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Commodore's Notes: Going to get Really Busy in the Windsurfing Community by Chester Hulme
We have our season kickoff Shrimp Boil party after the Screaming Reach on March 11th. If you haven’t made one of these parties, make this one your time. Lots of fun.
Speaking of the Screaming Reach, I plan on including a casual downwind fleet this year for those that don’t care to make a race of it. If you’ve never done a casual downwind sail on the bay now’s the time to take advantage and sail with a buddy. We will divide the casual sailors into groups of 2 or 3 and take your time jibing downwind. The view from the water is great! Arrangements will be made to either shuttle cars to Oleander before the event or return after. Currently, we have not secured final approval for base access, though we are still trying so the event will start at Poenish Park. Skippers meeting at 1:00 pm. Event start at 2:30 pm. We will extend the race portion to increase the distance. Water event will be $10 entry to defray cost of chase boat, and Shrimp Boil will be $10. Let’s all participate and make this kickoff event a success! Volunteers needed to spot event finish, and for Shrimp Boil
Speaking of volunteers. The club will be sponsoring the shrimp boil on Saturday at the Women’s Clinic to be held at WorldWinds on weekend of April 1st & 2nd. The net proceeds from this meal will be donated to the women’s purse at the U.S. Open. We expect around 100 people at the meal. I NEED HELP!!!!!!. We will need to arrange for boiling pots, ice chests for hot food, ice chests for ice, water containers, servers, cleanup , etc, etc, etc.
We also need a volunteer to coordinate this years Boy Scout seminars at the U.S. Open. This person will be responsible to coordinate with E.M. Marketing to organize and run the seminars on Saturday and Sunday at the U. S. Open. We have a plan from last year to build upon. Someone please step up on this one.
The Whataburger Race Series is set to kickoff with the first event on March 25th. We WILL include a 1HR Classic style figure 8 course for those who prefer this verses course race. The figure 8 course is scheduled to start each event day at 4:30. Entry for this fleet will be minimal.
Don’t forget to sign up early to assist at the U.S. Open. The club’s continued volunteer support is essential to help make this event a success. Sorry about the broken record about volunteering, but these events won’t run themselves.
See you on the water. -- Chester
Racing Primer Chapter VI
by Guy R.
Editor's Puffs: by
SERIES by: Nick Antrobus
The insert stuffed hastily into last month’s CURRENTS was the announcement of the grand opening of Sunset Lake Park in Portland. I had received a call from Naismith Engineering the day after getting the issue printed requesting CCWA support at the opening. It turned out that the caller was actually a DuPont employee, one of several corporate sponsors (Koch Refinery also), and what they wanted was a gaggle of windsurfers, kayaks, canoes, even small sailboats to provide a backdrop for the ceremonies. The opening was promised to produce much media attention and a requisite crowd of politicians all wanting a backdrop of folks enjoying the new park. I browsed the two flyers noting how things seem to have changed. A coalition of politicians and corporate big wigs built this park and their brochure read as if Green Peace had written it. No motor driven craft allowed on the lake (excluding needed emergency/police vehicles), birding trails, wade fishing. Being very suspicious of the above two groups I had to admit that they did a good job regardless of their motivation.
Sunset Lake is potentially a fine speed sailing site. Its rather narrow but you could leisurely jibe or tack a long board from the middle third of the lake. It’s depth was said to be 12’ in the middle and the banks drop off nicely making beach starts possible three short board lengths from shore regardless of the fin length. The lake’s length runs NNE to SSW making the opening’s marginal SE 10-15 winds almost a beam reach either way along the lake’s length. Nick Antrobus was the first to sale the park beating both Karl Schuler and I to the warm salt water. After the opening, the only route into the park will be by taking a right at Moore Ave. after crossing the harbor bridge heading toward Portland. Take the right on Moore continue east and you’ll see the signs directing you to the Park. This place would be explosive in those early morning cold front accompanying Northern winds. The NE end of the lake does get shallow near its Eastern side but the middle had plenty of depth. The only amenities are a few spot-a-pots on the fringe of a paved parking area. From this parking lot you’ll have to carry your gear to the beach (about 60’). For the opening we were permitted to drive onto the broader area of beach but bollard's had to be removed to gain access- they were put back in place as I exited.
While we sailed, Commodore Chester negotiated with the park management to make the new park a half way point for a Whataburger long distance race and our new PR Officer, Barbara Antrobus, met all the media folks. Its a nice addition to our sailing options, a speed ditch nearby Corpus- give it a try.
6000 Quick Tip Mast (extremely light!), and many other great prizes at the
Windsurf Women Instructional Fair
Welcoming party on Friday evening, a beach party on Saturday evening and a Grand Prize Raffle late Sunday afternoon. Concurrently, there will be a kids’ Kamp for the Children of the participants. There will be no charge for the clinics and a nominal charge for the Kid’s Kamp.
Register online at:
WHEN: APRIL 1 & 2, 2000
WHERE: WorldWinds at Bird Island Basin in the Padre Island National Seashore near Corpus Christi
CALL WorldWinds AT 1-800 793-7471 FOR MORE INFO
The 2000 U.S. Cellular US Open press release is on the US Open Page.
The cartoon is on the cartoons
Dec, '99; Jan, & Feb, '00
|WINDSURFWOMEN.COM INSTRUCTIONAL FAIR-
A BENEFIT FOR THE US OPEN
By Vicki Duncan
Sponsored by: Windsurf Magazine, Carib Bic Center, Aerotech Sails, AboGear, Chinook, Bic Sport, Gaastra Sails, Gulftech, Coolcats Web Design, Crankin' Downhaul Tool, Fiberspar, Tico Winds and Rock River Lodge of Costa Rica, US Open, Corpus Christi Windsurfing Assoc., Rocky Mountain Windsurfing Assoc., Mariner Sails and WorldWinds.
Let's pray for good weather April 1&2, over 80 women have signed up for the Instructional Fair. 16 free clinics per day taught by women from all over the US. Local sailors Jennifer Racette and Meg Jones will both be teaching and also Ginny Walters, a former Corpus Christi resident. As of now there are 8 female instructors. But I would love to have a couple of more females to instruct, so if you want to volunteer, give me a call. Thankfully, there is a lot of industry support for this. We have vacations and windsurfing equipment to auction off so come for some good deals too. The profits are going to the women's purse of the US Open. Everyone is invited but the clinics are for women only. I just know Roy is going to show up in drag but I don't think he will shave his beard or give up his pipe so we are sure to catch him. A shrimp boil on Saturday night will be sponsored by the CCWA and there will be a check-in welcoming party at Farah's night club on Padre Island on Friday evening. SHRIMP BOIL TICKETS NEED TO BE PAID FOR BY MAR. 15! Online registration has closed but if you call or come by WorldWinds at Bird Island Basin, I will take a few more. I am expecting about 100 participants. As I am worried that parking will be a problem, we may need to run a shuttle service to the Malaquite Beach parking area. I need volunteers for this! The shuttles will run from 9-10am, 11:30-1pm and at 5:00-6:00. I also need someone to be the shuttle coordinator. Also needed are big boards for teaching on and perhaps some volunteers to provide encouragement to the beginners. You don't have to be a female to volunteer! See Roy, I don't discriminate totally. There will also be a Kid's Kamp run by Austin sailor Mike Schultz and Denver sailors Leo DeVigil and Mike Charboneau. These guys are really excited about it and are putting together a fun program. The Kid's Kamp is $10/day and the minimum age is 6. Dieter Krinz will be teaching a clinic for the men. Details are still being worked out on this, depending on what the registrants want. but it appears it will a clinic for experienced sailors covering advanced jibes, early planing etc, depending on what the registrants want. "Ariel" Tsamis from Mariner Sails in Dallas will be emceeing the event. You gotta meet this "guy". Mariner Sails and also the Rocky Mountain Windsurfing Assoc. have each donated $100 to the event. You can donate too! Money or your time will both be appreciated. Check out windsurfwomen.com weekly for details and updates. You may call me at 949-7472 or email me at <email@example.com>
Thanks to everyone for their support and help.
Ed’s Note: Online registration is now closed; but if you wish to attend and are unable to register, contact Vicki Duncan and plead your case- she’ll try to fit you in.
|CURRANTS...Letters to the Editor|
|U.S. Open Committee To Be Formed
At the last CCWA meeting, a decision was made to increase the support of the U.S. Open by forming a U.S. Open Committee to assist with the organization of the event. Volunteers will be needed in several areas including Race Committee, Registration, Volunteer Coordinator, & Special Events.
Volunteers will be recognized at the event and will also receive a special U.S. Open Committee shirt. A meeting will be held at Elaine Motl's house in March at a date to be announced to finalize details and set the committee's plan of action.
The U.S. Cellular U.S. Open is in it's 13th year, one of the longest lasting events in the nation. It is also considered one of the premiere events in the nation and we are proud that it calls Corpus Christi home!! Please show your support by calling Chester Hulme ASAP to put your name on the list.
THANK YOU!!! Elaine Motl
In response to RACE ISM.
|WHATABURGER 2000 THE SERIES|
|Whataburger #1- Oleander Pt., Mar. 25...Be there and help out|
|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 U.S. Open. Last 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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