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PSCC February Meeting: Jim and Barbara Cole Cruising the Eastern Mediterranean

Jim and Barbara Cole own Complexity, a 36-foot Halberg Rassy. They sailed away from Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle on 21 June 2008 and have since been exploring the world from their boat. Complexity is enjoying a well deserved winter rest in a dry berth in Malta while they visit family and friends in the USA.

Barbara and Jim’s last PSCC presentation was about their passage from Southeast Asia to the Med via the Red Sea in 2020. They thought major challenges would be storms in the Indian Ocean, Somali pirates, uncharted reefs in the Red Sea, and crew relations on a tiny boat for such a long time. Instead, the biggest challenge was being “stranded at sea” for 78 days after all international borders along their route closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the PSCC meeting on 16 February 2024 Barbara and Jim will make a presentation about the next chapter of their cruising life. They spent the past three sailing seasons living and cruising in the eastern Med including Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, Italy, and Malta. They explored ashore from their boat in all of those countries plus England, Scotland, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, North. Macedonia, and Kosovo.

Meetings are held every third Friday of the month at the Puget Sound Yacht Club. The meeting is open to all, but we do ask for a $5 donation at the door to help pay for the venue and club expenses. Zoom attendees can make a donation by Paypal or credit/debit card here. We look forward to seeing you there!

January Meeting: PSCC Flotilla to Barkley Sound from Summer 2023

On January 19th the participants of the 2nd annual PSCC flotilla will be presenting the exploits of our 3 week trip from Seattle to Barkley Sound last summer. This was a big adventure for some of us, as it involved going out into the big ocean! Join us to see how it went, and maybe you will want to join us on the next flotilla!

Meetings are held every third Friday of the month at the Puget Sound Yacht Club. The meeting is open to all, but we do ask for a $5 donation at the door to help pay for the venue and club expenses. Zoom attendees can make a donation by Paypal or credit/debit card here. We look forward to seeing you there!

PSCC December Meeting: Captain Tuuli Messer-Bookman

Join us for the PSCC monthly meeting on December 15th for a talk by Captain Tuuli Messer-Bookman.

Capt. Tuuli Messer-Bookman grew up aboard wooden sailboats in picturesque Sausalito, California. Her parents, both teachers, lived aboard for over thirty years. In 1986, Tuuli graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. After several years of working as a ship’s officer aboard commercial cargo ships, she earned her U.S. Coast Guard Unlimited Tonnage Oceans Master’s license. She has sailed over 300,000 sea miles as a ship’s officer. She returned shoreside and earned her law degree at the University of San Francisco, School of Law and is a (non-active) member of the California State Bar. After law school she started teaching at California Maritime Academy, where she taught all aspects of navigation and was the lead instructor for U.S. Coast Guard license exam preparation for the Academy’s senior cadets. She was also a certified assessor for navigational watchstanding in the Academy’s state-of-the-art full-mission ship simulator. After 23 years at Cal Maritime, she retired in 2018 and moved to Gig Harbor, WA with her husband Barry.

She writes for various maritime publications and is the author of three books: Maritime Casualties: Causes and Consequences, the Master’s Handbook on Ship’s Business, 3rd ed. and Close Quarters: A Woman’s Guide to Living and Working in Masculine Environments. She has worked as a maritime consultant and expert witness on over 100 cases since 1995 and has testified on maritime matters in both state and federal courts. Capt. Messer-Bookman is a member of the Nautical Institute, the Propeller Club, the Navy League, the U.S. Power Squadron, and is the Education co-chair at Tacoma Yacht Club. She also teaches the 100 Ton course at Compass Courses in Edmonds, WA. Capt. Messer-Bookman and her husband enjoy boating aboard their trawler Gooso, playing with their two dogs, and fixing up neat old things together.

Meetings are held every third Friday of the month at the Puget Sound Yacht Club. The meeting is open to all, but we do ask for a $5 donation at the door to help pay for the venue and club expenses. Zoom attendees can make a donation by Paypal or credit/debit card here. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Sheri shared photos from the December meeting which had a surprise visit by Santa!:

PSCC Cruise Planning Dinner (December 3)

Cruise Planning Dinner

  • Sunday December 3 from 4:30pm till we’re done.
  • At Steve & Elsie’s house
  • Email Commodore Sheri at sv.pangea2022@gmail.com for details.

Arrive at 4:30 for drinks and appetizers. Main meal at 5:30. We’ll start the scheduling at 6:30.

We will have a Puget Sound chart taped to dining room doors and an easel in the living room by the fireplace🔥. Sight lines are good anywhere in room.

Elsie will make a couple pots of spaghetti sauce, one with meat and another vegetarian. We will have pasta as well.

Please bring appetizers, salads, French bread, desserts, et cetera. Please call or e-mail Elsie a couple a days ahead with what you’re bringing so we don’t end up with seventeen plates of salad.

Commodore, Shilshole Sheri and the crew of SV Discovery will be on hand to set up, maybe a couple more hands would be nice.

PSCC 50th Anniversary Potluck Party – November 17th

Come One Come All 🎊

November 17th meeting at a new time (6pm) for sit down dinner together!

  • When: Friday November 17th 2023 at 6:00pm PDT.
  • Location: Puget Sound Yacht Club | 2321 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103 (Google Maps directions)
  • $10 admission only this meeting.

As your commodore, Sheri is hosting the party potluck style to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this talented group of sailors.

  • Ham as the main dish.🐷
  • Potluck for the side dishes. Consider some of our group is vegan.🥗 Please tell me your side dish when you RSVP.
  • Of course there will be cake – Carrot and chocolate. 🍰Feel free to bring your own dessert if you’d rather.
  • Beer and wine will be available.🍻🥂

This is a great time to bring new friends in to gather with us (recruiting event for sure) and see why we are the best cruising club in the region!

We will also have another family of sailors come and talk about their very recent adventure in Mexico for 4 years. More details on this to come.

I am grateful to hold the position of commodore and I look forward to celebrating PSCC with you.

Please RSVP to sv.pangea2022@gmail.com as soon as possible so I can buy enough ham.

PSCC October Meeting: Five Years Working On and Adventuring with a 60-Year-Old Wooden Sloop, with Kids Aboard

Please join us on Friday October 20 at 7:00pm at the Puget Sound Yacht Club for our monthly club meeting with a presentation by Tor and Jess Bjorkland on their family’s thorough servicing/rebuilding of SV Discovery, interspersed with cruise highlights every summer: Salish Sea to Glacier Bay, AK.

Meetings are held every third Friday of the month at the Puget Sound Yacht Club. The meeting is open to all, but we do ask for a $5 donation at the door to help pay for the venue and club expenses. Zoom attendees can make a donation by Paypal or credit/debit card here. We look forward to seeing you there!

PSCC June 16th Meeting | All things Marine Canvas

Please join us in person on Friday June 16th at 7:00pm at the Puget Sound Yacht Club for our monthly club meeting followed by a presentation by Mike Reese discussing all things marine canvas.

Quality marine canvas is an important part of our vessel’s equipment list, which can add beauty, protect expensive equipment, and help ensure safe and comfortable cruising. Unfortunately, it can also be expensive and difficult to replace with long lead-times and few suppliers from which to choose. Mike from SeaBound Canvas will be discussing steps cruisers can take to prolong our boat’s canvas, as well as material and design considerations when replacing or upgrading marine canvas.

Mike has spent decades in the marine industry, including owning SeaBound Canvas since 2016. He teaches a variety of subjects, including do-it-yourself marine canvas, boat electrical, solar power, and heating systems to boaters at area boat shows, and is an instructor for Skagit Valley College’s “Cruisers College” program.

  • When: Friday June 16th at 7:00pm PDT.
  • Where: Puget Sound Yacht Club | 2321 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
  • Google Maps directions
  • Zoom Link – Click Here

Meetings are held every third Friday of the month at the Puget Sound Yacht Club. The meeting is open to all, but we do ask for a $5 donation at the door to help pay for the venue and club expenses. Zoom attendees can make a donation by Paypal or credit/debit card here. We look forward to seeing you there!

PSCC May Meeting – Sailing to our closest tropical destination – Mexico (and back)

Please join us in person this Friday May 19th at 7:00pm at the Puget Sound Yacht Club for our monthly club meeting and presentation by Scott and Donna Hansen who will share their experiences getting to and from our closest tropical destination.

Club members Scott and Donna Hansen will cover their last 4 winters on their yacht Celestial in Mexico. Their talk will have an emphasis on the options and tactics of sailing from the NW to warm Mexican waters – “the easier part,” and back again – “the harder part.”

Scott and Donna are blue water circumnavigators with over 150 thousand nautical miles sailed over the past 40 years.

Meetings are held every third Friday of the month at the Puget Sound Yacht Club. The meeting is open to all, but we do ask for a $5 donation at the door to help pay for the venue and club expenses. Zoom attendees can make a donation by Paypal or credit/debit card here. We look forward to seeing you there!

PSCC April Meeting: Coho Ho Ho Rally with Lee Youngblood

Please join us in person this Friday April 21st at 7:00pm at the Puget Sound Yacht Club for our monthly club meeting and presentation by Lee Youngblood on the Coho Ho Ho Rally!

 

Coho Ho Ho Rally

Long term PSCC member Lee Youngblood has been involved with the Coho Ho Ho Rally from the very beginning.  He will talk about the Coho Rally to get to the Baha Rally. The passage to San Francisco can be difficult, so the Coho Rally provides seminars, raft-ups, field trips and rig surveys, an educational approach to help cruisers prepare and make the “Big Left Turn” for their first serious passage.

Lee has been involved with the Coho Ho Ho Rally since the beginning, when Doug Lombard returned from his first trip with Kelly and John Wanamaker in 2013 and said “We have to have a rally, to get to the rally!” Doug’s enthusiasm has led to years of Coho Rallies, with seminars, field trips, rig surveys, raft-ups and line cutting parties. Lee and Doug started in Angelia’s Dockside Solutions and quickly out-grew the space. With the support of Fisheries Supply, they now meet in their training room, and with the annual kick-off at the Center for Wooden Boats . Lee has worked behind the scenes, wrangling speakers and sponsors, chairs, food and photos. He gets shots of the participants, their boats, and helps produce a fleet directory.

Meetings are held every third Friday of the month at the Puget Sound Yacht Club. The meeting is open to all, but we do ask for a $5 donation at the door to help pay for the venue and club expenses. Zoom attendees can make a donation by Paypal or credit/debit card here. We look forward to seeing you there!

PSCC March Meeting: Recreational Boating Association of WA, “The Voice of Northwest Boating”

Please join us in person Friday, March 17th at 7:00pm at the Puget Sound Yacht Club for our monthly club meeting and presentation. Andrea Pierantozzi, Vice President of the Recreational Boating Association of Washington (and avid PNW boater) will speak to us about RBAW’s history and what they’re working on to amplify the voice of the recreational boater and create boating opportunities. RBAW has been involved in NW boating for over 60 years, their first act was to buy Sucia Island in the SJI’s before it was developed as private vacation cabins – and donated it to the state to become a marine park to be enjoyed for generations. RBAW is a volunteer, membership organization.

The meeting will be held at our new location at the Puget Sound Yacht Club. Zoom is also available for those unable to attend in-person.

Meetings are held every third Friday of the month at the Puget Sound Yacht Club. The meeting is open to all, but we do ask for a $5 donation at the door to help pay for the venue and club expenses. Zoom attendees can make a donation by Paypal or credit/debit card here. We look forward to seeing you there!