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Reports from the Bridge

November 2012


The future ain’t what it used to be – Yogi Berra


Warm and dry Kudos to Eric Phillips for making the trip to Oro Bay to participate in our annual Labor Day Cruise. I know, there were a lot of people that made the trip down to Oro Bay this year but he is the only one that did it on a jet-ski! Eric had a good time joining in the outstation fun (he even won the dinghy bracket races on Sunday morning!) until he got the phone call on Sunday afternoon from Monica telling him his in-laws were going to be over to their house for dinner in an hour and a half! Back on the jet-ski and home in time (I think) for the dinner. Way to go Eric!


The weekend of September 21st had Crystal and me living large at the Tacoma Yacht Club during their Junior Officers’ Ball with the theme of “Surfin’ Safari”. The ball/evening started out with dinner which consisted of oysters on the half shell, shrimp, crab, mussels and clams followed by pulled pork sandwiches with a variety of salads and other delectable side dishes. The “build your own” ice cream sundae was the perfect way to complete the meal. Following dinner, we had a great time dancing to the sounds of the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, The Everly Brothers . . . It was truly a blast from the past and the TYC Members did a fantastic job of decorating their Club facilities and putting it all together.

Fortunately, we had a three week break to allow us to recover between the Tacoma JO Ball and our very own JO Ball the weekend of October 12th. Please see Vice Commodore Ryan’s article for a recap of that event.


The annual BYC Christmas Decorating Party will be on Friday, November 30 this year. This is traditionally a very casual event where any and all Members can come to share in the Holiday spirit while decorating our clubhouse. Please plan on attending and getting into the Holiday spirit with your BYC friends.

Next up on your Rear Commodore’s December calendar is the annual Tree Trimming Party on Friday, December 7th. This event focuses on the kids who are able to show off their decorating skills by hanging decorations on the BIG tree! This is one of the favorite family events each year so those new Members (and more seasoned Members) with young, medium or old kids or even grandkids or those that just feel young at heart or those that want to feel young at heart…put this event on your calendar and come join in the fun! If you don’t feel you fit into one of the groups listed above, please let me know! Hmmm.

The Lighted Boat Parades will be on Friday December 14th and Saturday December 15th. This is our opportunity to show our community spirit to the community each year by decorating our boats and cruising the greater Bremerton/Silverdale/Illahee waterfronts with our very own Santa broadcasting personalized greetings to those along the parade routes that submitted their requests for recognition. Our neighbors and community look forward to this event each year with many families having large parties just to watch our parade. Decorating your boat does not have to be a major undertaking and many of the Members who have been doing this for years will be more than happy to assist with ideas and installation of your decorations. I want to thank, in advance, Captain Steve Brett on Princess Mokihana for agreeing to be the lead boat (so we don’t all go aground in the dark) and Captain Dick Nelson for agreeing to be the Santa boat, Ho, Ho, Ho!! Please plan on participating in this wonderful community focused event.

With best personal regards,

Ray Norton