Commodore's Corner - August 2009
Sorry for missing last month's; just slipped right by me. Fortunately,
July did not have lots going on. August, however, is off to an
interesting start. I left August 17th to visit my brother in St.
Paul, MN. Temperatures there never got over 75, and our trip back
(we drove) did not require AC until we were in Atlanta (we stopped
by House on the Rock, Mammoth Cave, and Rock City, so you can
say we had a rocky trip.) You can thank me later for bringing
the cool weather back with me.
First off, Bill Olson did a wonderful job at the Rum and Rootbeer,
keeping in mind that August is usually HOT, and having a game
that included squirt guns, or, more correctly, squirt canons!
From crossing a gathering of sharks blind folded, to eating strange
foods, and costumes that were wonderful, Survivor Shell Point
lived up to its name. Check
out the photo gallery.
The training trailer has been moved to Shell Point thanks to Lee
and is sitting, I believe, on his vacant lot down there. Linda
has given us permission to work on it at her home in order for
all the electrical tools to work well. I know the skills incorporated
in members of the SPSC, the training trailer will be the envy
of all other owners of training trailers.
Endless Summer Sailboard Classic is coming up. If anyone, ANYONE,
has suggestions for this year, please let me know. I have a group
of people that have volunteered to get me going down the right
path and to help get this thing together. However, if you know
of a company that wishes to help sponsor the event, or just wishes
to unload some excess inventory that we can give away, please
let me know.
Only 2 lessons left, August 29th and September 5th. I cancelled
September 14th because there are too many other things going on
and I don’t believe I could have gotten enough instructors.
We have lots of folks that want to get lessons over the next two
training periods and I could use some help at the beach.
We have already trained in excess of 25 people and have at least
another eight that want to come done for lessons. I want to thank
Bob Andrews for getting the training off to a good start. Bob
A., Tina, Bill Olson, Mark Powell, Donna and Chris McMahon have
all done a great job in teaching or helping with lessons. Special
thanks to Linda for not only helping with lessons but letting
us once again store our training trailer and equipment at her
house until we finish our training trailer.
Hey Y’all. I know it’s been a long time since you
have read any of my dribble. Well here goes. We’ve been
doing all kinds of things in the club lately; everything from
building a “manufactured” home for training equipment,
to armadas descending on an unsuspecting pristine shoal. Regattas,
board meetings, band practices and coming soon - free elections.
I personally am of the Wig party and we haven’t had a candidate
in over one hundred years. I’m thinking of crossing over
to the Swig party.
Last weekend we experienced the expected bad behavior of a bunch
of thirty-eight year old children. It was the annual Rum and Root
beer Regatta and it was an absolute hoot. The games’ integrity
and rules diminished the later it got. (Most excellent) If you
were a first timer or have not been exposed to this type of event
I hope you enjoyed yourself and thank you for coming. If you get
the chance let Bill O. (aka The Mule) know how you liked it. Good
The next party re-form will be at Shell Point Beach Fl. It is
one of my favorites of the year. It is the annual Endless Summer
Classic Regatta. Unlike the R&R this has some mighty fine
racing. It is part of the Southeast Series. We have had live bands
in the past and last year we had DJ Bobby G. spin all of our favorite
dance tunes for our listening pleasure. It starts Friday night
and goes through the weekend.
Then the party re-forms at around Christmas Time for an evening
of glamour and dancing. That’s right I said GLAMOUR. It’s
our only dress-up event. It usually starts around 7 pm and ends,
when it ends. Club normally supplies the liquor, except the designer
gin for the best dad-gum martini you’ve ever had. I have
always enjoyed this one. This year it’s Donna’s Mac
There’s the vernal party re-form. Better known as Festivus.
It’s for the best of us. It happens to be on the shortest
day of the year. It comes complete with feats of strength and
airing of grievances (fussin and pole dancing sort of).
One of the strangest party re-forms is the Sand Spur Rodeo.
I should let you just experience that one for your self.
I’ve had people ask do we have alcohol at these functions?
My answer to that is “Did Col. Sanders do chicken?”
But never on the beach, it’s against the law unless you
have an official non-alcoholic beverage cup. In the event you
haven’t caught on. This is as much a social club as it is
a sailing club. Mostly it’s about the water and having fun.
I’ve been a member of the club for over ten years. I’ve
been the party animal, Commodore, asked to leave, emcee, belly
dancer and Howdy Doody hauler. And still can’t sail worth
slug spit. So there is something here for anyone with a sense
of humor and thick skin. Hope to see you at the beach for the
next party re-form. The Dig.
By Digger Dave
Staying In Touch With Your Club
A few people have mentioned to me that they never get notified
as to what is going on in the club. The reason for this is that
the SPSC does not e-mail people who do not wish to receive e-mails.
If you wish to be on the SPSC mailing list, you can opt in to
The steps to get this done are as follows:
1. Go to www.20knotsnob.com, your source for all things SPSC
2. Go to the very, very bottom of the Home page, to the line that
reads “To join or update your email information in the SPSC
Yahoo Group, please contact SPSC Yahoo Coordinator” and
click on SPSC Yahoo Coordinator. Send an e-mail asking to be added
to the list.