2020 September Commodore Column

Most of our boating this summer has been anchoring out. We cruised to various places in the San Juan Islands including Reid Harbor at Stuart Island, and discovered Cypress Island’s little gem of Pelican Bay. We also cruised to Sucia Island’s Echo Bay four times. Yes, Sucia just might be our favorite! It appears that Sucia is everyone’s paradise, as it has been very crowded, counting over 80 boats in Echo Bay, but there’s always room for one more. With miles of trails, kayaking and exploring, it leaves ample space for everyone. It was nice to see a few PTYC members up in the islands.

I’m writing this article while sitting on the deck of Rain Shadow at Pleasant Harbor. It’s nearing 95 degrees today, but a slightly cool breeze off the water is keeping us comfortable. What a glorious day for reading, kayaking and dropping the crab pots.

Pleasant Harbor provides its guests with plenty of room for social distancing and we feel very comfortable here. Boaters are diligent wearing masks on the dock and enjoying very small gatherings of 6 or less on their boats. It appears others feel more comfortable alone on their boats, but are still able to socialize with the boats in slips next to them and passersby on the dock, while maintaining distance. Members, I think we can do this and be safe with a few creative safety adjustments.

We are looking forward to planning cruises and being back on the water as a club in 2021; but, it remains questionable about indoor clubhouse events for the time being. Fleet Captain Elizabeth Eisenhardt will be conducting a Cruise Planning meeting on October 10th via ZOOM. I encourage everyone to attend virtually. We’d like to know where YOU would like to cruise in 2021. Start thinking about it now and watch for more information from Elizabeth on the details and instructions on how to sign up to attend.

We also plan to give ZOOM a try for the September 8th General Meeting. ZOOM is easy to use and free. You can attend via your smartphone, laptop, desktop or tablet. There is nothing to download on your end, just click on the link in your invitation from me, pour yourself a beverage, and raise a toast to your PTYC friends, in the safety of your own home. This first ZOOM meeting will be a test and we will perfect it as we go. September is the time we select a Nominating Committee, looking ahead to elect officers for 2021. Cindy Walsh has volunteered to head up this Committee, again. If you would like to be on this committee, contact Cindy at 360-301-3050, or let us know at our September 8th General Meeting being held via ZOOM. More information regarding ZOOM is coming as September 8th nears. Stay tuned.

We have been successfully conducting Board meetings via ZOOM since March. No, it’s not the same as being there in person, but won’t it be nice to see the smiling faces of your friends? We hope to see everyone on ZOOM, Tuesday, September 8th at 6:30pm. This will be a chance to give it a try before the October 10th planning meeting. You can contact anyone on the Board for help with ZOOM or should you want to give it a trial run, before September’s meeting.

As your Commodore, no one will be happier than me to have our clubhouse events and cruises back to normal! It’s been a tough year for everyone. Stay safe and stay healthy.

Commodore Debbie