May 2019 Newsletter

Opening Day is a centuries-old tradition of the yachting community which persists wherever there are sailors and thanks to Bob and Kathy Rodgers this tradition was carried on and enjoyed by all this past weekend.

From what I have read, Opening Day has involved all kinds of rituals from: cannon shots over the water to break the ice, to hoisting a rubber chicken and a Jack Daniels bottle up the mast. For the past two years it has been my honor to carry on SWYC founder Ken Sasson’s Rock and Sword ceremony. Like all traditions it gives us cause to commemorate and celebrate the passage of time.

So, I would officially like to say let the season begin. I hope to see you all at one of the many wonderful events that we have planned for the coming season.

Sincerely,

Debra Richardson, Commodore

KAYAKING NEWS

The 2019 SWYC kayaking season, now in its second year, has begun. On Wednesday May 29th, Sue Ellen White will speak to our group about her experiences kayaking Whidbey Island. She has circumnavigated the island and is very involved with Whidbey Island Sea Kayaking (WISK).

For those who are interested in taking the kayaking safety class being offered to SWYC members through Whidbey Island Kayaking, the 2019 days are June 17-20 from 2:30-4:30. Monday – Wednesday at Goss Lake and Thursday at the Langley Marina.

Questions? Contact Katy Shaner (ktshaner@whidbey.com)

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

John Crane was approved as a new member. He has a Laser and has had 60 years of kayaking in North and Central America. Welcome to the club John!