Nautical News February 2008- Vol. 110 No. 2

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The year is off to a good start. Thanks to Al Block, our program director, we are going to attempt more fun and less business in our monthly meetings. To that end, Al scheduled a round table discussion between our club officers and officers from the Alameda and North Bay Clubs. The roundtable agenda was designed to share experiences and discuss what works and what doesn’t for the clubs. It was informative and well received by all.

Taking advantage of our new bylaws, which relieve us of having a business meeting each month, there will be no business meeting in February. Instead the meeting time will be devoted to announcing and presenting the annual club awards. We will then have the traditional club luncheon, followed by the Frost Bite Regatta. Hopefully, those of us who have seldom attended this event will take advantage of already being at the clubhouse for the awards presentation to attend the Frost Bite. The regatta features an outstanding display of the model shipwrights’ art. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to view some fabulous examples of fine craftsmanship. 

Saturday, March 8th will be opening day for the 2008 season, our 110th year. Opening day will feature lunch, immediately followed by the annual Rag Top Stink Pot combined Sail and Power Regatta.

The season is a full one, with plenty of activities for all. In response to some of your comments in the opinion survey conducted last year, we have left several meeting Saturdays devoid of regattas, so that members can enjoy open sailing days. Many of us come all the way into San Francisco for the meeting, and would like to sail a boat as long as we are there. In the past, with regattas scheduled, many members were denied this opportunity. Who knows, perhaps the open sailing days will increase participation in monthly meetings and ergo, other club activities. These open sail days are, April 12th, May 10th, July 12th, August 9th, and September 13th. Please take advantage of these days to have some fun and get to know members with whom you would not otherwise come in contact.

It saddens me to report to you that long time senior member Donna La Mantea recently succumbed to complications of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. She and her husband Tom have served our club well and faithfully over the years. I know that all our prayers are with Tom, and on behalf of the club I extend to him our deepest sympathy. God’s speed Donna, and, may you always have fair winds and a following sea. Jim Harvey will publish any information about services for Donna in the Crow's Nest section of the newsletter.

A reminder for those of you who have not yet renewed your membership: membership, and boat storage contracts and fees are due no later than Saturday, March 8th. Fees paid after that date will be subject to penalties.

Remember, the February Meeting, Saturday, February 9th will be devoted to awards presentations, immediately followed by lunch and the FROSTBITE REGATTA. I hope to see a good turn out for these events.

Jim Forbes, Commodore