YOUR COMMODORE HAS A BOAT!
It is weird, right? The Commodore of a yacht club not having a boat- it felt weird to me!
I am excited to announce that Alix and I closed on a boat on April 8. Clara helped with the boat shopping, and this was the first boat she did not try to scramble off of after a few minutes, but was happy playing and exploring every crevice.
Let me introduce you to S/V Shadow, a 1987 Catalina 36. Shadow is an amazing specimen of a boat. Her original owner kept her in Longbeach, CA, and used her for trips out to their private mooring ball on Catalina Island. The boat was professionally and meticulously maintained and comes with a very thick binder of maintenance records. She has been so well kept that when you step aboard you may wonder if you somehow teleported back in time to when she came fresh out of the factory.
The original owner passed and the estate sold the boat last year (or so I understand) to a man in Tacoma, WA. He spent the time, and money, making some minor updates, such as new faucets and a stereo, and he replaced the instruments with brand new B&G gear. He never got to sail her before being forced to relocate out of state. His loss is our gain! Shadow is in 100% prime condition to go cruising today.
We cannot wait to get out there cruising with the SBYC family again. Burger Burn is just around the corner and we cannot wait to see you all on the water!
I want to specifically thank a few members of the club who helped us through the process:
- Roger Newby, who showed us boats and was a constant source of encyclopedic information to call on.
- Harold & Jessie, Harold for his bottomless mechanical knowledge and help inspecting the boat, and Jessie for constantly harassing me to get a boat for Clara.
- Larry Clark, for his deep insight into all things sailing.
- AJ Mallory, for letting me bounce ideas off of him.
- Matt Fraser, for going into deep detail on the hydronic heating system in his boat.
And of course, I want to particularly thank Dennis and Kathy Oelrich! The Oelrich’s looked at Shadow the day before I did and almost made an offer on the boat, themselves, but we snatched it away from them. I did not know they were the “other couple making an offer” ‘til Dennis called me the day before closing! Not to rub it in, but you missed out on a great boat! You can come sailing on her anytime.
Bring on the sunshine and sailing!
Join us this month on April 20, for the virtual dinner meeting on Zoom:
6:30 pm – Official start.
We will go “around the horn” and hear from everyone depending on how many guests we have; join early if you would like to chat more informally.
7:00 pm – Presentation:
Southern Resident orcas and you: Local orca pods, the risks they face, and what we can all do to help
7:45 pm – Wrap up.
Nora Nickum, Ocean Policy Manager, Seattle Aquarium
Rein Attemann, Puget Sound Campaign Manager, Washington Environmental Council.
Please join us on April 20, 2021 at 6:30pm for a special presentation about the local Southern Resident orca pods and the Give Them Space Campaign, a conservation education and public outreach effort to help reduce noise and disturbance around this critically endangered orca population. The presentation will cover Southern Resident orca biology and family structure, their unique food needs, their seasonal range of habitat, and the science behind the three main threats to their survival. It will conclude with ways everyone can support orca recovery, and invite boaters to take a voluntary pledge to help quiet the waters and give orcas space. There are three new calves in the orca population, bringing hope and also the need to make sure they have what they need to thrive.
Boaters have an important role to play in championing the conservation and recovery of these iconic and beloved orcas. Join us to learn more!
The Give Them Space campaign is a joint effort of Washington Environmental Council, Seattle Aquarium, The Whale Trail, Friends of the San Juans, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Nora Nickum is the Ocean Policy Manager at the Seattle Aquarium, where she works on state and federal policy issues such as orca recovery, plastic pollution, and climate change. Her work prior to joining the team at the Seattle Aquarium included serving as project manager for the Governor’s Southern Resident Orca Recovery Task Force and working internationally on climate resilience at the US Agency for International Development.
Rein Attemann is the Puget Sound Campaign Manager at Washington Environmental Council where he builds and implements campaigns to achieve policy protections through strong stakeholder and political support for issues important to the health of the Salish Sea, such as orca and salmon recovery and protection, clean water, healthy habitats, and oil spill prevention.
Photograph: Amazon website illustrating Erich Hoyt’s book ‘Orca: The Whale Called Killer’, publisher: Firefly Books.
Here are the 2021 SBYC cruise events and statuses as of April:
For our first “in-person” cruise event of the year, we have made some changes to the Burger Burn. This event on May 15 will now be in Liberty Bay, instead of Port Ludlow as originally planned. We will anchor out in Liberty Bay at the location we use for the annual fireworks raft ups (coordinates will be posted in the Slack channel if you don’t already have it). For this event each boat will anchor individually near each other, not in a raft-up. So this year we can call this the “Burn Your Own Burger” Burn (on your boat’s grill). Bring your dinghy if you want to paddle or motor about and visit the anchored boats to mingle with other club members at a safe, yet audible, distance. Don’t forget to fly your burgee!
The June Dinner Dance has been moved out and is planned to be sometime in August. The hope is that by then we can meet at an indoor location (likely Brownsville at this point) for dinner, a live band, and dancing. Please contact me if you can help plan and run this largest of SBYC cruises with me.
In place of the June Dinner Dance, we will still keep our slip reservations in Brownsville and meet at the marina for a June Dock Soiree on June 12. We will not have the indoor or covered facilities rented out, but we can still meet at the marina with the ten reserved slips. SBYC is not providing any meals at this event, so be sure to bring your own food and drink. Contact the marina and tell them you are with SBYC to get one of the ten slips we have reserved.
We will continue to re-evaluate the cruise calendar each month based on the State of Washington COVID-19 phases and guidelines as they change. For the moment we assume things will be better in the summer, nas we plan the details around the remaining cruises July through September. Be sure to check the SBYC web site and latest Rudderposts for the most up-to-date information on cruises.
2021 SBYC Cruise Calendar
FEB 27 Bell Harbor Marina – Event Cancelled
APR 03 Yellow Fest, Blake Island – Event Cancelled
MAY 15 “Burn Your Own Burger” Burn, Liberty Bay
JUN 12 June Dock Soiree, Brownsville
JUL 03 Fireworks Raft Up, Poulsbo – Status depends on if Poulsbo will have a fireworks show
JUL 21 Summer Rendezvous, Mystery Bay
AUG (Date TBD) – Dinner Dance, location TBD (likely Brownsville)
SEP 04 Labor Day Weekend, Port Orchard (Adopt a Cruise) – Need a volunteer to adopt this cruise
SEP25 Salmon Bake, Poulsbo
David Horn, Cruise Chair
SBYC is still looking for a Treasurer to step into the empty position. This is a position that must be filled in order for the club to continue.
If the position sounds daunting, fret not! LB has done a fantastic job of making it easy to be treasurer. LB will be available through the end of the year to train the next Treasurer.
Please, please, consider stepping into this role. It has minimal demands and is critical to the future of the club!
There may even be a treasure chest you get to hide in your backyard ;).