Commodore’s Log Marilyn Allen
Greetings Sailors –
This fall weather has created some great sailing opportunities. Unfortunately September’s meeting wasn’t one of them.
Because of really ugly weather, we moved to a Zoom format. Our Zoom group was small but fun as we shared stories and caught up. Be sure to attend our October meeting on October 8th, via Zoom. I believe Bobby Olsen, our Vice Commodore, has a couple of fun presenters in mind. He’ll be sending out a Zoom link via web blast prior to the meeting date. The Zoom format offers us a chance to see some of our members who aren’t comfortable in groups because of Covid, or perhaps find it too long a commute.
Of course, lots of us would prefer to meet in person so with that in mind, Andrea, our Dry Land Coordinator and I have been discussing the possibility of a Holiday gathering. Thoughts are to find a restaurant with outdoor patio space AND HEATERS and share some in-person time, albeit it with masks and distancing. We can do this folks! More on this later.
Don’t forget her Go-Cart event! I’m going … that’s been on my bucket list !
In November, we select the Board members who will guide our club moving forward. The positions are always elected ones, so if you want to nominate yourself or someone else, just get in touch with me. The following people have agreed to serve if elected and we will be voting on them at the November (Zoom) meeting.
Commodore – Diana Bliss
Vice Commodore – Mark Grasse
Secretary – Ellie Watson
Treasurer – Brooke Moreland
On the Water – Gary Kieft
Membership – Cliff Randall
Newsletter – Tiffany Jordan (brand new member!)
Dry Land – Andrea Lewis
We all agree our Webmaster, Dave Westfall, is going to be REALLY hard to replace, but we desperately need someone to fill this position. Dave’s work has brought us new members both through MeetUp and our wonderful web site and it would be sad to lose the momentum he’s generated. He’s agreed to provide training and assures us that now that it’s set up, there will not be a lot of computer expertise required. PLEASE CONSIDER THIS!
I plan to be at the Oct 2 sail, 2 ½ weeks after a very successful knee replacement surgery. While I won’t be scampering over the deck, it will be wonderful to be out sailing again. See you all soon.
VOTE YOUR CHOICE FOR 2021 BOARD MEMBERS!!
( EVEN BETTER – STEP FORWARD YOURSELF ! )
In November, we select the Board members who will guide our club moving forward.
The positions are always elected ones, so if you want to nominate yourself or someone else, just get in touch with our Commodore, Marilyn Allen.
The following people have agreed to serve if elected and we will be voting on them at the November (Zoom) meeting:
Commodore Diana Bliss
Vice Commodore Mark Grasse
Secretary Ellie Watson
Treasurer Brooke Moreland
On the Water Gary Kieft
Membership Cliff Randall
Newsletter Tiffany Jordan (brand new member!)
Dry Land Andrea Lewis
Webmaster Larry Moreland
Participate – Volunteer – Vote
In Person Voting
Mail In Voting
Phone – In Voting
Disaffected, Irritable, Drunk, Cynical and / or Indifferent Voting
Your Vote Counts
( Perhaps More than Once …. ( Shhhhh … !! ) … (( nah … not really, just once … )) )
Planning an October, ahem, Recreational Outing …. ?
Although the earth’s warming temperatures mean that the Northwest Passage is now free (albeit not easy) to sail through, this was not always the case. The search for the elusive passage claimed the lives of many ambitious sailors in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; keen to find an alternate trade route to Asia, their ships would become lodged in Arctic ice, sealing their fate in the Great White North. The Octavius was one of many to meet such a fate, but the grim scenes found on board was what made the story of this ghost ship particularly terrifying.
The three-masted schooner departed from England in 1761, but was found off the coast of Greenland in 1775. Her captain had, unluckily, decided to try and use the then nonexistent Northwest Passage to return home. The five men who boarded the derelict ship in 1775 were confronted with a ghostly sight; the entire 28-man crew was below deck, but frozen to death. The icy figure of the ship’s captain was discovered sitting at his desk, writing in his logbook, pen still in hand. The last logbook entry was in 1762 – the ghost ship and her crew had been lost at sea for 13 years before being found.
The Mary Celeste
No ghost ship compendium would be complete without the tale of the brigantine Mary Celeste. Her fate has passed into maritime myth thanks in large part to a short story by Dr Arthur Conan Doyle, the writer and creator of Sherlock Holmes.
What we do know is that the Mary Celeste had sailed from New York on November 7, 1872 bound for Genoa with a cargo of alcohol. Almost a month later, on the afternoon of December 5, she was spotted drifting somewhere between the Azores and Portugal by Dei Gratia, another brigantine on an Atlantic crossing.
Captain Morehouse of the Dei Gratia knew Captain Briggs of the Mary Celeste to be a capable sailor and was suspicious. He ordered a boarding party to the Mary Celeste and his crew found a deserted ship in seaworthy condition.
Captain Morehouse split his crew and sailed the Mary Celeste to Gibraltar. To this date the fate of Captain Briggs, his wife, child, and crew of seven remains unsolved. Whether Briggs abandoned ship because of bad weather or whether there is a more sinister reason for their disappearance, will never be known.
Membership Ronni Wilcox
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Dry Land Activities Andrea Lewis
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October 2 – End of Season Sail / Social – 4:30 PM Chatfield – Shane Brouillette
Meet at gas pump on Courtesy Dock
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October 23 – Dry Land Outing
Come Go Karting with us at K1 Speed, 8034 Midway Drive, Littleton CO 80125
This activity is for novices, beginners, and experts … all to be plenty of fun.
Meet at 6 PM for social time, racing begins at 7 PM.
Please respond to Andrea at 303-881-7376 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Meeting … Time, Date, Format TBD
Holiday Party … Time, Date, Format TBD