The Commodore's Crow's Nest - September 2012
Tropical Storm Isaac put Shell Point in the “cone
of uncertainty” for days before landfall. It's
threat activated a small band (not to be confused
with the very large Festoons band) of SPSC members
who helped to prepare the training trailer for its
move to a safer place. We now know that our somewhat
sketchy evacuation plan works and the details will
be fine tuned for storms of the future.
The final lessons of the summer with a troop of scouts
was a success on many fronts withstanding the 15-30
knot breeze and a few squalls that challenged the
patience and determination of trainers and trainees
alike. I doff my cap to all the scouts who enjoyed
their experience thoroughly despite being ejected
from the board into the water countless times by the
sail, wind and waves. Their glass was full all day.
The Endless Summer Sailboard Classic is here, September
28th through 30th. Early registration ends this Friday,
so get online and use Paypal
to register or
print the form and mail it to us. Early registration
gets you a shirt(s) in the size you specify and $5.00
off the cost. All the details are on our website (hint
you are already on our website if you are reading
this article.). Many thanks to Deb for getting all
the event information posted and all the interactive
stuff working so smoothly. Notice that she has also
added the feature of paying your annual SPSC membership
dues via Paypal. Dues are due!
ELECTIONS! ELECTIONS! ELECTIONS! Don't miss the monthly
SPSC general meeting at Beef O'Brady's this Tuesday,
September 11th. We will elect a new Board for 2013.
'Til then, festoons!!
Submitted by Bob Andrews, Commodore
Officer and Board Nominations:
Commodore: Mike Levine
Vice Commodore: Mark Powell
Purser: Wright Finney
Scribe: Bob Graves
At-large: Robert Faircloth
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Last Lesson, an Adventure
by Bob Graves
What a great last lesson we had on September 8th. This
day was taken wholly by a couple boy scout troops, troop
5 and 8, and those kids had tenacity. This past Saturday
saw various rain showers blow through, winds at one
time at a sustained 25knots and averaging 20 for the
four hour lesson period. The wind mostly came from the
southwest, but switched to due west, then due south
during some periods. With the wind like it was, the
water was a bit rough. Yet, time after time, for four
hours, these kids would get on the board, up haul the
sail, and try and hang on, and many of them did. Fearless.
I was very glad to see Perry, Alex, Bill, and Bob Andrews
take off every now and again so the kids could see what
the sport is about, and I really think it encouraged
them to keep getting up and trying. If anyone thinks
kids these days don’t get out enough and are not
active enough, these kids put that mindset to rest quickly.
I was getting worn our just watching them.
The scouts actually have a boardsailing patch that their
scouts can earn. I have the requirements, which are
pretty tough, for them to earn it. We may not be able
to do it because we would need a certified instructor,
no, not certifiable, but certified. I think our instructors
are as good as any that are certified, but I understand
the Boy Scouts need for quality control.
Last, but certainly not least, thanks to all the folks
that made training possible. This last lesson required
us to haul equipment from the trailer to the shore.
For those completely out of the loop, the training trailer
was moved further from the beach due to the threat of
storms. Using a trailer that Perry brought down and
another that Bob Andrews brought, we got everything
moved in one trip.
Note: Thanks to Mark Wallheiser for the above photos
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Lessons for the Year
by Bob Graves
Training this year has been a lot of fun. From days
where there was no wind to ones that had steady wind
at 20 knots and gusts higher, the students were fun
to be around. This year we taught two different groups
of scouts, Venture scouts and Boy scouts, and we gave
lessons over in Panama City during our NIMBY regatta.
We also had our first family day, a day when members
kids came out to sail, a very successful event.
There are so many people to thank. First, I would like
to thank the SPSC and its dedication to lessons. The
trailer that many people have sweat equity in has been
a boon to training, allowing the instructors to be setup
quickly and to break down quickly. The instructors have
been incredible. Charlie Yontz, who took lessons last
year wanted to give back and has done so with interest.
Charlie hasn’t missed a lesson. Same goes for
Tina who hasn’t missed any. You may not be able
to get in touch with her through e-mail, but she is
there every Saturday lessons are being taught. Bill
Olson has helped with almost all the lessons as has
Linda Downey, Nora Lloyd and Bob Andrews. Heck Bob A.
had to lead the first one because your truly, a retiree,
felt the need to vacation for a week in Corpus Christi.
Nora has been kind enough to also let us use her board
and smaller sail and has taken pictures at most of the
lessons. Mark Powell has helped out on occasion and
contributed a small sail to our arsenal for when we
taught the young-uns.
Our accomplishments are due to the hard work of all
the trainers and all those people whose idea it was
to get the scouts involved and to have a kid’s
day. Fortunately, all I had to do was coordinate the
efforts of all the creative and hardworking people that
make this happen. Thank you.
End of the Summer Series
The summer race series is over, ending on September 8th
with winds ranging between 15 and 25 knots. The last race,
as you can see from the picture taken from the beach, was
very well attended (I’m way up front, so you can’t
see me). Team SPSC, who are all in the picture as well,
consisted of Perry, Bob Andrews, Alex, Bill, Bob G. and
Danielle. Everyone did pretty well, but our team was beaten
by the teams from Two Egg and Monticello. We did beat the
teams from Savannah State, Kazakhstan, and Alaska, just
to name a few. Wish you could have participated because
the grand prize was free entrance into next year’s
Club Meeting Minutes August 14th
19 folks present at 7:45
$6,500 requested for the Endless Summer budget. Since Mark
V. had not yet made his way to the meeting, it was unanimously
Bob mentioned that the Rum ‘n’ Root Beer was pretty
Minutes were approved.
Purser reported money in checking with $154 expenses for training
outstanding. There are currently 66 memberships, which, since
that number includes family memberships, and family memberships
number at least two adults and sometime a few young-uns, would
mean we have more than 66 members. Notice the difference here
between members and membership. Members aren’t hip unless
they have a membership, so JOIN today, Uncle Swami wants you!
Mark V. suggested that the past commodore should take responsibility
for ensuring the door to our meeting room stay closed. After
a vote, it was determined that was way too much responsibility
for a past commodore.
Nominations for next year’s board took place and here
are the results:
Commodore – Mike Levine
Vice Commodore – Mark Powell
Scribe –Bob Graves
Purser – Wright Finney
At Large members: Tina Mazanek, Robert Faircloth, Ann Getman,
Lee Chapin, Mark Voigt
After much discussion it was determined that we were to vote
for at large members, not large members and that the Past
Commodore is not an elected position because it is a position
of divine providence from which wisdom is sought and enlightenment
DUES ARE DUE AT THE SEPTEMBER MEETING!!!!!! Of course, you
probably didn’t read the newsletter until after that
meeting, so you can get on-line NOW to 20knotsnob.com/membership
OR fill out your registration form for the 25th
annual Endless Summer Sailboard Classic, and pay your
dues on that form.
Robert Faircloth brought a Mayan calendar to the R&R so
that Bob A. can complete his work for the Last Mayan Endless
Summer Sailboard Classic and to make sure the regatta takes
place before the end of the world.
Mike Levine wanted to know if sponsorship levels can be put
on-line. Since sponsorship levels may vary, the answer was
“no need to”.
Bob G mentioned an event that will be taking place in Jacksonville
on October 6. Check our website to see what it is.
Don mentioned that Donaldo’s of Paris, New York, and
Shell Point will be on the beach for the Gumbo contest and
that Scotty’s dogs of Crawfordville, Woodville, and
Greenville will once again be the place to go for lunch.
Don mentioned the Atlanta Fall Classic and gave it great reviews,
encouraging many to attend. For those that are really out
of it, the Atlanta Fall Classic is not really in Atlanta,
but on Lake Lanier, in a quaint little town called Flowery
Branch. But the Flowery Branch Fall Classic doesn’t
have the same big time ring as Atlanta.
Bill motioned to adjourn at 8:27, Perry seconded, and all
were in favor. Since the meeting was adjourned, I cannot write
about the incredible things that happened afterwards. Oh my
gosh, I couldn’t believe it. You could read it on my
blog, but I don’t have one. Should have been there.