Port Madison Yacht Club

2015 Memorial Day Cruise

06/01/2015 10:39 PM | Keith Fetterman (Administrator)

Memorial Day Cruise

The morning of the three-day Memorial Day cruise started with some light rain and light southerly winds.  The rain eventually stopped, and four PMYC boats made their way south against the outflowing tide to Quartermaster Harbor on Vashon Island. 

This was Lubica's first sail of the year, and it felt great to shake the sails out, tack, and play with all of the ferries along the way.  Two of the boats of our merry fleet, Wind in the Willows and Shibui, started their cruise a day early, had a wonderful sail, and spent Friday night in Blake Harbor. Rick, Jo and Will made this their maiden voyage on their beautiful blue-hulled Crealock, Griffon.

There was plenty of space on the public dock in Dockton, and Brian and Mary Alice of Shibui took advantage of the opportunity to tie up.  The rest of the flotilla anchored out, and went ashore to explore the upland park trails.  A wonderful evening was shared aboard Griffon, with lively conversation and great food.  It's amazing how many people and dogs can fit onto one boat when all are in good spirits!

Sunday morning offered more time to explore the park trails ashore, and Karl took advantage of the 61 degree water to jump overboard.  He discovered derelict structures directly below Wind in the Willows...Thankfully no one's anchor got tangled up in any of the underwater junk boats that apparently lie below the surface around the harbor.  We got on our way in a nice breeze, tacking out of Quartermaster Harbor toward Point Defiance and Gig Harbor, while Griffon headed on home.  It was fun seeing the colorful houses along the shore, as well as seeing the Tacoma Narrows bridge span the Narrows.  The current flowing out of the Narrows combined with the wind dying just as we passed Point Defiance put a stop to our sailing, and we entered the hidden Gig Harbor.  

Apparently this is the place to be over Memorial Day weekend, as it was filled with many visiting boats, many rafted up together.  Shibui and her crew were excited to be back in her old home port for a visit.  After enjoying some relaxing time visiting on our boats, we headed into town for some great Mexican food.  The only thing that could have made the weekend better would have been a clear sky with a view of Mount Rainier.   

Monday morning greeted us with light southerlies and a favorable tide.  Colvos passageseemed like highway 3 at times, with many powerboats, making for a bumpy ride north.  We tried to catch up to Peg and Karl of Wind in the Willows, but no luck.  Once we reached Blake Island, we were rewarded with all the conditions that make for a wonderful sail.  Under drifter and main, we reached for home.  

What a pleasure to spend three days with some truly wonderful friends!  Our club is blessed with amazing people, and these cruises give us a chance to step out of our routines and connect.  Hope to see you all out there on the next one!

Luba Fetterman


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