Graves, SPSC Commodore, 2016
Commodore's Rambling August 2016
As commodore, I had the great honor of interring Brian to the sea at the wrap up of the Rum and Root beer.
We all do not have much time left, so get out and enjoy the company of your friends and what ever brings you joy.
So far there are four club members headed to Bonaire to enjoy a week of windsurfing on Lac Bay.
Flight schedule is below. Terry and I are looking into housing and transportation and plan to stay in
Kralendijk (Richard Hill suggested at the RnR the the Sorobon would be better). Gear rental at Jibe City
for 6 days is $350 and a car for the week is about the same.
Joe’s Rinse deck
A replacement for the pallet with a beautiful new rinse deck!
Outer Banks anyone?
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I have visited but never sailed there.
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2016 SPSC Commodore
A Little Late in the Game
Hello, fellow windsurfers and associates. I must apologize for waiting a little late in the year to submit my
first article for the SPSC monthly newsletter. As Vice Commodore my role is to, "act in the capacity of the
Commodore when the Commodore is absent and shall accede to that office if it should become vacant. The Vice
Commodore shall also be the Chairman of the Property Committee". Oh, yeah, and to provide the SPSC members
with a marvelous Christmas Party! So you see, there really hasn't been too much responsibility when it comes
to my role as Vice Commodore, except attending the SPSC board and club meetings. Especially when our Commodore,
Chris Graves, is doing such a fantastic job!
With that said, a little bit about myself and my inspiration for writing this article. Those of you that know me,
know that I can be a bit shy until you get to know me. And, of course, writing about myself and or an event I
participated in can be a little challenging, so please bear with me.
I have been an active and sometimes not-so -active SPSC member for more than 20 years. One thing I know is that
SPSC is a group where I will always have life-long friends and the opportunity to make new ones. These friends are
brought together by one common interest: windsurfing. All of us either participate in the sport or have acquaintances
that do. Windsurfing is truly a passion for me and I am guessing for most of you as well.
What really inspired this article was attending the NIMBY Regatta XX 2016 this past June. THANK YOU Wright Finney!!
Cedar Key is such a fantastic place and a perfect venue for the NIMBY: quaint and small enough that no one felt lost or
fell by the wayside, able to accommodate all of the weekend activities, and a perfect venue to enjoy great company and
The weekend began on Friday afternoon with boating and gathering in the Cedar Key Bay by an adjacent island. Later that
evening, happy hour at poolside featured great food, Perry's famous martinis, and fine conversation. And a big thank you
to Lee Chapin for introducing a few wayward SPSC members to Robinsons, a local seafood establishment about six miles east
of Cedar Key, which provided homemade seafood that was reasonably priced and incredibly tasty!!
Saturday, there was enough wind to start the races but barely enough to finish, making the day long and arduous for our
fellow sailors. Late that afternoon the wind gods blessed us with a cold front from the northwest providing cooler temperatures
for the evening gathering, again at poolside but this time featuring Wright's Famous Pleasurable Punch. The effects of the front
continued into Sunday generating epic wind for Sunday's races.
I was quite fortunate to book a corner loft on the third floor of The Cedar Cove Hotel. Not only did I get to enjoy the view,
but it was also the perfect resting place to watch the races on Sunday morning with 18 knots plus!!!. Overall making my stay
and experience one of the best that I have ever had at a Nimby Regatta!!
THANK YOU!! Wright Finney, who has solely orchestrated and always worked tirelessly from start to finish on the past 20 NIMBY
Regattas. I do believe it will be difficult to top this one!!
Your Vice Commodore in Service,
Past Commodore’s Muddled Memory
You're lucky, I don't have much too say this month because I'm busy getting ready for the Shellympics!
Been busy, but Bill and I are trying to make our last attempt at the Rum n' Rootbeer to be our best.
Please consider volunteering to be chair of this event for next year.
Tales from the R.O.A.D. (Retired Old Active Dudes)
Seems the club is in the trailer restoration business. With the training trailer being such a success,
we decided to embark on another trailer of much smaller proportions. Since the county no longer supplies us
with a stage for our event needs, we have relied on the good will and hard work of Lee Chapin in the use of his
trailers that are on the Live Oak farm.
Anyway, Lee found a 32-foot travel trailer that had the walls torn down and purchased it for a few bucks.
The trailer needed all the flooring, holding tanks, electrical, and air vents removed, as well as some vegetation
that had started growing on the top, to get the trailer down to its skeleton frame. This needed to be done at Live Oak
to have the trailer in a road worthy condition for its move to Tallahassee where the rest of the work will get done.
Lee contacted the retired folks he knew of to come out and help, and those folks were Joe Sisson, Bob Andrews, and Bob Graves (me).
We met at Lee's house at 9am (well, two of us did BOB!), and got to Live Oak about 10:30 to start ripping away. The sun decided to
beat down on us unmercifully, but in his great wisdom, Lee had a huuuge cooler of water and some Gatorade and the shade from the barn
provided a nice respite during breaks. Some of the wood was rotten, so we could pull it out with our hands, but much required the use
of hammers, crowbars, our awesome brute strength, and a sawzall. We started at the front and started stripping away. Thankfully, the
holding tanks were not secured and came out after emptying them. We placed the refuse on a flatbed trailer Lee had that was pulled up
next to us.
We finished up a little after 2pm and broke for lunch. Lee provided us with hotdogs grilled right there in the barn with all the fixings
and Cokes. While we were chowing down in the barn, it decided to rain a bit outside. After lunch we piled in Lee's truck to dump the stuff
at the nearest dump. Folks there were very helpful and nice. Lee had us put a tarp down on the flatbed before loading it with debris,
so at the dump, after we got the larger, heavier pieces off, we grabbed the tarp and quickly dumped the smaller debris. Took the trailer
back to the farm and headed home. Got back to Lee's house in Tallahassee a little after 5pm.
Retired life is good.
SPSC Club Meeting July 12, 2016
July 12th, 2016, Beef O'Brady's.
Meeting called to order 'round about 7:30 with a moment of silence for Brian Barr.
Officer's report - Good sea breezes recently at Shell Point.
NIMBY was "amazing" according to our illustrious Commodore.
Scribe - Commodore moves that newsletter articles should be due by the night of the board meeting. Seconded, and approved.
Lessons - Bob Graves is soliciting members for old, unused gear taking up space in garages. He'd like to have it available
for interested new sailors that we've been training this summer. He also asked that if parts of donated gear was in need of
repair to just make sure he knows about it with enough time to try and fix it.
Bob Graves then went on to show us an article in the 2015 Photo Annual edition of Windsurfing Now magazine. On page 82 is an
article entitled Florida, The Scariest Kona Race Ever. The third paragraph includes "Sixty-eight-year-old Rik Edmonds won the
Ironman Award, and everyone's respect, by sailing the entire weekend without a harness. " Kudos to Rik!!
Bob also informed us that there is a video of our lessons online.
Rum n' Rootbeer - Swag this year includes an imprinted gear bag, and an imprinted sweat towel. A request by the Rn'R committee
for a budget of $600. That motion was seconded and carried by voice vote.
Not much interest in upcoming Kona events. Let's all go to Atlanta!! Xmas, Festivus, etc. mentioned before the Commodore can
utter the word BONAIRE. (Everyone has to take a drink at the mention of the place. So sayeth the Scribe, who has determined this
is worthy of a drinking game.)
Purser's report indicates we are firmly in the black, just ahead of some major items deducting from that. Insurance being the largest.
1 new member brings our ranks up to 65, with Mike Boll STILL holding out on us. What did we ever do to him to warrant such treatment???
Don't answer that.
Discusssion of NOAA station by Spitzer house. It is a "historical event monitor."
"I'm not really a security guard. I'm a security monitor. I only notify people if there is a robbery." "There's a robbery."
It operates on a 2 hour delay, so it's info would be of no use to us. "It was blowing 22 3 hours ago?? DAMN!! I missed it again!"
Windy's future? Maybe put her out on the tripod and have her upload current data straight to the web?
Charlie Yontz, illustrious orange-shirter (lessons) has COMPLETED HIS CHEMO!!! Jay Westmark's father has passed away. Everyone raise a beer.
Motion to adjourn just after 8, seconded and passed.
....except the Commodore forgot just one tiny thing. Please send him pics of past events so that he can make a montage for a future video.
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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