By the time you read this fourth edition of the “Commodore’s Column”, I will be nearly ready to be on my way to Alaska. Carl Sidle and I, on the sturdy hull of Shoshanna, will be beating our way north for a 3 month adventure. For me, it’s the adventure of a lifetime. For Carl, it’s his sixth exciting trip. Two additional PTYC boats are also making the journey. Discovery, with captain and crew Bill & Karen Bloemker (you decide which is which), has made the trip several times. Toccata, with captain and crew Greg & Sheryl Kerkof, is on its maiden voyage to the land of the midnight sun. Carl and I will leave the day after Opening Day and the blessing of the fleet. The Bloemkers and Kerkofs are leaving a few days before. Sandi and Sue will fly to Sitka the end of May to join us for some Alaskan cruising. Sue will stay for a month; Sandi will fly home after two weeks. Most of Carl and Sue’s family will be able to join Shoshanna for some period of time on the trip; so, I think it can be said that this is “a trip of a lifetime” for some of them as well.
As for the boating season for the club, the Board has an event-filled season planned that will please, educate, and challenge every member of the club who is able to participate. I think it is rare that a club membership, such as in PTYC, with extraordinary breadth of experiences, backgrounds, and knowledge levels can come together for the enrichment of all. Boats belonging to our membership, or would it be more correct to say members belonging to their boats, range from T37 radio controlled sail boats (that’s 37 inches) to 65 foot steel, blue-water trawlers. We have members who are looking for their first boat, members who are between boats and members who have reluctantly retired from crewing their own boat. The common thread among these people is their love for being on the water and the camaraderie it brings. (more…)