Boating season is definitely underway, and the month of may was a busy month for us. For the second year in a row, HHYC was given the VIP treatment by Seattle Yacht Club during the Opening Day festivities. The opening ceremony included the raising of all Yacht Club burgees for any club present at the event. It was nice to see our burgee flying high and proud in the middle of it all! Kari and I were privileged to participate in the Opening Day parade aboard Carey’d Away, one of several VIP yachts provided by Seattle Yacht Club. The day concluded with the awards ceremony and lowering of the burgees and flags. Much thanks to Mike Howshar for inviting us to such a memorable event.  

The May meeting was dominated by an excellent presentation by Mike Scoggins, one of our Puget Sound Ship Pilots. He told us about his job, and provided us with an eye-opening slide show of what it looks like from his point of view. Suffice it to say, I’ll be sure to cross the shipping lane behind these ships from now on!

The month was capped off by our Memorial Day Rendezvous at Bremerton Marina. The weather was beautiful all weekend, and Brynn and Dennis were excellent hosts for the event! We were greeted with a soup dinner on Friday. Saturday commenced with a potluck breakfast, followed by a day of hanging out at the Harborside Festival. The day concluded with at least 26 of us piling into the Boat Shed restaurant for an excellent seafood dinner! Sunday began with omelettes made in a bag. If you’ve never done this, it is something you need to try! Several of us hopped in dinghys for an afternoon ride to Silverdale for appetizers and beer. Dinner that night saw us all pile in to the South Pacific Sports Bar. Considering we only gave them 20 minutes warning that 20 plus of us would be showing up, the food was good and the service quite cordial.  

The real reason for the holiday weekend was realized Monday morning on the stern of the Turner Joy. Lieutenant Colonel Stinson gave a very moving speech, and told the stories of two true American Hero’s who gave their lives for our freedom. The Scorpion Sea Cadets provided a 21-gun salute, and the laying of a wreath on the water concluded the ceremony. It was truly a moving experience!

Right around the corner is our Rock the Dock event! Time is running short to reserve your slip, so please contact the Bell Harbor Marina at 206.787.3952 before it’s too late. They have extended the deadline to June 8, but the slips will be made available to anybody as of the 9th. Two live bands, two dinners, and two breakfasts will be provided, all for the bargain price of $75 per person! There will also be margaritas blended by a bow thruster on Friday, and Eye Openers until the booze runs out during the breakfasts. Please contact me at 206.799.5855 or victor.portolese@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Our next-next event will be the Crab Derby at Oak Harbor Marina. Your event hosts will be Larry and Keli Parrett, and the derby will be hosted by Grand Master Crab, Steve Kaimmer. Details will be posted on the website as soon as they are available.

One final reminder, there will be no meeting in July or August, so please also watch the website for the location of the September meeting. It is likely that it will still be at the Eastlake Bar & Grill, but our official contract ends with the June meeting. Assuming they will honor the same deal as this past year, we will continue to meet there. As this is not guaranteed, I am totally open to suggestions for a location for our future meetings if you have suggestions.  

See you on the water!

-Vic Portolese, Commodore