Photographs and Desciption of Events in 2012

 

 




December 1, 2012
2012 Christmas Party a Success for Music City

photos by P/C Candyce Corcoran

Music City Power Squadron opened the month of December with its annual Christmas dinner party, this time at the home of Lili and Tom Hudson. A total of fourteen Squadron mates told a few tales on themselves over drinks, and then sat down to enjoy a dinner of lemon artichoke chicken, some veggies, twice baked mashed potatoes and beef tenderloin, with gingerbread for dessert. 

After dinner, we had our traditional Dirty Santa gift exchange, which continues to defy description.

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Xmas Party
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November, 2012

On Sunday 11 November ten souls from Music City's Squadron boarded Blue Heron for a leisurely and scenic cruise from Ashland City to Sycamore Creek. It was a beautiful day, sunny with mid-seventies temperature and enough breeze to make docking interesting.

Captain Jim Steele took us downstream past Cumberland Island to Chapmansboro, where we were able to see the remarkable degree to which that little community has rebuilt itself after the May 2010 flood. We cruised on upstream under the old Illinois Central bridge, now part of the Cumberland Trail greenway, past scenic bluffs, tranquil pastures and limpid pools, almost to the Highway 12 bridge. Dozens of herons noisily greeted us along the way, while a few sliders took advantage of the warm sunshine to rest on a log.

Three hours after embarkation, and after an interesting experiment in quantum steering under the Highway 49 bridge, we dropped the gangplank at Riverbluff Park. Eight of us then gathered at the Riverview Restaurant on the other side of the river for a delightful dinner and our November General Membership Meeting.

 

   
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November, 2012

On Sunday 21 October the America's Great Loop Cruising Association (AGLCA) began its annual Fall Rendezvous at Joe Wheeler State Park, on the Tennessee River west of Athens, Alabama. In attendance were some 240 Loop Veterans, Loopers in progress, and Looper-wannabes, as well as numerous sponsors. Attending were Music City Squadron members Mavis and Bob Duthie (Veterans), and Lili and Tom Hudson (wannabes of the Class of 2014).

The Lodge at Joe Wheeler is a perfect place for this event, with a dining room large enough to hold us all, where seminars were held on routing various sections of the Loop and things to see and do along the way, and a smaller room below where sponsors had table set up and where seminars tailored for un wannabes were held, on subjects such as Buying a Boat, Equipping Your Boat, Maintaining Your Boat, Cooking Aboard, and Selling Your Boat.

The Joe Wheeler Marina was full of boats owned by Loopers, many of whom were just getting started on their Loops, and some owned by Veterans as well. Many were open to visitors during the Dock Crawls on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, and more than a few were for sale. It was interesting to me that not everyone Looping owns a diesel trawler. Of course Mavis and Bob brought their beautiful Grand Banks 36 Katy Leigh down from Kenlake. But there were also Bayliners, Sea Rays and Carvers, several dismasted cruising sailboats, and one salty old wooden hull Eldridge McInnis motorsailer with father and son about halfway through their loop, having started in New England. And this is hardly an All-American Adventure - there were Loopers from Brazil, Australia and New Zealand in attendance.

At the final dinner on Wednesday evening, Bob Duthie was surprised to receive the AGLCA's annual Skipper Bob Award for "Making It Better" for the association and its members. Bob's own impressions of the Rendezvous can be viewed on his blog, http://bobduthie.wordpress.com/ .

Altogether a fun and informative experience; the Spring Rendezvous will be held in Norfolk, as that location coincides with the schedule of most Loopers cruising north toward Chesapeake Bay and New York City at that time of year. As there are a number of other members of Music City Squadron dreaming and planning to Loop, I highly recommend joining AGLCA and attending a Rendezvous or two.

P/C Tom Hudson

 

   

 

 

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November, 2012

This year's USPS District 17 Fall Conference, hosted by Atlanta 19-21 October, was memorable for two reasons. Not only were there a record number of seminars available to attend at the Saturday breakout sessions, but also the entertainment at Friday's dinner was outstanding.

The evening's theme was "Cabaret", and the Atlanta Squadron pulled out all the stops. With program directed and choreographed by P/C Lisa Herndon, no less than twelve of Atlanta's most talented (or at least, less shy) members sang numbers from many Broadway hits, including the title piece. In the audience from Music City were John and Jana Malatak, Candyce and David Corcoran, and Tom Hudson.

 

On Saturday afternoon, we could choose to attend the USPS seminars "Mariner's Compass", "VHF/DSC Marine Radio" and "Rules of the Road", led by Jack Cook, Tom Hamilton and Eric Ringwall respectively. Or we could also sit in on "Gourmet Cruising Fare Without a Galley" (Cindy Ringwall), "Social Networking" (Maria Hendrix), "Curiosity - The Mars Rover" (Mike Guler), "BOC - A Commander's Perspective" (Mitch Meredith), "Do It Yourself - Online Courses and Seminars" (Eric Ringwall), "Electric Propulsion - The Future of Boating?" (Tom Hudson), and "Instructor Development - Recertification" (John Miller).

 

 

At the Conference, Knoxville Power Squadron announced that the Watts Bar Invitational will again be held at the Terrace View Resort and Marina, likely on the third or fourth weekend in June, and the Atlanta Squadron will again organize the Atlanta Challenge Cardboard Boat Race.

 

 

The D17 Spring Conference will be in Oak Ridge, at a date yet to be announced. At only a little over two hours from Nashville, let's turn out for this one

 

 

Photos are available on the districts's web site.

 

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November, 2012

On 17 September, the World War II tank landing ship LST 325 arrived in Nashville for a week's port call. This ship, veteran of Allied amphibious landings of Sicily, Salerno and Normandy, is now owned by USS LST Memorial, Inc., and manned mostly by U.S. Navy veterans, some of whom sailed her on her own bottom from Crete in 2000 after purchasing her from the Greek Navy. An impressive 328' long, the "Gray Lady" as she was named by her crew made nine landings in two Italian operations, and 44 at Normandy, ferrying trucks, artillery, tanks and supplies to the fight. Mac McBurney and Tom Hudson were among the many visitors to this fascinating ship during her visit here. 

On 27 September, LST 325 called at Clarksville on her way back to her homeport of Evansville, Indiana.

LST 325 

Tom Hudson aboard
LST 325 in Nashville
photos by Mac McBurney

LST 325
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February 25, 2012

The Music City Power Squadron's change of watch was held at the Black Pearl restaurant, Black Jack Cove in Madison tennessee.

For the record, your officers for 2012 are:

  • Commander - Ray Alley
  • Administrative Officer - Candyce Corcoran
  • Squadron Education Officer - Tom Hudson
  • Treasurer - Mike Majka
  • Secretary - Liz Alley
  • Information Technology Officer - Mac McBurney
  • Flag Lieutenant - David Corcoran
  • Members-at-Large - Johan Naylor and Drew Nord
2012 Change of Watch
2012 Change of Watch
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Nashville Boating

Upcoming Events and Educational Opportunities:

See Events Calendar for details for these events and more.

8 May - TWRA Presentation

20 May - Vessel Safety Inspection and Cook Out

3 June - Vessel Safety Inspection at Cedar Creek Yacht Club

10 June - Raft Up - Spencer Creek

21 August - Solar Eclipse Raft Up

 

UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES - No Dates at this time

 

SAFETY TIP ON ELECTRICAL SHOCK DROWNING (ESD) BY DIY AC SAFETY TEST FOR BOAT AND DOCK OWNERS.  All boat and dock owners must check your AC electrical system for stray current that could cause electrical shock and potential death to swimmers.  It could save a life.

 

2016 Bridge Leadership

Commander -

Cdr Ray Alley, AP-IN

Squadron Education Officer -

Lt/C John Miller, AP-IN

Administrative Officer -

Secretary -

Lt/C Barry Cleveland, AP

Treasurer -

Lt/C Bobby Naylor, AP

Assistant Secretary for I.T. -

Vacant

Flag Lieutentant -

 

Member-at-Large -

1/Lt Jane Malatak, P

P/C Bruce MacDonald, AP

1/Lt Jack Rubey, S

Rules Committee Chair -

P/C Ken Holbert, AP

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