Reports from the Bridge

Oct 2015

What a great Labor Day cruise to Oro Bay and again thanks to our Fleet Captain Stacy Longenecker and her main helper PC2 Leo Longenecker. Thirty two boats and upwards of 90 members and guests. A highlight was the 60th Wedding anniversary of PC Bill and Clair Burwell coupled with a very nice tribute delivered by PC Mike Henry detailing PC Burwell’s efforts to develop the outstation. Rear Commodore John Burwell presented his father with a nice plaque in what was certainly a “Kodak moment”.

This was a great summer for the club. The weather was superb and allowed for increased cruising and day boating. Our picnics in the park capped by the pig roast generated ever greater attendance. The Grand 14 Cruise in, with 30+ boats and more than 80 officers and spouses/significant others was a huge hit and a source of great pride of the club. It is a great delight to see the members so enjoying their boats and each other in fulfillment of the purpose of the club.

A casual glance at the Picnic shelter reveals progress on our new drain field. The sprinkling system, railway repair and marina sustainment projects continue to make permitting progress paving the way for orderly installations.

Our membership drive has yielded many new shipmates so if you see an unfamiliar face say hello and help them get acquainted with all the inner workings and hidden mechanisms of the club. As long as I have been a member I still revel in learning more about this jewel in the Pacific Northwest. In that vein, note the date November 7th for a fuel class starting at 1000 on that day.

As our available daylight decreases remember this rule of the road. Navigation lights are required 30 minutes prior to sunset, 30 minutes after sunrise and in inclement weather.

Is this a great club or what!

Upcoming events include

  • October 2 - October fest
  • October 31-Nov 1 - Fall Cruise to Port Orchard

Nautical Trivia: Starboard - The Vikings called the side of their ship its board, and they placed the steering oar, the "star" on the right side of the ship, thus that side became known as the "star board." It's been that way ever since. And, because the oar was in the right side, the ship was tied to the dock at the left side. This was known as the loading side or "larboard." Later, it was decided that "larboard" and "starboard" were too similar, especially when trying to be heard over the roar of a heavy sea, so the phrase became the "side at which you tied up to in port" or" the "port" side.

Mike Murray