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Bell Harbor Seattle Cruise Report

posted Aug 22, 2016, 7:02 AM by Mark Butler
The Milltown Sailing Association cruisers had a fabulous time at the Bell Harbor Marina this past weekend in Seattle.  It was well attended as we filled all of our reserved slots with sail and power boats and even had land cruisers, guests, and family.  In attendance were the following;

Mark and Jeanne Butler, Jeanne Marie, Friday and Saturday
Dena Peel & Sue Walsh, Meander, Friday and Saturday
Walt and Linda Dreschler, Pellucidar, Friday and Saturday
Dennis and Sue Marsden, Happy Seal, Friday and Saturday
Dale Beech and Edith Duttlinger, Cielo Sin Fin, Saturday
Marc and Peggy Ladd, Thumper, Saturday
Steve and Susan Carlson, San Souci, Saturday
Grant and Linda Albert, Mei Li, Saturday
Mark and Pam Dittrich, Else, Saturday
Eric, Debbie, and Melissa Hovland, Quasar, Saturday
Phil and Linda Gay, C-Major, Saturday
Chip and Marianne Handiwith, Endless, Saturday

Bill Bond and Janet Bacon, Land Cruising, Saturday
Vaughn and Natalie Winslow, Land Cruising, Saturday

We were joined by Dale and Edith's son, Chip and Marianne's daughter, and Mark and Jeanne's cousins from California.  

On Friday afternoon we settled in after a wonderful motor and light sailing from Everett.  There were a couple of boat tours!  A few of us got together at Anthony's for dinner and drinks while others already had plans.  The highlight of the evening was the sunset cruise Walt and Linda Dreschler graciously hosted on their beautiful Moody 47 sailboat.  It was just magical to see the Seattle skyline twinkling in the distance. We were even able to sail over to the sculpture park to see the big white head.  I don't think I will ever forget the memory of that evening.  

Saturday morning we arose and wanted to see the sights before it got too warm.  Mark and I apparently were the last to get ourselves together and up to Pike Place Market!  I think Dena and Sue saw the most sights.  They did the Great Wheel, Pike Place Market, and even did a tour of the new Underground Tunnel.  Sue Marsden and I went on the Great Wheel together and had a wonderful time.  

By the middle of the afternoon, most of the boats had arrived. I'm fairly sure everyone had help with their dock lines.  The cruise was well underway!  We visited boats and had a few more boat tours.  It is always pleasant chatting with new and old friends.  At 5:00pm tables had been set up and the enticing and bountiful appetizers had been set up on the shaded area of the dock.  Milltown Cruisers outdid themselves once again with their culinary skills.  There was a spirited game of Nautical Pictionary and then it was time once again to fill the groaning board (our Costco tables!) with more of the delectable food prepared on our boats.  We enjoyed our cocktails and dinner as we chatted the early evening away.  

At sunset, Walt and Linda once more generously offered to take passengers aboard their S/V Pellucidar.  Another spectacular cruise!!! This time their were 16 people aboard.  Wow!  Thanks so much again to Walt and Linda!!!!  There were also a few couples that decided to enjoy the nightlife of Seattle and went out together for drinks and to see a band. 

The next morning some people went up to Pike Place Market for breakfast.  Later in the morning there were Mimosa's served on Marc and Peggy's sailboat, Thumper.  We took some group pictures before getting underway.  Unfortunately, a few people were missing from the pictures.  So sorry!!!!!  

I want to thank everyone who participated in this cruise for making it wonderful!  Milltown Sailing Association and boaters in general are all such fun people to be around!  I'll post some pictures tomorrow evening.

Jeanne Butler
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