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1:16 PM Sun, Sept. 23rd

Righting sailboats:<BR>Prescott Sailing Club gives demo at Lynx Lake, takes to water ... and fun<BR>

Ron Rehkemper, the club's commodore, explained that the winds on Lynx Lake are "fluky," and that the boats usually tip over in strong winds.

David Zovod, who has participated in the Sailing Club for a year now, explained how to right a boat.

"You get onto the centerboard, or the dagger," he said, "and you have to make sure all the sailing sheets or control lines are loose. Then you put your weight on the centerboard and hold onto the gunnel or the edge of the boat and then keep applying weight, to allow the water to come out of the sail. Sometimes the boat pops up real fast, and you usually fall in the water."

"Unless you're sharp enough to climb back into it," added Bill Kevern, a two-year club member.

"Because you can't win a race," Kevern said ... "when you're swimming in a lake," Zovod finished.

Although Sunday's meeting included lessons on righting sailboats, members said the club has helped them hone their sailing skills, because, according to Zovod, smaller boats respond more to sailors than larger boats do. The largest boat in the club's fleet is 23 feet long.

"My experience sailing is on big boats in Hawaii," Rehkemper said. "But small boats are a different story. Every movement you make on a small boat, the boat reacts."

Kevern added, "weight distribution is key."

Sometimes, the Prescott Sailing Club takes field trips to lakes around the state, but mostly, the members enjoy the sun, the food and each other's company.

"You always learn something from somebody else," Zovod said. He later added that "coming up here, it's quiet and peaceful. It's relaxing."

"You run out of capability to absorb the sun," Kevern said.

At that point, the club members head to the boats and if there's more than one boat out there, there's always a race, Zovod said.

To sum up the reason he participates in the sailing club, Rehkemper said, "there's nothing like when you've got the wind in the sail and you can feel that puppy pulling."

Club dues are $15 per year, and the club welcomes experienced and novice sailors.

For more information on the Prescott Sailing Club, call Rehkemper at 443-1367 or rongrehk@ hotmail.com.