Commodore’s Column: “WUWUZAT??!!??!!” !”

16 Schooner BruceAhoy Shipmates!

And the answer to the question is, “that was a calendar at flank speed!” It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly 3 months since our last meeting. I hope you’ve had a good summer so far.

We’ve had successful cruises to Pleasant Harbor, Reid Harbor and Port Ludlow. As I write this, Cruise Captains are finalizing the planning for the Sequim Bay Cruise and I understand that 50 people have signed up so far. I’m sure it will be equally successful. As the old saying goes, “it ain’t over yet!” We still have the Blake Island Cruise in September, the Port Hadlock Bonfire Cruise in October and the Bell Harbor Holiday Cruise in December.

Our Communications Standing Committee has several subcommittees, including “Fair Winds”. This is the subcommittee that sends cards, such as get well, condolence, etc. to members on behalf of the membership. Sandy Curtis has been active on Fair Winds for 15 years and has decided to stand down. Let’s thank Sandy for her long and dedicated service. Let’s also welcome the newest member to the Fair Winds subcommittee, our “Commodorable” and my Admiral, Kathy Painter.

On a regulatory note, the State of Washington has petitioned the EPA to designate all of Puget Sound as a no discharge zone. Once so designated, no vessel will be permitted to discharge treated effluent from type I and type II marine sanitation devices. The petition was submitted during the 3rd week of July. The EPA has 90 days to respond which means that we can expect an answer by the 3rd week of October. Our thanks to Dale Moses for keeping an eye on this.

It’s almost PTYC election time again. During the September meeting we’ll be calling on members to form a Nominating Committee to determine candidates for the 2017 Board positions. Remember that elections are held in November.

Finally, let’s remember our shipmate Bob Petrie, who crossed the bar on August 1st. Bob was a PTYC member for 17 years during which he and Betty cruised Puget Sound and Canadian waters aboard their boat, Noel. A well-attended celebration of his life was held on the 20th, during which many stories were told. Harry Dudley gave a touching reading of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem, “Crossing the Bar”, including the ringing of the ship’s bell to signal the end of Bob’s watch.

Commodore Bruce Painter

May “Moored” always be a temporary status