November Newsletter

Commodore’s Message

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

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

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

Pete Grimlund
Commodore
South Whidbey Yacht Club

 


No General Meeting in November

 

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

 

 

Jesse Wiegel

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

The best link to find out when the film will be streaming would be:
https://r2akthemovie.com/

Our Facebook page is at:
https://www.facebook.com/racetoalaska

All of our past R2AK daily videos (amongst other things) can be found at:
https://www.youtube.com/c/NorthwestMaritimeAdventureRaces

 

and to sign up for the newsletter/updates:
https://r2ak.com/sign-up-for-the-daily-update/

_______________

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

 


Commodore’s Ball

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

 

The Light Shines On

 

 


Annual Holiday Party

 

Save the Date! 

The Annual SWYC Holiday Party is Coming!

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

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

In-Person Only, No Zoom

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


Kayaking News

Kayaking with the SWYC

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

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

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


Windward Women

 

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

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

Join Us!
https://swyachtclub.org/windward-women/#!event/2022/9/6/windward-women-meeting

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

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


Upcoming Social Events

Save the Dates!

Commodore’s Ball– Saturday, November 12

Holiday Party – TUESDAY, December 13

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


Members’ Tips and Training

Website Tip for November

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

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

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

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


*** 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


Copyright © 2022 South Whidbey Yacht Club, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website.

Our mailing address is:

South Whidbey Yacht Club

PO Box 316

Greenbank, WA 98253

 

 

October Newsletter

Commodore’s Message

I am penning this month’s message on our return trip from New England, where I had a few days to explore the region’s rich history of shipbuilding and sailing.  While most of the wooden vessels that plied Atlantic coastal waters have long since vanished, a few remain to remind us of our seafaring heritage.  It was amazing to see all of the different designs of sailing vessels from small skiffs to six-masted bulk carriers.

West Coast heritage is different, having come into its own close to the dawn of powered vessels.  That’s my experience – cruising and fishing in the Puget Sound and in the lakes of the upper Midwest.  For those of you who do not have a boat – remember – Boat Not Required – you can still participate in and learn the finer points of boating whether propelled by wind or engine.  With our cruising, racing, and sailing seasons coming to a close, we move into planning for the coming year.  This is your chance to get involved early on so that in 2023 you are ready to hit the water.

Not to be deterred by fall or even PNW winter weather, our Kayaking group are a hardy bunch and find opportunities all year round to go for a paddle, weather permitting.

Just a reminder of some important events coming in November.

Elections for the SWYC Board take place in October.  Thank you to Jill Brown, Bill Brown, Rick Paine, Tina Quinton, John Gibson and Dan Mooney for administering this annual process.  Look for the ballots in your email this month.

The new board will be announced at the Commodore’s Ball – a gala event on the 12th of November.  Thank you to Lee McGuire, Jill Brown, Karen Labuhn, and Barb Grimlund for organizing this special event.

Signing off from somewhere around the Great Lakes.

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.

 

Tom Sante
A former member of Meydenbauer Yacht Club, I sailed and raced in Bellingham Bay and Seatle for 2 years. I’ve owned several sail, ski, and power boats over the past 50 years. I love the water and currently own a Hobie Adventure Island Kayak. I was recommended by Dan Mooney, who I now share my kayak with. I retired from commercial real estate after 50 years at the end of 2019 and now do a little consulting work.

 

Gayle Austin & Bob Kuehn

We are primarily interested in kayaking with a group and getting to know other paddlers. We have both paddled for decades and were involved in the founding of WISK. We have especially enjoyed camping trips as a couple and with friends. However, over the years the group has shrunk due to moves and the deaths of elders. We miss those gatherings and hope for a new group of paddling friends.

Jim Soules

I moved to Langley in Summer ’21, and just bought an Orca 325, which is an 11-foot inflatable sailboat from the Netherlands. I crewed and sailed in ’80s and ’90s. I’m a small home developer (www.soulescompany.com). From 1996-2004, I worked in Langley, built Third Street Cottages, and am now building three small homes in Langley.  I’m interested in a community sailing center in Langley marina..

 


October Membership Meeting

Wednesday, October 19th
Greenbank Progressive Club and Zoom

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

Guest Speaker – Jesse Wiegel

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

 

Jesse Wiegel

Race Marshal for the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, responsible for organizing the Race to Alaska (R2AK), SEVENTY48, and the small-boat cruise Salish 100 

Jesse will speak about the challenges and triumphs of putting together these well-known maritime events,and tell a few stories about this past year’s races. He will also share some information on the mission of the Northwest Maritime Center, and its efforts to encourage diverse on-water experiences.

Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85172590208?pwd=Y52kVI0DWmqe3ymWvUsaVWW33Dc3XN.1

Meeting ID: 851 7259 0208
Passcode: 757832

There will not be a regular members’ meeting in November.  The Commodore’s Ball on November 12 takes the place of our monthly meeting.

For future programs, see the event calendar on the SWYC
https://swyachtclub.org/meetings/#!event-list


Commodore’s Ball

Save the Date!
“The Light Shines On!”
Saturday, November 12
Useless Bay Country Club
5:30 pm
Dinner, Dancing, Awards and Introduction of 2023 Board Members

Invitations will be sent electronically in mid-October.

 


The SWYC Founders Award

  2022 has been a full and active year for the SWYC as it transitioned from the restrictions placed on it by Covid to in-person meetings, gatherings, and activities that have been the foundation of the club. Being back to a form of new normal gives all of us a chance to reconnect, grow friendships, and together support the SWYC in so many ways.

Each year at the Commodore’s Ball, we honor an individual who we recognize has gone well beyond his/her contribution to the Club with time, energy, expertise, and encouragement.

To recognize this individual, we come to you for your nominations. Someone you feel should be recognized for outstanding work throughout the past year. Have you been volunteering next to someone who has impressed you with their dedication? In reading the monthly newsletter or attending a social or a meeting, did you get to know someone who contributes much to the club?

Please take a moment to send your nominations for this year’s Founders Award and a brief description of why you are nominating this person to Katy Shaner. Feel free to let her know if you have any questions. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 21st.

Click here to see more info about the award, including past recipients.


SWYC Youth Sailing Association

2023 Sailing Classes 

We continue to receive inquiries about youth and adult sailing classes and lessons.  The 2022 schedule was completed in July.  Watch our SWYC website for notice of 2023 classes in mid-April next year.  Both the schedule and how to register for classes will be available at that time.

https://swyachtclub.org/learn-to-sail/

 


Kayaking News

Kayaking with the SWYC

Fall is here. And that means a closing of the kayaking season with the SWYC. From April through September, kayakers Dave Davis, Barb Hardman, Dan Mooney, Barb Grimlund, and Katy Shaner volunteered to schedule paddles for each of those months. The kayakers paddled from Bowman Bay, Mueller Park, Robinson Beach, Sandy Hook, Glendale Beach, and Mutiny Bay.

At the beginning of the 2022 summer season, the club worked with Whidbey Island Kayaker to offer a safety refresher class. Many new SWYC members are interested in kayaking, and so our numbers grow. September had two paddles that were organized by the club. The first was Saturday, September 3, led by Katy Shaner, and was a 10:00 put-in at Mueller Park. Six kayakers met at the Park and chose to paddle to Coupeville passing by Captain Whidbey Inn, through the mussel beds, and on and around the historical Coupeville pier. The currents/tides were good, the wind gentle and the sun shone throughout the paddle.

Saturday, September 17, a hardy group of 9 paddlers, led by Dave Davis and Barb Hardman, put in at 10:30 to join the Cultus Bay to Scachet Head trip. Weather, currents, and great conversation were enjoyed by all. An after-paddle social brown bag lunch on Barb and Dave’s deck continued the conversation and anticipation of next year’s trips and many hoped spontaneous trips would continue throughout the year, weather permitting. It was a great day.

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


SWYC Mountain Lake Camping & Kayaking

Baker Lake

Save the 2023 Date!

Save the Dates! All Members Welcome!
Sunday, June 25 – Tuesday, June 27
3 days / 2 nights
Swift Creek Campground
Baker Lake

Camping, kayaking, boating, floaties, paddle boarding, jet skis or just playing on the beach.  All club membersand their families who enjoy water activities with more ‘rustic’ natural accommodations are welcome.   

More information to come in the spring of 2023, but you might want to save the dates now.  We have a group site reserved already.  The group site will accommodate  ~ 6 camping parties (tents, trailers). If you want to reserve an individual more-private campsites at Swift Creek Campground, individual sites will be available for reservation 6 months prior to our dates, so in late December.  They fill up quickly.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbs/recarea/?recid=74986

Contact Barb Grimlund for more information or to indicate your interest in staying in the group campsite.

baker lake trip


Windward Women

The Next Windward Women Gathering is in October

Thursday, October 6
9:30 AM

Ebey’s Landing Lower Lot

Followed by Libations at Ciao in Coupeville
Hosted by Patty Linehan and Pat Matthews

The next Windward Women gathering will be Thursday, Oct 6 at 9:30 am. We will be meeting at Ebey’s Landing, the lower parking lot.   Some can hike and some can beach comb followed by a social enjoyed by all. We will go to Ciao in Coupeville for libations!

A Discovery Pass is needed for parking.  Bring your pass or a daily pass can be purchased on site.

Join Us!
https://swyachtclub.org/windward-women/#!event/2022/9/6/windward-women-meeting

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

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


Upcoming Social Events

Save the Dates!

Commodore’s Ball– Saturday, November 12

Holiday Party – Tuesday, December 13

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


Members’ Tips and Training

Website Tip for October

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

Tip –Board Meeting Minutes

All Board of Directors meetings are open to all SYWC members. Log in to the Board Meeting Minutes page website to browse minutes from past meetings and keep up-to-date with what is going on.

If reading through piques your interest in joining the board, or you have questions about who we are or what we do, please email bilgerat@swyachtclub.org and we will be happy to help you.

If you have ANY questions about any of these, please email bilgerat@swyachtclub.org. (That’s me – Barb).  I’m happy to help you.  It’s important that you are able to access the information you need easily.

 


*** 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


Copyright © 2022 South Whidbey Yacht Club, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website.

Our mailing address is:

South Whidbey Yacht Club

PO Box 316

Greenbank, WA 98253

 

 

September Newsletter

Commodore’s Message

Sharing a beautiful sunset and accompanying moonrise with friends and family is the best time to savor the day’s highlights.

Similarly, as the last days of summer pass by, with club activities transitioning into fall, I reflect on how well the year has turned out.  I am thankful for all of the hard work early in the year by those group leaders laying the groundwork for cruises, kayaking, lessons and sailing adventures plus the monthly meetings and social events.  When you see these leaders, please let them know how much you have appreciated their efforts.  I certainly do.

In September we return to our monthly meetings held at the Progressive Club of Greenbank.  Rear Commodore Dan Mooney has pulled together another great program. Dan will be leading the September meeting while Barb and I travel to the East coast and Midwest to visit family and friends.  Barb might even get a paddle or two in while in Maine.

It has been especially gratifying to meet all of the new members who have joined the club over the last two years.  Twenty-one in 2021 plus another twenty this year.  With in-person meetings now happening along with our social events (Opening Day, Crabfest and the August Social at the Penn Cove Brewery) it feels like we are back to living the life we paused in 2020, renewing old friendships and making new ones.

As we transition into fall activities, please give some thought to how you might want to engage with the club in the coming year.  Planning for all of our spring and summer activities begins in earnest come January.  Consider stepping up to plan and lead an outing whether it’s a cruise, paddle, Windward Women meetup, lessons, racing or whatever.

Board Elections

Speaking of stepping up, Board Elections are just around the corner.  For the SWYC to remain fresh and vital, we need new faces to join the board as seasoned veterans make way for new leaders with fresh perspectives.  You do not need to be a seasoned member to serve nor have prior board experience.  Several of us joined the board within months of becoming members and just learned along the way.  Barb and I joined the SWYC after Crabfest 2019.  Barb joined the board that fall with me following shortly thereafter. So, whether you are a freshman club member or more senior, all talent is welcome,
Contact me, Commodore Pete Grimlund, commodore@swyachtclub.org, if you are interested in learning more.   If a member from our nominating committee contacts you, please listen and give it serious consideration.

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.

 

Glenn Jones

I guess I feel uncomfortable being too far away from salt water, and, excepting college, have never moved from Puget Sound, to which my Swedish ancestors came (Port Townsend) in  the year of statehood. They, like most, abandoned that city for Seattle in 1900 or so, and I lived there until it ceased to exist (for me) 30-odd years ago and came to Whidbey with the “second wave”, and with 5 children, now grown.  As there was empty space on my rural property, boats began to appear and settle in, and of course housing had to be built for them.  I can’t say I love sanding, epoxy, and certainly not varnish, but when they are running and I am in them, I am happy.  I understand they also come sans motors, (sans oars I fully understand), but the bits-of-cloth variety I have yet to learn to operate, and hope you all will teach me

 

Marilyn Jones

I like to kayak and would love to learn pelican and other sailing. Live at Holmes Harbor. Looking forward to meeting more of the group and doing some outings with you

Robert & Brooke Lindsley

Hi there, we are Rob and Brooke Lindsley! We moved full time to Whidbey in May and have been trying to find a more regular way to get on the water and improve our boating skills with likeminded people. We are so glad to learn about the South Whidbey Yacht Club and can’t wait to be a part of this community! A bit about us: Rob is a psychologist with an international humanitarian organization and Brooke is a physical therapist in private practice who specializes in dizziness, balance, and concussion. We are avid open water swimmers and have experience on small crafts and larger cruising vessels. Our goal is to eventually grow in capability such that we will be able to charter a liveaboard and cruise Desolation Sound. We are in no rush, though, and look forward to learning and having fun on all types of boats along the way.

 


September Membership Meeting

Wednesday, September 21st
Greenbank Progressive Club and Zoom

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

Guest Speaker – Seth Muir

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

Seth Muir has been the Executive Director of Sail Sand Point since 2019.  Prior to serving in this role, Seth was the Executive Director of Salish Sea Expeditions which is a non-profit sailing and marine science organization based in Puget Sound.

Sail Sand Point is a non-profit located on the North Shore of Magnuson Park with the mission of bringing the joy and life-enhancing benefits of sailing and small boats to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Sail Sand Point achieves its mission through a wide range of youth camps, adult classes, adaptive water sports clinics, a robust community outreach program, and a fully integrated scholarship program. With 1,051 outreach participants, 458 hours of adaptive sailing, and $38,405 awarded in scholarships last year, Sail Sand Point continues its strides in making sailing and paddling accessible for all.

Seth will speak to us about the various boating programs and activities of Sail Sand Point and the work done in support of the organization’s mission which has much in common with SWYC and our YSA programs.

Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85172590208?pwd=Y52kVI0DWmqe3ymWvUsaVWW33Dc3XN.1

Meeting ID: 851 7259 0208
Passcode: 757832

In October, Daniel Evans, Harbormaster for the Northwest Maritime Center Wooden Boat Festival and Race Boss for the Race to Alaska (R2AK), will provide a recap off this year’s R2AK and the Wooden Boat Festival.  He’ll also include an update of plans for the future.

For future programs, see the event calendar on the SWYC
https://swyachtclub.org/meetings/#!event-list


SWYC Summer Social

A good time was had by all who attended our August Summer Social at Penn Cove Brewhouse in Freeland.  Easy-peasy, relaxed visiting catching up on each others’ summer adventures.  All with a brew or beverage!  Glad to see everyone who came out for the evening!

For additional laughs, former Commodore Jim Rogers awarded Pete the BIG Fish.   The note pinned on it says,” A big fish for a big fish!  Keep me until the next cruise.”  😁 😁  That will look great in Pete’s boat!

The BIG fish!

Commodore’s Ball

Save the Date!
“The Light Shines On!”
Saturday, November 12
Useless Bay Country Club
5:30 pm
Dinner, Dancing, Awards and Introduction of 2023 Board Members

Invitations will be sent electronically in mid-October.

outta control

Dancing to “Outta Control” playing high energy rock and pop covers. 🎶

NEEDED – Someone to handle the decorations for the ball.  It’s really as simple as some centerpieces and working with our theme title/linen colors.  And we have plenty of decorations we’ve used in prior years in our storage.  Contact Lee McGuire or bilgerat@swyachtclub.org if you can help us! Release that creative flare!


SWYC Youth Sailing Association

2023 Sailing Classes 

We continue to receive inquiries about youth and adult sailing classes and lessons.  The 2022 schedule was completed in July.  Watch our SWYC website for notice of 2023 classes in mid-April next year.  Both the schedule and how to register for classes will be available at that time.

https://swyachtclub.org/learn-to-sail/

A MESSAGE FROM BOB RODGERS, YSA PRESIDENT AND PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR:  

This year felt almost normal. In fact, better than normal.  Covid has had an impact on our program and we’re still feeling the effect.  Judging by our wait list of students (20), our program has the attention of a lot of area families, some of who were disappointed that we couldn’t get their kid onto the water this year.

We put 46 kids through our Youth Learn to Sail program this season.  Watching these youngsters on day one is one of my favorite times.  This is the last time the kids are quiet and pay some attention.  The looks on their faces range from fear and apprehension to confidence and eagerness to get started.  Within a couple of hours, they are in their own boat sailing, or at least trying to.  A gust of wind will come by and happen to match their sail configuration and their boat moves!  The rest of the week is guiding and letting them explore.  At the end of the week, their faces show their new confidence.  Some find a life directing activity in sailing, others find their own course.  In all cases they each have learned a little more about themselves and how to sail a small boat.

Another highlight for me is taking kids from our program who are now 14 to 18 years old and putting them into positions of leadership.  They run the teaching program.  They interact directly with the students, provide one on one coaching and do the standup teaching, drawing pictures and explaining to the students what they need to know to sail a boat using just the wind and the boat they’re in.  Youth teaching youth is often better than grandpa sharing his wisdom.

As club members and generally older community members, we know these programs don’t just happen.  The serious work to put on a production like this happens backstage months before, after and during the lessons.  The current cadre of YSA managers took on this YSA project as recently-retired 60-somethings more than a decade ago.  We’re now fast approaching our 80’s.  We all wish we were younger of course, but it’s getting close to other phases of our retirements.  There are many younger and retired, or about to be ​retired, club members, who have joined the club in the last few years.  Maybe it’s your time to enrich your retirement by actively participating in the YSA.  You too can see and enjoy  these young faces learning new life long skills and just  plain having fun on the water.  Please think about it.

Let’s not let these boats go empty next year. Please volunteer to help.

 


Kayaking News

Kayaking with the SWYC

Ah, Fall is fast upon us but there is still time and good weather to kayak!

Our next paddle will be Saturday, September 17, 10:00 AM.  
Dave Davis and Barb Hardman are leading this paddle. It starts at the Sandy Hook boat launch (same as last year) and heads west (we went east last year) around Scatchet Head point continuing along the shoreline, and then turning around and returning to Sandy Hook boat launch. Trip out of 1 hour, return 1 hours (2 hours total).  There are no restrooms at the turn around, though the beach is accessible. There is a restroom at the start and stop. Start time is 10:00 AM. Bring a sack lunch, we’ll eat on our deck overlooking Cultus Bay, 8281 Sandy Hook Dr., after the paddle. Reply to Dave Davis or Barb Hardman if you’re interested in joining.

Our paddle Friday, August 5, which was to be a put in at the Langley Marina, was changed to Glendale Beach off Humphrey Rd. The winds were high at the Marina and with the choice to change location, we experienced a manageable less windy paddle. Four of us put in, experienced a bit of rolling waves and some wind, but had an exhilarating paddle.

Our first September paddle was scheduled for yesterday, September 3, at Mueller Park in Penn Cove with a paddle through the mussel beds and lunch in Coupeville.  Reports on both of the September events will be in the next newsletter.

Want to join this paddle? Contact Katy Shaner by accessing her email address online through the SWYC membership directory.

If you are interested in and are not yet on the SWYC kayaking list, please contact Katy Shaner and she will add you to the list.


SWYC Mountain Lake Camping & Kayaking – Baker Lake
Save the 2023 Date!

Save the Dates! All Members Welcome!
Sunday, June 25 – Tuesday, June 27
3 days / 2 nights
Swift Creek Campground
Baker Lake

Camping, kayaking, boating, floaties, paddle boarding, jet skis or just playing on the beach.  All club members and their families who enjoy water activities with more ‘rustic’ natural accommodations are welcome.   

More information to come in the spring of 2023, but you might want to save the dates now.  We have a group site reserved already.  The group site will accommodate  ~ 6 camping parties (tents, trailers). If you want to reserve an individual more-private campsites at Swift Creek Campground, individual sites will be available for reservation 6 months prior to our dates, so in late December.  They fill up quickly.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbs/recarea/?recid=74986

Contact Barb Grimlund for more information or to indicate your interest in staying in the group campsite.

baker lake trip


Windward Women

The Next Windward Women Gathering is in October

Thursday, October 6
9:30 AM

Ebey’s Landing Lower Lot

Followed by Libations at Ciao in Coupeville
Hosted by Patty Linehan and Pat Matthews

The next Windward Women gathering will be Thursday, Oct 6 at 9:30 am. We will be meeting at Ebey’s Landing, the lower parking lot.   Some can hike and some can beach comb followed by a social enjoyed by all. We will go to Ciao in Coupeville for libations!

A Discovery Pass is needed for parking.  Bring your pass or a daily pass can be purchased on site.

Join Us!
https://swyachtclub.org/windward-women/#!event/2022/9/6/windward-women-meeting

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

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


Cruising- NEW EVENT SCHEDULED!

Ahoy Cruisers

August South Sound Cruise
SWYC cruisers are now returned from a successful cruise to the South Sound. The route approximated that taken by members of Phil Simon’s family back in the 1920’s. Phil guided us to Longbranch where we stayed at the Longbranch Improvement Club’s private marina. Phil was able to visit some of his family gravesites using his electrically assisted bicycle. On the way down, we made stops at Kingston, Seattle and Tacoma. We returned via Gig Harbor, and Phil also stopped in Bremerton.

Here we are having happy hour on the dock at Bell Harbor Marina in Seattle before hiking up to Cutters Crabhouse for dinner. Gordon Collins and Rhonda Salerno were able to join us by car there. Cutters comped us all to free desserts after they ran out of keylime pie, which they had been promoting heavily during the meal. Everyone was stuffed.

At Tacoma, we had “G” dock pretty much to ourselves. Jim and Melody Carney stayed a second day to spend some time at the Museum of Glass and the LeMay Car Museum. They rejoined us at Gig harbor

 

 

Again we enjoyed happy hour on the dock in Tacoma before adjourning to Indochine where we enjoyed a variety of Asian delicacies in a private dining room. Commodore Pete and Bilgerat Barb were able to join us by car, again showing that a boat is not necessary to be part of our cruises (or the club).
We are pleased that Club cruising is picking up again after pandemic limited participation. There is still a September cruise to Port Ludlow (See below.), and we expect some cruise focused planning activity over the winter.“““““““““““““““““““““““““

Next up (and a new event!): Port Ludlow Cruise

Friday thru Sunday, September 23-25

(check in/out: 12 pm)

Hope you can join us!

Moorage reservations on the DockWA app or call the marina directly
http://portludlowresort.com/marina

The FUN:  Happy hour at 5 pm followed by dinner Saturday evening 6:30 at the Fireside.
If anyone is interested in golfing with Jim Carney on Saturday afternoon there at the resort, be sure to let him know!

For more details – links and phone numbers –  reach out to Melody and Jim Carney, your hosts for this cruise, or to Bill and Jill Brown to be sure you are on the cruising email distribution. Melody and Jim would like to know who will be joining them and how many to expect for golf/dinner reservations.  
Sunset in Port Ludlow

 

Racing

Pelican Racing

The SWYC Pelican summer series was concluded last Wednesday at Oak Harbor. Four boats contended with patchy winds, swirling currents and mass quantities of marine vegetation to complete three races. Bill Brown with Clay Canfield as crew managed to hang on to his first place season standing and the Gordon Collins  Rhonda Salerno team cemented their second place position. Bob Rodgers was out cruising but retained third place as other competitors also missed at least one race day. The series final results can be found on the Sailwave website

 https://www.sailwave.com/results/southwhidbey/SWYC2022SummerSeriesPelicans.htm.

We are looking at possibilities for some more Pelican activities during in what’s left of 2022 and next spring. Contact Bill Brown to be on the mailing list for updates on these events.

Laser Racing

There’s one more night of Laser races scheduled on September 7.  C’mon out for the final night!
https://www.sailwave.com/results/southwhidbey/SWYC2022SummerSeriesLasers.htm

Thanks to all those who show up, volunteers who perform Race Committee duties, and any other club members who support our small racing fleet.  It’s been a great year on the water!

https://swyachtclub.org/racing-calendar/#!event-list


Upcoming Social Events

Save the Dates!

Commodore’s Ball– Saturday, November 12

Holiday Party – Tuesday, December 13

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


Members’ Tips and Training

Website Tip for September

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

Tip –Award Nominations, Board Member Elections and Commodore’s Ball RSVP/Payment

We have a number of communications coming up in addition to our standard newsletter and meeting reminder notices.  Here’s a head’s up on what’s coming and where to look for them.

Founder’s Award

The South Whidbey Yacht Club Founder’s Award was established by the Board of Directors with the intention of honoring Club members who strive to fulfill the Vision & Mission of the SWYC, as directed by the Club Bylaws.  The award will be announced at the Commodore’s Ball in November.

The primary member, as indicated on your membership profile, will receive an email in mid-October asking for nominations to be sent to Katy Shaner, last year’s recipient.  Katy will be chairing the selection committee comprised of the three previous years’ recipients.
Read more about the award and the recipients from previous years here:

https://swyachtclub.org/club-awards/

Board Member Elections

Each year, as described in our Bylaws, SWYC holds elections for our Board of Directors positions.  In October, each primary member, as indicated in your membership profile, will receive an email with a link to the ballot with the slate of candidates for 2023.  Each membership, whether a Family or Individual membership, will receive one vote.  There will be more specific instructions in that ballot email.

Meet the 2022 Board here:
https://swyachtclub.org/about/meet-the-board-of-directors/

Commodore’s Ball

In mid-October, each primary member, as indicated in your membership profile, will receive the electronic invitation for the Commodore’s Ball to be held at Useless Bay Country Club on November 12.  In keeping with our environmental position, we will not be sending paper invitations.  Primary members will be able to RSVP, select their dinner choices and pay directly on our website.  There will also be an address for those who prefer to write a check.

https://swyachtclub.org/events/#!event/2022/11/12/commodore-apos-s-ball-more-information-to-come

More information for all three of these events will be available in October. Please watch for it so that you can continue to fully participate in club governance and fall events.  

If you have ANY questions about any of these, please email bilgerat@swyachtclub.org. (That’s me – Barb).  I’m happy to help you.  It’s important that you are able to access the information you need easily.


*** 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


Copyright © 2022 South Whidbey Yacht Club, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website.

Our mailing address is:

South Whidbey Yacht Club

PO Box 316

Greenbank, WA 98253

 

 

August Newsletter

Commodore’s Message

Club activities are peaking or to put it another way, all the sails are hoisted, the spinnaker is out and we are flying downwind.  Projects on the home front are being neglected because there are just too darn many fun things going on around the club.  Read on to see what has been going on and what is yet to come.

Board Elections

We are beginning the process to search for new SWYC Board Members.  There are two known vacancies that we need to fill for the next year.  Patty Maxfield, Secretary, will be stepping down as is Kathy Rodgers, our Membership Chair.   Both will be sorely missed as their work has been foundational in keeping things flowing smoothly.  If you have an appetite to become more involved in steering the club into the future, now is your opportunity.

Last month I mentioned that we were beginning the process to fill two board vacancies.  There is no better way to keep the SWYC fresh and vital than to serve on the board and help steer us into the future.  Now you may think being a board member is all droll, boring meetings.  Au contraire SWYC shipmates, it’s fun, much more so than previous boards that I have had the privilege to serve on.  Give me a call or send me a note and let’s grab a cup of coffee or tea to talk. Or you can sit in on the August board meeting and see what it is all about.

If you aren’t quite ready to serve on the board, we will be appointing a nominating committee at the August board meeting where you can help select candidates to run in this fall’s election.

You do not need to have prior board experience nor have been a member for a minimum number of years.  It is a great way to quickly meet new people if you are relatively new to our community as well as being “in the know” about future activities.  Contact me, Commodore Pete Grimlund, if you are interested in learning more.  commodore@swyachtclub.org

On a personal note, the SWYC board congratulates fellow board member, Jake Levitt on his recent marriage to Kristen Mooney, also a member of SWYC and the daughter of Dan and Julia Mooney.  Dan is our Rear Commodore.   May you two enjoy long life and decades of happiness sailing through both the calm and the sometimes turbulent waters. Mazel Tov!

 

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.

 

Ken Albright

Ken, Letha and Becca Albright moved to Coupeville last year from Chico, Calif. They were delighted to find that the island offered so many opportunities to sail. Ken and Becca took a SWYC sailing class earlier this summer and are continuing to learn. Ken recently bought one of the club’s project Pelicans and is working on it.

 

Kent McCord

Recent participant in the adult lessons on Lone Lake this June.  Now I’ve got the sailing bug!

Melissa Farage and Josh Pettersen

Howdy, we’re Melissa Farage and Josh Pettersen. We love being on the water and working on our budding orchard/farm outside of Langley. We’re currently avid sea kayakers and are excited to join the South Whidbey Yacht club to get to know the community! Looking forward to meeting you all.


Summer General Membership Meetings

There is no general meeting in August. The SWYC Summer Social takes its place.

The next general meeting is set for September 21st. Seth Muir, Executive Director of Sail Sand Point will be our guest speaker.

https://swyachtclub.org/meetings/#!event/2022/9/21/monthly-membership-meeting-1

Please reach out to Dan Mooney if you have any questions about our programs.**


SWYC Summer Social

The SWYC Summer Social will be held at the Penn Cove Brewing Company in Freeland.
Wednesday, August 17
Time: 5:00 Happy Hour

An evening of relaxing with friends over a brew or beverage of your choice.  Food truck available.  No need to reserve a spot.  Just bring your lawn chair and let’s hang out, visit and share our summer boating  stories.

 


Commodore’s Ball

Yes!  We’re having a Commodore’s Ball this year!  This is our one big “fancy” shindig of the year.   Dinner, dancing, introduction of 2023 Board of Directors and Club Recognition Awards.  We already have a dancin’ band lined up.

Thank you to Lee McQuire, Jill Brown and Karen LaBuhn for starting the planning process.  Reach out to Lee or bilgerat@swyachtclub.org if you can help with planning, decorations, set up, or in any other way.

Save the Date!
Saturday, November 12
Useless Bay Country Club

Vice Commodore’s Notes from the Flying Bridge
Barbara and I hope everyone who attended the  Crabfest enjoyed it as much as we did.  What a glorious day with great music, great food and a chance to see all of our friends!  If you haven’t seen them, Barb Grimlund posted some nice photos on our Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/928501823936636

Thanks so much to all the people who helped setup and cleanup.  You were a fantastic crew!  And a special note of thanks to Randall Ellis for his time spent on the grill.

We had the pleasure of receiving a very nice message from Honeymoon Bay Club thanking the Yacht Club for leaving the clubhouse and grounds so clean!

Jim and Melody Carney did a great job as co-hosts and they will be the lead for next year’s  Crabfest.  If anyone is interested in joining them as co-hosts, please let us know.

By the time you read this, Barbara and I will be on our boat in Desolation Sound.  We hope all of you are enjoying wonderful summer boating.
——————————-

A Note from Commodore Pete:   Bruce & Barbara

THANK YOU! for chairing the Crab Fest this year.  From the planning of the crabbing parties, cooking & cleaning the crabs, arranging for the venue and music, logistics of the food and party — resulting in a perfect summer celebration!


SWYC Youth Sailing Association

 

2022 Sailing Classes 

Congratulations YSA on completing three intense weeks of beginner and intermediate youth sailing classes!
Thirty beginner kids in three classes and sixteen intermediate kids in two classes, all aged 10 to 16, attended the classes held at Deer Lake.  Most of the beginner participants had never sailed before.  By the end of the week they were parading their boats proudly.

There are so many shout outs and thank you’s to everyone who makes this happen.

Instructors

Beginner Classes

  • Bob Rodgers, Bill Brown, Bob Shepard
  • Jr. Instructors – Colin, Alana, Sage & Isaac
  • Jr. Instructor Helpers – Parrish, Kira & Emile

Intermediate Classes

  • Clyde Jenkins, Clay Canfield, Michael Scott, Kennedy Horstman

Supporting Members – everything from boat maintenance, boat logistics, site set up, program administration and so much more!

  • Bob Boehm, Perry Lovelace, Starke Scott, John Gibson, Peter Bunin with Brad Rice filling in when shipwright expertise was needed.

Shore Support – 12 members filled 30 shifts.

Apologies if I’ve left someone off the list.  So many people helped to make these classes happen.

And a special acknowledgement of appreciation for the Lakeside Bible Camp and the Lake of the Woods Community Association for allowing us to use their sites for our classes.

 Again, congratulations YSA and thank you all for providing this valuable community program!


Kayaking News

Kayaking with the SWYC

Sum, sum, summertime. A time to delight in being on the water! Kayakers, let’s do it.

Our paddle on Monday, July 18, which was scheduled for a put in at Monroe Landing (north of Coupeville in Oak Harbor) ended up at Mutiny Bay. Arriving at Monroe Landing, the winds were more than we felt comfortable paddling in, so the four of us headed south. Good paddle. Easy put in. Gentle winds. All good.

Our next paddle is Friday, August 5 at the Langley Marina.  Put in is 10:30. Take out 12:30ish.

This paddle was originally scheduled for Monday, August 1 at Lake Campbell.  Unfortunately, I needed to change the date and location due to a personal conflict.

Please be aware that parking can be a challenge at the Langley Marina. We can unload our kayaks and then park up the hill in Langley.

Want to join this paddle? Contact Katy Shaner by accessing her email address online through the SWYC membership directory.

If you are interested in and are not yet on the SWYC kayaking list, please contact Katy Shaner and she will add you to the list.


Windward Women

August Windward Women Gathering – Penn Cove Brewery

Windward Women normally meets on the first Tuesday of the month in February, April, June, August, October and December. This month we are mixing it up and meeting on Friday, August 5 at Penn Cove Brewery at 4:00 pm. We’ll be enjoying a great beer or glass of wine. We’ll also be talking about how to move forward as a group since our current coordinator needs to step back for a while.  Bring your own chair to ensure seating! We’ll hope to find a spot in the shade.

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


Cruising

Ahoy Cruisers

The itinerary is set for our August South Sound Cruise.  The route approximately follows that of Phil Simon’s grandfather who took a similar excursion in the early 1920’s in the pictured boat.  SWYC member Phil will be making this trip this year in part to relive old family memories

  • Sunday 8/21 Kingston – Port of Kingston Marina
  • Monday 8/22 Seattle – Bell Harbor Marina
  • Tuesday 8/23 Tacoma – Dock Street Marina
  • Wednesday 8/24 Longbranch – Longbranch Improvement Club Community Marina
  • Thursday 8/25  Gig Harbor – Arabella’s Landing
  • Friday 8/26 Bremerton – Bremerton Marina (Alternate Port Orchard Marina)
  • Saturday 8/27 Poulsbo – Port of Poulsbo Marina

As always, cruise participants may choose to do the entire route or to join and rejoin us at those ports that suit their time and interests.  There are different reservation procedures at the various marinas, and we will not try to make group reservations.  Participants should make their own berthing arrangements and then let Bill & Jill Brown know which stops you will be making.  Contact Bill or Jill if you have questions or need more information.  Plans for activities ashore will be developed as we get feedback on who will be at which ports.

 


Racing

Pelican Racing

Only Two Pelican Race Dates Left

The final Summer Series races will be held on August 3rd and 31st.  With the onset of hot weather, we expect Lone Lake to start showing high levels of algae toxins.  Consequently, we anticipate moving to alternative venues for the remaining races.  Monroe Landing on the north shore of Penn Cove is the likely location for August 3rd, but Pelican racers should watch their email for confirmation.  So far, we have held 10 races with 7 different skippers sailing at least one day of competition.  Results of individual races and series standings to date can be found at the following link:

https://www.sailwave.com/results/southwhidbey/SWYC2022SummerSeriesPelicans.htm

Laser racing 

It’s been a mixed set of races over the last month – we usually get 4 races in per evening (every 2 weeks), but owing to light winds, we only managed one race on both 15th June and 29th June. Then on 13 July we were unable to secure the services of a Race Committee due to conflicts with the youth sailing classes, and so only 4 boats showed up, and completed 3 races.

So it was a delight that on Wednesday 27th July, not only did we have a Race Committee, we also had 8 boats out racing, a stiff 15 knot Northerly with big waves, lots of capsizes and a welcome return from 16yr old Colin Byler, who has been one of our prime Beginner Class coaches, and has been racing regularly with the Oak Harbor “Wildcats” team to some notable successes. Having recently returned from a gruelling training week down at the Gorge, a notoriously windy spot on the Columbia River, with winds of 30+ knots , his newfound expertise showed up with 3 second places and a third.  Well done Colin!

As usual, Zak Malbin continues to dominate the races, having won 14 of the 17 races so far, only being beaten by Terry (twice) and Mike (once)!

Laser Race Results

Thanks to all those who show up, volunteers who perform Race Committee duties, and any other club members who support our small racing fleet.

https://swyachtclub.org/racing-calendar/#!event-list

 


Member Opportunity – USCG Auxiliary Boat Safety Checks

Want a U.S. Coast Guard approved Vessel Safety Check? It doesn’t matter the size of your vessel. It could be a kayak, a dinghy or a full-on cruiser or sailboat. Contact Patty Maxfield and she’ll work with you to find a time that works! This is a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary sponsored activity so there is no charge for the boater.


Upcoming Social Events

Save the Dates!

Summer Social – Wednesday, August 17 – Penn Cove Brewery.

Commodore’s Ball– Saturday, November 12

Holiday Party – Tuesday, December 13

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


Members’ Tips and Training

Website Tip for August

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

 Tip – Scam Security and Let’s Review!

Scam Security

Reminder: Our Commodore will never request a club member to purchase gift cards for him or other members.  If you ever get a request like this, call Pete Grimlund or contact bilgerat@swyachtclub.org right away.  This scam surfaces from time to time at SWYC and other organizations.  We all need to be vigilant of these attempts.  Contacting us will ensure we can investigate quickly and ensure our web security has not been compromised.

Let’s Review!
Each month we’ve included a website tip or ‘how-to’ tip for our members.  In case you’ve missed any of these or just want to review, here’s a list.   To access previously published tips, go to the “About the SWYC” tab, and then “From the Pilot House: the SWYC Newsletter” page.   https://swyachtclub.org/blog/ 

Either way just keep scrolling down the page to find the Website tips (usually at the bottom of each monthly newsletter) or go to the archive of SWYC Newsletters on the right side of the page and select the monthly newsletter you’re looking for.  Scroll down to the end of each newsletter to find the article.

Keeping Your Member Directory Profile Updated                   March 2022
How to Access and Use the Website Event Calendar             April 2022
Meet the Board of Directors                                                     May 2022
Club Photos Guidelines                                                           June 2022
How to Access and Use the Membership Directory                July 2022

If you have ANY questions about any of these, please email bilgerat@swyachtclub.org. (That’s me – Barb).  I’m happy to help you.  It’s important that you are able to access the information you need easily.


*** 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


Copyright © 2022 South Whidbey Yacht Club, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website.

Our mailing address is:

South Whidbey Yacht Club

PO Box 316

Greenbank, WA 98253

 

 

July 2022 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message

The weather is improving just in time for the peak of seasonal member activities.  We just returned from the kayaking/camping trip to Lake Wenatchee State Park where I got to help out as “kayak dock boy”, or at least I think that was what the group was calling me when I wasn’t listening.  I wear the label proudly.

Back on the island, there’s much to do no matter what your water interests are.   Sailing lessons, racing, cruising, kayaking, Windward Women gatherings and of course our summer social events.  Be sure to read the full newsletter to find out what’s happening, when and where.  It’s a perfect time to also lend a hand to help out wherever you can.  Many hands make less individual work.

Next up for me is crabbing.  I have to admit to being very excited about the coming weeks of crabbing leading up to the Crabfest on the 10th.  This year we are BACK – no restrictions – members and their guests all welcome.  I have several volunteer crew members to help with the crabbing on my boat.  However, it’s not too late if someone wishes to come out to help on my or one of the other boats for a day or two.  I’m sure we can find a spot for you on one of the boats.  All that is needed is a crab license and a willingness to pluck a feisty crab out of the pot.  Contact Vice Commodore Bruce Morris if interested.

Though there are many opportunities to dive in to help out your fellow members right now, I’d like to call out two important considerations for the fall. Yes, reluctantly, we do need to start planning ahead to fall programs and activities :

Commodore’s Ball 

The Commodore’s Ball is our one big ‘fancy’ shindig of the year.  This is a dinner/dance held at the Useless Bay Country Club scheduled for Saturday, November 12.  You can get all dressed up or come in more casual attire, but it’s an evening of socializing, music and celebration.   We haven’t had one since 2019 and it’s time to renew the tradition,and add some new ideas as well.

Lee McGuire has graciously agreed to be a co-chair for the event and has already started gathering information from prior years’ events.    She’s in need of at least one (or more) partner(s) to lead the planning of the event.  Man or woman, newer or more seasoned member – dust off those event planning skills that might have atrophied during the pandemic. The planning is where the fun begins!  If you can help, contact bilgerat@swyachtclub.org   or me.

Board Elections

We are beginning the process to search for new SWYC Board Members.  There are two known vacancies that we need to fill for the next year.  Patty Maxfield, Secretary, will be stepping down as is Kathy Rodgers, our Membership Chair.   Both will be sorely missed as their work has been foundational in keeping things flowing smoothly.  If you have an appetite to become more involved in steering the club into the future, now is your opportunity.

The commitment:  The board meets twelve (12) times a year, typically on the second Wednesday of the month.  Meetings typically last no more than 2 hours although it is somewhat dependent on how much visiting we do before, during and after the meeting.  We have moved to a hybrid format so that board members who cannot be present physically have the opportunity to participate via Zoom.  The term is for one year.  If the position suits you, there are no limits on how long you can stand for re-election.  The Commodore is the only term limited position – two (2) years and then off the board.

Member Relations – Duties include welcoming new members, presenting their application for membership at board meetings and being a member advocate to make sure that we don’t go stale.

Secretary – Duties include taking minutes at board meetings and ensuring minutes are approved and uploaded to the website for members to access.  The Secretary is also the historical reference of sorts at our board meetings.

Please consider stepping up to join the SWYC board.  You do not need to have prior board experience nor have been a member for a minimum number of years.  It is a great way to quickly meet new people if you are relatively new to our community as well as being “in the know” about future activities.  Contact me, Commodore Pete Grimlund, if you are interested in learning more.  commodore@swyachtclub.org

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.

Charles “Chuck” Sanders

I’ve sailed a few times when I was younger but am still a beginner sailor.  After my wife Stephanie and I moved to Whidbey Island two years ago from Boulder Colorado, I took the SWYC adult sailing lessons August/2021.  I got the bug and bought Derek Pritchard’s beautiful SF Pelican, but need to continue learning this summer, with our two sons who live in the Seattle area. My wife and I are retired (I am an architect and she was a legal secretary) and are really enjoying our new life and adventures on amazing Whidbey Island.  My other two main activities are gardening, and historic preservation volunteering.

Kennedy Horstman

I have been a resident of south Whidbey since 2008 and I have not spent nearly enough time on the water. I spent time sailing sunfishes and lasers when I was a kid and I’m interested in getting back on the water – particularly in boats small enough to give me a real kinesthetic experience of sailing. My partner has had more time on the water as an adult – kayaking and volunteering with Schooner Suva in Coupeville – but would like some sailing opportunities closer to home. We’re interested in the social aspect as well. It’s hard to imagine we wouldn’t enjoy the company of other club members hale and hearty enough to sail Holmes Harbor and around Whidbey.


Summer General Membership Meetings

**There are no general meetings in July or August.  In July we have the Crabfest in place of the meeting and in August, we have the SWYC Summer Social in place of the general meeting.

The next general meeting is set for September 21st. Seth Muir, Executive Director of Sail Sand Point will be our guest speaker.
https://swyachtclub.org/meetings/#!event/2022/9/21/monthly-membership-meeting-1

Please reach out to Dan Mooney if you have any questions about our programs.**


Crabfest – Sunday, July 10

Ahoy all Members and Guests!

It’s time for the Annual SWYC Crab Feast
at Honeymoon Lake Community Club House
4343 S Honeymoon Bay Rd
Greenbank, WA 98253

A great festive event with Dungeness crab, burgers, and dogs.
Live Music Provided by “Locomotion”

1300 – Setup Starts

1500 – The Feast begins…Don’t be late

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU:

Appetizers ~ A -J

Side Dishes ~ P – Z

Dessert ~ K – O

Wine, beer, and water will be provided

SWYC supports the “Whidbey Island Green” effort, so bring your own tableware and crab cracker

ALSO BRING:

Your favorite beach chair
A canopy if you want some shade
And some guests!!!

To defray costs, $5 pays our way! 

——————————

Volunteers are still needed.  Can you help?
Crab Cleaning and Cooking on July 9th
(sounds like an unpleasant detail, but this is actually a lot of fun 🦀🥳

Crabfest on July 10th

                         – Setup at 1:00 pm (when the party actually starts)

                         – Cleanup at end of the Feast

                         – Trash set up & removal

                         – Ice Pickup

If you can help in any way, please send a message to:
vice.commodore.swyc@gmail.com


Nutshell Pram Auction to Support YSA

BUILD A NUTSHELL PRAM

FUN PROJECT TO BUILD A NICE BOAT

WILL BE SOLD TO HIGHEST BIDDER AT
CRAB FEST JULY 10

GREAT SUMMER PROJECT
ALL PROCEEDS TO YSA/SWYC

ALL PIECES PRECUT MARINE WOOD
COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS AND PLANS
ALL HARDWARE INCLUDED

CONTACT:
PERRY LOVELACE
https://swyachtclub.org/membership-directory/#!directory

SWYC Youth Sailing Association

2022 Sailing Classes Update and Help Needed
Adult Classes

Congratulations YSA on the completion of three adult sailing classes on Lone Lake during the month of June.  These are so much appreciated by the participants and the community!

Youth Classes

All youth classes are filled with a waiting list.  This is a hugely popular program for our kids here on Whidbey.

—————————————————

**NEW ** “Tours” of the YSA Youth Classes

As announced in the last club meeting, Bob Rodgers would like to have more membership awareness of our Youth – Learn to Sail (YSA) operations.  So, for the 3 weeks of camp, July 12th weekdays through the 29th he is personally inviting club members onsite for a personal tour of the facilities YSA is using this year and to view the program activities while in operation.  The tour will include a boat ride on Deer Lake to see both the Beginners and Intermediate teaching locations.    Since you’ll of course need to stay out of the way of the students, only one or two people at a time and only one or two “tours” a day will be scheduled.  Email Bob of your interest for which day and either morning or afternoon session you prefer. Be sure to include your contact info.   Tours should last about 30 to 60 minutes and might get cancelled if necessary.   He’ll confirm the day and time and will provide directions.

Bob’s contact information is in the membership directory https://swyachtclub.org/membership-directory/#!directory ,

Be a big help for our Youth Learn to Sail Program.  Become a Shore Support Person.

Our Youth Program is full. Our first day of camp is July 11 and runs weekdays to July 29.  We need to fill out our Shore Support team.  We use club members, one or two at a time to be present each hour we have kids onsite.  Remain on shore while most class staff and students are out on the water.  Duties are few and easily understood.   Enjoy a day, or more, by the lake!

Being onsite is an important element of our safety and security protocols.   Bob Shepard is handling the sign-up sheet this year.  Shifts are 9am to noonish, and noonish to 2pm.  You can sign up for multiple shifts or just one.  You can come with a friend or on your own.

Want more detail, have some questions?

There are at least 20 shifts left to fill so contact Bob Shepard, prefers email. Bob’s contact information can be fount in the member directory.
https://swyachtclub.org/membership-directory/#!directory


Kayaking News

 

 Bowman Bay

Kayaking with the SWYC

Summer has arrived!!! And that means, ‘Let’s get on the water’.

The paddle on Saturday, June 18 was a huge success. Seven of us put in on a low tide, (weather started the day with overcast and a drizzle) so our 10:30 put in was rescheduled for 12:30 by Dan Mooney who organized and led the paddle. The skies started to clear, the sea was a gentle roll and the current with us on our start but more challenging on our return. But hey, we’re tough. Go for it. We did. And all agreed, “What a good day to be in our kayaks and out on the waters of Whidbey Island.”
Another smaller group took a 3-day, 2-night camping and kayaking adventure to Lake Wenatchee State Park June 22-24.  Wind, waves and smooth-as-glass paddling. We had it all.   Not to mention yummy campfire cooking, sun and stunning mountain views.  A nice get away.  We’ll bring the sailors next time to enjoy those mountain winds.

Members of the kayaking group continue to reach out to fellow members for spontaneous paddles.  The SWYC “Mutiny Sands Branch” spent a sunny Saturday afternoon on the water paddling and enjoying their friendship.

Our next scheduled paddle is Monday, July 18, at Monroe Landing north of Coupeville. We will put in at 10:00 at a 2.6 falling tide. High tide at 8:59 and low tide at 3:16. Monroe Landing is an excellent put in. Good size park. Popular. Good parking. Scenic. Options to paddle north or south. With a portable toilet June 1 – September 1.

Want to join this paddle? Contact Katy Shaner by accessing her email address online through the SWYC membership directory.

If you are interested in and are not yet on the SWYC kayaking list, please contact Katy Shaner and she will add you to the list.

Lake Wenatchee State Park

 


Windward Women

Date Shifts and Seeking New WW Lead

The bi-monthly meetings of Windward Women are shifting months to remove conflicts with holidays like New Year’s, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. Our next gathering will be August 5, followed by gatherings in October and December. Watch for more information in late July.

After two years, Patty Maxfield, is planning to step back from facilitating the Windward Women group. (THANK YOU PATTY!) She is hopeful that one of the great SWYC women will be willing to take a turn. It’s pretty easy, and fun besides! You don’t have to live on the island year round to be the organizer. Please let Patty know your questions and interest!

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


 

Cruising

Next up – The San Juan Islands Cruise

Dates:  Friday, July 15 – Saturday, July 23
Leaders:  Bruce Morris and Barb Bergmann
Join for the whole cruise or for parts of it, or extend your trip at either end.  Be sure to let Bruce and Barbara know your plans.

Destinations

July 15 – 17   Hunter Bay

July 18  Blakely Island Marina

July 19  Reed Harbor

July 20 – 23  Gulf Islands

August South Sound Cruise

Plans for the August cruise to the South Sound are being formulated, and input from prospective participants is sought. The current schedule starts on Saturday, August 20th and concludes the following Saturday, August 27th. That should give us time to get to a few points south of the Tacoma Narrows with some stops on the way down and back. Some popular points of call could include Bell Harbor in downtown Seattle, Winslow on Bainbridge Island and Gig Harbor. As always, cruisers are welcome to join in parts of the itinerary and/or to extend their trip at either end of the published schedule. If you are thinking of going, please let Jill & Bill Brown know and suggest stops you would like to see included.

If you’d like to be on the Cruising email list for future updates, contact Jill and Bill Brown.

 


Racing


Pelican and Laser Racing are Underway!

Pelican Racing
We have held two Pelican race nights, both at our old favorite Lone Lake. We’ve had seven races so far and the top four skippers are within five points of each other. Here is a link to results so far. https://www.sailwave.com/results/southwhidbey/SWYC2022SummerSeriesPelicans.htm

The next races are scheduled for July 6th. The latest algae toxin tests at Lone Lake are still below the recreational limit, and additional test results are not expected before the 6th. While these limits may be exceeded by race time, they are set with extreme caution, and the water must be greatly over limits to pose a serious risk. We have thus decided to have one more race day at Lone Lake. Racers and spectators should use due caution. Don’t drink the water. Don’t bring your dogs. Don’t grip your wet sheets with your teeth. ….and let’s have another fun day of racing at our favorite little lake.

Laser racing continues at Holmes Harbor.

Check the SWYC website for the full schedule.  If you aren’t racing, come on down to watch the competitors with fellow members!
https://swyachtclub.org/racing-calendar/#!event-list

 


Upcoming Social Events

Save the Dates!

Crabfest! – Sunday, July 10

Summer Social – Wednesday, August 17 – Penn Cove Brewery. Details coming soon!

Commodore’s Ball – Saturday, November 12 – Want to be the event co-chair?

Holiday Party – Wednesday, December – Original 12/21 date may get moved to the prior week. Watch for an update confirming the date.

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


Members’ Tips and Training

Website Tip for July

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

Tip – How to Access and Use the Membership Directory

Since we have made the decision to remove all personal email addresses from our public website pages, all members should learn how to access member contact information on our password protected on-line directory.

  • On the SWYC website swyachtclub.org, go to the “Current Members” heading
  • Click on that heading to get the drop down box
  • In the drop down box, click on “Membership Directory”
  • You will be asked to enter your log in information (log in email of the Primary Account Holder and password).  If you do not know your password, you can request a new password.  Follow the instructions to change your password.
  • Once in the site, you will be able to access the contact information of all current members.
  • Choose the name of the person you are looking for and click on their name.  Their contact information will appear.

It’s quick and easy once you do it a few times.

NOTE – Contact information is only as good as how it is kept current.  Each member is responsible for keeping their information current.  While you are in the directory, be sure to check out your own information to ensure it is correct.   If you want to make changes, go back to the “Current Members” heading, click on it and then click on “Manage My Account”.  You can update all your information there.  Remember that only the Primary Account holder can make changes.  If you happen to log in with a secondary member email address, it won’t work.

If you have ANY questions about any of this, please email bilgerat@swyachtclub.org. (That’s me – Barb).  I’m happy to help you.  It’s important that you should be able to contact fellow members easily.


*** 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. ***

*** 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


Copyright © 2022 South Whidbey Yacht Club, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website.

Our mailing address is:

South Whidbey Yacht Club

PO Box 316

Greenbank, WA 98253

 

 

June 2022 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message

As Commodore, I am fortunate to be looped in to most of the SWYC’s interest group activities. Things are happening as we all shake off the last of our winter doldrums to get back out on the water. At our home, our kayak has tasted salt several times this month as weather improved, allowing the kayaking group to press forward with more paddles. Similarly, the cruisers have detailed and replenished their boats for the SWYC shakedown cruise. Sadly, I was unable to accompany the group but look forward to tagging along later this year. And of course our racing season has kicked off for both the Pelicans and Lasers.

I wish to commend our Opening Day co-hosts – Bill & Jill Brown and Glenn & Tina Quinton for their efforts in making the day a resounding success. A last-minute scramble to find a dry venue was handled with ease allowing all 50+ of us to enjoy shared treats and many tasty chilis while exploring what each interest group has planned for the coming months. There even was room for the YSA to set up a Laser and an El Toro, fully rigged, ready to sail, except for the lack of wind and water to float on.

Part of the SWYC opening day ceremony is the drawing of the sword from the rock ritual.  Reciting the incantation to the mythic Triton and successfully withdrawing the sword was essential if we were to have favorable conditions this season.  The pressure was on, and for a brief moment I did not know whether I would be up to the task, but in the end, the sword was brandished  and dispelled any mischievous sprites who would seek to derail our fun.

EVENTS & PROGRAMS

Many thanks to Bruce Morris and Barbara Bergmann for stepping in at the last hour to share stories of their just completed rafting adventure at the May meeting.  They provided a new meaning to the pack out everything that you pack in, including waste.  Not even in all of our years living in Minnesota where people frequently canoed in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, a designated wilderness area, have I heard of that requirement.

Our next big event will be the Crabfest in July.  Look for more details about the event and how you can participate in the coming weeks.

MONTHLY PROGRAM MEETING

Be sure to join us at our next general meeting – June 15th 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.

Linda and Clay Kriss

Clay and I moved to Whidbey seven years ago from Issaquah.  We’ve lived in Washington for 34 years and are now both retired (Clay from the wine business, me from Commercial Insurance). We live in the Colony and Clay enjoys playing golf (most of the time).  I’m a photographer and dabble in mixed media art and other creative endeavors.

We’re total newbies on the water and purchased a couple of fishing kayaks last year to float around in Useless Bay for the summer.

Lance and Andriana “Andi” Sweeney

My wife Andi and I are new to Whidbey Island and to boating.  We visited this wonderful Island for an anniversary in 2008 and fell in love with it! We moved here a year ago never expecting to live here. We bought our dream boat last November.  A 1999 Lindell Oceanflight 2 36 foot.  We are looking to meet fellow boaters, make new friends and participate in club outings.  We live in Lagoon Point and have made many friends this year and are always interested in meeting more!  We like the lecture series put on by the club and would like to attend those.

Talena and Kyle Hagel

We just bought a place on Deer Lake and want our kids to grow up on the water. Excited for them to take sailing lessons and for us to have that social connection with the community.

Diane Lagerstedt

Diane has been kayaking weekly in the season for the past 3 years with a goal to eventually circumnavigate Whidbey island. Looking to join a group of paddlers and keep learning about paddling in the PNW.


June Membership Meeting

Wednesday, June 15

Greenbank Progressive Club and Zoom

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

Guest Speaker – Hans Aarhus

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

 Hans Aarhus
Captain, Fjordshark Fishing Charters
Everett, WA

Capt. Hans will share how he started a successful fishing charter business operating out of Everett and share stories from his lifetime love of fishing and tips for catching salmon and other elusive species in our local waters.

Born and raised in Oslo, Norway, Hans came to Seattle to attend the University of Washington in 1984.  He studied Business and Economics and while there he met Kris from Corvallis, Oregon, and they married in 1988.

After graduation Hans started working for Boeing, where he spent 31 years.  Most of his time was in Finance and he retired as a Senior Director in Supply Chain Finance.

Upon retirement, Hans started Fjordshark Fishing Charters primarily focusing on Salmon in Northern Puget Sound.  Hans has spent most of his life fishing, and has fished for numerous species in many locations around the world.  When he is not fishing in Puget Sound, you will most likely find him in Hawaii golfing, or in the Caribbean chasing his favorite fly fishing challenge, the Bonefish…

Hans will be presenting in-person at the Progressive Club.

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83085625000?pwd=SGhYOWdEUytHUVE5Y2FpazJYNmtZdz09

Meeting ID: 830 8562 5000

Passcode: 645218

**There are no general meetings in July or August.  In July we have the Crabfest in place of the meeting and in August, we have the SWYC  Summer Social in place of the general meeting.  The next general meeting is set for September 21st. Please reach out to Dan Mooney if you have any questions about our programs.**


Crabfest – Sunday, July 10

Ahoy all Members and Guests!

It’s time for the Annual SWYC Crab Feast
at Honeymoon Lake Community Club House
4343 S Honeymoon Bay Rd
Greenbank, WA 98253

A great festive event with Dungeness crab, burgers, and dogs.
Live Music Provided by “Locomotion”

1300 – Setup Starts

1500 – The Feast begins…Don’t be late

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU:
Appetizers ~ A -J
Side Dishes ~ P – Z
Dessert ~ K – O

Wine, beer, and water will be provided

SWYC supports the “Whidbey Island Green” effort, so bring your own tableware and crab cracker

ALSO BRING:

Your favorite beach chair
A canopy if you want some shade
And some guests!!!

To defray costs, a $5 donation per person will be appreciated! 

——————————

Many Volunteers are Needed for:

Crab Cleaning and Cooking on July 9th
(sounds like an unpleasant detail, but this is actually a lot of fun 🦀🥳)

Crabfest on July 10th:

  •                          – Setup at 1:00 pm (when the party actually starts)
  •                          – Cleanup at end of the Feast
  •                          – Trash set up & removal
  •                          – Ice Pickup

If you can help in any way, please send a message to:
vice.commodore.swyc@gmail.com


Vancouver Island Fishing Trip

 

THE SOUTH WHIDBEY ANNUAL FISHING CHARTER

July 18th – 22nd
There is still one slot open for a lucky fisherperson! 
We will travel up to Port Renfrew on the 18th (on southwest coast of Vancouver Island). We will fish on the  19th, 20th and 21st and return home on July 22nd.  The approximate cost of the trip, including transportation, lodging, food, one-night dinner out, boat charter (including tip), processing of fish and ferry is approximately$1,400-$1,450 per person.  We generally find this cost to equal the price of buying the fish in the store.

The processing cost is the cost of the plant taking your catch at the end of the day, preparing it in meal size portions flash freezing it in shrink wrap that night.  We then pick it up the day we leave and keep it in coolers on the trip home. We find this keeps the fish fresh for months.

Our primary boat captain is Bruce Miller – www.millertimefishingcharters.com.  We have 1 additional boat this year – 4 fisherpersons per boat.  Bruce provides all the fishing gear and bait.  We usually head out about 6:00 am and are back about 4:30.  The boat captains will clean the fish and we put them in the truck headed to the plant.  We usually have a pasta dinner the first night crab for dinner one night – compliments of Bruce, Brats potato salad, etc. one night and the last night we go to a local restaurant.

If you are interested please confirm your reservation with Bob Boehm ASAP.  I have 7 people committed so only 1 spot left. 

SWYC Youth Sailing Association

2022 Sailing Classes Update and Help Needed

Adult Classes

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.

Availability as of 5/29:
June 4-5 — FULL
June 6-9 (Weekdays) — 4 spots available
June 11-12 — one spot available

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

Youth Classes

All youth classes are filled with a waiting list.  This is a hugely popular program for our kids here on Whidbey.

—————————————————

**Class Help Needed – Please Consider Participating in this Popular Sailing Program Developed and Run by SWYC Members**

Sailing Instructors Needed for Next Year (2023)

If you have a passion for sailing and want to share your knowledge with others and the idea of teaching the sport appeals to you, maybe you should explore what we’re doing in our Learn to Sail program. Contact Bob Rodgers right now to arrange a “tour” of our program.  If you are considering helping out with next year’s program,  right now is a great time to see first hand what that would be like.

Shore Support (formerly Shore Nannys)

Our Youth Program is full. Our first day of camps is July 11 and runs weekdays to July 29.  We need to fill out our Shore Support team.  We use club members, one or two at a time to be present each hour we have kids onsite.  The shore support person remains on shore while most class staff and students are out on the water.  Duties are few and easily understood.  No sailing experience necessary.   Being onsite is an important element of our safety and security protocols.  Bob Shepard is handling the signup sheet this year.  Shifts are 9am to noonish, and noonish to 2pm.  You can sign up for multiple shifts or just one.  You can come with a friend or on your own. Easy peasy, yet so important.  Plus the bonus of having a nice day by the lake.

Want more detail?  Have some questions?
There are 30 shifts to fill so call/contact Bob Shepard, prefers email.


Sailing Time – New Opportunity During Adult Classes

Are you are a small boat sailor with a boat and you just want to get on the water and sail about – but don’t want all the racing stuff or are unsure of sailing alone?  This year, for the first time, the YSA is offering the opportunity that club members may use the lake (and safety boat) during our Adult Class times.  We don’t want to interfere with the paying students in the class, but the lake is big enough for all who would like to get on the water and sail.

Classes are everyday at Lone Lake June 4th through 12th (excluding June 10).   Weekends 10am to 4:30, and weekdays 2pm to 4:30.  We would love to see more boats on the water.  It’s always safer to sail with others.


Kayaking News

Kayaking with the SWYC

Even with our messy May weather, the SWYC kayakers were able to enjoy two club paddling events.  The first was an evening paddle on Mutiny Bay and the second was a perfect morning on calm waters of Holmes Harbor.

June is full of kayaking activities. 

Kayaking Safety Refresher Class
This class was offered this morning, June 5,  to our SWYC paddlers through Whidbey Island Kayaking.

Bowman Bay Paddle
Saturday, June 18 (Note date change!) at Bowman Bay.  Meet at 10:30 am at the Bowman Bay Boat Ramp.  Remember to bring your state park Discover Pass or bring $10 fee to park there.  The event organizer and lead  is Dan Mooney.  Kayakers, watch for a separate email from Dan with more specific details.

Kayak & Camping – Lake Wenatchee State Park 
Wed – Fri, June 22 – 24.  Join us for some fun in the mountains at Lake Wenatchee State Park near Leavenworth.   Kayak, paddle board, bring your boat, hike, camp, rent a cabin, stay in Leavenworth or just sit by the lake.  Several of us will be camping in the the state campground right by the lake.  Extend your trip on either side if you wish. This is open to all SWYC members, not just our kayaking group. Make your reservations now.    Email Barb Grimlund to get on the mailing list for updates on this event.

Future 2022 planned paddles:
https://swyachtclub.org/kayaking/#!event-list

  • 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

Lake Wenatchee State Park


Windward Women

On May 3, several of the Windward Women met at the Admiralty Head Lighthouse  for a private  tour and social outing.  We enjoyed learning the fascinating history of the lighthouse and seeing each other again in person.

The next Windward Women event will be on Tuesday, July 5.  Watch for an  event update from Patty Maxfield later in June.

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


Cruising

The 2022 Shakedown Cruise has just been completed with stops in Port Townsend, Port Ludlow and Everett.  Reports are still coming in, but we hear good times were had by all with dockside appetizers, good friends,  a little shopping & sightseeing and good eating at local restaurants.  Thanks to Cruise Captains Jim and Kathy Rogers and Bill & Jill Brown for getting the cruising season started out right!

Next up – The San Juan Islands Cruise

Dates:  Friday, July 15 – Saturday, July 23
Leaders:  Bruce Morris and Barb Bergmann
Join for the whole cruise or for parts of it, or extend your trip at either end.

Destinations

July 15 – 17   Hunter Bay

July 18  Blakely Island Marina

July 19  Reed Harbor

July 20 – 23  Gulf Islands

If you’d like to be on the Cruising email list for future updates, contact Jill and Bill Brown


Racing

Pelican and Laser Racing Has Started!

The season kicked off with a practice day in early May and then started for both Pelicans and Lasers on a perfect night May 25.

The lasers were on Holmes Harbor with a northerly breeze with choppy water. Brad Rice and Mike Scott managed to figure out how to set a decent course with their new giant windward mark making sure no one mistook where they were heading after the gun went off!

At Lone Lake, the two Pelican racers had less breeze, but enough to fill the sails and a few puffs that put rails in the water on a sunny evening. And since there were only two boats for this race, the race didn’t count toward the series standings. So if you want to join in on the Pelican races, everybody’s starting fresh for the next race on June 8.

To join the racing fun, check in with Bill Brown, Mike Scott or Bob Rodgers.
Or just come out to watch the action. Lots of excitement out there.

See the SWYC website for 2022 racing dates and more details.
https://swyachtclub.org/racing-calendar/#!event-list

Practice Day on Lone Lake

The new giant windward mark

Lasers on Holmes Harbor

Pelicans on Lone Lake


Upcoming Social Events

Save the Dates!

Crabfest! – Sunday, July 10
Summer Social – Wednesday, August 17
Commodore’s Ball – Saturday, November 12
Holiday Party – Wednesday, December 21

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


Members’ Tips and Training

Website Tip for June

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

 Tip – Club Photos

Many of you have mentioned how much you enjoy the photos we’ve included in our newsletters, announcements and Facebook page.  It’s always fun to see visually what’s happening at the club and to see fellow members and friends socializing and participating in club events.

That said, we wanted to share our photo guidelines with our members.

If you are attending a club event, you may be included in a photo that gets published in the newsletter, event notifications or our SWYC Facebook page.  Generally, the only people who see these photos are other club members. However, since the website is an open website, it is possible that non-members or perspective members might see one of these photos.  Members should understand this.

We will be following these guidelines when using photos of our club members:

  • The photo is complimentary to those in it. If not entirely flattering, at least they are tasteful and would not be considered embarrassing. If there is any question about a “funny” picture (such as costumes, game events or just something wacky), we’d check with the individual for permission prior to using it.
  • We do not include the names of the  people in the photos.  If we use names, permission would be requested to do so.  For example, we do this with our new member photos.
  • We do not use the photos of club members for promotional or sales generating purposes without permission to do so.

Please note:   Our on-line membership directory is password protected and available to current members only.  The photos in our membership directory which are associated with a member’s name are NOT available to the general public.  Only other current members can view these.

We understand that there are still circumstances where an individual may not ever want their photo displayed, for personal reasons.  We want to be sure to respect that preference.  If that is the case, please contact bilgerat@swyachtclub.org,  and make that preference be known.   

For those who may not be aware – Barb Grimlund, our Communications Chair, is the Bilgerat.  Feel free to reach out directly to Barb with any questions or thoughts on our publications.   Comments are always welcomed.


*** 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

 

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


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


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.  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.


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.  

*** 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

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 .

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.
  • 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 .

 


 

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  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. ***

 

Looking for SWYC clothing, hats or gifts? 

Click here:   Land’s End Store

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. 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.

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!

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
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!

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   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 and I will be happy to help you along the way.


*** 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

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.

 

** 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