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Commodore's Corner - May 2010

The re-tying of the cosmic threads at the Wind Ceremony in March did the trick for the 37th Annual Steven C. Smith Memorial Regatta. The weather was awesome, beer flowed continuously, food was plenty and the sailing was spectacular!!!

The course was set for racing Saturday with winds from 10 - 13 knots which did nothing but build all day long. I didn't make it to the course for racing but observed from the shore (or was that the beer truck) as the racers made their way around the course rather quickly. Windy days make for great course racing but it also makes sails take flight when you least expect it! Equipment destruction from the ever unpredictable Mother Nature this year was tragic! Thanks to Race Captain Mark Voigt, you did an awesome job. Thanks also to Perry Morris and John Gilbert for setting the marks!

Race Results:

Sport Fleet
Robert Nelson
Gerry Myers
Bob Andrews
Longboard Light
Dave Stanger
Chris Voith
Steve Bogan
Longboard Heavy
Dan Oliver
Dan Burch
Wright Finney
Over All
Chris Voith
Dave Stanger
Dan Oliver
Dan Burch











Sunday dawned with the wind still "howling"! The weather had taken a turn for the worse so our Race Captain called it and decided on a, dare I say it, "Bitchin'" slalom course! I don't remember seeing a slalom course set for quite a few years now but the course was perfect for those who sailed and the spectators alike. I was on the top step of the training trailer (the "Commodore's Stoop"), and listened to constant ooo's and ahhh's gushing from Past Commodores, guests of the "Porch" and spectators on the beach each and every time the racers would jibe around a mark. Observing a slalom course race resembles a flutter of butterflies changing course and then falling in line again to continue their graceful flight over and over until the race is finished. I heard the comment more than once . . ."are they gonna do that every year? That is so cool!"

Slalom Results:

Slalom Heavy
Paul Hansard
Richard Hill
Dan Oliver
Dan Burch

Slalom Light
Chris Voith
Perry Morris
Dave Stanger
Mack Paschall










Thanks to all who participated in the 37th Annual Steven C. Smith Memorial Regatta!!! It was a huge success again this year. Thanks to our 2010 Smith Regatta Board Members: Chair Linda Downey; Wendy Bevan-Baker, Lee Chapin, Stan Derzypolski, Ann Getman, John Goodson, Wright Finney, David Piazza, Moses Turner, Joeann Vesecky, Mae Waters, and Jackie Werndli.

LESSONS

The SPSC teaching trailer is onsite and ready to host the 2010 lessons which begin on May 22 and run through September 11. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. There is a list of folks who gave up their time on the weekend(s) to pick up a hammer, paint brush, and caulk gun or whatever it took to make this a reality. Thanks to Wright for continuing to head up the work weekends. We may need one or two more to get the trainer "pristine" for our lessons.

Bob Andrews has graciously agreed to head up coordination for us again this year. Actually, I think he was just kind of nominated to do it - he was gracious in accepting and not telling us where to go! Thanks Bob!

If you can lend a hand on Saturdays May 22 through September 11, please let Bob know. His email address is rfa99@comcast.net or give him a jingle at (850) 556-5014. I'm sure that once we begin having folks sign up Bob will be soliciting instructions. Trust me, things will be easier this year with the training trailer in place. It is stocked with teaching equipment - boards, sails and trainer - heck, it even has a beach front view!!!!

NSEW FESTOONS!!!!

"La Commodora"




Why I Do What I Do


As I was leaving the Smith this evening, one of our long-standing members stopped me and introduced me to a lady who had come down for the weekend with no apparent club affiliation. Apparently, I had messed up and had been noticed doing whatever I could to help out. She asked me why? I was exhausted, sunburned, beat up, happy, and still running my ass off up and down the beach.

Actually, I had reflected on this very question while standing on the beach this morning in a pretty intense thunder storm. Here's what I told her (more or less). The first two items apply to the Smith; the last part is just about the club.

I lost my father to incurable, inoperable pancreatic cancer. Today, there is the ability to do a pancreas transplant. We helped that happen!! Second, my best friend (some of you will recognize him, and understand why I take the liberty of calling him that when you read the last part of this missive) is a thriving survivor of prostate cancer. If it wasn't for this event, I have no doubt that he would not have had the knowledge and foresight to fight it as well as he did. These are the two main reasons I do everything I can at this regatta (except for the fact that it’s a hell of a lot of fun).

Okay, so those are my reasons for supporting the Smith. But, a lot of people do that by just signing up and getting some good deals at the auction. We need all of those people we can get, and God bless them. However, (here comes the personal part) there is a group of people who spend a lot of time all year long planning and making this happen. There are three or four different groups; all sort of interconnected, but the one I’m talking about is the Shell Point Sailboard Club.

Fifteen years ago, at the lowest point of my life, a member of the club literally picked me up off the beach and asked me to help with some small task at an Endless Summer event. Guess what happened? By helping move something or another, I met a few more people. No big deal, Right? WRONG!!! Those few people, who didn't know me and had no reason to care, made me a part of their family. Slowly, and with patience, they gave me stuff to do and kept me busy. I didn't realize it at the time, but there was about a year of hard core monitoring of me going on. Once they knew I would survive, they started putting me to work. And here I am; trying to repay the kindness and understanding that the most exceptional group of people I have ever seen or even heard about . . . AND LOVING EVERY SECOND OF IT!!

Your friend,
John Gilbert



Check out SCSMR Photos from Jack May and John Goodson.






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