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 stluciesc@gmail.com.

From the Commodore

From the Commodore

August Log - Yes, we are back and the cruise to the Abacos was fantastic! 

Larry Bryant and the crew on Whisper did great in the races and won a couple of trophies. Larry is shown here accepting 2nd Place in RTIA Race #1, with Jim Behm and Patricia Strutz.

The parties were phenomenal.  The rum and beer were flowing with great Caribbean music and lively dancing.  We cooked up some stupendous meals, the weather was perfect, the water was clean and clear.  I want to make this an annual event and get more boats and members to join the fun.  Mind you, to make this a successful trip, it takes planning, preparation, and time. 

 Our August meeting will be a short video and discussion on what worked, what didn’t, and how to make this trip a success next year.  Meanwhile our racing program has been very active thanks to Mike Brescher’s hard work.  The SLSC Fire Cracker Sail-Fish Regatta was another success with 5 boats in the race and 3 fish caught.  Perfect breeze --friendly seas -- and lots of fun

A subject that I want bring up at our next meeting is the Keep Martin Beautiful coastal cleanup on Saturday, September 16th.  I do think SLSC needs to be involved.

Fair Winds! And let’s sail faster than the wind!

Commodore Thomas Mestrits

June/July LogThe summer heat is here but we still have great wind for sailing.  The Beer Can racing is getting more active and the Cerulean Cup to Ft. Pierce was a fantastic success.  Some of us had a bit of a problem getting to the starting line on time but with Larry’s help the Saturday start went off as scheduled.  The original boat Cerulean that the race was named after participated with Charlie at the helm.  On the way North we caught a small tuna on SkeeterCat and had Seared Ahi tuna with super Wasabi at the dock.

 For our dinner at the 2nd Street Bistro, 46 people joined us.   Racing back to Stuart we had 5 boats at the starting line including a guest boat (hopefully new members) Tiffany and Rubin with their beautiful Beneteau.  They did finish first but Whisper, close behind, caught a huge Kingfish while racing.  We will have the Kingfish smoked for snacks at our next June 5th monthly meeting.

            In the international racing scene there is a lot of activity; The America’s Cup, Ostar & TwoStar, TransPac, Chicago to Mackinac Race, Port Huron to Mackinac, and the Rolex Fastnet Race.  Some of the most sophisticated and expensive race boats are involved in these races but to me, the most interesting thing is how they are changing the technology of sailing.

There was an interesting interview with Thomas Coville, who this year set the Around the World nonstop record at the unbelievable time of 49 days.  He said that the mainsail on Sodebo was made by North Sails and this is the third time he sailed the boat around the world with that mainsail, and the shape still looks almost as good as when it was new.  He used the autopilot 95% of the trip with no breakdown.  That is 28,000 miles one trip around!  This technology is coming down to us mortals and will make sailing safer and equipment more reliable. Ten years ago on Kermit  I had a Pentex 2 set of sails, which totally disintegrated in 3 years. 

            We are preparing for our trip to the Abacos for the Regatta, and for diving, fishing and fun times.  Join us for our monthly meeting on June 5th, with Diana Dean describing her time spent in the Sea of Abaco in a sailboat, with music and photography.

After the meeting we will have an Abacos planning meeting at Flannigan’s at 9:00 PM on the outside deck.

             Fair Winds! And let’s sail faster than the wind!   Commodore Thomas Mestrits

May 2017 Log - Our weather has been fantastic, and our racing fleet is doing great. We see more boats joining the beer can races, and the Race Committee is doing a great job. The enthusiasm is growing!

As summer is approaching, we lose a lot of our snowbirds to flights North. Usually, in the heat of the Summer here, things slow down. But we have plans to continue the enthusiasm in the Club with good monthly programs, activities on the water, and fun get-togethers.

A lot of people in the Club are working hard to organize a big activity in May: A cruise to Fort Pierce, combined with the Cerulean Cup Regatta to Fort Pierce and back, and a great social event there in between. Read all about it on the following pages. Don’t miss it! Join in wherever and whenever you can!

Speaking of fun get-togethers, on the 23rd we had our Commodore’s Brunch at Susan and David Brigida’s spectacular home. I have to thank them, and all of our members who helped out organizing, decorating, cooking, and making this event a success. Thank you all!

Do not forget about the cruise to the Abacos. It will be a fantastic trip, and if you have a boat that is able to do the crossing, join us!

For our May meeting, we will have a program on the Abacos Race Week. Don’t miss it! While I have been doing the show-and-tell part of the meeting recently, I don’t want to be the only one, and would love it if you were able to participate and share information.

For example, anyone thinking of going is also thinking about the cost of going. Is there cell service that doesn’t cost a fortune? Where can you buy fish to cook for dinner? Someone in our Club probably knows.

World sailing news is about to be made, with the America’s Cup elimination matches starting May 26th in Bermuda, and transatlantic races from Plymouth, Great Britain to Newport, RI, starting May 29th. Find the websites with your niece or your grandson and follow along together.

When you see them, give a big hello to new members Lawrence Holpp, and James & Eileen Abbott.  

Fair Winds! And let’s sail faster than the wind! 

Commodore Thomas Mestrits


Latest news

 

Welcome New Members

Carolyn Dugger, Reuben & Tiffany Bakker, Helen Harralson & Grayson Kyte

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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  

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Free Sailboat Rides for Members and Guests - See page under Racing Menu

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Map of St Lucie River Marks & Latitude added to Racing Menu





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