Commodores Commands and Comments
by Commodore Bob Graves, aka ISUC - October 2015
Bob Graves, SPSC Commodore,
|| Bob Graves, Commodore
Imperial Supreme Ultimate Commodore
Endless Summer Sailboard Classic 2015 by ES Chair Bob Graves
You missed a good one. Friday night from 6:30 to 9:30 we were
serenaded by singer/guitar player Wilson Carlile. His music
was the perfect fit for people arriving to pick up their registrations
packets and chowing down on delicious wings, supplied by Corner
Pockets and prepared by the clubs very own fry cooks extraordinaire,
Rick and Judy! The French fries were so crisp and tender and
wings went from mild to fiery hot! Thankfully the beer truck
was close by.
Though there wasn’t much wind on Saturday, Perry and John
set a great course taking us down the channel and then over
the flats. We had beach starts AND finishes, with race captains
Lee and Merck recording everything. When the racing was over,
we got a bunch of folks out for some SUP racing thanks in large
part to Forgotten Coast paddle sports for providing some boards.
It is a very relaxing sport, which I was able to finish last
in. Maybe I relaxed too much.
Saturday night had us feasting on Chicken or Fish provided by
Posey’s. Around 6:40, we started handing out door prizes
donated by Dakine, Worldwinds Windsurfing, Sandy Point Progressive
Sports, Mary Rolling’s Athena Saloon, Mark Voigt’s
VAPA, NoLimitzs, Budweiser, and gift certificates from Sweet
Magnolia Inn for a couple night’s stay, Corner Pockets,
Forgotten Coast Paddle Sports, and the 4th quarter.
As usual, the music got cranked up around 8pm, with a wide range
of music being played, from Silento’s “Watch Me”
to R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World”.
Finished the night off a little after 11pm with “Pour
Some Sugar on Me”.
Sunday saw some good wind, so after getting a few race captains
out of bed, the long distance race took off about 10am. Good
wind but lots of swells foiled some racers but many stayed with
it. Perry and John then setup the course from the day before
for one last race due to some weather concerns and our hopes
of getting the out of town guests on the road.
There were 23 boards on the water racing not counting the seven
racers in Novice fleet! We might just be turning into a sailing
club with a drinking problem again instead of a drinking club
with a sailing problem. Of course, a third of the boards on
the water were from out of town, so I might be premature in
It was so great to have Café Donaldo’s of London,
Paris, and Shell Point back in action with Digger’s dogs
working alongside them, the corporate buyout not causing any
hard feelings. The gumbo contest had seven entrants, all of
them quit delectable. Don and Sharman graciously handed out
aprons to ALL the contestants, with a special apron going to
this year’s winner, Judy Knerr.
Thanks to all those who volunteered their time and all the sponsors
for making this event a success.
Bob Graves, Commodore
Imperial Supreme Ultimate Commodore (ISUC)
the scenes at the Endless Summer by Bob Graves
It takes a lot of effort to bring an event such as the Endless
Summer together, and a lot of people to make it happen. This article
is to recognize those hardworking people and to enlighten you as
to how you can help next year.
Prior to the event, many folks on the board solicit vendors to become
sponsors, a task that has to be successful in order for the event
to take place. Thanks to the efforts of Mark and Kathy Voigt, Tina
Mazenek, Bill Olson, Chris Graves, Mike Levine, the Franklins, Wright
Finney, Mary Rolling, Lee and Leah Chapin, Adam Bennett, and Perry
Morris, we enlisted the financial support of those companies on
Most people don’t realize the work Deb Berlinger puts in to
making sure the website does everything it should and putting up
with the requests from the prima donna chairperson who can never
make up his mind! Wright Finney lines up the portable toilets, the
beer truck, the permits, and the tent for the event and then coordinates
the site setup, with the assistance of John Gilbert. However, many
people chip in to help setup and breakdown, like Bob Andrews and
Richard Hill. Lee Chapin brought in the trailer for the live music
on Friday night and the DJ, and the boat used to set the marks.
Rik Edmonds provided the tent for the trailer. Rick Knerr oversees
the placement of the fence around the beer truck. Sandy Layne, Joe
Sisson, and Terry Graves handled registration. Rick and Judy Knerr
cooked the wings and fries for Friday night. Bill Olson picked up
40lbs of donated wings from Corner Pockets (where we have happy
hour almost every Friday!) Leah Chapin handled the breakfast on
Saturday and Sunday morning with the help of Sherry Martin. Perry
Morris blows the marks up every Friday evening and he and John go
out and set them before the races start. We also have our race captains,
Lee Chapin and Mark Voigt, trying to keep the racers happy, a thankless
task. Adam Bennett recruited the beer truck crew, Lee Eng, Ruth,
and Katie, and oversees the distribution of libations. I know others
helped out as well, and I apologize if I have not mentioned you,
and please help again next year!
Everyone knows who the event chair is for these events, but his
job, and the event, wouldn’t be possible without the hard
work of so many who have done it so long wanting no credit. However,
we could use some fresh faces, so if you would like to do your part
next year, let the event chair know when it comes Endless Summer
What you get at an Endless Summer Event
Registration bag containing an event shirt, chums, credit card holder
for cell phone, coupons for a drink at the Sweet Magnolia Inn, a Swami
and the Festoons CD, and a pen.
Friday night Wings, Fries and Live entertainment
Saturday morning breakfast
Saturday noon exceptional gumbo at Café Donaldo’s for
only $5 a bowl and Diggers Dogs for only $3 with chips and cookies.
Sailboard AND SUP racing.
Saturday evening Supper AND door prizes
Saturday night dancing under the stars
Sunday morning breakfast
Sunday morning racing.
Sunday lunch exceptional gumbo at Café Donaldo’s for
only $5 a bowl and Diggers Dogs for only $3 with chips and cookies
Sunday afternoon trophies for the different racing fleets, aprons
for the gumbo entrants with special ones for the winners, presentation
of the Perry Williams award and the presentation of the Party Animal
If you are a beer drinker, there is no limit to the amount you can
drink over the weekend. With choices ranging from Bud Light to Goose
Island IPA, there was something for everyone. Bottled water was available
If you add it up, you get more than what your entry fee was. If you
win a door prize, you get WAY more than the entry fee. This is why
our sponsors are so important to us and we need to make sure we visit
them and they know who we are.
In addition, the joy of just hanging with folks that enjoy the same
sport you do and relaxing at the beach with friends is priceless!
On the Finer Points of Burning Man and the Endless Summer - Hector
After attending Burning Man for several years I can not help but compare
it to Shell Points greatest held water sports secret. I have lived
in Tallahassee for quit some time and had heard of a club of wind
surfers but fate never saw fit for us to meet until the 38th annual
Endless Summer Classic. I was getting off of work for the week and
looking for an adventure so I called an Irishmen I know. This Irishmen
unlike most of his kinfolk has a strong attraction to the sun and
told me that he was going to Shell Point for the weekend to compete
in the Endless Summer Classic. He informed me that the admission was
$60 and that there was a beer truck there for the entire weekend.
I don't know if any of you have been drinking with an Irishmen but
that meant that the entry fee would pay for itself on the first night.
So I'm in.
Brennan the aforementioned man with red hair picked me up and down
to the beach we went. It is a close drive to Tallahassee but once
you arrive at shell point for the event it was difficult to leave
3 days later. Unfortunately due to work we did not arrive until dark.
After checking in I also found out we also received a shirt, a sweet
shirt that lets people know that your weekend was far superior to
theirs. A mandatory bracelet then off to the beer truck as we had
to prepare to go racing in the morning.
Saturday Day 2.
At this point $60 entree fee has now paid for itself and it is now
time for some racing. Brennan had already registered and informed
the club I would be racing as well. So we head down to the beach to
set up gear and race. At this point I should mention that I had only
been on a sail board once before and that was a year prior. That might
of been an issue but thorough preparation was obtained the night prior
at the beer truck with good music and beer girls.
I did not win the first race. It was kinda close you know like a country
mile close. With no hope of a win (and not knowing that there was
more than one race) I stayed out until I made it to the first buoy
and got a feel for the board. After getting waived back in, I learned
that there was to be a total of 5 races for the day. Needing some
guidance I sought out the expertise of Tina who is a "Master",
"doyenne", "savant", "wizard", "a
??? of the highest caliber"... and she set me straight with immortal
words of wisdom on which I won the 5th race of the day. Thanks Tina!
After a great day of racing your entry fee covers a catered dinner
and then a amazing raffle with no joke prizes. Then the party keeps
going back at the beach with music and dancing. Sunday the wind picked
up as did the intensity of the racing. When it was all done there
was an award ceremony and time to wrap up and head back into town.
Everyone I met over the entire weekend was great. It was nothing but
good times and great experiences. Their love for Windsurfing shines
though. Shell Point with its extensive stretch of shallow water with
the wide open gulf to provide steady winds is a unique special geographic
location. Tallahassee is lucky to have such a great club and location
so close. If you are not familiar you would be foolish not to check
Gumbo at the Endless Summer - Sharman Franklin
It was another great year for gumbo at the Endless Summer Regatta.
We had seven entries this time. Those competitors were - Pam and Paul
Hansard, Leah Chapin, Judy Knerr, Bill Olson, Chris Hill, Suzanne
Long, and new to the competition, Joe Sisson. On behalf of Donaldo's
and the club, we want to thank all of you for your time, creativity,
and expense that went into making some of the finest gumbo east of
the Mississippi River. We also want to thank our judges, Elizabeth
and Dave Denmark and Stephen Pike. It's a tough job, but somebody
has to do it. Another great big thank you to Dave and Lizzy and Scott
Williams for all the work they did throughout the entire weekend.
We couldn't have done it without them.
Now, for anyone interested in Endless Summer gumbo trivia, here's what I've got. The first
competition was in 1999. That's 16 years ago! We had three entries besides mine that year, and
they were provided by Pam and Paul, Denise Herndon (before she was a Waters), and Lori Hixon.
The winners were team Hansard. I have the results of all but three years since then. Two of those
three years, we didn't have the contest, and the other Don and Leah, along with other assistants held
the contest while I attended a wedding. I didn't end up with the results. Here are the winners of
those years. The back slashes represents ties.
Pam & Paul
Pam & Paul l
|Pam & Paul
|Pam & Paul
Denise / Andrew P.
Robert & Lemay
Pam & Pau
|Pam & Paul
Robert & Lemay
Pam & Paul
Lizzy / Denise
Marrilee & Olga
Pam & Paul /Tracy
| Elizabeth Denmark
Pam & Paul
|Pam & Paul
That adds up to a lot of gumbo. It's mostly been fabulous. Over all
those years, there was only a
couple of entries that could be considered fish bait. SPSC is fortunate
to have a bunch of really good,
really competitive cooks. Thanks to all of you.
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Juana's Good Time Regatta - Joe Sisson
I'd decided to take my mid-1980s Mistral Superlight (with a
2014 Aerotech 7.5m Rapidfire) to Juana's Good Times Regatta,
instead of the Equipe. I was thinking of lighter, late summer
winds, and it seemed like more of a "how many beers can you
drink and still sail" event rather than a full-on, kick-ass,
hardcore racing event. Turned out to be the right decision -
for a short while.
I picked up Bill (Olson) and his gear, and we headed off to Navarre on Friday afternoon.
After checking into the Best Western (previous NIMBY host hotel), we met Bob (Graves) and Sandy at Juana's for food and beverages.
Later that evening we picked up our registration packets at the welcome party.
Juana's Pagodas is an impressive beach bar / restaurant located where the causeway joins Navarre Beach.
I understand Juana's was recently rebuilt after having been wiped in a hurricane just a few years before.
Looking upwards in the main pagoda, the beams, through-bolted connecting plates, and overall construction appear intended
to survive Mother Nature's wrath. The circular center bar and band stage at one side seem ideally suited to partying at the beach.
There were many, many (well over 100) catamarans at the event. A majority of Hobie 16s were joined by Nacras,
Prindles, and many other designs, even cruising cats. I was surprised to hear the race committee chairperson
announce a single start for the mass of boats and sailors gathered at the skipper's meeting Saturday morning.
I'd like to see a photo of that starting line!
Things were different for the windsurfers. There would be timed, beach-start relays, and later a "run what you brung" long-distance race.
The relays used three supplied boards with relatively small (around 4 square-meter) rigs, similar to some of our training rigs.
Each racer would sail each of the three rigs in turn from the beach to a mark a short distance off shore, then back to the beach.
The total time for each sailor was used to rank the racers. I was initially "put off" by the format, but the relays turned out to be a lot of fun.
The supplied "training" rigs provided a good bit of equalization, but the better sailors performed well in the relays, with our own
Chris Graves earning a third place finish. In spite of my practice with training rigs over the summer, I would characterize my
performance in the relays as humbling.
Now for the long-distance race… A "jack-rabbit" start (is that right?) had us taking off as the committee boat crossed in front of us.
With the big daggerboard, the Superlight pointed very well, allowing me an early lead (I'd like to believe) in the sub-planning conditions.
The committee boat would race ahead of us, allow us to nearly catch up, then run off again into the distance. About a third of the way into
the first leg, sub-planning conditions became marginal, or outright planning conditions for the likes of Lee Huels and Mike Shuman (sp?).
I watched Lee, then later Mike pass me by as we tried to keep the committee boat in sight. Of course, Chris was never far behind.
Eventually, I saw Lee heading for the committee boat, seemingly at anchor. A way too small mark the color of dinge-gray was tough enough to spot.
I saw Lee, then Mike round the mark and take off on the return leg. I fell during my jibe, and fell again before I could get going on the return leg.
As we all know, you don't go very fast with the sail in the water, and Chris sailed right on by. I was able to get close, but never able to pass Chris
on the way back. Chris took third, and I finished fourth.
Juana's is a great venue, and the regatta was indeed a good time. I will go again next year. You should, too!
Mike, Mike, I can’t make exceptions. What if everyone
who sailed for me dropped their sails at the first mark. It’s
not good racing.” ~ Bobba the Hutt
Ok, 8.5 meters. But if you fail me again, I’ll put a price
on your head so big you won’t be able to go near a civilized
regatta.” ~ Bobba the Hutt
“There will be no bargain. I will not give up my favorite
decoration.” ~ Bobba the Hutt
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 Sea!
||Club Officers and At-Large
Board Members 2016
Commodore: Chris Graves
Vice Commodore: Mary Rolling
Scribe: Adam Bennett
Purser: Wright Finney
At large members:
Club Meeting September 2015
At 07:XX the Great Helmsman initiates the proceedings by bellowing
about agendas and pens, of which he apparently has an unlimited
supply, and the fun and informative quiz.
24 members are present to carry on the good work.
Bob Andrews (BaaaaaB!) narrates a most excellent travelogue
of his adventures with Tiki Mon VIII out west this summer, 75
Days on the Road.
Voting for next years board commenced, despite only having 18
ballots, so we kind of knew how things would play out. At least
we were chad free.
Pursers Report: We have money in the bank, insurance is paid
(which includes our on and off the water activities and boats
if used, which is why you should register for all our events).Some
of our other costs include;
Web stuff – hosting, domain name, secure online payment
Rum n Rootbeer
Post Office Box
We have 63 paid memberships, down about 12 from last year this
time, but our bank balance is up.
Merk asks what the dues are, $30 single, $45 Family. Bob A.
suggests that we establish a September 15 dues cut off, after
that increase $5.The Great Helmsman corrals the outpouring of
dissent that ensues.
Summer Series – Bob G announces
the series results, Chris Graves is first, Joe Sisson 2nd
then Bob G. himself rounds out the podium.
Rum n Rootbeer is done
Training is done
Juanas Good Time Regatta SEP 11
Novice Racing Practice Day SEP 19
Endless Summer Sailboard Classic – A very reasonable
budget request was made by the Great Helmsman. Merk wish to
know how reality was incorporated into this budget. Bob gently
pointed out to Merk that last year’s costs were in line
with the requested budget. The budget was approved by acclamation,
with Merk abstaining.
A 15 song CD with the Festoons greatest hits will be provided
for the first 80 registrants.
After the ESSC is the Atlanta Fall Classic.
XMAS party has a ‘60s theme this year, man.
Keys TRIP update from Dave
Dates have been set, we will be condensed in the 700/800 block
to the north by the marina. We have new people at Fiesta Key
to contact. The main reservation will be Saturday to Saturday,
January 30 to February 6, estimate $68 per night. Dave is
the point man on this and would be the only one to change
the schedule. Thanks to Dave.
Cape San Blas trip around the Veterans Day timeframe.
Elections results were tallied:
Commodore – Chris Graves
Vice Commodore – Mary Rolling
Scribe – Adam Bennett
Purser – Wright Finney
At large members;
Rama Don suggests that next year we have a candidates debate
Lee Chapin gives a windy update, we are having issues with
the phone company box.
Next Club meeting will be October 13 at BOB.
Linda motions to adjourn, Deb Berlinger seconds, and the relief
Submitted for the glory of Bob.