Believe it or not, there really was an excellent "weather window" for cruising in the San Juan Islands this summer. From July 28th through August 6th, the Kathleen, with Abbie and I aboard, made our first extensive exploration of the Islands and enjoyed great weather the whole time. We cruised in company with Jan and Dave Cordodar, plus Dave's sister and brother-in-law on board Quick Charge. We visited five of the Islands, anchored out or hooked buoys half of the time, and caught lots of Dungeness crabs. Quick Charge towed one of those "Bulldog" hard sided dinghys behind, and I am jealous of any and all of you that have a comparable vehicle as a tender. Beats our old Livingston all to smithereens. Almost everywhere we went, we enjoyed meeting up with other BYC or other Grand XIV folks we knew. We are truly blessed to live in the Puget Sound area, and boating is such a "tough life", but someone has to do it.
Back at the ranch (BYC), over 100 folks showed up for the July 18th Picnic-in-the-Park, plus the Fuel Training Class, and showed that BYC Members are indeed flexible. A pretty rainy day totally "nixed" the idea of a Picnic-in-the-Park, so Co-Chairs Ron and Karyen Ohnhaus and Committee successfully implemented "Plan B" and moved the eating portion of the Picnic into the Clubhouse, while a couple of die hard Committee members braved the rain or held up tarps while cooking the meat on the bar-b-que pits and hustled the hot food into the Clubhouse. Great job gang!! Hopefully, we will have a Park Shelter by next year to solve that problem.
We returned from the Islands cruise just in time get involved in hosting the Grand XIV Officers Cruise-In at BYC. A big "Thank you" is gratefully offered to all Members who generously loaned your slips and boat sheds to the 26 visiting Officers who arrived by boat. All visiting G-XIV Officers offered their gratitude for your hospitality (and tolerance) in allowing us to disrupt your normally tranquil weekend. You cannot imagine all the amazement and compliments expressed by all the visitors when they get a good look at all the many amenities we take for granted at Bremerton Yacht Club. My fellow VC's were totally "blown away" by the Galley we have, which was easily voted the Best in the Grand-XIV..
Good weather, a good turnout, plus good drinks and side dishes all complemented the really great meat entries (always the best when you bring your own) that made for an enjoyable August Picnic-in-the-Park chaired by Melinda and Don Knapp. They were ably assisted by sons Logan (Santa) and Dillon, and a few helpful Committee Members.
Now that the summer Picnic season has ended, I want to express a special "Thank you" to the 2007 "BYC Picnic Champions". Jan and Dave Cordodar "Chaired" the June Picnic-in-the-Park and also "mentored" Ron and Karyen Ohnhaus to become the Chairs for the July Picnic. As though that were not enough, they then continued serving key Committee functions on both the July and the August Picnics.
One of the greatest values resulting from any of the Club's Social functions is to offer an opportunity to new Members to work with, and get to know, other Members by serving on Committees. Hopefully, they are learning the ropes and being "mentored" by the experienced Chair persons. As we "experienced" members accept (hopefully so) the call to Chair an event, I urge each one to actively approach new Members, introduce yourself, and personally encourage them to join your committee. For those who indicate a willingness to Chair a committee in the future, please offer to become a "Mentor". They need your help to "Join In" and will welcome your offers. Remember, the BYC Regulations stipulate "the membership must have earned at least three service points from other forms of club involvement (Socials, etc) in order to be considered for permanent moorage and the associated moorage points.
As we transition from the "Cruising" to the "Socials" season, here are some upcoming events to mark on your calendars: August 31st - Sept. 3rd, the Labor Day Cruise-In to Oro Bay Out Station; Sept. 9th, the BYC Salmon Bake; Sept. 17th, the First General Meeting of the Season; Oct..1st, a General Meeting; Oct.5th, the BYC October-Fest; and Oct. 7th, the BYC-Big Brother Predicted Log Race for Novices.
Abbie and I are really looking forward to seeing many of you at the "Socials".
As always, I remain your Humble Servant,