How many people are watching the Patriots vs Broncos game?
(The game will be on the TV in the back Bay Room) Will it be over by 6 PM? Should we start a little later? Maybe 6 PM instead? Let me know. I have been waiting for this game 1/2 the season - might be better than the SuperBowl...
New Meeting Format
We will jump right into Joseph's talk first. Then we will go around the room introducing ourselve. Be sure to mention if you are Captain with licenses, Crew with formal training, experienced Sailor or merely bow ballast (always welcomed)! Newbies can always make themselves useful serving food and drinks.
Then after introductions, we will end back with Joseph as he wants to talk to those interested in crusing with him (isn't that all of us?)
Be careful out there
As people talk about being cold in Florida (yet there is no snow on the ground), it is good to remember that our real problem is a little different!
The heat index (HI) or humiture or humidex (not to be confused with the Canadian humidex) is an index that combines air temperature andrelative humidity in an attempt to determine the human-perceived equivalent temperature—how hot it feels. The result is also known as the "felt air temperature" or "apparent temperature". For example, when the temperature is 90 °F (32 °C) with very high humidity, the heat index can be about 105 °F (41 °C).
90F with 90% humidity (many summer afternoons) feels like 122F! Average temperature in June, July and August is 90F. Average summer humidity is 89%! So mid-90s temps with mid-90s humidity feels like dangerous 138F degrees! Very important to be massively hyderated (not with just alcohol either) on the water in sunny Florida!
The human body normally cools itself by perspiration, or sweating. Heat is removed from the body by evaporation of that sweat. However, relative humidity reduces the evaporation rate because the higher vapor content of the surrounding air does not allow the maximum amount of evaporation from the body to occur. This results in a lower rate of heat removal from the body, hence the sensation of being overheated. This effect is subjective; its measurement has been based on subjective descriptions of how hot subjects feel for a given temperature and humidity. This results in a heat index that relates one combination of temperature and humidity to another one at higher temperature and lower humidity.
100 Skippers with boats - over 600 members! But who is bragging?
What a great speaker we had last time! Everybody was very impressed with the Tampa Bay Times writer, his knowledge, patient delivery and thoughtful answers about the sinking of the Bounty. He was a big hit. The questions from the group really made for a lot of interesting discussion. The Bio Break in the middle touched off several discussion groups. We will certainly watch for any further installments (the USCG report is still due).
For our January Meet N' Greet, Cap'n Joseph of the Atlantis V Foundation is going to talk to us about sailing (safely, when there are no hurricanes coming) to the Keys.
Joseph says he can talk about:
- his children foundation - what they do
- cruising stops on the way to the Keys
- what to bring
- where to go
- nice places to anchor
- what docking at the ports cost
- where to stock up
- when to go
- tides and currents
- where to find supplies, etc.
This is the time to ask those cruising questions.
The Bay Room in the back at Whiskey Joes works out so well, we will try and keep our MONTHLY Meet & Greet here.
A few Captains (with licenses and formal training) came last time. Quite a few Skippers too! More than Crew or sailors. We went around the tables and introduced ourselves before the speaker. It was great to hear everybody's experience.
Hopefully Cap'n Joseph will explain some of these jokes to newbies!
He says he will cover:
- marina discounts
I am going to ask what Newbies should know and what skills Crew should have.
Come out and press the flesh with your fellow sailors at this dryland social gathering. A great way for crew to meet skippers, and vice versa, before committing to future races, day sails or cruises.
• Newbies - please be aware of our information pages: http://www.meetup.com/Tampa-Bay-Sailing/about/
FREE parking at the beach park next door. Great sandy beach at Tiki bar for drinks afterwards..
Format for Meetings
We will go around the room AFTER the talk and introduce ourselves briefly:
• Skippers - mention your boat and tell us what you are looking for as Crew and guests
• Crew - mention your formal training
Then we go down to the Tiki Beach for a drink and a dance!