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Reports from the Bridge

Sep 2012

September 11th has become a day of remembrance of the spirit of this great nation and a celebration of those individuals that serve for the betterment of all of our citizens. This September 11th, we at BYC have the opportunity to help thank a group of locally stationed Armed Forces members by giving them a boat ride as a part of “Patriot’s Day” here in Kitsap County. A select group of Navy, Marine Corp and Coast Guard personnel that have either just returned from hazardous duties or are about to be deployed in harms way have been invited to a special luncheon/dinner at the Boat Shed restaurant. Following the meals, we have been asked to conclude the celebration by providing some time on the local waters as an additional way to say “Thank You” to those that serve. Final details are still being developed as of this writing, but the plan would be to provide an approximately 2 hour boat ride following their meals and other activities with our portion starting around 1500. We are going to need 16 to 20 boats to make this happen. Captain Ron Johnson has agreed to coordinate this effort and it is imperative that we get a listing of available boats and skippers early on so we can reach out for help from neighboring yacht clubs if our members are not able to fill the needs. More details will be posted on the website as they are developed.

BYC again hosted the annual Grand 14 Officer’s Cruise-In the second week in August. I want to thank the BYC membership for graciously making room for our visitors and the friendliness they were shown on the docks. Each year our visitors express their envy of our total package of facilities that are in place to enhance our boating and social activities, truly no one has what we have grown to take for granted. Kudos go out to Vice Commodore Mona-Lisa Ryan and Mike, Rear Commodore Ray Norton and Crystal and my hard working wife Bev for making this weekend such a success. Also, thank you to all the Past Commodore’s that gathered at the Bremerton Marina to cheer the Commodores and Vice Commodores on as we paraded from Port Orchard Yacht Club to BYC to meet up with all the new Rear Commodores.

The Bremerton Sail & Power Squadron will be presenting the America’s Boating Course here at BYC on Tuesday evenings beginning on September 18th for four weeks. This will be a good opportunity for members to maybe learn something new in the way of boating safety and for seasoned boaters to review safe practices on the water. I hope many take advantage of having this course taught right here.

Lots going on in September as our sailors will be racing for the Calvert Cup and our log racers invade SYC’s Port Madison outstation shooting for the Stimson Trophy. Don’t forget we start our regular business meetings again on Monday the 17th at 1900. We will be accepting nominations to fill the 3rd Year Planning Executive Committee position.

Hope to see you around the Club,

Rob Bruins