Greetings from the VSS Vice Commodore's Corner.  I hope everyone had a very happy, safe, and satisfying holiday season! 

I wanted to take this opportunity to mention the tremendous support we received this year for the Bridge Tender Cookie drive.  Thank you again to the many ladies who baked cookies and helped to  create some of the best cookie plates ever.  The variety and quality of this year's cookies was outstanding, and I'm sure VSS is held in high esteem with the bridge tenders because of your skill and effort.  Thank you all.

We also had tremendous support from Santa, John Lynch, who once again charmed southwestern Florida with his merry " Ho, Ho, Ho ".  I especially appreciate his efforts in this event as John has been trying to retire from the Santa scene.  I hope he has just one more year in him!  Thanks, John.  The cookie drive would never be the same without you.

The cookie elves showed up in great numbers this year as well, and though we didn't have quite enough elves to make 2 groups this year, our single group was large enough to really draw some attention.  The bridge tenders were very thankful as they are every year, and they appreciate being recognized in a job where they're mostly ignored.  Thank you, elves.  You did a great job!

We are putting together a day sail on January 14th to see if we can generate any interest in just sailing together.  We plan on heading out of the Jetty's at about 1:00.  There is no set course, just head for a sailboat and shout "Ahoy!" as you pass by.  We're heading back and hoping to be docked in time to meet at Marker 4 for a few drinks / appetizers /dinner by 4:00 - 4:30 to get there before the evening rush.  If interested in attending, please let me know by e-mailing me at xamaar8@gmail.com with the following:

·         Your phone #

·         If you will be sailing your own boat, or if you need to be assigned to a boat as crew

·         If sailing your own boat, how many crew you are willing to take with you.

·         How many are interested in meeting at Marker 4 afterwards.  Everyone takes care of their own tabs.

·         If you're only interested in meeting us at Marker 4 afterwards, e-mail your intentions so we can get a more accurate count.  We'd love to see you.

Once we receive your responses, we will match crew up with boat owners.  If we have more crew than boats, we will let you (crew) know as soon as possible and put you on the top of the list for crewing on our next day sail.  I know, it's not a perfect plan, but it is a plan and will get some of us out on the water.

I realize that this is a rather short sail, but we're just trying to see if we can get any boats out on the water for such an outing.  If so, we can plan for longer or more frequent day sails and destination sails.

Also, I hope to see you all at the upcoming Holiday Party.  It will be a good time to get together with friends after all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Deb and I have prepared something interesting that should make a fun addition to the Holiday Party.  We hope you enjoy it and we would like to know what you think.  Looking forward to seeing you there!