Quartermaster Report by Katie Neupert.

SBYC Gear is now available!
We have a limited supply of hats, beanies, crew neck sweatshirts, and full zip hoody sweatshirts.
These will be available for purchase at the dinner meetings and I’ll bring the ‘pop up shop’ to The Salmon Bake as well.
Hats  $25
Beanies $30
Crewneck $40
Hoody $55
Contact Katie if you’d like to purchase one and won’t be at the dinner meeting or the salmon bake.
Malolo Michael Hoffman

The Adventuress Cup by Michael Hoffman, Member SBYC.

Ahoy, SBYC sailors, racers, former racers, dedicated power boaters, and all of you who love Adventuress and the Puget Sound!!

You’re OFFICIALLY invited to PUT KIDS ON THE BOAT by sponsoring Malolo (Samantha Haney and Michael Hoffman) in the Adventuress Cup.  Our team is “Club Malolo“, and you can be a sponsor to help us fundraise for Sound Experience, the non-profit that supports a unique and historic vessel and educational programming on Puget Sound.

100% of your donations will directly support youth programs aboard Adventuress.

$65 a day puts one kid aboard Adventuress and into a fantastic program.

Malolo: photo Michael Hoffman.

Donate at this link: https://p2p.onecause.com/adventuresscup2023/home

Onboard programs can be a few hours to a few days or beyond. The funds enable Sound Experience to reach under served youth, including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and others with obstacles between them and access to maritime adventures, education, and careers.

As a sponsor of SV Malolo, racing in this year’s Adventuress Cup, your donation propels access to life-changing experiences aboard our beloved and historic schooner.

Please consider giving:

$1700 – Send a boatload of participants aboard Adventuress for a day’s learning adventure
$1000 – Fill about half a boatload…
$500 – Send about eight happy sailors…

$65- put a kid on board for a day..

Donate at this link: https://p2p.onecause.com/adventuresscup2023/home

With your help and the generous support of our donors and community partners, we know that we can make an impact on young people and their communities across Western Washington and beyond.

Fair Winds to All,
Michael and Sam

Cruise Report by Cruise Chairs, David Rynning and Julie Newby.

RUDDERPOST September 2023 (Cruise Chair)

Where have we been? What have we seen? Who did we meet? What went wrong? And What went right? The summer 2023 cruise season is mostly in our wake now, with this month’s Salmon Bake closeout event in sight. The new Discord chat platform was really valuable for keeping track of one another this summer and is also really easy to use – please register a free account and give it a try! Come to the September dinner meeting to hear and see, and share stories of our 2023 adventures far and near. We also want to hear your ideas for favorite or new 2024 event destinations. One item that has come up is that we’re moving next year’s Yellow Fest to the first weekend of April, since Easter, the traditional weekend for Y/F, will fall in March. The Board agreed that the event should stay in April. We’ll have details in the next Rudderpost.

As we end 2023 and look forward to 2024, Cruise Chair and the Board are working to improve efficiencies and encourage attendance at the club’s various events – more is better!

The Labor Day Cruise was held at Port Orchard Marina, a first call for several of us. The weather was cooperative, their event tent at the outer end of the guest dock was sheltered with two tables and a pair of gas grills and heaters, and the showers were free!

This year’s Salmon Bake is on Saturday 23-Sep at Poulsbo WA, so make plans to join us at the Port of Poulsbo Marina for a dinner of one of nature’s “perfect foods.” By water, the Port of Poulsbo is the last of the three marina near the end of Liberty Bay. By land, under 30 minutes from the Seattle/Bainbridge or Edmond/Kingston ferry terminals and about 45 minutes from Tacoma. Settled by Norwegians, Poulsbo, AKA “Little Norway,” is a preserved yet modern little seaport including the full-service Port marina and a decidedly Nordic flavor. Visitors can stroll the historic downtown waterfront for unique shopping, dining, and socializing options. Timing is everything at famous Sluy’s Bakery, where an out-the-door line may evaporate only a few minutes later. Early risers in the marina will catch the scent of their fresh pastries and breads even before walking ashore.

The marina has fuel and pump-out facilities at the shore end of E-Dock, 30a and fresh water at the slips, and large cleats. Those driving in can park in the Liberty Bay Park lot near the guest dock. For lodging close to the marina, check out Hotel Scandi, Poulsbo Inn & Suites, or GuestHouse Poulsbo.


  1. All slip reservations and assignments are being coordinated through your EVITE notice. We’ll need to know your vessel’s LOA, beam, and draft, and any tie-up preferences. There is no need to contact the marina directly.
  2. Reserved slips are available for Sep 22 & 23; take one or both, and please note on the Evite which nights you want, along with your vessel specs and preferences.
  3. An aggressively safe AC system may prevent a vessel getting the 30a activated at Port of Poulsbo; as a solution, they have a limited number of carts to shunt past the primary system and still deliver safe AC. The office recommends hooking up and turning on AC before checking in.

We hope to see you at Poulsbo and at the September dinner meeting!

sailboat Roger
Roger and Julie

Dinner Meeting by Vice Commodore, Roger Newby.

Brew Pub Dinner Meeting 9/19 and Photo Contest
As Summer comes to an end, we have the upcoming series of every-third-Tuesday SBYC Dinner Meetings to look forward to, starting with September 19.  As many of you know, we’ve been struggling with the cost involved in having our Fall/Winter monthly meetings at a sit-down restaurant setting.  Not only has the per-person cost increased, but not reaching the minimum event fee has occurred more than we’d like, often resulting in additional expense to the Club’s financial account.  We’ve been discussing for some time not only a change of venue for our get-togethers but perhaps varying the meeting content a bit as well.
With that background, I am very pleased to invite everyone to our first Fall dinner meeting on September 19, to be held in the “Cascade Hall” at the Elliott Bay Brewing Company in Lake City (www.elliottbaybrewing.com).  The address is 12537 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125.  Parking is available behind the building in the lot opposite Bill Pierre Ford on 30th Avenue.  Cascade Hall is a private room located downstairs and can handle over 100 people.  Food will be served from their Platter Menu.  Each platter has 24 portions, so this is a buffet-style approach.  Platter items will include Caesar Salad, Fish & Chips, and a variety of specialty sandwiches (Cuban, Italian Club, Reuben), plus a Carnitas Taco Platter as an appetizer.  One entire wall of Cascade Hall is an elegant bar, with a bartender there to serve us on individual beverage orders.  Their craft beers are excellent! Cost per person is $27 for cash/check payments, $29 for credit card – each member will handle their own bar bill with the bartender.
For our Program section after dinner is completed, we’ll be voting on the best member photos, in what I hope to be our First Annual SBYC Summer Photo Contest.  Please see the separate article below for more details, but don’t miss out on this, as PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED.  And, we’re expecting to hear some great stories from members whose photos will be scrolling across the big screen throughout the meeting.  Start time is our usual 5:30 or so for Happy Hour and 7 pm for Dinner.  We should be done by 9, but there is no pressure from Elliott Bay Brewing to have everyone gone by a certain time.
We are hoping to use Elliott Bay Brewing again for at least the October Dinner Meeting on October 17 (3rd Tuesday of the month).  Your feedback will be very helpful in determining whether this approach works well for us, or how we might tweak it a bit more for an even better experience.  We are talking with Ivar’s about potentially having the Christmas dinner meeting back at the Salmon House, so please do let us know your thoughts on various aspects of our Dinner Meeting Program.
See you on the 19th!
Summer Photo Contest
For our upcoming Dinner Meeting at Elliott Bay Brewing Company’s facility in Lake City, we will have a Photo Contest, showcasing the best photos submitted from the summer by our members.  Prizes will be awarded (items from our new SBYC ‘swag’ selections put together by Quartermaster, Katie Breitling).  Categories for the contest are as follows:

     – Best Single Photo (capturing the fun, personality, and enjoyment of our summer boating and SBYC)

     – Most Artistic Photo

     – Best Animal, Whale or Bird Photo

     – Craziest Photo

     – Most Involved Boat Repair Project

     – Best Sunset
 Please send up to 5 of your summer photos via email to me at “rogernewb@gmail.com“.  These must be received no later than Friday, September 15th in order to be included in the contest.  All participating photos will be shown on the large screen at the Dinner Meeting, scrolling through multiple times during our Happy Hour and Dinner.  Instead of an outside presenter after dinner is completed, we’ll have some fun getting audience input and awarding prizes to those voted as best in category.  If this is enjoyed by all, there’s the potential to do a Summer Photo Contest at our first Fall Dinner Meeting in future years.  We hope it will be a great way to hear about and enjoy our member’s exploits on the Sound during the Summer months.
Tom King Lion
Tom King

Commodore’s Corner by Tom King, Commodore.

If spring has sprung, has fall fallen?
As I have alluded to in the past, fall is not my best season. Sailing and biking taper off, and skiing is still too far in the future to get very excited about. From a practical standpoint it is a good time for home and boat projects, but the sense of accomplishment from those pales in comparison to the fun of a close reach on a sunny day, rail down, and wondering if I should have put in that reef before it started blowing 20kts. With some luck we still have a few weeks of good sailing left. As to winter, there is the old saying, “there is no bad weather, just bad clothing”. That is not true.
Recently the SBYC Board has been wrestling with the issue of reciprocal moorage. On initial review it seems we are providing more reciprocal moorage days to fellow clubs than our own members are using. We are at a bit of disadvantage in that we do not own a dock, and therefore have to cover some of the cost of moorage at Shilshole. We need a better idea of how the system is working for SBYC, so if you have used reciprocals at other clubs please let our secretary, Rubie Johnson, or me know.
Our family’s big cruise this year was immediately after the Dinner Dance. We stuck to Puget Sound because of family obligations and some non-boat vacation plans. It was still a good time, and we visited a few spots for the first time. Unfortunately the weather did not fully cooperate, so we did not take a lot of photos to share. Because we were a bit limited with our boating I really enjoyed following the summer cruising reports and photos on Discord. Thanks for sharing , and thanks to David Horn for setting up the app for the club.
More recently we have just returned from the Labor Day Cruise at Port Orchard. It was a lot of fun and well attended. We had more sailboats than power, and several members also drove in for the potluck. Many of us took the opportunity to display our new SBYC gear and those without were envious. If you do not yet have an SBYC hat or sweatshirt get in touch with our Quartermaster, Katie. Word is she has some extra stock on hand.
I will continue my pattern of submitting a photo unrelated to marine activity. I did take this shot, it was not at a zoo, and he was that close.