One more month left of 2018, and not a moment to waste; I am going to keep this short and sweet! As we head into the holidays, I have a bit of joyful news to share myself. My granddaughter was born just a couple of weeks ago, and our household has been buzzing with excitement ever since! All is well with her (Juliet) and her parents (Elissa & Steve). We will get her down for a social soon!
I have just a few business notes this month. As I have said before, our Club runs only with the help of volunteers, and, due to their contributions, we have had a busy month! The first, and overdue, thanks from me is to Lauren White. Although she has moved west (to Oregon), she still volunteers to pull together our monthly TellTale newsletter as a way of keeping close to the news at home and contributing to a place that gave her so much joy through the Jr. Sailing Program for many years.
Second, I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the Grants for their outstanding Oyster Roast event. Tish and Will, along with the help of their family, have been hosting the Roast for many years. This year was extremely well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all. On a related note, if you attended the Roast, you might have noticed our new "mother of all" roasting plate. Please thank Joe Morgan, who led the charge to replace the aging plate his father had built about 40 years ago, and Jay Dunbar, who played a strong assisting role by loaning space at his shop for the welding. It takes 6-8 strong backs to lift it, but it gives us the capacity for even bigger roasts in the future! We are looking into building a gantry to help lift it on and off the fire for future events.
The 2018 season is winding down. We might get one or two more weekends of sailing before the water gets too cold. Fleet Captain Scott Titus will soon be pulling our two keelboats to be winterized. That will start the cycle of prep and repair work to get ready for next year, including refurbishing the Siren 17 daysailer donated by Tony Villani; thank you, Tony! We have one last social to ring in 2019, so get your RSVPs in soon!