Commodores Commands and Comments by Commodore
Bob Graves, aka ISUC - March 2015
Bob Graves, SPSC Commodore,
Never too early
to get ready and start planning!!! The Endless Summer
Sailboard Classic date has been set for September 25th-27th,
a great date. We have high tide around 2pm which will
make for great Saturday racing but a little less water
for the long distance on Sunday morning. Knowing I was
going to become Commodore (yes, it was fixed), I immediately
gave Randy Spetman (FSU Athletic director) and Jimbo
Fisher (coach) a call to make sure the FSU football
schedule would not interfere with our event. After much
rescheduling, they came up with a schedule I could live
with, though I do apologize for the Friday night Boston
College game. Sadly, the new UF regime would not work
with me and they have Tennessee scheduled, a big rivalry.
If Ray Graves were still Athletic director, I might
have had someone to work with, but, alas, no.
I was in negotiations with Mother Nature to see if she
would provide us with some wind when I realized she
wasn’t in control, the Great and Powerful Swami,
head of all the Ancients, is. In his wizened and powerful
voice he said “The wind will depend on YOU getting
your BOOGIE BODY to the beach for the WIND CEREMONY!!!!
The band has a huge new lineup of songs that will get
you offa yo’ seat!”
In closing, please think about sponsors for the Endless
Summer, because the more notice they have, the more
generous they may be.
Bob Graves, Commodore
Imperial Supreme Ultimate Commodore (ISUC)
Sandy and I arrived at Fiesta Key a day early, expecting to
be the first ones there, when low and behold, what should appear,
but a Wright, Dan and Sherry with a martini right near! That
was a great arrival.
a trip! The weather was beautiful with the exception of a little
rain on Thursday. Coldest was 62 one morning and daytimes were
in the seventies. To top things off, there was enough wind to
go around for everyone. There was short boarding and long boarding,
often on the same day. Dave and Lee each got on the water two
different days and Joe, who hadn’t sailed in 15 years,
sailed everyday he was there and was hooking in on the second
day. Some of the days that only got to between 12 and 15 mph
saw Hugh back on a longboard tooling around and having a great
time, redefining lazy by sitting on the board instead of standing.
A few of us went down to Key West on Thursday, the one rainy
day, more like a drizzly day. We took our rain jackets, ponchos,
and umbrellas and had a great, relaxing time. Due to the rain,
we walked around, not wanting our tires projecting a stream
of water up our backs. The rain completely stopped by 3, but
Mallory square only had one entertainer. Of course, when we
got there, the cruise ship was headed back out.
The new area they put us in was great. There were less people
this year, thankfully, because with Perry gone, I made the martinis
nightly, which was only 15. I know Perry has made in excess
of 22 some nights in the past. I have a new appreciation for
his work. In addition, two of the bathrooms have been completely
redone with new tile, commodes, and showers. The hot tubs were
working but the pool was still not heated. It is evident the
new owner is putting a lot of time and money into invigorating
The week was beautiful and company great, but we missed the
many folks that did not make it this year. Hopefully next year
will be kinder and bring you all back to what is turning out
to be a really nice campground again with all the renovations
that have taken place.
My Favorite Sailing Spot
White sandy beaches and turquoise waters will await you at
St. Joseph State Park. The park is located at the end of Cape
San Blas across St. Joe bay from port St. Joe.
The most scenic route is to take the highway 98 through Carabelle
and Apalchicola as it incredibly beautiful drive. We budget
about 3 hours from home to campsite usually with a stop in Apalachicola
for gas and supplies. There are two small groceries on the cape
one of which has a gas station. We like to stay put once we
are in the park, fortunately the park now sells ice and other
items at the marina store.
Sailing at Eagle Harbor is fantastic with on shore conditions
when the east winds are blowing, which at the cape are often
in the morning. The harbor is fairly safe to sailing as you
are in a cove with shallows at all your jibe locations. The
reaches in between cover some water that is 30 feet deep.
If you are comfortable with wave sailing the gulf side good
with an afternoon sea breeze. The wave break tends to be fairly
far out so if you can get going you can plow through them and
have enough room on the inside to jibe on.
The rigging area is grass with lots of sand spurs but there
is abundant space.
For folks that want to bring a boat there are very nice ramps
with a small marina to tie up and lots of parking for trailers.
There is also fish cleaning station.
There are two campsite loops and cabins are also available.
We prefer the Shady pines loop as there is more privacy and
less large RVs. Reservations are made through Reserve America
and as St. Joseph State Park has become very popular make sure
to book in advance.
I have a low resolution video on YouTube of a visit to the park.
Double rainbow at 4:05.
Come one come all to the annual Wind
Ceremony at beautiful Shell Point Beach on March 21st,
2015! WE NEED WIND for this coming year, so get ready
for some cosmic fun lead by Swami and his misfit band
of Festoons! The band this year has lots of new songs
and of course the classics that will get you off your
butt and moving your feet, or at least tapping a toe,
except for Rick.
The main event, "the music",
starts around 7:30pm in order to get in 2+ hours of foot
stompin’ music before 10pm rolls around. Registration
for this event is just $20 which gets you one great Swami
designed long sleeve shirt, and, if you brought a food
dish, a meal ticket as well. If you don’t bring
food, you cannot participate in the feast . The pot luck
will begin sometime around 5:30. There is no theme for
this year’s dishes, so bring what you make best.
Registration on the beach starts at 3pm. If all you want
to do is listen to the greatest wind surfing band perform,
you are welcome to come and listen to the music, no fee
Registration Begins: 3:00 PM
Potluck Dinner: 5:30 PM (only if you bring a dish)
Music: 7:30 PM
Commodore: Bob Graves
Vice Commodore: Chris Graves
Scribe: Bill Olson
Purser: Wright Finney
At Large Members:
Past Commodore: Mark Powell
Board is also known as the Guardians of the Windy
Club Meeting January 2015 (No club meeting in February)
Meeting called to order at promptly at 7:30 (actually
7:34 but Our Commodore has decreed that all meetings
will start on time, therefore the clocks were reset)..
We started with 19 members present, minus the purser
who will probably be ousted by a palace coup if he doesn’t
arrive on time. Miniature hard copy agendas were provided
to all present to provide a reminder of the benevolent
wisdom of The Commodore.
Members were reminded to hop onto the SPSC2 list, just
a click to join.
Minutes were approved as there had not been a general
meeting in December, and no one wants a permanent record
of the Xmas Party.
A Fiesta Keys trip update followed, with information
regarding martini time and a big discussion of who was
The upcoming Wind Ceremony, hosted by Swami and the
Festoons and chaired by Laurie Levine, was discussed
and the date of March 21st was selected.
Festivus on December 20th.
At 7:48 (which we are calling 7:44 in New Bob Time,
or NBT), the Purser arrived. We have money in our checking
account, previous expenses for XMAS party/ESSC awards/sales
tax plus costs for the new teaching gear we have ordered.
The new gear includes 2 Kona Hula boards and 3.5 and
4.2 m rigs. The boards will arrive in March, the rigs
Our memberships for 2015 now stand at 52, half single
and half household, with some scofflaws to be pursued.
Training – New gear YAY! We have excess boards
under the mobile crack house that will be dispositioned.
Lessons will be limited to 12 in a class, current members
are always invited to assist. Schedule may be out before
A brief, open ended discussion ensued of the Smith Regatta,
Keys Trip and midwinters at Calema. Dates for the Atlanta
event will be checked.
The next meeting will be March 10th at Beef O Bradys.
At 08:05 NBT, Tina Mazaneck made the motion to adjourn,
which was seconded by acclamation and a mad dash for