Our Annual Meeting will be held Friday, May 12 at our home in Waterbury (address is below). Social time starts at 6:00 pm with Pizza provided.
Bring your own beverage. Meeting will commence ~ 6:30 pm. Agenda will include Treasurer’s Report, Election of Officers, Membership status, Club website, this year’s Tournament/State Championship, NorthEast Slalom Series (NESS) Update, State Records, Scheduling Ski Clinic(s), Equipment Rentals, GMWS Sticker/Decal, the Alan Rossi Award, Waterbury Courses Update, and any other items. If you would like any other items added let me know. Please confirm if you will attend so we can order enough Pizza. You can email me or respond directly below.
The Tom Costello/Alan Rossi first state championships were successful with great scores and conditions. Congrats to all our new state champions (listed below). Thanks to all that volunteered your time to make our tournament a success! The tournament was also a stop on Justin Campfield’s North East Slalom Series, which is a seven stop five state tour that culminates in a head to head cash finals. Points awarded are NOPS equalized to level the playing field so everyone has an opportunity to win. For more details visit the North East Slalom Series website www.waterskitheeast.com. The Jamie Beauchesne Clinic held in July was supported by GMWS and Alan Rossi funding and again well attended. 2016 Alan Rossi Award went to Skip Hommel from Massachusetts. Skip is a great skier dedicated to helping skiers improve and volunteering time to our sport. Well deserved! Congrats to Joyce Dobberton Womens 5 Regional Champion, and Donna Epstein for 2nd Place at Nationals in Idaho.
Our 2016 Vermont Champions:
Our Club is what we make of it. Please make every effort to attend.
Bruce Epstein, President
13 South Pinnacle Ridge RD
Waterbury, VT 05676
Please click Events in the menu bar to see all the standard info about our tournament. Please register online. Entry deadline 8/20.
This year’s tournament ( 17E016C ) is the inaugural year of being the VT State Champs! We will also be going back historically and pulling together VT records, so please let us know what you may know about past stellar performances.
The following people are confirmed for the 2016 tournament: Darlene McCormick, Bruce Epstein, Donna Epstein, Pat Morrill, Bill Putnam, Cole Maurer, Tonya Maurer, Bob Radimer, John Witmer, Scott Behner, Louisa Behner, Kathy Callan, Will Bruzzese, Bill Bruzzese, Karen Bruzzese, Shannah Pochini, Eric Dole, Justin Campfield, Abby Campfield, Joyce Dobbertin, Joe Bourgeois, Skip Hommel, Julie Hommel, Michael Cantamessa, Skylar Hathorn, Becky Bartlett, 78 of 75 pulls. We will start a waiting list as we may be able to include one or more additional people.
We had another great season capped by our annual Tom Costello Alan Rossi Slalom Derby tournament. The weather cooperated again with light winds, sunny skies and temps up near 80. The day’s best scores was Pat Morrill with 4@38 off 34mph, Bob Radimer 2@38 off 34mph, Bruce Epstein 2@38 off 32mph, Justin Campfield 4@35 off 34mph, and Jon Kusiak 2@35 off 36 mph. For the women Darlene McCormick got 3.5@28 off 32mph.
The day’s real highlights included Joe Bourgeois getting 1.5@35 off 34mph, and the Boys 2 duel between Will Bruzzese and Chase Gulick. This was Joe’s first tournament. Running a pass is the usual measure of success in one’s first tournament, but to get into 35 off is a truly incredible achievement! Big congrats to Joe! The boys put on a great show of their own by getting into 22 off 34mph. Chase bested Will by one half a buoy with 1.5 @ 22. Both boys exhibited exceptional technique that is reminiscent of Chris Rossi & Jamie Beauchesne at their age. Much appreciation to everyone who worked hard to make our tournament a success.
A big thanks to Fred Costello for yet again providing the t-shirts in memory of Tommy and Alan!
This year’s Alan Rossi Award went to Randy Youngsma. Randy is a past Eastern Regional champ, has put on many tournaments, and has always been a mentor/friend to everyone he’s met, including Alan. We are sure that Alan would be very proud to have Randy the award winner.
Bruce Epstein, President
Our very own GMWS President, Bruce Epstein, will be competing in the World Over 35 Tournament next week at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, FL. Bruce is currently ranked #5 in the world for men 65 and over. Please send good energy his way during the qualifying round on Wednesday and the final on Sunday (see page 6 for schedule).
Bruce placed 2nd at the Nationals in Texas, and Donna placed 5th. Congratulations to both for their skill and consistency (notice the patience on the handle grab in the above photo)! We are truly lucky to have them as resources and friends.
Those attending were treated to great skiing. Five skiers got into 38 off including Pat Morrill, Jonathon Murray, Bob Radimer, Cole Maurer, and Bruce Epstein. Justin Campfield skied 2.5 @ 35 off as he gets closer and closer to his Nationals qualification. Shortline women Karen Bruzzese, Darlene McCormick, and Donna Epstein acquitted themselves well. John Witmer just missed getting into 22 off. Joyce Dobbertin looked great skiing into 32mph 15 off. Boys II Chase Gulick age 11 and Will Bruzzese age 10 were terrific! The year to year improvement in their scores and technique are phenomenal. Their max speed has gone up from 30 to 34 and both are handling it well. Last year Chase finished 3rd in the Regionals. This year Will stepped to the plate and finished 2nd at the Regionals in Lake Placid.
It takes a lot of work to run a sanctioned tournament. Our site also must be set up from scratch. Everything must be brought in and taken out. A big thank you to all that contributed including Bill Roll, Bob Smith, the Bruzzese’s, Justin Campfield, and John Witmer. Darlene McCormick did her usual great job as Tournament Director. Bill Roll and Bob & Val Smith deserve a special thank you for their efforts despite not skiing in the tournament! Bill brush hogged the path to the dock and Bob & Val spent numerous hours on the course. It would not have happened without you!
Our tournament is dedicated to the memory of Tommy and Alan. Fred Costello again contributed tee shirts for everyone. The Alan Rossi Award will be presented in early September. You will be informed. As Fred would say “keep ’em turning.”
15E016 Tom Costello Alan Rossi Slalom Derby
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Great weather for this year’s tournament. Pat Morrill emerged the victor with a personal best (twice) of 4@38-off! Darlene McCormick was the women’s winner despite Karen Bruzzese’s higher ability. Her son, Will, states that her strategy “isn’t working for her.” We’ll hope for better next year. Scores can be viewed here. Some photos are posted below. Others have been added to the random header images. Send photos if you’d like them included, or become an author and post for yourself.
Our BIG EVENT is almost upon us. We will again be at our beautiful protected calm water site at the Wrightsville Beach. Start time is 7:30 am. We still have openings so if you’re thinking about entering, please do so ASAP. We have had to turn people away in the past and we do not want to disappoint. You can enter online at USA Waterski. Go to Events & Registration. You must be a USA water ski member or guest member to ski. As usual FUN skiers are welcome and do get a mulligan in the first round. We cannot run the event without volunteers. Please consider helping out by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or (802)272-5324. The one & only Jamie Beauchesne will also be doing a ski clinic Friday August 23. Details in separate Post. SEE YOU THERE!!