Saturday, July 29, 2017

July News

- After a few months of good skiing on course #3 the water is now too shallow...will be skiing course #4 for the rest of the year.

- Reminder that all UWSC members can demo HO skis for FREE at Taylor's Boats, yes for FREE with your membership card. 

- All UWSC members (including family members) can once again ski for free in the Utah State Championships which will be held on August 19th at Calls Fort, in order to ski for free you need to enter before the August 8th deadline. To enter click HERE then on enter on the top left, when you get to the payment information you can stop. To see the list of the remaining tournaments in Utah this summer including the first ever sanctioned tournament at Still Water Lake Estates click HERE.

- Good News, the Utah Water Ski Club has been awarded a Special Use Lease on Utah Lake for 10 years! This is a big deal and something the board has worked on all year. The club now has exclusive rights to set up and maintain two slalom courses on Utah Lake in two of our four locations. This Special Use Lease was posted in the news paper for three weeks and was open to anyone to bid on, the Utah Water Ski Club had the winning bid.


- The fall Adopt-a-Park service project will be held on September 16th for those that were not able to attend in the spring. Reminder that all club members are required to attend one of the two service projects or go down on your own for one hour, more details about the spring/fall Adopt-a-Park service project at http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/events-calendar.html

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Dock move

Our second dock is now in the water and located at the East end of course #3.  After a flatbed tow-truck ride from the marina storage site and a 2+ hour boat ride dragging it to the course in two pieces,  the awning is up and anchors are in.  Tim could be found giving directions from and napping in the hammock on the long ride out.
Nice work Tim Peterson, Tom Larson, Garn Arnold, Hank Cobb and John Adams.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June News

The dock did not get moved to course #3 on the Adopt-a-Park service project day last month, the new plan is to move it this Saturday starting at 7am. The club is looking for help and two boats to pull the dock out to course #3. If anyone can help on June 3rd please contact Tim Peterson by text/phone (801) 652-0089. This will count towards your Adopt-a-Park service project!


Thanks to the official 22 members (John Adams, Greg Anderson, Rick Anderson, Garn Arnold, Lewis Barton, Victor Blanton, Matt Broten, Heather Burchett, Kelly Chipman, Matt Chipman, Hank Cobb, Wayne Douglass, Keith Hanson, Bruce Harpor, Natalie Hemmert, Tom Larsen, Tim Peterson, Olga Sorensen, Troy St Jeor, Jane Stewart, Ben Thompson, and Melissa Velinga) who came out to the Adopt-a-Park service project/activity last month along with additional family members. Reminder that all members are required to attend one of the two Adopt-a-Park service project every year or go down on your own. The board realizes that not everyone can attend one of the two Adopt-a-Park projects, if that is you go down on your own and ask a park ranger what you can do. When finished fill out page 4 of the volunteer sheet and email a picture to utahwaterskiclub@gmail.com and give the hard copy to the state park. The fall Adopt-a-Park service project is on September 16th.

When driving to course #3 please come in from the shorter west end if possible rather than going into Provo Bay then looping back so you don't send rollers into the course or cut the reeds/bullrush between course #3 and #4. Go to https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/14s24CS-xc-c-IfvbEvPCY1hltF9NFGozba6i2ceM5kQ/edit?usp=sharing for driving directions to course #3. Tim Peterson and Scot Chipman have both walked the shorter west entrance into course #3 when it was dry last fall and there is nothing unusual to hit with your boat and it is as deep as the west end of course #3.

Reminder that when you arrive at the course you need to make sure all buoys are in place and properly adjusted BEFORE you ski and make sure everything is still in place when you leave. If you need a key (same key for 10+ years now) to the club dock box email/call/text Garn Arnold garnski@yahoo.com (801) 362-6064 and he will send you one. More information about club maintenance/buoys including pictures at http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/club-rules-course-maintenance.html The board is working on a short YouTube video about how to install and adjust buoys that will be posted on the club we page once finished. 

Happy Skiing on course #3!

UWSC Board

P.S. The Utah Lake festival is going on this Saturday as well. More information at http://utahlakecommission.org/utah-lake-festival-2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

Adopt-a-Park

The semiannual (third Saturday in May/Sept) Utah Water Ski Club Adopt-a-Park service project/activity will be held Saturday May 20th from 10 am to noon, lunch at noon. In addition to picking up trash we will be clearing brush and other debris from the Provo river bank, bring gloves and shears if you have them. The club also plans to load the clubs second dock located in dry storage onto a trailer then launch it and pull it out to course #3. If you have a flat bed trailer the club can use on Saturday please call/text Tim Peterson at (801) 652-0089. 

Reminder that all members are required to attend one of the two Adopt-a-Park service project every year. The board realizes that not everyone can attend one of the two Adopt-a-Park projects, if that is you go down on your own and ask a park ranger what you can do. When finished fill out a volunteer sheet and email a picture to utahwaterskiclub@gmail.com and give the hard copy to the state park.

Course #4b is up but going under water fast with the rising water, course #3 is almost up thanks to Tim Peterson and Dan Johnson. The club is looking for members to help finish installing course #3 and move course #4b to #4a. If you can help with course work call/text Tim Peterson at (801) 652-0089.

When driving to course #3 please come in from the shorter west end if possible rather than going into Provo Bay then looping back so you don't send rollers into the course or cut the reeds/bullrush between course #3 and #4. Go to https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/14s24CS-xc-c-IfvbEvPCY1hltF9NFGozba6i2ceM5kQ/edit?usp=sharing for driving directions to course #3. Tim Peterson and Scot Chipman have both walked the shorter west entrance into course #3 when it was dry last fall and there is nothing unusual to hit with your boat and it is as deep as the west end of course #3.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May News

Welcome our three new members Lewis Barton, Ben Thomson, and Nick Greenwood into the club! The latest member and wait lists can always be found on the right side near the top of every page.

Utah Paddle Boards (and gas) has been added to the member discount page http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/member-discounts.html with a 15% discount, must present your member card. Utah Paddle boards is the vendor at Utah Lake State Park that not only rents paddle boards but rents boats/wave runners and sells gas on the water. The 15% off discount includes gas!

The directions to course #3 are below, the club plans to have course #3 set up by the end of May. When going to course #3 it is best to enter from the west end rather than going into Provo Bay then coming back to the west because: 1) it eliminates the possibility of sending rollers into the course, 2) it allows more bullrush to grow between course #3 and #4 since there are less boat cutting the corner and cutting bullrush with their prop, and 3) when you cut the corner it is actually shallower than entering from the west end. Tim Peterson and Scot Chipman have both walked and driven a truck through the west entry into the course a few times when it was dry last year. There was nothing to hit or fences in the way and it is as deep as course #3 on the west end.

The Adopt-a-Park service project day will be on May 20th from 10am to noon, lunch at noon. Remember is it required of all members to attend either the spring or fall Adopt-a-Park service project. If you can't make either Adopt-a-Park service project you can go down on your own and ask what you can do for one hour. If you go down on your own ask for then fill out the "Volunteer Agreement and Time Record", take a picture of it and email it to utahwaterskiclub@gmail.com then turn in the hard copy to the State Park.

The Free Malibu Response TXi and HO demo day with Will Asher on May 5th at Still Water Lake Estates is full, the May 6th day at Bear Hollow Lakes has the 8:00 and 8:20 spots open. Text/call Scott Ellerbeck (801) 558-1111 if you want one of the last two spots at Bear Hollow Lakes.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Board Meeing

Membership:
- Who dropped out? Joe Congdon, Wade Hollbrook, Scott Reese, and Mike Zufelt. How many are we letting in? Three
- Wait list bid status? Lewis Barton, Ben Thomson, and Scott Hinkley are bidding so far.
- Should we give wait list members keys? Yes to those that ask for one.

Government Affairs:
- Go over new club permit from Forestry, Fire, & State Lands. Status of new permit? Hank is working on it.
- Division of water quality is looking for a steering committee member. Garrett Smith will go.
-Still looking for a club representative on the Utah Lake Commission Public Advisory Group to replace Mel Smith. Garrett Smith will take over for Mel.

Equipment:
- Install course #3. May do on the Adopt-a-Park day.
- Place second club dock back in the lake and take to course #3. May do on the Adopt-a-Park day.
- Install new course by Pelican Bay? Yes if the new permit allows.
- What additional equipment do we need for 2017? Nothing.
- Make YouTube video of how to replace buoys. Yes, Tim will work on with Garrett.

Treasurer:
- Current balance through March 31st. $17,254.02
- Should the club donate to save water skiing gofundme campaign by Jennifer Leachman Lapoint? www.gofundme.com/savewaterskiingnow No, need more details.

Web Site/News:
- Utah Lake State Park will dredge the harbor after Labor Day.
- Add Utah Paddle Board to the discount page. Scot will do.
- Malibu/HO demo days May 5th/6th.
- Plan Adopt-a-Park service project on May 20th. Rick Anderson will do the food, Paul Hilyard will plan with the State Park.
           
President:
- Who wants to be president next year? Possibly Garn Arnold.

- Set next board meeting in August. August 22nd.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

April News

Course #4b is up thanks to Tim Peterson and Dan Johnson who have been skiing for the last month, water temperature has been in the 50's. The water level is going up fast and we should have enough water to set up and ski course #3 by sometime in May, just need to get to -3.00 or higher. For the current Utah lake level click HERE, past and forecasted lake levels click HERE. Reminder that when you ski the club course you need to fix any missing buoys BEFORE you ski and make sure everything is up when you leave. Course supplies are in the dock box, if you need a key email Garn at garnski@yahoo.com and if you see or have problems with the course email Tim Peterson at waterskinude@yahoo.com.

The number 2 and 4 spots on the wait list are now up for bid and they have all been emailed. You are guaranteed to get into the club if you are in one of the top three spots on the wait list since the club lets in three new members each year, with people passing every year at the top of the wait list the #4 spot will very likely get in as well. For more information about how the wait list auction works go to http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/guestswait-list.html

Free Malibu Response TXi and HO demo day with Will Asher on May 5th at Still Water Lake Estates and May 6th and Bear Hollow Lakes. Come see/drive the all new Malibu Response TXi and test the latest HO skis with Will Asher. Yes this is free courtesy of Taylor's Boats, thanks to Still Water Lake Estates and Bear Hollow Lakes for providing the location. To sign up email/text Scott Ellerbeck right now at sledwe@msn.com (801) 558-1111 for available time slots that will go fast.

We had four members drop out of the club this year including Joe Congdon, Wade Hollbrook (owner at Still Water), Scott Rees, and Mike Zufelt (owner at Last Chance).

The next board meeting is April 11th and always posted at http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/board-members.html If you have anything for the board to discuss or suggestions in general please reply to this email.