Reports from the Bridge

Sep 2011

Weather be damned, I would hope our fellow BYC members have been able to get out on the water. Bev and I and our three cats headed north for three weeks and experienced some places we had never been to before as well and visiting some familiar anchorages. We took advantage of reciprocal moorage at a number of clubs and truly felt like welcomed guests at each. A couple of places stood out that I’d like to mention. If you haven’t been to Capital City Yacht Club just north of Sydney lately you’re missing out. They have a new clubhouse that is beautiful and the members are justifiably proud and ready to show it off. Our burgee is flying proudly in their clubhouse and I was surprised at how many of the members we spoke to that had visited BYC in the past. While the Ladysmith Yacht Club didn’t have the facilities of some of our other stops, the town itself was cool. The concert in the park would have been more fun without the rain but it was a very pretty setting and some folks were anchored just offshore to listen in. Ladysmith also has a bakery that would give Sluys a run for its money, it’s known for its “World’s best buns” and I don’t think I’d argue the point, they were good. For years we have heard of the beauty of Princess Louisa and we finally experienced it ourselves with fellow BYC members the Bretts and the VanGeystals. One advantage of the slow or late arriving summer is that the entire inlet was alive with waterfalls, they were everywhere. We also got to visit with some other BYC members up north as well as seeing other new friends we are making from the other Grand 14 yacht clubs. This particular summer cruise won’t be remembered for the lack of sunshine but for the new places we experienced.

Don’t forget to get sign-up for the “Salmon Bake” on Sunday, September 11. J.D. Weiner and committee do a great job putting on this event and the only thing that can make it better is to have lots of members in attendance. Mark your calendar now for “Octoberfest” on Friday, October 7, PC Bob and Jytte Wheeler and committee will again host this very popular event.

Hope to see a good turn out at Oro Bay over Labor Day weekend and looking forward to seeing everyone at the first regular business meeting on September 19.

Rob Bruins

Vice Commodore