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  • 09/07/2016 7:38 AM | Keith Fetterman (Administrator)

    As is the style of the gunkhole, it was a very leisure start, and getting away by 2pm, on the first day was plenty early.  The beauty of waiting of course, is that the afternoon westerly fills in and the flood tide is building, so you get to run down the east side of the island with the current. 

    Woodwind tries to be a little late so we can take a place with the smaller boats, on the outside of our raft. We were treated to our PMYC ocean sailors, John and Donna DeMeyer, joining us on a spacious family powerboat.  Their real boat is on the hard in Mexico.  No matter, they are great company and they provided the "outstation", that is usually the role of Dale and Tina Ingall's boat, Wild Horses.  

    When you do get tied down the first order of business is the business of the pets, so they all go ashore to the historic northwest shoreline of Blakely Harbor.  We had nine boats in all and shared food and drink and sea stories for the evening, and as the light faded the jewel that is downtown Seattle lit up the eastern horizon.  

    The next day would be the treacherous rounding of the cape, Restoration Point and Rich Passage.  No great surprise that only five boats made it to Manzanita Bay the next day.  Those that did were in for a special, more intimate dinner in the cockpit of Larry and Bernadette Witty's Salish Spirit, surrounded by the future of our club.  We watched the sun set behind the Olympics, and then we watched the crescent moon do the same. 

    The sail home the next day was again with the wind at our backs and the tide with us, as we gently slipped under the Agate Pass Bridge. Woodwind came into her slip, and was met at the dock by Langley Gace.  What a gentleman, and fellow cruiser!

    Your Cruise Admiral, Kim

  • 06/02/2016 10:44 PM | Keith Fetterman (Administrator)

    Our Memorial Day Weekend cruise did not turn out as we had planned, but that is the beauty of cruising.  Three of us were anxious to get an early start on the long journey to Tacoma, so Salish Spirit and Moya spent Friday night at Blake Island.  Woodwind and Pelican spent the night in Blakely Harbor.  Saturday morning we got up to overcast skies and a building southerly.  As Woodwind rounded Restoration Point and headed into the heavy seas and wind on her nose, it was time for a call to our fellow sailors on Blake Island.  Our plan would change, and our new destination would be Edmonds, which gave us a good long downhill ride in 15 to 25 knots.  

    Woodwind sailed on jib and mizzen and that was all she needed, as we slid off wave after wave.  We got our sails down and lost the mizzen halyard as we were going into Edmonds, but fortunately there was good space at the Edmonds Yacht Club reciprocal moorage, and room for both Moya and Salish Spirit as well.  They came in shortly after we arrived.  

    Right away we realized there was nearby company, with a big sea lion, nearly asleep on the dock.  We took a walk around and saw some very interesting craft, before we sent Thomas up to the top of Woodwind's mizzen to re-thread the halyard.  This young lad has been cruising with us almost his whole life, and we appreciated his help.  

    Back aboard Salish Spirit, we gathered for another meal of delicious spot prawns from our Shakedown cruise.  On Sunday Lubica joined us and we had a great party aboard Salish Spirit, while the Witty's pet looked on.  

    Monday the wind was light out of the north and we made a leisurely run back to Port Madison,  with everything up, on a bright sunny day.  It had been quite an adventure for just a few days away.  

    Your Cruise Admiral, Kim

  • 05/23/2016 5:47 PM | Keith Fetterman (Administrator)

    The PMYC cruise to Blake Island was rather lightly attended this year. Despite the hard work of Larry Witty and Langley Gace to provide us with a spot prawns feast, there were only two boats to enjoy it. Here we all are comfortably seated around the table aboard Salish Spirit.  Normally this event brings out at least six boats, so I am not quite sure what happened.   It was cool and rainy, with  no wind, after a glorious week of good weather, and that might have kept some of you back. 

    After our cozy coffee and hot chocolate, aboard Woodwind,  we joined the Witty's for a hike around the north part of the island. When we got back we slipped our moorings and had a broad reach in light air to Restoration Point with close views of harbor porpoises and two seasons lions on the buoy. We ended up motoring home to a club moor age filled with boats. 
    -- Your Cruise Admiral,  Kim

  • 05/12/2016 7:09 PM | Keith Fetterman (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    The Bainbridge Island Review had a beautiful obituary for Jeanne McNeil recently.  You can read it online by following this link:

    Bainbridge Island Review Article

    Jeanne's memorial service will be held on May 21, 2016 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM at Island Center Hall.

    Island Center Hall
    8395 Fletcher Bay Rd NE
    Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

    A perpetual horticultural scholarship has been created to honor Jeanne's longtime commitment to and mentorship in the field. Donations may be sent to the address below or given online at WSNLA.org.

     WSNLA Scholarship and Research Charitable Fund 
    (Note: Jeanne E. McNeil Memorial)
    34400 Pacific Highway S, Suite #2
    Federal Way, WA 98003


  • 04/23/2016 8:06 AM | Keith Fetterman (Administrator)

    Opening Day at Port Madison Yacht Club.  All sailors interested in learning more about Port Madison Yacht Club and its summer sailing school are welcome to attend Opening Day festivities on Sunday, May 1, at Port Madison Yacht Club, 8478 NE Hidden Cove Road.  Racing begins at noon with a boat parade to follow at 1:30 pm and a Cinco de Mayo themed potluck at 2:00 pm.  

    For more information click here or contact PMYCinfo@portmadisonyc.org.

  • 04/16/2016 5:00 PM | Keith Fetterman (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that I share the news that Jeanne McNeil passed away last Friday, April 15.  She had complications from the cancer and cancer remedies that she just couldn't overcome any longer.

    Jeanne was a long time club member with her spouse Scott Sprague, and they were both very active in the club.  Jeanne's warm, caring friendship will be deeply missed around the club and on the cruises.  Donna and John DeMeyer sent a wonderful tribute to Jeanne that I'd like to share:

    Jeanne and Scott were among the first people we met when we moved to Bainbridge.  We've known them through sailing, boat building, landscaping and even water polo.  Jeanne operated in so many more arenas, too, so here are just a few of John's and my observations.
    Jeanne is one of the most intelligent people we've known--curious and interested in everything.  She would never give a flip answer to a question or comment, and would throw herself fully into whatever conversation or project she was involved in, whether it was cooking an amazing array of food for a boat raft-up to helping Scott's mom enjoy the last several years of her life.
    Jeanne constantly challenged herself to learn and do new things.  We remember when she took off for a week on their old sailboat to prove she could run it by herself.  While she was still working hard in her landscaping business she went to law school;  at the same time being aunt, sister, and friend to the many people who found refuge with her and Scott at their Island Center "compound".

    These are just a few things we know about Jeanne.  She didn't need a lot of fanfare when she took on a project--she just dug in and worked tirelessly until it was done.  Her quiet and serious manner was only a light covering for the great passion she had for everyone and everything in her life.

  • 03/27/2016 5:00 PM | Keith Fetterman (Administrator)

    We had six boats set out for Poulsbo last Saturday,  with light air and a favorable current.  As always, with even a breath of air, all sails were set on The Salish Sea.  Woodwind waited longer to get the sails up, but from the moment we cast off from the club, our 3 grandsons, ages 9, 12 and 13 had full responsibility for getting us to the dock in Poulsbo.  They had to use the chart, the tidelog and the depth sounder, as well as keep an eye out for marks and drift.  They did very well and were rewarded with a trip to Sluy's.  

    The day stayed dry and balmy.  After a little exploring the town we all met back aboard Salish Sea for a little happy hour before dinner.  Our cruise captain, Scott had made a dinner reservations for the 16 of us at The Loft, a tasty and informal place with a view of the harbor. After a long and leisurely dinner we filtered back to the boats.  For Woodwind it was snug and cozy.  Great that we all like each other.

    We woke to a little drizzle and no wind, so after a pancake breakfast aboard, we were off to sea again, with all the stories of our Viking quests. Some were even a little sleepy.  Once home on the island, everybody needed a massage from Nani, even the dog.

    - Your Cruise Admiral, Kim


  • 11/16/2015 8:03 AM | Jennifer Montgomery

    Our annual Awards Banquet has come and gone.  It was great to see the friendly, familiar faces of many, and for those of you who couldn't make it, you were missed!

    A big thanks to Keith and Luba Fetterman who organized the banquet this year and held it together through changes in venue and unexpected power outages.

    Congratulations to our new Officers and Board Members:


    Commodore - Keith Fetterman

    Vice Commodore - Jim Laws

    Rear Commodore - Haley Lhamon

    Member at Large - Rick Roberston


    Thanks to all of you for your commitment to our club.  I'm looking forward to 2016 being a great year at PMYC with you at the helm.

    Fair Winds -

    ps. We're still looking for someone to chair the Work Party committee and someone to be our web master.  If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact Keith.





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