Commodore's Ball 2005

Photos & Text: Bob Wheeler

The Commodores of all the 14 affiliated yacht clubs in the area are invited, at our expense, to attend,
and they all made it this year. Keep in mind that there are 14 of these balls to go to during the year....
Every year BYC celebrates and honors the efforts of our Commodore and his (or her someday) spouse by having a ball; a Commodore's Ball to be exact. The Commodores of all the 14 affiliated yacht clubs in the area are invited, at our expense, to attend, and they all made it this year. Keep in mind that there are 14 of these balls to go to during the year, and they all follow a similar format. The most recent Past Commodore is always the chair. This year it was P/C Bob and Gerri Bachman, and they did a superb job.

While there is good food, good drink and good music provided for all to enjoy, there is usually some sort of shenanigans to get the outgoing Commodore's attention. This year, P/C Bachman had promised the entrée for dinner would be "Baked Possum". So, right after the salad course, a Possum was served to our guests of honor, Ex Commodore Rod and Angela Perryman. They were thrilled,... I think. It was good Possum and tasted a bit like chicken. Must have been the seasoning!

This year's event did have an unexpected twist to it. Earlier in the evening during the cocktail hour, some masked marauders from Queen City YC arrived unexpectedly with a cooler full of crab and clam remnants for Commodore Billings and issued a challenge for the up-coming Big Brother Cruise to QCYC's outstation in Winslow. It seems that the Commodore whose Club has the least number of participating boats, must wear a moo-moo and serve the other Commodore a beverage of his choice for all to see! Queen City currently has 26 boats signed up. Commodore Billings was "given" custody of the moo-moo.

As for the cooler full of crab and clam leftovers, this was in retaliation for the 100 baby chicks let loose at a QCYC general meeting back in 1985 or so. There have been other tricks pulled during the intervening years.

Needless to say, the evening was a great success as we and many othere danced the night away. A few of us wore white dinner jackets. Weren't we cool!

P/C Bob Wheeler



As I write my last Towline Article as a Bridge Officer I think of what a short time three years really is when you work with such a wonderful organization as Bremerton Yacht Club. Angela and I want to thank you for three wonderful years of serving as your ambassadors to the other clubs of the Grand 14. We made many new friends along the way and can honestly say it has been an experience well worth having.

We will look back on this chapter of our lives with many fond memories. I want to take a moment to thank all those that have helped in so many ways over the last 3 years. Without the many volunteer members and their wives so many of our social functions would never happen were it not for such great team work. I appreciate the help that so many of you have given when asked to do so and I want to personally thank you.

Rod Perryman, Commodore (Source)

Angela & Rod Perryman (Photo)


Our guests of honor, Ex Commodore Rod and Angela Perryman


So, right after the salad course, a Possum was served ...


It was good Possum and tasted a bit like chicken. Must have been the seasoning!


A few of us wore white dinner jackets. Weren't we cool!


Permission granted (to fraternize with the guests)!




Madame Commodore receives a well-deserved award


Andy's photos are forthcoming...


Commodore's Ball 2004


Return to BYC (Home)
bycwebteam@bremertonyachtclub.org
Last Update: 8 June 2005 (gk)