“Bob Says” for September 2022
I was back in the Midwest this past July and part of August, so I avoided the hot weather here in the San Diego area. While the weather was hot at the lake, we still averaged 6 to 8 flyers this past July and August. That is a pretty good turnout considering we start flight operations during the hottest part of the day.
Hopefully, things will start cooling off soon and we will start seeing some of our other Skimmers members again this fall.
I would like to remind everyone we also support RC boating (electric only) at the lake so bring your sail and/or power boats out too, especially on those iffy days when you’re not sure if you want to fly due to the wind conditions at the lake. It’s hard to predict wind condition at the lake particularly during Santa Ana wind season, so a backup boat is not a bad idea.
Our next scheduled flight session is September 12th.
See you at the lake
“Bob Says” for December 2021
We have completed three great flying sessions at the lake with a nice turn out for each outing.
The weather and winds were unusually favorable for all three sessions, so let’s not get too spoiled.
It was good to see the familiar faces of existing and new members again after our long hiatus from the lake.
I ask all members to review the club and park rules listed on our web site. Here is the direct link for your convenience RULES: AMA, PARK & CLUB (powayskimmers.org).
The next lake session is scheduled for December 20th and we will be updating the Calendar on the web site with next year’s flying dates.
See you at the lake
“Bob Says” for November 2021
Good news! The long awaited repairs to the boat dock have been completed.
We will be resuming flight operations on Monday Nov 8th 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
We have also added future session dates to the club web site calendar out to the end of the year.
If there is a big enough demand we may add an additional session dates to Nov and/or December.
It’s been a while so please review the park-lake and clubs rules listed on the club web site under
the club-info->rules-ama-park-club menu item (RULES: AMA, PARK & CLUB (powayskimmers.org)).
Remember flight/boat operations cannot being until the site around the fishing pier has been setup.
I will have 2021 membership cards for paid members and will be collecting due for unpaid member at the lake.
See you at the Lake
Bob Says’ for March 2021
Well, it looks like things are finally starting to move back to some semblance of normalcy.
A number of us have received our shots and things are looking good for the county to give the
all clear for our Skimmers activities on Lake Poway. We are still targeting early second quarter as the target date to resume operations at the Lake. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again at the lake doing what we do.
As previously noted I have received some renewals and will be processing 2021 member cards this month. As usual you can also renew membership at the lake once we resume flying and boating activities.
Our club AMA club charter and insurance certificate with Poway has been approved.
I will update the membership as things progress.
See you at lake
“Bob Says” for Sep 2020
Since the last update nothing has changed with the status of Lake Poway. While the Lake grounds are open for limited use, the City of Poway (per county guidelines) is not allowing boating or any group/permitted activities. Our club, The Lake Poway Skimmers, falls under the ‘group and permitted activities’ category. So flight operations at the lake are still suspended until further notice.
No one has any real idea when these restrictions will be lifted. At this point I would say we are looking at next year, assuming the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.
I will continue to update the membership of any changes to the lake status as soon as I’m notified by the city. We will collect dues for 2021 when the lake is opened for normal club operations.
Also, we have received membership requests from Steve Nelson, Ken McNeill, Robert McCurdy and George Argiris. I have added them to the Skimmers mailing list to keep them in the loop on the lake status. I ask that if you are one of the new members to please reply back to me so I know I have added you correctly to the club list.
Thanks for your continued patience
“Bob Says” for May 2020
While Poway has opened parks and Lake Poway for some access. Activities like boating, archery and any group event/activity are still not allowed. Social distancing rules apply to all persons not part of a family unit (live together).
The city’s official response is as follows;
We are highly regulated by the County of San Diego and “gatherings” or facility reservations are not permitted at this time. We expect this to continue through the month of May.
The bottom line is that we are still in a wait and see mode as to when flying will resume at Lake Poway. I’m hoping for a June time frame.
I will update the membership on any status changes as they become available to me.
Regards, stay safe
“Bob Says” for January 2020
2019 was another good year as we added several new members and activity in general was on par with previous years. Our Monday flying sessions generally had 5 to 10+ members and we are averaging 2 to 3 flying dates a month. Two sessions a month seems to be the sweet spot for decent attendance. So we will continue to schedule 2 sessions a month and add dates here and there base upon member interest. Let’s keep it going.
Once again Ferdinand and Arthur have been handling site setup/break down with myself as backup when required. Please continue to assist them with setup & break down of the site perimeter as required. This is greatly appreciated by the field safety and setup crew.
Special thanks to our web editor-in-chief Steve B. for all the work he does maintaining the Skimmers’ web site. If you have any suggestion for the site or wish to help out with a monthly or quarter Skimmers newsletter please contact Steve or myself.
A few other points:
1. I would like to ask all members to please take a moment to visit the club web site at www.powayskimmers.org and review club and Lake Poway rules/guidelines that we all must follow when at the lake .
2. Please note that anything we operate on water or in the air must be buoyant even if swamped with water. While this is generally not a problem for our foam/wood models some of the fiberglass planes and/or boat may/will need some help with the addition of foam or internal floatation tanks. Again, all models should be buoyant enough to be retrieved from the lake even if swamped with water (it should not sink).
3. A few members have asked about buoys for boat racing course and trying to organize some unofficially races. This is all doable but we would need someone (or several people) to step up and organize the boaters. We can add events to calendar, email-blast members and even setup a section on the web site for this activity. But we would need some organizers to oversee this activity.
I would like to pick a couple Mondays again this year where we can encourage our members (and guests) to bring out their boats for a grand review of the Skimmers’ fleet.
4. Steve is always looking for content for our web site. So if you have something of interest please pass it along. Also I was thinking of starting a newsletter (Monthly/Quarterly?) and was wondering if anyone was interested in doing this. Note, content or topics are not restricted to Lake Poway activities.
5. We are still looking into some improvements to the pit area at the lake (shade, flat area) and will be discussing/working with the city as to what might be possible. The city has just finished up a repaving project on the path from the parking lot to the pit/pier area.
I’m hoping to complete a Klarich short kit of the 1954 Berkeley 114” wingspan Don McGovern Custom Privateer this year (with some modifications – electric power, ailerons & removable landing gear). I had hoped to start this project last year but other things happened to delay this project (perhaps I can talk my brother in to helping out).
Lastly, by club policy, free advise (usually good, on any topic) is still available in the pit area without an appointment on a walk by or sit down basis.
See you at the lake in 2020
‘Bob Says’ for January 2018
2017 was another great year as we added several new members and activity in general was up at the lake from the previous year. Our Monday flying sessions generally had 5 to 10+ members and were averaging 2 to 3 flying dates a month. Let’s keep it going.
I would like to thank the membership in general for assisting in the setup & break down of the site perimeter. This is greatly appreciated by the field safety and setup crew.
Our web editor in chief Steve B. has improved the picture gallery and added a “FOR SALE BY MEMBERS” section to the site which can be found under the “Articles & Resources” menu option. Please take a moment to visit the club web site at www.powayskimmers.org.
It was cool to see several scale and custom/unique aircraft at the lake last year and I hope this trend continues this year as well. In keeping with this trend and with the help of some other members I’m hoping to complete a Klarich short kit of the 1954 Berkeley 114” wingspan Don McGovern Custom Privateer this year (with some modifications – electric power, ailerons & removable landing gear).
I also have another jet based design in mind and would need some help on this project as well (but one thing at a time). Yes, my big twin will make a third appearance at the lake (hopefully it’s the charm).
I would like to pick a couple Mondays again this year where we can encourage are members (and guests) to bring out their boats for a grand review of the Skimmers fleet.
We are looking into some improvements to pit area at the lake (shade, flat area) and will be discussing/working with city as to what might be possible.
As always by club policy free advise (usually good, on any topic) is available in the pit area without an appointment on a walk by or sit down basis.
See you at the lake in 2018
‘Bob Says’ for January 2017
2016 was a great year as we added several new members (6+) and activity in general was up at the lake last year. Monday flying sessions generally had 4 to 10 members and we were able to averaged 2 to 3 flying dates a month. We also were approved to add R/C boating back this year with great success, with a variety of boats seen at the lake. Thanks to the efforts of Steve B. we added an excellence club web site at: www.powayskimmers.org. Please take some time and visit our site to review rules and calendar of events.
Please remember to thank Terry T., Ferdinand C. and Mike M. for their site setup/break-down and safety officers duties. Their efforts made all those flying dates possible last year.
When the weather gets better I’d like to pick a Monday where we can encourage are members (and guests, see guest rules) to bring out their boats for a grand review of the Skimmers fleet. Note for some of our less sprite members, you can operate your boats from a chair on the shore and get assistance launching/retrieving your vessels. As always free advise (usually good, on any topic) is available in the pits area.
I always enjoyed the pits conversations and hope to determine this year;
- How much glue is really needed to hold on a wing tip float?
- Do SeaWind float plane’s really need wing tip training guides?
See you at the lake in 2017