Commodore's Comments July 2017
NIMBY - Not In My Back Yard - Regatta
A big shout out to Wright Finney for the planning and creation of yet another outstanding Nimby event!!
This year's regatta was held at the Port Inn in Port St. Joe, a beautifully remodeled Inn that sits across from the Port St. Joe bay.
The festivities started Friday afternoon with Registration & Happy Hour poolside. Perry served up his famous Martinis along with yummy appetizers shared by all the participants.
Saturday began with a 10:00 am skippers meeting providing the registered sailors and volunteer boaters the course for the day. The course created was 7miles long from St Joy Bay to the tip of Cape San Blast. The well thought out course had 3 boats available for rescue in case of an emergency. Captains of the boats include, Dave Denmark, Leigh Chapin and Bill & Amy.
I choose to use my new hybrid Sup/Windsurf board. "Hindsight is always 20/20", and I learned a lesson while using new SUP board.
My lesson taught me the necessity of a cooler attached to the front of the board where I can store cold beverages and the need for a longer dagger board and fin while out on the water competing with regulation windsurf boards. These components would have been very useful during my long 7mile adventure out to the point. However, I did make it!
Once at the point Leigh was serving up some well-deserved hot dogs, burgers and cold drinks while everyone convened boat-side in the water.
After an hours rest, it was time to venture back. I was hopeful that there would be a little more wind on my return to St Joe, but, to my dismay, the wind gods decided it was not to be!
About Â¾ of the way to the finish, I had had enough, I sat on my board with arms waving. Brennan, who was following behind me stopped to visit, a few words were exchanged along with a much-needed break, and we then up-hulled our sails and proceeded to the finish line. This was a true test of our abilities and the love of Windsurfing.
Saturday evening concluded with all the weary sailors and friends enjoying themselves at another happy hour with Wrights scrumptious "Mango Margaritas" and appetizers.
Come Sunday noon, it was time to give trophies and many thanks to all who participated in making this yearâ€™s Nimby a great event with friends and fellow windsurfers.
East West North South Festoons
Your Commodora in Service with pleasure,
R.O.A.D. Warriors Finish Up
By Bob Graves
The Retired Old Active Dudes finally got around to finishing up the new Windy installation after many weather delays. Though we planned on meeting at the boat ramp on June 15th at 9:30, for the first time we were all early. Huh? (Bob G) arrived at 9:10 to see Close Enough (Lee) with the boat already in the water! Fractions (Joe) got there about 9:15. When Close Enough disclosed he left the cooler with water in it at home, Huh? got some out of the training trailer. We were on the water and headed to the tripod at 9:30, with the sun shining and very calm water.
Once docked to the tripod, Fractions scampered to the top with a tarp to lay down and began preparations for the installation of the electronics. When everything was ready, Fractions scooted over and Close Enough went up to strip (wires) and to connect the solar panel and sensor to the battery. The sensor was installed on the pole that we had secured previously, fastened down, and the wires run through the pole and connected to the battery. After the electronics were active, 5 filaments were run from the pole holding the sensor to various parts of the platform to discourage cormorants from landing there. While Fractions and Close Enough were handling that, Huh? scampered part way up the later to torque some bolts on the solar panel.
Observation from Bonaire NOT related to Sailing by Bob G.
The worst windsurfing accident to happen in Bonaire to one of those from the SPSC was to my sweet Sandy. She was sitting on the beach at Jibe City in an Adirondack chair, enjoying the sun, when a wind gust picked up a sail that was sitting on the beach and the mast came smack down on her head, dazing her momentarily, with blood running through her hair. I was on the water at the time, but, thankfully, Paul was there to help her. Others quickly noticed what had happened and came to help, including a retired EMT guy and a wonderful lady radiologist who checked up on her the rest of the time we were there. Jibe City packed one of their t-shirts with ice for her to put on her head. We kept the shirt.
One thing I had to get used to was Bonaire's belief that most people have common sense, thus no need for stop signs on most streets. The only stop sign I saw was in an area where two through streets met. In cases where one street ended on a through street, the natural assumption was that the through street had right of way. They also loved traffic circles, which took some getting used to, with streets coming off the circles in all kinds of configurations.
The roads, for the most part, were in sad shape and lane markers were either barely visible or just not there. On the coastal road to Washington Slagbaii National Park, the road was designated as an auto trail even though it;s called the Queen's Highway. It could only accommodate one vehicle at a time in most parts. However, it was an ocean road with beautiful views of the ocean and it's reefs.
Slagbaii National Park is only open to trucks and jeep type vehicles. The only paved roads were on some steeps grades where traction would have been difficult with just gravel. This northern section of the island was mountainous which was different from the very flat southern side. We went snorkeling off the reef at Wayaka 2 in crystal clear water seeing an incredibly diverse collection of fish in vibrant colors.
With a rental car on a small island, we traversed every section of Bonaire, from the Salt Works at the very southern section to the lighthouse near Malmore in the park. We drove along the east coast, where the waters were flat and all the scuba diving took place, and along the west coast, were we saw the surf crashing into the cliffs, forever digging away at them.
Bonaire is a National Marine Park and a $10 marine pass is required for you to enjoy the water. If you wished to scuba dive, it cost $25. Entering the Slagbaii National Park required you to have a marine park pass and cost an additional $15 if you didn't have the scuba pass. Very reasonable prices indeed.
Splish . . . Splash Rubber Ducky
Splish, splash, I was takin' a bath
Long about a Sunday morn, yeah
A rub dub, just relaxin' in the tub
Thinkin' everythin' was alright
Well, I stepped out the tub
I put my feet on the floor
I wrapped the towel around me and I
Opened the door
And then a-splish, splash
I jumped back in the bath
Well, how was I to know
There was a party goin' on?
Register online and reserve your coveted event item and rubber ducky. Online registration which will reserve your event item is only available through Monday, July 24th. Yes, we will also have registration at the beach, but make it easy on yourself and do it now !!!
Beach Registration and early registration pickup starts at 12 Noon.
Activities will start at 2pm
Following the activities, we will have a potluck dinner. So, bring a dish to enjoy dinner with us.
SPSC Meeting Minutes - June 13, 2017
Meeting called to disorder around 7:42.
Commodora's Opening, and Notes:
- Huge toast to Bonaire.
- Chris Graves states that he can stay up to 90 days as a US Citizen.
- Pics and articles of Bonaire on website.
- Bonaire, yadayadayadayadayadayadayada . . .
- Bob Andrews neglected to bring the proper underwater filter for his GoPro. Says the resulting video looks like he's swimming in gin. No comment.
- Minutes accepted.
- Wind talker was given a 3K budget, but came in a couple hundred under. This is thanks in no small part to donations from Lee Chapin.
- Upcoming expenses include insurance. Nearly half of that to come from SCSMR.
- NIMBY -> in and out type deal. $20 fee.
- 68 members. About where we were last year.
- Rick Knerr -> Where's the CD? Wright Finney is waiting for an email.
- New Windy deployment delayed by incredible run of vacations and bad weather. They went today to watch the rain. Maybe Thursday?
- Old Windy still attempting to operate.
- Joe Sisson finally gets his (New, improved) Gallant Sailor!!
- Nothing new to report.
- Mast was broken at last lessons. Fortunately, recent donations help. Anyone have an old 400? Mary Rolling has a mast she can donate.
- Bob Graves has an old Techno board. He'll buy a mast so he can keep board.
- There's a guy from England coming to a September lesson!
Upcoming Club Events:
- Port St. Joe is on EASTERN time, as opposed to Central.
- The scribe was once told by a resident there that Gulf County is the only county in the US that is bisected by a time zone. Veracity of that claim is still undetermined.
- PM Martinis on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
- Rigging area across from Port Inn, in park.
- Rum n' Root Beer: August 6th.
- Endless Summer: September 29th - October 1st.
- This is the 30th anniversary of this esteemed event.
- Xmas Party: December 15th.
- Keys Trip: February 3rd - 10th.
- Atlanta Fall Classic: October 14th - 15th.
- Miami Slalom Open: November 10th - 12th.
- Clearwater Windsurfing Midwinters: March 10th - 12th
Kevin Deyo was one of three Tallahasseans attempting Great Divide Ride cycling tour. Unfortunately, he was forced to abandon after four days.
Linda has joined the R.O.A.D.ies, as a Retired Old-Ass DIVA!!
Jessica (Judy and Perry) and Johnathan getting married July 15th in Sarasota. Perry and Judy will be staying at the Sun n' Fun Campground.
The scribe made a note about Digger's birthday, but has no idea now if it was on the 15th, or why else it may have been entered at this point in the minutes. Either way, Happy Birthday, Digger!!
Many thanks to Chris Graves for talking incessantly about Bonaire and being an annoying a__ for getting the ball rolling.
Next Board Meeting: Thursday, July 6th at Chris Graves'.
Next Club Meeting: July 11th.
Adjourned at 8:30 with no further incident.
Club Officers ad At-Large Board Members 2017
Commodore: Mary Rolling
Vice Commodore: Joe Sisson
Scribe: Adam Bennett
Purser: Wright Finney
At large members:
Past Commodore: Chris Graves