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2021 June Commodore Column: “The Good Old Summer Time!”

We’re off to a great start with Summer 2021 Club Cruising.   The Shakedown Cruise to Kingston and Port Ludlow was tons of fun.  New members added to the camaraderie and we had a few club land-cruisers stop by to join in.  Our last evening was spent around a roaring campfire, sipping libations, and playing a game of stacking giant Jenga blocks (with somewhat unsteady hands).  Many thanks to Jim & Susie Gorski and Steve & Maggie Smith for co-captaining the first club cruise of the season.

The Seattle Bell Harbor Cruise showed promising signs of life in the city and times before the pandemic.  We did find some storefronts boarded up, but restaurants are reopening with outside dining and limited indoor seating, and the Pike Street Public Market was alive and well.  New members Robert & Gail Chanpong were our cruise captains and deserve a big thank you!  It was nice to have free time to explore, shop and relax, and then socialize around an afternoon glass of wine before heading out to dine, or preparing a meal aboard our own boats.

Our next club cruise, June 28 – July 1st, is to Echo Bay at Sucia Island where Cruise Captains Tim & Alice Tibbals (with Bob and I as co-captains) are planning a rousing game of dinghy volleyball, along with some dinghy (or is it dingy?!) happy hours!  Of course there is so much to explore on Sucia Island, and if you have kayaks, be sure to bring them.

As long as you’re already at Sucia Island, continue on to our annual Reid Harbor Fourth of July celebration at Stuart Island (July 2 – 5).  Yours truly is captaining this cruise, with Co-Captains Duane & Houlton Madinger.  Our famous dinghy parade will happen once again, so be sure to bring July 4th decorations to adorn your dinghy and yourself. Prizes will be awarded!

Find more details about our Echo Bay and Reid Harbor Cruises, as well as the Anacortes,  Pleasant Harbor and Sequim cruises, on our website and Baggywrinkle Newsletter,

Back by popular demand, I’ll end my column with a recipe.  This Waffle Cookie recipe was requested by many at the Opening Day gathering at Port Hadlock.

Happy Summer Cruising!

Commodore Debbie

 

2021 May Commodore’s Column: Opening Day of Boating “Let the Cruising Begin!”

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.

Commodore Debbie

 

2021 April Commodore’s Column: My Memories . . . ~ In Dedication to Muriel Powers and Carl Sidle ~

Muriel Powers

On February 21, PTYC Member Muriel Powers passed away after a two-year-long battle against cancer.  She died at home “Surrounded by Love.”   Muriel leaves behind her husband, John.

I first met Muriel on a drizzly evening around a bonfire.  It was 2015, at our annual autumn PTYC Hadlock Bonfire “Cruise.”  Nobody really cruised there, we just gathered by car, BBQ’d burgers, huddled around the fire to stay warm, visited, and listened to the most beautful and diverse autoharp music provided by our very own talented Muriel.  I never knew rock ‘n roll could be played on an autoharp, but Muriel totally rocked it!  She played all genres of music as demonstrated on the occasions she played at our events for her many PTYC friends.

Of course, I’ll never forget the time Muriel performed on Rain Shadow to a spontaneous, standing-room-only, delighted audience of club cruisers at Bell Harbor, with Sue Sidle singing along!  Muriel, you will be missed.

The song is ended but the melody lingers on.  ~Irving Berlin Continue reading