Back in the US & Sucia Island

August 25, 2021

The day has finally arrived to head back to the US. But the trip isn’t over yet! We’re going to spend another few days in the San Juan Islands for the Tyee Yacht Club’s San Juandering cruise.

The trip from Ganges across Boundary Pass was nice and smooth. We crossed over the border as we were passing the Turn Point Lighthouse and submitted our paperwork via the CBP Roam app. Having already done it going into Alaska, we now had our verified traveler and decal info readily available. The border officer called us within a few minutes and cleared us to enter without having to go to Friday Harbor. Yay! So we changed course and headed directly to Echo Bay at Sucia Island.

The evening was grand. It was awesome catching up with all the Tyee members that we usually see throughout the summer. For some reason we didn’t get many pictures that day but here is one of us anchored in Echo Bay.

And, finally, we were treated to a nice colorful sunset.

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.