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November 2019

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First, I want to say "Happy Birthday" to my beautiful bride-to-be!!!! And second, to acknowledge this year of being your Commodore. Thanks for your confidence in me and your patience. It was a fun year and one that will be memorable; it's not everyday you get engaged (woo hoo).

I can't thank you enough for all the work many of you provided of which none of our events would have been successful without it. This year started with last year's holiday party and will soon end with this year's party and of course Festivus - - where the smack down begins - - bring it on Kristin.

And, a reminder: This month's club meeting is at Momo's Pizza on Market Street. See you there!

2019 SPSC Commodore

Save the date!! Our annual holiday extravaganza will be held on Saturday, December 14th! The festivities begin at 7p at the Marzuq Shrine Temple. Our charity this year is the Shriners club. You may bring a monetary contribution, an unwrapped gift for a child receiving treatment at the Shriners hospital, or both! Rosie will be DJing while Professor Jim tends bar. We will provide the turkey and ham. Bring your favorite side dish! Hope to see you there! If you are able to assist with decorating, please contact VC Kristin, (850) 294-3493.

Then Festivus for the Rest of Us on December 22nd.

Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 21st in the "Seinfeld" TV show . It was created by writer Dan O'Keefe and introduced into popular culture by his son Daniel, a scriptwriter for the TV show Seinfeld as part of a comical storyline on the show. The holiday's celebration, as shown on "Seinfeld", includes a "Festivus pole", practices such as the "Feats of Strength" and the "Airing of Grievances", and the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles". Celebrants of the holiday sometimes refer to it as "Festivus for the rest of us", a saying taken from the O'Keefe family traditions and popularized in the "Seinfeld" episode.

Now you know how and why.... the where is at Shell Point Beach on December 22nd, anytime after 3pm. Come out and show your feats of strength or air your grievances. This is the only time of year that we will let you "whine" . . . ha ha. If you don't have the affinity for either of these, come out to see the feats of strength between the Commodore Adam Bennett and Commodore Elect, Kristin Korinko.

Novice/C  Fleet  by Tina Mazanek

Every year I say, “this year’s Novice Fleet was the best, and had the most fun”, and guess what? This Novice Fleet WAS the best and had the MOST fun. In the spirit of camaraderie and most improved sailing skills throughout the weekend-this fleet was AWESOME.

On Saturday we had seven racers, six were using club equipment, with Kristen (Krash) Korinko renting a Windsurfer LT. However, it was obvious from the get-go that Krash was not going to race the LT because that stubborn sail would not come out of the water. I couldn’t even give her a club sail because all of them were in use by the rest of the fleet. This group (all on their own) started switching rigs so all of them could race. Ron Harrison ended up using the LT. They raced six heats. The course was the typical, sail around the mark and come home. With gusts up to 15 knots, (very unusual for the Endless Summer) the mark was set for a broad reach with the wind out of the east/southeast. As the afternoon progressed the wind shifted to the south but rather than moving the mark, we moved our start more to the east and had a quick lesson on how to sail downwind for the return reach. Kim Brown was gracious enough to take the LT for a couple of heats, but she could only walk the board over the start line-she was truly Miss Congeniality. Zoie Hill was kicking butt with five bullets. However, Ron took first place in the sixth heat and as he crossed the finish line yelled, “Blow that horn lady, daddy’s home!”.

For the two Sunday long distance heats, the mark was set further offshore. Kim could not be with us, but the remaining six racers did fantastic. At one point they were VERY crowded at the mark, but all finished in grand style. They encouraged each other on with heartfelt cheers and enthusiasm! GO C FLEET!!!

Special thanks to Perry Morris and John Gilbert for setting the marks for the event, to Joe Sisson, Bob Andrews and the Hansards for their boats, and to Sondra Lee for getting to Sunday’s finish lines before I could with the horn blasts. And, let’s face it, we wouldn’t have a Novice Fleet if we didn’t have a successful lesson program-thank you SPSC for the equipment and to our committed members who show up week after week volunteering their time to the cause.

Final standings:
Rank Sailor   Rank Sailor
1st Zoie Hill, legacy in SPSC   5th Brianna (BB) Savage
2nd Laura Clark   6th Kristen (Krash) Korinko
3rd Ron (Daddy’s Home) Harrison   7th Kim (Miss Congeniality) Brown
4th Michelle Mullins      

Other Endless Summer Race Results

Endless Summer 2019 by Ron Harrison

I am still not exactly sure what "Endless Summer" means, other than knowing it was an old surfing movie and is emblazoned on some specialty Florida license plates. The important thing to know, I was told early on, is that it is the name of the annual, end-of-summer regatta put on by the Shell Point Sailboard Club (SPSC) and that I would NOT want to miss it!

My wife, daughter, and I had our first introduction to the SPSC when we took our first lessons relatively late in the season... in late July. We were instantly HOOKED and I am still astounded and SO thankful for the training program that SPSC has for introducing beginners to the sport. And then there is the exceptionally low cost of membership that makes it possible for us to return throughout the season for "Practice Days", to borrow the club equipment under the guidance of the talented training volunteers. Even though our first lesson was late in the season, we still managed to make it to two more practice days before the regatta. What a club and what a program! How are there not 1,000 people taking advantage of this?!?!

Having just started out, my sailboarding skills are just above pathetic, but I was still intrigued by the opportunity to "race" in the novice fleet at the Endless Summer Regatta. I spent the better part of the weekend with seven new sailboarders in the novice fleet. We received some outstanding instructions and guidance not only from the club volunteers, but from the more experienced "big dogs" and even each other. We all left the beach with a little more skill and a lot more confidence. And most importantly for me, I received an overwhelming confirmation that the Shell Point Sailboard Club and Shell Point Beach are something special. Truly special! For as much fun as sailboarding has been, the warm welcome and genuine camaraderie in this club are what really get me.

EVERY aspect of this very fun, full weekend was TERRIFIC! I know what it takes to pull off events like this and I sincerely want to thank each and every person who helped make it possible. I almost do not want to start listing things off because I do not want to leave anything or anyone out! The shirts and swag bags were great, the beer truck was great, the food the first night was great, the breakfast was great, the management of the races was great, the wind was great, the beer truck was great, the lunch was great, the dinner was great, the raffle was great, the beer truck was great, the entertainment was great, the awards were great, and the beer truck was great!

YOU made us feel like we belong and we really enjoyed the first of what will surely be MANY Endless Summer and other regattas with the Shell Point Sailboard Club. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

The Endless Summer - Wikipedia

Okay sport-fans, here's a history lesson. Some of us are old enough to have seen the movie when released in 1966.

"The Endless Summer is a seminal surf movie released in 1966, after a limited showing in 1964. [citation needed]

Filmmaker/narrator Bruce Brown follows two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, on a surfing trip around the world. Despite the balmy climate of their native California, cold ocean currents make local beaches inhospitable during the winter. They travel to the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa in a quest for new surf spots and introduce locals to the sport. Other important surfers of the time, such as Miki Dora, Phil Edwards and Butch Van Artsdalen also appear. [citation needed]

Its title comes from the idea, expressed at both the beginning and end of the film, that if one had enough time and money it would be possible to follow the summer up and down the world (northern to southern hemisphere and back), making it endless. The concept of the film was born through the suggestion of a travel agent to Bruce Brown during the planning stages of the film. The travel agent suggested that the flight from Los Angeles to Cape Town, South Africa and back would cost $50 more than a trip circumnavigating the world.[2] After which, Bruce came up with the idea of following the summer season by traveling up and down the world . . . "


Lake Lanier Sailing Club by Bobby G

For those that have never been, you are truly missing a beautiful sailing club building and campground. They have been hard at work there, clearing a lot of the brush that was amongst the trees, brand new bathrooms in the club house plus a third one accessible from the outside. Stairs to the beach have been added so you don’t have to navigate the steep slope. The kitchen has everything, and everything is functional! Joe needed a crockpot for his chili, and he had three to choose from.

The club house itself has a very large fireplace that was keeping folks warm on Saturday. A very well lit room with tables everywhere allowed for card games, puzzle making, drink making, and eating in a comfortable environment.

This year the sunsets off the back porch of the club were spectacular. On our Keys trips, we always go look at the sunsets, and I have been lucky enough to see two green flashes, but the sunsets the weekend of the regatta were even more spectacular than the green flash. The picture here was taken with a phone, with no doctoring done to it, yet what we saw with the naked eye was even better.

In addition to the incredible setting, the members of the club that are not windsurfers volunteered their time to commander the race committee boat and chase/buoy setting boats. They setup a great course, with starts near the back porch of the club. Having a WNW wind helped.

Many of the folks racing stayed in the campground at Lake Lanier which has nice flat areas for setting up a tent and multiple port-a-potties for quick access. There are also nice hot shower facility open to all guests and members of the club.

Sandy and I had gotten to the LLSC a few days early and were lucky to see the big boats racing on Wednesday evening, about 25 of them out there. The beauty was with the sun setting and the boats coming in with spinnakers flying. What a sight. Then, on Friday morning at 10am, the radio control fleet comes down to have their races. As Cody said, it’s great to see a sailing race that’s only about 20 yards in length.

Atlanta Fall Classic at the Lake Lanier Sailing Club (LLSC) 2019

Joe and Cody go to the LLSC campground Thursday night so that we could go ride the Chicopee mountain bike trails Friday. We took off for the trails around 11:30 since the temperature Thursday night had dipped into the forties. Had to wait for it to warm up. We took the Tortoise Loop out to the White Tail loop. Unlike two years ago, we all made it up the steep ascents and finished with no injuries.

In SPSC tradition, one that started back when Chris Graves came to these events, SPSC members (Sandy and Joe) provided some Chicken and Rice and Chili for those that were there Friday night. Debi baked up some wonderful corn bread in the kitchen at the sailing club. Speaking of food, Debi (assisted by Sandy) did a great job on breakfast, lunch, and supper throughout the weekend. We had lasagna, garlic bread, and salad on Saturday night (with pie and ice cream for dessert) and deliciously cooked hamburgers (by Langdon) with all the fixings for lunch Sunday. Subway sandwiches was the fare for Saturday lunch, and breakfast always had fruit, granola, coffee, bagels, etc. Filled you right up.

Unfortunately for the regatta, tropical storm Nestor decided to dampen things on Saturday. The temperature Saturday morning started out at 54 and dropped to 51 by the time the first race was going to begin. The wind was howling and the rain drizzling. The race committee went out and set up marks and many of us went out to see what conditions were like. The wind gusts and lulls were practically unmanageable. When folks like Dave Stanger stayed standing on the beach realizing conditions on the water were bad, and when Billy Mason came in after sailing and said it was the hardest he had to work sailing, racing would have been difficult for all, so racing for Saturday was scrubbed.

However, that doesn’t mean we didn’t have a great time! Debi had put out a 1,000 piece puzzle on one table and a 500 piece on another and throughout the day and into the next day people would gather around the tables piecing stuff together. The large puzzle was finished Sunday at noon. People were playing darts, dominoes, card games, backgammon, and just plain talking and drinking.

Sunday was a completely different story, with decent wind and sunny skies allowing Chris and the race committee to get in three races before noon. The course was set beautifully. Trophies and prizes were handed out at 2pm and folks started leaving. Sandy, Bob G, Cody, and Joe stayed Sunday night and we all feasted on leftovers at Bob’s trailer in Old Federal. Monday morning saw Joe and Cody come back to the trailer where Sandy cooked us a great breakfast of thick bacon (thanks to Cody), scrambled eggs, and toast so that we could all begin our journey home with a full tummy.

Nestor the Regatta Molester vs The Atlanta Fall Classic

It was Hurricane Michael that put the kibosh on the Atlanta Fall Classic and left so many in the dark last year. Nestor gave it shot again this year, but we hung in there and had some good racing and laid-back fun at Lake Lanier. Twenty showed up to race and another 20 came to carouse, spectate or help in the proceedings. Mark Powell was excused so he could watch the storm bear down on us from afar… you dog. Conspicuous by their absence this year were Steve Bogan and Lee Chapin. Condolences to Mimi, Leah and their families. Steve and Lee are sorely missed.

We were treated to a sublime Friday evening thanks to great chicken with rice and chili suppers with all the fixins provided by Shell Pointers, Joe & Sandy… and then a truly amazing sunset, provided by the regatta organizer. Nice touch.

Nestor made her unsightly appearance Saturday morning with that special combination of cold, gusty, offshore wind and intermittent heavy rain that puts everybody in the mood to go sailing. Cool wind across the warm lake water created eerie, thick steam fog, adding to the effect. After countless looks at the radar, polling the competitors and assessing the race committee’s willingness, the regatta organizer made the decision we should “go for it”. This was not a good idea. A few answered the bell. Sane people stayed in the warm clubhouse by the fire. After briefly “going for it” himself, the regatta organizer pulled the plug on racing for the day… a slightly redemptive move.

Linda Downey and Debi Baber had the foresight to bring some excellent diversions for all of us holed up inside. Puzzles, cards, darts, football on the big screen and telling of lies (lookin’ at you, Dan Burch) were the order of the day. There was also a cryptic looking round of nouveau dominoes hosted by Cody who “explained the rules” to everybody then oddly enough, seemed to win every round. Go dude. Debi, our P.F.O. (Principle Food Officer), kept the throng fat and happy with a steady supply of comfort food and tasty treats, rolling right through to Saturday night’s lasagna supper. Pesky Joe, Bob & Sandy were also part of that show. Thanks so much, guys.

We got in 3 races on Sunday under clearing skies and moderate, then diminishing wind that made for interesting, tactical racing. There were not enough Konas or Windsurfer LTs for separate trophy groups, so we threw the Konas in with Open and the LTs in Sport. William Fragakis raced his foil gear in Open.

A highlight was watching last-off-the-line William foiling past everybody in the first race with stunning speed and angle. At one point he was almost an entire leg ahead of Stanger but then ran out of wind and he just got nipped by Dave at the finish line. William is pushing the light wind limits of foiling and looking impressive on the racecourse. Without Kurt Shumaker at the regatta, it was good to see Billy Mason likewise giving Dave a run for his money. The "also rans" in Open– Olivier, Burch, Spreen, Sisson, Herderich and I had our own battles going with lots of jostling of positions.

The unassuming John Jordan continues to impress. It may be that the last time he sailed was 2 years ago at the Fall Classic. He's rocking that vintage MegaCat and not-so-racy UP sail. It goes to show that sailing smart and playing the shifts will get you there fast. Alan Sloman, Bobby G, and Cody were looking good in Sport on the LTs. The fast-tacking Windsurfer LTs look formidable in our shifty lake wind. Kudos to first time racer (and fairly new to windsurfing), Cameron McWilliams who jumped into the Sport Fleet fray and snared a Second-Place finish, third overall. Bravo!

Thank you to all who threw in to help put the Fall Classic together again this year. To William for taking on the advance work with the NOR and creating the buzz that got the charters here. What a convenience it is having charter boards! Of course, it'd be impossible to overstate the value of the website. We 'preciatecha webguy! Thanks again to Bob & Sandy Graves with Joe Sisson who fed us Friday night and could not be coaxed out of the kitchen for the rest of the weekend. It's not often you get invited to a party and then get to cook and wash dishes. THANK YOU! Thanks also to Bobby G and Linda for their I.T. and scoring support to the hapless regatta organizer. To Langdon Garner for being the grillmeister on Sunday and for his generous "how can I help" offers all weekend– thanks buddy!

It was great to have so much talent on the Race Committee. They are LLSC members who generously donate their weekend to the task. Special thanks to Bill Harshman, our P.R.O., for a superb job. It was especially gratifying to see Kevin Osburn and Reggie Strickland there on RC, as they were present at the beginning of the Atlanta Fall Regatta's history, 41 years ago.

Sandy Point Progressive Sports & Aerotech have been consistent supporters of the Fall Classic since forever, and they were again this year with some nice door prizes AND with the charter boards. I think of Sandy Point as our local shop... super nice and knowledgeable folks there. Cody works so hard to get the charter show on the road (and back!). I hope he can continue to bring his expertise and kind self to these events after their baby comes in December. Thank you, Cody ! Thanks also to Mike Krantz at Zhik for the door prizes. Zhik gear is absolutely the best. Check them out.

Debi Baber’s contribution to the regatta was way over the top. From her thoughtful menu planning, food buying and making all the meals happen, to thinking to bring the diversions for waiting out Nestor, to taking the great photos… and most of all, for bringing her fun and generous self– THANK YOU Debi !!

Chris Voith, Regatta Organizer

Open - Light
1- Dave Stanger (1st overall)
2- Billy Mason (2nd)
3- Joe Sisson (7th)

Open - Less Light
1- Dan Olivier (3rd)
2- Chris Voith* (4th)
3- Scott Spreen* (5th)
*Tie (broken by 1 better finish)

Sport - Light
1- Richard Genet (2nd)
2- Cameron Williams (3rd)
3- Alan Sloman (5th)

Sport - Less Light
1- John Jordan (1st)
2- Cody Steward (4th)
3- Bob Graves (6th)

SPSC Meeting October 8, 2019

Met at the 4th Quarter due to Beef o’ Brady’s on Thomasville Road closing it’s doors.

Meeting called to order at 7:45 with 14 people in attendance.

Commodore: Had a great time this weekend.

Vice Commodore: Had a lot of fun at the ES. Breakfast is a lot of work.

Scribe: Minutes approved though no one had read them since the newsletter had not been posted.

We have money in the bank but it does not include anything with the Endless Summer except for a few early expenses. We have 25 memberships not counting the folks that re-upped during the registrations process for the ES.

Endless Summer:
Had 10 Registrations at the beach and a $500 anonymous donation. Misunderstanding on how long Posey’s would be open serving food. Nobody was checking tickets. Everyone liked Poseys.

Atlanta Fall Classic is coming up as is Presnell: Very little enthusiasm generated by those in attendance.

Xmas Party: Marzuq temple aka the Shriners. Rosy will DJ. Bring cash donation or bring a toy.

Festivus: Dec 22nd. Needs help w/challenge and fire building.

Memorial Committee: Watch for it over the next week or so.

General Info: Lugnut award that was given to Bob Andrews was left at beer truck; reported by Ron Harrison, one of our newer members.

Action Items: Need to find break in power line; flagpole cleanup and planting box around it, picnic table, back doors on training trailer, drying rack repair, remove sand by bath house, and plant trees near shower.

Next meeting is at Momo’s

Next board meeting at Deb Berlinger’s

Meeting adjourned when we were done, the time at which I did not note, so live with it.

2020 Officers and Board Members

Commodore: Kristin Korinko
Vice Commodore: Rose McCaffery
Purser: Wright Finney
Scribe: Bob Graves
Past Commodore: Adam Bennett

At large members:
Jack May
Joe Sisson
Mark Powell
Deb Berlinger

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