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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 February Commodore’s Column: “Set the Sea Watch”

Bruce Feb Colm

Ahoy Shipmates!   We’re underway!

Let’s again thank Commodore Walsh for his skilled leadership during 2015. I wish to express my deepest appreciation to the C.O.W. Committee, our “Master” MC and attendees for a thoroughly memorable Change of Watch. Kathy and I were amazed, amused and touched by an evening that we will never forget.

We’ve already finished the first Board and General meetings of the year.

Planning has started for watches, programs, events and cruises. Now is the time for your involvement.

We’ve grown considerably over the past few years. Some of you have been members for a long time and others joined only recently, but all of you represent an impressive collection of wide ranging talent and experience. This club works best when all are involved. Our request, to our newer members is, please don’t be shy. I’ve always believed that everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach! Kathy and I became members in late 2012 and Captained a cruise for the first time in 2013 with Mike and Barb Soskin as our mentors. Being new is not a liability, but an asset. You bring fresh perspectives and ideas.

2016 will be another fun and busy year, because we don’t know any other way.

May Mooredalways be a temporary status.

Bruce Painter, Commodore










2016 January PTYC Commodore’s Column: “Welcome 2016!”

16 Jan Com ColAhoy and Happy New Year!

Northern Sage is on the air!

Thanks to our entire membership, 2015 was another great year of volunteerism, adventure, fun and fellowship. I want to recognize outgoing Commodore Gerry Walsh for leading with wisdom and great humor. Kathy and I thank Gerry and Cindy for being such great role models.

Welcome to the 2016 Board members: Vice Commodore Duane Madinger, Rear Commodore Jess Schefstrom, Fleet Captain John Powers, Secretary Mary Schefstrom (for a second year), Treasurer Jim Pivarnik, Trustee Tim Loika, Trustee Bill Taylor and Trustee Tom Thurston. This is a team with experience and talent that can’t help but produce great things!

2016 begins like every year. January and February will be busy with planning the year’s events, cruises, speakers and seminars. Your input is not only welcome, but necessary to ensure that scheduled activities meet your needs. I look forward to another year of great activities, by land and by sea!

There are several upcoming events in January. The next Board meeting is on the 6th. Members are welcome to attend. The monthly general meeting is on the 12th and the Change of Watch (C.O.W.) is on the 16th. The C.O.W. is our annual formal dinner event during which the incoming officers relieve the outgoing officers. There will be a Master of Ceremonies and be assured that PTYC never lets formality get in the way of fun!

I wish all of you a great 2016!

May Mooredalways be a temporary status.           Bruce Painter, Commodore