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2014 Milltown Awards Banquet

posted Jan 19, 2015, 8:35 PM by

Commodore Report 1/19/15


The 2014 Milltown award banquet was attended by about 60 members and guests including two Sea Scouts from our local ship 226 ( ).  The clubhouse was decorated in winning theme, and the falling rain did not dampen the festivity nor the BBQ on the deck!   Happy hour had many stories and laughs as club members enjoyed friendships, appetizers and wines.  The raffles for a basket of wine or cases of beer was pulling in funds that would support the Sea Scout’s plan for their Beneteau 35 purchase.  Soon the smells from the BBQ let everyone know the cooks were ready to serve.   As the dessert was served, outgoing commodore Grant Albert and new “out-going” commodore Joe Geck shared the podium.  Milltown recognized boats and members  from Racing and Cruising fleets, including special recognition for services and involvement (see below).   Door prizes were scattered in between awards and items from crab pots to a marine stereo were awarded to MSA members and guests.  Grant officially installed the new commodore with custom-made epaulettes for his “official” blue blazer.  New Commodore returned the favor by bestowing on Grant an official Captain’s hat (knowing that Linda is still the Admiral!).  The Sea Scouts provided a brief overview of their program and challenged the club with maritime trivia -- who would have thought 11.5 degrees were between named points on a compass!   Sea Scout cadets Sam and Quinn, helped with the wine/beer raffle which collected over $850 in raffle tickets.  Commodore Joe Geck challenged the members and guests to increase the amount for the Scouts to over $1000.  With humor, jeers, a bit of running around with a basket, and great fun, the club ended up providing the Sea Scouts with just shy of $1200 towards their goal!  The last bit of business was to thank Dave Handewith for his term as Race Fleet captain and introduce Dave Motter as the new captain.  Dave immediately proposed cancellation of the MSA race the following day due to forecast high winds and an expected Seahawks win in the playoff game.  With great cheers the banquet came to a happy end with members and guests cleaning the hall and giving well-wishes until we see each other again! 


Members of the year:      Blain Nelson and Melissa Blankenship

Family of the year:           Chip and Marianne Handewith

Commodore Award:        Tom Hunter

Sailors of the year:           Tom and Sandy Buss – Family Affair

Captain Crunch:                Durell Herman - Tatsao

Doug Will memorial

   Cruiser of the Year:       Doug and Candy Cooper – Puffin

Golden Shovel:                  Rick Hunter - Manutea

MSA Club Champion:       Joe Geck – BoB

Rookie of the Year:          Steve Juergens - Orcas


Thank you again to everyone who helped plan, purchase, set-up, greet, pour, cook, serve, clean, inform, invite, laugh, share…for the awards banquet.  Special thanks to Grant for keeping us all engaged!

Also special thanks to Melissa Blankenship who is our new webmaster and announced that the new Milltown Sailing Association website has been launched.  Please check it out and give her feedback ( on the site and content you would like to see there.  We want to get our “Windshift Newsletter” active again, so bring thoughts, stories and reports of happenings on your boat or boating community.


MSA Commodore

Joe Geck   J-30 BoB


P.S.  Sunday morning Dean Sevon (Mistral) was performing his Race Committee duty with official abandonment flag at the marina entrance (and time to get back for the game!)   Joe Geck and crew went out for heavy weather sailing on BoB and declared it was a good idea to abandon the race with sustained apparent winds at top of the 20s and gusts up to 34, six foot swell from the overnight winds, plus with the exceptional high tide, there were many large logs and debris to keep a sharp watch for.