South Whidbey Yacht Club

Commodore’s Message

The Commodores Ball is the capstone event of the SWYC year where we celebrate the events of the season just completed, look forward to the next year and to learning who our club board members will be for the coming year.  Patty Maxfield, our board Secretary and Kathy Rodgers, our Membership lead are stepping down.  I would like to thank them for their years of service and support to the SWYC.  Their presence on the board will be greatly missed.

While 2023 is yet a few months away, planning for the coming season will begin in December and accelerate in the January/February time frame when each of the interest groups convene to discuss programming.  Whatever your passion, please step up to participate in the event planning for the interest group of your choosing.  Look for announcements in the January newsletter and on the SWYC website event calendar for these planning sessions.

Finally, I would like to thank all of the SWYC leads, past and present, and the many members who have volunteered throughout the year.  It’s made my first year as your Commodore such an enjoyable one. Calm seas, fair winds and clear skies to you,

Pete Grimlund
South Whidbey Yacht Club


No General Meeting in November


The Commodore’s Ball takes the place of the November meeting.



Jesse Wiegel

For those of you who attended October’s lively and entertaining presentation by Jesse Wiegel of the Northwest Maritime Center, there were several items Jesse mentioned he  would get back to us on.  He sent us several links for those who want to explore the Race to Alaska and the Northwest Maritime Center more:

The best link to find out when the film will be streaming would be:

Our Facebook page is at:

All of our past R2AK daily videos (amongst other things) can be found at:


and to sign up for the newsletter/updates:


For future SWYC monthly programs, see the event calendar on the SWYC website.  2023 is being planned now.  Got ideas for speakers?  Get them to Rear Commodore Dan Mooney.


Commodore’s Ball

The Commodore’s Ball is next Saturday, November 12 at the Useless Bay Country Club.  Although registration is now closed, if anyone’s plans have changed and you think you’d now like to try to attend, email right away.  We’ll see if there’s a way to accommodate late comers.


The Light Shines On



Annual Holiday Party


Save the Date! 

The Annual SWYC Holiday Party is Coming!

Tuesday, December 13
(Note the change of day to Tuesday)
6:30 pm
Greenbank Progressive Club

*Speaker from a South Whidbey Not-for-Profit Group*
*Holiday Jollies and Giggles*

In-Person Only, No Zoom

More Information to Come!  Watch for it later in the month!

Kayaking News

Kayaking with the SWYC

In late October, several of our kayakers gathered for an evening to celebrate the 2022 paddles and start talking about what our kayaking members would like to see happen in 2023 and even over the winter months.  A potluck dinner was shared as well as good cheer.

Watch for planning to start in earnest in January.  Maybe a return to West Beach Resort on Orcas Island next year in September?  Camping/kayaking trip to Baker Lake in June is confirmed.  Check the SWYC website event calendar for future meetings and updates.

Contact Katy Shaner if you are interested in being a part of the SWYC kayaking group by accessing her email address online through the SWYC membership list.

Windward Women


In early October, the Windward Women’s outing was a hike of Ebey’s Landing followed by lunch at Ciao restaurant in Coupeville.  A beautiful sunny day by the water shared with good friends.  The activity was hosted by Patty Linehan and Pat Matthews.

Windward, and ‘Wayward’, Women gather every other month on the first Thursday of the month.  This is a change from the previous first Tuesday of each month.  The next get together is Thursday, December 1 Email to get on the Windward Women mailing list and to receive notice with details of each of our outings.

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The Windward Women gather bi-monthly.  Mark your calendars for October 6, December 1, 2022 and February 2, April 6, June , August 3 and October 5 in 2023.

The Windward Women gather bi-monthly, the first Tuesday of the month.  Email to get on the mailing list!

Upcoming Social Events

Save the Dates!

Commodore’s Ball– Saturday, November 12

Holiday Party – TUESDAY, December 13

Keep track of all the club events and updates at:!calendar

Members’ Tips and Training

Website Tip for November

The SWYC website is an ever-changing but very important tool to our club.  We need your help in keeping it current and useful to each one of us and to those outside of the club.

Tip –What if your Zoom link doesn’t work?

If you are Zooming into one of our monthly meetings and the link doesn’t work, try going directly to Just enter into your browser frame.   From that screen, click on “Join” in the upper right hand corner.  On the “Join Meeting” screen, enter the Meeting ID # and Passcode.  The Meeting ID and Passcode are always included in the Monthly Meeting Reminder and can also be found in the event description on the SWYC Website Calendar of Events.

Another action to try is to open in a different browser.  For example, if Safari is your default internet browser and you are having trouble opening the link,  try opening in Chrome, or Edge.  Then follow the instructions to enter the Meeting ID and Passcode

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