Notice Of Race – North Americans

If you missed it in your email, I have attached the Notice of Race sent from Lake Osoyoos Sailing Club. Be sure to note the starting date for the Sea Spray NA is FRIDAY and runs through SUNDAY.




Summer Newsletter


The Prairie Wind Regatta at Newell Sailing Club had seven SeaSprays competing with Richard Braul coming out on top, congratulations Richard.  A windy Saturday had the fleet on shore for the first race but out for the afternoon racing where two races were completed in fairly high gusting winds.  Sunday races were sailed in a more sedate wind and five races were completed.  The race results are part of the attachment (CLICK HERE TO VIEW) and the SeaSpray fleet was part of the bigger overall event with 63 competitors in total.

It is always a bit intimidating launching a Seaspray into a direct on-shore wind of sometimes 20 knot plus gusts.  Once on the water however the boat is more controllable.   Newell can throw up some pretty big waves at times and it is always a lot of fun either steering the best way through the waves when beating or riding them when broad reaching on the down wind runs.  There were a few dramatic pitch poles and sometimes an occasional capsize but everyone who went out had a great sail.


Travelling to a regatta can be part of a bigger holiday.  For some of us this is an opportunity to travel to an area you may not normally visit.  Check for some attractions along the way and have a great time

The North American Seaspray Championships are coming up next.  Aug 31, Sept 1,2 Big Lagoon, California. The following is some more info and a couple of pictures.  Please check the link below for more information and pre-registration for the event.  You can buy meals on line beforehand as well as register:

From Michael Butler

It is unimproved land that is open for only that week. No showers. They bring in porta-potties and water and kitchen and dining stuff. The nearest lodging that I know of is at Trinidad 9.5 miles south. Also Arcata and Eureka have more options for that.

The attached image shows the layout. There is camping in that open area that gets filled up. We usually end up along the beach somewhere. Things get tight, so a large motorhome would be a problem; but there are lots of options for smaller camper vehicles – they may not be very level. No charge.

Finding the entrance road may take a bit doubling back. From the south, it is about 0.9 miles from a bridge over the estuary.

The entrance location as I see it: Lat 41.1743  Long -124.1025

It is my favorite camping of any sailing venue, but it can be chilly in the evening or if it is foggy a very heavy dew in the morning. Bring hull protection as the beach has rocks and it is usually a lee shore.

You are welcome to call anytime – thanks,


707 961-1891

From Larry Fox – host club

Hi Michael, timing is great on your reply because registration for our Redwood Regatta is now up on Regatta Network. Your members can register at:

 Definitely don’t think about on- shore tasks; you are our guests. If the right race committee person is available great no worries if not.  Also, a registration form is attached here for those who would rather register by snail mail.

 We’re super excited about hosting the North Americans!

 All the best, Larry Fox

 Hi Michael,

We are so glad to host your North Americans at our Redwood Regatta! As we were discussing plans for the event last night at our board meeting, we thought it would be great if your association could contribute one person to join our race committee. That way your group would have direct input to race course decisions and represent your group with our committee. This is not a huge deal if all of your members are planning to sail in the races, no worries. We just thought it might be nice if it worked for your group.

 We are planning to have official races for your group on Friday. We will invite our members to join if they want for practice races with a separate start, of course. Then on Saturday and Sunday, your group will have their official races as a separate class with their own start and since your group is registering in our regatta, you will have a separate class in our regatta as well. That way, we can present trophys for the Redwood Regatta to your winners and you can present awards to your group for the North Americans.

 We plan to have our registration forms live on the web very soon and we will send paper to you as well.

 All the best, -Larry Fox, Vice Commodore HYC

Winter Wonders

In the last few days of run up before the end of 2017, it is a good time to reflect on the good times of the past year and look ahead to 2018. Feet up, hot beverage in hand, watching out the window as the inevitable winter freeze takes a hold of the landscape, the mind goes back to the warm water and steady breeze of the summer.

It is easy to forget the days of rain in the spring, the stifling heat of July, the air choking smoke from the forest fires, and the endless hours sitting on the beach or on your boat waiting for the wind to blow at some regatta. Ah, but remember that big blow at Osoyoos in ’07 when, as you sailed downwind, the spray from crashing into the waves soaked everything on the boat all the way to the top of the mast as you hiked off the rear doghouse, toes barely hooked in the straps, rudders singing, and how the bow tube would smash into the back of the odd wave bringing everything to a momentary, screeching halt only to release and begin the whole sequence again?


Race start just before the big blow in ’07

Maybe the pirate battle comes to mind, a giant water fight with the junior sailors at Lake Newell in ’13 as we waited for wind in the heat of that July day. Cooled everyone off and kept the adults away from John’s wine.


Pirate battle of ’13

Around these parts, winter has slowly arrived with ski hills now open but eagerly awaiting the “big dump” of snow in order to really get going in time for Christmas break.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy holiday season and have a Happy New Year.


In Memoriam – John Zupan

We just learned that one of the true characters in the Sea Spray Fleet passed away earlier this year.  We have included a couple of photos and the write up from the Osoyoos Times.

John and some of Zupan's Revenge

John with a glass of his favorite wine after supper at North American Championships at LOSC

John Z

John after a long day racing


Members of the Lake Osoyoos Sailing Club – and large segments of the Osoyoos community at large – are in mourning following the recent passing of longtime resident John Zupan.

Zupan passed away Jan. 15, just 11 days short of reaching age 90.

A memorial service was held Monday afternoon at the Elk’s Hall in Osoyoos and a large contingent of members with the Lake Osoyoos Sailing Club were on hand to say goodbye to a man who loved the sport of sailing with a passion.

Longtime commodore Jurgen Reinharts said Zupan was a wonderful man who is going to be missed by all who knew him well.

“John was a good friend and a mentor who taught me much of what I know about sailing,” he said. “He was always pleasant to be around and just a really friendly guy.

“At the sailing club, he was also a doer … he didn’t just talk about getting things done, he actually got involved and made sure things got done.

“He was very popular with all of the members at the sailing club and his presence is going to be deeply missed at our annual regatta.”

Zupan “lived quite the life” and worked in several countries throughout his working career before settling in Osoyoos almost 50 years ago in 1970, said Reinharts.

“He worked in several countries and spoke several languages and I got to know quite a bit about his life from talking to him and becoming a good friend,” he said. “He was just a very good guy who loved life and I’m really glad I got to know him well.”

Zupan’s friendly nature and love of wine won’t also be forgotten any time soon, he said.

“John loved making his homemade wine and it was very strong,” he said smiling. “He was very liberal with his wine at our events making sure everyone’s glass was full.

“At one particular regatta, we had a large group that indulged in far too much of John’s wine and almost all of them didn’t make the races the next morning. After that, we started calling his wine Zupan’s revenge.”

Current Lake Osoyoos Sailing Club commodore Garry Ford said Zupan won’t soon be forgotten by anyone who knew him well.

“John was a very friendly gentleman who I got to know very well the past four or five years,” he said. “Even though his hearing was quite impaired later in life, he was always at our regattas cheering people on and enjoying the races.”

Zupan competed in sailing regattas well into his 80s and loved the sport with a passion, said Ford.

“One of my fondest memories from all our regattas was one event where our youngest sailor was age eight and we had competitors all the way to age 80, with John being that 80 year old,” he said. “He loved sailing and seldom missed a regatta.”

When Zupan and his wife Erika first moved to Osoyoos he was hired at the Town’s building inspector and his wife landed a job with the Town as well, said Ford.

When they heard the Town was going to sell the old CN Rail station, they convinced members of the sailing club to purchase the building for $1 instead of having it burned down and destroyed, he said.

Zupan’s career in construction came in very handy as he organized the effort to move that building 600 metres from the current parking lot of The Owl Pub to its current home on Spartan Drive, he said.

“If it wasn’t for John and his wife, we wouldn’t have this place that has been home for the sailing club all these years,” he said.

Zupan not only excelled as a sailor, but he loved to ski, bowl and play pool, said Ford. Zupan attended the sailing club’s annual general meeting in early December, despite poor health, and many members got to talk to him one final time, said Ford.

Zupan is predeceased by his daughter Evelyn and sister Fani.

His obituary in the Osoyoos Times read that he would be fondly remembered by his loving family including spouse Erika, son John (Helene), granddaughters Alphie, Jessica, Allison and Amy and grandsons Peter and Shawn.

A Second World War veteran and long-time resident of Osoyoos, Zupan was born in Cemsenik, Slovenia on January 26, 1927. He met his beloved wife Erika in Austria, from where they immigrated to Canada in 1951.

As a project superintendent and senior structural inspector for Perini Corporation, Kaiser Engineering, Bechtel Engineering and Casico, he managed the construction of various hydroelectric dams, underground facilities and bridges in British Columbia, Labrador, Quebec, Ontario and Columbia, South America.

Moving to Osoyoos in 1970, he established Arch and Angle Building Construction, through which he designed, constructed and renovated a number of notable buildings and structures in Osoyoos. For the last 15 years before his retirement, he was the Building Inspector for the Town of Osoyoos.

Besides his sporting ventures, Zupan had a love of knowledge and learning and was always seeking perfection in his endeavours. He was a life-long volunteer in countless projects for the betterment of the community.
Generous, energetic, and always good-humoured, he lived life to the fullest right to the end. All those who love and know him will sadly miss him.

KEITH LACEY (Osoyoos Times)