Graves, SPSC Commodore, 2016
Commodore's Ramblings May 2016
Thanks to all that helped out on the renovation of the training
trailer, it looks fantastic. Special thanks to Wright for
spearheading the effort and having it wrapped up in time for
the Stephen C. Smith Regatta. The renovations reflect well
on the club and our stewardship of the beach or what's left
The Smith Regatta went very well. Camping at the beach, great
friends, great weather, cold beer, and incredible fried fish.
We are fortunate to have such events for a bargain price.
Special thanks to S.P.S.C. members for their work.
The races were very well laid out with tight courses for many
quick races. The winds were light from the southeast on Saturday
and Sunday but Friday afternoon’s sea breeze yielded
some good short boarding on my Tabou 125 with the tried and
true Ezzy 7.5.
The entertainment for the night was Public Address which for
some, is a bit intense, but Terry and I found it fantastic
to dance to. The band cranked and the Jello shots were a special
treat, thanks Sherry!
Holy buckets Batman! The breakfasts were fantastic with Sherry
and Leah. Pancakes, fried eggs, bacon, along with the rest
of the “continental” breakfast, must be the continent
of north america with that much great food!
Thanks Dave for making our Scamp electrified. Glad to see
your new gear. Looking forward to seeing you on the water.
The Spring Seabreeze:
In the spring along the Gulf coast we often get a sea breeze
in the afternoon. This is caused by the mainland heating up
and causing updraft that draws in more air from the cooler
gulf waters. In my experience they are more likely to occur
when the morning winds are north or northwest and very light.
Our east winds tend to decrease towards noon and are less
likely to rotate to the southwest.
This is a classic example on Saturday May 7th. Note the temperature
drop. April through June we are blessed with this flow until
the water heats up to much.
Yeah, it did it again (less dramatic) on Sunday and I got
to ride it!
2016 SPSC Commodore
Past Commodore’s Muddled Memory
are those that may grouse about paying dues, or wonder what the money
gets them. I was out sailing the other day when I saw two windsurfers,
not club members, disassemble their gear and rinse it off over by
the training trailer. One of them had mentioned earlier that they
had called Windy to see what the wind was doing. Most people don’t
realize that Windy and the accessible water used by sailors and fisherman
alike, were setup by the hard work of SPSC members. True, we don’t
pay for the water, but club members ran pipe from the water by the
rest area all the way down the beach to the training trailer. Money
was spent on a ditch witch to dig a proper trench, the pipe and associated
materials, and the hose that everybody uses to rinse stuff. The hard
work was provided free by SPSC members. As everyone should know, Windy
costs the club monthly for the telephone connection. Thankfully, Lee
had not only donated the informative wench, but had a major hand in
getting it installed and operational.
In addition to all that, the club provides FREE windsurfing lessons
and has been doing so for over 25 years. Again, club members donate
their time to teach and the club has purchased items needed for training.
Though some might consider this frivolous, the Wind Ceremony is an
event that both club members and local residents of Shell Point look
forward to every year. Any event in which you can sell 180 shirts
is one that is successful. The club has generously purchased a sound
board for the band whilst band members give up their time to practice
and then perform. Band members have to fork out about $50 each to
the facility they practice in. Nobody said musicians have any business
The club does lots of things that benefit all of us and your dues
help a lot more people than you would think. Thank you for being a
member, you have done a lot to help people in and outside of the club.
Training is Ready
Had a great group come down to get the equipment ready for
training this year. Tina, Rik, Charlie, Bill, Bob A., and
Bob G. were all down there getting the sails rigged up. This
year our sails are in the best shape ever, with two new sails
from last year that didn’t arrive until the last lesson,
and two other sails that had panels replaced. We have our
two new Kona boards from last year, and a variety of others
that are in decent condition, especially after Bill did repairs
to one of them. However, if anyone has an older longboard
that may be a good training board, please consider donating
it to the club.
The Stephen C. Smith memorial regatta saw a very vibrant and
competitive novice fleet this year, with several of the racers
using SPSC training equipment.
--- Bob G.
43rd Annual Stephen C. Smith Memorial Regatta
We had another great regatta weekend! Starting on Friday night
with the social gathering at the Beer Garden. We woke up Saturday
morning to breakfast on the beach with Leah & Sherry. After
the morning Skipper’s Meeting, Perry Morris & crew
set the race course, then the race committee went white flag
up at 11:30 am. After two races the wind went weak, so everyone
returned to shore for some lunch at the beach grille. As the
wind began to freshen it was back to the race course with four
more races. After “suppa on the ground” at the Yacht
Club it was back to the beach for some music and socializing
at the Beer Garden. Sunday morning started with another Leah
& Sherry breakfast on the beach. Sunday started with plenty
of wind for a long distance race out to the tripod and the flasher
and back to the beach. After some serious ciphering by the race
committee, it was on to the awards ceremony. The race awards
results were as follows:
Windsurfer Race Results
Shell Point Sailboard Club
The “Dan Smith” award went to a very deserving Linda
Downey and the “Gallant Sailor” award went to Dan
Burch for his unique performance.
had a good turnout with 21 racers on the water. There were several
closely contested finishes and the race committee had a front
row seat for all of them. After the racing ended we were all
treated to Chris Voith sailing a “foil-board” just
off the beach. In addition to the four fleets shown above Tina
had a lively group of ‘C’ fleeter’s that she
separately reports on here in this month’s Newsletter.
(Note from Webmaster: C Fleet will be posted later and members
will be notified.)
Donna McMahon took a lot of great race photo’s from the
committee boat on Saturday and on the beach on Sunday along
with our Commodore Chris. Chris put together a great collage
of all the photos and promptly put them on SPSC2.
Our faithful crew of committee folk include; Perry Morris for
designing and setting the course in addition to keeping a close
eye on sailor safety from the chase boat. Mark Voigt for start
sequences and finish’s. We were assisted on the committee
boat on Saturday by a father & daughter, Chris and Lizzie,
from the Venture Scouts. Hopefully Lizzie will return for more
sailing lessons again this teaching season.
--- Lee Chapin
Unpuzzling the ISAF
Rik Edmonds with Mark Powell
If you’re one of those whose significant other bans you
from reading actuarial tables in bed because they keep you awake
all night, then you’re the type that worries about Rule
16.3, Appendix B (Windsurfing) of the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing,
2013-16. For the benefit of everyone else, blithely ignorant
of the menacing implications of this nefarious provision, the
offending paragraph is reproduced below:
“16 CHANGING COURSE Add new rule 16.3:
“16.3 When, at the warning signal, the course to the first
mark is ninety degrees or more from the true wind, a right-of-way
board shall not change course during the last minute before
her starting signal if as a result the other board would need
to take immediate action to avoid contact.”
Now if this dump load of obtuse gibberish means anything to
you, your rare talent is wasted here in Tallahassee, you should
be in Washington DC authoring legislation for too-big-to-fail
bank lobbyists to pass on to their employees in Congress, namely
Senators and Representatives. Last time I did any serious racing,
hails like “MAST ABEAM” and “BARGING”
were as commonly used as today’s “STARBOARD”,
(or Commodore Chris’ secret weapon, “PORT”).
So, being a novice to sailboarding and the intervening iterations
of the rules, I solicited former SPSC Commodore and Olympic
sailor Mark Powel to unpuzzle this marble mouthed sphinx. Here
is his response (with my parenthetical):
“You are correct that most races are not started this
way (i.e., with the course to the first mark being a reach or
further downwind) but Slalom races are typically started like
this and since the boards are going at very high speeds on beam
or slightly downwind of beam reaches, I think this rule is an
attempt to prevent serious collisions in which the sailors could
be hurt. That’s my read anyway. There are plenty of races
on Youtube you can check out . . .”
So basically, non-slalom racers can get out your scissors, carefully
excise paragraph 16.3, wad it into a tight ball, and set it
on fire - one less thing to loose sleep over.
And if any other racing rule specters caffeinate your pre-race
slumbers, don’t waste your money on a new mattress. SPSC’s
Ectoplasm SWAT squad is ready. Who you gonna call ?
Thank You is not Enough . . . .
. . . an age old dilemma which for years has puzzled noted
theologians, scientist, new-age gurus, and daffy duck. I cannot
say "thank you" often enough to equal the work provided
by this year's Smith Regatta Committee! So, the next time
you see any of the following folks, be sure to thank them
for their hard work:
Martha Robinson co-chaired the event with me. Thank you Martha
for steering the committee alone at the beginning of the year
while I was gone. Hopefully, once sound of mind and clear
of heart, I jumped in and took care of my part. Martha not
only co-chaired the entire event, she was committee chair
for Social Media and, along with husband Scott, the ABYC representative.
ABYC and members hosted the dinner location, and chairs and
tables for the event. Thank you Martha and Scott. (Hey, Martha,
do ya wanna do it again next year?)
Thank you Marianne Gengenbach. Marianne chaired the Publicity
Committee, arranging for media support via newspapers, and
WCTV and WTXL. If any of our event signs helped you during
the event. . . . then thank Marianne!
Grand Master Wright Finney once again chaired the Logistics
Committee. Thank you Wright. Wright is responsible for the
entire event site from permits, tents, stage, PA system, port-a-potties,
lights, water, electricity, boat access, t-shirt design, and
beer. Wright took on extra work this year; announcing and
describing the auction items for the auctioneers. Wright's
other responsibilities include being the Stephen C. Smith
Memorial Regatta Foundation Representative and is the Foundation's
current Chair Person. Next time you see Wright, not only thank
him, but buy him a beer (or martini).
Don Reeder, who chaired the event for the past two years,
came back again this year to chair the Race and Awards Committee.
Next time you are drinking beer from your SCSMR trophy mug
and reminiscing about your sailing skills, be sure to thank
Don. Don also coordinated the sub-committees for the PHRF,
Portmouth and One Design and Windsurfing races. Thanks Don.
And thanks to Lee Chapin (glad you were up and about, buddy),
for his work with the windsurfing races. Thanks also goes
out to the Venture Scouts, Chris and Lizzie.
Breakfast anyone? Leah Chapin is our American Cancer Society
representative. The ACS is the reason for the
event! In her spare time, she and Sherry Martin provided and
prepared breakfast for YOU in the mornings. How freakin' awesome
it is to wakeup to a prepared breakfast after a night of partying
. . . Sherry and Leah did too (party). Thank you Leah and
The "Smith Grill" falls under the Food Committee,
chaired by Linda Downey, However, the grill is coordinated
and operated by Wendy Beven-Baker and her volunteers. The
grill brought in more revenue this year than last year . .
. so thank you Wendy and crew, and all of you who were hungry.
The Registration Committee takes several folks; our tried
and true registration chairs Joeann Vesecky who has kept it
organized and efficient for 29 years and Ann Getman who has
done the same for even longer working behind the scenes and
under that hot tent with Joeann. Angel Ganey is our newest
co-chair in registration, bringing extra organization efforts
and even more efficient handling of all of those registration
bags and products for sale at the tent. Many other people
(Lisa Stephany) helped at registration, behind these key folks.
I don't know everyone present, but thank you. Special thanks
to the three key players, Joeann, Ann and Angel. And another
special thank you to Joeann for accepting our new "techie"
The Auction Committee is our largest committee. Every member
of the committee works to procure auction items from the businesses
and vendors around the area, but the auction committee makes
it happen in an organized and timely fashion. Lisa Stephany
and Dennis Imbler Whitlock took on the co-chair responsibilities
for the first time this year. Welcome and thank you! You worked
hard and displayed patience galore which resulted in another
successful event. Other key players, include Stan Derzypolski
(acquition and transfer of boats/vessels), Wright Finney,
Dave Denmark and Tigger Gray (auctioneers), and Cam Whitlock,
Amy Crowson, Angel Ganey, Liz Denmark, Bobbie Bailey (also
donated from Bobbie's Sweet Creations), Leah Chapin (past
auction chair - brought her years of experience). Oh, and
if you participated and/or enjoyed the ParrotHead Hat Contest
and Parade . . . thank Lisa Stephany and the Tallahassee ParrotHead
Club. Welcome back!. Thank you. (My apology if I did not know
you worked the auction).
As a side bar to the auction which made it the most efficient
auction to date, I thank, Michael Ganey. Michael made internet
access possible for the auction folks to run laptops, iPads,
phones, and wireless printers. For the first time, we were
able to go into the audience to register a bidder with a paddle,
instead of a bottle-neck at the tent. The same bottle-neck
is now gone when paying and picking up your priced auction
items. Thank you Mike !
Hey, did you enjoy a cold beer? Well, thank Adam Bennett and
his volunteers. Adam kept the dispensing of liquids at the
"beer truck" legal, safe and responsible for the
entire weekend. Thank you Adam.
Yes, I am saving the best for last . . . Linda Downey. While
Linda is officially the chair of the Food Committee, she really
plays a part in every committee mentioned. She is the one
at the meetings who says, "I can do that", "I
can get that", or "sure no problem". Linda
is also the treasurer of the Smith Foundation and accounts
for all of the event revenues and expenses. Thank you Linda.
You are a sweet-heart and I love working with you.
Wow! Thanks for hanging with me and reading this article.
I hold everyone above near and dear to my heart for their
work on this event. Helping find a cure for cancer is hugh.
I have never lost anyone to cancer and I want to keep it that
way. Both of my parents are survivors of lung cancer, as well
as I am with lung surgery to remove a carcinoid tumor, and
surviving basal cell cancer and melanoma. Many of you are
also survisors or have lost someone dear to you to that awful
disease. Maybe next year, we can have a tribute board for
all of us to post our experiences with cancer and as a memorial
for the ones we lost.
--- Deb Berlinger
SPSC Club Meeting April 12, 2016
Meetings will be posted later and members will be notified.
Club Officers and At-Large Board
Commodore: Chris Graves
Vice Commodore: Mary Rolling
Scribe: Adam Bennett
Purser: Wright Finney
At large members:
Past Commodore: Bob Graves
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