Reports from the Bridge

Mar 2014


This has been a busy month for Ruth and me.  February 7-9 saw us in Gig Harbor for a Lost City of Atlantis Junior Officer Ball.  Ruth went as a Roman Empress and I as a Roman Centurion.  Transiting to our slip at Peninsula Yacht Basin that Friday afternoon we not only saw a depth sounder reading of 1.4’ beneath our keel but had to break some ice getting to the slip.  The snow Saturday night totaled about 4” but proved no hindrance transiting back to Bremerton on Sunday.

Our club, after that weekend’s work party heavy weather preparations looked fabulous.  The clean floats, flags, and bunting gave it a fresh, vibrant welcoming effect.  Perhaps we could fly the flags from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  My Grand 14 counterparts remark that when they visit BYC it is like visiting a resort.  A very nice compliment from other very nice clubs.

Heavy Weather.   What a great weekend and so many to thank.  The French dip, tomato bisque, and cole slaw and clean up  have Al and Joanne Gonzalez, Paula Lewis, Jan Cordordor, Abbie and Mike Dunn, Dianne and Dan Robinson, La Rae Adair, Rick Walker, Kathi Kirschner, Jean Munzerburger, Kevin Pisani, and Lori Von Ruden all to thank.  Over 90 meals were served.  Nice job.

Mike Docker was a set up and take down machine all week and weekend.  Nice work and thanks.

Saturday morning was a delightful continental breakfast courtesy of Nena and Paul Andrews and Dan and Rose Saikkonen.  It was decided that tasty as the pastries were next year more fruit and juices and maybe bagels.  This intrepid crew served at least 70 that morning.  Thanks again.

Although I had nothing to do with the skits I was impressed with Kevin Mcstay’s directing skils, PC Rob Bruins’ excellent props (40 hours of work), and  the hours Jean Munzerburger and Commodore Ryan put into preparations and painting.  The Oscars have nothing on our BYC actors.   It was a great skit although we didn’t win due to the time constraints.

Capt Roy Holland, thanks for your terrific suggestion for the “ticket packets and instructions”.  Rave reviews.  Nicely done.

Capt Mhoon thanks for the loan of Luna and to those who fire watched the floats and guest boats.  Here is a thought to ponder.  We have as many boats or more attending the August cruise in but do not provide fire watch for them.  Perhaps this was more necessary in the past when we had 40, 60 or 100 boats attending.  At any rate something to examine.  Special note here, Saturday night fire watch Mike Laird stayed several hours past his expected watch completion time of midnight and Dan Saikkonen came on extra early due to a last minute cancellation by the mid to 0400 watch crew.  Mike and  Dan that is what makes BYC so special…above and beyond.  Thanks.

Thanks to Capt Steve Brett and Capt Jay Spearman who coordinated all the moorage and line handlers.

After Heavy Weather Ruth and I hosted a  “Six Pack” dinner at our home and Saturday night February 22 we hosted a “Sailor’s Cruising Forum” at the club.  We look forward to an “Ides of March” WIC luncheon followed by another JO Ball hosted by Tyee Yacht Club.  The theme is superhero comic book characters.  Ruth will attend as “Storm” of the X Men and I will go as “Captain America”.

Don’t forget our next General Meetings March 3rd and 17th.  We have had excellent attendance and participation.  Again that is what makes us a great club.

Between the Devil and the Deep - In wooden ships, the "devil" was the longest seam of the ship.  It ran from the bow to the stern.  When at sea and the "devil" had to be caulked, the sailor sat in a bo'sun's chair to do so.  He was suspended between the "devil" and the sea and the "deep" and a very precarious position, especially when the ship was underway.

Nautical Trivia.

Between the Devil and the Deep - In wooden ships, the "devil" was the longest seam of the ship.  It ran from the bow to the stern.  When at sea and the "devil" had to be caulked, the sailor sat in a bo'sun's chair to do so.  He was suspended between the "devil" and the “deep” (the sea), a very precarious position, especially when the ship was underway.

Mike Murray
Rear Commodore