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Reports from the Bridge

16 November 2006

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Don Hardgrove
Vice Commodore

Photo of Vice Commodore

Thank you's are in order for all those who put out the Welcome Mat for our Club guests during the JO Ball. An extra big round of applause goes to P/C Mark Miller for his expert General-ship, insuring the success of such a complex and enjoyable evening, his mate Roxanne and for each and everyone on the JO Ball Committee for putting it all together. The decorations, the dinner, the breakfast were all fabulous.

Thank you, to our guest entertainers V/C Alan and Myriam Leingaing from GHYC who so generously gave up so much of their precious time to drive over to our Club week after week and spend so many hours practicing with the Cast. Thank you to the United States Navy for coming and celebrating, Navy Day and our J.O. Ball with us. Thank you to the 113th Calvary for coming from as far away as Oregon and Vancouver with their vehicle's and equipment in order to secure the Base.

Thank you Captain Sylvia Wilson, assistant to Mr. Hope for all of the tireless hours you spent on honing the show, working on the the graphics: including everything from place settings, USO programs, authentic Ration Cards and War Bonds along with designs for Wine bottles and more. We couldnít have done it without you. The band and dancing were wonderful, too. I cannot think of a greater compliment to the Cast than when I found out that the Band who had been seated in the audience during the Show were stunned, to find out that the Entertainers were not Professionals but rather Club members. From Top to bottom it was a night that will always be remembered and cherished.

New Members Night and the BYC Breakfast are coming up and both functions should be great casual fun to visit with friends and catch up before the Holidays. The sign-up sheets are up, and it is gratifying to see such a huge turnout.

Lumpia Making with Lisa was canceled on November 14, 15, unfortunately due to lack of participation. We hope to reschedule it as it is a Fundraiser for a Balloon Maker for the Club and Mona-Lisa has volunteered her time and skills solely for the Good of the Club, so please consider learning how to make Lumpia and benefiting the club when the next sign up rolls around.

The Veteranís Day Bell Harbor Cruise was well, uhhh a Sailor's Dream. It was blowing 30 plus knots and the Elixir was reaching with double reef and then right in the worst, I mean best of it, I heard my four year old suddenly yell out "Da-DEEEE". I yelled back "John John are you ok??". John replied "I can't stay awake". John then immediately collapsed head first, wearing his Helmet and foulies, John didn't wake up until we were tied up a couple of hours later, next to Reality Check. Later on that night we were on hand to greet our newest members Kevin, Lori and Sara McStay who undaunted, made the crossing and even decided to remodel their Dodger in an apparent effort to enjoy the view of Seattle in the teeth of a Blooming Gale on the way over.

The next day Jenny and John enjoyed taking in the sights of the City, including a jaunt to the Market, and El Puerto for lunch. Thank you to P/C Fleet Captain Leo Longenecker for coordinating dinners, a cinnamon roll & coffee breakfast and a contest to boot. We arrived on Reality Check at 3pm Saturday to compare our Quintessential Seattle Findings and to ascertain who spent the most money in Town. Of course, objects from the Old Curiosity Shop, Pikeís Market and Starbucks were all taken for honorable mention and everyone had fun comparing souvenirs. We dined on wine and cheese and many other scrumptious delicacies before heading out for Dinner and Flamenco Dancing at a popular Argentenian Restaurant. Everything there was delicious, including the sweet potato fri! es and especially the steak. When the music was turned up high and the dancers leaped on the Bar, we all cheered: Leo and Stacy promised to perform such a Flamenco dance for everyone at Heavy Weather. Captain McStay was heard to comment that Flamenco dancers were all very well and good but couldn't compare to the "Bremaluahula" that he and his ensemble are going to perform at the Brem-a-loha.

On the way back home we had another nice sail and enjoyed a delicious lunch, Jennifer even was thoughtful enough to share most of hers with the fish.

I canít tell you how much I appreciate the club and all of you in it. I look forward to spending the Holidays with the BYC Family at the Club; so please sign up for upcoming events like The Special Peopleís cruise, the Lighted Boat Parades, Christmas Dinner and more.

Well Yachties fill your "Tachties" and have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Holiday.


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Posted: 16 November 2006 (gk)
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