WHAT'S GOING ON THIS SEASON! .
To make sure that you don't miss important emails from Windsong and
to ensure that our newsletters and outing confirmations aren't mistakenly
blocked by anti-spam software, add the domain name WindsongSail.com
to your list of allowed senders & contacts or you'll risk missing important updates.
|Capt Dave's Tips|
where has the year gone! Last Saturday my favorite radio station played
Christmas music all day long. I enjoyed the music and the memories that it
elicited, but realized at the same time that I didn't think I'd feel quite the
same way after the 8th week of hearing the same tunes. Fortunately it was
apparently only a one day experiment because I haven't heard them played again
since. It did make me stop and realize that the world we live in today has
changed since I was a small child.
I remember when pumpkins went on sale only weeks before Halloween and Christmas decorations didn't appear in the retail stores until the day after Thanksgiving. Christmas trees and music in the stores didn't occur until much later in the season. I feel that the meaning associated with the holidays as with other significant celebration events throughout the year have lost some meaning since I was a child.
I remember as a child my parents and grand parents lamenting that things just weren't as good then as they were in the "Old Days". I remember thinking to myself that I'd never say that when I got older, but I'm afraid to suggest that I believe things are continuing to change and not always for the better.
As we approach the end of this year it's time to start thinking about our New Year's list of resolutions. My personal belief is that attending at least one wedding and one funeral each year keeps one's life in perspective. This year I attended the funerals of 3 separate family members and one very close good friend but didn't make it to any weddings. It has not been the type of year one would hope for.
I am a relatively new grandfather and have been privileged to spend some precious time with my 3 year old grand daughter this year. I was afraid that my life was so busy that I'd be a horrible grandfather, but I found that the stolen moments that I spent with her offered some balance and perspective. There's never a good time, so I just make time when the opportunity occurs.
Without going all sentimental on everyone I think that change is good and necessary. I think that progress mandates innovation and evolution. I do think that a lot of things have gotten worse during my generation. I think that some research, science, discoveries, and integration between societies here in America as well as across the seas have strengthened the world we live in and the world we will leave behind for our children.
My list of resolutions are mostly private but share a common theme. I think we all go through life rushing things. I think we're compelled to take short cuts and over focus on "the bottom line". I think that we ignore ourselves too much at times. I think that we don't really stop and spend quality time with those around us that deserve better. It dawns on me that things do change with time. There is good and bad and historians will spin it to "make" their own version of history. I guess it all depends to some extent on the biases of the teller. It occurs to me that we can control the legacy that we all leave to our children and their children, but the story of our lives will be left to the biases of our teller too. For now though many of us are the "Teller" who interpret the meaning of the events in our lives as we present them to those around us by our daily actions, values and priorities. The view of the world that our children will see, remember, cherish or regret is very much still within our control. We shouldn't choose to rush the major holiday or events in our lives or harshly judge those around us. Our eyes and ears affect what those around us learn from our interactions.
Let's all spend a little time next year looking for the good and supporting the change of the bad. I think the news overstates and focuses only on the bad. The world will be different 50 years from now, but how we live our daily lives and treat those around us will have a profound affect when done in sufficient numbers.
I think we're all very fortunate to be sailors. I think our shared interests and dreams says something about us. Next time your on the boat during a class I encourage you to stop and ask yourself the following. Are you there to escape or to engage? Are you running from or running toward? Are you rushing through or living in the moment? Is your objective to finish or to experience? Are you doing or are you living?
You are very lucky to have those moments onboard. Be sure in your own mind why you are there. What will your legacy be? How will others tell "Your" story? Will it be spun, rushed or savored? It's up to you to set the example.
|So What's NEW!|
|He's Checking His List And Checking It Twice!|
|If you have no clue what to give a special someone or two on your Christmas shopping list, let us help out. Windsong offers holiday gift certificates in any domination or for any combination of classes and/or outings. Tell us your budget and we'll put together a certificate that may just change someone's life! Give the gift of sailing. What an unusual gift to someone you care about.|
Want To Start The Year Of Right?
|For many years
I've had a tradition of spending the first day of each new year sailing.
Yep, January 1st, I'm up early and on the water usually by noon.
I'd likely be there earlier, but I usually do something special the
night before that keeps me up a bit too late to beat the sun up the
following day, unless of course I haven't made it home yet. But
that hasn't happened in quite a while!
The past few years, we've formally invited students to join us and last year in particular was great fun. I brought a small surprise gift for everyone participating and we all shared our list of "Resolution" and some great conversation as we leisurely sailed down the lake enjoying each other's company and the scenery. No matter what you were up to the night before, the pains the following day can be greatly eased with a healthy dosage of sailing.
We can only take a few folks, so if this sound like fun to you, I wouldn't wait to long before booking your seat!
12 Volt Marine Electrical Systems
What a wonderful class that we had this month. We offered yet another
unusual and unexpected program for a sailing school. Lately our
programs appear more like what you'd expect from a college technical
campus, but we feel ours were better!
This class covered a lot of theory but also offered an opportunity for everyone to actually test circuit voltage, continuity, resistance, cut wires, crimp connectors, and even solder.
Our brilliantly constructed sailboat model had running lights, cabin lights, a circuit panel, guest battery switch, a fan and even a marine VHF radio!
Avoiding The '06 Price Increase!
|It's Boat Show Time Again, Almost.|
|January 11th through the
15th is the annual 2006 Georgia Congress Center Atlanta Boat Show and this
year should be bigger and better than ever! The economy is now in
full recovery and I've seen a sneak peak at what's coming but can't let
the cat out of the bag too early. Mark your calendars now to
attend this show which will be THE largest collection of sailboats ever.
I've been told that 20 sailboats will be on display at this year's show.
A new concept we've discussed with show management is the addition of a fun "Board Walk" area along the hallways and meeting rooms to the right side of the exhibition hall near where we conduct our annual seminar presentations. There will be two entrance access points to the show this year. To avoid the lines, the new one to the right end of the exhibition hall near the "Board Walk" area will likely be the least crowded. Might as well drop by to see what we've got cooking while you're in the neighborhood! We have to keep our plans secret until the last minute but you're going to want to visit this area for some unusual opportunities.
Twelve years ago Windsong pioneered the concept of Sailing Seminars at the Atlanta Boat Show. Last year was our most extravagant event ever, flying in speakers to present in a variety of topics as experts in the areas of "Family Cruising", "Circumnavigation", and "Sailing With Preschool Children Aboard". It's a challenge to continue to offer new and exciting programs each season but I think you'll find our formal announcement next month will set new precedents for the Georgia Congress Center show.
|So What's Been Going On?|
Gill Foul Weather Gear Sale!
SALE! GOT SOMETHING TO SELL? Try Our
For Sale New Site Free.
Although we intend to limit items for sale to our student members, we will consider items submitted from the general public as well. We'll play it by ear to see how it goes. Just remember to let us know when the item is sold so that we can keep our web site current. So here's the link Items For Sale.
|HATE THAT SPAM?|
|Ever noticed that all official Windsong emails have the word "WINDSONG:" in the subject? That's so that you can use a filter or rule to intercept and redirect Windsong emails into a dedicated folder based upon this trait. That way we won't ever wind up in your SPAM folders and accidentally deleted. This is actually a two-way street. Any replies from you will automatically contain the same identifier in the subject and we can prevent it's accidental deletion as well. So any emails from you to us should contain the words "WINDSONG" in the subject or you risk censure by our anti spam software. Daily we receive just over 400 SPAM emails and find the use of filtering software imperative. Don't risk loosing our emails, filter TODAY!|
Friends don't let
their friends go through life
Invite someone to join you today!
OUT AND TOUCH US,
Many times students' suggestions are implemented on the spot! We pride ourselves in our customer service and attention to the needs of our students. If you have thoughts or ideas, drop us a line or give us a call. All things are possible; you simply need to ask.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our students for their loyal support through the season(s) and encourage everyone to bring one new friend along each year as you sail. As we grow and expand our operation, we want to make our products and services available to all who may be interested, but some one has to make the introduction. Share the love of your sport with those who may be interested in our unique collection of programs. You'll be glad you did and so will they!