you are an experienced sailor, a novice or if you are interested in social events, we offer it all!  Why not plan to join us in 2018? You can visit us on the web at www.lakemohawksailing.org. For more information, email us at lakemohawksailing@gmail.com, or write us in care of PO Box 29, Sparta, NJ. Until next month, smooth sailing and God bless America!

                                                                                                                      Don Okner


September 2017 Papoose Article

posted Aug 20, 2017, 10:56 AM by Ian Oldridge

Racing in July took place on all weekends except for July 16, due to lack of wind.  As reported last month, on July 1 Joe Fleming and Don Okner went head to head in their Lightnings.  The following week, July 9, brought four Lightnings and one Snipe to the course with John Marx as race official.  In the lightnings, Brent Cherry won two races with Perry Anderson second in both races.  Don Okner and Joe Fleming traded for third and fourth position. Howard Gooblar did not finish in his Snipe.

The wind on July 23 was only 4 mph out of the east-northeast but was enough for three Lightnings to compete.  Tim Mackey ran the races in which Joe Fleming edged Rich Miner out for first place in race one and Rich making a comeback, taking first place in race two. Brent Cherry was third in both races. 

The month ended with four Lightnings competing on July 30.  Rich Miner was first in race one, followed by Perry Anderson assisted by his crew Margaret Anderson and Shirley Miller.  Don Okner came in third, with son Marty handling the jib and grandchildren Sadie and Lukas crewing in their first sailboat race.  In race two, Perry Anderson took first place, Rich Miner was second and Joe Fleming came in third. Joe’s son (also Joe) and wife Julie were his crew. 

Our junior sailing program also ended successfully with a group of young sailors completing the course and leanring skills that will last a lifetime. 

Our final regatta for the year will be the Commodore’s Cup, to be held on September 3.   Regattas are open to all LMCC members with a sailboat of any type. The races are timed and handicapped so that slower class boats can often win over the classes that are generally faster.  If you have never sailed in a race, this is a great opportunity to give it a try—you may just want to join as a member once you do.

The following are the Race Official assignments for September and October:

  • Sep 03 -- J. Miller--Commodore's Cup   (Sunfish Fleet)
  • Sep 10 -- C. Gill / A. Hopkins
  • Sep 17 -- B. Cherry
  • Sep 24 -- M. Marussich
  • Oct 01 -- J. Fleming
  • Oct 08 -- H. Gooblar / H. Jelinek

We still have two, well used Sunfish and one Snipe for sale, as well as a double deck Sunfish trailer. Rumor also has it that John Marx is selling his Lippincott Lightning.  If you are interested in any of these boats or the trailer, call John at (973)729-0313.

Whether you are an experienced sailor, a novice or if you are interested in social events, we offer it all!  There is still a lot of sailing to do this year. Come join us and get in on the fun! You can visit us on the web at www.lakemohawksailing.org. For more information, email us at lakemohawksailing@gmail.com, or write us care of PO Box 29, Sparta, NJ. Until next month, smooth sailing and God bless America!

                                                                                                                      Don Okner


August 2017 Papoose Article

posted Jul 21, 2017, 8:36 AM by Ian Oldridge   [ updated Jul 21, 2017, 11:28 AM ]

The Gabor Cup, our first open regatta of the year, sponsored by the Lightning Fleet, was raced on June 11 followed by the Makani Fest Hawaiian Party. The regatta consisted of two races with five boats, four Lightnings and one Snipe, competing. The races were scored using the Portsmouth yardstick with Perry Anderson taking the honors for first place, Richard Miner second, Joe Fleming third, Brent Cherry fourth and Tim Mackey in fifth position.

On the following Sunday, June 18, Constance Gill served as race official and set a nice triangle course for four Lightnings that completed two races in an 8 to 10 mph wind out of the south.  Perry Anderson came in first in both races with Don Okner and Brent Cherry swapping for second and third position and Joe Fleming in fourth position in both races. 

A heavy rainfall followed by unsettled wind forced a cancellation of racing on June 25 but, we were back on the course on Saturday, July 1 with Don Okner and Joe Fleming going head-to-head for two races in an 8 mph wind out of the south. Constance Gill volunteered to take Joe’s place as race official so that he could sail.  Don, with crew Ed Snook on board, took two firsts and Joe, accompanied by his wife Julie was second in both races. Thanks go to Constance for setting the course and running the races!

Our annual Independence Day family picnic and fireworks watching party took place on Sunday, July 2nd and a great time was had by all.  Thanks to those who made the event possible. On July 9 we will hold our second regatta of the year, the Marine Base Regatta sponsored by the Snipe Fleet and we have one more regatta scheduled for 2017, the Commodore’s Cup on Sept. 3.  Remember, our regattas are open to all LMCC members, with a sailboat of any kind. The races are timed and handicapped so that slower class boats can often win over the classes that are generally faster.  If you have never sailed in a race, this is a great opportunity to give it a try—you may just want to join as a member once you do.

The LMYC also participated in Sparta Township’s Independence Day Parade. The Mackey family supervised the decoration of a club Snipe by some of our junior sailors.  The photo accompanying this article is the LMYC Kids Sail float, with the juniors who participated on board.  We are proud of our junior program and those who run it.  The young sailors who take the classes get to learn skills that will provide fun for a lifetime.   

The following are the Race Official assignments for August:

Aug 06 R. Miner / G. Miner

Aug 13 B. Cherry

Aug 20 P. Anderson / M. Anderson

Aug 27 J. Marx

 

We have two, well used Sunfish and one Snipe for sale, as well as a double deck Sunfish trailer. John Marx is also selling his Lippincott Lightning.  If you are interested in any of these boats or the trailer, call John at (973) 729-0313.

Whether you are an experienced sailor, a novice or if you are interested in social events, we offer it all!  There is still a lot of sailing to do this year. Come join us and get in on the fun! You can visit us on the web at www.lakemohawksailing.org. For more information, email us at lakemohawksailing@gmail.com, or write us care of PO Box 29, Sparta, NJ. Until next month, smooth sailing and God bless America!

                                                                                                Don Okner


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