October 21 Meeting: Princess Louisa Inlet flotilla


Join us in person this Friday for our October meeting – Puget Sound Cruising Club’s Princess Louisa Flotilla!  Club member Jeff Johnson and crew will be presenting on last summer’s flotilla to Princess Louisa Inlet. Four boats with several PSCC members organized a 16 day sailing trip to beautiful Princess Louisa Inlet in late June and early July 2022.  The flotilla was joined by several additional club boats during stops at 10 locations in British Columbia and Washington.  Jeff and crew will show photos and discuss some great sailing destinations!

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.

  • When: Friday October 21st at 7:00pm PDT.
  • Where: Puget Sound Yacht Club
    2321 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
    Google Maps directions

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.  See you there!

2022 Annual PSCC Tequila Race And Raft-Up In Blakely Harbor

PSCC presents the annual Tequila Race on Saturday September 24th. The race starts between 9am and 11:30am-ish at West Point buoy. The course continues south for a circumnavigation of Blake Island. See the Tequila Race Rules 2022 (PDF) and check the PSCC email list for details and questions.

Following the race, there will be a raft-up in Blakely Harbor with a potluck dinner and award ceremony Saturday evening. Weather is looking fairly decent so far.  Good luck!

September 16 Meeting: Meeting the Challenges of the West Coast of Vancouver Island

Join us for the September meeting, where we’ll resume in-person meetings for the first time since pre-covid! Club member Elsie Hulsizer will give a presentation on cruising the west coast of Vancouver Island. The meeting will be held at a new location (Puget Sound Yacht Club) and also broadcast to Zoom for those unable to attend in-person.

Whether you’re planning a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island or a two-week trip to Barkley Sound, this presentation will show you how to meet the challenges of wind, waves, fog and rocks in order to fully enjoy the region’s intriguing history, people, and scenery.

Elsie Hulsizer is the author of “Voyages to Windward: Sailing Adventures on the West Coast of Vancouver Island” and “Glaciers, Bears and Totems: Sailing in Search of the Real Southeast Alaska.” She and her husband Steve own an Annapolis 44 sloop and have cruised extensively in Northwest Waters including 7 trips to SE Alaska, two trips to Haida Gwaii and 20+ trips to the West Coast of Vancouver Island. In 1978, they sailed from Boston to Seattle via the Panama Canal and Hawaii in a 32ft Chesapeake 32 sloop. She has a master’s degree in oceanography and a certificate in fine art photography and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Center for Wooden Boats.  Elsie will have her books available for purchase after the presentation.

  • When: Friday September 16 7:00pm PST.
  • Where: Puget Sound Yacht Club,
    2321 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
    Google Maps directions
  • Zoom: Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 864 9552 1818, Passcode: 544934 (Required)

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.

April Cruise: 36th Circumlocution of Bainbridge Island


The April club cruise will be the traditional circumlocution of Bainbridge Island with boats anchoring afterwards north of Lemolo (east side of Liberty Bay). Steve and Elsie on S/V Osprey will be cruise leaders. Please monitor VHF channel 69 for club communications.

  • Dates: Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, 2022

Race Rules:

  1. The Office of Circumlocution is proud to present The OPENING DEBATES of the
    36th CIRCUMLOCUTION at 1000 hours, 23 April, 2022, on a line true west from
    the West Point lighthouse and east of the VTS lanes. The debates will be argued
    initially upwind from this line, then the Masters of vessels who have mangled the
    administration of issues may choose to sail either north or south. Boats heading
    north must leave the “SF” buoy on the far left as described below in Para 11, before
    heading to Agate Pass, and shall be prepared to discuss the possible effects of global
    warming. Boats heading south around Bainbridge Island have no marks and leave
    no traces. The determination of the most clueless administrators will be made under
    the power lines just past Keyport Naval Station and Underwater Weapons Research
  2. There will be three Platforms for Debate. 1) Smaller craft and gray double-enders
    under 38 feet LOA (former Trump Cabinet members who were or are subpoenaed).
    2) Half-fast, in mid-size craft (former administrators hoping to live in obscurity). 3)
    Larger and/or those who think they are really fast (former Cabinet members who
    claim the Biden administrators stole their cushy jobs).
  3. The first platform will start at 1000, the second at 1015, and the third at 1030.
    Boats with more than one hull must wait 15 additional minutes for each additional
    hull. Please monitor VHF channel 69 for any club communication.
  4. The Debates will be monitored by former Secretary of State Pompous Pompeo, who
    will come out of silent obscurity to sound a single long horn blast at each plank
    laying session except for the multiple hull boats. Protests must be registered in
    advance the night before with prospective Supreme Court Justice Brown Jackson.
  5. Those vessels who have earned 2nd place in the past five years are not eligible for
    2nd place. They may, in the enduring tradition of politicians worldwide, obfuscate
    the discussion by coming in First, i.e., ahead of 2nd place.
  6. The following are frowned upon and are grounds for public scorn:
    Failing to have at least one sail up starting and finishing.
    Use of internal combustion engine(s).
    Failing to sail the entire course on your bottom in your bottom.
    Failing to navigate the entire selected course.
    Failing to display a PSCC burgee.
  7. The HIGHEST and MOST VALUED Award will be given for SECOND PLACE.
    First across will be nominated for Commodore for the 2022-2023 year.
  8. An award will be given for the BEST HORROR D’HOOVER. Judgment will be by
    secret negotiations in the Raft-up described below.
  9. An award will be given for PERSEVERANCE. To qualify the vessel must cross the
    Finish Line prior to 0001 hours on 24 April, 2022.
  10. The Nominating Convention will be a Raft-up for all boats north of Lemolo.
    Powerboats with dance floors are encouraged to attend. The Raft-up will be the base
    of the HORRORS D’HOOVER Contest and the Awards Ceremonies.
  11. As always, good candidates never travel in the middle of the nautical road. Cross
    the middle of the nautical road quickly. See DBT COMDTINST M16672.2 Rule 10
    (c). With regard to Buoy SF, you must stay east of the traffic lane until Buoy SF is
    past your beam before crossing to the west side. Chart plotters will be audited. Do
    not impede or force a WSF ferry or other large or government vessels in Rich
    Passage (considered a narrow channel) to stop or change course. Doing so will
    create hate and discontent amongst those who would rather see sailboats removed
    from local marine waters. See DBT COMDTINST M16672.2 Rule 9.
  12. As directed by the DBT, in accordance with dicta from the Lesser State of
    Washington, debaters must stay at least 400 yards ahead or behind, or 300 yards
    beam of any Southern Resident Orca (SRO). You may approach Transient Orcas
    (TO) within 100 yards (90 meters). If there is any doubt about whether the Orca is a
    SRO as opposed to a TO, it is suggested that you examine their breath, as TOs are
    mammal eaters as opposed to salmon eating SROs and therefore will not smell fishy.
  13. As required by the censorious Vice Admiral, the Office of Circumlocution points out
    that the last two items are to be taken seriously. Admiral Jack Tar has meowed his
    assent. The Bilge Rat stands censored.

April Monthly Meeting: SV Code Blue Sailing the South Pacific

Steve and Judy Dauzenroth left Seattle in Code Blue, their Caliber 40 LRC, on September 20, 2012 for a 25,000+ mile trip across the South Pacific. They’ll share some of their favorite places and memorable moments over their eight year trip. They were in Scarborough Marina near Brisbane, Australia in early 2020 when Covid hit all over the world. It was difficult to renew visas for tourists so they opted to fly home and leave Code Blue in the marina. They never imagined it would last this long.

Finally Australia has opened up again. Steve is headed back to the boat in early April to get ready to continue the trip. He’ll be looking for crew to finish a circumnavigation since Judy has decided to give up the long passages for health reasons.

  • When: Friday April 15 6:00pm Pacific Time.
  • Where: Zoom meeting (virtual)
  • Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 885 1440 5225, Passcode: 773479

Reminder: Club meetings have a suggested $5 donation to support club expenses, which you can send by Paypal or credit/debit card here

March Club Meeting: Ice, Germs and Fire – Irene’s Double-Handed Circumnavigation

Join us for the March 18 club meeting on Zoom where club members Ginger and Peter Niemann of s/v Irene will share tales of their world-wide voyage in the northern hemisphere. They’ve recently been awarded the Cruising Club of America Blue Water Medal and the Ocean Cruising Club Vasey Vase.

Ginger and Peter sailed around the world aboard their ketch Irene (homeport Ballard).  They took an eastabout route in the Northern Hemisphere via the Northwest Passage, Europe and SE Asia. They left Ballard in 2016, completed the Northwest Passage in 2017 (the ice part) and then sailed the eastern seaboard of the US, crossed the North Atlantic and cruised the Baltic and Mediterranean seas.

COVID hit the world while they were in Turkey, and they decided to try to sail home directly and as quickly as possible via the Suez Canal, Indian Ocean and North Pacific (the germs part). They found themselves in the Red Sea in high summer (the fire part) and did indeed (despite surprises and misadventures) return home to the Salish Sea in August 2021. This is their story.

Reminder: Club meetings have a suggested $5 donation to support club expenses, which you can send by Paypal or credit/debit card here

PSCC February Club Cruise to Port Orchard Marina – Saturday February 26

For our February cruise we will go to Port Orchard Marina. We have slips reserved for the group – each boat is responsible for paying guest moorage. Happy hour social @ 5pm-ish. Friday night option (for boats that wish to anchor out the night before) is Blakely Harbor.

Cruise leaders will be Steve and Elsie on Osprey. Please remember to fly your burgee and monitor VHF 69.

  • When: February 26, 2022
  • Where: Port Orchard, WA

February Club Meeting – Tips and Tricks for Chartering in the Caribbean – Shez and Michelle’s big adventure

Join us for the February club meeting on Zoom – February 18, 2022 @ 6pm.  Shez and Michelle Tucker will share some of their experience chartering sailboats in the Caribbean. They have done it a number of times including most recently under Pandemic travel protocols. The presentation will focus on the British Virgin Islands.

  • When: February 18, 2022 @ 6pm PST
  • Where: Zoom (virtual)
  • Join Zoom Meeting  Meeting ID: 839 0580 3236  Passcode: 459266

Reminder: Club meetings have a suggested $5 donation to support club expenses, which you can send by Paypal or credit/debit card here

2022 Haul Out and Bottom Paint Auction!

The 2022 PSCC Haul Out and Bottom Paint Auction (gift certificate to CSR boatyard) is starting now! Submit your bid by March 6. All proceeds benefit PSCC.

Gift certificate from CSR entitles the bearer to haul out, pressure wash, 3 lay days in the yard, and 20% off the bottom paint material and labor for monohull boats up to 36 feet. For boats over 36 feet, a similar discount is applied. Approximate value $1,100 (for a 36 foot boat).

Auction Rules

  1. Minimum bid is $500.00
  2. All auction bids must be submitted by midnight Pacific time on Sunday March 6, 2022. Submit your bid to dandsgreen@yahoo.com. In the subject line of your bid please use “PSCC 2022 fundraiser – bottom paint/haul out at CSR Boatyard”. Please include a good phone number to reach you at along with your bid.
  3. Winner will be notified in early March. Payment by check or PayPal must be received by PSCC within 10 days of notification.
  4. In the event of two equal bids, the first one received shall be selected as the winner.
  5. Auction is open to all PSCC members. If you are not currently a member, you can join PSCC for a $50 lifetime membership.

PSCC appreciates the annual support from CSR Marine!

PSCC January Club meeting on Zoom – Seattle Center for Wooden Boats by Josh Anderson (Executive Director)

In PSCC’s January meeting, Josh Anderson, executive director at the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB), will tell us about the organization’s mission and programs.  The Center for Wooden Boats is one of Seattle’s most beloved maritime heritage organizations and a national leader in traditional boat education for people of all ages. The CWB is a hands-on maritime museum where the public is encouraged to use the boats and enjoy Seattle’s rich maritime tradition.

“Wooden boats have a special way of connecting people. There is no greater feeling than a tiller in hand and wind in the sails, gliding through the water in a vessel you poured your heart into, made of natural materials. CWB excels at harnessing this feeling to link countless individuals with their natural environment, internal determination, sense of history, and to one another. It is a true privilege to spend every day working among this amazing community.”  ~ Josh Anderson

  • When:  Friday Jan 21, 2022 – 6:00 PM Pacific Time
  • Where: Zoom (Virtual)
  • Join the Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 820 0250 7427 Passcode: 913737)