Hello BBSA! Welcome to the holiday season! I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving. I elected to not travel home for Thanksgiving as my grandmother moved to an assisted living facility in Mechanicsville, VA after the passing of my grandfather. Doing a two-week quarantine in order to see her is difficult due to my job. I was fortunate to have a lovely dinner with dear friends in Virginia Beach and it was a perfect evening that I am beyond thankful for.
November was a great month for boating. Unseasonably warm temperatures made for great frostbite racing and recreational sailing. Our calendar was full of events with Willoughby’s annual Hot Buttered Rum Race, the cruise to Waterside and our first year offering a Frostbite series at Little Creek. I got 5 days out on sailboats this month. I sailed on Jammin’s last race for the Hot Buttered Rum event. David Hughes is selling his boat and I am so sad, yet thankful for all of the fun times I had with David and crew. (Read between the lines, once the boat sells if you need crew, there are 8 people including a few with solid foredeck/spinnaker experience who need a boat for 2021) My uncle, Leroi Lissenden, let me run his Tripp 38 Voodoo 2 without him for HYC’s Frostbites. We did well with guest crew and had a whole lot of fun. I also sailed in the HYC Black Friday Sail on a Viper with my friend, Steve Taylor. I am rarely able to get on a smaller sailboat. As things slowed down in November it was a great opportunity to get closer to my sailing roots, to sail on a boat without electronics and allows the sailor to feel the reaction and effect on the boat from everything you do. I hope many of you took advantage of some of the beautiful November days we had!!!
I want to thank all who voted on the new board. I am pleased with our new board members, Jay Thompson (Racing), Larry Baun (Training) and past Commodore Eric Brinsfield in his new role overseeing the cruising fleet. I am happy that much of the existing board will stay on for another year to get us through COVID and help the club get back on track on the backside of the pandemic. The board agreed to not hold our annual banquet in January due to COVID restrictions at this time. As things improve, my hope is to have an outside party when it is warm so you can meet the board. If you would like to help the club grow, please consider joining the board in 2022!
I will be out of touch for the first 10 days +/- of the month. I am on a 2006 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42 DS out on the middle of the ocean with my co-workers from Norton Yachts. This boat is in the Norton Yachts brokerage (I’d love to sell it to you!). This boat had been living in Cancun. The marina needed a licensed captain for Mexico to release the boat. We had Sergio go down to get her out. I flew to Key West on Nov 30th with a big bag of cold weather clothes to relieve Sergio. He got lucky on the easy, not too bumpy and warm part of this boat’s journey! I will be communicating via Garmin Inreach with Sergio and Vice Commodore Jim DiSomma while I head north to Deltaville. They will be able to get a message to me easily and will have access to our tracking.
My biggest wish this holiday season is that all of you stay safe, healthy and happy!
Much love with Christmas and Hanukkah cheer!