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!

December 2018 Papoose Article

posted Nov 9, 2018, 12:13 PM by Ian Oldridge   [ updated Nov 9, 2018, 12:13 PM ]

The Lake Mohawk Yacht Club, Inc. is officially in its 85th year.  Yes, we were incorporated in 1938—though sailing before that. Therefore, we had hoped for some good wind and weather for the last of our scheduled races in October, but Mother Nature did not cooperate.  However, undaunted by the early end to our 2018 racing season, our sailors and crew wrapped things up on October 27, at the Finish Line Party, hosted by Margaret Anderson and Commodore Perry Anderson at their home.  Once again, we thank them much for their hospitality.  

 

On November 10, we had a Fall Clean-up and mast lowering.  Our next event will be the the Annual Awards Party.  Members should keep an eye out for an invitation.   This month’s photo was taken by Ian Oldridge, who also does a great job maintaining our web site.  The photo is of Perry Anderson and Don Okner skippering their Lightnings and Tim Mackey in a Snipe, rounding a mark during the 2018 Commodore’s Cup Regatta.

                                                                         

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


November 2018 Papoose Article

posted Oct 9, 2018, 3:53 PM by Ian Oldridge   [ updated Oct 9, 2018, 3:57 PM ]

While the winds were good for us in August and for the Commodore’s Cup on September 2, things change for the rest of September and October.  The lack of wind coupled with inclement weather led to many cancellations.  As this article goes to press, we still have two weekends of racing left on our schedule.  Hopefully, there will be a few more races before we cross the finish line for 2018.  

 

The photo that accompanies this article was taken by Ian Oldridge of the start of the 2018 Commodore’s Cup. Rich Miner, who won the race is in the blue Lightning, second boat from the right in the photo.  Ian takes a lot of great photos of our club events that can be viewed on our web site.  Take a moment and check them out. 

                                                                         

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.

 

                                                                                                                          Don Okner


October 2018 Papoose Article

posted Sep 21, 2018, 2:14 PM by Ian Oldridge   [ updated Sep 21, 2018, 2:19 PM ]

August brought some good wind to Lake Mohawk and our sailors were ready to take advantage of it. On August 19, the Lightnings sailed two races. In Race 1, Rich Miner took first place with Perry Anderson second and Brent Cherry in third position. Spurred on and seeking a win, Perry Anderson came in first in Race 2 followed by Rich Miner in second place and Brent Cherry third. The Snipes also competed in two races with Tim Mackey first and Chris Mackey second in both events. On August 26 Rich Miner and Perry Anderson match raced their Lightnings in two events.  Rich Miner captured two firsts with Perry taking second place in both races. 

 

September began with our Commodore’s Cup on the second. The wind was moderate, out of the southwest. John Miller, assisted by Ian Oldridge, set a triangle course with marks to port and six boats competed in two races. With the handicaps, the results were close. Rich Miner, in a Lightning, won the event followed closely by Perry Anderson in a Lightning in second place and Tim Mackey in a Snipe taking third. Constance Gill was very competitive in her Snipe as was Chris Mackey. Don Okner raced his Lightning, with Sue Hauck and Hank Jelinek crewing. Teams Miner and Anderson are shown in the photo with John Miller.

 

Following an afternoon of racing, members and crew celebrated at our annual Commodore’s Party, hosted by Margaret and Perry Anderson.  Everyone brought a dish to share so the hors d'oeuvres, main courses and desserts were plentiful and tasty.  We sincerely thank Margaret and Perry for their hospitality. 

 

We still have more racing scheduled for 2018.  Race official duty is posted at the club and on our web site.  LMYC members are asked to check and note their assignments for race official duty. Race officials for October, 2018 are as follows:

 

Oct 07                    Reassigned or J. Marx

 

Oct 14                    Reassigned or B. Cherry

 

Oct 21                    Reassigned or J. Fleming

           

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

September 2018 Papoose Article

posted Aug 11, 2018, 11:14 AM by Ian Oldridge   [ updated Aug 11, 2018, 11:17 AM ]

July had more light air days than we had hoped, however our sailors made the best of it and managed to race whenever possible. On July 15, with the Mackey's as our officials, Rich Miner and Brent Cherry went head to head in a 6 mph wind sailing two races in a seven leg, triangle course. Rich took first place in both events. Constance Gill went out in her Snipe but was a DNF.

The Okners (Don, Marty and Lukas) ran the races on July 22. The weather was partly cloudy and the wind direction was out of the east southeast at 8 mph and shifty. Three Snipes competed in two races with Tim Mackey capturing two firsts and Chris Mackey taking second place in both events. Constance Gill was a DNF after making a good attempt to brave the erratic conditions.

July 29 brought light and variable wind from the west that curled around Manitou Island. Joe Fleming and son Joe set a triangle, seven leg course. Three Lightnings and two Snipes raced. In the Lightnings, Brent Cherry was first in race one and second in race two. Perry Anderson came in second in the first race and first in the second race. Don Okner, with Hank Jelinek crewing, was third in the first race and did not sail the second. Tim Mackey won both races in the Snipe Fleet. Chris Mackey was second in race one and a DNF in race two.

The 2018 Junior Sailing School has ended with a group of youngsters having successfully completed the program. These boys and girls, shown in the photo with our instructors, have learned the basics of sailing.  These are skills that will last a lifetime and that will enable the graduates to enjoy the sport of sailing for years to come.

Race official duty is posted at the club and on our web site.  LMYC members are asked to check and note their assignments for race official duty. Race officials for August, 2018 are as follows:

             Sept.   2:  John Miller (Commodore’s Cup Regatta)

Sept.   9:   P. Anderson/ M. Anderson

Sept. 16:   H. Jelinek/M. Marussich

Sept. 23:   J. Fleming

Sept. 30:   D. Okner

Our last open regatta will be the Commodore’s Cup on September 2, 2018.  Any LMCC member with a sailboat of any kind is invited to attend.  Registration is at 12:00 noon and the first horn will be sounded at 1:00 pm. Plans to join us and to get in on the fun!

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


August 2018 Papoose Article

posted Jul 22, 2018, 1:58 PM by Ian Oldridge   [ updated Aug 11, 2018, 11:15 AM ]

The LMYC is in full swing. The Junior Sailing School is underway and on June 3, 2018 we had our first open event open to all LMCC members, the Gabor Cup Regatta.  John Miller served as race official for the event in which four Lightnings competed in two races.  In the first race, Rich Miner came in first, followed by Brent Cherry, Perry Anderson and Joe Fleming.  The results for the second race were the same.  Therefore, Rich Miner won the event with Brent Cherry taking second place and Perry Anderson in third place. 

On June 24, 2018, the air was light but there was enough wind to move some boats.  Three Lightnings raced in the Olympic course that was set by the race official for the day, Hank Jelinek.  Fleet Champion Rich Miner ably defenses his position, taking first place in the two races that were held.  Perry Anderson, in hot pursuit, took two seconds and Brent Cherry came in third in both races.

Our annual, Independence Day Family Picnic was held on July 3, 2018 and was a great success, attended by many members and guests that included some former members such as Dave and Bambi Newton.  The grill was capably manned by Ian Oldridge and everyone contributed side dishes and desserts.  Margaret Anderson, who we thank for organizing the event, commented: “The Fireworks Celebration was a sparkling success! I appreciate all the help, the delicious desserts and salads, the loan of tents, tables, children’s games and boom box which made for a happy time.  Thank you!!!  Margaret.”

Race official duty is posted at the club and on our web site.  LMYC members are asked to check and note their assignments for race official duty. Race officials for August, 2018 are as follows:

            August 5: Rich Miner

            August 12: Brent Cherry

            August 19: Tim Mackey

            August 26: Constance Gill

            September 2:  John Miller (Commodore’s Cup Regatta)

Our last open regatta will be the Commodore’s Cup on September 2, 2018.  Any LMCC member with a sailboat of any kind is invited to attend.  Registration is at 12:00 noon and the first horn will be sounded at 1:00 pm. Plans to join us and to get in on the fun!

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 2018 Papoose Article

posted Jun 11, 2018, 7:30 AM by Ian Oldridge

Our first open event open to all LMCC members, the Gabor Cup Regatta, took place on Sunday, June 3, 2018. John Miller, assisted by Ian Oldridge were our race officials for the event.  The wind was out of the NNE allowing for a triangle course with a windward mark near Beach 2.  Four Lightnings competed in two races with the boats finishing in the same order in both races.  The finishes were close with Rich Miner winning by 11 seconds in the first race and by 8 seconds in race two. The final results as follows:

             1st Place: Skipper Rich Miner, crew Gail Miner and Chris Mackey

2nd Place: Skipper Brent Cherry, crew Jim Cherry and another

3rd Place:  Skipper Perry Anderson, crew Shirley Miller and Susan                                  Hauck

4th Place:  Joe Fleming and crew Julie Fleming

Following the event was our annual Makani Party which has a Hawaiian theme.  We thank Brent Cherry organizing the regatta and the Makani Party that followed, John and Ian for serving as race officials and for all who participated.  Remember, our next regatta open to all LMCC members will be on July 8, 2018.  Come down and join us!

Please remember that our Annual Fourth of July Family Picnic will be held in conjunction with the LMCC Fireworks display.  Keep an eye out for details.  Our every popular Junior Sailing School is now in progress. Chris Mackey is our lead instructor and is teaching life skills to some young sailors.  Race officials for the month are as follows:

·         Jul 01:   B. Cherry

·         Jul 08:   J. Marx-- Marine Base Regatta   (Snipe Fleet)

·         Jul 15:   T. Mackey / C. Mackey

·         Jul 22:    D. Okner

·         Jul 29:    J. Fleming

·         Aug 05:  R. Miner / G. Miner

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


June 2018 Papoose Article

posted May 10, 2018, 10:29 AM by Ian Oldridge   [ updated May 10, 2018, 10:31 AM ]

The LMYC is ready to race. On Saturday, April 21, 2018, a  work crew consisting of a dozen or so of our members pitched in and moved Sunfish, raked and otherwise got things ship shape. Thanks to all who came down and to Joe Fleming for the coffee and donuts. A week later, Perry and Margaret hosted our first official social event for 2018, the Prep Signal Party, with mast raising and the Cinco de Mayo Party the following week. Racing started on May 20, 2018 and will certainly continue every Sunday until Oct. 18, 2018. Races start at 1:00pm.

Our first open event open to all LMCC members, the Gabor Cup Regatta, will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Registration opens at 12:00pm and the races begin at 1:00 pm. The scoring is handicapped so any boat has a chance to win. If you have a sailboat of any kind, come  down and join us on the race course.  You may just surprise yourself!

Our Race Committee chair, John Marx, has posted the race officials schedule for 2018. It is on our web site. LMYC members are asked to check and note their assignments. Race officials for June, 2018 are as follows:

            June   3:  John Miller (Gabor Cup Regatta)

            June 10:  Richard Miner/Gail Miner

            June 17:  Constance Gill/Angela Hopkins

            June 24:  Hank Jelinek/Mark Marussich

            July    1:  Brent Cherry

Last Call for the Junior Sailing School: This very popular activity is open to children, age 10 and above, 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 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 will 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. 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 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


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