At the Helm
We are all eager to get out and enjoy some outdoor activities, as was evident in that we had 3 cruises planned Memorial weekend. Ken & Kelly Hutchinson organized a lot of fun and creative events for their cruise to Moody. I loved seeing a mix of old and new members participating. I hope everyone will try to participate in some of the activities TMCA has planned this summer. Whether it is a few hours on the weekend at one of our social events or one of our many TMCA cruises.
On our cruise back from Moody aboard Calypso, I was reminded how lucky we are to be able to enjoy our boating lifestyle and by the amount of boats sharing the water with us, that I wasn’t the only one thinking that way! I’m so proud to be part of TMCA and such a great group of boaters who always try to operate their boats in a safe, knowledgeable and courteous way. Fly those TMCA burgees proudly and keep up the great seamanship! Take a moment to review the TMCA Boating Best Practices and remember to exercise them.
June 1 is the beginning of hurricane season (although, there were a few boats anchored in Offatts Bayou this weekend that may have thought it started early). Take this time to review your hurricane preparation plans with fellow boaters. With all the boating experience in our club, we can all learn something new. How will you secure your boat? Identify the extra lines and fenders to use, how to remove bimini canvas and sails and how you will shut down your boat with the assumption you may not be able to return to it for several days or even weeks. If you live away from the area, have a buddy in the marina that can keep an eye on your boat and you informed of the conditions.
One of the things I think TMCA really does well, is sharing information on subjects like navigation, new technologies, engine maintenance, boat systems, anchoring, docking and safety equipment. I’m always impressed with the wealth of knowledge that is readily shared by our members. Members are always comparing lessons learned after their cruises and day trips on the bay. Whether its new waypoints, hazard locations, a new product or just a great place to go to, there is always an exchange of information going on. Hopefully this will help us all have a safer and more enjoyable time while using our boats!
Remember, your input and participation are what helps TMCA continue to thrive. Encourage some new TMCA members to attend some of our activities, offer some experience, or simply share a fun story from a recent event. Remind them that the more they participate in TMCA, the more they will gain from it and the more FUN they will have!
Ladye Jane Stone