Neil Bennett ran a successful first Cruise for 2011. This first BYC 2011 Cruise was held on February 19th and 20th at the Anacortes Yacht Club. There were only three boats that made it through the 25-35 knot northeast winds and 5’-6’ seas, but nonetheless a total of 24 BYC members attended. And the weather, aside from the winds and waves, was clear, cold and sunny.

It was also the first cruise for Past Commodore Terry Robertson aboard his 48’ Hatteras “Oz Power.” Terry has undertaken a big project with this boat; he is restoring it to its former glory. For those who cruised up with him from La Conner, they all agreed it ran well. Sailing on the tide out of Birch Bay, Don & Mary Jorgensen came down on their 42’ Saga “Verbatim” Commodore Michelle, and Cruise Chair Neil sailed down in record time with the winds astern aboard their Freedom 32 “Garfua.”

The hospitality of the Anacortes Yacht Club was great, beginning with the Commodore welcoming us and, like our club; the volunteer bartenders were there to serve drinks. The dinner on Saturday night was a potluck barbeque, and enjoying the side dishes everyone brought along.

As with all events, there were old friends, new friends and good feelings all around. Stories were told, some repeated, some new, but the fun was genuine. There were stories about Australia, trawlers, and cruising. There were stories about racing, sailing and new boats. Just as Anacortes opened their club for us, on March 26th and 27th we will open our club when they visit us during their Shakedown Cruise.

After dinner everyone headed out to their boats, hotels and homes where the discussions continued well into the evening along with the consumption of a few bottles of wine before everyone bedded down for the night.

In the morning, everyone met down on Don and Mary “Verbatim” where Michele Bodtke prepared a fantastic potluck breakfast that included bacon, sausage, steak, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, juices, muffins, mimosa and fresh Starbucks coffee. Jane Sylvester did, of course, have her daily fresh Starbucks Hazelnut Latte delivered.

Of course, like all weekends cruising with friends and Tide Catchers, it all has to come to an end and the boats started heading home, but some decided to stay another night and enjoy Anacortes, a couple others went to the islands and a few others looked at boats. It was apparent that the BYC Cruising has begun!

And now, for some of the photographic evidence:

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