Carley Tallman

Vice Commodore Report by Pat Hillis.


It’s time to leave 2023 behind and head into an exciting 2024 new year of boating and fun times as members of Shilshole Bay Yacht Club. As you’ll see in this issue of the Rudderpost there are many, many activities planned for the year—but the first and most important(!) is the Tuesday, January 16, dinner meeting at Elliott Bay Brewery in Lake City. Here’s your chance to face the new year with friends who share your favorite pastimes.

We have an array of captivating programs lined up for this year, and this month, we’re thrilled to feature Carley Tallman—a passionate boater, cruiser, rower and seasoned educator. With a unique blend of experiences, including teaching math during four Atlantic crossings (details to be revealed at the meeting), Carley has seamlessly woven her diverse interests into a life filled with excitement and exuberance. Don’t miss out on discovering the fascinating tales that have shaped her journey!

We will be including Carley’s bio in further communications, but take it from us, you are going to enjoy her presentation.

When we are lucky enough to have talented and spirited speakers for the meetings, please take a few minutes during the social hour to greet them, chat with them, introduce them around and in general, make them feel welcome. These people are volunteering their time to educate and entertain us. If you see them standing aside, bring them into your social group and let them know we are a friendly club.

The dinner cost has risen this year to $35 due to increased expenses incurred by Elliott Bay. Despite this, it remains an excellent value, encompassing a comprehensive package. It covers dinner, including taxes and gratuity, along with a charge of approximately $10 per person for the room rental. Furthermore, you’ll meet an engaging and captivating speaker, making the overall experience even more worthwhile.

One other added benefit is there will no longer be a charge for the use of your credit card in paying for your dinner. You also can still pay with check or cash, although the exact amount in cash would be appreciated.

It’s also important to notify us in a timely manner if you can’t make a meeting when you’ve already signed up for it. The restaurant needs a week to plan the appropriate food/menu in the right amount for us, so our deadline is crucial in making sure we have enough food for everyone and, conversely, that we don’t have a lot of wasted food. Traditionally, we have charged for no shows, so if you’ve made a reservation but later find you are unable to attend, please let us know ASAP. We appreciate a week’s notice for cancellations, but in the event of sudden illness, drop us a line or call, and we’ll certainly take your circumstances into consideration. Your understanding and communication are greatly appreciated!

An evite will be coming out shortly, so watch for it in your email and be prepared to respond by the deadline.
Additionally, if you haven’t already marked your calendar for the February meeting, do so now. It will be Tuesday, February 20 with a program to be announced later.

Of high note is that there will be no dinner meeting in March, because that gathering would come only a few days before the March Winter Fest on the weekend of March 22-23. Instead, this will be a fantastic opportunity for all of us to come to Edmonds by boat or car and enjoy a weekend of play and camaraderie. Watch the Rudderpost for news on this event from our social chairs.

But first!! Join us on Tuesday, January 16 at 6 p.m. at Elliott Bay Brewing Co. in Lake City. Hope to see you all there!

Year End 2023

Rear Commodore Report by Jason Breitling.

Hello all, and Happy New Year to everyone!

2023 went out in style for the club, with a wonderful December dinner meeting at Elliott Bay Brewery.  Festive décor, and amazing speaker (Artist Iole Alessandrini) and, of course, all your smiling faces, made for a memorable holiday celebration and nice end to the year for club activities.

A matter of business at this dinner meeting was to thank the outgoing SBYC Board for their service in 2023, and to change the watch to the new 2024 board. A reminder here of your new 2024 Board – a.k.a. the people that make it all happen!

  • Commodore: Roger Newby
  • Vice Commodore: Patricia Hillis
  • Rear Commodore: Jason Breitling
  • Treasurer: Barbara M.
  • Secretary: Judy Tallman
  • Immediate Past Commodore: Thomas King
  • Director at Large: LB Day
  • Director at Large: Patricia Shannon-Garvey
  • Race Chair: Anne Girvin
  • Cruise Chairs: Julie Newby, David Rynning
  • Quartermaster: Katie Breitling
  • Webmaster: Carol Bianquis
  • Fleet Captains: Ben Loubaugh, Matt Fraser
  • Rudderpost Editor: Pauline Bruce
  • Rudderpost Proof Reader: Sally Rawlings

Now we move into 2024 and if you haven’t paid your dues for 2024 yet, you’re late. Club dues for 2024 were due on  December 15.  The Roster is in production now, so please go online or send a check ASAP to make sure that you are listed in this year’s edition of the SBYC Membership Roster.

You can pay by check, cash or card in person at the January dinner meeting, or you can mail the club a check with the memo listed as “renewal.” There is also a tab on the website that will lead you through a process that allows you to make any changes desired to your club roster listing, and it culminates with a “click to purchase” button.  Link here to the website location for renewal. Online renewal is a quick and easy way to check this item off your list!

Have a new boat? Or maybe just a new phone number? If so, please send me an email with any adjustments that you’d like made to your roster listing by January 5 if at all possible.  I’ll do my best to make sure the changes are made for the 2024 edition.

I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Jason Breitling

Rear Commodore