Michael Pranschke has slipped his mooring and begun his final passage upon the eternal sea on Tuesday, November 22nd.
Mike left us unexpectedly this week after years of learning to live with serious medical conditions. In addition to his other challenges, but unknown to Mike, he also had an advanced heart problem. Through it all, Mike maintained his sense of humor and positive outlook. He worked on his many projects, and to Karen’s frustration, frequently acquired new ones. He supported his local sailing club, went schooner racing every summer in Nova Scotia until he couldn’t, and set about restoring a vintage VW Beetle for Karen. The Savannah Table depended on Brother “Broomlip” to manage our funds as Purser, and for a time he also took on the job of Scribe. In recent years he applied his considerable expertise to boiling lobsters, making our fall Lobster Dinner the success it was. Mike and Karen constantly opened their home to the Table. The Savannah Table is blessed with a lot of heart, one of the biggest lived at 32 Brightwater Drive in Thunderbolt, Georgia. He will be greatly missed.
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Our friend and Brother Bob Hadley sailed to his next port.
Bob and Marge had several years of courageous battles with illness. Following are few thoughts prepared by Dan and Bonnie Sagan about Bob’s passing…..
We are saddened by the passing of brother Goofy, Bob Hadley and will miss him dearly. Before his health battles became a nearly full time effort, Captain Bob and his captive (Admiral) Marge,were active ambassadors of brotherhood in every sense of the word. They traveled to national and international Zafs on their own boat bottom, by air, auto and prairie schooner (R. V.) and made and kept friends from around the U.S. and around the world. Bob truly embraced International brotherhood. If all of his many friends could each give Bob one day, he would have lived to a hundred. He both gave and received a great deal of warmth.
We are all relieved Matthew did not cause too much damage to our coast. Many trees fell and major utilities are still not re-established.
Enjoy three new posts : Savannah pictures, New York FlashZaf and SagZaf… You can now insert a comment on each individual image.
Reminder to all scribes: Big Hopper is available to hold your hand while updating your table calendar!
Happy and safe Columbus Day!
Savannah Zaf and Captains Meeting. Sorry for the delay: I included lots of pictures and gallery features which need to be tested. There are even animated GIF images and (very bad) videos. Feel free to add feedback at the bottom of this post!
American Legion – Registration ( For the Geeks: Gallery in the Tiled Mosaic format )
Al, Bernard and Carol!
Look at this Gel Work!
Captain Meeting at the Savannah YC ( For the Geeks: Gallery in the Thumbnail Grid format )
Islands evening ( For the Geeks: Gallery in the Thumbnail Grid format )
Tybee beach: Bring your own Kite ( For the Geeks: Gallery in the Square Tiles format )
“Virgin” Bloody on the Beach
Some wedding ceremony masters enjoyed a hand carrying the seats
Mindaugas and Dawn driving down – Engagé Paul Citarella and family sailing south.
Paul (Mindaugas) and wife Dawn are heading back to St Augustine, leaving their Malo 36 “Bubu” in Stanford. They plan to sail Nova Scotia next season. Sparks reunited us for a dinner d’adieu. We officially recited the Octolog and invited Paul Citarella as a new engagé. Paul started sailing with his parents and sister when he was about 10 and has been an avid sailor since. He recently purchased a Leopard 38 sailing cat after selling his Jeanneau 36. With his wife Alyssa, daughters Heather 10 and Katie 6, they plan to live aboard, working their way down the east coast to Florida and then on to the Bahamas for the winter. They plan to sail up to the CT area during the summer to be with friends and family, then back to the Caribbean for the off season.
Zaf Reception and Dinner: The first event will take place on Thursday, September 22, beginning at 5:30PM at the Tybee Island American Legion Hall, Post 154. The location is 10 Veterans Drive, Tybee Island, Georgia 31328. We will have registration materials for you, and the Legion is putting on a Fried Shrimp Dinner. The bar is available to you. Dinner is served between 5:30 and 7:30PM or until they run out.
We would like to let the American Legion know how much food to prepare. If you will eat dinner with us, please email me at email@example.com. Soon would be appreciated!
Zaf Sunday Breakfast: The Farewell Breakfast will be held at the “Tybee Island Community Center” (aka “The Guard House”). The address is 31 Van Horn Avenue, Tybee Island, GA. Breakfast will be served from 9:00AM until Noon on Sunday.
Please let us know your breakfast plans for Sunday. Send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Soon would be appreciated!
As per their own account, Rob aka “Limey” and Holly Sanger’s trip to Long Island Sound has been fun and interesting. New York Table tried to organize a FlashZaf, but Neptune decided otherwise. They took “refuge” in Oyster Bay to sit out TS Hermine. They stripped off the jib, took off the dinghy outboard, tied down the main and mizzen sails and set two anchors, just in case. Big Hopper met them to share dinner but they were not be able to meet with the other Brothers since they have to sail south before Labor Day.
The following Week End reunited nine brothers in Sag Harbor where Kathleen opened her summer house. On Saturday 10, we shared a hearty breakfast, and headed to town for the harbor fest. We visited the whalers museum, sailed the Typhoon 19′, navigated around Jessup Neck in the Chris Craft and gathered around the bond fire to cook marshmallows. Fun Week End!
Reminder from John Byrne: in the announcement for the Savannah Zaf, the Kite Flying event will happen on Saturday afternoon. We will not be able to supply kites for those who are interested, hence a “BYOK” event. It should be fun. You probably won’t want to spend time at Walmart or similar. Check Amazon, LL Bean a shop in NYC that specializes…don’t forget the string and something to wind it around. NLDR: Trying to make your own ?
As per Joe Citarella, there is one grocery store on Tybee that is somewhat of a ripoff (very small and expensive) – for those of you planning to eat in sometimes (eg, for breakfast, maybe grilling for dinner?), there are major chain stores about 15 minutes from Tybee – Publix is close and there is a farm stand worth looking at. Also AJ’s Dockside is all location and just OK on food (ate there) – there are better choices.
The day of the Captain’s Meeting would be a good one to explore Savannah – the River Walk is worth seeing – parking is tight so you will have to pay, although as we are there off-season it might not be too bad.
While the sun rays of summer painted our wake gold and spread silver glitter on the waves, the New York table held a mid-week Zaf in Greenwich, CT. Twenty four attendees made this an almost record turnout. Nice way to welcome special Polish guests Jerzy Demetraki-Pleolog (Flag #28) and his shipmate Anna. Sparks will drive them down south for multiple visits including the Solomons table. Stay tuned; this blog will follow their journey.
It was also with great pleasure that we “reconnected” with Mindaugas (Paul and Dawn Gudelis) who sailed their Malo 36 “Bubu” to St. Augustine, the Bahamas, Cuba and back to Stamford.