It doesn’t really matter that boating “season” does not ever have to close in our mild Pacific Northwest weather (I mean, really, usually the only ice that is floating, is in our gin and tonics), it’s just that every yacht club must have its Opening Day, or it just wouldn’t be, well, a yacht club.
Every yacht club has its own rituals for Opening Day, and Port Townsend is no different, except when we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. We will be missing the dinner and ceremonious flag raising; however, the parade will go on, sans the announcer and community spectators. We will be safely distanced out on the glorious Salish Sea together, hopefully under blue skies and sunshine, and we will have the Blessing of the Fleet by Reverend Kate Lore, announced from Rain Shadow.
I am excited to spread the rumor that following the parade, there will be a casual gathering, between 3:30 and 5 pm, on the lawn at Port Hadlock Marina. All members are invited. Bring your own chairs, food and drink (brown bag lunch, or pick up some take-out), or at least stop by and say hi. We will be adhering to CDC guidelines with social distancing and masks.
The first cruise of 2021 is the “Shakedown” Kingston / Port Ludlow Cruise, May 14 — 17, led by Jim & Susie Gorski. Following this cruise is the Spring Bell Harbor Cruise, May 20 — 24, led by Robert & Gail Chanpong. As of this writing, you may still be able to snag a slip if you’d like to go. Check with the Gorskis and Chanpongs. And remember, land cruisers are always welcome to join in on the fun. Just sign up online and note you’re driving.