The Commodore's Comments - October 2014
Mark Powell, SPSC Commodore,
Mark Powell, SPSC Commodore, 2014
a treat seeing my old buddy Tom Pace at the Endless
Summer. He came in the pickup version of the Aloha Express
(a Stiletto Cat retrofitted with twin Mercuries as a
badass Escambia Bay-Santa Rosa Sound SUP carrier) with
a Seminole paint job Division II looking SUP and his
Kona on top. Tom’s an Auburn Tiger so I’m
not sure where that paint job came from… did he
lose a bet after the BCS last year? He was gracious
on the SUPs, dispensing advice on SUP technique and
taking names in the races. Tom also competed in the
Kona class getting some valuable training time in place
for the Kona Worlds coming up at the end of this month
in Islamorada. Best of luck Tom and please come back
join us again and bring some of those Pensacola sailors
We had a great turnout for Endless Summer and I can’t
thank everyone enough for all the work to make it a
success! Deb Berlinger for online registration, Wright
Finney, Lee Chapin, Mark Voigt, John Gilbert, Past Com.
Mike Levine, Rick Knerr and Baab Andrews getting the
site prepped and ready on Friday, Wright getting all
our permits, arranging for the Beer truck, tent, and
all kinds of other details, Lee handling the trophies,
Lee and Mark running the race committee, Perry Morris
and John Gilbert handling the race course and patrol,
Linda Downey preparing breakfast and coffee complete
with table cloths each morning, Richard and Chrissie
Hill, Scottie Williams and Digger running Cafe Donaldo,
Our wonderful Gumbo Chefs donating their dishes, Ann
Getman and Sandy Layne taking care of registration and
Tee shirts, Rick and Judy’s wings and chips Friday
night, DJ BobbyG for his tunes and PA work all weekend,
Tina Mazanek for runing the C fleet races, and Leigh
Fountain for managing the SUP races and donating his
therapeutic services to our aching muscles and joints.
I also want to thank all of our sponsors: Athena Salon,
Leah Chapin and Ketcham Realty, HWind Scientific, Ezzy
Sails, Chums, Sandy Point Progressive Sports, VAPA,
LifeForce, Subway at Southwood, WorldWinds, Isthumus,
I will be out of commodorission for November to undergo
a performance enhancing procedure to help my windsurfing
and ability to carry my board to the beach. Who knows?
It could also help me defeat Bobby in the Festivus Challenge…
a true Festivus Miracle! Not sure how long the recovery
will be but I imagine I will be attending the Christmas-Holiday
Party at the Marzuq Shrine Center. See you there!
Go Long or go Wrong!
Mark Powell, SPSC Commodore, 2014
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2014 Endless Summer Sailboard Classic Novice Fleet Wrap up
When members ask how their dues are used, the
answer is usually items like paying for WINDY,
taxes, insurance, sometimes the band (hint hint).
Those are definitely items we need to sustain
our club. However, another chunk of cash pays
the cost of equipment for our lessons program.
While the other items are necessary (band?-well
yeah) our program is an investment on a couple
of different levels. One of which feeds into our
Novice Fleet arena.
This year we had seven registrants with six racing.
(We missed Sherie Barber on the water because
she is recovering from eye surgery, but she was
able to do some paddling on a SUP.) The remaining
six contestants have participated in the SPSC
lessons program within the past two summers. Four
of them used SPSC equipment for this event.
This year’s racers were: Josylyn, Deb, Rose,
Sam, Brennon, and Brian.
- Josylyn is now in her second year with us
and used her own equipment to sail. When the
races started, it was low tide. After some
soul searching while she walked the board
over the finish line, Josylyn called it a
day early on. (And of course no pressure even
though her honey was our **rabbit and her
son assisted with the horn and flags.) However,
she was ready to have at it on Sunday-that’s
- Deb also in her second year with SPSC,
sailed her own equipment. She rigged her sail
with the advice of a few other “experts”
and she never could get that darn sail to flip
around the right way-she was not happy about this.
She was ready to re-rig and race on Sunday-sorry
‘bout the wind Deb. (We welcome Deb to the
SPSC board-we appreciate her commitment!)
- Rose is new to SPSC this summer, and she
took to the sport immediately. During the last
race she was the only woman to make it around
the mark by sailing upwind way WAY past the mark
in order to make it around in one tack-very good
application. We’re glad she’s smitten!
- Sam is the youngest racer who has ever sailed
in our Novice Fleet. A resident of Georgia,
Sam is ten years old. He often frequents Shell
Point while visiting his aunt and uncle, our
own Suzanne and Keith Long. Sam took lessons
this summer and overcame his fear of the channel
with the help of his uncle Keith, who hadn’t
been on a board in “several” years.
Sam respects the channel, but after racing
on a low tide, he now appreciates it, as evidenced
by his windsurfing in it on Sunday just for
fun. They even had to call him off the water
for the trophy presentation! Sam is a person
of few words who spoke volumes at the event.
- Brennon showed up just as the race sequence
was about to start. We decided to wait while
he rigged. After much tweaking of vintage
equipment, Brennon joined the fleet. The “vintage”
proved to be too much for his board but voila-he
was able to use a SPSC board to finish racing
and had a good event.
- Brian took advantage of the lessons program
this summer to refresh his skills. Well, it worked!!!!!
He took a bullet in all five races!!!
We set the course as a reach (perpendicular to
the wind direction). As mentioned earlier, it
was low tide. The fleet had to walk their rigs
out a bit so they could actually “hop”
on their boards and sail away. Most came back
to shore on a tack that led them into extremely
shallow water. This meant they had to walk their
boards across the finish line. (Yes that is allowed
in C Fleet.)
It got better as tide came in, but then we had
a strong current in the mix. As the day progressed,
the wind direction turned more on shore. This
turned the course into an upwind reach. We considered
moving the mark, but decided these folks were
up for the challenge. Well, a challenge they got-to
the point here I called back half the fleet so
they wouldn’t end up WAY down wind.
This was a fun group of people. It was obvious
that they all learned more about windsurfing,
about SPSC and about themselves.
After five races, the final results were:
|| 1st Place
||1st Place Male
||2nd Place Male
| Sam Burdette
||3rd Place Male
||1st Place Female
||2nd Place Female
||3rd Place Female
* (not a typo-tie for 3rd overall-Novice Fleet
scoring the last race)
Thanks to : Perry Morris and John Gilbert for
the marks, Keith Long for setting and retrieving
the marks, Lee Chapin-for the boat, David (age
6) for helping with the horn and flags, Jorg for
being the rabbit**, John (again) for the tent
that our cheering section enjoyed, to our members
who support the SPSC lessons program by paying
their dues, and especially our instructors who
give many hours back to the sport!
**rabbit: an experienced windsurfer who sails
with the Novice Fleet to show them the way.
The Endless Summer - SUP update from Leigh Fountain
(Click on images for larger view) You may have
noticed on your Endless Summer Classic shirt both
a windsurfer and stand up paddleboarder...for
the first time SUPs were incorporated into the
mix and they represented in 2014!
First of all, huge thanks to Sandy Point Progressive
Sports and Steve Gottlieb for bringing demo SUPs
for the weekend, and to Tom Pace for sharing his
SUP enthusiasm and knowledge with folks throughout
the weekend. This combination ratcheted up both
capabilities and enjoyment, which led to more
folks trying out SUPs for pleasure and racing.
Speaking of racing, we did three points races
and had a total of 20 people participate: Saturday
we did sprint (n=5) and downwind (n=7) races,
and Sunday we did another sprint (n=8) race. Our
SPSC had experienced and first-timers on SUPs,
people from Pensacola to Vero Beach, and a family
(Rose and Matt) join us in the races.
It was both a competitive and learning weekend
for everyone. In addition to race events, people
were sharing what they know about SUP techniques,
gear, and helping everyone enjoy riding stand
up paddleboards. Thanks to our timekeeper, Penny,
and everyone who helped with the SUP races, and
to all for sharing your SUP knowledge!
Weekend overall race results (trophy winners):
1st place: Tom Pace
2nd place: Dan Fortunas
3rd place: Leigh Fountain
Last Lesson of the Year, the Thomasville Boy
Scouts by BobbyG
The last lesson of the
year was September 20th, the weekend after the
endless summer. The Thomasville Boy Scouts come
down to Shell Point once a year and camp out
a little ways down from the beach at one of
the beach front homes. Last year we setup a
lesson for them and did it again this year.
The lessons went great except for one issue.
We had a north northeast wind, so lots of rescues
took place. Thankfully we had a great group
of trainers in Adam, Linda, Bill, and Bob A.,
so none of the scouts got distressed. Sadly,
one of Tina’s dogs was in distress and
she had to take care of it that morning. When
we were rescuing some of the kids that went
out on the 2.0 and 2.5 and ended up sailing
the rig back (Bill did one and I did another),
I thought of how easy Teensy can sail those
The reason we do this training was exemplified
in this last class. One of the scout chaperones
said his son did not want to do the windsurfing.
On that Saturday morning he told his dad he
would try it. When they took a lunch break around
12:30, he told his dad windsurfing was awesome!
Several of the scouts really took to it and
I encouraged the scout master to let their parents
know about the lessons we give all summer long.
I would really love to have a junior class of
windsurfers at our next Endless Summer Sailboard
Classic. I asked Matthew Williams what should
be the cut off age for junior sailors and he
said 14, and then when he turns 15, to make
We could really use help at lessons. We have
a really dedicated group of people that do it,
but they can’t always be there. I would
also like to have more practice days on Sunday
afternoons, when we would only need 2 or 3 people,
but I can’t ask the trainers to give up
yet more time. Please consider helping next
year and let me know. It truly is rewarding.
Club Meeting September 2014
Commodore: Mark Powell, Vice: Bob Graves, Scribe:
Bill Olson, Purser: Wright Finney, At Large
Members: Linda Downey, Tina Mazanek, Lee Chapin,
Mark Voigt, Past Commodore: Mike Levine.
24 people present at meeting
Meeting called to order sometime around 7:30,
or was it around 7:40, maybe I should just say
the meeting started AFTER 7:30.
Election ballots were handed out for people
to contemplate who to vote for. Mark P. talked
about all the sponsors for this years event.
Leigh brought his SUP in and spoke about the
paddles and lengths.
Mark brought his race sail in to show how to
rig it, but decided to just talk about the parts.
You never realize how big a sail is until you
get it in a small space.
New folks attending the meeting were Rose McCaffery,
John and Kara Leeds, and Brennan and Juliet
Fogarty. Welcome to all!
There were lots of things talked about at the
meeting that the people at the meeting might
remember that I forgot. It was a busy evening
so these minutes are accurate in what has been
The excitement for the evening was the election.
After lots of mudslinging, police interventions,
bribes, and voter fraud, we elected the 2015
board. 2015 Board consists (you can probably
recognize them from the picture) of:
Commodore: Bob Graves
Vice Commodore: Chris Graves
Scribe: Bill Olson
Purser: Wright Finney
At Large Members:
Past Commodore: Mark Powell
Board is also known as the Guardians of the
Christmas Party 2014
December 13, 2014
time again to mark your calendars for the SPSC end of Christmas/Hanukah/Holiday
party. The date is December 13th at the Marzuq Shrine Temple
on the corner of Tharpe and Monroe, and the time is 7:30
until 1amish. As is always the case, turkey and ham will
be provided by the club and all others are expected to bring
a side dish. This event is free to all CLUB members and
their guest. If you are tardy in your dues, you can pay
at the event.
was once old is new again. This year the DJ is hosting
an 80's dance party, wherein the bulk of the music will
be from that time period, with well known artists such as
Prince, Talking Heads, Michael Jackson, B-52s, Madonna,
and Cyndi Lauper, and lesser known ones like Rocky Burnette,
Dexy’s Midnight Runners, and Fixx. As in all things,
there is a lot of contemporary music which was inspired
by the eighties that will also get airtime. Break out your
video tape copy of Pretty in Pink, the Breakfast club, Ferris
Bueller’s Day off, Risky Business, and your episodes
of Miami Vice to get the right mindset and right style of
Please submit any questions or comments to this year’s
party host with the most, Bob Graves, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Commodore for 2015
The Commodores Past by Anonymous
(Click on images for larger view, PLEASE) This
article will get you acquainted with our 2015
Commodore, Bob Graves. Please don’t get
him confused with that clown that served back
in 2009 as Commodore whose name was also Bob Graves.
That guy had no idea what power the Commodore
has and did not wield it to subjugate to represent
his minions the masses other members
Our new Commodore’s past is somewhat checkered.
After doin’ time in the Army, he could only
find work as an exotic dancer. Though that work
had its benefits, it was a bit ‘unseemly’,
so he sought work elsewhere. As fortune would
have it, the world renowned Swami and the Festoons
let him join. After playing with the Festoons
for several years, and becoming aware of what
people thought of musicians, he tried to get back
into dancing, but the hard life of a rock n’
roller no longer made his physique unique. Thankfully
the Festoons let him back in, and seeing as he
was already used to being a bottom feeder, he
decided to jump into politics. Fortunately he
was elected as Vice Commodore and the Commodore
before his past came to light and now it’s
Since his election, Bob thought it might be best
to provide a strong image, get rid of his granny
jeans, get rid of his shirts, and project himself
as one of the underling’s regular people.
One of the first orders of business under his
regime reign term is to ….. just kidding.
He doesn’t intend on sharing anything. What
he says, goes, got it?