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Commodore's Notes: Things Change.... maybe we will too?
Well, we've completed another year of the Whataburger Series. The addition of the kites proved to be a great spectator draw. The combination of events at both Cole Park and Worldwinds/Bird Island Basin worked well. I was able to attend the first of the Bird events and had fun sailing with my buddy and fellow CCWA member, Jeff DelaGarza. The day before, Jeff had gone down to Cole Park to sail at one of the race events. He had decided to try his skills at racing. Jeff proceeded to race using his 8'4" Bassett wave board and a Sailworks slalom sail. His performance was simply astounding; he managed an eighth place against better equipped sailors. Unfortunately, we failed to draw more people like him to the events. That is why we must reassess our racing program for the Whataburgers of the future. The decline in "Racer" participation in the organization and production of the events is causing the rank and file, those people who attend the meetings, to seek a change in our agenda for the future.
The club may well be moving more into the Freestyle and Fun event format for the foreseeable future. The recent successes of The Kiting/Freestyle event promoted by Peter Nordby and the Worldwinds/CCWA fun day at Bird Island definitely prove that the Freestyle/Fun events are more capable of drawing a crowd. Although there are undercurrents of discontent with the continuing promotion of dedicated Course racing events, I don't see us abandoning that form of the sport entirely. I believe it will continue as a part of Whataburger events in the future. I have been asking many of the members what they foresee as the future of the CCWA/Whataburger events This is their vision of the future Whatabuger series. Each event would be centered around a day of Freesailing and Kiting. The safety boat will be in place to ensure that all participants are monitored. Course Racing and the organization of that portion of these events will need to be arranged by the Racers themselves. Which means that we need a committee comprised of the Racers to be responsible for putting on any course racing that may take place that day. Rather than have a limited number of sailors on the water, we want as many people playing as possible. We want to show the public the support our sponsor and our membership bring to the promotion of Windsurfing and Kiteboarding in Corpus Christi by producing exciting and fun events. What better way to do that than to provide a day of flying and sailing that the CCWA and Whataburger can be proud of. What a sight all those kites and sailboards will make on the water. Just thinking of the parking problems gives me Goosebumps. We're really working hard to make these changes a reality. We want to start the next season right by sponsoring a special, Saturday September 15, meeting to resolve these changes. We are planning a big day of sailing before the evening party. We want all the out of town kite boarders and windsurfers to have an opportunity to play together with us locals on Saturday and then meet that evening to plan next years events. The evenings events will be limited to new members and active members. This is a chance for everyone to have a voice in the future of the Windsurfing and Kiteboarding in Corpus Christi.
Editor's Puffs: by
Swimming After Dark
By Guy Racette
CON: It was going to be dark in 90 minutes.
I have to say I talked myself out of panic as I fought the nausea and
started taking my rig apart. Fortunately the mast break did not hang
up in the luff, and everything slid apart easily. I got the sail
rolled tightly and tied it to the universal and footstraps, then lashed
the boom over it and sat on top of everything and tried to use the broken
mast as a kayak paddle. My 22-inch wide board didn't offer much flotation,
however. Aside from being knocked over frequently, I couldn't make
much headway with my lower legs dragging and fighting that much wind.
For a minute there, I thought the Blue Max crew had seen me trying to paddle,
and I gave them my famous four-fingered whistle. Alas they didn't
respond, so I guess they were too far away. I gave them another finger
in case they HAD seen me.
2001 Gorge Games
by Bruce Peterson
Renee Hanks Makes Subaru Gorge Games History
at Opening Day Blowout
Kiteboarding Women Windsurfing Women
The Subaru Gorge Games will air on NBC August
26th and September 2nd check your local listings for times.
Gorge Games sponsors include: Subaru, Nautica, John Paul Mitchell Systems,
Irish Spring, SoBe, National Geographic Adventure, Salomon, EarthLink,
Yamaha, Yahoo! Sports Outdoors, City Sports NW, FullSail Brewery and American
City of Corpus Christi June 15, 2001
Dear Guy Racette:
Thank you for your letter concerning windsurfing within the Marina breakwater. Spinnaker flying, and parasailing devices, are not permitted within the Marina breakwater due to the danger posed by the possibility of this type of device accidentally hanging up on sailboat masts, light poles and other obstructions.
The Marina staff was not correct when they told you that windsurfing and sailboarding were also prohibited within the Marina breakwater. Windsurfing, sailboarding, skiing, etc. are permitted within the Marina complex as long as that activity occurs no less than 200 feet from all bulkheads and to the east side of the “no wake buoys” located within the Marina’s breakwater fairway.
I regret any inconvenience this error may have caused you. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Marco A. Cisneros, Director of Parks and Recreation, at 880-3464 or contact my office at 880-3220.
h:\pr-dir\annes\word\cars\200l\windsurang in marinaOffice of the City
Ed’s Note: The above is the reply to a letter sent by Guy Racette to City Hall following his apprehension by the Harbor Patrol for the crime of sailing inside the breakwater. He felt he was within his rights to do so and it turns out he was. I’m sure no board sailor will be flagged down by the Harbor Patrol in the near future as long as we abide by the above rules- Thanks Guy, waterproof laminated copies available upon request
May, June, & July '01
|A week or two ago, just before sunrise, I joined about 400 other folks
at Malaquite beach (just down the road from Worldwinds) to watch an impressive
amphibious assault on our National Seashore. No, the US Navy did
not jump the gun and begin military operations before receiving a formal
invitation from the Park Service. What we all came to witness was
a bunch of turtles spending their first day at the beach. Just under
200 tiny Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles were released to find their
own way to the Gulf of Mexico. As windy, busy, and fun as July has
been, I still think of that one morning as my highlight of the month.
Now don’t get me wrong, July was in no way lacking for highlights.
The month started off with the arrival of Zack and Caleb. These two
college guys are spending the summer weaving around the country on a windsurfing
road trip and have actually conned some sponsors into subsidizing their
adventure. Good for them. The last we heard, they were
in California and can’t quite figure out why they left Bird Island.
Good question, as unlike some other big time windsurfing destinations,
it has been windy here most of the month.
Yes, it has most definitely been windy most of the month. So, what’s the deal? I have now been here for two July’s and both have had good wind. Most days it has been 6.5-5.0 and I know the bay has been blowing as well. So how come all of you locals keep telling me there is no wind in the summer? Is this some kind of conspiracy to keep away the foreigners from far away places like Houston and Dallas?
And who could forget the Worldwinds/CCWA Bar-B-Que. Twenty chickens and fifteen pounds of sausage later I think a good time was had by all. It was almost worth cooking the twenty chickens just to hear the veteran Roy Tansill/ Dick Ward race team whining about losing the tandem beginner board enduro to a couple of Worldwinds out-of-towners. They claim they were fouled at the mark - Sure they were. We had around 70 guests this year and are already in the planning stages for next year’s gala event. The plan is to smoke a whole pig, complete with apple in mouth. Start making your plans now to attend our 2002 Fourth of July luau, South Texas style.
Starting in August, Worldwinds will be closed on Monday and will be open from 11 to 6 on Tuesday through Sunday.
That’s it from here, Don
|CURRANTS... Letters to the Editor|
|BIRD BASH 20 OH ONE
Worldwinds guests and CCWA members all enjoyed a wonderful day of fun on the water and a marvelous BBQ dinner. The weather and the wind complimented the day. We met and made new friends and several new members for CCWA.
Fun events bring people out and add to the attraction of being a member. Let's have more events of this kind. Many thanks to chef Don Jackson, John & Matt. Thanks also to Randy Roper furnishing his boat and officiating at the water events. Thanks to Kyle Krebs for videotaping also.
Dick & Arleen Ward
Despite the hungry horde there was plenty for all.
|WHATABURGER 2001 THE SERIES|
|See you next season.|
|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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