2018 April Commodore’s Column

“I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky. And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.”                                                 John Masefield

Boating season is upon us. This means different things to different people. To the maritime trades of Port Townsend it means a larger payday as boats of all kinds shake off their winter coats and seek repair and refurbishment. To actual boat owners it means cleaning, repairing, mending, waxing, buffing, and painting.   The work we do on our boats is vital to a successful boating season, however, don’t forget also to “Dream.”

Dream of a destination you haven’t been to before. Dream of a favored tack to clear the headland. Dream of a spinnaker run on a broad reach on a warm August afternoon. Dream of a flawless docking in front of a crowd at Friday Harbor. To some, dreams such as these cause consternation. I would suggest to those who think they are not quite ready for such “dreams,” to give it a try anyway. It is only “out there” where the adventure lies. You will surprise yourself and the knowledge and experience gained will serve you well in the years to come.

We had a rousing St. Paddy’s Day weekend at the club and a few hardy captains even “cruised” into Boat Haven for the festivities. PTYC’s resident chefs really delivered for the meals on Friday and Saturday. The Event/Cruise Captains though deserve high praise and attention. Stacy Olson’s split pea and ham soup on Friday was sublime. Mary Schefstrom’s corned beef and cabbage entrée and Susie Gorski’s colcannon for our Saturday dinner were superb. Give these ladies a big hug and a big thankyou for a big job well done the next time you see them.

April brings PTYC our Safety Seminar and Chili Cook-off on April 14. Signups are available on-line. This coupling of events has proven to be quite successful in the past and we look forward to this year’s edition with a presentation on the concerns to have about carbon monoxide on boats and the “intense” competition of the Chili Cook-off.

Late in April we also have the Open Boat event at Port Ludlow Marina on April 29. If you have not attended this event think about driving or cruising on down to Port Ludlow and checking out some of our members’ boats. It is always a fun and interesting time. Sometimes we get stuck on boats because of inclement weather and we are forced to drink wine to survive. (Ha!)

I would end this missive by quoting Samuel Clemens:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore!  Dream!  Discover!”