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Commodore's Notes: Whataburger 2001
Diane and I just returned from one of the best Ski trips ever! We found ourselves in waist deep powder; truly skiing heaven. We're die hards and believe that the best powder is found by those who arrive early. So, there we were, at Kirkwood, in the Sierras. This was once our home turf and we arrived very early to be amongst the first up the mountain. Standing in the lift line, along with about thirty other early birds, we took a moment to look at the competition for "First Tracks". Our first observation was that we were the seniors in the line. Second came the realization that most of the people/children were riding snowboards. There was the occasional Telemark skier to add to the variety. But the ratio of skiers to snowboarders in the die-hard, blizzard be damned, get me up the mountain early group was decidedly in the favor of the widetrackers. Up at the top , we were all equals. It was a day for the experts and regardless of the ski vs. snowboard argument, there was plenty of powder for all and way too much for some. Not for Di and myself, we were in heaven. Oh, to be able to enjoy that rush everyday.
As is my pleasure, I was able to sail the day I got back. It's been a great week in Corpus Christi for sailing. All the spots are seeing plenty of action. Now it's "Whataburger Season" on the bay and we hope to see many colorful sails and kites on the bay. Did I say Kites? Why yes indeed! Whataburger is joining us in welcoming our Kite flying cousins to play in our pageant on the bay. I am very excited about this new development. More competitors and more sights for the spectators means greater exposure for the club. It's high kite flying time that we put aside any misplaced anxiety about having a kite on the same reach as a windsurfer. The bay that we call home is certain to become one of the premier destinations for Kites just as it has for Windsurfing.
Just as the differences between snowboards and skiers have settled into a cozy relationship, so it's time to realize that the kites are here to stay. I was sailing at North Beach the other day. I was having one of the "best ever" North Beach sessions and the only ones sharing my joy were three of our most avid Kite sailors. That means Jeff, Robert and other windsurfers turned Kite sailors. You see, we know them and they are us! Let's all get excited about our spring/summer sailing season!
I don't know if Kite surfing will ever eclipse Windsurfing but I'm certain that we are going to be part of something special this year. Thanks again to the good folks at Whataburger for their support of our racing season and their willingness to help us bring another year of sailing spectacles to the Corpus Christi Bay . We're going to "What-A-Size" the sailing scene with a few of those 16 meter kites to get the spectators to stop and watch the races.
by Craig Greenslit 2001
Whataburger Series Update
Never tried racing? This year, with events at Bird, it will be
fun even for first timers- c’mon, give it a try!
Editor's Puffs: by
by Chip Biery
NPS Releases Their Final Draft Plan
by Roy Tansill
Dec., Jan., & Feb. '00-'01
|by: Randy Roper, Don Jackson & John VanLeeuwen (in that order)
Greetings from San Antonio. I wanted to write to all of you to inform you on some things that are going on in my life. First, this summer my wife and I are expecting our second baby. Samantha is pretty much sick all the time right now so I think that is a sign that it will be a boy (I hope). God must be happy with our first attempt at parenthood because he has so graciously blessed us with another. I am so excited about a new little one, kids are the greatest thing on the planet, I'm sure of it. Second, my new job is really neat. I have already setup a completely integrated online store for one of my clients, and have many more that I am working on. I love my new job, it is challenging and mentally stimulating, and I am doing something a little different everyday. For me, sitting behind a desk all day is not an option, fortunately, I don't have to, and this is definitely the right job for me. What this leads to is a choice that I have made in respect to the future of Worldwinds.
I have decided to step down. With things the way they are now my level of future participation is limited, and that is not in the best interest of the business. Don, on the other hand, is what's best for the business. A role up the sleeves and work hard kind of guy, Don definitely has what it takes to actively make Worldwinds the best it can be. And with a manager with terrific experience in this business, John has proven that he too is a hard working, honest, bust your butt kind of guy. Between the two of them, Worldwinds will prosper and stay open for many years to come. Thankfully, Don has decided to continue to allow me to manage the website and the web marketing. Thus allowing me to still be involved with the business, even though I will not be an owner anymore. To conclude, you have not seen the last of me. Bird Island is still my favorite place on the planet, and I will be there as much as I possibly can. I look forward to sailing with you, I mean, past you. :) Just kidding, but I do really look forward to seeing all of you again on the beach one day really soon. Thanks for your continued support and God bless all of you.
All for now, Randy
|CURRANTS... Letters to the Editor|
| As one of the two people
here at NTWR responsible for picking out race dates, I want to extend my
apologies to CCWA for scheduling Texas State Champs on the same weekend
as the Whataburger events. We didn't want to, but had gotten ourselves
into a crack. You see, we got read the riot act several times
last year for doing Texas State on Easter weekend. So April 14th
and 15th were out. Then we decided we didn't want to compete with
the Gulf Coast Championships, so mark off the 7th and 8th.
Then we found out that the Hatteras Windfest (which would have drawn all
the pros and industry folks that usually come to Texas State) was on the
21st and 22nd. X those days out. Well, maybe we can do it the
last weekend in March? Nope, water is too cold and Texas State
is an April event. May? Too late. Soooooo... with
great reluctance, we picked the 28th and 29th of April. On behalf
of NTWR, I'd like to thank CCWA for moving its Whataburger races up a week
so that those Corpus sailors who want to can still make the trek to Lake
Whitney. If you still don't have the scoop on Texas State, check
out the official word at: http://web2.airmail.net/bcunning/txstate.htm.
NTWR had the club meeting tonight. We voted to officially endorse Alternative 1 on the Bird RUP. We also voted to pledge $500 of the club's cash (and perhaps the same in coming years) if the Park Service does go through with A-1. Our pledge is contingent on Plan 1 being implemented.
Brian "The Dog" Cunningham North Texas Wind Riders Newsletter Editor
E-Mail from Superintendent Jock Whitworth
|WHATABURGER 2001 THE SERIES|
|Race #1 - March 24 @ Bird Island...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 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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