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Reports from the Bridge

12 July 2005

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Charles Billings

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This past May, the Bremerton Sail & Power Squadron hosted a 100th birthday party for Elton Cleveland, a long time member of the Power Squadron. Mr. Cleveland has written a book entitled “The Steam Donkeys Are Calling”, a memoir of his life working and boating on Puget Sound, British Columbia, and Alaska. In appreciation for what BYC has done for the Power Squadron over the years, he has donated 50 copies of his book to BYC. The book is available in the club store for the price of $15 per copy. The proceeds from the sale of the book are to be used for the BYC Youth Sailing Program. Stop by the Club Store and purchase a copy; you’ll find it interesting reading and a worthwhile project to raise funds for youth sailing. As a side note, I took ten copies of the book with me to the Big Brother Cruise at QCYC’s outstation in hopes of selling a few. QCYC members purchased all ten copies, several handing me a 20 dollar bill, saying, “I don’t need any change, since it’s for your youth sailing program”. That’s a great precedence they set…..will our members follow suit?

On the way to the Outstation on the 30th, Sharon and I had our float plan timed to arrive at the entrance to Quartermaster Harbor on Vashon Island just in time to observe the “Tall Ships” getting underway for the parade through Commencement Bay and on to the Thea Foss Waterway. It was a magnificent spectacle, a perfect prelude to a planned 6 days out on the water.

There was an informal gathering at Oro Bay over the Fourth of July weekend with 13 boats in attendance. A great time was had by all, particularly at the Salmon & Ribs BBQ fundraiser for the Anderson Island Historical Association. There was even a surprise birthday party early afternoon on Sunday for one of our members who shall remain anonymous. I can say that the Grand Marnier Triple Chocolate Cake, ice cream, brownies and champagne were the highlight of the day for me….my kind of lunch.

For those of you who have the time, and are not heading to the San Juan or Canadian Gulf Islands, or beyond, don’t forget South Sound. At the Big Brother Cruise at QCYC’s outstation in Eagle Harbor, the QC co-Fleet Captains invited any BYC members, who might be interested, to join their South Sound Cruise, August 20-28. Please call Craig Joyner (425-774-7476) or Jess Hill (206-325-1267) with questions and/or reservations. For more info, check the flyer on the BYC Club Lounge bulletin board. [Further details: QCYC Bilge Pump, last paragraph, click!]

The self-serve fuel system is close to being a reality. The modifications to the waterproof cabinet for the “magic” card reader have been completed, and we’re awaiting the mounting of the cabinet, hook-up of wiring and the finalization of the member training certification. As with any project being handled by “volunteer labor”, sometimes it takes longer than some would like. However, we should be thankful that we have the talented members who can handle these jobs, so we don’t have to go outside the club and pay to have them completed. Be patient, it will happen!

I hope everyone is taking advantage of the great weather and enjoying being out on the water.

See you ‘round the club,
Charles Billings

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Posted: 12 July 2005 (gk)