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2020 March Commodore Column: It’s Always “Yappy” Hour Somewhere

It’s never a reassuring sign to see parts of your captain’s chair lying on the floor, which is what lead Bob and I to the Seattle Boat Show in January. We are generally just looky-loos when we go, admiring all the shiny new boats, and everything from A to Z that we didn’t know we needed, but this year we had a mission. The ever-wonky captain’s chair had finally given out on the trip home from the December Bell Harbor Cruise. We accomplished our mission, and our new custom chair is on the way. While we were there, we joined RBAW as well as picked up the accompanying free 2020 Waggoner Cruising Guide. Productivity and deals!

The Boat Show had a special visitor day this year called Dogs on Deck, allowing show-goer’s dogs to stroll the red carpets, take in some new smells, meet other dogs, and receive their own “goody bag” filled with treats, water bowl, Frisbee and more. Naturally we decided to go on this day and reminded Gracie and Dory to be on their best behavior … and they were! They enjoyed the day and felt like canine celebrities with cameras flashing and all the petting and treats they earned. Gracie and Dory especially enjoyed five o’clock Yappy Hour where they mingled with other boating dogs and received free life jackets. Continue reading

2020 February Commodore Column: Salute to PTYC Volunteers

Only six more Saturdays until Spring!   Does that help any with the dark winter days? I’m already noticing it staying light later, and with that I can’t help but start thinking about all the events and cruising with PTYC in 2020.   But with that comes a lot of planning and volunteering to make it happen.

This seems like a good time and place to ask for volunteers. There are so many ways to help and we have so much talent in our club. Do you have a maritime topic you’d like to share? Volunteer to be a Program speaker. Do you like to cook or bake? Volunteer in the galley at one of the Watches or Events. Are you an organizer? Volunteer to be a Cruise Captain. Are you a party planner? There will be plenty of parties and events in 2020 that need planning. Are you new to the club? You don’t have to be in charge, if you’d rather you can be a helper bee in training. Wherever and however you choose to volunteer, I guarantee you will enjoy the camaraderie and feel a genuine connection with the PTYC family. Continue reading

2020 January Commodore’s Column: 20/20 Vision for 2020!

Happy New Year!

As I’m writing this, the aroma of gingerbread baking is filling the house. It’s been a frenzy getting the holiday cookies baked, the gifts wrapped, and the tree decorated. But I’ve once again,  pulled it off in time (barely!) before the kids arrived.

What is your 20/20 vision for 2020? Mine is a year with fun-filled events and cruises with PTYC. We are truly blessed to live in an area that offers so many beautiful destinations to explore. And of course, it’s not just the destination but the scenic journey and camaraderie with fellow boaters along the way.

Here it is, barely 2020, and we already have events on the calendar. The first event, on January 18, is the COW. The COW(?!) new members are asking? That’s PTYC language for Change of Watch. COW is a gala dinner and more formal event, where we honor outgoing Board Members and welcome in the new Board. The decorating and transformation of the clubhouse is always a magical sight to see. I hope you have your reservations!

Our second event is the very important Cruise and Event Planning Meeting, to be held on Saturday, February 1, 9 am to noon, led by our new 2020 Fleet Captain, Elizabeth Eisenhardt. PTYC will provide the coffee and goodies; we’d like YOU to provide the ideas.

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