After Passing the Cape of Good Hope, Dave got to open up the Good Hope Goodies that Lillian had packed for him. We were very lucky to get thjkhhjkhjlgis update from Dave.
Greetings PAYC members and incoming Bridge!
My adventure in the Global Solo Challenge
Has sent me from the South Atlantic Ocean into the Indian Ocean!
Having passed the Longitude of the cape of Good Hope this week my adventure into another Ocean begins .
I had my best 24 hour run of 260nm coming up to this first great cape which felt great! It was a fast couple days of sailing that saw me move up in the standings just a little. That was a good feeling, not like my accidental un-planned gybe in the dark a few nights ago! But nothing was damaged and it was pretty easy to sort out. Life is good here at 40 degrees South, though chilly at night. My cockpit enclosure acts as a sun-room in the afternoon as it faces west helping to warm things up on the days that the sun is out.
I do have a small diesel furnace to take the chill out of the cabin as well as warm and dry my boots! So not relying on the sun totally.
Having sailed to the suggested southern limit of our course East bound l have jibed to the next waypoint at 42 00.0 South and 45 00.0 East .
Another fast day of sailing today steady at 9-10knots with the occasional surf in the high teens!
Our Past Commodore, long-time Treasurer, and pillar of the Port Angeles Yacht Club, Al Davis, has left us to head off on his final cruise.
In addition to making sure our club functioned well for more than a decade, Al supported the club by taking his beautiful classic cruiser named Pearl and his lovely wife Pam on club cruises. They also dressed up and decorated Pearl to take part in both Christmas and July 4th boat parades.
Pam has invited all PAYC members and friends of Al to come to a Celebration of Al's Life at the club house at 2PM on Sunday, December 10, 2023.
"We honor a life that was lived to the full, we honor a spirit, now free. You'll long be remembered, whenever we say: 'Fair winds and a following sea!'" - Tom Lewis
Al will be sorely missed by all of us that knew him.
Please share your memories of Al below.
PAYC member David Linger is racing around the world in the Global Solo Challenge aboard his boat Koloa Maoli. You can track him here
Stay tuned to this page for more updates
Today, Dave went below 10N Latitude heading for the equator - almost 200nm in a day! Click here to read about his departure.
Twice in the last two weeks, Port Angeles Yacht Club has been part of a large boat flotilla at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.
A week ago, two PAYC boats went over to take part in the THRASH Race (Thank Heavens Racing And Spring are Here). Our sailing instructors Keith Dahlin and Eric Lesch competed, as well as Ron Hendricks took his boat "Gone With The Wind" to race.
This past weekend, Commodore Paul Kolesnikoff and Shirley Grayce sailed Allons-y in the annual opening day parade and blessing at the RVYC where everyone was so happy to have us visit. Turns out that there used to be a lot of cross Strait festivities that they are hoping to rekindle. As a visiting Commodore, Paul got to stand as our burgee was raised to join a whole fleet of distinguished burgees on the RVYC lawn. Later, they fired a cannon to conclude the festivities. (see below)
Our International Potluck was a great success!
We couldn't have asked for a better start to the weekend than the International Potluck Dinner! As we came into the clubhouse, we were treated to a spectacular sunset over the marina.
A few minutes later, we saw that everyone put their chef's hats squarely on to bring us tasty treats from all over the world! We all had plates full of many delectable treats. It took several futile attempts to decide the best - they were all so good!!!
After dinner, business meeting began by affirming Dianna Chiabotti's appointment to Treasurer, Dann May then welcomed new members Krista Smith, and Lillian Kuehl & Dave Linger, and finally Randy Blackburn-Lapin awarded certificates to members that had attended Power Squadron classes at the clubhouse this winter. He also reminded us to stay tuned for more classes to come this fall.
The highlights of the evening were a pair of talks by BM2 Jessica Ford, and Lt. Casey Fall. BM2 Ford wove a tale that took us out on the Strait in a storm to rescue folks that shouldn't have been out there. You could feel the CG boat and her crew braving tall waves, and howling winds to get to where the wreck was reported, then we experienced the trials of finding a person in these tormented seas, only to come to the really hard part - getting close enough to the victims to get them aboard without smashing them with your bouncing boat!!!
Once the first rescue was done, they had to head out to rescue more folks.
As we tried to catch our breath from our adventures in the Strait, Lt Fall took us aboard her helicopter and whisked us up to the Bering Sea. Imagine being out at night in a gale in the waters where "Deadliest Catch" is filmed. What they don't tell you is that the Coast Guard makes the bravest rescues up there. Lt Fall carries swimmers in her helicopter that go in the water to rescue people. So she has to get not only get the victim she came for, she has to get her crew member out of a stormy sea!
These talks had us spellbound and left us invigorated and a bit drained from all the excitement. Like all good stories, they had a moral: Wear your PFDs, get survival gear - like a dry suit, keep your flares current, but keep the old ones to shoot off first, and get an EPIRB or other means for them to come straight to you.
The best part is, they both stayed to answer all our questions and even tried to help clean up!
PAYC is truly blessed to have these two ladies speak. We are all truly blessed to have them working every day to keep us safe!!!
Saturday Morning Bagels & Cleanup
This week, we left the tables, chairs and decorations in place on Friday night so people could linger. It worked out wonderfully.
On Saturday morning, a few brave souls came in to make bagels, put the dishes away, stack up the chairs, and put the tables away. This allowed us a great chance to chat and enjoy some wonderfully tasty and chewy bagels. Thanks to Rosylen, we now know how to make a perfect garlic bagel. Yum!!!
R2AK Movie Was a Hit
The weekend finished off with a good sized crowd of members coming to see the Race to Alaska (R2AK) Movie that Tony Billera got for us.
After the movie, Lillian Kuehl enchanted us with stories of her adventures in the R2AK - including finishing on a team sailboat pre-Covid, and making a rowing solo attempt immediately after finishing the Seventy 48. Stay tuned, she's signed up to be in the race this year!
May 7th Noon - 5PM and the Club
The Community Boating Program will be offering instruction on operating their safety boats in support of sailing and kayak activities. The instruction will include classroom time as well as hands-on on-the-water operation of these boats.
If you are interested and willing to occasionally volunteer to operate these boats in support of Community Boating sailing, kayak, and other on-the-water events, please sign up - space is limited.
The training will take place at the Club on May 7th from noon to 5PM, to reserve a space contact Randy Volker.
Join us for your spring Bartender Training
All hands on deck this Friday March 24rd, 5-5:30PM
Please come and meet your fellow bartenders, tour the bar from stem to stern, and learn the ropes.
What: Bartender Training
When: Friday March 24, 5-5:30
Why: To jog your memories with all the cool bartender insider info!
The Shakedown Cruise Captain's Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 20, at 6:30PM. If you want to go on this cruise to the San Juans, you should come to this meeting or contact Randy Volker.
If you're interested in any of the other cruises we have planned and missed the 2023 PAYC Cruising kick off meeting was on March 21, please come to the PAYC clubhouse on Thursday, April 20, at 6:30PM to find out more.
We also have an active sailboat racing program. If you would like more info on that, please put Sailboat Racing in the comment section of the form below.
We will be cooking up a pasta feast for our annual Spring Fundraiser.
March 17th, 2023 6PM
Our High School and Junior Sailing team along with coaches and
parents will be cooking up a pasta feast for our annual Spring
The meal includes:
● Green Salad
● Garlic Bread
● and Dessert
Suggested Donation: $20 per person
In addition, we'll be auctioning off items including Sea BagsTM, Local
Wines, Handmade Quilts, Sounders Tickets and MORE. Bring your
hunger and your checkbook and help support our kids for the year.
RSVP here -> www.communityboatingprogram.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: The Port Angeles Yacht Club, 1305 Marine Dr, Port Angels, WA 98363
Doors Open at 6PM and this event is open to all members of our
community! Please RSVP to help us plan our food shopping needs.
March 3, 2023 is the first Friday of the month, and that means it's time for another
Burger & Brew!
Come on down to join us for the best dinner deal in town!
$8 for a burger and a beer
$10 for two burgers and a beer
Doors open at 5:30PM
As always, we'd like you to help.
Please click here to volunteer
or just show up a bit early to help, or plan to stay late to help clean up