Current Events


Hello Milltown Members,


I hope this email finds all of you well and still enjoying those few sunny days of Fall in the PNW.  Yes, we are still racing and cruising in Milltown Sailing Association. There are plenty of great Fall and Winter sailing days ahead!  The Autumn Racing Series has 1 more race on Nov 21. The turn out for race days has been great with 14 boats competing on Oct 31st. Race Captain, Joe Geck held a ZOOM Racers’ meeting to plan the Winter Racing agenda and go over racing rules. Bill Bond was selected as PHRF representative.


Our Cruise Captains, Grant and Linda Albert have set the plans for our last club cruise of the year – Our Thanksgiving weekend Cruise to Langley Nov 27-29th.  Our challenge has been to gather and enjoy the fun outdoors and still stay safely distanced and masked in port. Our Cruise Captains plan to have canopies and fire pits on the dock.


Planning our “Sail Chat” ZOOM sessions, Ken Wachter has set December 16th as the date to launch the program with an interactive session on “Winterizing your boat”. These sessions are open to our members and non-members and new sailors and will be promoted on our Milltown Sailing Facebook page. More info will be coming in the next month.


Included in this email is a recap of the Sea Scouts activities over the summer. 

As a club we support Sea Scouts as part of  our mission to promote youth sailing.

They recently received a donation of an Islander 32 and have spent the last few  months repairing and upgrading the vessel.  Right now their boat, Corvus has the original head sails. The sails are very old, worn and have already been repaired and they are hanked-on to the forestay. If anyone has some better old hanked-on sails that fit an Islander 32, they could really use them. Please contact Scoutmaster, Paul Van Slyck if you can offer a solution.

As we come to the twilight of 2020, it’s time to look at election of the MSA Board of Officers and Trustees.  Our Nominating Committee has been asking for nominations and seeking candidates to fill upcoming positions for 2021. We now have a slate of candidates:


Commodore: Dale Beech 

Vice Commodore: Chip Handewith

Treasurer: Steve Lucas

Trustee: Brian Jenkins

Trustee: Bill Bond


In November we list the proposed slate candidates and In December we ask for a confirmation vote at the December ZOOM General meeting.


Unfortunately, our MSA Christmas Party, a Milltown tradition will be canceled for 2020 since we are unable to gather indoors. Here is our Plan B:  The party was scheduled for Saturday, December 5th.  The MYC Lighted Boat Parade is also that evening from 6-7pm in the river outside our clubhouse. 

With weather permitting we can watch the boat parade from our clubhouse backyard.  More about this plan to follow.  If you would like to enter your boat decked out with Christmas lights in the parade, contact MYC Commodore Terry O’Reilly at


Please join us for our November Virtual General Meeting on ZOOM on Wednesday, November 11th  at 7:00pm.  It’s the best way we have available to us right now to stay connected as a Sailing Community.  You are valued and you are missed!

Looking forward to seeing our Sailing  Community together once again!


Pam Dittrich

Commodore MSA

Membership Meetings

     2020 General Membership Meetings

    Don't miss your opportunity to share your boating experience and learn from your       fellow Milltown members at the next general membership meeting!
       * February 12, 2020
        * March 11, 2020
        * April 8, 2020 - CANCELLED
        * May 13, 2020 CANCELLED
        * June 10, 2020 CANCELLED
        * July 8, 2020 CANCELLED
        * August 12, 2020 CANCELLED
        *  September 9, 2020 - ZOOM MEETING DETAILS COMING

  Check out our Events Calendar for all Milltown events. 


2020 Cruising schedule

CANCELLED May 22-25 Memorial Day weekend at Port of South Whidbey at Langley which
includes the annual Boat Renaming Ceremony and Pursuit Race 2
June 12-14 Port Ludlow Back Bay celebrating Summer Solstice
July 11-26 Progressive cruise through the San Juan Islands 
Aug 14-16 CANCELLED Port of Poulsbo Marina
Sept 4-7 Labor Day weekend at Oak Harbor Marina celebrating the Music Festival
Oct 9-11 Port of Kingston Marina celebrating Oktoberfest and Pursuit Race 3
Nov 27-29 CANCELLED Thanksgiving weekend at Port of South Whidbey at Langley

Bruce Hayden Memorial Sail Saturday May 9, 2020

Commodore Pam Dittrich, Mark Dittrich and Margo Hayden parked on the northwest side of Hat Island in Else as club members passed by sending hugs and dropping flowers in memory Bruce Hayden. The photos below are from just a handful of boats passing by to pay tribute to our beloved club member.