by AJ Mallory

4th Thursdays at Shilshole Bay Marina: April – September

Get that boat (sail or power) away from the dock! It’s a nice slip, you pay handsomely for it all year and your boat looks good there, but I’ll bet your boat looks even better on the water! So come out once a month and join your fellow members for a little SBYC Thursday evening fun on the water. If you don’t have a boat just come join as crew or just ride along for fun. In addition to our having fun together, this is a great opportunity to invite people who might have an interest in joining SBYC. Let’s all get out on the water more often!

We will meet at 4:30 around the picnic tables in front of the Shilshole Office to make a plan for the evening. Depending on how many people, boats (and what type), and the day’s weather we will decide what makes the most sense. It might be a quick jaunt across the Sound for dinner, a raft up, or a lazy sail around Meadow Point. If the weather is really crappy we will head to a pub and swap some good sailing stories over a pint.

For communication we will use VHF channel 72 and the Slack app area called “# sails-and-ales.” If the weather is obviously really crappy check Slack for pub details (probably Ray’s). If you will be arriving late, post to Slack and we’ll work to figure something out so you can still participate.

Remember to bring appropriate boating gear (PFD, boat appropriate shoes, dress in layers, etc.)

Guests are welcome!

For reference, here are the dates with sunset times:

  • April 25th Sunset 8:13 Tentative plan to sail a course from Shilshole to Point Jefferson and back
  • May 23rd Sunset 8:50
  • June 27th Sunset 9:11
  • July 25th Sunset 8:53
  • August 22nd Sunset 8:09
  • September 26th Sunset 6:59

Here’s a list of ideas we have come up with. If you have ideas please let AJ or any board member know:

  • Raft up in Blakely Harbor
  • Dinner ashore in Winslow (Eagle Harbor)
  • Sail a course
  • Scavenger Hunt using chart skills and land marks
  • Sunset Sail
  • Safety gear check on the dock
  • Share your ideas too!

So come join us on April 25th at 4:30pm in front of the Shilshole Bay Marina Office and let’s get out on the water!