L1 Student August Update by Joan Swain

Hi All – First of all, congrats to any of you who’ve now gotten rated OR took advantage of the docking or capsize workshops….and to the rest of you who are moving forward honing your sailing skills as your availability allows.
By the way, I’ve cc’d this to Maryann at her request since she is the one who sends out the Sunday group sails @ Kent alerts.  She had asked for your ems since her alerts are a backup way to keep track of the  upcoming Sunday time(s) to meet.  As with my ems, IF you do not want future ems from Maryann, just let her know when you get her alert.
And in case you want to scan ahead as to what’s planned or want to check something you’re thinking on attending, take a look at our Events Calendar which you can access off the ASI home page.  Checking it for dates/times/where/what may at times be more efficient than reaching out to me or John.  Check it out and get familiar with it if you’ve yet to.
Next, we also have an unofficial lost-and-found @ Kent Lake for any items you may have left there. Normally, any item found around the dockboxes or close-by picnic table are securely tucked into the Dockmaster dockbox.  Of course you’ll need the code to access, but that’s where you can find almost any item you forgot to take with you.  It’s been a resource for me and others, so take a look IF you’ve misplaced some item….there are currently a few items belonging to someone(s).
Now to what’s coming in August.  On the 6th (rain-date the 7th) will be our annual Picnic.  You’re read about it in the Burgee.  This year we’re being asked to rsvp, so that makes sense to know whether 50 or 250 members will show up for the dogs and burgers ASI will provide.  And if you have a favorite dish to offer – veggis, fruit, desserts, chips, etc. –  it will be most welcomed.  The varied dishes taking over several picnic tables have never disappointed, so hope you’ll be there.  Also, you’ll have the chance to mingle with former instructors, fellow students, the racers….meet more of us….and catch up on ASI business.  I don’t know what else is planned, but it’s been a welcomed rendezvous each season.
That same date, but starting @ 9AM is another Maintenance Class.  Just show up and take in what Don Sharpe has to offer.  If that date doesn’t work, there’ll be another one on the 3rd Sat in August, then 2 final options in September.  Bring your student cards for Don to sign.
Then, on August 13, JoAnne has scheduled the 2nd/last docking (in AM) …and presumably capsize (12 – 3PM) workshops.   Good going if you were @ the July options.  Here’s another chance to hone important skills.
Now, to repeat what you heard in shore class and prior ems from me…..when you do take a practice sail, remember it’s your choice as to what you want to practice.  IF a rated member suggests you try, say docking or leaving the dock, both of which allow less room for error, IF you do not feel ready to do so – say so.  IF more coaching is given, you do feel ready – and for docking you’ve well mastered getting into irons and gauging space needed – go for it.  Again, if you’re having any concerns with practice sails, let us know.
Finally, I was reminded of this today, that when you do take your water test, if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you can take portions of it in the slip (rigging) and/or land (knots).  A welcomed bonus since you will have checked off 2 of the items so you’ll have less to do on a follow-up date.
Whew – this was longer than I had thought…. I’m done!
Enjoy the breezes, Joan Swain, Mentor Asst.
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