Greetings. I cannot speak for others but I am becoming excited about getting back out on the water. We had some friends visiting us on their way to HI from MN this past week. Barb and I took them up to Anacortes thinking that there might be a possibility to go for a little afternoon spin in the boat. But dang, while the water was calm, it was in the 30’s and foggy. So hopes dashed, but fun times lay ahead.
EVENT & PROGRAM PLANS
We are one month in to 2022 and already we are seeing energetic discussions about future SWYC activities. Be sure to read on as there is much news with many opportunities for you to participate in the fun. As a reminder, the various group activity leaders are:
Bill & Jill Brown
Michael Scott &
Please reach out to one or more of the leaders if you wish to hear what is in store for 2022. If it sounds like an area you’re interested in, get aboard!
MONTHLY PROGRAM MEETING
I hope you had the opportunity to tune in to Stephanie Campbell’s presentation this last month about her adventures in the Fastnet Race. Wild seas and a leaky sailboat made for an exhilarating, adrenaline fueled adventure.
We intend to be back to a hybrid meeting in February – Join us if you can at the Progressive Club in Greenbank, but if you cannot, join us electronically.
This month and next, the members of the SWYC board will be reaching out to all of our club membership to check in and seek your thoughts on programs or events that would make our collective experiences richer. The pandemic disruptions to our programming over the past few years has at times made me/us feel like we are living in a bubble. So let us know what you are thinking, when this call comes or any other time.
Last, our thanks to those of you who have already renewed your SWYC membership for 2022. Based on all of the news I hear coming from the various groups, it is going to be a VERY EXCITING year.
Calm seas, fair winds and clear skies to you,
South Whidbey Yacht Club
|Welcome New Members|
I am a former US Sailing Youth sailing certified instructor. Competitive racer and passionate about introducing the next generation to sailing, especially disadvantaged populations.
|February Membership Meeting
Wednesday, February 16
Greenbank Progressive Club and Zoom
Guest Speaker – BRAD EDWARDS
Brad Edwards worked in the maritime industry at Foss Maritime for almost 30 years. He began his career there as a deckhand and worked his way up to Captain. Working on tugboats was a natural choice for Brad as his father Captained the Peggy Foss out of Bellingham for many years. Brad will be speaking to us about his experience operating tugs throughout the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea.
Brad and his wife now split time between their home in Bellingham and farm on Sinclair Island. They have two children and two grandchildren and twin granddaughters on the way this year (there must be a future tugboat Captain somewhere among them.) Brad enjoys fishing (as you can see by the impressive photo), hunting, gardening, cooking and just spending time in the great outdoors.
This is an In-Person/Zoom Hybrid Meeting
In Person at the Greenbank Progressive Club
Meeting ID: 839 2403 6754
Watch our website for upcoming programs:
We’d like to hold a Zoom meeting at 5:00 on Friday, February 4th to discuss ideas and potential schedules.
Please plan to join us and let’s chat!
Meeting ID: 457 525 9130
Or contact Jill Brown, at
|SWYC Youth Sailing Association|
After a successful mid-pandemic season of youth and adult sailing lessons in 2021, the YSA is ready to go again in the spring and summer of 2022. Do you have children or grandchildren between the ages of 10 and 16 who want some on the water adventure? Are you an adult who has always wanted to try sailing a small boat? Are you an experienced small boat sailor looking to help train the next generation of sailors? Maybe you’d just like to help working with a good group of people messing around in small boats. The YSA is the place for you.
In cooperation with the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation Department, we will be offering classes for beginning and intermediate youth sailors on Deer Lake.
|Small Boat Sailing & Racing|
June 1, 15, 29
July 13, 27
Aug 10, 24
The SWYC kayaking group has gotten off to a good start with planning both paddles and kayaking trips for the coming season. Our first social/meeting of the year was Saturday, January 8 via Zoom when we discussed when, where and how often we want to paddle the waters of both Whidbey and beyond.
Our 2022 season will start in April and run through September with organized paddles and kayaking trips led by members of the kayaking group. Six kayakers volunteered to organize and lead paddles for each of those months. They will be scheduling paddles, choosing when and where. These dates will be included in both the monthly newsletter and on the SWYC website. In addition, they will be sent to the email list of kayakers who have expressed an interest in kayaking with the club. If you are interested in kayaking with the club and receiving those email announcements, please contact Katy Shaner email@example.com
Since kayak safety skills has always been of importance with the group, two one day safety/refresher classes are being planned with Whidbey Island Kayaking. Having had a safety class learning wet exit, self-rescue and assisted rescue is part of expectations of kayaking with SWYC.
SNUG HARBOR RESORT KAYAKING TRIP
This September 8 -11 has been scheduled for our kayaking overnight trip. This year, the trip will be to Snug Harbor Resort on San Juan Island. Recently, Katy Shaner and Susan Herzberg visited the resort and were pleased with the accommodations and kayaking opportunities both on Mitchell Bay at the Resort and other put-ins on San Juan. If you are interested in this trip, please contact Snug Harbor Resort directly, mention that you are with the SWYC and then let Katy know.
Explore the Snug Harbor Resort website and make your reservations
“Located on San Juan Island’s west side, on peaceful Mitchell Bay, Snug Harbor Resort offers year-round waterfront accommodations.”
Please join the next social/meeting February 8 Zoom at 6:00. If you are interested in participating email Katy firstname.lastname@example.org and the Zoom link will be sent to you.
Come join the group! Make your reservations now!
|The next Windward Women gathering will be on Tuesday, March 1. Watch for more information about the March meeting from Patty Maxfield later in February.
The Windward Women gather bi-monthly, the first Tuesday of the month. Email Bilgerat@swyachtclub.org to get on the mailing list!
May 7 – Opening Day Celebration at Honeymoon Bay Clubhouse
July 10 – Crab Fest at Honeymoon Bay Clubhouse
If you are unable to renew on line, a check made out to South Whidbey Yacht Club may be mailed to:
PO Box 316
Greenbank, WA 98253
Please enclose a note indicating that the check is for 2022 renewal.
As you can tell from this newsletter, there will be many ways to share the fun – safely – this year. We hope you will join us!
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