Commodores Commands and Comments
by Commodore Bob Graves, aka ISUC - June 2015
Bob Graves, SPSC Commodore,
Bob Graves, Commodore
Imperial Supreme Ultimate Commodore
My mid-winters article forgot to mention Mr. Dan Burch
from the SPSC also being there. He was also very encouraging
for the rag tag team of Olson, Sisson, and Graves
to participate. Thanks, Dan!
May lessons got off to a start once again with the
Venturing Scouts the first ones to come. We had one
new trainer in Joe down there, and a big thanks to
Bill, Linda, and Tina who taught from beginning to
end. Charlie Yontz, who is still undergoing chemo,
came down to assist where he could, as did Deb Green
and Mark Powell.
I want everyone to be prepared for my Endless Summer
budget proposal when it comes up. I only have 4 newsletters
to convince you of my need for a $25,000 budget. Up
until recently, the requested
budget would have been in the $3,500 to $4,000 range,
but recent events by some uppity malevolent minions
has required additional expense. In order to protect
me, the Most(ly) High Commodore, the budget will need
to include the rental of a limousine for his Esteemed
(esteamed?) ones safety and comfort, and, of course,
a Blackwater Security team. These things don’t
come cheap and, with a call to Dick Cheney (some people
really like Dick) saying that I’m a benevolent
Despot trying to stop some fanatics
for fairness from a coup, he cut me a deal. I gave
him oil drilling rights to Shell Point. I figure the
oil slicks will make the boards really move. My backup
plan in case the budget isn’t approved is to
just give George Zimmerman a comp entrance. Your choice.
In order to support this high yet fair budget, we
need to line up sponsors for this event, so please,
everyone, anyone, and YOU please think of folks that
might want to get name recognition in the club and
who would be willing to donate product or money and
let me know. THANKS!
Bob Graves, Commodore
Imperial Supreme Ultimate Commodore (ISUC)
We got off to a great start with the picture telling it
all. Decent winds and a good turnout turned in to fun for
all. Racing started almost promptly at 3:30, as advertised.
We ran three races using the channel markers as our courses.
The race committee wanted to quit after two since the water
was getting low, but was overruled by the desire for one
more! So we moved the channel markers around and had one
more race that kept us near deeper water. All starts were
beach starts with a 10 seconds countdown from the race committee
and the finish and order of finish was determined on where
you were sitting on the beach at the picnic table. Finish
was jumping off your board and running to get a seat. It’s
amazing how these folks could sail around the marks, jump
off their board, and stumble running.
So the first Summer Series race, after a very long hiatus
had, some surprise finishers. Before posting the results,
I want to thank the Vice Commodore, Chris Graves, for wanting
to get the series going again. I encourage others to come
out and join us. All our races took maybe 1.5 hours. Think
about it, a 10 second start sequence.
Order of finish by race:
Open Unlimited Fleet
First Race: Chris Graves, Paul Hansard, Mike Levine, “Sleeper”
Joe Sisson, Bob Graves, Bill Olson
Second Race: “Sleeper” Joe, Chris, Paul, Bob,
Third Race: Joe (sleeper no more), Chris, Paul, Bill, Bob,
First Race: Adam Bennett, Deb Green
Second Race: Deb Green, Adam Bennett
Club Officers and At-Large
Board Members 2015
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 Windy
Club Meeting May 2015
The radios struck 13 NBT as Commodore Bob, AKA
Big Brother initiates the proceedings.
22 members were present to bask in the wisdom that
Members from Venturing Scout Crew 44 provided a
presentation of the outdoor activities they enjoy,
including a nice video. This year will be the 4th
or 5th year we have had a training day with them.
The purser arrives as the Commodore makes a passionate
argument for an olive testing requirement and then
distributes a quiz. There is discussion of using
recipes in the newsletter, as well as reviving old
“Jump and Jibes” to add some bulk.
We have money in our checking account. Upcoming
expenses for the NIMBY and Rum n Root Beer events.
The new training gear is apparently being sailed
across the Pacific Ocean by political refugees and
will get here when it gets here.
Our memberships for 2015 now stand at 58, holding
June 19-21 in Fort Walton Beach. Difficult to find
a perfect event site there. We will sail from Beasly
Park in the bay, we will have to drive to rig and
launch, but we will be close to restaurants, bars
shops etc. There will be a Friday boating trip.
Rum n Root Beer
Mary Rolling provided a presentation of the planned
2015 RnR, with phrases including “Just Add
Water” and “Prepare to Get Wet”,
which I assumed were in reference to the event.
There will be games in the water. A Facebook event
will be set up to engage the populace. August 2
is the day. A budget request was made and mayhem
ensued. Commodore Bob in his wisdom tables the budget
discussion until next month so that the numbers
from last year can be massaged… errr reviewed
to provide an accurate budget.
If you have game ideas, pass them on to Mary and
Endless Summer Sailboard Classic –
talk to your sponsors NOW
Linda Downey has different ideas for breakfast and
Perry is to check on the screen house for Suppah
New gear will get here when it gets here. May 16th
is a return engagement with the Venturing Scouts.
Next lessons start April 30th and is full, other
classes filling up fast. The SPSC Summer Series
will commence at 3:30 on each lessons day.
A new Festivus pole is needed, aluminum, unadorned
Linda says that there are a few Smith T’s
The next meeting will be June 9th at Beef O Bradys.
Tina made the motion to adjourn, which was seconded
by Paul Hansard, beating out Adam Bennett (who seems
to want these things to end every time). Approved
Humbly recorded for the majesty of Bob.