Commodore's Column


by Billie Land

We’ve had some great events at the club this month- the Annual Business Meeting and Officer’s Open House, Mardi Gras dinner, Spring Cleaning Day, Women’s Group “Paint N’ Sip,” a Marine Exchange, and many delicious meals. Cleaning Day was a great success! A big thank you to the wonderful volunteers that keep this club running. We appreciate all of you.

This next month will be just as exciting with Training Day on April 6th, the Wake-up Cruise from April 25th through April 29th, and many wonderful meals are planned. I can hardly wait to see what interesting presentations Theresa Muir has scheduled for Training Day. The Wake-up Cruise is always a club favorite. Pleasant Harbor and Alderbrook Lodge are a treat to experience. The meals for April shall be amazing thanks to the Satres and the Whipples.

Anita-Louise Cressy has resigned as Property Officer. The primary reason is her husband’s health needs. We thank her for all the work she has accomplished as Property Officer. She and Bill will still be coming to the club so when you see her, please, give her lots of thanks. Deanna Gott has volunteered to take over as Property Officer for the remainder of the year. She will be voted on at the next Board Meeting. Thank you to Deanna for stepping in for us.

On Saturday, February 23rd, Piotr Okonski presented a Marine Exchange of his sailing expedition to Antarctica in February and March 2018. He was one of nine crew members on a 70-foot sailboat from Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic Circle and back. This trip required him to cross Cape Horn twice. He took our Port Ludlow burgee with him and hung it up in the National Antarctica Scientific Center Akademik Vernadsky Station, the southernmost bar in the world! We are one of only two burgees hanging that far south in Antarctica thanks to Piotr. Because of that expedition Piotr was honored with the “Cape Horn Brotherhood” in Gdansk Poland on March 1, 2019. Members need to sail the Cape Horn. Thank you, Piotr for representing us in your adventures. You make us proud.

A few weeks ago, my husband Dan received this email about the book titled “The Riddle of the Sands” by Erskin Childers.

Hi Daniel,

I discovered the above book with your contact details in the free library of the Town Basin Marina, Whangarei, New Zealand.

Did you mean to get rid of this book or not?

If not where are you in the world? If NZ are you near Whangarei?

If you would like it back, where can I send it?

Doug Nicol - Hakura

Whangarei, New Zealand

Dan’s response:

As this has been one of my favorite books for A Long Time. I always have a few copies close by to give those who have not read it and have interest.

This copy likely came by way of SV Code Blue (Dauzenroths from Seattle) who have been in and out of the NZ area for some time, though other copies likely passed thru prior to this one.

Thank you for getting in touch – it’s nice to hear from the other side of the world.

Please read this book and pass it along … or keep it to read a 2nd time.

enjoy –

Daniel Land - MV Serenity

It was amazing that they were brought together from different sides of the world through both of their passions and their extended boating family.

See you at the club!