Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Free Boating Class or Pay to take the full series of classes!

Attention Inland NW Sailors & Sea Scouts!

I am happy to announce that Dave St Amand with US Coast Guard Aux will be teaching 4 classes for us in the month of Feb.-March. FEB. 4, Required equipment for your Boat; FEB. 18, The Rules of the Nautical Road; MAR. 3, Introduction to Navigation; MAR. 17, Weather and Boating. These classes are free and will happen at 6:30-8:30pm and take place at the North Idaho College Work Force Training Center, 525 W. Clearwater Loop, Post Falls, ID. If any youth need a ride let me know and If you have any questions please contact me (208-704-4454 or via email).

These class are actually a part of a series of classes that meet the WA. boating safety requirements starting today (Tue. 2/2/16) at the same time and place. Take the whole series and not only will you meet the safe boating requirements but also can potentially lower your boat insurance. It does cost $46 to take the series of classes.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Join us for a night out at the Movies!

Attention Friends, Sea Scouts, and fellow Inland NW Sailors!

I wanted to invite all my friends to come with me to the MOVIES! The Sea Cats (Scouts) and I are going to see a new ocean/sailing movie called Hart of the Sea. We are going to the Hayden Discount Cinema at 7:15 PM this Thursday (21st).

Coming out to the movies with us is a great way to meet other local sailors.

Hope to see you all at the movies!

Your friend Miles

January 2016 Ice Sailing!

The maiden voyage.  It's been six weeks since I completed the boat, and I've been searching the three state area daily since, for a usable surface with just a little bit of breeze. But it's been either high pressure and no wind, or wind cleverly tucked into one of the numerous storms passing thru.  I've even travelled to Helena in search of a christening, all with no satisfaction.

This morning dawned clear, always appreciated in winter here in the Pacific Northwest, so I decided to take a drive through the wheatlands to see what the ice on Sprague Lake might look like.  And it seemed foolish to travel that distance without Scooter, just in case.  Halfway there I drove into a massive fog bank that persisted til I arrived at the ramp, where I could see to the southwest, what appeared to be approaching clearing.  The ice was a mottled grey,  and looked punky, a distinct possibility since we've had rain and temps in the high thirties for days.  But it dropped well below freezing last night, and the surface was hard, if grainy.  I strap on the blades and set out to inspect.  The sun begins to reassert itself, a faint breeze begins to develop, and the ice is thick enough, though justbarely.  I return to the ramp and commence to assemble the machine.  

I have remembered most everything needed, and can fudge the missing bits.  I push off into very light zephyrs, getting short rides but grinding to a halt in the lulls.  But the sunshine is glorious, I've got the lake to myself, and this lovely new toy is whispering promises to me.  I stick with it for about an hour, occasionally returning for some tuning or fussing, and the breeze gradually builds to about 10 mph, which is enough to hook up solidly and drive Scooter into the thirties.  This allows me to cover some ground, and I carefully expand my territory.  The boat feels great, I'm a happy fellow, and the glee continues for over an hour, til it just stops. Now.  I'm not far from the put in, I walk her back, and strap on the skates again, and in dead calm sunshine, I proceed to have the sweetest gliding session I've ever had.  Somehow I found my groove, the strides felt effortless and liquid, and I covered more miles than I've ever done before, truly magical.

Impending sunset finally urges me back, and it becomes apparent that there's no more pressure coming, so I load up and motor home in the dying light, smiling inwardly that another glee machine has found it's way into the stable.  Just need more ice and air........

Dave of Spokane

Sunday, January 10, 2016

First sailing club and Sea Scout activity of the year

Hello fellow Sailors and Sea Scouts...

This last Thursday (7th) we had our first club and Sea Scout activities of the year learning to splice line via Dakota Osborn who is serving in the Navy aboard the carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

So, sorry some of you missed this great activity but no worries as there are more activities again on the first Thursday of February (and again on the 3rd Thursday of this and next month for the Sea Scouts).

Here are some pics from the activity. Sorry pics not the greatest via my phone camera.

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Years Day Sail, 2016

Went sailing on New Years Day with my honey and two of my sailing buddies on beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene. It was a bit cold but well worth it doing, even saw several bald eagles. This is a tradition with me that I sail the first day of each year, with friends if possible. Kind of find hard finding people to sail with sometimes as most people wimp out when its cold out, but now I have several hard core sailing friends like me.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Dakota Osborne... USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

This article is written by Dakota Osborn who is a former member of our Sea Scout Ship from 2014. Dakota finally wrote a short article about his time in the Navy. He plans to write us every so often and I will post as quickly asap. Dakota is a great young man and I am honored he is serving his country in an effort to protect us all.

By Dakota Osborne, Dec. 2015.

Have you ever heard the expression, “working like a deck hand"? I remember hearing that a couple of times and thought nothing of it. But than I joined the Navy, and not only do I understand the expression, I live it every day. Anyways my name is Dakota Osborne and i am a Undesignated Seamen.

I checked in on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (aircraft carrier) on June 11, 2015. My orders said that i will serve my time as an undesignated seaman in Norfolk VA. When I arrived at my ship we were in a place called the "ship yards." It’s where a ship goes after a deployment so that it can get fixed up and become mission ready. I got to experience that dreadful place for a couple months. While we were there I was on the fire team for a drill we call General Quarters. Wearing a suite that protects you from flames is heavy and makes you hot. It doesn’t help when the outside temperature is 95 degrees and the ship is 10 degrees hotter on the inside.

Anyways right now it is 12/6/2015 and it is close to being 2000. I am currently out at sea and going through a graded underway. It’s basically time out at sea where my department and I do drills and actual events to get qualified in our evolutions we perform. A couple big ones are unrep, RAS, lowering the RHIB, mooring, and unmooring. These evolutions are fairly hard and can be fairly dangerous. My departments name is deck and I work with BM's (Boatswains Mates)… they are the deck hands of the boat. So I can honestly say I know what it is like to work as a deck hand. Anyways I will explain the evolutions to you one by one.

Dakota with ship mates and dock line
RAS (Replenishment At Sea) is the second craziest thing we do out at sea. It’s when a ship pulls alongside us and matches our speed, and attaches a highline made out of wire rope from their ship to our ship. After it gets attached they send us supplies. 

Next is FAS (Fuel At Sea) its kind of like unrep except we have multiple span wires connecting to 3 or 4 station that have sockets on those stations for things called probes to be brought over across the span wire so we can take on fuel for our air craft to keep doing what they are made to do.

Dropping the RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) is used when there is a man over board. we drop the RHIB from about 30 feet down to the water and go get someone who may have fallen overboard.

Will write more shortly…

Make a comment below to Dakota if you would like... I am sure he would love to here from us.

Some pics from Dakota aboard the carrier... click on pics to enlarge
Dakota 2nd from front
FAT - Fuel(ing) At Sea

Dakota splicing line
Dakota in front coiling line around large winch