Volume 40 Issue 1 – January 2021
Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year 2021
I’m certainly looking forward to a new year with the vaccines coming out and the hope that things start to get back to near normal. I hope everyone had a safe and healthy holiday. I’m really looking forward to a new sailing season, and hopefully having in person meetings with dining, maybe by May. I’m excited to welcome the new board and look forward to working together for a successful and fun-filled year.
Looking ahead we will be looking for a new meeting place for in person meetings when that becomes safely possible. I was thinking possibly in the Littleton or Englewood area. If anyone has any suggestions for a place, please let me know.
Another item is that we are in need of a new Quartermaster. Beppe will be stepping down. We need someone with some storage space, a big garage, or basement for plastic boxes which hold our paper products, supplies, and canopy for the club trips. Let someone on the board know if you can help.
Our first meeting of the year will be Thurs Jan 14th at 6:30PM on Zoom. Look for your invite by email coming up. The main event will be going over the new sailing schedule and filling in any holes. Shane has a tentative outline of the sailing schedule in this newsletter. There are a few multi-day weekend trips like Big Mac, and Dillon, but if you have another lake you would like to visit, we still have room in the schedule. Then we will fill in with other local day sails. However, all of this is dependent on having members volunteer to coordinate these sails to make them happen. So please step up and get involved with your club!!
Mark, the Vice Commodore, has reported that he has some exciting speakers lined up for upcoming meetings for the new year. For the January meeting we may have a surprise game to play over Zoom, so tune in to our Zoom meeting on Thurs Jan 14th at 6:30PM.
See you all then!
We are currently at 10 renewed members.
Dry Land Report
The Christmas Party was a little less raucous than previous years … but for a zoom party – was very fun!!
We had the traditional Christmas quiz with some untraditional questions i.e. – what is the most common Christmas dinner in Japan? Answer – KFC chicken (of all things). And then we heard different people’s favorite Christmas memories/stories. It was lovely to hear the stories, but most important how respectful everyone was of keeping each story less than three minutes and others not interrupting. What a well-behaved herd of Salty Dogs we have! Finished the party with a rendition of Jingle Bells led by Mark, with Tiffany jingling her wine glass!! Lots of fun and memories made. And I promise there will be a “pass the parcel game” at next year’s party!!
I have nothing planned for January at this time. However, if anyone wants to try and play games on the internet, I would be open to it. We use an app called “Houseparty” to keep our family connected. Please let me know if anyone is interested in trying to connect through that.
When the weather is a little better and more predictable, I was thinking we could play putt-putt golf at Cornerstone Park in Littleton on a Sunday afternoon sometime. And we can revisit the bowling idea when we feel inside events are a little safer.
If anyone has any ideas as to how to keep our group connected in the off-season, please let me know.
Next Upcoming Event – Zoom Meeting Thursday Jan 14th, 6:30pm
In Memoriam of Bob Johnson
– Remembered by John Venema
Bob Johnson, a charter member of the Salty Dog Sailing Club, passed away December 17, 2020 at the age of 90. Our sympathy to his wife Lynda Coy.
Bob contributed many years of service to our club, including serving as editor of the newsletter. He published a basic sailing instruction manual which he titled “Chapman Lite”. Bob shared his boat, which he built himself, at many of the club sailing events.
Always a patient and “Unflappable Captain”, we will miss his generous and pleasant nature.
– Remembered by Shane Brouillette
I had a sailing buddy for several years named Bob Johnson. He passed away recently at age 90. He and Linda were longtime Salty Dog members, and he had a 14-foot wooden boat that he had built from plans.
We sailed many times each year in it and he used it at club day sails as well. He didn’t have a bad bone in his body and was liked by a wide circle of friends, many of them still in the Salty Dogs club. I never saw him looking unhappy. I miss him already. Here is a picture of him at a club sail showing how to right a capsized boat.
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