www.mybaycity.com August 7, 2005
Rotary Article 857


Community Sailing Association Boat Building Class Topic of Program.

August 7, 2005
By: Stephen Kent

THIS WEEK - August 9, 2005:
  • Board meeting Tuesday - 7:30am
    Bay Arenac Behavioral Health - room 207
    201 Mulholland St.
  • International Night committee
    Meeting before regular meeting Tuesday
    (International night is October 13th)
  • PROGRAM: Robert Wheeler from Sungard Collegis, introduced by Deb Lutz.

Last week, August 2, 2005
           WIN THIS BOAT!

Brian Donaldson, spokesman for the Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association, brought one of two Rangeley rowing skiffs built by the SBCSA's annual boat building class this past winter.

Donaldson, a commercial videographer for WNEM Channel 5 TV, was one of the instructors who ran the boat building class. About 20 men gathered in Gougeon's boat shop every Monday and Wednesday night from January 31 toJune 16 to build two wooden skiffs. One of the boats went to the Community Sailing program and the other will be raffeled off at the Labadie Pig Gig on August 7.

The SBCSA was established in 1995 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization designed to "support and promote interest in the sport of sailing among able-bodied or physically challenged citizens of Bay County and surrounding communities." With a dock at the foot of Fifth Street in downtown Bay City, the association provides summer sailing lessons for adults and youth.

SBCSA owns a fleet of 10 Optimist prams, some of which were built by earlier boat building classes, whichare used for youth training. The association also teaches intermediate and adult sailing in their three "Transfusion 547s", 16 foot family day sailor with mainsail and jibs.

The boat building class has been offered for several years. Thefirst projects were building and repairing Optomist prams for use in the youth training classes. Later classes built a tender for Bay Sail to use on the Appledore. This year's class built the two skiffs.

The boats are build using thin woodstrips laid over a plywood form. The strips, which have been milled with "bead and cove" edges, are glued together and tacked over the form. When the glue dries the staples are removed and the hull is planed and sanded to a perfect finish. Multiple layers of fiberglass cloth are then laid over the hull and painted with expoxy. The boat is flipped and the inside is fiberglassed. Seats and wood trim are added and the entire boat is painted.

  • August 16: SVSU coach
  • August 23: Dalton Coe, Rotary District Governor
    Melinda Bozsik, Rotary Scholarship
  • August 30: Joe Labelle, Michigan State Police
  • September 6: Judge Kenneth Schmidt
  • September 13: Rotary Topics:
    International Night (auction Rob Clark's Desk),
    Dictionary Project
    Rotary Foundation
  • September 20: Walt Reynolds, FBI
  • September 27: School Bond Explaination
  • October 4:Dan Streeter, Rescue Mission update

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