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26th Annual Winter Series Gets Underway Nov. 13th

•   Sailors and committee get up at dawn for the 8:00 am first race start.
•   Sandi T. gives up the helm after 17 yrs of coordinating the popular "pram dinnners".
•   Win Miller takes a record 255 photos of the racing.  view>>

It was a great day, in spite of the early start.  The weather was warm and
sunny and the wind was steady.  Returning skippers Riley Kernan, PJ Brown, John Deitz, Rick Zimmerman, Sharon Bogatti and their crews were joined by newcomer Ed Flynn and his daughter Kelly for five races. (View results and commentary on Sailing page.)  Following the races, the new pram dinner coordinators, Suzanne Kernan, Melanie Flynn and Nancy Brown served up a delicious meal of sausage frittata, crumb cake, assorted bagles, pasta, spinich salad, OJ and bloody marys, continuing the 17 year tradition firmly established by Sandi Thomson. 

History of Pram Dinners
Since 1994, Sandi has been faithfully facilitating the dinners after the racing.  These hot dinners were always eagerly anticipated by the sailors and committee as they braved the cold out on the water. Sandi recently sent out an email announcing that she was stepping aside after 17 years of service.  This email generated a flurry of replies expressing deep appreciation for her efforts.  Sandi's email described the history of the dinners so well, that instead of trying to paraphrase it here, her email is reproduced below. 

 On behalf of the many appreciative sailors, crew, committee, family, and friends that have shared a meal at the Pram Dinner table...Thank you Sandi

November 7, 2011
To all pram sailors, patrol and support:

The 2011-2012 pram season is upon us.  The first race is this Sunday at 8am.  Come and enjoy the sailing and camaraderie after the races. 
I got involved with the Prams back in 1994 when I sailed with Dick Yaiser.  We always thought that if you fed the sailors, they would stay after the races and the pram series would grow.  We started out with turkeys and hams that people donated from the holiday promotions at the grocery stores.  It evolved into the themed dinners, pot luck and whatever good idea (silly or otherwise) that someone suggested.  The dinners after the races have brought the sailors together and made the prams one of the most successful and sustained series at the club.
From the proceeds of the dinners, we purchased the disco ball (which still works) in 1996.  In 1997 it was decided that the club would get cable tv.  A television was donated and the prams paid for the installation and set up of the cable service.  The pram dinners have continued to support the cable bill.  From 1997 through the 2010-2011 season, the pram races have returned over $6,800 to the club. 
It is now time for me to step aside and let someone else to take over the helm of the pram dinners.  Fresh ideas and innovative thinking will keep them alive.  This is a great opportunity for any member to get involved.  Please contact the pram race committee if you are interested.
Thank you for your support and help throughout all these years.  It couldn't have been done without you.

PS:   I will be available to help in the transition process.

Thank you Sandi!

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