The annual Lake Arthur Regatta is this weekend. It’s one of the high points of the summer season you won’t want to miss. There is something for everyone. Follow this link for more information: http://mailchi.mp/lakearthurregatta/rala2017-schedule-of-events?e=f30c7ed421. The long range forecast looks good calling for partly cloudy skies, temps in the 70’s and westerly winds at 10 mph.
It’s been several years since the regatta had a boat parade. This year LASC and MSC are working to bring it back, for all boaters. As we are one of the sponsors, we really need to have a large participation of club members. The desire is for everyone to decorate and show off their boat during the parade. If you don’t want to make the effort to decorate, please at least participate in the parade. We need a good showing.
Prior to 3:00 PM Saturday “More Like It!”, our Hunter 23, will be anchored in Crescent Bay (the bay near the boat rental vendor) with a sign saying to register here. Between 3:00 PM (perhaps sooner) and NLT 3:30 PM slowly approach the starboard side from our stern. Give us the name of your boat and of the persons on board and we will write it down. Using a boat hook with a clip, we will pass you a sequence number in large font. Display this number as necessary to other boaters to determine your place in line. Also display the number when passing the beach in review so the PA announcer (with help of a MSC spotter with binoculars) can know to announce you as you pass the beach in review. A park ranger boat is to slowly lead the parade starting at 3:30 PM. Plan to line up and follow him in and out of Pleasant Valley cove. The parade is to end at 4:30 PM.
A few things to keep in mind. (1) There may be a lot of boats in the marshaling area so be vigilant, cautious and safe. (2) During the parade maintain your position in line and safely keep close to the boat in front of you. You probably can’t do this effectively under sail so plan to motor. We want to avoid the line of boats getting spaced too far apart from each other. (3) Pleasant Valley cove has shallow spots which may be of concern for boats drawing more than 5 feet. See attached depth chart to see if you could be adversely impacted. (4) Normally forbidden, motoring in Pleasant Valley cove is only permitted during the parade.
LASC will begin a raft up Saturday any time after 5 PM outside the entrance to Pleasant Valley cove. If you were in the boat parade and don’t want to go back to the marina for a potty break you can consider tying up on the far right hand dock as you approach the boat rental concession in Crescent Bay. There is a rest room facility on the hill nearby. Plan to bring an appetizer or desert to share. We’ll pass them between the boats once we’re all rafted up. We’ll also take a vote on best decorated boat. Expect to listen to the Nied’s Hotel Band on shore and watch fireworks beginning at 9 PM. After the fireworks we’ll break up make the cruise back to the marina under a full moon.
MSC Bridge to Bridge Race Sunday
The Moraine Sailing Club is sponsoring a bridge to bridge race for all comers at 11 AM Sunday. Click here to sign up: http://morainesailingclub.org/asp/net/new/msceventv.aspx?crs=314-0