The Commodore's Comments - October 2013
here we are in October already. The 26th Annual Endless Summer
Sailboard Classic is in the history books! (Go
to FaceBook for photos.) In addition to all of the people
and businesses I thanked in my thank you to the sponsors and
volunteers speech (see link to youtube clip), I neglected
to thank Rick and Judy for Friday night’s “Rick
and Judy’s wings” and Linda for Saturday and Sunday
morning’s “Linda’s breakfast”. Both
were terrific! I also want to thank Wright for all of behind
the scenes site preparation that takes place. And lastly,
I wanted to thank the registration committee of Sandy, Ann
and Laurie for keeping a semblance of order during the hectic
beach registration process and our Web Master Deb who made
sure the on-line registration was easy to use and glitch free.
Our give away and grand prizes were among the best ever and
Moe’s did a terrific job with dinners for 80 people.
It’s truly amazing how everything and everyone came
together to make our major end of summer event so special!
Thanks again to everyone who came and enjoyed the event.
Sponsor and Volunteer Thank You Video
Well that’s it for now. It’s all downhill from
here for your 2013 Commodore and the title of “past
Commodore” is getting closer every day. It’s
been a lot of fun and it’s a great way to get to know
people in the club better and to get an appreciation for
everything that goes on behind the scenes. There is still
plenty of great sailing weather left so I hope to see you
at the beach soon, and if you haven't attended a meeting
recently please consider doing so!
2013 SPSC Commodore
Message of Thanks by Gus Duliakas
I want to thank all of you at Shell Point for a great
weekend. The food, fun, beer, music, camaraderie, and
oh yeah.... the sailing, was top notch. It has been years
since I've been to any of your gatherings, but I always
feel welcome every time I'm there. It was nice to fall
into easy conversation with those of you I've known from
the past, and it was nice to be introduced to those I've
seen but never met. Watching ya'll get together on the
dance floor Saturday night brought back memories of when
JAWS use to cut up on the dance floor. I miss those days
and I somewhat envy your club. You don't know what you
have until it's gone. Whatever ya'll are doing to keep
your club together, keep it going..... Again, thanks again
for everything, and I hope to see you at the wind ceremony
next year !!!.......... Oh, one more thing, I hope to
never have to witness another near drowning again. Make
that boy wear a friggin' life jacket !!!!
The 26th Endless Summer
Novice Fleet Report
By Tina Mazanek (2013)
(Click on image for larger view) The success of our Novice
Fleet is a reflection of our whole club. It starts each
year with our Lessons Program funded primarily by the
club’s treasury along with donations from generous
members. Others donate invaluable time to teach. Coordinated
by Bob Andrews and Bob Graves, our thanks goes to this
year’s instructors; Linda Downey, Bill Olson, Charlie
Yontz, Bob Andrews, Bob Graves, Tina Mazanek, and Adam
Bennett, with guest appearances by Mark and Kathy Voigt,
Gerry Myers, and Mark Powell.
Two Saturdays before the event we held a race clinic.
About a dozen sailors showed up ready to practice and
get time on the water. I could tell this was a determined
group by the screams of joy as each eventually finished
their practice heats.
year’s fleet had five competitors (four on the water
each day), racing five heats on Saturday and three heats
on Sunday. Both days the wind started out of the northeast
and turned slightly east as the day wore on. This meant
that is was a day of learning what a center board can
and cannot do for you while windsurfing. Yes, it helps
you to go upwind-but this meant almost nothing to the
Novice fleet. “OK, try the center board in different
positions and see if that helps you go in the desired
direction.” The learning curve was incredible.
Each one of the racers scored a bullet on Saturday Afternoon.
The first bullet scored was by Deb Green, who is new to
the sport (not for long!). Second and third heat went
to Mark (yes it is a tee shirt and a hat) Sussman. Colbi
King took the fourth heat (first time on a board this
year). And “beer truck” Adam Bennett won the
fifth heat. On Sunday Cobi was the most successful using
her centerboard strategy and took first place in all three
we had others whom we’d like to acknowledge. They
did not race but are the future of the sport: In the junior
category under the age of 12 were; Zoie Hill, Gavin Franklin,
Ayberk Ozgen and Matthew Williams, and a guest from the
Atlanta area who is hooked, Debi Baber.
Many thanks to Bill Dolittle for captaining our rescue
vessel (Wright’s Avon) and also to Suzanne and Keith
Long, our avid audience members, who are always there
to cheer the Novice Fleet on.
||First Place Male
|Second Place Female
||Second Place Male
||Third Place Female
Thanks to all! See you at the Stephen C Smith in the
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26th Endless Summer Sailboard
Classic – Racing
Once again Mark Voigt, Stan Derzypolski, Perry Morris,
John Gilbert, Tina Mazanek, Bill Doolittle and I enjoyed
ourselves on the water at Shell Point and as an aside
conducted some thoroughly enjoyable racing. The weather
was as good as it has been in a long time for the weekend,
with sunny skies and relatively cooperative wind.
We started our regatta weekend on Friday evening with
another enjoyable gathering at the beer truck complete
with friends from near and far, beer and a round of cigars;
it was truly a fitting beginning to a great regatta weekend.
Once again, great wings and fries were served up by Rick
and Judy, though some may have thought the hot too HOT!
Saturday morning we woke up to great weather and an east-northeast
wind that was blowing a steady 10 knots.
We had a good turnout at the skippers meeting with a dozen
and a half sailors in ‘A’ & Sport fleets
and a half a dozen ‘C’ fleeter’s. Perry
& John set another interesting offshore course for
‘A’ & Sport fleets while Tina & Bill
set the ‘C’ fleet off the beach. With ENE
winds the seas were comfortable and the wind speed was
good, which made for fun racing. There were several memorable
things to watch, with one start that had half the racers
starting on a port tack and the other half starting on
a starboard tack. It was a lot of fun to watch! There
were some interesting mark rounding’s and some close
finishes, all in all great fun to watch! ‘A’
& Sport fleets got in three races before breaking
for lunch at the fashionable Café Donaldo complete
with Scotty dogs and gumbo. After a visit to the beer
truck for a “quick one” it was back for an
afternoon race. This time the course was out the channel
to the Flasher and back for the ‘A’ fleet
and out the channel around the tri-pod and back for Sport
fleet. With the wind dying we decided to call it a day
and head to the beer truck.
Suppa was hosted by our Commodore Mike Levine and his
lovely wife Laurie at the village with a really nice bunch
of door prizes. Then it was back to the beach for some
dancing to the tunes provided by the always great “DJ
BobbyG”, Bob Graves & Sandy Layne, with a few
beers to finish off the evening and another great day
Sunday morning was an unusual surprise for the normal
Sunday morning at Shell Point Regatta weekend, in that
we had great weather once again and ENE wind at 8-10 knots.
Perry and John reset the offshore course and we got another
two races in before the wind died. ‘A’/Sport
fleet averaged 15 racers per race for the six races. ‘C’
fleet had several spirited races with a nice turnout of
novice racers. First Place finishes were distributed among
all of the ‘C’ fleet racers so everyone got
the thrill of being first. Tina managed to not only conduct
a half-dozen races for ‘C’ fleet, but she
conducted some impromptu lessons and one quick race around
the tri-pod that resulted in a third place trophy. The
day was finished off with trophies awarded to the racers
and certificates awarded to the folks who participated
in the lessons. It was another fun weekend regatta!
|1 Chris Voith
2 Dan Olivier
3 Wright Finney
4 Lorcan O'Healaigh
5 Paul Hansard
|1 Mark Powell
2 Dave Stanger
3 Dan Burch
|1 Julea Williams
2 Linda Downey
3 Tina Mazanek
|1 Chris Graves
2 Gus Duliakas
3 Chris McMahon
4 Neils Wade
|1 Bob Andrews
2 Bob Graves
3 Bill Olson
4 Gerry Myers
5 Mike Levine
6 Mike Haskins
Club Meeting Minutes
– September 10, 2013
As usual, the Commodore started off with a reading
from the Book of Levine, Chapter 4, Verses 7-10:
windsurfer had broken his mast at Shell Point and
was in the channel being pulled out to the Gulf. A
boat came by and asked if he needed help and he responded
"no, God will save me". He floated a while
longer when another boat came by and asked if he needed
help and he responded "no, God will save me".
After spending a night on the water and his family
calling in a missing persons report, a Coast Guard
chopper came by to offer help and he said "no,
God will save me." Later that day, the man was
viciously attacked by sharks and killer bacteria,
with the bacteria dealing the fatal blow. As the man
crossed the Pearly Gates, he ran straight to God.
"I placed my faith in You, and You let me drown?!
"Hey!" said God. "I sent two boats
and a helicopter".
After the scripture reading, our Commodore got down
to business and briefly went over his few remaining
items on the calendar. 21 people were present at the
meeting, the most in a while.
The Scribe had the minutes approved as unread and
completely ignored. All were in favor of the motion
Please let it be noted that the Purser, who is still
Wright Finney, was present when the Purser’s
report was needed. It helped that the meeting wasn't
called to order until 7:46, but, nonetheless, he was
there when it was his turn to report.
We have cash in the bank and just paid $60 for our
P.O. box. Wakulla Parks and Recreation is kindly charging
us $20 to reserve the smaller picnic shelter at the
beach and to take over for the weekend. Wright paid
$508.11 for our insurance General Liability which
is good through June 26, 2014. However, to Bob A's
chagrin, it does not cover the Taco Bell fire he denies
setting in Navarre, but has darn good pictures of.
When Bill heard the insurance was paid for, he told
everyone of the serious injury he incurred during
lessons, running into an underwater stump that would
not budge. Bill is now waiting for his settlement.
We have 68 memberships to close out the 2012-2013
season since all memberships are now up for renewal.
Dues are due. To quote Perry, "I upped mine,
so Up Yours!"
Bob A. spoke about training for a while and that he
and Bob G. will be going through stuff at the trailer
after lessons on Saturday. Looks like we may be having
a good C fleet at the Endless Summer this year, so
a call went out for additional boards to be used by
the novice sailors. Sandspur rodeo will be Sunday,
Lee found out that ants chewed through the gasket
containing the Windy battery bringing in salt air
and messing stuff up. Turns out ants get high off
of ozone. Soon as that message went out, we had a
bunch of SPSC member crowding around Windy. There
were complaints that Windy has not responded with
wind speeds suitable for the 20 knot snobs in quite
Our election results have the following officers and
board members: Commodore – Mark Powell, Vice
Commodore – Bob Graves II, Purser – Wright
Finney, Scribe – Bill Olson, Board Members –
Linda Downey, Lee Chapin, Mark Voigt, Tina Mazanek.
The one non elected position, Past Commdore, will
be filled by Mike Levine.
Wright said Linda was now at the America’s Cup
in San Francisco. Bill mentioned that on Friday, October
4th, Deb's Blues Band was playing at the Legion Hall
at Lake Ella.
Meeting adjourned around 8:30.