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APRIL 2014

Cultivating a Rich and Proud legacy of Boating for Pleasure & Sport


Chubb Update

From the Helm

Cruiser’s Corner

Ice Boats Cometh

Pasties and More

SEAiq – Tech Corner

Social Committee Update

Misc. Ramblings

Racing Tactics

Weather Mark

WATERLINES STAFF Fred Wilmeth Editor Volunteer TBD Club Reporter Volunteer TBD Club Photographer Articles Due to Editor by the 15th of Month Prior to Publication

Don’t Forget to Check the Club’s Online

EVENTS CALENDAR For Up-to-date Information

Photo by Jim Sorbie

The Times They Are A’Changing….Maybe It’s time to start thinking about our “It’s Wednesday Night” Race Series. If you know anyone with a sailboat that might want to try racing around the cans, but is a bit reluctant, we still have our novice class available to sailors new to racing. Please encourage everyone to come out and give it a try. Also, Eric Lind is starting to put together the fabulous prize packages for the series. If you have anything to contribute or any fresh ideas please let him know.

Dave’s Racing Rules by Dave Gerber Acronym of the month: SLOWBOAT: S - Starboard over port L - Leeward over windward O - Overtaken over overtaking W - Windward of starting line, on course side: OCS B - Buoy room/mark room O - Obstruction A - Avoiding contact T - Tacking too close

Upcoming Events Cruiser’s Fleet

Board Meeting

Thursday April 10th Tuesday April 15th Sailing to and Starts at 6:00 PM Exploring the in Main Hall at the Manitou Islands Club Social Hour Starts 6:00 PM

Crew Dinner Friday April 18th Pasties and More Fund Raiser for Adaptive Sailing Dinner at 6:00 PM

FROM THE HELM A Word From the Commodore It’s melting! Maybe not fast enough for many of us but it is. Soon the rivers will be over their banks and the Superior snow bank will be filling up the lakes. So… Get ready! Your Grand Traverse Yacht Club will be providing a spring, summer and fall of sailing and social events comparable to any Club, second to none. Spring clean-up will be in late April and dock in day in late April or early May. Being a $450 (or less) a year Club we have no grounds crew, army of maids or dock instillation engineers so we look to all members, especially new members, to participate in getting your Club up and running for the season. Keep an eye out for emails announcing the dates and join your fellow members, their families and friends in a day or two of work and fun. Everyone is needed.

GREGG DIEHL Commodore Jordan Owen Vice Commodore Robert Cornwell Rear Commodore Jim Sorbie Past Commodore Board of Directors David Phelps Jessica Gerber Bill Allgaier Jed Mooney Steve Hutchens Rob Lovell Committees Financial and Admin Dave Skibowski Treasurer Kim Marian Secretary Jim Sorbie Webmaster Ian Sterling Club Manager

April 30th is the Skipper’s meeting, May 7th is the first Wednesday night race, May 10th is the first High School race, May 17th is the Lasers Babel Cup and May 24th is the first middle distance race. The Hound Dog Regatta (GTYC invitational) is June 14-15. If we can get as many boats to participate as we do on a normal Wednesday night race you will have one of the premier Regattas on the lakes. Captains please note the date and enter. Your Club needs you. (The Friday night crew dinners are still ongoing. The St. Patrick’s Day dinner and Soup Kitchen benefit dinner were outstanding with over a hundred dinners sold. There are still a couple of nights open (cruisers, ice boaters, past commodores, anyone) so sign up. A good crew can win on the water, in the kitchen and at the bar. Upcoming social events include the Oyster Clam Bake, Coast Guard Day, Club Camp Out, Blue Angels, Fourth of July, Hound Dog Party and many more. A skiing day at Boyne Mountain is being organized on an ad hoc basis for those of you who would like to do a day of spring skiing in late April or early May. Show up at the Club and ask around, it’s that quite of an event for those interested. Congratulations to Julie Woolums in winning her division at the Ice Boating Regionals a couple weeks ago on West Bay. Ice Boaters are great. Wow, is that it? For $450 or less? Well the Flag Officers and Board are working on it, ok? The Board can only provide the canvas, it’s up to you the members, families and friends to paint the picture. Let me leave you with these thoughts: I know that many of you are tired of the cold and snow and are ready for 80 degree weather and to get out on the water, but take at least a final moment to look around and take in the magnificent beauty of the frozen great white desert of the bays. It is truly wondrous and may not happen again for years. Sailing season will be here soon enough, get out on the ice, visit the ice caves, go skiing and have fun with your family and friends. See you at the Club Wednesdays and Fridays. Club is good.

The Commodore

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Chubb Update! The 2014 U.S. Junior National Championships are August 4th to the 8th. This is possibly the biggest championship race ever held at our Club. If you own a power boat please consider volunteering it and/or yourself for a day or week, they are in need of many for running the races. If you can provide a place to stay for a teen racer or two during the week please step up and do so. Contact Jim Sorbie (, Dave Gerber ( or Jordan Owen ( to help make this a memorable event for the competitors in this most great location. Help to make this a world class event we can all be proud of. Commodore Diehl

Your Chubb Organizing Committee continues to meet at 12:30 every Wednesday at the club to plan for this year’s US Junior National Championships (aka “The Chubb”). We are grateful for the number of people who have volunteered and we are currently in the process of defining and staffing the volunteer positions for the event, both the on-water and-water jobs. So, if you haven’t heard from us after volunteering, you soon will. If you haven’t had the chance to volunteer you probably will hear from us soon! If you’d like to volunteer drop us a line at or register to volunteer at the GTYC website HERE. This event will require us to run two separate courses: A common W/L for the Sears Cup boats (Interlakes) and a trapezoid course for the Bemis and Smythe Cup Boats (Byte II and Club 420s). The trapezoid course is designed for two fleets to race with the least amount of fleet to fleet interference and is illustrated bellow. This course is obviously different from any we’ve previously run before and will require a high degree of communication and coordination between the PRO (the indefatigable Eric Lind) and the

volunteers manning the mark and support boats stationed on each corner of the course. In order to prepare for this challenge we will be holding several training session for the volunteers. The first will be an organizing meeting on Wednesday April 16th at 6:30 at the club. We’ll review what we need to do, our plans for further training and the schedule of events running up to the regatta. This will be challenging and fun event for ALL of us. Join us Wednesday. April 16th as the curtain rises on the Chubb US Junior National Championships at GTYC!

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A Souper Success Crew Dinner Aims to “Knock Out” Hunger in the Traverse City Region By Kim Marian

Crew Dinner Nets Over 431 LBS. of Food Many thanks to those who took advantage of the GTYC Soup Kitchen on Friday, March 21! The crew of Knockout was happy to cook a tasty meal for our fellow Club members knowing we could help feed our neighbors in need. We served grilled cheese sandwiches and almost 10 gallons of Tomato Basil Soup, Bacon Corn Chowder, and Robyn’s Beef Barley Soup to roughly 100 diners that evening (and some ice boaters on Sunday). The hungry group put a major dent in the assortment of more than 250 cupcakes! Even more impressive is the donation to Food Rescue. Club members banded together and provided nearly 500 lbs of food for our neighbors in need. Not yet calculated is the financial donation, but once the accounting is complete, we anticipate proceeds from the evening’s dinner sales being donated to Food Rescue which will be combined with cash contributions received that evening. Special thanks to everyone who helped in the kitchen and behind the bar that evening: Libby Tomlinson, Robyn Lovell, Sheena Winfrey, Shannon Hicks, Annie Miller, Petra Kuehnis, Jacquie Conger, Betsy VanWesten, Libby Semeyn Kim Marian, Shelby Reynolds, Kat Bodie, and honorary Knockouts, Lauren, Devin, and Ian. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Social Committee Update Your Club’s Social calendar is been proceeding at a steady, fun, and generous pace! The annual St. Patrick’s Day observance was held, as has become GTYC tradition, with the Spyke O’llusion’s St. Paddy’s Party & Irish Boiled Dinner of corned beef, cabbage & veg’s in “Leprechaun’s Gold” Secret Sauce hosted by the crews of Illusion & Spyke on Friday, March 14 (no, the sauce is not Guinness, Killian’s, Harp’s, Jameson’s, or Bushmill’s - that’s no secret!). Fifty nine dinners were purchased, and the beer, whiskey, and Irish Car Bombs flowed freely during the wearin’ o’ th’ green. Kim Marian-Lovell and Libby Tomlinson, along with their crew of 2013 GTYC Boat of the Year KNOCKOUT, served up a great evening of fun, fundraising, and giving with their “Knockout Hunger: A Soup Kitchen” this past Friday, March 21. Portions of three delicious homemade soups (vegetarian Tomato Basil, Bacon Corn Chowder, and Robyn’s Beef Barley), accompanied by a grilled cheese sandwich with or without ham (cooked by Doc Rob Lovell in drag – nice wig!). All profits from the almost 100 dinners sold, along with a sizeable pile of nonperishable food items donated, benefited the Northwest Michigan Food Coalition and its pantries in the 5-county local area. April 4 & 11 are the dates still available for hosting a crew dinner, if you are interested. Contact your Social Committee at for more information and to reserve a date. Other new ideas, input, and feedback are always welcome! Please keep in mind your monthly Crafts & Euchre nights, on the first & third Wednesdays, respectively. Dannielle Higgins ( is the host and contact person for Crafts Nights, while Karen Copeland ( hosts and organizes Euchre Nights.

Coming soon  Friday April 18, Barb & Steve Hutchens & crew will host a Yooper Pasty Supper fundraiser for TACS Disabled/Adaptive Sailing program.  Friday April 25, the Melges 24 Fleet will host a crew dinner, theme/menu TBA.  Friday May 2, annual GTYC Oyster Clam Bake Party.  Friday May 9, High School Sailing Team crew dinner/fundraiser.





PBR $1.00 4:00 TO 6:00 PM




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WEST GRAND TRAVERSE BAY HOSTS CENTRAL LAKES REGION REGATTA GTIYC 2014 Central Lakes Region DN Regatta By Julie Richards (The GTIYC hosted the 2014 Central Lakes Region DN regatta on March 15th and 16th, on West Grand Traverse Bay. The ice had resurfaced with the warmer temperatures and rain that we had earlier in the week, and the cold temperatures that held through the weekend made for great conditions. 31 boats registered for the regatta, with sailors from New York, Toledo, Chicago and Lower Michigan. GTIYC was well represented with 9 club members competing. Eric Lind was PRO with Loretta Rehe from Detroit scoring. Those two do a great job running DN races1 GTIYC’s Bill Cutting is the Central Region rear commodore and was in charge of the event. Saturday we were met with winds gusting over 30 mph, so racing was delayed until Sunday. We headed out to the race course (just west of Power Island) in 6 degree temperatures. The wind was light and the sun was shining, but it was still brutally cold. The winds were very light and shifty, making for challenging sailing. We did 2 races in Gold fleet, and 1 in Silver before the wind died. Our friend Jeff Lavire came out to the course in his heated 4 wheeler and provided some shelter for the race committee, set up a grill and cooked up brats...... hot food, much appreciated! After waiting for about 45 minutes, the wind came back up and we completed 2 more races. It was 3 pm and the cold was taking its toll so the regatta was called complete. After putting equipment away, trophies were given out in the parking lot, and the out of town sailors got on the road. GTIYC did well in the regatta. Bob Gray took 1st in Silver fleet, and Bob Ripley took 3rd in Silver and Top Rookie. Rick Newman also sailed, his first regional regatta. (Continued on next page)

In Gold fleet, I narrowly beat second place Jim Grogan from Detroit for the first place Gold fleet trophy. What an amazing experience1 Very few women compete at the regional level and above, so my win has gotten a lot of attention. Dick Wollam just missed the hardware coming in 11th in the Gold fleet.

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GTIYC 2014 Central Lakes Region DN Regatta (Continued) In Gold fleet, I narrowly beat second place Jim Grogan from Detroit for the first place Gold fleet trophy. What an amazing experience1 Very few women compete at the regional level and above, so my win has gotten a lot of attention. Dick Wollam just missed the hardware coming in 11th in the Gold fleet. It was another successful event held in the beautiful TC area. Sunday March 23rd about 10 GTIYC sailors set up at the GTYC launch and sailed the lower end of West Bay. It was great to be back out there after more than 10 years. Locals stopped to watch the action. There were a number of kite boarders out there too. The conditions weren't suitable for club races, but we did line up and race around Red 8 a few times for fun. We hope to hold the GTIYC Fun Regatta the weekend of March 29th, weather permitting. If we are lucky, it could be right out in front of the Yacht Club.

A Weekend Ice Sailing at the Club March 31, 2014 Photos by Jim Sorbie

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Misc Ramblings By Eric Lind PC 40 Remember the “good old days” when small town service clubs would park an old car or truck on the ice and have a contest to guess when it would fall through? Well, the EPA, Army Corps, DNR, DEQ, etc., have pretty much ruled that out, but wouldn’t this be a great year to do something like that? Well, the lovely Miss Ginni started a family snow melt contest by taking a picture of the large snow pile in front of our house gifted to us by the County Road Commission and sending it to all of our family members. The range of guesses is quite interesting ranging from April 13 to well into June. A note on ICE SAFETY for the month of April. As the sun climbs higher in the sky and hits the ice at greater angles every day it begins to degrade or honeycomb the ice making it weaker and weaker. It is possible to have a foot of ice and step through it so be extremely cautious if you do venture out. Also, the ice begins to break up near the shoreline. Flotation, ice picks, whistle, CELLPHONE and/or VHF, and a trip plan (on soft water it’s called a float plan) are things that everyone should have ‘just in case’. This past weekend was as close as we’ve come to replicating the unforgettable 2002 GTIYC Fun Regatta that took place on West Bay in front of the Club. We had a pretty good turnout of DNs and lots of other sailing craft at the Hilltop Rd DNR launch on M-22 about 9 miles north of the Club. We also had a steady stream of interested people driving thru and asking questions.

Some stopped to take pictures and a few even ventured out on the ice. The ice has postponed the beginning of the ‘soft water’ season as the early High School events have been postponed. The first was to have been the weekend of March 22nd in Detroit. This summer is shaping up to be a busy one with the Chubb Junior Nationals here at GTYC, the Butterfly Nationals at Glen Lake YC, and the J/111 North Americans at Little Traverse YC, along with the usual assortment of annual events. I even get to venture over to Wisconsin in July for the Opti Great Lakes Championships at the Sheboygan Sailing Center. I’ve mentioned the blog ‘In The Present Sea’ by Webb Chiles before and found another of his posts quite interesting. You may have heard about Saildrone recently that sailed itself to Hawaii. He mentions it and provides a link to an article about the Saildrone and wing sail designs. The Saildrone wing includes a ‘tail’ which the designer says he borrowed from the Wright brothers. The article then talks about Greenbird, a multi-purpose sailing craft designed to break the sailing speed record on ice and on land which also features a wing sail with tail. The article is lengthy, but very interesting. Oh, and by the way, Greenbird did set a speed record of 126 mph in May, 2009 on Ivanpah Lake, CA, Click here for the full story.

Our Cruisers Have Tales to Tell of Far Off Boating Destinations

Local Cruisers Sail the San Juan Islands All Boaters Welcome… GTYC Cruising Club meets the 2nd Thursday of each month fall through spring. All sailing and powerboat cruisers are welcome. A potluck dinner is followed by cruising stories, seminars, and planning for cruising destinations.

The March meeting of the Cruiser’s Fleet was treated to a presentation of a group of local cruisers who boarded charter sail boats in up-state Washington and spent a great time sailing the San Juan Islands. Jim Sorbie, a member of the group, presented the trip in photos, charts, and stories. Information on leasing options, time required, and tips for sailing the area were also discussed. To further illustrate some of the qualities of the Pacific Northwest, Bill and Betsy Van Westen provided an excellent salmon dinner to get everyone in the mood.

For more information contact: Lisa Wilmeth


Verkennen Calliope Kismet

This month’s meeting (April 10th) will feature a presentation on the Manitou Islands. Several members of the Cruiser Fleet have visited the islands by boat. The presentation, provided by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore personnel, will focus on both North and South island. There are many great hikes and amazing sights on the islands. It’s a topic everyone will enjoy.

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Weather Mark By Rob Lovell

With the recent disappearance of Flight 370 being blamed on everything from aliens to a black hole on CNN, I was reminded of an odd experience the crew of Kokomo witnessed in last year’s Tripp cup. Early Thursday morning, with Milwaukee still 15 miles away, the sun was up, the winds were light and what appeared to be a flying saucer appeared on the horizon. Ok, so you’ve been up all night and you’re getting a bit loopy, but seriously, that thing looks like a flying saucer, it’s getting huge and coming right at us. What is going on? Well, what we were witnessing was a nocturnal temperature inversion where the air temperature dropped below that of the water. With cold air above trapping the warm air on the water, we were actually seeing the Lake Express Ferry, beyond the horizon, enlarged, inverted and heading right at us like a flying saucer chasing a 777. It was kind of trippy, but what it was also telling us was, don’t expect gusty conditions until the thermal kicked in and overtook this low level inversion.

Another example of a temperature inversion can occur when the level of cold air is a bit higher in the atmosphere. In this type of inversion, hot and muggy air will rise up, forming clouds, which you then see flattening out below the inversion layer. Without the ability to climb higher, the hot and muggy air at the club can’t rise high enough to generate a thunderstorm and blow out our Wednesday Night Race. Now seriously, a black hole? Everyone knows that if the black hole got close enough to suck up flight 370, it would take all of us with it! No wait, maybe it was a worm hole like the one that captured the Minnow on its three hour tour.

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Tech Talk A Navigation App for your iPad

SEAiq Open While this isn’t a paid add for a product, it may seem like it, so I apologize up front. I’d like to introduce one product and how I came to use that product in the interest of promoting discussion and discovery among us. Over the past couple of years I’ve been trying several different electronic navigation programs for PC’s ( OPEN CPN, Polarnavy) and the IPad. After I decided that portability and battery life would favor using an IPad, I narrowed the search to that platform. (Narrowed is kind of relative because there are dozens of nav apps for the IPad and the choices aren’t all that easy to make.) I wanted several features in a nav app: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Affordable (no more than $100) Use of NOAA charts (no upcharges for additional or updated charts) Route and waypoints Moving map capability Interface to Active Captain database Display of wind and weather data.

Turns out few apps met all of these capabilities, but the closest at the time was SEAiq. It is affordable and available in the App Store for $39.99. It provided all that I asked above except tides. Obviously most of my sailing has no need for tide prediction so it was an easy requirement to pass over. However, the current app includes an add-in product that does include tide prediction. (Continued on next page)

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Tech Talk (Continued from previous page) The other factor in choosing an app is that of support: is it a dead end, one-of product or is it being further developed and supported? This app is subject to regular updates with new features being delivered on something like a quarterly basis. SEAiq uses NOAA charts for its base, it also can use charts from third party suppliers and other sources (Like Canadian charts, which I have not yet purchased). The nice thing about this, obviously beside the cost, is that you can always have the current charts. While it’s true that the Great Lakes rocks don’t move, the buoys marking them do move (try using an old chart to come through Potagannissing Bay to Harbor Island). Being able to easily, and without charge, update all you charts was a big feature to me! This app uses iTunes to transfer the charts to the IPad and consequently is a bit of a hassle (download to your PC, move to iTunes, and share). The PC version of Polarnavy does this much more easily with a single click. Next the app does provide the ability to develop and follow waypoints and routes (some apps are chart viewers only). The interface here is somewhat unfriendly, but once you get the hang of it, it works. The app also provides track info and allows you to export the tracks. Once you “follow” a route the app provides a nice visual of your boat’s position as well as bearing, range and time data. All pretty standard stuff for full feature navigation apps.

The interface to active Captain is pretty nice, it allows you to see reviews, gather local knowledge about ports, hazards, etc. Active Captain is a user driven database where people supply those reviews, warnings and local knowledge. SEAiq embeds those Points Of Interest (POI) on the map, clicking on the symbol gives you the review, as you can see below someone has written reviews of GTYC. It’s a nice feature to get that data on your nav package easily. In this case the POIs are highlighted by the red or blue markers, clicking on them allows you to see the review of the POI (in this case GTYC). The review screen scrolls down to see all the reviews and comments. (Continued on next page)

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Tech Talk

By Jim Sorbie

(Continued) I also wanted to be able to display wind and weather data overlaid on the charts. SEAiq does that using GRIB files and allows you to advance the forecast with a slider bar on the bottom of the chart. Nice feature, although I’m not all that confident in the veracity of GRIB files. While using similar apps designed for the aviation community I think that the boating apps all come up short in displaying weather info. IMHO they have all ceded the function to satellite driven apps like XM Weather.

Lastly I was pleasantly surprised this winter when the latest version arrived unannounced on my iPad. The newest feature is an interface to AIS data: via wifi to your AIS receiver on board if you have one (I don’t, keeping in mind requirement #1) OR via internet based AIS info. Internet based AIS is a very valuable feature for boats like mine without radar, I’ve used it several times at night (Grey’s Reef) and in fog (San Juan Islands) to identify commercial boats near me in low visibility conditions. To have such a feature imbedded in the navigation program is pretty helpful. The app now identifies the boat, their course and closest point of approach to your position. It’s a little hard to demo now (apparently there’s little chance of the CG Icebreakers coming very close to my desk here in Empire) but the illustrations on the next page give a hint of how it’ll work on the water. The illustration on the left shows bearing and distance from by boat (or in this case from my desk). The illustration on the right identifies the boat, its course, speed and closest point of approach. Nice feature!

(Continued on last page)

Great Pasties Spring From Cultural Roots By Barbara Hutchens Growing up in the U.P. allowed me a life of small town goodness. The ladies at the church kitchen put an egg in the coffee pot to settle the boiling coffee grounds, and the Swedish Kringle they made melted in your mouth. Traditions of food and family were everywhere. The wives of the miners in Upper Michigan's “Copper Country” made pasties for their husbands to take down into the mines for their lunch. Because they were baked fresh in the morning, the miner would have a nice warm meat, potato and vegetable lunch all wrapped in a flaky crust. Because the miners hands were so dirty, crust around the pasty was sometimes thrown away; this was before the time of wet wipes. When I was in high school I was a member of a girl’s organization that made pasties when they wanted to raise funds. That's when I became hooked on the smell and taste of a perfect pasty. I was a happy Svenska flicka. As I grew up and moved through the transitions of college, marriage and family, I continued my baking for family and friends, with the bragging rights that “my daughter Christina could eat one WHOLE pasty when she was ONLY three years old. That's about a 16 oz. serving of potatoes, rutabaga, onions, beef and seasonings in a pastry crust (no carrots please!). Great emotion can be heard from Yoopers

concerning the RIGHT way to make or eat a pasty. Slice or dice; chunk or ground meat; beef, pork, or venison; lard or shortening; carrots or rutabaga; ketchup or gravy; steam vents or NOT; parchment or brown paper bag; sour cream; horse radish; cheese on top; hot or cold? If you get a group of pasty people together, you will hear the same passion as if you were talking about the Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry. I am surprised there's not a flag! I use to say “shoot me” if you see gravy on my plate or if I ever make a vegetable pasty. Living in a foodie town, and acknowledging special requests, have caused me to softened my biases and stray from the stubborn norm. Our family moved to Traverse City in the 1980's and my husband and I started our careers in industry and education. As our children grew up and joined organizations, it was our time to help set up fundraisers for them. History repeated itself as I chose the sale of pasties. We made thousands of pasties over the next five to ten years. The most we made at one time was 950, and the hardest part was facing the pile of 600 pounds of potatoes and other ingredients needed to pull this off. Quality control with 25 volunteers was a nightmare, but still good enough to get people asking “when is the next fundraiser so we can get some more of your pasties?” (Continued on next page)

Great Pasties (Continued) Last summer we sent pasties to New Your City chefs for taste testing. One chef was from the Cornwall area of England where the pasty originated. She said the product had a spot on traditional taste. Another chef deep fried the pasty. Shoot me if I ever deep fry a pasty! After I retired from teaching special education, I needed to examine my bucket list. 1.

Start a pasty business

I know nothing about business! I didn't even balance my checkbook, but was now looking at the cost of ingredients, labels, packaging, license, payroll, equipment, marketing...on and on. With the support of my husband (who was also happily retired from education) we started selling pasties at the winter farmers market at Grand Traverse Commons in the Mercato, on Saturdays. We worked 3 months last winter and then took the summer to sail our 30' sailboat, Chalk Dust. (2 teachers... get it?) After starting up again this fall, our business is began to expand. Our products have been received with much appreciation. My favorite challenge is offering a taste to a picky YOOPER. (we give samples at the Farmers Market) Last year one elderly gentleman stopped by our table for a taste. He closed his eyes, turned the sample cup into his mouth as if he were taking a jello shot, smiled and said,

“this brings back great memories.� Food is all about relationships and conversations. Our customers are becoming our friends. I will always hold the traditional beef pasty recipe as a treasure. However, because of requests we have discovered other varieties, including broccoli cheddar, spinach feta, and buffalo. Fresh vegetables in a non-lard crust allows people with different food preferences to taste our delicious meal in a crust. For my son Jasen's birthday, he requested an apple/oatmeal pasty for desert. When you see him at the Mercato ask him about it. We are blessed in this community to have great business support. Watch as we grow. Check your bucket list. Follow your passion! Barbara Jean's Pasties can be found at Evergreen Market, Oleson Market on Long Lake Road, Oryana, and the farmers market in the Mercato on Saturdays. Traverse Area Community Sailing is equipped with special sailboats and facilities that allow individuals with disabilities the opportunity to sail. Every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00-8:00 PM throughout the summer, trained staff and volunteers are prepared to teach sailing or or sailboat rides to anyone who wants to be on the water. Over the last 5 years more than 150 individuals from ages 5 to 75 years old have had a chance to give sailing a try. Please consider volunteering for this GREAT program. Check us out on the TACS website at

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Tech Talk

By Jim Sorbie


So that’s the SEAiq app in a nutshell. I’ve found a great blog that reviews many marine apps at It’s well written by an active boater, covers the pro’s / con’s of each and is pretty knowledgeable on the subject. Here’s some web locations of the products I mentioned:

What are you using or planning on using? Let’s hear from you about your experiences.

From GTYC Building and Grounds To the membership: GTYC Spring Cleanup date is Saturday April 18th starting at 9:00 AM. Mark your calendars and plan to attend. We will be doing cleanup inside and out. All members, please come and help keep your club ship shape. For more information, contact Steve Hutchens at 231-735-2838 See you at the club!

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