A new year is here!
As we begin 2024, I look forward to enjoying the many meaningful relationships within our Club. Yes, boating is our central theme, but the camaraderie, caring, and compassion among our membership is what really ties things together for me. I really like our club’s approach to being a yacht club. I’ve never seen anyone dressed in “yachtie” gear here or caught up in anything like “my boat’s bigger and fancier than your boat”. No, we’re pretty regular folks with a bit of a boating addiction, who enjoy messing with boats together. That works for me.
2023 saw us open back up after the pandemic years. It felt like old times again, meeting up for a Blake Island Yellow Fest in spite of the frosty weather, then enjoying warmer temps in Port Ludlow for a very successful Burger Burn. The June Dinner Dance, our biggest annual event, was back to fine form at the Kingston Yacht Club facility with a great blues band. We rafted July 3rd in Liberty Bay at Poulsbo, in spite of the public fireworks no longer there. Then cruised over to Blakeley Harbor for the night of the 4th, enjoying a private fireworks display that was pretty awesome, especially since it went off right over our heads!
We missed doing a Summer Rendezvous last year, which I believe was mostly due to not finding consensus early in the year on where/when to schedule that. Our Co-Cruise chair team of David Rynning and Julie Newby are committed to scheduling a Rendezvous this summer very soon, probably in the San Juans between mid-July and the end of August, so members can make cruising plans that can include joining the Rendezvous.
We look to return to Port Orchard on Labor Day Weekend and then finish the Cruise Schedule with another Salmon Bake at the Des Moines Marina. Please don’t hesitate to give Dave and Julie your thoughts on anything involving the cruising events.
On a personal note, Julie and I just returned from a December trip to Europe, with stops in France and Germany. I lived in Germany for a full school year in 1971-72, so getting back there to see old friends is really quite special. A view into their world and sharing each other’s experiences over the past few years often reveals just how special some of the things are that we do here. For example, we would describe our boating life and play the video Julie made of a morning in Manzanita Bay rafted up with Dave and Heidi Rynning and David Horn. I was playing the keyboard (Debussy’s “Reverie”) while the video captured the setting of a beautiful summer morning surrounded by calm waters and our evergreen shores. Our European friends were quite amazed that we have that experience available to enjoy so readily.
Back to 2024, we’ll hope to see you at one of the dinner meetings very soon. It’s great to have Pat Hillis back on the Board as Vice Chair and hosting these dinner events. Our first cruise of the year, Winter Fest, is likely going to shift to Edmonds this year. Jason Breitling, our Rear Commodore, has plans for us to host more Summer Dock Parties at Shilshole as a way to let potential new members get acquainted with Shilshole Bay Yacht Club. And I can’t say enough thanks to Anne Girvin for jumping in last year to manage the racing program. There are still challenges facing us in that arena, but thanks to the work of Anne, Ben, and Matt, plus Jerry Hillis continuing to skipper Olele as the Committee Boat, and others we will be conducting another year of our winter Snowbird Series of races.
So, here we go! Hop on and enjoy it!
SBYC LAUNCHES A NEW YEAR OF ENTERTAINMENT,
EDUCATION AT MONTHLY DINNER MEETINGS
It’s time to leave 2023 behind and head into an exciting 2024 new year of boating and fun times as members of Shilshole Bay Yacht Club. As you’ll see in this issue of the Rudderpost there are many, many activities planned for the year—but the first and most important(!) is the Tuesday, January 16, dinner meeting at Elliott Bay Brewery in Lake City. Here’s your chance to face the new year with friends who share your favorite pastimes.
We have an array of captivating programs lined up for this year, and this month, we’re thrilled to feature Carley Tallman—a passionate boater, cruiser, rower and seasoned educator. With a unique blend of experiences, including teaching math during four Atlantic crossings (details to be revealed at the meeting), Carley has seamlessly woven her diverse interests into a life filled with excitement and exuberance. Don’t miss out on discovering the fascinating tales that have shaped her journey!
We will be including Carley’s bio in further communications, but take it from us, you are going to enjoy her presentation.
When we are lucky enough to have talented and spirited speakers for the meetings, please take a few minutes during the social hour to greet them, chat with them, introduce them around and in general, make them feel welcome. These people are volunteering their time to educate and entertain us. If you see them standing aside, bring them into your social group and let them know we are a friendly club.
The dinner cost has risen this year to $35 due to increased expenses incurred by Elliott Bay. Despite this, it remains an excellent value, encompassing a comprehensive package. It covers dinner, including taxes and gratuity, along with a charge of approximately $10 per person for the room rental. Furthermore, you’ll meet an engaging and captivating speaker, making the overall experience even more worthwhile.
One other added benefit is there will no longer be a charge for the use of your credit card in paying for your dinner. You also can still pay with check or cash, although the exact amount in cash would be appreciated.
It’s also important to notify us in a timely manner if you can’t make a meeting when you’ve already signed up for it. The restaurant needs a week to plan the appropriate food/menu in the right amount for us, so our deadline is crucial in making sure we have enough food for everyone and, conversely, that we don’t have a lot of wasted food. Traditionally, we have charged for no shows, so if you’ve made a reservation but later find you are unable to attend, please let us know ASAP. We appreciate a week’s notice for cancellations, but in the event of sudden illness, drop us a line or call, and we’ll certainly take your circumstances into consideration. Your understanding and communication are greatly appreciated!
An evite will be coming out shortly, so watch for it in your email and be prepared to respond by the deadline.
Additionally, if you haven’t already marked your calendar for the February meeting, do so now. It will be Tuesday, February 20 with a program to be announced later.
Of high note is that there will be no dinner meeting in March, because that gathering would come only a few days before the March Winter Fest on the weekend of March 22-23. Instead, this will be a fantastic opportunity for all of us to come to Edmonds by boat or car and enjoy a weekend of play and camaraderie. Watch the Rudderpost for news on this event from our social chairs.
But first!! Join us on Tuesday, January 16 at 6 p.m. at Elliott Bay Brewing Co. in Lake City. Hope to see you all there!
Hello all, and Happy New Year to everyone!
2023 went out in style for the club, with a wonderful December dinner meeting at Elliott Bay Brewery. Festive décor, and amazing speaker (Artist Iole Alessandrini) and, of course, all your smiling faces, made for a memorable holiday celebration and nice end to the year for club activities.
A matter of business at this dinner meeting was to thank the outgoing SBYC Board for their service in 2023, and to change the watch to the new 2024 board. A reminder here of your new 2024 Board – a.k.a. the people that make it all happen!
- Commodore: Roger Newby
- Vice Commodore: Patricia Hillis
- Rear Commodore: Jason Breitling
- Treasurer: Barbara M.
- Secretary: Judy Tallman
- Immediate Past Commodore: Thomas King
- Director at Large: LB Day
- Director at Large: Patricia Shannon-Garvey
- Race Chair: Anne Girvin
- Cruise Chairs: Julie Newby, David Rynning
- Quartermaster: Katie Breitling
- Webmaster: Carol Bianquis
- Fleet Captains: Ben Loubaugh, Matt Fraser
- Rudderpost Editor: Pauline Bruce
- Rudderpost Proof Reader: Sally Rawlings
Now we move into 2024 and if you haven’t paid your dues for 2024 yet, you’re late. Club dues for 2024 were due on December 15. The Roster is in production now, so please go online or send a check ASAP to make sure that you are listed in this year’s edition of the SBYC Membership Roster.
You can pay by check, cash or card in person at the January dinner meeting, or you can mail the club a check with the memo listed as “renewal.” There is also a tab on the website that will lead you through a process that allows you to make any changes desired to your club roster listing, and it culminates with a “click to purchase” button. Link here to the website location for renewal. Online renewal is a quick and easy way to check this item off your list!
Have a new boat? Or maybe just a new phone number? If so, please send me an email with any adjustments that you’d like made to your roster listing by January 5 if at all possible. I’ll do my best to make sure the changes are made for the 2024 edition.
I look forward to seeing you all soon!
“If you talk about it, it’s a dream; if you envision it, it’s possible, but if you schedule it, it’s real.
Happy New Year! Hoping everyone had a God Jul (“Go-Yool”), as we say in Poulsbo. Heidi and I certainly did on Christmas Day with our kids and grandkids in Ballard, amid priority projects on the boat and at home. Vixen has a new battery system, and the home port structure has a new sole (“floor” for landlubbers), and – on with more projects during 2024…this is the time of year to get work done, ahead of cruising season!
Mariners know that Schedules are subordinate to the exigencies of safe vessel operations. Weather, tides, and mechanical or equipment issues can often be anticipated, mitigated, or avoided, but when they can’t, the Schedule is demoted to merely an Itinerary that has to remain flexible, often for safety reasons.
So, with regard to Schedules and Flexibility, our 2024 Cruising Schedule has some updates, and a hole or two that everyone can help fill. And Sponsors – please come ahead and claim your favorite event!
Here’s what’s locked in for 2024. These will be published this month on the club’s Events tab.
March 22-24 Winterfest at Port of Edmonds Marina – NOTE: This date was changed due to conflict with a Snowbird Race event scheduled on the previous weekend. The Drop Dead date (DDD) for vessel reservations is 08-March, and Captains self-book with the marina to our reserved SBYC slips.
April 5-7 Yellow Fest at Blake Island Marina.
May 17-19 Burger Burn at Port Ludlow. DDD for vessel reservations is 30-April. Captains self-book to our reserved SBYC slips via DockWA or with the marina office. Cancellation at no charge up to the day before.
June 7-9 Dinner Dance at Port of Kingston. DDD for vessel reservations will be published next month. 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 in February.
July 3 Raft-up at Liberty Bay. A sponsor will help decide on the July 4 destination.
July-August Summer Rendezvous is in study, with a proposal of Prevost Harbor during the last two weeks of July. Alternatives from members will be considered this month, and Cruise Chair will finalize the rendezvous plan for publication in February’s Rudderpost.
September Labor Day (August 30-Sept 02). Destination TBD and will be published next month; we learned on 02-January that a return to Port Orchard is not possible this year, so we’re investigating several other destinations in the Central Sound.
September 27-29 Salmon Bake at Des Moines Marina. DDD for vessel reservations will be published soon. Captains please contact SBYC Cruise Chair for slip reservations, we’ll assign vessels and slips similar to 2023’s salmon bake at Poulsbo. Cruisechair@shilsholebayyachtclub.org
That’s it for our first Rudderpost of 2024 – we look forward to seeing you at these events!
“He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter… In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity.”
– John Burroughs
“The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination.”
– Terri Guillemets
SBYC Merch! Get yours before its gone.
We are almost all sold out of ball caps (we have one left) and hoody sweatshirts. There are a few beanies and crew neck sweatshirt available. Are you an SBYC member who isn’t able to make it to club dinners or events, but would like to support the club and help improve our visibility? The board would love it if you’d purchase an SBYC item to show your support and help us get the Shilshole Bay Yacht Club name out there. They are for sale at the dinner meetings. If you can’t make it to the dinner meetings you can email me and we can figure something else out.
Thank you, Katie.
Factory Tour of Aspen Power Catamarans in Burlington Washington the week of January 15, 2024.
Aspen asks that we have only eight people in the group. In addition, there is another tour planned for a tour of Skagit Valley. We will start by car pooling from the Seattle area to Burlington. We will split for those who are on the factory tour, they will tour and then have lunch at the Airport/Brew Pub a short walk or ride across from the factory. The second group, large or small, will go on a scenic ride of Skagit Valley and end up at an excellent art gallery, a delightful bakery and lunch. We will meet up again at the Airport/brew pub and carpool back. Please email me at email@example.com or put a message on Discord at ‘Aspen Factory Tour’ if you are interested in either tour.