2019 T37 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA

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T37 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12th, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SEATTLE YACHT CLUB

Hello T37 Sailors, friends and families—

The 2019 T37 NCR is one month away, on Saturday, October 12th The venue is the Seattle Yacht Club, which has been our co-host for several national championships as well as the Region 6 championships last Spring. We are a part of their sailing program, as well.

All T37 sailors are invited to compete, as we do not have qualifying regattas, unlike some of the other RC classes.  Nevertheless, the competition is keen and we do get racers from outside the immediate area. For those just getting into T37 sailing, such as those with new kits or uncompleted boats and who are not planning to sail, we suggest that you nevertheless come to the event to observe and learn. Or, even better, be a volunteer while you observe and learn.

Four or 5 volunteers would be wonderful.  Two or 3 can be in the thick of the action, calling the start and recording finishes. This is a great place to watch sailing techniques and see what works!  A couple of photographers will make a valuable contribution.  A volunteer at the boat registration and weigh-in would be nice and we need someone to sell script for the drinks at the post-race get-together and Awards Ceremony upstairs in the Marine Room. Sailors, please ask your family and friends if they would accompany you and help out.  Thanks in advance!  If you can help, please contact me at 253-279-3595 or ronknight35@gmail.com.

Boat registration should be between 8:30 and 9:15.  Skippers’ meeting is at 9:45 and racing should start at 10 a.m.  We hope to finish racing by 3 p.m. to allow final scoring in time for awards at 4 p.m.  Details are specified in the attached Notice of Race (NOR) which will also be available on our website (PNMYC.org).  Sailing Instructions (SI) will be available at the venue.  If you don’t send me your entry right away, please send me an email (ronknight35@gmail.com) telling me that you are racing, so we can plan. Continue reading

Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks) – Closures of the large lock chamber

Fall 2019: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will commence the first of five extended 45-day closures of the large lock chamber to replace the valve gates in the 101–year-old Chittenden Locks. The valve gates are original equipment that must be replaced to keep the Locks operational.

The projected 45-day closure periods are:

October 12, 2019 through December 3, 2019

February 12, 2020 through April 5, 2020

October 12, 2020 through December 3, 2020

February 12, 2021 through April 5, 2021

November 9, 2021 through November 24, 2021

For more information, contact the Seattle District Public Affairs Office: Bill Dowell at (206) 764-3464 and email:   william.r.dowell@usace.army.mil

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