2014 June Commodore’s Column: Summer Boating–Safety First

OD Macy3Opening Day was terrific!  Thanks to all who made it happen.  Now summer boating is really beginning!  I look at the calendar and realize that we leave for the Victoria cruise next week.  We get home and have about 5 days before heading down the Hood Canal to Pleasant Harbor for another great weekend.  We hope the weather will be as nice as last year when we sat by the pool, swam, and played games.  Then a couple of weeks later, we are off on a week cruise through the Islands ending up in Telegraph Harbour in Canada.  Then it is time for July 4th cruise to Stuart Island.  Whew!  What a great time the club has planned.  I hope all those signed up can make it – no last minute mechanical problems or health issues!!  LADY is having engine work done and I have my fingers crossed.

Having just attended the recent Fire Extinguisher Safety Seminar, I feel focused on safety issues for sailing and cruising!  Many thanks to Beth Burson for arranging with Steve Brunette of Tarboo Ridge Fire Extinguishers to have a demonstration.  Steve’s video was excellent, but it was the hands-on that was so helpful.  It took me two tries to hold the extinguisher in the correct hand, remember to PULL THE PIN, and put out the fire in a reasonable amount of time.  Time well spent!  Continue reading