September weather was sort of hit or miss so it was an opportunity catch your breath and get ready for a rip-roaring October. Those who attended the annual meeting and BBQ at the Swallings’ foothill home were treated to a fun and relaxing afternoon. We made over $200 for the squadron’s kitty thanks to Neil’s masterful auctioneering.
You then had a several week gap to fit in your summer vacations. Hope you logged some nice trips either on the water or terra firma.
The weather gods finally smiled on our Thursday Evening Rally, September 27 delivering a mild 10-12 knot breeze and a gentle swell for our run for the oil platforms. We were beginning to wonder if this idea was going to float (pun intended) but after the last scheduled one of the season, I know it’s worth repeating next year. It’s a very nice way to get folks who don’t currently have a boat comfortable with the idea of obtaining one. I’ve observed that the conversations during the event are often questions and answer sessions between our seasoned mariners and the novice guests. Invariably the discussion involves our many boating courses and the interest shown by the novices is encouraging.
The current boating course, Engine Maintenance, being taught by Pete Seagoe (owner of M/V Seagoer) will have its fourth session on Tue Oct 2. With a classroom nearly filled to capacity with students, it runs for 10 sessions into November, so you can imagine it is a comprehensive course.
October starts off with an Anchoring Seminar by Mike Pyzel. His style of mixing instruction with amusing stories is a perfect blend which complements the culture of our squadron. Don’t miss it Thursday, October 4 at 7:30pm in the Waterfront Classroom.
Patrick and Alyssa have been preparing S/V Althea for months and are ready to head out soon. Please join them for a Ledbetter Beach BBQ Bon Voyage Party. See flyer in this issue for details. Their event happens 3pm to sunset, just prior to our Anchoring Seminar that evening, so come to their event then pop over to the seminar.
That Thursday evening seminar is quickly followed that Saturday, October 6 with a return of the tradition of a Saturday dockside brunch at slip Q4. The location, while it’s a good stretch of the legs to get there, is perfect for a dockside party as the restroom is right at hand and the dock has considerable space for a crowd with very little pedestrian traffic to worry about. Of course it’s another opportunity to tour the vessel that circled the globe from 2011 – 2017 if you haven’t had the chance. Please RSVP to Virginia by Thursday, Oct 4.
Next is the Harbor & Seafood Festival on Saturday, October 13. I still need some help to man the booth from 11am to 1pm. That’s a perfect time to do the most people-watching and to sample the fresh seafood dishes that are being offered. Avoid the parking problem by parking at the SBCC parking lot which will be open for the Wags & Whiskers Festival that is happening on the SBCC West Campus. Put in a few hours at the harbor and then walk up to the West Campus lawn to enjoy the dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, and reptiles being showcased. Please let me know soon if you can fill this shift.
Not currently on the calendar but certainly an option if weather permitted would be another Evening Rally at the end of October. Perhaps we could hold it on the weekend for those who had conflicts during the week. I will send out a notice later in the month to test if there is any interest.
As always, if anyone is headed to the islands and wants some company, let us know and we’ll put out the word for you.