December Commodore’s Column

Ahoy PTYC Members!

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are upon us yet again; a joyous and happy time to share with friends, community and family. It’s also hard to grasp that 2011 is rapidly coming to a close and the end of my tenure as Commodore. Still, all good things come to an end and good it has been!

 A very special thank you to our November Watch Mary Grace Swift and Bob Steele, and Mori Whitney and Katherine Buchanan. The delicious dessert was enjoyed by all. Also, a special thank you to our own Dan Newland for his riveting presentation on hull-form dynamics, sail area/displacement/aspect ratio/keel depth coefficients and Bernoulli’s Principle. The wave tank demonstration was not to be missed!

Our November Crab Feast was unparalleled in its success, with all the fresh cooked crab, potatoes, coleslaw, bread and dessert one can eat. This annual event was very well attended and my thanks to our Crab Feast Captains Barb and Paul Hager and their crew of cooks, preparers and servers for a truly great event. 

Our “Spooktacluar” costume party held just before Halloween was a lot of fun with everyone showing up in costume. Prizes were handed out for especially cool costumes and, as a followup, you might want to ask Club member Paul Happel about his imaginary companion he brought to the party on a leash. Very cute but he does bite!

Cruise Captian Carlyn Stark may yet be contacted should you have interest in the Bell Harbor Cruise which is scheduled for Monday thru Friday December 5-9. This a wonderful time to visit Seattle, shop, eat and be merry. The Holiday Cruise to Bell Harbor is the last remaining organized Club cruise for the year.

Be certain not to miss the Holiday Party scheduled for December 10 at the Clubhouse. The tropical theme this year gives you a chance to dream of warmer climates and a chance to wear your tropical apparell. Don’t forget the Mai Tai.        

The next Board meeting is scheduled for December 1, at the Clubhouse at 1:00pm. As always, members are invitied to attend. Our next general meeting is scheduled for 7:00PM on Tuesday December 13, 2011

Our membership drive is rapidly coming to a close so if any interested boaters out there would like more information, please feel free to contact us by clicking on the Membership Drive Page in the right side-bar on our website –

Just a reminder, that annual dues are due by December 31.

And finally, we continue with our “Sea-Word” challenge. Last month we all had fun with wrecks and derelicts. This month, in recognition of our forthcoming submarine tour, we will examine your knowledge of movie/tv submarines. See if you can match-up the movie/tv series to the related submarine.

Match the submarine to the movie/tv series:

     a)   Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea; 1964

     b)   On the Beach; 1959

     c)   Das Boot; 1981

     d)   The Hunt for Red October; 1990

     e)   Run Silent, Run Deep; 1957

     f)   20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; 1954

     g)        U-571; 2000

     h)        Crimson Tide; 1995


     1.         S-33

     2.         USS Alabama

     3.        Nautilus

     4.        USOS Seaview

     5.        USS Sawfish

     6.        Dallas

     7.        USS Nerka

     8.        U-96

 That’s it for now and good luck!          HAPPY  NEW  YEAR!

Fred Bell, Commodore