Nov 29-Dec 1 2019 Port of South Whidbey at Langley


    

What a wonderful time we had at the Port of South Whidbey Marina at Langley last weekend.  8 boats braved the frigid temperatures to come over and join us at the dock and start the celebration of the holiday season.  Friday night we enjoyed the warmth of good company on the dock with bowls of hot soup, the propane fire (thanks Chip and Marianne) and the club's pop-up tent.  

Saturday morning the sun came out to energize us for the long hike up the hill for food and shopping in the friendly town of Langley.  The shops are decorated for Christmas and had lots of treasures to explore.  Eventually we all gathered at the town plaza for the annual community Christmas Carols sing-along.  Finally Grant  heard a familiar sound and directed all of us to look up the hill.  Sure enough, Here Comes Santa Claus and his faithful companion Harley!! (rumor has it it was really the Mayor on his Harley Davidson).

After Santa arrived we all gathered together at Sue and Dena's home for more good company and delicious potluck.  They even had a craft room set us for us to make tree ornaments!  Several people drove over so Dena and Sue had a houseful.  Many thanks to them for being so gracious and welcoming us into their warm and beautiful home.  As someone kindly said, "we sure have the cream of the crop in our club"!

Sunday morning it was time to go home and start thinking about holiday plans with our other family and friends.  The weather was calm and warmer so there was time for reflection about the past year and plans for the coming year.  We want everyone to know that we are very grateful for the experiences the club gives us; opportunities to be on the water to enjoy our beautiful Pacific Northwest and friends to share these experiences with.  Thank you!

Your Cruising Captains,

Linda and Grant Albert

Oct 11-13 2019 Kingston


    

What a great time we had at the Kingston Marina last weekend!  Our hosts, Frau Pam and Frau Sue, did a fabulous job of welcoming us with the theme of  "Fun, Friends and Food" for the annual Milltown Oktoberfest celebration.  9 boats were at the dock plus several people came by car to join the festivities.  The party started with a continental breakfast of Mimosas  and Pastries.  Afterwards some of us spent time enjoying the town of Kingston &/or spending relaxing time at the dock.  Happy Hour on Saturday started with soft pretzels with cheese beer dip and the games followed.  What fun games they were!!  Hammerschlaggen has gotten to be quite competitive, along with the Bucket Viener Toss.  By the time we got to the Potato Poop Bucket Drop everyone was out to win.  We were having so much fun that even people on the dock who are not from Milltown joined in on the fun!  Frau Pam and Frau Sue treated us to home-made stew, and while it was heating up we did the Chicken Dance and Oktoberfest Trivia.  Prizes were awarded and a delicious potluck meal was finally set up.  Thank you so much to Pam and Sue for keeping us well fed and giving us such fun and laughter.  It is good to be reminded that it's fun to play!

A special thank you to Chip and Marianne for bringing the propane fire pit for evening gathering on the dock.  Even though the weather was warm and sunny during the day, the fall chill crept in so the fire pit was very much appreciated.  

A pursuit race was a part of this cruise but the winds were light so only 2 boats competed on Saturday.  We heard that Hula Girl got to have lots of practice putting up and taking down the spinnaker.  Isola was treated to seeing a Humpback whale and several pods of Orca's during their patient day of light wind sailing.

Some of us early risers got to see a spectacular sunrise on Saturday with the Cascades, Mount Rainer and the Kingston ferry bathed in the most beautiful colors you can imagine.  What a wonderful gift to live in the Pacific Northwest!

Your Cruising Captains,

Linda and Grant Albert

Sept 20-22 2019 Shilshole Bay Marina 


    

We had another fabulous cruise last weekend, this time to the friendly Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle.  Kristi and Mike Rimkus (S/V Windsong aka S/V Hooligan) were our hosts and they treated us to a relaxing weekend because they did most of the cooking!!  They started us off with a wonderful breakfast buffet complete with hot oatmeal and all the fixings, eggs, bacon and English muffins.  Then they fed us a delicious spaghetti dinner complete with salad and bread.  The rest of us filled in the gaps with more salads and a large assortment of yummy desserts.  Mike made us use our thinking skills with his very challenging "Washington State Trivia Game".  Who knew there are 450 islands in the San Juans?  I thought for sure the honey bee was the Washington State insect.  Ironically the game was won by our Milltown friends Alicia and Slavek, who just happen to be from Poland!   After dinner Tom and Sandy Buus took a big group of us out on their boat, Hula Girl, for a night-time cruise along the Seattle waterfront.  What a beautiful city, especially from the water!  

Many thanks to Kristi and Mike for hosting and treating us like royalty!  And a special thank-you to Sandy and Tom for taking us on tour of Seattle that most of us would never be able to do on our own.

Your Cruising Captains,

Linda and Grant Albert

Aug 30-Sep 2 2019 Oak Harbor


   

Hello Milltown Members-  What a wonderful end to our summer cruising events here at Milltown Sailing Association!

We had a record setting 21 boats at the Oak Harbor Marina, plus several people joined us by car.  Margo and Sue hosted the 3-day event and kept us well entertained with fun and mind stretching games. Also great potlucks to help celebrate the Oak Harbor Music Festival.  Many thanks to Margo and Sue for giving us lots of laughs and challenges as some of us tried to remember what we learned in middle school music class along with the music we grew up with.  The Good Morning Muffins and Mimosas were an additional treat.  

Some of us took the long walk into town to enjoy the live music and street vendors, and some of us stayed at the dock and enjoyed the company of our new and familiar boating friends.  We'd like to give Tom Buus a special thank you for taking people out on his boat  Saturday, Sunday and Monday so they could see what it's like to sail on a big, fast boat!

We couldn't have asked for a better trip home, clear skies and light wind for spinnaker or Wing on Wing sailing.  It was wonderful!

Your Cruising Captains,

Linda and Grant Albert

August 9-11 2019 Poulsbo


   

Hello Milltown Members- We would like to give a big, "Thank You!" to our cruising hosts for the Plunder in Poulsbo cruise last weekend.  Dale and Edith from the S/V Cielo Sin Fin provided a fun filled weekend of activities that helped us learn about Scandinavian Culture plus experience the friendliness of the community.  The "Viking Trivia Contest" really challenged our thinking skills (even with the help of google).  Using the "Plunder of Poulsbo" scavenger hunt as a guide we learned that the town of Poulsbo has so much more to offer than the tourist shops (which are really very nice).  There is a wonderful Maritime Museum. The well-known Marine Second Hand store has moved and still has a great selection of used stuff that boaters always seem to need.  Plus we learned that there really is a bar in town that serves "Lutefisk Tacos" (don't think anyone actually tried them).  Dale and Edith even provided board games and a Nautical Pictionary Game to keep keep us entertained while at the dock. There was only one "Uff Da" situation that was a good reminder about the importance of wearing a life jacket while docking!

Thanks again to Dale and Edith plus all the boaters (and one driver) who came along on the cruise.  The potlucks were delicious, but best of all was the time spent getting to visit with and know our boating friends better.  Sharing boating experiences and knowledge is a huge benefit from coming along on the cruises.  If you are new to sailing/cruising and would like more information, please give us a call or email.

Your Cruising Captains,

Linda and Grant Albert


Progressive Cruise to Admiralty Inlet and Beyond July 13-21 2019


    

We are home after a fun and relaxing Progressive Cruise to Admiralty Inlet and Beyond.....  We spent the first night at Port Gamble, then headed down Hood Canal to the beautiful and friendly Pleasant Harbor Marina for one night.  We all agreed next time it will be 2 nights so we can fully enjoy the heated pool, hot tub and BBQ area.  Our next night was at Port Ludlow and then onto Point Hudson Marina in Port Townsend.  The winds in the straits and Admiralty Inlet were just beyond our comfort so most of us chose to skip John Wayne Marina in Sequim and stay in Port Townsend a third night.  This gave some of us an opportunity to see the movie, "Yesterday" at the quaint Rose Theater.  Very nostalgic music for us baby boomers!  Our last 2 nights were spent at Mystery Bay on Marrowstone Island.  What a fantastic place for us to relax, go for dinghy rides and gather for potlucks on the dock.  We had 8 boats start the trip but 2 boats had to leave early.  But because we had 2 "mystery guests" join us in Mystery Bay, we ended up having 8 boats finish the trip.  

Once again we were reminded how great our club is because of the people who are in it.  People came together to help with boat repairs and minor injuries.  We shared stories of adventures and wisdom from experiences.  If you have never cruised and are curious about it please consider joining us for future cruises.  If you have cruised with us we would encourage you to keep on cruising.  It's lots of fun and you get to keep learning new things!


Fair Winds and Happy Sailing,

Grant and Linda Albert
MSA Cruise Fleet Captains


Port Ludlow Back Bay June 22-23 2019


  
     
  

Once again our hosts Chip and Marianne on S/V Endless gave us a fun weekend celebrating the arrival of summer.  10 boats rafted together in the beautiful Back Bay which we shared with deer, herons, seagulls, a curious seal and the sweet dog, Matey, from S/V Hula Girl.  Chip and Marianne organized fun and challenging activities that encouraged us to get to know each other better and to help us improve our rowing/communication skills.  Each boat had a Passport which we had to take to each of the other boats for a special stamp.  Wonderful way to get to know people!  

The blind dinghy race was a challenge to some of us (which way is port???-Grant!!!).  For most of the dinghies it was a free-for-all at the mark, except for Brian who was blind-folded and single handing sitting on his dock chair balanced on his surf board.  His brother, who was on their boat, gave him directions through his ear piece.  Others had a bit more of a challenge but David and Melanie gave the race a valiant effort double-handing on (and below) their single seated kayak. They said the water was actually pretty warm!  

Everyone  brought the most delicious entries for the best appetizer contest.  Perhaps the best of all was the enjoyable conversations with all of the Milltown boating friends.

The night ended with the annual burning of the wickerman at sunset.  We gave it our best as a welcome to summer but we still woke to cloudy skies and light drizzle.  But we are stalwart and hardy sailors  and Chip and Marianne kept us content with the delicious breakfast brunch.

The trip home was great with a light breeze eventually building which gave people an opportunity for a good sail home.  

Many thanks to Chip and Marianne for hosting a great weekend with fun activities to welcome summer.  Back Bay is truly a beautiful destination and not too far from Milltown.  

Many thanks to all for helping make the cruise a success!

Your Cruising Captains

Linda and Grant Albert, S/V Mei Li 


Port of South Whidbey at Langley May 24-27 2019


        

Once again we had a wonderful (and Memorial!) cruise to Langley to celebrate Memorial Day and the beginning of summertime sailing.  A great big THANK YOU to Janet and Bill (S/V My Sunshine) for hosting this 3 day weekend.  They had their hands full keeping 17 boats-full of people fed and entertained throughout the weekend.  Bill's "Signature Lasagne" was delicious and especially appreciated on the damp and chilly first night.  By Sunday morning the sun finally made an appearance which  made the made to order "freezer bag" omelets even more enjoyable on the dock.  We think everyone would agree that the "make your own beer can sailboat" race was a highlight of the cruise; very challenging for people to create a sea-worthy sailing vessel out of cans, tape, string, a rubber ducky, a fan, a kite, etc, etc.  Plus factor in the wind, current, waves, ferry, pilings, etc. etc.  So you can probably imagine it was a funny site to see.  There were so many winners (and losers!) that it is impossible to name them all; just know that it was fun for all!

Sunday afternoon the Chinese Sea General was granted permission to arrive in Langley to perform the Annual Boat Renaming Ceremony.  Two boats were renamed with lots of noise and celebration.  Welcome Isloa (now officially renamed) and Sky Rim!

As always the best part of the Milltown cruise was the time spent with our boating friends.  Visiting with people dockside during the day and sitting around the "fire pit" during the chilly evening is a wonderful opportunity to share experiences and learn from each other.  The live music and singing was wonderful!

Many thanks to all for helping make the cruise a success!

Your Cruising Captains

Linda and Grant Albert, S/V Mei Li      


   Hat Island Marina April 26-27 2019


The "Search for the Missing Mouse Treasure" to Hat Island was a success!  The flashlights were discovered as part of the treasure hunt "for a safer and simpler life" and fresh new light bulbs were awarded to the winners of the scavenger/trivia contest!!  Everyone had a fun weekend discovering the island, getting re-acquainted with old friends and making new friends. And, of course, no one went away hungry thanks to the delicious and plentiful potluck foods!

As usual the weather gave us all something to talk about.  Friday morning the sky was clear and seas were calm.  By mid-day it was obvious the marine forecast of 20-25 knots from the north was correct.  Despite the gusty winds and choppy seas by Friday evening 14 boats came bouncing across the water from Everett  to Hat Island.  All day Saturday the winds prevailed but that didn't stop 3 more boats from joining us, so we had a total of 17 boats for the cruise.  By Sunday the wind had calmed down so we were able to sit on the dock and enjoy the beach without the threat of being blown over!  Hopefully everyone had a nice cruise home.  I heard that some people were fortunate to see the gray whales.

Your Cruising Captains

Linda and Grant Albert, S/V Mei Li         


Port Ludlow Marina March 16-17 2019


       


We had a great start to our 2019 Cruising Season with the cruise to Port Ludlow marina last weekend.  11 boats and several people came by cars to have fun celebrating Saint Patrick's Day with food and games.  People put out their best to enter the best Irish food and best green food contest. And we had some wonderful entries for the write your own limerick contest.  Once again it became apparent that our club is full of members with talent!  Many thanks go to Valerie and James on SV Isola for hosting the weekend.  The prizes were much appreciated. Valerie served a wonderful breakfast on Sunday morning with cheese, fruit, and home made muffins.  Delicious!!


This cruise was also the first Pursuit Race which gave everyone a chance to unfurl their sails and take on the challenge of racing downwind, upwind and no wind.  At one point we were treated with a view of snow covered mountains from all directions (the Oympics, Cascades, Mount Rainier and Mount Baker).  Add in the warmth of the sunshine and we had a truly wonderful weekend  being on the water!


Your Cruising Captains

Linda and Grant Albert, S/V Mei Li         


Cruise to the Seattle Boat Show Yacht Club Challenge Winners 2019