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Commodore's Corner
Fred Bartrom


I am looking forward to the Double-Double and Luau this weekend and hope to see y’all at the Creek.

Priest Lake and Hamilton Creek Park are gems.

Weekends like this cause me to appreciate them and I hope you feel the same. So, as we enjoy these Nashville jewels, I encourage everyone to do their part to keep them shimmering.  How? Pick up the wrapper that some careless slob discarded. Practice your man overboard drill for that water bottle that fell overboard. If you see a trash can is overflowing, don’t add to the mess. Instead walk a bit further to use one that is not so full. Or better yet, make a trip to the dumpster with the whole bag of trash. LEAVE NO TRACE.

For those of you enjoying the Luau with me, plan on helping with the cleanup before you hit the door. (Hopefully you didn’t think $10 also paid for a janitor )

See the PPYC Calendar for upcoming events.

Let’s go sailing!


ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): The PPYC Resource Center
A repository of class pictures and materials from our PPYC classes for your reference.  Information made available at instructor's permission.

Bareboating: Fun Experiences & Practical Considerations, 03.02.2019
Kurt and Nancy Berger gave us the inside scoop on chartering a boat without a skipper or crew.  The link above is to the PowerPoint slide deck presented in the class.

Galen Freeman One Design Race ResultsMay 18-19, 2019

Sailing Skills Course (PPYC U), June 8, 2019:
     Small Boat Trailering 
(PowerPoint slide show) by Bobby McCullough

Communications Corner
Sheila Armstrong

Written after getting the p’geezus scared out of me from reading the Center for Disease Control’s “Sun Safety” article found on Travel & Leisure’s weekly blog.

Here’s what you need to know…

Sun’s damage happens as quickly as within 15 minutes in the sun, so do something to protect yourself:

Shade –
sunscreen, protective clothing; stay out of the sun between the hours of 10am – 4pm.

Clothing –
We have come a long way in the UV protective clothing market.  Regular t-shirts just don’t cut it anymore (SPF around 7, but drops to SPF 3 when wet).  Get yourself a long-sleeved UV protective shirt and pants:  they are amazingly cool (looks and breathability) and you don’t have to worry about whether you got your sunscreen applied to every hard-to-reach place.

Hat -
  A hat with a brim that covers your face, ears and the back of your neck.  Your baseball hat still requires that you take care of ears and neck.

Sunglasses -
Who needs cataracts?  Nothing tells your age quicker that the delicate skin around your eyes, so protect it with some cool looking shades.  Most sunglasses sold in the US today protect against both UVA and UVB rays.  Wraparound sunglasses are the best design.

Sunscreen –
At a minimum, use broad spectrum SPF 15 before you head outside, even on cloudy days.  I am talking about a thick layer on all exposed skin (hands, arms, legs – not just face, ears and neck).  You have got to block those harmful UV rays at all times and you must reapply sunscreen every two hours to ensure adequate sun protection.

A word to our men –
You have got to step up your game, especially you men with lighter skin who are more likely than anyone else to get skin cancer.  Why? Men are more likely to get more sun exposure than women.  Men spend more time outdoors and tend to work outdoors more than women.  Women’s cosmetics often contain sunscreen, men’s don’t. 

One third of the US adults get sunburned each year, which increases the risk for skin cancer.  Only 14% of men use sunscreen on their face or other exposed skin.  Come on guys and just do it for the ladies.

void indoor tanning - This should just go without saying.  We can always spot you in a crowd by that weirdly unnatural color and over time, by your “pebbled leather” appearance.  Just drop that routine and save your money, folks.

A final statistic worth sharing:  The rate of new melanomas of the skin, per 100k people, show that men have 28.4% rate of cancer; women have 17.7% rate and whites have 25.2% rate, followed by every other ethnicity with rates in the low single digits. Yep, we have got to defend ourselves

No more excuses, my friends, you can do this.  You will see me at the Double-Double Regatta, SPF 50 to 70 on any skin showing, SPF 50 long sleeved hoodie, hat and glamorous sunglasses.  I will be styling like I know how to take care of myself -- a look that is always in fashion.

Time to sign off for this week.  'Til I see you again, be good to each other.

Take care,

Sheila Armstrong
Communications Director

Note as your Communications Director:
If you notice any incorrect information or discover a broken link, I would appreciate hearing from you.

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