The Commodore's Crow's Nest - December
| by Bob Andrews, Commodore
The year has passed quickly. Our club has shown a renewed
sense of vigor with a very active training season, new memberships
and great participation in our traditional events. Once
again I want to thank all the members who help make this
club endure. The diversity of talents and willingness of
members to put in the time and effort to complete projects,
sustain ongoing activities and execute such a wide range
of events is a tribute to the character of our characters
(members.) Thank you for a great year!
My apologies to all the beautiful women of our club who
wanted a dance with the Commodore at the Christmas/Hannakah
Party. I was coughing and sneezing, sniffling and wheezing
enough to contaminate a large city block, so I stayed home.
I do need to recover my strength for the announced Mike and
Bob “smackdown”. It looks like an ice cream social
to me. But what do I know, the challenger makes up the game
and the rules (if any). Check out the Festivus
announcement on our website and plan on attending our
annual holiday “for the rest of us” celebration.
There will be the “smackdown”, other feats of
strength and lots of “whining”, the airing of
grievances especially from those disappointed that the Mayan
calendar was misinterpreted.
Submitted by Bob Andrews, Commodore
Teaching Trailer and Windy Updates
As most of you know, the teaching trailer completed by the SPSC
in 2010 was moved from Shell Point Beach to higher ground on Sunday,
August 26, as a precaution against the perceived threat of Hurricane
Isaac. The trailer remained parked just off Harbor Point Drive
until mid-November, when a return to the beach following hurricane
season was planned. When the trailer was first installed on the
beach, the wheels and axles were not level because the beach slopes
toward the water. The trailer tongue had to be lowered and the
rear deck jacked up to get the floor level, but the axle nearest
the road was compressed, while the axle nearest the water was
expanded. To remedy this issue, a design was formulated to provide
a more stable, level, and permanent foundation.
On Sunday, November 4, the process of trailer re-insertion was
initiated by first loading about 60 cee-mint blocks and re-bar
lengths donated by Lee onto a flat-bed trailer, and transporting
said flat-bed to the teaching trailer site at Shell Point Beach.
After unloading the blocks and re-bar at the site, two foundation
ramps were built by digging in and leveling two 8 ft. long lines
of blocks, upon which the trailer tires will rest. Since the trailer
had two gimp wheels, these were also changed prior to the move,
and all tires were aired up to 100 psi.
Final trailer re-insertion occurred on Sunday, November 18. Dave
towed the trailer back to the beach with his diesel pickup, and
it took only three or four stabs to back the trailer into place
on the cee-mint ramps. All of the boards, kayaks, and construction
materials were also returned to the beach. The stairs to the back
deck and the fence section were both replaced, and the lattice
skirting was reinstalled. The end result is that the teaching
trailer is now level and is about one ft. higher above grade.
As a bonus, by moving the tongue closer to the sidewalk, we gained
about 2-3 ft. of additional rigging room at the seaward end of
the back deck.
As a side note, Windy Windtalker, which sustained some lightning
damage in August, has been repaired. The telephone interface module
was replaced, and Windy has been working well ever since. The
SPSC officers appreciate all of the usual suspects and new members
who assisted with both the trailer reinsertion and Windy repair;
thanks to donations of parts and and labor from our members, both
were effected at little cost to the club.
Club Meeting Minutes November 13th
We met outside since Beef’s saw fit to eject us in favor
of someone else. They are now on the naughty list.
Meeting called to order at 7:34 by Perry’s car horn.
Minutes approved as not read at 7:37. The trust the scribe currently
has he better start taking advantage of, like asking for a 200%
increase in his non-existent compensation package.
Landing spot for trailer is installed, the new tire was put on
and a spare was bought. On Nov. 18th the trailer will be re-inserted
beginning at 2pm. The drying racks have been modified. Linda would
like the sailboards and lumber removed from under her house where
it has been stored since removing the trailer. Thank you, Linda,
for allowing us to do that. Suggestions were made to burn the
wood during Festivus, hopefully after it is removed from under
Fall classic had good winds on Friday and Saturday. Great Event.
Sherry cooked good food. Steaks on Saturday night. Lots of fireworks
on Saturday night that was choreographed to end of the world type
music. The bat boat made its first appearance, with rockets being
launched from the back. Awesome event.
Purser reported we still have money, moola, cash, Benjamins, however
you want to say it, we have it. Obvious from the chauffer service
our Purser now enjoys to all events. We had one bounced check
from the Endless Summer.
Christmas and Hanukah party chairman, Mike Levine, requested a
budget of $750 for the party. In Marks absence, the budget was
approved in record speed. Discussions ensued on the starting time
for the party. Check out our website to see what was decided.
The Festivus celebration is on the 23rd. No tinsel at this event
because as we all know tinsel is distracting. Check our website
for the time of the event.
Training: Richard Ginett offered his board and sails to the club.
We will either de-tension or de-rig the sails shortly and take
inventory of what is needed for next year.
Keys Trip sees an increase in cost. Discussion on price went on
for a while. Dates for the trip are Feb 7-17.
Wright presented Bob Andrews with the Endless Summer plaque, thanking
him for all the work he did in coordinating it. Bob thanked all
those who helped.
Linda announced that Windsurfing is BACK in the Olympics.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:23 because being outside was chilly
and noisy. From what I hear, it was outside in order to put the
masses in an uncomfortable position whilst our Commodore seeks
to consolidate his power in perpetuity. For those who haven’t
noticed, Bob A. is attempting to hold on to the power he enjoys,
the riches and lifestyle he became dependent on, and the adoration
of his following that he feeds off of. Mike Levine and the opposition
are fighting this. BAB want to be GAD. Picture shows is contempt
for his ‘subjects’ as he uses WMDs (similar to the
ones Iraq had) to subdue his people.