2015 PTYC July 4th at Stewart Island's Reid Harbor
2015 Port Townsend "Opening Day" Boat Parade
Clubhouse Meetings, Seminars & Projects
Dockside Gathering at 2014 Pleasant Harbor Cruise, Hood Canal
Cruising Canada--Telegraph Harbour, B.C.
+25 Years--Earth Day Cleanup at Mystery Bay State Marine Park
Cruising Canada--Victoria, BC
Dining Dockside at 2014 Kingston Cruise, Admiralty Inlet
Welcome to the Port Townsend Yacht Club (PTYC). We are located at 2503 Washington Street in the picturesque Victorian seaport of Port Townsend, Washington – the gateway to cruising in Puget Sound from Olympia and Seattle, to the San Juan Islands, the Canadian Gulf Islands, and north through the Inside Passage to Alaska. From here you can boat to some of the most spectacular places in the world. Our club is active throughout the year with cruises, seminars, socials and meetings. We welcome new members, visiting boaters via our reciprocal program, and community members with an interest in boating. Enjoy our website!
Again this year, our Club ran a contest to see who used the most reciprocals during this cruising season. (Last year the winner used a dozen reciprocals).
Save money, see the world, and enjoy the cruising by using some of our great reciprocal berths around the Northwest. Check the Club directory, website, or yachtdestinations.org for the latest arrangements.
At the end of October, we will ask for email feedback for tracking the reciprocals you used. The winner will get a prize – yet to be announced.
Dale Moses, Reciprocal Coordinator
As I write this, the Ballard Locks Cruise is underway, and, just days ago we enjoyed the Hadlock Bonfire and Picnic Cruise, a flaming success! In October, three great events are scheduled: the Garage Sale, the Crab Feast and the Halloween Party. I encourage you to check out the fliers and sign up—it’s time to commit. Hey, having fun takes a little effort! Also, these gatherings don’t happen without the help of volunteers, so please consider lending a hand. This is especially true for the garage sale. By enlisting online and participating, you will take a lot of pressure off Muriel and Katie. Don’t forget you can bring items for the garage sale to the October meeting, or deliver them to the club Wednesday through Friday.
Your humble commodore will pontificate on anchoring at our October meeting. If you are new to boating, or have not anchored much, you might find this talk helpful. Old timers are encouraged to challenge and mock the speaker for the entertainment of all. But take note, you can anchor the right way, or you can move up to El Duano’s way! Finally, your help is needed for an anchor watch during the presentation. Otherwise, Muriel might steal my ground tackle for the garage sale.
Dad, it’s looking really shallow…
Commodore Duane Madinger
Opening Day is coming up fast and I find that Vita e’ Bella still needs more waxing and buffing, but, I am determined to have her shining for the weekend. For a variety of reasons the Opening Day parade with other PTYC boats has been the most enjoyable sailing experience we have had over the last two years. The pageantry, the camaraderie, the finesse to sail at the perfect speed up the waterfront continues to bring a smile to my face. If you are still undecided if the Parade is “doable” by you I would submit that it is a worthy effort if you join. This event has become the centerpiece of PTYC’s “Face on the Community”. I find the fellowship after the Parade is a bonding experience with veteran members and new members too. I remember the year, not so long ago, where the fleet battled a hard southerly that surely made the shore side viewing an exciting event. The after-Parade story telling was epic. Indeed, that is the point of the Parade to participate and then share your experiences with friends and new members. So, get out on the water. If you are short on crew ask a member or friend to join you and they will be impressed. To be blessed is always a good thing.
On another topic, I would like to share how wonderful the recent events held at the clubhouse were. The St. Paddy’s Day weekend with two fabulous evenings of food and entertainment seemed so comfortable and cozy that I was left both nights with the feeling of how fortunate we are to have such a group at PTYC.
The second event; the Safety Training/Chili Cookoff was another happening that just seemed so well prepared and presented. A larger point, however, is to be made: These events do not just happen by chance or luck. Any successful event is led, planned, organized and, yes, agonized over by hard working members. PTYC is lucky to have people who have superb organizational skills, but the second attribute these people have is the propensity to just plain work hard to accomplish a goal. So, the next time you attend a well-run cruise or event at PTYC and you enjoy yourself, go up to the Event Captains, and thank them personally for their dedication to PTYC. It will be appreciated.
One last thought… life is short and precious, tell your family and loved ones how much they mean to you right now.
Vice Commodore Jess Schefstrom Seize the Day…Carpe Diem!