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Memorial Weekend Cruise 2016

posted Jun 6, 2016, 10:42 PM by Sandy Buus

One thing we cannot plan for 6 months in advance is the weather on Memorial Day Weekend. The year’s weekend came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. The weather was so blustery and rainy  on Saturday with 30 knots on the nose, that several boats turned back.  As the weekend progressed, the sun came out and it was a lovely ride back from Port Orchard Marina on Monday.

Those who made the voyage with determination: Family Affair,  Cielo Sin Fin, Happy Seal, Sweet Sue, Nidaros, Lone Palm, and Else.  We were a small but mighty group who made their presence known on the dock at Pt Orchard.  Saturday night several of us went up to a local tavern where a Gypsy Jazz band the Bruce had been following was playing. Had a great dinner!

Sunday was our Activities Day. Our Cruise Hosts, Margo and Bruce Hayden (Nidaros) had planned games of skill and once again great determination. Our slips were very close to shore so we took over the grassy picnic area. It was RED SOLO CUP game day and we turned to our recent College Graduate - Frat Man, Brendan Smith to show us Red Solo Cup flipping and the ping pong bounce to cup game.  Of course, Brendan’s experience was more in the skills of “beer pong” but he still gave us some great coaching.  It was the Red Relay that truly tested out endurance.

The highlight of the Memorial Weekend Cruise is always the arrival of the Chinese General (Grant Albert) and his faithful sidekick Grasshopper (Dale Beech) who are welcomed onto the docks with much fanfare and clanging of pan lids as all the other cruising clubs are invited to attend the boat renaming ceremony.  The elements of the ceremony are quite important to keep the newly named vessel and her skipper safe in all weather.The General were renaming Todd Smith’s boat to “Lone Palm” and the skipper was quite generous with several bottles of wine to pour and pass to all who participated. In honor of the RED SOLO CUP theme, the General had red solo cups hanging from his ceremonial hat as he performed the ceremony.

Our Red Dinner was next with a great potluck of lasagna, red beans and rice, strawberries and cream to name a few of the clever “red dishes” served on the dock. Monday brought us clear sunny skies  as we set sail back to Everett.  The journey back took us through some lovely passages as we sailed between the islands or back past “The Emerald City” – Seattle. Both routes are very picturesque.  We all share some great memories from the weekend.


Pam Dittrich

Cruising Captain