Reports from the Bridge

Sep 2014


This has certainly been a spectacular summer. Ruth and I had two weeks on our boat getting as far north as Ganges. BC. In 31 years of boat ownership that is the most consecutive time we have ever spent on our boat…deployments and work always seemed to trump boating. Sailing, motor sailing, and motoring we averaged 1.1 gal/hour so I am very pleased with that level of fuel consumption.

Bremerton Yacht Club once again played host to the Grand 14 officers with the August cruise in and I must say it was a smashing success. My pride in our facilities and ever friendly member continues to grow. Envy and admiration for our club were the traits exhibited by our Grand 14 counterparts.

Was that a great pig roast or what?! PC Don and Donna Park out did themselves. It was a perfect afternoon and the pig was perfect, perfectly delicious. Thanks to all that cooked and served. There was ample food to go around as not as many people showed up as signed up.

There are several events on the horizon.

  • August 29-September 1, Labor Day Cruise to Oro Bay. Sam and Barb Throm are the cruise captains for this event and will accept any help offered.

  • September 8, E-committee meeting
  • September 15, General Business Meeting
  • September 21, Salmon Bake. Flyer and signup sheet are posted in the clubhouse. JD Weiner, chair.
  • October 3, Oktoberfest. PC Bob and Jytte Wheeler chair.
  • October 10-12, Junior Officer Ball. Theme, 50 Years of James Bond. VC Mike and Ruth Murray, RC Dan and Rose Saikkonen hosting.

Nautical Trivia:

*Fathom - Fathom was originally a land measuring term derived from the Ango-Saxon word "faetm" meaning to embrace. In those days, most measurements were based on average size of parts of the body, such as the hand (horses are still measured this way) or the foot (that's why 12 inches are so named.) A fathom is the average distance from fingertip to fingertip of the outstretched arms of a man and about six feet. Since a man stretches out his arms to embrace his sweetheart, Britain's Parliament declared that distance to be called a "fathom" and it be a unit of measure. A fathom remains six feet. The word was also used to describe taking the measure or "to fathom" something. Today, of course, when one is trying to figure something out, they are trying to "fathom" it.

Cheers,
Mike Murray