2015 April Commodore’s Column: “Spring Cleaning”

April WebWhy do we traditionally clean our homes at the beginning of spring? In Jewish custom, Passover is a time of house cleaning as well as worship. To combat inadvertently insulting God, Jews scour their homes before Passover to ensure they didn’t miss any leavened bread. Since Passover comes around April, many people consider this custom as the origin of spring cleaning.

The Chinese clean their homes in anticipation of the New Year (which occurs shortly after the Western New Year). The Chinese sweep their floors and clean their homes to get rid of bad luck and misfortune that may have accumulated during the previous year.

It’s possible that we spring clean simply because we wake up from a winter long melatonin-induced stupor and find more energy as days grow longer when spring arrives.

Everyone is thinking about Spring Cleaning and our Port Townsend Yacht Club is no exception! Spring Cleaning is always upon us, in a big way this time of year, with the usual tasks on land and water in order to prepare for the upcoming boating season.web2com col

First up, on the PTYC Spring Cleaning calendar, is the Clubhouse “Work Day”. By the time you read this, many eager volunteers from among PTYC membership, under the guidance of Rear Commodore Craig Kurath, are ready to toil away on Saturday, March 28th, to refresh our clubhouse in preparation for future events. Among tasks usually tackled are window cleaning, many repairs of faulty or failing fixtures, hand-washing every chair, deep-cleaning of the kitchen, touch-up painting, scrubbing the outside awning, reorganizing the office and power washing the sidewalk.

15 Com Col photo2Next up on Sat, Apr. 18th, starting at 9:00am, is the annual PTYC Earth Day Clean-up at Mystery Bay State Park, on Marrowstone Island. Event Captains Paul Happel and Chelcie Liu will need all the hard-working club member volunteers possible to pitch in and make this annual good deed another “well done” success! With about 180 members in PTYC there should always be a good turnout.

Club members have adopted Mystery Bay State Park for many, many years and their hard work has always resulted in a nice facelift for this nearby recreation spot. In the past volunteers have shown up ready to work with their shovels, rakes, saws, hammers, power trimmers, loppers, power washers and more. It is always amazing to witness what is accomplished by this swarm of hard-working boaters. There is always a refreshing lunch and a chance to sit and visit before finishing for the day. It is a rewarding and much appreciated effort! Come on out and give us a hand.

15 Com Col photo3To cap off a busy month, PTYC will have its annual Open Boat @ Port Hadlock Marina, Sunday., Apr. 26th, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm, where PTYC members, at this marina, showcase their Open Boats. It’s like open house on the water. Needless to say, the PTYC members with boats @ Port Hadlock will be cleaning and polishing their vessels so they’ll be ready for other members to tour. Prior to the official Open Boat event, Cindy and I will be christening our new “Celtic Sun” at 2:00 pm. We plan to have bagpiping, Guinness and champagne on hand for members who stop by to help us celebrate. This will be followed by pizza at Ferino’s Pizzeria in Port Hadlock. Be sure toPicture4 web RSVP to Cindy Walsh.

Whew! Now that we’re psyched for cleaning, let’s take pride in our work and get ready for another season of fellowship and cruising. I hope that you were able to help at the clubhouse work day and that you will join us at Mystery Bay State Park and Port Hadlock Marina.

PTYC is a great organization because so many are willing to be involved in projects like those above.

May the frost never afflict your spuds.”    Gerry Walsh, Commodore