I have a lot of club news to impart to you.
First, the CHESSS Labor Day Challenge was a resounding success with a solid, one dozen participants. Even in a casual, social affair we had singlehanders popping their spinnakers open for a sweet run down to Black Walnut Point off Tilghman Island. Members anchored in Broad Creek and socialized via dinghy and careful visits to our main anchor boat, Sea Dragon.
Second and very important, we ARE hosting a Fall General Meeting in early November. To comply with COVID safety protocols, it will be outdoors. We will provide hot beverages of some kind. The meeting will be brief. The outdoor venue is lovely, even in cooler weather. We need member attendance because it's time to nominate and vote on replacements for some of our Executive Board positions. We will also be updating our class racing rules. I am attaching the draft document here. Members may comment on the proposed changes by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next, CHESSS had 6 entries in the NASS Lighthouse Race this past weekend. Treasurer Jeff Halpern took 1st place, even when his spinnaker halyard sheave self-destructed, leaving him with a wrap and a half-hoisted spinnaker all by himself. Who says 70 years is old?
Finally, CHESSS is hosting a final, non-sanctioned race on Saturday, October 3rd that we've dubbed "Summer's Last Hurrah." The race is an homage to the Elf Classic Yacht Race chaired by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and will feature a Le Mans start. That means, skippers must sail off their anchors without engaging their engines. The Sailing Instructions are written to maximize safety with this challenging format. The link to register is here: Summer's Last Hurrah Registration
In closing, I'd like to mention that we've had a slew of new members enroll with CHESSS since June. Participation in events has been at its peak, in spite of (or perhaps because of) the COVID pandemic. We're up to 43 dues-paying members. We've had 12+ members at the Spring Gather 'n Gab, 27 boats enter the Poplar Island Race, 12 members join the Labor Day Challenge and 6 boats enter the NASS Lighthouse Race. Our members seem to enjoy the events we're putting forth and we look forward to your input at the Fall Meeting.