Reports from the Bridge


Never tell a young person that something can't be done. God may have been waiting for centuries for somebody ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.

Thanks to the exceptional efforts of our Fleet Captain, Paula Lewis, the St. Patrick's Day Cruise to Poulsbo was a big hit with 17 boats and 3 cars (with Members!) joining in the fun. Bar hopping and dinner on Friday, a succulent ham and turkey feast on Saturday with a sumptuous "Sluy's" breakfast on Sunday morning were the culinary highlights. On Saturday during the day, the gals had a shamrock search and the guys a poker run. Also contributing to the weekend's activities and lure was the Regatta for Power Chair Jim VanAntwerp's "predicted log race" that 8 boats participated in (with three actually finishing!) on the way to Poulsbo. The winners of the modified log racing event were John and Nina Burwell on board Gavia. When the meals and the fun of this cruise were coupled with the friendships and conversations that always play a large part in our Club cruises, the weekend was a great time for all that participated. On Friday, Crystal and I were only able to enjoy dinner with the "Hare and Hound" crew and while we joined in the fun on the docks late Saturday morning, late Saturday afternoon we had to go to work and represent our fine Club at the Edmonds Yacht Club Commodore's Ball. I haven't reported on each of the Commodore's Balls in the Towline like I did with the Junior Officers' Balls but I do want to let you all know that while the Junior Officers' Balls, as reported, were a lot of work and took an exceptional amount of effort and dedication on Crystal's and my part having to enjoy the great food, excellent music and dancing and the very best camaraderie over an entire weekend, the Grand 14 Commodores' Balls compact all that work and effort into just one night! I do have to confess, though: one redeeming factor in favor of the Commodore's Balls is that the food, music, dancing and entertainment, while condensed, are even better!

Looking ahead, our upcoming major events will be representing the BYC at the Tacoma Yacht Club's Daffodil (April 10 - 12) and Seattle Yacht Club's Opening Day (May 1 - 3) festivities. Crystal and I are looking forward to joining not only our fellow members at these events but all the friends we've made over the last three years from the other Grand 14 Clubs as well. These annual celebrations really are well-coordinated party weekends and a LOT of fun so if you have no plans for either or both weekends yet, I strongly encourage you to get registered, get on your boat and join in the fun!

To close this, my 35th and next to last contribution to the Towline as one of your Bridge Officers, I want to recognize Chuck Silvernail for his outstanding work as the Chairman of our Executive Committee. His reasoned approach to managing the meetings, coupled with his tireless organization of the work to be addressed, has made this year's Executive Committee exceptionally productive and a pleasure to be a part of. Thank you Chuck!

The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?

How do you know when you're out of invisible ink?

With warm personal regards,
Ray Norton