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September 16, 2019 Weekly Update

With the threat of more tropical weather and associated rough conditions this past weekend, the decision was made to cancel Saturday practice. In general, our policy is to wait until the last possible minute to cancel.  In the past, when the forecast was marginal, we have waited until the start of practice to cancel.  Typically the coaches put out the word using a group chat on WhatsApp.  Unfortunately, when word of cancellation went out, not everyone received it. I should have also sent an email to insure as much coverage as possible. If you did not get the word, I apologize. Please be sure to get on the “Space Coast Sailing” WhatsApp group chat.  If you have questions, you can text Connor at 404-402-0991.  Connor has also set up a group chat for the regatta sailors “SCS Regattas” so please connect with that one also if it applies.

 
For the Dolphins, today’s practice was breezy but they handled it well and it was a good learning experience.  The time for the Dolphin practice is being shifted to 9-12AM for the rest of the semester.  The breeze is typically more gentle in the morning, a better set of conditions for early learning.
 
The long range forecast for next Saturday is nicer so hopefully Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Artemis will be back on the water then.
 
Planning for our kick-off social event is well along thanks to Kara Mathews. So far about 60 RSVPs have been submitted. With almost 40 sailors sailing in 5 different groups, this will be a good way for everyone to get to know one another a little better.   If you haven’t already RSVP’d for THE sailing social event of the season, please do so by following the link: RSVP HERESpace Coast Sailing Celebration RSVP. If you can assist the team for a little while during the gathering, please sign up at the following link:VOLUNTEER AT: Space Coast Sailing Celebration Volunteers.
 
Looking further ahead, the first regatta of the semester will be in Jensen Beach on September 29th.  With our larger size, we only have enough trailers to transport boats for the Gemini and Artemis groups.  If you are in one of those groups and want to sail, please let Connor know.  Also, please register at either Regatta Networks or using the links in the ‘Events” page at spacecoastsailing.org.  when you register, please use the team name “Space Coast Sailing”.  Also, thanks in advance to Carl Bjorkland and Todd Schuerger who will be making sure that our trailers are roadworthy for the season.
 
Finally, here is next  Meet the Team installment organized by Lisa Mohrman.  If you haven’t already done so, please submit one for your family.  The questionnaire can be found on our website spacecoastsailing.org.
 

1. Tell us your family member’s names and ages of your sailors and siblings:

Lynne-Mom guess my age

Chris-Dad

Gabriella 16 not in sailing

Cyra – 13 sailing

Max- 11 sailing

2. Tell us about your family’s experiences with sailing, the water, and how long your sailor has been sailing.

Both Cyra and Max started with Phil at MYC years ago taking 2 1 month courses on 420’s.  They have sailed on a hobie, sunfish, and a few other small boats.  This summer they helped sail (navigating) 32 Catalina around Alacatraz for the day.  Max did most of that as Cyra was tentative.

3.  Do you have a story you’d like to share related to sailing or your sailor that would help us get to know you better?

Well, Cyra found a hurt turtle a few years ago that we had delivered to SeaWorld/Brevard Zoo to receive help while she was sailing with Phil.

4. Tell us something you like about Space Coast Sailing?

I love the idea of giving the gift of sailing back to the kids as I was given it at the age of 12 with my mom on a Hobie cat. It’s wonderful to see the kid’s enthusiasm after a great day of the water.  They review it with each other.  The instructors are also a gift to the kids. Just really a fantastic program.