From the Pilothouse: the SWYC newsletter

November 2019 Newsletter

Commodore’s Farewell
This is my last newsletter message and it is with great gratitude that I say goodbye. It has been an honor to serve as Commodore for the past two years and I am so appreciative for the help and support that I have received from my amazing Board and all that they have accomplished in the past two years. Together they have succeeded in creating a new website and online communications, establishing a new kayaking group and a women’s group, developing a new environmental policy, and a soon to be available online, the Ship’s Store.

Please join me in thanking the SWYC Board and YSA Board for all of their hard work and dedication over the past two years.

Vice Commodore, Lisa Irwin

Rear Commodore, Jim Rogers

Secretary, Clay Canfield

Treasurer, Randy Weers

Membership, Kathy Rodgers

Members at Large:

Bob Eichenberger

Katy Shaner

Erin Masterson

Martha Ford

Michael Scott

Starke Scott

I look forward to seeing you all at the Commodore’s Ball to welcome in our new Board.

With Gratitude Sincerely,

Debra Richardson, Commodore SWYC


The South Whidbey Yacht Club


Commodore Debra Richardson

Request the pleasure of your company at the

2019 Commodore’s Ball and Change of Watch

Useless Bay Golf and Country Club

Saturday, November 9th

$60.00 per person

In keeping with our environmental policy, we’re not sending out paper invitations this year. You can register online or with a credit card or pay by check.

If you prefer to mail a check, make it payable to SWYC and mail it to SWYC, P.O. Box 316, Greenbank WA 98253

When you select your entrees and prefer a gluten-free alternative, please indicate on your menu choices.

Beer, wine and cocktails will be available at the bar. Four drink tickets will be issued with each reservation.

You’ll need to login to our secure Membership Site to register for the Ball. Use the email address of the primary member. If you don’t remember your password, just click the Request Password button.


Windward Women Textile Show and Potluck

The Windward Women are invited to view SWYC member Cheryl Lawrence’s textile show at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Whidbey Island on Monday, October 28 at 3:30. We will have a chance to view the show and learn more about why and how it was created. Afterward, we will gather at Lisa Irwin’s home for a beverage and appetizer potluck.

UUCWI address: 20103 WA-525, Freeland

Lisa Irwin’s address: 5536 Beach Bluff Dr., Freeland

Please read the excerpt from the South Whidbey Record on Cheryl’s show. “South Whidbey fiber artist Cheryl Lawrence can think of 131 things to celebrate in 2019, and they are the brave and powerful women sworn into the 116th U.S. Congress on the third day of January. Regardless of political affiliation and wide-ranging ideals, the historic number of females taking an oath to serve inspired the artist to create her collection of work titled Democracy in Action: Celebrating the Women of the 116th Congress. Lawrence is highly regarded for creating intricate textile art using the ancient Japanese dyeing technique known as katazome. For this project acknowledging the collective strength and influence of women in every level of politics, she has produced an impressive collection of 131 fabric katazome portraits. Each individual piece depicts a woman currently inhabiting the chambers of what was once a male bastion of power and prestige.”

Please contact Katy Shaner if you are able to attend this social. You’ve not been to a WW social? Join us!

Sailing Season Awards
The Club’s summer sailboat racing season awards were presented at the October General Membership meeting. Congratulations to the winners and special thanks for all who supported the program as race officials, safety boat crews, shore side helpers and after-race party hosts.

Trophy winners were as follows:
First – Derek Pritchard and Dick Wearn
Second – Lisa Irwin and Clyde Jenkins
Third – Gordon Collins and Rhonda Salerno
In the Pelican fleet, eight different boats competed in one or more races.

First – Zak Malbin
Second – Terry Williamson
Third – Brad Rice

The Laser fleet managed 26 races with 12 different sailors participating.


December 2019 Newsletter

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!
Jim Rogers, Commodore SWYC


Rocking Around the Christmas Tree

SWYC December General Membership Meeting

6:30 Wednesday, Dec. 18. 2019
Deer Lagoon Grange Hall
5142 Bayview Road, Langley
The South Whidbey Yacht Club Board of Directors would like to invite you to our annual holiday event. The Board will provide the main course of turkey, ham, mashed potato and sides.
Please bring an appetizer or dessert and beverage to share (along with your plates and utensils); and be prepared for some fun holiday activities and games.
Looking forward to sharing good cheer with you all.
Kathy Rodgers, Debra Richardson, and SWYC Board Of Directors

October 2019 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message
The Wet Hens have a new name! Thanks to the help of Patty Maxfield, who canvassed for name suggestions,voting ended with a resounding vote for Windward Women!

I borrowed the Wet Hen name and idea of starting a yacht club women’s group a couple of years ago. It has been wonderful to see how, under the masterful leadership of Katy Shaner, the group has taken off and included fun activities and programs from movie night to a recent tour of Nichols Brothers. Whatever the name, what the women seem to enjoy the most is the opportunity to meet and have time to get to know fellow club members in a social gathering outside of the monthly membership meetings.

I look forward to watching the Windward Women continue to grow and define their mission and goals in the coming year.


It’s almost time for the 2019 Commodore’s Ball. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, November 9th. In accordance with our new environmental policy we will be sending invitations via email this year.

Expect to receive your email invitation sometime mid-October.

Debra Richardson, Commodore SWYC


Rear Commodore’s Message

Guests Welcome – Bring a friend or neighbor!

In 2017, Peter and Amanda Ford traveled to Scotland and Norway. They had the opportunity to visit several boat hot spots such as the Anstruther Fishing Museum, Portsoy’s stone-walled harbor built in the 1600s that hosts the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, Nordheim’s Maritime Museum on the Hardanger Fjord, and the Oselvar Workshop in Os that apprentices boat builders of the Oselvar Faerings, thereby preserving the historic skills of Norwegian wooden boat building. In 2018 the Fords returned to Scotland, this time to Shetland Island. They embarked on a 180 mile passage across the North Sea on a 1900 built 70-foot herring fishing boat named the Swan ( from Lerwick Shetland to Portsoy Scotland to attend the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival. The Swan is operated by a non-profit on Shetland so that kids on Shetland can experience their nautical heritage, including sailing the Swan from Shetland to the Tall Ship Events in Denmark and Norway. To fund these events, the Swan also offers paid sailings such as the trips Peter took from Trondheim to Bodo to the Lofoten Islands above the Arctic Circle. This evening, we will do a whirlwind tour of sail-boating from Shetland to Scotland and Norway.

Jim Rogers, Rear Commodore

Wednesday October 16, 2019

Deer Lagoon Grange Hall

5142 Bayview Road, Langley

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

Kayaking News

We did it! The SWYC first ever kayaking trip. From planning the trip starting last November to taking the trip this past weekend September 19 – 22, everything flowed together.

What started as a kayaking overnight to West Beach Resort on Orcas Island became much more – kayakers, boaters and those that just wanted a time away to enjoy the island and each other’s company. It became a fun club outing. We kayaked Mountain Lake in Moran State Park Thursday afternoon. Some hiked around it. We paddled Friday to Pt Doughty from West Beach Resort and picnicked on the beach beyond it. On Saturday, we paddled from West Beach Resort towards Deer Harbor Marina (stopped short of it) and on our return, had our picnic lunch while gently bobbing in our kayaks in a small cove beneath a bluff. Very peaceful.

In the evenings we socialized. Some of us had gone together to reserve the largest lodging at West Beach Resort called the Farm House. There we gathered on Thursday for appetizers, wine, beer and good cheer and on Saturday for a complete salmon pot-luck dinner. Friday evening 16 of us went for dinner at the Madrone Bar and Grill in East Sound.

Dare I say, “Good times were had by all?” You bet I will. It was a good weekend.

Wet Hens News
The Wet Hens are now the Windward Women. The votes were tallied and Windward Women we shall be! Thanks Patty Maxfield and Karen Miller for spear-heading this effort.

Gals, mark your calendars. Our next social is Monday, October 28. The activity, the place, the time will come to you sometime mid-October.

The Wet Hens’ tour of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders on Monday, August 26, was quite successful. Eleven of us had lunch together at Blooms Winery and 5511 Bistro. Then, nine of us met with Matt Nichols, who welcomed us to Nichols Brothers home/office overlooking Holmes Harbor where we saw photos of the many vehicles Nichols Brothers has made. Matt led us on a tour of the facilities where we saw boats being repaired from Island Tug & Barge: Reliant Barge Conversion, Golden Gate Ferries: Golden Gate High-Speed Catamaran Ferry Routine Maintenance as well as new construction of S-190 Hybrid Tractor Tug and high-speed passenger-only ferries for Kitsap Transit. A tour that usually runs to 30”, Matt showed us around for 1’30”. It was most impressive. Go to their website to learn more.
Welcome New Member Mark Ross
Mark Ross of Langley recently moved to Whidbey Island and became acquainted with the SWYC Laser Fleet through Zak Malbin. He has been sailing most of his life, primarily on dinghies. Over the last 15 years he has been sailing primarily a Laser, and is currently the President of the Seattle Laser Fleet, and a co-owner of a J24 which he races regularly in Seattle. He hopes to do some racing with the SWYC Laser Fleet next year while balancing his duties with the Seattle Laser Fleet and his J24 team. Please welcome Mark to the South Whidbey Yacht Club


It’s time to nominate candidates for the annual FOUNDERS AWARD. Please select a SWYC member who you believe has gone above and beyond and fulfilled the mission and vision of the original SWYC founders

Send your nominations for the Founders Award to Perry Lovelace at perry.lovelace@gmail BEFORE OCTOBER 15th. Details and instructions can be found at the SWYC website, The recipient will be honored at the Commodore’s Ball on November 9th. Contact Perry if you have questions or concerns.

The DON MCARTHUR AWARD is an award for the person who has given outstanding service to the Youth Sailing Association for an important contribution to the Youth Sailing Program. The recipient is selected by the Youth Sailing Coordinating Committee rather than the entire membership.


The SWIFT experiment is winding down its first year. SWIFT stands for South Whidbey Island Fun Team, and it is the name of the San Juan 24 sailboat purchased late last year by a club member consortium. The idea of a club keelboat had been kicked around for several years. The objective was to offer an incremental step from out established dinghy sailing programs. The San Juan 24 is suitable for day sailing, racing, and even fairly primitive overnight cruising. SWIFT is moored at Oak Harbor, where the team has been racing in the Oak Harbor Yacht Club Thursday night races as well as the SJ 24 North American Championship regatta. Although we are far from being a podium threat, we are progressing up the learning curve for flying spinnakers and other race crew evolutions. See the picture of SWIFT finishing its first race with an SWYC crew last spring.
Financially, the project is supported by cost-sharing among the 11 member purchasing consortium. For the first year, this amounted to $600 each with about half of this being a share of the purchase price. The balance is budgeted to cover ownership expenses, especially moorage at Oak Harbor. Our usage policy is that at least one member of the consortium must be aboard as the Skipper of record. Other SWYC members are welcome as guests, and non-member guests are also welcome but must sign a liability waiver. We are using an on-line app, NauticalMonkey, for scheduling reservations. Title to the boat is in the name of the SWYC Youth Sailing Association, and it is thus covered for liability insurance under the club’s policy.

The consortium will be meeting soon to plan for next year. The group cut- off membership at 11 for this year, but there may be openings for new additions for next year due to possible drop-outs. Anyone interested in joining should contact Bill Brown. Another future hope is to add keel boat lessons to our Adult and possibly Youth programs. This would require an instructor or Skipper with a USCG captain’s license. Anyone so licensed and interested is also urged to contact Bill at

Congratulations and thanks to all who sailed in and supported our summer racing series, especially Race Committees, safety boat crews, Holmes Harbor ramp and dock volunteers, and of course, after race party hosts. The Pelican fleet saw eight different boats participate in one or more of 18 total races. In the Laser fleet, 12 different skippers sailed in some or all of 26 total races. Complete results are posted on the club website. The Annual Awards Dinner will be held at the Grange Hall on Saturday, October 12th, starting at 6:00. In addition to trophies for the first three positions in each fleet, there may be awards for “special achievements”. All sailors interested in the club racing program are encouraged to attend, as we will include some time to collect audience feedback on ideas for next season. The club will provide food, probably pizza and accompaniments, and attendees should bring their own beverages and dishes. So that we can plan food quantities, please RSVP with number of attendees by Monday, October 7th to

September 2019 Newsletter

Newsletter Editor’s Message
Bill and I moved to Whidbey Island from Vermont 14 years ago. Labor Day in the Northeast is the time to pull the boats out of the water, put away the lawn furniture and think about calling the snowplow guy. Here in the temperate PNW, we can cruise all year round, and instead of snow and ice, autumn promises new and exciting activities to look forward to. This month, the Wet Hens are sponsoring a kayak trip to West Beach and October brings the Land Cruise. On November 9th, we dust off our dancing shoes for the Commodore’s Ball and in December, we celebrate the Holidays with dinner and much merriment.

The Social Committee is already planning our monthly General Membership meetings. If you have cruising stories that you’d like to share at a monthly meeting, please contact Bruce Morris.

The Club has seven new members just waiting to join in the life of the Club. Please make them feel welcome. Be sure to think about signing up for committees and special projects. The Club needs your assistance in fulfilling its Mission.

We lost some good friends this past year – we keep them in our hearts as we move forward.

Dig out those fuzzy sweaters and let’s come together to celebrate the seasons at SWYC.

Jill Brown
Your Editor


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

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


Wednesday, September

September 18, 2019

Deer Lagoon Grange Hall

5142 Bayview Road, Langley

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


Mark Bunzel


What’s in a Name?

There may be a name change for the gals’ group of the South Whidbey Yacht Club presently known as the Wet Hens! Commodore Debra has asked Patty Maxfield who agreed to find out if there was an interest in exploring possible options for renaming the Wet Hens. And so, a request went out for suggestions.

Patty received possible names from six different women. Karen Miller and Patty reviewed all the names that were submitted. They decided one parameter for the new name would be that you could tell it was a group of women. The names they would like to submit to the larger group, in alphabetical order, are:

· Lady Mariners

· Salty Girls

· Wet Hens

· Windward Women

· Yes Maams

Think about your preference and consider which one you would like to vote on. Watch for Patty Maxfield’s email (through The Bilgerat) before our next social for your chance to vote. All gals, in person at our next social or by absentee will be able to place their vote.


Your kayaking contacts are Katy Shaner, Karen Miller and Patty Maxfield. That makes three of us organizing paddles, which will be at a variety of locations, days and times. Anyone interested in SWYC kayaking, please contact Katy at

Here are the dates with details to follow:

Monday, September 9
Contact – Katy Shaner


Welcome New Members

David Smukowski

Wayne Tilson


August 2019 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message

More than a Club

More than ever, I am so thankful for the privilege of being part of the SWYC. Thanks to my husband Russ, I was introduced to this wonderful community and group of people that have been such an important part of our lives since we moved to Whidbey Island 15 years ago. Since the day that we became involved, we have benefited from meeting a wonderful group of interesting, fun, dedicated, and amazing group of people that have enriched our lives immensely.
I have been so thankful to have the caring and support that everyone has given me since Russ’s passing. It reinforces what I have always felt. When people ask: what do I get for my membership dues? I am here to tell you that you get a community of caring friends who are by your side through fair and stormy times, which means more than anything to me.
Thanks to you all for your condolences and support,
Debra Richardson, Commodore SWYC

Rear Commodore’s Message

AUGUST GENERAL MEETING-  Wednesday, August 21

In lieu of our regular meeting in August, we will be having a SWYC Social on our regularly scheduled meeting day of Wednesday, August 21.The venue is Bloom’s Winery and 5511 Bistro in Freeland, and I am currently working out menu choices and a time with Bloom’s. I will get all of the details out to the club by the beginning of August, so save the date on your calendar now.
Jim Rogers, Rear Commodore


The next Wet Hen Social is Monday, August 26. It will be a combination lunch and tour. The tour will be of Nichols Brothers Boat Building facility in Freeland. Katy has been in contact with Matt Nichols to finalize the details of the tour. Please mark your calendars now and be on the lookout for a follow up email with the details and time of the tour.

What’s in a Name?
There may be a name change for the gal’s group of the South Whidbey Yacht Club presently known as the Wet Hens! Commodore Debra has asked Patty Maxfield who agreed to find out if there was an interest in exploring possible options for renaming the Wet Hens. And so, a request went out for suggestions.
Patty received possible names from six different women. Karen Miller and Patty reviewed all the names that were submitted. They decided one parameter for the new name would be that you could tell it was a group of women. Think about your preference and consider which one you would like to vote on. Watch for Patty Maxfield’s email before our next social for your chance to vote. All gals, in person at our next social or by absentee will be able to place their vote. The names they would like to submit to the larger group, in alphabetical order, are:

Lady Mariners
Salty Girls
Wet Hens
Windward Women
Yes Maams


Karen Miller and Patty Maxfield have agreed to organized and be the contact persons for kayaking outings. That makes three of us organizing paddles, which will be at a variety of locations, days and times. Anyone interested in SWYC kayaking, please contact Katy at

Here are the dates with details to follow:

Karen Miller

Friday, August 16 & Friday, September 6

Patty Maxfield
Tuesday, August 6 (Mutiny Bay with Holmes Harbor as a back-up) & Wednesday, September 4

Katy Shaner
Monday, August 19 & Monday, September 9

NEW MEMBERS – Welcome!

Peter and Barb Grimlund
Buck Stockhausen and Victoria Farrington
Todd Chapman and Carol Dean
Sabine Wilma
Barbara Bennett


SWYC featured on!

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July 2019 Newsletter

No July 2019 Newsletter – Enjoy Summer and go boating!!!


Check out the feature Whidbey Telecom did on us for WhidbeyTV!

June 2019 Newsletter



When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills. ~Chinese Proverb

Thanks to the hard work of Erin Masterson the South Whidbey Yacht Club has a brand-new website! I hope that you all have taken some time to check it out and to update your profiles. One of the many benefits of this new site is that it gives each member to opportunity to control their own information and to provide an online bio as a way for members to get to know more about one another. The website calendar will also be your go to source for update information regarding club meetings and events.

I know that changes in technology can sometimes be challenging, (trust me I know), so don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions or need help in any way. Also please be sure to come to the June General Membership for more help and information.

I can’t thank Erin enough for all the many hours of time and hard work they donated to make this happen.

Sincerely, Debra Richardson

Commodore SWYC,


Wednesday, June 19, 2019


1651 Main St, Freeland

6:30 Sips & Chips 7:00 Business Meeting

7:15 Presentation on new SWYC website

7:30 Program

Don’t miss this Presentation:

“THE 2016 Race to Alaska”

SWYC member Jenny Goff will talk about her experiences in the Race to Alaska.

Jenny Goff has sailed over 35,000 nautical miles over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Caribbean Sea. When she was twenty five she sailed with her partner from San Diego, CA to New York City via the Panama Canal on their 32’ Kendall sloop. She subsequently worked on mega-yachts and sailboats up and down the eastern seaboard and Caribbean, including three wonderful years on Walter Cronkite’s ketch Wyntje. Jenny now lives with her husband Kevin Dunham and their small daughter in Bayview. They raise goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, pigs and a variety of vegetables and fruit on their six-acre farm.

Guests are always welcome!

Please bring your own dishware to support our stewardship of the environment


Crab Feast Sunday, July 14th

Honeymoon Lake Community Club House.

A great festive event with Dungeness crab, burgers, and dogs.

Guests are welcome

Please ring a dish to share:

A To G – Salad; H to P – Dessert; Q to Z – Appetizers

3:00 – Cocktail Hour

4:00 – The Feast begins. Don’t be late

If you are interested in helping to catch, clean or cook the Crab please contact Bruce Morris at We also need Volunteers for the Following Please get back to Bob Eichenberger at

6 to 8 People to help set up need to arrive at 1:00

6 to 8 People to help take down tables and clean up

1 to 2 people to cook hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill (they will need to be there by 2:00)

1 person with a pickup to take trash and recycling -, very important

4 to 5 large coolers dropped off by 1:00 so we can use them to haul ice.

5 large trash cans for trash and recycling


South Whidbey Yacht Club will be once again presenting a float in the Annual Maxwelton 4th July Parade.

As in previous years, we will tow Lisa Irwin’s brightly colored Pelican “Crayola” behind one of our vehicles, suitably decorated with SWYC banners, and all are welcome to come along and support the effort, ride in the back of the truck, throw candy, hand out leaflets and so on. Just show up in the assembly area and look for Mike Scott, or Brad Rice. Thanks.


Ahoy, It’s once again time for your favorite volunteer activity – sitting on the shore of a beautiful lake and occasionally assisting the young, wet or frightened sailing students. We call ourselves the Beach Nannies or Shore volunteers. The Beginner Sailing Camps this year take place Monday through Friday from July 8 – July 26, at Deer Lake in Clinton (in the Deer Lake Haven Community Park).

We will have two 3-hour shifts each day (8:45-11:45 and 11:4-2:45) and aim to have two volunteers for each time slot, with at least one a female. This is particularly useful to the young girls since most of our boating volunteers are men. Our beginner kids are mostly in the 10-12yr old range, with a few younger teens.

Please email or text if you can join us.

Lisa Irwin, Beginner Sailing Program Manager

(206) 214-7456


Wet Hen Social

The next Wet Hen Social “Bring a Friend” theme is Monday, June 24. Do you have a friend who might be interested in learning more about the SWYC and would like to get to know us better before getting involved? Well, here’s a chance for us to share a part of who we are. The social is from 3 – 5:00 at Commodore Debra’s home. 3486 Camano Vista, Greenbank. 360-331-1434.

Please let Katy or Deb know if you are able to make it so we can plan accordingly.

Full Moon Paddle

SWYC kayakers participated in a Full Moon Paddle Saturday June 15 on Useless Bay. It was organized by Joel Shrut and WISK (Whidbey Island Sea Kayakers). We all met at John and Coyla Shepard’s home on Sunlight Beach Rd starting around 7:00 and once launched, headed towards Double Bluff and Deer Lagoon. The moon was bright, the weather mild, wind was about 7mph. It was an easy to moderate paddle.

Kayaking Safety Class

The Kayaking Safety class with Whidbey Island Kayaking is being held again this year. Six kayakers have signed up to take this class which is from 2:30 – 4:30 Monday, June 17 – Thursday June 20. The first three days will be on Goss Lake finishing up at the Langley Marina.

The Safety Class will cover:

Self-rescue – assisted rescue (Greater emphasis on assisted rescue since Krista encourages a buddy system while kayaking)
Safety equipment
Towing techniques
Communication plan
Tides, currents, navigation
Kayaking Dates

Mark your calendars for upcoming SWYC kayaking outings. As we get closer to the dates, details as to where and when we will meet will be shared. They are all on Fridays. 6/28, 7/26, 8/9, 8/23 and 9/6. If anyone has interest in other days and would like to organize outings, please let us know. More the merrier. Contact Katy or Karen Miller


This year’s FALL LAND CRUISE will is scheduled for October 1-9. It will take place in Ashland Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Salem, OR.

Activities in Ashland are centered around the Shakespeare Festival on Wednesday – Saturday night. We will also visit some wineries, a local chocolate factory, perhaps a Friday night Art Walk in Ashland, etc. RV’ers and tenters will lodge at Emigrant County Park, with RV’s in the RV section and tent campers in the dry camping area. For those without an RV or tent there are many reasonable hotels in the Ashland area. Those in hotels are welcome to join the RV’ers for meals.

Shakespeare Theatre Plays: Hairspray: The Broadway Musical All’s Well That Ends Well

Macbeth As You Like It

Cambodian Rock Band How to Catch Creation

Between Two Knees Mother Road

Alice in Wonderland La Comedia of Errors


Notes: 1. Penny Harger and Bob Boehm have seen Cambodian Rock Band, Mother Road and As You Like It and found the performances outstanding. Cambodian Rock Band was our favorite

2. Tickets for Oct 2-5 are selling out fast. Many 1:30 performances have only the most expensive tickets available.

In Salem the RV’s will stay at Premier RV Resort on Route 22 just west of downtown Salem. For those without RV’s there are a number of reasonable hotels in Salem.

Activities planned for Salem include: the Willamette Valley Cheese Company, Oregon Garden, Mission Mill Museum and wineries.

For further information contact Bob Boehm at


The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) ROAM app is a free mobile application that provides an option for pleasure boaters to report their U.S. entry to CBP via their personal smart device or a tablet to satisfy the entry reporting requirements.

U.S. Customs& Border Protection The CBPROAM app also qualifies as an Alternative Inspection System that satisfies the boat operator’s legal requirement to report for face-to-face inspection with some exceptions:

– Travelers who require an I-94;

– Travelers who wish to obtain a cruising license;

– Travelers who must pay duties on imported goods; and

– Other circumstances as applicable.

To use the CBP ROAM app, travelers input their biographic, conveyance, and trip details and submit their trip for CBP Officer (CBPO) review. The CBPO may initiate a video chat to further interview travelers. Once the CBPO reviews the trip, travelers will receive a push notification and an email with their admissibility decision and next steps, if applicable. Travelers using the CBP ROAM app may use the app to apply to become Verified Travelers (which includes existing LBO, SVRS, and I-68 numbers) and receive expedited processing on future arrivals.

Travelers should download the CBP ROAM app from the GooglePlay Store or AppleApp Store on their web-enabled smart device. Note that a free account is required to use the CBP ROAM app. After opening the CBPROAM app, tap ‘Sign In’.

Travelers who do not have a account should ‘Create an account’ and follow the instructions.

Travelers who already have a account should sign into their existing account, and will be redirected backto the CBP ROAM app.

After signing in to the CBP ROAM app, users can create and save traveler and conveyance profiles. These profiles can be reused for repeat entry into the United States.

For more details email cbproam@cbp.dhs or go to

May 2019 Newsletter

Opening Day is a centuries-old tradition of the yachting community which persists wherever there are sailors and thanks to Bob and Kathy Rodgers this tradition was carried on and enjoyed by all this past weekend.

From what I have read, Opening Day has involved all kinds of rituals from: cannon shots over the water to break the ice, to hoisting a rubber chicken and a Jack Daniels bottle up the mast. For the past two years it has been my honor to carry on SWYC founder Ken Sasson’s Rock and Sword ceremony. Like all traditions it gives us cause to commemorate and celebrate the passage of time.

So, I would officially like to say let the season begin. I hope to see you all at one of the many wonderful events that we have planned for the coming season.


Debra Richardson, Commodore


The 2019 SWYC kayaking season, now in its second year, has begun. On Wednesday May 29th, Sue Ellen White will speak to our group about her experiences kayaking Whidbey Island. She has circumnavigated the island and is very involved with Whidbey Island Sea Kayaking (WISK).

For those who are interested in taking the kayaking safety class being offered to SWYC members through Whidbey Island Kayaking, the 2019 days are June 17-20 from 2:30-4:30. Monday – Wednesday at Goss Lake and Thursday at the Langley Marina.

Questions? Contact Katy Shaner (


John Crane was approved as a new member. He has a Laser and has had 60 years of kayaking in North and Central America. Welcome to the club John!

March 2019 — Gratitude and Celebration

Russ and I have been members of the Yacht Club for almost 13 years, and one of the things that has impressed us are the connections and friendships that develop.  I know that new members sometimes feel that it’s hard to make friends, but the reality is that the club provides the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded people and develop new friendships – friends like Leonard and Linda Good and Gordon and Karen Labuhn, who have been a big part of the SWYC community over the years.   Friendships like these have been the most rewarding part of being members of SWYC and the opportunity to meet a group of pretty fantastic people. One of the best ways to get to know other members is to volunteer to work with Club projects and social events.
I know that it is sometimes daunting for new members to feel as if they are a part of the group at General Membership meetings and other functions.  Kathy Rodgers and the rest of the SWYC Board continue to work on making all members feel welcomed and included.   I encourage anyone to let me know if you have suggestions on how we can help everyone feel welcomed and a part of this wonderful community called The South Whidbey Yacht Club.
Debra Richardson, Commodore SWYC

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February 2019 – Mark Your Calendars

The 2019 calendar is set and ready, with lots of exciting activities planned for the upcoming year.  We are still looking for someone or some bodies to captain the spring cruise.   Don’t be shy, just pick a place and let the party begin.  Speaking of cruises and parties be sure to read the announcement regarding the Orcas Island Kayak and Club Cruise later in this newsletter.
The Board has already begun thinking about next year and planning for the next Change of Watch. We will also be looking for possible candidates for next year’s Board. Please let us know if you have any interest. By the way, Club members are always invited to join us on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.  Feel free to let me know.
Finally, I am sad to announce the death of our dear friend Gordon Labuan.  Gordon and Karen have been members of the club since 2011 and there was never a reason that would keep him from attending our meetings. We will all miss his smiling face and positive attitude.
Debra Richardson, Commodore SWYC

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