Boat Winterizing Info, Invasive Species Fundraiser

As Fall is officially upon us according to the calendar I thought I would forward some information pertaining to boat winterization. Kenneth Kajenski who owns Ski Marine in Williston, VT reminded me of the importance to be properly winterizing your boat. He says about 99% of the engines and exhaust manifolds he replaces are due to improper winterization. The antifreeze you use should be a propylene glycol with corrosion inhibitor (Pink Fluid) but there is another Pink Fluid propylene alcohol that should not be used. The propylene alcohol will harden rubber seals and causes corrosion. Check the label to ensure you are getting the right stuff. Never use a toxic antifreeze (green stuff) that you put in your car. The pink stuff for recreational vehicles is bio-friendly.  Kenneth also noted the importance of draining your engine block and exhaust manifolds of water prior to flushing/filling with antifreeze. Just running antifreeze through your engine and hoping it replaces the water is not a good idea. I have also attached some winterizing tips from Discount Inboard Marine. If you would prefer to have someone winterize your boat engine for you please contact Kenneth Kajenski at Ski Marine 1-802-879-2050. He is a member of GMWS.

Many lakes in Vermont have been battling invasive plant and animal species: Most notably is Eurasian Milfoil. The Lake Iroquois Association located in the towns of Hinesburgh/Williston/Richmond is raising funds to help fight the nasty weed and improve the water quality in Lake Iroquois. They are holding a fund raiser on Tuesday, October 4 from 5-9 PM at the Hinesburgh Public House Restaurant. There will be a locally sourced three course Community Supper for an inclusive price of $20.00.   Half of the funds raised will support Lake Iroquois Association efforts to improve Lake Iroquois water quality, including milfoil control.  Support this local business and support beautiful Lake Iroquois. If you can attend you get a great meal for a great price and help support the efforts of the Lake Iroquois Association.

If you have paid your dues for the year thank you. If you have not paid your dues for the year it would be greatly appreciated if you would do so. A mere $10.00 for an individual or a mere $15.00 for a family. You can pay your dues here on our website by sending a check or by credit card through PayPal.

Record breaking summer temperature wise. Sure hate to see it ending. Thanks for being a member of Green Mountain Water Skiers!

Sincerely,
Joe Bourgeois
Membership – GMWS

Joyce Dobbertin Wins Regionals, Donna Epstein 2nd at Nationals

Joyce Dobbertin won her first regional title battling difficult conditions at Lake Holly in Sparta, VA. She was one of a few competitors all day in all divisions to ski into a third pass due to a high “busy” water level. She scored 2@15-off 32 mph in the Womens 5 division. Congrats Joyce, well done!

Donna Epstein, Womens 7, won her division at Regionals and then went on to place 2nd at Nationals!

Justin Campfield, Mens 3, and Bruce Epstein, Mens 7, also skied both Regionals and Nationals, with Bruce winning his division at Regionals.

Tom Costello Alan Rossi VT Champs, Aug 27

Please click Events in the menu bar to see all the standard info about our tournament. Please register online. Entry deadline 8/20.

This year’s tournament ( 17E016C ) is the inaugural year of being the VT State Champs! We will also be going back historically and pulling together VT records, so please let us know what you may know about past stellar performances.

The following people are confirmed for the 2016 tournament: Darlene McCormick, Bruce Epstein, Donna Epstein, Pat Morrill, Bill Putnam, Cole Maurer, Tonya Maurer, Bob Radimer, John Witmer, Scott Behner, Louisa Behner, Kathy Callan, Will Bruzzese, Bill Bruzzese, Karen Bruzzese, Shannah Pochini, Eric Dole, Justin Campfield, Abby Campfield, Joyce Dobbertin, Joe Bourgeois, Skip Hommel, Julie Hommel, Michael Cantamessa, Skylar Hathorn, Becky Bartlett, 78 of 75 pulls. We will start a waiting list as we may be able to include one or more additional people.

Ski Clinic July 20

We have the one and only professional water skier Jamie Beauchesne here again in Vermont to conduct a water ski clinic on Wednesday July 20. This is a terrific opportunity to improve your water skiing skills. The clinic will start at 8:00am at the Wrightsville Reservoir Boat Launch Area on Rte. 12 North of Montpelier.

There will be 1/2 hour slots starting at 8:00am every half hour until noon and 1:00pm every half hour until 5:00pm. Noon to 1:00pm is lunch/schedule float time. Cost for the clinic is $40/set for club members. All non-members are $60/set. To secure your slot email the time period you would like to reserve to Bruce Epstein at bbeski@gmail.com, and either make payment by check or by PayPal. (Please note this is a new email address.) Bruce’s mailing address and contact info are listed below. Any questions, please contact Bruce Epstein.

You can also call with questions. Thanks! Hope to see you there!

Bruce Epstein
13 South Pinnacle Ridge Rd
Waterbury, VT 05676

EMAIL: bbeski38@gmail.com ** NEW EMAIL ADDRESS **
CELL: (802)272-5324

Green Mountain Water Skiers 2016 Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday May 10 at our home in Waterbury (address is below). Social time starts at 6:00 pm with pizza provided. Bring your own beverage. Meeting will commence ~ 6:30 pm.

Agenda will include Treasurer’s Report, Election of Officers, membership status, club website, this year’s tournament / state championship, North East Slalom Series, State Records, scheduling Ski Clinic(s), equipment rentals, GMWS Sticker/Decal, the Alan Rossi Award, Waterbury courses update, and any other items. If you would like any other items added let me know. Please confirm if you will attend so we can order enough pizza. You can email me at address below or respond directly below.

We had a great 2015. The Tom Costello / Alan Rossi Slalom Derby was again successful with great scores and conditions. This year’s will be our first official State Championship and be part of the North East Slalom Series. Thanks to all who volunteered your time. The Jamie Beauchesne clinic was supported by GMWS and Alan Rossi funding and again well attended.

The 2015 Alan Rossi Award went to Randy Youngsma from Mass. Randy is a regional slalom champion and senior driver who has been a driving force pioneering tournament skiing in New England. He has mentored many skiers and has continued to volunteer his time despite being injured for several years. Alan would be very proud.

Our Club is what we make of it. Please make every effort to attend.

Bruce Epstein, President
13 South Pinnacle Ridge RD
Waterbury, VT 05676

info@vt-loghome.com
(802)272-5324 (cell)

Tournament Results 2015

We had another great season capped by our annual Tom Costello Alan Rossi Slalom Derby tournament.  The weather cooperated again with light winds, sunny skies and temps up near 80.  The day’s best scores was Pat Morrill with 4@38 off 34mph, Bob Radimer 2@38 off 34mph, Bruce Epstein 2@38 off 32mph, Justin Campfield 4@35 off 34mph, and Jon Kusiak 2@35 off 36 mph. For the women Darlene McCormick got 3.5@28 off 32mph.

The day’s real highlights included Joe Bourgeois getting 1.5@35 off 34mph, and the Boys 2 duel between Will Bruzzese and Chase Gulick. This was Joe’s first tournament. Running a pass is the usual measure of success in one’s first tournament, but to get into 35 off is a truly incredible achievement! Big congrats to Joe! The boys put on a great show of their own by getting into 22 off 34mph.  Chase bested Will by one half a buoy with 1.5 @ 22. Both boys exhibited exceptional technique that is reminiscent of Chris Rossi & Jamie Beauchesne at their age. Much appreciation to everyone who worked hard to make our tournament a success.

A big thanks to Fred Costello for yet again providing the t-shirts in memory of Tommy and Alan!

This year’s Alan Rossi Award went to Randy Youngsma. Randy is a past Eastern Regional champ, has put on many tournaments, and has always been a mentor/friend to everyone he’s met, including Alan. We are sure that Alan would be very proud to have Randy the award winner.

Bruce Epstein, President

Slalom Clinic changed to July 2 due to weather

On Thursday, July 2 we have the one and only Jamie Beauchesne here in VT for another great ski clinic. This is a terrific opportunity to improve your skills for the ski season. The clinic will start at 8:00am at the Wrightsville Reservoir Boat Launch Area on Rte. 12 North of Montpelier. There will be 1/2 hour slots starting at 8:00am every half hour until noon and 1:00pm every half hour until 5:00pm. Noon to 1:00pm is lunch/schedule float time. Cost for the clinic is $40/set for club members. All non-members are $60/set. To secure your slot email the time period you would like to reserve, and either make payment by check or by PayPal using my email address (info@vt-loghome.com). My mailing address and email address are listed below. Any questions, please let me know. You can also call me anytime. Thanks! See you there!

Bruce Epstein
CELL: (802)272-5324

Green Mountain Water Skiers Annual Meeting

Reminder:

Our Annual Meeting will be held Monday May 18 at our home in Waterbury (address is below). Social time starts at 6:00 pm with Pizza provided. Bring your own beverage. Meeting will commence ~ 6:30 pm.

Agenda will include Treasure’s Report, Election of Officers, Membership status, Club Website, this year’s Tournament, scheduling Ski Clinic(s), Equipment Rentals, GMWS Sticker/Decal, the Alan Rossi Award, Waterbury Courses Update, and any other items. If you would like any other items added let me know. Please confirm if you will attend so we can order enough Pizza. You can email me at address below or respond directly below.

We had a great 2014. The Tom Costello / Alan Rossi Slalom Derby was again successful with great scores and conditions. Thanks to all who volunteered your time. The Jamie Beauchesne Clinic was supported by GMWS and Alan Rossi funding and again well attended. The 2014 Alan Rossi Award went to Mike Tilton from Natick, Mass. Mike is a talented, dedicated skier who has run the New England Slalom Championships for many years. The Tilton ski team raises money to support the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Alan would be very proud My sincere thanks to all of you who contacted me to support my efforts in the Worlds.

Our Club is what we make of it. Please make every effort to attend.

Bruce Epstein, President
13 South Pinnacle Ridge RD
Waterbury, VT 05676

info@vt-loghome.com
(802)272-5324