Commodore’s Column

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

2019 December Commodore’s Column: “Changing Tide”

Most people would think that December would be a slow time of year for a boating organization, but this month is filled with camaraderie and celebration. Most people would also believe that December on Puget Sound is not a great boating time, but we have 8 intrepid boats heading to Bell Harbor the first week in December. This event is always a favorite for holiday shopping and touring the Emerald City, all aglow with festive decorations. I believe there’s still room for boaters to participate in this cruise and get out to enjoy the gorgeous Salish Sea in the winter.

December is also a time of change. At the November meeting, the membership voted in the new Officers and Board for 2020. This is a dynamic group and I’m proud to be a member of the team. We’ll have a joint board meeting of the 2019 and 2020 Boards on Monday, December 9th, to plan the upcoming year.

The next day, Tuesday, December 10th, starts the theme of holiday celebrations and since many of us have a strong connection with Hawai’i, we thought it would be fun to have a theme of Mele Kalikimaka with mai tais and aloha attire for our general meeting. The Key City Public Theatre players will give a preview of their upcoming holiday play, “Mercy Falls” which the club will be attending on Friday, Dec. 27th with a reception following in the lobby. Don’t forget to buy your tickets at www.keycitypublictheatre.org.   Continue reading