Chesapeake Sailing Club
Newsletter of the Chesapeake Sailing Club
Calendar at a Glance
As the sailing season approaches, with some of us planning to have our boats in the water even before the month ends, I'd like to start this month's Commodore's letter with a salute and a hearty "Thank You" to our Webmaster, Frank Cingel. Without Frank's quiet behind the scenes work, we would not be reading this month's Scuttlebutt, we would not have received our updated club roster in March, we would not have a website where we can find interesting and useful links and information, along with member postings about cruises and destinations not to mention a selection of recipes to grace our table. Our website contains a wealth of information and reference material, including our club bylaws, and a handy application form for new members. Our webmaster keeps us up to date with emails and postings for Cruise Schedule and for land and water events.
Our website, and club communications don't "just happen". Regular contributors like me and other past and present club officers know that we will receive gentle reminders from Frank when newsletter contributions, cruising schedules and other club information is not forthcoming in a timely manner. And then, of course, there is the wizardry required to hammer these contributions into the correct form and actually post them to the website. Since web pages appear when we simply click a link or type and address into a browser, and since emails just pop up when we open our virtual mailbox, it is easy to forget the work and patience that make them possible. I'm sure I speak for the entire membership when I extend a very sincere "thank you" to Frank, CSC's own Great Communicator, for all the work he does to keep our Club functioning and moving forward.
Vice Commodore's Report
A Very Merry Celebration of the Saint's Own Day!
An if ye missed it, 'twas a wondrous affair and all! Of course, I'd be talking about the St. Patrick's Day party which was our March shoreside shindig -- hopefully the last before breaking out the boats for the glories of the sailing season.
The O'Whaleys championed the party, complete with corned beef and cabbage, some really grand Guiness stew, and assorted Irish niceties contributed by the host of sailors there assembled. There were fourteen of us including the hosts, V/C Glenn and Treasurer Sue, Frank and Liz Cingel, Richard and Leslie Payne, Dave and Janet Ewing, plus guests Pete and Mary Anne Mancillas and Jim and Verna Wilson, both couples from Belvedere YC. Also in attendance (drum roll, please!) were Vice Commodore (emeritus) Joe and Margie Powers in Joe's first outing following serious back surgery. The feasting was complemented ably by Irish cheese and crackers, two salads, and for dessert (try not to drool!) fudge pie and a second green mint ice cream pie, St. Pat's Day cupcakes, and blessed emerald brownies as if from the Isle itself. Besides grub and vittles, to be sure there was stout and Smithwick's Ale in abundance, with a smatterin' of wine to round out the feast. (And we all felt pretty round when it was over, as well!)
So here we are on the dawn crest of the sailing season☺. Soon the covers will come off, the biminis go up, the antifreeze will flush through, and off we'll go adventuring. Stay tuned for the details of the Aprilfest, which (good Lord willin'!) should be a sail or drive to a place of good eats on the Eastern Shore. Hope to see everyone there!
Fleet Captain's Report
Ahoy, fellow CSC'ers. Here it is again. Your 2013 CSC Cruising Schedule. We are planning to have a ton of fun this summer sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. Be sure to block off time for each of our extended cruises in June and in September. For something new we're adding a Columbus Day Weekend for those who don't flee the Chesapeake early in the fall, and we hope to partner with Rock Hall Sailing Club on two of the major holiday weekends. More on the partnership efforts later.
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