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Memorial Day - Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetary

Annual Memorial Day ceremonies were held at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetary in Fernley, Nevada. This year's memorial focused on the Coast Guard. Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Coast Guard were present at the memorial.

Memorial Day 2018

(L to R) Auxiliarists Leon Borden, Reno Flotilla 3, Dana Englekirk, South Lake Tahoe Flotilla 4, Tom Henderson, North Lake Tahoe Flotilla 1, and Coast Guardsmen, BM2 Timothy Powers and SN Blake Rupp.

The Coast Guard flew a Dophin HH-65 search and rescue helicopter to the Memorial Day ceremonies. Coast Guardsmen BM2 Timothy Powers (L), SN Blake Rupp and North Lake Tahoe Auxiliarist Tom Henderson are from Division 11. The Coast Guard has a full time Station at Lake Tahoe. The Dolphin HH-65 is an all weather and night certified helicopter and is the Coast Guard's primary rescue helicopter.

Memorial Day 2018

National Safe Boating Week 2018

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May 19th is the start of National Safe Boating Week. The Sierra Division has many activities this week to help recreational boaters.

1) North Shore Lake Tahoe Flotilla 1 will be staffing a Vessel Safety Check Station at the Public Utility Dock in Tahoe City on Saturday, May 26th. This is a voluntary check of your boat to make sure that it meets federal and state requirements. Flotilla 1 will also help staff an informational booth at the West Marine Store in Reno (2505 Mill St, Reno, NV 89502) from Wednesday, May 23rd to Friday, May 25th. Division 11 Auxiliarists will be available to answer questions you might have about your boat, boating education or vessel safety checks.

2) Reno Flotilla 3 will also be staffing the informational booth at West Marine in Reno (2505 Mill St, Reno, NV 89502) from May 23rd to May 25th. On Saturday, May 26th, the flotilla will be doing Vessel Safety Checks at Lake Almanor. The Vessel Safety Checks are voluntary and help boaters understand what is required and whether their boat meets these standards.

3) South Shore Flotilla 4 will have an informational booth at the Sportsman's Warehouse in Carson City ( 1443 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701) from May 23rd to May 25th. South Shore Auxiliarists will be available to answer questions about boating education, vessel safety checks and specific requirements to meet federal and state laws.

 State of Nevada Honors Sierra Division 11

The Governor's Office at the State of Nevada issued a proclamation honoring the members of Sierra Division 11. This Certificate of Recognition, issued by Governor Brian Sandaval honors the work of the members of Sierra Division 11.

Certificate of Recogntion from Governor Brian Sandaval

Trans Tahoe Swim

Each year the Olympic Club of San Francisco hosts their relay swimming race. Typically there are several hundred participants with six relay swimmers per boat. The Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U.S. Coast Guard, multiple Sheriff's Department boats and event organizer boats patrol the relay to ensure that the event is a safe one. We typically find that swimmers can get separated from their boats or that boats can attempt to cross the swim line at a high rate of speed.

This year we were fortunate to have two personal water craft on the scene from North Shore Flotilla 1. These personal water craft can reach speeds of 45 knots to warn boaters that they are entering an area where swimmers are concentrated.

Auxiliarist Chris Minidew

North Shore Flotilla 1 Auxiliarist Chris Minidew

Auxiliarist Bill Stolz

North Shore Flotilla 1 Auxiliarist Bill Stolz

In addition to the two personal water craft, three other Auxiliary vessels were on scene to support the race that stretches over 10 miles.

North Shore Vessel Camie Marie on patrol

North Shore Flotilla 1 facility, Camie Marie was on scene at the event. Crewman, Tom Henderson keeps a watch on adjacent swimmers.

Crew of Melroy on patrol

Coxswain John Boyne (foreground) and Crewman, Tom Temkin observe swimmers participating in the race from Reno Flotilla 3 facility, The Melroy.

In addition to these Auxiliary vessels, South Shore Flotilla 4 was on patrol for the event and Reno Flotilla 3's Peter Rast was the communications radio guard for all of the Auxiliary vessels in the event.

Upcoming Boating Season at Lake Tahoe

Epic Winter means good boating

Lake Tahoe Water level

The Lake Tahoe level has risen over four feet since December 1, 2016. It currently is at an elevation of 6227 feet, just two feet shy of its maximum of 6229. Federal Water Master Chad Blanchard estimates that there are four feet of water in the snow pack of the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe. This snow will melt into the lake and any excess must be gradually released into the Truckee River. Boat ramps that have either been unusable, or marginal in years past will be readily available to boaters this year.

Image courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Lake Tahoe Launch Ramp in Tahoe City

This photo shows the Tahoe City Public Utility Boat Launch ramp located next to the Coast Guard Station. This photo was taken in the first week of February. Since then, the lake has risen another two feet. The Coast Guard has been using "shallow water" boats (vessel in foreground) for the last couple of seasons since the lake level was low, but they will resume using their regular 29 foot vessels this year because of the significant water level increase.

Winter Dry Suit Swim at Lake Tahoe

Five Sierra Division 11 members conducted their annual dry suit swim at the Coast Guard Station at Lake Tahoe. During the winter months, Auxiliarists who patrol are required to wear the dry suits. These suits are indeed dry in that they keep water away from the user's body. Polypropylene underwear provides further insulation from the cold. On January 16th, the water temperature at Lake Tahoe was a cold 40 degrees. The dry suit swim also serves as a "leak" test. Any suit that leaks needs to be repaired. Anyone who fell into the water without a life jacket or dry suit would likely survive less than 15 minutes.

January 16th Dry Suit Swim at Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe

Sierra Division 11 Members gather to commence the annual dry suit swim

Sierra Division 11 members gather for the annual dry suit swim. The dry suits are required when water and air temperature are less than 50 degrees.


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