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 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


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

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