2018 February Commodore Column:

“When the gale comes up I will fill my cup with the whiskey of the Highlands…and for one more day she would like to stay in the lee of Christian Island.”

The dark days of winter hold us fast, however, Ol’ Sol is racing northward giving us two minutes of additional sunlight additional each day. A good song about boating or the sea can oft-times make a rainy day feel a little less dreary. The above lyric is from a Gordon Lightfoot song called “Christian Island”. Whenever we are aboard “Vita e’ Bella” we bring a stash of our favorite music to evoke the power and the majesty of the sea. I dare say Jimmy Buffet, Mark Knopfler, Sting, Van Morrison are among a wealth of others who make the journey with us.

We cannot move forward into February without looking back and recognizing the efforts of the many members who made the Change of Watch and our annual Cruise and Event Planning Session a great success. In my Bravo-Zulu section I will detail the many folks who helped make PTYC such a neat place.

We just recently planned our year and got it started with a rousing celebration. We are still a little short on Captains and Crew for some of our events; however, I am confident that we will fill those spots before the first sails are raised.

February is highlighted by our Second Annual Scholarship Fundraiser. Occurring on Saturday February 24, the event promises to be an evening of great food and fun activities. Most importantly, this event springboards our fundraising efforts for our 2019 Scholarships. If you haven’t already signed up, please do and join us the night of the 24th to help our young people move forward successfully.

“Most mysterious calling harbor, so far but yet so near, I can see the day when my hair’s full gray and I finally disappear…” (who is the composer? ? )

Commodore Jess Schefstrom


2018 January Commodore’s Column “Prepare to come about!….Helm’s alee!”

As PTYC moves into another year, let us think about the things that make PTYC such a neat place. We have a beautiful location on the working waterfront, with a panoramic view of Port Townsend Bay and Indian/Marrowstone Island. We own our facility and have secured a long-term lease with a favorable rate. We are diligently working to maintain our asset to the best of our abilities. Our club’s membership has grown steadily for the past several years and hopefully, will continue to attract new, interesting folks to our fold.

One area where we can improve is member participation in club activities, duties and cruises. I am a firm believer that what you receive from a person, place or thing, is equal to what you contribute. Let’s all pull together to keep moving toward our goals.

On January 27th we will be having our annual Planning Meeting for all of 2018. I would encourage all who are interested in the continued success of PTYC to attend this meeting. At our 2018 Planning Meeting, we will be discussing cruises and events both from past years and proposing, perhaps, new events and cruises that individuals may want to put on. This meeting will be a perfect time to offer the most precious resource we have as members of PTYC…our time.

Perhaps you are a newer member and you feel that you would be overwhelmed with the responsibility of a cruise or an event at the club. I get it. Mary and I felt that way when we were beginning in PTYC. Everyone does. The best way to combat those feelings of doubt is the proverbial “leap of faith” that if one tries to lead an event, things will work out (believe me the club will be most appreciative) or the safer method which is to assist with a more experienced member on a cruise or an event. It is interesting to note that events and cruises that are memorable here at PTYC are most always “team efforts”, with a group of two, three or even four couples pulling the weight.

  •  Volunteer for a monthly Watch.
  • Grab a broom to help clean up after a meeting.
  • Attend our twice yearly “Work Parties.”
  • Sponsor a cruise or event or Co-sponsor an event or cruise.
  • Join a committee, such as Scholarship or Membership or Fairwinds.

I remember Pres. John Kennedy’s inaugural address with the famous line, “Ask not what your country can do for you…ask what you can do for your country.” I would take that thought and apply it to PTYC.. The opportunities to help are myriad. Remember PTYC succeeds when its members develop the camaraderie of a team. We are in this together. Let’s make 2018 a year to remember.                                                                        Commodore Jess Schefstrom




2017 December Commodore Column: “Nautical Twilight!”


Our voyage together is nearly over. The sea buoy is in sight and the pilot boat awaits. But, we’re going to fetch port with a flourish, because the holiday season is here!

Cruises, parties, feasting, gifts, entertainment and good cheer are standing by. Your job is to show up and partake. Duh. Of course, being sailors, we know how to have fun, and I plan to be with you every stagger, err…step, of the way.

Jess Schefstrom, eminently qualified, will assume the conn in January, giving us all an opportunity to enjoy responsible, rather than demented, leadership. He’ll need your help and support, although perhaps not as much as I did.

Thank you for a wonderful year. We had a great time together. I was honored to serve.

“Nautical Twilight” is that brief time of day when the celestial bodies and the horizon are both visible. It is when, sextant in hand, mariners shoot the stars, plot a fix and lay down a course to their destination. It’s time to draw a new track on my chart. Smooth sailing, dear friends, and happy holidays!

           El Duano abides. Party on!                                                Commodore Duane Madinger