2016 April Commodore’s Column: “Report From The Lookout!”

16 Apr Com ColAhoy Cruising Colleagues!

Spring is here and boating season is nearly upon us. This seems as good a time as any to relay the lookout’s report concerning what’s ahead.

We have formed a Facility Needs Committee to conduct a review and make recommendations concerning the best ways to accommodate the needs of our membership, which has seen considerable growth over the past few years. Considerations include, but are not limited to, possible clubhouse changes/expansion and how to meet our needs for events where attendance is likely to exceed the capacity of our facility. The members to date are Gerry Walsh (Chair), Jess Schefstrom, Jim Pivarnik, John Powers and Paul Eisenhardt. We would like to have 8 or 9 people on the committee. Please contact Gerry if you are interested in joining this effort.

Tom Thurston has been working hard to coordinate with the Northwest Maritime Center concerning PTYC support of this year’s Race to Alaska (R2AK). Lee and Lisa Hoffman and their boat, LADY DIANNE, have been accepted to operate as an escort/safety boat during the first leg of the race. More volunteers are needed, afloat and ashore. A volunteer application was recently sent to the membership. If you are interested in getting involved, please fill it out and give it to Tom.

There are several events a little further ahead. Sign-ups are available on our website

9 April:   Three events in one day – Double Braided line splicing seminar by Harry Dudley and Duane Madinger, Marine Radar seminar by Michael Asbury and the Chili Cook-off with Rick Rezinas and his army of Chefs.

23 April: Earth Day Clean-up at Mystery Bay or Fort Flagler

1 May:   Open Boat at Port Townsend Boat Haven

7 May:   Opening Day activities, including Breakfast, Raising of the Flag, Boat Parade, the Blessing of the Fleet and the Clam Chowder Potluck.

Finally, as cruising season approaches and we begin to prepare our boats and ourselves, I offer this reminder. Marine casualties are not typically caused by catastrophic failures. They are usually caused by a combination of small, preventable ones. Let’s take our preparations seriously and leave nothing to chance. So seriously, let’s get prepared to have fun!      

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