Get yourself and your boat(s) ready. Bring the kids. Bring the lights!
Meet out in the center of the lake starting between 8:15-8:30pm. Sunset tonight is 8:28pm and “last light” is 9:01pm. The moon will be high in the sky before then since it is not quite full (but still pretty bright!).
Dear Truesdale Sunfish Sailors and Aspiring Sailors,
Truesdale Lake Sunfish race buoys are out — and the course is ready to go. All we need are sailors!
The typical Truesdale Sunfish Fleet #27 season consists of a 10-week series over the summer and a special one-time race “The President’s Cup” on Labor Day Monday (weather permitting).
We run two races every Sunday starting at 1:30pm from the start of summer through Labor day (Sunday, Jul 3 – Sunday, Sept 4, 2022).
“Preseason” practices were in June to give everyone a chance for a shakedown cruise.
We score the two races and add up only the best 10 races for each sailor, dropping their lowest point races. This means you don’t need to race every week to be competitive, and if you improve during the season your early scores don’t count.
These races are strictly for local fun and challenge — very low pressure. We don’t report results anywhere but here. Beginners and kids welcome and encouraged — and they usually pick it up pretty quickly.
The races starting line is off the dock of 43 Truesdale Lake Drive which is just north of the southernmost island on the lake (aka “Pirate Island”). Look for the pair of blue and white buoys that make the start line. And check the sailing race buoy chart at the bottom of this post.
The Truesdale Sunfish Fleet #27 is one of the oldest in the world. The Sunfish was designed and developed by Alcort, Inc. not far from here in Waterbury, CT.
Truesdale Lake was one of the early lakes that the Sunfish design was tested on before going into production in the mid-1950s. The fleet numbers are sequentially handed out, so #27 is a very old fleet number designation. Current fleet numbers for new sunfish fleets are in the 800+ range now.
To ensure the lake is in great shape for the upcoming holiday weekend, our lake management company, The Pond & Lake Connection (thepondconnection.com) will treat the lake for weeds and algae as needed on Tuesday June 28th.
Weather permitting, the lake will be treated with Nautique (https://sepro.com/aquatics/nautique) and there is a 24hr restriction for irrigation if you use lake water on your plants or lawn. No other usage restriction. It is okay to swim and it is okay to irrigate by Wednesday night.
We had well over 25 boats out on the lake lighting up the night under the nearly full moon Saturday, June 11th on Truesdale Lake. (The June full moon is nicknamed the “Strawberry Moon” which fit the strawberry shortcake cupcakes served mid-lake!)
Thanks to Lisa Capobianco for organizing and setting up the summer kickoff BBQ at the TEA beach on Truesdale Lake Drive. Many new faces joined in with old-timers at this annual party.
The weather was great and the clouds parted in time for the moon to show up and boaters and floaters to shove off from the launch.
Check out the photos below to get a flavor of what it was like.
Next nearly full moon on a weekend is Saturday, July 9th (the July full moon is Wednesday, July 13th, the “Buck Moon”). Weather permitting we can do a 2022 encore!
May 26, 2022
by rob Comments Off on Beach Cleanup Thank You
Place: TEA Beach; Date: Saturday, May 21st; Reason: Pre-Opening Clean up Day
Thanks to two dozen volunteers, the TEAâ€™s annualÂ Clean up Day went well and was very a productive event.
In one sunny morning we were able to:
move a 7 yards of sand from the lower parking lot to the beach
rake the new sand and remove weeds/branches from the waterfront
clean out and reorganize the shed
string and install a beautiful brand-new set of buoys and ropes
return the swim raft off shore.
Donâ€™t just take my word for it. Â Walk, ride or drive by. Â It looks fantastic and is ready from summer fun.
Thank you: Lisa, Bill, Ira & Laura, Kathleen & Matt, Andrea & her son, John & Maria,Â Peggy, Jane, Susan, Flavio, Bob & Ellen, Elizabeth & Phil, Charlotte & Catherine,Â Ciorsdan, Rob & Naomi,Â anyone else we forgot????
If you missed the spring clean-up, there’s always more to do during the summer. If you see something out of place best thing to do is get it done — or ask for help if its a bigger job. There are also plenty of other volunteer opportunities during the summer and beyond! Let us know at email@example.com.
May 24, 2022
by rob Comments Off on Lake Treatment – May 26, 2022
Our lake management company, The Pond & Lake Connection (thepondconnection.com) will treat the lake for weeds and algae as needed on Thursday May 26th.
Weather permitting, the lake will be treated with Nautique (https://sepro.com/aquatics/nautique) and there is a 24hr restriction for irrigation if you use lake water on your plants or lawn. No other usage restriction. It is okay to swim and it is okay to irrigate by Friday night.
TEA typically opens the summer with an open invite to lake residents & guests to our BBQ at the TEA Beach the second Saturday in June. (June 11, 2022) #weatherpermitting
This year this date corresponds to the first (nearly) full moon of the summer. So we are combining the kickoff and moonlight regatta!
5pm kickoff at TEA beach, we provide the burgers, hot dogs, chicken and soft drinks. You provide the rest. (desserts, salads, alt bev) Arrive by boat, car, bike, or foot – your choice.
At around 8pm we will head out on the moonlit lake. (BYO Truesdale Lake registered boat with a Truesdale Lake Sticker or make arrangements ahead with someone who has one!) Moon will rise over trees on the east side of the lake at around 5:21pm and be up at 80% full by regatta time — lighting up the water.
BYO Light Source(s) to help navigate home.
Lightup decoration on boats encouraged – not too bright! Glow sticks, LEDs, etc. if you have a dock, navigation lights are appreciated! (Not too bright)
June 3, 2022; 9am – 2pm â€¢ Sedgewood Club, Kent, NY
8:30 registration & networking CSLAP Training 2-4pm
Meeting set up in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the New York Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA), Town of Kent, Putnam County Dept of Health, and Putnam County Soil & Water Conservation.
The annual pre-season beach cleanup and beautification at the Truesdale Estates Association beach on Truesdale Lake Drive is set for Saturday, May 21 from 9am-12noon.
Let us know if you can come out!
We will be putting out the swimming dock, stringing new buoys on new swim ropes, raking the sand out, cleaning any winter damage, gardening, and generally making the beach ready for the summer. Depending on availability we may be doing some repairs to the dock on the property.
Even if you can only come for an hour or so it will help out the overall effort! Many hands make light work. Bring rake, shovel, and any other tools you think will be useful.
Please RSVP to Lisa Capobianco at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
April 15, 2022
by rob Comments Off on Canada Goose Control 2022
We have checked the three islands of the lake as of today and we have found a total of nine nests between the three islands and have begun oiling and addling and marking the eggs. We will continue to monitor the islands through the spring and act as needed since new nesting pairs show up throughout the spring season.
Egg oiling requires a permit from the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) which we have obtained. Truesdale Estates Association has renewed its FWS RCGR (Resident Canada Goose Registration) permit #13757A and currently there are six residents who are named on the permit.
This is a FREE program for our lake. The only cost is the time given by the volunteers.
We can add anyone from the lake community who is interested in helping! See below for more info.
The program on Truesdale Lake started in 2008 and has been very successful in controlling the population of resident Canadian Geese on the lake. The number of geese was in the hundreds in the early and mid-2000s and the oiling program has been successful in reducing these to several dozen in the past 10 years.
In 2019 the program did not have anyone oiling the eggs and the resident geese population shot back up into the 70-80 range – and possibly more. In 2020 we resumed the FWS program and there was only one resident family of Canada Geese on the lake for the summer. (There are frequently transient geese but they usually do not stay long.)
If you are interested in helping out, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our Contact Form. The process is not too difficult and training is easy. We would need to add your name to our FWS permit before you can be involved with the oiling program.
The physical intervention is the actual oiling of the eggs after mating has occurred but before the eggs have developed embryos. In our lake this typically takes place in late March or early April and can be pinpointed by observing the mating ritual of the local geese couples and finding their island nests about a week later.
Oiling works best with a crew of two or three working together. One person finds the nests, one person keeps the geese away from the nest, and one person oils the eggs. It is possible to do this with one person if they bring along two umbrellas to shield the activity over the nests.
Oiled eggs are marked with sharpies to keep track of which ones have been treated. Records are kept for the number and location of the nests and the number of eggs in each nest as a requirement of permission from the Fish & Wildlife Service.
The behavior change for the geese is the most important long term consequence of oiling the eggs.
We oil the eggs rather than simply break them because if the eggs are broken the goose simply lays more eggs. However, if the eggs are oiled, the development of the egg is stopped by preventing oxygen flow into the egg. This prevents the egg from hatching.
Since the geese do not know this, they sit on the eggs for the 5-6 weeks it takes for hatching. When the oiled eggs do not hatch, the geese view it as a “failed nesting.”
Resident Geese bad; Migratory Geese good
After a successful nesting which results in hatched eggs, the adult geese shed their flight feathers and take up residence with their new goslings on the lake for the entire summer and fall. We cannot chase them away.
This is NOT the outcome we want.
It is important to get all of the eggs and all nests oiled – or as many that are found. If there are enough goslings in a flock, even other members of the flock who may have had failed nestings will stick around and lose their flight feathers to support the new parents in the flock as “aunts” and “uncles.” This creates a large resident flock for the entire summer.
In a failed nesting with no goslings hatched, the adults keep their flight feathers, take off, and head further north for the summer. They do not have the time to lay more eggs and have the goslings fledge and fly before the end of the season. They are bachelors and bachelorettes.
This is the outcome we want.
These geese who fly away after a failed nesting also do not develop a preference for returning to Lake Truesdale next summer. They resume being Migratory Canada Geese (good) rather than Resident Canada Geese (bad).
Keeping the geese migratory means the problem is reduced both in the current year and in subsequent years.
Other geese will find and take up residence on Truesdale if we stop oiling the eggs, so we must keep up the program to head off more future residents.
We will also always have transient migratory geese — you can tell these geese since they are willing and able to fly away and visit other lakes since they do not have goslings to protect.
Last year, the crew of egg oilers has oiled over 100 eggs between the three islands. This prevented the hatching of those eggs and has interrupted the resident behavior of those goose parents. The aim was to not have them return for 2022 — and the numbers are down from 2021 to 2022 so far. But there is a lot of spring season left.
To be successful, there has to be an initial oiling treatment and several follow up oiling treatments. Timing is the key to successful outcomes. New couples appeared and new nests were created after our first and second trips to the islands. Each island ultimately required 4-5 trips. We have done two so far for 2022
Summary: Egg oiling has made a huge difference in controlling the resident goose population on Lake Truesdale.
When we first moved here in 1999, we would arrive home to 60-80 geese/goslings on our lawn. There was easily double or triple that number on the lake. Lawns were covered in goose droppings. The beaches were favorite spots for goose gatherings. I have photos (deep in the archive) that I can dig up in case you think I am egg-agerating.
We have gotten it much more under control relative to those days — but we can always do better. Will you step up to help? We can always use more volunteers! Thanks everyone for your help and support.