|Capt Dave's Tips|
How many of you can remember to write "08" on your checks? I guess with each new year we all have to learn new "stuff". A couple of years ago we put together a New Year's Resolution list of items that pretty well sums it up for me. Print this out and put is on your bathroom mirror and see if you can improve the quality of your life, health and relationships by following these simple guidelines.
|So What's NEW!|
|The Water's Fine; Come On In!|
As the lake
levels receded during the winter our students made an interesting
observation. Since most of the power boats sold on Lanier don't
usually come with depth sounders, few really know the actual depths of
the navigable waterways around Lanier. For this reason, most all
the power boat traffic is absent from the lake. A prudent mariner
equips his boat with an array of equipment to ensure safe boating.
A depth sounder is high on the list of safety, especially on
Lanier. A rare opportunity is experienced by all who have been
sailing with us these past few months. We're the only ones on the
lake! Sailing on Lanier right now is like enjoying your own
private pond in your backyard. Obviously there are some challenges
around the lake, but with adequate navigation skills, a lake chart and a
depth sounder, and a bit of historical "local knowledge" the lake
can be safely enjoyed, even by boats with a 6' draft! We're having
a wonderful time enjoying our sport and we invite everyone who hasn't
experienced this rare opportunity to join us!
|Sunset Cruises - Season Line Up|
Each season we try new things, but some things were
so popular they're hard to improve. Such is the case with our "Celebrity
Sunset cruises are a great way to introduce yourself or your "special someone" to the joys of sailing in a social setting. Each cruise offers an escape for some time alone on the tranquil waters of Lanier, a romantic escape for a couple or celebration of a special event.
We generally start each cruise with a humorous safety discussion followed by some light snacks and non alcoholic beverages shortly after departing from the docks. The crew does the docking and departing, but guests are welcome to participate in the operation and steering once we get under sail. The goal is to return to the docks about half an hour after sunset so that everyone can enjoy the serenity of the moment!
It's a great social outing with lots of jokes, some games and great conversation AND most of the cruises have a Celebrity Entertainer aboard. We realize that not everyone wants entertainment and would prefer to enjoy that provided by the peace and quiet of nature, so we have a couple of "Nature Sunset Cruise" outings too!
Space is limited so if you're hoping to participate in one of these non instructional cruises this season, you'll want to make those reservations soon because seats sell out early.
Reservations are $70 per person or $95 for a couple for the 3-hour cruises.
this season's line up so far!
Jesse Milton will be returning to amaze us again for his third season with his unique mental abilities.
When Milton is around, some unusual things happen. The belief in the impossible is kindled and intuition is ignited. Everybody has a great time. Milton is a cerebral entertainer who can:
Milton is NOT a mind reader, but his engaging and light presentation is filled with surprises, bizarre phenomena, and audience participation. The audience will warm up quickly, and will find out things about each other they never knew.
Corporate magician Joe M. Turner (www.turnermagic.com) will entertain us on our May cruise. Joe’s combination of sleight-of-hand and mental magic has been featured everywhere from Massachusetts to Maui – and has put him in high demand by ParticipationGuidelines.htmlike Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Pratt & Whitney, and hundreds of others. Joe’s application of magic to corporate messaging was featured on CNN Headline News. He performs at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Atlantic City, and in his own one-man show, Shenanigans, at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta.
With Joe’s warm, witty personality and world-class sleight-of-hand skills, this will be a cruise to enjoy and remember!
Bill Kahler (www.BillKahler.com) will be returning for his fourth season by popular demand as one of our Sunset Cruise entertainers.
Bill is a singer songwriter who has been compared to Van Morrison, James Taylor, John Hyatt, Kenny Loggins and David Wilcox. Bill has shared the stage with Branford Marsalis, Joe Sample, Three Dog Night, Paul Reisler, Darrell Scott, and Matthew Kahler, to name a few.
Bill has written several "nautical" songs per my request and they're all quite good! His warm vocals deliver the lyrics of well crafted, earthy, heartfelt songs performed by guitar, sax, mandolin, accordion and piano. Bring some cash because you're going to want to take some CDs home with you in memory of the delightful evening.
Each year we participate in a unique opportunity on Lanier to observe the Fireworks Show conducted by University Yacht club on Lanier. This is one of our most popular outings. Participants experience the brilliance of the spectacular show from our boats situated in the bay within excellent ear and eye shot. If you've never experienced a fireworks show while on the water you've missed the best seats possible. The reflection of the explosions light up the waters around you and the percussions of the show echo across the waters.
Since this annual event occurs the day before July 4th there are no traffic jams or crowds to contend with.
You do not want to "Miss The Boat" for this event. Make your reservations TODAY!
If you prefer the melodic sounds of nature over those human engineered, this is the Nature Sunset Cruise for you. Great scenery, some quiet sailing, snacks and conversation are the highlights that set this outing apart from the others. If you're looking for some quiet escape time behind the helm, trimming the sails or merely sitting in our special "Couples Seats ONLY" area at the bow of our boat, this trip is for you!
Whether you believe in Ghosts or not you'll want to join our annual "Ghost of Lanier Cruise" in October!
The fourth annual "Ghosts of Lanier Cruise" is a unique sail down Lanier while participating in Ghostly games and stories. Come enjoy this unique 3-hr evening on Lanier and enchanting sail tales of the history of Lanier and that era prior to the construction of the dam. You don't want to miss this event! Bring your own creative minds and participate in the story telling!
||So What's Been Going On?|
You can click on the class description below for more information.
Ground School Classes:
|2/10||12Volt Marine Electronic Systems|
|3/2||Basic Keelboat Sailing Theory|
|3/9||Advanced Coastal Cruising|
|3/13, 18, 20||Coastal Nav_a|
|3/16||Basic Coastal Cruising|
|3/31||Meal Preparation & Safety|
|4/21, 23, 28, 30||Celestial Navigation_a|
|4/26||Celestial Navigation_n (Night Time)|
|Sailing Outings: (Check the web site for availability, dates and exact times)|
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