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.