Reports from the Bridge

Feb 2016

Hard to believe it is now February. Stacy and Leo Longenecker produced another great cruise. This cruise was to Poulsbo January 15-17. Friday night members ranged from downtown Poulsbo to the casino for dinner. Saturday morning breakfast was delicious with egg mcmuffins, juice and fresh fruit. The scavenger hunt, themed on "Six months to summer", had us gathering items from suntan lotion to bikinis, to swimming pools. This was won by the team of Rosendale and Vangeystel. Saturday night's chili contest was won by Deena Wenenger and it was delicious indeed. Sunday morning was a light breakfast with some folks watching the Seahawks Panthers playoff game in Poulsbo. Others left early and watched it at the club. We played a great second half. Thanks again Stacy and Leo for a terrific weekend. Seventeen boats for a weekend in January is a really good show. And there were times when it did not rain.

Upcoming events include our annual Heavy Weather event February 12-14 with the theme of "Pirates of Puget Sound". We have one confirmed skit and that from Tacoma Yacht Club. For added benefit we now have a DJ to play tunes for us after dinner, skit(s), judging, and awards. Note the work party February 6 and 7. This work party will serve a dual purpose cleaning the club for Heavy Weather and a visit from the Puget Sound Waterkeepers Alliance.

March 21 Seattle Yacht Club will visit and brief us on Opening Day activities. This year's theme is "The Great Escape". Opening Day is May 6-8.

April 15-17 is the Daffodil Event at Tacoma Yacht Club.

Thanks to Capt Kevin Pisani for his America's Boating Course and hosting the Spaghetti feed January 22.

There is still time to enjoy the Seattle Boat Show which ends February 6.

Nautical Trivia: Watches - Traditionally, a 24-hour day is divided into seven watches. These are: midnight to 4 a.m. [0000-0400,] the mid-watch; 4 to 8 a.m. [0400-0800,] morning watch; 8 a.m. to noon [0800-1200,] forenoon watch; noon to 4 p.m. [1200-1600,] afternoon watch; 4 to 6 p.m. [1600-1800,] first dog watch; 6 to 8 p.m. [1800-2000,] second dog watch; and, 8 p.m. to midnight [2000-2400,] evening watch. The half hours of the watch are marked by the striking the bell an appropriate number of times.

Mike Murray