VOLUME 56 AUGUST 2003 NUMBER 6
From the Commander
Well, it's official. Summer is
here along with the normal heat and humidity. The good thing is
that Loretta and I are going to beat it a little bit this weekend,
along with Terry and Corrin Marinko, by joining Joyce and Fred
Wichmann and their three grandchildren aboard the beautiful vessel
Mobjack for a cruise to Sandy Point. We expect to be joined by
at least five other boats according to the count at the Membership
Meeting on 10 July 2003. We're looking forward to seeing many
of you there since a raft-up is something that was indicated as
a desirable cruise type in the survey.
Other things are coming up and promise to be fun filled times,
but I will let our Cruise Chairman Dave Walsh and our Administrative
Officer Janice Kromer tell you about them.
It's time to get the Budget Committee rolling and look at some
items that have been discussed in recent ExCom. Meetings. I need
the Budget Committee folks to give me a call so a meeting can
be set up to discuss some very important issues.
Let's not forget the Nominating Committee. The year is fast
drawing to a close and details need to be worked out now.
One final item - Thursday afternoon, prior to the ExCom Meeting,
Loretta called me and indicated that Janice Kromer must have been
by the Headquarters Building and set up all the tables and chairs
and it looked very nice. That evening, Janice came up to Loretta
and asked if she had set up the tables and chairs. Apparently
it was neither one. During the meeting I asked who had done this,
without even being asked or telling anyone, and nobody at the
meeting had any idea. P/C Fred Wichmann decided it must have been
the spirits of Past Commanders, and everyone present said a "Thank
You" to the spirits. Well, on Friday we learned it was actually
Terry Marinko. Terry had been to a doctor's appointment and on
his way home, set up the tables and chairs by himself. On behalf
of the Squadron, "THANK YOU, TERRY!" What a pleasant
surprise. P.S. He and Corrin didn't even come to dinner.
What an example of being involved. Let's all get involved!
Looking forward to seeing more of our members at meetings and
functions. If you haven't been, come on out, we don't bite and
you might even have fun.
Lt/C Stephen C. Kromer, P
The good news this month is Steve Whitlock
successfully completed Advanced Piloting. Next time you see Steve,
make sure to congratulate him. Also, Allison Ryan & David
Coleman successfully completed Marine Electronics. Congratulations
to them both.
We are working on the class schedule
for the fall. At present, we plan to start classes on Monday 15
September 2003, and we will offer the following classes:
We don't have dates and times
yet, but we should know more by the time you receive this edition
of The Palmetto Log.
If you want to take a course either call me at 851-9112 or email
me at firstname.lastname@example.org
so that I know how many people are coming and how many sets of
class materials we'll need. Finally, keep an eye on our web site
(http://www.usps.org/localusps/cps/) for additional information
on the dates, time, and instructors. As soon as we develop the
schedule we'll post it there. The September edition of The Palmetto Log will
carry a complete schedule of the fall educational courses.
Hope y'all are having great summer.
SAFE BOATING THROUGH EDUCATION
Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans, P
Lt/C Janice Kromer
Thanks to all who attended our
July Membership Meeting. Our speaker, Robert New, was extremely
interesting. Not all of us agreed with his point of view on expanding
Charleston's port, but the differences of opinions made for a
lively discussion. Special thanks to Joyce Wichmann for arranging
for our speaker, John Van Way and Donna for the great bartending,
and Mary Gulbrandsen and Loretta Lombardo for the magic they did
in cleaning up our serving area. And we've found out that the
mystery set-up person was Terry Marinko. Many thanks, Terry. Congratulations
go to new member, Ricki Silveria, who won our raffle.
Please welcome new member, Grady Barnwell, who has transferred
into our Squadron. And Jack & LeAnn Meyer have been accepted
as members, contingent on Jack providing his certificate of prior
USPS Boating Course completion.
We have been invited by Coast Guard Commander James Cash to
visit the Coast Guard Cutter, Oak. The Commander will lead us
on an hour's tour on 11 September. We will be Commander Cash's
guests, and there will be no charge to our members for a very
interesting and informative hour! We will not be having food on
the Cutter, but we invite you to come out for an informal meal
afterwards, if you would like to participate. We'll pick a restaurant
and let you know further details as we get closer to September.
Please be aware, however, if there is hurricane activity and the
Oak is called for duty, or if there is heightened security for
the 9/11 anniversary, we may have to postpone our plans.
Paul Yura of NOAA has offered to give our members a course
on spotting upcoming severe weather. We will be meeting on Saturday,
20 September at 1300 at Headquarters. Paul's talk will last around
two hours, and we will cover topics such as lightning, tornadoes,
hail, waterspouts, etc. In the middle of hurricane season, this
will be a timely reminder of the dangers of weather, so please
plan on attending.
Our Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, 9,October and
we will be having a pot luck dinner at Headquarters. Since we
will have much business to attend to, we will not be having a
speaker. Our annual oyster roast at the Wichmann's will be in
October, too, and we hope to announce a date soon.
That's about all the news for now. If anyone has any suggestions
on activities or speakers for coming months, please remember to
Lt/C Robert A. Gulbransen, S
Hi Everyone! I hope you all have
been having a great summer. I would like to take this opportunity
to welcome Lt/C Janice Kromer to the Charleston Power Squadron
Bridge. Janice has jumped into the thick of thing in mid season
as Administrative Officer. Janice has in the past been a wonderful
supporter of squadron events. Janice has been the driving force
behind the June and July membership meetings, and proven to be
a terrific asset to our organization. Janice has plans for a number
of interesting outings and meetings during the upcoming year.
Thanks Janice for all your work, and we look forward to your enthusiasm
in the days ahead.
Please make a note on your calendar, the Annual Squadron Business
Meeting will be held at squadron Headquarters Building on 9 October
2003. The time of the meeting will be at 1830. As an active member
of the Charleston Power Squadron, I urge that you take the time
to attend this function.
I was on the water for the beginning of the Charleston to Bermuda
race this year. While sailing and awaiting the beginning of the
race, I was able to hail Fred Wichmann and the crew onboard the
Mobjack from the deck of my Morningstar II. . We were two of the
Power Squadrons representatives in the sea of boats that gathered
to wish the field of starters the best of luck on their journey.
This turned out to be a great chance to see the Charleston boating
community in all its glory. Every size and manner of small craft
was cruising the starting line. With the bang of a cannon the
fleet of boats flew across the harbor. Sails and flags a flying,
quite a sight to see, and even more exciting to be a part of.
It seemed just a matter of minutes and the race fleet of 19 boats
was nothing more than silhouettes on the horizon. If you ever
have the opportunity to see or be a part of this type of event,
don't miss the chance; it's something you will not soon forget.
A Whole Different
"As different as night and day."
Lt Kirk Williams
A boater must have coined this phrase. I can think of no environment
where the contrast between day conditions and night conditions
is so pronounced, than when on the water. When twilight fades
into darkness and familiar landmarks disappear, it's as if someone
deftly plucked your boat off your favorite lake or bay and silently
dropped it down in some strange realm. And this new place has
no visible smokestacks or antennas along the shoreline. In fact,
the only hint of a shoreline at all is the flickering of some
lights on the now-invisible horizon.
A night cruise can be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable pleasures
of boating. The sun isn't scorching your hide or making you squint,
the surface confusion caused by the wakes of too many boats has
diminished, and an offshore breeze replaces the heat and humidity
of midday. But night boating requires some special attention from
the skipper. You can't see where you are, you can't see where
you've been, and you can't see where you're going.
There is a natural tendency for a boater to want to use a searchlight
or spotlight at night, just as one would use headlights on a car.
But headlights won't work on the water. For one thing, you're
not on a street or highway where other traffic will approach you
from predictable directions. On the water, other boats may be
approaching you from anywhere.
Secondly, other boats will not be using searchlights (headlights).
The only way you'll have to spot them is by their green, red or
white lights. And with both stationary and moving lights all up
and down the shoreline and criss-crossing the surface of the water,
it's easy to see why night boating demands a tremendous amount
of concentration. Those who have boated at night will agree with
me that navigation lights on boats are not very bright, and by
the time you can see them, you can be dangerously close.
The other reason headlights would be of little use for boats is
because boating is three-dimensional. Automobile drivers don't
have to be concerned with what lies beneath their highways, but
boaters must. Also, a spotlight shining on waves creates shadows
and reflections that can look very much like fishing floats or
debris. This causes the skipper to consider every sighting as
a danger, when most are simply illusions. After a while and after
a few "false sightings," the skipper easily can become
complacent, opening up the possibility of missing the ones that
truly do represent a risk
But the biggest reason we don't have headlights or use our searchlights
for nighttime running is that we would temporarily blind other
boaters, confusing them and perhaps causing them to make some
like into the path of our own boat.
So let's face it. We're all handicapped when we're operating our
boats at night because we just can't see very well in the dark.
Unless you're in big water, and a long way from shore with plenty
under your boat and along your course, you should pay close attention
to some basic principles of boating after dark:
1. Slow down. You can't judge distances at night as easily as
you can when you have high visibility and a relative sense of
distant objects. And you'll need more time to figure out what
all the lights mean that are moving at different speeds, directions
and distances relative to your own boat.
2. Arrange your interior lighting so that you are not blinded
by your own illumination. I was on a boat one night that had an
all-round white light mounted atop the windshield, and the reflection
off the glass was so blinding I couldn't see the gauges on the
helm station, let alone the bow. Make sure such lights are shielded,
and keep your interior lighting dimmed.
3. Use your hearing to your best advantage. Sound carries across
the water as if amplified. If your boat's SuperStupendousSonic
Stereo System is on full blast, you'll miss some important clues
given by approaching vessels, such as engine noise, horns, rushing
water, sails flapping or even loud conversation
If you're a relatively new boater, and not comfortable skippering
your own boat in the dark, try and go out with a friend as a passenger
and watch and listen to what's going on. Night boating is a different
but one you can play safely if you follow a few
simple rules and use good common sense.
Commander Bob's Boating Safety
Dataw Island Marina Cruise and Picnic
Weekend of 2 August 2003
Come Join Us for Food and Fun
Come to Dataw Island on 2 August
for a potluck picnic. We have reserved the marina's screened-in
gazebo for our picnic. The gazebo is very large, located in a
grove of trees, well shaded and cool with ample adjacent parking.
So, rain or shine, we will be picnicking in cool bug-free comfort.
Bring your favorite potluck dish. The Squadron will provide burgers,
hot dogs and beverages.
Wendy Walsh says: come by land or by sea and join us for a fun-filled
day on Dataw Island. The cost is only $5.00 per person and serving
starts at 1700 hours.
Beaufort Squadron Invited
Plan now on attending. We have invited the Beaufort Power Squadron
to our picnic. Dataw Island is a special place of scenic beauty
with an absolutely first-rate marina. Come join us for food, fun
and a chance to meet some new friends.
Directions to Dataw Marina
By car, Dataw Island Marina is about 6 miles past Beaufort. Follow
Highway 21 through Beaufort, across the Beaufort River Bridge,
go 5.5 miles and turn left onto Polowana Road. After about 1 mile,
turn left on to Dataw Drive. Just across the bridge, stop at the
Dataw Island Community gate and tell the gate attendant that you
are going to the Power Squadron Picnic at the marina. Follow the
signs to the marina.
Directions to Dataw Marina
By boat, Dataw Island Marina is located approximately 3 statute
miles southwest of ICW standard mile 521.5 between ICW markers
"187" and "189". Turn south into Parrot Creek
leaving Green Marker "1" to port giving Green Marker
"1" a 100 yard Clearance. Use the red right return rule.
There is deep water in Parrot Creek. The shoal on the NOAA charts
at the entrance to Parrot Creek does not exist and there is plenty
of water in the channel at this point. Follow the Parrot Creek
channel to the junction of Morgan River and head west leaving
Red Marker "6" to starboard. The Dataw Island Marina
is on your port side as you proceed west on Morgan River. The
Morgan River and the marina approach depths are 15 ft. or more
at MLW. Most slips at the marina have 8 feet of water with 15-plus
feet of depth at the outer docks. GPS coordinates for the marina
are: 32 27.099 North/080 34.645 West. Contact Dataw Island Marina
on #16 or #68 for docking and approach instructions. No activities
are planned for Friday or Sunday (other than dock-talking and
boat-lounging). However, the Salt Marsh Grill and Deli at the
marina is open for lunch at the Deli and dinner in the Grill.
Marina Slip Assignment
If you are planning to overnight at the marina, call the Harbormaster
(843-838-8410) ASAP to make a slip reservation.
Dataw Marina Information
Dataw Island Marina
Address 100 Marina Drive
The September cruise is a noon
lunch at Isle of Palms Marina on Saturday 13 September 2003. The
restaurant at the marina is the Morgan Creek Grill, and those
that have eaten there say the food is great! Come by boat or car.
The Isle of Palms Marina is located at 50 41st Avenue, Isle of
Palms, 886-0209. For more information, call Pamela Hicks, Cruise
Captain at 557-0613 or David Walsh 556-3258 for more information.
REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE
NOMINATIONS FOR THE YEAR 2003 - 2004
In accordance with Squadron Bylaws,
Article XI, Nominations, Elections and Voting, the Squadron Nominating
Committee places in nomination the following members for the Year
2003-2004. If elected, they will serve until the Change of Watch
in the fall of 2004.
Lt/C Charlotte "Cat" Yeomans, P
P/D/Lt/C Mike Page, P
Lt/C Janice Kromer
Lt/C Bob Gullbranson, P
Lt/C Stephen C. Kromer, AP
Lt/C Loretta Lombardo
Assistant Educational Officer
1 st/Lt Mike Hamme, P
1 st/Lt David E. Walsh, P
1 st/Lt Corrin Marinko, JN
Members of the Executive Committee
P/C Vince Lombardo, S
Lt Dick Finn, AP
Lt William "Terry" Marinko, P
Lt John Van Way, SN
Lt David E. Walsh, P
Members of the Rules Committee
1 Yr* PIC Daivd O'Hanian, SN Chair
2 Yr * Bob Dodgens
3 Yr* P/C Steve Yeomans
Members of the Audit Committee
1 Yr* Lt Cindy Kridler, AP Chair
2 Yr* PIC David O'Hanian, SN
3 Yr* Larry Lanz
Members of the Housing Committee
1 Yr* P/C Steven J. Yeomans, P Chair
2 Yr* Pam Hicks
3 Yr* Steve Kromer
Members of the Nominating Committee
1 Yr* P/C Billy Lynes, AP Chair
2 Yr * P/C Steven J. Yeomans, P
3 Yr To be nominated from the floor
Additionally, in accordance with Article XI, other nominations
may be made by written petition, signed by at least five (5) Active
Members in good standing, and filed with the Secretary at least
fifteen (15) days before the date of the election at the Annual
Meeting in October 2003. * Indicates carry-over from previous
election of multiple years and does not require election.
P/C Tony Ward, AP
P/C Billy Lynes, AP
P/C Steven Yeomans, P
Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, 10 July 2003
Cdr Vincent Lombardo called the
meeting to order at 1748 at the Headquarters Building. Those in
attendance were: Lt Wendy Walsh, Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen, P/D/C Ken
Beeber, Lt David Walsh, P/C William Lynes, Lt John VanWay, Lt/C
Steve Kromer, Lt/C Janice Kromer, Mary Gulbrandsen, Lt/C Loretta
Lombardo. A quorum was established.
Executive: Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans: No report / not in
Educational: Per Lt/C Stephen Kromer: We are putting
a class schedule together for the fall session and things should
be finalized in the next few days.
Administrative: Per Lt/C Janice Kromer: The August social
meeting is planned for the West Ashley Crab Shack, with a choice
of meals. Glenn Applebaum is to be the guest speaker. September
meeting is planned to be a tour of the Coast Guard Cutter Oak,
situation permitting. We will need peoples phone numbers as the
plan could change due to security or weather threats. There is
a possibility of an informal dinner meeting spot after tour.
Treasurer: Per Lt/C Loretta Lombardo: The squadron is
solvent. We have a number of members, 37 that have not renewed
to date. We believe that a number of them are oversights. She
has asked that our bridge officers begin calling the members that
have not renewed.
Secretary: Per Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen: The electronic
vote is in and we have an approval for the new members application
of the Meyers family pending their certificate approvals or retest.
Commander: Per CDR Vince Lombardo: Cruise for July 12 will
be at Folly Island for a raft-up. David Walsh advised the low
tide would be at 1319 for the raft-up.
Old Business: No old business was addressed.
New Business: Per Lt David Walsh: The August
cruise to Dataw Island is on 2 August. The squadron will supply
hamburgers and hot dogs, members will pot luck what ever they
want. The Beaufort Power Squadron will be joining the Dataw Cruise.
Lt/C Steve Kromer motioned that the squadron adopt the Stono River
Chart. The adopt-a-chart motion was seconded and carried. Lt John
VanWay suggested that the Budget Committee begin work on the new
budget. Also, that the budget needs to be updated to a Quicken
Program that would make the accounting system much easier. The
Nominating Committee needs to submit their list for the 2004 officers
as soon as possible, for approval by the Executive Committee.
The meeting adjourned at 1821
Charleston Power Squadron Visits
The Spirit of South Carolina
The June membership meeting,
12 June 2003 was held at the Spirit of South Carolina boatyard
in downtown Charleston. Larry Lanz, a Squadron member and Spirit
project volunteer, introduced Charlie Sneed who oversees the Spirit
project. According to Charlie, the Spirit began as a dream of
local wooden boat fans. Design of the Spirit was inspired by the
1897 schooner Frances Elizabeth, that served as a pilot boat in
Charleston harbor. Builder of the Francis Elizabeth was Samuel
Pregnall who operated a shipyard, that once stood about 200 yards
away from where the Spirit is now being constructed. Mr. Sneed
explained that a copy of plans for the Francis Elizabeth were
obtained from Smithsonian Institution. The Spirit's plans were
developed from Francis Elizabeth's plans by a marine architect
as a modern sailing ship, that is about half again larger and
much stronger than the original schooner.
As expected, squadron members had many questions about the
design and construction of the ship. Mr. Sneed answered our many
questions showing great knowledge and patience.
Q. Will the ship have an engine? A. Yes, two diesels.
Q. Where will the propeller shafts be located? A. Through the
hull on each side of the rudder.
Q. Why are the ship's ribs so close together. A. US Coast Guard
specifications require the ship to be built much stronger than
wooden ships of the past. Close placement of the ribs gives the
ship greater strength to withstand heavy seas.
Q. What are the ribs made of? A. Live oak. Mr. Sneed said that
live oaks are not protected and many live oaks are cut down to
clear land for houses, roads, parking lots and other construction
projects. His team has been given enough live oak logs from local
construction projects to build the boat. In fact, the boat yard
has a sawmill on site that can handle huge live oak logs.
Q. When done, how will the ship be used? A. The Spirit of South
Carolina will be a working vessel promoting South Carolina and
training students from South Carolina. Students aboard can get
academic credit in navigation, seamanship, weather, oceanography,
marine ecology, and history.
Mr. Sneed gave an account of the history of the original Francis
Elizabeth. After long years of service the ship burned and sank
in the Cape Fear River in 1912. Underwater archaeologists discovered
the wreck of Frances Elizabeth with a sonar survey in 1993. Mr.
Sneed hopes that dives to the wreck will recover artifacts and
more information about the Francis Elisabeth.
14 August Membership Meeting
Our August meeting will
be held on 14 August 2003, at the West Ashley Crab Shack on Route
61 (Ashley River Road). We will be having salad, a choice of one
of five entrees, corn on the cob, and new potatoes. The cost will
be $15 per person. Optional dessert will be a la carte. Cocktails
will start at 1830, and dinner is at 1900. Our speaker will be
Glen Appelbaum and the subject will be his recent cruise to the
Bahamas. The Crab Shack is just northwest (towards Summerville)
from the intersection of Sam Rittenberg - Route 7, and Route 61.
It's in a small strip mall next to the Southeastern Furniture
Gallery. If you're coming from Sam Rittenberg and get to Savage
Road - you missed it! If you need better directions, please call
me, or call the restaurant at 763-4494. I will need to give the
restaurant a head count by August 12th, so please let me know
if you plan to attend before that date. You can reach me at 821-1861
in the evenings, 873-9200, ext.. 7126 during the working hours,
or via e-mail to email@example.com.
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Today's useless fact: -
Why do champagne bottles have
that deep indentation at the bottom?
The deep indentation at the bottom of champagne bottles is
there for a practical purpose, not just to cheat you out of a
little of the bubbly. There are three main reasons for the indentation
(referred to as the "punt"). The first relates to traditional
design. It was found that a recessed cavity in the bottom made
pouring from the bottle much easier, especially for people with
small hands. Also, when you hold the bottle by the bottom lip,
the warmth of your hands does not raise the temperature of the
The second reason has to do with the history of winemaking.
Historically, champagne bottles were stored horizontally for
fermentation and aging. By laying the bottles end to end, with
the top of one bottle inserted into the punt of another, more
bottles could be stored per bin.
The third reason has to do with the structural integrity of
the bottle. Champagne is under pressure in the bottle. (Hence
warning labels instructing you to aim the bottle away from people
when opening. One champagne cork was shot a record distance of
109 feet, upon opening!) By having the indentation in the lower
portion of the bottle, the glass is made structurally stronger
Next time you pour from a bottle of champagne for your friends,
do it by holding the lip of the punt between thumb and forefinger.
If you really want to impress them, tell them why the dent is
Source used: "The Thoughts for the Throne"
by Don Voorhees
Submitted by John Sikes
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