From:                              William H. Seward Yacht Club <> on behalf of William H. Seward Yacht Club <>

Sent:                               Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:08 PM


Subject:                          May Newsletter & WHSYC Open House Reminder



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2018 May Newsletter



May Update


Congratulations, you made it to the sailing season!  The Club House is open and the Seward Summer Festivities are poised to begin this weekend!  If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2018, don't delay, sign up today!  


This weekend is the WHSYC Open House, the Seward Harbor Opening, the Mermaid Festival, and the District Rotary Convention.  Sailors, Mermaids, Pirates, Rotarians and Awe-struck Tourists from all over Alaska, Western Canada and the world at large will converge on Seward.  A perfect opportunity to showcase our club!


Our very own Williwaw is heading south as soon as a weather window opens.  If you are in Seward this weekend stop by and say Bon Voyage to the Kumin's as they prepare to cast off and sail Williwaw to Anacortes, Washington.  May the wind be fair and the seas calm for your voyage South!


Harbor Opening & WHSYC Open House


WHSYC Members, this weekend is Harbor Opening and the 2nd annual Seward Mermaid Festival.  Don your favorite Pirate or Mermaid outfit and come join in the fun!  


On Saturday morning Sailing, Inc. is hosting its annual Sailors' Breakfast to kick off the harbor related events.  The Mariners' Memorial Dedication, Blessing of the Fleet and Boat Parade will follow in the afternoon, along with a sailors' swap meet, sponsored by your very own WHSYC & KFYC at the Sailing, Inc. parking lot.


Sunday morning starting at 9:00 am WHSYC will be hosting an Open House complete with a Pancake breakfast and followed by a 10:00 am presentation from KTUU's own Robert Forgit Everyone is welcome to this event, please spread the word to all your friends, this is our opportunity to showcase WHSYC and encourage new folks to join!  Please visit our WHSYC's facebook page to RSVP and share this event with all your friends!  (RSVP's are encouraged, but not required).


If you are not familiar with Robert you are in for a treat!

Robert Forgit has been an accomplished broadcast meteorologist and reporter in Anchorage, Alaska with KTUU since 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University.  In the past, Robert has produced two award-winning weekly science series "Science 2" and a summer boating safety series "Safety Afloat".  As a Captain in the Coast Guard Reserve, Robert recently retired after more than a 30 years of service. He has over 25 years of experience in emergency management, oil spill response and homeland and maritime security programs.  He has prepared a fun and informative presentation for us on Sunday morning.  You don't want to miss this one!!


WHSYC Social Media Update

WHSYC is on the e-map, i-map, f-map, www-map; you get the point, come check us out!


Go Sailing App:

Download it now at:  Join and follow us on the app by searching for WHSYC.  


This is the latest and greatest addition to the sailing community courtesy of the American Sailing Association. Skippers and crew alike can now find each other with the tap of an icon. The app was launched with the mission of making sailing accessible to everyone, novices and salty dogs alike. It's an easy to use, elegant method of uniting people who love to sail. Today's technology has finally made it a breeze to solve the problem of skippers needing crew, and sailors wanting to sail. 



Follow us on Facebook at  Friend us, like us, share us, spread the word!



Search and post your pictures under #WHSYC, #SailAlaska, #Rumdoodle; you know how it works, be creative and share in the fun! Here's a preview



Keep up to date with the latest club announcements, race updates, and impromptu cruising outings by following sailingalaska @WHSYC_Seward.










Visit our website at:  Here you will find the latest information for the club along with our WHSYC Google calendar.  Add it to your own calendar by clicking on the "+" icon in the lower right hand corner. 


Spread the word and check us in all our online glory!



Boat Maintenance Services

You work hard to enjoy your boat.  With that comes routine boat maintenance.  It is important to protect your shaft and props with protective Zinc anodes, and that by cleaning your hull and reducing drag you improve speed and fuel efficiency.  


Below are a few options to consider:


Dive Services: 

Jon LeVan is offering dive services this spring through June in Seward. Jon is Bixlar's cousin and will be diving with the same services and rates as Bixlar has in the past. To contact Jon call or text 907-539-2253 or send an e-mail to:

Boat Watch Services:

Seven Seas Sailing Logistics is offering boat watch services.  They will check your boat every other day and send you weekly photos.  Call or e-mail for rates & details: or (907) 965-1900.


General Services:

Exit Marine is a new full-service boat yard in Seward.  Some recent reviews by WHSYC members who have had their zincs changed by Exit Marine have given glowing reviews regarding their quality of work and thoroughness.  Contact Laura Schneider at or (907) 631-1385.


Haul Out Services:

Seward Harbor offers boat haul out services at affordable 1/2 hour and hourly rates.  Th harbor is willing to lift your boat so that you can replace zinc's or perform other duties within the rates posted.  Contact the Seward Harbor for rates and more information if interested.



2018 Riggers Update


Hello Seward sailors,


This is Keith Stone and Ray Hines, and we are riggers from Anacortes, WA. This is our 14th year in conjunction with the William H. Seward Yacht Club to come to Seward and work on your beloved sailboats.  This year we will be in town May 12 - 22nd.


We are scheduling work now as we speak. Those of you who have come to know us over the years know that we have done a wide variety of quality work on the fleet there in Seward and we would like to continue this tradition. 


We do rig tuning, install furlers, do rig inspections, any repairs or upgrades you may need, install shrouds, fabricate lifelines, install running rigging, just about anything you may need..we'll even help you bend on your sails after a long, dark winter.  No job too big or too small! 


Note: Those of you who need parts built like shrouds or lifelines need to step in soon, with concise measurements, in time for me to get stuff fabricated and sent ahead. 


You may contact me through or call me @ 360.421.7915.


Thanks to all our Seward friends and we hope to hear from you!    


Keith Stone

Master Rigger


2018 Membership Form

If you haven't sent in your Yacht Club Membership for 2018 please send in the attached form or visit the membership section of the WHSYC website before May 1st.


Membership categories are the same as last year. A Family Membership is $450, and an Individual Membership $280.  WHSYC is once again offering Cruiser or Alumnus Memberships (2 people) for $150, and Junior or Race Crew memberships for $50. 


WHSYC has secured use of the club house for the 2018 Season, and it's amenities will be available to club members for the duration of the 2018 sailing season (May - September).


New Members are being offered a 50% discount on Family and Individual Memberships for 2018.  Memberships received after September 1st will be extended through the following calendar year.  Please renew  or submit your membership applications before May 1st.  For members looking to pay their renewal fee please visit the renewal section on the William H. Seward Yacht Club Website.


2018 Activity Schedule - Updated

The activities for 2018 are taking shape. Please see below for our 2018 schedule of events.  You can also visit the calendar on our website at for the most up to date information.  (If you use google calendar, you can click on the "+" at the bottom right of the calendar to add WHSYC's calendar to your own). 


Summer Activities Schedule:

- May 12th-22nd: Riggers in Seward

- May 19th: Seward Harbor Opening & Mermaid Festival

- May 20th: WHSYC Open House

9:00 am Pancake breakfast

10:00 Weather presentation by Robert Forgit

- June 9th: White Sails Race #1

- July 5th - 8th: Commodore's Cruise

- July 14th: White Sales Race #2

- August 4th: Rum Doodle

- August 5th: White Sales Race #3

- September 2nd: Alaska Cup @ Day Harbor

- August 31st - September 3rd: Sailing Inc's Day Harbor Cruise

- September 29th - 30th: Club House Closing Weekend



Stay Tuned


If there is a topic of interest that you would like to learn more about or if you have a topic that

 you would be willing to present/discuss or share in the newsletter please let me know. Also, if you have any comments, suggestions or feedback please don't hesitate to share them with me.


Thank you all for your time, efforts, and contributions to the club.  It is your shared experiences and enthusiasm that make WHSYC a great club to be a part of.



Nathan Zeigler

2018 WHSYC Commodore


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