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Commodore's Notes: Old Faces & Familiar Friends
I found some old friends and familiar faces at the last meeting. Thanks to the efforts of Nancy and Hal Hamilton, we had quite a turnout for the monthly party. It was a real blast from the past in that it was well attended. We were able to get going with the plans for this next years’ sailing season. I have asked club members to help organize sailing events for the season. To get the ball rolling, I decided to host a day of sailing on the bay. I chose the new Corpus Christi A&M beach as the event site. We plan to have a variety of things to do both on the water and off. The A&M beach is a great spot for a days fun. We plan to have a volleyball tournament, beach croquet, as well as some great sailing. The launch provides us with a start for a short downwinder to Swantner Park. Swantner is located on the bay, in front of my neighborhood. We plan to move from there over to my home for a bar-b-que and some time in the pool. So, mark your calendar for the second Saturday in June.
Other events are now planned as well. The Austin Windsurf club is coming to Bird Island in April.* Our club is going to host a day of sailing that weekend. We hope to get a good turnout and then have some sort of beach party in the evening. It will be a great chance to meet the Austin crowd and enjoy a day on the Laguna. Nancy had an interesting idea for the July session. We thought about some sort of triathlon. Perhaps a bike ride, then a kayak course, followed by a trip around the buoys. Once again, Bird seems like the best location for this event.
The racing scene is warming up. Guy Racette is organizing a practice series for those that want to hone their course racing skills. They are planning some dates prior to the Open to allow the competitors get in shape prior to the Memorial Day event. In addition, the racers are joining in the Wednesday night boat series. They will have some fun racing the fleet as well as showing off their skills. Contact Guy for information for this series. In addition, Jennifer mentioned that the Racettes would be hosting a clinic at South Padre prior to the Blow Out. Wouldn’t it be great to get a group to make the trip and represent the Corpus sailing scene!
So, the year is off to a good start. We have some great opportunities to enjoy our time together. I hope that we will see you on the water.
Seeya on the water, Chip
* As of this time the April 20th AWC road trip is not certain. None the less, the CCWA will invade Bird on the 20th for a day of sailing and fun. Details will be disclosed in next month’s Currents. Meanwhile, mark it on your calendar because we will be there with or without the Austin crew.
BIFF ANNOUNCES SATURDAY NOT-A-BURGER RACE SERIES
ARE YOU GONNA FINISH EATING THAT UPPER CRUST?
Editor's Puffs: by
2002 CCWA Activities Schedule
Bay Water Quality Study Finally
Gorge Launches Threatened With Closure
Toll-Free Legislative Hotline: 1-800-562-6000 Spring Creek Hatchery
State Park is in Skamania County; Maryhill in Klickitat County; and Crow
Butte in Benton County. For Klickitat & Skamania Counties, District
Lake Texana Event... April 6 &
Dec., Jan., & Feb. '01-'02
|The good news is that winter is almost over. I shouldn’t really
complain, but it does give John and I something to do during the off-season.
We have actually had it pretty mild since fall and I am just whining because
an Arctic front blew through a couple days ago and that always puts us
in a foul mood. But now that March has officially arrived, happy
days are here again. The “Palapa of Knowledge” is now fully functional
and thoroughly field tested and the bulk of our 2002 rental fleet is on
site and ready to go.
Weekly Forecast Retired: Speaking of email, I regret to inform you that after several years, Worldwinds is out of the emailed weekly forecast business. John and I want to thank Roy Tansil for all of his effort in producing the forecast for much longer than either John and I have been living in Corpus. That’s another way of saying that I don’t even know how long he did it. The problem, it seems, is that Roy has upgraded to XP and his computer gags every time he tries to produce a forecast. The good news is that our website three day forecast with John’s “This is what’s actually happening on the beach” synopsis/prognosis is only a few keypunches away at www.worldwinds.net/wind_forecast.asp. You can still hear Roy’s Rants (his word, not mine) every month in his capacity as the longtime Newsletter Editor of the Corpus Christi Windsurfing Association. If you don’t already belong, go to our links page and join up.
Texas State Championships: Worldwinds has once again been invited to help out at the Texas State Championships. John will be traveling to Lake Whitney in late April to run the advanced teaching clinics. This is a fun and very well run event and we hope to see some of you there. John is always looking for a familiar face to share a cold beverage with after a hard day of teaching.
Worldwinds Online Store: Our new online store is up and running at www.worldwinds.net/store.asp and we are already filling orders. Keep in mind that we are giving you discounts on almost all items and are introducing the store by offering free shipping on major items like boards, booms, masts, and sails. If you purchase a new F2 board and take delivery at Bird Island, I will pass along the same discount and throw in a brand new True Ames Blade Weed fin as a complete freebie to make up for no free shipping!!! Come out and try the new boards. The Max 2 Airs and Wizzards are very sweet and if you try and buy, the rental is free.
Mystic Harbor/Worldwinds Package: We still have some availability on our Mystic Harbor/Worldwinds accommodations/full rig package. Stay a week at our Mystic Harbor one bedroom fully furnished condo with great landscaped courtyard with pool and hot tub and sail with all equipment at Bird Island. The price is only $575.00 per person double occupancy. The unit sleeps 4 and kids only pay if they sail. Make reservations at www.worldwinds.net/accomodations.asp
Website 2002 Update: The 2002 website is progressing with more changes to come. Besides the introduction of the Online Store, you may have noticed some pretty cool flora and fauna photos in our introduction to the National Seashore on the Home Page. All the photos in the middle box were taken by Ranger Phil Slattery and scanned onto disk by Dennis Owen at Park Headquarters. Thanks, guys. Every time you enter the Worldwinds web site you will see a different photo in the box. Check it out at www.worldwinds.net and keep watching the site. The windsurfing slide show will also be returning in the top right corner sometime soon.
Just Short of Famous Again Dept. The March issue of National Geographic has an interesting article on the protection that Padre Island, Texas (that’s us) provides the mainland US against rising seas and storms. Hey, maybe that’s why they call it a barrier island. It is an interesting piece about the environmental/development complexities that actually started before condos with cattle grazing in the 1800’s. Give it a read even if they didn’t mention Worldwinds. Now how could they have possibly missed us? We’re not exactly unknown, you know.
That’s it from here, Don @ Worldwinds
|CURRANTS... Letters to the Editor|
|The North Texas Wind
Riders wish to announce:
Texas State Championships and Windsurfing Festival
when: April 27th-28th, 2002 (arrival on the 26th is recommended)
where: McCown Valley Park, Lake Whitney, Texas
what: Two days of racing, clinics, kids events and parties
why: Just because it's still a free country
The volunteer staff (and there's 15 of us)
got together tonight to figure out what long term work we haven't done.And
we're actually in pretty good shape. We have support from Mariner
Sails, Sailworks, Starboard and Homebrew Headquarters already lined up,
with more one the way.
E-mails from curious Racers:
To: Greg (Aguera),
From: Greg Aguera Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2002 12:39 PM
Ed’s Note: We’ll have more on this in next month’s issue of Currents
|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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