CICA Newsletter

April 26, 1999

 

President’s Message

 

 

Dear Fellow Property Owners,

 

            New Floating Boat Dock Launched!           In an effort to once again get ahead of the increasing activity at our boat ramp and pier, the Harbor Committee has spearheaded the design, construction and launching of a new section of floating dock at the end of the launch ramp pier.  The new section attaches to the original floating dock on the side of the pilings away from the launch ramp.  This gives us a secondary location for temporary tie-ups while launching or retrieving a vessel…it also doubles the length of the end of the floating dock, making that side more useable as well.  In addition to this physical improvement, please read the next section on other ways we can improve the use of the ramp and minimize traffic jams.

 

Some Helpful Hints on Ramp Courtesy:      The way we each approach launching or retrieving a boat at our community ramp could greatly improve the overall efficiency of the ramp, especially on those busy weekends when everyone is heading out or coming back at the same time.

            Here are some points to consider, when trailering a vessel to the boating ramp…

·        Make sure your engine or motor is in running condition before you leave your driveway or backyard…not when you're already tied up to the floating dock.

·        Load all necessary coolers, life jackets, equipment, etc. before going to the ramp.

·        Undo all but the last tie-down or safety strap while awaiting your turn on the ramp.

·        Have one crew member pull the boat out to the end of the pier while another is parking the vehicle and trailer.  (Make sure your dock lines are long enough to do this easily and safely.)

·        Have everyone going boating with you on the pier and ready to board and get underway as soon as parking has been completed.

·        If a delay still becomes necessary, consider pulling the boat around the end of the floating dock and cleating it on the brand new secondary position so that the primary position on the ramp side remains available to other boaters who are about to launch or retrieve a vessel.

·        Offer some friendly assistance to those who are having problems and graciously accept help offered to you.  (This is how everyone learns to be better boaters).



When returning from seaward at the end of your cruise

·        Be prepared to sometimes circle in a holding pattern (mindful of your wake) until a spot is available on the floating dock.   Be patient!! (After all, you are still boating while waiting, and that is what you wanted to do today.)

·        Consider coming in to the secondary position (the new section on the other side of the pilings) and cleating off there while someone goes to the parking area for the vehicle and trailer.

·        Once your trailer has been backed out to the retrieving position on the ramp, get the boat on it as quickly and safely as possible and move everything off the ramp as soon as the boat is secured to the trailer.  Tie down procedure, drain-plug removal, etc, can all be finished out of the way of those still in need of the ramp.

·        The "Dinghy Navy", the Sunfish sailors, and the jet-skiers are all part of this process, too.  Use some common sense and courtesy with your neighbors and fellow boaters and we'll all have a better boating season.

 

 

 

Other Committee Reports/Articles

 

A Reminder from the Harbor Committee:  There is an increase in activity in the Harbor Area by children who are not being supervised by an adult.  This can be both dangerous and expensive.

Expensive - Any damage to private or community property will become the financial responsibility of the parents.  Unfortunately, the level of vandalism is on the rise in the Harbor area.


Danger - Anytime children play near equipment or near water there is a high potential for serious injury.

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Chesapeake Isle’s Relay for Life Team Marches Forward!

            June 18th & 19th!  These are the dates to remember because they are the dates of the RELAY FOR LIFE.  The Relay is Cecil County’s major fund raiser for the American Cancer Society.  The money raised is used for research, education, and for patient services.  Cecil County’s goal is to field 30 teams, each of whom contributes $1,000 before the event.  Team members join other community teams at Elkton High School for the Relay.  One team member will be on the track, marching, at all times between 7:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m., Friday evening through Saturday morning.  Chesapeake Isle plans to sponsor a team made up of neighbors who are interested in fighting cancer.  So, fund raising efforts are soon to be under way here in the Isle.

We need your help!!  What can you do?

Save your attic, garage, and basement TREASURES!  Our neighborhood RELAY for LIFE team plans a huge flea market on Sat., May 8th at our pavilion, 9 a.m.  You are invited to set up our own table and keep 50% of the sales price for yourself, the remainder going to the Isle’s RELAY for LIFE team’s effort.  Or you may simply donate items and have 100% of the money raised contributed to the required $1,000 for the American Cancer Society.

            Our other major effort at fund raising will be a door-to-door, block-to-block solicitation for contributions.  We need volunteers from the neighbors to call on other neighbors so that everyone in Chesapeake Isle can be a part of this so-important effort… raising money for cancer research and education.

            Lots of folks have volunteers to help the Relay Team members, but we still need actual people to walk the track with us the 18th and 19th of June at Elkton High School.  For more information or to volunteer, please call:

Turner’s (287-6329)   Barr’s (287-3867)       Bates (287-6244)

Szep’s (287-5618)       Keith’s (287-2899)     Buck’s (287-5260), 

Each of you can be a part of our Chesapeake’s Isle’s team effort for the American Cancer Society’s RELAY for LIFE.  Donate your treasures, your time, your money and your legs!

 

 Fall Cruise

We want to alert any potential captains and crews early this year about the Chesapeake Isle Cruise Week even that has become more and more anticipated each year.  Our fleet will be weighing anchor and leaving the Chesapeake Isle harbor on Saturday, 9-18-99, bound for adventure, fun, and camaraderie.  If you think you can make all or part of the cruise with us, mark your calendar now so you won't forget to keep the period clear…or to save a couple of your vacation days.  Originally started as a sailing event, it was proven in '98 that power boaters [1] can enjoy it too.  Your days will be pretty much your own, although we have regular radio checks whenever we're apart.  We usually eat as a group each evening but nothing is really planned or etched in stone.  There is a very loose plan for the week, but we wind up going where the wind and tides take us, so staying flexible is a good idea…and leads to unexpected and unplanned-for delights and surprises.  Some boats only join the flotilla for a few days somewhere during the week we are out, so keep that in mind as an option.  Three days, four days, seven or eight…it's all great fun and relaxation.  We will place a pre-cruise meeting notice in the summer newsletter.

 

Community Advertisements

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                                    Mercruiser.  14" diameter, 19" pitch.

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FOR SALE:               Full Length Blue Wet Suit (Size M).................................... $75

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FOR SALE:               Sea Ray Bow Rider, 19', 1991.

                                    130 HP Motor (Low Hours), Trailer,

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                                    Ward Keever                                                    410-287-2077



[1] We get to go to lunch at places like Annapolis and Knapp's Narrows and St. Michael's while the sailors are spending all their time getting to the next night's anchorage.