Towline Articles for February
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Table of Contents:
Bill Rumbold, Commodore
Bob Bachman, Vice Commodore
Rod Perryman, Rear Commodore
Charles Billings, Secretary
Float Committee Report
The Fleet Captain's Locker
Regatta for Power
- Opening Day Boat Entry Announcement
From your WebTeam
From: Bill Rumbold, Commodore
The Bremerton Yacht Club has lost one of its most esteemed
members. Past Commodore Carl Wilhelm passed away on Monday, 13 January.
Carl in his quiet unassuming manner has had a tremendous impact on boating
here in the Puget Sound area. Not only was he the Commodore of BYC in 1960,
having joined fifty years ago, but Carl was also an active long time member
of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the US Power Squadron, teaching
classes in boating with his sidekick, Jack Hensley. He has remained involved
in all the club's activities throughout the years and has been an avid
predicted log racer for many years. When Special Peoples Cruise needed
boats, he and SEA NYMPH were always available to take a group out and he
enjoyed it as much as his passengers did. Social functions would always
find him and Gerry in attendance. I could always depend on seeing Carl
at all the general membership meetings sitting in the back making sure
the bridge was taking care of his club. I guess that is one of the things
I admired about Carl, he was dependable. He always had a kind word for
everyone and was always ready to participate. I know that many members
of BYC, both old and new, will find a tremendous void in their yacht club
lives without Carl. I know I shall. I will miss him - a lot.
We will be conducting a Memorial Service to honor and to recognize the
services of Past Commodore Carl Wilhelm on Saturday, 1 February at 1400
in the club main hall. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the
US Power Squadron have also expressed a desire to participate and will
be in attendance. There will be more information posted in the club as
plans are finalized.
One of Carl's favorite pastimes was participating in the Heavy Weather
predicted log race and this will be the first in many years that he has
not been a participant. I am sure he will be "Up There" watching over the
race and cheering the BYC team on to victory. The Heavy Weather Weekend
is coming up fast and plans are being finalized. Captain Jack Hensley has
a great contest laid out and with the tides and currents being pretty light,
it should be a "piece of cake", according to Jack. I have heard from other
yacht club commodores that they have hired drama coaches for their skit
preparation and we are expecting a great turnout so be sure and come and
enjoy the weekend activities and don't forget to find a committee
to help out on. Remember, as Past Commodore Mike Henry has imprinted on
our brains, "LOG RACING IS A SOCIAL EVENT!" Heavy Weather Weekend is an
"all hands event" and needs all the help we can muster to make it a success.
I am sure that if you have seen Capt. Hensley lately, he has regaled
you on the results of the Queen City Predicted Log Race on 11 January.
It is all true! Our members went over and "cleaned the clock of the lake
racers". Congratulations are in order to PC Mike Henry, Capt. Chuck Silvernail,
and Capt. Owen Ritter placing first, second and third overall and to the
other BYC members that brought home hardware. I am sure Jack will have
more (much more) in his column on this subject!
Something to start thinking about - elections of new officers and Executive
Committee members! The way the past eight months have gone, elections will
be upon us very soon. We need energetic, well-qualified members willing
to step forward to assume the leadership roles of the club. The Commodore,
Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Secretary, Treasurer and two members of
the E-Committee will come up for election in May. If you are interested
in taking a responsible role in club management, contact any of the current
bridge or any past commodore and they will fill you in on how-to and the
duties and responsibilities. Don't be bashful, step forward and volunteer,
the club really needs your support.
From: Bob Bachman, Vice Commodore
Monday, January 13th, Bremerton Yacht Club lost an elder statesman.
Long time member, Past Commodore Carl Wilhelm crossed the bar. Carl loved
boating and was very active in his club and several other boating organizations
up until just weeks ago. Quiet and soft spoken, Carl will be missed. Gerri
and I send our sympathies to his wife Gerry and his family in this sad
January 1Oth, Capt. AI Gonzalez and crew put on a Mexican night dinner
complete with margaritas. Great time. Newer member, Capt. Betty Smith,
won the best costume. Congrats, Betty! And a word of caution -if any of
you ever enter a contest requiring speed and agility, watch out for Capt.
Roger Horne, he is one fast guy. Must be from all the years carrying all
that brass around. Sorry you didn't win the contest, Roger, but it sure
was fun watching.
Next up is the main event -- Heavy Weather weekend on the 14th,
16th of February. This weekend is open to all club members. You don't
have to be a racer to come down and have a great time. Friday kicks it
off with tapping the keg at 5:30 followed by a from scratch lasagna dinner,
antipasto plate, caesar salad, garlic bread, Chianti and spumoni ice cream.
Capt. Doug and Admiral Pam Smith are chairing it so you know it will be
good. Also, there will be the accompanying raffle with some really cool
and useful prizes. Dancing 'til11:00 follows and all for $7.50. It is also
Valentines Day, so don't forget your Sweetheart. The 15th is Race Day.
Last year we had 22 racers from BYC bring home a lot of hardware. Come
out and race. See what we can do this year. Remember, Log Racing is a social
event. Also, again this year, Dominos Pizza will be taking orders in the
lounge from 10:00 to 4:00. At 5:00, the hall is opened to skit seating.
If you want to laugh a lot, don't miss this. Following the skits is dancing
'til1:00 A.M. with a snack served around midnight. Sunday morning is the
big H/W breakfast after which the hardware is handed out to the race winners
and the Famous Rubber Clam Gun goes to the skit winner. What a weekend!
As usual, we will need observers for the Saturday race. If you or a
friend ever wondered what log racing was all about, this is your chance.
Contact Capt. Jack Hensley. We need all the help we can get from the membership
on H/W weekend. There are many committees looking for people to help out.
Give your club a hand and get some points in the process.
Last event in February is the Fishing Derby on the 23rd. Capt. Vic Piotrowski
is the chairman and he will have refreshments afterwards and some good
prizes on the ladder. See his flyer in this Towline.
BYC Fishing Derby
February 23, 2003
Derby starts at daylight and ends at 2pm. Derby boundary is Fishing Area 10.
All fish must be at weigh-in line by 2pm.
Tickets can be purchased at the Club Store for:
$5.00 for Adults
$3.00 for 16 & under
Last item. If your boat is for sale and is being shown, for security
reasons the owner or a current BYC member must accompany the prospective
buyer to the boat and back. A broker may petition the Executive Committee
for a service provider card and if approved may bring clients in and out
without escort but it is not a ticket to wander the docks but only to the
boat(s) being shown. A third option is for a member to sponsor a broker
or repair person as a service provider and apply to the Security Chairman
for a card. All others are technically in a trespass situation.
From: Rod Perryman, Rear Commodore
It is really hard to tell what season it is with this warm
spring like weather we have been having. I just keep telling myself
it isn't over yet and we could still get some winter weather. I will
just hope that it isn't too terrible. In the mean time we can enjoy
it while it is here.
What a terrific holiday season we have had. Lots of great events
for us all to celebrate the Joy of the Season. Well it is now over
and I hope you have recuperated. Just don't relax too much, because
before you know it, Heavy Weather will be upon us, the biggest event of
BYC year. There are lots of ways our members can participate to help
to make this a successful event. If you haven't already signed up
for a committee there are still openings. Just tell a committee chairperson
or a bridge member that you want to get involved and they will steer you
in the right direction. I am sure you will find participating rewarding
and fun and you will enjoy yourself immensely as Angela and I have.
Speaking of Heavy Weather let me remind you of the work party that is
scheduled for February 8 & 9. This work Party will focus on cleaning
up the clubhouse grounds and docks to make our club shine for the visiting
yacht clubs. A sign up list is posted on the bulletin board in the
There are burgees missing on the south end wall of the lounge that were
moved during the installation of the new curtains. I know that two
of them were white with light blue crosses on them. If you know the
whereabouts of these burgees please contact me so I can reinstall them
to the wall.
That is it for me this time. Hope to see you at Heavy Weather
Comments from the Secretary
Points of interest from the Executive Committee meeting of 13 January
Capt. Hensley reported on the 'SWEEP' BYC made at the QCYC Log race, 11
January, on 'The Lake'.
A comprehensive presentation on BYC insurance was given by our broker,
Sears & Associates.
A 'new member' meeting was proposed by the Commodore, to include the V/C,
R/C, and Committee Chairs, for members who have joined in the past year.
Membership Chairman Capt. Silvernail will schedule the meeting.
Capt. Leedy reported training for members on electrolysis detection/elimination
is in the mill.
The Annual Budget draft for 2003-2004 is underway. Committee chairs should
submit any changes to the Budget & Fiscal Committee.
Capt. Golden reported 'we have heat in the Gazebo thanks to Capt. Tim Baker'.
The 'pigeon problem' is still under investigation.
High Tides of Washington, a boat cleaning & detailing company has been
granted on-site service at BYC.
2003 Youth Sailing Program was presented with consensus for a funding presentation
at the General Meeting on February 3rd.
It was noted that if a member leaves his/her boathouse locked, a key should
be left with the Club Caretakers for access in an emergency.
It was noted with sadness that P/C Carl Wilhelm, a 50 year member and Commodore
in 1960, crossed the bar this morning. A memorial service is being planned.
December Float Committee Report
Berths available for bid
Boathouse Slip # 328
Contingent on the sale of the boat and boathouse. The maximum
shed size for this space is 19X50 including standoffs. Call Capt. Tibbits
at 253-761-5950 for questions on boat or boathouse.
Common Cover Slip # 210
Contingent on the finalization of the excepted offer
on the boat. The maximum length is defined as the open waterway between
the walkway and a Line that extends along the outside edge of the pilings
securing the north club Cover, approximately 52 feet.
Heavy Weather weekend is Feb. 14, 15, & 16. If you are moored
under the common cover and you are planning to race let me know so that
we can find a non-racer to trade slips with you prior to the timbers going
up. The timbers will be put up Thursday Feb. 13th at 1300 and removed on
the 16th at 1300. We will also need a block of slips on the north side
of "A" string for contestant check in. Information can be put in the Float
Chairman mailbox, or you can give me a call at 782-0219.
The next Float Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday Feb. 11, at 1900.
Chairman, Float Committee
These last two months been an active time for the Skipperettes.
In December we hosted the dinner for the Special Peoples helpers and planned
a fun BYC Children's Party with a visit from Saint Nick. In addition to
our own Christmas party several ladies attend the WIC luncheon at Day Island.
Regatta for Sail
January's meeting was a day potluck with a master gardener speaking
on getting your garden ready for spring. In February we will have dessert
meeting, 6:30 pm, featuring talented weaver Judy Rice.
Skipperettes will be busy helping BYC. in February: serving lunch during
work party, assisting with Heavy Weather Breakfast and preparing lunch
on Saturday for those not racing.
The "Ladies Bunch for Lunch" has two outings planned. On Monday, Feb
24th, we will visit the Museum of Glass in Tacoma in the morning followed
by lunch. On Tuesday March 25th we will shop at the Port Gamble general
store and have high tea at La La Chocolates. Sign up sheets are available
at the meetings, in the club house or you can call President, Gerri Bachman.
If interested in join Skipperettes please contact Jo Carr, membership
Regatta for Power
Capt. Joe Payne
Sail Regatta Chairman
The 2003 predicted log season is here, with the Queen City
Yacht Club's "First of the Season" log race on Lake Washington scheduled
for Saturday, January 11. The logs have been mailed to the regular IPBA
racers, but if you didn't get a copy, you can get a copy at the BYC clubhouse.
QCYC has a Friday night Burger Bash, a Saturday Awards Dinner Dance, as
well as a Champagne Brunch on Sunday, all part of the race weekend. We
will have a skull session at the BYC clubhouse on Tuesday, January 7, at
7:00 PM to go over the race.
The first club predicted log race of the year is the BYC Thompson Trophy
race on Sunday, January 19. This is a good chance to get into the swing
of log racing before the big Heavy Weather race. This is always a fun race,
and will be followed by the usual potluck dinner. We will have a planning
session for the race on Wednesday, January 15 at 7:00 PM for any racers
that need it. You can pick up a copy of the race at the BYC clubhouse.
The big race of the year for BYC is Heavy Weather on February 15. We
want to get as many BYC boats as possible to enter the contest, so we can
win the team trophy back from Queen City Yacht Club. We will have two planning
sessions for this one, the first on Wednesday, February 5 to go over
the course, and than February 12 to cover the expected currents. Remember,
"LOG RACING IS A SOCIAL EVENT".
Regatta Chairman for Power
BREMERTON YACHT CLUB'S 69TH
ANNUAL HEAVY WEATHER NAVIGATION CONTEST
Saturday February 15, 2003
The 69th Annual Bremerton Yacht Club Heavy Weather Predicted Log Navigation
Contest is scheduled for February 15, 2003. This is the largest predicted
log navigation contest of its kind in the world. The object of this
contest is to demonstrate a skipper's navigational skills at normal vessel
cruise speeds, as opposed to other types of contests that involve high
vessel speeds. It is anticipated that approximately 50 to 60 contestant
boats will entere to challenge the 23 nautical mile course. They will transit
Port Washington Narrows, Sinclair Inlet, Rich Passage, and Yukon Harbor
over a period from about noon to 4:30 PM on February 15. The competing
skippers are veteran boaters who take this sport very seriously, are well
aware of the capabilities of their vessels and maintain a keen vigilance
of everything around them. The essence of a navigation contest is
to compare a skipper's predicted elapsed time over a prescribed course
with the actual cruise time to run the course, and the skipper with the
closest times wins. The challenge of predicting the currents through
Port Washington Narrows and Rich Passage has, over the years, made this
a very difficult part of the contest course.
Each of the contest boats is required to have an independent observer
on board, who's duty is to record the time of day at the start of the contest
and at each of it's six checkpoints. It is from these recorded times that
the contest committee establishes the contest winners. Trophies are awarded
for the top three overall winners, as well as the top three in each of
five classes. An award is given to the yacht club who has the best
four man team score and a trophy is also given to the best skipper who
has entered the contest for the first time.
Impartial observers play a key part in the contest, as they represent
the yacht club during the actual running of the course and record the required
times needed to establish the winners. Training for observers will be held
at the Bremerton Yacht Club on Tuesday, February 11, and Wednesday, February
12, at 7:00 PM each night, with donuts and coffee provided. Anyone interested
in being a observer during the contest should attend one of the two training
Heavy Weather Weekend is a busy time at the Bremerton Yacht Club, starting
on Friday night with a light dinner available at the clubhouse and music
to dance away the night. Saturday is the Heavy Weather Navigation Contest,
followed that evening by skits put on by the different yacht clubs, followed
by more music and dancing and a late night snack. Sunday is the famous
Heavy Weather breakfast followed by the presentation of awards and trophies.
For more information about the Bremerton Yacht Club Heavy Weather Navigation
Contest or being an observer visit the yacht clubs web site at www.bremertonyachtclub.org
or contact the Regatta Chairman for Power, Jack Hensley, at (360)
373-2423, or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regatta Chairman for Power
“OFF TO THE RACES” at Opening Day, May 3.
That’s the theme for this year’s celebration over in Seattle. Sounds simple enough
that we ought to be able to easily decorate one sailboat and one powerboat for entry
into the Opening Day parade. A well known BYC float designer par excellence has
indicated interest in helping with the hard part (that would be the thinking part).
What we need now are the boats to be decorated for entry in the Decorated Sail and
Decorated Powerboat classes. If you volunteer yours, our hosts, Queen City YC,
always try to provide reserved slips for boats entered in the parade; sure beats
being on the outer end of a seven boat raft off the dock.
Capt Ray Norton has volunteered to be the BYC entry in the Dressed Powerboat class.
It would be really nice to compliment that entry by having a BYC entry in the Dressed
Sailboat class, as well. Other classes open to club entries are the Novelty Decorated,
Classic Power and Classic Sail.
Equally as important is the need for enough people to crew the BYC entries. Maybe we
can even provide transportation to QCYC and back for those willing to crew but not
wanting to take their boats over.
If you’ve got a boat you want to show off or disguise with decorations, let me know.
I can be reached at email@example.com or at 360-377-6639.
P/C Mike Henry
Boat Entry Organizer
The Annual is back from the printers and available at the clubhouse.
If you notice incorrect information, and would like to get it updated
for next years annual, please contact Dave
Uebele at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bret
Halffman at: email@example.com
Also, for those members that had email via @home, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to let me know your new email address. I am already collecting email addresses
for next years annual.
member annual committee
From: your WebTeam
The web team is looking for artwork to help spruce up the web
page. Looking for photos of the clubhouse or other artwork that could be
used at the top level of the web page to show some important aspect of
BYC. Paper or electronic artwork is acceptable.
Also, a reminder that we are looking for volunteers for working on the
web page. If you would be interested in learning more about HTML or how
to setup and modify web pages, contact email@example.com
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. A lot cleaner work than scrapping barnacles...
Just a reminder to check the web page for upcoming events, and if you
want to add something to the web page, contact the web team via the web
page. www.bremertonyachtclub.org We've had a lot of favorable comments,
and I want to keep it that way by making sure the web page is current and
relevant to members of the community.
Last update: 17 January
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