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CCWA CURRENTS Jan. 2002
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Commodore's Notes:  Dear CCWA Members...
    We held the annual party last weekend and it was quite a success. We had a chance to see many old friends and make a few new ones. Members and guests came from as far away as Hawaii to spend the evening with us. Itís great to know that the club can still party. If you were unable to come, then Iím sorry that we missed you. 
    Itís been an interesting year for our sport and our association. Like many other clubs, we are experiencing some problems. Primarily, we suffered the loss of some key members of the board. They either resigned or just simply walked away from the sport and the association. Those of us that remained did our best to continue the tradition that the CCWA has established. However, the sport is not what it used to be. We are not alone in the general decline in attendance and membership. It is a problem for many other clubs. Now is the time for us to come to terms with these changes. 
     We had hoped to resolve our dilemma at the party. However, I chose not to spoil a great evening of fun and camaraderie with a business meeting. So, now I must rectify that oversight. We have some serious matters to attend to. Issues such as new board members, schedules for the meetings, as well as the agenda for next year will be resolved. 
 #1 A new Executive Board. As I mentioned, I watched as my support group faded away. As a result, a few sailors had to shoulder responsibilities that should have been handled by others. We currently have no Vice Commodore, no Event Director, and no Public Relations Officer. In addition, you must nominate and elect a new Commodore. I will not be able to serve next year! The position of Treasurer will be vacant as well. In fact, this means that we must elect an entirely new executive board. Ed.'s Note: Have I been fired?
 #2 We need to arrange a schedule for next yearís meetings. I believe that it is time to end the monthly meetings. They have been poorly attended and are no longer an effective means of conducting the clubs business. I propose that we move to a quarterly schedule. It has become apparent that the meetings are better received and supported when they are held at a memberís home as opposed to some ďneutralĒ sight. 
     I have enjoyed my year as Commodore. During that time, I taught people to sail asking only that they join the club in return. I accepted the position of Windsurfing Director with the Corpus Christi of our area to my favorite sport. I enjoyed acting as your representative in our relations with the city as well as our sponsors. In short, it was a rewarding experience. Now itís someone elseís turn. So, please come to the January meeting, and help move the club into next year.
Thanks, 
Chip Biery

2001 CCWA Activities Schedule 
Jan 15  Monthly Meeting at the home of Chip & Diane Biery  Details on page 10
Jan 28  Full Moon Bonfire, Mustang Island
Feb 19  Monthly Meeting at the home of Hal & Nancy Hamilton
Feb 27  Full Moon Bonfire, Mustang Island
Mar 19 Monthly Meeting at the home of Dick & Arleen Ward
Mar 28 Full Moon Bonfire, Mustang Island

Editor's Puffs:   by Roy Tansill
     Another New Years has passed and once again its time to pay your dues.  Unlike past years when I would threaten to cut off newsletter service to those who hadnít paid, this year you wonít receive your February issue if you havenít paid by the end of this month.  Its not personal, I really donít enjoy not sending you your newsletter but the belt tightening is mandatory and we canít afford to be mailing newsletters to folks who are not keeping up their end of the bargain.  If you have a big hand written ĎXí on your mailing label, then according to our secretary/treasurer, you havenít renewed your membership.  The necessary information is right at the bottom of page 4- fill it out,  write the check (weíll accept cash with a valid photo ID) and mail it off .  We have a lot of work to do and not a lot of time to get it all done.  If you look at our Events Schedule for the new year youíll notice its rather void of content.  Take a look at the Executive committee info.... its looking rather empty at the moment.  The CCWA is well into a major transition, and there seems to be a vacuum near the top.  The club has been around long enough that helping to operate it has passed through many hands.  We have reached a point where maybe some of the long time members should seriously consider stepping up again.  We need some leadership help and experience certainly does not disqualify you. 
     Don McCormick is back from his second trip to China... and ready for his third.  He has found a job there teaching English and is learning Chinese.  He urged me to check out his newest web site (www.beautiful-china.net). Take a look at the site; see what has Don so enthralled with 21st Century China. 
     The local iwindsurf.com had a rough December but it wasnít their equipment that failed- it was the local phone lines that knocked Laguna Shores out for several days (Wally had paid the phone bill).  And this note is posted on their site: ďDue to difficulty in finding a suitable new location for the sensor at San Luis Pass, we are considering re-locating the equipment elsewhere in Texas. If you know of a popular sailing site where wind speed and direction data, (as well as barometric pressure and air temperature), would be useful, please email texas@iwindsurf.com with information. The equipment will go to the most suitable location.Ē 

ReDeck How to:
Allright! Yer starin at yer board itís dry, and youíre in a place that you can do this without your wife goin ballistic. Youíve got all the stuff there too and yer itchin to get started. 
Try not to get too freaked. "You can do this Homey. Just take it slow and easy." 
Begin at the beginningÖ 
Remove the footstraps. Unless youíve got additional footstrap screws you should be careful not to strip the screw heads when backing the screws out. Put the screws where you can find em later
Tape off all the parts of your board that you donít want to get goop on or sand down.  That includes taping:
a) the rails Note: follow the line that exists for the deck grip. Let the tape be double wide on the rails because you want drippings to fall on the ground, not wrap around to the bottom of the board. 
b) the foot pads if you want to be extra careful you can completely cover them but itís probably not necessary 
c) any and all vent plugs.  After youíve got yer stick lookin all protected you can break out the sandpaper.
Some people donít sand off the remaining deck grip but I like to start with a clean slate. Itís sorta tricky cause you donít want to start grindin off the top of the board cause it might be particularly ugly with blotchy "no paint" spots, so just take off enough to get the old grip "kinda" smoothed off. 
a) use 100 grit sandpaper or higher. You donít want to grind gouges in your deck. 
b) donít sand off the tape 
c) wipe all the dust off the deck with a clean cloth sprinkled with acetone You want all the dust on your deck to be history.  Be sure to have a window or two open when dealing with this stuff. In fact, take a moment to think about whatís coming up next by getting some fresh airÖ. 
Welcome back to the jobsite! As you know, the "gooping" part is next. This stuff goes off quick. So, when youíve got it all mixed up you want to have had all the other stuff like your gritting medium all dialed and ready to go. 
a) get the "grit" ready first 
b) put on your dust mask 
c) get the grit medium in the shaker. I say "medium" cause some people use:
acrylic deck dust or refined sugar or salt.
As I said earlier, the only thing I recommend is the acrylic deck dust cause it doesnít dissolve in the water and therefore makes a "grittier" surface.
When youíre confident that the grit is ready at a moments notice you can move on to... 
Mixing the goopÖ 
            a) follow the directions that come with the product to the letter. Unless specified otherwise, it should be equal parts
         of A and B.  Make about 4-6 ounces or epoxy resign
 b) Thin the mixture with about 20% acetone 
Getting the goop on the boardÖ 
 a) Spread the mixture out quickly. You donít want it to go off while yer working. You can get the goo on quick by pouring directly on the deck and brushing it all over quickly. Do it a section at as time. Say, the aft, then the middle then the tip section. Itís really important to check that you have the goo everywhere. Remember, missing spots will mean there will be no grip there. 
 b) donít spread the goo on real thick. In fact, you may wanna kinda press it out thin with your brush strokes. Let the gunk fall to the floor freely. The idea is to have the smallest amount of goo that will hold the grit on your board. Less weight, yeah?
"Shake Rattle and Roll" 
 a) Immediately after getting the goo on you want to get the grit on. One of the most common problems is not getting the grit on before the goo goes off. Donít let that dweeby thing be your problem. You can check the deck goo on a small spot with your gloved finger. Make sure itís still at least gummy. If itís already hard yer gonna have problems. (*see The Fix below) 
 b) Shake the grit on in an even, spread out pattern. If youíve got the goo the exact thin, yet tacky, workable form then this part could be done by a monkey. Just be sure to get some grit everywhere. (Iím assuming yer a good boy (girl)and have your dust mask on) 
 c) to sorta spread out the grit on the board you can blow the dust around with a cardboard piece by fanning it or shake the board by grabbing it by the rail or maybe come up with another clever way. Again, youíll have got the grit on, made sure itís everywhere before the goo on the deck goes off.
Clean up and bail 
 a) Donít be messing around with touching it here and there cause it makes ugly spots on your board. You know the term, "gettin air?" Yeah, well do that! 
 b) After about a half hour you can come back and carefully pull off the tape. It still may be wet but it should be not totally hard. You may want to use gloves again as you donít want any junk on your hands. Chuck that stuff in the rubbish and bail again. 
 c) Now, donít come back till tomorrow.
Thatís it! 
 a) The deck is totally dry and youíve got excess grit on the board. Put your mask back on and flip the board upside down. Most of the excess dust will fall to the floor. If you wanna be slick you can run a hose on your deck to really get an idea of what itís gonna be like. 
 b) You can now go out and sand your feet off in the water. That is, unless you somehow screwed upÖÖ
If it ainít rightÖ. 
 a) *Thereís places where there ainít no grit. 
 b) Donít freak, it can be easily fixed. Get a can of NAPA or other quality, clear acrylic enamel. Spray that stuff on where itís bare and quickly shake on some deck grit. Frankly, some people use this technique to do the whole board. Youíll find that thereís a certain amount of "enough spray but not too much" on the bare spots that works. Be sure to wear all your protective stuff.
I certainly hope this works for you. I tried it myself just the way Iím describing it. I made all the mistakes too. Let me know how it works out will ya?
Aloha
Tim Orden

Edí Note   The article was lifted from a website:   http://www.maui.net/~mauiwind/MWR/rd/redeck/reeck3/  When asked for permission to reprint his article, the author responded with the following short blurb and his permission to reprint his work 
   ďTim Orden is marooned on Maui with only himself to blame.  He will drink with 
     anyone, for any reason.  If you find yourself on Maui, at the beach, staring at an aging, 
     long haired, kinda Filipino windsurfer,.... ask him if he'd like to go out for a beer. If he 
     says, "let's go", you just met the author.Ē 

Bird's Eye View:
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CURRANTS... Letters to the Editor
Easy Rider...
Sit N SailWith the going rate of 1,000 words equal to a picture, my counterpart in the North Texas Wind Riders, their editor Brian Cunningham, has posted the following argument for why you should buy one of those new very wide boards.  Of course a video would be much more useful to demonstrate the proper step jibe-chair slide maneuver but weíll have to settle for this single still shot for now.   Rumor has it that Windsurfing Hawaii is already testing a new light weight full carbon framed deck chair with fleece seat and backrest materials which they hope to have available by the Spring sailing season so you too can enjoy the full benefits of widestyle sailing.. 

From one of our New Mexico members
New Mexico Update - Silt, Endangered Species, Drought, & Politics
     For years, the New Mexico Windsurfing Association [NMWA] has lusted over a potential windsurfing site, Jemez Canyon Reservoir. Being the closest lake to the majority of New Mexico's windsurfers population in Albuquerque, and geographically located to take advantage of the prevailing wind direction,  Jemez would be a prime windsurfing/small boat sailing location. However,  past Native American tribal governments have never allowed public access to the lake [since the era of windsurfing], which sits on the Pueblo of Jemez.  The NMWA has lobbied the tribal government numerous times, because tribal chiefs and their council are elected annually, to no avail.
     As a result, of both a region wide drought for the past few years and complex politics between numerous local, state, federal, and tribal agencies [great potential for Hollywood to make a 'China Town-II'], Jemez now sits empty. The lack of water is the result of lapsed siltation agreements along with regulations and remediation efforts to impact endangered species [Silvery Minnow for one]. Ironically, Jemez Canyon has become a muddy killer of migratory birds that become stuck in the drying, muddy, lake-bottom sediments.
     Unless there is a noticeable political climate change and the Southwest has bountiful precipitation for the next few years, it looks like Jemez will stay empty [more than likely, for at least the next two years] and efforts to windsurf there remain moot.
Barry Ritchey NMWA  (and CCWA too)

Electric Newsletter?
Times are changing and as the Commodore has made it rather clear that our bank account is getting slim while our income is also dropping, it seems necessary to cut costs wherever possible.  One of the largest drains on the clubís finances is the newsletter.  Despite cutting corners, the average newsletter costs the club about $150 for each issue.  Very little of that cost is offset by add revenue and the price of paper, printing, and stamps have gone up rather dramatically over the years.  One solution to this dilemma is to make the newsletter available in a printable electronic format which would arrive on your PC rather than via the mail.  It would mean a bit more work for me each month but after the initial setup hassles, it probably wonít take me any longer than it does now if you deduct half of the time I spend labeling, stamping and stapling.  It would be a voluntary thing and those who really want their copy to arrive as it always has via the US Mail will be able to continue in that fashion.  If half of the membership would agree to the newer e-mailed version, the savings would certainly help the clubís coffers.  The only differences between the e-mail and regular US Mail versions would be that the e-mail version would offer color photos rather than the printed versionís black and white shots and the e-mail would arrive sooner than the fastest mailman could deliver it.  If you donít have a computer or simply hate to use the one you have, this is obviously not an option.  If you do have a PC and donít view it as the enemy, would you be willing to give it a try ?  We will discuss this at the January meeting and at some point poll the entire membership.  Let me know what you think of the idea.

WHATABURGER  2002   THE SERIES
To be decided...
Volunteers Wanted:  The club sponsored events, both races and fun events, need people to help out on and before the events.  This is particularly true for the US Open.  One year, the CCWA was a sponsor and had a booth at the Open; but we didn't have sufficient help to man the booth throughout the event.  We don't want that to happen again!  Similarly, other events suffered because of a lack of help.  How about volunteering your help this year?  Just phone an event coordinator and offer some help.
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Mail To: CCWA,  PO Box 81453, Corpus Christi, TX  78468
Annual memberships are from Jan. through Dec.  Members Joining after Oct. are credited for the next year.


 
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