Reports from the Bridge

Nov 2013

The breakfast November 17th headed by PC2 Longenecker was fabulous. I don’t have an accurate head count but at least 70 members and guests must have attended. Leo, great job and thanks to your crew.

What a busy December we have ahead of us. Again, to reiterate what we have at the club I offer this list of events.

December 1 Special People's Cruise
December 2 General Meeting
December 6 Family Potluck Dinner Children's Christmas Party.

  • 1700 Arrive as early as Children's Activities until dinner
  • 1800 Dinner
  • 1830 Pinata
  • 1845 Santa Arrives. Remember if you bring a gift for a loved one make sure it is clearly labeled

December 15 Christmas Dinner
December 16 General Meeting
December TBD Lighted Boat Parade Skipper's Pre-meeting
December 20 and 21 Lighted Boat Parade
December 28 Undecorate the club. 1200 until completion. Pizza and beverage provided
December TBD Decorate Club for New Year's Eve Party
December 31 New Year's Eve Party

As events get closer I will publish via email more details.

The last few meetings have been very, very well attended. As the junior officer on the bridge please accept my thanks for your attendance and participation. I enjoy the brief member interactions before and after the meetings. I especially enjoy the treats provided by our club stewards Nena and Paul Andrews and Rose Saikkonen.

The long awaited modifications to the club "apartment" are now underway. The process started with the leveling of the apartment floor that is to bring it to the level of the store and current lounge. That sounds simple enough but it seems as though, as is the case with boats, nothing in the apartment is plumb, level or square. If you see Mike Laird or Bob VanGeystel thank them for their efforts. The phrase, "simple does not necessarily mean easy" certainly applies here. The potential uses of the new space are fun to contemplate. One such use, postulated by a very involved member, as we try to entice younger members to join, is a place where those families requiring baby sitter services could put their young ones while enjoying a meetings or clubhouse function.

Nautical Trivia. The term "loose cannon" is again derived from the age of sailing warships. Cannon in those days were mounted on carriages that were rolled up to the opened gun ports prior to firing. The recoil was a fearsome reaction so the appropriate slack was put into the ropes handling the gun. Now, as these cannon could weigh up to 2,000 pounds, if one of those got loose in even moderate seas, let alone a storm, the damage to the ship, other cannons or men trying to corral that cannon could be enormous and certainly unnecessary. There is a story that Admiral Nelson, Royal Navy, had a cannon get loose on one of his ships. The gunner's mate responsible managed to corral that gun at great personal risk. For that brave action Admiral Nelson pinned a medal on his chest at sunrise. Later that evening, Admiral Nelson had him hung for letting the gun loose in the first place. Loose cannon.

Mike Murray
Rear Commodore