2018 February Commodore Column:

“When the gale comes up I will fill my cup with the whiskey of the Highlands…and for one more day she would like to stay in the lee of Christian Island.”

The dark days of winter hold us fast, however, Ol’ Sol is racing northward giving us two minutes of additional sunlight additional each day. A good song about boating or the sea can oft-times make a rainy day feel a little less dreary. The above lyric is from a Gordon Lightfoot song called “Christian Island”. Whenever we are aboard “Vita e’ Bella” we bring a stash of our favorite music to evoke the power and the majesty of the sea. I dare say Jimmy Buffet, Mark Knopfler, Sting, Van Morrison are among a wealth of others who make the journey with us.

We cannot move forward into February without looking back and recognizing the efforts of the many members who made the Change of Watch and our annual Cruise and Event Planning Session a great success. In my Bravo-Zulu section I will detail the many folks who helped make PTYC such a neat place.

We just recently planned our year and got it started with a rousing celebration. We are still a little short on Captains and Crew for some of our events; however, I am confident that we will fill those spots before the first sails are raised.

February is highlighted by our Second Annual Scholarship Fundraiser. Occurring on Saturday February 24, the event promises to be an evening of great food and fun activities. Most importantly, this event springboards our fundraising efforts for our 2019 Scholarships. If you haven’t already signed up, please do and join us the night of the 24th to help our young people move forward successfully.

“Most mysterious calling harbor, so far but yet so near, I can see the day when my hair’s full gray and I finally disappear…” (who is the composer? ? )

Commodore Jess Schefstrom