South Whidbey Yacht Club

Commodore’s Message

Happy New Year 2022! I do not know about others but Barb and I are spent from the frantic pace of holiday preparations and activities. We are also so very grateful. After months and months of limited gatherings, it seems that friends and families were drawn together in thoughtful ways to celebrate friendships, new and old.

The SWYC Christmas Party was one of these festive gatherings. Thirty members attended, sharing food, laughter, music and a generosity of spirit and finances – contributing $845 to Whidbey Island Angels by the end of the evening. Entertainment was provided by Barbara Dunn and Karen Calhoun who inspired the crowd to join in on a few songs. In deference to Covid protocol, we all just hummed along with the songs and lyrics. We sounded like an active beehive. We are grateful to Katy Shaner for planning the event and arranging the entertainment and to Lee McGuire who worked with Katy on decor and setting just the right festive mood.

For those of you who were unable to attend the party and would still like to donate to the worthy work of Whidbey Island Angels, you can do so by sending your contribution to:
Whidbey Island Angels
P.O. Box 43
Freeland, WA 98249
or through Paypal@Cbuchanan984


With the arrival of the new year and with it, the promise of new on and off water adventures, it is time to consider what activities we hope to be doing in 2022. The South Whidbey Yacht Club has several groups where members who have common interests can come together to enjoy those activities with others who share their interests. The groups and their leaders include:


Bill & Jill Brown
Bob Boehm
Katy Shaner
Michael Scott
Windward Women
Patty Maxfield
Youth Sailing
Bob Rodgers


We are encouraging each group to meet in the coming month to discuss the adventures they would like to engage in over the course of 2022 and if possible, publish dates on the SWYC calendar early so that others can see when activities are planned and if interested, plan to join in on the fun. Please consider making your voice heard by joining in on the planning. Reach out to each group leader(s) for more information and to contribute ideas and perhaps be a leader for an outing.

If you have not recently gone to our web site, please do. Sue Gibson has been working with the board to freshen it and make a few changes to improve its navigation. It’s still “under construction” but we welcome your feedback and ideas to make the site more user friendly. If you have thoughts about what you are seeing and wish to share, please send your comments to Thank you Sue for all your help.

The next monthly meeting is scheduled for January 19th at the Progressive Club of Greenbank. We hope you can join us either in person or via Zoom.

Pete Grimlund
Commodore, SWYC

Dear SWYC Members,

Wow, another year gone by and what a year it was.  In spite of its many challenges the SWYC continued to provide interesting programing and fun events to you in multiple fashions and forms.  We even were able to meet in person for the 1st time in almost a year as well as provide hybrid Zoom meetings as an option for those not as comfortable with meeting in person.  As Commodore Pete mentioned in his message, in 2022 we are planning on continuing to offer quality programs and events to all our members despite what tides come our way.

Watch for a renewal reminder in your email the 1st week of January 2022 with instructions for renewing via the SWYC website.   Remember only the primary account holder can renew online.  (The primary account holder will be the one that receives the renewal notice in their email).  Annual dues are $75 for a single membership and $100 for a family membership.

Renewals are due by February 1st. See the message below on how to manage your account.

Feel free to contact Membership Chair Kathy Rodgers; or Debra Richardson  with any questions or concerns.  We also welcome any feedback or suggestions for making SWYC even better in 2022.

We look forward to your continued support, involvement, and interest in the year to come.

Best Wishes and Happy New Year

Kathy Rodgers, Membership Chair

Instructions for changing Primary Account Holder on SWYC Website 

1. Log into “Manage My Account” using the primary account holder’s email address
– you will know you are logged in with the primary account holder’s account if you see a “Profile” tab

2. Change the following fields to who you wish to be the primary account holder: Don’t forget to save your changes.
– Primary Name on Account
– Account Email
– Account Phone numbers

3. Click on the “Profile” tab at the top > Click on the listing of the “Additional Contact”

4. Enter the name and contact “Primary contact info” information for the Secondary account holder

   * Be sure to click “save” on each screen/section after making changes!


January Membership Meeting
Wednesday, January 19
Greenbank Progressive Club or Zoom



Stephanie Campbell is an avid sailor and racer based in Anacortes with a very impressive sailing resume.  She started racing with her parents on their Catalina 27 at age 5 and hasn’t stopped since.  She grew up racing El Toros her dad built and then moved on to Lasers and taught sailing at the Seattle Yacht Club during high school summers and was a member of the Western Washington University sailing team during college.  Stephanie currently owns a Santa Cruz 27 “Wild Rumpus” in which she has won two national championships.  In addition to her passionate involvement in sailing, Stephanie is a 2nd grade teacher by profession as well as the lead racing reporter for 48 North.

Last summer, Stephanie signed on to crew on a Beneteau 40 in the Rolex Fastnet Race.  With over 600 entries, the Fastnet is the largest sailing race in the world.  The course was almost 700 miles long running from England to Ireland and this year finishing in France for the first time.  Stephanie will be sharing her experience from this latest sailing adventure including the process of boat and crew preparation through the race itself.  It is a great opportunity to meet and hear from one of the top sailors in the Pacific Northwest.



Kayaking News



It’s a new year and that means thinking about paddling the seas of Whidbey Island and beyond with the SWYC!

Are you interested in getting together and sharing your thoughts about how to plan our kayaking outings? Here are some topics to discuss:


If so, you are invited to get together in person or by Zoom at:

Barb Grimlund’s home
2350 Discovery Pl
(In Useless Bay Colony)

Saturday, January 8
2:00 – 4:00

Please RSVP to Katy. If you wish to participate but by Zoom, let Katy know so a Zoom link can be sent to you.


The next gathering will be on Tuesday, January 4 at 4:00 via Zoom. Patty Maxfield will send the link out on Monday,
January 3.  Let Patty know you need the link.  We hope you can join us to start the new year!
The Windward Women gather bi-monthly, the first Tuesday of the month.  Email to get on the mailing list!


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*** We’ll help them get connected.


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