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Towline Articles for February 2003:
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Table of Contents:

  1. Bill Rumbold, Commodore
  2. Bob Bachman, Vice Commodore
  3. Rod Perryman, Rear Commodore
  4. December Float Commitee Report
  5. Skipperettes
  6. The Fleet Captain's Locker
  7. Regatta For Sail
  8. Regatta for Power
  9. Heavy Weather
  10. Special People Cruise 
  11. Annual is done
  12. 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. 

Bill Rumbold

From: Bob Bachman, Vice Commodore

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Have a happy and prosperous New Year. See you on the docks.

Bob Bachman
Vice Commodore

From: Rod Perryman, Rear Commodore

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Rod Perryman
Rear Commodore

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.

Jim Picinich
Chairman, Float Committee

FROM:  Skipperettes
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.

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 chairman.

Gerri Bachman
President Skipperettes

Regatta for Sail

Capt. Joe Payne
Sail Regatta Chairman
Regatta for Power
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".

Jack Hensley
Regatta Chairman for Power

Heavy Weather
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 sessions.

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  or contact the Regatta Chairman for Power, Jack  Hensley, at (360) 373-2423, or E-mail

Jack Hensley
Regatta Chairman for Power

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 or Bret Halffman at: 

Also, for those members that had email via @home, please contact to let me know your new email address. I am already collecting email addresses for next years annual.

Dave Uebele
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 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. 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. 

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Last update: 16 January 2003

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