Commordore's Comments November 2017
Fall is in the air! This is always a bittersweet time of year for me. Fall is my
favorite time of year bringing cooler temperatures and color changes for our
landscapes. Sadly, it frequently brings a north wind to Shell Point and cooler
water temperatures. Not my Forte when it comes to windsurfing. I hope you will
be joining me as I take advantage of paddle-boarding on the rivers and at Shell
Point, morning power walks, and off-road bike rides.
We have just two events left on the calendar as a I prepare to bid my farewell as
Commodora; the SPSC Annual Christmas Party and Festivus. Our annual SPSC
Christmas party at the Shriners Club, Friday, December 15 @ 7:30. Hosted by
our soon to be Commodore elect in waiting "Joe Sisson." No doubt he will create
an excellent holiday event for all of us to remember.
Following that Sunday starting at 3pm, the Festivus.
"Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 21st. It was created
by writer Dan O'Keefe and introduced into popular culture by his son Daniel,
a scriptwriter for the TV show Seinfeld as part of a comical storyline on the
show. The holiday's celebration, as shown on "Seinfeld," includes a
"Festivus pole," practices such as the "Feats of Strength" and the "Airing of
Grievances," and the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus
miracles." Celebrants of the holiday sometimes refer to it as "Festivus for
the rest of us," a saying is taken from the O'Keefe family traditions and
popularized in the "Seinfeld" episode."
Now you know how and why. The 'where' is at Shell Point Beach on December
17th, anytime after 3 pm. Come out and show your feats of strength or air your
grievances. This is the only time of year that we will let you "whine"! Ha ha. If
nothing else, come out to see the feats of strength between myself, Commodora
Mary Rolling, and Commodore Elect Joe Sisson.
I hope to see you at our last club meeting of the year where I bid you a
farewell and memorable year and we celebrate to ring in the new.
East West North South Festoons
Your Commodora in service with pleasure,
2017 Kona North American/Gulf Coast Championship
by Bob Graves
Kona North American/Gulf Coast Championships at the
Clearwater Community Sailing Center was a great event.
This is the one event we go to that is all about the race.
Some of us participate in five races through the year, two at
Shell Point, which has great races, but has great
participation by non-racers and is a very social event, one
at Lake Lanier which is race focused, but allows for non-participant registration and watching college football on
the big screen in the club house, then two in Clearwater,
where the only registration is for racing, though spouses
and such can participate in the food and drink, I believe, since no one checks, and it's the most expensive
of the events.
One of the joys in going to these events is the company of the SPSC Race Team that go as well, Bob
Andrews, Bill Olsen, Joe Sisson, and Dan Burch. Always good to see others such as Steve Campbell and
Steve Bogan who show up at our events at the others as well. Hopefully we can get more SPSC racers to
these events in the future.
The one thing I marvel about in the windsurfing community is the lack of egos. Sure, the good racers
know who they are and are out to win every race, but they are all very approachable and are willing to
answer questions and just shoot the breeze with you.
The event this year saw us get two races in before lunch in winds between 8-10mph. A race after lunch
was started and half completed before the wind gave out and the race abandoned. We all sailed very
slowly back to the center. Sunday brought winds gusting to over 26mph from the northwest and the
race committee deemed the conditions to be unsafe for course racing and decided, as we do at Shell
Point when faced with this dilemma, to do slalom racing.
50 boards on the water, not just registered but sailing, and I
came in around 45th or 46th and had a blast. Even that far back
in the back I was probably no more than 10 minutes from the
leaders. Trophies are given for 1-3 for overall, 1-3 youth, 1-3
female, leaving about 42 people with no trophy, but you can
bet most of them will be back at the next event since I
recognized (since they are sailing in the back of the pack with
me) many people from previous years. It's about the race,
not the winning, and that's what makes this sport so
2017 Fall Classic
by Bob Graves and Chris Voith
What a wonderful trip this was. Perry, Bill, Joe, Sandy, and I got to Old Federal Campground on Thursday
afternoon. Old Federal is the campground you can see to the right of the Lake Lanier Sailing Club. On
Friday, Bill, Perry, Joe, and I took off for the Chicopee Woods Bike Trails, having no idea what was in store
for us. We started on the Tortoise loop, which apparently is how you get on all the trails, and did the 2.6
mile loop fairly easily, so decided to go further. We opted for the White Tail
Loop, which is an Intermediate ride, to find out half way through that at least
three of us were not yet at the intermediate level, but we pushed on. This
trail was a major challenge. After 10.5 miles, we packed everything up, drank
lots of Gatorade, and headed to a liquor store then back to camp were an
intense game of Labyrinth took place.
On Friday evening registration began and Chris Voith, our host, had beautifully embroidered denim shirts
for the participants. In a tradition Chris Graves started, SPSC provided all the fixin's for some fine eating
Friday night, with pot stickers, chili, rice, pulled pork, and more food than could be consumed and was
enjoyed by everyone.
Saturday morning brought no wind, same in the afternoon. The
biggest "gusts" were probably 3 knots, so no racing took place.
However, that did not dampen the spirits of the racers. Everyone sat
around watching football, eating snacks, drinking their beverage of
choice, chatting, and playing foosball.
Sunday morning had the boards on the water at 9am for the only race
of the day. The wind started out a feverish 4 knots that dwindled to
about 3 when the race started and from then on was between 0 and 2. Those who started all finished,
so trophies could be presented!
The rest of this article is from Chris Voith: I would like to thank SPSC for Friday's meal and especially to
Perry & Leah, et al for Martinis, Manhattans and hors d'oeuvres on Saturday night, and to Bob, Sandy,
and Bill who helped clean up on Sunday! Pam Burke made lunch on Saturday happen. Jim & Pam Burke
were Saturday night's cooks with Bill Herderich (and others) on the Grill. Pam is/was a longtime
windsurfer going back to the Tudor/Mistral days. Jim & Pam are a big deal in Lightnings now. Steve Haase
was grill meister for Sunday burgers.
Franz Halaschek, Kevin Osburn and Reggie Strickland helped on
Race Committeee. These guys go way back in windsurfing in
Atlanta. Kevin & Reggie were at the first Atlanta windsurfing
regatta in 1978.
Big shout out also to Cody Steward (KonaHead) and Brendan Healy
(Neil Pryde foil guru) for bringing their shows on the road. Also to
Gene Mathis (Windsense), Chinook, Zhik, Whitecap Windsurfing
and Sandy Point/Aerotech/Epic Gear for supporting the Fall Classic.
Club Meeting Minutes
SPSC Meeting Minutes - August 8, 2017
SPSC Meeting Minutes - October 10, 2017
Club Officers and At-Large
Commodore: Mary Rolling
Board Members 2017
Vice Commodore: Joe Sisson
Scribe: Adam Bennett
Purser: Wright Finney
At large members:
Past Commodore: Chris Graves
Club Officers and At-Large
Commodore: Joe Sisson
Board Members 2018
Vice Commodore: Adam Bennett
Scribe: Bob Graves
Purser: Wright Finney
At large members:
Past Commodore: Mary Rolling