Sunday February 14, 2010
Another beautiful day. I know I sound like a broken record, but Sean must have put in his order early for this weather because it would be hard to get much better. It’s starting off today in the high 40s and supposed to get to the low to mid 70s. Right now the wind is about 8 and supposed to get to at least 15 again.
We had the skipper’s meeting at 8:30 this morning. Today is the scavenger hunt, which is really scheduled in case there is a blow and sailing is not possible one of the days, as most of the hunt can take place on the land. With the current wind and forecast, Sean encouraged everyone to just go sailing since that is what the event is all about. That is exactly what most people did. Only one actually went on the scavenger hunt, so she, of course, won. Although I did have a couple of options of boats to go out on, I decided at the last minute to go with the powerboat sailing assist craft piloted by Nel Broce so I could get some good photos. Nel is a great guy. He knows the lake well and took me to a lot of the areas I hadn’t been to and then we started following the sailboats.
After about an hour we went back to the dock and picked up Sean and spent several hours out shooting photos and cheering on the sailors. Several times I wished I was sailing but, then again, I really enjoyed this part too and saw some things I would not have seen otherwise.
As the day progressed the wind continued to rise. I haven’t heard the official wind readings but I went online when I got back and what I found said it was currently at 24mph. Great sailing day.
Some came back in for a seminar of celestial navigation put on by Jonathan Olenick from 1:30 until 2:30. He did an excellent job with it.
Everyone was back in by 3PM for the awards ceremony, the final official event of the weekend. Sean started by welcoming the local dignitaries again. Mayor Mark Nexsen, Vice Mayor Don Callahan, another council person Margaret Nyberg and Dean Barlow, the City Manager, and Greg Tryon from the Havasu Hospitality Association.
The mayor once again thanked everyone for coming and invited them back for next year. He mentioned several of the goals of the city.
Greg Tryon also thanked everyone and ask for feedback on any issues they might have had and for any suggestions anyone had to make next year’s event even better. He once again mentioned that he would be working on having more docks and also the minor problems that several had with restaurants and the discounts that had been offered.
After all of this, Sean spent a long time giving out awards. Everyone participating in the event got something. The sponsors had provided enough items to be able to do this. Everyone seemed thrilled to get whatever they got no matter how large or small.
Just as Sean thought he was through, Larry Yake got up and said there was one thing left. Clearly, Sean was surprised. Larry got Jo to come on stage and join Sean and then presented them with a gift certificate of $1,500 to Elliot Pattison Sails so they could replace their “Ebay” sails. This gift was made possible by secret contributions of everyone at the event. As you might have guessed, a huge standing ovation followed that almost never ended. It couldn’t have been too long for all that these two did to put this together.
Later on at 6 PM, many went for a sunset cruise on the Dixie Belle paddle boat and then dinner at Martini’s.
I cannot even begin to tell you what a great event this has been and there is nothing we can ever do to sufficiently thank Sean Mulligan for what he has done for pocketcruiser sailors with this event!
THANK YOU SEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
John Owens J O Woodworks www.jowoodworks.com