Commodore’s Column

2017 May Vice-Commodore’s Column

Opening Day is coming up fast and I find that Vita e’ Bella still needs more waxing and buffing, but, I am determined to have her shining for the weekend. For a variety of reasons the Opening Day parade with other PTYC boats has been the most enjoyable sailing experience we have had over the last two years. The pageantry, the camaraderie, the finesse to sail at the perfect speed up the waterfront continues to bring a smile to my face. If you are still undecided if the Parade is “doable” by you I would submit that it is a worthy effort if you join. This event has become the centerpiece of PTYC’s “Face on the Community”. I find the fellowship after the Parade is a bonding experience with veteran members and new members too. I remember the year, not so long ago, where the fleet battled a hard southerly that surely made the shore side viewing an exciting event. The after-Parade story telling was epic. Indeed, that is the point of the Parade to participate and then share your experiences with friends and new members. So, get out on the water. If you are short on crew ask a member or friend to join you and they will be impressed. To be blessed is always a good thing.

On another topic, I would like to share how wonderful the recent events held at the clubhouse were. The St. Paddy’s Day weekend with two fabulous evenings of food and entertainment seemed so comfortable and cozy that I was left both nights with the feeling of how fortunate we are to have such a group at PTYC.

The second event; the Safety Training/Chili Cookoff was another happening that just seemed so well prepared and presented. A larger point, however, is to be made: These events do not just happen by chance or luck. Any successful event is led, planned, organized and, yes, agonized over by hard working members. PTYC is lucky to have people who have superb organizational skills, but the second attribute these people have is the propensity to just plain work hard to accomplish a goal. So, the next time you attend a well-run cruise or event at PTYC and you enjoy yourself, go up to the Event Captains, and thank them personally for their dedication to PTYC. It will be appreciated.

One last thought… life is short and precious, tell your family and loved ones how much they mean to you right now.

Vice Commodore Jess Schefstrom         Seize the Day…Carpe Diem!




2017 April Commodore Column: “Yes, Virginia, there is an Opening Day!”

It’s a big deal. It’s done all over the world. It’s been practiced for centuries. And, this May, you can be part of the greatest annual celebration on the planet. No, not the Super Bowl, not the Oscars, but Opening Day! We ain’t talking about that Johnny-come-lately baseball thing, either. We’re talking about yachting and the truly noble pursuit of fun on the water.

How did it all start? In 1720, the Royal Cork Yacht Club was founded. I know, Gerry, it happened in Ireland. Other clubs followed and, eventually, they began to celebrate the start of the boating season. This tradition remains with us today. Not every club observes Opening Day, but they should! The timing varies by region. Northern locales, like ours, practice the tradition in May. Areas with better weather, like San Francisco or Dallas, celebrate in April. South of the equator, the season opens in October. Clubs that sail year-round also maintain the tradition—they get it!

A boat parade is often part of Opening Day. San Francisco has been doing this for 100 years, Seattle for 96 years. Modern parades in these cities are huge, with hundreds of boats participating and hundreds more out on the water. There is an annual parade on Lake Havasu, in the desert. Last year the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania celebrated their 136th Opening Day with a parade of 250 boats. Freakin’ Tasmania! Who lives there? There are clubs on every continent doing something over the course of the year. Shenanigans, El Duano? Check out the Ross Island Yacht Club of Antarctica. Just because their water is frozen…

The PTYC measures its contribution in decades, not centuries, but that’s OK. We are doing our part, and that part grows every year. In 2017, how about 50 boats in our parade? Let’s set a record. Big, small, power, sail, row or paddle—all are welcome. It can be done. Are we not sailors? Do we not go down to the sea in ships? Do you want to make Debbie cry? Hoist your burgee and cast off—you were born for this!

Commodore Duane Madinger    Time and tide wait for no man.



2017 March PTYC Commodore’s Column: “Ship’s Survey Report”

Owners and crew, it’s time to endure El Duano’s “State of the Club” assessment, conducted in accordance with all inapplicable USCG regulations and guidelines. For those about to tack, your club is shipshape and Bristol fashion. For those holding a steady course, here’s the rest of the story.

Unlike Congress, our board passed a balanced budget in 2017. It’s a doozy, with a heavy emphasis on the “fun” in funding. Our liquid assets are substantial and invested wisely. We have no debt. We own our building. We rent the land under it from the Port at a reasonable rate. The club house is due for maintenance, and we’ll kick this off in March with a piling survey.

Sailing on, the club continues to grow at a steady pace. We must be doing something right! Good people are crafting plans to deal with this expansion, so, rest assured we’ll have a true course at the next waypoint. Fleet Captain Deb planned a great year for us, but volunteers are still needed for some cruises and events. Contact her if you can help. We’ve also fleshed out the standing committees, and right now only the scholarship committee needs extra hands (hint).

I’m hoping for a big turnout this year, with lots of new faces at the gangway. You’ll be able to travel to many of our destinations by “land yacht”, so there is no need to miss the revelry. Remember, you cannot not have fun at the PTYC!

Commodore Duane Madinger    

Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a boat.