Newsletter Editor’s Message
Bill and I moved to Whidbey Island from Vermont 14 years ago. Labor Day in the Northeast is the time to pull the boats out of the water, put away the lawn furniture and think about calling the snowplow guy. Here in the temperate PNW, we can cruise all year round, and instead of snow and ice, autumn promises new and exciting activities to look forward to. This month, the Wet Hens are sponsoring a kayak trip to West Beach and October brings the Land Cruise. On November 9th, we dust off our dancing shoes for the Commodore’s Ball and in December, we celebrate the Holidays with dinner and much merriment.
The Social Committee is already planning our monthly General Membership meetings. If you have cruising stories that you’d like to share at a monthly meeting, please contact Bruce Morris.
The Club has seven new members just waiting to join in the life of the Club. Please make them feel welcome. Be sure to think about signing up for committees and special projects. The Club needs your assistance in fulfilling its Mission.
We lost some good friends this past year – we keep them in our hearts as we move forward.
Dig out those fuzzy sweaters and let’s come together to celebrate the seasons at SWYC.
Jill Brown
Your Editor

Rear Commodore’s Message
September GENERAL MEETING-Wednesday, September 18

The area from Puget Sound to Southeast Alaska is one of the largest and most varied cruising grounds in the world. One can boat in relatively protected waters; visit resorts and quaint, family-run marinas; enjoy excellent food; and see wildlife including whales, dolphins, bears, and more bald eagles than you have ever seen in your life. The 2019 Waggoner Cruising Guide is considered by its readers to be the “bible” for cruising this area. As its editor, Mark cruises this area from Olympia to Ketchikan every summer to see what has changed and what is different. In this presentation he will take the audience through the Waggoner‘s favorite destinations and what makes them so special. Mark is the publisher at Fine Edge Nautical & Recreational Publishing. He is also the new Editor and Publisher of the annual Waggoner Cruising Guide Northwest cruising. Mark holds a U.S. Coast Guard Masters license with endorsements for towing and sail and is a NAUI-certified scuba diver. In addition to boating,
Mark is an instrument-rated, twin-engine private pilot with over 2000 hours of flight time.
Jim Rogers.


Wednesday, September

September 18, 2019

Deer Lagoon Grange Hall

5142 Bayview Road, Langley

6:30 Sips & Chips 7:00 Business Meeting 7:15 Program


Mark Bunzel


What’s in a Name?

There may be a name change for the gals’ 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. 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

Think about your preference and consider which one you would like to vote on. Watch for Patty Maxfield’s email (through The Bilgerat) 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.


Your kayaking contacts are Katy Shaner, Karen Miller and Patty Maxfield. 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.

Here are the dates with details to follow:

Monday, September 9
Contact – Katy Shaner


Welcome New Members

David Smukowski

Wayne Tilson