Commodore’s Column

2019 Commodore’s Column: “It’s the Beginning of Boating Season”

Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to talk to quite a few of our members who are polishing and painting their boats, performing maintenance on their engines and generally spiffing up their rides. We are fortunate to have two events back-to-back that allow us to show off our boats: Open Boat in Port Hadlock, April 28th—a yacht club favorite—and, of course, the Opening Day Weekend, May 3rd and 4th with the U.S. Navy’s Northwest Region , Boat Parade and festivities.

It is great that this year the old man will be leading the parade (no not me!), the Navy Admiral’s yacht, the Old Man IV. I will have the honor to be on that fine vessel during the parade. Because I’m a wooden boat aficionado, and Ed Monk is my favorite designer of all time, it’s very exciting. The U.S. Navy’s Northwest Region Funk Band will also be playing at the Northwest Maritime Center Plaza before and after the parade. Special thanks to the Northwest Maritime Center and, of course, our fleet captain Jim Gorski for making this all possible.

The other festivities, that will make this a weekend to remember, are the dinner on Friday night to honor our past commodores, coffee and donuts on Saturday morning at the clubhouse, and our now famous pizza party on Saturday night. If you would like to attend either or both dinners, be sure to sign up by May 1st with Mary Schefstrom and mail her a check to: 32 Navigator Lane, Port Ludlow 98356. The Friday night dinner is $10 per person and the Saturday night pizza dinner is $7 per person.

What a great way to start off boating season, which promises to be fantastic.

It’s so nice to see the energy our members have for coordinating club events month after month, often with new and different ideas. Bringing talents and resources to the table really make me proud to be your Commodore and a member of this incredible Port Townsend Yacht Club.

Jim Pivarnik, Commodore




2019 April Commodore Column: The Promise of Spring

As I sit here writing this column, it’s 58 degrees with an anticipated high of 66 today. This can only mean one thing—spring is here. Now, being Northwesterners, we know this can change in an hour, however, the thought of being out on our boats, enjoying the sun, the breeze, and following seas is pretty darn exciting.

The first step is to get our boats ready and Opening Day Weekend, May 3rd and 4th, is our opportunity to celebrate the season. For the past few years, the yacht club has launched the weekend’s festivities with the Past Commodores’ Dinner, hosted by the board, followed on Saturday morning with coffee and donuts, and concluding with a pizza party that evening. Continue reading

March 2019 Commodore’s Column: The “AYES” of March!

As the snow thaws and spring heats up, there are plenty of exciting things on the horizon at PTYC. Coming off a very successful planning meeting in January, our engaged members proved you could think outside the box with new ideas for cruises and events for the coming year.

With that in mind, the first event of the year was the FUNdraiser and games night for our successful Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Committee has worked tirelessly to promote marine-related education for our rising stars. This committee presently needs new members in order to keep their efforts thriving. Please contact Paul Eisenhardt, if you’re interested in helping. The event this year raised $1,690, which is a great way to begin the 2019 scholarship funding season and it was a lot of fun. For those of you not in attendance, playing reverse charades was hilarious! Thank you to all who helped make the night such a success.

Due to a scheduling conflict, we’ve moved the Seminars and Chili Cook-off to Saturday, March 30th. Check out the seminar info in this issue. This is the perfect opportunity to show off your grandmother’s favorite chili recipe or the tried-and-true family favorite. We’re looking forward to tasting them all. Please sign up online for both the Seminars and Chili Cook-off…and there will be prizes and a crown for the best chili!   Continue reading