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The Commodore's Crow's Nest - March, 2012



Spring is here! But it wasn't really much of a winter. So that means it is time for Swami and the Festoons to regale us with their eclectic versions of old tunes turned to wind summoning chants. For those who have never attended a Wind Ceremony, it is a one-of-a-kind event seen nowhere else on the planet. So get registered, bring some food to share and bring your happy feet. We will eat, dance and cast our wind wishes into the bonfire. Prepare to Party On!

Dates have been set for many of this year's events. So check the calendar and the lessons pages on our website for more info. Key dates are: the Stephen C. Smith Memorial Regatta on April 27th, 28th and 29th; the Rum 'n Rootbeer Regatta on August 11th (Who doesn't enjoy a frosty rootbeer on a hot summer day?) and the 25th annual Endless Summer Sailboard Classic will be held on September 28th, 29th and 30th. This event may come to be known as the last Mayan Endless Summer Sailboard Classic. Certain sacrifices and rituals may be necessary in deference to one of the major pre-European civilizations of the Americas. If I have you partly or thoroughly confused with my ramblings, please come to the monthly SPSC meeting at Beef's on March 13th. I will have a question and answer session if necessary. 'Til then, festoons!!

Submitted by Bob Andrews, Commodore


Lessons for 2012

Lessons are right around the corner. The SPSC has been very fortunate to have Bob Andrews as the Lessons Coordinator/Supervisor over the last several years. Through his efforts, lessons attendance has increased as has club membership. However, for his great leadership, the SPSC members have elected him Commodore, a task so onerous that he cannot fulfill his obligation to his esteemed position as Lessons Supervisor and that of Commodore at the same time.

After considering many people to take over his role, only one person volunteered, and that was I, Bob Graves aka DJBobbyG aka the Scribe of the Tribe aka Bob G. aka fool who doesn’t know who he is. For this year, Bob will be known as the Lessons Supervisor Designate, or, the LSD. That’s the only way to explain his volunteering. The Commodore said I was to be the Supervisor Training Delegate, but I didn’t much care for the acronym on that one, so I changed it.

After careful consideration of the tides, the moon, the stars, and his navel, he has come up with a lessons schedule. Since demand for lessons was so great last year after we published the schedule, I decided to keep it a secret this year in order to forgo a stampede for the different dates. Cuts down on the number of trainers needed as well, giving the ones who teach much needed breaks.

This year we also wish to re-ignite the summer racing series. These races will take place the same day as lessons but later in the afternoon, after lessons. The specifics for this series have not yet been determined, but will be shortly. I may notify you, but, if I do that, my chances of winning decrease.

Currently, we are looking at the following dates for lessons: May 19th, June 2nd, June 23rdth, July 7th, July 21st, August 4th, August 18th, and September 8th. Since I hope to be out of town on May 19th, Bob Andrews will revive his role as Lessons Supervisor for that day. The LSD will be with you on all other days. In addition, June 2nd will be family days, sailing lessons and fun for 18 and under only. Parents must be there with the child. We are not a day care. If you dropped your child off with us, family services would declare you unfit parent if they heard about it.



Club meeting for February 14th, 2012

A group of 14 people in attendance.

Called to order at 7:39

Wind Ceremony came up and the band still isn’t ready. Won’t know if they are until the last song is played on March 24th. Our manager, Colonel Don Franklin, requested money for the band. When the laughing subsided, he asked if we could still get in line first.

Scribe asked for minutes to be approved and they were. He also asked for Keys articles, knowing darn well that there won’t be any, but he had to say something.

We have money in the bank and paid our taxes. Membership is 56 households with 79 total members.

We had discussion and banter about the Keys trip. Though wetter than most, everyone who was there had a good time.

Discussed training and when to start. Bob G. will come up with dates, dependent on the tides. Also discussed having a kids or family day, probably the 1st Saturday after school lets out. Just a day for the kids to have fun on the boards and for their parent to encourage them or tell them what they are doing wrong. Every parent has their own style. However, no hitting, that’s reserved for the trainers to do.

Our Commodore talked about having races after lessons. Bob Andrews is going to post a survey about the racing. Lots of discussion ensued on summer racing.

We talked about training equipment upgrades. Prodigy type boards would be nice. Lee talked about donating his GO board for training, a nice stable board.

The group discussed suppah for the Wind Ceremony. Bill, this year’s chair, said he would come up with something so everyone just hush up.

Next Board meeting at Bob Graves house where the Commodore and his cabinet will discuss all sorts of issues pertaining to world peace, which we all know can only be attained when the wind reaches 20. WE WANT 20!. NSEW FESTOONS.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25, or there about. Coulda been sooner or later, but since you weren’t there, you don’t know if I’m just making all this up or not.


Let's Slap

by MICHELE MARIE (Go to Michele's blog to see all photos)

I thought a Friday afternoon is a great time to share the expression, “Let’s Slap!” Last week I spent some time at the Fiesta Key RV Resort & Campground, MM70 in the Florida Keys. I’ve never been to a RV resort. I didn’t know what it was all about. Now I do. I get it. It is whatever you want it to be, from roughing it in a tent to ‘glamping’ it up in a mini-mansion on wheels. No place is more ideal than a little piece of paradise called Fiesta Key. Pool, right on the ocean, snorkeling, boating, biking, and sailboarding…

Which is the point of my blog today. You can meet all kinds of people. Serious full-time RVers, retirees, snowbirders, world travelers, weekend honeymooners, family vacationers and sailboarders. The group I met was from Tallahassee. (Shell Point Sailboard Club) This is a serious group that doesn’t take sailboarding or having fun with friends lightly. As a matter of fact, I think they have it down to an exact science. No, scratch that, they have elevated it to an art-form.

This group has been travelling together, chasing the wind for many years. As with any group, when you hang that much together…a kind of second family atmosphere evolves and with family comes traditions. For example, every year one of the members carves a wooden Tiki that travels with the group and is auctioned off at the end of the year for charity. Which brings me back to “Let’s Slap!”, well, kind of…

This is the almost tribal call that happens at sunset every day during their trips. I’m feeling the need to back track a bit. After a long day of camping in tents and sailboarding it is time to relax, unwind and celebrate the day’s adventures with a martini. Not just any martini. A very Perry martini. He seems to be the 'go-to guy' for the magic drink. He has perfected his gin martini mixing with much practice and it even includes hand-stuffed blue cheese olives…ummm…yum!

I got the honor to join in on this lovely ritual on their last night at the camp (probably because I was longingly drooling over their blue cheese olives). And, it really is a ritual complete with rules and lingo. I only participated once, so I’ll try to do justice on the basics:

1. Perry mixes the magic martinis at base camp. (But with the night’s winds, the drinks were poured at the destination).
2. Martini glasses are filled. Two olives per.
3. Several multi-lingual cheers are voiced. “Na zdrowie! Prost! Cheers!” And the first group sip is taken.
4. Watch the sunset. Laugh. Sip. Repeat. Now here’s the fun part, as the sun starts its descent, so do the martinis…and the 2 olives become a critical part of the ritual’s timing.
5. The first person to ‘expose’ their olive, calls the first “slap”. “Let’s Slap” is shouted. The friends gather, rescue their olives, and raise them overhead for a rowdy cheer and eat their first tasty, gin soaked delight! Aaaaaahhhh…
6. Fyi- now you PUSH your olive to the bottom of the toothpick to ensure that it keeps soaking in that gin.
7. Watch the sunset. Laugh. Sip. Repeat.
8. The next person to expose the remaining olive calls the 2nd and final ‘slap’. “Let’s Slap!”
9. Finishing off the final olive and martini makes for a very ‘happy ending’, of course, to a lovely sunset tradition.

Oh what do those Jimmy Buffet fans say…’Just another shitty day in paradise.’

Skal! (my Swedish heritage and the word for cheers) Slainte! (the Irish version)

Cheers!



 
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