The Commodore's Crow's Nest - April 2012
Long before Swami cranked up the Festoons for another
magical night of wind summoning tunes, there were whitecaps
on the waters off Shell Point stirred by a steady 15-20
knot blow with gusts near thirty. A portent of good
sailing in our future? Only he/she “who feels
it knows it”. I feel it, I think, but then again
I was not elected to this august position to feel it.
Many thanks to all who helped make the 2012 Wind Ceremony
a resounding success.
The 39th Annual Stephen
C. Smith Memorial Regatta will be held on April
27th, 28th and 29th. You likely received a registration
packet in the US mail. If not, you can get the particulars
elsewhere on our website. In preparation for the regatta,
the club will have a work day on Sunday April 22nd at
2PM. We will be installing new drying racks (aka fences
to some.) and rigging our training equipment for the
C fleet and upcoming lessons. Come on down and lend
some support. It's not just a work day. It's a social
The Wakulla County Commission and the Parks and Recreation
Department are implementing some changes at the Shell
Point Beach. Join us at the monthly SPSC general meeting
at Beef O'Brady's this Tuesday, April 10 to get the
details on those changes.
'Til then, festoons!!
Submitted by Bob Andrews, Commodore
Swami and the Festoons
cosmic thread to the wind was tied so quickly on March 24th
that the wind blew the entire time the Festoons were setting
up and playing. We are talking gusts over 20 and steady
winds around 18 at the time we started, dropping to around
10knots when the second session started. The wind blew so
hard Swami had a wardrobe malfunction. Thank goodness for
the TV time delay so nothing obscene was shown to the kiddies.
During the concert break, we were entertained by the air
music madness of Groin who performed both an AC/DC songs
and a Rolling Stones tune. Groin later came out when the
Festoons played “I’m Too Old” and danced
with their adoring fans aka the intoxicated masses.
After successful Wind Ceremony, Swami and the Festoons were
on the road shortly thereafter to play at First Fridays
on April 7th at Railroad Square where we entertained a new
group of people. Bobby G handed out cards for free lessons
to anyone that would accept them, which was everyone once
they found out it wouldn’t cost them anything.
Once again, our great and noble Swami came up with a shirt
design that will be the envy of all those who don’t
have one. There are still a few available that I’m
sure will be sold out during the Smith Regatta. If you would
like one before then, please contact Bill Olson.
Club meeting for March 13th, 2012
Meeting called to order with 14 in attendance. Linda said
there was no valid link to the Jax race. Deb said she’ll
look into it.
Minutes were approved even though only one person read them
Purser had not yet arrived so we spoke about the Wind Ceremony.
Bob A. asked for 3k for the WC. Bill was out of town and
not at the meeting. Colonel Don is still asking for money
for the band with the same result. Rejection!
Commodore spoke about his Trans-Siberian Orchestra attendance
and recommends Swami and the Festoons use more pyrotechnics
to liven up the show. If we did that the ‘group’
would be called the Festoon.
Budget of 3k approved for WC.
Don said method of marking dishes that are brought to the
WC for consumption needed improving.
Linda said the risers for the stage are at her house but
moved over a bit.
Spoke some about lessons and Amy said a Girl Scout troop
is interested. June 2 is family day.
Bob A. mention racing in the summer series. LSD (Bob G.)
mentioned best of 5 races.
Purser said we have money in the bank and 58 memberships,
a combination of family and single.
New acting director of Wakulla Parks and Recreation is Brian
Roddenberry. New county commission is trying to tighten
regulations and make them apply to everyone. Gate to beach
has been chained and locked. Wright has combination. During
regatta’s it will be kept open. Permit fees may increase
and the Chase storage area is still ok for us to use. The
club may have to give land based lessons at Hudson Park
one day. An appearance at the park would be good for us
Drying racks removed because the county thought it was an
old fence. We can put them back but on Joann’s side.
They will be rebuilt before Smith. Wright has to diagram
the water supply we have.
Don asked about the boat ramp. The HOA of the new places
that were built said we could use it during events. There
is no public access for launching. However, discussion centered
around a place called the Ski Lodge and the rough ramp they
Next board meeting is at Mike Levine’s.
Ann motioned to adjourn and it was immediately seconded
and all were in favor