2017 January Commodore’s Column: “Wakes and Horizons”

Sailors, by tradition, make the first log entry of the new year in verse. The practice is observed in the Navy, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and, occasionally, in the yachting community. Our log book is the Baggywrinkle, and, this being the first issue of the new year, we must now all suffer together. You aren’t alone, for at 0400 on January the 1st, mariners in every ocean and every sea will record, in official documents, similarly painful compositions.

2016 was a very good year
We partied, we cruised, we drank some beer
Bruce, The Bruce, led the charge
From the luxury of his stately barge

The change of watch was most glorious
Our ladies divine, the men meritorious
Hurrah, our season began in May
When all the boats came out to play

First Paddy, Pleasant, Reid and Ludlow
To Sequim and Blake, most apropos
Finally, Hadlock and frosty Bell
Oh, the tales we lived to tell!

Recall the home port revelry
The opening day mega-party
A scary spooktacle, a crabby feed
Gifts and a play, our holiday creed

Now, ken the work of our stout crew
Who fixed a park and the clubhouse, too
They raised money for a worthy cause
While the board harrumphed, per the bylaws

To all who helped, a hearty cheer
As we give thanks for quite a year
And how the Christmas Star does twinkle
For she who writes the Baggywrinkle

But we won’t stop in 2017
Coming up, a planning thing
To have a say in where we go
No excuses—you’ve got to show

Then Bruce, the conn, will pass with glee
To a lubber of moot pedigree
And his cutter of diminutive size
Persevere, friends. I apologize.

2017 Commodore Duane Madinger      
Now, bring me that horizon!



2016 December Commodore’s Column: “HAPPY HOLIDAYS!”

12-16-com-photoAhoy Fellow Members!

It seems only a month ago that I was writing my first article and now I am working on my last.

First, let’s talk about the election. No, not that one! The other one!!! We congratulate Commodore-Elect Duane Madinger, Vice Commodore-Elect Jess Schefstrom, Rear Commodore-Elect Lee Hoffman, Fleet Captain-Elect Debbie Williams, Secretary-Elect Christina Pivarnik, Treasurer-Elect Jim Pivarnik and Trustee-Elect Dale Moses on their election to the 2017 Board and thank them for their willingness to serve. We also thank Trustees Bill Taylor and Tom Thurston for their continued service into 2017. This will be a great Board!

Remember that our Board works for you!

As we get busy preparing for the coming holidays, let’s take a moment to look back at the year to date. Our many successes include: Monthly cruises and events; Opening Day activities; Interesting guest speakers during our General Meetings; Earth Day Cleanup at Fort Flagler; Informative Seminars; Good Scholarship Awards and a garage sale that positions us for a good award effort for 2017; Getting our foot in the door for possible increased future support of the annual Race to Alaska (R2AK); PTYC Bylaws updates; Establishment of a very active Clubhouse Expansion Exploratory Committee (CHEEC); Implementation of the new Investment Policy and establishment of the Investment Committee and Facility maintenance, repairs and improvements— to name just a few.

None of this just happens  . . .  All of this is the result of an active, interested and dedicated membership.

Remaining events include the Holiday Party at the clubhouse and the Holiday Theater Party at the Key City Public Theater. The final cruise of the year is the Holiday Cruise to Bell Harbor.

Finally, my thanks to all of you for this great year. Your good work exemplifies your character. Our voyage is nearing its end as we prepare to enter port. We will soon set the in-port watch and transfer the flag to the new flagship, Brevity.

2016 Commodore Bruce Painter      May “Moored” always be a temporary status      





2016 November Commodore’s Column: “Land Ho!”

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As we speed toward November, I’m forced to ask “wait, what…when…how..?” Seriously, our good year continues, so let’s talk about PTYC’s remarkable membership.

A new cycle begins. We successfully concluded our 2016 garage sale despite bad weather. The sale resulted in the addition of $1,800.02 to the PTYC Scholarship Fund and is the first step towards the 2017 Scholarship Awards. The Scholarship Committee is already talking about ideas for the 2017 campaign. As you will see later in this newsletter, a great many people were involved in the garage sale. There was no shortage of volunteers. Activities included, but were not limited to setting up tables, removing sale material from storage and sorting it, testing electric items, pricing, traffic control, conducting the sale, break-down and cleanup. I was privileged to see the effort that goes into setting up for the sale. Work was carried out efficiently and effectively. As always, everyone worked together with dedication, fellowship and good humor.

The Port Hadlock Bonfire Cruise was successfully completed. Remaining events include the Halloween Party, Crab Feed and the Holiday Party. The final cruise of the year is the Holiday Cruise to Bell Harbor. The march of time is on a dead run, so if you are interested in any of these, please sign up at your earliest convenience. The Event and Cruise Captains will thank you.

“Watch the Quiet Ones!” This one will be a departure from past efforts in that I am not calling out specific individuals in this newsletter. I’ve spent time in the September newsletter and at the last 2 General Meetings, talking about the upcoming elections for the 2017 Board. A Fellow Member recently reminded me that many members may not be aware of all of the people who work quietly and consistently to keep things working. I wish to recognize all of the members of our Standing Committees. You will find that list in your 2016 Roster. These are the people who keep things moving and deserve much of the credit for this Club’s success. I am in the process of updating the list since there have been changes since the Roster was published. I will forward the new list as soon as I am finished. In the meantime, please join me in thanking all Standing Committee members for their dedication to our success.

Commodore Bruce Painter

     May “Moored” always be      a temporary status