Commodores Commands and Comments
by Commodore Bob Graves, aka ISUC - August 2015
Bob Graves, SPSC Commodore,
Bob Graves, Commodore
Imperial Supreme Ultimate Commodore
We have elections coming up in September, so get your
voter id, birth certificate, an affidavit witnessed
by 3 witnesses that confirms you are who you think
you are, and your 2015 get on the beach free card,
and even you can vote! In conjunction with voting
DUES ARE DUE. IF you were a student this year and
already paid, you are good until next year.
So much has happened during my reign, and yet there
is so much more to go. I have been through and witnessed;
Fiesta Key, Calema MidWinters, start of training,
11 summer series races, and the Rum n’ Root
Beer. Coming up is even more stuff: finish up training
and the summer series racing, Juana’s Good time
regatta, Endless Summer Sailboard Classic, Atlanta
Fall Classic, Christmas Party, and Festivus! Whew,
now that’s a good year. Next year promises even
Bob Graves, Commodore
Imperial Supreme Ultimate Commodore (ISUC)
n' Root Beer Regatta by Bob Graves
This event definitely lived up to its’ theme, “Prepare
to Get Wet!” The arsenal of watery weaponry was
truly impressive. I believe the instigator in early water
fights was Paul, but sporadic duels were happening all
over the beach. That was when Mary decided it’s
time for the SOAK FEST! In assisting Mary, I learned that
giving instruction to 5 year olds in tennis was easier
than trying to organize SPSC members with water guns.
The maturity difference between a 5 and 50 year old during
the R n’ R with a water gun is zero. Truly wonderful!
I knew Mary’s games were a success by the number
of people trying to break the rules. Her games had reached
the level of cheating in professional football, baseball,
and the Tour de’ France. Games included a relay
race, where one team’s bending of the rules brought
down the ultimate punishment from the commissioner of
SUP relay racing, a disqualification. My understanding
is the SUPNO (Stand Up Paddlers National Organization)
has filed a lawsuit. The response to that was “Whatsup?
NO!” The water balloon toss and water balloon colander
catch went off without incident except for numerous exploding
water balloons. The final game was the bucket dunk, an
ingenious, insidious game designed by a sinister organization
that goes by the name of Pinterest. Mary’s Minions
assembled it so that it worked wonderfully and, when it
stopped working momentarily, a little percussive maintenance
got it back in shape! It was great to see Charles hit
the target thus drenching his Dad, Pro, and then Simone
doing the same to her daughter, Naomi. I will say, however,
that the SPSC should never consider fielding a softball
or cricket team.
People brought wonderful stuff to eat and everybody ate
well, drank well, and had great conversation to the back
drop of Mary’s good playlist. Oh, did I forget to
mention that the weather the ENTIRE TIME WAS ABSOLUTELY
MARVELOUS. So, for those who stayed away due to a forecast,
you missed out big time.
However, none of this would have been possible without
great monetary support from Catalina Café (http://www.catalinacafe.com),
Athena Salon and Spa (http://www.athenasalonandspa.com
), and product support in the way of four beautiful paddleboards
from Forgotten Coast Paddle Sports (http://www.forgottencoastpaddlesports.com),
and the 40 plus people that came out to have fun in the
sun and GET WET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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
Wisdom of the Great Helmsman
The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides
by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny
of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity
and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley
of the darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper
and the finder of lost children. And I will squirt
upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger
those who attempt to poison and destroy my minions.
And you will know I am the Commodore when I lay
my aquatic vengeance upon you.
Club Meeting July 2015
At 19:33 the meeting commenced (yes this would be 7:30
NBT, but we are trying to display the humble side
The heir apparent, Chris Graves begins the meeting
with a couple of video presentations of club training
and sailing in St Joseph Bay.
The Commodore receives and urgent call, and departs
briefly to keep that Iranian Nucular deal on the tracks.
The meeting resumes with talk of races and lessons.
There are 20 members present, the purser has yet to
make an appearance.
The Commodore reports that there was no summer series
last time due to lack of wind.
The scribe admits that there are no meeting minutes
to approve because he lost the notes of the July club
meeting, they are approved by acclamation anyhow.
NIMBY XIX – We needed more people. Good times
were had and the sailing was good, try to make it
The new training gear, 2 Kona Hula boards and 2 rigs
allegedly have arrived in Savannah, WCF will call
Steve Monday and confirm.
Rum n Rootbeer is August 2nd. Forms are available
now for registration, those on Facebook should be
getting updates. 30th year for various incarnations
of the event. Register early to be eligible for the
door prizes. Bring water guns and be ready to get
Endless Summer – Call your sponsors, there will
be a GUMBO CONTEST this year, and Café Donaldo
has resumed management from the slackers who were
running the place into the ground.
Festivus 2015 – will there be a high seas battle
to see who is Commodore next year?
If you want your SPSC membership card, which gets
you free parking at Shell Point Beach, come to a meeting.
The Festoons are still in the market for a cheap/free
rehearsal space, let Bob know if you have one.
Pursers report, a commemorative book was presented
to WCF for all his hard work on the NIMBY.
We have money in the bank, 62 paid memberships, we
have held steady at 60 or 70 over the years.
Deb Berlinger said the there will be a RnR Pay Pal
transfer to the club coffers.
There was a presentation of the 1st place no class
award to Mike Levine for superior whining and sniveling.
There was no wind at the last summer series event,
and because Bob was the only one who knew there would
be a race and actually started, he got the bullet.
Next Club meeting will be august 11 at BOB, keep in
mind that a new slate of board members will be presented
to the club for their consideration.
Deb Berlinger motions to adjourn, Perry Morris seconds,
approved by the whoosh of people bolting \for the
Submitted for the glory of Bob.