This early February’s spring-like weather has been amazing. It gives us a chance to get working earlier on that long, never-ending list of boat projects. I have started some of my projects this month to get a jump start on being prepared for upcoming cruises. Last year I had a window shot at with what appeared to be a BB or pellet gun. It eventually shattered out while sailing last summer on a gusty, wavy day. I had it repaired with an insurance claim and now it is as good as new.
Last fall I went to try my luck removing my leakiest window and sealing it up good before the rainy season. I left it for three months, thinking all is well, only to come back first week of February to find I made it much worse. My carpet and port cushions were soaking wet, the port side electrical circuit tripped, and mildew was everywhere, as that short had knocked out a dehumidifier. So, this week it is off to reseal that window and clean up the mess. I want to have the boat ship shape for the upcoming Bell Harbor cruise this month. Next time I’ll hire the professionals to fix my leaky windows.
The board passed the 2022 budget this month and things are looking good. We plan to put a bit more club money into the Dinner Dance this year to make it more discounted for everyone, since we have not had one in a couple of years. I hope we get to all have a better summer with a receding pandemic and more turnout at our club events. I would also like for the club to focus more on our donations to other non-profits this year. We have donated to Footloose Sailing, Sound Experience, and Northwest Harvest in past years, and I think we should continue that tradition and give a little more. More on this later as we determine the beneficiary of the TransPuget benefit race in the fall.
Looking forward to seeing you at the monthly Zoom “dinner” meeting on February 15 and at the Winter Fest cruise to Bell Harbor in downtown Seattle on February 18 and 19. Until then, I leave you with this quote:
Welcome to the Salish Sea Women in Sailing SISTERSHIP! SSWiSS!! 🙂
Next Dinner Meeting – Tuesday February 15, 2022
Zoom – Link to be Communicated
6:30 pm ‘Happy Hour’ Chat
7:10 pm Presentation by Elise Sivilay, SSWiSS founder and CYC member
We are the same vibrant community of women that come together to support each other in our sailing endeavors. With the growing number of women sailors and vast opportunities for sailing in the Pacific Northwest, this social group was originally formed by women sailors racing out of Shilshole Marina, but has expanded to reach out across the entire Puget Sound and Salish Sea (Olympia to BC Canada). We aspire to create a camaraderie among veteran and new sailors and build lasting friendships on the water.
We are open to anyone, women & men, who relish in the pure love of sailing, are willing to share their stories, and are committed to fostering a supportive, relaxed, and non-judgmental environment for all. Join us! Tuesday February 15 at 6:30pm.
Elise Sivilay Bio:
Elise Sivilay started sailing in her mid-30s when friends asked her to join a regatta in Rhodes, Greece. Her passion for travel and adventure led her to fall in love with sailing. With her life motto to always be learning, always be curious, as well as her competitive spirit in team sports, she commits to getting better and learning more each time she’s out on the water. She started with the Seattle Sailing Club in 2013 with ASA 101-106, was active in the Women’s Program, and has been racing ever since on the Puget Sound, mainly out of Shilshole on J/80s, J/105s, Thomas 35, Beneteau First 36.7, Express 37, and others where she can hop on and contribute. She also participates in the MBA Global Sailing League mainly based in Europe when time and travel allow in locations such as Greece, the Netherlands, Italy, and more. She is excited to get more into cruising and exploring what the entire Puget Sound and Salish Sea have to offer. Elise stays active and gives back to the sailing community as the co-leader of the Shilshole Women Sailors Group; and, as a founder of the annual Salish Sea Women in Sailing Symposium (SSWiSS), she is so excited to see this come to fruition!
This is the turnout for the Landcruisers’ Green Lake Walk on Thursday, December 30, that was promoted by Pat Hillis in the November Rudderpost. Slow walkers meet fast walkers at the Urban Bakery for coffee and a weekly catch up. It’s fun and energizing, and healthy, because walkers gather outside for coffee. No need to fear Covid germs on this event. An easy way to accomplish a New Year’s resolution!
Walking in the rain…
Walking in a winter wonderland…
Walking in the sunshine…
Walking with spring…
Yup! That’s the Landcruisers, SBYC’s very own walking group strolling around Green Lake in every season and in (almost) any weather condition. If you’d like to join us, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you on the list.
This month is the first cruise of the year to Bell Harbor Marina in downtown Seattle on February 18 and 19. It is looking like we will have a good turnout for this winter cruise by sea and by land. There should still be a few slips available for the club on C dock. Call the marina at 206-787-3952 and tell them you are with SBYC to reserve your slip. Be sure to monitor the #bell_harbor channel on the SBYC Slack workspace before and during this event for last minute info. You can also email cruisechair@
shilsholebayyacchtclub.org if you have questions. We will be safe and follow state and CDC Covid guidelines if we venture into the city for a meal together.
We still need sponsors to help with the Burger Burn and Labor Day Weekend cruises later this year. Message the cruise chair email to sign up.
Looking forward to seeing all of you who signed up for the Winterfest Cruise to Bell Harbor!
SBYC 2022 Cruise Calendar
FEB 18-19 Winter Fest, Bell Harbor Marina
APR 16 Yellow Fest, Blake Island (Sponsored by Katie and Jason)
MAY 13-14 Burger Burn, Port Ludlow (Sponsored by <your name here>)
JUN 11 June Dinner Dance, Kingston
JUL 03-4 Fireworks Raft Ups, Liberty Bay and Blakely Harbor
AUG 03 Summer Rendezvous, South Sound (Longbranch, Jarrell Cove, and/or Quartermaster Harbor)
SEP 03 Labor Day Weekend, Port Orchard (Sponsored by <your name here>)
OCT 01 Salmon Bake, Poulsbo (Sponsored by Barbara and AJ)David Horn, Cruise Chair