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Welcome Aboard 2016

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!


2016 May Commodore’s Column: “Steady As She Goes!”

16 May Comm

Ahoy Shipmates!

As we approach the demarcation line between April and May, I thought I would offer a few thoughts, random and otherwise.

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia. Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell wanted “Ahoy” to be the greeting used when answering his new invention? Talk about maritime influence! Thomas Edison preferred “Hello”.

As I write this on the eve of the Club’s Earth Day cleanup at Fort Flagler, I note that 29 people have signed up to participate. The spirit of volunteerism among our members and prospective members remains impressive. Our thanks to event Captains Paul Happel, Sue McKay and Chelcie Liu and to all participants for their generous contribution to the community.

It isn’t too early to start thinking about making contributions to the October Garage Sale. If you have something to contribute for that sale, you can arrange to have it stored in the clubhouse attic by contacting Jess Schefstrom or Muriel Powers. As always, all proceeds from the sale are dedicated to our scholarship program.

Finally, we are now less than a month away from Opening Day activities and cruise to Port Townsend. Opening Day is always a fun and colorful way to ring in the new boating season and it promises to be eventful. Details can be found on our website and in this newsletter. The boat parade is among the community events and we hope to see good PTYC and community participation ashore and afloat. Once again, we hope to avoid a repeat of 2014’s “Foul Weather Parade” (who was that Fleet Captain anyway?).

              Commodore Bruce Painter                 

May “Moored” always be a temporary status.




2016 April Commodore’s Column: “Report From The Lookout!”

16 Apr Com ColAhoy Cruising Colleagues!

Spring is here and boating season is nearly upon us. This seems as good a time as any to relay the lookout’s report concerning what’s ahead.

We have formed a Facility Needs Committee to conduct a review and make recommendations concerning the best ways to accommodate the needs of our membership, which has seen considerable growth over the past few years. Considerations include, but are not limited to, possible clubhouse changes/expansion and how to meet our needs for events where attendance is likely to exceed the capacity of our facility. The members to date are Gerry Walsh (Chair), Jess Schefstrom, Jim Pivarnik, John Powers and Paul Eisenhardt. We would like to have 8 or 9 people on the committee. Please contact Gerry if you are interested in joining this effort.

Tom Thurston has been working hard to coordinate with the Northwest Maritime Center concerning PTYC support of this year’s Race to Alaska (R2AK). Lee and Lisa Hoffman and their boat, LADY DIANNE, have been accepted to operate as an escort/safety boat during the first leg of the race. More volunteers are needed, afloat and ashore. A volunteer application was recently sent to the membership. If you are interested in getting involved, please fill it out and give it to Tom.

There are several events a little further ahead. Sign-ups are available on our website

9 April:   Three events in one day – Double Braided line splicing seminar by Harry Dudley and Duane Madinger, Marine Radar seminar by Michael Asbury and the Chili Cook-off with Rick Rezinas and his army of Chefs.

23 April: Earth Day Clean-up at Mystery Bay or Fort Flagler

1 May:   Open Boat at Port Townsend Boat Haven

7 May:   Opening Day activities, including Breakfast, Raising of the Flag, Boat Parade, the Blessing of the Fleet and the Clam Chowder Potluck.

Finally, as cruising season approaches and we begin to prepare our boats and ourselves, I offer this reminder. Marine casualties are not typically caused by catastrophic failures. They are usually caused by a combination of small, preventable ones. Let’s take our preparations seriously and leave nothing to chance. So seriously, let’s get prepared to have fun!      

Commodore Bruce Painter            May “Moored” always be a temporary status.



2016 March Commodore’s Column: “We’re Approaching Cruising Speed!”

16 Mar Com ColAhoy Shipmates!

March?? How’d that happen?? As we speed toward the end of February, I want to recognize some of our rapidly accelerating activities.

Fleet Captain John Powers conducted a very successful and well attended cruise and events planning session. The schedules are developing nicely. Some of the cruises and events are still in need of Captains. John is also working on our plans for the Opening Day Boat Parade.

A new scholarship season is upon us. The Scholarship Committee has seen a few changes since last year. Katherine Buchanan is on a leave of absence and has left the committee. We thank her for dedication to this program and hope to see her again in 2017. In the meantime, I am happy to announce Pete Leenhouts and Bob Bergstrom as our newest Scholarship Committee members.

Muriel Powers and Paul Eisenhardt are working with the rest of the committee members to schedule meetings in order to plan this year’s effort. I have no doubt that this will be another good year for this worthy program.

There is plenty of activity in other areas as well. Vice Commodore Duane Madinger is working on the 2016 Roster. Trustee Bill Taylor is working on the Watch and Program schedules. Trustee Tom Thurston has initiated contact with the Race Boss for the Race to Alaska (R2AK) and has agreed to chair our planning committee to plan PTYC volunteer support of the race. Several members have already volunteered support. Trustee Tim Loika has been working with Harry Dudley, Michael Asbury and Rick Rezinas in planning April’s seminars and Chili Cook-off.

Finally, anyone who has known me for a while has probably heard me say “watch the quiet ones!”. That gets a chuckle, but what I mean is that in any organization, it is easy to get distracted by the person “on the bow with the sword in his/her teeth” and miss the many people who work quietly to keep things working. From time to time I will declare, “Watch the Quiet Ones”. In that vein, how do you like our website? It underwent a considerable overhaul last year and is even more useful, informative and user friendly. Timely refinements are added based on member feedback to ensure the continued usefulness of the site. Who does that? The longstanding “Quite Ones” to recognize in this effort are Macy Galbreath and Ilona Bell. An additional “Quiet One” in this effort is one of our newer members, Bill Baratuci. Bill has lent considerable knowledge and experience in support of maintaining and improving our site.   Macy, Ilona and Bill, your efforts are appreciated.

Commodore Bruce Painter             May “Moored” always be a temporary status