We will be having our first squadron business meeting on Thursday, April 5, at 7:30pm at the Waterfront Classroom as usual. Well, it’s not really as usual because we are only having one business meeting every three months. I want you to mark your calendars now for our next fun and entertainment night which will be May 3. I plan to have at least two speakers who will relate their boating experiences.
Coming up on Saturday, April 21, is our Spring Brunch, held again on the comfortable garden patio of the Swalling’s hilltop home. John Profant is our lead on this event and he will be contacting all former Commanders for their signature culinary creations for this annual event.
The entire issue of the Signal Hoist has always been available on our website as a PDF – and will continue to be there. However, if you only wanted to look at the Commander’s monthly report or that of another Bridge officer, you would have to open up the entire issue and scroll through it to find the one you wanted. We’re now offering some new ways to present and organize all the Signal Hoist articles.
We’ve made good progress in scheduling more classes for this year. Steve Young will be teaching Marine Electrical Systems from April 24 to June 19 and Pete Seagoe will be teaching Engine Maintenance from September 11 to November 20. We’ve also scheduled Steve York to teach the Partner in Command seminar during Boating Safety Week on Saturday May 19.
The U.S. Coast Guard is concerned about the sale and availability of unapproved recreational and commercial vessel navigation lights.
On Friday, March 23, the first clear day and night after several days of rain, the Squadron was given a mini-lesson in astronomy and telescopes by Tom Whittemore, professor of astronomy at Westmont College and fellow members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, Chuck, Martin, and Tom at Westmont College’s Observatory.
The Santa Barbara Sail & Power Squadron held our annual Ships & Dips party down at the harbor. Our hosts were Mark and Ellie Cooper, Ron and Vicki Slocum, and Dennis and Virginia Johns. We enjoyed good weather, good food, good stories, and good views.
For those interested in having their vessel inspected contact me for an appointment. We make sure your flares are up to date, your safety equipment is in good working order and that you boat is sea worthy. It is free and takes about an hour.
Our local fish have exotic tastes but live on a squid and baitfish budget. Substitute champagne taste and a beer budget, and many of us can feel a little empathy with these fish. We can come to their rescue with some exotic baits that I’ve seen fish respond to with surprising zeal. Let’s talk baits…
March 2018 Commander’s Message
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