The St. Croix Sailing club is not all about Racing: we are about Sailing. For those who would rather go out for a casual cruise, the club holds five (or more) cruise events and a Bayfield cruise on Lake Superior. For those who like cruising but also enjoy a bit of fun, the Friday Beercan races might interest you. Beercan races are events which are less intensive then our regular races and are followed by a grilling event hosted by our member boats.
The Destination Beercan will be held this Saturday, September 14th starting at 11am. It will be a race from north of the railroad bridge to the finish line in downtown Stillwater. Boats are welcome to sail back to Hudson at their leisure.
If weather dictates otherwise, listen to the Race Committee on VHF 72 beginning at 10am. (R/C may change the location if necessary)
The club will provide beverages and sandwiches in Lowell Park along the Stillwater waterfront. Please bring a simple dish to pass (chips, salads, etc).
Docking: You may dock your boats at the Stillwater City Docks. They are behind the paddle boats (enter from the North). Space is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis (we do not have reservations). You may also tie up along the waterfront (depth permitting). Anchoring in a star raft on the WI shore is also an option – the Committee Boat can be called upon to shuttle people if required (VHF 72, or call Pat on his cell).
Cruisers are welcome to join us in Stillwater.
Many thanks to the 2019 board for coordinating this event and we look forward to connecting with you regarding opportunities for next year’s board.
Blues on the Bayou (Updated 7/11/2019)
Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Alter Boys are playing on the patio at Muddy Waters in Prescott, WI on Sunday, July 28th. This is a solid Chicago blues group, from of all places, Milwaukee. The music starts at 4 pm and ends at 8 pm.
Let’s cruise down the river on Sunday to Prescott. Since the patio fills up quickly I suggest we sail from Hudson around 10 am. We have permission from the City of Prescott to moor at the city docks Sunday night. After docking, the boats we will enjoy an afternoon and evening of dancing while listening to the Rev. preach the blues.
Anyone that has a schedule conflict could drive down to join us on the patio at Muddy Waters. Or even better, arrange car pools so you can sail down and drive back. Bebop’s plan is to stay overnight at the dock in Prescott. We will have breakfast at one of the local restaurants and then a leisurely sail back to Hudson on Monday.
Let me know if you are interested in this cruise event. I will be calling Muddy Waters to see if they take reservations and would like to have an idea of the number of people that will be attending.
I realize that a Sunday/Monday cruise are not the best days of the week but Muddy Waters only has music on Sundays.
Dennis Wenker (Cruise Chair)
ANNUAL BAYFIELD CRUISE
AUGUST 15TH – 19TH
The Bayfield Cruise is still almost a month and a half away, but we are in the planning stages for the event which takes place starting August 15th and continues through the 18th and for those lucky enough to take an extra day off of work, the 19th.
On Thursday the 15th we have our kick off dinner at the Copper Trout on 250 Rittenhouse Avenue. It is kitty corner from the Old Rittenhouse Inn, which many visitors to Bayfield know. From the city dock, just walk up the hill a few blocks and you will see it on the left.
This year, instead of an abbreviated menu, our group will be able to choose anything off their full menu. It is just important that I know in advance what choices are made for everyone’s dinner before the event (at least a week), and then they will have name tags for everyone coded for what you ordered so things will go smoothly and they will know who gets what and we will be assured that they will not run out of any of their menu items. Please pay individually.
THE MENU IS ATTACHED TO THIS EMAIL
As mentioned in the last email, we now again have two charter companies to choose a boat from.
SUPERIOR CHARTERS 715-779-5124 email@example.com
APOSTLE ISLANDS CHARTER 612-423-1410 apostleislandscharters.com
Make sure you mention that you are a part of our group as there are some discounts available. Mention SCSC and/or Bill Hooper
Once you have booked your boat for your party you can work out the details of the cruise expenses shared among your group. While out on the water you can coordinate your meals prepared on your boat, plus snacks, beverages, etc. I will send another email out later detailing some information pertinent to the cruise, but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call Bill Hooper.
If you are interested in getting on a boat, but are not apart of a group, please let me know ASAP so I know who all of you are in hopes that we can put together a boat for you.
And, of course some sailors already have boats in the Bayfield area who participate. Anyone of those who have any available space, please let it be known so we can possibly fill up your boat.
THIS IS THE INFORMATION THAT I NEED AS SOON AS YOU KNOW IT:
1. BOAT NAME
2. BOAT BRAND/MANUFACTURER AND LENGTH
3. SKIPPER OF THE BOAT
4. NAME OF EACH CREW MEMBER ON YOUR BOAT.
5. CELL PHONE NUMBER OF EACH CREW MEMBER ON YOUR BOAT
6. EMAIL ADDRESS OF EACH CREW MEMBER ON YOUR BOAT
7. WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE PLANNING ON EATING AT THE COPPER TROUT ON THURSDAY NIGHT
8. WHAT YOUR MENU CHOICE IS (INCLUDING SALADS AND SIDE DISHES)
9. WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE PLANNING ON SAILING INTO MONDAY AUGUST 18TH.
AND ONE MORE THING:
SCSC has a wine party on one of the islands. It usually is Friday night, but weather can always be a factor so that can change. SCSC supplies the wine, but if you are not a wine drinker, then do bring the beverage of your choice.
We ask that everyone bring your favorite hors d’ ouvres to the party to share. If everyone brings at least enough to feed everyone on your boat, then we should have enough to cover the evening. Some make up some pretty extravagant food choices and so it can be a delight for the taste buds.
The party goes into the night, complete with fire (if allowed) and anyone who has a guitar or other musical instrument, well, we’d love that addition. Otherwise, we supply digital cuts.
SAILING AROUND THE ISLANDS:
Each night we will end up at a predetermined anchorage on some island (which can change due to weather changes). We always try to find comfortable places to drop our hook to enjoy the evenings. You can get to that anchorage anyhow you wish. There are lots of things to do and see in the Apostles and some of the things are checking out light houses on various islands or the sea caves on Devil’s Island. On Stockton, there is a small marina where you can visit the Ranger Station and see their interpretive center or hike the island. Hiking is available on many of the other islands too. Sometimes it is better to anchor out and take your dinghy into the beach at Stockton as the marina can be full. Also, the wine party, because of a dock there, is in Quarry Bay, which is on Stockton Island as well and so you can make a quick side trip from there, if we return there, that is. Or you can spend some time trolling for that big Lake Trout or Salmon (buy a fishing license), or find a shallower, warmer bay and take a swim. Just sailing in these pristine waters can be enough. More on this later.
The urgent stuff is above. Please get me this information when you can. Those returning know the drill, but those enjoying the islands for the first time may have questions and so don’t hesitate to contact Bill Hooper.
Looking forward to our 10th year with this event.
The 2019 Shrimp Boil will follow the Carlson Classic races on July 20th.
Carlson Classic Races
Two Yacht of the Year races will begin at 11:00. They will use the reverse-start sequence, with high-phrf boats starting first.
Social hour starts at 5 o’clock at the St. Croix Marina. Dinner will be served around 6 o’clock. The club will provide all you can eat shrimp, corn, potatoes, and onions. The club will also provide water, pop, beer, and wine. Please bring a dish so we will have enough food for all who show up.
Cost will be $18 for members if you reserve your dinner online by July 12th. Non-members and reservations after July 12th are $25. Children 9 and under are $12.
We are looking for Beercan Hosts for the 2019 season. Every year we look to you the membership to help plan and host the events that follow our 9 Beercan races! The club will reimburse picnic expenses up to $250 for Friday Beer Cans.
To reserve a date (or for more information), please Contact Us. Include the Host name(s) and the date you wish to host.
The Beercan dates are as follows:
Beercan #1 – May 24th – Fillmore (Cancelled)
Beercan #2 – June 7th – Altair (Cancelled)
Beercan #3 – June 21st – Altair
Beercan #4 – July 12th – Fillmore
Beercan #5 – July 26th – Saint Croix Sailing School (at their location, south end of Riverfront Park)
Beercan #6 – Aug 2nd – Kindred Spirit
Beercan #7 – Aug 23rd – Ripple (Fiesta Friday!)
Beercan #8 – Sept 6th
Beercan #9 – Sept 14th (Saturday All-Club Race to Stillwater!)
Spring Banquet, 2019
Saturday, April 27th
St. Croix Marina Clubhouse
This year’s Spring Banquet will be held at the St. Croix Marina. All members, past members, and prospective members are welcome! Come and join us for the kick-off celebration to the 2019 season!
Our speaker will be Tim Carlson from North Sails. You may know him from last year’s Spring Banquet, as well as from past years when he was a member of SCSC and sailed on a boat named “Psyched Up”.
If you have any questions for Tim, let us know here.
Menu: Spaghetti with meatballs, garlic bread, salad, and desert. Beverages will also be provided.
Please sign up in advance by April 19th to receive a discount.
When: April 27th, Social at 5pm, Dinner at 6pm.
Where: St. Croix Marina Clubhouse (click here for a map)
How Much: RSVP Before 4/19: Adult members are $15, Children 12 or under are $8. Non-members are $5 additional. Pay at the door is fine, but we need your RSVP early!
After 4/19 w/o RSVP: Adults will be $20, and non-members $5 additional.
The First Tuesday in April is approaching, and we are booked to meet at Paddy Ryan’s Irish Pub at 6:00pm on April 2. Paddy Ryan’s is at 709 Rodeo Dr in Hudson. We have a reservation in the name of the St Croix Sailing Club.
Bring your leftover April Fool’s jokes and join your friends to talk sailing!
Snowy Winter Greetings!
For March, we are going to once again move the 1st Tuesday to the 2nd Tuesday. It turns out that March 5 is Fat Tuesday, and it seems like a good idea to avoid that day.
So, our March Get Together will be on Tuesday March 12, 6:00pm at LOLO in Hudson. We have a reservation in the name of the St Croix Sailing Club.
Stay Warm and Think Sailing!
Winter greetings! And thanks to all of you who came to the Afton House for the January SCSC Get Together. We had a crowd and it was great to see everyone.
For February, we will have a jointly sponsored event with the Sailing School. We have the Hop and Barrel reserved on Tuesday Feb 5 from 5:30-9:00 for “Sails and Ales: A Community Sailing Night at Hop and Barrel”.
There will be $10 tickets available to purchase that get you beer and Barkers wings. Live music featuring local artists will be performed from 6:30-8:00.
$1 from every pint sold goes to SCSS programming costs.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Happy Holidays to everyone !
We are continuing our off-season Tuesday get-togethers in 2019. Since the first Tuesday in January is New Year’s Day, we’ll move the January get-together to the second Tuesday, January 8. We’ll meet at the Afton House Current restaurant (a Sail & Share supporter) at 6:00pm. We have a reservation under the name of the St Croix Sailing Club. Come join your fellow sailors and share your holiday stories.
Hope to see you there!