2019 April Commodore Column: The Promise of Spring

As I sit here writing this column, it’s 58 degrees with an anticipated high of 66 today. This can only mean one thing—spring is here. Now, being Northwesterners, we know this can change in an hour, however, the thought of being out on our boats, enjoying the sun, the breeze, and following seas is pretty darn exciting.

The first step is to get our boats ready and Opening Day Weekend, May 3rd and 4th, is our opportunity to celebrate the season. For the past few years, the yacht club has launched the weekend’s festivities with the Past Commodores’ Dinner, hosted by the board, followed on Saturday morning with coffee and donuts, and concluding with a pizza party that evening.The star of the weekend is the Opening Day Boat Parade, beginning at 12:30 pm, after the ferry has departed Port Townsend. Fleet Captain Jim Gorski says he thinks this year will be the best one ever. Its success will be our participation and the invitation to all boaters to join in the festivities. This year we’re partnering with the Northwest Maritime Center and Executive Director Jake Beattie will be our Master of Ceremonies for the parade. We trust this collaboration between our two organizations will bring boats to the parade from both members and non-members alike, to celebrate and bless the 2019 fleet. So, break out the soap (biodegradable), wax, swab the decks and put on a shine. Be sure to let Jim Gorski know as soon as possible that you’d like to be in the parade and make your paid dinner reservations with Mary Schefstrom. We’ll see you on the water on May 4th!

Just so we don’t get ahead of ourselves, don’t forget our April events beginning with the Clubhouse Cleanup and Work Party on April 13th from 9 am to noon. All hands on deck—this is your opportunity to make sure our facility stays in top-notch condition. Rear Commodore Dave McCammon promises coffee and pastries for all who come to help.

And on Sunday, April 28th, join us for Open Boat at Port Hadlock. When the weather’s good, we stand outside on the docks and admire our yachts. When the weather’s bad, we sit inside and have a wee toddy. It’s always a fun event for all and will be followed by no-host pizza at Ferino’s in Port Hadlock. Remember to sign up online for both the work party and Open Boat.

Here’s a toast to the 2019 boating season. Cheers!      

Commodore Jim Pivarnik