Sailing Fun & Friends at the Lake
Vol 54, Issue 3| 34.17N, 84.00W | March, 2022

Our instructors are ready for the 2022 Season!
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.
Reserve your Spot: (770) 614-5724

Docking Clinic
Every Monday 10am - 1pm

103/104 Prep Clinic
Thurs, March 10, 10am-1pm
Thurs, March 24, 10am-1pm
Thurs, April 14, 10am-1pm
Thurs, April 28, 10am-1pm
Thurs, May 12, 10am-1pm
Thurs, May 26, 10am-1pm

Spring Regatta Clinic
Sat, March 5, 12pm - 4pm

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

Celestial Navigation Clinic
Sat, March 26, 10am - 1pm

Sail Trim Clinic
Sat, April 2, 10am - 1pm
Sun, May 1, 10am-1pm
103/104 Mentor Sail
April 9, 10am - 1pm
Sun, May 22, 10am-1pm

Spinnaker Clinic
Sun, April 10, 10am - 1pm
May 7, 10am-1pm

Solo Sail Clinic
Sun, April 24, 10am - 1pm

Full Moon Night Sail
Sat, May 14, 8pm-10pm

BKB Mentor Sail
Sat, April 23, 10am - 1pm
Sat, May 14, 10am-1pm

Docking Under Sail Clinic
Sun, May 15, 10am - 1pm

Never raced or need a refresher?
Make sure to sign up for the Spring Regatta Clinic this weekend:
Spring Regatta Clinic
March 5, 12pm - 4pm
West Dog
Spring is about Here; So Must Regatta Season

Whether it is for social reasons, to improve your sailing skills, or because you have a competitive streak, our Spring Regatta Series (clinic and 5 racing dates) is for you.

Imagine 6 boats jockeying for a starting position and then trying to out-sail each other around a series of markers. Imagine your skipper or crew trying to figure out when to tack, to tighten or loosen a sail. Imagine you’ve done everything right and are telling stories as you sail across the finish line.
Regardless of your sailing or racing skills, these afternoons are made for you.

You can be or we’ll provide an experienced skipper; we’ll randomly group crews from the people who register for that day’s regatta. After a Skippers’ Briefing, we’ll typically sail 3 races, which allows people to rotate positions including helms-person.
After the racing, dinner will be provided so that you have time to tell stories and joke with your friends.

NEW this year will be a surprise event during the post-regatta dinner party. ‘Nuff said.
1.      These regattas are what make your stories to be told during the week.
2.     Come for the Party. Stay for the Sailing.
Spring Regatta #1
March 19, 1pm - 5pm
Dinner: Low Country Boil

Spring Regatta #2
April 9, 1pm - 5pm
Dinner: TBA

Spring Regatta #3
April 30, 2pm - 6pm
Dinner: TBA
Race Committee
Could it be that not everyone gets excited thinking about maneuvering 22 feet of fiberglass and sails around floating objects in varying degrees of speed and direction? Could they not appreciate the skill and mastery to earn 1st or 2nd place ahead of the fleet?
No problem.
This season marks the return of the Race Committee Party boat. Come for the party.
You're invited to hang out on one of our larger boats equipped with a head (restroom) which serves as the start/finish line of the race. You are welcome to bring a snack and a cold beverage, bask in the sun, hang out and enjoy the afternoon.
 There will be music and no sailing because the boat is anchored in the middle of the cove. The skipper and first mate will handle the race duties. Of course, if you want to help with the committee duties you're most welcome.
After the regatta, we’ll return to the dock so that you can enjoy dinner and whatever else is planned.
It’s an opportunity to be part of the afternoon’s activity with no responsibility.
Limit of 8 to join the 2 race committee people, so call the dock and register soon.


10:00am - 5:00pm 


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

Sails from the Dockside

Hard to believe it is already the beginning of the 2022 sailing season. We have been busy at the dock doing PM on all our boats and filter changes on all outboards and diesels. Rigging checks for all boats. Painting boat decks. Spending time in Brunswick doing repairs on the 42 footer. I feel the dock staff is ready to see you all back on the lake.
Many of you have not been at the dock for a few months and I always like to take a few minutes this time of year to get everyone back on track with our dock procedures/policies. There are some updates and reminders listed below.

 Be sure to call the dock office to reserve a seat for clinics you are interested in. If you have not reserved a seat and show up, you may be turned away. We are limiting the number of attendees on many of the clinics to 6 members. You can call or text the dock (770-328-4929) at anytime for clinic requests. The phone is only manned during normal dock hours but we will get back with you ASAP!

When reserving a boat remember:
o  You can phone/text for Saturday boats at 0900 Wednesday thru Saturday
o  You can phone/text for Sunday boats at 0900 Thursday thru Sunday
o  If you call before 0900 you will be placed at the bottom of the call list.
o  It is recommended that you call the dock for weekday reservations
o  Weekend reservations are for half day time slots that are adjusted for length of day time hours. Weekday sessions are for full day.
o  Dock staff will return calls/texts when they arrive during normal dock hours
o  If you do not contact the dock that you are running late by one hour from your reserved time, we can give your boat to another member without contacting you
o  If you are not going to make your reserved time, please let dock know to cancel your boat. This is a courtesy for other club members.

  • All diesel boats will use a new colored Safety Checkout/in sheet. All diesels will have a $2,000 deductible.
  • Checkout/in sheet has been updated. Please be sure to read before signing.
  • Please have your boat in the slip and put away by the end of your session. Coming in and having other club members wait for their boat is not fair to other members. It cuts into their time slot.
  • You can stay out past dock hours but you must be docked or at anchor before sunset. Our insurance does not cover any boat underway after sunset. The other issue is that if something happens once the dock office is closed, you are on your own. If you need assistance you may need to call Tow Boat US (phone # is on inside bottom of boat box). Our boats are not allowed to be towed by privately owned craft.
  • There is a lock box with the dock office key. You must be approved by the Dock-master for access to this key. If you want this access check with Dock-master.
  • We continue to strive to maintain proper seamanship skills (boat handling under power, securing boat to dock) when leaving and returning to dock. It is the responsibility of the Skipper to maintain a safe sailing environment on their boat at all times.
  • Please be sure to use proper procedures when starting the engines. Outboard choke should be pushed back in right after starting. If this is not done your engine spark plug may foul and engine will not start when you are trying to get back home. Also, be sure vent on top of external fuel tank is open.
  • One other thing, when raising your sails, either headsail or mainsail, please attempt to minimize flogging/luffing. This weakens the sails. We spent a large chunk of change on new sails this past year.

Some good news:
o  Full Moon Sails are coming back! Please be sure to review the Docklines to see dates for these and all of our clinics. You MUST sign up for these. If you haven’t done one of these, you are in for a treat. A very romantic outing.
o  Regattas are back in full force. New this year is the Regatta Committee. Hal has volunteered to manage the Regattas which also includes better result calculations and awards. Please see Hal if you are interested in helping. I will still be cooking a free dockside dinner. Come out and enjoy one of our best social events.
We have spent the winter months planning a new preparing for this next season. I think we have all made some changes that will make your membership better socially and improved on our continuing education.
Be safe,
Capt. Phil

Heard at the Dock:

  • Is 40 knots in Paradise really paradise?
  • Wow, my comment about my comment made it in the Docklines.
  • Everybody brings joy into your life. Some when they arrive and others when they go.

Einstein sailing
Dear Capt. Noah T'all,

So I was down at the dock the other day and was listening to a bunch of old salts talking about the best way to rig a preventer. They all had a different idea or knot that they used. So Cap, what is the best way to rig a preventer?

Prudence Isagoodthing


There is probably no "best" way to rig a preventer. They do need to have the following things in common.
  1. A reliable knot secured to a strong point at the aft end of the boom.
  2. A line led forward to strong point on the boat.
  3. Easy to unrig from the cockpit.
My preferred method is to use a bowline with a large loop secured to the aft end of the boom. (The advantage of the bowline with a large loop makes the knot easier to access without having to center the boom when you are unrigging.) I then run the line to the bow cleat on the same side as the boom, then back to a winch on the cockpit roof. If I need to release the preventer in a hurry, I simply pull up and off the winch from the safety of the cockpit.

Like I said, there are many methods, but you should always consider safety first, then ease of operation. Hope that helps. Remember, an ounce of preventer is worth it to keep from ripping the mast out of the boat or worse having the boom swinging for the fences with your head as the ball.  

Til next Time
Sail Safe
Capt. Noah T'all

Appeared in Docklines Volume 45 Issue 2
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 SOLD OUT
May 20, 21, 22 Friday thru Sunday SOLD OUT
Jun. 3, 4, 5 Friday thru Sunday SOLD OUT
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)
NEW!! April 11, 12, 13 Monday thru Wednesday ( 1 SPOT LEFT)
May 6,7,8 Friday thru Sunday (SOLD OUT)
July 8,9,10 Friday thru Sunday (2 SPOTS LEFT)
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. 770-945-8810.

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
NEW!! Aug 13, 20, 27 (3 SPOTS LEFT!)
Oct 22,29 Nov 5

Shanty of the Month

Strike the Bell

Aft on the poopdeck
  Walking about
There is the second mate
  So sturdy and so stout
What he is thinking of
  He only knows himself
Oh, we wish that he would hurry up
  And strike, strike the bell

Strike the bell, second mate
Let us go below
Look away to windward
You can see it's going to blow
Look at the glass
You can see that it is fell
We wish the you would hurry up
And strike, strike the bell

Down on the maindeck
  Working at the pumps
There is the larboard watch
  Ready for their bunks
Over to windward
  They see a great swell
They're wishing that the second mate
  Would strike, strike the bell

Aft at the wheel
  Poor Anderson stands
Grasping the spokes
  In his cold, mittened hands
Looking at the compass
  The coarse is clear as hell
He's wishing that the second mate
  Would strike, strike the bell

For'ad in the fo'c'sle head
  Keeping sharp lookout
There is Johnny standing
  Ready for to shout
"Lights' burning bright, sir
  And everything is well"
He's wishing that the second mate
  Would strike, strike the bell

Aft the quarterdeck
  The gallant captain stands
Looking to windward
  With his glasses in his hand
What he is thinking of
  We know very well
He's thinking more of shortening sail
  Than strike, strike the bell

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.

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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.