Dinner Meeting Update

Our first Dinner Meeting of the Fall Season was held September 19 at the Elliott Bay Brewing Company’s Cascade Room in Lake City.  As mentioned in last month’s article, we’ve been considering alternatives to IVAR’s Salmon House for some time, due to ever-increasing costs with our traditional format there.  And believe it or not IVAR’s rates were found to be much better than any other comparable restaurant.  By shifting to the Elliott Bay Brewing Company facility, we saved costs while still enjoying a buffet style meal, a staffed bar right in the meeting room, and a big space with big-screen presentation capability.  Feedback from those who attended was very favorable.

We have reserved October 17 and November 21 (third Tuesday of the month) at this same facility in Lake City.  An Evite will still be sent for all monthly dinner meetings.  Even though this new format does not involve capturing everyone’s individual meal choice via Evite, we still need to know who and how many will be attending, so please reply to the Evite.  The buffet meal will include Cobb Salad, Fish & Chips, Carnitas Tacos, Chicken Tenders, and Cuban Sandwiches.  Cost is $27 for cash/check and $29 for credit card payment.

We’ve also been discussing various ideas for our programs after dinner.  At the September event, we held a Summer Photo Contest.  The big winner was Matt Fraser, whose Animal photo was an up-close shot looking down Abeona’s transom at a newborn seal pup and which won Best Animal Photo and Best Photo Overall.  Matt also took honors for the best Artistic photo, a gorgeous shot of a sailboat at anchor surrounded by morning fog. The Best Sunset shot was from AJ and B Mallory from their summer cruising up north. The Craziest Photo showed Mark and Joan Freeman proudly dancing with their favorite rubber chickens at the June Dinner Dance (photo by David Horn), and the Most Interesting Repair Photo was a shot taken by B Mallory of her dear husband dangling just above Victoria’s spreaders in the bosun’s chair.  It was great fun reviewing the more than 50 photos submitted and widespread agreement to conduct such a photo contest again in future September meetings.

For the October 17 meeting, our program time will be a group discussion on Grounding and Collisions.  We’ve all seen or experienced these unfortunate events while out on the water (some this season).  By sharing experiences, we hope to identify things learned by those who had this misfortune, with the goal of helping to prevent groundings/collisions among our group in the future or at least be better prepared by knowing how to react, and/or what not to do to achieve a better result when these things do occur.  Should anyone have specific things they’d like to see covered in this session, please let me know before the 17th.  Also, our Quarter Master, Katie Breitling, will again be showing and selling new SBYC “merch” (caps, sweatshirts, stickers, and more).  Take home a new SBYC logo piece of gear and wear it proudly wherever you go!

Although the weather forecasters are predicting a warmer/drier than usual winter for us in the Northwest due to a fairly severe El Niño this year, most of us will be spending less time out cruising than in the Summer months.  Stay in touch and have some fun with SBYC members via the monthly dinner meetings during this time of year.

Stay warm, stay safe, and stay in touch!

Roger Newby

Best Animal Photo and Best Photo Overall by Matt Fraser.
Best Artistic Photo by Matt Fraser.
Best Sunset by AJ and B Mallory.
The Craziest Photo by David Horn.
The Most Interesting Repair Photo by B. Mallory.