Hawkestone Yacht Club

The Prettiest Little Club On Lake Simcoe

Hawkestone Yacht Club - The Prettiest Little Club On Lake Simcoe

Basic Anchoring

Do you want to drop the hook but don’t yet feel you have the confidence? We’ve all been through that. Here is an article from the March 19, 2018 issue of Yachting Monthly that explains the essentials of anchoring. Hopefully this will help you gain the confidence to get out there and safely visit one of the great anchorages Lake Simcoe offers.

Anchoring In Tricky Situations

Have you ever been in the situation where you had a hard time setting your anchor, or your anchor slipped after being set? The April 24, 2015 issue of Practical Boat Owner has a great article on how to anchor in tricky situations. You can find the content of that article here. Perhaps it will help avoid the situation we found ourselves in; adrift and heading for the rocks!


“In boatyards all around the Great Lakes, days are filled with the sounds of sailors getting their boats ready for launch. There is a ritual that seems unvaried as the years spin by. Waxing, hauling bags of sails and kit, the slat of lines against masts as sails are mounted again, the rattle of chain as anchors are being positioned or checked, etc. And of course, the hum of conversation.

Following a thorough checklist as you prepare to launch your boat after a winter layup can help ensure you don’t miss anything important. Here is a rather comprehensive checklist that hopefully covers most if not all of the items you need to address. And, when the hard work is done and you are ready to splash, take a moment to reflect on your hard work again this spring and maybe enjoy with a cold beer in the company of some good friends and fellow sailors. “ Source – www.great-lakes-sailing.com

Great-lakes-sailing.com offers a Free Resources page https://www.great-lakes-sailing.com/resources.html, where you will find a useful and fairly comprehensive Spring Commissioning Checklist https://www.great-lakes-sailing.com/support-files/spring_commissioning_checklist.pdf

Great-lakes-sailing.com also produces a quarterly e-newsletter called “Rhumb Line” with a variety of useful articles related to sailing as well as updates on ports on the Great Lakes. Back issues are available at https://www.great-lakes-sailing.com/Rhumb_Line-backissues.html

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Sail Past – History and Protocol

Sail Past tradition began at the first Yacht Club which was formed at Cowes in England nearly 200 years ago. The membership at Cowes was primarily aristocratic and many were familiar with naval practice and tradition. Cowes Yacht Club subsequently changed its name to Royal Yacht Squadron and certain social graces were added to the traditional naval practices. The actual “review of the fleet” was introduced as a continuation of the naval habit of having Admirals (and/or Royalty) review the fleet on special occasions. Protocol demanded that a flagship be anchored with the Admiral and staff on the quarterdeck to receive and return the salute. Vessels sailed past, dipping their colours in salute, and with their captain, if hatted (which he…or she, should be), also saluting with the ship’s company standing at attention. The fleet passing in review would be led by the Vice-Admiral and the final vessel in the line would carry the Rear-Admiral.

The Yacht Club tradition is almost identical, except that the salute is received by the Commodore instead of the Admiral. Tradition dictates that all Club members participate in the Sail Past, on their own or on another member’s yacht. Good manners require that a member unable to participate will send his/her regrets to the Commodore. Participating boats fly only their flag officer’s burgee or club burgee plus the Canadian ensign. Only the jib and main are flown, but auxiliary power may be used to maintain station and safety.

While sailing past, each yacht should maintain a distance of three boat lengths from the yacht in front. Each yacht will salute when two boat lengths from the Commodore’s yacht until past the yacht. During the salute, the skipper faces the Commodore and returns the salute. All the crew if possible, should stand and face the Commodore but will not themselves salute. Power boats will salute by dipping their ensigns and sailboats by letting fly their jibs. If there is insufficient wind, sailboats should have their engines on. Once the Sail Past is completed, no ship should return to harbour ahead of the Commodore’s vessel. There are a number of traditions within the yachting fraternity such as the tradition of dressing ship which goes back to the earliest times of the naval and yacht club history. Protocol dictates that until the Sail Past is completed only the flag ship may be dressed (strung with bunting and flags). However, participating yachts are encouraged to dress on returning to their mooring. By precedent, Sail Past is the formal event officially opening the boating season. However, once ships have returned to harbour, the formal part of the day is over and a less formal celebration ensures. This begins with the dressing of all ships.
Since you are saluting the office of the Commodore and not the Commodore personally, a hand salute is not appropriate for participating skippers and crew. Instead, simply show your respect by dipping or clasping the Canadian ensign at the stern and releasing it after the Commodore acknowledges your salute. The skipper and crew face the Commodore’s boat at attention with headgear doffed. Boats without ensigns salute by luffing their jib.
An appropriate Salute consists of “dipping” the Canadian flag (holding it so not to flutter), with the Skipper and crew facing starboard with head gear removed. A sailing vessel may salute by luffing the jib. The salute will be taken by Commodore.

The Commodore, who should always be wearing a hat when saluting, in the naval tradition, acknowledges your boat in return with a smart hand salute.
Other boats may join the parade and the club has a tradition of inclusiveness by welcoming non-member boats from the marina and members of the yacht club, whose Commodore is also invited to join the Commodore’s boat and take their own salute, along with past Commodores.
At a traditional Skippers’ Meeting before the event, usually at the clubhouse, a lead boat is designated for all to follow. Then boats proceed in order of size, with larger sail boats first, dinghies next and power boats in the van. If one class of boat belongs to another club sharing our sailpast, they may elect to parade immediately before or immediately after members, to be decided at the skippers’ meeting. A VHF channel will be selected for safety and emergency issues.
Again, depending on the weather, the Sailpast starts at the designated hour and afterwards members repair to the clubhouse for the Commodore’s Reception.
Once the participant’s boats are docked it is traditional to dress the fleet by either flying signal flags from the bow to the masthead and down to the stern, or by flying race and cruising award flags. All flags are dropped at sundown, according to naval protocol.

Interested in Solar?

Are you considering adding solar to your boat or perhaps doing some rewiring? We recently had the pleasure of attending a number of seminars at the Vancouver Boat Show. One of the seminars was about adding solar to your boat and was put on by Pacific Yacht Services. PYS specializes in electrical services for your yacht, including solar consultation and installation. Their web site has a Resources section that provides a lot of free information about all aspects of yacht electrical systems. If interested you can find their web site here.

Jackson’s Point Harbour Redevelopment Plan – see attached link

Click on this link to view the report on the Town of Georgina website.

The consultant has issued a report on the various options.  Next steps will involve further public consultation to narrow down the selection to a final choice for presentation to Council.

Link:  https://www.georgina.ca/article/what-we-heard-report-jacksons-point-harbourfront-redevelopment-plan

We all have a vested interest in facilities in support of  boating on Lake Simcoe.  Please watch the Town of Georgina website for further details on how to contribute.

2017 Work Hours Sign Up is now “On-Line”

Hello HYC Members,

Consistent with the Board’s desire to enable more efficient and effective operations of the club as well as increase the use of the investments that we have made in technology, we are now deploying the Work Hours sign up process on to our club’s web-site.

Members will note a new page under the “Members Only” link from the main menu called “Work Hours”.  You can go there directly here:  https://hawkestoneyachtclub.com/work-hours/.

Once logged in to the web-site with your member User ID, you will be able to view the various Work Hours opportunities that the event organizers have posted.  By clicking on each event, you will note further details such as how many volunteer spots are open, comments from the convenor and be able to confirm your participation.

Once you enter your details on the opportunity, you will receive a confirmation email and then another reminder email about a week prior to the event.  The event organizer will also receive an email that you have signed up and may contact you to provide additional information.

This process will augment and eventually replace the paper sign up sheet in the clubhouse as Members adjust to the use of this new solution.

As always, the Board appreciates your comments and suggestions on this and all operations of our club.

HYC Board of Directors