Commodore’s Column

PTYC Events Cancelled 8 Weeks–Through Early May–Including Opening Day Events

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As of Monday, March 16, 2020, the Port Townsend Yacht Club is cancelling our scheduled events for 8 weeks–through early May: including Opening Day Events.  This is a precautionary measure concerning the Coronavirus COVID-19 and directives by the CDC.  Our website will post updates as they become available.

Commodore Debbie Williams and the 2020 Officers and Board

 

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