Beach Walk Discovery

Cruise Report by Patricia Shannon-Garvey.

Mark your calendars for the 2020 cruise weekends.  Keep an eye on your email for an EVITE closer to events; these will provide additional information on time and reservation requirements.

Wintery Wenatchee.   Event will be held if there is enough interest this year.  Watch for an EVITE in December, response will determine confirmation of the January date.  Skiing and visiting with friends is a different type of cruise, but just as enjoyable.

Bell Harbor.                 This cruise is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the culture and shopping of downtown Seattle, all within easy walking distance of the marina.  Saturday evening dinner will be held at Anthony’s again this year.

Yellow Fest.                Blake Island gives cruisers a chance to enjoy the Pacific NW outdoors away from the city, no cars, sirens, or crowds, all within 90 minutes by boat. Jessie Lundin will be hostess this year for the ‘Easter Egg’ hunt.

Burger Burn.               Blake Island again.  The hiking trails will have dried from the rains and hiking will be a pleasure.  The Pavilion has been reserved for our barbecue.

June Dinner/Dance. This dance is a lot of fun, as the band, Malo Castro and his players, are terrific musicians who perform upbeat and dance-able music. Dinner, wine, and dancing, all included in one place; the best deal in the city in June.

July Fireworks.             Poulsbo, as always, annual raft up, boat watching, fireworks display.

Summer Rendezvous.  Stewart Island, jumping off place for cruising in the islands.

Purple Passion.             Labor Day weekend, destination TBD.

Salmon Bake.               Poulsbo, grilled salmon, with potluck – our goodbye to summer cruising.


Location Date 2020 DATE 2019 DATE 2018
Winter Wenatchee January 25-26 February 8-10 February 9-11
Bell Harbor(1) March 7 March 1-3 March 2-4
Yellow Fest, Blake Island(2) April 11 April 20-21 March 30 – April 1
Burger Burn, Blake Harbor (3) May 16 May 18-19 May 19-20
June Dinner Dance, Kingston(4) June 13 June 15 June 9th
Poulsbo July 3 July 3 July 3rd
Summer Rendezvous July 29, 30 July 31 – August 1 August 1-3
Purple Passion September 6, 7 August 31 – Sept 1 September 1-2
Salmon Bake(5) September 26 September 28 September 29-30


Elections by Matt Fraser.

It’s that time of year again, the time when the club meets for dinner and socializing, the time when the Rear Commodore pesters you to renew your membership (why haven’t you already?), and, as always…
… the time to elect new Officers and Committee Chairs to the Board!
We Need You!
It takes a lot of work to keep a club like SBYC humming along, to make sure that dinners, cruises, and races happen, to make sure that reciprocals are available, to keep you informed of events, and of course to make sure we don’t run out of money. Volunteers make it all happen, and that’s how we keep your costs down, so that you can continue to enjoy this wonderful club and all the benefits it brings without breaking the bank. However, if people step up, then it need not be onerous, and the work is shared among many hands, and everyone has some fun at the same time. Volunteer!
For 2020, as always, all elected positions are open for challenge, but two positions in particular will be vacant and in need of being filled. Just think, you could win with a clean sweep!
Rear Commodore
Race Chair
In addition to these elected positions, there are vacancies among the appointed positions as well. No need to stand for election, just volunteer and be appointed!
Social Media Chair
You may think serving on the SBYC Board is a lot of work and… well, there is some work, of course, but the fun! The camaraderie! The glory and acclaim! Have your name forever recorded in the annals of SBYC officers and Board members! You may think the work is too technical, or requires special skill sets, but no! This is the ultimate on-the-job training, with everyone pitching in to help, and you will realize leadership skills you never knew you had.
If you have any interest in the above, or any other position on the Board, or just have questions, contact a member of the Nominating Committee, or any other current Board member. Your Nominating Committee for electing 2020 officers is:
  • Matt Fraser
  • Jessie Lundin
As a reminder, the elected Board consists of:
  • Commodore
  • Vice Commodore
  • Rear Commodore
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Cruise Chair
  • Race Chair
  • Director-at-Large (2)
The appointed Board consists of:
  • Immediate Past Commodore
  • Fleet Captain
  • Quartermaster
  • RudderPost Editor
  • PHRF Handicapper
  • PHRF Director
  • PIYA Representative
  • Social Media Chair
  • Webmaster
Nominate yourself! Stand up and be counted!

Board Meetings and Dinner Meetings.

Board Meetings for 2019 will be held on the following dates at 6:30pm:

Jan Feb March April May Sept Oct Nov Dec
1/3 2/5 3/5 —- 5/7 9/10 10/1 11/5 12/3


Dinner Meetings for 2019 will be held on the following dates:

Jan Feb March April May Sept Oct Nov Dec
1/15 2/19 3/19 4/16 5/21 9/19 10/15 11/19 12/19
Alaska Kayakers

Dinner Meeting by AJ Mallory

Next Dinner Meeting: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

IVAR’S Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle
5:30pm – Meet and Greet
6:45pm – Dinner in the Banquet Room
Topic: “Sitka to Hoonah, Alaska by kayak”
Speakers: AJ and Barbara

Shows kayakers in Alaska
Kelp, kayakers and the Fair Weather Mountains

Join your fellow boating friends and see Alaska from the seat of a kayak. In the summer of 2017 Barbara, AJ and two friends paddled their kayaks from Sitka to Hoonah, Alaska covering 200 nautical miles of wild coast. This journey went along the outer coasts of Baranof, Chichagof, and Yakobi Islands. Camping on the shores of the Alaska wilderness they experienced encounters with grizzly bears, whales, sea otters, countless birds, and a couple of Fellow SBYC members!?!


~Tonight’s Featured Menu~

Mixed Greens Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette


Alder Grilled Coho Salmon

Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad

Chicken Marsala

Ivar’s World Famous Fish ‘n Chips

Potato Gnocchi

Includes: Seasonal Vegetables with the Protein Entrees

Coffee, Decaf, Hot Tea

Special dietary needs can be accommodated; please let me know on your Evite RSVP.

Main course selections are due by 9:00 pm on Friday, November 15. Look for your Evite invitation in your email, then hit reply and use the comments field to tell me how many in your party and their dinner selections. Cancellations must be made by 9:00 pm Friday November 15.

Note that the deadline for reservations is also the deadline for cancelling a previous reservation; otherwise you will be charged for the meal.

Dinner is $35 per person. If you charge your meal (credit card), we will add $1 per meal. Please purchase your drinks from the staff in the banquet room. The receipts count towards our room rental minimums.


Note, there are some date and place changes coming up for Dinner Meetings in December and January. The December Dinner Meeting will be at Ivar’s on Thursday the 19th. The January meeting will be on the regular Tuesday (21st) but will be at Razzi’s pizza in Greenwood (on Greenwood Ave just north of 85th.)

Dues Are Due by Ben Lobaugh.

It’s that time of year again, time to renew your Shilshole Bay Yacht Club members for 2020.
Please fill out the form on our website to ensure we have your latest information.
Dues can be sent in by check or paid at a dinner meeting.

Membership Dues Schedule

Membership Type Initiation Dues Annual Dues
Yeoman (ages 10-17) $10 per person $15 per person
Bosun (ages 18-29) $35 per person $45 per person
Captain (ages 30+) $120 per couple $85 per couple
Cruising $100 per couple $15 per couple
Looking forward to a fun year of cruising with you in 2020!
Cruver Day

Commodore’s Corner by Roger Newby.

A Fall Tradition.

Traditions are a wonderful thing, especially when there is boating involved.  Like hunting Easter “eggs” on the beach at Blake Island or chasing the Christmas Ship in December.  One of our favorite boating traditions is going to the Husky football games by sailboat.  Julie and I are part of a 6-person group who make the trip to all Husky football home games on the good ship “Mary Ann, »  a late-seventies Newport 27 owned by our illustrious skipper, Doug Brown.  Doug is the original and only (so far) owner of this fine vessel, with a majority of her service being to transport this bunch to the docks at Husky stadium.
The renovation of Husky Stadium a few years ago caused a season full of games to be played at Seahawks Stadium.  We still went to the games, but it felt weird.  Our tradition had been interrupted.  When Husky Stadium re-opened, the marketing department made quite a splash (and still does) with the tagline of “welcome to the greatest setting in college football”.  In fact, there is only one other college football stadium – Tennessee – where fans can come to the game by boat.  I’ve seen it – the Tennessee River runs alongside their stadium.  It ain’t no Lake Washington.  With Mount Rainier and Mount Baker book-ending the beautiful Cascades that surround our expansive lake, this is truly an amazing setting for college football.
These days, Mary Ann is moored at Leschi, so earlier this season we got to see Ken McKenzie and Ben Lobaugh work with the Footloose sailors as they wheelchair to their sailboats (like the Catalina Capri our club helped purchase) and then leave for a glorious day sail on the lake.  We have even seen Ken’s fine vessel, the Scotch and Soda, there and can vouch for it being afloat, alive and well at Leschi.
Our transit to Husky Stadium takes about 40 minutes.  We’ve had excellent weather this year, except for the most incredible thunder/lightning storm in Seattle history at the night game that was suspended due to the weather, then re-started at about 10:45.  We bailed out, heading for home in the dark just as the game resumed.  The Huskies lost that one, so it was just as well we weren’t there for the finish.
Of course, a great part of the tradition is the food and drink.  Sometimes we bring a crock pot full of just-cooked chili – still nice and hot.  Smoked salmon, outstanding single-malt Scotch, good beer, and terrific sandwiches are just a part of the regular fare.  We are “sail-gaters” and have the hats to prove it.
Visiting guest “sail-gaters” are always welcome.  Find us along the shore side dock at the north end.  We’re the only sailboat crazy enough to get in there, with all the eel grass and shallow water.  But, we are the intrepid crew of the Mary Ann.
It’s a great tradition at the greatest setting in college football.  Come ‘sail-gate’ with us!