Nautical News August 2008- Vol. 110 No. 8

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Fendship-sloop.jpgCOMMODORE’S CORNER

We have passed the half way point in the year. I believe we have had a good year thus far, and there appears to be nothing on the horizon that suggests the second half will be otherwise.

The first half was capped by the Santa Barbara National Championships, which were held over the July 4th weekend.

Three of our stalwart sailors competed in the event, and a good time was had by all. Thanks to Jason Spiller, Stephen Ma, Jim Hensel and Ed Schoenstein for their efforts in making the event a stellar one.  Much work goes into the conduct of such an event.  Besides the fun it provides to the participants, an event such as this provides our club with invaluable outward reach to the model yachting community, and enhances our reputation as one of the premier model yacht clubs in the country. Thanks gentlemen.

Bob Heacock, who is this year’s chairperson for Wooden Boats on Parade, is also a brand new Santa Barbara sailor. Although his boat was not then ready for the National Championship Regatta, Bob was in attendance and took many photographs of the event. I picked out several that that are representative of the action at the event, and have asked Jim Harvey to run them when there is space available in the newsletter. Those of us who attended the July meeting were treated to a viewing of the exquisite restoration work Bob did on his new sailboat, and we Santa Barbara sailors look forward to sailing with him.

Also during the July meeting, thanks to Al Block, who is our Program Committee Chairperson, we enjoyed a presentation by Senior Member Alan Zulberti, which was part history lesson and part description of his tour de force that is his meticulously accurate replica of PT 588. Thanks Al and Alan; yours was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative program.

I asked for volunteers last month to serve on the nominating committee for next year’s officers and directors. Carl Brosius, Don Ciucci and Ken Valk have agreed to serve on that committee. If you would like to serve the club as an officer or director, please contact one of these gentlemen. It is your club. You can do more to help make what you want of it if you are willing to serve.

Again, it is my sad duty to announce the passing of two of our members. Honorary Lifetime Member John Fairfield passed away on July 15th. John will be remembered as a fierce but gentlemanly competitor in both the Santa Barbara and ODOM fleets. I’m sure that Klaus is standing by at the pearly gates to welcome John into heaven with a hearty  “Starboard!” and letting him know that he had the overlap, therefore he got there before him. God speed John, and may you always enjoy fair winds and a following sea.  Currently there are no plans for services in John’s honor. 

Also we just received word that former Honorary Lifetime Member Bill Nelson passed away last year. Bill retired from model yachting some years ago. He was an excellent builder, and sailed just about anything-Star 45 (#5 was his and I bought it from him.

Jim Forbes, Commodore