2019 May Commodore’s Column: “It’s the Beginning of Boating Season”

Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to talk to quite a few of our members who are polishing and painting their boats, performing maintenance on their engines and generally spiffing up their rides. We are fortunate to have two events back-to-back that allow us to show off our boats: Open Boat in Port Hadlock, April 28th—a yacht club favorite—and, of course, the Opening Day Weekend, May 3rd and 4th with the U.S. Navy’s Northwest Region , Boat Parade and festivities.

It is great that this year the old man will be leading the parade (no not me!), the Navy Admiral’s yacht, the Old Man IV. I will have the honor to be on that fine vessel during the parade. Because I’m a wooden boat aficionado, and Ed Monk is my favorite designer of all time, it’s very exciting. The U.S. Navy’s Northwest Region Funk Band will also be playing at the Northwest Maritime Center Plaza before and after the parade. Special thanks to the Northwest Maritime Center and, of course, our fleet captain Jim Gorski for making this all possible.

The other festivities, that will make this a weekend to remember, are the dinner on Friday night to honor our past commodores, coffee and donuts on Saturday morning at the clubhouse, and our now famous pizza party on Saturday night. If you would like to attend either or both dinners, be sure to sign up by May 1st with Mary Schefstrom and mail her a check to: 32 Navigator Lane, Port Ludlow 98356. The Friday night dinner is $10 per person and the Saturday night pizza dinner is $7 per person.

What a great way to start off boating season, which promises to be fantastic.

It’s so nice to see the energy our members have for coordinating club events month after month, often with new and different ideas. Bringing talents and resources to the table really make me proud to be your Commodore and a member of this incredible Port Townsend Yacht Club.

Jim Pivarnik, Commodore