Eleven of us (TYC members and guests) gathered together on a fairly dry but windy February 2 noontime event at the Richardson Marina Guest Dock. After a few words to appease the rain gods, we all made a gesture of adding a few pints of water to the reservoir. Priming it in this way has been shown to be beneficial toward creating a great year of sailing on Fernridge.
If you plan on racing the Thursday Series on Fernridge, the sponsoring Yacht Clubs under the Joint Race Committee requires registration at the following site:
Please register by March 1, 2019 to enable us to complete RC assignments. Failure to do so will cause issues with those assignments and will preclude you from receiving “your choice of dates”.
Failure to register will result in no scoring for your boat. We require registration for safety and liability reasons.
DECEMBER MEETING REMINDER
FRIDAY DECEMBER 14th
Note the new night.
Place: TYC Clubhouse
Board Meeting 6:00
Pot Luck 7:00
General Member Meeting 7:30
This will be the first meeting with our new board presiding.
Commodore: Wylie Whitmer
Vice-Commodore: Elizabeth Haynsworth
Rear-Commodore: RJ Barnes
Secretary: Laure Hellman
Treasurer: Dennis Olson
Joint Racing Committee: Bill Schafer
Dan Battaglia( Newsletter Editor)
Update 12/2018: Talks have progressed about possible repairs to the toes of the ramps at Richardson and Orchard. The ACE is OK with the work proceeding and OSMB is online with us and discussing funding options. We are looking forward to repairs being accomplished, but until we have a confirmed date please read the next paragraph.
There are exploratory discussion being had with the governing entities to perform maintenance on the launch ramps. Since this will not likely occur this year, we would like to warn our fellow boaters about the conditions at the toe of the Richardson Ramp. A couple of us have inspected the ramp as we do every year. As an annual temporary measure, we have added some rock at the toe to make for a smoother transition, but as we know, by mid summer the power boaters will have scrubbed that area of our effort. Just be cautious as you launch and retrieve as the drop off is significant. It is on the order of 10 to 12 inches and your trailer will likely lurch as it moves on and off of this drop. Please take appropriate precautions. We will pass on any news of impending improvement when and if they are scheduled.
(This post was originally written by Frank Patten on May 5th 2016)
On a recent rainy Tuesday I crewed on Dean Mitchell’s Santana 30-30 “Camelot” with
Ron Fish, a regular crew member, as we participated in the most informal of races on
Fernridge, The Tuesday Night Races. It was an opportunity to quiz skipper Dean Mitchell on the
upcoming Emerald Cup Race, the more formal of races. The Emerald Cup is Triton’s
premier racing event and has been a highlight of the Fernridge racing community for
many years. Dean has chaired this event a number of times; he’s not sure how many.
The Emerald Cup takes place on June 25th and 26th. It is anticipated that there will be a
number of fleets- Wavelength 24’s, Santana 20’s, Thistles, Lidos, possibly multi-hulls
and the PHRFs(Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) as they are known (pronounced
Perfs). PHRFs are a mix of boats that are handicapped according to the boat type.
Emerald Cup participants come from Oregon, Washington and California.
Each fleet winner receives a trophy. In addition, the Emerald Cup is awarded to the
skipper and crew based on a formula that evaluates overall performance.
Participants can register and purchase their meals using the link on our website to the US
Sailing Regatta Network.
Dean’s love of sailing began through the Boy Scouts at the Lake of the Woods, a
Southern Oregon lake east of Medford. He said that there was no one in his scouting
troop that knew anything about sailing so they were self taught. They raised the main and
let the wind take them where it would. Then as a teen he moved to Eugene and was on his
high school’s wrestling team. He described his coach’s advice to him- “As soon as you
shake hands, do a little spin and grab for the take down and pin, as your opponent is
expecting that you will do a few preliminary feints first”. Dean said that most of his pins
occurred in the first minute of the match. Ron Fish noted during our sail that maybe his
aggressiveness is why Dean has been so successful at the Thursday night races on
“Falcor”, his Wavelength 24. The Thursday Night Races are more intense than the
Tuesday Night Races. While Dean is very competitive he is also known for the help he
has given to those new to racing. He certainly made me feel welcome on his boat in spite
of my limited skills. He recently retired as a pilot for Monaco Coach and previously flew
for Eugene Skydivers.
Janet is in charge of catering and has done this for a number of years. Several years ago
Janet suggested that we prepare the meals in-house rather than go to an outside caterer.
We found this to be not only more economical but also realized that, in Janet, we had
someone with a real talent for preparing a unique and delicious spread. Janet starts many
months ahead in planning the meals and securing volunteers. Her preparation is very
thorough. When the volunteers arrive all the ingredients are laid out so that each
volunteer has a job and knows what to do.
As an aside, the Tuesday Night Race begins at 7:00 in the evening and the start is
announced by the blowing of a conch shell that Dean brought back from a bareboat
Caribbean cruise he and his wife, Janet, took a few years back. The race proceeds toward
an objective mark and at exactly half an hour into the race, the conch is blown again, and
all boats do a 180 degree back to the start line. The first over the finish line wins. My first
thought was that the slowest boat is the closest to the finish line at the half hour mark, so
it seems like the faster boats are penalized for sailing further on the first leg. But as Dean
and Ron explained that’s the point. If a slower boat can only get half way to the mark
during the first leg then it may not get to the finish line any quicker than the faster boats.
This then becomes a handicap that applies not only to the boat but also to the skipper, an
encouragement for new captains. After the race an informal BBQ of hot dogs and sides is
served with a donation to the “kitty”.
Anyone interested in the Tuesday Night Races should show up at the next Triton General
Meeting, member or not, and express an interest. Potential crew need not own a boat.
(This post was originally written by Frank Patten on April 2nd 2016)
The title “Scuttlebutt” comes from 18th Century English Royal Navy usage and
refers to opening a seacock (scuttle) in a barrel (butt) and was the location where
sailors could get ready water and share gossip, sort of the equivalent of our office
Several years ago when I began sailing at Fern Ridge Lake I was mystified when a
number of sailors seemed so excited about the dam closing. I even remember
that a celebration was planned for this wonderful day. I'd always thought of a
closing as meaning that something was coming to an end, the fun was over.
What was happening, of course, was that the spillways were closing; the lake
would begin to fill, and the yearly ritual of following the Army Corps of Engineer’s
“Rule Curve” had begun.
The Rule Curve is the graphical representation of the Corps mandate to balance
recreational needs with flood control and farming requirements along the Long
Tom River. The spillways are opened or closed to coincide with the Rule Curve.
As of this writing we are slightly below the curve which means if we have a
normal spring rain we will reach full pool a little behind April 9th, the full pool
date. We are also at the level that the lake reached at its highest last year.
The anticipation of a full pool was felt at Triton’s last general meeting. Our new
board outlined an ambitious program for the coming year. A summary is included
in this newsletter. A very enthusiastic Charlie Johnson led the group in a
brainstorming session to consider ways we see as the direction Triton might take.
The board will distill these ideas and present them to the members in a near
The members spent some time on the topic of racing and cruising and the
relative effort spent on each activity. Some members would like to see more
energy given to cruising. My observation as a cruiser is that racing requires a lot
of group focus whereas cruising is something that is done mostly individually or
in small groups and the planning can go unnoticed. Our board is working to put
more emphasis on cruising and plans are being made to have a jungle cruise this
year. Matt, our commodore, pointed out that the format of our general meetings
will feature a more focused business portion of the meeting and more time to be
devoted to sharing an enjoyable meal that affords more opportunity for
comradeship. This last meeting was an example of this approach and with
Charlie at the grill, we all enjoyed hamburgers, a myriad of salads, and enough
cookies to make monsters of us all.
As one of our initiatives we are renewing our website. We envision the site as the
“go to” location for information concerning Triton events and Fernridge Lake
activities. This column will be one of the first on the site and will be refreshed
often during the sailing season. I plan to update the column with club activities
and summaries of meetings, information about the lake. I'd like to include profiles
not only of some of our members but also profiles of people who make decisions
concerning the lake.