2021 March PTYC Commodore Column–“In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb”

We’ve all heard the saying that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, but is there any truth to this saying?  According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “weather folklore sayings are as
colorful as our imagination.”   Early ancestral beliefs were that of balance in weather and in life, and with March being such a weather-changeable month, with warm spring-like temperatures or late-season snowstorms, it is easy to understand how this saying can hold some truth!

This year the March equinox happens on Saturday, March 20th, thus the first day of spring!  What does spring mean to you?  Is it the hope of bright sunshine for a few days in a row?  Waking up to the tweetings and songs of birds outside your window?  Smiling at the daffodils and tulips pushing up from the ground, or the happy moment you first notice pink blossoms in the trees?  Maybe it’s just opening up a window for fresh air, spring cleaning, or taking a walk without your down parka!

Being the avid boaters that we are, we might think of spring as the beginning of boating season.  Some of us felt a little shortchanged with last year’s boating season while abiding to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.  We now know that being outside (masked and socially distanced, of course) is lower risk for the spread of COVID and that it is important being outdoors for healthy bodies and minds in helping us cope with this pandemic — So, let the boating season begin!

As your Commodore, I’d love to see you all out on the water on Saturday, May 1st, for our informal  “sail-by” along the Port Townsend waterfront (see page 16.)  It’s time to get down to your marina and  start thinking about spiffing up your boat.  We will have a minister perform a blessing of our fleet broadcasted from Rain Shadow.  Consider it a day to cruise and wave to your fellow boaters with your just-cleaned and polished boat!  And keep that shine to your boat for the short shakedown cruise to Kingston and Port Ludlow Marinas (May 14-17), captained by Jim & Susie Gorski. I believe there are a few more spots available.

Get your vaccinations and continue staying safe!  Each day is bringing us closer to being back in the clubhouse and our fun-filled events.

Commodore Debbie