We had to motor North to Pelican Bay on Friday, but found the sand spit boasting a lovely breeze. Happy hour was wonderful with the cooler temps than usually found this time of year.
This event was “committee” driven, so special thanks to those who participated:
Bev and Bob Duff hosted the Black Tie Croquet. The competition was tough; but the winners came down to #1,
Total boats participating were: 18. Including: I Sheet you Knot, Windy City, Ambiance, Jazzy, Mental Floss, Sea Mist, Grateful, Lazy Susan, Misjudged III, Kestrel II, Mis- chief, Jack B, Silver
Sea, Trust Me, Chase the Clouds, Salty Soul, Gopher Baroque, and Ariel.
This year the rains came early and cooled things off for the chowder cook-off at 6 pm. There were 7 boats vying for the coveted title: I sheet U Knot, Kestrel II, Gopher Baroque, Mental Floss, Ariel, Silver Sea and Ambiance was proud sponsor of the CMCS cook-off. Without their aid it may not have happened. Well the no see ums got their pound of flesh but we’re tough. As one might expect more sailors ‘forgot’ their money than forgot their appetite. Pots were consumed and after the money was tallied this year’s Chowder Champs are George and Pixie on Silver Seas by a slim $1 margin over Ariel. For folks that can’t even pronounce ‘chowder’ right it sure was tasty. The real winner was the park. Kim Brown, head chowder organizer, wandered in with an en- velope containing $101 as a donation. Every little bit helps. KUDOS to Kim for his help in organizing this event too. Kim Brown, #2, Debra George, #3, Jean Blessing. You’ve heard of a water hazard? Well, this course had a DOG hazard. Our shade-loving dog, Breeze, kept laying down under the umbrella in the center! Made for some interesting croquet shots.
KUDOS: Gary & Jean Blessing were kind enough to host Debra George aboard their 34′ Catalina, Jazzy. Folks, we have many members who do not own boats and would LOVE to be invited aboard for a weekend adventure. Keep them in mind for the next outing.
Also, we had 2 genera- tions of sailors aboard Jo Beavois’s boat, Jack B, and also Carol Pim’s boat, Gopher Baroque. Fabulous to see our traditions get passed down to another generation! KUDOs to you all.
Next up Saturday, was Ray Gherardini, the horseshoe judge. We noticed all the finalists were from the Midwest – what’s up with that? The winning pairs were: #1. Linda & Rick Eggers, #2 Debra George and Jim Slager, #3 Ja- son & Carol Pim.
By now, everyone was getting hungry and hot, so we swam, napped, and chilled out in our cockpits while a quick squall washed our boats down.
Sunday, most of the boats toddled home. The iron genny was on again, as the winds were 3K. Some things never change, right?
See you next year,
Diane Fowler s/v Windy City