The Rudder Club of Jacksonville
8533 Malaga Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32244

Tell Tales is the Rudder Club's Weekly newsletter

Tell Tales


Office Manager - Stephanie Dudley

Office@RudderClub.com


Newsletter Editor - Chris Gruel

gruelchris@gmail.com




It is almost Mug Race Time!

The Rudder Club of Jacksonville is preparing to “WOW” you at the 65th Annual Mug Race. Last year we improved your sailing apparel shopping with the on site Coral Reef store. We also provided transportation of the catamaran cat trax from Palatka to the Rudder Club. This year we are moving the starting line approximately 3 miles north, east of Crystal Cove Marina, still in Palatka.

  

    All starting activities will be at Crystal Cove – parking, launching, docking, hotel rooms, late registration, skippers meeting, restaurant, cash bar, entertainment and shuttle bus service to the Rudder Club.  The restaurant at Crystal Cove Marina is offering a special smoked BBQ buffet dinner for $15 on Friday night before the competitors meeting and a breakfast sandwich with coffee for $5 before race time.Mention the Mug race when reserving a room at  Crystal Cove Resort 384-325-1055 for the $64 group rate. The  preregistration party at the RC will be April 21- pick up your packets and get in on the last day of early registration rates.  As in the past, the end of race party Saturday night, the “fantastic” Sunday breakfast, and trophy presentation will be at the Rudder Club. 


    Coral Reef Apparel will be at all 3 sites for all your apparel needs.  They will have Mug t-shirts, tech shirts, hats, and  name brands like Gill and other sailing apparel. Remember the free BBQ dinner at the halfway party compliments of  Bob Shannon and Green Cove Marina on Thursday, May 3rd.    Challenge all your friends with sailboats! Join us by logging on to the Rudder Club's web site, rudderclub.com, and select the Mug Race link on the right side of the main page.  Registration is now open on the Regatta Network. Please buy your meal tickets on the storefront link so we can better serve you,  


 I hope to see you at this year's Mug Race - Larry Wagner - Chairman of the 65th Mug Race



Main Dock Catwalk Initiative - Saturday 4/14/2018


Message from Rick Mannoia

Saturday April 7; Rudder Club Meet-Up

 

Saturday saw the latest joint meeting of the Sailors Haven Meet-Up and the Jacksonville Acoustic Guitar Group. We met again at the Rudder Club and played in the Big Room. Wow, what a great event!

Thanks Rudder Club!


All-in-All we had about 15 musicians; guitars, harmonica, keyboard, bass and ukulele. The only thing missing was Rudder Club member, Mike Kelly on his fiddle. Mike is still recovering from surgery, but we expect him back with the group soon.

After a rigorous work day, Rudder Club members were treated to a unique musical extravaganza. The stage was set, microphones were hot and the music was eclectic. Most importantly, it gave the Sailors Haven group an opportunity to visit the Rudder Club and experience what it is like to be a club member.


Thanks to these efforts, Sailors Haven member Anita signed on to take our Adult Sailing Classes. Good choice Anita!

Lastly Oscar made the best Cuban sandwiches this side of Havana. Thanks to Carl Hoffman for all his help in the kitchen and making this event a success.


Vice Commodore - Ben Kuykendall - 4/11/2018

Dear Friends,


Friday night is headed our way one more time, so meet us at the Rudder Club this Friday to celebrate the end of another week and enjoy the company of your fellow sailors.


The Board of Governors met Tuesday night.  Stephanie Dudley, our new Office Manager, attended and introduced herself.  The dock was a major point of discussion and the latest news is that 5 new boat lifts will be delivered just after the Mug Race.  Larry Wagner briefed us on the Mug Race preparations and things seem to be coming together quite well this year.  With the Mug Race only 3 weeks away, there is plenty to do to whip things into shape.  We will be tweaking our current dock to make things safer and easier for the finishers.  Crystal Cove Marina has some additional motel rooms available now, so more sailors can stay there by the starting line.  Of course, putting more sailors in one area means the party will be bigger, so reserve your room to get in on all the fun.  Anyway, the Board Meeting was an uplifting event to see all the energy that board members put into making things better for us all.


    This Saturday is the beginning of another Adult Sail class.  Our Adult Sail program is open to anyone who wants to learn to sail and is a good way to get wanna-be sailors into gear and introduce them to a life-long sport.  Also on Saturday, some people will be working on the ramp to the floating dock and building a catwalk along the main dock near the hoist.


Sunday is a good day to go sailing, especially if you are wanting to get some tiller time before the Mug Race

See you this weekend,
Ben and Gia 


Vice Commodore - Ben Kuykendall - 4/04/2018

Dear Friends,


Friday night at the Rudder Club is fast approaching. This Friday, in addition to our regular food and drinks, we will have a special presentation from the Sales Manager of the second-largest West Marine store in the world - our very own Will Boudreaux, who tell us about West Marine's new Price Match Policy. Saving money at West Marine sounds like the Holy Grail for sailors.


Saturday is another turbo-charged work day, and as a sign of the times, this work day is equal opportunity, in that everyone who shows up will have an equal chance to share in the camaraderie and Git-R-Done attitude that propels our projects. Then, starting at 4 pm on Saturday afternoon, the Jacksonville Acoustic Guitar group will start playing in our main ballroom, so stick around and enjoy homemade music at its best.
Junior Sail Class will held on Sunday, starting at 1 pm.


Stephanie Dudley is taking the reins as our new Office Manager as Cheryl transitions out, so be sure to wish them the best as they each start a new chapter.
Our next Adult Sail class starts April 14 and is open to anyone who wants to learn to sail.  Adult Sail classes are a good way to get wanna-be sailors into gear and introduce them to a life-long sport.

 
As we enter the mad scramble before the Mug Race, if anyone is Needing Crew or Wanting to Crew, the Mug Race page on our website has a link to the Crew Bulletin Board.


See you this weekend,

Ben and Gia 


Mug Race Dinner helpers needed

Nancy Cavallaro and  Lisa Kelly need your help.


Prepping Friday May 4th
Prepping and Serving Saturday May 5


Send your availability and contact info to office@rudderclub.com


Update on Junior Sail in April 2018

Shannon Brew is resurrecting the Junior Sailing Program. The next Junior Sail Day will be Sunday 8 April 2018 at 1 pm.

Shannon Brew, Program Director and US Sailing Instructor. Shannon's sail teaching includes work with The Rudder Club of Jacksonville, Epping Forest Yacht Club, The Sailboat Club, and Sail Queens Harbour. Shannon is also an avid racer participating in may local events including the annual Mug race.


Mug Race debit/credit form

Do you have a dry-stored boat at the Club? If you are not racing it in Mug Race, we would appreciate it if you would move the boat off the grounds during the race. 


You would receive a $10 per month credit on your fees for 6 months! For more details, see this letter.

April 1, 2018


Re: Mug Race and dry storage discounts


Dear Rudder Club Member:


As you know, the 65th Annual Mug Race is right around the corner. We are offering $10
off dry storage dues for six months to anyone who removes their dry-stored boat on or
before Wednesday afternoon, May 2nd, 2018 and does not return their boat or trailer until
Sunday afternoon, May 6th, 2018.


If, however, you do not remove your dry-stored boat and/or trailer, your account will be
debited an additional $10.00 per month for the six-month period. If your dry-stored
boat is registered to compete in the Mug race, you are exempt from the additional
charge, but you will not receive a discount unless you keep both boat and trailer off the
grounds till Sunday afternoon.


This credit is given as an incentive to non-racers to undergo the inconvenience of moving
their boat. Their cooperation makes the race possible. Please do not apply for the
discount if your boat does not comply with the restriction on returning before Sunday
afternoon.


No credit will be made to those tenants who maintain their leased space, or do not
complete the information below. In order to receive this credit you must complete and
return this form on or before Wednesday, May 2, 2018.


Please note, credit will reflect on billing beginning July 1, 2018 thru December 31, 2018.
If you should have any questions or require additional information regarding the above,
please do not hesitate to call.


__________________________ _____________ _______________
Member’s name (please print) - Dry storage #(s) - Type of Boat
________________________ _______________
Signature - Date boat removed


Sincerely,
Donna Mohr, Treasurer


Important Message about Boat Rentals (Let's protect ourselves and the Club)

It's easy to get so excited about going sailing in that perfect breeze that you throw a club boat in the water without remembering to turn in a rental form.


 We understand, but not only is the form our billing mechanism it is our liability waiver. You need to turn it in BEFORE you leave. There are forms on a shelf in the race shed. You can turn the forms in by pushing them through the mail slot in the north wall of the office, if the office and bar are shut.


Here is a list of all the boat rentals we have records for this year. If you know you took a boat out and your name/date isn't down, then make amends by sending an email to office@rudderclub.com stating the approximate date and asking to have the appropriate charge added to your account. And remember, you need to ask a club officer to check you out on the procedures before you take out a boat for the first time.


1/6/2018 Sundie
2/4/2018 Kuykendall
2/11/2018 Frazier
2/16/2018 Gruel
2/18/2018 Kuykendall
2/24/2018 Delatorre
3/4/2018 OGrady
3/4/2018 Scott
3/10/2018 Delatorre (2 days)
3/11/2018 Kuykendall (2 days)
3/12/2018 Riehl
3/17/2018 OGrady
3/28/2018 DelaTorre
4/4/2018 Kautsky


Thanks so much for renting the club boats, we hope we can always accommodate anyone who wants to sail, this is why we are here!


Workday April 7, 2018

TOOLS NEEDED:  PRESSURE WASHER, BATTERY-OPERATED SAWZALLS, LARGE WRENCHES, HEAVY WORK GLOVES


ON THE GROUNDS

    Move remaining boats back into their spots (follow-up to tree trimming)
    Clean sign at gate, cut back coontie palms that cover it
    Pressure wash sidewalk behind clubhouse leading to bathrooms
    Pick up sticks, debris behind S wall of clubhouse, cut up limbs that are stacked behind dumpster into small pieces, take to construction dumpster on lower level
    Hang marks up in the race shed


ON THE DOCK/WATERFRONT


•    Move big floating dock out further.  Install 5-rung ladder to reach.
•    Install new 7-rung ladders on dock – see Donna for fasteners
•    Rig permanent connection of aluminum ramp to shoreline. (This is the ramp that goes to the floating dock.)
•    Cut off left-hand side handrail of aluminum ramp (side next to concrete ramp)
•    Cut or unbolt loose material and cross-bracing under old dock where new catwalk will go, take debris to dumpster.
•    Check electrical circuit that serves receptacle in parking lot (GFI keeps shorting)
•    Take generator to lower level/ boat storage area and use it to test lights on wooden and metal pole


INDOORS


•    Correct or re-do electrical connection to wall outlets in bar
•    Wipe down wooden shelves in pantry where paper goods are stored
•    Wipe down refrigerator in pantry, discard expired food
•    Install weather-stripping on front door into bar (weather-stripping on table in bar)


World War 2 Memorial Boat Volunteers


Hello Cheryl!

I hope you are doing well and so is the Rudder Club!

 
I am assistant director of a Military Memorial event on April 10th. The event starts at 6PM and is dedicated to 19 servicemen that lost their lives in 1942 off of the Jacksonville Beach Shoreline due to a Nazi U-boat attacking the USS Gulf America. The event is hosted at the Sea Walk pavilion at Jacksonville beach, and the mayor of Jacksonville Beach will be attending!
 
We need a volunteer boat to be off the shoreline to launch flares at the end of the ceremony. Please let me know if anyone would like to assist in this event. The boats will not be needed until 7PM with the Flare launching happening at 7:45PM- 8PM.
I'm sure we can negotiate if the volunteers would like anything!
 
Please contact me at this email or my phone (904)-868-8851 or Jennifer Price at  Jprice@standfastic.com or her phone is (904-502-9385)


Thank you,
David Lu


Largest Fleet of Mutineers in the Country
Tampa Sailing Squadron is selling off some of their mutts to benefit youth sailing

Hey Cheryl, 

A lot of members have admired my Chrysler Mutineer.  Tampa Sailing Squadron, where I grew up, has the largest fleet of Mutineers in the country and recently hosted the national championship.  I suspect they'll be hosting a lot more big races like this in the future.  They will be selling off some of their mutts to benefit youth sailing and I was hoping we might be able to share this with the members?  It'd be great to get a nice little contingent of mutts up at the Rudder Club :)


Thanks!
Angela Mann <angelamann@gmail.com> 


If you would like to Advertise your business:

INTERESTED IN ADVERTISING send YOUR CAMERA READY ARTWORK OR BUSINESS CARD ALONG WITH YOUR CHECK MADE OUT TO RUDDER CLUB.
On or before April 9.
Rates:

SizeColorB/W
 1/2 500.00 425.00
 1/4 300.00 255.00
 Full 150.00 128.00
 Business Card 90.00 75.00

Office Manager - Cheryl Feeney
Office@RudderClub.com


Vice Commodore - Ben Kuykendall - 3/28/2018

Dear Friends,

Another Friday night at the Rudder Club is headed our way. It will be hard to beat the blow-out we had last weekend, but come on down and enjoy food and drinks with the Rudder Club Family. If it gets out of control, that is okay because Sunday is Easter and some of us could use a good story as we plead for redemption.
 
The Work Day last Saturday saw a lot accomplished and a big thanks goes out to the members who jumped in and helped.  As a member-owned club, every bit of work we put in makes the club that much better.

 
Our next Adult Sail class starts April 14 and is open to anyone who wants to learn to sail. Adult Sail classes are a good way to get wanna-be sailors into gear and introduce them to a life-long sport. 


As we enter the mad scramble before the Mug Race, if anyone is Needing Crew or Wanting to Crew, the Mug Race page on our website has a link to the Crew Bulletin Board.


Who is up for sailing on Easter Sunday? I heard that the Good Lord does not subtract from the allotted time that which is spent under sail.


See you this weekend,
Ben and Gia 


Dock Project Update – 26 March 2018

Tom Davis – Rear Commodore

We reached a major milestone in our dock reconstruction in the first few days of March.  On March 5, 2018 the main pier of our dock, all 545 feet of it, was completed. We still have some punch list items yet to complete but they are not critical to getting our marina back in operation. We will come back to the punch list items after the Phase 2 of dock reconstruction is complete. Punch list items include additional cross bracing and more demolition of old piles that are outside the “shadow” of our main pier. The yellow highlighted portion shown in the figure below is now complete. 



We made final payment and secured a lien waiver from our dock contractor, Paradise Marine Construction for Phase 1.  Considering the time consuming demolition that had to be done, we did quite well on budget.  The original estimate for the main pier was approximately $100K.  Even with all the additional demolition work the final cost was approximately $106K, only 6% over budget.  That is quite good when you consider all the unknowns we faced.

On February 2, 2018 we signed a contract with Hazouri Electric to provide the power feed, power distribution panels, subpanels, and water piping for our docks.  Hazouri has already ordered and delivered the materials and has started work to repower the lower grounds and dock.  We will have permanent power at the foot of the dock and boat hoist well before the Mug Race.  All of the new wiring will be marine grade, far superior to the old dock electrical system.  


A key aspect that is a major improvement is that there will be no junction boxes, a lot of flexible conduit is used, and even if there is some dock structural damage in a future storm, the electrical system will remain intact.  The locations of subpanels will be optimized to minimize the length of the electrical circuits from the breaker panel to individual slips.  With no dock level junction boxes, the wiring connections will all be well above any flood level, keeping critical connections out of the river.  Once completed, our electrical and water supplies on the dock will be first class.  Total cost for power and water will be approximately $50K.  Rudder Club will self-perform the electrical branch wiring from the subpanels to individual boat lifts and receptacles this summer.


Following is a diagram of the onshore portion of the electrical scope:

Now we have the big question:  “When are we going to get access to our boats?” On March 5, 2018, the same day that we closed out work on the main pier, we signed another contract with Paradise Marine Construction to rebuild the inside dock.  We call this the “A” Dock.  “A” Dock is looking a bit rough after the storm:

On March 5, 2018, The Rudder Club signed a contract with Paradise Marine Construction for Phase 2 of the Dock Project that includes the inside finger pier “A” Dock piling, structure, decking, catwalks to individual boats, and 20 new piling for five (5) new boat lifts, and 12 new piling to restore the mooring poles for the west wet slips.  This would make the east side of “A” Dock 100% wet slips with boat lifts.  Total price is approximately $75K excluding demolition work.  Rudder Club will provide the hardware (bolts, straps, and nails).  Work has already begun and the dock contractor is starting demolition of the “A” Dock.  You can see the new piling next time you come by the club.  


Our goal is to be complete by end of May. To complete the “A” Dock and maximize its usefulness, the club purchased five new boat lifts last week.  Total cost just under $20K.  This is for the boat lifts, motors, and controls.  The dock contractor will set the lifts and Rudder Club will self-perform the power wiring, bunk support steel, and bunks.  


I will be calling on members to help on our work crew late spring as we install and commission the new lifts as well as the rebuilding of our damaged lifts. There is a lot of work ahead of us but we will soon be rewarded with a nice new marina facility.  


More updates to follow in the weeks ahead.


Saturday - 03/24/2018 - Member Work Day

Very successful workday this Saturday, thanks to great turnout. 


Pretty much everything got done (except the curious case of the electrical in the bar is still unsolved). Plus some unscheduled things got done, like trophies polished and gravel dumped in holes at the ramp. 


Donna Mohr, Phil Jones, Frank Benedetto, Mike and Lisa Kelly, Oscar de la Torre, Jon Hamilton, David Fleming, Scott Marques, Jim Sexton, Ben and Gia Kuykendall, Lowell and Dee Stephens, Laura Backus, Stephanie Dudley, Gregg McGilloway, Del Eury, Larry and Connie Wagner, Tom Holland, Chris Gruel.  

 

Special thanks to Wayne Beck, who loaded the trash overflow onto a trailer and took it to the dump. (More on our beef with Advanced Disposal elsewhere.) 

Next workday is April 7! 


Davie's Birthday Party Pictures - 03/23/2018


Rudder Club Bar Restoration Project is complete!

Much appreciation to all the members who contributed


Project Leaders - Warren Keene, Scott Marques, Kim Brew and Donna Mohr


Here is the list of all the primary contributors to the Rudder Club Bar Restoration Project:


Warren Keene (donated all the tile and a month or more of his time!), Scott Marques (our club's master carpenter, donated a month or more of his time!), T J Brown, Kim Brew, Rich Brew, Colleen Brew, Blake Lemen, Shannon Brew, Paul Williams, Oscar de la Torre, Kari Holland, Tom Holland, Jon Hamilton, Donna Mohr, Zack O'Grady, Paul DiCandia, Gia Kuykendall, Ken Kessler, Chris Cordes, Wayne Beck, Jim Sexton, Bill Frazier


Fantastic job everyone - Thanks to everyone involved!

Rudder Club - Old Bar
Rudder Club - New Bar

Mug Race - Crew Wanted - Want to Crew - 03/26/2018

There is a Crew section on the Regatta Network:


The Mug Race also has its own Facebook Page (on the Mug Race page as well) 


Friday night - 3/23/2018 - Davie Boland's 80th Birthday!

Mr. David Boland cordially invites you to attend his 80th Birthday celebration at 6:00 P.M. on Friday the 23rd.

Food, soft drinks and cake. Cash bar. If you would like to sing or play an instrument I’m sure he would enjoy that - Sea you at the party.


Cheryl Feeney, Office Manager Rudder Club of Jacksonville


Cool Decking going in on the new Pool - Thanks Vince Gubbini

Shannon Brew is resurrecting the Junior Sailing Program. The next Junior Sail Day will be Sunday 8 April 2018 at 1 pm.


Upcoming work days

WORKDAY SATURDAY MARCH 24, 2018

Tools needed: sawsalls, pressure washers, work gloves

Indoors Clean all ceiling fans (inside and on porch) Check all lights, replace bulbs as needed

Replace all HVAC air filters

Clean shelves in pantry

Clean all refrigerators in kitchen, especially door seals and bottom shelf

Clean and sanitize triple sink

Correct electrical connections for wall outlets in bar/porch

Haul the temporary bar in the main room down to the construction dumpster  

Outdoors move pile of debris on lower level (NE corner of bulkhead) to construction dumpster, including heavy metal sign ‘box’ 

Move electrical wire to construction dumpsterMove boats out of the way for tree removal (pending confirmation of tree schedule) 

Pressure wash the rampPressure wash the porchClean/tidy the portion of the porch at the South end, where the new ‘pass-thru’ will be 

 Blow leaves off all parts of roof, clean out gutters 

 Replace electrical box in parking areaCut down sweet gum tree growing in gate enclosure  

Dock / powerboats  

Make a run to hazmat center on Commonwealth with some of the bad gasoline containers


Thanks Donna for putting together the list of items!


Special thanks from our Vice Commodore - Ben Kuykendall - 3/21/2018

Dear Friends,


    Get ready for a double-header at the Rudder Club this Friday night. Davie Boland is entering his eighties, so what better way to celebrate the beginning of a golden decade than a good old-fashioned birthday party. Davie is even donating the food, so come on down and help "Davie Start His Eighties". Combined with this is a Friday Little Sailors Night sponsored by Roseanne Vernon. Which means we will have something for all ages.

 

    This Saturday will be a club work day to get things whipped in to shape for an incredible 65th Mug Race. There is a good list of indoor and outdoor projects, which means plenty for everyone to get involved with. Also this weekend, we will be moving several boats, to allow the Tree Service to remove several problem trees the following Thursday. So saddle up on Saturday and hit the trail to the Rudder Club for a down home work party.


    A special thanks goes out to the people who keep the Rudder Club rolling along. As a narrow slice of time, just last Saturday, the list of people going above and beyond the call of duty was incredible. Kim Brew, Tommy Holland, and Kari Holland jumped in to run a great last race of the Spring Series. Dick Allsop was the consummate professional as PRO and scoring the series. Bill Frazier measured the wood needed for the catwalk on the new dock and then moved the aluminum ramp into position on the floating dock to make it safer. Vince Gubbini brushed gallons of Cool Deck on to the pool deck by himself to get it looking good. The list goes on and on, but you catch the drift. The club exists because of "members on a mission" who will not stop until they have made things better.


Thank you All.

    

    The Board of Governors is accepting resumes for a Club Manager to take over as Cheryl transitions out. We would like to find someone passionate about the Rudder Club, so members and their friends are hearing about it before we advertise to the general public. Everyone interested is encouraged to apply by sending a resume to the Rudder Club Office.  

See you this weekend,
Ben and Gia 


Update on Mug Race 2018

Things to know for the 65th Mug Race:

 

Activities at Crystal Cove Marina 131 Crystal Cove Dr, Palatka, Florida 32177

Friday  All activities in one place.

Park, setup, launch, dock, boats all day.

Late Registration  at Tiki Bar

BBQ dinner buffet  $15

Captains meeting  Tiki Bar

Entertainment 7:45pm to 10:30pm

Tiki Bar open 4:30 to 10:30pm

Crystal Cove Hotel rooms available for $64 reserved under Mug Race, 386-325-1055 Suggested.  If they run out of rooms a block of rooms are reserved at the Quality Inn in down town Palatka

 

Saturday morning  breakfast sandwich and Coffee $5, 

Launch boats and cat trax pickup on ramp

Starting line East of Crystal Cove marina, see NOR and SI for official start sequence

 

 

Activities at Rudder Club 8533 Malaga Av. Jacksonville, Fl 32244

Friday  trailer and vehicle drop off all day.  Vehicle parking outside the gate only.

Shuttle Bus to Palatka , make reservations  in on line store on Regatta Network

necessary.

 

   shuttle Bus to Palatka.

After racing retrieve boats on Rudder Club ramp and docks.

Mug Race dinner served 6 to 10pm.

Beer tent open and entertainment on the porch.

Recommended rooms near the Rudder club is Best Western 4580 Collins Road Jacksonville, Fl 32244 phone 904-264-4466.

 

Sunday May 6, 2018 Breakfast 

Trophy presentation at 10:30a

 

Please make reservations for all food and bus service on the Regatta Network's on line store to allow us to serve you better. Food, beverage tickets, and apparel can also be purchased at each venue.

 

Larry Wagner

65th Mug Race Chairman


Adult Sail (Saturday and Sunday) - 3/17/2018 & 3/18/2018


River Series 2018 Series Scores (High Point)

Some pictures from Spring Series Finale - 3/17/2018 - And below is our club Leprechaun - Ken

Happy St. Patrick's Day - Saturday March 17, 2018 - Ken in the newly renovated Rudder Club Bar


RIVER CITY REGATTA AND THE UPCOMING MUG RACE

 

    The River City Regatta was held this weekend with seven boats from the Rudder Club participating. Jim Maedel and crew ran great race and the collective appreciation of the participants and Rudder Club members in general goes out to them for a great time on the water. Despite the sometimes fickle wind and the diminished number of participants, due largely or entirely to Irma, Jim manage to fit in 3 races Saturday and 2 on Sunday with the second Sunday race squeezed in when Jim saw the breeze building south of the Buckman bridge and heading our way. The participants consisted of Three Flying Scots, (Oscar de la Torre and Karl Geiger; Al Graham and Tom Davis; Bill Frazier and Chris Gruel/Scott and Ethan Sundie) two Thistles (Larry and Connie Wagner; Young “Hot Shot” Michael and Paul and two Lasers (Ben and Gia Kuykendal) all from the club. The boats competed for bragging rights and the races were enthusiastic, good natured and competitive. The overall winner was Larry and Connie Wagner in their Thistle. Oscar de la Torre and Karl Geiger, took 1st place for the Flying Scots with Al Graham and Tom Davis running a close second. All of the participants finished all of the 5 races and had a great time on the water.

    

    As you all are aware, we are a member run club and it will take the combined effort of all club members to make this year’s Mug Race a success. The Rudder Club Board, its Officers and Larry Wagner as Mug Race chair have all been diligently working and planning to be ready for our most popular and well-known race. This is our opportunity to demonstrate how the sailors of a member owned and operated club turn adversity into opportunity. We are off to a running start and well ahead of other local clubs but we have a lot of work to do to be fully prepared. In the weeks leading up to the Mug Race it will take our combined effort to make our club a leader in the local sailing community with the benefit of top-notch facilities to relax and socialize when we choose not to be on the water.


    In closing, it is important to note the River City Regatta has traditionally been a signature race for the Rudder Club and this year’s limited turnout reflects the extensive damage suffered by all of the clubs on the St. Johns River south of the City of Jacksonville. The Rudder Club, like Epping Forest and the Florida Yacht Club, has been working diligently to rebuild our dock above the water line to withstand the high waters of future tropical storms and below the water line to withstand the ravages of marine organisms on the pilings which, over time, have equally devastating results. We have the 65th Annual Mug Race, the signature Rudder Club race, coming up May 5, 2018. 


- Submitted by Bill Frazier - 3/14/2018 


RIVER CITY REGATTA 2018 FINAL RESULTS

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Race 5

Some pictures from the River City Regatta - 3/10/2018 and 3/11/2018


The Club is planning a mini work day:

Saturday 3/17/2018 – the goal is to try to create a bill of materials for getting dock ready for mug race (measuring,  inspecting, attempting to move the big floating platform, etc…)


Upcoming Club Membership Work days (We are getting so close to restoration! Please come if you can):

Saturday 3/24/2018

Saturday 4/07/2018

Saturday 4/28/2018



It is almost Mug Race Time!

    The Rudder Club of Jacksonville is preparing to “WOW” you at the 65th Annual Mug Race.  Last year we improved your sailing apparel shopping with the on site Coral Reef store. We also provided transportation of the catamaran cat trax from Palatka to the Rudder Club.  This year we are moving the starting line approximately 3 miles north, east of Crystal Cove Marina, still in Palatka.

    

    All starting activities will be at Crystal Cove – parking, launching, docking, hotel rooms, late registration, skippers meeting, restaurant, cash bar, entertainment and shuttle bus service to the Rudder Club.  The restaurant at Crystal Cove Marina is offering a special smoked BBQ buffet dinner for $15 on Friday night before the competitors meeting and a breakfast sandwich with coffee for $5 before race time.Mention the Mug race when reserving a room at  Crystal Cove Resort 384-325-1055 for the $64 group rate. The  preregistration party at the RC will be April 21- pick up your packets and get in on the last day of early registration rates.  As in the past, the end of race party Saturday night, the “fantastic” Sunday breakfast, and trophy presentation will be at the Rudder Club. 


    Coral Reef Apparal will be at all 3 sites for all your apparel needs.  They will have Mug t-shirts, tech shirts, hats, and  name brands like Gill and other sailing apparel.Remember the free BBQ dinner at the halfway party compliments of  Bob Shannon and Green Cove Marina on Thursday, May 3rd.    Challenge all your friends with sailboats! Join us by logging on to the Rudder Club's web site, rudderclub.com, and select the Mug Race link on the right side of the main page.  Registration is now open on the Regatta Network. Please buy your meal tickets on the storefront link so we can better serve you,  


 I hope to see you at this year's Mug Race - Larry Wagner - Chairman of the 65th Mug Race



UPCOMING EVENTS



Spring Work Day Saturday 24 March

A little club and grounds maintenance in preparation for the 
65th Mug Race

All members are invited to attend-- if you can't hold a rake or a paint brush, you can help prepare the lunch or ensure everyone is hydrated. This is our club!




Spring Series Results



 Junior Sailing Program
Sunday 8 April 2018 
starts at 1 pm
(more details on the Sailing page)



 

Adult Sailing Classes

    (more details on the Sailing Page)



 

Friday Happy Hour & Social Night

5 - 9  pm
Start the weekend with great fun, food and refreshments!


 

 

65th Annual MUG RACE

5 May 2018

Starts 8 am

Register here