We have been preparing and working behind the scenes to make this a success. By now you know we have the time, the place and the team (that's all of us) to do it. Be sure to go to www.regattaregistration.com and sign up whether you are a participating sailor or a non-participating attendee, sign up. We want to be able to plan on dinner and lunch counts and all of the details that make these kind of events run smoothly.
We have advertised this event with the help of our friend, Joan Bernat, to sailing clubs within a 200 mile radius. Our active Intra-Lake OSC sailing competitors have spread the word and enthusiasm to our friends in the near-by clubs at Lake Monroe, Crescent Lake, Gainesville, Central Florida Yacht Club, and sailors at Palatka on the St. Johns River. Jim Davis of the CFYC has contacted the Buccaneer/Mutineer sailors out of Tampa to join us. We have posted it on the “Harpoonsailboats@yahoogroups.com" site because it is, after all, also the Annual Harpoon Nationals Regatta. We are anticipating our friends from Texas, Chicago, and Jamaica to return with vigor. The water is up to ripe levels on Lake Weir ...What more could we ask for .... Wind? Let's work on that!.
Speaking of the "Intra-Lake OSC sailing competitors", by now you should know who I mean. This is a nucleus of OSC members which is growing who have grasped the brass ring of racing in the regattas of near-by Sailing/Yacht Clubs. It is propelled by Ed Sims, Paul Straub, and John Hult, who have carried this ball for years. Recently it has expanded with newer members, like me and Ross Martin, who have added a sailboat to the mix and within the last month another new member, Jim Edens, has joined the ranks. Also, Bob Cole and David Moring are outstanding OSC sailors who also belong to Lake Eustis Sailing Club and compete there on a regular basis.
With the expansion of these additional sailboats active on the Intra-Lake racing scene allows for interested, but maybe reluctant, members to request to jump into the fray of crewing. These races are a blast and an excellent opportunity for the bug of racing to bite you.
I would like to point out that just this month, in the two regattas in the Intra-lake events, all of our OSC competitors won trophies in each regatta.
Trans-Monroe Regatta / March 1st / Sanford, Florida:
Ed Sims', "Point Blank" and crew; Paul Straub, John Hult, and Barbara Hancock won trophy for 6th out of 26!
Jim Edens and Charlene Johnson; catamaran,"For Play", won 11th place trophy and #1 trophy for catamarans!
Ross Martin and Art Twitchell's, "Pivot" won 12th place trophy out of 26 (not bad for first time racing with "Pivot"!).
Shamrock Regatta / March 15th / Palatka on St John's River:
Jim Edens and Ken Ficket's, "Undecided", won 1st place trophy for Class B!
Ed Sims', "Point Blank" and crew; Paul Straub, John Hult won 2nd place trophy for Class B!
Ross Martin and Art Twitchell's, "Pivot", won third place trophy for Class A!
That is a pretty good showing for a breath-of-fresh-air on the nearby sailing scene and OSC participation.
But, as you know, we are a social as well as sailing club and for those supporting the club's activities with their enthusiasm and goodwill, our hats off to our other members, we would seriously not exist without you.
At our March Buccaneer meeting at Cody's Restaurant, we had our annual Napkin Nominations for OSC Club Officers for 2014-2015. Oh yes! It is always a mystery as to what will emerge from this fluid tradition. We got nominees in spades .... What a Team! In fact, before the wind could blow away our trusty list, we held elections at our next meeting which was the OSC cover-dish monthly meeting held at Charlene Johnson’s on March 20th. By the way, Thank you so much, Charlene, for a very warm and productive meeting at your lovely home. The new Officers are announced in the "OSC Meeting Minutes" Secretary's Report in this Newsletter ...be sure to read on.
There is so much to be covered in this Newsletter that it flabbergasts me as to how Jan Schumacher continues month after month to keep churning out these magnificent editions..... Jan, You do an outstanding job! Thank you for your creative, resourceful and very appreciated hard work!!
Looking forward to seeing everybody at our April 3rd Buccaneer meeting at Francesco's (previously Taverna Red) Restaurant. Will this be another Gavel transfer event?????