Club News2015 Lake Lemon Regatta
Nearly 30 Racers Gather For 55th Lake Lemon Regatta
I had the pleasure of spending the Lake Lemon Regatta both on the water and on the shore, close to the action (sometimes too close with my kayak) as well as behind the scenes like many of you, quietly accomplishing our small tasks. I thought that I would race, but decided against it when Jim got hurt. Also, like you, perhaps, I was at the event early on Friday, speaking to most of the racers purposefully throughout the weekend, asking them about their boats, where they were from, noting the name of their vessel. My favorite; Powerless. Which sums up the weekend really. Waiting for the wind on Saturday, watching it fill the lake for a few hours at a modest breeze, then waiting again on Sunday...and waiting...and waiting. Until the Committee boat horn blew twice, postponing the event, then cancelling it altogether. Taking the pulse of the racers that morning suggested a sense of relief. No one really wanted to bob around on a hot day. No one was too disappointed. One of the older visiting sailors said philosophically, "You learn to take what life throws at you." I've edited out the expletives! Sunday was a little like Who-ville on Christmas. No presents, but we celebrated anyway. I've come to enjoy these days at the lake, especially when others visit and create a buzz all around. There are few things more satisfying than the beehive of activity of boats on shore getting ready to put in. The crisp sound of the sails flapping, rigging clanking; sailors and crews, young and old bustling about as they've done for a hundred years, over 50 years here at our small regatta. Most importantly, it's been a pleasure sharing and watching your small acts, and sometime great acts of kindness and care around the club, not just this weekend, but year-'round. I want to say 'Thank you' to all of you who kept our promise to Jim Ross and others to carry this tradition forward and to carry it on well.
Tom Saccone, BYC Commodore
The Bloomington Yacht Club is an association of sailing enthusiasts located about 50 miles South of Indianapolis. The club is family-oriented and cooperative; members are expected to "pitch-in" on jobs such as the running of races, and site maintenance.
An active program attracts race fans, with races for all classes of boat held Sunday afternoons. We are home to Thistle Fleet 161, Y-Flyer Fleet 13, and Force 5 Fleet 105, and we host at least one regional race per year for those racing classes. Those who enjoy sailing without competition have the use of the clubhouse, docks, and power winch at any time.
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