2011 News

Last Updated 01/02/2012

 Election Results

Based on ballots cast at the annual banquet on November 12 and on ballots returned subsequently via on-line voting, the following board members are elected to the 2012 term:
  • Commodore - Jim Ulatowski
  • Vice Commodore - Curtis Rist
  • Rear Commodore - Michael Dannecker
  • Treasurer - Steve Davis
  • Secretary - Jan Davis
  • Port Captain - Michael Dannecker
  • Race Committee Chair - Jay Leidal / Lucas Armstrong
  • Social Director - Francine Hoffman
  • Newsletter and Website Editor - Jan Davis
  • Groundskeeper - Steve Davis
  • Scorer - Darek Buczynski
  • Junior Coordinator - Brandon Kass
  • Webmaster - David Thompson
  • Members at large - Brad Lawson and Al Gawthrop
Congratulations, new board members!

DSA Year-end Banquet, November 12

Seventy five DSA members and guests enjoyed a magical evening of food, camaraderie, and annual awards at the Cherry Creek Yacht Club on Saturday evening, November 12.  Sincere thanks to Social Director Francine Hoffman and Commodore Jim Ulatowski for their planning and organization of this event. Read more here.


DSA Fall Work and Clean-up day, November 6

Fifteen DSA member volunteers assembled Sunday morning to make quick work of the fall clean-up and  winterizing activities.  It was a very nice sunny day, making it an enjoyable experience for all.  Burgers, dogs, and beverages were served for those who stayed until the end.  Read more here.


Fall Frostbite Series #6 and Pumpkin Bash Regatta, Saturday, October 29

A cool day, with high overcast and temperatures in the mid-50s. Three Santanas; three Lasers; two Lightnings; a J/24,; a Club 420; and Phillip Ryan's Swift Solo got in 3 races before coming in.  This race day marked the end of the 2011 sailing season.  Read more hereFinal scores are now posted!


Fall Frostbite Series #5, Saturday, October 22

A fantastic day, weather-wise for sailboat racing in October --  temperatures in the high 60s, sunny skies, and northeasterly winds at 9 - 12 MPH, after the front passed through.  Seven boats made it out and enjoyed 5 races before calling it a day.  Read more here.


Fall Frostbite Series #4, Saturday, October 15

A beautiful October day on the lake -- temperatures in the mid-80s, sunny skies, and great views of the snow-capped mountain peaks to the west and autumn foliage -- orange and gold -- on the lake shore. We got in 3 races in "light air" conditions.  Read more here.


CSYC Columbus Day Regatta

3 DSA U20's made the trek over to Chatfield Reservoir the weekend of October 8 - 9 for the annual CSYC Columbus Day Regatta.  Saturday started out as a questionable day due to the weather -- 36 degrees, rain mixed with snow, and overcast skies.  But winds were good, so the RC decided to race.  There were 3 races on Saturday and the sailors survived the cold and rain with great views of the snow capped foothills.  Sunday began as a cold day but layers came off mid morning as the sun came out and we were able to get in 4 races on Sunday.

Underdog at Chatfield

DSA skippers Cliff Begnaud, Jim Ulatowski,  and Brad Lawson weathered the racing in first snow of the season on Saturday.  First place went to Jim Ulatowski and team Juiced!  Second place went to Cliff Beganud and crew on Underdog, who won the tie with Third place Brad Lawson and crew on RedbirdResults here.


Fall Frostbite Series # 3, Saturday, October 8

Overnight the weather changed from warm and sunny to the first snowstorm of the season!  No racers showed up, so racing was canceled. Read more here.


New Map of the lake available!

On Saturday morning,  October 1, Curtis Rist and David Thompson headed out on the Mako, and armed with a hand-held GPS device and a camera, took readings and pictures to incorporate into a new map of the lake.  View it here.


Fall Frostbite Series # 2, Saturday, October 1

Another beautiful fall day for sailing, with sunny skies and a high temperature of 84 degrees.  Winds were light and variable for the first race and picked up a bit for the second. Only nine boats were on the water for this the second race day of the Frostbite Series. Most likely other sailors were in the mountains enjoying the fall leaves that had turned brilliant golds, reds, and oranges during the past week.  Read more here.


Fall Frostbite Series # 1, Saturday, September 24

A beautiful fall day for sailing, with sunny skies, northerly winds 5 - 10 MPH, and a high temperature of 85 degrees.  Thirteen boats were on the water for this the first race day of the Frostbite Series.  Read more here.


2011 Colorado Governor's Cup September 17 and 18!

A weekend of interesting weather for sailboat racing, with light air, 75-degree temperatures, a pair of rain squalls on Saturday, and brilliant sunshine on Sunday. 18 dinghies joined 24 keelboats and got in up to 5 races, depending on class, over the weekend.

Photo credit: Francine Hoffman

Here are more pictures by Francine Hoffman.

We want the thank our sponsors Peepers Optical, Littleton Heating and Air, AuctionBySeller.com and the Cherry Creek Marina as well as Dry Dock Brewery for the two kegs of beer and goodies for the skippers bags and Famous Dave’s BBQ for Saturday night’s dinner and goodies for the skippers bags as well. Many thanks to the sponsors that donated items for the raffle: West Marine, The New Anchorage, Community Sailing of Colorado, She Edison, and Xterra Wetsuits. Thank you to Ameriprise Financial for all the bottled water for both the competitors as well as the volunteers. And finally thank you to all of the volunteers for helping to make this a successful regatta. We must not forget our big winners for the regatta Max Williams, who won the Dinghy Trophy, and Fred Wolf, who won the Governors Cup. Results here. Here is a Racing Recap.

And sincere thanks to Regatta Chair and Vice Commodore  Curtis Rist for all his good work in planning, organizing, and running the regatta, and to Commodore Jim Ulatowski and Social Director Francine Hoffman for a most entertaining awards ceremony on Sunday.


Summer Series # 10, Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15!

A dark, damp and chilly evening on Wednesday still brought out 9 keelboats that got in two races in good winds. The chill continued on Thursday for the dinghies, in light air. These were the last two races of the 2011 Summer Series. Read more here. Note that the Fall Frostbite Series begins Saturday, September 24.


Summer Series # 9, Wednesday, September 7 and Thursday, September 8!

The hot days and warm evenings of late August morphed into cool - even chilly - evenings during the first week of September, and were characterized by encroaching darkness as the sun set earlier and earlier each evening. We did get one race in on each race day, however. Read more here.


Summer Series # 8, Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1!

This week brought two more warm "light air" evenings with two races on Wednesday and one on Thursday. An unexpected lightning flash and thunder clap near the end of the race on Thursday saw competitors speeding up their trip back to the marina after finishing. Read more here.


Summer Series # 7, Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25!

A week with record high temperatures  yielded warm evenings and good sailing conditions, even with the return of the monsoon where, fortunately, the storms passed to the south and  the north of the lake and were not an issue.  Read more here.


DSA Junior Regatta Saturday, August 20!

Saturday, August 20 dawned clear and warm for the 2011 DSA Junior Regatta, the finale of the 2011 SAIL Junior Regatta Tour. Thirty-eight competitors, in 28 boats, turned out in the largest-attended junior regatta of the year.  Read more here.


Summer Series # 6, Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 18!

No thunderstorms this week, but hot and dry days and warm evenings with light winds that filled in later in the evening, allowing just one race on Wednesday and two races on Thursday before darkness closed in.  Read more here.


U-20 National Championships and 2011 Lightning North American Championships!

Hail to the returning DSA U-20 teams Redbird; Junta; and Redline, and Lightning team Quest,  back this week from their respective national championships in Michigan -- U-20s on the western shore; Lightnings on the eastern shore.  Here is Joel McGuire's U-20 report. Here is Bill Cabrall's Lightning report.  Well done, teams!


Summer Series # 5, Wednesday, August 10 and Thursday, August 11!

The Monsoon airflow of July moved east this week, giving us two nice sailing evenings, with 14 keelboats on the water on Wednesday and 20 dinghies, including ten Lasers, on the water on Thursday.  The Lasers got to see, for the first time, the new, large-size Laser Class Flag in their starts.  Read more here.


Commodore's Cup Regatta, August 7!

Aaarrrgghhhhh!  Four Santanas, a  J/30; a Lightning; and Glen Hackemer's S-2, all decorated out with a pirate theme, competed in the 2011 Commodore's Cup regatta on Sunday, August 7.  East southeast winds were light -- in the range of 0 to 5, with occasional gusts to 8, on a warm and sunny August afternoon.  Racing rules required a crew member (not the skipper) to drive the boats in the first race, on a 2 - L course.  The second race was a poker run, requiring boats to circumnavigate the lake and pick up playing cards from the 4, 3, 2, 7 and 6 buoys to assemble a poker hand, with a prize going to the best hand so collected.  Congratulations to Darek Buczynski who drove the winning boat in the first race and took away the Commodore's Cup trophy, and to Tom Downing and crew, who collected the winning poker hand.  Snacks and grog served at the clubhouse after racing provided a very nice end to a very fun afternoon, with participants costumed out to the 9s.  Sincere thanks to Social Director Francine Hoffman and Commodore Jim Ulatowski for planning, setting up, and running the regatta. Details here.


Summer Series # 4, Wednesday, August 3rd and Thursday, August 4th

A spectacular lightning display kept boats at the dock on Wednesday, but the skies cleared and gave us good winds on Thursday. Read more here.


Dillon Open 7/29 - 31 -- RESULTS

Ten DSA keelboats ventured to the Dillon Yacht Club for the 2011 Dillon Open Regatta last weekend, and made an impressive showing!  In the PHRF B fleet, four of the top 5 finishers were DSA Santana skippers: Mike Mckeever (first); Kurt & Kent Robinson (2nd); Ray McCleery (4th) and Geoff Zaun (5th).   In the U-20 fleet, the top 6 places went to DSA skippers, with Marty May taking top honors, and Jim Ulatowski close on his heels in second place.  In the Laser fleet, Dan Fesenmeyer took second place; Mark Tasker 7th, and Jay Leidal 8th.  In the Junior Regatta, Max Williams took first place in the Laser 4.7 division, and Maximie Dassonville took third, while in the Portsmouth division, Opti skippers Austin Williams took first place and Ryan Fesenmeyer took second.  Well done, all!  Here are official  results.


2011 Lightning World Championships, Buzios, Brazil, July 20 - 29

Congratulations to DSA Lightning skipper Steve Davis, sailing with Tommy Allen Jr. and Laura Jeffers, who took 4th place in the recently-completed  2011 Lightning International Masters Championships, and to DSA skipper David Spira, sailing with Randy Shore and Ty Whitman,  who took fifth place in a field that included 13 boats and the cream of international Lightning Masters talent.  Way to go!

The following week Steve crewed for Tommy Allen, Jr., sailing with Karl Allen, and they took 11th place in the Lightning World Championships in a field of 30 boats of the world's best Lightning sailing talent. David Spira, with Randy and Ty, took 19th place.

Well done, skippers! For more information, visit the ILCA website.

Summer Series # 3, Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28

Another two good evenings for sailing, although the keelboats had to wait at the dock until 6:45 PM to let the evening thunderstorm pass, and the dinghies had to deal with light winds. Great jobs were done by both race committees. Read more here.


Summer Series # 2, Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July  21

Two really good evenings for sailing, with good turn-out on both nights.  Read more here.


Summer Series # 1, Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14

The summer monsoon season continues,  with a flow from the south that picks up moisture from the Gulf of California and carries it northeasterly, producing thunderstorms in the high country in the afternoon that roll down onto the plains and cross the Denver metro area around 6 PM.  That has been the case for eight consecutive days, including  both Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  Fortunately, they avoided Cherry Creek Reservoir -- at least between the hours of 6 PM to 8 PM -- and we got in two races each on both evenings.  Read more here.


First Annual DSA Lobster Fest, Saturday, July 9

Fifty five DSA Members and guests experienced a most enjoyable evening at the first-ever DSA  Lobster Fest and Beach Party.  Read more here.


Tent Rebuilding Project Completed On Schedule!

As most of you know by now, a gust of wind on Thursday evening July 7  lifted the picnic shelter tent roof, pulling out the lake-facing anchors, flipping the structure over the rail fence and into the driveway, breaking five of the steel poles, and ripping the roof fabric.  The assembled skippers, race committee and helpers at the time cleaned up the mess, and on Friday and Saturday, thanks to the good work of Steve Davis, Jay Leidal, Curtis and Julie Rist, Jim Ulatowski,  Francine Hoffman, David Thompson and others, the structure was repaired and re-assembled in time for the Saturday evening lobster fest dinner party.  Thanks to all who helped with this project -- especially to Steve Davis and Jay Leidal, who poured five concrete pads on Friday to serve as secure anchors for the posts on the lake-facing side.  With 150 pounds of concrete in each, and rebar cross-bracing, these will not pull out!    Thanks, all!


Spring Series # 10, Wednesday, July 6 and Thursday, July 7

July marks the beginning of the summer monsoon season, with a flow from the south that picks up moisture from the Gulf of California and carries it northeasterly, producing thunderstorms in the high country in the afternoon that roll down onto the plains and cross the Denver metro area around 6 PM.  That was the case both Wednesday and Thursday.  On Wednesday, the storm passed in time for our Race Committee to set a course and get off two races.  On Thursday, the Dinghy Sailors were not so lucky.  Read more here.


Spring Series # 9, Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30

A mixed bag of evening racing, with mild winds on Wednesday and sharply gusty winds on Thursday. Read more here.


Spring Series # 8, Wednesday, June 22 and Thursday, June 23

Two really great evenings for sailing, with steady easterly winds and lots of daylight. Read more here.


Spring Series # 7, Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16

Wednesday was a good evening for sailing, with light winds for the first race and better winds for the second. Thursday was a strange evening for sailing, with circulating dark storm clouds that dropped no rain but generated strong gusts as they came near. RC ran one race and was ready for a second but the remaining boats on the water had had enough, so there was no second race. Read more here.

Road to Rolex Women's Clinic, June 11 and 12

The first ever Colorado US Sailing Road to Rolex Women's Clinic was conducted June 11 and 12 from the facilities of the Cherry Creek Marina and Yacht Club, and was sponsored by Community Sailing of Colorado and the Denver Sailing Association. The event attracted women sailors from Colorado, New Mexico, and California, and was a resounding success. Read more here.


Spring Series # 6, Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9

Two very nice evenings for sailing, with a record turn-out for Thursday evening.   Read more here.

Spring Series # 5, Wednesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 2

Wednesday evening brought nice sailing conditions, although the winds petered out by the end of the second race.   On Thursday it was too windy for the Lightnings, and  although RC set a course for the Santanas, only one boat came to the line. Consequently, racing was canceled for the evening.   Read more here.

Spring Series # 4, Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26

We had two very nice sailing evenings in week 4 of the Spring Series, with gentle winds and temperatures in the mid-60s. Thirteen keelboats  were on the water on Wednesday and fifteen dinghies on Thursday. Read more here.


2011 Shootout/Hornblower Regatta May 21/22

Thirteen keelboats and eleven dinghies competed in the 2011 Shootout/Hornblower regatta in wild winds on Saturday and gentle winds on Sunday.  Here are details.

Team Entourage takes 3rd in the North Texas Leukemia Cup and 13th in the 2011 J/24 Nationals!

Congratulations to Skipper Michael Dannecker and crew for a  3rd place finish in the Leukemia Cup and a 13th place finish at the J/24 Nationals at Lake Lewisville in Dallas last week!  Per Brian's email, " We could have pretty easily pulled a top 10 spot had we kept our heads in the game.  We also had to drop out on the last day due to an equipment issue. All in all it was some very good sailing, blowing 15-20 mph the entire time we were there, and 5 days on the water sailing in good sized fleets with very good competition was an exciting opportunity."  Here are the Leukemia Cup scores. Here  is more scoop on the Nationals, including some great photos.


2011 Race Committee Schedule is posted!

Check out the current 2011 Race Committee Schedule to see when you are scheduled for RC Duty. If you have not yet submitted your Race Committee Preference days, please send an email to the Race Committee Chair, letting him know what they are.

Spring Series # 3, Wednesday, May 18  and Thursday, May 19

There was no racing on Wednesday, and none on Thursday either, due to inclement weather.   Read more here

Spring Series # 2, Wednesday, May 11  and Thursday, May 12

Temperatures in the 30s and 40s, with rain and snow, high winds on Wednesday and light winds on Thursday characterized the second Spring Series  of 2011. Racing was canceled on both days due to inclement weather   Read more here


Spring Series # 1, Wednesday, May 4  and Thursday, May 5

Temperatures in the 50s and 60s, with good winds, characterized the first Spring Series  of 2011. Eight keelboats boats were out on Wednesday (2 J24's 2 Santanas; and 4 Ultimates) and twelve dinghies on Thursday ( 4 Lightnings; 4 OOAKs; and 4 Santanas).   Read more here


Thaw-out Series # 4, Sunday, May 1

The weather was pretty much as had been forecasted: cloudy, with easterly winds 6 - 8 MPH, and an air temperature of 46 degrees. The lake water was still cold, at 49 degrees. Two boats splashed for racing -- Bill Cabrall in his Lightning, with crew Raeyane Farrell and Jim England, all bundled up like they were going skiing, and Jim Ulatowski in his U20, with crew Francine Hoffman, Shane Sailisbury and Max Williams. Read more here.


Thaw-out Series # 3, Sunday, April 17

The weather forecast promised partly sunny skies and warmer temperatures -- in the low 70s, but with gusty winds -- AccuWeather had forecasted NW winds 22 - 26, with gusts to 42. The water temperature was only 51 degrees. Consequently, by Noon the dinghy sailors -- Lightning skipper Bill Cabrall and crew -- decided not to go out. Still, there were keelboat skippers and crew in the area, and PRO Darek Buczynski waited to see if any would go out and race. Santanna skipper Vern Bybee splashed, with the intention of racing, but was the only one, so at 1:00 PM, Darek sounded three horn blasts to signify no racing today.

The low water posed a challenge for the keelboats launching from the crane, and Vern and crew need an extra fifteen minutes after splashing to work their keel off the mud bar that is just south of the crane dock.

As the afternoon progressed,the skies cleared, the air temperature reached 74 degrees and the NW winds varied between 12 and 24 MPH, with gusts to 34.

Read more here.

There is no racing next Sunday, and the final Thaw-out series race will be on Sunday, May 1.


Thaw-out Series # 2, Sunday, April 10

The NOAA weather forecast was not encouraging -- mostly cloudy, with chances of snow and rain, a high temperature of 51 degrees, and winds 15 -25, gusting to 35 -- and it was not surprising that only one skipper was at the marina at Noon -- Bill Cabrall with his Lightning. Consequently PRO Curtis Rist, substituting for Brandon Kass, declared that there would be no racing. Subsequently, Michael Dannecker arrived with crew and splashed his J-24 and went out for some practice. As it turned out, the skies were mostly sunny until later in the day, and the high temperature reached 57, briefly, and the winds were not quite as wild as had been forecast, although there were some gusts to 28. Next week will be better.

We noted that the water in the lake is very low -- lower than it was at the end of October -- the sand bar at the east end of the marina channel is above water and the water level is seven inches below the top of the concrete footing by the crane. The water temperature was an estimated 51 degrees which by itself would be enough to keep dinghy sailors on land -- or in wet suits if on the water. Read more here.


Thaw-out Series # 1, Sunday April 3

No races were run on the first scheduled day of the Frostbite Series, as a fast moving cold front swept over the Denver area Sunday morning, April 3, dropping temperatures 20 degrees in thirty minutes, and generating high wind, rain, and (by 1 pm) snow.

At 11:15, the Race Committee sounded three horn blasts, and hoisted code flag 'N' over 'A' on the newly relocated flag pole, signaling that racing had been abandoned for the day. Flags were lowered at 2:30 pm. Bill Cabrall, Brian Damman, Raeyane Farrell, and Jim England served on the Race Committee. Read more here.


DSA Work Day Saturday, March 19

Thirteen DSA members participated in the annual workday last Saturday, March 19. Read more here. A follow-on session was scheduled for Saturday, April 2.