The summer cruising season was kicked off in fine fashion with the Memorial Day Cruise-In to Quartermaster Harbor. Thank you to Fleet Captain Dick and Carey Haney for organizing a very fun weekend. And great job with the weather too! Twenty-four boats made the journey to Quartermaster. Combined with another group of boats that made Oro Bay home for the weekend, we had an impressive number of boats out for the weekend. It was nice to see that level of cruising taking place.
It was a great honor to join the Grand 14 Commodores in honoring Past Commodore Dan and Rose Saikkonen. Thank you to PC Mike and Ruth Murray, his committee chairs, Bev Bruins and Sylvia Wilson (invitations and menu and place cards), Stacy Longenecker (decorating), John Watson (dinner), Nena Andrews (serving) and Mike and Jamie Babbitt cleanup, set up and reset, and all the many helping hands for putting on such a grand event. Casanova, handpicked by Dan, provided great dance music and Dan and Rose were the highlight of the dance floor all night long. It was a special night to recognize Dan and Rose's contributions over the past three years. Well done by all.
For those that could rise the next day, the party moved to Bourbon Street, AKA B-String. Thank you Capt. Nena Andrews for getting this set up and to all of the B-String members who contributed good food and cheer for all members to enjoy. Capt. Cheryl VanGeystal did an amazing job of capturing the essence of the Bourbon Street atmosphere and took the decoration for best decorated shed.
The Skipperette Installation of Officers was a wonderful even. Very well attended, the food was delicious, and the weather was perfect. We even had time to sit around the new fire pit on the deck. Congratulations to the new Skipperette President and Vice President, Janene Gonzalez and Bev Bruins, and their board. Thank you to outgoing President Susan LeBas for your very successful year of service, and we look forward to another great year ahead.
The Nautilus Class of Bridge Officers (Vice Commodores and soon-to-be Vices) enjoyed a weekend of fabulous weather at Oro Bay. We shared the Bremerton and Tacoma outstations with the Log Racers and had a very relaxing time. Everyone loved the outstation and its amenities. We also held the Tacoma version of blind-folded dinghy racing under power with the helmsman blindfolded. Racers slalom through a buoy course with your mate giving verbal directions. Touching is forbidden and results in disqualification. It isn't nearly as scary as you would initially think. Another fun idea for Bremerton club cruises. It was as much fun for the spectators as the racers.
We would like to thank Regatta Chair for Sail John Sprouse who, with help from Captains Ron and Christine Johnson, Bruce Franklin, Buzz Priestley, and Eric Lee, put on the Blake Island Sail Race. This was the 47th running of the race that is hosted by BYC as part of the West Sound Sailing Association race series. Ten boats participated, but, regrettably, none from BYC. Any of you who have an interest in participating in sailing competitions, please contact John. It would be great to see some renewed activity in these events.
Thank you to CAPT Lynne Rumbold and PC Bill for again organizing our somewhat annual Parking Lot Sale. The event was well attended by both members and the community, and hopefully everybody ended the day with more of what they need and less of what they don't.
And finally, thank you to RC Sean and Melinda Swansboro hosting the first Picnic in the Park of the season, a "Summer Shindig," and Fleet Captain Dick and Carey Haney for coordinating the BYC cruise to Queen City's Eagle Harbor outstation for the Big Brother Cruise to cap off a very busy June. Both events were very well attended and attest to our very active boating membership.
We have fewer club events in July, but much more cruising activity. We hope this Towline finds you enjoying our summer and out enjoying our beautiful cruising waters.
The International Cruiser Race, hosted by the International Power Boat Association (IPBA), will be run out of Anacortes again this year on 8 July. Anybody interested in participating as a racer or observer, please contact the event chair John Burwell.
Capt. Jan Cordodor will be hosting a "Red, White and Blue" summer, our second Picnic in the Park on 19 July. Look for the flyer and sign-up sheet soon. Also, we're still putting the pieces together, we hope to have a dinghy cruise later in the month.
We are going to be organizing some Friday evening socials similar to the New Member Night, the Wine Tasting, etc. to add to all the impromptu Happy Hours that pop up on Fridays. We are going to sprinkle these throughout the year. VC LeBas is looking for volunteers to schedule, organize, and chair these socials. New ideas, new member involvement is welcomed and encouraged. Send him an email if interested in helping at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan and I have some dates on the calendar for an early September Island Cruise but haven't set an itinerary yet. We are looking for some suggestions and would like to hear about your favorite spots.
Thanks to everyone for such a fabulous first year. The entire year was truly remarkable. The Daffodil Parade and the rallying of all the help to tie hundreds of yellow ribbons, building the float, the trivia contest and the rest of Daffodil weekend was the highlight of the year for us. The enthusiasm, comradery and fun times was truly memorable. That is what makes the club such a great place.
Susan and I are glad to be here. We like this place.
-- Phil LeBas, Vice Commodore
" True shipmates are those Sailors with whom you make lifetime friendships that can never be compared to anything..."
NCCM(SW) C. R. (Corky) Johnson- deceased
I would like to thank the Club for the very warm welcome aboard as the new Rear Commodore! One month in and looking forward to future events. Melinda and I can't wait to meet more fellow members.
Rear Commodore Sean and Rear Commodorable Melinda