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 2020 Papoose Article

posted Jul 11, 2020, 10:01 AM by Ian Oldridge   [ updated Jul 11, 2020, 10:04 AM ]

We had great hopes of having our first race day and our annual Gabor Cup Regatta on July 5th.  However, we had to cancel the event because of lack of wind coupled with heat and humidity.  The wind did come later in the afternoon, but there was not enough at our usual start time of 1:00 pm.

Our club members have been able to go out cruising and practicing.  The artistic photo shown with this article is of Larry Scheer out for a cruise. The photo was taken by Ian Oldridge who is responsible for nearly all of the terrific LMYC photos that appear in the Papoose.  He also does a great job maintaining our website!  

Our next scheduled regatta is the Marine Base Regatta on August 16th.  Regattas are open, handicapped events so any LMCC member with a sailboat of any kind is welcome to join us. The following are the race official assignments for the upcoming weeks:

Aug. 02                      R. Miner

Aug. 09                      J. Fleming

Aug. 16                      H. Jelinek –Marine Base Regatta (Snipe Fleet)

Aug. 23                      R. Cramer

Aug. 30                      K. Hauck

Sep. 06                      C. Gill

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 . 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


July 2020 Papoose Article

posted Jun 17, 2020, 10:02 AM by Ian Oldridge   [ updated Jun 17, 2020, 10:06 AM ]

As this article is being written, things are looking good for sailing this summer.  Given the later than usual start due to COVID-19 restrictions, our racing schedule has been revised as follows:

                        SUMMER SERIES

Date                      Race Official                              Regattas*

Jul 05                      T. Mackey                                        

Jul 12                      D. Okner                                             

Jul 19                      J. Miller                                    Gabor Cup Regatta   (Lightning Fleet)

Jul 26                      P. Anderson

Aug 02                   R. Miner 

Aug 09                   J. Fleming

Aug 16                   H. Jelinek                                  Marine Base Regatta   (Snipe Fleet)

                               FALL SERIES

Aug 23                   R. Cramer

Aug 30                   K. Hauck

Sep 06                    C. Gill                                       

Sep 13                    J. Miller                                    Commodore's Cup   (Sunfish Fleet)

Sep 20                    M. Marussich                                    

Sep 27                    J. Hasselmann

Oct 04                    H. Jelinek

 * Regattas are open to all LMCC members with a sailboat of any kind.  If you have never raced and are thinking of joining our club, this is a great time to give it a try,

 Membership in the LMYC is available to all LMCC members. For more information, you can visit us on the web at www.lakemohawksailing.org, 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


June 2020 Papoose Article

posted May 10, 2020, 8:38 AM by Ian Oldridge

It goes without saying that we live in uncertain times.  Moreover, given executive Order 136 that the Governor signed on May 2, 2020, we cannot predict what will happen with our 2020 events.  However, the Lake Mohawk Yacht Club continues to remain optimistic and looks forward to better times and sailing as soon as the law permits us to resume our activities.  

In the hope that restrictions will ease, we continue to offer our ever 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 22, 2020 to July 24, 2020. There will be three levels of instruction.  Students must be age 10 and above. Space is limited. Here are the details:

Dates: June 22, 2020 to July 24, 2020*

·         Sailing Level 1:

o   Monday, Tuesday Thursday 

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

o   P.M. Class: 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

·         Sailing Level 2:

o   Wed & Fri

o    9:30 am – 12:15 pm

·         Sailing Level 3/3+ (Snipe Sailing):

o   Wed &  Fri

o   1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

·         Students age 10 and above

·         Cost:

o   Level 1 - $375;

o   Level 2 or 3 - $250

*No classes on July 3, 2020

To register, call Jan Oldridge at  (973)729-3105  or email her at  lmycjsp@gmail.com.

Also, assuming that we are legally permitted to resume our racing activities, the Gabor Cup Regatta will take place on June 7, 2020.  The event is open to all LMCC members with a sailboat of any kind.  If you have never raced and are thinking of joining our club, this is a great time to give it a try.   Remember, the LMYC is open to any LMCC members who are interested in sailing.

The following are race official assignments for this month:

Jun 07                     J. Miller           or Cup Regatta   (Lightning Fleet)

Jun 14                     C. Gill

Jun 21                     D. Okner

Jun 28                     J. Fleming

Jul 05                      T. Mackey                    

For more information, you can visit us on the web at www.lakemohawksailing.org . 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


May 2020 Papoose Article

posted May 10, 2020, 8:35 AM by Ian Oldridge

The world has turned on a dime but, the Lake Mohawk Yacht Club remains optimistic and looks forward to better times and sailing as soon as the coast is clear.  As we have previously announced, we are once again offering our ever popular Junior Sailing School which is open to children of all members of the Lake Mohawk Country Club.  However, the dates have changed. 

We will have trained, US Sailing certified instructors teaching the classes. Classes are open to LMCC members and will run from June 22, 2020 to July 24, 2020. There will be three levels of instruction.  Students must be age 10 and above. Space is limited. Here are the details:

Dates: June 22, 2020 to July 24, 2020*

·         Sailing Level 1:

o   Monday, Tuesday Thursday 

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

o   P.M. Class: 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

·         Sailing Level 2:

o   Wed & Fri

o    9:30 am – 12:15 pm

·         Sailing Level 3/3+ (Snipe Sailing):

o   Wed &  Fri

o   1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

·         Students age 10 and above

·         Cost:

o   Level 1 - $375;

o   Level 2 or 3 - $250

*No classes on July 3, 2020

To register, call Jan Oldridge at  (973)729-3105  or email her at  lmycjsp@gmail.com. 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 . 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 2020 Papoose Article

posted Mar 13, 2020, 9:57 AM by Ian Oldridge   [ updated Mar 13, 2020, 10:01 AM ]

Spring is upon us and we will be preparing our club ready for the 2020 sailing season.   Keep an eye out for announcements of upcoming events which will include our annual Prep Signal party.

We are offering our ever 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. Classes are open to LMCC members and will run from June 22nd, 2020 to July 24th, 2020. There will be three levels of instruction.  Students must be age 10 and above. 

Space is limited. Here are the details:

Dates: June 22nd, 2020 to July 24th, 2020


Sailing Level 1:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 

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

o   P.M. Class: 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Sailing Level 2:   Wed & Fri 

o    9:30 am – 12:15 pm

 

Sailing Level 3/3+ (Snipe Sailing):  Wed &  Fri

o   1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost:

o   Level 1 - $375;

o   Level 2 or 3 - $250


To register, call Jan Oldridge at  (973)729-3105  or email her at lmycjsp@gmail.com.

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 . 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 2020 Papoose Article

posted Feb 19, 2020, 9:48 AM by Ian Oldridge

The Lake Mohawk Yacht Club held a game party at the home of Shirley and John Miller on February 15, 2020.  This was a great way to get together and socialize while our boats are stored for the winter. Thanks to the Millers for hosting the event.   .

The warmer weather is approaching.  In April, we will be holding our Prep Signal Party and annual Clean Up. May will bring Mast Raising and more social events.  Keep an eye out for dates to be announced by email, on the web-site and in the Papoose. 

Remember that we are once again offering our ever 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 29, 2020 to July 31, 2020. There will be three levels of instruction.  Students must be age 10 and above. Space is limited. Here are the details:

 Dates: June 29, 2020 to July 31, 2020

·         Sailing Level 1:

o   Monday, Tuesday Thursday 

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

o   P.M. Class: 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

·         Sailing Level 2:

o   Wed & Fri

o    9:30 am – 12:15 pm

·         Sailing Level 3/3+ (Snipe Sailing):

o   Wed &  Fri

o   1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

·         Students age 10 and above

·         Cost:

o   Level 1 - $375;

o   Level 2 or 3 - $250

To register, call Jan Oldridge at  (973)729-3105  or email her at lmycjsp@gmail.com. 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 . 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 2020 Papoose Article

posted Jan 15, 2020, 8:58 AM by Ian Oldridge

While it is still winter, in two months we will be getting our club ready for what we hope to be a great, 2020 sailing season. We will be racing and holding social events and also offering our ever 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 29th, 2020 to July 31st, 2020. There will be three levels of instruction.  Students must be age 10 and above. 

Space is limited. Here are the details:

Dates: June 29, 2020 to July 31, 2020

Sailing Level 1:

Monday, Tuesday Thursday 

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

o   P.M. Class: 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Sailing Level 2:

o   Wed & Fri

o    9:30 am – 12:15 pm

 

Sailing Level 3/3+ (Snipe Sailing):

o   Wed &  Fri

o   1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost:

o   Level 1 - $375;

o   Level 2 or 3 - $250

To register, call Jan Oldridge at  (973)729-3105  or email her at lmycjsp@gmail.com.

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 . 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


January 2020 Papoose Article

posted Dec 14, 2019, 9:34 AM by Ian Oldridge   [ updated Dec 14, 2019, 9:36 AM ]

The Lake Mohawk Yacht Club ended 2019 with an Awards Party held at the home of Commodore Joe Fleming and Julie Fleming on December 14th.  A  progressive “take or steal” gift giving followed the presentation of awards.  As always, a good time was had by all.  We thank Joe and Julie for hosting the event.

Although the summer seems to be a long way off, it will be upon us faster that we can imagine.  Therefore, it’s not too early to let everyone know that we are once again offering our ever 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 29th, 2020 to July 31st, 2020. There will be three levels of instruction.  Students must be age 10 and above. 

Space is limited. Here are the details:

Dates: June 29 2020 to July 31 2020

·         Sailing Level 1:

o   Monday, Tuesday Thursday 

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

o   P.M. Class: 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

·         Sailing Level 2:

o   Wed & Fri

o    9:30 am – 12:15 pm

·         Sailing Level 3/3+ (Snipe Sailing):

o   Wed &  Fri

o   1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

·         Students age 10 and above

·         Cost:

o   Level 1 - $375;

o   Level 2 or 3 - $250

To register, call Jan Oldridge at  (973)729-3105  or email her at lmycjsp@gmail.com. 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 . 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


December 2019 Papoose Article

posted Nov 14, 2019, 7:49 AM by Ian Oldridge

The Lightning Fleet had a very good 2019 season.  For starters, we had two new skippers join the Fleet.  Karl and Susan Hauck began crewing for other Lightning skippers during the 2018 season and purchased their own Lightning over the winter.  After practicing in the Spring, they started racing with the Fleet part way through the Spring Series. John Hasselmann and his children Liam, Brenna, Claire and Shea took adult sailing lessons.  Then they purchased a Lighting and are gaining experience.

The Lightning Fleet sailed twenty races and each of the Lightning Skippers won one or more races.  In addition, the Lightnings participated in all three of our special regattas, taking first place in each regatta.  The finishing places in the Spring Series were Rich Miner first, followed closely by Perry Anderson in second, Don Okner in third and Commodore Joe Fleming in fourth. 

The Fall Series results were very close. Rich Miner finished first with a 1.0 average, Karl Hauck was second with a 1.667 average and Joe Fleming finished very closely behind Karl with 1.714 average.  Results for the overall season were close again: Rich Miner was the Fleet Champion with a 1.0 average, Joe Fleming was Runner Up with a 2.083 average and Karl Hauck was Second Runner Up with a 2.1 average. Many thanks to Hank Jelinek for filling in as Race Committee multiple times, so that we could have more sailboats on the starting line. 

The Mackeys, Tim, Chris and Katy, with Mary Beth cheering them on, as well as Constance Gill have been working hard to keep the Snipe Fleet going.  Tim took the honors as Fleet Champion followed by son Chris. However, with the passing of John Marx and the loss of other Snipe sailors who have moved on, the fleet could use more members. When the LMYC was incorporated in 1938, it was essentially comprised of Snipe class boats.  Until the 1990’s the New Jersey State Snipe Championship races were held at our club and, in the 1930’s, the LMYC was homeport to Snipe Class world champion Charles Gabor. We have a great history with the Snipe class!

We are already looking forward to a great season in 2020 and are hoping that the Snipe Fleet will gain more sailors.  Remember, the LMYC is open to any LMCC members who are interested in sailing.  Plan to join us!  For more information, you can visit us on the web at www.lakemohawksailing.org . Also, you can email us at lakemohawksailing@gmail.com , or write to us care of PO Box 29, Sparta, NJ.

                

Until next month, smooth sailing and God bless America!
                                                                                 Don Okner

November 2019 Papoose Article

posted Oct 17, 2019, 7:09 AM by Ian Oldridge

The Commodore’s Cup Regatta was sailed on September 8, with three Lightnings and three Snipes participating, with the race scored by the Portsmouth Handicap system.  Mark Marussich served as Race Official.  The winds were light with a big starboard lift at the start.  Joe Fleming came around the Committee boat timed well for the start, but Rich Miner took advantage of the big starboard lift, quickly moved into first and headed for the only half decent breeze. 

The boats worked their way around the course occasionally with some decent wind, but mainly in light to no wind.  During the lunch break the wind died, and the second race was called off.  The handicapped results were Rich Miner with crew Gail Miner and Bob McNamara in their Lightning in first place, Chris Mackey and his father Tim in Snipes in second and third, respectively, and Joe Fleming with his son Joe in their Lightning placing fourth.

Races were called off on September 15, due to lack of wind, but the following week with Hank Jelinek as Race Committee two races were sailed in very good Southwest winds.  The Miner team won both races with Joe Fleming, crew son Joe and our new Lightning sailor John Hasselmann getting two seconds.

Susan Hauck and her son Karl were the Race Committee on September 29.  Two races were sailed in a NNE wind that was light and variable with Rich Miner and Joe Fleming going head-to-head..  Rich Miner with his wife Gail and Bob McNamara won both races with Joe Fleming, his wife Julie and Liam Hasselmann coming in second.

Remember, the LMYC is open to any LMCC members who are interested in sailing.  Plan to join us!  For more information, you can visit us on the web at www.lakemohawksailing.org . Also, you can email us at lakemohawksailing@gmail.com , or write to us care of PO Box 29, Sparta, NJ.

 

With thanks to Rich Miner for his contributions to this article, until next month, smooth sailing and God bless America!

                                                                    Don Okner


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