- May 2011
So you want to learn to windsurf…
This month marks the beginning of our 2011 lessons season.
This program, in partnership with Wakulla County Parks and
Recreation is the SPSC’s best way of supporting the
local community for our access to the beach. Bob Andrews has
been lesson coordinator for the last couple of years and has
been doing a great job herding the cats to make the lessons
Our sessions are filling up fast already, so please check
the calendar to see when you
can help. We try to keep a high teacher to student ratio to
make the lessons a quality experience for our new windsurfers.
When I decided to try windsurfing a few years ago, I had last
paid attention to windsurfing in the late 1980’s. I
expected that there would be schools, shops and equipment
available. Now I know that SPSC is the only venue for windsurfing
training this side of Tampa, so please help us bring more
people into the sport.
Here are a couple of rules for our new students gleaned from
my vast experience.
- Have Fun - windsurfing is challenging but it is also
one of the most rewarding water sports around
- Double Tap – sorry, wrong list
- Hold On To The Boom – easier said than done some
times, but it can’t hit you if you hold it
- Don’t Expect People To Loan You Their Gear –
and if they do make sure you can afford to fix it (Only
one more payment, right Dave?)
- Get Wet – push the limits, otherwise you could
just sit on the beach
- Listen to other windsurfers – ask 5 windsurfers
how to rig something and you will get 6 answers
- Race In A Regatta – nothing will improve your
skills faster than having to sail somewhere at a set time
- Time On The Water
- Time On The Water
- Time On The Water
Stephen C. Smith
This year’s Stephen C. Smith Memorial Regatta was
a resounding success. We helped raise a substantial sum
of money to help the American Cancer Society in their fight against a disease
that effects us all. The SCSMR foundation and board did
their usual stellar job in bringing all the aspects of this
event together. Thanks to Perry and John for setting the
marks, Mark and Lee for captaining the races, and Tina for
bringing together a C fleet. I do question the propriety
of a racer, our own scribe Bobby G., scoring the races,
but since he didn’t win anything, I guess he hasn’t
figured out how to game the system yet.
PS: Tiki Mon IV is safe in an undisclosed location, to thwart
the unscrupulous and unprincipled scoundrels who tried several
times to hold him for ransom.
Respectfully submitted, W.D. Olson,
TIKI MON IV by Chris McMahon
As the dust settles on another Smith Regatta and TIKI MON
IV settles into his new home with Bill Olson, I reflect
on the past year that TIKI MON IV was my companion. I introduced
TIKI MON IV at the NIMBY regatta and he was immediately
welcomed by all those in attendance, finding out what kind
of partying crowd he was amongst. Needless to say, but with
this crowd, TIKI MON IV’s tramp stamp was the envy
We made our next appearance at the Rum and Rootbeer regatta,
enjoying the gambling and good times. I would say more,
but what happens at Shell Point stays at Shell Point. It
was TIKI MON IV that made hanging out at the beer truck
at Endless Summer Regatta a great
For the first time in the TIKI MON dynasty, TIKI MON IV
made it to the Atlanta Fall classic and was treated like
royalty, as he should have been, spending most of the event
in the warm confines of the yacht club and near the liquor
cabinet. Sitting by the huge fire place made for some nice
photos, but TIKI MON IV knew some of his lesser brethren
were what was keeping him warm, so he preferred a more comfortable
setting on the beautiful wooden bar, next to their historic
wind shrine box (filled with items added one by one each
year by a different keeper for what looks like many windy
years) a good time was had.
The next TIKI MON IV sighting was on the bar at the glamorous
SPSC Christmas party in beautiful Wakulla County. He was
working at that event holding the lights in place. What
an event to remember.
In February, we traveled to the Keys where previous TIKI
MONs have been known to cause rifts in relationships. Man
what a life and time TIKI MON IV had! He spent most of his
vacation moving from camp site to camp site, hosting an
epic twister game or two, and sneaking into as many tents
Who could forget TIKI MON IV the 2011 Wind Ceremony, overseeing
our historic “wind wish stick” tradition . Our
great Swami was appreciative of the attention TIKI MON IV
was getting, since TIKI MON IV was by his side the whole
time, worshipping at the feet of the great Swami. Using
only the finest imported Brazilian wood sticks, TIKI MON
IV had the hook-up on good wood and good wind.
From his creation before the NIMBY in 2010 to his finding
a new home at the Smith Regatta charity auction in 2011, the
year flew by quickly. We are honored by the attention TIKI
MON IV received at the auction and are humbled and thankful
Now I look at my log drying rack for the next
tiki, TIKI MON V!! I still have a few of what I call the
Daytona beach logs which I picked up on A1A after two hurricanes
crossed the state few years ago. They were from a very old
palm in front one of the oldest condos on A1A that had been
blown down then cut to perfect tiki length and stacked up.
I filled the trunk of our rental car and threw a few in
the back seat. Tiki Mon III and IV have this as their heritage.
Rum n Rootbeer by B3
This year’s Rum n Root Beer, on August 6th, will be chaired
by yours truly, BobbyG aka B3 aka Bob aka Graves, aka sh&$head,
with lots of input by His Excellency, the one and only, El
Commodore himself, Bill. The theme is “1 Million Years
BC”. Now, there are the purists that contend that 1
million years ago there were no humans, yet there are countless
movies and cartoons that depict humans and dinosaurs together.
If you can’t trust the media, who can you trust, history
and science books? I don’t think so. This is the age
of tweet and Facebook, the truth is irrelevant, so get over
it. Also, BC does not stand for “Before Clamp on boom,
Before Cambers, or Before Chinook,” or anything windsurfing
related for all you board heads that are of a single mind.
When thinking of how to get in the mood for this event, watch the
Flintstones, the movie “1 Million Years B.C.”
starring Raquel Welch (I know I have and will again), “Caveman”
starring Ringo Starr, and read the comic strip, Alley Oop.
I know there are lots of other movies out there, so watch
them all to know how it really was 1 million years ago.
Games will abound, with all of them testing the base instincts
caveman had, and some they wished they had. The games will
take you in the water, on the shore, hunting for your food,
finding a mate, discovering fire and the wheel, and attacks
by Dilophosauri, spitting raptors. All this will take place
amongst active volcanoes on a sandy beach encrusted with prehistoric
shells. There will be gifts galore (at least one), and fun
to be had by all ages.
We are considering breaking all attendees up into two or more tribes.
We do not intend to have any turf battles, so hopefully none will crop up and we can avoid bloodshed.
But who knows, because "What happens at Shell Point, stays at Shell Point."
I am open for suggestions and would welcome every ones
input on any game they may think of that would fit with
the theme. Also, if there has been anything missing from
the past events that you would like to see, please let me
know. Send suggestions and such to firstname.lastname@example.org
Club Meeting Minutes from April 12, 2011 (aka Scribbles
from the Scribe)
Meeting called to order at 7:36pm. Normally when his Excellency speaks, we just ignore him,
but the gavel came down and we all focused. There were 17 people in attendance, down from the last meeting.
People are scared of the gavel.
Don Reeder, a new member, was in attendance and introduced to the masses.
Welcome Don! Discussion on upcoming event ensued, started, began, commenced, whatever.
Stephen C. Smith Memorial Regatta
Discussion on the Smith regatta about food on Friday night began. Wharf on Wheels will not be able to make it down,
drawing multiple groans from the crowd. (Don Franklin came in, and there are 18 members present).
Linda talked about cooking hot dogs by the beer truck on Friday night and selling them to those
who need to be fed from either 6pm-8pm or 9pm. The details, obviously, have not been worked out yet.
Someone asked who would be doing windsurfing registration and Mike L. mentioned Laurie would, with assist from others.
Bob G. asked what the point of wind surfing registration was since everyone lied about their weight, age, gender, and
what sail number they will be using. Bob was told to shut up. Mike asked if there was anything for kids to do at the Stephen C. Smith.
Other than be quiet and stay out of the way, other suggestions were made that were deemed more constructive.
His Excellency, Bill, gave kudos to Mike Levine on the Wind Ceremony who, after taking multiple bows to the cheers of the crowd,
mentioned there are 6 large and one double xl shirts left. We did not lose money on the Wind Ceremony. (Wright arrived at 7:48pm)
Perry asked how much the shirts were. Mike started to negotiate but negotiations halted when everyone yelled "They're still $20 Perry!"
Wonder how many shirts we have now and what kind of deal may have been cut later.
Wright indicated he still needed to get the Paypal money
Deb collected which he estimated at between $300 and $3,000.
Hopefully Wrights engineering measurements are more accurate.
During the Wind Ceremony, we collected money in selling
non wind ceremony shirts and in membership fees. We have
an insurance bill coming up, payment to US Sailing to remain
members, and some corporate filing fees. I thought our governor
was going to get rid of all corporate type fees. Dang. We
have 48 memberships of both single and family variety which
means we have more than 48 physical bodies as members. NIMBY
has been moved to June 17-19 in Gulf Breeze at the Bay
Beach Inn. A dozen rooms have been reserved in Wrights name.
$89 for a room for either a King or two Queens. I wonder
who the queens are? Wright will be sending out an e-mail.
May 14th is train the trainer day. More Bob Andrews will be hosting a session at the beach from 11am until he releases us.
He wants to make sure we teach more or less the same way and the parameters in which the students are to sail. He would like
to rig all the equipment that we will be using so that we will be ready for the first training day, May 21st. All who may be a trainer
this year, please come down on the 14th. You don't have to train every session, just every now and again. Bob A. would like to have a
one trainer to two students ratio even though funding to education has been cut. Please consider assisting this year
Gary from Isthmus Sailboards asked what we needed for training equipment. Bob A. mentioned we will start small in our requests so as not to scare him.
Option 3a was the clear winner. I'm forgetting what option 3a is, but it should be available soon. Possibility the machine could notify you when
the wind picks up so that you feel bad that you can't make it when it's blowing really hard. No additional cost to the club for option 3a,
though members are donating equipment and time. Thanks, Lee!
Guy motioned to adjourn, Mike seconded and the Commodore came down with the gavel adjourning the meeting before asking if all were in favor, a complete
disregard for the rule of conduct during meetings. Damn the gavel. I think the gavel is beginning to control the Commodore.