2020 November Commodore Column: Adjusting Our Sails

Any seasoned sailor will tell you, that no matter the course plotted or what the expected weather report may be, there comes a time where you may need to adjust the sails to accommodate a shift in the winds.

After attending Fleet Captain Elizabeth’s Zoom Cruise Planning session on October 10th, I’m excited and ready to sign up for ALL of the cruises planned.  Pivoting our Cruise Planning to the fall allows more opportunities for locations and successfully getting reservations for the dates we wish.

Your health safety was an important factor while planning these cruises (besides having fun, of course).  We will abide by whatever the CDC guidelines and recommendations are at the time of each cruise.  Since the future of large gatherings is still unknown for 2021, we will not plan any large potlucks that PTYC typically funded on our past cruises.  Instead, we will call the 2021 cruising year, “Organized Buddy Boating with our PTYC Friends.”  Your Buddy Boating Organizer will make the reservations and plan the activities. 

I can already see the merry-making starting to happen:  Anchoring out with planned hiking/walking, kayaking, and biking excursions in the great outdoors, dinghy flotillas for socially-distanced happy hours, open-air farmer’s markets to visit, small group gatherings on vast lawns, Fourth of July dinghy parade (prizes for the best decorated dinghy), dinghy races, and more.

We also plan to be mindful of asking for adjacent slips in marinas so we can visit across the water from our boats, hoping to reserve end-of-dock locations for ease of social distancing among ourselves.

2021 cruise signups are now on the website . . . Ready, set, go!   It is not too soon to sign up.  Why wait to be on a waiting list?  You will note a Buddy Boating Organizer (BBO) is still needed for the Bell Harbor Cruise and some Co-BBO’s for others.  Please consider volunteering to help — it’s all part of the fun.

More news:   If you missed a general meeting, you can now catch a recording of it on our website.  And, if you know of anyone interested in joining PTYC, invite them to a meeting.  Just let me know and I’ll send them a Zoom invitation link.

Thank you all for adjusting your sails — we’ll get through this together.

Commodore Debbie