Another month, another social, and another storm have passed!
We owe our thanks to the Smiths, Birdsalls and Barbees for hosting an outstanding Octoberfest with the help of my wife Lorna and daughter Christiana, who filled in as Jane was recovering from knee surgery. Great brats and a dynamite broccoli salad were served. The beer was even better. Overall, the event provided a festive atmosphere, and we had a good turnout and lots of boisterous conversation.
We dodged another bullet with Tropical Storm Michael. The Club lost some large branches and several of our Albacores were tossed off their trailers. Snags wandered a bit, dragging her mooring for quite a distance. Fortunately, Layne, Lorna, and Gilbert restored the grounds, and none of the boats were damaged other than a few cosmetic scrapes. Power has been restored, and things are returning to normal throughout Gloucester County. Our thoughts are with those in Florida who suffered from this unexpected and powerful storm.
It is getting colder, but there is still time to squeeze in a few more weeks of sailing. We have extended Albacore racing into a Fall Series. Anyone interested in watching can come on down on Sunday afternoons! And if you want to try racing, we can usually find a boat that is short crewed. We plan to continue until the water gets too cold to allow for the occasional capsize...not that I would know anything about that... Also, Wagtail is back from a repair session at Severn Marina and is available to members, once you get checked out, to take out alone. If you are interested in something a bit more sedate, Scott Titus and I are generally available for a Saturday morning sailing class or just a fun sail with family and friends. Please do not be shy, as getting on the water is our core mission!
The next time you visit the Club, swing by the dock and admire the new crape myrtles (Muskogee variety with lavender colored flowers) planted in memory of Harry Corr and Ben Garrett (see image to the right). Thank you, Joe Morgan, for leading the charge on this project and thank you to all who showed up to help with the planting. A bench will eventually be added so visitors can sit in the shade and admire the beautiful view of the Ware River and Mobjack Bay.