The Commodore's Crow's Nest - October 2012
| by Bob Andrews, Commodore
The Endless Summer Sailboard Classic
was here, September 28th through 30th. Judging by
the numbers, is was very successful. Judging by the
Apology Board, is was rather tame by ES standards.
Judging by the whining, we had plenty of cheese (and
food) left over.
Some numbers for those who must know:
Many kudos for those I may not have mentioned at the
- Registrants – 76 (43 via paypal, the rest
by mail or on site)
- Awesome lime green ( I picked the color!) shirts
- 102 ordered and sold
- Meals - 95
- New/renewing memberships - 32 (22 family and 11
Linda Bailey Downey
Cabos Island Bar & Grill
US Tennis Association
|Leah Chapin @ Ketchum
Corner Pocket Sports Bar
Sandy Point Progressive Sports
Homestead Imprinted Sportswear
Wakulla Parks and Recreation
The Grey Fox
|The real players who contributed
the time and effort to make the ES happen so smoothly:
website wizard, the interactive registration forms,
the notice of race, the reminders, the SPSC membership
sign up made all so easy via Paypal. No stamps, no envelopes,
no paper, no pencil, no check, no mailbox trip, no worries.
site prep and getting the tents, tables, chairs, commodes,
beer truck and hundreds of other details and the use
of his tricked out Zodiac for C-fleet chase boat. There's
a true rumour that he declined to be rescued by his
Perry Morris: the
suppah venue, blowing and deblowing (er, inflating and
deflating) the race course marks, setting the course,
chase boat, fetching and returning the training rigs
for C-fleet, charming all the ladies with hug and kisses
and suggestive banter and many other duties.
John Gilbert: the tireless muscle behind
all the site prep, course setting, chase boat, etc.,
DJBobbyG: race scoring,
great music, the atmosphere. You just can't have a good
party without the tunes.
first one there, probably the last one gone, site prep,
the orange registration bags and the “Heaviest
of the Heavyweights” (his words) in the Sport
Linda Bailey Downey:
Linda's Home Oven is the best!
Martin: Breakfast casseroles that warm the
Cinda Reid: A breakfast
casserole that was just as yummy!
Rick and Judy Knerr: Superb wings on
Friday night and french fries that not even “le
french guarde” dared taunt.
Don and Sharman Franklin: Geaux
Gumbo! Eight chefs this year put their best roux forward.
As a judge, very little separated these magical recipes.
So Cafe Donaldo was extra busy keeping the hungry
hordes fed. And we won't forget the lime shirts. We
probably could have sold 10 to 20 more.
Scott Williams: Scotty's Super Delicious
Dogs were a perfect addition to the bowls of gumbo
for the racers. Also a good board caddy for Julea.
She trounced the Sport fleet.
Tina Mazanek: C-fleet had a very
good turnout this year. Tina, our C-fleet master,
churned up the fun for the competitors with lots of
races both days.
Bill Dolittle: Site prep, bags and
bags of ice, gumbo judge and C-fleet chase boat.
Anne Getman: Registration top to
bottom and front to back. Putting together the early
registration packets and handling the checkin and
Sandy Lane: Registration, selling
past event mugs and shirts, keeping Bob G and Bob
A on task especially when I looked a little dazed
by it all.
Mark Powell: Helping out with registration,
providing sailing suitable and meteorologically good
weather, and showing everyone how much we have to
learn to compete in A-fleet.
Mark (merk) Voigt: A-fleet
and Sport fleet Captain. A minute is a minute is a
minute plus or minus 5 seconds. Since I was never
near the starting line at white flag and protests
were not allowed, I have nothing to complain about.
Well done, Merk!
Stan Derzypolski: WHELP!! Thanks
for the committee boat, site prep and all the other
stuff you do behind the scenes.
Lee Chapin: Thanks for the chase
boat, helping Merk tell time, site prep and lots stuff
we know you must do but we rarely see it happen. It's
Leah Chapin: We missed you but thanks
for the generous sponsorship.
Adam Bennett: Site prep, keeping
the beer flowing and offering helpful tips to your
fellow racers to keep them going in the right direction.
We always looking for a few more good instructors.
And thanks for recruiting volunteers for the beer
truck. Must be a hard sell.
Chris McMahon: Site prep, Tiki Mon
handler (and shaper). An SPSC event is not the same
without Tiki Mon.
Donna McMahon: Congrats on the Perry
Williams award, very well deserved!
Alex Birkovsky: site prep, helping
Charlie Yontz: site prep and cleanup;
getting all the C-fleet training rigs back to the
Please join us at the monthly SPSC general meeting
at Beef O'Brady's this Tuesday, October 9th. We will
have a special entertainment event you won't want
to miss. Well you might not want to miss. Well it
may not be THAt special. There, no expectations; no
Oh and see you at Lake Lanier, festoons!!
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Rum ‘n’ Root
Beer Regatta 2012
by Gavin Franklin
Rum ‘n’ Root Beer is my favorite regatta.
Every year there is a different theme. This year it
was based on the Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The
name of the place was changed from Camelot to Camullet.
There was a costume contest. There were knights and
ladies, killer rabbits, a witch, and other weird people.
As usual Bill and Bob made up real cool games. This
year they came up with medieval games. I am pretty sure
there were five. There were three teams, the French,
English and the Vikings. You should have seen the English,
they’re cheaters, they’re cheaters! The
French where wimps. But the Vikings where winners, that’s
what I said.
Tina always brings arts and crafts for the kids. I painted
a dinosaur and a tree, Summer painted a butterfly and
Zoie painted a horse. Tina helped the girls make crowns.
We all got tattooed.
A great time was had by all. I am looking forward to
2012 Endless Summer
Sailboard Classic Race Results
by Bob Graves
First – Mark Powell
Second – Dave Stanger
Third – Dan Olivier
Overall Sports fleet
First - Julea Williams
Second - Bob Graves
Third - Linda Downey
First – Mark Powell
Second – Dave Stanger
Third – Steve Bogan
Open Middle Weight
First – Dan Burch
Second – Paul Hansard
Third – Chris McMahon
|Open Not Light
First – Dan Olivier
Second – Wright Finney
Third – Gerry Myers
First – Julea Williams
Second – Linda Downey
Third– Alex Birkovsky
Sport Not Light Weight
First – Bob Graves
Second – Bill Olson
Third – Charlie Yontz
Jacksonville Windsurfing Event
by Bob Graves with details furnished
by Alex Birkovsky
Went to visit my
daughter and grandkids in Jacksonville and to attend the
Jacksonville Windsurfing event on October 6th as posted
by Tom Ingram on www.jaxwindsurfing.com
The decision was made on October 5th to launch from County
Dock Road even though the weather and wind were not looking
great. I arrived at the dock at 12:40, not realizing the
distance from my daughter’s house, so poured a Limon
and beer beverage. As I walked the pier, the rain came down.
About 12:50, Tom showed up, then Alex from our club and
in a short while we were joined by Steven, Patrick, Todd,
and David from Jacksonville.
The wind was from the North, mostly, some east in it, and
was six to 10 miles and hours. All kinds of equipment got
on the water, from an Equipe II with an 11m sail, to a 150
Bic with a 7.5m, an Exocet wind SUP and Alex’s new
Serenity. Though the wind wasn’t great, the sailing
was still fun on the St. Johns River and the Jacksonville
folks that came down were great. With the launch site less
than 20 minutes from my daughters place, I know of one place
to go, outside of Huguenot, to launch and sail.
Club Meeting Minutes September 11th
Meeting called to order at 7:43 with a mustard bottle. No
one paid attention. A ketchup bottle, in my humble opinion,
should have been used. 23 people were present. Election year
excitement was everywhere.
Minutes were approved. Scribe is still waiting on articles
from Gavin and his poppy. I’m hopeful Gavin will come
through but enjoy giving Don grief about an article from last
year’s Atlanta Fall classic.
Purser stated we still have money in the checking account
and that the Wakulla Parks and Recreation have been very,
very, good to us. Our previous year ended with 66 memberships.
September begins the renewal process, so RENEW!
The threat of hurricane Isaac forced our Commodore to invoke
emergency evacuation procedures and they were executed with
precision. Someone asked when it will be moved back. There
is a desire to put down a thick rubber pad to move the trailer
and to get one of the wheels fixed before moving it back.
Lee is going to pick up some wheels. Trailer wheels are a
We voted to give the driver of the truck that pulled the trailer
out a memento for his efforts.
Lessons went well and Bob A. spoke about the Boy Scout troop
that had come out and the effort they put into the lessons
that were given during a 20knot day on September 8th.
Bob A., since he can’t be elected to anything, handed
out the voting slips for people to cast their votes.
Membership dues are now due!!!
Bob G. commended Deb on the on-line registration form. Deb
asked if the grand prize was just for early registrants and
we figured it was the Commodores decision to make. Our esteemed
Commodore said he will take it under advisement. Lots of discussion
on how and when to get the early registration numbers for
Don to get the shirts made up.
Lots of conversations between people started up and the meeting
was getting noisy and out of control. Bob A. saw this and
he regained control by throwing the mustard bottle at people
talking out of turn, a lot more effective use of mustard than
banging it on the table. My gut tells me that the room was
just moments away from someone yelling “food fight!”.
Thank goodness for our Commodore who stepped in and had a
good throwing arm.
Ann asked if there was going to be booze tasting of any kind
at the Endless Summer. None yet.
Bill Olson threw down the gauntlet on the gumbo contest. Mike
L. asked if the judging would be “professional”.
Turns out, all the judges do have professions, some that we
Votes were counted and the election results are in:
Commodore: Mike Levine (Oy Vey!)
Vice Commodore: Mark Powell
Scribe: Bob Graves
Purser: Wright Finney
At Large Members: Lee Chapin, Robert Faircloth, Tina Mazanek,
and Mark Voigt.
Meeting adjourned at 8:38. Bill motioned, Perry seconded,
and all were in favor.