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CCWA CURRENTS Nov. 2000
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Commodore's Notes:  Calendar Time- Input Needed Now   by Chester Hulme
     Well here it is November and only two months until the new Commodore takes over. 
     What? We donít have a volunteer!!!  Hey folks I really wasnít kidding when I wrote that I would be unable to serve another term, so please letís have someone dust off that old civic pride and volunteer for the position.  The pension plan is great.
     Other business that needs to be addressed is the calendar for next year.  I got a notice today( Oct 31) that the USWA wants our calendar for the January issue by Nov 7th.  Looks like weíll miss that one, but the big question is what do ďYOUĒ want on the calendar and what are you willing to sponsor?  I would like this to be a major topic of  the November meeting.  Personally, I think we have had too many events scheduled during the past years and that may be a reason for dwindling participation.  What are your ideas?  I have heard everything from we schedule too far ahead, to we donít schedule the types of events that you like, to its always a race.  I give up.
     We need to get coordinated with other events (i.e.. South Padre Blowout, Texas State Championships, US Cellular US Open, etc.) and determine the Whataburger series schedule.  Do you racers want a condensed season like this year?  Do we want to reschedule the Fall series? We need input.  I would like to suggest a Spring season kickoff event/party.  Any other suggestions?
     Novemberís meeting will be held at our house and Pam has arranged for the AACN (American Association of Critical Care Nurses) to hold a CPR training class.  Invite a non-member friend to attend.  Please RSVP to Pam at 985-8385 if you plan to attend. 
See you on the water.     --   Chester

                                           Wanted: 1 Commodore - contact CCWA

Fall Race Series II     by  Craig Greenslit
  21 October 2000 - 12 sailors blazed back-n-forth at Bird as they participated in the CCWA Fall Fun Series Event #2. The event included a brief "Off the H2O" clinic on Starts: 1) Start types, 2) What do all of those flags/horns mean, 3) What do you do if you are over the starting line early, and 4) Starting strategies. On the H2O, sailors ran a figure 8 course with 6 starts. The entire fleet improved their starts throughout the day, and by the last heat they all hit the line at the red flag with full speed.   Special thanks to WorldWinds for their support!

    Men                                                            Women
1) Kyle Krebs            6) Stefan Froelich      1) Laura Miller
2) Jon Bright               7) Don Gentry           2) Stephanie Froelich
3) Eric Christianson     8) Bill Blanke
4) Nick Antrobus        9) James Bozeman
5) Brian Miller           10) Roy Tansill (injured while avoiding the start kayak)

Next race:  11/4/00 - CCWA Fall Fun Series Event #3 @ Bird
10am if a North wind, 2pm otherwise
Off the H2O clinic - Upwind Sailing - Secret Revealed

Edís Note   Look out for that kayak parked right up there on the start line- its a potential killer! 

Hey Boardheads,
     I don't know how many of you out there know me, but I've been sailing in Corpus the last 6 years, and windsurfed for the last 19, so I hopefully have some knowledge of what's going on. Which brings me to my point. I've been approached by a few of you to run for an executive board position, and wanted to make clear what my goals are for the club, if elected. (Yep, I was a poli-sci major for a while). 
     By simply observing attendance at meetings and events, I hope you agree that the club is in need of a major infusion of new blood. This is not to detract from what the present commodore is doing, because we all know what great effort he has put forth to promote our sport. My suggestion would be to incorporate kite-surfing into the club. I would lobby all windsurfers to include this sister sport of windsurfing into the CCWA. Like it or not they're here to stay, and from what I've seen, it is growing much faster than windsurfing. This would enable kite-boarders and windsurfers to resolve future access issues in a civil manner, share ideas about competition to benefit both sports, and finally, it would bring new revenue to the club. As part of this, I would suggest the Wataburger Series hold kite-surfing "freestyle" events, along the lines of the expression session held at this years US Open. Prizes would be given out just like we do with windsurfing. Again, I've done my homework, and have gotten the support from key kite-boarders in town. All we need to do is make it happen. I plan to approach our major sponsor with this idea, if elected, and expect an enthusiastic response.  Additionally, I am in the process of talking with the Houston sailors to generate support for kiting events here in south Texas.
     I don't want to leave out the folks who prefer fun events, and course racing.  I'm a big believer in both and would support the current format.  However, I'm writing to lobby the CCWA to incorporate kite-surfing into the club, and that's where I'd like to begin.  The club will elect new officers at the Christmas party, so this is your opportunity respond to my proposal. I hope for your support in keeping the CCWA strong, fresh, and fun! 
           Cheers.   Chip Ducrest

Editor's Puffs:   by Roy Tansill
    If you havenít read page 2 yet you ought to do that before you read this- its a point counterpoint thing so both sides are required to make sense of this.  First let me say I welcome Chip Ducrestís more active participation in the club with that said Iíd now like to oppose his idea of including kite sailors into the CCWA.  I get around the various local launch sites a good bit and while I donít sail on the Bay I often drive up and watch whoís doing what.  The locals who are now hanging onto kites are 99% former or present windsurfers but only a few have been club members for the past four years even though none were sailing kites more than 2 years ago.  I question how many of these same folks will now want to join the CCWA even if we open the door to them or why they would want to do so. 
     I will inject here that I have a personal gripe with any one sailor using up way more space than any individual should of our launch and sailing areas and kiters do that with the wide swath they cover with their lines.   Iíve sailed upwind of several kiters and have had to go out of my way to stay upwind because being downwind is asking for trouble when a hard gust hits and they are suddenly yanked many yards downwind.   I seriously doubt that even a half a dozen kites can safely sail amongst 10 to 50 windsurfers at any local launch and believe separation is the only way we can safely coexist with them. 
     Iím not alone in this assessment; one local business looked into offering kite lessons but backed off when their insurance carrierís response was, íNo Way!í The insurance industry makes its living by properly assessing risk and they clearly feel the risks are potentially higher than a kite with kite power. 
     The idea that this sport is taking over with its rapid growth is also a questionable point; Worldwinds taught more beginning windsurfers in just the past month then the total number of current local kite sailors.  A high growth rate is easily obtained when you start from scratch but donít confuse growth rate with number of practitioners.  I do agree that they are here to stay but also feel that the sport will not ever obtain a broad range of devotees because it requires too much: too much space, too much help (it takes 2 folks to launch one easily), too much wear-n-tear on most aging bodies, and too steep a learning curve.
     My final point of contention is due to the fact that I am on the CCWAís executive committee.  With no insurance in place to cover club sanctioned kite events and no protection for the clubís executives from non-profit status, I can not remain on the executive committee if kiting will be included in the clubís sanctioned events.  Iím sure no one out there is worried about losing a  newsletter editor whoís lousy grammar is exceeded only by his inability to spell but the risk of being held liable for some accident (which is present now) becomes uncomfortably escalated (for me) if kites get thrown into the mix.  I would be far less opposed if the CCWA was a registered non-profit organization.  At this time, with no insurance and no non profit status, I feel inclusion of kite surfing into CCWA events is a case where the risks far outweigh the benefits- but thatís just my opinion.
     I plan to vote for Chip as the new Vice Commodore but will oppose his Ďplatformí until the financial liabilities are covered- get non profit status completed and insurance coverage acquired first then letís talk about it.  Iíll end here because Mrs. Tansill just read that last paragraph over my shoulder and is demanding an immediate explanation regarding how she is potentially liable for CCWA activities- this one is going to be a tough sell! 

Bird Should Be Getting Safer   by  Roy Tansill
On 10/26 I had a meeting  with the Commander of Texas Parks & Wildlife  for the Coastal Bend area, a very nice gentleman named Don Parker. Commander Parker lives on Padre Island and regularly uses the Bird boat launch. He knows about the problem with speeding boats ripping through the near shore area seemingly oblivious to the safety of the windsurfers. He told me that right now he's an agent understaffed for the area between Baffin Bay and the Nueces (Corpus Christi's Southern border) County line and this being hunting season his folks are busier than one armed paperhangers. Despite all of that he considers the problem serious and will get a patrol boat out there on a not too distant weekend to help make the boaters aware that if they feel it necessary to stay close to the island side of the channel because of rough water then they will have to slow it down. About 3 years ago, on a sunny Spring Sunday, a patrol boat did just that and they stopped almost every boat during the entire afternoon.  For the next three weeks the boaters slowed it down- way down but, as time wore on, the full throttles returned. If you see the Parks & Wildlife patrol out there while you're sailing at Bird please thank them- maybe we'll see them a lot more often if they get to know a few of us. One more thing, Mrs. Parker wants to learn to windsurf and Worldwinds has already offered her complimentary lessons. Wanna bet there will be very few speeders anywhere around Bird if Mrs. Parker takes Don Jackson up on that offer? 

2001 Executive Committee Nominations
Commodore Nominees: Chip Biery, Steve Montuori, Phillip Keyserlingk, Don Jackson
      Commodore Duties:
* Lead CCWA and assume overall responsibility for CCWA operations and official activities
* Act as the official representative of CCWA at political, civic, & other community functions
* Call and preside over general and officers' meetings
* Appoint executive committees to advise CCWA general membership or conduct CCWA events

Vice Commodore Nominees: Chip Ducrest
          Vice Commodore Duties
* Assume Commodore's duties in their absence
* Secure location for and attend all general and officer's meetings
* Secure necessary insurance to operate CCWA events 
* Assist Commodore and Secretary-Treasurer

Public Relations Officer Nominees: Barbara Antrobus, John VanLeeuwen 
      Public Relations Officer Duties: 
* Solicit and coordinate media coverage for CCWA events
* Ensure that CCWA event schedules/results are distributed to the Media
* Assist Newsletter Editor in obtaining advertisers
* Assist in recruiting new CCWA members, attend all general and officer's meetings

Secretary Treasurer Nominee: Arleen Ward 
      Secretary Treasurer Duties:
* Assume responsibility for all CCWA funds (keep bank accounts & financial records)
* Advise officers on financial matters
* Maintain all CCWA records and assume responsibility for all official CCWA correspondence
* Certify elections, attend all general and officer's meetings

Newsletter Editor Nominees: Some guy named Roy
       Newsletter Editor Duties: 
* Collect, assemble, publish, & distribute the monthly CCWA newsletter
* Obtain advertisers and collect contributions for advertisements
* Advertise events, meetings, and other items of club interest in the newsletter

Aransas Triangle
    Saturday morning heading towards Aransas Pass, the gulls are up riding high currents- life is good. This year I arrive early so that I could find good parking.  Leo and Pamela DeVigil were right behind me in their Colorado Van.  It was clear and windy enough that I didnít think I would be easily handling the 8.0- 6.5 was the optimistic pick.  Half an hour later, I was convinced it was the right call and the big weed blade was working upwind well -much better water depth this year.  That lasted to one tack after the first mark when some dark clouds seem to be knocking down the wind.  Three tacks later, and getting very bored since everyone within my limited vision was gone... somewhere and I had no clue to the location of that up wind mark, it begin to get rather strange out in the triangle..
     It was about that time that I began to hallucinate about the real reason I was there... the gumbo.  Ah the aroma filled my head the horizon Iíd been scanning fruitlessly was now obliterated by steaming bowls of the hands down best gumbo there is.  Canít see the upwind mark but can now make out the Intercoastalís green markers and that third one, #25, was a nice beam reach awayygumbo-gumbo-gumbo-Yeee Hawww.
    There was a race and a tight finish as Jon J got hoodwinked by Guy Racette who slipped by at the disappearing mark then held him off to the finish.  From there on I was back out sailing but do know that Nick Antrobus finished third overall Jennifer was fourth it seems- any disagreement with these totally unofficial results is open to correction.  With the preliminaries out of the way it was gumbo time! 
     The gumbo was well up to John and Rose Williamsí perfect standard and the rest of the assortment of chow was icing on the cake.  The historic Aransas Triangle Trophy, proudly displayed on the wall of my office for the past year, was now off to an Ocean Drive residence but that was quickly forgotten with the initial  bowl of gumbo.  Gotta make sure you donít miss next yearís Aransas Triangle- GO FOR THE GUMBO!         Roy Tansill 

Stolen gear alert: several Bay Front thefts in the past week- watch out for the theives!

 
Bird's Eye View:
Wind Peaks
 Aug., Sep., & Oct. '00 
by  Randy Roper
    Greetings from the Bird Islanders.  Has October been a weird month or what?  The two arctic cold fronts that blew through here in October turned the wind 180 degrees and dropped the water temperature about 20 degrees.  What's up with that?  Last year I was sailing without a wetsuit in December, we definitely hope this is not a trend. 
    The Andy Brandt clinic is filling up quickly, if you have been on the bubble about signing up, its time to make the commitment and get your spot reserved.  Andy and his staff are some of the best windsurfing instructors in the world (next to John) and it really is a great deal of fun.
    Okay, once again, let's go over the Thanksgiving Day festivities.  The Andy Brandt clinic will be going on, the Turkey Leg race is scheduled for a 3:00 pm start with a South to Southeast wind, and 12:00 pm with a North or Northeast wind.  The reason why we do this is because a South to Southeast wind will typically blow harder the later it gets.  And a North to Northeast wind will typically get weaker as the day progresses.  Since we don't know what to expect at this early date, we have to play it as it comes.  We should have a pretty good idea of what the wind is going to do 48 to 72 hours before the event. We will post the expected start time on the web and at the shop bulletin board as soon as we feel confident about the forecast.  With that said, now all we need is some more people to sign up. 
    Regarding Thanksgiving Day dinner.  If you are considering but have not yet committed to sharing Thanksgiving with us, now is the time.  On the weekend before Thanksgiving I will be contacting everyone that has signed up for the event and will make a list of who is bringing what.  Worldwinds will be providing turkey and ham, I will need you guys to bring the rest.  Since we have a racing event planned wind permitting, I know it will be hard for anyone to bring a hot dish, so I will work on having the ability to warm any foods that need it.  We will have two big ice chests, one for cold foods that you bring, and the other for drinks.  A word to the wise, if I don't have at least ten people signup by the weekend before, the gig is off.  Worldwinds is serious about making an effort to bring us closer together, wind or no wind, the rest is up to you.   As always, you can signup for any special event on our website.
    You asked for it, we're doing it.  Many of you have asked that we enhance our website to include hourly wind forecast in addition to the current wind conditions.  We are almost there.  Soon you will be able to see what the wind is expected to do every hour for a 24 hour period.  You won't need to go to any other site to get this information, just bookmark our wind forecast page and check it any time you are ready to sail.  Should be up and running on or around November 1.
    NEWSFLASH:  Worldwinds sets a new record for the number of lessons in one weekend at 26.  That's right, 26 student lessons were given on just one weekend in October.  Thus providing evidence that the new curriculum is working and the word is getting out.  Don't you think its time to come see John?  He can make you better, if you give him a chance.
     Last but certainly not least, Thanksgiving Day weekend will mark the beginning of the inventory liquidation sale for Worldwinds.  With our sites set on clearing out the containers and making way for our new 2001 gear, everything will be marked down for immediate liquidation.  So, whatever you need, everything from sails to boards will be marked down to move em out.  Its first come first serve so you better make it out that weekend to stake your claim.  We will be posting an inventory liquidation sheet online sometime in November.
    Thanks for reading, have a Happy Holiday and come out and see us.
Worldwinds Staff
Sales@Worldwinds.net
Bird Island Basin Padre Island National Seashore 
Corpus Christi, Texas 78418

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WHATABURGER  2000   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.
Corpus Christi Windsurfing Association Membership Application

Name:______________________________________Phone: (       )______________

Family membership, list names of family members:_____________________________________

____________________________________E-mail Add:_________________________

Address:_______________________________________________________________

City:_________________________________State:_________________Zip__________

Please enclose $20 for individual; $30 for family (1 year membership)

Mail To: CCWA,  PO Box 81453, Corpus Christi, TX  78468
Annual memberships are from Jan. through Dec.  Members Joining after Oct. are credited for the next year.


 
Used Gear: Classified ads are free to members, non-members:  $5.00
Please submit the ads by the 25th of the month.
Mail ads to: LooseClu@prodigy.net
98 Gaastra sails $100 each 6.0 1X, 5.2 Heatwave, 4.5 , 4.0, 3.5, Netwave Haven't been used in a year and a half.  Ď99 Naish Stealth 9.0 Used once $200.  Ď00 Naish Stealh 7.5 and 7.0 used once or twice. $275  6. and 6.0 used for the Maui Race Series $200 each.  Ď00 Naish Noa Slalom 5.5 $200.  Ď00 Naish Nalu 5.5 used maybe 3 times $250  Ď00 Naish Edges 5.0,4.5, 4.0, 3.5 $250.  Ď00 Naish 8'2" Wave  69 liters $850  Will work out shipping from Maui. 
Contact Tamay  email: tamay.t@juno.com

Ď00 Bassett Course Race Board:  29 3/4" wide by 9'2" and 145 liters.  Amazingly fast.  Upwind or down.  Like new! Wide!!   $850.  '98 F2 Thommen 275 Slalom  converted to Tuttle finbox and "tweaked" for speed by Mark B. $550.  Plenty of other stuff too, whaddya need?  Contact:racetteguyjen@msn.com

Ď99 Aerotech 7.5 VMG race w/ Kevlar panels $250    6.0 Air-X strong scrim panels $125.  6.5 Air-X non cambered $100  All 3 in fine condition.  Assorted booms, need one?  Call Dick Ward (361) 949-0232 

Stolen:  From Swantner,  9í custom glass board.  The theives were reportedly driving a black pick-up truck. 

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