Harbor Style June 2015 : Page 56

Groups of members have taken luxury cruises to such places as Europe, China and the Western Pacific. And at the end of a successful racing season, skippers and their crews often have lunches, dinners or picnics to celebrate the fun and accomplishments. Photo provided by PGSC As passionate sailors, members of PGSC like to keep up on sailing news, both locally and around the world. So the PGSC website has a section devoted to news, which recently reported on the impending closing of the False River shortcut in California’s San Joaquin River due to drought, the pleasures of small boat sailing, and a new boat, the Scape 40’ Adventurer catamaran by Scape Yachts of Cape Town, South Africa. Really urgent news that affects sailing may appear on the website’s home page. The Florida Senate’s proposed bill, Senate Bill 1548, would restrict anchoring within 200 feet of the shoreline of residential property or public marine infrastructure. Updates are included as they occur. Keeping Current Punta Gorda Sailing Club Board of Directors Commodore: Rudy Gottschlich Vice Commodore: Todd Taylor Rear Commodore: Garrett Geiger Treasurer: Rod Barrett Co-Fleet Captains, Cruising: John Welsh, Ted Goodwin Co-Fleet Captains, Racing: Phillip Sanders, Roger Strube Secretary: Kim Paar Website: George Adamczyk Many members of the club are committed to passing along their knowledge to area youth. They volunteer their time and skills to the Charlotte County Youth Sailing Association and Learn to Sail, Inc., which operates a youth sailing summer camp. PGSC members also help with other sailing clubs’ programs when asked. In April, members helped the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club in their effort to host the Wounded American Veterans Event (WAVE). As a thank you to wounded veterans for their service, the vet and a guest are provided with private sailings around the harbor. It’s an event that was started by Pensacola yacht clubs in 2012 and has caught on in other areas. Membership to the Punta Gorda Sailing Club is open to anyone. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month. In season, when meetings tend to be larger, they meet at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association. From June through September, they meet at the Photo provided by PGSC Punta Gorda Boat Club. Annual dues are $40 per membership, which can be a family or a single member. As the eclectic collection of sailors celebrating their 40th anniversary waited for the food to arrive, they were already socializing, clearly eager to discuss their favorite topic. Brenda Cordis announced she was taking orders for 40th anniversary jackets. Then she directed everyone to the front of a pavilion for a group photo for HARBOR STYLE. With a calypso band playing island tunes in the background and the sun sparkling on the harbor behind them, it’s hard to imagine a more blissful way to spend an afternoon than in the company of their fellow sailors. Reaching Out 56 | H ARBOR STYLE

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