South Whidbey Yacht Club

When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills. ~Chinese Proverb
Thanks to the hard work of Erin Masterson the South Whidbey Yacht Club has a brand-new website! I hope that you all have taken some time to check it out and to update your profiles. One of the many benefits of this new site is that it gives each member to opportunity to control their own information and to provide an online bio as a way for members to get to know more about one another. The website calendar will also be your go to source for update information regarding club meetings and events.
I know that changes in technology can sometimes be challenging, (trust me I know), so don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions or need help in any way. Also please be sure to come to the June General Membership for more help and information.
I can’t thank Erin enough for all the many hours of time and hard work they donated to make this happen.
Debra Richardson
Commodore SWYC,


Wednesday, June 19, 2019


1651 Main St, Freeland

6:30 Sips & Chips 7:00 Business Meeting

7:15 Presentation on new SWYC website

7:30 Program

Don’t miss this Presentation:

“THE 2016 Race to Alaska”

SWYC member Jenny Goff will talk about her experiences in the Race to Alaska.

Jenny Goff has sailed over 35,000 nautical miles over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Caribbean Sea. When she was twenty five she sailed with her partner from San Diego, CA to New York City via the Panama Canal on their 32’ Kendall sloop. She subsequently worked on mega-yachts and sailboats up and down the eastern seaboard and Caribbean, including three wonderful years on Walter Cronkite’s ketch Wyntje. Jenny now lives with her husband Kevin Dunham and their small daughter in Bayview. They raise goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, pigs and a variety of vegetables and fruit on their six-acre farm.

Guests are always welcome!

Please bring your own dishware to support our stewardship of the environment


Crab Feast Sunday, July 14th

Honeymoon Lake Community Club House.

A great festive event with Dungeness crab, burgers, and dogs.

Guests are welcome

Please ring a dish to share:

A To G – Salad; H to P – Dessert; Q to Z – Appetizers

3:00 – Cocktail Hour

4:00 – The Feast begins. Don’t be late

If you are interested in helping to catch, clean or cook the Crab please contact. We also need Volunteers for the Following Please get back to Bob Eichenberger.

6 to 8 People to help set up need to arrive at 1:00

6 to 8 People to help take down tables and clean up

1 to 2 people to cook hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill (they will need to be there by 2:00)

1 person with a pickup to take trash and recycling -, very important

4 to 5 large coolers dropped off by 1:00 so we can use them to haul ice.

5 large trash cans for trash and recycling


South Whidbey Yacht Club will be once again presenting a float in the Annual Maxwelton 4th July Parade.

As in previous years, we will tow Lisa Irwin’s brightly colored Pelican “Crayola” behind one of our vehicles, suitably decorated with SWYC banners, and all are welcome to come along and support the effort, ride in the back of the truck, throw candy, hand out leaflets and so on. Just show up in the assembly area and look for Mike Scott, or Brad Rice. Thanks.


Ahoy, It’s once again time for your favorite volunteer activity – sitting on the shore of a beautiful lake and occasionally assisting the young, wet or frightened sailing students. We call ourselves the Beach Nannies or Shore volunteers. The Beginner Sailing Camps this year take place Monday through Friday from July 8 – July 26, at Deer Lake in Clinton (in the Deer Lake Haven Community Park).

We will have two 3-hour shifts each day (8:45-11:45 and 11:4-2:45) and aim to have two volunteers for each time slot, with at least one a female. This is particularly useful to the young girls since most of our boating volunteers are men. Our beginner kids are mostly in the 10-12yr old range, with a few younger teens.

Please email or text if you can join us.

Lisa Irwin, Beginner Sailing Program Manager



Wet Hen Social

The next Wet Hen Social “Bring a Friend” theme is Monday, June 24. Do you have a friend who might be interested in learning more about the SWYC and would like to get to know us better before getting involved? Well, here’s a chance for us to share a part of who we are. The social is from 3 – 5:00 at Commodore Debra’s home. 3486 Camano Vista, Greenbank.

Please let Katy   know if you are able to make it so we can plan accordingly.

Full Moon Paddle

SWYC kayakers participated in a Full Moon Paddle Saturday June 15 on Useless Bay. It was organized by Joel Shrut and WISK (Whidbey Island Sea Kayakers). We all met at John and Coyla Shepard’s home on Sunlight Beach Rd starting around 7:00 and once launched, headed towards Double Bluff and Deer Lagoon. The moon was bright, the weather mild, wind was about 7mph. It was an easy to moderate paddle.

Kayaking Safety Class

The Kayaking Safety class with Whidbey Island Kayaking is being held again this year. Six kayakers have signed up to take this class which is from 2:30 – 4:30 Monday, June 17 – Thursday June 20. The first three days will be on Goss Lake finishing up at the Langley Marina.

The Safety Class will cover:

Self-rescue – assisted rescue (Greater emphasis on assisted rescue since Krista encourages a buddy system while kayaking)
Safety equipment
Towing techniques
Communication plan
Tides, currents, navigation
Kayaking Dates

Mark your calendars for upcoming SWYC kayaking outings. As we get closer to the dates, details as to where and when we will meet will be shared. They are all on Fridays. 6/28, 7/26, 8/9, 8/23 and 9/6. If anyone has interest in other days and would like to organize outings, please let us know. More the merrier. Contact Katy


This year’s FALL LAND CRUISE will is scheduled for October 1-9. It will take place in Ashland Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Salem, OR.

Activities in Ashland are centered around the Shakespeare Festival on Wednesday – Saturday night. We will also visit some wineries, a local chocolate factory, perhaps a Friday night Art Walk in Ashland, etc. RV’ers and tenters will lodge at Emigrant County Park, with RV’s in the RV section and tent campers in the dry camping area. For those without an RV or tent there are many reasonable hotels in the Ashland area. Those in hotels are welcome to join the RV’ers for meals.

Shakespeare Theatre Plays: Hairspray: The Broadway Musical All’s Well That Ends Well

Macbeth As You Like It

Cambodian Rock Band How to Catch Creation

Between Two Knees Mother Road

Alice in Wonderland La Comedia of Errors


Notes: 1. Penny Harger and Bob Boehm have seen Cambodian Rock Band, Mother Road and As You Like It and found the performances outstanding. Cambodian Rock Band was our favorite

2. Tickets for Oct 2-5 are selling out fast. Many 1:30 performances have only the most expensive tickets available.

In Salem the RV’s will stay at Premier RV Resort on Route 22 just west of downtown Salem. For those without RV’s there are a number of reasonable hotels in Salem.

Activities planned for Salem include: the Willamette Valley Cheese Company, Oregon Garden, Mission Mill Museum and wineries.

For further information contact Bob Boehm.


The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) ROAM app is a free mobile application that provides an option for pleasure boaters to report their U.S. entry to CBP via their personal smart device or a tablet to satisfy the entry reporting requirements.

U.S. Customs& Border Protection The CBPROAM app also qualifies as an Alternative Inspection System that satisfies the boat operator’s legal requirement to report for face-to-face inspection with some exceptions:

– Travelers who require an I-94;

– Travelers who wish to obtain a cruising license;

– Travelers who must pay duties on imported goods; and

– Other circumstances as applicable.

To use the CBP ROAM app, travelers input their biographic, conveyance, and trip details and submit their trip for CBP Officer (CBPO) review. The CBPO may initiate a video chat to further interview travelers. Once the CBPO reviews the trip, travelers will receive a push notification and an email with their admissibility decision and next steps, if applicable. Travelers using the CBP ROAM app may use the app to apply to become Verified Travelers (which includes existing LBO, SVRS, and I-68 numbers) and receive expedited processing on future arrivals.

Travelers should download the CBP ROAM app from the GooglePlay Store or AppleApp Store on their web-enabled smart device. Note that a free account is required to use the CBP ROAM app. After opening the CBPROAM app, tap ‘Sign In’.

Travelers who do not have a account should ‘Create an account’ and follow the instructions.

Travelers who already have a account should sign into their existing account, and will be redirected backto the CBP ROAM app.

After signing in to the CBP ROAM app, users can create and save traveler and conveyance profiles. These profiles can be reused for repeat entry into the United States.

For more details email cbproam@cbp.dhs or go to