I was a member of a yacht club the day i was born. My Dad was a well-known racer at our local club, there is still a Ross Calvert Perpetual Trophy in the trophy case. A few years ago i visited the old club, Bremerton Yacht Club, then led by an old classmate of mine. i got the ball rolling and they now offer the trophy again at a youth sailboat race, Dad would be proud.
Later in my life as i moved to the San Juans and plunged head first into the boating business and life i joined the San Juan Island Yacht Club to which i was an active member until i moved away. I saw my beloved club rise to excellence, fall to despair with internal battles that split the club, and heal itself and become an excellent club once again.
When i moved to Seattle, i found a club tailor made for me, the Seattle Singles Yacht Club. Here was a club of single folks about my age who shared a love of fun and boating. I enjoyed a year of activities with this club and kept long-time friends. i still get visitors from the club and once the fifteen members chartered boats and joined me for a week of cruising in Phucket, what a blast we had.
As i am a man without a home the last few years, joining a club has not been practical. i have participated in different club events but as a visitor only. Now that i am centering more in the central Philippines, a club membership makes more sense. We love Puerto Galera, the town, the anchorage and particularly the PGYC moorings and club house. So when i was invited to join i did not hesitate.
We sat in the anchorage for several weeks and daily enjoyed the kids using Furthur as a mark. On Wet Wednesdays members can take a boat out so i took Donna for her first sailboat ride. a darting, heeling tiny boat was not to her pleasure, i think she is a confirmed power boater now haha.
Recently we joined the PGYC for a yearly cruise to a small town, Romblin Romblin (like New York, New York) as guests of the Romblin Yacht Club. We are joined by two other yacht clubs as well. Eleven PGYC boats are signed up for the 100-mile trip making two stops along the way.
This will be our knitch for next year or so, cruising central Philippines in the season and hanging out at the marina in the off season– Then who knows what course we will set?? I do know it will be an adventure!
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Capt. Brian Calvert