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"In with the New..." Commodore’s Corner:

Here comes a new year…full of hope, good intentions, lots of camaraderie and good will. We will of course, have lots of opportunities throughout the sailing season to complain about having too little wind or too much wind no matter whether we’re cruising or racing. Some things never change and we still get out on the water!

For those like me, fortunate enough to grow up ( I’m not quite there yet), on or around boats, know “there is nothing, absolutely nothing half so much worth doing than simply messing about in boats”*…*(thanks to Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows).

From a very early age (a glimmer in my parents’ eyes), I lived aboard, raced, cruised and re-built sailboats. Thanks to two very unique people (Tom and Jean Nimmo), I was happily immersed in the sailing community. Beginning from my early years sailing and racing a Sabot pram and living aboard our family’s gaff-rigged sloop “Millou” (sadly, my Dad’s R boat ”Ptarmigan” was traded for the “gaff” shortly after I came into the world), a passion was growing within me. I remember wanting to sail everything I could and do more racing. In my early teens and twenties I “graduated” to racing Olympic class Stars (currently own a 49 yr old woody) and also earned a crewing spot over a 15 year span, aboard a few C & C designed racers (41, custom 42 and 43)…very tough back then being a “girl”. All the while, my passion for sailing remained as deep as it was many years prior, and still is today.

Remembering the day my Dad “went to the dark side” still brings a smile to my face. No, a powerboat wasn’t involved. It was time (my Mum’s influence finally took hold) for a change from wood construction to “plastic”. That was a very traumatic time for our family! The particular design that captured all of our hearts was the Carl Alberg, Whitby Boatworks built Alberg 30 (#448). She was stored over the winter of 1970 and launched April 1971. As soon as the boat was commissioned, my folks and I sailed our Alberg from Whitby to the Toronto Islands (home port at the time, berthed at Queen City Yacht Club where my parents had been members since 1947). We sailed the entire trip in a mist, hence her name … Scotch Mist II (the “II” is another story). Our Scottish heritage and Mum’s beverage of choice being scotch, probably had something to do with choosing the name. There was also one big catch when Dad left it up to Mum to select a colour for the hull…she wanted the same custom colour as Alberg builder Kurt Hansen had done for his wife Doris’ 30, Dushka Too, but had to get Doris’ permission. Mum got her permission and to my knowledge, Dushka Too and Scotch Mist II are the only 30’s with the same pearl grey hull and molded in orange waterline.

The 2010 GLAA Executive Team is a very enthusiastic and dedicated group of sailors. We are committed with keeping the Association one of the best (if not the best) Sailing Associations on the Great Lakes. Our members are spread out across Ontario ~ which can only help to broaden the awareness of the Great Lakes Alberg Association. In 2010 we will be implementing new ideas to enhance our Membership, Racing and Cruising programs, along with the addition of a few new items on the Association’s web site. There will also be news on beginning plans this year for the GLAA’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2014. I invite you to go online and check out these exciting new features, all of which should be implemented by the end of March. For more information and also, how to receive a “hard copy” of the GLAA quarterly Newsletter, please contact Pete Scholz (Newsletter Editor), Clare Matthews (Membership Director) or me (your “Fearless Leader”).

I encourage all of you to help make the Great Lakes Alberg Association worthwhile to ALL Alberg sailors around the Great Lakes. You can do this by contributing articles of trips you’ve taken, “hints and how to’s”, recruiting new GLAA members and much more.

Please remember, sailing is a gift worth sharing!
Fairwinds ~ Cathie