Congratulations to all those SPSC members who supported the Endless Summer Regatta! Especially to Kristin Korinko who ably took the reins in my absence. I did see lots of coverage of the ES on Facebook and I sponsored trophies for what I hope will start a resurgence of Freestyle Competition.
While the Endless Summer was going on, I was concurrently competing in the 49th Italian Windsurfer Class National Championship, which had its own freestyle competition after the course racing on Saturday. Three judges scored competitors who did a 3 minute routines with horn reminders of remaining time at 1 min and then 10 sec intervals. Judges scored according to degree of difficulty, beauty of flow, and number of tricks. One of the judges, Francesco Montaruli, was nice enough to share his list of Freestyle tricks, which you will see below. There were pretty cool tricks done by a diverse group of sailors, including a mother-daughter tandem, and kid tandems, as well as rail rides by more senior competitors. (Freestyle Exhibition List of Tricks)
I am adding some short videos that will hopefully capture the excitement at the beach that day. I hope we can regain a similar excitement for freestyle at Shell Point. It’s a really good way to sharpen your board handling skills and get a “Shampoo” (what the Italians call a head dip) at the same time!
I look forward to returning to Shell Point in a few weeks and will see you all in late October and November.
49th Italian Windsurfer Class National Championship Freestyle
The 36th Endless Summer Sailboard Classic - It's a Wrap!
On behalf of the SPSC board, officers, and planners, we would like to thank you ALL for making this year's Sailboard Classic both a success and an enjoyable event! On a personal note, I would like to thank you all for stepping up in any manner possible to contribute to the overall joy and excitement as well. A huge shout out to all of the sponsors who also supported this year's event! Rick's Small Sailboats, LLC, Leah Chapin (Ketcham Realty Group), Mary Rolling (Athena Salon and Spa), Sandy Point, Tri-Eagle Sales, Don and Sharman Franklin (Homestead Printing & Embroidery Custom T-shirts), and several independent donors to our cause-- to continue windsurfing through education, support, and community.
We had one of the highest number of sea-worthy windsurfers on the water across all classes! Registration for both racers and spectators proved to pack the beach as events kicked off Friday afternoon. Sandy Layne and her crew NEVER fail to disappoint with the smooth opening and welcoming for all! The wings and thangs were delectable as always--thanks to Rick and Judy! Open mic at the beer truck, hosted by Adam and his crew of usual suspects), and piloted/DJ'd by DJ Bobby G helped to season the evening with a showcase of some phenomeNOLE talent! :) We have some amazing home-grown talent right in our club--both young and young at heart!
Once the sun came up, and both John Gilbert and Andrea Lebeaud (with Liz, Rick, and Nancy) hit the beach, breakfast was served! We followed that up with a skippers meeting and all had their marching (or rather) sailing orders for the day.
And.. then.... we sailed! Be sure to check out upcoming links to both pictures and videos of our event. We will have a small presentation at the club meeting Tuesday night, October 10th at District 850 at 7p! Words just cannot completely articulate what it both looks and feels like... The wind was a-blowing... we definitely got our feels!
We brought back a tradition this year in the form of Free Style Windsurfing! More to come next year! So... you have time to practice your best stunts (both planned and unplanned) on the water!
A huge thank you to the Venturing Scouts for keeping us fed and hydrated as well. It was wonderful to be able to pay it forward with one club helping another! We look forward to seeing you again next year.
Dinner or "suppah" was wonderful! All participants who opted in were treated to Storm Shrimp Shack's delectable grilled/fried shrimp or chicken with delicious sides! The outpouring of support for the door prize drawings was amazing! A huge THANK YOU to all who donated and who enlisted resources to provide them.
DJ Bobby G never disappoints! He had everything set up yet again for registrants to dance and party into the wee hours of the ... evening! In a word from one of our youngest windsurfers, Shaddy, "I'm tired! "
Sunday morning breakfast was hot and ready --thanks again to John, Liz, Rick, and Nancy! Skippers meeting and the last set of races took place. We concluded with appreciation during our trophy presentations that included annual racing awards as well as the two perennial awards. This year's Perry Williams Sportsmanship Award went to Rose Lane while the Party Animal Award went to Sandy Lane (no relation :) )
The final financial stats are still being calculated and will be shared soon!
As I sit here recalling all of the wonderous acts of sportsmanship and comradery, I again know why I truly LOVE this club!
In closing, I would like to take a minute to thank my husband, Bill Olson, for embracing my devotion to our club as well as to thank our Commodore, Mark Powell, for instilling your faith in me to chair in your absence.
And... I get to do it all over again next year! :)
Thank you ALL for all that you do! See you on the water, at a club meeting, at our annual Christmas party, and beyond!
Kristin Korinko (Olson)
Novice Fleet Wrap-Up ~ By Tina (Teensie) Mazanek
This year’s Novice Fleet was the largest in Endless Summer Sailboard Classic history. Of the 14 sailors registered, 12 raced. The Novice Fleet goal is for everyone to have fun and learn a bit more about windsurfing along the way. One of the founding principles of our club is to introduce people to the sport of windsurfing. Nearly everyone in this year’s Novice Fleet participated in our (free) training program.
We had two sets of families on the water: Nancy (mom), Shady (age 11) and Messy (age 9-youngest competitor ever) Sandovich and; Andrea LeBeaud (who is due in January with her second child) and her three year old daughter Ramona (Mo) who hung on to Andrea’s leg during the entire third heat.
Saturday greeted us with a light northeast breeze. Even though the rounding mark was set for a reach, this wind direction made for a challenging sail back to shore. After some discussion about strategy, and assuring that all centerboards were down-5,4,3,2,1 off they went.
During the first race, Messy got blown downwind to the west, you know, the dead hole. Cody Steward displayed true sportsmanship. He used a board-to-board technique and pushed Messy close to the shoreline. Messy was able to walk his board back. Even though Cody’s own race had started “several” minutes before, he was able to sail the course with a respectable finish. One more race for Novice, then lunch.
The third and fourth races presented a new challenge for us. Even with club equipment and equipment loaned from members, we had more competitors than windsurfing boards! Mac and I made an executive decision and split the third race into two heats. After some adjustment, four sailors raced the first heat and the remaining eight raced the second. We repeated that for the fourth race.
On Sunday the wind was a bit stronger, but still out of the northeast. Since a couple of racers couldn’t make it to the beach, we had enough equipment to have one start each for the fifth and sixth races.
The spirit for the Novice Fleet was apparent all weekend. For example, between races Perry offered Rudy detailed instruction on steering the board: mast forward, mast back, foot placement etc. Mack offered instruction all afternoon, but most notably before the start of each race, on how to reach the mark and return to shore. He happily answered questions both days from the entire Fleet.
Results: (Keep in mind that this is the Novice Fleet-all racers who made it back to shore were scored regardless of what method was used. 8th/tied)
1. Shady Sandoval (3rd) 1. Haley Kolich (2nd)
2. Messy Sandoval (7th) 2. Andrea LaBeaud (6th)
3. Meg Wandell (8th/tied) 3. Marina Byrd (5th/tied)
Young Young at Heart
1. Rudy Westerman (4th) 1. Nancy Sandoval (1st)
2. Kristen Kraus (5th/tied) 2. Judy Harrison (8th/tied)
3. Tom Moffet (9th) 3. Pia Lehtonen (10th)
Bob Graves for coordinating our lessons program including practice days.
Our teachers: Bob Graves, Joe Sisson, Perry Morris, Bob Andrews, Chris Graves, Mac Paschall, me, and other guest appearances
Mac Paschall: Novice Fleet committeeman extraordinaire
Kristen Korinko and Ted Avellone for the use of their equipment
Perry Morris & John Gilbert: for setting our course, manning the boat, offering guidance
Bob (Baab) Andrews for the loan of his boat
Bill Olson; for being a rabbit-plus*
*rabbit-experienced windsurfer who sails with the fleet to show them the way-plus*-sails with others to offer encouragement and advice
Aerial Shots - 2023 Endless Summer
The screen play articles are from two newsletters that Tina had. The first when Paul was Commodore and the second when Tina was and was written in response to remarks made by Mr. Finney. The screen play was meant to be looking forward to the future when they are older and it was written in 1996. Now, 27 years later THEY ARE ALL OLDER! Sadly, Mike and Andrew are no longer with us, but I am happy to say that Paul, Wright, Perry, Richard and Andy in the play are ALL STILL SAILING even though they are now old codgers.
(written in 1996)
Limerick From Dan Olivier
If you fancy you sail pretty well
Go compete at the Point of the Shell
There’s no profit in anger
You’ll never beat Stanger
Have a beer, hug a Perry, and feel swell!
Limerick From Bill Olson
At shell point, we welcome the lost boys
When Dan and Dave show up with their toys
Chucktown’s loss is our gain
The Holy City remains
And all at the beer truck rejoice
Limerick from John Gilbert
The clubs mixoligist is named Perry
His martinis are quite legendary
He'll mix and he'll pour
Then ask "who wants more?"
Making everyone's weekend quite merry
Haiku From Rose Lane
Become a member
Sailboard club comradery
You will be happy
Haikus from Ted Avellone
Festooned with maggots
dead mullet lay on the beach
My eye drawn to her
white witch on east horizon
Lighthouse beckons me
North wind blowing hard
go out alone anyway
Better learn Spanish
Beating such a joy
darn can't go downwind so well
Get the rescue boat
SPSC Club Minutes, Tuesday, 9/12/2023
Place: District 850
Got the BIG room and with 25 people in attendance, biggest group so far and half are newer members!
Since the crowd was large and many people were still eating, the Vice Commodore allowed Bob G to kick things off and he did so by first introducing new members and our guests from the FSU sailing club, Zoie and Joseph.
Bob G also presented the lug nut award to the ROADIES leader for the trailer move, Wright Finney, due to the breakdown. Bob Andrews, the previous owner, was unable to be there but had a nice write up for the presentation that was read by Bob G.
Minutes approved at 7:12
Commodore: Wasn’t there because he is in Italy.
Vice Commodore: Mentioned her focus on the Endless Summer and would talk about that later.
Scribe: Thanked Shadrack for his great article on the Rum ‘n’ Root Beer and asked people to keep the limericks and haiku’s coming!
We are solvent
Paid $2644.52 for insurance, half of which will be shared by the Smith Foundation.
R’n’R is in and out but we came out positive.
Pay $176 for PO Box
$1600 paid for new training gear.
Memberships are at 99, but Wright graciously paid for a scofflaw so that we hit our goal of 100.
Dues are due, so in the words of the immortal Mr. Perry Morris “I upped mine, now up yours!”
FSU Sailing Club: Joseph and Zoie mentioned that a sink hole has lowered Lake Bradford to the point they can’t use it for the sail club and are looking for other venues.
Training Trailer: Everything is rigged up and ready for the ES. We probably need more gear for the ES Novice fleet.
Club Social Hour: For the month of September it will be at Shell Point beach at the beer truck.
Endless Summer: Have Storms Shrimp Shack for supper. Rick offered to serve up breakfast Sunday morning. Need to promote the Freestyle on Friday night.
Safety Plan: Has been done and we will get it laminated and posted on the inside of the training trailer door.
Elections: First time in a long time we had more than 4 at large nominees on the ballot and then Bob Andrews was nominated to make it 6! So many choices, so many good people to choose from. Next years board looks like this: Commodore: Kristin Korinko, Vice Commodore, Ted Avellone, Scribe: Bob Graves, Purser: Wright Finney, At Large members: Rose Lane, Will Harms, Rick Upson, Vaughan Williams.
Summer Series: Thanks to Wright for reviving the Summer Race Series this summer. We had 23 racers, some moving from Novice to Sport, which made scoring interesting, and ran 17 races over 5 different dates. Though the results were read at the meeting, they will be posted in the next newsletter and trophies will be award at the Endless Summer.
Adjourned at around 8:05.