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Commodore's Notes: Sick Leave by Chester Hulme
Well there I was. Spending some quality time on the water over a couple of weeks time with my wife helping her with her jibe with the able assistance of Chip Biery. So I took advantage of the time on flat water to practice my short board tack. Plan was no jibes, tacks only. Lo and behold I actually started making some. I was well on my way towards my secret plan to replace Craig Greenslit at the front of the pack when suddenly I'm off the water for 3-6 weeks. A little minor surgery, but as I sit on the couch every afternoon and watch the trees start to bend I realized how good a season it has been. Take advantage while you can. I expect to be back on the water in 2 or 3 more weeks so the wind is bound to lay down.
We have been discussing the possibility of approaching the city/county about the creating launch site/sites on the mainland side of the Laguna Madre, but the other day I was flipping through the channels and watched the city council budget presentations. It happened that the parks and recreation department was having their presentation. Bad news! They are proposing cutting ALL new construction out of the budget so if there is interest in this project we need to get going on it. Any one interested in chairing a committee on the subject?
See you on the water. -- Chester
Ed's Note: Chester's 'minor surgery' went well and he's back home healing
(and driving Pam crazy). I'd hate to see what Chester calls major
by Roy Tansill
Editor's Puffs: by
Easy-Uphaul Deal for Currents
April, May, & June '00
|By Randy Roper
Greetings from Bird! WOW, is it ever going to stop blowin'? I can count on one hand the number of non-planing wind days we have had since May. We have been blessed with strong and steady thermals almost every day this month. Not to mention most of the mornings have been accompanied by a South wind near 15. Who could ask for anything more?
I have so much to tell you I hardly know where to start. First, Worldwinds has purchased a radar gun for the purpose of bringing back the Bird Island speed trials. Since one of the greatest thrills of Bird is to go out overpowered and crank up the speed on the downwind leg just inches from the shallows, its time to find out who really is the fastest on the beach. So, every Saturday at 3:00 pm (wind permitting) one of our staff members will be out on the water clocking the sailors. The fastest sailor every week will receive a new Worldwinds speedster t-shirt along with their name and speed posted on our bulletin board and our website. This event is free to all Bird Island sailors. Keep in mind that we probably won't know everybody by name for a while, so if you see we are gunning you, give us some help on letting us know your name until we get to know everyone better.
Next, I believe it is in the best interest of Worldwinds to take on a business partner. With my primary residence being San Antonio, Worldwinds will run more efficiently with someone local who has a vested interest in the success of the business. Enter Don Jackson, a family man who has been sailing the Carribean for the past five years, has recently relocated to Corpus Christi and has decided to join the Worldwinds team. Don and I have the same vision for Worldwinds and share the same strategic plan for its success. He is an architect and a construction contractor and a heck of a nice guy. So come out and meet him- you will surely like him. His son Matt, a rigmaster at Worldwinds, has worked at Sailboard Vacations in Aruba and is a terrific sailor. He will be going back to school in August but will definitely be around quite a bit.
In addition to the Jacksons, Charlie Weakly is here for the summer and has recently completed his US Sailing instructor course. He is attending UT Austin and is an honor student in the college of engineering. He will be instructing a number of our beginner classes along with being one of our rigmasters. Unfortunately, he too will be leaving to go back to school in August.
Don and I want you to know that we are committed to keeping Worldwinds open year around. During the slow seasons we will probably go to weekends only, but be rest assured, Worldwinds will remain on the beach at Bird all year long.
Last, but certainly not least, I would like to say fairwell to my good friend Vicki Duncan. She is SOLELY responsible for making Worldwinds a success, and she will be dearly missed. I have tried my hardest to get her to stay on, but she is done. Vicki, thank you for everything. I hope God will keep you and bless you with great wind all the days of your life. Our prayers go with you now and forever. Goodbye my friend.
|CURRANTS... Letters to the Editor|
Nancy, Pete and I were run off of Corpus Christi beach on June 4th---the threat being a $3000 fine but NO ONE knew what the law actually was. After three weeks of investigating, Barbra at the Mayor's Office tracked down what is actually in print and is sending it to me. It comes via Parks and Wildlife from a little know clause that makes it a $500 fine for anything resembling a vessel, motor or otherwise to come within 50 feet of a swimmer anytime, anywhere. On the Bay it is enforced by the Marina Patrol pretty much from Spring Break til after Bayfest.
If you go down to the old catamaran launch, you're probably safe from the swimmers, as that is a very inhospitable piece of earth. Did some time there, and you have to have a 4-wheel drive to even get close to the water. None the less, when the wind is hard out of the south, some good fun can be had there. Unless you like flat water, of course.
See ya on the water - - - - - - -Hal
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