Speaking of Cruising, I am delighted to report that the 2006 Grand XIV Cruise-In to BYC, on August 4th to 6th, was a huge success. I want to personally thank each of the members who stepped forward to announce that their moorage slip and/or boat shed was available for use during the Cruise-In. I was truly amazed that, thanks to the generosity of our Members, we were able to accommodate 36 visiting Grand XIV Officers' boats. Remarkably, each visitor was moored in a slip, a boat shed, or stern tied at the Reciprocal Docks, and no rafting was required. How many Yacht Clubs can match that feat?
Abbie and I enjoyed meeting and getting to know our group of Rear Commodores (the Class of 2009). We wined and dined the class Friday night, with many thanks to the ever so kind and capable assistance of chefs PC Bob and Gerri Bachman. They also pitched in with park beautification and photos of the Class of 2009. Special thanks also to Sylvia Wilson who offered to do the errand running and frequent walking the ramp for Abbie while she is recovering from surgery. Check out the BYC Web site for more of Sylvia's contributions.
A few glasses of beer and wine after dinner, and the class selected the name PIRATES OF PUGET SOUND with the Logo chosen as a Square Rigged Pirate Ship (AKA Lady Washington). The Vice Commodores', with our own Jenny Hardgrove doing a great job for her Class by filling in for Don while he was drafted for special security duty, provided a great Saturday night dinner and Sunday morning breakfast. The Commodores and Vice Commodores, happily wined and dined, ceremoniously inducted our Class of 2009 as Official Members of the Grand XIV Clubs. Great weekend! The good weather is not over yet, so let us all enjoy the August 16th Picnic in the Park (I'm really looking forward to Tri Tips by the Sea). Last, but by no means least, mark your calendars for the Labor Day Weekend for the BYC Cruise-In at Oro Bay. This promises to be a fabulous Summer Finale, so if you can't make it by boat, drive on out and join the Club's entry in the Annual Anderson Island Parade. You'll be glad you did.
For those of us with school age kids or grandkids, celebrate the re-opening of school. For those without kids, remember to be extra alert when driving during school hours.
Have a Super Great September. Your Humble Servant, Mike Dunn