From the Pilothouse: the SWYC newsletter

May 2022 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message

May is looking like it will be packed solid with all sorts of fun activities.  Enjoy reading through all of the groups and the events that are being planned.  I look forward to meeting and visiting with everyone at the Opening Day ceremony on the 7th.  If we have not met, please make a point to introduce yourselves.  Or stop by the club table to speak with one of your SWYC board members to get an insider view of all that is being planned for the remainder of the year.

One last piece of wisdom as we rush around trying to enjoy all things that make living in the Pacific Northwest so special.  The old adage, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses, has a corollary for those of us who love all things water – savor the moments sitting on a piece of driftwood, listening to the lapping of waves on the beach as the sun goes down.  It’s my way of meditation.

EVENTS & PROGRAMS
I picked up several useful tidbits from our April speaker, Stephanie Raymond.  I hope you did too.  It was reassuring to know that when you suddenly find yourself near a pod of Orca’s the best thing to do is shut down and float.  We have had that experience while motoring about in the San Juan’s.

MONTHLY PROGRAM MEETING
Be sure to join us at our next general meeting – May 18th at the Progressive Club in Greenbank for those who wish to attend in person or via live stream for those who prefer to attend electronically.

Calm seas, fair winds and clear skies to you,

Pete Grimlund
Commodore
South Whidbey Yacht Club


Welcome New Members!!

Please welcome this month’s newest members to the yacht club.  We look forward to meeting them at our upcoming events.

Mandy Johnson

Hello! I have been visiting Whidbey Island since 1998 when I moved to the Puget Sound area. Me and my Finnish Spitz Nova moved to Langley in August 2017, and we absolutely love living on the island. I have owned two sailboats in my life and plan to have another sailboat sometime in the future. I love sailing around the Salish Sea (aka. Puget Sound) and island hopping in the San Juan Islands. I have a kayak and two Standup Paddle boards, which I enjoy launching in lakes and from different beaches around Whidbey. I also enjoy hiking, bicycling, snorkeling, and warm and cold-water diving. I am looking forward to meeting fellow water loving folks and to continue to learn more about racing or just connecting with others on the water.

Memo Gonzalez

We moved to Whidbey Island 3 years ago, looking for the peace, quiet and contact with nature that the island brings. After a couple of years here we got the sailing bug and we have been researching how can we get our feet wet and start getting more and more in the water! My work is remote so I stay 100% on Island and my wife Claudia works for the Ebey’s reserve as the preservation coordinator. Our daughter Cecilia is in first grade at the Waldorf school and is currently playing Minor League Softball (Go Rays!)


May Membership Meeting

Wednesday, May 18
Greenbank Progressive Club and Zoom

  • 6:30 Socializing/Sips & Dips to Share/ Zoom Opens
  • 6:45 Announcements
  • 7:00 Program

Guest Speakers – Bruce Morris & Barbara Bergmann

*Remember to bring your own plates, silverware and glassware as part of SWYC’s goal to a cleaner environment by reducing waste.

Bruce Morris & Barbara Bergmann
Rafting the John Day River

Vice Commodore Bruce and Barbara have been rafting the John Day River in north-central Oregon for over 15 years.  This wild and scenic river is a mix of calm scenic stretches interspersed with rapids.  Come listen to their stories about the incredible scenery, unusual wildlife encounters and the excitement of whitewater rapids along high rock cliffs.

This is an In-Person/Zoom Hybrid Meeting
In Person at the Greenbank Progressive Club
and Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81503857123?pwd=ZERsSC9yUGFHb1dIb2NRc2lhYzFHdz09

Meeting ID: 815 0385 7123
Passcode: 071489

Check our website for the May and June  program speakers:
https://swyachtclub.org/meetings/#!event-list


Opening Day Celebration

HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN! 

South Whidbey Yacht Club Opening Day

Saturday, May 7th, 3:00 PM – Rain or Shine
Honeymoon Lake Community Clubhouse
4343 Honeymoon Bay Road, Greenbank

 

It’s been two long years since the club has been able to offer a full schedule of summer activities. It’s time to celebrate and get back together and do stuff in person!

Beginning at 3:00, club members representing our various interest groups will be available to share information about their plans for the summer and answer your questions about joining the fun! There are many member volunteer opportunities to help sustain and expand our on-water and land-based programs. Find out more and sign up!

Next, we’ll officially open the boating season with the world-famous Sword Ceremony and general announcements.

A buffet will follow, with the main dishes (variations of chili) provided by the interest groups. The Club will provide wine, water and an IPA tap. Please bring a dish to share (appetizer, side, salad or dessert) and your own alternative beverages if desired. In the interest of recycling and trash disposal, don’t forget to bring your own tableware, and plan to carry out what remains of what you bring. We will be outdoors, so bring something to sit on.

Hope to See You All There!

Hosts: Jill and Bill Brown and Tina and Glen Quinton


Gotta Regatta

Gotta Regatta

YOU GOTTA REGATTA

Saturday, May 14th – Lone Lake, Noon to 4 PM

Do you have a boat like this one or another on the side of your house?  Don’t make it stay there unused for yet another year. Take the tarp off, get it down to Lone Lake and get it on the water during the SWYC Gotta Regatta!  Find out if it still floats.  All sail and paddled boats are invited, including canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and row boats.   No power boats please, but anything else that can be towed, carried or dragged is welcome for a party on the lake.  No boat?  Come anyway and enjoy a day at the park.  Don’t forget your life jacket (we will have a few to loan) and bring your own water, beverage and food and maybe a chair.

Broken boat?  Need advice on how to get it repaired?  Some of our club members have been fixing their boats for years.  Most are very likely to offer advice whether you want it or not.  Bring your boat down.  Photos of the problem might work too.

Pelican Sailboat Rides
Pelican owners will be offering rides for members and guests that would just like a little sample of what this sailing thing is all about.

Location
Lone Lake County Park, 5075 Lone Lake Rd, Langley

We will be getting started about noon. Come early or late.  We’ll probably be winding down by 4 PM.  This event is early in the year. Weather can still be unpredictable so be sure to check your email or the SWYC website for any last-minute updates to time or possible cancellation before venturing out.  Could be the best day of the year!

Contact Bob Rodgers
bobrodgers100@hotmail.com


Crabfest  – July 10

Calling All Crabbers (and wannabes)

 

Crabbing season opens July 1st, and the SWYC is forming our crabbing team for Crabfest. We need you if:

  • You are an experienced crabber, or
  • You have a boat suitable for crabbing, or
  • You have crabbing gear that you will not be using, or
  • You want to learn a little about crabbing from an experienced crabber, or
  • You just want to help the crabbers and watch the crab wrestling!

The only requirement is a shellfish license with a crab endorsement. If you don’t have a suitable boat, we will pair you up with a crabber who needs assistance.

Please join the team and help us catch a ton of crab for our Crabfest!

Contact Vice Commodore Bruce Morris to sign up or for more information:
vice.commodore.swyc@gmail.com


SWYC Youth Sailing Association

2022 Adult Sailing Program

3 Classes starting in early June
Signups available now!

You know you’ve always wanted to learn to sail. Now’s the time! This program emphasizes how to sail, while being safe and having fun. Sailing classes are offered at Lone Lake County Park. Classes are taught in an open-air classroom setting and on the water at Lone Lake. As a SWYC Club member, your discounted fee for the class is $150 per student.

Adult Beginning Sailing: Each student will sail in a 12-ft. SF Pelican with one other student and an experienced teacher. After the students feeling comfortable and safe, they may sail without the instructor. This is a perfect class for someone with no sailing knowledge at all but who has a desire to get on the water and learn how to sail. It’s a great class for others who might have some sailing experience but want to gain more confidence or learn about the joy of small boat sailing.

Full class description and class detail on our website.  https://swyachtclub.org/adultprogram-moreinfo/

Registration and sign up.    https://swparks.activityreg.com/selectactivity_t2.wcs

More questions, worries, concerns??
Contact Bob Rodgers bobrodgers100@hotmail.com


Kayaking News

Whidbey Island Kayaking

Kayaking with the SWYC

The Merry Month of May is upon us! With our first paddle on Saturday, April 16 at Deer Lake (chilly but no rain), four kayakers got the season started.

May is full of kayaking activities. 

  • Opening Day – May 7 at Honeymoon Bay Club House. The kayaking group will have a table set up to share information about kayaking with the club.
  • Sail-What-You-Gotta Regatta –  May 14 at Lone Lake noon-4. Join in on the fun and kayak what-you-gotta.  Paddle boards also welcomed!

Mutiny Bay Evening Paddle – May 16 is a planned evening paddle at Robinson Park starting at 5:30. Contact organizer and lead Barb Grimlund bjgrimlund@gmail.com.  Kayakers, watch for a separate email from Barb  in early May with more details

Upcoming summer scheduled paddles: 

  • Saturday, June 11, 10:00 Bowman Bay/Deception Pass State Park
  • Wednesday – Friday, June 22-24,  Kayak/Camping at Lake Wenatchee State Park
  • Monday, July 18, 2:00 Monroe Landing or Captain Coupe Park
  • Monday, August 1, Lake Campbell, Depart South Whidbey 9:00
  • Monday, August 29, 11:00 Mueller Park
  • Saturday, September 17, 10:30 boat launch at Sandy Hook

If you are interested in and are not yet on the SWYC kayaking list, please contact Katy Shaner ktshaner@whidbey.com


Windward Women

Admiralty Head Lighthouse Tour

Windward Women will be gathering on Tuesday, May 3 at 4:00 for a 1/2 hour tour of the lighthouse at Fort Casey, known officially as the Admiralty Head Lighthouse. There will be a social hour following the tour. Come join the fun! Tour size is limited so please let Patty Maxfield know if you plan to attend.

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


Cruising

Shakedown Cruise 2022
 DESTINATIONS ANNOUNCED

We are kicking off the cruising season this year with a short shakedown sandwiched between Memorial Day weekend and the start of adult sailing lessons. The tentative itinerary is:

May 30 and 31 in Port Townsend
June 1 in Port Ludlow and
June 2 in Everett

As always, cruisers are welcome to join all or just part of the schedule or to extend their cruise at either end. Note that all of the destinations have landside lodging within walking distance of the marinas, so members without cruising boats can still be part of the action. To facilitate the making of marina arrangements, all those planning to participate by boat are requested to advise the cruise captains of your intentions as soon as possible. More information will be available at the Opening Day Cruising Table.

Shakedown Cruise Captains – Jim & Kathy Rogers/Bill & Jill Brown


Racing

Pelican and Laser Racing Kicks off in May! 


Laser races start May 18 on Holmes Harbor.
Pelican races start May 25 at Lone Lake.

There will be a practice day at Lone Lake on May 4 starting at 4:30 for all dinghy racers.  It will be an opportunity to tune up your boat and crew and practice some starts and maneuvers.

See the SWYC website for more details.
 https://swyachtclub.org/racing-calendar/#!event-list


Member Opportunity – USCG Auxiliary
Boat Safety Checks

One of our own, Patty Maxfield, belongs to the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and is qualified to provide boat safety checks. These safety checks are for all types of boats – sail, power, paddle – and are recommended to have completed annually. Contact Patty via email if you are interested. She will try to group the member safety checks together for fun and convenience!

There is no charge for this service.

Keep track of all the club events and updates at:
https://swyachtclub.org/events/#!calendar


Socials 

Keep track of all the club events and updates at:
https://swyachtclub.org/events/#!calendar


Members’ Tips and Training

Website Tip for May

The SWYC website https://swyachtclub.org is an ever-changing but very important tool to our club.  We need your help in making it vital and useful to each one of us and to those outside of the club.

 Tip – Meet the Board of Directors

Who is on the SWYC Board of Directors and what do they do?

Members of the Board of Directors are elected annually in the fall.  The board meets the second Wednesday of every month.  All are volunteers.  Club members may attend board meetings or reach out to any board member if they wish to offer thoughts and ideas, or want to have an item brought before the board.  All ideas are welcome!

We encourage all SWYC members to consider taking a role as a board member at least once, if not more.  The board represents our members – planning events, making decisions, listening to members’ ideas and providing financial oversight.   With periodic rotation of board seats, we remain fresh and relevant to all of our members.  And besides, it’s fun to get together and know what’s happening in the club.

To read our current board members’ bios (good reading!)  and know who to reach out to if you have questions or ideas on a specific topic, click on this link:

https://swyachtclub.org/about/meet-the-board-of-directors/

 

Each month we will offer a topic with some instructions, and/or tips. We hope that you will find them useful and encourage any comments, questions, or ideas to bilgerat@swyachtclub.org.
Where to find the Meet the Board link on the SWYC Home page.  

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April Newsletter

Commodore’s Message

Spring has officially arrived, heralding longer and warmer days.  My guess is our household is not much different than others as we eagerly swapped out the winter toys for our summer ones.

Looking at the SWYC calendar, it’s exciting to see activities for young and old and everyone in between – vessel ownership optional.  Just the enjoyment of being out of doors and involved in water related activities is all that is needed.

If you have not already done so, please poke through the event calendar on our website https://swyachtclub.org/events/#!calendar and make note of those things that you would like to do.  Reach out to the interest group leaders or a Board member if you have questions.

EVENTS & PROGRAMS
This past month’s presentation by SWYC member Peter Ford was inspirational.  Thank you, Peter, for sharing your journey north into the Canadian Broughtons.

Unfortunately, I must again apologize to those who missed the presentation and want to see it.  I forgot to flip the ZOOM switch to record after the session started.  Hopefully we can rectify this in the coming months as two of our members have stepped up to assist with managing our monthly meetings.  We can still use two more volunteers to learn the AV gear and share the responsibility for a couple of monthly meetings.

MONTHLY PROGRAM MEETING
Be sure to join us at our next general meeting on April 20th at the Progressive Club in Greenbank for those who wish to attend in person or via live stream for those who prefer to attend electronically.  I look forward to seeing smiling faces and talking spring boat prep with my shipmates.

Calm seas, fair winds and clear skies to you,
Pete Grimlund
Commodore
South Whidbey Yacht Club


 

Welcome New Members

Please welcome this month’s newest members to the yacht club.  We look forward to meeting them at our upcoming events.

Ben and Melissa Cober
After working to find which Seattle-area neighborhood fit best for the better part of the last decade, Melissa, our almost-two-year-old William, Airedale Terrier Charlie, and I bought our very first home in Langley in February, 2022. The two of us met racing dinghies (420s and FJs) for the University of Illinois, after growing up sailing on our families’ boats in Lake Michigan and off the Connecticut coast. We’ve bareboat chartered and otherwise sailed in the British Virgin Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the US Virgin Islands, Belize, Oahu, up and down the New England coast, various Midwest freshwater, Charleston, Columbia River, Lake Union & Lake Washington, and the Salish Sea. We’ve been previous local members at Sail Sand Point, Corinthian Yacht Club, and the Center for Wooden Boats; and while we have yet to own our own watercraft, we’re looking forward to continuing to learn, weekend cruising, racing, meeting fellow sailors, and introducing our son to the windy world on the water.

Bob and Dorothy Kulwin

Bob and I bought our home in 1998 using it as a great weekend get away and finally settled in full time in 2012. We love canoeing and kayaking. Bob is an avid catch-and-release fly fisherman. On land we bike and hike. Our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter live in Sammamish which means we get to see them quite often. We love Whidbey and enjoy all it offers – beautiful, healthy environment and a multitude of fantastic people with a wide range of interests.

Trenna Middleton

Trenna lived in Friday Harbor and had her own store front.  She moved to Whidbey Island to live closer to her daughter and son-in-law. Trenna sailed on Lake Michigan and recently belonged to the Friday Harbor Sailing Club.  She is looking forward to getting involved with the club, sailing and being a part of the Windward Women’s group.


 

April
Membership Meeting

Wednesday, April 20
Greenbank Progressive Club and Zoom

  • 6:30 Socializing/Sips & Dips to Share/ Zoom Opens
  • 6:45 Announcements
  • 7:00 Program

Guest Speaker – STEPHANIE RAYMOND

*Remember to bring your own plates, silverware and glassware as part of SWYC’s goal to a cleaner environment by reducing waste.

STEPHANIE RAYMOND

Program Manager for Orca Network 
Stephanie Raymond is a lifelong resident of the Salish Sea watershed and is passionate about sharing its wonders with others. She has been obsessed with the Southern Resident Killer Whale population since she was six years old. Formerly People for Puget Sound’s education coordinator, she has been a marine naturalist and deckhand on board the San Juan Clipper for the past eleven years, and is certified in basic keelboat by US Sailing. She is currently the program manager for Orca Network, a non-profit organization connecting whales and people in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not actively looking for or talking about whales, Stephanie enjoys sailing, canoeing, and backpacking.

“Whale Safe Boating in the Salish Sea”  covers the rules, regulations and best practices for vessel operation around whales in both US and Canadian waters. Presented from a boating safety perspective, the workshop includes information about how to report whale sightings,  vessel violations and entangled marine mammals, as well as tips for identifying the different whales most often seen in the Salish Sea.

As part of the Whidbey Earth & Ocean Month, we have invited the public to join Stephanie’s presentation via Zoom.  If you’d like to learn more about Whidbey Earth & Ocean Month and participate in other local presentations, check out their website for listings: whidbeyearthday.org

This is an In-Person/Zoom Hybrid Meeting
In Person at the Greenbank Progressive Club
and Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83776951324?pwd=V2w5TVdRaUxIcHRGTnpDTllXdzllZz09

Meeting ID: 837 7695 1324
Passcode: 925772

Check our website for the May and June  program speakers:
https://swyachtclub.org/meetings/#!event-list


 

Upcoming Social Events

HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN! 

South Whidbey Yacht Club Opening Day
Saturday, May 7th  
Honeymoon Lake Community Clubhouse
4343 Honeymoon Bay Road, Greenbank

It’s been two long years since the Club has been able to offer a full schedule of summer activities. It’s time to celebrate and get back on the water!
Beginning at 3:00, Club members representing our various interest groups will be available to hand out information about their plans for the summer and answer your questions about joining the fun!

Next, we’ll officially open the boating season with the world-famous Sword Ceremony and general announcements.

A buffet will follow, with the main dishes (variations of chili) provided by the  interest groups. The Club will provide wine, beer and water. Please bring a dish to share, your own dishes and utensils and something to sit on.

Hosts: Jill and Bill Brown and Tina and Glen Quinton

 


 

SWYC Youth Sailing Association

 

YSA – Volunteers needed – Paint and Varnish  

This is the time of year to get boats ready for this year’s sailing programs.  At the end of our youth sailing camps we make a list of the boats that need some attention. We list the action needed and we always say let’s get these done this winter.  Then, we always say, where did the winter go? and nothing got done?  Every winter, it’s the same thing.

Most of our little boats are in good condition.  Some need repair work but several more need fresh paint and varnish.  An example is LIPSTICK – Its official long name is Lipstick and Eyeliner – with its luscious red and black trim.  It’s one of the boats needing a little freshening up with fresh paint.   This popular little boat needs a caretaker for some attention this year. Several other boats, such as Nutmeg and Tanker, need a little extra love too.

Please help us get the kids out on the water this summer while putting your great painting skills to work.  Enjoy the comfort of working in your own garage or workshop.  Maybe ask  a friend to help? All supplies are reimbursed. 

If working side-by-side with a group of sailors is more to your liking, join the YSA team as they pull the boats out of storage on April 22nd.  You can count on swapping some good sailing stories as you ready the boats for summer.

Just raise your hand. YSA really appreciates your help with this summer prep.

For more information email or call Bob Rodgers  bobrodgers100@hotmail.com, 360-969-2646.

Check out all the youth and adult sailing class dates and information:
https://swyachtclub.org/schedule-of-classes/

 

youth sailing on Whidbey Island

 

LIPSTICK, NUTMEG and TANKER  being fully enjoyed by sailing camp participants.

 


 

Kayaking News

Kayaking with the SWYC

Spring is busting out all over! At least it is trying to.  And Kayaking with the SWYC is full speed ahead!

Members of the kayaking group have been meeting each month of this new year via Zoom. Paddles for the coming season have been scheduled.  Kayaking safety videos on wet exit, self-rescue and assisted rescue have been watched and discussed.  A refresher safety class with Whidbey Island Kayaking has been planned for Sunday, June 5. 

On Saturday, March 26, members of the SWYC kayaking group participated in the Whidbey Island Sea Kayaking traditional Spring Flower Paddle to Skagit Island.  This paddle was led by Sue Ellen White who has circumnavigated Whidbey Island and has shared many stories about her paddle around the island.

This year’s paddle started at Coronet Bay, in Deception State Park, then over to Skagit Island for lunch, socializing and an island perimeter hike to see the wildflowers just beginning to  bloom.  It was a perfect day with calm seas, low glare and no rain!  Thank you to SWYC member Joel Shrut for connecting us up with this paddle.

SWYC Kayaking Season

The first scheduled paddle of our SWYC season is Sunday, April 10th, 10 – noon at Deer Lake.  It will be led by Dave Davis and Barb Hardman.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Dave and Barb for details.  ddavis17521713@gmail.com OR bhardmanappraisals@yahoo.com.
  • Sunday, April 10 – Deer Lake, 10 AM – 12 noon
  • Monday, May 16 –  Mutiny Bay,  5:30 PM
  • (Back-up date) Monday, May 23, 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, June 11  – Bowman Bay/Deception Pass State Park, 10:00 AM
  • Wednesday – Friday, June 22-24 – Lake Wenatchee State Park, Kayak/Camping trip
  • Monday, July 18, – Monroe Landing or Captain Coupe Park, 2:00 PM
  • Monday, August 1 – Lake Campbell, Depart South Whidbey 9:00 AM
  • Monday, August 29 – Mueller Park, 11:00AM
  • Saturday, September 17  –  boat launch at Sandy Hook, 10:30 AM

If you are interested in and not yet on the SWYC kayaking list, please contact Katy Shaner ktshaner@whidbey.com

 


 

Windward Women

The March Windward Women gathering was held via Zoom on Tuesday, March 1.

The group had expressed a desire to get to know our fellow members better, so for the March meeting we featured Patty Linehan sharing the story of her career as a linewoman for AT&T, plus hearing from both Pat Mathews and Patty about their kayaking adventures in Alaska.  It was fascinating and fun to hear their stories!

Our next gathering is Tuesday, May 3.  We are hoping to gather in person.  Stay tuned and as always, stay flexible!

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

 


Socials

 

SOCIALS – SAVE THE DATES!

May 7– Opening Day Celebration at Honeymoon Bay Clubhouse
May 14 – Sail-What-You-Gotta Regatta
July 10 – Crab Fest at Honeymoon Bay Clubhouse

Keep track of all the club events and updates at:
https://swyachtclub.org/events/#!calendar

 


 

MEMBERS’ TIPS AND TRAINING – NEW

 

Website Tip for April

The SWYC website https://swyachtclub.org is an ever-changing but very important tool to our club.  We need your help in making it vital and useful to each one of us and to those outside of the club.

 Tip – Using the Event Calendar

The online Calendar of Events displays all of the SWYC sponsored events including monthly membership meetings, racing dates, sailing lesson dates, cruise dates, kayaking paddle dates, Windward Women dates and of course, our club socials dates.  By hovering your mouse over the event title on each date, you can also see all the details of that event – time, place and other details.  And you  get it all in ONE PLACE!  You never have to miss an event that is important to you!

TIP – How to access the calendar and events

  • On the website, click on “Calendar of Events” in the top bar.
  • Scroll down the page and you’ll see the calendar. Keep scrolling and you’ll see each month.
  • Events on the calendar are color coded.  For example, kayaking events are in light blue.  Monthly membership meetings and socials are in a darker blue.  Pelican racing is in orange.
  • Move your cursor over the title of the event on each date and hold it there.  You will see a pop-up box preview of the event. If you then click on the title of the event, it will take you to the detailed description. Easy Peasy!
  • Now go back up to the top of the calendar.  You will see two drop down boxes “Show” and “Subscribe”.
  • Click “Show”.  Then click on  “show all” to see all of the event dates.   If you are only interested in, say, Laser racing, click on “laser racing”in the drop down box.   The calendar will hide all the other dates leaving only the laser racing dates visible.
Saving the dates to your personal calendar
If you want to easily add event dates to your personal calendar:
  • Click on the “Subscribe” box.  You will have three choices of where you want to add the dates.
  • Click on the choice that makes the most sense for you.  The events will automatically flow to your chosen personal calendar.
  • BE CAREFUL – If you only want, say, kayaking dates,  use the “Show” box drop down menu to select only ‘kayaking’ so that that is all you see on the calendar.  If you want all of the events to flow to your personal calendar, then use the “show all” option.

The other way to see events  for only one interest group is by clicking on the specific page on the top bar of the page or by using the drop down menu under Calendar of Events.

Still not clear? If you would like assistance with this calendar tip, or to update your personal club on-line profile (last month’s website tip), please reach out to Deb Richardson (dannrich@whidbey.com) or Barb Grimlund (bilgerat@swyachtclub.org). We’re happy to help.

Each month we will offer a topic with some instructions, and/or tips. We hope that you will find them useful and encourage any comments, questions, or ideas to bilgerat@swyachtclub.org.
Where to find the Calendar of Events link on the SWYC Home page.  
See the color-coded events directly on the calendar. See descriptions of each by hovering your mouse over the event.  
Use the “Show” and “Subscribe” buttons to fine tune your search for a certain kind of event and to send these events to your personal electronic calendar.  

*** If you know of any club member who is not receiving these newsletters or other club communications, please email bilgerat@swyachtclub.org.   We’ll help them get connected. ***

 

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March Newsletter

Commodore’s Message

Spring is on its way! As the days grow longer, my thoughts turn towards getting all of our water toys ready for the coming season. Opening day is two short months away. With that in mind I went to check on our boat to make sure all was well after another cold snap. Even with snow covering her deck, I could sense her eagerness (or perhaps it’s just mine) to get back out on the open water for another season of adventures.

EVENT & PROGRAM PLANS

Thank you, Dan Mooney, for pulling together another fascinating speaker in Brad Edwards, retired Foss Maritime captain. I look forward to hearing and learning from our next speaker, our own Peter Ford, at the March 16th general meeting.

Unfortunately, I must apologize to those who missed the presentation and want to see it. I forgot to flip the ZOOM switch to ‘record’ after the session started. Which brings up a point that your board has been struggling with since we began offering hybrid meetings. The technology and equipment the club purchased to support hybrid meetings takes a bit of time to properly set up, monitor and fine tune during meetings to deliver the best experience for our in-person and electronic audiences. With my responsibilities as Commodore during the meeting, it’s just not possible for me to manage both the meeting and the technology & equipment well.

** We are seeking four (4) volunteers from the membership to learn the equipment and take responsibility for setting up and operating the technology on site at the Progressive Club allowing us to offer a quality hybrid program. We have 9 programs throughout the year so if each person could take responsibility for two of the meetings with someone taking three, it would be a great assist to all of us and not too burdensome for one person. Please give it some thought and if you want to learn more, reach out to me. Commodore@swyachtclub.org . Thank you for considering helping us all out.**

THANK YOU!

Speaking of volunteers, there has been a whirlwind of activities over the past sixty days where club members have stepped up to plan, organize and prepare for our many summer boating season activities. These range from cruising, kayaking, racing, sailing class schedules to planning for our club social events. Thank you all for your contributions and for figuring out all the details to make it easier for the rest of us. I see that two of our newer members have stepped forward to co-host our Opening Day event in May – Glen and Tina Quintan – and our July Crabfest – Jim & Melody Carney. Volunteering is a great way to get to know more of your fellow club members. Thank you, Quintan’s and Carney’s.

MONTHLY MEMBER MEETING

With Covid continuing to trend downward and CDC guidance relaxing, our plan is to again meet at the Progressive Club in Greenbank for those who wish to attend in-person and live stream the meeting on Zoom for those who prefer to attend electronically. I look forward to seeing smiling faces in both places and talking spring boat prep with my fellow mariners.

Calm seas, fair winds and clear skies to you,
Pete Grimlund
Commodore
South Whidbey Yacht Club

Welcome New Members
Please welcome this month’s newest members to the yacht club. We look forward to meeting them at our upcoming events.

Sharon and Keith Brocker
We moved from Redmond to Langley in 2021. My husband is a retired Navy Captain who knows how to sail. I would like to learn to be reasonably proficient, but more importantly, I would like to get to know my neighbors and make friends with my community.

 

March
Membership Meeting

Wednesday, February 16
Greenbank Progressive Club and Zoom

  • 6:30 Socializing/Sips & Dips to Share/ Zoom Opens
  • 6:45 Announcements
  • 7:00 Program

Guest Speaker – PETER FORD

*Remember to bring your own plates, silverware and glassware as part of SWYC’s goal to a cleaner environment by reducing waste.


PETER FORD

SWYC Member

‘Sailing Round Trip from Oak Harbor to the Broughton Islands near the North End of Vancouver Island’

Peter and Amanda Ford have owned a cabin on Whidbey Island for over 20 years, moving full time onto the Island about 6 years ago.  Since retiring from the IT world where he was a Computer Networking Specialist, Peter has dabbled in Wooden Boats including keelboats moored in Oak Harbor Marina.

In April of 2021 he purchased Tehani, a 1926 32 foot Danish double ended sailboat in Sausalito CA, and shipped the boat up to the PNW.   Tehani joined up with their 1933 23ft Danish Spidsgatter day sailer SML.

In 2018 Peter and Amanda sailed on the 1900 60ft fishing/sailing vessel Swan (http://www.swantrust.com) from Shetland to Portsoy Scotland.  Peter later joined up with the Swan to sail from Trondheim to Lofoten Norway. Those voyages inspired the idea of sailing Tehani up towards Alaska on the Inside Passage.  Peter’s presentation will cover the first chapter of this adventure during the Fall of 2021, a round trip from Oak Harbor up to the Broughton Islands near  the North end of Vancouver Island.

This is an In-Person/Zoom Hybrid Meeting
In Person at the Greenbank Progressive Club
and Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85934978533?pwd=UkpCZ1V5Q0lCNUlkemxmTTZvR2IwZz09

Meeting ID: 859 3497 8533
Passcode: 850794

Check our website for the April, May and June  program speakers:
https://swyachtclub.org/meetings/#!event-list

Cruising News

AHOY, CRUISERS!

2022 Cruise Dates have been set.  Mark your calendar. Join for the whole cruise or for parts of it, or extend your trip at either end.

If you’d like to be on the Cruising email list for future updates, contact Jill and Bill Brown, rundog@whidbey.com. They’ll be sending out more information as Spring gets closer. Also, think about volunteering to be a Cruise Captain for the South Sound cruise.  It’s easy and you can plan the itinerary!

Shakedown Cruise

Dates:            Monday, May 30 – Thursday, June 2

Destinations: Still to be decided but will be not too far from starting points on Whidbey

Leaders:        Bill & Jill Brown/Jim & Kathy Rogers

Let us know your favorite near-by ports of call.

San Juans Cruise

Dates:              Friday, July 15 – Saturday, July 23

Destinations:

–  July 15 – 17 – Hunter Bay

–  July 18 – Blakely Island Marina

–  July 19 – Reed Harbor

–  July 20 – 23 – Gulf Islands

Leaders:           Bruce Morris and Barb Bergmann

South Sound Cruise

Dates:              Saturday, Aug 20 – Saturday, Aug 27

Destinations:   Still TBD

Leaders:           Bill and Jill Brown plus TBD volunteers

Follow Cruising news here:  https://swyachtclub.org/cruises/#!event-list 

 


 

SWYC Youth Sailing Association

Volunteers Requested for Adult Sailing Classes!

The Youth Sailing Association also provides adult lessons in June. A group of SWYC volunteers has been providing both the teaching and coaching for the adult classes for the last 10 years.  We’re ready for some new blood!  If you have a sailing background but more importantly have a passion for this great sport and would like to share it with your community, please let Bob Rodgers know.  Teaching experience is not necessary.   We can provide a way to ease you into a pretty cool volunteer activity that can be very satisfying.  If you have some interest and want to know more, please contact Bob.

Email:  bobrodgers100@hotmail.com

Adults Class Dates
June 4 & 5, weekdays of June 6-10 and June 11 & 12, all on Lone Lake

Check out all the youth and adult sailing class dates and information:
https://swyachtclub.org/schedule-of-classes/


 

Small Boat Sailing & Racing

 

Racing Program – Get On The Water This Year!

Do you want to get out on the water somehow, someway this summer? Why not participate as a crew member in the Small Boat Racing Program?

The club has been mulling about with an online way to sign up on a list for “I need a crew” or “I want to crew.” Our earlier attempts have not been very successful. While we still work on a better on-line solution, Bob Rodgers has volunteered to maintain a simple list of members who are anxious to get on a boat somehow, someway and do some lake sailing this year. He already has a short list started and if you are interested on being on one of these “lists”, please reply. Have some fun and excitement and make new friends by getting on the water this year!

Email: bobrodgers100@hotmail.com

Check out all the Laser and Pelican racing dates:
https://swyachtclub.org/racing-calendar/#!event/2022/6/8/pelican-racing

 


 

SWIFT Keelboat Fun

Join the Keelboat Sailing Fun

The Boat
A few years ago, some Club members pooled their money and enthusiasm and purchased a San Juan 24 sailboat. It is berthed at Oak Harbor marina and is rigged for racing or day sailing. With some shuffling of gear, it could accommodate some overnight cruising. The boat is named SWIFT, which in an acronym for South Whidbey Island Fun Team.

Ownership
All of the original contributors have donated their equity shares to the SWYC Youth Sailing Association (YSA). This permits us to include liability coverage for the boat under the Club and YSA joint insurance policy.

Operation and Maintenance (O&M)
The YSA does not manage the use of the boat or fund the expenses associated with moorage and maintenance. This is done by a group of Club members who pay into the O&M fund and perform the DIY tasks to keep the boat ready for action. Right now, this group of “SWIFTies” includes Ken Price, David Smukowski, Michael Hauser, Bill Brown, Dan Mooney, Perry Lovelace and Starke Scott. Annual O&M contributions have been running about $300.00 per SWIFTie.  As a benefit, only paid up SWIFTies are authorized to take the boat out for a sail.

The Fun
The SWIFT is a regular participant in the OAK Harbor Yacht Club Thursday night racing program, with or without spinnaker depending on crew number and skill. Day sails are easily arranged and we are still waiting for someone to try an overnight excursion. Bunk cushions are stored in the Freeland YSA boat barn. Also, we are working toward a bonus keelboat familiarization program for graduates of the YSA intermediate sailing class. SWIFT can easily be sailed by two and is comfortable with four or five aboard. Six is a little crowded but doable.

How to Join the Fun
Make contact with one or more SWIFTies, and volunteer to crew. For a race experience, Starke and Bill are the best contacts. All SWYC members are authorized crew, and non-members can also participate after signing a liability waiver. EVEN BETTER, join team SWIFT. We are down to seven and could use a few more to keep the O&M shares at a reasonable level. Three hundred bucks +/- for a year of sailing, it’s a hell of a deal. Contact a current SWIFTie for details.

 

Kayaking 2022 with the SWYC

 

Sitting in a kayak is like being in the water without getting wet. So close to the water’s edge you can reach out the palm of your hand and touch the sea around. You can be still and view the beauty in all directions or paddle like the race is on. That is kayaking with the SWYC – it’s an adventure.

The 2022 kayaking season has begun. Two Zoom social meetings have been held. We’re hoping to meet in-person one of these days but Zoom has been a good Plan B.
Join us for the virtual Kayaking March Planning Meeting/Social on Zoom
Tuesday, March 15, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Topics will include further conversation about planned and spontaneous kayak paddles as well as a review of the kayaking safety procedures: Wet Exit, Self-Rescue and Assisted Rescue.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87546475328?pwd=WVk3MkY5dlVCeGZjZE00VGJsUDhxQT09

Or, enter the Meeting ID and Passcode:
Meeting ID: 875 4647 5328 Passcode: 684554
RSVP to Katy – ktshaner@whidbey.com to receive the videos to view before the meeting.

2022 Scheduled Paddles: April – September

We’re off to a great start! Six kayakers have volunteered to organize and lead paddles. Check on our website page for the details: https://swyachtclub.org/kayaking/#!event-list

• Sunday, April 10 – at Deer Lake 10 – 12noon or 12 – 2
• Monday, May 16, Mutiny Bay 5:30 PM
• Monday, May 23 Mutiny Bay 10:30. (Back up date or additional paddle)
• Saturday, June 11 Bowman Bay/Deception Pass State Park
• Monday, July 18, 2:00 Monroe Landing or Captain Coupe Park
• Monday, August 1 Lake Campbell. Depart South Whidbey 9:00
• Thursday, August 11, 9:00 Mueller Park
• Monday, August 29, 11:00 Mueller Park
• Saturday, September 17, 10:30 boat launch at Sandy Hook

Kayak Safety Training

Since 2019 when the kayaking group began, Whidbey Island Kayaking has offered a safety class for members of the club covering all aspects of kayaking safely. This spring we will again be working with WIK to offer a refresher class for wet exit, self-rescue and assisted rescue. Those dates will be announced and will take place in June.

SNUG HARBOR RESORT KAYAKING TRIP -CANCELED

This September 8 -11 would have been our third planned kayaking trip and this year, to Snug Harbor Resort on San Juan Island. In 2019, when we planned our first kayaking trip to West Beach Resort on Orcas Island, the kayaking trip grew and became an all-club event. 25 members participated in the trip kayaking, boating or just socializing.  Again in 2021, the kayaking all club trip was at West Beach Resort.

2022 was to be a new venue. Explore a new location. Get to enjoy paddling the waters of another island. Thus, San Juan. Thus, Snug Harbor Resort. Plans were put in place. But after much consideration weighing the pros and cons, the trip to Snug Harbor Resort has been canceled with no immediate plans to replace it.  Disappointing, but the right decision for this year.

 


 

Windward Women

Windward Women – Speaker, Patty Linehan

Windward Women will be gathering virtually on Tuesday, March 1 at 4:00. At our last gathering members expressed a desire to get to know one another’s history and interests. To that end Patty Linehan, Windward Woman extraordinaire, will be sharing a little about what it was like to work as a line woman in a predominantly male field and also a little about her experiences kayaking in Alaska. There will also be time to just chat and enjoy each other and whatever beverages or appetizers you choose!

Contact Patty Maxfield at pamaxfield@gmail.com to get the Zoom link. 

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

 


 

Socials

 

SOCIALS – SAVE THE DATES!

May 7 – Opening Day Celebration at Honeymoon Bay Clubhouse
May 14 – Sail-What-You-Gotta Regatta
July 10 – Crab Fest at Honeymoon Bay Clubhouse

Keep track of all the club events and updates at:
https://swyachtclub.org/events/#!calendar

 


 

MEMBERS’ TIPS AND TRAINING – NEW

Club CPR Training

Interested in getting certified in CPR/First Aid? YSA is scheduling a CPR class for its sailing instructors & volunteers.  We’d like to open the class to other club members who may have an interest.  The class is an on-line class with an in-person 20 minute sign-off with an instructor to ensure class participants have the knowledge and skill for certification.  Class content will include Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED/First Aid.  The cost of the class is $55 payable to the instructor prior to the skills evaluations and is required before certification cards are issued. Class will be scheduled sometime in the last two weeks of April or first two weeks of May.

If interested, contact Clay Canfield  cmcanfld@gmail.com, by Friday March 4, or call Clay @ 425-471-6578.



New   –  Website Tips

The SWYC website https://swyachtclub.org is an ever-changing but very important tool to our club.  We need your help in making it vital and useful to each one of us and to those outside of the club.

In that vein we would like to introduce a new section of the newsletter which will offer tips on how you can use and help build this site to meet the needs of all our members.

Each month we will offer a topic with some instructions, and/or tips. We hope that you will find them useful and encourage any comments, questions, or ideas to bilgerat@swyachtclub.org

Month 1 Tip – Keeping your Profile Up-to-Date

The online membership directory is a wonderful vehicle for members to be able to get to know one another (especially in these virtual times).  Phone numbers, addresses, member photos and boating interests can all be found in the directory – IF they are up-to-date.   We encourage each of you to update your online profile to ensure it is current and to include as many pictures and background information as is possible.

TIPAdding pictures to your profile

  • On the website under Current Members go to Manage My Account
  • You will then be required to enter your name and password. This is a privacy feature.  Membership data is only available to other club members.  Also take a moment to read some of the tips and information provided.
  • Once you sign in you will be taken to your account information screen where you can update any information.  To add a picture, click on the Profile tab and toggle down to the Profile Gallery and Business Card sections where you can upload pictures to be included and shared with the club.  Keep in mind the Business card picture will be the one that is shown as your Introduction in the Directory for everyone to know who you are the next time we meet in person.
  • Check out our own Commodore; Pete and Barbara Grimlund’s page in the directory as an example

We look forward to seeing all your smiling faces online and in person soon.  Please feel free to contact me Debra Richardson (dannrich@whidbey.com) and I will be happy to help you along the way.


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February 2022 Newsletter

 

Commodore’s Message

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:

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

 

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.

MEMBER OUTREACH
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.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
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,
Pete Grimlund
Commodore
South Whidbey Yacht Club

Welcome New Members
Please welcome this month’s newest members to the yacht club.  We look forward to meeting them at our upcoming events.

Tina and Glen Quinton
Growing up in a boating family in Boston, I learned to sail when i was a kid. At South Boston Yacht Club I would sail anything from dinghies to whatever offshore boat would have me as crew. Tina is from NH and started sailing after college with friends from work, who shared a pocket cruiser. Along with sailing, our other shared interest is hiking and climbing in the mountains. So we moved to Seattle, a perfect place to have mountains and sea close at hand. We joined Wind Works sailing club, where we went through the US Sail program. We owned a Pearson 26, a great starter boat to sail around Puget Sound. Now we are proud sailors of a Scepter 41, a Canadian built offshore cutter. We enjoy any possible way to get us on the water, from sea kayaking to swimming and lying on the beach.

 

Ransom Burford and family
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

  • 6:30 Socializing/Sips & Dips to Share/ Zoom Opens
  • 6:45 Announcements
  • 7:00 Program

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
and Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83924036754?pwd=eWNSRk1QVlpaVjBJWnpNenR1RHBSUT09

Meeting ID: 839 2403 6754
Passcode: 224674

Watch our website for upcoming programs:

Meetings

 

Cruising News
AHOY, CRUISERS!
Because of the COVID restrictions, SWYC Club members weren’t able to cruise together until our Labor Day Cruise last summer when six cruisers spent four days visiting marinas in the Central Sound. It was a wonderful opportunity to relax and spend time with good friends. We all enjoyed ourselves so much that we’re now making plans to schedule more cruises this summer. Bill and I invite all members with cruising boats to join us in choosing dates and itineraries.

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!  

Use the following link or codes to join Zoom meeting:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/4575259130?pwd=bWxvbUlLWUxHQTkrbGFVckZ3eUJTQT09
Meeting ID: 457 525 9130
Passcode: PoGo3685

Or contact Jill Brown, at

rundog@whidbey.com

 

** If you’d like to be on the Cruising email list, please let us know. We’ll be sending out more information as Spring gets closer. Also, think about volunteering to be Cruise Captains for a rendezvous or two. It’s easy and you can plan the itinerary!
Jill & Bill Brown

 


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.

Youth Dates
Beginners:  July 11-15, July 18-22,  July 25-29
Intermediates:  July 11-15, July 18-22
Adults Class
June 4&5, June 6-10  on Lone Lake
If you are interested in the Youth Sailing Association or learning more about the classes, contact Bob Rodgers at bobrodgers100@gmail.com

Adult classes start the summer off right!
Small Boat Sailing & Racing

The yacht club has some avid small boat sailors and racers.  Mike Scott has been the spark plug for Laserracing on Holmes Harbor.  They had an active racing season last summer and are primed to race again when the weather warms up.  Mike has been through the Tide Tables and figured the best dates for the 2022 series:
May 18
June 1, 15, 29
July 13, 27
Aug 10, 24
Sept 7
That makes for 9 race meetings; all on Wednesday evenings.  First race start 4:30 p.m.
Alternative weeks will be mostly suitable for practice, but not for launching safety boat (mostly 2ft tides).
Meantime the San Francisco Bay Pelican sailors (not in San Francisco; it’s the name of the boat) are planning to have a race season in the spring before Lone Lake becomes uncomfortably toxic.  Dates and times are to be determined.  Bob Rodgers is your contact for the Pelican racing/sailing.
***All racing dates will be posted on the SWYC website once they are known.***

 

Not a fan of racing, but want to get out for a day on the water in any kind of a small boat?  We are reviving the “Gotta Regatta”.  Currently penciled onto the calendar for May 14, this is a gathering for any kind of small boat, preferably wind, human, electric, or small outboard powered.  It will be held at Lone Lake, where there is plenty of parking, a good launching ramp and adequate shoreline to accommodate practically any sort of small boat. Mark your calendars!
Here’s a link to a YouTube video from this gathering way back in 2014:
Stay tuned for more information as our plans congeal.

 

Kayaking News

KAYAKING 2022

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 ktshaner@whidbey.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.

ktshaner@whidbey.com

Explore the Snug Harbor Resort website and make your reservations

https://www.snugresort.com/
“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 ktshaner@whidbey.com and the Zoom link will be sent to you.

Snug Harbor Resort, San Juan Island – September 8-11, 2022.
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!

SAVE THE DATES!

May 7 – Opening Day Celebration at Honeymoon Bay Clubhouse
July 10 – Crab Fest at Honeymoon Bay Clubhouse

Keep track of all the club events and updates at:
https://swyachtclub.org/events/#!calendar

For those of you who haven’t renewed your membership and are planning to do so, it’s easy.  We encourage you to renew on line by going to www.swyachtclub.org.  Then click on ‘Current Members’ and then on ‘Manage My Account.’ Scroll to the lower part of the page.  You’ll see a blue box that says ‘RENEW, UPGRADE OR UPDATE BILLING.’  Click on the box and it will give you easy instructions for renewing.

If you are unable to renew on line, a check made out to South Whidbey Yacht Club may be mailed to:

Treasurer, SWYC
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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January 2022 Newsletter

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, https://swyachtclub.org/news-and-announcements/swyc-2021-holiday-party-charity/. you can do so by sending your contribution to:
Whidbey Island Angels
P.O. Box 43
Freeland, WA 98249
or through Paypal@Cbuchanan984

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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:

 

Cruising
Bill & Jill Brown
Fishing
Bob Boehm
Kayaking
Katy Shaner
Racing
Michael Scott
Sailing
Open
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 http://www.swyachtclub.org 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 bilgerat@swyachtclub.org 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.

Sincerely,
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 dannrich@whidbey.com 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

MANAGING YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNT
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
  • 6:30 Socializing/Sips & Dips to Share/ Zoom Opens
  • 6:45 Announcements 
  • 7:00 Program

Guest Speaker – STEPHANIE CAMPBELL

 


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

 

KAYAKING – GETTING TOGETHER AND PLANNING FOR THE 2022 SEASON

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:

  • Where, when and how often do you want to kayak?
  • Are you interested in taking on the organizing and the leadership of paddles?
  • Are you interested in kayaking day trips that go off island?
  • Would you be interested in scheduling a kayaking safety class with Whidbey Island Kayaking?
  • Kayaking overnight trips – West Beach Resort/Orcas Island or a new venue?
  • Are you interested in socials with other kayakers in our club?
  • Are you interested in scheduling speakers with kayaking experiences/stories to share with the group?

 

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

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

Saturday, January 8
2:00 – 4:00

Please RSVP to Katy at ktshaner@whidbey.com. 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 Bilgerat@swyachtclub.org to get on the mailing list!

 

*** If you know of any club member who is not receiving these newsletters or other club communications, please email bilgerat@swyachtclub.org.

*** We’ll help them get connected.

 

Looking for SWYC clothing, hats or gifts?  Click here:  Land’s End Store

SWYC 2021 HOLIDAY PARTY CHARITY

WHIDBEY ISLAND ANGELS

1689 Main Street Freeland

Tues – Sat 10am-4pm

 

The charity for this year’s support of a local non-profit is Whidbey Island Angels. You will be able to learn about Whidbey Island Angels at this year’s Holiday Party December 15 at the Greenback Progressive Club or online at the SWYC website. Cindy Buchanan and Tanya Hernandez will be present to share the stories about how Whidbey Island began.

As a grassroots charity organization created by Cindy Buchanan and local Whidbey Islanders, it has expanded to opening a physical resource center on 1689 Main Street in Freeland. It shares the resource center with Oasis for Animals and WI Drive. Anyone can come into the resource center and request household items, toiletries, or anything else they might need.

Whidbey Island Angels began after Cindy started coordinating donations on Facebook, and it grew far faster than she anticipated.

“It’s really become an overwhelming thing,” Buchanan said. “I started it March 15 of last year when COVID broke out. A lady posted on Facebook that she had some free food. An elderly lady answered it and said that she would take it—but it was already taken, so then she posted ‘Well if anyone has anything extra they could spare, think of me.’ So, I said right before her post, ‘What do you need?’ Then people started jumping in.

Please consider making a donation to:

Whidbey Island Angels

P.O. Box 43 Freeland 98249

Or through Paypal @Cbuchanan984

December 2021 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message
The Holidays are on us – a time of celebration, for reminiscence about meaningful events in our lives over the past year and for looking forward to the promise of a new year.  As the new Commodore I look forward to growing into the role with the assistance of our current and past members of the board as well as the rest of our SWYC community.  Should you have any thoughts you wish to share, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or to one of the board members for a chat.

SWYC Organizational News
How about that Commodores Ball?  It was fun!  Getting to know our newest members.  Singing along to the Shifty Sailors.  Even the embarrassment of a birthday cake for me – all made for a memorable evening.  Next year I truly hope we can all be together again, dressed to the 9’s, partying like it’s 1999.  Which to most of us means hoping for a little more agility to get out on the dance floor and shake it.

Congratulations to our award recipients. Katy Shaner was selected as this year’s Founder’s Award recipient – a much deserved recognition of the creativity and time she’s contributed in finding interesting speakers for our monthly member programs and as the leader for the Kayaking interest group.  The McArthur Award went to a team of volunteers who reconditioned a floating dock for use by the YSA sailing program.  Congratulations to team “Bismarck”.

Thanks again to all who stepped up to plan this year’s event.

As announced during the Commodores Ball the new Flag Officers are myself, Peter Grimlund – Commodore; Bruce Morris – Vice Commodore; Dan Mooney – Rear Commodore;  Patty Maxfield – Secretary; Barbara Grimlund – Treasurer.  At Large Members; John Gibson, Jake Levitt, Kathy Rodgers, Stark Scott and Katy Shaner. Commodore Emeritus, Jim Rogers will continue to provide his advice and counsel as an ex officio board member.  My appreciation to all these volunteers who have agreed to serve.

I wish to personally thank Martha Ford for her years of service working “undercover” as the “Bilgerat”.  With her transition off the board, we are in the process of redistributing her responsibilities to others.  Barb Grimlund will add “Bilgerat” to her title and assume some of Martha’s member communications functions and support for co-membership chairs Kathy Rodgers and Debra Richardson’s activities.  Sue Gibson will take responsibility for another critical piece of Martha’s previous role – managing the SWYachtClub.org web site content.

If you have content that you would like to share with our community, please reach out to Bilgerat to review.  Bilgerat@swyachtclub.org

Looking Forward – Meetings and Speakers
2021 was a learning year for all of us as we adjusted to life during a pandemic.  As a social club with shared interests focused around water activities, it has been challenging to find the means to deliver value to our members.  We believe the hybrid meeting formats have allowed us to pull together and deliver programs to each of you in a way that allows individuals to decide what level of interaction with other members they are most comfortable with.  We also realized that it will allow us to engage future speakers from outside of our region, greatly enhancing our ability to bring interesting topics to our monthly meetings.

We are beginning the process of pulling together our 2022 calendar of events.  There are eight (8) monthly meetings where we feature a presentation.  We need everyone’s help to keep these presentations coming.

  • If you have a topic that you would like to hear about, please send us your suggestion.
  • If you have a speaker who you think would be great, please send us your suggestion.

Suggestions can be emailed to Rear Commodore, Dan Mooney who’s in charge of programs.  rear.commodore.swyc@gmail.com

We anticipate being able to continue our in-person meetings at the Greenbank Progressive Club.  We encourage you to come in person to the meetings to renew old friendships and make new ones with our newer members.  However, if you are unable to make it or are uncomfortable attending larger gatherings, you can still participate by dialing in electronically via Zoom.

As a reminder, the annual Christmas Party will be held at the Greenbank Progressive Club on Wednesday, December 15.  The planning group still could use a few more volunteers to show up an hour early to help decorate the hall.  If you can help, please reach out to Katy Shaner.

Looking Forward – Interest Groups
The SWYC has five (5) identified interest groups.  Cruising, Kayaking, Racing, Sailing and Windward Women plus the YSA.  Over the next two months people who are interested in participating in one or more of these group’s activities will be getting together to develop a tentative schedule for the year.  This will allow everyone to plan ahead should they wish to participate in a specific activity.  This is a member led planning process so please step up and let us know which group(s) you would like to be involved with.  You can message Bilgerat@swyachtclub.org with your interests and she can connect you with others in that group.

Looking Forward – Membership
Next month you will be receiving a reminder that it is time to renew your SWYC membership.  Last year the board made a decision to temporarily reduce the annual member dues since all of our traditional programming was at risk of not happening.  We were pleased that the move to a hybrid meeting format allowed us to continue to deliver interesting programming to our members – those who attended in person and those who choose to attend electronically.  The SWYC is evolving to meet its members’ needs and with that comes the responsibility to maintain its financial health.  Effective Jan 1, renewals will return to $100 per year for a family membership and $75 per year for a single membership.  The new member joining fee will remain at $100.  If you have questions, please reach out to one of us on the board.  We would be happy to discuss any questions you might have.

And with that, thank you for your trust in me as the new Commodore.  I know, I was the only choice on the ballot, but you could have written someone else in.  I hope to see more of you while cruising on our Boston Whaler 305 Conquest or enjoying a peaceful paddle with the kayaking folks.  While not currently a sailor, I am sure there will be those of my peers who will succeed in getting me out on a sailboat once or twice.

Wishing you all the Best during this Season of Holidays.

Excitedly Yours
Pete
Commodore, SWYC

HEAR YE, HEAR YE, COME ONE, COME ALL!

FESTIVE SWYC HOLIDAY PARTY

Wednesday, December 15, 6:30 – 8:30

Greenbank Progressive Club

(In-person only – No Zoom hybrid)

It is Holiday Time! *Celebrate each other. *Celebrate the times. *Celebrate with the South Whidbey Yacht Club!

This will be an in-person only get-together with Sips & Dips and potluck to share. Bring your own eating utensils. If you feel more comfortable eating only your own food, BYOE. And your name tags as well, if you have them.

The entertainment for the evening will be Barbara Dunn and Karen Calhoun. Some of you may be familiar with Barbara and Karen as they perform in various venues on Whidbey Island. Their performance style range is folk or improvised, can be light and upbeat and will include select holiday themed songs with vocals. The instruments they use is a combination of guitar, hand pan (a delightful sounding percussive instrument), bass, flutes, and vocal.

Each year, the SWYC chooses a local charity to support with contributions from its membership. The name of the charity will be announced. For those who are not able to be present, will have access to the charity’s contact information on the SWYC website.

Please RSVP directly to Katy at ktshaner@whidbey.com.  It helps.

HEAR YE, HEAR YE. LET US CELEBRATE ONE AND ALL.

*** To celebrate is to acknowledge a significant or happy day or event with a social gathering or enjoyable activity. To celebrate during the challenges of Covid is to celebrate with wisdom and respect for others and yourself. All who attend need to be fully vaccinated. *** 

Kayaking News

KAYAKING – PLANNING FOR THE 2022 SEASON 

Kayakers, it is almost a new year and that means thinking about paddling the seas of Whidbey Island and beyond with the SWYC!

If you’re interested in kayaking with SWYC in 2022, let’s get together, share some snacks, share your thoughts and start the planning process for our 2022 kayaking outings.   You’re  invited to get together in person or by Zoom at:

Barb Grimlund’s home
2350 Discovery Pl
Langley

Saturday, January 8, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 

(It’s a Saturday afternoon so that we can hopefully include those of you who are unavailable during the weekdays. Please come!)

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

The Windward Women gather bi-monthly, the first Tuesday of the month.  Email Bilgerat@swyachtclub.org to get on the mailing list!  The next gathering will be on Tuesday, January 4 at 4:00.  More information to come the week before, which is the holiday week , so keep an eye out for the notice. 👀

*** If you know of any club member who is not receiving these newsletters or other club communications, please email bilgerat@swyachtclub.org. *** We’ll help them get connected.

Looking for gift ideas?  How about some SWYC swag under the tree this year?  Land’s End Store


November Newsletter 2021

Commodore’s Message

This is my last monthly message to the South Whidbey Yacht Club, and it has been an honor to serve the Club as your Commodore for the past two years.  The Covid-19 pandemic certainly changed things and has challenged all of us individually and collectively as members of SWYC.  All activities came to an abrupt halt with the onset of the pandemic, but thanks to Perry Lovelace’s (and others) initiative, we were able to resume our Board and General Membership meetings virtually.  Other than these, we were unable to have most of our usual activities in 2020.  Rear Commodore Katy Shaner did a great job scheduling interesting presenters for our monthly meetings via Zoom, and many of our members took advantage of these virtual meetings.  The Windward Women have become more organized and are meeting via Zoom on a regular basis, and the Kayaking group led by Katy has continued to be active and to grow and bring in new members to the Club.  In 2021 with the arrival of the vaccines and a decrease in the number of Covid cases, the Club has been able to return to some of our usual activities.  The YSA had very successful Youth and Adult Learn to Sail Programs thanks all of the hard work and dedication of all of those involved in organizing the programs led by Bob Rodgers as YSA President, Bob Boehm YSA Secretary, and Barb Grimlund YSA Treasurer.  Some of the sailors also had a successful racing season.  We did have a great Crab Fest in July and resumed in-person/virtual (hybrid) General Membership meetings in September.  Thanks to the support of the Board, Vice Commodore Pete Grimlund has now procured all of the audiovisual equipment to continue these hybrid meetings even after the pandemic to allow maximum member participation, especially those who are away from the Island for a significant portion of the year.

Over the past two years, your Board has done a great job managing all of the necessary activities to keep the Club running smoothly.  Please join me in thanking all of the current SWYC Officers and Board members for their support, hard work and dedication: Vice Commodore Pete Grimlund, Rear Commodore Katy Shaner, Secretary Patty Maxfield, Treasurer Barb Grimlund, Membership Chair Kathy Rodgers, and Board Members-at-Large Martha Ford, Starke Scott, John Gibson, and Dan Mooney.  Thanks also to Commodore Emeritus Deb Richardson for her sage advice and for assisting Kathy Rodgers with her duties as Membership Chair.  I would also like to thank the following members for their service to the Club during portions of the last two years: Bob Boehm as Vice Commodore and Jill Brown and Michael Scott as Board Members-at-Large.

I hope all of you will join us on Saturday, November 13 for our Virtual Commodore’s Ball and Changing of the Watch as we welcome all of the incoming Officers and Board Members for 2022.  Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Commodore for the past two years.

Jim
Jim Rogers, Commodore
South Whidbey Yacht Club

Seas The Day…. And Night… to Party!

The South Whidbey Yacht Club

and

Commodore Jim Rogers

Cordially invite you to the virtual Changing of the Watch and Commodores Ball, Seas the Day, at 6:30 pm on Saturday, November 13.

Musical Guest The Shifty Sailors!

Life isn’t about waiting for the winds to change.  It’s learning to Trim Your Sails.  And SWYC members are good at doing just that!  

This year our Commodore’s Ball will again be virtual through Zoom.  To “trim our sails” this year and bring in a touch of personal socializing, we invite our members who are vaccinated and feel comfortable in small gatherings to reach out to other SWYC members, invite them to your home and enjoy viewing the Zoom event together.  Maybe a coffee and dessert soiree? Appetizers and beverages?  Or even a full dinner?   You can even dance together!  Connect with dear friends or invite a member you might not know as well.  The member directory on the SWYC website has the complete member list and contact information.

For those who prefer to limit their face-to-face socializing? Of course, we’ll still be socializing and partying on Zoom.

The evening includes the announcement of next year’s Flag Officers, Board of Directors, and the recipients of the Founders and McArthur Award as well as musical performance by Whidbey Island’s own Shifty Sailors.

Come dressed in your nautical-themed attire or SWYC swag.

Feel free to contact Barb Grimlund bjgrimlund@gmail.com or Kathy kathyrogersrn@att.net with any questions.

 

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January 2020 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message January 2020

Happy New Year to all of you!  I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season.  Those of us who attended the Yacht Club’s Christmas party were treated to ham, turkey, and sides prepared by the Board members and appetizers and desserts brought by the other members.  Thanks so much to Kathy Rodgers and Debra Richardson for spearheading the event.  Not only was the food delicious, but we also learned that some of our members have hidden dance talents with Team Funky Chicken and the Locomotion teams taking top honors in the dance contest.  Thanks also to Michael Scott for providing the music.

Thanks to the generosity of our club members, we collected $1,000 at the Christmas party for the Island Senior Resources Meals on Wheels program.  When I presented this to Debbie Metz at ISR, I learned that a generous anonymous donor was quadrupling all donations made by the end of the year, turning our SWYC donation into $4,000!  What a wonderful Christmas gift for a great program.
I am also happy to announce that Katy Shaner is our new Rear Commodore, and she plans to continue her work with the Windward Women and the kayaking group.  Pete Grimlund has volunteered to come on the Board as a Member at Large to fill the position that Katy vacated.  Thanks to both of them for accepting these positions.
As we enter the new year, it’s time for membership renewals.  Early in January, our membership tool, MembershipWorks, will automatically send a renewal reminder to the primary account holder of all current members, and only primary account holders can renew.  All members will receive a separate email explaining the online renewal process which can be completed with a credit card transaction.  You will all still have the option of paying by check. If the Primary member isn’t the person that normally makes payments in your household, you can make that change online.  Instruction are on the website.
I am looking forward to a great year for the South Whidbey Yacht Club, and we are in the process of finalizing our 2020 calendar.  Don’t forget to go to our new website often for updates on all of our activities.
Looking forward to seeing you at our various events throughout the year.
Jim Rogers, Commodore SWYC
JANUARY GENERAL MEETING

January 15, 2020
Deer Lagoon Grange
6:30 Sips & Chips
7:00 Business Meeting
7:15 Program
Stacy Wallace is a Naturopathic Physician and herbalist, practicing on Whidbey Island. She served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 10 years in both the rugged Northwest and the Northeast. She has a decade of sea stories and experiences on the water to share with us.  Her talk will include some of those stories and a slideshow of photos.
IT’S RENEWAL TIME!!
January is the time to renew your SWYC membership.   Dues remain the same again for yet another year.   The only thing that is changing is that renews will be done online.   You will be receiving an email in the beginning of January with instructions on how to renew your membership online.
We understand that this is new to everyone but have all the faith that we will figure things out together. We’ll be at the January General Meeting to help anyone who is having issues with getting logged in.
Thanks for helping us move to the digital age in 2020 and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions or need assistance in any way.
Look for email notices in your email the week of January 6th.   Feel free to contact Debra Richardson; dannrich@whidbey.com or Kathy Rodgers; maemae121@hotmail.com with any questions or concerns.
WINDWARD WOMEN
Windward Women, come one, come all and let’s celebrate the beginning of the new year with a social on Monday, January 13 to Port Townsend. We can wander through Port Townsend at leisure and meet for a 11:30 lunch at the Thai restaurant called Khu Larb Thai – 225 Adams Street. Khu Larb Thai is a charming restaurant serving delicious Thai food. Their recipes “reflect the Chinese, Malaysian and Indian influences on this distinctive cuisine.”
The restaurant is a short walk from the ferry landing and a block from the Rose Theatre. Interested in finding out more about the restaurant? Check out the menu.
Morning ferries from Coupeville are at 8:45 and 10:15. The earlier ferry would be good for wandering Port Townsend and a leisurely walk to the restaurant. The choice is yours. If you are driving instead of walking on ferry reservations are recommended on this route.
Reservations will be made so please contact Katy Shaner ktshaner@whidbey.com by Friday,  January 10.
YOUTH & ADULT LEARN TO SAIL CAMPS
It’s not too soon to think about summer sailing lessons for the kids in your family (and maybe yourself as well). Our Youth Learn to Sail day camp teaches kids ages 10-16 the basics of sailing. The courses combine shore-side instruction with lots of on-the-water, hand on tiller experience. The focus is on being safe and having fun.
South Whidbey Parks and Rec will open registration in April – watch for a notice in the Newsletter. and the SWYC website.YOUTH SAILING CAMPS
Beginning Students
Ages 10 to 15
Camp 1 – July 6-10
Camp 2 – July 13-17
Camp 3 – July 20-24
Intermediate Students
Ages 12- 16
Open to students who have achieved Level 2 in the Beginning Camp
July 6-10
July 13-17
July 20-24
$175 per week
All camps run from 9 AM to 2:30 PM. Students will sail on Deer Lake.ADULT SAILING CAMPS
Session 1
June 20 & 21
10 AM to 2:30 PM*
Session 2
June 22 to June 25
2 PM to 4:30 PM*
Session 3
June 27 & 28
10 AM to 2:30 pm*
June 26
Regatta and Makeup Day for all sessions
$200 per session

**Intermediate Lesson Plan will be available for returning or experienced adult students
For more information about classes

BobRodgers100@hotmail.com
Register with SW Parks & Recreation
http://www.parks.org
KAYAKING

Join other SWYC kayakers to learn about and share plans for kayaking in 2020. Our first meeting will be Monday, February 3. Please put this date on your calendars with details to follow. Questions? Contact Katy Shaner at ktshaner@whidbey.com

December 2019 Newsletter

SWYC COMMODORE’S DECEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER MESSAGE
I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the upcoming
Christmas season. SWYC’s annual Christmas party is Wednesday, December 18, and I am looking forward to celebrating the Holidays with you. Each year at the Christmas party, our club accepts donations for a charitable organization on South Whidbey. Your Board has chosen the Meals on Wheels program as our recipient for donations this year, and we will have representatives from Island Senior Resources to talk briefly about the program. Please bring your check book or cash and generously donate to Meals on Wheels, which provides a very vital service to our South Whidbey residents.
There will be some changes in the composition of the Board for next year, and Deb and I are planning a joint outgoing/incoming Board meeting this month to assure a smooth transition. We still do not have a Rear Commodore, so if you would be interested in serving your club in this position, please contact me. We are also looking for suggestions for programs for next year’s meetings. If you have any ideas, please let me know. I am looking forward to an exciting and fun 2020 for our South Whidbey Yacht Club!
Sincerely,
Jim Rogers, Commodore SWYC

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