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!

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


July 2017 Papoose Article

posted Jun 19, 2017, 12:14 PM by Ian Oldridge

Our first races for 2017 took place on May 28 with three Lightnings and one Snipe on the course. Howard Gooblar, our race official for the day, set a triangle course in variable winds with gusts that provided some good lifts on the windward beats for two, back-to-back races. In the Lightnings, Rich and Gail Miner scored two firsts followed by Don Okner and crew Ed Snook (welcome back Ed!) in second place. Brent Cherry and crew Matt Ziegler and Sienna Cherry took third place. Sienna, who is only seven years old, reported that she had a great time on the boat. Snipe sailor Constance Gill and crew Nancy Nixon did not finish.

The Gabor Cup, our first open regatta of the year, sponsored by the Lightning Fleet, was scheduled to take place on June 4, followed by the Makani Fest Hawaiian Party. However, lack of wind coupled with rain forced postponement of those events to the following week. Nonetheless, Mark and Catherine Marussich managed to do some water-skiing before the rain came. 

Remember, on July 9 we will hold our second regatta of the year, the Marine Base Regatta sponsored by the Snipe Fleet. 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 Yacht Club will hold its annual Independence Day family picnic and fireworks watching party on Sunday, July 2nd (rain date Monday July 3rd). The food and fun begin at 6 p.m. and last through the always amazing LMCC fireworks display viewed from our private docks. Members and their guests are invited – please see the LMYC website for pricing and how to RSVP, or call Margaret Anderson at 973-729-3904.

We welcome new and returning members to our club.  Nancy Nixon brings her Newport sailing experience to our club and has already gotten into action crewing for Constance Gill.  Brian & Rebecca Romanowsky come aboard with their special sailboat, a Melonseed skiff. Karl & Susan Hauck and their family, Erich, Karl Joseph and Catherine, have joined and Catherine will participate in the Jr. Sailing Program this summer. Steve & Michele Sander bring their two children, Grace and Stephen, who we hope will participate in sailing. Ed and Julie Snook have returned from several years in Maine and Ed is crewing for Don Okner. A hearty welcome to all of them!

 

The following are the Race Official assignments for July and August:

Jul 02 B. Cherry

Jul 09 J. Marx                       Marine Base Regatta (Snipe Fleet)

Jul 16 T. Mackey / C. Mackey

Jul 23 D. Okner

Jul 30 J. Fleming

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. 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


June 2017 Papoose Article

posted May 10, 2017, 8:32 AM by Ian Oldridge

The LMYC is officially launched for 2017. Mast Raising, followed by the Cinco de Mayo party at the Yacht Club, was postponed for one day due to rain and took place on May 7 and racing began on May 21.  Our first open regatta for the year, the Gabor Cup, sponsored by the Lightning Fleet, will be held on June 4, with the racing starting at 1:00 pm.  On July 9 we will hold our second regatta of the year, the Marine Base Regatta sponsored by the Snipe Fleet. 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.

This is the last call for our Junior Sailing School which begins on June 26.  This program is open to 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 26, 2017 to July 28, 2017. There will be three levels of instruction.  Students must be age 10 and above. Here are the details:

Dates: June 26, 2017 to July 28, 2017

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

For more information, visit the LMYC web site, www.lakemohawksailing.org. Go to the menu on the upper left and click on Junior Sailing Program.  You will be taken to a page that contains the details, contact information and even a registration form that you can download.  

 The following are the Race Official assignments for June and July:

Jun 04 J. Miller           Gabor Cup Regatta (Lightning Fleet)

Jun 11 R. Miner/G. Miner

Jun 18 C. Gill / A. Hopkins

Jun 25 M. Marussich

Jul 02 B. Cherry

Jul 09 J. Marx                         Marine Base Regatta (Snipe Fleet)

Jul 16 T. Mackey / C. Mackey

Jul 23 D. Okner

Jul 30 J. Fleming

 

Whether you are an experienced sailor, a novice or if you are interested in social events, we offer it all!  So why not 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


May 2017 Papoose Article

posted Apr 26, 2017, 8:46 AM by Ian Oldridge

We kicked off the year with our first social event, the Prep Signal party which was held after our Annual Cleanup on April 22, 2017.  More about that event will follow in next month’s Papoose.  Also, our Mast Raising, followed by the Cinco de Mayo party at the Yacht Club, will be on May 6, 2017. Plan to be there to assist one another readying our boats for racing followed by a social event.   Board members are reminded that there will be a Board Meeting on May 21, 2017.

 

Our first open regatta for the year, the Gabor Cup, will be held on June 4, 2017, with the first horn sounded at 1:00 pm.  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.

 

Please note that we are once again offering our Junior Sailing School which is open to 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 26, 2017 to July 28, 2017. There will be three levels of instruction.  Students must be age 10 and above. Here are the details:

 

  • Dates: June 26, 2017 to July 28, 2017
  • 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

 

For more details, visit the LMYC web site, www.lakemohawksailing.org. Go to the menu on the upper left and click on Junior Sailing Program.  You will be taken to a page that contains all of the details, contact information and even a registration form that you can download.  There is Limited Space – register early!

 

If you are not yet a member of our club, whether you are an experienced sailor, a novice or if you are simply interested in social events, we offer it all! So why not 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 care of PO Box 29, Sparta, NJ. Until next month, smooth sailing and God bless America!

                                                                                                                      Don Okner


April 2017 Papoose Article

posted Mar 14, 2017, 12:30 PM by Ian Oldridge   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 12:33 PM ]

As we enter the month of April, we cheerfully look forward to resuming sailing on beautiful Lake Mohawk plus many great social events in 2017.  First and foremost, we are pleased to announce that we will once again be offering our Junior Sailing School which is open to all members of the Lake Mohawk Country Club.  Details are as follows:

 

We will have trained, US Sailing certified instructors teaching the classes.  Classes are open to LMCC members and will run from June 26, 2017 to July 28, 2017. There will be three levels of instruction.  Students must be age 10 and above. Here are the details:

 

  • Dates: June 26 to July 28
  • 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

 

For more details, visit the LMYC web site. There is Limited Space – call early to register – To register, contact Jan Oldridge: (973) 729-3105;  Email: lmycjsp@gmail.com.

 

The following are some of events that are presently scheduled for 2017:

 

  • All LMYC members are asked to be at the Yacht Club for our Annual Cleanup on April 22nd (rain date of April 29th) beginning at 9:00am.  

 

  • On April 22nd, plan to attend our first social event of the year, the Prep Signal party.  

 

  • Mast Raising, followed by the Cinco de Mayo party at the Yacht Club, will be on May 6th. Come down so that we can assist one another readying our boats for racing and then participate in a fun, social event.  

 

Make sure to check the web site for any changes and for more information.

 

If you are not yet a member of our club, whether you are an experienced sailor, a novice or if you are simply interested in social events, we offer it all! So why not 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 care of PO Box 29, Sparta, NJ. Until next month, smooth sailing and God bless America!

 

                                                                                                                      Don Okner

March 2017 Papoose Article

posted Feb 24, 2017, 9:34 AM by Ian Oldridge   [ updated Feb 24, 2017, 9:35 AM ]

As we plan our schedule for 2017, we take one more look back at our final event for 2016, the Yacht Club’s Awards Party held last December 10th at which four special awards were given out.  First, Hank Jelinek received the Ed Syracuse Sportsmanship award, because even though he had sold his Lightning Tabasco to Joe Fleming, Hank came down to the Yacht Club most Sundays and crewed for whoever needed a crew.  

Angela Hopkins was awarded the Crew of the Year because she cheerfully came down to crew for Constance Gill on her Snipe most weekends, but if Constance was not taking out her Snipe, Angela and Constance would crew for various Lightnings that needed a hand.  

Joe Fleming received the Most Improved Skipper award for his fine sailing of Tabasco throughout the entire sailing season.  Perry Anderson won the John Myers Service Award for helping out just about everywhere, including coordinating the Junior Sailing Program, collecting our dues and paying our bills as Treasurer, working with Walt at AAA on dock repairs, preparing for the 4th of July Parade, installing the bubblers and working on many other needed jobs at the Yacht Club.  

John Miller presented outgoing Commodore Rich Miner and Vice Commodore Gail Miner with a picture of them racing their Lightning Hawkeye on their way to winning the LMYC’s 2016 Commodore’s Cup Regatta on September 4th.  This was the same picture that appeared on page 37 of the December Papoose, which happened to arrive on the very day of the Awards Party.
 
Whether you are an experienced sailor, a novice or if you are interested in social events, we offer it all!  So why not 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

Feb 2017 Papoose Article

posted Jan 20, 2017, 11:27 AM by Ian Oldridge

The Lake Mohawk Yacht Club proudly claims title as the oldest, continuous organized activity on Lake Mohawk since its inception.  Although the LMYC was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1938, organized Snipe sailing on our lake goes back to 1933. On January 23, 1934 our Snipe Fleet was chartered as International Fleet #17 by the Snipe Class International Racing Association (SCIRA). We are now officially listed as Fleet #10 with SCIRA. This makes our Snipe Fleet one of the oldest chartered fleets in the world!

 

On April 10, 1935 six Snipe Fleet members organized the Lake Mohawk Yacht Club, and made a resolution to lease and eventually purchase land for the location of the club and for the construction of a dock at the facility.  Until 1938 the LMYC raced Snipes from June through September and held “novelty events” and “moonlight” or “evening” sailing with boats in tow and decorated with lanterns.

The 1936 New Jersey State Snipe Championship races were held on our lake and we continued to host this event into the 1990’s. The LMYC was also homeport for the 1938 World Champion Snipe skipper, Charles Gabor, in whose memory we still hold our annual Gabor Cup Regatta.

The Lightning class sailboat was designed by Sparkman & Stephens and first built in 1938.  The LMYC started its Lightning fleet that same year. We have continuously maintained the status as International Lightning Class Association (ILCA) Fleet #25 out of the hundreds of Lightning fleets, worldwide.

If you are not yet a member of our club, whether you are an experienced sailor, a novice or if you are simply interested in social events, we offer it all! So why not 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 care of PO Box 29, Sparta, NJ. Until next month, smooth sailing and God bless America!

                                                                                             Don Okner


Jan 2017 Papoose Article

posted Dec 8, 2016, 7:42 AM by Ian Oldridge

Final racing results for the year 2016 were announced at our Annual Awards Dinner which was hosted by Rich and Gail Miner at their home, on December 10, 2016. The Lightnings were able to get in ten races in their Fall Series and a total of 22 races for their combined Spring and Fall Series.  In the final results for the Fall Series, Rich Miner came in first.  Brent Cherry and Joe Fleming were in a tight battle for second and third.  However, on October 16th, the last day of sailing Brent and Joe split second and third place finishes, putting Brent in second place for the Fall Series, with Joe in third place.

For the overall Fleet Champion Series, which combined and scored the entire season as one series, Rich Miner repeated as Lightning Fleet Champion and Perry Anderson repeated as Runner-up.  Joe Fleming finished in third place in the Champion Series and Brent Cherry finished the Championship Series in fourth place.

In the Snipe Class, which sails one Series for the entire sailing season, John Marx was once again the Snipe Fleet Champion.  Constance Gill was Runner-up.  Mike Kelly, Tim Mackey and Howard Gooblar also participated in the Snipe races.

Thanks go to Rich and Gail Miner for, once again, inviting our club members into their home and for everything else that they do for the LMYC. The Annual Awards Dinner was our last social event for the year. But, we will soon be planning and announcing our racing and social schedules for 2017. 

If you are not yet a member of our club, whether you are an experienced sailor, a novice or if you are interested in social events, we offer it all! So why not 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 care of PO Box 29, Sparta, NJ. Until next month, smooth sailing and God bless America!

                                                                                                                      Don Okner


Dec 2016 Papoose Article

posted Dec 8, 2016, 7:37 AM by Ian Oldridge

Our October 15, 2016, Rich and Gail Miner were gracious enough to hosted our Finish Line party and Annual Meeting at which time our officers and fleet captains for 2017 were elected. Once again, it was a great event at which a good time was had by all were there.  The following day, October 16, 2016, brought three Lightings to the line for our last day of racing. There were two races in a west-southwest 10 knot wind.  Rich Miner captured two firsts with Joe Fleming taking two seconds and Brent Cherry third in both races. 

Final racing results for the year 2016 will be announced at our Annual Awards Dinner which will take place on December 10, 2016 at 6:30 pm. Please note that this is a new date so be sure to mark it on your calendar and plan to attend.   This will be our last social event for the year.

Whether you are an experienced sailor, a novice or if you are interested in social events, we offer it all! 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


Nov 2016 Papoose Article

posted Oct 13, 2016, 9:45 AM by Ian Oldridge   [ updated Oct 13, 2016, 9:53 AM ]

Following the Commodore’s Cup Regatta, regular racing continued through September with the Lightnings competing on the 18th followed by the Snipes on the 25th.  The rain that came on September 18 ended early so we were able to hold two races in 5 to 8 mph wind out of the southwest. Don Okner was the race official and ran the races back-to-back on a triangle course. Rich Miner captured two firsts, Joe Fleming took two seconds and Brent Cherry came in third in both races.

Mike Kelly was the official for two races on September 25 that brought three Snipes to an Olympic course.   It was sunny and the variable wind that began out of the northwest came around to the southwest at 5 to 10 mph.  John Marx was first in both races followed by Constance Gill taking two seconds and Howard Gooblar two third place finishes.

The following are our officers for 2017:  Commodore-Perry Anderson, Vice Commodore-Rich Miner, Rear Commodore-John Marx, Treasurer-Gail Miner and Secretary-Julie Fleming.  Our Fleet Captains are:  Lightning-Joe Fleming and Snipe-Constance Gill.

Racing continues until October 16, so there is still time to join us for 2016.  We also offer adult sailing lessons. For information, contact: Perry Anderson: (973) 903-7673; perry533@outlook.com. We still have some well used boats For Sale at reasonable prices: 1 motorboat, 1 Snipe sailboat and 2 Sunfish sailboats. Also for sale is a double-deck Sunfish trailer.  Call John at (973) 729-0313 if you are interested in purchasing any of these items.

Whether you are an experienced sailor, a novice or if you are interested in social events, we offer it all! 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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