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Reports from the Bridge

16 August 2004

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Charlie Billings
Vice Commodore
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Wow ! Can you believe the weather we’ve had this summer? How could it possibly have been better?

The July picnic in the park was another resounding success, thanks to Capt. Andy Cupp and First Mate Nancy. I’m looking forward to our last of the summer picnics scheduled for two days after the deadline for submitting this column. Capt. Ron Cleave and First Mate Carol are chairing this picnic and I look forward to seeing everyone there.

The AUGUST 1st Fishing Derby chaired by Capt. Bret Halffman and First Mate Lynetta had 26 anglers trying to bring in the elusive salmon. Unfortunately, they were a little too elusive, as only one was caught, a 4.8 pound salmon, by Capt. Vic Piotrowski. Capt. Jim Griffith took top honors for the largest bottom fish (a dog fish!), with Rupert Polson, Capt. John Rosendale’s son-in-law, taking second prize bottom fish, a beautiful cod, that rewarded him with a new rod & reel combo. There were ten other prizes too, thanks to the generous contributions from the Port of Bremerton, Signal Yacht Sales, Kitsap Marine, Suldan’s Boat Works, The Sportsman’s Warehouse, andBill's Fire Extinguisher Service. A great time was had by all who attended.

After the fishing derby, Sharon and I hoped back in the tug and went to the Port of Bremerton “Harborside Grand Opening” on the waterfront at the Bremerton Marina. The new facilities are beautiful! An unexpected bonus was receiving a “Free Night of Moorage” certificate from the Port of Bremerton, given to all who brought their boats to the marina for the Grand Opening Day celebration.

The Grand Fourteen Officers Cruise-In over the weekend of 7-8 August was another resounding success. Thank you to all of you who offered your slips for moorage of our visitors. They all had a great time and are looking forward to next year’s cruise-in.

With luck, you’ll be reading this before theLabor Day weekend, so I’d like to remind you all to sign up for the Labor Day Weekend Cruise to our outstation in Oro Bay. Our Fleet Captain, Steve Stearns and his First Mate Laurie, have a full weekend of activities planned and it’s always a fun weekend event. The theme of the Anderson Island Parade this year is “Cartoon Characters”, so let your hair down and come as your favorite character. Come on down, you’ll have a good time and be in the company of good friends.

Don’t forget to sign up for the annual Salmon Bake on Sunday, September 12th, chaired once again by Capt. Bob Stanberry and First Mate Stephanie Marone. My taste buds are already working when I think about the wonderful “alder grilled” salmon, fresh corn on the cob and the other “goodies” we’ll be consuming. Watch for the signup sheet in the club lounge.

I guess that’s it for this month. One last thought, don’t forget our first General Meeting after the summer break will be held on Monday, 20 September. I hope to see you there.

See you ‘round the club.

Charlie Billings
Vice Commodore

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Posted: 16 August 2004