THE HISTORY OF THE BREMERTON YACHT CLUB

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BYC Junior Yacht Club

Incidentally, it was in this year of 1934 that the By-Laws and constitution of the Junior Yacht Club were drawn up and the Junior Club actually started. This was done on July 9, 1934 [More!].

The Big Gale

The club was still trying to buy property. No luck -- no money. One of the major set-backs and probably the most costly was the "Big Blow" of October 21st, 1934. Here is the scene: It was a nice Sunday in the Fall and several of the fellows were at the club puttering about their boats when WHAMM!!!--- a gale of tornado proportions swept in from the south-west and for most of the day did its very best to make yachting a pleasure to all concerned. It seems that there were about 12 of the club vessels swinging on the hook down at the Charleston moorings and about 2 weathered the storm. The rest were playing tag with the pebbles on the beach or playing follow-the- leader around the dock piling.

Everybody came rushing down to attempt to save their boats, but in such a gale it was impossible to do much about it. Captain Braendlein was one of the more fortunate as far as his boat was concerned, but was thoroughly inconvenienced personally, as he weathered the entire storm by sitting on his deck while the boat bobbled around like a cork. His anchor did not drag, luckily, but the trouble with George was that he has a pipe in his mouth 23-1/2 hours every day. He loves his pipe. Just the mere thought of being without his pipe would nauseate him. On this day he had his pipe and tobacco. You and I would think that he would be a very happy man. Not George. He didn't have a match.

The floats that were secured to the dock were swept away and were not retrieved until several days later. The Cost Guard saved them from destruction and secured them in the sheltered waters of Phinney Bay. This storm was the beginning of the end as far as the Charleston Dock was concerned. None of the boats anchored there again. But what were they to do? There was but little in the Treasury and while the club had purchased several pieces of real estate and taken option on several more, something always proved wrong. So at this time the club did not own any real estate at all.

To get back to business --there was a regular meeting on October 22nd, the day following the "Big Blow". The boys knew that the jig was up. They decided to go after property in earnest. There was the regular nomination of the officers for 135 at this meeting, but, of course, the election was not held 'til November 5th. Captain Braendlein was elected Commodore with Captains Tucker and Vosberg as Vice and Rear Commodore, respectively. Captain Adams was voted in as Secretary-Treasurer.

Incidentally, an innovation was started on November 19th, 1934 to buck up the lagging attendance. The boys were having a tough time of it and very few were attending the meetings. So, the "kitty", or as we call it now, the "Treasure Chest", was started at this time. This is where the fellows throw a dime in the pot at the beginning of the meeting and hold a drawing after the final order of business.

George Braendlein

Commodore Braendlein was installed in office by Past Commodore Phillips on the first Monday of 1935. He held office during the most interesting year in the history of the club. Look at the record of this year:

The club gave up the Charleston Dock and clubhouse for good in February of this year. All properties were stowed in a garage rented from the First State Bank. From this time the members gathered for the regular meetings in various places including the homes of many of the members. It is noted that several of the meetings were held in the Buster Brown Shoe Store, the Calico Cat (restaurant), Hart Accordian School, etc. The amazing part of this inconvenience is that the Bremerton Yacht Club did not miss a single meeting (every Monday).

The annual Heavy Weather Cruise was held on Washington's birthday as usual. The rendezvous this year was the Tracyton dock. There were only 12 Queen City boats over as visitors. There was much discussion at the next meeting as to the reasons that attendance had been falling off at this cruise. No direct action of any sort was taken.

Ostrich Bay: Northerly Exposed!

On June 1Oth of this year the records show that the B.Y.C. put $10 as down payment on waterfront property at Ostrich Bay (Ammunition Depot). This was just one of the several different buys that had been made. However, they were getting desperate about this time.

There was no road down to the water at this place, and there was an old shack that might possibly be used for meeting purposes with much alteration. So -- as the title was cleared, the boys moved the floats down to this new location. The old shack was cleaned up and work parties resumed. The first (and only) meeting that the club held in this shack was June 24th, 1935. At this meeting various means of acquiring the tide lands adjacent to the new property were discussed, with no results.

Most of the meetings during the rest of the summer were held aboard various boats moored at the new place. For instance, the meeting of July 1st was aboard the "Lorelei" and on July 6th aboard the "Rocking Moon". The records show that the club contracted with Elmer Brooksl brother to furnish and drive piling at the new location, but when the piling came, it seems that they were too small, so they were rejected. This cost $7.62 and much energy wasted in argument.

It was soon after this time that a north wind blew right in to Ostrich Bay and the new founded club blew right out. The storm of the preceding fall was still fresh in their memories. Some unfounded ill-will among the surrounding property owners helped this situation along somewhat.

So --the fellows got together every Monday night in somebody's home. In August of 1935, the Commodore of the Everett Yacht Club visited our club at a meeting held in the old "Calico Cat", a local restaurant. He outlined a big interclub get-together at Everett over Labor Day and invited our members to attend. This, our club agreed to do.


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