- January 2011
to believe that it has been four years since I first showed
up at Shell Point Beach for my first windsurfing lesson.
A tropical depression was spinning up in the Gulf that day
and the wind was howling. Despite Amy and Deb’s best
efforts, I could barely make it off the beach before falling
in many, many times. But the 20 Knot Snobs were out that
day, and I watched while Perry, Rico, Chris and others were
carving jibes and ripping some screaming reaches and I knew
then that I would have to learn how to windsurf like them.
They say that when the student is ready, the master will
appear. I have found at SPSC no shortage of willing masters
providing words of wisdom and guidance. Here are a few (in
no particular order):
Amy C. “No, stick your hips forward!”
Perry M. “Dammit Man, it’s all about the presentation!
Tina M. “Why aren’t you sailing??”
Mark V. “If you smoke it like a heater, it tastes
like a heater.”
Dave D. “You can swim, can’t you?”
Chris G. “Oh, you’re back”
Donna M. “Um, Bill, that’s my cooler…”
One can see from this sampling that windsurfing with the
SPSC is more than a sport; it is a style of life that seems
to suit me. Of course, without the efforts of the SPSC,
I would not have found any of this enlightenment. Googling
Tallahassee + Windsurfing got me to 20knotsnob.com and the
efforts of all the teachers in the lessons program that
first year kept me coming back for more. And the rest, they
say, is history.
We have a year full of wonder and amazement to look forward
to (at least I do). Perry Morris has once again laid the
groundwork for the “Last Fiesta Key Trip” in
February, which is just around the corner! Southwood Mike
Levine has “volunteered” to coordinate the shirt
sales and potluck dinner for the wind ceremony in support
of our very own Festoons Band. Vice Commodore Bob Andrews
will be doing another stint as lessons coordinator, probably
the most important job in the club, but I am biased. And
I hear that Wright Finney has his eye on a new place for
us to invade for the NIMBY (some of us should avoid Fernandina
Beach and Cumberland Island for a while). Of course, I will
try not to travel so much this year that our past “La
Commodora” Donna McMahon will have to take up too
much slack, and she can enjoy the past commodore’s
deck all summer long. So it looks like another great year
ahead for the SPSC and I can’t wait for the weather
to get warm!
Scribbles from the Scribe
Board meeting on January 4th was brought to order by His Excellency
(he makes us call him that) Bill Olsen, our new Shell Point
Sailboard Club Commodore. As is usual at these meetings, most
everything we said was ‘off the record’, so we
got 10 minutes of business done in 90 minutes. But it was
a good 90 minutes. Hope your ears weren’t burning too
My first job as scribe was to ask for articles and I asked
Donna to write one about Festivus. She informed me to look
at the web site because she HAD ALREADY DONE ONE. I’m
gonna suck as a scribe, so get used to it.
My job as scribe, as I understand it, is to write down what
is said at these meeting because no one can remember due to
the excesses of alcohol and the aging members. So, basically,
I can make stuff up as the meeting goes along, and since I
have the OFFICIAL copy, well, they will do my bidding. However,
alliances must be formed, so when the minutes are looked over,
I have someone to immediately make a motion to accept them
as is and someone to second, hoping no one really reads them.
For those who go or were thinking of it, the Calema midwinter’s
have been postponed for this year but will start up again
in 2012. Next event for the SPSC is the Keys trip, only 4
weeks away. Thanks, Perry, for once again getting the site
lined up and working out the details.
BTW, if you missed the Christmas party, your loss. The facility
was very nice, though a little hard to find. The party lasted
until 1:15. The beer was cold, the drinks cold, the women
liquored up, the Swami in great form for his reading, and
everyone there had a good time.
Landscaping at Shell Point Beach
For those who have been to the beach recently, you will
have notice new trees and shore enforcement for the trees
that have been there for some time. The folks that did these
plantings ran their own irrigation along the beach. Thought
it looked like it was the same route we took, we are fortunate
they did not run into any of our stuff with the exception
of a light pole that had the electrical connection cut.
The beautification of Shell Point is underway but, unfortunately,
money was not available for a Perry Morris makeover.
For more information on this beautification, please go to
and type in "being planted" in the upper right
search box. Use the quotation marks when doing so.