Our 74th Annual Heavy Weather Weekend proved to be a boot (boat?) stomping success in line with the Country Jubilee theme. We kicked off the weekend commencing on Friday night February 15th with a Wine Tasting Social hosted by Captain Andy Kupp and First Mate Nancy Kupp who provided piano playing entertainment for our listening pleasure. The wine of the night was "Horse Play" a brand new red - only on the market for two weeks, distributed by Kendall Jackson Winery in California. There was a raffle and one lucky winner took home a brand new TV. Others were recipients of bottles of Wine and multiple assorted goodies. On the other side of the folding doors, was a beer, hot dog and homemade chili feed for all. Thanks to First Mate Judy Wheeler for her homemade Country Chili. Saturday February 16th, the infamous Largest Predicted Log Race in the World was held: [Link to the 26 Winners; we all hope that the Power Chair and Heavy Weather Organizer will entertain us soon with a detailed account of the contest. Stay tuned! (Web-Editor)].
Saturday night the traditional skit contest returned and I am pleased to say we had greater participation this year and skit performances were done in grand style by: Port Orchard Yacht Club, Queen City Yacht Club, Tacoma Yacht Club, Tyee Yacht Club and our own Bremerton Yacht Club cast of Hee Haw Honeys and Country Barnacle Bumpkins, directed by Commodore Jones, A.K.A. the extremely talented Captain Kevin McStay. After much discussion, deliberation and contemplation the grand prize of the notorious Clam Gun, for the best in show went to BYC for their performance of "SEA-HAW!" Tyee was awarded the Lovable and Tropical Bremello Trophy for 1st Runner Up. POYC won a newly introduced award: The "I'm too sexy for my shorts" dancing Pig, and Tacoma took home the plaque for best creative interpretation of the theme - Country Jubilee! As we wrapped up the skits, the Haywires Band came out to play and jammed on with country tunes…evolving into a Rock and Roll Show and finally we concluded the night with the Break Dancing White Guys, a Pig Pile, and much laughter. You had to be there, and fortunately for some, none of this was caught on camera!
Sunday the Skipperrettes hosted another fabulous hearty Breakfast along with a crew of many members working diligently in the kitchen to prepare and clean up. We bid farewell to friends from all over the Puget Sound and even California and Nevada. The weather for President's Weekend in February in the Pacific Northwest, couldn't have been finer. Although the air was crisp, and cool the sun shined upon Phinney Bay and the surrounding land and water Saturday and Sunday. We had so much fun we pledged to do it all again next year and we can't wait to see you there…Wonder what next year's theme will be?
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this weekend happen. Your willingness to chip in and roll up yours sleeves really made the weekend special and memorable.
I want to thank the members of BYC for all for your support, your kindness, your civility and most of all your sincere friendship. I look forward to our shared commitment to the club and to boating and camaraderie throughout the years. Until we meet again - I wish you smooth sailing, and as Commodore Jones, A.K.A., Kevin McStay said it best: "May your cruises be many, your breakdowns be few... Good Night Everybody!"