GRSA will hold a Frostbite/Spring series with 4 race dates and a make up date. The series will be held “in the cove”, pfds (life jackets) are required, 10 dollar entry fee per race date (exact change is appreciated).
First race is 12 noon, with a short skipper’s meeting at 11:15. Multiple races will be run per day weather dependent and are generally windward leeward courses. These races are quick and short and give racers the opportunity to work on starting tactics as well as mark rounding and spinnaker sets. In the event of a capsize that race is immediately cancelled and assistance is provided to that boat.
Race dates are Sat Feb 20, and 27th and Sun March 7th and 14th with a make up date Sat March 20th. These are open to all classes, and fleets will be formed based on the numbers. The course and length are ideal for even match racing. As in the past these are open events.
The Committee boat is currently manned for the first race. It is expected that racers will take their turn at this position throughout the season. For those who perhaps took the race committee seminar last year or before and would like the opportunity to go out and get some experience behind the wheel, please contact me thru the web site and I will be sure you are pared up with someone who is experienced. I do have room for you on FEB 20, again contact me if interested.
Updates will be sent via the clubs e mail list on Thursday or Friday prior to race weekend in the event the weather forecast is for non- sailable conditions.
At the GRSA Annual Membership Meeting, the following members were elected to the 2021 Board. Their terms begin January 1, 2021.
Commodore ------------- Chris Cookson
Vice Commodore ----- Jill Reilly
Rear Commodore ------ Grant Smith
Secretary----------------- Joan Evans
Treasurer ---------------- Dan Walsh
Members at Large------ Jay Malcan
Nominated GRSA Officer Slate for 2021
UPDATE: NOMINATIONS CLOSED- NOVEMBER 1, 2020
At the October 12 meeting, the GRSA Board approved the following nominations for the 2021 GRSA Board of Directors.
Commodore: Chris Cookson
Vice Commodore: Jill Reilly
Rear Commodore: Grant Smith
Treasurer: Dan Walsh
Secretary: Joan Evans
Members At Large: Mike Keeler, Michelle Leipold, Jay Malcan, Rocky Rochester
Thank you to the 2020 Officer Nominating Committee for putting this slate together:
Mills Jones, 2020 Commodore
Jim Hudson, Past Commodore (2019)
Kirsten Sisco, Past Commodore (2018)
Eric Vugteveen, Member at Large (2020)
Chris Cookson, Vice Commodore (2020)
Due to COVID-19 and the limitations on live gatherings, the 2020 Membership meeting will be held on December 5, 2020 via electronic means. In order to accommodate the ability of members to make nominations from the floor, the Board is requiring that following process be followed.
1. Nominations from the floor will be accepted via email communication with both Mark Olszowy, Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) AND Mills Jones, Commodore (email@example.com).
2. Nominations must be received on or before Sunday, November 1. The Board will confirm that the person nominated is a Stockholding member in good standing.
3. The Board will post the updated nominations on November 5 to give the membership the required 30-day notice in compliance with the GRSA By-Laws.
4. The process for voting for Board officers will be sent out prior to the meeting.
The 2020 regatta for the Swift Creek Cup race will be held on Saturday, September 26 at the Brandermill Sailing Center near The Boathouse on Millridge Parkway. Registration starts at 10 AM and ends at 11:30 AM, and the skipper's meeting will be at noon, with the first race starting as soon as practical after. Notice of race will follow, but please spread the date and time with your membership.
This Regatta will use the Portsmouth Handicap formula and is open to all classes. Bring your Lasers, Albacores, Thistles, Sunfish, 420, etc. All boats race against each other in one fleet. The clubs are scored as a team. The individual regatta winner and winning club take home the Cup!
2021 GRSA Board Nominations
GRSA is seeking persons interested in serving on the Board of Directors for 2021. Those that serve on the board must be a Stockholding member in good standing. The Board consists of the following positions:
Commodore: shall be synonymous and interchangeable with President, and the Vice Commodore shall be synonymous and interchangeable with Vice President.
It shall be the duty of the Commodore to preside at all meetings of the stockholders and the Board of Directors and to see to the enforcement of all rules and regulations of the Association. The Commodore or Vice Commodore shall sign all stock certificates of the Association and shall sign on its behalf all its contracts and other written obligations. The Commodore shall report on the condition of the Association at each annual meeting and shall also perform other duties as may be required by these By-Laws or the Board.
Vice Commodore: In the absence or disability of the Commodore, the Vice Commodore shall perform his duties and exercise his powers.
Rear Commodore: In the absence or disability of both the Commodore and the Vice Commodore, the Rear Commodore shall perform their duties and exercise their powers. Thereafter, the Board of Directors may designate one of its members to perform the duties and exercise the powers of the Commodore.
The Secretary: It shall be the duty of the Secretary to sign all stock certificates of the Association, to maintain the stock transfer ledger and to perform or supervise (a) the keeping of the minutes of all meetings of the Association and of the Board of Directors in a book provided for the purpose, (b) a giving of notice of all such meetings, (c) the publication and filing of all notices, statements or reports as may be required by law, (d) the general correspondence of the Association, (e) the keeping of the burgee and seal of the Association, (f) the notification of members of their election, transfer, suspension or expulsion, (g) such other duties as may be required by these By-Laws or the Board.
The Treasurer (As revised January 2013)
The Treasurer shall have charge and custody of the funds of the Association subject to the general supervision and control of the Board of Directors. He shall perform or supervise (a) the giving, negotiation and endorsement of such notes, checks and bills of exchange as may be required in the conduct of the Association, (b) the collection of accounts of the Association and their deposit in such bank or banks as the Board of Directors may from time to time designate, (c) the keeping of proper books of accounts which shall at all times be subject to examination by the Commodore and members of the Board of Directors or any agent designated by them, (d) the preparation of a written statement and its submission to each meeting of the Board of Directors, which statement shall show the financial condition and operating results of the Association, (e) the preparation and submission to the annual meeting of the Association of a balance sheet showing the financial condition of the Association together with a detailed report on its income and expenses for the year last ended, (f) such other duties as may be required by the By-Laws or the Board.
Members at Large: Four members at large are elected to the board to represent the views of the membership and are voting members of the Board. Recently, members at Large have served on special committees as appointed by the Commodore to address special projects and issues which come before the Board and communicate directly with members who may have specific concerns about the club.
Who gets nominated?
Traditionally, the board seeks nominations of members who have volunteered in different areas of club life and wish to become more involved in the leadership of the club. Becoming a Member at Large or a Committee Chair is great way to become oriented in the business of running the club. However, any stockholding member can be considered for board positions. The list of Committee Chairs can be found on the website.
What is the Nomination Process?
A Nominating Committee is being appointed by the Commodore to assemble a nomination slate for 2021. Those interested in being nominated can contact the commodore at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Nominating Committee will develop a slate and present to the Board by the October 12th Board Meeting. The slate of officers (along with any additional nominations) will be voted on at the Annual meeting in December by the stockholding members present at the meeting.
If you have questions about particular board positions, you can contact me at email@example.com or the corresponding board member. I encourage you to review the GRSA by-laws on the website for further information.
Your Race Committee, under Pete Cookson’s guidance, has put together a great & SIMPLE seminar on race operations. Serving on a Race Committee is fun and easy. There is nothing hard about it and, matter of fact, your own sailing will improve dramatically from the up-close observation of other skippers in action. You don’t have to be a racer, or even an experienced sailor, to enjoy a few hours on the lake on the pontoon boat.
This is designed for all interested to attend. We are targeting two date possibilities – Tuesday evening, August 18 or Tuesday evening August 25. The whole thing should be finished in less than two hours and volunteering for Race Committee is a great way to support your club and expand your know-how. You will get a new and different perspective of sailing, to say nothing of meeting new friends.
Here’s how simple it is. Areas to be discussed include:
Please consider this easy learning opportunity and helping out your fellow sailors….take your pick of the dates. We’ll do our best to make this fun and worthwhile from many perspectives.
Please respond quickly if you are interested, Please RSVP to Pete firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Tomg14024@gmail.com with the date you prefer
Choice one - Tuesday, August 18, 6:30 PM
Choice two – Tuesday, August 25, 6:30 PM
Please note that GRSA will be practicing safe social distancing at this event due to COVID 19.
Tom Gallagher, Race Committee Chair Pete Cookson, Facilities Coordinator
Notice of Race
The Greater Richmond Sailing Association will hold 3 days of Racing on Sunday June 14th, June 28th and July 5th. Each race will be a separate event and will require a completed separate registration and fee payment for each day. These races are a closed events and registration and participation is open to members in good standing of the Greater Richmond sailing association. Crews may be guests, but boats must display current GRSA boat sticker and skipper must meet the criteria of the above.
While sailing involves certain risks, racers who enter these races understand, and acknowledge these risks and accept the possibility of harm and or damage. These risks, as sailors we try to mitigate thru training, carrying safety equipment, and following the Racing Rules as stated by RRS and GRSA. The decision to sail or not rests with the skipper and crew of each boat.
Sailing, in the midst of a pandemic, adds another layer of risk. These too must be individually weighed as to the dangers and possibility for infection, transmission of the illness to ourselves as well as to our fellow competitors. While certain steps have been taken to mitigate the possibility of transmission of the virus, by registering we acknowledge these risks. In holding these events all participants are asked to follow to the best of their abilities the guidelines as set forth by CDC and other health officials. Keeping appropriate distancing while on shore, use of masks in closer settings, frequent hand washing are just some of the recommendations. We ask that if you have a fever or any other symptoms such as loss of taste, smell, or have been in contact with a person who may have tested positive; that you be mindful of your fellow club members and not participate.
As part of the registration, you will need to attest to the wellness of yourself and crew.
Registration 10 AM; Fee: $10
Skipper’s meeting at 11am
First gun approximately 12 Noon.
Registration forms will need to be filled out and a $10 dollar entry fee paid. Checks are ok, but if paying in cash, exact change is required.
Registration will be held outside the pavilion as will be the skippers meeting. Following the race, results will be posted on the bulletin board, there will be no official gathering for results.
3 races each day are planned, a single race will constitute a series. Fleets of 3 or more class boats will be given a start. If deemed appropriate a handicap fleet may be formed.
Low point scoring, no throw outs.
18th Blessing of the GRSA Fleet
2020 -- 45th Anniversary
O God, whose mighty hand rules both wind and wave, we thank you for your goodness and watchful providence. As we live by your grace, may our actions on both land and water always be favorable in your sight. Amen.
In both Psalm 107 and several of the Gospels, we find stories of storm tossed waters being calmed. Just as God, by whatever name, guided those in peril to safety, the Lord watches over us during this time of worldwide pandemic and social isolation. Thanks be to God.
Memorial Day Tribute and Remembrance:
Pause now in a moment of silence for all those in each military branch who have died while in service to our country. Also remember each of the 25 club members who have died over the years. [silent pause] We celebrate their lives as we remember.
Blessing of Boats and Sailors:
Eternal God of heaven, earth, and sea take into your protection all those who use our facility and sail upon the lake. Preserve them both body and soul; benefit their efforts with enjoyment and accomplishment; protect them from any dangers of the waters and bring them safely back to shore. Bless now the many boats of GRSA, their skippers, crew, and families. May camaraderie and good sportsmanship be a mark of all those who sail for pleasure and possible competition. May we be blessed with another gratifying, though modified, season of sailing, learning, and fellowship. Amen.
The Lord bless us, and keep us safe and well in the months ahead. Amen.
Welcome to GRSA the Class of 2020:
Kira & Drew Routh
Drew & Andrea Gould
The 2020 “Class” of Grass Carp Has Been Released
On April 14, 600 sterile triploid grass carp were released into the Swift Creek Reservoir to help control the growth of the non-native hydrilla plant. These carp represent the “Class of 2020” and they supplement the previous classes of carp added at various times since 2010.
The quantity of 600 carp was determined after studying the results of computer modeling runs using our best estimates of the amount of hydrilla consumed by carp of different sizes, carp predation/mortality, etc. The model indicated that adding more than 600 carp could “collapse” the level of vegetation in the reservoir, an undesirable result. Adding fewer than 600 carp could lead to higher levels of hydrilla than in recent years, also undesirable. This is consistent with the current approach of adding a relatively constant number of carp each year to achieve a balance between overgrowth and collapse of vegetation.
This year, rather than the normal, very “public” release of the carp along Genito Rd., the carp were released at the Addison-Evans water treatment plant in order to streamline the process during the COVID-19 pandemic. We owe a note of gratitude to the Chesterfield County Utilities Department for following through on their commitment to the residents around the reservoir to add carp this spring while they continue to supply high quality drinking water under difficult conditions.
We will continue to update you when important information becomes available and when public meetings are planned.
The Reservoir Hydrilla Management Group
John Cooling, Tony Giordano, George Hayes, Tom Hoekstra
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