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    Sailing Class Information


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    The hysterical er historical publications of the LIGHT AND VARIABLE have be moved to a "Members Only" page for members in good standing.
    If you would like access, just become a member in good standings by sending your membership fee to Vic. Refer to the membership form for further instructions. If you don't have a boat become an associate member. Vic has supplied a list of members in good standing. If you are on this list, I can give you the password for the NEW sailing year.
    Passwords will be changed in Feb when dues are due....

  • 2010 L&V'S in members area when posted

  • L&V 250th special issue 1st 2010

  • L&V March 12 issue, spring schedule

  • L&V April 9th issue.

  • L&V April 19th issue.

  • L&V May 25th issue.

  • L&V June 28th issue.

  • L&V Sept 7th issue.

  • L&V Oct 4th issue.

  • L&V Last 2010 issue.

  • Happenings!







  • Cleanup weekend
  • Maintenance etc...
         Sat March 23 and alt Sunday 24th

  • Race#1
         Sunday April 7th at 2:00PM and                      

  •      Committee Boat

  • Race#2
         Sunday April 21st at 2:00PM and                      

  •      Committee Boat

  • Race#3
         Sunday May 5th at 2:00PM and                      

  •      Committee Boat

         Saturday MAY 18th at 9:00AM and                      

  •      Committee Boat

  • Any interest in a Raftup Picnic??
         Saturday May 25th at 1:00PM and                      

  •      Contact Eric

  • Commodore's Cup
         Sat June 1st at 9AM

  •      Committee Boat
         Committee Boat PM   
  • Commodores' Cup
          Sun June 2nd at 2PM

  •      Committee Boat

  • Commodore's Cup Back up Date
         Sat June 8th at 9AM

  •      Committee Boat
         Committee Boat PM   
  • Commodores' Cup
          Sun June 9th at 2PM

  •      Committee Boat

    JULY 4th CELIBRATION at the Dock

    FALL SEASON 2012


  • Labour day Sept 3-5th

  • Race#1 Sunday Sept 11th at 2 PM

  •      Committee Boat
         POTLUCK dinner at 5:00PM

  • ROSS WACE Sat SEPT 17th 9:00 AM

  •       Committee Boat

  • SCHRADER Cup Races#2,#3
          Sat OCT 8TH at 9AM

  •      Committee Boat AM
         Committee PM
         Cookout dinner AT THE DOCK @5:00PM
  • SCHRADER Cup #4
         Sun OCT 9TH at 2PM

  •      Committee Boat

  • Race#5 Sunday Oct 16th at 2 PM

  •      Committee Boat

  • Saturday Oct 22nd Overnighter Panther Cove

  • Race#6 Sunday Oct 30ST at 2 PM

  •       Committee Boat
  • Quarterly meeting Nov5th
  •      AT Barham Home

  • Race#6 Sunday Nov 6th at 2 PM

  •       Committee Boat
  • Christam Party, Dec 9th 6PM
  •      AT Barham Home


  •       Committee Boat FROSTY


    Past Activities!

  • July 4th SPEC-tacular.

  • Long Distance Cruise to the WIlson's.

  • Race Results!

  • 2003 Commodor's Cup
  • 2003 Spring Race Results
  • 2003 Series Results
  • 2004 Spring Race Results
  • 2004 Fall Race Results
  • 2005 Spring Race Results( Coming soon)
  • 2005 Fall WyssWace Results
  • Racing History Excel
  • Racing History Html

  • Classifieds (FOR SAIL) 


  • 17ft Thistle 1970 Clark fiberglass,all in great shape. Email Eric Roline At:

    25ft Santana525 1979 Schock fiberglass,all in great shape.Lowest handicaped boat in fleet. Email Eric Roline At:

    CLSC    Photographs

    Great Sailing Links

    Sail East Tennessee

    Just north of Interstate 40 and 11E , Just east of 92, south of 11W, Cherokee Lake is easy to find.  Just save the above map on your computer and open it for a clearer view, or print it out and come and join us. We sail out of Black Oak Marina located north of Jefferson City on the west most tip of the lake. From 11E in Jefferson city,just east of the Walmart go north on Oddesy Road (aka Black Oak Road). At the stop sign you will continue north on Black Oak Road. Stay to the left at the T and you will curve down to the left. Follow the road 0.8 miles and Black Oak Marina will be on the right. Look for the signs for the Marina and CLSC Sailing Club, You cant miss them. Spring through fall, 2004 the restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner , but check in for their hours, they should be opening for the season in early April.

    How easy we forget the old docks of yester-year after have the new docks for a couple of years. We no longer have to sit up a night during a thunderstorm and worry if the dock is going to be in one piece when we go down to check it.

    Looking to the North from Black Oak Dock

    The History of 

    Cherokee Lake Sailing Club...

          The first organized invitational race on Cherokee Lake was held in July of 1976. Twelve boats participated with Tom Kiser and his crew Charles Armstrong taking first place in the Lightning #74. Following the success of the first race this group of interested sailors formed the Cherokee Lake Sailing Club. The constitution and bylaws were drawn up in March 1977. 

          The Cherokee Lake Sailing Club's Purpose is to promote sailing in the lakeway are by education and exchange of information; by conducting races and other group sailing events; and by promoting fellowship among people interested in sailing.

          There are 4 different memberships available:

    Single: gives membership privileges to a person 18 yrs of age or older who is presently an owner or co-owner of a sailboat.
    Family: gives membership privileges to all members of an active members family.
    Associate: gives an individual who is interested in sailing , but is not an owner of a sailboat all rights and privileges of a member except voting rights may be restricted.
    Charter: same as regular, however, charter member purchases a share in capital growth account and pays 1/2 the annual dues assessed regular members.
    Joining mid year: For those interested in joining the club after Sept 1st of the year, there is a reduction of dues.

    There is excellent competition if your desire is to race. We challenge each other with starting strategy as we run the line, followed by close tack crossings. We even setup overlaps and call for room at the marks. Down wind legs with spinnakers keeps us on our toes as try to blanket the boats in front of us. The America's Cup this isn't but if you desire the competition it is. If you just want to follow us around the course you can. It is a great way to learn a few of the rules and hopefully you will be able to avoid the Protest Committee. It is preferred that if you've committed a protestable mistake, just do your 720 to exonerate yourself and keep on sailing.

    It is difficult at times to perform the basic maintenance on the boats. We do not have the luxury of a full service marina with travel lift. We find other ways of accomplishing our projects. I find that they go a lot easier with help from the other club members. We have a wide assortment of talent when it comes to experiences to share.

    A note from the webmaster:
        Our local sailing club, CLSC, here in East Tennessee is a wide assortment of boats and the primary intent is to have fun.

    There are activities for all but the primary actives surround racing.  There are many potluck dinners after racing to allow fellowship and less protested barging the food  line and swapping tall tales. One of the most coveted events is the Chief Randal Turner's evening barbecue cookout. This event only comes after the Commodore's Cup or Schrader Cup on Saturday night.

    We have many "social events" throughout the year. Potluck dinners and the swaping of recepies, overnighters up the lake to German Creek, Panther Park Cove and the ocasional special theme parties.

    We organized an extended overnighter to introduce adventuresome individuals to the upper end of the lake. I knew of several coves and hollers from my fishing days, but we don’t take the time to sail all the way there. The upper end of the lake has more navigational challenges, shallows, mud bars, rocks and islands. We provisioned well for the extended cruise being able to prepare meals: fresh veggie shish kabobs, ribeye steaks, with sautéed shrimp, sautéed asparagus and mushrooms, BBQ’d potatoes, scrambled ham and cheese omelets with fresh baked buttermilk biscuits, southwestern hash browns…. Did I mention the grog?........

            My favorite race is the  CLSC Long distance Wyss Race Long distance Wyss Race.  The lake was formed by the TVA by the installation of a dam on the holston river  just north of Jefferson City. This created a lake about 1.7 miles wide to the north and about 25 miles long to the bridge at 25E. It is possible to travel under the bridge during the winter time. This is the annual low tide where the lake is about 40 ft lower than the summer.

    In the summer we have cruised to the Wilson's for supper. Easily reached by car and just a 3 1/2 hr cruise down the lake. Not a navigational issue if you stay in the main channel and restrain yourself from taking short cuts through hard water.

           Cherokee lake is large enough to do a little cruising on. There are lots of coves and islands  to overnight in or on. A common tradition for some of the locals is to setup camp on an island for the long weekends. I've included a report of an over-nighter to German Creek about a 16 mile one way trip. It has it's challenges when it comes to avoiding shallow spots, especially during our annual low tide season ( 40 ft tide). 

    We also have had many late fall overnighters this year. The weather has been mild enough for several boats to cruise up to Panther Cove for a brisk overnighter. The first "FANTASTIC FALL FREEZE FESTIVAL OVERNIGHTER" was a blast to be followed this Friday Nov 4th for another one. Take advantage of the good weather before the winterizing activities!!
    Enjoy the cool evenings with a little fire on shore. We were able to roast food over a roaring fire and enjoy an excellent evening ashore in Persimmon Cove. Only catch was a quick deck washing required to remove the muddy footprints that we discovered in the AM. Being on an Island it was only fitting to serve Island Grog.

    It was a shame that Ken could only build a wimpy little fire that only lasted to the wee hrs of the AM. In all seriousness it was a great time, great fire(started with only one match err expired flare), great friends and really tooooo bad that others could not make the trip.

    They have been at it again. When the first frost has fallen they round up a few brave sailors to venture up the lake for the "Fantastic Fall Freeze Friendly Frivolity Feast." This outing has lead to a few questions that were not found in most manuals. How much scope should be let out when the anchor is dropped over the crest of a hill? How large of a anchor works best?

    For those sitting in the warm comforts of home, January has produced several days worth taking advantage of. Cool, yes, but a beautiful day to have the whole lake to yourselves.

    The summer has had a few fantastic opportunities to get and overnight. Mariah and Silver Swan were able to get out for a cruise to the upper reaches of the lake only thwarted by the bridge at 25E. We made a 3 dayer of it, with great eats for every meal. The hi temps of the day stimulated excessive ice melting and afternoon dips in the lake. We were fortunate to have may weather warnings from the land stations (Dee and Anne) to warn us of the severe weather in the area. The only weather that we experienced was a few rain drops followed by a great sunset. The lake temp is good for swimming and scrubbing the waterline. I checked out the dock at German Creek only to find out that they have extended the dock north to within 20 ft of the bridge. You would think that that would be enough to get around, but there is the hi-voltage line that sticks out from the bridge by 10ft.

    The fall racing venue has had some of the best weather to date. 5 to 12 knots with light clouds and bright blue skies. We have had great turnout for the races and the best hospitality for the cookouts at Don and De’s lake house. An advantage of their hospitality is their water taxi service for the cookouts and if you overnight in their cove, you just might get an invite to breakfast.

    Committee boat Vic decided that the weather was not conducive for racing due to the possibility of breaking equipment. However we decided to sail and went out when the remnants of IKE blew through, 19 to 35+ knots of heavy air. A great day to get out the little storm jib and iron the wrinkles out of it with a reef in the main. The lake was kicked up with white caps and chop to hobby horse the boat and throw spray all the way back to the cockpit. It was blue water sailing in our back yard. Ken had his legs out on the side and a grin from ear to ear. With 6+ knots of hull speed, we practiced heavy air tacking as we approached each shore. If you want to see how well everything is stowed, this was a good day to drag the rails in the water and pound to weather.

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