By CCWA Commodore Chip Ducrest
First I’d like to begin by thanking the CCWA membership for having the
confidence in me to take the helm of the club for a while. We’ve got
some really great board members who are giving their time and
talents, as well as club members who have stepped up and volunteered
to host events. With the combined efforts of all of us, it is my
hope that 2009 will be another successful year for CCWA.
One of my goals this year is to increase the balance in our checking
account to around $5,000. The easiest way to achieve this is by
growing the club membership. As of this writing, we have only 41
paid memberships in CCWA. Historically, that level has been as high
as 160 members. If we can bring some of those former members back
onboard, our financial status will be fine. I ask each and every one
of you, if you haven’t joined CCWA this year, please do, and if you
know of a windsurfer who hasn’t yet joined, please take the time to
put a little friendly pressure on them, and ask them to sign up as
well. With the support of the windsurfing community, we will be able
to expand club activities, keep up with the ever increasing cost of
insurance, and bring back some of the excitement of days gone by.
For 2009, we have planned at least four parties for members and
guests. Also on our agenda, are a couple of fun down-wind rallies,
with one going from offshore Packery Channel, to Port Aransas, and
the other going inshore from Port Aransas to Rockport. Who knows,
eventually we may be able to conquer the entire Texas coastline.
This year will be our Third Annual Discover Windsurfing Day. It is
our opportunity to give back to the community, and from all
indications, it will be another successful event.
As it works out, Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, and
weather permitting (or not) our annual Canal Crawl we be more
“scary” than ever.
I can’t close without mentioning all the hard work your board is
doing on behalf of the club, especially Carrie, who’s doing an
outstanding job as the webmaster. Also, it is with great pleasure to
have Alissa back on board as the newsletter Editor/Secretary for
2009. She has produced wonderful work in the past, and we all look
forward to her quarterly publications. Trina has been working with
Tamay to do an orderly handover of our financial records as the new
club Treasurer, and it’s been a pleasure working with her. Our new
VP, Kyle, has stepped up to help organize the Screamin’ Reach again,
and will be a big asset to me as I learn my way around.
Please don’t forget to check out the club forum for news, gossip,
event updates, and a few surprises. It’s a great way to keep in
touch with members near and far. If you have any stories, or want to
let the club know how great your last windsurfing vacation was, the
CCWA forum is a great place post threads.
In sailing we sometimes close with wishing someone “fair winds, and
following seas”, but I think it’s more appropriate for windsurfers
to close by wishing all of you, “strong winds, and steep waves”.