2014 September Commodore’s Column: SUMMER’S ALMOST OVER!


Welcome back! How soon summer is over! I hope you have had a great time and have wonderful boating stories to share when we gather for our September 9th meeting. Ilona and Fred Bell and their crew have a “welcome back” soup and salad potluck planned. It is always well attended and be great fun. You will especially want to hear the program when members Phil and Katie Habegger talk about their experiences boating in Mexico. Unfortunately, Bill and I will miss it all. We will be in England on a two week narrow boat cruise of the Midlands. We will also miss the cruises to Kingston and Shilshole at the end of the month.

Bill and I were able to cruise – first with the Yacht Club group through the Gulf Islands to Telegraph Harbor in June and then on to the Broughtons with Joe and Beth Burson on SOLEIL and Marilynne Gates and Roger Harmon on HARMONY. We had great weather, not too much rough water, and sightings of a bear, whales, and loads of eagles.

Now, it is time to focus on the most important aspect of the club: Officers and the Board for 2015! The Nominating Committee will be elected at the September meeting and will be calling to fill the slate between then and the October meeting. I hope you will consider taking a leadership role when asked for either the Board or a Committee position. It is up to the entire membership to keep the club vibrant, interesting and financially solid.   We have worked on the Policies and Bylaws spreading out jobs so that everyone (Board and Membership) have a small piece and everything will get done. Elections are in November. Be ready to answer the call and be part of the action and fun in 2015.

Tug on . . .     Macy Galbreath, Commodore



2014 June Commodore’s Column: Summer Boating–Safety First

OD Macy3Opening Day was terrific!  Thanks to all who made it happen.  Now summer boating is really beginning!  I look at the calendar and realize that we leave for the Victoria cruise next week.  We get home and have about 5 days before heading down the Hood Canal to Pleasant Harbor for another great weekend.  We hope the weather will be as nice as last year when we sat by the pool, swam, and played games.  Then a couple of weeks later, we are off on a week cruise through the Islands ending up in Telegraph Harbour in Canada.  Then it is time for July 4th cruise to Stuart Island.  Whew!  What a great time the club has planned.  I hope all those signed up can make it – no last minute mechanical problems or health issues!!  LADY is having engine work done and I have my fingers crossed.

Having just attended the recent Fire Extinguisher Safety Seminar, I feel focused on safety issues for sailing and cruising!  Many thanks to Beth Burson for arranging with Steve Brunette of Tarboo Ridge Fire Extinguishers to have a demonstration.  Steve’s video was excellent, but it was the hands-on that was so helpful.  It took me two tries to hold the extinguisher in the correct hand, remember to PULL THE PIN, and put out the fire in a reasonable amount of time.  Time well spent!  (more…)

2014 May Commodore’s Column: Include Reciprocals In Your Summer Boating Plans!

Macy 9Ahoy, before I get into reciprocals, I want to say WOW!  April was an amazing month.  Our members have always been impressive, but everyone was outstanding in April!  The meeting was not to be missed with a full house, outstanding member speaker, wonderful chili, great judges, and a terrific Watch.  It went on from there with a well-run, well done club clean-up; another great Earth Day at Mystery Bay; and a first time Open Boat in Port Ludlow.  Thanks to everyone – check out who made it happen in Bravo Zulu on page 2.

Now, to reciprocals – our greatest member benefit – and perhaps the most underutilized.  Jess Schefstrom, our trustee who is overseeing the club reciprocals, and I just recently got a notice from our on-line reciprocal database Yacht Destinations that only 15 of our members are signed up!!  I know you probably have meant to do this or are perhaps new enough to the club that you don’t know about it, but you are really missing out!   So here is the scoop on Yacht Destinations and the 2 other places you can get reciprocal information. (more…)