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June 2024

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by Kristin Korinko, Commdore 2024!


Aahh.. June… Happy Father’s Day to all… and we all see yet again how the wind has been ‘brung”…

Greetings all esteemed club members!

First and foremost, on behalf of the Shell Point Sailboard Club Board, we would like to extend a most sincere and joyous “Happy Father’s Day!” to all who both celebrate having, being, and loving Fathers of all ages and types.  


Lessons and the Summer Series have been kicked into high gear!  For additional information, please take a look at the events section of our website. 


We have also started to look toward upcoming events including the Rum and Rootbeer and the Endless Summer Classic.  Please feel free to give me a shout out if you are willing and able to volunteer on any small but needed tasks.

Shout out to all our June birthdays !  Enjoy the next trip around the sun, calm seas, and peak winds folks!

Just a reminder, our next club meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 11th at District 850.  We hope that you will be there and more windsurfing tidbits!


We hope to see you there!

Kristin Korinko (Olson)

Commodore, 2024



Novice Fleet Wrap-Up 2024 SCSMR  

By Tina (Teensie) Mazanek


Five of the seven Novice registrants raced.  Their course comprised of rounding a reaching mark.  Racers were reminded that in Novice you can sail, swim or walk your board around either side of the mark and/or finish line.  They were also to reminded to pay attention to Bill Olson, who volunteered to be our rabbit.*

Saturday brought wind out of the southeast (mostly east), 10-15 mph.  In the spirit of Novice Fleet, Marina took first place jogging across the finish line with her board in hand.  Rudy Westerman, who was recovering from a cold, lost a bootie during the heat.  Losing a bootie is bad enough, but it contained his individualized orthotic.  He spent some time looking for it but was exhausted when he returned to shore and was understandably done racing for the day. 

Tom Moffet was not going to sail the second heat but decided to at least start the race.  He took out the board Rudy had used, and (after crossing the start line) decided to finish the heat.  Even though the boom was too low for him, he met the challenge, rounded the mark and crossed the finish line!

Sometime after that the beach was abuzz with talk about a snake in a tree somewhere at Shell Point.  Well, the fleet told me they were going to check it out, so off they went!  I don’t think they ever found the snake, but they were united in their search.

I had told them to be back for racing at 1:30pm after their lunch break.  But I later told Taylor it would probably more like 1:45 pm-so when others showed up at 1:30pm-it appeared that Taylor was late at 1:45pm, he reminded me of what I had told him.  This may sound like “oh no big deal”, but for those who showed up “on time” I felt the need to sign the apology board.

There was no Novice Fleet racing on Sunday as there was a northeast (offshore) breeze 15+ standing on shore and 20+ out yonder.  They got a chance to observe and root for their favorite racers in the other fleets.


Final overall results (four heats raced):

1st      Marina Byrd (four bullets! Welcome to Sport Fleet!)

2nd     Kristin “Krash” Korinko Olson (best performance ever!)

3rd     Tom Moffet

4th      Taylor Davis T

5th      Rudy Westerman


THANK YOU FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob Graves:  coordinating a lessons day and a practice day the weekend before the event.  

Perry Morris:  blowing and sucking the marks.

Wright Finney:  using his boat to set the marks for the courses, and for on-the-water rescues.

John Gilbert:  helping on the water and the beach with everything (and a special thanks for plugging my tire after I ran over a screw).

Bill Olson:  being our rabbit (*experienced windsurfer who sails with the fleet showing them the way, often going back on the course to coach racers in) and helping me put the training equipment away

Rudy Westerman:  helping me and Bill put away the training equipment.


Flying Fish!  ~ By Rick Upson


If you ever find yourself in SE Florida in the winter, with your windsurfing equipment, after a cold front has passed, go to the beach and look East at the horizon.  If it looks bumpy, the Gulf Stream is “up” and you should rig up and head out.  The wind will probably be NW 15 to 20 knots and so you will want to use a long board just in case your sail turns out to be too small or the wind decreases after you get out there.  You want to be on a board that can sail up wind in all conditions, ie. planing and sub-planing.  Assuming you want to get back to where you left from, and wind from the NW, sail out to the Gulf Stream close hauled on the port tack. 


Wear your warmest wet suit, and to be really safe bring a handheld waterproof VHF Radio and or PLB (Personal Locator Beacon), and just stick them in your wetsuit.  The edge of the Gulf Stream is about 3 miles from land in Miami Beach and only 1 mile from land in Palm Beach which is where the edge of the Gulf Stream comes closest to shore.  To get there you will have to sail close hauled on the port tack as previously mentioned.  You will know when you are in the Gulf Stream when the water color abruptly changes from greenish to a deep blue color, the water temperature gets noticeably warmer and the ocean swells get much larger, like 6 to 10 feet.  You will still be able to see buildings on shore, but depending on how far out into the Gulf Stream you go, you may find the lowest floors of the buildings are not visible because they are below the your Western Horizon.  Hopefully you have convinced some other sailors to go with you, and when you are down in the trough between these large swells, you will only be able to see the tops of the sails of the sailors that came with you.  You will also notice that the wind is stronger when you are on the top of a swell and lighter when you are in the trough, and these swells are surfable, you may need to pump your sail a few times to start surfing down a wave. 


The reason the swells are so large after a cold front is due to the wind from the north blowing against the Gulf Stream Current which comes from the south.  Anytime you have wind opposing current you will have larger waves.  For example if you are sailing out a inlet or pass, like at Port Everglades (Ft Lauderdale) or Boca Grand Pass (Just north of Ft. Myers).  If you have an onshore wind and an outgoing (ebb) tide or an offshore wind and incoming (flood) tide you have wind opposing the tidal current and the inlet or pass will have larger than usual waves.  When surfing down the Gulf Stream swells you will be going in a southerly direction, but the Gulf Stream Current will be taking you in a northerly direction so your direction back to land won’t change that much.  You may still find that before heading back to shore, you need to sail upwind some to get a good angle on your Starboard tack back to shore.  By far the coolest thing you will see are Flying Fish.  The noise of your board slapping the water surface scares the flying fish and they often will take off a foot or two in front of the nose of your board like a surface to air missile and fly 10 to 20 feet before landing back in the water. 


In the event of an equipment failure, try to jury rig some way to sail back, but be prepared for a long paddle back to land.  If you really get into trouble, call for help on your VHF Radio or activate your PLB, but I think most likely you will be able to paddle back without a problem.  I have never had to paddle back from the Gulf Stream myself, however I consider it well worth the risk, to sail & surf on giant Gulf Stream Swells with Flying Fish.   


Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with Longboards by Ted Avellone

The Early Days ~Vaughan Williams

When I started writing this article, I realized the string of events leading up to the early days of the club are more complicated than I had anticipated. We need an accurate account of the informal events that led up to the SPSC’s formation. There are several other club members that were at Shell Point forty years ago who have been integrally involved in making the SPSC what it is today.  Perhaps they can also contribute their memories of the early days to make sure we get an accurate history of events. If they could contribute it would fill some gaps.


As I see it, the start of the sailboard club was in the making more than ten years before it was formalized.

In the late 1970’s, Shell Point had a large sailing community, folks who went to Shell Point because of its proximity to Tallahassee. I came upon Shell Point in 1978 to sail catamarans, and I soon met a fun-loving group of sailors. Hobie Fleet 43 was the dominant beach club in Shell Point back then. ABYC was also well established but catered to larger monohull sailing. There was also an informal subgroup of sailors, including much of Fleet 43, that referred to themselves as the Mad Dogs. This name originated from an annual 'round Dog Island race. We sailed competitively and enjoyed many festive events. The clubhouse of sorts was Ken's Tavern on Tennessee Street in Tallahassee where the beach crew met up on Wednesdays and Fridays for Happy Hour. I believe these activities are the spirit and seed of what eventually started the SPSC.

One of our current members was a partner in a small business called Sailors Choice located on the old Fields lot in Shell Point (near where we gather now). In 1979, this member was at an event in Tampa where they purchased twelve new, original Windsurfers. They brought them back and sold them at the Point. Sailors Choice also bought a simulator for training and rented both sailboards and catamarans.

Over the next year, I started to see more sailors participating in windsurfing. At first, I didn’t think much of it, but then I saw that most of the catamaran sailors were acquiring their own sailboards. The catamarans needed at least two people to set up, but the windsurfers were simpler and could be roof-topped.  I held out for a while, but I finally decided to get on the bandwagon and give this growing sport with the primitive triangular sail a try. In the beginning, it was a struggle. None of my sailing experience helped and in fact probably worked against me. There was no rudder. Tacking meant walking around the mast. In a gybe, the boom crosses around the bow and not the stern. The mast leaned into the wind and not away. Feet and legs had to be used in a coordinated effort. Learning was tough, but I was hooked and took every chance I could to head to Shell Point to windsurf.


In 1982, a roommate and I bought a mobile home in the Village to use on weekends as we were spending so much time in Shell Point. The Hobie racing events in Fort Walton and Panama City soon began to lose participation, becoming more profit-oriented with fewer amenities (little to no beer and poor food choices). While these Hobie events began to fail, it is worth noting that the long running Stephen C Smith regatta, aided by ABYC, maintained then and continues to maintain the original all around sailing experience.

In the following years, local catamaran sailing also declined while windsurfing participation was on the rise. In the mid 80's, another current club member bought a dozen boards and resold them.  Windsurfing had made the scene, but something was missing. There was not a widespread racing program in place for windsurfing. Since my roommate and I had experience with organizing social events in town, we started holding some sailboard races in Shell Point with a cookout and a keg back at the Village clubhouse or singlewide trailer at day's end. Back then, there were only three or four choices of beer, so everyone was happy. The Rum & Root Beer and Endless Summer races evolved from these events.

In time, several other forward-thinking windsurfers wanted to formalize a club in order to hold more events. These events became an annual ritual such as the Key West trips and the Wind Ceremony. On one of my first dates with my wife, I introduced her to the first SPSC Wind Ceremony. It was in March of 1991. Our Swami made his first appearance at that first Wind Ceremony, providing a magnificent and entertaining spectacle. My wife-to-be had much to adapt to....

Around that time, I began to pursue my career in earnest, and I no longer had time for the coast--until retirement a year and a half ago. Coming back to Shell Point after all these years, I am impressed with the level of energy and organization the members and cadre of characters have put into the SPSC. And I’m also happy to see so many of the original people from the early days of the club are still together.


So, what happened in the 30 years I missed ?

A Look at The Last Three Months

SPSC Club Minutes, Tuesday, 5/14/2024

Place: District 850

The meeting called to order at 7:04 pm by Vice Commodore Avellone and 16members present.


Minutes approved at 7:05.


Commodore Kristen:  Absent.


Vice Commodore Ted: Ain’t Got Nothin’ (AGN)


Scribe Bob: Incredible articles in this newsletter by a variety of authors.  If you haven’t read it, you should, because they are very entertaining.


Purser Wright:  Painting trailer cost us some coin along with brushes, other hardware, and a good outside lock.  Next month should be better. Membership stands at 87.


Past Commodore: Couple LT regattas in New Jersey.  Go to for all the latest on the LT series.


Discussion items

Will Harms: Working on how to entice folks to join the club and take up windsurfing.  Made some suggestions in regards to getting existing members to invite folks, recruit local, go to the Beach Jam and setup a table. Will indicated that people at SP love the sailboard club.  Marina and Baab volunteered to work with Will on some ideas.


Media: Paul Mihail wants to work with Deb on getting the website to get noticed more.  We also need to link the SPSC Instagram site to the Facebook page.


Smith Regatta: Wrap up meeting is next week and we did OK donation wise.

About SPSC Pamphlet: Almost done.  Need pictures!


Beach Report: Need to put back steps on the side. Paul Mihail want to get down there and fix the front platform stepping into the trailer that is very wobbly.


Chase: Though we don’t know what was done after we took all our stuff out, it looks a lot cleaner!


Lug Nut Presentation: The Lug Nut award was presented in absentia to Paul Hansard with a picture depicting the failure that earned him this award.  We all understood why Paul was present.


Presentation on Training: In typical fashion, the presenter couldn’t get things to work right.


Adjourned when all was said and done and, no, I didn’t see what time it was.


Upcoming Events

  • Summer Series, June 2nd -  August 4th , 2pm

  • Rum ‘n’ Root beer, August ? (Sunday), Chair: Unknown

  • Endless Summer Sailboard Classic, October 12-14, Chair: Kristin Korinko

  • Atlanta Fall Classic, October 18-20, Chair: Chris Voith*

  • Presnell’s Bayside Marina, November 17-24, Chair: None*

  • Christmas Party, December 14, Chair: Ted Avellone

  • Festivus, December 15 or 22, Chair: Vaughan Williams

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