As we begin our sailing season, we do so with an uneasy trepidation about the waters in which we sail. Luckily for us, we sail offshore and not be inside in the bays. Nonetheless we a have a responsibility to what US Sailing calls environmental awareness and a stewardship relationship to the ocean. The stewardship principal is one of the four pillars of US Sailing's mission. We've seen how delicate our local waters are and know all too well why our national sailing organization puts such a high priority in taking responsibility for the environments we sail in.
This watch is will start with attentions focused on the sea. Last year at this time Irma was plowing into the Naples. Our coastal town was spared from the ravages of a storm bouncing up the Gulf coast as South Florida took it on the chin and the storm turned slightly towards the east. Although not left completely unscathed Venice considering the alternatives, ducked a potential disaster. This year as we monitor September’s storm season amidst the ravages of a another disaster. Our coast is besieged by a horrible, persistent toxic condition that unlike a hurricane, hasn’t blown off.
We were able to have two events this summer. In a Red TIde, the group kayaked to Midnight Pass from Black Burn Pt. The event was planned on the tide so it was behind us for each leg. Kudos to the nautical planning that went into that. We were met for lunch by more members upon returning to the Casey Key Fish House. It was a good time and was I pleased at the turn out. The second event was at Snook Haven. The event was well attended. It was a good time to keep up on the ties that bind us but the fact remained that the event was replacing the favorite VSS annual Crab Feast. The fish kills have created such a market for crabs that to meet our crab order, charges would have exceeded $1500 from a wholesaler in North Port. Last year a bushel of large males from a local restaurant cost the club $275. It wasn’t crabs but still was a good time to see the group together and excited for a new watch season.