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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 October Commodore’s Column: “Maintain the Sea Watch!”

oct-comm-photoAhoy Fellow Cruisers!

It’s been a good year so far and it isn’t over yet. We still have a number of things on the calendar—not the least of which is the Garage Sale, which is the source of funding for our Scholarship Program. The sale occurs in mid October. Muriel Powers is once again coordinating this effort. If you want to help with the sale or donate items to sell, contact Muriel. Please note that we’ve reached the limit of what we can store in the Clubhouse. If you have items for the sale, you may be asked to hold them until just before the sale.     (see page 11)

The Blake Island Cruise was just successfully completed. Remaining Cruises and Events include the Port Hadlock Bonfire Cruise, Halloween Party, Crab Feast, Bell Harbor Cruise, Holiday Party and Holiday Social. As always, you will be able to sign up for them online.

Finally, the U.S. Navy will soon celebrate its 241st Anniversary. It was established during the Revolutionary War as the Continental Navy on 13 October 1775. The Navy has stood in defense of this nation throughout its history and has included leaders such as Jones, Dewey, Perry, Leahy, King, Nimitz and Halsey. Let’s recognize this important part of our maritime history.

Commodore Bruce Painter

May “Moored” always be a temporary status      


Commodore’s Column: “WUWUZAT??!!??!!” !”

16 Schooner BruceAhoy Shipmates!

And the answer to the question is, “that was a calendar at flank speed!” It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly 3 months since our last meeting. I hope you’ve had a good summer so far.

We’ve had successful cruises to Pleasant Harbor, Reid Harbor and Port Ludlow. As I write this, Cruise Captains are finalizing the planning for the Sequim Bay Cruise and I understand that 50 people have signed up so far. I’m sure it will be equally successful. As the old saying goes, “it ain’t over yet!” We still have the Blake Island Cruise in September, the Port Hadlock Bonfire Cruise in October and the Bell Harbor Holiday Cruise in December.

Our Communications Standing Committee has several subcommittees, including “Fair Winds”. This is the subcommittee that sends cards, such as get well, condolence, etc. to members on behalf of the membership. Sandy Curtis has been active on Fair Winds for 15 years and has decided to stand down. Let’s thank Sandy for her long and dedicated service. Let’s also welcome the newest member to the Fair Winds subcommittee, our “Commodorable” and my Admiral, Kathy Painter.

On a regulatory note, the State of Washington has petitioned the EPA to designate all of Puget Sound as a no discharge zone. Once so designated, no vessel will be permitted to discharge treated effluent from type I and type II marine sanitation devices. The petition was submitted during the 3rd week of July. The EPA has 90 days to respond which means that we can expect an answer by the 3rd week of October. Our thanks to Dale Moses for keeping an eye on this.

It’s almost PTYC election time again. During the September meeting we’ll be calling on members to form a Nominating Committee to determine candidates for the 2017 Board positions. Remember that elections are held in November.

Finally, let’s remember our shipmate Bob Petrie, who crossed the bar on August 1st. Bob was a PTYC member for 17 years during which he and Betty cruised Puget Sound and Canadian waters aboard their boat, Noel. A well-attended celebration of his life was held on the 20th, during which many stories were told. Harry Dudley gave a touching reading of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem, “Crossing the Bar”, including the ringing of the ship’s bell to signal the end of Bob’s watch.

Commodore Bruce Painter

May “Moored” always be a temporary status