From the Helm

Bob Schuldenfrei's picture

Hello Sailors.  The pace of events at the HISC is starting to pick up.  Our snowbirds are starting to filter back to the area.  One snowbird, Mike Miceli will be bringing Sea Ghost, his Hunter 33, down to port here in South Florida on a permanent basis.  And with the change of season brings Oktoberfest, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Holiday Dinner/Dance, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve all in rapid succession.  These are all good reasons to party with the HISC.

The summer had two outstanding, record-setting, events.  Ladies’ Day had eleven boats in the fleet and 57 participants.  That may not be the all-time record, but it does qualify for a recent record.  In addition to that, our Youth Sailing summer series had more than 40 kids; a record.  For the last day, Ken Scott reported that the weather did not look good at first so he mused that if we cancel the weather would be perfect by 9 and if we don't cancel...  Well we went sailing.  It took a while for the wind to build for the Prams to get out.  A couple of extra swim tests are always good and it cools the kids off.  So that is what happened.  It is very important that we reach out to the parents to keep retention up, so talk-up the events listed above.

The Nominating Committee has been hard at work developing a slate of candidates for CY 2019.  Vice Commodore, Jeff Sussman, has already reached out to members to chair and participate on committees.  The fact that we have 80 positions is one of the reasons we have grown while other sailing organizations have faltered.  Everyone does a little and reaps the feeling of belonging to the best sailing club ever.  So… if you have not talked to Jeff, now would be the time.  Some jobs are big, like Race Chair, and some are small like the Family Picnic Chair, but all are important.

We are so fortunate to live in South Florida where we have year-around boating.  Up north, insurance dictates that boats need to be on the hard by November first, or pay the big-bucks.  We just slap another coat of anti-fouling on the bottom and keep on going to windward.