2017 May Vice-Commodore’s Column

Opening Day is coming up fast and I find that Vita e’ Bella still needs more waxing and buffing, but, I am determined to have her shining for the weekend. For a variety of reasons the Opening Day parade with other PTYC boats has been the most enjoyable sailing experience we have had over the last two years. The pageantry, the camaraderie, the finesse to sail at the perfect speed up the waterfront continues to bring a smile to my face. If you are still undecided if the Parade is “doable” by you I would submit that it is a worthy effort if you join. This event has become the centerpiece of PTYC’s “Face on the Community”. I find the fellowship after the Parade is a bonding experience with veteran members and new members too. I remember the year, not so long ago, where the fleet battled a hard southerly that surely made the shore side viewing an exciting event. The after-Parade story telling was epic. Indeed, that is the point of the Parade to participate and then share your experiences with friends and new members. So, get out on the water. If you are short on crew ask a member or friend to join you and they will be impressed. To be blessed is always a good thing.

On another topic, I would like to share how wonderful the recent events held at the clubhouse were. The St. Paddy’s Day weekend with two fabulous evenings of food and entertainment seemed so comfortable and cozy that I was left both nights with the feeling of how fortunate we are to have such a group at PTYC.

The second event; the Safety Training/Chili Cookoff was another happening that just seemed so well prepared and presented. A larger point, however, is to be made: These events do not just happen by chance or luck. Any successful event is led, planned, organized and, yes, agonized over by hard working members. PTYC is lucky to have people who have superb organizational skills, but the second attribute these people have is the propensity to just plain work hard to accomplish a goal. So, the next time you attend a well-run cruise or event at PTYC and you enjoy yourself, go up to the Event Captains, and thank them personally for their dedication to PTYC. It will be appreciated.

One last thought… life is short and precious, tell your family and loved ones how much they mean to you right now.

Vice Commodore Jess Schefstrom         Seize the Day…Carpe Diem!