South Whidbey Yacht Club

Commodore’s Message
More than a Club
More than ever, I am so thankful for the privilege of being part of the SWYC. Thanks to my husband Russ, I was introduced to this wonderful community and group of people that have been such an important part of our lives since we moved to Whidbey Island 15 years ago. Since the day that we became involved, we have benefited from meeting a wonderful group of interesting, fun, dedicated, and amazing group of people that have enriched our lives immensely.
I have been so thankful to have the caring and support that everyone has given me since Russ’s passing. It reinforces what I have always felt. When people ask: what do I get for my membership dues? I am here to tell you that you get a community of caring friends who are by your side through fair and stormy times, which means more than anything to me.
Thanks to you all for your condolences and support,
Debra Richardson
Commodore SWYC

Rear Commodore’s Message

AUGUST GENERAL MEETING-  Wednesday, August 21

In lieu of our regular meeting in August, we will be having a SWYC Social on our regularly scheduled meeting day of Wednesday, August 21.The venue is Bloom’s Winery and 5511 Bistro in Freeland, and I am currently working out menu choices and a time with Bloom’s. I will get all of the details out to the club by the beginning of August, so save the date on your calendar now.
Jim Rogers, Rear Commodore


The next Wet Hen Social is Monday, August 26. It will be a combination lunch and tour. The tour will be of Nichols Brothers Boat Building facility in Freeland. Katy has been in contact with Matt Nichols to finalize the details of the tour. Please mark your calendars now and be on the lookout for a follow up email with the details and time of the tour.

What’s in a Name?
There may be a name change for the gal’s group of the South Whidbey Yacht Club presently known as the Wet Hens! Commodore Debra has asked Patty Maxfield who agreed to find out if there was an interest in exploring possible options for renaming the Wet Hens. And so, a request went out for suggestions.
Patty received possible names from six different women. Karen Miller and Patty reviewed all the names that were submitted. They decided one parameter for the new name would be that you could tell it was a group of women. Think about your preference and consider which one you would like to vote on. Watch for Patty Maxfield’s email before our next social for your chance to vote. All gals, in person at our next social or by absentee will be able to place their vote. The names they would like to submit to the larger group, in alphabetical order, are:

Lady Mariners
Salty Girls
Wet Hens
Windward Women
Yes Maams


Karen Miller and Patty Maxfield have agreed to organized and be the contact persons for kayaking outings. That makes three of us organizing paddles, which will be at a variety of locations, days and times. Anyone interested in SWYC kayaking, please contact Katy at

Here are the dates with details to follow:

Karen Miller

Friday, August 16 & Friday, September 6

Patty Maxfield
Tuesday, August 6 (Mutiny Bay with Holmes Harbor as a back-up) & Wednesday, September 4

Katy Shaner
Monday, August 19 & Monday, September 9

NEW MEMBERS – Welcome!

Peter and Barb Grimlund
Buck Stockhausen and Victoria Farrington
Todd Chapman and Carol Dean
Sabine Wilma
Barbara Bennett


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