Sailing Instructions posted for Mountain Mama 2017

Sailing Instructions for competitors in the sixth Mountain Mama Hospice Regatta, scheduled Aug. 19-20 at Summersville Lake, are posted at the Sewell Mountain Sailing Association website at smsawv.org.

Captains and crew members are encouraged to review the instructions before arrival on race day. A brief and cursory review of the instructions will be presented at the skippers' meeting before the races start, but sailors will be expected to know and obey the instructions with or without attending this meeting.

Do those annual dues that you do so well

We've made it simple. We've made it fast. Answer a few questions, pick an option on how you want to send your payment, and go about the rest of your exciting day!

If you're already a member or if you've been a member before, we've made it easy to renew. If you're not yet a member, but you want to be, we've made that easy too!

Simply follow this link for online registration (you'll be finished in minutes), or follow this link for a printable registration form you can send in by mail.

  • Family- up to four with one vote per membership $50 USD
  • Individual - One Vote $40 USD
  • Student - One Vote $25 USD
  • Youth - Up to 18 Yrs. Old $10 USD
  • Active Military $25 USD

Your membership support allows us to keep teaching kids and young adults the art of sailing for FREE, Insurance coverage and maintainence for the SMSA fleet at Corliss Pond, and (best of all) SMSA boats are available for SMSA Member use!

Mountain Mama Hospice Regatta announced for 2017

Sewell Mountain Sailing Association and Hospice of Southern West Virginia are pleased to announce that the sixth Mountain Mama Hospice Regatta has been scheduled for Aug. 19-20,  2017.

The formal Notice of Race has been posted today, notifying prospective competitors who have come previously from throughout West Virginia, from our neighboring states and from far beyond. We are planning for our best event yet.

The annual event at Summersville Lake has raised more than $50,000 since 2011, each year helping Hospice of Southern West Virginia to provide compassionate care to hundreds of people in their final days of life.

New SMSA officers for 2017

The general membership meeting was held on November 28th and the election results are as follows:

1. Commodore: Clayton Spangler 

2. Vice Commodore: Brad Leslie 

3. Rear Commodore: Dave Davison

4. Treasurer: Kathy Stonemark 

5. Secretary: Kathy Bucks

6. Harbor Master: Bob Richards 

7. Assistant Harbor Masters: Mike McGraw and Mike Todd

8. Social Chairman: Sandy Richards 

9. Membership Chairmen: Joe and Sue Boston 

10. Webmaster: Jeff Seager

11. Youth Instructor: Bob Richards

Other business items covered:

SMSA dues were refunded for 2016 by the National Hospice Regatta Alliance for our cancelled regatta. Funds were raised at other regattas to help support Hospice of Southern WV through the National Hospice Regatta Alliance.
SMSA helped raise $3,700 to assist the Summersville Rotary Club in meeting the needs of West Virginians in communities devastated by June flooding. 
A small portable crane was purchased to help facilitate repairs on some of SMSA's larger boats..
And a reminder: To ensure that you receive notifications from the SMSA Facebook page, click on "LIKED" and then check the box to make it "first in feed" - Remember, the more you interact with the Facebook pages you like, the more often you see them "pop up" in your news feed.

SMSA 2016 Annual Business Meeting

Sewell Mountain Sailing Association of West Virginia, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, will elect officers for 2017 and conduct related business in a general membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Shoney's restaurant in Belle, WV.

All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend.

For information about SMSAWV and its activities, please visit www.smsawv.org or www.facebook.com/smsawv

Slate of recommended officers for the upcoming 2017 year

The names mentioned below are those who currently hold these positions and are available to continue them if re-elected.

If you wish to be considered for one of these positions, we will accept nominations from the floor this year.

Role – By-Law or other description

Major Activities/Responsibilities

Commodore:  The Commodore shall preside at all meetings of the Organization and of the Executive Committee. The Commodore may appoint standing or temporary committees as may be desired, with the exception of the Race Committee. In addition, the Commodore may determine and/or alter the duties of the officers provided the same is approved by the Executive Committee.

Chief Executive Officer

Oversee all SMSA-WV operations

Seats on nomination committee-Will guide the overall mission of the Association

 Nominee for 2017:

Clayton Spangler

Vice Commodore:  The Vice Commodore shall assist the Commodore in all his duties and shall in the absence of the commodore assume his or her duties. The Vice Commodore shall direct the Organizations regattas including the on-the water activities, ( SVL) and away sailing events. He or she may appoint a member(s) to serve as Chairman of the MM-HR Regatta Committee.

Executive Officer

Regattas – Annual Hospice Regatta (Mountain Mama)

Recruiting Regatta Principle Race Officer

Scoring & Results Publication

Publicize regatta – post NORs on One-Design Web Sites

Secure Permits for activities (MMHR)

The VC may appoint a member to assist as needed.

Mountain Mama-Hospice Regatta.

 Seats on  the nomination committee

Nominee for 2017:

Brad Leslie

Rear Commodore: The Rear Commodore shall direct the Racing Program and shall serve as Chairman of the MM-HR Racing Committee. He or she may also be asked to assist V.C as needed.

Summer Racing Series

Race Committee Chair

Maintenance of Race Committee Equipment

Coordinates with Harbor Master on chase boat and RC boat where applicable.

Co-Captain team at Hospice Regattas. (Nationals)

Seats on Nomination committee

Nominee for 2017:

Dave Davison

Treasurer: The Treasurer shall have charge of all the money belonging to the Organization and shall keep an accurate account of all monies received and expended and of the paid-up status of the membership.

Chief Financial Officer

Budget, receipt and disbursement of club funds.

Periodic financial reporting

Coordination with Membership Chair – receipt of dues

Signature authority on bank accounts.

Or as directed by the Commodore.

Seats on nomination committee

Nominee for 2017:

Kathy Stonemark

Secretary: The Secretary shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings and of the business transacted, and handle all correspondence delegated by the Commodore.

Meeting Minutes – Executive Committee Actions & Business

Correspondence

As directed by Commodore and or VC

Mail outs, i.e Dues notice, Thank You and Welcome Aboard Cards or notes. (Copies to BOD as needed or requested) 

Nominee for 2017:

 Kathy Bucks

Harbor Master: The Harbor Master shall be responsible for the duties assigned to him by the Commodore and shall supervise and maintain boats and other equipment belonging to the Organization.

Maintenance of club boats & equipment,

Ships Store, Club items,Hats, Shirts, etc. Maintain a Pay-Pal acct. not to exceed $500 for re-ordering as needed.

Boat and Trailer Registration

General Maintenance

Storage

Member use program

Shop Day activities

Procure and store materials

Bob Richards

Mike McGraw (Assistant Harbor Master)

Social Chairman: The Social Chairman shall be responsible for the development and implementation of the Organization’s social activities.

Summerville based socials – Spring, Summer, Awards Regatta social activities All meetings

Coordinate special fund raising events.

Food and location activities

(Mama Friday night dinner, if held) as well as all meetings

Sandy Richards

Membership Chairman: The Membership Chairman shall maintain accurate membership records and in conjunction with the Treasurer determine and record the paid up status of the membership. In addition the Membership Chairman shall be responsible for the development of membership and shall promote general public awareness of the Organization.

Maintains membership records

Coordinates with Treasurer

Joe & Sue Boston

 Websiter Admin:  Edit and publish editions of the association’s SMSA-WV. Web site and Face Book pages.

Photo-journalism

Maintain Web Site and Face Book pages

Jeff Seager

Youth Sailing: Conduct Youth Sailing schools at Corliss Pond and Summersville Lake

Corliss Pond and SV Lake

junior sailors,

Youth Sailing Committee - Chair

Determine dates and number of students, etc.

Bob Richards

Clayton Spangler (  Assistant Instructor )

Picnic and sailing fun scheduled for Aug. 28

Members and friends of Sewell Mountain Sailing Association are invited to attend a Fun Sail Day and potluck picnic beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 28 at the Battle Run picnic shelter, Summersville Lake.

SMSA will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, buns and paper plates. Attendees are asked to RSVP by Aug. 20 and contribute a covered dish, salad or dessert. You can reach Sandy Richards at 304-438-5035 to let her know you're coming, and what you're bringing.

If you'd like to join in a "white elephant" raffle just for fun, bring your contribution to Sandy Richards when you arrive on Aug. 28.

Some new members without boats, and some other interested newcomers, may arrive hoping to hitch a ride on a sailboat. Skippers willing to take on such ballast will be rewarded with extra good karma for helping us to introduce others to the pleasures of sailing.

We hope to see you (and sail with you) there!

Any questions? Comment here and we'll respond ASAP.

Hospice Regatta planning is underway!

Board members and hospice regatta volunteers, save this date! The Sewell Mountain Sailing Association regatta organizing committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16 at the Shoney's Restaurant in Belle (at the Quincy Mall).

You need not be a member of the committee to come. In fact, we welcome anyone who would like to be involved in our sixth annual Mountain Mama Hospice Regatta, in late August at Summersville Lake.

See you there!

2016 Message from the Commodore

     As we start the new year, I am struck by how far we have come as both a as group and an organization. We have faced challenges (becoming a fully compliant 501(c)3 charitable organization) to having a burgeoning membership and all the "growing pains" that come with it.
    We are are the embodiment of the dream those core members who began SMSA had in mind for us. Of that, I am proud of each and everyone of you for answering the call when called upon for help, expertise and advice. I believe that 2016 has the potential to be the best year yet for SMSA,  and as we take a moment look ahead  SMSA has a lot to look forward to in the coming year.

     We will again be offering free "Basics of Sailing" lessons during the Spring/Summer months at Corliss Pond. And thanks to the new website we launched last year, we now have a fairly full schedule already! ( we always find a way to get those who want to learn the opportunity to do so )
    Our SVL Sail Days continue to be very popular with membership and we will continue to offer the fellowship that comes with sailing with friends and colleagues. This year, we are looking forward to including a couple of day long trips with a "pot luck" lunch as we explore even more of the lake.
    We look to some "Shop Days" as Bob Richards looks to complete some restoration projects this Winter- He will post the times and dates as he can on FB.
(Please "Like" and "Share" SMSA posts with other members to keep our notifications active in your FB feed)
    We've come to realize that some of our larger boats haven't been as popular as we thought they might be with our members, and as we continue to remain focused on the group as a whole; we are planning on "thinning the fleet" of them- more details later as they become available.
We have made great progress in building our "fleet" of 17' and under boats.
( The club will have a least 6 Sunfish ready to sail this year )
One of the things that was mentioned at our last business meeting was a desire to go to other lakes and sail different venues. I personally look forward to this as we have top notch lakes very close by that promise to be as fun and enjoyable as SVL.
Some of those that were mentioned are, Cave Run in KY, Tygart Lake in WV and Deep Creek Lake in Maryland.
    We are looking forward to a special event that we've been trying to put together for a while now- A Sailboat Racing Clinic. Details to come, but we have the boats, we have a willing champion instructor and a location- we just have to finalize the plans before going completely public with it. ( So watch your emails.....)
    All this would not be possible without your support of SMSA. Through membership, donations and volunteer spirit - The Sewell Mountain Sailing Association continues to grow and to thrive. This says a lot about the organization, but more importantly; It says a lot about you, it's members.

 Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to greeting all that 2016 has to offer!

Clayton Spangler
Commodore/ SMSA-WV

 

 

 

 

SMSA 2016 slate for consideration of officers up for election.

It's that time again-the SMSA General Business meeting is open to all members- and we look forward to all who can attend as we elect SMSA officers, wrap up old business for the year and give a report on where we are headed in the future- which is going to be pretty exciting!

This election will take place after the check presentation to Hospice and the beginning of the Sewell Mountain Sailing Association's annual business meeting ( To be held Oct. 22nd at the Summersville Baymont Inn, 6:30 pm)

The names mentioned below are those who currently hold these positions and are available to continue them if re-elected.

If you wish to be considered for one of these positions, we will accept nominations from the floor this year.

Role – By-Law or other description

Major Activities/Responsibilities

Commodore:  The Commodore shall preside at all meetings of the Organization and of the Executive Committee. The Commodore may appoint standing or temporary committees as may be desired, with the exception of the Race Committee. In addition, the Commodore may determine and/or alter the duties of the officers provided the same is approved by the Executive Committee.

Chief Executive Officer

Oversee all SMSA-WV operations

Seats on nomination committee-Will guide the overall mission of the Association

 Nominee for 2016:

Clayton Spangler

 

Vice Commodore:  The Vice Commodore shall assist the Commodore in all his duties and shall in the absence of the commodore assume his or her duties. The Vice Commodore shall direct the Organizations regattas including the on-the water activities, ( SVL) and away sailing events. He or she may appoint a member(s) to serve as Chairman of the MM-HR Regatta Committee.

Executive Officer

Regattas – Annual Hospice Regatta (Mountain Mama)

Recruiting Regatta Principle Race Officer

Scoring & Results Publication

Publicize regatta – post NORs on One-Design Web Sites

Secure Permits for activities (MMHR)

The VC may appoint a member to assist as needed.

Mountain Mama-Hospice Regatta.

 Seats on  the nomination committee

Nominee for 2016:

Joe Boston

Rear Commodore: The Rear Commodore shall direct the Racing Program and shall serve as Chairman of the MM-HR Racing Committee. He or she may also be asked to assist V.C as needed.

Summer Racing Series

Race Committee Chair

Maintenance of Race Committee Equipment

Coordinates with Harbor Master on chase boat and RC boat where applicable.

Co-Captain team at Hospice Regattas. (Nationals)

Seats on Nomination committee

Nominee for 2016:

Dave Davison

 

Treasurer: The Treasurer shall have charge of all the money belonging to the Organization and shall keep an accurate account of all monies received and expended and of the paid-up status of the membership.

Chief Financial Officer

Budget, receipt and disbursement of club funds.

Periodic financial reporting

Coordination with Membership Chair – receipt of dues

Signature authority on bank accounts.

Or as directed by the Commodore.

Seats on nomination committee

Nominee for 2016:

Kathy Stonemark

 

Secretary: The Secretary shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings and of the business transacted, and handle all correspondence delegated by the Commodore.

Meeting Minutes – Executive Committee Actions & Business

Correspondence

As directed by Commodore and or VC

Mail outs, i.e Dues notice, Thank You and Welcome Aboard Cards or notes. (Copies to BOD as needed or requested) 

Nominee for 2016:

 Cindi Ruckpaul

 

Harbor Master: The Harbor Master shall be responsible for the duties assigned to him by the Commodore and shall supervise and maintain boats and other equipment belonging to the Organization.

Maintenance of club boats & equipment,

Ships Store, Club items,Hats, Shirts, etc. Maintain a Pay-Pal acct. not to exceed $500 for re-ordering as needed.

Boat and Trailer Registration

General Maintenance

Storage

Member use program

Shop Day activities

Procure and store materials

Nominees for 2015:

Bob Richards

Mike McGraw (Assistant Harbor Master)

 

Social Chairman: The Social Chairman shall be responsible for the development and implementation of the Organization’s social activities.

Summerville based socials – Spring, Summer, Awards Regatta social activities All meetings

Coordinate special fund raising events.

Food and location activities

(Mama Friday night dinner, if held) as well as all meetings

Sandy Richards

 

Membership Chairman: The Membership Chairman shall maintain accurate membership records and in conjunction with the Treasurer determine and record the paid up status of the membership. In addition the Membership Chairman shall be responsible for the development of membership and shall promote general public awareness of the Organization.

Maintains membership records

Coordinates with Treasurer

Joe & Sue Boston

 

Websiter Admin:  Edit and publisheditions of the association’s SMSA-WV. Web site and Face Book pages.

Photo-journalism

Maintain Web Site and Face Book pages

Jeff Seager

 

Youth Sailing: Conduct Youth Sailing schools at Corliss Pond and Summersville Lake

Corliss Pond and SV Lake

junior sailors,

Youth Sailing Committee - Chair

Determine dates and number of students, etc.

Bob Richards

Clayton Spangler (  Assistant Insstructor )

Notice of Hospice Check Presentation and SMSA Business Meeting

Ahoy!

It's been more than 6 weeks since the 5th annual Mountain Mama Hospice Regatta, and it's time to share the bounty with Hospice of Southern West Virginia! 
(And talk about Sewell Mountain Sailing Association plans for the coming year at our annual business meeting- to follow after the check presentation)

We will also be holding SMSA Officer elections at the meeting as well.

We'd really like to see as many of you as possible at this meeting, both to share your thoughts about what we can do better and to assess how SMSA is meeting our members expectations- so spread the word!

We've set the check presentation and meeting for October 22 ( next Thursday) at the Baymont Inn in Summersville at 6:30 pm.

( Located : 903 N. Industrial Drive, Summersville WV 26651 )

Hospice regatta race results posted

Race results have been posted for the fifth annual Mountain Mama Hospice Regatta at Summersville Lake in Nicholas County, West Virginia.

Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers, sailors, sponsors and other donors who made this event possible. We'll be presenting a check to Hospice of Southern West Virginia in the next few weeks, and your varied contributions of time, energy and money will benefit many West Virginians in need.

Thank you, West Virginia!

Registration extended for Hospice regatta

The response to our online registration has been great for this year's Mountain Mama Hospice Regatta. Thanks to all of you who are already registered, the race committee's work should be a good bit easier this year.

It's going so smoothly, in fact, that we're extending the registration deadline a few more days until midnight Monday, Aug. 17. Then we'll have several days to import the data about you and your boats into the Sailwave scoring program (if all goes well, this will take minutes rather than days ... better safe than sorry).

So if you know anybody who's undecided about registering, encourage them to do it by next Monday and send them to this page for online registration. Registering at the last minute will be possible, but it may take a little more time and we know you'd rather be sailing.

Thanks for helping us to make the registration process more efficient.

Jeff Seager, Vice Commodore

Notice of Race: Fifth Annual Mountain Mama Hospice Regatta

The race committee is pleased to post a notice of race for the Fifth Annual Mountain Mama Hospice Regatta, Aug. 21-23 at Summersville Lake in beautiful southern West Virginia.

All sailors are welcome to join us at this no-fee event that seeks each year to promote and support the great work of Hospice and its commitment to quality end-of-life care.

Online registration is preferred, and we've worked hard this year to make that process simpler and more efficient for all entrants.

Grant Update

SMSA-WV's grant request with the City of Summersville has been approved!

This  is GREAT news as it will allow our organization to purchase the racing gear we need to host not only the the "Mountain Mama Hospice Regatta", but to help our members to become better sailors in the process.
Not everyone in the club races, but all of us want to learn how to handle the boats in a safe manner; learning how to "round the mark" gives all of us a better understanding of how to optimally set up our boat, critical sail and rudder handling skills and just a sense of fun that comes from pushing your personal comfort envelope!

The purchase of racing marks and essential gear will take place later this summer- but we would like to thank the City of Summersville for their support as we move forward  and grow!

Clayton Spangler /Commodore

Mountain Mama Hospice Regatta V- Looking for Volunteers....

We need your help..........

We are looking for volunteers!
The Sewell Mountain Sailing Association, in conjunction with the Hospice of Southern WV, will be hosting the MMHR V at Summersville Lake on August 22-23, 2015. 
But we can't do it without your help!

The Commodore is calling a planning meeting for March 31st at 7:00pm (Tuesday) at Shoney's in Summersville, WV.
If you'd like to volunteer and be a part of something great that helps so many in the community, we ask that you attend this organizational planning meeting. 
( With donations SMSA has raised, we've helped Hospice of Southern WV reach over 900 families )

We are looking for people to:
Help with parking
Event Information stations
Helping set up boats for launch

And many other ways not limited to the above- Everyone can be a part of the regatta, in big ways and small ways- but all important ways......Please make plans to attend !
**SMSA -WV has a room reserved in the back of the establishment**

**Dinner is not included as part of the meeting; but you may order on your own. If you wish to eat, please come at 6:30 so that we may start on time at 7:00**