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Commodore's Corner
Fred Bartrom


Wow, if you missed all the events of last Saturday, you missed a double doozey. The wind for the Double-Double in the morning was on the high side of fantastic. The food, music, and decorations of the luau and camaraderie of our fellow sailors was out of this world. Join me in publicly thanking the many volunteers that pulled this off. We have the best volunteers with incredible attitudes. (Good thing because we are an all-volunteer club!)


If you have been looking for chance to make your volunteerism shine, then I have an opportunity that you will love! Did you know there will be youth sail camp on the waters of Hamilton Creek Marina from July 8th to August 9th? Well I am proud to say Nashville Sail Camp will be here! If you haven’t seen the cove filled with youngsters sailing dinghies, you are in for a treat. We have opened up 10 half day, week long volunteer opportunities called the Club Observer or CO for short. You are welcome to take two slots for a whole day of volunteering. The CO will have a radio to stay in contact while the campers are on the water. You can do things like monitor the radar and get involved in the activities as much as you desire. Think camp mom, dad, granny, or papa. Then the CO and the camp director will choose the “Camper of the Week” and present them with an award from PPYC. How cool is that! (Be sure to send me pictures.)


John Summers, member and owner of Sail Nashville will be the ring leader for the volunteers. He is at the lake a good bit already because of his ASA certified training school he runs out of Hamilton Creek Marina. We appreciate his willingness to lead up this volunteer effort. But he can’t do it alone, so please fill up those volunteer slots ASAP!

See the PPYC Calendar for upcoming events.

Let’s go sailing!


ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): The PPYC Resource Center
A repository of class pictures and materials from our PPYC classes for your reference.  Information made available at instructor's permission.

Bareboating: Fun Experiences & Practical Considerations, 03.02.2019
Kurt and Nancy Berger gave us the inside scoop on chartering a boat without a skipper or crew.  The link above is to the PowerPoint slide deck presented in the class.

Galen Freeman One Design Race ResultsMay 18-19, 2019

Sailing Skills Course (PPYC U), June 8, 2019:
     Small Boat Trailering 
(PowerPoint slide show) by Bobby McCullough

Communications Corner
Sheila Armstrong

Written after a packed week -- I am talking at work and after.  Thank goodness this is the longest day of daylight this year (Summer Solstice)!  I needed the daylight!

On to this week’s post…

Tomorrow morning you will see me at the PPYC U: Playing With A Spinnaker (Symmetrical & Asymmetrical) – 9am to high noon.  This topic is new territory for me and I am eager to learn more on the topic.  Spinnakers are beautiful, but for me, they are also a bit intimidating – huge and noisy.   I plan to plop my happy self on the front row and learn everything I can about these game-changers in the world of sailing faster.  We will also be going out on boats to try our hand at these marvels of engineering.  A bit chicken?  Come sit by me and we can learn about spinnakers together.

We have another upcoming class you need to know about is Introduction to Coastal Navigation, starting Thursday, August 1st from 6pm-9pm for five Thursdays in a row.  Kenny Cooper is the instructor and he does an excellent job teaching you how to navigate on a map using compasses and rulers.  I took this class last year under Kenny and LOVED IT!  These are the skills of a sailing rock star – so I am recommending it highly to all my budding rock star friends out there.  Registration is limited to 12 folks, so don’t lollygag around on signing up. Contact Kenny Cooper directly to sign up: by e-mail at or by phone/text at 615-330-0844 for further information, registration, and payment. Registration deadline is July 15th.

See you tomorrow at the spinnaker class or this coming Wednesday Night Races.  I will be sailing on Sara Shamblin’s boat on Wednesday. 

Time to sign off for this week.  'Til I see you again, be good to each other.

Take care,

Sheila Armstrong
Communications Director

Note as your Communications Director: If you notice any incorrect information or discover a broken link, I would appreciate hearing from you.

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