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					                                                   Port Ludlow Yacht Club

         May, 2009
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                         “A boat is safe in harbor, but that’s not what a boat is for.” Anonymous

                                              Commodore’s Column
                                                      by David Aho
                          PLYC began its 2009 yachting season in April with the Wake-Up Cruise, which was also
                          the Commodore’s Cruise. We headed down Hood Canal to Pleasant Harbor and Alder-
                          brook, two highly popular cruise locations for PLYC. Did you know Hood Canal is the only
                          fjord in the continental United States?
                   Well, this year the cruise got off to a shaky start. The weather was bad with reports in-
                   dicating it would get worse. Three boats decided for various reasons not to join the
                   cruise. Another planned to head to Pleasant Harbor the next day. Less than an hour af-
                   ter I left the dock at Port Ludlow, I received a phone call indicating one of our boats
                   was turning back due to an overheated engine caused by a seacock valve malfunction. I
                   discovered three minor boat problems on my boat: first the diesel heater was not work-
ing, second the battery for the generator was dead, and third the drive belt for the radar antenna had
come off of its sprocket. These were found too late to repair before the cruise, so I decided they might be
repaired on the way and we would work around them.
The next morning, after getting underway, one of the boats lost its AC electrical power. This was a prob-
lem since it was cold; the microwave and TV would also not be able to function. Fortunately we have ex-
perts on each cruise who can usually remedy any problem, medical or mechanical. By the next day, my ra-
dar problem had been repaired and the electrical problem was fixed by resetting a circuit breaker.
                                                                                                    (Continued on page 2)

                                                       COMING EVENTS
                                                                 Thundermug Race
Vice Commodore’s Column              2                            Saturday, May 2
                                                                  I-68 Processing
Fleet Captain’s Report               2
                                                                 Wednesday, May 6
New Members                          3
                                                                  Niblick’s Social
April Cruise Photos                  3                            Thursday, May 7
Social Director’s Column             4                        Commodore’s Night Out
                                                                  Friday, May 8
Officer Nominations for 2010         4
                                                                    Opening Day
Port Captain’s Report                5                             Saturday, May 9
Scuttlebutt                          5                    May Cruise: Northern Exposure
                                                          Monday, May 11 – Monday, May 18
Board Meeting Highlights             6
(Commodore’s column continued from page 1)
As we discussed the mechanical problems during our cocktail parties, some members suggested renaming
the cruise to Shake-Down or Break-Down. I recall that a mechanic at Port Townsend Marine once told me
that cruising was really “repairing your boat in exotic places.” There may be more truth than poetry in that
Overall the cruise was great. PLYC cruisers are among the finest and friendliest people anywhere. The
scenery in the Pacific Northwest is unparalleled. It doesn’t get much better than this.
                                      Be nice. Do good things. Enjoy sound adventures!

                                             Vice Commodore’s Column
                                                       by Peggy Kulm
                         Fifty-eight members welcomed spring at Niblick’s on April 9. If you’re stuck on this side
                         of the Hood Canal Bridge, then join your friends on Thursday, May 7 at 6 pm for our next
                         Niblick’s gathering. The following three Niblick’s events are at 6 pm on June 18, July 16
                         and August 13.
                   The Commodore’s Wake-up cruise was great fun, even though the weather got us off to a
                   rocky start. Thirteen boats made the trip and 10 land cruisers joined us at the different
                   stops. The chili cook-off at Pleasant Harbor was a great success with 8 different chilis to
                   taste. The marina staff generously opened the deli lunch area so we could eat in com-
                   fort. Vic Draper took first prize for his bean-free chili and Jean Kraft took second for her
                   zippy-tasting chili. For those who love the heat, Henry Nelson’s award winning chili-
rubbed buffalo meat chili left many of us in tears. We continued onto Alderbrook Marina where we had an
impromptu oyster feast as a result of the oysters collected by local gatherers. Our new members, Jim and
Marilyn Colee, prepared them for us on the grill with Marilyn’s secret sauce. Alderbrook graciously allowed
us to use their beautiful lobby for our cocktail hours and book exchange. On Thursday, it was back to Pleas-
ant Harbor for our brat and beer night. Sue Platt brought along her laptop and showed all of the terrific
pictures that she took during the cruise. It was a great way to cap off the trip.
Our first New Members’ Breakfast for the year was held on Sunday, April 26 at The Resort at Port Ludlow.
New members Jim and Marilyn Colee, Irene Holt and Dean Rosenthal, Cam and Judy Perrotta, Randy and
Sandra Verrue, and Richard and Mary Wall, were joined by their sponsors and several board members. After
a delicious buffet breakfast and remarks by Commodore David Aho, board members discussed their duties
and encouraged new members to get involved by helping with cruises, sailing events, and social functions.
The Nominating Committee is requesting nominations for board officers for 2010. Past Commodore Kevin
Ryan has a notice in this Jib Sheet with information about the process.
As always, your comments and suggestions for any of the things that I do to serve our Club are most wel-

                                                Fleet Captain’s Report
                                                     by Harold Brunstad
                         The Wake Up Cruise was safe and fun-filled. Thanks go to Commodore Dave, Vice Com-
                         modore Peggy, and Rear Commodore Mike and their spouses for making this a grand kick-
                         off to our 2009 cruising season. You can read all about the cruise in the Commodore’s
                         and Vice Commodore’s reports in this issue.
                         The May Cruise, Northern Exposure, is just around the corner. A pre-cruise briefing will
                         be held Friday, May 1, 4 pm at the Bay Club. Cruisers are due to depart for Roche Harbor
                         on Monday, May 11. Other stops include Sidney, B.C., Ganges on Salt Spring Island, and
                         Friday Harbor. Some cruisers will be heading north from Ganges rather than returning
                         home via Friday Harbor.
Don’t forget to sign up for the June Capital Cruise. The registration form is on the PLYC Web site on the
cruise page. The cruise page and registration form include all the exciting locations and activities that

Cruise Directors Terry and Janet Barnes and their committee have planned. The June cruise departs Tues-
day, June 9 and will explore our beautiful South Puget Sound while visiting Tacoma, Fair Harbor, Olympia,
Gig Harbor, and Bell Harbor in Seattle.
If you are planning to cross the straits this year, a handy source for reporting sea conditions and weather is
Dial-A-Buoy, 1-888-701-8992. When asked you will need to enter the 5 digit number for a buoy location.
Here are some that I use most frequently: Smith Island 74791; Hein Bank 46088; Friday Harbor 37391; Point
Wilson 78991; Saanich Inlet 46134; and Port Angeles 78291. I look forward to seeing you on the water!

                                          NEW MEMBERS
                                      Ahoy & Welcome Aboard!
                                      Jim and Marilyn Colee moved from Astoria to Port Townsend in 2005.
                                      Jim was a lifelong Oregon resident spending 25 years working in
                                      manufacturing as a metal fabricator. In 1993, he joined Oregon’s fish
                                      and wildlife service as a fish hatchery technician. Marilyn is a Mon-
                                      tana native, moving to Oregon in 1967 where she became an RN
                                      working for 35 years in labor and delivery.
                                     The Colees have been married and boating for 35 years enjoying wa-
                                     tersports, boat camping and fishing. They’ve cruised the Columbia
                                     River and fished in the Pacific for salmon. They’re excited about
                                     cruising here and exploring Puget Sound and Canadian waters. Join-
ing PLYC will be a great way to meet others interested in and knowledgeable about cruising in this area.
Jim and Marilyn knew little about Port Ludlow before owning their current boat. They feel the Port Ludlow
Marina is by far the best of the six moorages they’ve had over the years! Located in an area of unsur-
passed beauty, Port Ludlow is a boater’s paradise with a strong sense of community spirit not found every-
where else. Welcome aboard!

                                          April Cruise Photos

                                      Social Director’s Column
                                             by Diane Strader
                    By now, you should have received an email from PLYC about the June BBQ scheduled
                    for Saturday, June 6. With the Hood Canal Bridge closing for six weeks beginning May 1,
                    many members may plan on being gone and unable to attend the BBQ. Please call or
                    email Vic Draper or me right away to let us know if you will attend the BBQ: Vic:
                    437-5112 foglifter@cablespeed.com and me: 437-9697 straders@cablespeed.com.
                    Please let us know either way.
                     This October 25-28, we’ll be holding our next land cruise, this time to Harrison Hot
                     Springs in British Columbia. The bus ride up and back should be lovely this time of year.
                     Relaxing in the five mineral hot springs pools, and enjoying the other many amenities
                     at Harrison will be truly delightful. If you were on the land cruise to Washington Wine
                     Country last October, you know what a wonderful time we had, even me with a broken
                     arm! This year will be just as spectacular so don’t miss it. Details and the registration
form are on the Social Functions page of the Web site. The cost of $380 per person includes everything
except any extra spa treatments you may want to enjoy. Like last year, I’ve negotiated another excep-
tional, low rate so take advantage of a wonderful experience and sign up soon! You can also check out Har-
rison Hot Springs by going to their Web site at www.harrisonresort.com.

                                        Port Captain’s Report
                                              by Randy Duhon
                   OPENING DAY is quickly approaching. If you haven’t signed up, NOW IS THE TIME. The
                   last day to sign up is May 4, but the sooner the better!
                   Remember, there are three events you may sign up for. The first is Christening of the
                   Boats for those who have a boat to christen or re-christen. No boat is too small.
                   The second event is the Parade of Boats, open to all yacht club members. Decorate your
                   boat to your heart’s content or just put the old pressure washer to it and launch her.
                   But do get her out there joining in the parade, which is always impressive.
                   The third event, open to the entire community, is the Yacht Club BBQ. The cost is $5
                   per person plus a side dish to share with others when you show up for the grub.
The celebration starts at 10 am on Saturday, May 9 with ceremonies worthy of the first official day of boat-
Signup is at the PLYC bulletin board at the marina, but I prefer if you email me and I’ll put you on the list,

             CLASSIFIED ADS                                                 PLYC SHOP
       Marine items for sale, trade,                         Purchase PLYC logo merchandise at
           wanted or giveaway                                   most social events. If you need
                                                             new burgees, license plate holders,
            MOKI III For Sale!                               name tags, clothing, etc. before the
          1981 34 foot CHB                                  next event, however, please contact
 Tricabin Trawler. Ford Lehman die-                         Property Officer Joanne Racki at 437-
    sel engine. Great shape! Two                               7748 or jandr@cablespeed.com.
   heads! V berth; double & single                         Also, remember to check the PLYC Web
                                                               site for information about direct
  bed in stern. Call Tom Conley at                              sources for PLYC logo items at
            360-301-3433.                                                 www.plyc.us.
                   ATTENTION: From The PLYC Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee has begun the process of considering candidates for next year’s officer and
board positions. In an effort to make the process as open as possible, we invite nominations from all mem-
bers. If you would like to submit your name or that of another member for any office, please contact a
member of the committee. Any name submitted must be with the permission of that individual. All nomi-
nation correspondence will remain confidential to committee members. Please include in your nomination
information supporting the individual’s qualifications for the office recommended, e.g. past experience on
boards or with the duties of the office, commitment to the club, etc. Please send your nominations to any
member of the committee by June 1, 2009.
The committee will review all nominations, and select a slate of nominees to be announced at the October
All-Members meeting. Committee members are: Kevin Ryan, Past Commodore and Committee Chair, 437-
7996 ksryan@ecryan.com, Peggy Kulm, Vice Commodore, 437-1330 pegkulm@olypen.com, and John Little,
Member-At-Large, 437-8227 jwlittle2002@yahoo.com.

                                            The Scuttlebutt
How often have you used these expressions and wondered where they came from?
As the Crow Flies
When lost or unsure of their position in coastal waters, ships would release a caged crow. The crow would
fly straight towards the nearest land thus giving the vessel some sort of a navigational fix. The tallest
lookout platform on a ship came to be known as the crow's nest.
Dressing Down
Thin and worn sails were often treated with oil or wax to renew their effectiveness. This was called dress-
ing down. An officer or sailor who was reprimanded or scolded received a dressing down.
First Rate
Implies excellence. From the 16th century on until steam powered ships took over, British naval ships
were rated as to the number of heavy cannon they carried. A ship of 100 or more guns was a First Rate
line-of-battle ship. Second rates carried 90 to 98 guns; Third Rates, 64 to 89 guns; Fourth Rates, 50 to 60
guns. Frigates carrying 48 to 20 guns were fifth and sixth rated.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
The devil seam was the curved seam in the deck planking closest to the side of the ship and next to the
scupper gutters. If a sailor slipped on the deck, he could find himself between the devil and the deep
blue sea.
The Devil to Pay
To pay the deck seams meant to seal them with tar. The devil seam was the most difficult to pay because
it was curved and intersected with the straight deck planking. Some sources define the devil as the below-
the-waterline-seam between the keel and the adjoining planking. Paying the Devil was considered to be a
most difficult and unpleasant task.
Rummage Sale
From the French arrimage meaning ship's cargo. Damaged cargo was sold at a rummage sale.
Son of a Gun
When in port, and with the crew restricted to the ship for any extended period of time, wives and ladies
of easy virtue often were allowed to live aboard along with the crew. Infrequently, but not uncommonly,
children were born aboard, and a convenient place for this was between guns on the gun deck. If the
child's father was unknown, they were entered in the ship's log as son of a gun.
Start Over with a Clean Slate
A slate tablet was kept near the helm on which the watch keeper would record the speeds, distances,
headings and tacks during the watch. If there were no problems during the watch, the slate would be
wiped clean so that the new watch could start over with a clean slate.

                           Board Meeting Highlights from April 1, 2009
 Commodore David Aho announced Celebration of Life memorial for John Van Zonneveld on April 11, 3
 pm at the Beach Club. Sue Platt is collecting cookies from Women’s Group.
 Vice Commodore Peggy Kulm reported on Officers Open House: 137 attended, 16 no shows at a cost of
 $224. Concern raised about doing no-fee events; Board should discuss in earnest before next no-fee
 event. New Member Breakfast: 28 coming at present for April 26; 10:30 am at the Inn at Port Ludlow,
 Marina Room. Commodore’s Cruise – 17 Boats, 34 people; some drop off at different days, 8 land cruis-
 Secretary Vic Draper reported on E-Jib campaign; 53 members have accepted electronic delivery to
 date. Second reading for James and Marilyn Colee; membership was approved unanimously. Proposed
 raising 2010 additional Directory charge from $3 to $5 due to increased printing and postage costs. Mo-
 tion made and passed.
 Treasurer Wally Cathcart reported club assets as of March 30, 2009 at $239,577.
 Sail Captain Doug Pulling reviewed Sundowner Sailing presentation from John Neesz. Patterned after
 Elliott Bay events; motion made to sponsor this event under sail captain budget at cost not to exceed
 $150 ($50 for poster & $100 for prize). Motion carried successfully. Sailing program still needs commit-
 tee boats and volunteers. Suggestion made for a cooperative sailing effort consisting of races between
 each port, etc. possibly including Sequim YC.
 Port Captain Randy Duhon reported on Opening Day preparations. Schedule at present includes two
 boats for christening, nine boats for parade, 28 attendees at BBQ. Practice will be day before – May 8 at
 1 pm. Commodore’s Night Out on May 8 in the evening. Planning meeting April 30, 10 am in the Gazebo
 Room, Bay Club.

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