The Commodore's Comments - August
by Mike Levine, Commodore
The Rum ‘n Root Beer was held August 3rd.
Everybody had a great time but Mother Nature did
not quite cooperate. There were lots of bean dishes
and one or two games were held despite the weather.
The theme of course was “Blazing Harnesses”,
a take-off on the Mel Brooks 1974 satirical Western
comedy movie Blazing Saddles. The winners of the
costume contest were Bob Andrews as the Waco Kid
for best male costume, Sandy Layne as Miss Stein
for best female, Summer Franklin as the Sheriff
for best child and Gavin Franklin as an Indian Chief
for best overall. The winner of the other bean related
contest shall remain nameless unless they wish their
There have been some great lessons and sailing lately
as the weather has been good and it is now safe
to drink the beach water again (no… still
can't drink the water)!
Our next event is the 26th
Annual Endless Summer Sailboard Classic to be
held September 27th -29th. Early and on-line registration
opens Sunday August 18th and closes promptly on
Wednesday September 16th. You are guaranteed a coveted
designer tee-shirt(s) of your size only if you register
during this time. Early registration snail-mail
orders must be post marked by Friday, September
13th to qualify. This year’s dinner will be
catered by… “Welcome to Moe’s!”
There are some really good major sponsor raffle
items as well. I’m sure this will be an Endless
Summer to remember!
Well that’s it for now. I will send out additional
information on the Endless Summer as necessary and
look for updates and more information on the website.
In the meantime, I hope to see you at the club meeting
and at the beach!
2013 SPSC Commodore
Rum n’ Rootbeer 2013!!!!!!!!!!!
rained and it blew, but the folks that came hung
around and we all had a good time despite the inclement
weather and maybe because of it. Bill Olson and
Bob Graves had derived several games loosely based
on the movie Blazing Saddle. Unfortunately, they
were only able to play about half of them. As you
know, one of the contests was the “pretend”
wind breaking contest. Out of about 12 contestants,
only two of them scored a perfect nine, Perry, as
y’all probably figured out, and a newcomer
to the group, the son of Jocelyn, Ayberk. The fish
kill at Shell Point is due to this game.
four bean dishes were delectable and the sides went
very well with them. Fortunately we broke down and
cleaned up just before another shower decided to
pass through. So many of the participants stayed
behind to help cleanup which made the work go very
Though this year’s event was not well attended,
the folks that came were there to have a good time
and nothing was going to stop that. In addition,
a fellow windsurfer, Doug Smith, came by and gave
the club a generous donation.
pictures are of Mr. Morris rocking the new Bandanna,
Mr. Andrews as the Waco Kid with his two gun harness,
and the Gov with Miss Stein, Hello Boys!
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Written by a trainer
who wished to remain anonymous
Mark the date, July 20th 2013, the day the lead
trainer finely lost it. This lesson was setup
for the scouts, come rain or shine. On Friday
evening the scout leader gave me a call and said
he saw a sign at Shell Point that said there was
a swimming advisory out for the water due to all
the rain we have
had. I sent an e-mail to all the scouts letting
them know, but that we would have trainers at
the beach in case they still wanted to come. They
all came down and we had a great and energetic
However, this is where it gets a little scary.
Lessons start at 11am, which is when some rain
started falling, and then more rain, and the temperature
was in the mid seventies, and the wind was around
15 knots. The lead trainer, whose name will be
withheld due to mental health confidentiality,
started the lesson anyway using the simulator
on the shore, teaching shivering, soaking wet
kids. He had all the kids on the water by 11:30
in the midst of a downpour. If you can picture
Ahab when he finally spotted the white whale or
Jack Nicholson in the Shining you’ll get
an idea of the look on this trainers face. Nothing
would deter him! He seemed to be enjoying it!
When he assigned kids to a board, they didn’t
walk; they ran out of pure fear of this madman!
The other trainers came down to help out, figuring
this crazy ba$+&rd was going to get the kids
killed if they didn’t pitch in. Finally
around 12:30, thunder was heard by one of the
sane trainers and we took the kids off the water
for about 20 minutes.
As the wind calmed down and the weather brightened,
and knowing he had beer waiting for him when lessons
were over, the lead trainer quieted down and showed
brief signs of sanity.
A big thank to all those who braved this, namely,
Linda, Bill, Charlie, and Adam. Tina came down,
but with the conditions the way they were, didn’t
wish to worsen her chest cold. Several parents
mentioned how great a time their kids had and
how thankful they were that the club did this.
Lessons Equipment Update
is just a short note to some of the old timers
in the club. Many a time the trainers have sought
out lighter booms, masts and sails to allow for
easier learning by the student. This request has
fallen on the unsympathetic ears of some of the
old timers, mentioning that they had learned the
hard way, so the newbie’s could as well.
However, I would like to mention that back when
some of these old timers learned there was no
combustible engine or kite alternative to sailing.
Heck, the sail had just been introduced so that
paddling and waiting for the right current wasn’t
always necessary. In other words, unless you wanted
to paddle, windsurfing with crude and unforgiving
equipment was the only alternative.
Today there are easier alternatives to windsurfing,
but none give the thrill of hanging on in 20knot
winds and flying across the water, so making the
learning part easier is just to get them hooked.
Easy learning equipment is just a gateway into
the hardcore sailing.
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Club Meeting minutes July
Commodore went over calendar which you should
all have a copy of since he puts them in his agenda
AND they are on the website, so I’m not
going to waste my time and keystrokes putting
it here. Sheesh, some of you are never happy.
Bob A. would like Bob G. to write more articles
like the martini one about some of the clubs traditions
and such. Bob G. will begin interrogating/interviewing
the appropriate folks. Water boarding may be involved
to get the truth.
Training equipment update: Had a boom break and
a sail has a rip. Need to purchase some outhaul
line and we need a new sail that is under 5m2.
Donations are accepted!
Wright talked about the id cards needed to get
into Shell Point free and had one for everyone
there. Bob G. has yours if you haven’t gotten
We have money in the checking account and we have
insurance due with some NIMBY expenses still to
David Lane re-upped and we know have 65 memberships!
Lots of accolades went Wright’s way about
the NIMBY venue. It was perfect.
Bob G. asked for $750 budget for the Rum n’
Rootbeer and everyone there approved it. The Saturday
before the R&R will be a showing of Blazing
Saddles at Perry’s house, Martini’s
Our Commodore and chair of the Endless Summer,
Mr. Levine, went over a list of what people have
done in the past to get an idea of who to contact
for an Endless Summer meeting.