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Commodores Commands and Comments by Commodore Bob Graves, aka ISUC - October 2015

Bob Graves, SPSC Commodore, 2015
  Bob Graves, Commodore
Imperial Supreme Ultimate Commodore (ISUC)

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 my prognosis.

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)

Behind 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 our shirts.

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 planning time.

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 award.

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 all weekend.

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 Marrero

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 them out.

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.

1999 2000 2001 2002 2004
Denise Herndon
Pam & Paul
Lori Hixon
Andy Waters
Denise Herndon
Pam & Paul l
Pam & Paul
Elizabeth Denmark
Andy Waters
Pam & Paul
Dave Denmark
Denise / Andrew P.
Tigger Gray
Robert & Lemay
Pam & Pau
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Pam & Paul
Robert & Lemay
Elizabeth Denmark
Andrew Priest
Pam & Paul
Ann Getman
Leah Chapin
Lizzy / Denise
Bill Olson
Judy Knerr
Leah Chapin
Elizabeth Denmark
Elizabeth Denmark
Marrilee & Olga
Donna McMahon
2011 2012 2013 2015  
Judy Knerr
Donna McMahon
Pam & Paul /Tracy
Elizabeth Denmark
Pam & Paul
Sherry Martin
Pam & Paul
Suzanne Long
Donna McMahon
Judy Knerr
Leah Chapin
Suzanne Long

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 raceā€¦ 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!

Bobba the Hutt

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:
Laurie Levine
Deb Green
Mary Rolling
Adam Bennet
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:
Joe Sisson
Ric Edmonds
Deb Greene
Bill Olson


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
Training gear
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

Upcoming events
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;
Joe Sisson
Ric Edmonds
Deb Greene
Bill Olson

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 is palpable.

Submitted for the glory of Bob.

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