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Commodore's Notes: CCWA- Not the Same But Still CCWA
So, we had our big party last Saturday. Those of us that were there had a chance to discuss what direction the club is taking for next year. The discussions centered on who will take the job of event director and what type of events will we host. First, let me report that no one has stepped up to take on the position of Event Director. So, we have no plans for next year and no racing schedule. That was fine for the group. Secondly, the issue of insurance and liability has again come to the forefront of our discussions. During the last year, I along with other members of the executive committee worked to take the club into the “Incorporated/Non-Profit” realm of organization. We felt it was a goal that needed to be reached. Our biggest concern was that we might be creating an entity that would have no future. By that, I mean, why go to the trouble if no one is going to step forward and lead the club next year, much less the year after that. So, after many months of tweaking the proposition, we have dropped the idea due to lack of interest. Now we have suffered our first casualty amongst the board as one member has tendered his resignation. His primary concern is our inability to restrict the liability of the board for the actions of the club. So, it’s time for a little ‘damage control”. Here’s the plan as discussed by the club members present at the meeting. Despite our attempts to incorporate the Kiter’s, we have had no real success in bringing in new members from that fold. So, the Corpus Christi Windsurfing Association is destined to remain just that, a Windsurfing Association. We wish the members of the Kiting community well and hope that they can come together and create an independent organization that will serve their sport well. The CCWA will no longer host any kiting events. I worked to make last years Whataburger Series into a Combination Event but that work went un-rewarded as the kiters proved to be a big no-show. I’m sorry that this effort was not better received.
So, we’re back in the Windsurfing business. I poled the members as to what they wanted the clubs primary focus to be. The future looks like a series of Fun Events designed to celebrate our joy of sailing. We want to promote our sport and the sailing opportunities that the Coastal Bend has to offer. We hope to host more Fun Sailing events at the various local spots. We have such a variety to offer. With so many different launches, each with it’s own charm, let’s not get caught in the Cole Park trap. It’s time to acknowledge that the majority of the members don’t race any longer and many never sail at that spot. So, let’s break with tradition and focus on the other spots around the bay. Each of us needs to find a way to showcase our favorite spot. The best day sailing is one spent with friends. Whether flat water, bay chop, or Port A’s swells, we all enjoy the camaraderie that comes with sailing together. One of my pet jokes is that we have become a series of windsurfing groups. Jeff and I are the Poenisch Association. Dick and Arlene, Crab, Woody, Marilyn, Roy and Monte are the Lagunatics. Phil is Cole Parker. Guy and Jennifer are the Ropes Riders. Others comprise the Bird Bunch. Then there are the splinter groups; The Port A Wave Worshippers, The Fish Passers, The Bob Hall Beach Junkies, etc…Which just serves to reinforce the point that we have so many members with such a variety of interests that we each need to try to host a day of sailing at our favorite spot. That , my friends, is the future of the club scene.
What’s new in racing?
by Guy Racette
Editor's Puffs: by
by Barry Ritchey
July, Aug., & Sep. '01
|by Don Jackson
FALL HAS FALLEN, and along with it, the temps. Every day this past week we have seen sunny skies with highs in the low to mid-eighties. Even the water has dropped significantly from August hot tub levels. The big question on the beach these days seems to be: “Do I need my shorty?” Evidently, the correct answer is no- unless you ask anyone on the Worldwinds staff besides Matt. Matt has no nerve endings and John and I are total wimps when it comes to anything cold besides beer, so our advise on the “to wetsuit or not to wetsuit” issue is very suspect. You can still trust our advise on pretty much any other topic. Well, maybe not origami art or stem cell research…
As the seasons go, so does Worldwinds: The big news is that we are now an F2 center. That’s right, we have already received our first 2002 shipment, and by early spring should have an all F2 line-up in the rental fleet. Everyone knows that F2’s are great performance boards. The product line is a perfect match for the sailing conditions at Bird Island. Our new fleet will better match our customer sailing preferences, from the 85-liter Air shortboard to the 188- liter Phoenix 320 longboard. We can order you any brand new 2002 F2 at very competitive prices. We are also selling all of our 2001 Bic boards to make room for these new arrivals. Now is the time to make us an offer on the 10 or so Bics still in stock.
Some other good news is that we can ship 2002 Gaastra sails and Fiberspar masts and booms right to your door. When the 2002 line is available, we will have a “Worldwinds Store” page on our web site with product and ordering information.
Speaking of our web site, it is also undergoing a major overhaul. Look for several changes in content and display. We really appreciate all the positive comments we get about our site and want to keep improving on what we already have. Look for a more organized home page, a simplified menu bar, better-integrated streaming videos with the tip of the month, and a more visual presentation of the Worldwinds/Padre Island National Seashore experience. Thanks to Bart Marak for his ongoing web mastering. And thanks also go out to Mike Rivera for his very helpful suggestions. John has been fine-tuning the 2002 teaching curriculum and will be making a few changes. What is already a very successful program will get even better. We hope to finally have the accompanying workbooks and videos for the entire curriculum available for purchase.
And then there are some other changes that we are very excited about and hope to be able to pass along soon. We want Worldwinds to always be a “work in progress”. With your continued support, we plan to keep it that way. John, Matt, and I want to thank each and every one of you who took a lesson, rented a board or sail, bought something, or just hung out on the beach with us. Thanks to you, we had a great year. More important, we had great fun and the year is far from over.
TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE DEPT: Following up on last months Bee invasion, we were informed that the bees in question were suspected to be the Africanized Killer Bee variety. Best that we didn’t know at the time.
FALL EQUIPMENT /ACCOMMODATION SPECIALS CONTINUE:
|CURRANTS... Letters to the Editor|
|E-mail from Barry Ritchey
You gotta try one of the really wiiiide boards... Any variety - Baked Lays or Charles Chips... For winds less than 20, they are pretty amazing. Going out on a raceboard can now actually be more fun and less work. For winds over 20, most folks would prefer to be on something a little smaller [less than 70-80cm wide], unless racing. And yes, they are much easier to sail than a looong 12' raceboard, i.e. AHD Eliminator, Equipe I&II, F2 Lightning, etc. I agree with Guy- the way they just motor over chop is amazing, but the brain doesn't want to believe it. Only neg is those looong fins for shallow water locations. But I know that Curtis makes low aspect ratio fins to deal with this problem. I believe there are a 33 and 40 version that people run on the wide boards. I've sailed Bird with a 50 and that's about as long a fin as I care to roll the dice with. Although I haven't sailed one yet, the Star FreeFormula line might be interesting to check into. Seems strange to now consider a Techno narrow, when 2 years ago it was wide.
With the arrival of the new line of Star Formula boards, perhaps 155's and 175's will pop onto the market at a decent price as they become 'old' technology. BTW, the 155 is really a 130 something in volume and the 175 is something like a 150 something in volume. Star defends this by calling it 'virtual' or 'apparent' volume. The 155 that I raced on was the most 'fun' raceboard that I have ever sailed. It puts the ProTechs and Seatrends that I have sailed to shame. It has a lot of strap options to suit the sailor's ability and you can also run the straps more inboard for using shorter fins.
Ed’s Note: The above e-mail was in response to a question I asked Barry (a long time racer who began racing when longboards ruled) I wanted to know if you were a competent long board sailor, would you find a wide board easier to race.
|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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