learned to ice skate as adults and started ice dancing under USFSA doctrine
with Estelle Tratiak at the Veterans Memorial rink in West Hartford,
Conn. We retired early and moved to Englewood, FL in 1996 to
focus our skating at the Venice Ice Pavilion in Venice, Fla. with
Erika Amundsen under ISI rules. Since that rink closed in 1998 we have trained at the
Ice Sports Forum, Brandon, FL, the Skatium in Ft. Myers, and now, the
Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex in Ellenton, FL. We currently work with
Kelly Paige and
ice dance coach, Olympian, Lyndon Johnston.
Synchronized Team Skating.
is an officer on the Board of Directors of Tropical Spice on Ice
(TSI), a ladies
synchronized ice skating team that now skates out of the
Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex coach, Kelly Paige. Jack provides props when needed and skates in the large production numbers
when support skaters are needed. The team skates in shows and
competitions locally and makes one or two out-of-state trips per season.
for the team web site.
of the reasons we came to Englewood was that it had "affordable"
waterfront property and we could buy a comfortable house on a deep
water channel to keep our Catalina 22 sailboat,
Placebo, in the water at home. Darin gave us his Hobie 16 that had been
badly damaged in a storm in Colorado and towed it here at Christmas. It
had been flipped over by high wind when it was tied to a dock at the Aspen
Yacht Club on Ruedi Reservoir.
Besides hull and hardware damage, the mast and both rudders had been broken.
Luckily, the Yacht Club gave him an old mast and a set of rudders that someone
had left there. Jack tackled the project beautifully and it withstood
the "on the water test." We sail in Lemon Bay off Lemon Bay
Park and go through Stump Pass, the Venice Jetties, or Boca Grande
Pass when we want to sail in the Gulf of Mexico. With the hull speed
of the Catalina at 5.1 mph it took us 1½ hrs. to get to Stump Pass and out
into the Gulf. In an effort to reduce this transit time to the Gulf,
to get a better shallow water draft, and to get a more stable boat in heavy
winds we sold the Catalina, Hobie, and motor boat and bought a Sea Wind 24
This is touted to be a lightning fast family weekend cruiser. It has a
16 ft. beam and bunks for four. It had a sound hull and new sails and
standing rigging but was otherwise a fixer upper. We have since added
lighting, instruments, and an engine--a 4 stroke Honda OB. So far we
have had it up to 16.5 mph on wind only. We can cruise with just the
engine at 7 mph, much better is there is some wind to help.