August 2003

Selected Towline Reports for August 2003

[These reports have been assembled independently in order to make them available at the earliest possible time. Thus, they have not yet been subjected to the expert editorial pen of the Towline Editor]

Towline Editor: Harry Davis [sailaway@charter.net]

Web Towline submissions to bycwebteam@bremertonyachtclub.org


  1. Bob Bachman, Commodore
  2. Rod Perryman, Vice Commodore
  3. Charles Billings, Rear Commodore
  4. Ron Morse, Secretary
  5. Float Committee Report
  6. Skipperettes
  7. The Fleet Captain's Locker
  8. Regatta For Sail
  9. Regatta for Power
  10. Annual Chair

  11. From your WebTeam 
  12. Now Hear This!

  13. Picnics, Cruises & Other News

Reports from the Bridge

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Bob Bachman

Awaiting Report

4 August 2003 1300: Commodore Bob Bachman returns from California with his 'new' My Lady. Report to follow! [Fast Forward: My Lady in 2009!]

Bob Bachman

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Rod Perryman
Vice Commodore
Wow, what a nice summer we are having. Our first "Picnic in the Park" saw us move in doors due to rain, but that did not discourage anyone from having a great time. We still had 72 in attendance at Jim and Tammy Markhams' , Picnic in the Outback.

On June 27 thru the 29th was our annual Big Brother Cruise to Queen City's Outstation. What a wonderful time we had there, with the camaraderie of the Queen City Yacht Club folks how can you go wrong? And what a fine job Cpt. Terry Ellingson did as our designated cruise captain. It was certainly great to have our own little shipyard there on the shores of Eagle Harbor, with our lead Shipwright, Rear Commodore Charles Billings at the helm. Our craftsmen assembled a very worthy and as it turns out the winning craft "Baby BeBe", taking the honors from QCYC's "Salmon Head Express", which was unable to finish the race. Thanks to Tammy Markham, our final rower, they were safely towed into shore. [PHOTOS!]

On July 16th was our 2nd "Picnic in the Park" with Cpt. Terry Ellingson as Chairman. A good old fashioned picnic was enjoyed with 67 in attendance. We
introduced our Junior Sailing Program Instructor, Arel English a fine young man of 17 years from London, Ontario.

The weekend of July 31 thru August 3 we will be hosting the Officers from the Grand 14 Yacht Clubs, so if you are going cruising and don't mind, let the Float Chairman know of the availability of your slip or shed. August 20th will be the last Picnic in the Park this summer. If you haven't attended one yet sign- up when you see the flyer and sign-up sheet in the clubhouse. Capt. Mike Dunn will chair the picnic and assures us a great meal.

Make your plans now for the next event on the horizon which will be our Labor Day Cruise to Oro Bay Outstation. Look for flyers in the clubhouse for details. Bring materials for making your own airplane for the annual Anderson Island parade, the theme this year is aviation, the 100th anniversary of the first flight by the Wright Brothers in Kitty Hawk N. C. The very next weekend is our annual Salmon Bake, September 7th , look for flyers for details.

That is it from me for now, see you on the water.

Rod Perryman
Vice Commodore

Charlie Billings
Rear Commodore

Is it August already? It seems like only yesterday that we were in Oro Bay for the Memorial Day Cruise….then, all of the sudden, we were in Winslow for the QCYC Big Brother Cruise. Between those two, Sharon and I had a great trip to the Nordic Tugs Rendezvous in Anacortes, some time in the San Juans, and cruised Lakes Union and Washington in company with some friends from Victoria, B.C. We hope to get in more cruising before the sun decides to give way to the clouds and rain.

In the mean time, we have many things going on at BYC. I can’t get over how beautiful the flowers and grounds are. The Cordodors sure have some green thumbs.

I noticed that there are a couple of boat trailers (one with a boat on it) in the grassy area near the park. Please check out BYC Regulation H.2.c. Should you have a need for an exception to this regulation, let me know, and we’ll work something out to our mutual satisfaction.

It was brought to my attention that there are some users that fail to shut off the lights/fan in the west men’s restroom when leaving. The concern was that of the fan running continuously, getting hot and possibly causing a fire. As a result of this concern, I have appointed a “special agent in charge of lights & fans”. He shall remain anonymous, but will be ever watchful for those of us who fail to turn off the lights/fan. I can tell you that you will not want to incur his wrath, because he is just as concerned with this “problem” as he is about preserving the trees in the park.

Another concern that has come up, is building security. Please be reminded that when having a meeting or gathering in the clubhouse, it is the responsibility of the chairperson to ensure the building is secured (locked up) at the conclusion of the event. When I am in attendance, I will take care of it if I am the last one to leave. We are very fortunate to have live-aboards who take care of those of us who may be forgetful, but in the absence of “caretakers”, we all need to be responsible and “check the doors and lights” when we lveea, ...

And, along the same line of thought, the keypad combinations for the gate have been changed, so don’t forget your gate key card or garage door opener when you come to the club.

While on the subject of security, you may have read the recent article in The SUN regarding the theft of outboard motors at the Port Orchard Marina and in Gig Harbor. It is appropriate that we all be aware that the same thing could happen at BYC. Let’s all be alert and take note of any suspicious vessels operating in and around the floats.

You may have noticed that the renovation of the apartment is underway. Capt. Don Sherwood and crew are busy ripping out, remodeling and refurbishing the area. If you have some expertise and the desire to help, let Don know, as we want to get the job done as quickly and as professionally as possible.

The Officers Cruise-In is coming up on the weekend of 1-3 August. If you’re going to be away for that weekend, and are willing to let your slip/boathouse be used, please tell Capt. Jim Picinich, the Float Chairman, or contact me directly. Thanks in advance for your help.

Until next time, get out and enjoy the great Pacific Northwest waters.

Charles Billings
Rear Commodore

Other Reports

From the Secretary
Points of interest from the last Executive Committee meeting

Highlights of the Executive Committee Meeting 14 July 2003

  • Dr. William Underdown selected for membership and will be obligated at the 11 August Executive Committee Meeting.
  • The theme for the Labor Day Cruise to Oro Bay will be “Aviation.”
  • Application for “on site service” by Port Orchard Yacht Sales approved.
  • Voted that any Committed funds that were unused in the 2002-2003 Maintenance & Reserve Budget become uncommitted in the 2003-2004 budget.
  • Voted to proceed immediately with the renovation of the Caretaker Quarters.
  • Fire Main leak was repaired with bronze fittings and schedule 80 pipe.
  • Voted to change main gate entry codes ASAP.
  • Work party time approvals must go through the Work Party Chairman and member should obtain a receipt for time served.
  • Reiterated that dumpster use is not for personal garbage from home!
  • Caretaker Search Committee to proceed ASAP with hiring. The new position will be called a Facility Manager.
  • The Commodore will appoint a three member committee to investigate a fuel spill that recently occurred on the railway.
  • Stressed that Club Security is everyone’s responsibility. The last person to leave the Club at night must secure and lock the Clubhouse and insure the Main Gate is closed.

R.P. Morse


July/August Float Committee Report

FROM:  Skipperettes


Regatta for Sail

Regatta for Power  July 2003
Power Regatta Report for August 2003


Jack Hensley
Regatta Chairman for Power

From the Annual Chair:

Important Message from the Annual / Year Book Editor : The annual team has been putting together the new 03-04 annual. The annual should be ready for distribution around the first of October.

This year we will not be sending out letters requesting your information as in the past. Here are some choices how can make it happen...

  1. Drop off your labeled photos and changes in the annual box at the club.
  2. Call me before 8:30 PM weeknights for text changes.
  3. E-mail me your digital photos or changes.
  4. Mail your labeled photos or information to BYC, attn. Annual Chairman.

Due to unwanted junk-mail and personal security issues, please contact me using my phone / e-mail number in in last years annual.

The final deadline for any changes for the new annual is Friday 29 August 2003 1600 (4:00 PM), please make a note of this.

Thank you,
Annual Chairman, Captain Bret Halffman

From: Your WebTeam

As you may have noticed, the Webteam has increased its capacity to provide almost instant information about BYC events and other urgent matters, i.e. we can update our BYC WebPage on a (more or less) daily, sometimes on an hourly basis.

That should mean that the BYC Page could become more useful as an (almost) real-time communication tool for scheduling committee meetings and events, changing meeting schedules, providing minutes of meetings for absent members or posting other time-sensitive information.

You may want to discuss this with your committee, identify those members who may still have to be notified through other means, and decide to give it a try. Who knows, you may like it... Contact the WebTeam (bycwebteam@bremertonyachtclub.org), discuss your needs and maybe make arrangements as to where within the BYC WebSystem your committee information could be located or how it should be linked. Looking forward hearing from you!

The BYC Webteam is always looking for all kinds of contributions and new ideas: From artwork (to help spruce up the web page), to photos of recent or historical events or sights, to travel or committee reports. Any information which would make life easier for new members would be most welcome.

Also, we would like to remind all members that we are looking for volunteers for working on the web page or particular parts of it. If you would be interested in learning more about HTML or how to setup and modify web pages, contact bycwebteam@bremertonyachtclub.org We are also looking for people that might be interested in scanning or typing in some of the paper history of BYC suitable for web access or other electronic storage of the club history.

If you like messing around with the computer, this can be a nice way to earn points.  It is also a lot cleaner work than scrapping barnacles... 

Finally, do not forget to check the web page regularly for upcoming events. Again, if you want to add something (however small or short) to the web page, contact the Webteam via the web page or directly via Email (bycwebteam@bremertonyachtclub.org). We've received some very favorable comments, and we want to keep it that way by making sure the web page is current and relevant to members.

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