Now that we are in the middle of January, I am finally starting to remember to write 2008 when I date things. Thankfully the daylight is actually increasing just enough to be noticeable, so let us hope the sunshine will also begin increasing enough to be noticeable. Not sure if it is just coincidence or not, but with the longer days and more sunshine (maybe), more social activities seem to occur. They started on January 11th, with a "Taco Feed" Chaired by Jim Markham. This event was a new twist for BYC in that the food, beer, and wine was provided FREE to BYC Members. However, everyone attending was asked to make a "donation" to the BYC Youth Sailing Program. All of us who came enjoyed the usual good food, good drinks, and good fellowship. The really GOOD NEWS following this event, was that the Youth of the Bremerton community will benefit from the generous donation of some $560 given by BYC Members. Way to go Captain Markham!
Did anyone notice the significant scarcity of PC's from January 11th to 13th. Many of them were enjoying the excellent hospitality of our Big Brother Club, Queen City Yacht Club, at the QCYC Outstation in Eagle Harbor. On January 17th, the BYC Skipperettes will be hosted by the Tacoma Yacht Club during the WIC Luncheon (Womens' Inter Club, an organization whose membership is comprised of Ladies from the Grand XIV). The Queen City Yacht Club will repeat the same Outstation hospitality again on January 18th - 20th, this time for all of the Officers of the Grand XIV. That same weekend, the 18-20th, will be BYC's first Cruise-In of 2008. It will be held at the Brownsville Yacht Club. January will wrap up in style with the Junior Officers Ball being held at the Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club on the 25th- 27th.
Now for the Big News. February is the month when "All Hands" are needed to help out during the Heavy Weather Weekend. However, there are a couple of purely social events earlier in the month to help get everyone relaxed and well fed before that busy HW Weekend. Head down to the Club ASAP and get your name on the list for the February 2nd BYC Crab Feed. Once again, we are fortunate to have Brett and Lynetta Halffman chairing this "NOT To Be Missed" feast of sweet, succulent, Dungeness Crab. Also, be sure to sign up for the BYC Super Bowl Party, being held the next day (Feb 3rd) and chaired by our own Mrs. Fleet Captain, Lisa Ryan. Those of us lucky enough to be paired with a BYC Skipperette, need to RSVP to Marty Morken by January 30th so we can be "wined and dined" by the Skipperettes Club at a Dinner on February 6th.
Once everyone has gotten in the mood, let's look to see where we can help out for the Heavy Weather weekend. Preparations for this event have been underway for some time, but we need as many Members as possible to turn out for the Work Party on February 9th and 10th to prepare the Clubhouse and Grounds for Heavy Weather. While you are at the Club, please sign up for the many Committees being formed to help to house, protect, feed, and entertain the crowds of Racers, Observers, Skit Members/supporters, party goers, and others. There are LOADS of opportunities for POINTS. If you don't have a job for the Weekend, please ask someone. You will be welcomed, and you are needed. The Weekend festivities, with the Theme of Country Jamboree, begin with the Friday Night Social from 1730-2100, with Chili-dogs and fixings, beer, and sodas in the lounge area, plus Appetizers and Wine Tasting in the main ballroom. Saturday morning begins with a Continental Breakfast at 0800, Observer Training at 0900, and the Predicted Log Race from approximately 1030 to 1530. The Saturday Night Social gets underway with Libations and a Buffet Dinner (Chaired by RC Don and Donna Park) from 1730 - 1900. The Clubhouse will be vacated at 1900 to allow for set-up and preparations for the Heavy Weather Skits, to take place from approximately 1945 - 2045. All Yacht Clubs will be using the Country Jamboree background and props provided by BYC. Immediately following the Skits, dancing to the Haywires Country Band will commence. "Midrats" of Homemade Clam Chowder and Garlic Bread will be served at Midnight. Sunday morning will feature Eye Openers and a Hearty BYC Breakfast (chaired by Dale and Lori Armstrong), from 0830-1000, followed by the Awards Presentations. Boaters will depart following the Awards.
In the Hopes that I see many of you during this busy month, I remain Your humble Servant.
Mike Dunn, Vice Commodore