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Commodore's Corner February 2016

Chris Graves, SPSC Commodore, 2016
  The Keys have been special to me since before joining the club at Fiesta Key. In my early days of windsurfing I would stay at Bahia Honda or Big Pine Sportsmans camp and get some good sailing at the quarry.

I have been joining the club at Fiesta Key for about 15 years on and off and have had the good fortune to be married their, surrounded by friends, two years ago.

The thing that makes the trip so special is the core group of folks that create a cohesiveness at the campsite even though we are mostly spending our senior years in comfy travel trailers.

Special thanks to Sherry for the Dr. Suess themed evening. We really give the locals a show.

Oh ya, as to the windsurfing; some of our gang was on the water every day enjoying the warm waters. I personally started sailing my new to me 2010 Tabou Rocket which is a dream in light air with a 7.5 twin cam Ezzy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chapins, wishing Lee a speedy recovery.

Campsite Reviews

As more of us get RVs, I thought I would share some thoughts about some campsites Terry and I stayed at during our trip.

Lake Louisa State Park

We and I arrived about 5:45pm to find one of the most beautiful and spacious State parks I have ever camped at. We were fortunate that Perry and Bill were ensconced in the Perry’s spacious trailer. Martinis were served and a good time was had as a cold rain fell outside.

Lake Louisa has spacious level sites with a concrete boarder and gravel pad that stayed nice and dry. This is an ideal place for cycling on the rolling roads located within the park or kayaking on several of the lakes. There are piers and kayak launches are on the two lakes with nice ramps. The bathrooms are spacious and clean and had great warm showers. This would be a fantastic place to stay as a group and perhaps also visit the local attractions.

Skunk Ape Research Institute, Trail Lakes Campgrounds

We and I departed Tallahassee around 7 AM and headed to the Skunk Ape research Institute with an arrival at about five. The campground is located on the Tamiami trail. And interesting place just an inch or so above the glades due to the heavy rains. The sites are nice with a tent camping area. The bathrooms where built as hurricane shelters, old and not modern but kept clean.

There will be mosquitos be warned, its the Everglades, plus the $33 price is great. Make sure to visit the store upfront, they will have what you need as you are far from any stores. May stop there on my next trip to the Keys.

Chris Grave
2016 SPSC Commodore

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Theme Night
Long Key Bridge North
Fiesta Key Sunset
Lake Louisa State Park
Trail Lakes Campgrounds
Trail Lakes Campgrounds

Minutes - January 2016 Club Meeting

January 12th, 2016

Meeting called to order by the New Commodore at 7:30 promptly.

The Commodore’s inability to rap his knuckles loudly enough necessitated the ceremonial passing of the Official Ketchup Bottle of the Office Of Commodore.

Commodore Graves II then regaled us, once again, with tails of his sailing childhood in New York, and in a cautionary tone reminded us that the local club membership in the days of Kennedy and Nixon was well over $500, should anyone balk at paying current dues in our club.

The New Minister of Propaganda, in lieu of last months minutes, gave everyone the details from Charlie Yontz’ wife’s upcoming memorial service.

Pursers Report included mention of the cost of Windy’s phone line. Rick Knerr wondered why we didn’t just hook Windy up to a Straight Talk cell phone. Upon being reminded that we also use her landline for a credit card machine during events, he said “So??” Stating that that also could be done on a cell phone. This sounded very much like he was volunteering for Registration for the next Stephen C. Smith Memorial Regatta. It was agreed to look for alternatives and discuss later.

Also reported was the purchase of the Festoon’s sound board. As we were able to purchase from Musician’s Friend as a Stupid Deal Of The Day, it was also a very time limited deal. An email was sent out to the membership to vote on this purchase. The results were as follows: 15 responses, all affirmative. Zero responses in opposition, 33-some abstentions. You snooze, you lose.

Membership stands at 48, with the names of remaining scofflaws read and mocked.

Discussion of needed repairs for the training trailer. Wright and Stan will assess and report.

The Commodore asked for volunteers to coordinate lessons for the summer to which one voice rose majestically above the rest. Commodore Graves I, and Lessons Coordinator Extroardinaire, will once again assume the mantle of Boss Of Orange Shirts, and Provider of Beer. This was followed by discussion of requiring all to wear PFD’s, and possible fees or memberships for students.

Upcoming Events – Blah, blah, Keys Trip, blah, blah. The only way your Scribe can attend is if he wins the billion dollar Powerball, at which point he wouldn’t be able to hang out with you leaches, anyway.

Wind Ceremony – Joe Sisson has been pressured to chair.

Midwinters, SCSMR, NIMBY, RnR, Xmas, and Festivus all discussed.
Date for the 2016 Christmas party discussed. It is likely to be a Friday this year. Wright will discuss with Lee about the Marzuq’s availability.

Also mentioned was the planned beach re-nourishment, and the new boat ramp.

Teensie (no longer a scofflaw,) called a motion to adjourn. Seconded, and voted on pretty damn quick.

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
Past Commodore: Bob Graves



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