2014 April Commodore’s Column: Cruising into Spring

Celtic MacyWELCOME ABOARD WEIGHT WATCHERS

It is a pleasure to have Weight Watchers as a new renter for the clubhouse.  They are a good fit for us.  As mentioned before, they will be using the club on Monday evenings from 4:00-7:00 pm and on Wednesday mornings from 8:00-11:00 am year round.  These are low usage times for us and will provide a nice rental income to help support club maintenance and upgrades.  Please try to avoid coming into the club during those times.  If you must, do so quietly and respect their privacy and right to be there.  Let’s make sure they feel a warm welcome.

Thanks to Ilona, we have also added four new advertisers.  I encourage you to look over our list of advertisers in the Baggywrinkle and on our website.  Remember to use their services when you need something and to mention that you saw that they were a PTYC advertiser. We depend on rentals and advertising to augment our dues and keep our club vibrant.  You can help by encouraging friends, businesses, and organizations to rent the building and keep us in mind when they want to advertise.

OPENING DAY and the BLESSING OF THE FLEET

One of the time honored maritime traditions is the Blessing of the Fleet that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities and was meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season.  We will be celebrating Opening Day of Boating with our own Blessing of the Fleet on May 3rd and inviting the boating community to join in the celebration.  This is a heads up for PTYC members so that we see everyone on a boat and out on the water that day.  Your participation is what makes it special.

Bruce just recently sent out the Opening Day schedule, and more detailed information will be coming via the list-serve.  I want to highlight some of the fun events.  It always starts with food!  Breakfast will be at the clubhouse at 9:00 am prepared and served by members.  Past Commodores are always invited and introduced, and we have the flag ceremony ably handled by the Sea Scouts.

The parade forms outside Boat Haven and commences after the 12:30PM ferry and heads up the waterfront to pass between the NW Maritime Center dock and the Commodore’s boat, LADY, which will be anchored out.  Flags, water pistols, banners, horns are all part of the celebration!  We have invited members of various boating groups to join the parade.  You don’t want to miss out on the fun, and, yes, milling around before the parade is part of the fun.  Be sure to bring some munchies for yourself and your crew.  All the boats will gather around LADY at the end of the Parade for the Blessing of the Fleet as we head off for a summer of safe sailing and cruising.

New this year will be a cruise into the south end of Boat Haven where we will be tied up together.  The clubhouse will also be open from 2:00 – 4:00 so that we can meet some of the other boaters who participate in the parade and others who might be interested in membership.  We want to show them real PTYC Opening Day hospitality!

At 4:00 members will gather down at the boats (weather permitting) for happy hour followed by Ivars Clam Chowder and potluck.  So it ends with food, as well.  I encourage you to put May 3 Opening Day and the Blessing of the Fleet on your calendar, plan to have your boat in the parade, and celebrate with our maritime community.

APRIL A BUSY MONTH!

Be sure to look at the April schedule!  We have lots going on: our Chili Cook-off before the General Meeting on the 8th; Clubhouse Clean-Up on the 10th in preparation for Opening Day; Earth Day Clean-Up at Mystery Bay on the 23rd; and Open Boat at Port Ludlow on the 27th.

Looking forward to seeing you at these events –   Tug on…  Macy Galbreath, 2014 Commodore