Thursday, November 6, 2014

Nominations for 2014 Diamond Awards


Here they are! Your nominations for the CYC Race Committee Diamond Awards!

The nominations for the ten awards categories are below.  After reviewing all the nominations, vote for your favorites here: sorry - voting is closed
Voting will close midnight on Thursday, November 20.  Winning nominees will be announced at the appreciation dinner on November 22nd. 

We collected nominations in the following categories:
1
BEST PHOTO FEATURING RACE COMMITTEE

2
MOST DRAMATIC RECOVERY

3
BEST PHOTO WITH A NAUTICAL THEME

4
BEST or WORST WEATHER DAY

5
BEST COSTUME DESIGN

6
BIGGEST LOSER

7
BEST VIDEO

8
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A VOLUNTEER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

9
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A VOLUNTEER IN A LEADING ROLE

10
BEST QUOTE



1. 
BEST PHOTO FEATURING RACE COMMITTEE
A. Beach Party by Karen McLane
B. Course Change, Proper Form by Stan Mehaffey
C. T-10 NAC Start by Stan Mehaffey
D. Jill at work by Karen McLane

E. RC Models by Janet Baxter

F. Who is Starting by Jeff Glowski

2. MOST DRAMATIC RECOVERY
A. Verve Offshore Distance Race: Bob Nutter
We’d developed a reputation of, well, struggling with distance race finishes at our big 3-day regattas and this year at Verve we really wanted to get it right. But Saturday morning we had some last minute cancellations and part of our distance crew was really needed on a signal boat - which meant they needed to leave to dock Now. We were scrambling to hand off the information and equipment for the distance race volunteers who wouldn't show up until that afternoon when Bob walked in. He wasn't signed up, but had shown up early to see if he could help. He was able to quickly get up to speed check the equipment, the SIs and meet the finish boat owner while the rest of us took off to start the buoy racing. It was a huge help to have some one with the experience and know-how take over. Although there was some other drama (engine failure) the finish boat was on station well in time for the first finishers.

B. Volunteering Holiday for Verve Offshore Signal Boat: Helle Getz
The week before the Verve, we were still scrambling to come up with enough signal boats.  The regatta coincided with a Power Fleet cruise and we were coming up empty.  Out of nowhere Holiday was on the list of volunteer boats.  At first we thought it was an error - Helle and Clem were supposed to be on some exotic vacation across the lake or something.  But when upon inquiry, we found that Helle & Clem had indeed offered to stay and allow us to use Holiday as a signal boat.

C. Handling Sinking Vannena: Rick Lillie
One day I was out doing markset with Rick and Brenda Vander Leek on Vannena.  I think it was Brenda’s 3rd or 4th day on RC. We had 3-5ft waves and had closed the cabin door because it kept slamming.  Just as we were about to head home for the day, Brenda, opened the cabin door and says 'uh, is there supposed to be this much water down here?' There was water all the way to the top of the cushions in the cabin. When we opened the engine compartment, my heart just about dropped through the bottom of my stomach and I know my jaw dropped, there was water nearly up past the casing.   I was positive we’d be swimming in a few minutes. Rick stayed calm.  He had everyone put life jackets on and hailed Scott on carrier. We were able to get the bilge pumps working and didn't find any leaks; we must have taken a lot more water over the rail than we realized. Rick's calm and collected handling of the situation was reassuring and impressive.

D. Lunch RescueChuck Nevel
Bob Johnson had been out on the water all morning helping out with the practice day for the Etchells NAs.  Come lunchtime, he opened the cooler to discover the lunch he had carefully stashed in there at 6am that morning was gone!  Some enterprising & thoughtful person had cleaned out all the coolers later that morning in preparation for 4-5 days of racing & constant use. The carefully secured lunch was mistaken as leftovers from the previous weekend. Chuck tracked down a replacement lunch and brought it out to Bob, thereby letting the practice day continue uninterrupted.

E. Phone Rescue: Sean Ellis and Scott Souders
The tender staff (Kate & Martin) had been helping RC tie up and close up shop for the day.  Somewhere in the mix, the tender phone went swimming.  At the encouragement of many members of RC, Scott and Sean employed many tactics to recover the phone, including but not limited to, diving in the freezing waters.  RC members helped by dialing the phone, which as a waterproof phone continued to ring from the murky depths. 
3. BEST PHOTO WITH A NAUTICAL THEME

A. Etchells NAC by Grant Egan

B. One Particular Harbor by Darcy Cook
C. Low Sun by Ellen Sampere
D. Colorful T-10s by Stan Mehaffey
E. Infinite Diversion first to finish by Stan Mehaffey
F. Mackinac Sunset by PK Lichtenberger
G. No Frostbiting Today by Janet Baxter
H. Stormy night in Chicago by Crib Cam


4. BEST OR WORST WEATHER DAY
A.  Sunday of NOOD Regatta: Janet Baxter
No sailing due to extreme wind and waves. The day Carrier buried her bow when she was taken out to check conidtions beyond the breakwall.

B. Spring Frostbiting: Karen Kinsey
We set a new record by canceling the first four weeks of racing due to ice in the harbor.

C. T-10 and Verve Offshore: Rick Lillie and Karen Kinsey 
An amazing four consecutive days of beautiful sailing weather.

D. Saturday Verve Inshore: Karen Kinsey
There was no sailing due to no wind, but there was plenty of fog and incoming storm. 

E. Late October Frostbiting:  Darcy Cook and Bob Johnson
The last few weekends of October featured sun, mild winds and temps in 60s and 70s.

5. BEST COSTUME DESIGN

A. Harry Potter Wind Wand: Amy Schwartz
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B. Cat in The Hat Postonement Hats at NOOD: 
Rick Lillie



C. Queen Amidala for Halloween Frostbiting: Darcy Cook



D. Verve Cup RC shirts that needed a bit more tea: Martin Sandoval

E. Mac Dock Squad Uniform: Alina Dix



    6. BIGGEST LOSER

    A. Lost Power: Christopher Collins
    While driving Mac during the NOOD, Christopher lost engine power and had to call for rescue.

    B. Lost Clipboard: Jill Danly
    At the end of day at Verve, Jill's favorite clipboard flew overboard with all the Verve Cup record logs. Rescue was attempted but proved unsuccessful.

    C. Lost Cell Phone: Kris Hosbien
    Kris's cell phone flipped out of her hand and went splash!

    D. Lost Swim Platform: Jeff Glowski
    When Jeff drove Vanenna away from the dock it had a swim platform. Sometime around lunch the signal boat noticed it was suddenly gone! It remains a mystery where and how it disappeared.

    E. Special Entry: The Twisted Tea That Tex Threw-up
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    7. BEST VIDEO

    A. 2014 Mac-Post Docking: Janet Baxter

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    B. The Nun in the Taxi: Bob Johnson

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    C. The Farmer and his Horse: Bob Johnson

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    D. Dancing with Veuve: Sean Ellis
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    8. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A VOLUNTEER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

    A. Verve Inshore Confident Weather Forecasting: Jason Smith
    The first day of the Verve Inshore, it was so foggy at times you couldn’t see the other side of the harbor mouth, let alone the nun buoy.  On the radar, you could see a massive red and yellow blog bearing down on us all the way from the Iowa border.  Jason spent about five minutes checking the maps, and told us that ‘Sure the fog would clear out right around 2pm, followed immediately by the red and yellow storm hitting us.  2pm, give or take 30 minutes.’  His good call allowed the OA to call off racing early and work with Jill to move the party and dinner earlier. Any complaining racers ate their words when it all happened just as predicted.

    B. Mac Engine Repair & Rescue at NOOD: Martin Heft
    Mac had been having engine difficulties during the NOOD.  On way to return to the harbor, the engine gave up. Martin came out on a RIB and briefly got the engine working again. When it became apparent that Mac couldn't make it in under her own power, Martin set up a side tow and brought the larger boat safely back to harbor.  

    C. Pest Control and Entertainment during Mac Rescue at NOOD:Sean Ellis 
    Sean came out with Martin to rescue Mac during the NOOD.  Although he wasn't able to perform any mechanical miracles, he kept everyone safe by killing 77 flies on the return trip and singing sailing shanties to keep everyone's spirits up.

    D. Race to Racine: Amy Schwartz and Alina Dix
    RC was tasked to finish the Race to Racine as part of CYC's annual cruise. This is a night finish off the harbor mouth.  With all the planning of the annual cruise, the finish line equipment didn't make it to Racine.  Amy and Alina fetched the equipment and drove it up to Racine, allowing RC to be fully prepared for the first finishers that night. 

    9. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A VOLUNTEER IN A LEADING ROLE


    A. T-10 NAC: Starting 11 T-10 races without using the I-flag. - Rick Lillie

    B. Docking 315 boats  at Mac - Janet Baxter

    C. Scoring 31 races over 17 weeks - Marian Jana

    D. Manually hauling the anchor during the Belmont Beer Cans - Jane McMillan 


    10. BEST QUOTE


    A. Fear of Facebook: "I don't allow anyone to take photos of me nude anymore, now that Facebook is what it is." Janet Baxter


    B. Learning Curve: "I should have listened to Janet" Jay Kehoe

    C Spoken From the Heart: "I love pulling marks."  Alina Dix

    D. Making Do: "I pinged Carrier because the nun wasn’t around." Bob Johnson