Commodore’s Column

2019 October Commodore’s Column — Making Life Long Friends

They say an acquaintance is someone you spend time with on occasion, someone you’re getting to know, but you don’t know them that well. But a friend is someone you share a bond with. These thoughts took on new meaning for Christina and me recently. We’ve been club members for about five years. We know most of the members and we know a lot of people around town. But the last few weeks were different. Something had changed for us.

Working fulltime with crazy schedules, it’s difficult for us to participate in cruises, but when we received an invitation from Debbie and Bob Williams to travel to Pleasant Harbor with them on their beautiful yacht, we jumped at the opportunity. Seeing the fun interaction between club members (and their dogs!) in a much different environment, really demonstrated the meaning of bond. Continue reading

2019 June Commodore Column–Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

Summer’s finally upon us and Fleet Captain Jim Gorski has exciting cruising destinations planned for us to experience in the coming weeks and months. As many of you know, there are no general meetings in July or August since this is when we take time to enjoy the water, boats and friends.

First up is the Bell Harbor Cruise, May 30-June 2, with Captains Bruce & Kathy Painter and Jim & Rhonda Turner. Because it’s always been so popular in the winter, we thought we’d add a summer cruise to Seattle. It’s a great opportunity to tie up in a major urban environment and enjoy all that the city has to offer, including shopping, restaurants and cool attractions. Even if you don’t want to take your boat, you can drive over to enjoy the festivities on the dock or around town. Continue reading

2019 May Commodore’s Column: “It’s the Beginning of Boating Season”

Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to talk to quite a few of our members who are polishing and painting their boats, performing maintenance on their engines and generally spiffing up their rides. We are fortunate to have two events back-to-back that allow us to show off our boats: Open Boat in Port Hadlock, April 28th—a yacht club favorite—and, of course, the Opening Day Weekend, May 3rd and 4th with the U.S. Navy’s Northwest Region , Boat Parade and festivities.

It is great that this year the old man will be leading the parade (no not me!), the Navy Admiral’s yacht, the Old Man IV. I will have the honor to be on that fine vessel during the parade. Because I’m a wooden boat aficionado, and Ed Monk is my favorite designer of all time, it’s very exciting. The U.S. Navy’s Northwest Region Funk Band will also be playing at the Northwest Maritime Center Plaza before and after the parade. Special thanks to the Northwest Maritime Center and, of course, our fleet captain Jim Gorski for making this all possible.

The other festivities, that will make this a weekend to remember, are the dinner on Friday night to honor our past commodores, coffee and donuts on Saturday morning at the clubhouse, and our now famous pizza party on Saturday night. If you would like to attend either or both dinners, be sure to sign up by May 1st with Mary Schefstrom and mail her a check to: 32 Navigator Lane, Port Ludlow 98356. The Friday night dinner is $10 per person and the Saturday night pizza dinner is $7 per person.

What a great way to start off boating season, which promises to be fantastic.

It’s so nice to see the energy our members have for coordinating club events month after month, often with new and different ideas. Bringing talents and resources to the table really make me proud to be your Commodore and a member of this incredible Port Townsend Yacht Club.

Jim Pivarnik, Commodore