2018 November Commodore’s Column

“All nature seems to weary now her task is nearly ended…
When night comes on with song and tale, we pass the wintry hours;
By keeping up a cheerful heart, we hope for better days…”

 Loreena McKennitt
The Seasons

November is upon us and with it the beginning of our “Big Dark.” The contrast between the high days of June and July, with daylight well past nine pm and the short days of November and December is quite dramatic. November at PTYC is a, relatively, quiet month before the rush of the holidays.

Saturday, November 10th is our biannual clubhouse cleanup day. To get our facility to shine for the Holidays we need your help. Debbie Williams and Mary Schefstrom will have a list of chores that requires only that you show up and be willing and able to work.

It is not too early to start planning your calendar for December. The “Red Letter Days” to circle are December 1-6, the Kingston Marina Light Extravaganza/Bell Harbor Cruise; December 15, our own PTYC Holiday Fiesta Potluck/Gift Swap and December 27, the Keycity Port Townsend Holiday Play/Afterparty. These three events really put a festive bow on a wonderful year for the PTYC family.

As educator/coach of 30 years, I am reminded of the importance of a strong finish. Be it a good lesson or a close contest, on the court or field, finishing strong will oftentimes make all the difference. So, in that spirit, let’s “sprint through the tape” to make 2018 a year to remember.

“The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, 
and miles to go, before I sleep…”
Robert Frost
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Commodore Jess Schefstrom



Welcome Aboard 2019


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!


November Commodore’s Column

Our October meeting was a very good one—well attended, and the soups and salads were delicious. The speaker from Puget Sound Pilots was very informative. Our thanks go out to the Watch: Dave and Mary Weeding, Sandy and Dick Curtis and Susie and Dale Moses.

Our good weather did not continue for the Chili Cook-off, but we had a good time anyhow. Thanks to Cruise Captains: Beth and Joe Burson and Carl and Sue Sidle.

As I write this the garage sale is collecting a lot of “stuff”. I hope there are people that will spend some money because our scholarship fund needs it. Kudos goes out to Ilona Bell who stepped up as Chairman, when Linda Newland became ill, and all our members who helped out with the set up, pricing and sale day. Also thanks go out to all that brought items for the team to sell.

About the time you get this BW the Crab Feed is happening. Thanks Barb and Paul Hager for making this happen.

By this time you should have also received Rick’s email about the Nominating Committee Slate of Officers for next year. Please plan to attend our November Annual Meeting on November 13, where we will elect our leaders for next year. If you feel like we overlooked you and you would like to serve in one of these positions, you can put your name up at the meeting and run against the nominating committee person.

Don’t forget our delicious annual Crab Feast on Saturday, November 3rd, with a sign-up deadline by October 31.
Happy Harvest!

Vince Verneuil, Commodore