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Reports from the Bridge

16 June 2005

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Charles Billings

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Thanks to the combined efforts and talents of Capt. Andy Kupp, P/C Bob Bachman, and their crew, the annual Memorial Day Weekend Cruise to Oro Bay was a resounding success. The volunteers from the AIF&R crew, combined with the members of BYC, and the local bluegrass bands put on a phenomenal party on Saturday. As I mentioned in my announcements toward the end of the festivities, this annual event is one we will continue to host at our outstation to better accommodate those attending, and alleviate the challenge of getting to the Fire Chief’s dock when the tide does not cooperate, as it did this year. The Memorial Day service was emotional for many of us, and proved to be a fitting tribute to those members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines who have made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.

At the Executive Committee meeting on the 13th, Capt. Silvernail presented six prospective new member applicants who were spoken for by their sponsors and received favorable votes for membership. These new members will be obligated at the next Executive Committee meeting on July 11th. We will also have two more nominations for membership at that meeting. These two prospective members, if elected, will be obligated at the August E-committee meeting. Be sure to introduce yourself if you see some new faces around the club.

By the time you read this, the QCYC/BYC “BigBrother Cruise" will be history. I know we will have had a wonderful weekend. I just hope we had more boats in attendance than QCYC. While I have never worn one, I’m sure Commodore Rich McCroskey would look much better in the brightly colored muumuu than I. There’s also the $10 side bet we have with regard to who will have the most boats at the event. Watch for details in the August TOWLINE…..and I’m sure on the BYC web site, if I know the web team photographers.

I had hoped to be able to tell you that the self-serve fuel system is up and running. Unfortunately, that is not yet the case. There was a slight glitch with regard to the waterproof cabinet designated to hold the card reader on the fuel dock. Our expert resident cabinet maker built what we requested…..but someone forgot to allow for the space required to get the wiring into the reader in the cabinet. I’ve been told it’s a simple fix and we should be up and running in no time at all. It kind of reminds me of the galley remodel…..two weeks!

Speaking of reminders – th Grand Fourteen Officers Cruise-In is scheduled for the 5th - 7th of August at BYC. If you’re going to be out cruising and your slip is available for our guests, please advise the Float Chairman, Capt. John Rosendale and Rear Commodore Don Hardgrove of its availability at your earliest convenience.

In the mean time, have a safe and fun-filled summer. See you ‘round the club.

Charles Billings

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