Reports from the Bridge

May 2014

Well Ruth and I attended our first ever Daffodil Event Parade mid April and it was wonderful.  The weather was spectacular and the organization and food superb.  I was told that the committee consists of 135 members and each one of them did an outstanding job to pull off such a great event.  Also, there were 181 boats attending, the previous record was 205 but since the boats have gotten bigger though the years many boats had to be turned away.  So next year we have to register early.  A big thanks to Capt Phil and Sharon Mhoon for allowing us to use Luna III as the officer’s boat.  Their grandsons Dominc and Andrew were also a big help through the weekend and a pleasure to speak with.

 As the BYC bridge officers and spouses manned the rail we saluted the TYC reviewing stand.  A few hundred yards further along the route was a "Wounded Warrior" boat.  As it was staffed with uniformed members of our Armed Forces we formed up and rendered them a very proper and snappy salute.  The "Wounded Warriors" came to attention and returned our salute at which time we dropped ours.  It certainly was the right thing to do.

The Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, I’m told, had a record turnout with more than 50 children (must be viewed as future BYC members) attending.  Jo Carr and Flo Floyd put hours of labor and love into making this event another memorable occasion at our great club.  Donna Park entertained the children with tremendous balloon talent.  Rumor has it that the Easter Bunny had a great time as well.

Upcoming events include

April 25 social

May 1-4 Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Festivities            

May 5 General Meeting and elections

May 9 Awards night

May 12 E committee meeting

May 16 Officers’ Installation

May 23-26 Memorial Day Cruise to Oro Bay

June 7 Commodore’s Ball

Nautical Trivia: *Crow's Nest - The raven, or crow, was an essential part of the Viking's navigation equipment.  These land-lubbing birds were carried on aboard to help the ship's navigator determine where the closest land lay when weather prevented sighting the shore.  In cases of poor visibility, a crow was released and the navigator plotted a course corresponding to the bird's flight path because the crow invariably headed towards land.  The Norsemen carried the birds in a cage secured to the top of the mast.  Later on, as ships grew and the lookout stood his watch in a tub located high on the main mast, the name "crow's nest" was given to this tub.  While today's Navy still uses lookouts in addition to radars, etc., the crow's nest is a thing of the past.

Mike Murray
Rear Commodore