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Commodore's Notes: The Etiquette of Cole Parking (or how to keep things Rosey)
by Commode Chip Biery
For years, sailing has been popular at Cole Park/ Oleander. On good days, the parking lot is overflowing, people are parked parallel along Ocean drive. The overflow soon spills over to Ropes. Lately; a parking spot has become a treasure. During The Open, all the parks, from one end of Ocean Drive to the other, had many sailors and kiters looking for a space. The Open was the spectacle that we had hoped for. More people are coming to watch the event. We took the kids from the neighborhood and had a great day. We also had to park behind the church and carry our stuff down to the event sight. But that was an incredible situation. It was inspiring to see whole families coming to the bluff to sit and watch the event. With the addition of the kiters, the parade of watersports along Ocean Drive is once again drawing large numbers of spectators. However, from that success arises the Etiquette of Cole Parking. Simply put; let me remind you to park only in the marked spaces. In addition, please keep you gear from sprawling out onto the bike path. That new path is becoming an attraction in itself as more bikers, skaters, and runners are passing through the sailing parks. Visitors to our bay are making a stop at Oleander their first destination. We want the tourists to see a pleasant spectacle. Most visitors to the parks leave with a desire to try their hand at kiting or sailing.
Recently a club member tested the issue of parking on the grass. He was in the act of being ticketed for having his wheels on the curb. Others have received tickets during peak days, when they parked on the grass. Simply put…..Don’t park on the grass. You will get a ticket! That means no trailer tires over the curb, no rubber in contact with plant matter. Lastly, should you be asked to move a wheel off the grass and back onto the road-bed, refrain from making any kind of salute to the Parking Gods who sent the Parking police to accost you. Perhaps you heard the amusing anecdote about “The Gesture”. Okay, I know it was a salute.
The city is getting more funds to improve the parks. Those funds are being spent to make the parks a real tourist draw. With the additions of the picnic spots, palm trees, and bike paths, the parks are becoming a favorite place to look out onto the bay. Let’s remember that we have to share it. Chip
Editor's Puffs: by
Sightings: Wave Day at Port
Go Fly A Kite
Dear sailing fans,
2nd U S Cellular U S Open Kiteboarding
Action from the ‘01 Open &Guy
Racette’s view on the races
We'll get 'em next year!
BIRD ISLAND TO CAUSEWAY
Please call me and let me know if you are interested in doing a downwinder.
There will be several events for all. Please come and join us. Enjoy
visiting with old friends, making new friends, sailing and a BAR B Q dinner
for a donation of $5.00. You don't need to bring a dish only your beverage.
However, if you have a favorite desert it will be welcome. This is RSVP
- call 949-0232.
NOTE: As of May 16, the wind peak data is being taken from iwindsurf.com sensors rather than NOAA’s airport sensor. That day I was being pummeled by winds in the mid 30’s, overpowered at times on a 4.6 only to read in the next day’s newspaper that the peak wind was 16 mph. That was the last straw! From now on the peak wind data will report only daylight winds from iwindsurf.com sites on the water. Roy
Mar., Apr., & May '01
|I must be getting old. I never thought I would see the day when I would
actually be happy to get a break from having way too much fun. March “Roared
in like the Lion” with Andy Brandt and gang and promptly forgot it’s “going
out like a Lamb” ending. Several seven-day weeks later, the Memorial Day/US
Open dust has settled and things are kinda back to normal. As I sit here
sipping my Ensure and dredging my memory (now there’s another problem that
we won’t get into) I don’t even know where to start to capsule all that
A typical week might have been the one where John woke up in the middle of a Thursday night and realized that Worldwinds was teaching all of the clinics at the Texas State Championships on Saturday and Sunday at Lake Whitney. When we opened shop on Friday, John asked me how to get to Lake Whitney. Of course I gave him my smart acre: ” how should I know, I’m new here too, and why would you want to know that?” reply. After it became obvious why he actually would want to “know that”, we scrambled to rearrange the weekend teaching schedule, dug out the camping equipment, and threw together a portable drag board. As to the how to get there part, it was decided to buy a map on the expense account and figure it out on the way. Neither one of us knew it was a seven hour drive- one-way. John did make that minor detail very clear to me on his return and, as usual, gave a stellar clinic performance. A good time was had by all at a very well organized event.
Another typical week might have been the day when I was giving my “Board Room” lecture to a new guest and started telling him all about the Bic Techno series boards. Now, anyone who knows me by now knows that I am not very technical. As it turns out, the guest was Bruno Boursier, the West Coast Techno champ for the past two years running. “And of course you notice that the volume in the tail makes this board very easy to plane in light to moderate wind conditions, etc.” Bruno is a very nice guy and I had to drag out of him the fact that he actually did pretty much understand how a Techno board works.
We wrapped up the Memorial Day weekend by being slammed at the beach with lessons and rentals while at the same time giving hundreds of free land simulator lessons at the US Open. Speaking of well-organized events, we should all be proud of how this year’s event went down. The turn out was great and the racing was better.
STOP THE PRESSES DEPT: On June 30th, Worldwinds was to be the proud host of the 1st Annual “The New Guys At Worldwinds 1st Anniversary/ I Can’t Believe They Haven’t Run Us Out Of Town Yet BBQ” Once we finally got around to actually looking at a calendar, and by no coincidence after talking with Dick Ward, it became apparent that the CCWA was scheduled for the Bird to Causeway Race on July 14th. Several minutes of tense 12th hour negotiations in a smoke filled room produced a merger of epic proportions. Worldwinds and the CCWA could join forces in a joint venture
“We Don’t Have a Clue What To Call It, But It Will Be One Heck-Of-A Party” Party. Actually, I’m quite certain the event will eventually end up with a proper name selected by the Name The Event committee. Luckily, I offered to help out with the Keep The Beverages Cold committee so it will be out of my hands. The basic idea will be just to have fun. On the water events might include team relay races, a King Ranch out and back, a Laguna Madre Scenic Tour Enduro, and maybe a One Design Hi-Fly Primo race as well. Worldwinds would supply the boards for the Primo race and to handi-cap the racers, pick each participants trainer sail. I think we decided to ask for a $5.00 donation to help cover the BBQ, fix-ins, soft drinks, and plates and cutlery for those who actually intend to use them. That way, nobody has to mess with potluck. Who knows, there may even be prizes! We will have a sign-up sheet at the Worldwinds Executive Office Container and I bet you could sign up with Dick at the next CCWA meeting. Worldwinds wants to show our thanks to everyone who helped make our first spring season a great success. We especially want to thank all of you locals for making John, Matt and I feel at home. You know who you are. You are the ones who keep telling us that you started coming out to Bird long before those pesky fowls gave the place it’s namesake, when there were palm trees lining the white sandy beach, and when the wind blew 35-40 every single day.
Speaking of palm trees, join Worldwinds on a seven day trip to Aruba. We will depart on August 6th and will spend seven days windsurfing and experiencing Aruba from a "home boys" point of view - all for $699.00/person including daily clinics with John.. Call or e-mail for details. Finally, on June 2nd we are having a Kids Only free intro to windsurfing from 9AM to 12 Noon. Then, on June 16 we will run a Kids Only Windsurfing Camp. Call us for more info. Who knows, the next Phil McGain might be living right here in Corpus Christi! Sorry Phil, you made us old guys proud but it’s still way late for my nap. That’s it from here. Don@Worldwinds
|CURRANTS... Letters to the Editor|
| How about Corpus Christi Windriders
Assn. for a new name. It keeps the CCWA initials, yet covers what windsurfers
and kiters get off on most, we both enjoy riding the wind. Although
they are distinctly separate sports, the ability to work together as an
organization should benefit both groups.
To our new parking liaison officer: I realize finding a space on weekends and holidays can be a problem, but regardless of the day, sailors/ kiters who jump the curb and park on the grass deserve a ticket. I find this similar to those skaters downtown who like to "grind" on the seawall. It not only damages the facilities, but ruins the image of others who are not involved. Tom Seymour
I am writing to you to try to raise awareness of safety issues that
affect windsurfers, and to pass on some knowledge that might save a life.
Here in Austin there was a fatality when a windsurfer down in the water
was struck by a motor boat. The driver didn't see because the sun was in
his eyes. Lately there have been hit and run incidents at other Texas
sailing sites as well as deliberate acts of driving boats too close to
sailors. Then a few weeks ago on a very windy day our local sailing site
was closed by the public safety office after several people had to be rescued
by emergency services. I was very upset by this latter incident, but after
speaking to the authorities concerned I realized that they had to act this
way because they had used their entire fuel supply searching for a sailor
reported to be in trouble, but who had made their own way ashore. Here
are a few tips for defensive sailing.
|WHATABURGER 2001 THE SERIES|
#6 - Jun 10 @ Bird Island Basin
...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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