Sailing Fun & Friends at the Lake
Vol 54,Issue 2| 34.17N, 84.00W | Feb, 2022
Clinics and activities are for club members.
If you wish to join The Passport Sailing Club, please give Cindy or Katie a call at 770-945-8810 for more details.
For more information on our club clinics and activities
please see the bottom of this newsletter
Docking Clinic
Every Monday 10am - 1pm

103/104 Prep Clinic
February 10, 10am-1pm
February 24, 10am-1pm
March 10, 10am-1pm
March 24, 10am-1pm
April 14, 10am-1pm
April 28, 10am-1pm

Coastal Navigation Clinic
February 12, 10am - 1pm

Emergencies Underway Clinic
February 26, 10am - 1pm

Spring Regatta Clinic
March 5, 10am - 3pm

Charter Planning Clinic
March 12, 10am - 1pm

Celestial Navigation Clinic
March 19, 10am - 1pm

Sail Trim Clinic
April 2, 10am - 1pm

103/104 Mentor Sail
April 9, 10am - 1pm

Spinnaker Clinic
April 10, 10am - 1pm

BKB Mentor Sail
April 23, 10am - 1pm

Solo Sail Clinic
April 24, 10am - 1pm

Polar Bear Fun Sail
Sat, Feb 05, 11am to 5pm

Spring Regatta Clinic
March 5, 10am - 3pm

Spring Regatta #1
March 26, 10am - 1pm

Spring Regatta #2
April 30, 1pm - 5pm
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10:00a - 5:00p 

Morning Session  9:00am-1:00pm

Afternoon Session 1:00pm-5:00pm

To reserve a boat or sign up for club events, please call or text the dock at 770-614-5724

One Cabin Left for Belize!

Share the Sail in Paradise.
Unspoiled and less crowded than other parts of the Caribbean, Belize is a laid-back paradise very similar to the cruising grounds of the South Pacific. Known for world-class snorkeling, superior chartering in protected waters, and unparalleled natural beauty, a Belize cruising vacation is unique and special.  A Belize cruising vacation naturally focuses on the onboard experience, scenic anchorages behind palm-fringed or mangrove-lined cayes, and the fantastic swimming and snorkeling in some of the clearest water anywhere. Forays to restaurants on the cayes to sample local cuisine and exposure to Belizean culture add to the pleasures.
A Moorings 4800 catamaran has been reserved for the trip, configured with four cabins with ensuite heads. The first night is a sleep-aboard on the boat June 3, 2022 in the Laru Beya Marina on the Placencia peninsula, with departure the next morning following chart and boat briefings at the Moorings base. The boat is due back at the base on the morning of June 11, 2022.  Direct flights from Atlanta to Belize City International Airport are available, with flight connections on a regional carrier to the regional airport near the base.  

Your share of the charter expense is $3200 per cabin, one or two person occupancy, covering all boat expenses (charter vessel and dinghy, cleaning fee, taxes and required permits, insurance, on board provisions, moorings, dock fees, fuel, water and ice, and the expenses of your skipper/coach). You will be responsible for transportation to and from the charter base, all shore side expenses, any adult beverages you choose to have on board, and any personal or miscellaneous expenses. One person per cabin needs to be ASA 104 Bareboat Certified and all crew must be fully vaccinated for Covid 19 for this charter. 
This is not a class, just a fun, relaxing sailing trip in paradise where you get to practice your LSA-trained skills, under the watchful eye of your skipper/coach Ed Caldwell, whose company Burwell Global, Inc. is making this trip possible. 

Contact Ed at or 404.307.0314 to get on the list!
Honez is Here
February has arrived and with it comes Valentine's day. I have always wondered why they picked the darkest, coldest most dismal month of the year to celebrate the wonderfulness that is two people wildly in lust with each other. Oh well, mine is not to reason why, mine is to try and figure out how to turn this occasion into an opportunity to have someone else pay for my sailing life style.
Introducing Honez's Love Boat Cruises where our motto is "If this doesn't put her in the mood, then it's time to join a monastery."
Package #1: The Dessert Island Special Dinner Cruise - This package begins with an early afternoon sail to an empty cove at a scenic deserted island on the lake. First, you'll enjoy a dozen shucked raw oysters. Then you will have a dinner of Dungeness crabs, boiled potatoes and corn with sourdough bread (Okay, it may not scream romance but all I have to do to prepare it is boil water. Don't forget how manly you will look cracking her crab for her, especially if it has been pre-cracked to easily come apart...not my first rodeo people, trust me). 
After dinner, you and your beloved will be rowed ashore where you will find a fire burning on the beach with two wooden beach chairs, a bottle of champagne on ice and a bowl of limes. After you have got her settled in by the fire with a glass of champagne, you will pick up the bowl of limes and announce "and now for dessert". You will take the bucket of limes and disappear into the tree line where you will find an enormous piece of key lime pie and two forks strategically hidden in the pines. You will return to the beach in triumph where you and she will share the pie as the moon and her ardor rise.
No matter how much I charge you, you cannot afford to pass this by.
Package #2:The Don't come a Knocking if the Boat is a Rock'n Cruise - This package is for the last of the red hot lovers on a budget who can afford to spend just a little more. The package begins with an afternoon cruise to a scenic deserted cove on the lake. Once anchored, you will be left a platter of cheese, grapes, orange slices, and crackers. To wash it all down you will be provided with a couple of gallons of sangria. Once you've settled into place your crew will climb into the dinghy and retire to a discrete distance where they will monitor your progress. 
At some point after she has finished the first gallon of sangria, you will invite her to go below to see your butterfly collection. When the dinghy crew spots you going below they will fire up the engine and race back to the boat at full speed. Once they arrive on scene they will circle your anchored boat causing it to rock to and fro. Below you will be strategically located to catch her in your arms as you both fall laughing into a convenient bunk. The motion of the ocean will take care of the rest. Enjoy your night kids, your crew will be back in the morning to pick you up.
So don't delay sign up today. Isaac, Gopher, Capt. Honez and the rest of the Love Boat Cruises staff are looking to get you aboard so you can do some boarding of your own.  We look forward to seeing you at the dock to book your cruise. I'll be the one wearing the "Virginia may be for lovers, but boats are where love happens" t-shirt.
Happy Valentine's Day everybody,
Honez  _/)

Originally Published February 2012 Docklines Volume 44 Issue 2

Heard at the Dock:

  • Does more activity solve the problem?
  • Have you ever been asked to leave Hell?
  • Against the wind feeling happy
Einstein sailing
Dear Captain Noah T'all

I will be leaving on a cruise next month. We are going to be part of a flotilla and that means that we will be using the radio to discuss our various comings and goings. My dirty little secret is that I am scared to death of the radio. Every time I have to use it, I freeze up and start sounding like Andy Griffith in "No Time for Sergeants ," you know the scene, when he and Ben are stuck on the plane and Andy with his hillbilly accent gets on the radio, "Hallo! Hallooooo! This here is Will Stockdale, how ya'll doin?"
Captain, can you give me some hints on proper radio protocol so that I don't end up sounding like a buffoon if I have to use the radio?
Oscar Overendout
I feel your pain, when you make a mistake on the radio, you are literally broadcasting it to entire world, or at least to anyone tuned into channel 16 within range of your radio. Okay, let's see what we can do to ease your nervousness and make your broadcast performance flawless.
The key to any good performance is having a good script. In this case, the script is pretty straight forward. First a couple of quick rules.

Channel 16 is the "calling" and emergency channel. When not involved in an actual
conversation, you should monitor channel 16 for traffic.

When you want to make a boat-to-boat call, follow the following procedure.
  • On channel 16, start by calling the name of the vessel you are trying to raise three times, followed by your vessels name; it should sound something like this. "Wind Dancer, Wind Dancer, Wind Dancer this is Might Mouse."
  • Wait for an answer, if you don't get one you can try once or twice more. After that, give up for a while and try again later.
  • If your intended target is out there, you should hear "Mighty Mouse this is Wind Dancer, over" Note, you use "over" when you are finished talking and inviting a reply.
  • Now you say "Wind Dancer, switch to channel six eight (68), over." You are not allowed to have a conversation on channel 16, this is a big no-no. You need to move to a working channel like 68 to hold your conversation. The other boat should acknowledge your request by saying " Mighty Mouse six eight over"
  • Once on Channel 68 you now say "Wind Dancer, this is Mighty Mouse, over".
  • The other vessel will come back "Mighty Mouse, what up? Over" Hold your conversation - Keep it brief, like 3 minutes or so brief. Te radio is not the place to discuss your family history. Do that at the anchorage tonight over some tasty adult beverages. Don't forget to use "over" when you have finished speaking so the other boat knows they can speak.
  • Once you are done with your conversation, you should end it by saying "See you tonight at the bar, Mighty Mouse, out."  You are saying "out" to indicate that you are done with your conversation.

Turn the radio back to channel 16 and monitor. Pretty easy, right? To make it
easier, you can create a "Radio Procedure Sheet" that can act as a script and be left by
the radio. The first line would be "Vessel name, vessel name, vessel name, this is
Might Mouse" then it would step you through the rest of the call.
Till then, sail safe,
Capt. Noah T'all

Originally published in July 2013 Docklines Volume 44 Issue 7


Interested in the advanced courses but not sure you are ready?
Take advantage of our Big Boat Clinics and 103/104 Prep Clinics that are scheduled on Thursdays and Weekends. These clinics are designed for BKB certified members that are looking to explore the world of cruising boats (27' to 32') and for folks that wish to brush up on their big boat skills.

ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising
Fri, Sat & Sun | 9am-5pm each day |$800
Prerequisite: BKB-101 & 15 days of post BKB sailing experience.

Come join us for our streamlined ASA advanced course that allows you to become certified as a skipper for our club's diesel boats (27' - 32') in just three days. ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising, is a three day class that covers the required practical knowledge of managing a cruising size boat, such as: docking, anchoring, intro to boat systems, next level sailing skills, crew management, etc. Small onboard class sizes will allow for a hands on experience that adds to your boating knowledge and practical confidence.

2022 Course Schedule

Mar. 4, 5, 6 Friday thru Sunday SOLD OUT
Mar. 25, 26, 27 Friday thru Sunday SOLD OUT
April 1, 2, 3 Friday thru Sunday SOLD OUT
April 22, 23, & 24 Friday thru Sunday (1 SPOT LEFT)
JUST ADDED!! May 20, 21, 22 Friday thru Sunday
Jun. 3, 4, 5 Friday thru Sunday (2 SPOTS LEFT)
Aug. 5, 6, 7 Friday thru Sunday
Sept. 30, Oct 1, 2 Friday thru Sunday

Please feel free to call our office with any questions or to register.

ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising
Fri, Sat & Sun | 9am-5pm each day |$800
Prerequisite: BKB 101 & BCC 103

If you wish, after completing the BCC-103 course you are eligible to take the ASA 104 Bareboat Charter Certification course on Lake Lanier The 104 course is designed to prepare you to charter cruising boats in numerous sailing dream destinations (British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, etc). This course will be taught onboard our diesel boats over a three day weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm.

2022 Course Schedule

February 4,5,6 Friday thru Sunday (SOLD OUT)
May 6,7,8 Friday thru Sunday (SOLD OUT)
July 8,9,10 Friday thru Sunday
Sept 9,10,11 Friday thru Sunday
Nov 4,5,6 Friday thru Sunday

Please feel free to call our office with any questions or to register.

coastal nav chart

ASA 105 Coastal Navigation
Three Saturdays, 9am-5pm each day |$420
Prerequisite: None

A 3 day course entirely in the LSA Classroom. Master dead reckoning, NOAA chart interpretation, compute tides and currents, understand set and drift calculations.
NOTE: 10 Hours of Pre-Course Work is Required

2022 Course Schedule: Coastal Navigation 105
Oct 22,29 Nov 5


Soul of a Sailor
by: Kenny Chesney

He walked in with a salty sway
Lookin' like Blackbeard in his day
A brother in arms just like me
I was born a son of the sea
I can't be still, I can't be tied
The only time I feel alive is

When the wind fills my sail
Riding on a lifelong swell
Let my heart take me where it wants to go
That's the soul of a sailor, the soul of a sailor

He slid a stool and a beer to me
Said, you know, we're both a dying breed
Here's to love lost and newfound friends
And living out life in the boat we're in
I can't be still, I can't be tied
The only time I feel alive is

When the wind fills my sail
Riding on a lifelong swell
Let my heart take me where it wants to go
That's the soul of a sailor, the soul of a sailor

Let my heart take me where it wants to go
That's the soul of a sailor, the soul of a sailor

Clinics & Events
Please call or text the dock to sign up!
(770) 614- 5724
Docking Clinic
Every Monday !!!
10am - 1pm

Come take part in a 3-hour clinic on some tips and tricks on entering and exiting a dock. Topics to include: docking single handed, how to use dock lines to help control you boat.

Whether you have already completed your ASA 103/104 class or want to see if the ASA 103/104 class is the next step in your sailing adventure, this clinic will leave you with some good-to-know tips and experiences.
103/104 Prep Clinic
Thursday, February 10, 10am-1pm
Thursday, February 24, 10am-1pm
Thursday, March 10, 10am-1pm
Thursday, March 24, 10am-1pm
Thursday, April 14, 10am-1pm
Thursday, April 28, 10am-1pm

Are you ready to take the next step toward your sailing dream of skippering and chartering a big boat?

Sail on one of our larger boats with an LSA instructor and get introduced to the skills you'll learn in the 103/104 course. You'll leave with a good sense of what you've learn and if you're ready for this next step. BKB-101 minimum requirement!
coastal nav chart
Coastal Navigation Clinic
Saturday, February 12, 10am - 1pm

Come join us for a quick overview/introduction into the world of navigation. We'll cover NOAA charts, plotting tools, taking a fix, dead reckoning, etc. No experience required.
Emergencies Underway Clinic
Saturday, February 26, 10am - 1pm

Learn what to do in a worse case scenario onboard your boat. Taking on water, fire onboard, MOB, medical emergency, overpowered while under sail, etc. Please join us for a fun and interactive "What Now Captain" planning session in our classroom.

Spring Regatta Clinic
Saturday, March 5, 10am - 3pm

LSA's regattas typically attract about 25 people for a day of fun and camaraderie. Hal (our race guru) will present the semi-annual race/regatta training, now in its 15th year! 

That means that he's almost got it right.

10:00am - 1:00pm in the classroom
1:30pm - 3:00pm on the water practice

Come for one or both sessions; both sessions are recommended.

Charter Planning Clinic
Saturday, March 12, 10am - 1pm

You want to take the leap into the world of chartering but don’t know where to begin? This clinic is geared toward answering questions and giving a few tips on planning your charter. Topics may include; choosing a crew, where to go, selecting a charter company, and many other topics that make your trip much more enjoyable.

Celestial Navigation Clinic
Saturday, March 19, 10am - 1pm

How in the world can you find your position/location by using the stars, planets and a sextant ? Don't miss out on this interesting and historical method of navigation. No experience required. Our clinic will be instructed by someone that has been there and done open ocean celestial navigation across the Atlantic. Old school and fun !

Sail Trim Clinic
Saturday, April 2, 10am - 1pm

Come hang with us as we micromanage our sails. Learn about detailed sail trim for each point of sail. The goal is to increase our boat speed as well as increase our "yachtie pose" (this means looking cool under sail).

103/104 Mentor Sail
Saturday, April 9, 10am - 1pm

You board our diesel boat, you suggest the topic you wish to work on, your senior instructor will then fortify your big boat sailing knowledge and skill. You'll have a marvelous day !

spinnaker from art
Spinnaker Clinic
Sunday, April 10, 10am - 1pm

Join us for a fun and interactive challenge of "flying the shoot". We'll introduce you to the slew of spinnaker equipment on the dock with a follow up voyage of "flying of the shoot".  Those with heart conditions or wussy issues need not apply. There may be some minor competition involved when two or more boats fly the spinnaker.

BKB Mentor Sail
Saturday, April 23, 10am - 1pm

Interested in sailing with an instructor but going above the elements of Basic Keelboat? Come join a 3-hour sail with the intent of encouraging you to ask questions about techniques and topics you wish to improve.
Solo Sail Clinic
Sunday, April 24, 10am - 1pm

I find myself sometimes just wanting to go for a solo sail and get away from all the craziness that life can throw at you. Being at the helm of a boat and feeling the wind passing by can be very surreal.

But, if you don’t have a crew, how do you raise and lower the sails in a smooth and safe process. How do you comfortably dock your vessel. How do you ....
Come join us and learn some new solo sailing techniques that we have perfected.

Artwork for Sale

Please take a few minutes to explore some original artwork from one of our own! The artist, Julian Tablada is an instructor with LSA and has been painting water scenes for years.

Please click on the link below.

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NOTE: All clinics and sailing activities are included in your Passport Sailing Club Membership fee (no extra charge, unless noted).  
Please call or text the dock to place your reservation 770-614-5724
Contact The Passport Sailing Club

For more information or to book your sailing adventure, please give Lanier Sailing Academy a call at 770-945-8810 and speak with Cindy or Katie.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, feedback, suggestions, complaints or compliments about Lanier Sailing Academy, the Passport Sailing Club or the Docklines Newsletter, please click here to contact LSA's owner, Matt Fleming, so that you may have the best possible sailing experience.