Reports from the Bridge

July 2016

Hello all.  I can’t believe it is already July!  It has continued to be a season very busy with organized cruising events, but now is the time for our own getaways.  I’d like say a quick thank you to PC Ray and Crystal Norton and their committee for a superb Commodore Ball and also to all of you who attended.  It was a great, fun Grand XIV event. 

We completed the last Junior Officer Ball of the season.  After surviving “Disco” Saturday night, we had a very informative discussion on lessons learned at POYC in the aftermath of their marina fire in our Sunday business meeting.  The fellowship among our yacht clubs is strong and helpful on many fronts.  We’ll have more information shortly on their emergency response planning to incorporate into our own.

Wearing my other hat (Rear Commodore for the International Power Boat Association), I would like to plug the International Cruiser Race to be held 9 July mentioned by Regatta for Power Chair Steve Brett.  I’ve laid out a course that circumnavigates Bainbridge Island, originating and returning to Shilshole Bay.  Being close by, this an easy opportunity for BYC racers to participate in a major IPIBA event with absolutely huge trophies!

See also the Rear Commodore’s notice on picnics in the park this summer.  I hope he organizes a fire watch for the pig roast! (just kidding PC Park).

It is that time of the year for Annual updates. Please check last year’s annual for accuracy.  If you have any changes to your personal or boat information, or if you have photos to contribute, please email them to

BYC’s Junior Officer Ball, occurring every two years, is now in our distant planning horizon.  Be prepared for a Beattles/60’s themed event in October.  Anyone interested in participating in the decorating or meal preparations, please contact myself or Rear Commodore Phil LeBas.  Also, if you have a stack of vinyl LPs stashed in the back of a closet somewhere that you would be willing to share for decorations, let us know.



John Burwell, Vice Commodore