The Commodore's Comments - July 2013
by Mike Levine, Commodore
The 4th of July Holiday and the annual NIMBY event
has come and gone! We are closing in on the halfway
point of summer, sad to say. This year NIMBY XVII
happened June 28th – 30th at Navarre, FL.
The motel Wright selected was a great location for
the event. Although NIMBY XVII took place outside
the traditional Father’s Day weekend, attendance
was slightly down from last year. However, those
who attended had a great time despite the constant
threat of rain. At the start of the long distance
race on Saturday, there was slight drizzle, decent
wind, the distant rumble of thunder and the weather
radar was lit up all around us. Since your normally
fearless Commodore has had three past close encounters
with lightening, he decided to play it safe and
hitch a boat ride to the end of the course and the
hot dog cookout venue. However, since I didn’t
even rig, at least it guaranteed that the rain would
hold off and the race proceeded with great weather!
Sailing lessons have been “sold out”
and proceeding well. Rum ‘n Root Beer is coming
up in August!
Well that’s all for this month. I hope to
see many of you at the club meeting and at the beach!
2013 SPSC Commodore
Martini Etiquette for SPSC Members and Assorted Hangers-on
After a major martini etiquette faux
paux by one of our members (witnessed by those at
NIMBY XVII), the SPSC Board determined that the
proper etiquette for drinking a martini should be
formalized in a series of steps so that the unwashed
can at least aspire to look refined. Pictures provided
for the reading impaired.
NOTE: All SPSC martinis normally come with two bleau
cheese-stuffed olives on a toothpick. If (heaven
forbid) you do not like olives or bleau cheese,
there are plenty of beautiful women in the club
who do, but they may not care for the gin. Etiquette
does allow you to share, just don't be showy about
it or expect anything in return.
- When the martini mixmaster honks, you immediately
go to the martini table and pick up your martini
and your martini only. We need to do this quickly
so the martini master knows whether he has to
make more. Your martini will have a toothpick
with two olives skewered. DO NOT TOUCH THE OLIVES
until you get to Steps 8 - 15.
- Toast. You don’t need to know all the
words first time, but you do need to pay attention.
HEY YOU, I said PAY ATTENTION to what is being
- Here is the four-part SPSC martini toast,
as unmercifully butchered by the martini cultists.
The syllable accents are shown.
- "Na zdrowie" (Poland), pronounced by us
- "Za tee-byá" (Russian),
pronounced by us (very incorrectly) as:
- "Kanpai" (Japan), pronounced
by us as: Kan-pie.
- "Festoons" (Wakulla County),
pronounced in your best southern accent
- Take a sip and savor the wonders of the botanicals
in gin. Vow to stone all who would substitute
- Keep sipping.
- Keep sipping.
- Repeat Steps 4 through 7 only until
the top of the upper olive is exposed above
the surface of the gin. When this happens, you
may call for a SLAP. If no one else is ready,
then you weren’t following Steps 4-7 and
you were gulping instead of sipping. I SAID
- Pull your stick of olives out of the gin,
holding it with your thumb and forefinger, and
slap the olives of the other imbibers while
yelling Nas-tro'-ve-ya in unison with everyone
- Gently crush the first olive in your mouth,
savoring it with gusto, then follow with a sip
- While holding the toothpick with the remaining
olive, push this olive down to the tip of the
toothpick using your middle finger on the same
hand. To clarify, this is a one-handed operation.
Don’t embarrass yourself by using two.
- Reinsert the toothpick and olive in the gin.
- Repeat Steps 4 through 7 only until
the top of the last olive is exposed above the
surface of the gin. When this happens, you may
call for a HAPPY ENDING (formerly called The
Finish). If no one else is ready, then you weren’t
following Steps 4-7 and you were gulping instead
of sipping. Once again, I said SIP and savor.
your last olive out of the gin, holding the
toothpick with your thumb and forefinger, and
slap the olives of the other imbibers while
yelling Nas-tro'-ve-ya in unison
with everyone else.
- Gently crush the second olive in your mouth,
savoring it, and then follow with the last sip
in the glass.
- Do what you want with the toothpick.
- Return the martini glass to the serving table
when it is empty, and compliment the martini
master on a fine mixing job.
Club Meeting June
The Club meeting started on TIME!!!!! 7:30 on
the nose. Of course, it took the Commodore a good
five minutes to quite the excited gathering.
The Commodore decided to open with a joke, bringing
groans from the masses.
the Commodore’s opening joke: “A woman
and her friend were sailing in St. John’s
River, Jacksonville. The woman was in the middle
of a jibe when she sees a long funeral procession
coming across the bridge. She stops mid jibe,
bows her head and says a prayer and stays solemn
until the procession passes. Her friend sails
up and says “Wow, that is the most thoughtful
and touching thing I have ever seen, you are a
truly caring woman. The woman replied “Yeah,
well, we were married for 35 years.”
Laughter erupted from the shocked throngs.
18 dedicated SPSC folks in attendance.
Commodore went over the calendar and all things
look in order. Have NIMBY, June 28-30, Rum ‘n
Rootbeer August 3rd, Endless Summer, September
27-29th, Club Christmas Party December 14th, and
Festivus on December 22nd.
Minutes were approved as written with no changes.
The scribe encouraged people to write articles
about their NIMBY experience knowing damn well
they won’t, but he is an optimistic and
Bob G. talked about training and said all is good.
He cancelled the September 7th class since we
are adding the Boy Scout class in July. The 7th
will be used as a practice/race day for our beginners!
W had a discussion on parking and may need to
start carrying ID cards with us again in order
to avoid the $2 fee.
Purser said we had “f,tsf” in the
bank Some expenses coming up include the web hosting,
incorporation fees, and some expenses at Lowes.
We have several new members in the club, one of
whom was at the meeting! Welcome Jocelyn, Mark,
and Joerg!! Welcome back to others who paid late.
With the NIMBY coming up word got out that the
motel is SOLD OUT, hopefully full of windsurfing
folks who like to sail long distance.
The meeting came to an end in a timely fashion,
with all the proper motions, seconds, and all
in favors. I think the Commodore is hitting his
Navarre NIMBY 2013
What can I say but Mr. Finney out did himself with
this NIMBY. As you may know, the NIMBY was held
in beautiful Navarre at the Best Western on Santa
Rosa bay. Frankly, I was shocked at how well kept
the Best Western was. The rooms were very nicely
appointed, and the view over the bay was relaxing.
There were restaurants right across the street,
though one hour after Bob A. ate at the Taco Bell
on Friday, it caught on fire and was closed the
rest of the weekend. I arrived at the motel and
there had to be half a dozen fire trucks battling
the blaze of the burritos.
However, Mr. Finney has provided all this in the
past, but what really set this apart were the
complete lack of rain on Saturday and the appearance
of the SUN. I don’t know how he did it,
but though rain was forecast, none came. I think
he sent it all to Tallahassee. We sure could of
used the Swami there to get the wind up a bit,
but there was plenty for the six (yes, only six
even though seven started) long distance racers.
Since the weather on Friday was a tad inclement,
we moved registration, appetizers, and martini’s
to under the pavilion that the next night was
host to a wedding reception. Found out later you
are supposed to reserve the place but, hey, it
was empty and Shell Point rules were in effect
on Friday. However, due to a major martini gaff,
the martini etiquette article was written. We
don’t want any more folks being embarrassed.
Saturday saw seven people start the long distance
race to really good wind which, two minutes into
the race, dropped a bit. Since we were on Santa
Rosa Bay, Wright set up a zig-zag course to the
finish line. One racer made it to the first mark
and sailed back to the start since he knew he
wasn’t going to make the entire course.
There he was picked up by one of the rescue boats
and taken to the end point.
Lunch at the end point (finish of first race)
was grilled hot dogs. Yes, that’s right,
they brought a grill along and hot dogs, slaw,
chips, beer, Gatorade, and water were provided
for everyone. After everyone’s thirst and
appetites were satiated, the race began back to
After the race, time was spent in the pool relaxing,
tormenting the other guests, and drinking. Soon
the punch would be coming out, and everyone was
looking forward to it.
Sunday morning we awoke to no wind at all and
the probability of inclement weather, so the sailors
voted not to race. Trophy presentations commenced,
and the NIMBY was officially ended around 11:30am.
Thanks go out to Wright, Lee, and Andy for providing
motorized transportation for those who didn’t
sail and for sailors who needed help. Thanks also
to the few racers; Mark Powell, Steve Bogan, Chris
McMahon, Bob Andrews, Linda Downey, and Bill Olson.
Bob G. gave it a go, but didn’t finish.
Photos (Courtesy of Chantel Iacoviello)
Check the SPSC Photo Gallery
for More Photos
BLAZING HARNESSES coming to the quiet town of Shell Ridge August 3rd!!!!
year’s theme for costumes and games is based
on the movie “Blazing Saddles”, but,
being as we don’t ride horses, ours is based
on BLAZING HARNESSES. Don’t worry, we won’t
make you wear a blazing harness, or will we?
If you haven’t seen the movie, try to before
the event so you can be prepared for the outrageous
games we may have in store. We were working with
Gavin on creating the games, but his involved
too many real arrows and stuff and, though we
would save on swag, we would lose a lot of club
members; just planning for the future.
If you have seen the movie, then you already know
that the food item to bring is beans of any kind.
If you are better at making a side or bread, bring
that instead. There will be prizes for the best
bean dishes and for most everyone who attends.
Three groups will compete against each other;
cowboys, Indians, Irish. Some games may take you
into the water, so, being as you are at the beach,
please wear something that can get wet. This is
a family event, so bring the kids.
The cost of this event is $20 for adults, aka
Cowboys, Cowgirls, Chiefs, Maidens, Fella, or
a Lassie. For the kids, papooses, and wee ones,
we have a fee of $5. Registration forms will be
on the beach for you to fill out. More information
on start time will be forthcoming.