Commodore’s Column

2022 PTYC Commodore Column: “Memories Past and Future”

Memories are an important part of our lives. Some come about inadvertently and unplanned; others are formed from conscious actions on our part to create something. In thinking this through a bit, it made me realize how membership in our club contributes to our catalog of memories.

It was a rather blustery Opening Day this year, yet we were determined to have our boat parade—if only we could figure out exactly where the Nimitz was heading.  It is surprising how an aircraft carrier can disappear from sight, around a corner, only to then show up, much larger than anticipated, fairly close to our parade route!  As expected, the carrier had its lane, and the club, our shore hugging parade route, but what a way to stage a parade, as the photo shows, and what a great memory.

On the proactive side, in addition to Opening Day, we have already had two Club cruises in the books, with more scheduled throughout the summer. For all of our cruises, there is the safety in numbers component which many of us, myself included, find reassuring as we travel to old and new locations, on the water, with Mother Nature always lurking in the background with her own set of challenges.  In any event, it is up to us to take advantage of these opportunities to get out on the water, with new and old friends and build some fun summer memories of cruising camaraderie with our fellow Club members.  Check out the remaining cruises on the website and sign up to join in with the fun.

So, on that happy note, here is to a summer of building a new set of boating memories and friendships with our Club members.  Stay safe on the water, or wherever your summer plans take you, and we look forward to finishing up our 75th Anniversary year with a flourish, when we reconvene club meetings in September.            Commodore Jim



2022 May Commodore Column: From Ski to Sea

As many of you know, Susie and I spent 40 years in Alaska before retiring to Port Townsend.  Our short Easter visit north this year has been met with wonderful spring-like weather, warmer and sunnier than our local weather; and for me, it was that last chance to get one “half day” on the ski slopes. 

But with the sun and relative warmth, and mountain breeze, I could not help but think of how fun it would also be to be on the boat, albeit enjoying the mountains from afar.  Regardless of where we experience springtime, it seems universally regenerative.  More light, more warmth, and new plants and flowers abound.

For our club, like many in the northern part of the country, it is also time to get  back on the water, to “celebrate” the opening of boating season.  Some quick research suggests that Opening Day celebrations further south are not tied so much to the season, and in the northeast, they want to be sure the ice is gone before scheduling the event.  We are fortunate to have relatively mild conditions year round, but there is no question that sun and warmth are intoxicating reminders for us to get out and enjoy our boats

So, if you are reading this and wondering about Opening Day, “Just Do It” and join our merry bunch of boaters to celebrate the return of spring and summer and more active time on our boats. Fleet Captain Alice Tibbals ( is awaiting your boat bio and welcomes everyone.

I also want to encourage everyone to take a moment and fill out the Boating Experiences Survey on our club website.  Thanks to Dale Moses, for reminding us that within our club, we have a “wealth of boating knowledge,” which members are willing to share with others; and, that there are many of us who would like to “pick the brains” of those with experience to help us become better mariners. This initiative is going to provide us with an ongoing invaluable resource and benefit for all members,  It embodies what is so important about clubs like ours: that we continue to strive to improve our boating skills, awareness, and fun.

So, skis are being replaced with sheets and other boating lines and my old retro ski gear is heading into summer hibernation.  Hope to see you all on the water soon.

Commodore Jim


2022 April Commodore Column: “Learning Never Ends!”

After our March membership  meeting, I came to the realization of how important education is to our club, not only to our members so that we can improve our boating skills, but also by supporting a new generation of men and women interested in pursuing a career in the marine trades and sciences.

The Club has a long history of providing an Annual Safety Seminar which seeks to convey information, and on occasion, hands on experience, on issues concerning safe boating.  The seminar benefits us all by not only offering new information to some members, but also serving as a useful “reminder” function for the more experienced mariners.

In addition, as we did last month, we occasionally have speakers at our meetings who provide us with useful  information such as  updates on boating rules and regulations, safety tips and inspections. In the future, we hope to have speakers offer some practical tips in dealing with marine electrical systems, batteries, and navigating. Continue reading