Category Archives: Events

News about upcoming Events (typically not related to a specific racing event).

Spring Series Week 8 – June 20, 2017

WOW, where has the spring gone??  Tomorrow night is the last night of our 2017 Spring Series and the weather looks great – WNW wind at 11 mph and only a 15% chance of bad weather….NICE!!
Fleet updates:
Please welcome an old friend – Greg Allen who used to race with us and reached out to join us again!
Don’t Forget – We go immediately into the Summer Series NEXT week, June 27th, then take the next week off for the 4th of July, resuming again on July 11th.
Committee Boats & Race Chairs – we need people to sign up for this or we will forfeit racing after July 11!!  Andy & I will move our dates from the last two weeks to June 27th & July 11th to get us into Summer Series but we need Race Chairs and boats for the rest of summer….PLEASE MESSAGE DAVE DUNLAP OR ME BACK TO SIGN UP!! or  As a reminder – you do not need to be a member of the fleet to supply a Committee Boat but you do need to be a member if you want to be a Race Chair.
Pontoon Float – we are still looking for a host house, you get to pick the date – July 23 or August 20.

Spring Series Week 6 – June 6, 2017

Hope you have been enjoying this beautiful weather!!
WOW, we are at week #6 of the 2017 Spring Series with tomorrow’s weather looking fairly decent and hopefully those forecasted isolated t-storms will bypass our lake area *B-) cool 
Winds should be around NNE10-15, and temps in the mid-seventies.
We are looking ahead for the summer pontoon boat party – after looking at the various regatta calendars, we have come up with two possible dates – July 23 or August 20.  We are also looking for a host house to accommodate everyone for dinner
Let me know if you are interested in being the host house for the pontoon float and you can choose which Sunday we gather.

First Fleet Meeting of 2017

Hello all Austin Lake Catamaran racers and social members!
The officers met and have set Saturday, March 18, as our Spring Kick-off Meeting date.  A meeting starting at 5:00 pm with dinner & socializing to follow.  Bring your Irish as we will continue that theme on Saturday…flyer to follow.

Year End Awards Banquet – October 29, 2016

Hi Everyone!

Wanted to remind all of you of our upcoming party/dinner/meeting next week.   We will be gathering in our own room at Comensoli’s in downtown Kalamazoo.  We start with a cocktail hour with fleet provided appetizers, then move to dinner (family style salad also provided by fleet), then will have our annual officer elections/trophy awards.  Please RSVP to Julie at with your dinner choice.  The attached flyer will give you details of the menu.  Also, I will be finding out what the weekly special is going to be very soon, so will send an update out with the specifics of that dish.  I’m so looking forward to it, it’s going to be a great time!

Pontoon Float Party, Sunday, August 7th

 We have wonderful weather predicted for this Sunday’s Float party. If you haven’t done so already, please RSVP to myself or Julie so we know how much smoked meat to order from Barrett’s.  We can arrange for rides out to the flotilla if we know you need one!
Non-lake residents please arrange for a ride for fun and sun, or be at Andy & Julie’s house (9833 Woodlawn Dr) by no later than 1:45 (when the pontoon boat leaves the dock).  Bring Jello or pudding shots or snacks to share on the water.  We will be on the water from 2-4:30 PM after which we will return to the Lenczycki’s for dinner to follow.  Fleet will provide fixin’s for tacos/wraps, fun salsa’s and some beverages.  BRING either a salad, fruit or veggies to share at Lenczycki’s.  See you on the water.
2016 Pontoon Float Party
2016 Pontoon Float Party

ALCA Pontoon Float Party

Thinking ahead to fleet activities and the annual pontoon boat float party – we have selected two possible Sundays which should minimally conflict with other sailing events:  July 24th or August 7th, both are Sundays.  Please let us know which of these dates you prefer, and if you can host the gathering for dinner afterwards – the host has the liberty for choosing the date that works the best for them.  We wanted to get this planned soon.

Boat Tuning Event Saturday, May 7th, 2016

So we’re on! Please RSVP and let Kathy Rubino know if you are coming! If you can’t or choose to not bring your boat, you are more than welcome to come out to help or observe from the ALCA gurus.

Here are the details:

  • Meet at the Austin Lake landing at 11 am Saturday May 7th.
  • tune boats there and around the lake at houses who RSVP
  • lunch – either at landing or where ever the group is time and place TBD around 1 pm – 2 pm
  • Race Chair seminar on Dunlap/Rubino pontoon boat 3 – 4 pm – meet at landing if interested
  • A weather-related go or no-go will be decided on Saturday by 10 am. We will e-mail and also post on Facebook if cancelled
  • Possible rain date Saturday May 14th

Important Fleet Meeting Sat. April 2, 2016

ALCA Fleet #519 Spring Kick-off Meeting and Hobie Stone Soup Gathering

When:  Saturday, April 2, 2016
Where:  the Akert’s—9702 East Shore Drive
Time:  5:00 Meeting; 6:30 Dinner
We are anticipating some changes to the ALCA Fleet Bylaws which will require input and voting by all fleet members, along with other important pre-season decisions (how many fleets, season start dates, how many starts, etc.).  Since no one has volunteered to be the fleet Race Chairman for the season, additional changes are being contemplated to the Fleet Bylaws.
The Party Committee will get the basic soup ingredients
(broth and meat) and fleet members need to bring the add-ins
whether it be a can of healthy veggie soup, a cup of cut up
veggies (carrots, celery, tomatoes, squash, potatoes, peas,
corn, green beans), a spice packet, can of beans or pre-
cooked pasta. We will put all into the pots and while we are
meeting, the soup will simmer and the flavors meld together!
Margaret has volunteered to make bread for this gathering so
you can bring either an appetizer, salad or a dessert. BYO
Adult Beverages.  The fleet will have some sodas and the
RSVP to Faith at 269-327-5427 by March 29