2011 October Commodore’s Column

Ahoy PTYC Members!

What a fabulous fall we have enjoyed with marvelously warm and sunny weather. I hope many of you had a chance to cruise during these balmy days. Alas, winter is coming but my wife and I truly enjoy the fall season in the pacific northwest with intermittant dry days to extend the boating season.

 A special thank you and salute to our September Watch Chelcie and Kathy Liu, and Tim and Janice Hodge. Delicious apple pie with ice cream were enjoyed by all, however, the Watch reported significant leftovers so members are advised to eat more!  Also, a special thank you is in order for Club member Dale Moses for his presentation on kayaking in the Salish Sea region. As he noted, our cold water and strong currents pose certain risks that must be anticipated in order to ensure personal safety. Many of our members kayak and Dale’s insights were much appreciated by all.

The August social “Commodore Crush,” at our home in Port Ludlow, was very well attended and I believe everyone had a pleasant time. My personal thanks to all who stopped by!  

As reported at the September General Meeting, the Gig Harbor Cruise was super fun highlighted by the presence of the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. Their “battle cruise”, which we attended, was excellent and highly recommended.  (See photos in the Gallery.) 

The Holiday Cruise to Bell Harbor is the last remaining organized Club cruise for the year but please know that any member may lead an impromptu short cruise if they desire; simply send out a List Serve announcement and see who shows up.

For our September 28th social event, we will share dinner at Khu Larb Thai Restaurant in Port Townsend. Hope to see you there.                         

The next Board meeting is scheduled for October 5 at the Clubhouse at 1:00pm. The final TGIW for prospective new members is scheduled for the same day at 4:00. Our regular meeting is scheduled for 7:00PM on Tuesday October 11, 2011.

Our membership drive will continue so if any interested boaters out there would like more information, please feel free to contact us by clicking on the Membership Drive Page in the right side-bar on our website – ptyc.net/new.

I would also like to thank and acknowledge Club members Macy Galbreathe, Sandi Rezinas and Cathy Lapat for volunteering for our Nominating Committee. This important Committee works to assemble our Board for the coming year and I would encourage all of our members to give serious consideration to Board membership. 

And finally, we continue with our “Sea-Word” challenge. Last month members easily identified Homers epic “Odessy” as the answer to our challenge. This month Club member Lee Jensen suggested a “match the boat name” quiz.

Match the fictional ships to the hint:


a) Charlie Allnut

b) Bogart/Queeg

c) Ahab

d) Gilbert and Sullivan

e) Gilligan’s Island

f) formerly HMS Wicked Wench

g) Captain Andy Hawks

h) Treasure Island mutiny

i) Jaws

  1. The Black Pearl
  2. Pequod
  3. Orca
  4. HMS Pinafore
  5. S.S. Minnow
  6. USS Caine
  7. Cotton Blossom
  8. The African Queen
  9. Hispaniola


That’s it for now and good luck!             

                                                                 Fred Bell, Commodore