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Reports from the Bridge

16 November 2004

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Charlie Billings
Vice Commodore

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As I mentioned in last month’s column, I was sure the Halloween
Cruise to Port Orchard would be a “howling” success. In fact, it was! We had a great turn-out and everyone had a wonderful time. Check out the BYC web site for photos of the contest winners. Thanks to the Fleet Captain, Steve Stearns, for organizing the weekend. Thanks are also in order for all of the participants who volunteered to ensure things ran smoothly when Capt. Stearns ended up having to work.

New Members’ Night was another great Friday Night Social. Capt. Mike Thomas, First Mate Cathy, and their crew did an outstanding job. I think all of the new members present were able to match boat names to owner’s names in the contest to facilitate new and current members getting acquainted. It was particularly challenging in that one of the boat names had been changed since the publishing of the last annual.

Those who missed the “Sunday Morning Breakfas” on November 14th, missed a wonderful meal. While there were some delays in getting “omelets - made to order” out to the tables, P/C Gary Carr, First Mate Jo, and crew pulled out all the stops to create a delicious breakfast. IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT!! Thanks P/C, for trying something new.

This column has to go to press before the Junior Officers Ball takes place, but with a theme (The “Roaring Twenties”) to coincide with our 75th Anniversary, I’m assured that it will be a “roaring success” thanks to Capt. Jim Markham, First Mate Tammy and their crew. Watch the web site and next month’s issueof the Towline for photos and comments.

We are on the threshold of the 2004 Holiday Season, one of the busiest times on the BYC social calendar. Be sure to make note of all of the activities so you won’t miss any (see the calendar in this issue). The R/C will go into greater detail on these, but coming up, we have Decorate the Club day, the Friday Night Tree Trimming Party, Children’s Christmas Party, and Lighted Boats Parade (two nights).

We also have the Special Peoples Cruise on the 5th, a time when we can give of ourselves, and our boats, to the folks with special needs, who are less fortunate that we. I urge you to sign up and be a part of this wonderful outreach to our community.

The Christmas Dinner on the 12th promises to be another well attended event, so make your reservations now and come “break bread” with your BYC family.

Last but by no means least on the social side, is the BYC New Year’s Eve event, chaired by Capt. Mike Thomas and First Mate Cathy. Check out the flyer in this issue of the Towline, and sign up early for an opportunity to get “dressed up” and dance to the music of “Thin Ice”. There are few places, if any, in the Puget Sound region where one can celebrate New Year’s Eve with heavy hors d’oeuvres, dance to a live band, have champagne to toast the arrival of the New Year and be with good friends for only $30 per couple. I hope to see you there.

The refurbishment of A-string is for all intents and purposes complete with regard to the contracted portion. Electrical, potable water, dock boxes and a few other miscellaneous items to be accomplished by member work party time are still to be completed. Many thanks to all of you who have volunteered your time, expertise and labor to help bring this project to a timely closure in the near future. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and a more secure feeling that our floats will weather a heavy storm should Mother Nature decide to expose us to same.

For those who have been disappointed in the holding tank waste pump-out system, be disappointed no longer. During the last work party, the pump was rebuilt and now works really well, even at low tide. Please make sure the vent on your holding tank is clear, as the rebuilt pump could collapse your tank if the vent is plugged.

As you may know, USS Carl Vinson is due to depart Bremerton in early to mid January shortly after the arrival of USS John C. Stennis at PSNS. While the “official” dates and times have not been announced, I’d like to see the BYC Flotilla on the water to greet USS Stennis and give USS Vinson a hearty farewell. Be on the lookout for more information as we get closer to the big events.

For those of you that are “on line”, you now have a means of signing up for club functions using E-mail. Just send an E-mail to with your registration request. The Facilities Manager will add your name and requested information to the list of attendees. While it’s great to see everyone at the club, in our busy schedules, it’s nice to be able to sign up for an event without having to make a special trip to put one’s name on the list. In the near future, I hope to have an automated response on the BYC web site “Event Flyer” so members can register from the appropriate web page itself.

A reminder to those that wear glasses – when it’s time to purchase new glasses due to a prescription change or perhaps you just want a new style, you can recycle your old glasses through the Lions Club. We have a drop off box in the club lounge compliments of P/C Tom Proteau, a Lions Club member. These recycled glasses are refurbished, categorized by prescription, and used to help those in Third World countries who can’t afford, or have no access to, prescription glasses. It’s a worth while cause and worth the effort to leave unwanted glasses in the box at the club.

See you ‘round the club.

Charlie Billings
Vice Commodore

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