Reports from the Bridge

Aug 2014

June finished up with a bang as we hosted Queen City Yacht Club in the annual Big Brother Cruise in. They are known as our Big Brother because they helped to open Bremerton Yacht Club and get us on the path to greatness, superiority and the best outfit in the Grand 14. Thanks to PC2 Leo Longenecker and the lovely and talented Stacey Longenecker for coordination such a wonderful weekend. It once again proves how well a man can do if he does everything his wife tells him to do. PC Rob Bruins hosted a dinghy race that was won by Queen City and Bremerton came in second (better than saying “last”). BYC also won the first annual “spam carving contest”. Thanks to Bev Bruins and Jan Cordodor, BYC got a nice plaque the last place finisher, Queen City, had to eat their carving. Just kidding, they were given three additional tins of spam, no shelf life indicated.

In the always hotly contested and near America’s Cup level was the Laser II sailboat race between the commodores and crew of QCYC and BYC. The race start was delayed as the QCYC boat sailed on to the rocks and had to be towed off by the race committee boat. In the two lap course QCYC (now off the rocks) won the first lap and BYC won the second lap and hence the race. Yours truly Mike Murray VC (sailing in the absence of the commodore) and his trusty crewman Brian Dahl were triumphant. In recognition of the QCYC’s Commodore performance he was presented the QCYC “screwed up” flag, equivalent to our goat flag.

July 9 witnessed a truly wonderful Picnic in the Park chaired by Cathryn Rice. In her first ever outing at such a prestigious event she and her crew were simply marvelous. The pulled pork and chicken were delicious as were all the trimmings.

August 8-10 BYC will once again host the officers of the Grand 14. The newly elected Rear Commodores will arrive Friday afternoon August 8th followed by the Commodores and Vice Commodores at noon on Saturday August 9. Again, if your boat is moored close to the club under the club cover or in sheds on B and C string you will be blocked in by the guest boats. If you plan to use your boat that weekend it should be out by noon on Friday. Guest boats will med moored between A and B strings and between B and C strings. The maintenance float and the west side of the fuel dock are also typically used. If any member plans to be gone that weekend please notify Rear Commodore Saikkonen so he can manage the moorage plan.

Be sure to look for the sign-up sheet for a pig roast Sunday August 17th.

And don’t forget our Oro Bay Cruise August 29-Sep 1. Bring water.

Nautical Trivia. Eight Bells - Aboard Navy ships, bells are struck to designate the hours of being on watch. Each watch is four hours in length. One bell is struck after the first half-hour has passed, two bells after one hour has passed, three bells after an hour and a half, four bells after two hours, and so forth up to eight bells are struck at the completion of the four hours.

Completing a watch with no incidents to report was "Eight bells and all is well." The practice of using bells stems from the days of the sailing ships. Sailors couldn't afford to have their own time pieces and relied on the ship's bells to tell time. The ship's boy kept time by using a half-hour glass. Each time the sand ran out, he would turn the glass over and ring the appropriate number of bells. And so it is to this very day.

Mike Murray