From the Bridge

Rear View

We hope that everybody had a joyous Holiday Season and had an opportunity to participate in some of the many club events along the way. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many members that helped pull off another busy and successful BYC December.

Bev Bruins and her band of elves put on a wonderful Kids Breakfast with Santa. After the children created their reindeer ornaments, they got to enjoy snowman-cakes loaded with just enough sugar for the kids to be at full speed for the visit by Santa. The hall was full of youthful joy and cheer.

We would like to recognize Carey Haney who coordinated the Special Peoples Cruise this year. This is one of BYC's big outreach events of the year that was also supported by the Kitsap Federal Credit Union, the VFW, and local Navy personnel. The many guests we had that day were treated to a beautiful winter afternoon cruise, complete with rainbows and personal greetings from Santa who sounded remarkedly calm yet was seen to be dancing a jig the whole time! Nicely done.

We had a great turn out for the club Christmas Dinner. Thank you to David Gonzalez and the rest of the Gonzalez clan for what was again a fantastic Christmas Dinner. They provided just under 140 meals for the guests and committee, which I think set a record for getting all that food out on the tables. Thank you to the Executive Committee, Flag Officers, and all our spouses, for all the work they put in that weekend.

The Lighted Boat Parade was our next great community event. Steve and Deana Brett (Santa Boat) and Mike and Billie Henry (Lead Boat) did a wonderful job of coordinating the parade and keeping everyone out of harm's way. Buz Priestley was the voice of Santa and delighted parade viewers and boat crews alike. The entire Santa boat crew did an excellent job. Also, a big thank you to the Past Commodores who helped decorate the Santa boat.

Off the Bow

We are looking forward to another fantastic Club Cruise to Brownsville under the guidance of Fleet Captains Dick and Carey Haney, January 19th - 21st. Plan on plenty of food, fun events, and good company. We also plan to work in a friendly navigation contest as part of the cruise up to Brownsville to give more boaters an opportunity to learn what is involved in a predicted log race. This is, of course, in preparation for the next BIG Club Event, the Heavy Weather Weekend which will take place February 16th - 18th.

The centerpiece of the Heavy Weather Weekend is the Predicted Log Race. This is a navigation contest where contestants will first predict their runtimes to complete a predetermined course, then go out and run the course without the assistance of clocks or GPS and get scored on how well the actual times matched their predictions. The Heavy Weather Race has always been one of the biggest events of the season and, as always, we hope to have great BYC participation. We will have several "skull sessions" to share our collective thoughts on courses to take, suss out the currents, and help complete the predictions.

While the centerpiece will be the navigation contest, the highlight of Heavy Weather weekend will be Saturday night. After a great meal, all will be entertained by our own Dockettes, led this year by Nena Andrews, and by the skits put on by BYC and the visiting yacht clubs to the theme of "It's Five O'clock Somewhere." Get in the spirit with your best parrot head or other 5:00-appropriate dress and enjoy the fun as the skit teams vie for the highly coveted Rubber Clam Gun award. Awards for the navigation contest will also be presented Saturday night. There will be much more to come, so check out the flyer and look for ways you can participate.

Believe it or not, the days are starting to get longer, and spring will be coming into view. Be prepared for other great interclub events as we start to look to Daffodil and Opening Day. And then the cruising days of summer... Okay, that is still a good way off of the bow. See you soon on the water.