Big Left Turn: Seattle to Bainbridge Island

September 17, 2021

Today I’m starting another adventure as a crew member on M/V Coda. Capt Steve plans to do the the big left turn and take the voyage down to San Diego. The big left turn is rounding the tip of Washington and heading down the Pacific Coast.

The first leg of the trip is a familiar route to Bainbridge Island where we meet up with the Tyee Yacht Club fleet and belatedly celebrate Tyee’s 74th birthday.

We leisurely traveled down the ship canal in Coda for the last time. Not the last time for me, but for Coda. While it may someday travel this route, the plans for it for the next few years is to transit to the East Coast and thus the likelihood of it returning to Seattle is low on the Vegas odds list.

Arriving at the locks we had a short wait and then transited it. The lock staff was friendly, as always, and we chatted about the upcoming trip. Even snapped a picture with them.

After the nice crossing of the Puget Sound, we arrived at our assigned location on the Tyee Outstation Dock and prepared for the weekend’s celebration. The fleet arrived shortly after, and Boris declared (as he always does) that we didn’t have enough beer. We dinghied over to Winslow and resupplied with fellow Iowa State fan Jeff.

Voyage Information:

Seattle to Bainbridge Island
Time: 3 h 31 m ( 08:15 to 11:46 )
Distance: 12.95 nm

Change of Watch

Thursday (June 10) was the Change of Watch (COW) for Tyee. It’s a bittersweet moment. Two of the last three years have been amazing. I would say three of three, but you know, COVID. Being on the bridge of Tyee is an amazing experience. We have the best club and the best members! As a perk, being part of the Grand 14 is an opportunity that many don’t know about. For other clubs, being on the bridge is mostly work but with the Grand 14 yacht clubs you get to meet wonderful people, attend crazy costume balls, and a few formals as well. It would have been more, but we missed out on a whole year.

The COW went on wonderfully. We did it in a hybrid mode since we’re still under phase 3 restrictions. PC JoAnn Jordan did a wonderful job emceeing the event.

After the COW ceremony in the middle of the meeting, I realized that I could go back to sitting in the back of the room and not have to do all that speaking. I’m pretty much the only Commodore in Tyee history that didn’t have an in-person dinner meeting.

I wish J4 (Commodore Jennifer), Scott, and Rick good luck on their new roles. They will do a great job as the Tyee leadership.

Following the COW was the PC induction for me into the Past Commodores’ “Club”. The process includes a roast/toast and we were visited by my alter ego Hotdog and my companion Ketchup. Randy’s expression says it all! Thank you to all the PCs that joined in the celebration.

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Friday starts our trip north to Alaska. We’re ready for the experiences to come.