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Cruiser's Corner Jan 2013

posted Dec 18, 2012, 4:47 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 10:00 AM by AUGUSTA SAILINGCLUB ]
What a fun year we’ve had! The Cruisers at Augusta Sailing Club have been very active this past year. Some events included Cruiser’s University, volunteering at Charleston Race Week and ASC’s own Halloween Regatta, karaoke, racing in the Cruiser’s Poker Run series, enjoying impromptu parties and raft-ups, as well as the traditional full moon cruises. What will 2013 have in store? All this and more!
Cruisers of the Year. Congrats to Bob and Becky Hopkins, this year’s ASC Cruisers of the Year. Bob and Becky were very active as cruisers in 2012. They rafted up, raced in the Passage and other ASC regattas and series’, pirated it up at ASC’s bar during Halloween, participated in work party activities, and served as ambassadors from ASC, volunteering at Charleston’s Race Week. They are a prime example of how much fun you can have as an active ASC cruiser. Congrats again, and see you soon! Becky has already put in a commitment for them to help with Charleston Race Week and Mardi Gras in 2013. Won’t you come join them in the fun?
Full Moon Cruises. This time of year the full moon cruises become somewhat impromptu. Let’s face it, typically the only people you will see on the lake in 25 degree rainy weather are us! If the weather looks nice, we’ll raft, and will send a “shout out” email a few days in advance. Not receiving “cruisermail”? Let me know.
Many cruisers spend only days on the lake this time of year, participating in the Fall and Winter race series’ with their cruising boats. Some are serious, stripping all the modern conveniences out to cut weight and increase speed. Others, like us (we’ve been dubbed the “Wine and Cheese Boat”), prefer to keep all that aboard and just enjoy the racing, going a tad bit slower than the rest. Someone has to earn last place, right? At least we do it with style. Come join us!
Mardi Gras. Beads, crowns, masks and fun! Last year an impromptu Mardi Gras party occurred after a Winter series race. Kevin Kilchenstein made some wonderful NOLA-style food with Oyster Roast leftover seafood and pirate bartenders the Coys brought beads and fun. It was so well received that this year it’s on the calendar as an official event, scheduled for February 9. Kevin has agreed to return as our Chef and to make it even more festive a Mardi Gras Murder Mystery will unfold. Cruisers, for years you’ve been suggesting we do this, and I need your participation! At the Karaoke raft-up I learned that many of you have an inner “ham” waiting to get out. Let’s put those talents to good use. I need a few members to assist with the main characters in advance; also needed are minor characters. Regardless of how much of a part you wish to play, all you will get before the date is a brief description of your character. The rest you will learn at the party. Who will you be? Murderer? Victim? Finder of the murder weapon? Person everyone THINKS did it, but didn’t? Who knows? I do know it will be fun. Please let me know if your inner ham is willing to take an active part.
Charleston Race Week. If you haven’t volunteered for this before you’ve missed an awful lot of fun. Charleston will put you up with a host family, feed you most meals and even give you passes to what is becoming known as the best after-race party around. The regatta is April 18-21, with volunteers performing various and sundry race committee duties either offshore or on a harbor course. Although ASC cruisers have been volunteering for years (last year we sent 13 volunteers), acceptance is somewhat competitive and I typically turn my list of volunteers into the coordinator by mid-January. If you are interested and can commit to the 4-day time schedule, please let me know A.S.A.P.
There’s so much fun coming up this winter and spring, I know I will
See you at the lake,
Brenda Coy