Welcome to the St Lucie Sailing Club
WELCOME to our new website. Over the next few months we will be adding additional content and functions that have been requested by our members.
Ours is a sailing club of sailing and boating enthusiasts. We do not own a clubhouse nor a marina, so our costs are quite reasonable. The boats in the club range from small day sailors and racers to 50 foot cruisers and multihulls. Yet it does not matter if you own a boat or not. Many of our members do not own boats and routinely serve as crew members on other people’s boats.
We meet once a month – normally the first Monday of the month at the Palm City Recreation Center If that happens to be a holiday, the meeting is cancelled and we normally have a social event early that month. We also have formal races and cruises about eight times a year as well as beer can races 3 Saturdays each month.
If you need information about this website or the St Lucie Sailing Club please contact Asta Poirier at 772-209-0283 or email@example.com.
From the Commodore
April 2017 - Some of our snow birds are starting their journeys North. Meanwhile, back in paradise, you can count on us to put more miles under our keels. It is still perfect cruising weather with warm water and cold beer… Or rum, if you would prefer.
We had a full house for our last two monthly meetings and I want to encourage members to bring a friend as a guest to Monthly Meeting on April 3rd. We are working to make our programs entertaining and fun.
I like showing an exciting sailing video that brings us up-to-date with what is happening, including the latest technology in designs, sails, and rigging. It is important to keep up, as we can make better choices when we replace gear and equipment, or even our boats.
I’ve always felt that a boat should be practical, sporty, and able to fulfill multiple functions. If the boat is strictly one thing -- a racing boat with limited accommodations and a deep draft, or a boat that is an overloaded slow cruiser -- the owners will likely get bored after a few seasons and stop sailing. The ideal boat is probably mid-range in size with comfortable accommodations, a shallow draft, offshore capability and… Well, you know me: Fast. For safety, I prefer a boat that can be single-handed. One feature that should not be overlooked is good reliable power. (If you are cruising and there is no wind, too much wind, or a rough inlet, a propulsion system could save your life.)
People ask me what boats to consider when upgrading from one of the older cruising boats. There are numerous modern monohulls that check all of the boxes I’ve given. I’d consider boats like the Catalina 275 Sport, Beneteau First 30, Presto 30, Catalina 309, J/95, Delphia 33, Hunter e33, C&C 101, X-34, Beneteau 34, and the Sabre Spirit. In multihulls, the selection is not as broad and boats are pricier. Take a look at the Corsair F-27 or F-31, Maine Cat 30, or the Seawind 1000. And don’t forget it is not just you, it takes a happy crew to make a happy sailing trip.
Our club is online, thanks to Adrienne’s hard work, but the website is not done yet. We will continue to tweak and improve it. One new feature is the ability to spotlight members’ businesses. Take a look at this option for learning about and using the services of other members.
Coming up in April, why not race with us in the Spring Fling Regatta on April 22nd? (Mynders will help you find crew or be crew, then or any other Saturday, so no excuses.) And don’t miss the Commodore’s Lunch the next day, Sunday the 23rd. But first, join the happy crowd at S&M on the 13th, at Bonefish Grill.
Fair Winds! And let’s sail faster than the wind!
– Commodore Thomas Mestrits
March 2017 - Spring is around the corner and our fantastic weather is still with us. The conditions cannot be any better for sailing. Check out the start of the Sweetheart’s Regatta. How sweet that is! We had 8 boats (including a couple of late bloomers not in the picture.) Including the happy crew on the race committee boat, we had close to half of our membership taking part in this activity.
More new members are signing up this year than ever, as our new web site, Facebook and MeetUp programs are in full swing. We do have the activities to keep you enjoying the water and each other’s good company.
The February events were fantastic. The Blessing of the Fleet was a fantastic sight, and many enjoyed a raft-up afterwards. We had another great combination day at month’s end, when folks collected at St. Lucie Locks Park by way of the River or by car. What a great venue. Some people even raced that day! A good time was had by all.
This month, we hold the Don Ellis Memorial Regatta on March 11th. Stop by afterwards to congratulate the captains and all their crew, even if you don’t race. This regatta highlights a month full of racing Saturdays and social events. Don’t miss the March S&M at Twisted Tuna on the 9th.
The more events, the more fun, so we hope you can fit at least a few events into your busy lives.
Unfortunately for me, all this fun is really cutting into my boat building. SLSC is planning a trip to the Abacos in June and I want to sail my new boat in the Regatta (see “Scat” article.) So I had better move into high gear and – as my friends are always telling me – Go make more fiberglass dust!
Fair Winds! And let’s sail faster than the wind! – Commodore Thomas Mestrits
Welcome New Members
Bart & Dina Hollobaugh, Wayne Jung, James & Eileen Abbott
Support Member Businesses
To advertise on our Member Business Page in the Classifieds Menu send your business card and a $25 check (for 2017) to SLSC, PO Box 344 Stuart, FL 34995-0344
Free Sailboat Rides for Members and Guests - See page under Racing Menu
Map of St Lucie River Marks & Latitude added to Racing Menu