“The good seaman weathers the storm he cannot avoid and avoids the storm he cannot weather.”

—Unknown

“The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.”

– Edward Gibbon

“In like a lion, out like a lamb. » That old saw about March is so pre-climate change! In the first week of this month, Heidi and I have experienced 60 degree days, sub-freezing nights, hail, snow on the ground, pouring rain, winds, and calm in Renton. February was even weirder – we drove straight into an “atmospheric river” deluge on one memorable 11-hour day driving down “the 5” and out to the coast in California, but had predictable SoCal weather for the rest of our 2-1/2 week road trip. I don’t even try to imagine April yet, but March reliably brings a return to Daylight Saving Time, occurring at 02:00 local on the second Sunday, which is March 10 this year. Everything seems better at that point, with extended daylight and warmer temps coming our way.

2024’s first club cruise is March 22-24 at Port of Edmonds. The roster of attending vessels (six as of this writing) was turned in to the marina by Cruise Chair today, Friday March 8. SBYC slip assignments will be sent out to captains prior to the 22nd. Upon arrival, captains will register and pay at the marina office. Winter Fest 2024’s sponsor, Rubie Johnson, has been heroic in supplying info and suggestions for interesting opportunities near the Edmonds waterfront, including:

  • The Edmonds Marina has a dog park, and is convenient to pubs, restaurants, the Edmonds/Kingston ferry, and easy walking along the water for the land cruisers;
  • Within walking distance of the marina are ART Galleries, a visitor center and more of everything;
  • Friday happy hour will be at the dock so dress like a mariner and bring something to share;
  • Saturday’s dinner will be at Arnie’s at 6pm, where we have reserved space for about twenty people. And note: This will do double duty as it will also constitute the March monthly dinner meeting;
  • And, consider joining up early at Arnie’s on Saturday for their happy hour (3pm – 6pm)

Regardless of attending via water or boat-less, put March 22-24 on your calendar, and be sure to wear your SBYC gear. (What?? You don’t have any SBYC gear yet?? Contact Katie Breitling ASAP to claim your crewneck or hoodie sweatshirt, a beanie, or a “dad” ball cap while supply lasts!)

A reminder: We’re looking for sponsors for all the below events following Winter Fest (and thank you Rubie!)

Contact Julie Newby and/or me for boat reservations, sponsor volunteering, and general questions. Our primary contact is Cruisechair@shilsholebayyachtclub.org; alternatively you can reach us on Discord, or via text or direct email to Julie or me.

“In the depths of Winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

– Albert Camus

 

2024 CRUISE SCHEDULE

March 22-24 Winterfest at Port of Edmonds Marina – NOTE: This date was changed due to conflict with a Snowbird Race event scheduled for the previous weekend. The Drop-Dead Date (DDD) for vessel reservations is 08-March, and Captains reserve through Cruise Chair; please do not contact the marina directly. We’ll distribute slip assignments prior to the 22nd; Captains will then check in and pay at the marina office upon arrival. As of this writing we have five boats committed. RATES: $1.75.ft + $6 Electrical.

April 5-7 Yellow Fest at Blake Island Marina. The shelter is reserved for that Saturday. Please NOTE: Our Yellow Fest Sponsor is recovering from an injury and regretfully must cancel, so this is open for a new Sponsor to step up!

May 17-19 Burger Burn at Port Ludlow. DDD for vessel reservations is 30-April. Captains self-book with the marina to our reserved block of SBYC slips via Dock WA or with the marina office. Cancellation at no charge up to the day before. The marina will quote the rate based on vessel length, but assume around $2/ft, and $5 for electrical.

June 7-9 Dinner Dance at Kingston Cove Yacht Club/Port of Kingston Marina. DDD for vessel reservations is 24-May; 2024 rate is $1.60/ft ($0 for electrical). Captains self-book with the marina to our reserved SBYC slips. Sour Mash returns this year to dish out more tasty blues and rock; the dinner menu is in-work and will be announced.

July 3 Raft-up at Liberty Bay. A sponsor will help decide on the July 4 destination, which typically is in Blakely Harbor.

Summer Rendezvous will be at Prevost Harbor July 24-28, so start your voyage planning now!

August 30-Sept 02 Labor Day Weekend at Brownsville Marina; reserved for 12 vessels. 2024 rates are $1.65/ft, $5.65/day for power, plus $1.05 per day for security and maintenance surcharge.

September 27-29 Salmon Bake at Des Moines Marina. DDD for vessel reservations will be published along with current rates. Captains, please contact SBYC Cruise Chair for slip reservations; we’ll assign slips similar to what we did for 2023’s salmon bake at Poulsbo.