Editor:  Randy Oates

August 2014



In this issue:
Cruisin' Together
Commodore's Report
Membership Report
Education Report
Cruising News
Social Events
Events at a Glance
Sunshine Lady
Meeting Minutes

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Cruisin' Together!
About this time of year the Seafarers start looking to fill in the slots on next year's Board.  Sometimes lately it seems as if people think volunteering for the Seafarers is as dangerous as being a turtle on a gator's back.

Of course it only seems that way because so many of our new members in particular think someone else must be better qualified than they are.  The Seafarers experience may start with being a bystander at meetings, but it gets better and better as you get involved - from cruising to leading a cruise to helping run an event to working with the Board to becoming an officer or director.

Every step of the way there are plenty of people to help you along - most of the Board members since the club started are still around.  Do you know that the Seafarers have held almost 250 cruises and events in the last eight years - and most of the leaders of those events are still in the club?  One of the main reasons is that stepping up to help out multiplied their involvement and satisfaction many times over.

So give it a shot - we've got your back.

Just in case you still haven't figured out how to connect to the new calendar or membership list - or you want to change your membership info for your summer address -- we've repeated the link to the new website presentation here.

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Commodore's Report: by Eric Norlin

               We are now into the summer doldrums and rainy season, however there are still some Seafarers’ activities going on. Bev & Bob Riggs put on a terrific Dock Party at their house with plenty of burgers and brats on the grill, along with side dishes and some delicious desserts. More than 30 members attended. In spite of a rainstorm, which drove much of the crowd inside, a good time was had by all.

               The Regatta committee met at the Crumbaugh’s house in July and is getting excited about the up coming "Old West" Regatta. Start making your plans now to join the fun on Nov 7th, 8th and 9th at Burnt Store Marina.

               As we have done in the past, there will not be a General Membership Meeting in August. However, the socials will continue at St. Andrews South on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, August 14 & 28 from 5–7 p.m.



Membership Report: by Joe Preece, Director

            Our Membership is currently at 298 and I would like to welcome our newest members Ned and Belinda Byrne. The Byrne’s have been boating for many years and come to us most recently from Virginia. They own a 21’ powerboat named the SUN BYRNE.                       

            We are working on a new method for sending out our email blasts so I apologize to everyone for having to deal with my sending out the same blast 5 times. This should be fixed, so hopefully that won’t happen again but it still might. It looks like the event sign up method is going well but if anyone is having issues please let me know at joepreece33@gmail.com or 918-645-8372.


Education Report: by Joe Longo, Director

Boating Safety

            The US Coast Guard requires boaters to have US Coast Guard approved red flares on board as part of the visual distress package requirements.  The red flare is a pyrotechnic device whose origin has been traced back to China in the year 1276.  The Chinese invented the flare and launched it into the air to signal its troops far off in the distance. 

            Flares produce their light through the combustion of a pyrotechnic composition. The ingredients that make up a flare are varied but are often based on strontium or potassium nitrates mixed with charcoal, sulfur, sawdust, aluminum, magnesium or a polymeric resin depending on the purpose of the flare.  Flares ignite at 376 degrees F and can burn as hot as 2,900 degrees F. Some flares are designed to be lit and burned under water. US Coast Guard approved signal flares, that are required for use on our boats, are relatively low tech but they do burn very hot so handle them with extreme caution. Signal flares come in many variations.  In addition to hand held flares Ariel flares can give a much better chance of being seen as they act like a shooting star and then there are parachute flares that can light up a large area and stay aloft for a longer period of time.

            Flares do break down over time, which is the very reason our marine flares have an expiration date.  Out of date flares, in good condition, may be kept on board and used as a backup, but up-to-date US Coast Guard approved flares are required to be aboard your boat. Out of date flares are considered unreliable.

            If your flares have been exposed to the elements and are showing signs of age you can dispose of them, or any hazardous waste, locally at the Zemel Road landfill in south Punta Gorda. Do not attempt to discard flares with garbage as under certain conditions they can self ignite.

            Due to the extreme heat and humidity that our boats are subject to here in South Florida, I’m sure you have noticed that things wear out faster down here.   Because of this I keep my flares in a freezer quality, Ziploc bag. I keep them in their original bag and just insert the whole package in the bag for a little extra reliability and security.  

            For a full list of US Coast Guard requirements on board visit the US Coast Guard Boating Safety website.

            Remember, Safety on the Water is No Accident



Cruising News: by Jack Gardner and Marji Cyr, Directors

            Overnight cruising will commence in October. If you have any preferences or suggestions, please contact Marji Cyr ASAP: mpvrc@optonline.net   In the meantime I hope everyone is having a good and healthy summer.


            Have a great and safe summer,

Jack & Marji



Social Events: by Walt Zink,  Director and Bev Riggs, Co-Director

            Summer is here for a while so put your snow shovels away as they won't be needed. Umbrellas yes and suntan lotion also. Kudos to Bev & Bob Riggs for hosting a very successful dock party at their house. A vast variety of salads, bovine and pork goodies were barbequed and were ever so tasty. A good crowd of Seafarers showed up to support the event.  See the rest of the photos by clicking here.  

            We still do not have anyone stepping up to hold a social event for the club in August. Someone must have some sort of an idea that we would all enjoy. Be thinking and for all you newcomers, what a great way to get your feet wet and meet more Seafarers.

Walt and Bev


 Events at a Glance  


Social at St. Andrews Country Club 5-7 pm
Social at St. Andrews Country Club 5-7 pm

Note: As we have done in the past, there will be no General Membership Meeting in August


 The Sunshine Lady - Cynthia Cowdrey

Cynthia Cowdrey is the Sunshine Lady for the Seafarers.  So if you hear of anyone who is ill or is hospitalized, or of anyone who has lost a family member, you should contact her. 

Her email is ladyofpalmas@hotmail.com and her phone number is 941-575-5671



Membership Meeting Minutes -- Click here to view.


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