2018 December Commodore’s Column

“The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.”

 Helen Keller

And so, we come to the end of another year at PTYC. We have had some good weather and some, unsettled, even nasty weather. But like any seasoned mariner we have “sailed on,” looking forward to better, brighter days.

Before sealing the yearbook of 2018 here are a few things I am thankful for across the Salish Sea. The “dock helpers” at Roche Harbor and Cap Sante Marina, I aspire to be as cordial and helpful as these young folks. The unfailing warmth and friendliness of our Canadian ports of call; Ladysmith, Maple Bay, Chemanius, Telegraph Harbor, Sydney, Oak Bay, Poet’s Cove, Otter Bay, the list goes on and on. With good neighbors like the Canadians we are fortunate indeed. In our neck of the woods let’s not forget the happy, smiling faces in our local marinas; Diane at Pleasant Harbor, Cindy at Alderbrook, Terry at Rosario are three that stand out. On the subject of cruising our favorite waters let’s challenge ourselves to deal more intelligently and wisely with the more prickly areas; the swirling waters of Deception Pass and Cattle Pass, the relentless currents of Guemes and Spieden Channels, the short, stacked waves at Point No Point when tide and wind are in opposition, the shallowness of the western end of the Swinomish Channel. These challenges and more, make our boating experiences worthy of “tall tales” at the bar.

December at PTYC provides a hearty, festive fare for all. December 1-6 the Kingston/Bell Harbor Cruise puts an exclamation point on our cruising season. If you can’t attend with your boat, drive-in possibilities abound. Gerry promises a “pub crawl” worthy of Irish folklore. Saturday, December 15 is our annual Holiday Party at the clubhouse. This year it will be Festive Fiesta followed by the “Yankee Gift Exchange” that is always a hoot. We end the year of activities on December 27 with the Key City Holiday Play with a PTYC hosted after play ‘soiree’. If you haven’t been to one of these events you are missing out on some of our best times.

With this last column of my tenure as Commodore I would be remiss in not thanking all who made 2018 a rousing success. I shall not single out any one person, rather, I would stress the importance of teamwork to accomplish any worthwhile endeavor. Service is an honor to provide and pass on with humility. Fair winds and following seas….

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await  another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.

T.S. Eliot

Commodore Jess Schefstrom