Reports from the Bridge

Dec 2015

It is hard to believe that once again the Christmas season is upon us. This is the busiest month of the year for our club with many and varied activities. By now the club will be resplendent having been decorated under the guidance of Flo Floyd and all have celebrated a wonderful Thanksgiving in this great nation of ours. As a quick reference note the following dates

December 4 Family Christmas Potluck. Jan Cordodor

December 5 Seattle Yacht Club Commodore Ball

December 6 Special People's Cruise

December 7 Regular Business Meeting, with Guest speaker on the topic of marine weather

December 14 E-Committee Meeting

December 18 and 19 Lighted Boat Parade

December 21 Regular Business Meeting. Wear your Christmas sweater, ugly or otherwise

Rear Commodore Burwell has more info on the Family Potluck and Lighted Boat Parade in his article. Susan LeBas once again chairs our very own Special People's Cruise. This is a massive undertaking that reaches out to the most vulnerable in our community. Last year over 125 special people were treated to an evening cruise, a chance to speak with Santa over the radio and a sack lunch provided by the local VFW chapter. The VFW folks conduct their own fund raisers throughout the year to provide those lunches so we owe them a big thanks. Likewise, Kitsap Credit Union donates significant monies to assist our efforts as well. They have done this each year for at least the last 17 years that I know of.

Several years ago we had some special people on our boat. I asked one young man what he wanted for Christmas and he replied in all wide eyed sincerity that indicated he knew that his wish would be granted that he wished his dad home for Christmas. Thinking perhaps his dad was deployed or away for some reason I asked him where his dad was and he replied, "He is in heaven". I didn't know what to say then and years later that question still rolls around my head, unanswered.

On another note December Monday December 7, 2015, I hope for another fairly short meeting as we have a guest speaker, Mr Lee Chesneau is a senior marine meteorologist, lecturer and author, University of Wisconsin graduate with extensive NOAA and National Weather Service. He is a certified USCG instructor for basic and advanced meteorology at continuing training institutions for professional mariners. He lectures and teaches internationally so I hope for a terrific turnout at this wonderful educational opportunity. He had an article on Small Craft Advisories on Page 40 of the October sailing magazine 48 North.

As you can see from the packed calendar there are plenty of opportunities to lend a hand.

So shipmates, is this a great club or what!

Mike Murray