Wow, was December ever a special month for celebrating the Christmas and holiday season at BYC! Thank you to CAPT Jan Cordodor and her team for coordinating the Family Christmas potluck. The kids were all well entertained making Christmas ornaments and then we all enjoyed a great potluck dinner. And then the highlight of the evening when Santa dropped in. Thank you PC Billings for making those arrangements.
The Special People’s Cruise and Christmas dinner were, as recounted in messages from the Commodore, very special, very well attended, and great fellowship events appropriate for the season. Well done all.
The Lighted Boat Parade was another big success. Thank you to PC Mike and Billie Henry for leading the parade on Peachy Keen. And to CAPTs Steve and Deanna Brett for parading Santa around on Ocean Jewel. My special thanks to CAPTs Buzz Priestly and Brian Jespersen for providing hours of Santa duty on deck in the sometimes blustery and always chilly weather, and to CAPT Lee Anne Derror for spotting for Santa. We had a great turnout with 22 boats on Saturday and near that number on Friday, including Old Man IV plus boats from Brownsville and Port Orchard Yacht clubs. Santa received 371 announcements from the community for the two nights, and it was very clear from all of the cheers back from the shores that many families (mine included) still make the Lighted Boat Parade a big part of their holiday season to gather with family and friends. And finally, thank you to CAPTs Paula and Bob Lewis and Ruth Murray for the holiday cheer after the parade Friday night. You warmed more than a few souls.
Our final holiday event, after the New Year’s Eve functions at both of the Poulsbo and Port Orchard Yacht Clubs, will be the “Un-Decorating” of the Club House. That will take place on Saturday, 2 January starting at 10:00 am. Lunch will be provided.
A busy January awaits us, including the BYC cruise to Poulsbo, several Grand 14 officer events, and the First Of Season Predicted Log Race hosted by QCYC and our own Thompson Trophy Race at the end of the month. Lots of different opportunities to see you out there.
Thanks again to the many who have provided so much support,
Rear Commodore John Burwell