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Reports from the Bridge
Commodore Bob Bachman:
Where do I start? Two years ago at this time I had just
bought a new, navy uniform, accessories, etc. It fit very nicely. My major
concern then was the upcoming Officers Cruise In in August. This was a
big thing as I wanted it to come off as perfect as I could get it. Next
big concern was writing a monthly column and then being an entertaining
character at the Christmas Dinner and for the Children's? Christmas Party.
I figured if I could make it through those first six months, the rest couldn't
be so bad. Was I in for a big awakening. In order of concern, then and
now - my nicely fitting navy uniform is, shall we say, a tad snug. The
Officers Cruise In went well enough that the senior Officers gave me a
treasured award that is difficult to describe. It was a monofilament birds
nest of fishing line with a piece of driftwood and half a bungee cord in
it. This was supposed to get me out of having to do all sorts of things.
It didn't, but I still have it and I'm still hoping. Christmas came and
thanks to my wonderful mate Gerri and much help from Cindy Lou Who Henry,
the Grinch did O.K. and as for the kids Christmas party, my grandkids recognized
me right away but, no one wet on my leg. That was my Rear year. One Big
word can sum up my Vice year - GALLEY! Now it's time to take that giant
step forward and put on the Commodores' hat. Most of me is saying woo hoo,
but a little bit is saying, gosh, Rear wasn't bad at all.
Well, after two years of intense training under a retired Navy Captain
who has flashbacks of being on active duty, regular scrutiny by the P/C's
and routine abuse by the Whodats, I have survived with some lumps, a few
bruises and the thought that I am, indeed, the lucky one, to be a member
of this Yacht Club and to have been elected your Commodore. After 1 ½
years of overseeing our new galley and scullery and trying to bring often
opposing ideas to a meeting someplace near the middle, of seeing a Planning
Committee come together that has the knowledge and the vision to bring
our club into the 21st century, I am excited and renewed. I do not expect
the coming year to be an easy one. With the departure of the caretakers,
I am facing a hurdle coming out of the blocks, but I would like to think
of it as a fork in the road, a time to step back, reexamine, and with the
help of the membership, decide which direction we will go in for the future.
Which way we go remains to be seen. The questionnaires are slowly coming
in and many have insightful commentary. Think of it like voting. If you
don't vote, don't complain if you don't like who gets elected.
Hot news of the month - Opening Day was, without a doubt, a grand time.
Food wine and old friends almost everywhere you turned and fairly decent
weather, too. Capt. Jerry Sengstocks Decorated Boat entry took FIRST PLACE.
Congratulations to Jerry and crew for bringing home the honor to BYC. Well
done! It was rumored that the lock attendants had said it was the first
hydroplane to navigate the locks at no wake speed. You should have seen
it - what an awesome float. In addition, our Officers Dress boat entry
took THIRD PLACE. Wow! Capt. Ray Norton must have popped one snappy salute
as we passed in revue. Congratulations Ray, and to all the others too,
that contributed to the starboard list on Impressions.
May 9th was Awards Night and, true to form, our
Commodore Bill Rumbold
had some surprises. It was an enjoyable evening and the first potluck we've
had in some time and it was delicious.
May 16th was our Change of Watch. I want to congratulate our new Vice
Commodore, Rod Perryman, new Rear Commodore, Charlie Billings, new Secretary,
Ron Morse and our two new Executive Committee members, Capt. Chuck Silvernail
and Capt. Dave Cleator. I look forward to working with all of you in the
May 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th is the Memorial Day cruise to Oro Bay.
This is planned to be a relaxing weekend with a special tribute on Sunday
to our fallen warriors in military service. Many people today think of
this holiday as nothing more than a long weekend. Pause for a moment and
think of where you might be or what you might be doing or what you might
have if these people hadn't made the ultimate sacrifice. Honoring these
heroes is what Memorial Day is about.
May 31st is our last chance to honor one of our own, Commodore Bill
Rumbold, at his Commodores? Ball. Bill, you've demonstrated great leadership
and vision over the past three years. You've added to the many traditions
of our club and enhanced many others. It has been an honor working with
you. I look forward to your counsel in the coming year.
By now our Editor is probably pulling his hair out thinking this column
is going to make the Towline look like a Sunday newspaper. Let me
close by thanking everyone for your support over the last two years and
in the year ahead. I am honored to be your Commodore and will continue
to serve our club to the best of my ability.
Vice Commodore Rod Perryman:
Now that I have handed off the reins of Rear Commodore to the
more than capable Rear Commodore Charles Billings, I'll be taking on the
equally enjoyable and challenging task as your Vice Commodore. Has it really
been a year already since I became R/C?
Let me begin my new term with a rundown of the events that are scheduled
for the upcoming summer months. Summer is just around the corner and that
means lots of cruising time for all. First on the horizon is the Memorial
Day Cruise to our Oro Bay Outstation on May 23 through 26. This will be
the first Cruise for our new and very capable Fleet Captain Doug Sanford.
This is the kick off cruise for the summer. There will be something for
everyone, lots of fun and games so please sign-up. The best news is that
there is not going to be a limit of boats this year.
While we are at Oro Bay, Gig Harbor and Rainier Yacht clubs will be
making use of our club facilities. If your slip will be available and don't
object, please let the Float Chairman, Capt. Jim Picinich know.
The Commodores Ball, honoring Commodore Bill Rumbold, will be held on
May 31st. Capt. Harry Davis is putting this show together so I'm sure it
will be a good one. Please sign up on the sign-up sheet so the committee
can plan the menu accordingly. Come out and enjoy the evening.
Our first Picnic in the Park is on June 18 at 6:00 p.m. Always a great
time to get together with other members. Look for the sign-up sheet on
the clubhouse bulletin board.
On June 27 our annual Big Brother Cruise to Queen City Outstation in
Eagle Harbor is scheduled. This is always an enjoyable laid back weekend,
and downtown Winslow is a fun place to spend the afternoon perusing the
quaint shops for terrific treasures. Come on out for this one.
That's it from me this time, I'll see you on the water.
Rear Commodore Charles Billings:
First off, I want to thank you all for your confidence in me
by electing me your Rear Commodore. It is a privilege and honor, and I
shall do my best to not let you down.
As I write this first R/C article, I am reminded that May has been an
extremely busy month for Sharon and me what with the Opening Day celebrations,
greeting the USS Camden's return to Bremerton, the elections on the 5th,
Awards Night on the 9th, Mother's Day on the 11th, Installation of Officers
on the 16th, and the month is just barely two weeks old.
Speaking of being busy, by the time you read this, the Work Party of
May 17 & 18 will be history, but I thank all of you who participated,
particularly Capt. Don Sherwood for his leadership, for all of your hard
work, not only to maintain our club facilities, but the extra effort to
make our club shine. For those of you who still need your work party hours,
check with Capt. Brian Golden, as he has lots of work to be completed down
at the Oro Bay Outstation.
As you all know, the cruising season is upon us, and there are a few
thoughts I'd like to share with you all. Remember, the Club ice machine
is for all of us. Don't take more than your share, and remember to fill
two bags for each one you take out of the freezer.
If you're coming up the brow, and you see too many carts sitting at
the foot, bring one or two up to the clubhouse so others can use them.
It's also "clean-up" time on our boats. Please keep the recycle area
clean and neat, and stow your refuse in the dumpster. Remember, it's for
club use, and not for "stuff from home".
It's also a good idea to take a look at your fire extinguishers and
other safety equipment to make sure they will serve you should you need
them. Additionally, we have several qualified CG and Power Squadron inspectors
in our club and it's a great time to take advantage of them before we go
And last but not least, remember to renew your vessel registration before
the 30 June deadline and affix the 2004 stickers (red this year) to your
boat. While you're at it, make a copy of your registration for the Float
Committee files. Even if your boat is documented, state law requires you
to have it registered with the State of Washington. Have a great, and safe,
summer. I hope to see you on the water or around the clubhouse, doing the
things that brought us to join Bremerton Yacht Club in the first place.
Recognition of those
members that went "way beyond" to support the club was conducted at Awards
Night on Friday 9 May. It was a lot of fun and a few surprises were provided.
Awards presented included:
~ Retiring Executive Committee members after three years of
diligent dedicated service:
~ Committee Chairmen that worked extremely hard for the club
Photo: Mike Dunn
Annual Editor Bret Halffman
Towline Editor Harry Davis
Fleet Captain Mike & Cathy Thomas
Membership Chair Chuck Silvernail
Outstation Chair Bryan Golden
Workparty Chair Don Sherwood
Wastewater Chair Mike Leedy
~ "OF THE YEAR AWARDS"
Who Dat of the Year Paul Raplee
Liveaboards of the Year Bob & Marva McWaid
New member of the Year Betty Smith
Executive Chef of the Year Al Gonzalez
Woman of the Year Sylvia Wilson
~ Management of the Big Galley Project
Officer in Charge Vice Commodore Bob Bachman
Project Manager "Tweeks" Armstrong
Photo: Mike Dunn
Marva & Bob McWaid
13 April 2003
Woody Woodworth on Skylark - First Prize Decorated Float
Harry Davis on Fairwinds - Decorated Officers Boat
Day: 3 May 2003
Jerry Sengstock on Gypsy Dancer - First
Prize: "Decorated Power"
Ray Norton on Impressions - Third
Place: "Dressed Power"
~ Yachtsman of the Year: Joe Payne
Member of the Year Charlie Billings
~ Boating Family of the Year: Doug & "Admiral" Pam Smith
~ The Skipperettes were also recognized for all their
support to BYC, the Commodore and to the rest of the bridge.
Comments from the Secretary
Points of interest from the Executive Committee meeting
of 12 May 2003.
Capt. Charlie Billings
Capt. Eric Tucker and Capt. Gunnar Larsen were elected to membership.
Capt. Doug Smith, chairman of the Planning Committee, reiterated his request
for input on the desires/dreams of the membership with regard to our plans
for the future,
The response to the Audit Committee was read and will be read at the next
General Meeting, 19 May.
There was continued discussion on the "90 Day Plan" to be put in place
when the Caretakers leave. Your input via the survey in the
May Towline is whole heartedly solicited. Let your desires
and suggestions be known.
There will be a routine inspection of our underground fuel storage tanks
on 20 May by the DOE.
Application for "on-site service" from Breakwater Marina, Inc., was approved.
A letter of withdrawal from Capt. Jon Castle was regretfully approved by
Since Capt. Rosendale was unable to attend the awards night, the Commodore
presented him with a plaque for "three years of dedicated service to BYC
as a member of the Executive Committee".
May Float Committee Report
Open Slip # 262 to Capt. Betty Smith
Open Slip # 448 to Capt. Dave Cordodor
Open Slip # 462 to Capt. E. D. Sanford
Boathouse Slip # 117 to Capt. Dave Walsh
The Float Committee approved the followings.
Requests for Live aboard status from Captains Loudin and Conrad.
Request from Roger Phillips to replace existing 19.5X62 shed with a new
20X60 shed in space # 401.
Request from Rod Bruins to replace existing 16.6X44 shed with a new 19X50
shed in space # 313.
Slips available for bid
Open Slip # 110 15X40
The adjoining vessel determines the width of the slip. It is the members
responsibility to determine if their vessel will safely fit the requested
A.30.c (10) The total length of any vessel occupying an open slip is
to include all its gear and any attached equipment including anchors, bow
pulpits, swim platforms, and dinghies. It is the responsibility of the
owner/member to be certain their vessel will fit the requested or assigned
The next Float Meeting is scheduled for June 10th at 1900.
Chairman, Float Committee
Where has this year gone? It feels like just a few weeks ago
I was being installed and now in just a few days Sandy Baker will be installed
as your new President. I know she will do an outstanding job.
I would to take this opportunity to thank all my officers, standing
committee chairs, appointed chairs, galley cooks and crews and the countless
volunteers that have made this year's success possible. I will treasure
your friendship always. I could not have asked for a greater group to work
with. Thank You!
We have had an extremely busy May, Past Presidents/Mothers Day luncheon
and WIC back to back. We were honored to have 13 Past Presidents in attendance
at our PP/Mother Day Luncheon. Jerry Dick and her committee treated us
to a delicious lunch and Arlene Gorski made us all laugh as she raffled
off crazy gifts. We welcomed into membership Jan Cordodor, wife of new
member David. Jan and David have a Tollycraft, being a working lady she
hopes to be able to attend as many of the Skipperette functions as work
and time allows.
As soon as our guest departed the Skipperette "Worker Bees" went into
full humm, setting up for Women's Interclub Council (WIC) the following
day. Thanks to the decorating skills of Sue Kela the place came to life
in true Mexican style. Bright colors, parrots, hats and morochas. It looked
so festive. The addition of panel screens (purchased by Skipperettes but
procured by Sharon Lillybridge) were a much needed addition. Wafting from
the kitchen were the delicious smells of fresh salsa and enchiladas. Joan
Vehrs and her small galley crew of Doreen Marshal, Sue Kela and Pat Downs
were busy fixing a south of the boarder delight. Joanie herself prepared
100 hand made tamales! On Thursday the place was ready for our guest and
BYC Bridge. We received so many nice comments about the food, the service
(take a bow Skupperettes!), and the decorations. You all made me proud
to be your President. Thanks, VP/WIC Sandy Baker, for a beautiful theme
and a great day.
On May 9th BYC held their annual Awards Night. This year Commodore Bill
Rumbold initiated several new awards, among them "BYC Women of the Year."
This years recipient was someone who is always there to help BYC members,
goes out of her way for the betterment of the BYC, has seen ways to improve
the club and carried those ideas into action... this years award went to
a wife of a BYC member.....Sylvia Wilson. Congratulations, Sylvia. A perfect
Just a couple a reminders:
Installation is June 4th, 6:30 pm social time. Please come and bring
your Skippers. Remember I will be holding a free drawing with all the unlucky
raffle tickets accumulated during the year. You must be present to win.
The combined board meeting with old and new chairman will be on June
17th, 10 am in the hall, please have everything ready to turn over to your
successor. We will have a birthday card making party following the board
meeting, bring a sack lunch.
I am looking forward to see everyone in June,
for Power June 2003
Capt. Joe Payne
Sail Regatta Chairman
The Poulsbo - Rainier Yacht Clubs predicted log contest was
held out of Poulsbo Yacht Club on Saturday, May 10th. The course was 19.5
nautical miles long, started at the Poulsbo Yacht Club and run through
Liberty Bay, down Port Orchard Channel and back, and finish off of Key
Port. There was 27 boats entered, with 7 from BYC. Once again, the BYC
race team took its share of trophies, including the fifth "First Overall"
Congratulations and "WELL DONE" to Owen and Linda Ritter on Outbound
for taking First Overall, with an error of only 0.2259 %, the lowest score
of any boat racing on Puget Sound waters in the past decade or two!
This is the third time this year that Owen has been under the magic one
half percent of error.
Of the seven BYC skippers that raced, five did trophy as follows:
The next IPBA race is the South Sound Filucy Bay on June 7th, run out of
Longbranch. This is always a fun race, with the awards dinner being a potluck.
First Overall - Owen Ritter on Outbound with an error of 0.2259 %.
2nd Class 1 - P/C Bill Burwell on Gavia with an error of 0.6619 %.
2nd Class 2 - John Rosendale on Mistic Blue with an error of 1.2924 %.
3rd Class 2 - P/C Mike Henry on Peachy Keen with an error of 1.3148 %.
3rd Class 4 - Jack Hensley on Jubilee with an error of 1.0615 %
Remember, "LOG RACING IS A SOCIAL EVENT".
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
BYC CORROSION CONTROL
BYC is developing a corrosion control program with the hope that we
can avoid or minimize damage to the underwater areas of the boats in our
marina. Mr. Bob Ajerman will be at BYC on Monday, April 21, 2003. Bob is
the author of ?BOAT & YACHT CORROSION CONTROL? and has considerable
experience in the field of corrosion control in boats and yachts.
Prior to the General Meeting (19:00 hours to 19:30 hours) Bob will provide
general comments on corrosion problems in marinas.
If you are interested in a quick overview of corrosion control, you
should be in your chair in the ballroom at 19:00 hours. If you have any
questions, please call Capt. Mike Leedy, 373-6038.
From: your WebTeam
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
(email@example.com). 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 of the community.
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