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May 31, 2016

75 Years of Sailing on Lake Shawnee
This year Shawnee Yacht Club celebrates it's 75th anniversary. All current and former members are invited to a reunion event planned for September 17th. More details are in development. To commemorate the anniversary, we are featuring SYC historical photos on the website. The photos from the 70's and 80's are by Berne Ketchum, Dave Johnson, Thad Allton (and maybe a couple of others). Reports are that Berne even bought a new slide scanner to get these to us, so give him a holler when you get a chance. The earlier photos were retrieved from Kansas State Historical Society archives, thanks to Brent Nothern. Enjoy!

Sailboat Rides
With lots of publicity provided by Shawnee County Parks & Recreation, the Topeka Capital-Journal and WIBW TV, along with near perfect weather, about 240 people came out for the free sailboat rides on Memorial Day -- a great way to mark SYC's 75th anniversary. Some stood in line a second time for another ride. We may even get a few new members out of the deal. Thanks to all of the members who helped in the effort.

Sailing Lessons
Introductory sailing lessons are scheduled for Saturday, July 23rd, 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. Sign up online here or call 785-251-2600. There is a $25 fee per person.

The Class is for ages 16+ and is limited to eight participants.  Wear old tennis shoes and clothes that can get wet.  Experienced Shawnee Yacht Club members conduct the classes. These are centerboard class boats that do capsize on occasion. Lifejackets are provided but the student should be able to swim. On completion the student should be able to rig a boat, launch a boat and make their way around the lake on all points of sail in light to moderate wind.

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Apr 05, 2016

Cold water survival

This is a good time of year to bring the 1 - 10 - 1 rule for cold water survival front and center again.

"It is impossible to get hypothermic in cold water unless you are wearing flotation, because without flotation you won't live long enough to become hypothermic."

The rule
* 1 minute to get panic and breathing under control
* 10 minutes of physical ability to save yourself
* 1 hour of consciousness left

and that is with a life jacket on. It is a good rule to remember. Here is a good video by the USCG Auxiliary

Cold water Boot Camp: The 1 - 10- 1 rule 

According to the experts, 40% of the cold water drownings occur within 6 feet of a dock or boat. 

The guy I found yesterday was only a few yards from the SYC main dock and probably would still be alive if he has been wearing a life jacket. 

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