8th Instructor’s Newsletter – Monday, August 24, 2009


Alas, it is with very heavy hearts and tear-filled eyes that we come to this: the last week of sailing club! If only summer could last forever! Soon, it will be back to school and boredom and pasty skin and checking the 2010 countdown clock on SLSC.ca every day in eager anticipation. But tears must not be shed yet, for it ain’t over til the fat lady sings (replace ‘fat lady’ with ‘all of us screaming to Paradise by the Dashboard Lights this Friday night’!). Only then you can go ahead and cry. Or come help us pack boats on Saturday. And THEN cry.
It was truly an amazing summer both at the club and abroad. We instructors would like to thank all you kids, parents and directors for your contribution to the SLSC spirit. There couldn’t be a better place to spend a summer than at Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club – and it’s not because of our big green shack or our beat-up 420s or our excessively seaweed-y lagoon or our strikingly handsome instructor team: it’s because of YOU.
YOU, the kids who choose to spend their precious summer vacation time discovering the beautiful sport of sailing, rather than doing any of the other million things you could do in a summer. You’re keeping this ancient sport alive and kicking – and you’re doing it very well.
So thanks for reading these newsletters, thanks for coming to the movie nights, dances, regattas and pizza lunches and thanks so much for supporting this great club… but most of all, thanks for sailing!

Here’s what’s going on:

Prize Giving and AGM: Friday, August 28 @ 7p.m. 
Certificates! Awards! Paddles! Pictures! Must be that time of year again! The bittersweet annual event, Prize Giving, will take place this Friday evening at Sturgeon Point Union Church (on Irene Ave.). Always a fun and nostalgic event, it’s a great way to cap off another summer at SLSC. And who knows? Maybe you or your child’s name will be called for one thing or another! The show starts at 7. The 2009 Annual General Meeting will take place immediately after Prize Giving – all parents are welcome. And kids, while your parents stick around for the AGM, make your way down to the club for…
…The Sweetheart Dance! The one and only dance of the year that is ABSOLUTELY FREE!!! Don’t worry about wearing a costume, just show up in whatever you’re wearing.

Race Week
This is race week – a whole week dedicated to competing and learning about sailing competition. Essentially this is a weeklong regatta with many different classes based on experience. Awards will be handed out at Prize Giving for the winners of the week.
This Wednesday…
… is a very special Wednesday. Unlike most Wednesdays this year, there will be no themed fun day, in order to allow for more races. And there will be no Wednesday Night Races either. I KNOW, I KNOW, right now you’re totally bummed out about this, but hear us out…
INSTEAD, on Wednesday Night come back to SLSC at 7 and pay $5 for a CAMPFIRE and… TALENT SHOW!!! That’s right, come enjoy marshmallows, wieners, ’smores, and hang out with all your buddies around a campfire. And if you have a wicked talent to show us, then join the show and maybe win the prize awarded to the best talent.
And remember, Wednesday is still PIZZA DAY! So make sure your parents pay our lovely Pizza Lady/Registrar Leslie $7.50 and eat delicious pizza after club.

Movie Night
Tuesday is movie night. Two movies will be shown in the Clubhouse: the first suitable for all ages and the second open to 13 year olds and up. The first movie begins at 6:30 and each movie costs a dollar. Please bring a reusable cup for juice.

Race Team
Congratulations to our Race Team who sailed very well at CORK last week (including a 3rd place in the Silver Fleet for Owen and Sean), thus wrapping up their regular season competitions. It was a very successful summer for SLSC at regattas thanks to this team that is really putting our club on the map! Good luck in your quest for this week’s coveted Lou Scholes Trophy!

Water bottles and bring things.
Just a reminder: bring a water bottle to Sailing Club because we have a water cooler that you can refill with if needed. Help us help you stay hydrated!
Also, on top of a lifejacket and proper footwear, please bring warm clothing and rain gear if possible – because unless it’s reeeaally bad weather, we’re going sailing! Oh and bring your sunscreen, because summer is still here!

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