92 degrees outside and feeling like 106, humidity is up, and rain forecasted later today. No, nay, nope and double negative about getting out and doing our boat’s brightwork today! Today is a day to do inside work, cruise planning to be exact.
Cruise one is taking our boat to Florence AL in a few weeks for the W.C. Handy Music Festival. This is more like a routine run but anyone with a boat knows you can’t take anything for granted. Batteries will go dead, stabilizer fluid can be off, generator may decide not to turn on, you know routine maintenance and then expect the unexpected.
Cruise two is in November, a 16 day cruise through the Panama Canal. On this cruise hubby can relax and leave the piloting to the Captain of the Vision of the seas Liner. But planning is still required especially the really important decision on whether to get the deluxe beverage package or not! Seriously it will still be important to plan ahead while traveling on water for more than 2 weeks.
The USPS Cruise Planning course I took years ago was invaluable. So whether one is in charge of running the boat or just a passenger it is important to be aware of the navigable rules of the road, safety issues reading weather, medical emergencies, etc. All of which I have been fortunate enough to get through the USPS educational courses. So for today I will enjoy the indoor work and leave the outside boat maintenance for another day!
08 Jan – Monthly Dinner Meeting – Exploring Scotland
12 Jan – Proctor Mariner Learning Exam
12 Feb – Change of Watch Valentine Party
23 Mar – TWRA Boat Safety Course
29 Mar –
31 Mar – District 17 Spring Conference, Guntersville State Park, AL
13 Apr – Proctor Mariner Learning Exam
?? Apr – Winery Tour
?? May – Bay SpringS Outing
18 May – Start of National SafeBoating Week
18 May – Ready, Set, Wear It Life Jacket Safety Event
08 Jun – Cocktails at Aqua
19 Jul – WC Handy Festival, Florence AL
20 Jul – Proctor Mariner Learning Exam
?? Aug – Scavenger Hunt @ Puckwick
? Sep – Raft-Up on Pickwick Lake
08 Oct – Monthly Dinner Meeting
?? Oct – District 17 Fall Conference
12 Oct – Proctor Mariner Learning Exam
12 Nov – Monthly Dinner Meeting
07 Dec – Christmas Party
Goals for 2017:
Provide: Education Promote: Fellowship Prosper: (increase membership)
It is hard to believe that we are entering the last quarter of 2017! It seems like just yesterday that we were enjoying the cookout and our record breaking auction at the Blackburns, cruising to Florence AL for the WC Handy Music Festival and sharing in the once in our lifetime Solar Eclipse event at the Land Between the Lakes, Grand Junction, KY. Our September 23rd raft-up on Pickwick Lake will bring our summer events to a close.
In October we will resume our 2nd Tuesday of the month dinner meetings, so mark your calendar for October 10th, 6:30 PM at the Butcher Shop. Our guest speaker, Lanny Oakes, will be talking on his vacation/trip to Cuba. A timely topic for those interested in visiting this island.
John White and I will be representing our squadron at the District 17 Fall Conference, Johnson City, TN and reporting back to you at the October meeting. We were given a heads up that there will be a lot of news/changes from the Annual Governors Meeting in Dallas.
Speaking of news and changes, check out the new tagline that will be used (more details at the October meeting). “WE ARE AMERICA’S BOATING CLUB”
Looking forward to seeing you all i October!