To promote the appreciation of sailing and foster a community and culture committed to advancing both sailing and sailing education in the Juneau area.

In My 22 Years of Sailing by Sean Boily

 

In my 22 years of sailing, I’ve been active in three sailing organizations: the Homer Yacht Club, the Juneau Yacht Club, and Southeast Alaska Sailing (SEAS). I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the friendships and associations I’ve made through these groups, but there have been days when membership asked more of me than I wanted to give… as happens whenever you join others in a common venture. On those few times I’ve asked myself “why am I a part of this and what am I getting in return?”
A traditional reason to be in a Yacht Club is the reciprocal benefits available at clubs throughout the world. But I don’t travel enough, nor am I enough of an extrovert to take advantage of this, so it’s not a draw for me. Others may find prestige with yacht club membership, but I just don’t see that connection in Alaska.
I’ve continued to join sailing clubs for the simple reason that I love sailing. I love the magic of harnessing the wind and overcoming natural fears of that awesome power. I love the technical study of perfecting that measure of control, and learning my personal limits.  Ownership of a sailing vessel is another pleasure – not so much the polishing of brass and teak, but the maintenance of systems and hardware that gives me the confidence that everything will function correctly when needed. But why join a group to do this? Sailing can be a solitary venture, if desired, and some people seek that out. But I have an anecdote that underscores why many mariners and sailors seek out like-minded comrades:

Sailor Talk

When: 
03/07/2012 - 18:00 to 20:00

We have a two part program starting at 6pm. 

Subjects to be covered are:

  • Local experiences/ trips (examples by a few members, with plenty of discussion by all).
  • Spring maintenance projects, again examples by members – probably including a downtown haul-out experience, and a few yard repairs, possibly discussion on rigging. 

A fun way to find out more about what sailing opportunities there are around here.

In any case, the event is hosted down town at NorthWind, 126 Seward Street. 

Flare test

When: 
04/07/2012 - 12:00 to 13:00

 

SEAS Skippers and Crew -

I am going out to the firing range out by Montana Creek on Saturday, 4/7/12, to shoot off a number of expired flares - to get the family accustom to shooting a flare gun. If anyone wants to join in, or bring a few of their own, we would welcome the company. A good opportunity to see this critical and required element of safety equipment is operational. This is an informal event - just putting it out there for the curious.

Sean Boily
S/V Tango

 

Labor Day Races Results

 The final series of SEAS Cup races took place over the Labor Day weekend. With Toison D’Or acting as committee boat, leg one found  Lyric WR, Surprise, Haiku, Tango, Optiminium and Loa’a Nalu on the line at Mayflower Island. Under heavy rain and low visibility the fleet clawed its way down the channel, sailing a course which has been being raced for more than 20 years. With a variable head wind for most of the race, it was a long day of wet challenging sailing. Haiku and Surprise kept close quarters for most of the race. About half a mile north of Pt. Aden, Surprise was able to take the lead when a 20 knot breeze forced Haiku to make a sail change and Surprise just rolled in some of her jib and hung on.

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