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Kingston Cove Yacht Club
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 81
Kingston, WA 98346-0081
KCYC is a 501C7 - Social Organization
Club Address
25815 Washington Blvd NE
Kingston, WA 98346
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HomeBosun's Pipe, December 2020



Sandi Dalgleish

Commodore 2020-2021

A Message from the Commodore

What an amazing club that managed to get through all the challenges of this past year. We did so and managed not to focus on ourselves, but the greater needs of the community. Examples of those include donation campaigns for Coffee Oasis, Kingston Cares, Kingston Foodbank and Sharenet, our COVID community mask project, the 2020 Community Dinner at Village Green, support for the COVID Food Distribution Project with the Ale House and coordination of a Q&A session with County Health Public Official Dr. Gib Morrow. Then just to put a “bow” on it, the recent Thanksgiving Food Drive for Kingston Foodbank and the Christmas Giving Project for Sharenet. Truly amazing!

No doubt as we move into the next year, we will continue our focus on the community, partner with other community organizations, and work together to make a difference for all.

While we do not have a General Meeting in December, there was still plenty to get involved in. Read on for more details on that below. I hope the season brings you special moments with your family and friends, memories that warm your heart, and blessings beyond your dreams.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Thank you to all our fantastic members for helping make our traditional Christmas lights celebration a success and for all the wonderful giving the club was able to share with the community. Below are a few highlights.

Great job Patti Bartline, Patricia Gundlach and Jerry Andrews for such a great job getting the tree up and decorated in the club’s window for enjoyment by those passing by! It also provided a beautiful background to the Kiwanis Club’s children’s visit with Santa as their normal location was not an option. Their Santa chair look perfect with our beautiful tree as a backdrop as they Zoomed with the children one-on-one. It was incredibly special to hear the delight in the young one’s voices.

And a huge thank you to our little elves who spent the day out in the cold putting up those beautiful lights. Great job Steve Young, Bill Orr, Ken Dalgleish. It will certainly be enjoyed for years to come. This project was personally financed by one of our members. If you have not had a chance to donate towards that expense, we still have room for contributions to cover the cost.

Pass the Hat for Clubhouse Christmas Lights


No Changes in Clubhouse Operations since November 16th Update

Indoor bars and restaurants are shutdown until January 4th, so there will not be any clubhouse events.  The Social Committee will continue to work together for ways to stay engaged, using virtual events and take-out food service.

News from the Membership Committee

Interested in Generating Fun for the Club?

The Membership Committee is looking for a few more people to help create enjoyable experiences for our members with fun events that bring people together, safely of course. We'll start meeting in January to get new ideas to embrace the Cheers motto of “Everyone Knows Your Name!”    Click here to join. 

Membership Renewals

Tis the time of year when many of the members are getting renewal notices for their yearly dues. To make a payment, sign on to the club’s website and it will pop up a message asking if you want to make a payment. To make a payment, simply sign onto the website and you will see a pop-up where you can make your payment. One way you can help the club is to make a timely payment.

Welcome New Applicants: Robert Mehm and Doreen Jordan

Robert and Doreen relocated from Hawaii to Kingston last year and have been boating for 40 years. Off-shore marlin fishing is one of their favorite experiences. They own a Bayliner called Pour Decisions and look forward to participating in cruising with the club and the many events the club has to offer. They've already dropped in on the Boat Lighting event!

BRRR Baby… it’s cold outside. Time to get your KCYC Fleece on!

Stay warm this winter with KCYC logo wear. Follow this link to shop men’s and ladies jackets and fleece. Outerwear | SanMar

To place your order, contact Linda MacEllven at 248-921-1423 or Be sure to include sizes and colors. All merchandise and accessories at are available through the Ship’s Store. Contact Linda for details and pricing.

These December Deals below are also still available.

Men’s and Women’s Welded Soft Shell Jacket w KCYC logo $55 (2X 3X + $2) water resistant microfleece lined jacket; zippered chest and front pockets. Available in battleship grey, black, deep smoke, dress blue navy, garnet (men’s only), purple (ladies only).   Follow these links for product info Men's Soft Shell Jacket or Women's Soft Shell Jacket

Ladies Long Sleeve Cotton Tee w KCYC logo $20 (2X 3X +$2) Available in white, jet black, maroon, charcoal, purple, sangria (pictured), dark heather grey (pictured), red & pink.  Follow this link for product info: Ladies Long Sleeve Cotton Tee

Men’s ¼ Zip Sweatshirt w KCYC logo $35 (2X 3X + $2) Available in white, athletic heather, vintage heather (pictured), graphite heather, maroon (pictured), true navy, forest green, & true red.  Follow this link for product info Men's 1/4 Zip Sweatshirt.

From the Social Committee

The Social Committee has met and developed plans for re-introductions of Friday nights and events to keep our members engaged including takeout meals, something sweet for Valentine’s Day (hint, hint), and St. Patrick’s Day plans.

Up next? You won’t want to miss ZOOM YEARS EVE! Check the KCYC website for details and be sure to register online before the cut-off date. You might also want to practice singing (in the shower is OK) for the Auld Lang Syne sing-a-long and consider with whom you might share your wine if you get THE GOLDEN BEAN.

And, finally, get this. The KCYC take-out ZOOM YEAR’S EVE steak dinner is LESS THAN A THIRD the cost of a Harry and David steak dinner. You should sign up just for the deal! Just click here: Zoom Year's Eve Party - 12/31/2020,

The Fleet Report—Check out the changes

There are a few changes to the 2021 cruise schedule posted last month.

  • The first change is that we need to postpone the Polar Bear Prime Rib Dinner.  The Edmonds Yacht Club is not open for  events right now.  At this time, it has been rescheduled to coincide with the Kingston Opening Day event in May. The cruise part of the Polar Bear is still on the schedule.   We have a request in at the Port of Edmonds for 8 slips on Feb 5-7.  Cruise details will be provided once we are closer to the date and know what the COVID restrictions are.
  • Also, due to conflicts,  two cruises  have been rescheduled:
    • The Everett Cruise will now be April 9-11
    • The Poulsbo Cruise will now be September 24-26


    Be sure to mark your calendars.    Please be patient with the cruise schedule.  Changes will need to be made based on restrictions, but we hope to cancel as few things as possible.  

    As with everything else during the age of COVID, there are many things that we can not do.  What we can do is continue to enjoy moving our boats together.  We will all work hard to come up with interesting, COVID safe  things to do to socialize at the cruise destinations.  Any ideas you may have are greatly appreciated.

    Click Here to View the Cruising Schedule for 2021

Sunshine and Clouds

  • Keep Bill Orr and Kathy Satre in your thoughts this holiday season as they are ‘house surfing’ after a serious home plumping flood caused them to have to evacuate for an extended period until their home repairs can be complete.
  • Good news - Gloria Young's hand surgery went well and her recovery is progressing. 
  • Eric MacEllven's busted pelvic is healing ahead of schedule (so make sure you still take it easy, Eric!). 
  • Colleen Carey’s kidney cancer is under control; now just on vitamins and supplements, walking 3 miles a day and feeling great.
  • And hot off the presses, Steve Young was involved in a somewhat unusual incident at the Costco gas station. His leg was injured but luckily there was no fracture.  Elevation and ice and limited action for 2 weeks!

On the Passing of Bette Davies

It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to our 1989-1990 Past Commodore Bette Davies. Bette passed away 10/29/2020 after a well fought battle with cancer. As club members since 1977, Bette and Tom Davies have many dear friends in the club with fond memories of their fun times together. Bette will be remembered for her sense of humor and outgoing personality and will be dearly missed.

Bette is survived by her husband Tom, her beloved dog Ellie, and son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Rebecca Clifford.
There will be a memorial for Bette in the Spring of 2021 when she will be laid to rest with other yacht club friends and family whom have passed.

If desired, donations can be made in Bette’s memory to the Kitsap Humane Society.

2021 Waggoner Cruising Guide—Special Promo for Yacht Clubs

Purchase your 2021 Waggoner Cruising Guide, or the 2021 Ports & Passes at the Book Store before January 15th and receive a 15% discount off the regular purchase price. To take advantage of this special promotion, go to and use the Coupon Code YC2021 at checkout.


Thursday, December 31st @ 6pm
Zoom Year's Eve

Join us for a Zoom Gathering and a Gourmet Take-out Dinner
to Celebrate the End of 2020!

(And was it not a year to which many of us will be glad to see behind us)

So, to usher in the replacement for 2020, we are planning a fabulous take-out dinner and a once-in-a-pandemic Zoom gathering.

  • The dinner? Steak, champagne, appetizers, sides, and chocolates, along with appropriate noise makers and hats.
  • The gathering? a hosted Zoomfest that will include retrospective remarks and photos, look-aheads to 2021 (yay!), speed toasts (more on this later), group lip syncing of Auld Lang Sine, and a vintage video of the Times Square ball dropping.
  • And finally, for one attendee: The Golden Bean. Yes, a magic bean worth, if you do the math, more than 100 times its weight in fine wine!

To simplify check-in, we are asking everyone to pay in advance online. If you are unable to do so, please contact your host, John or Shelley Gantz, to make other arrangements.

Registration will be available until the evening of Sunday, December 27th.
Click Here to Register

You can also cancel until that time for a full refund. After the 27th, no refunds or registrations will be available.

Pick up will be 12:00-3:00 pm on December 31st.

Update on Victoria Splash—Again!  July 30- August 1

Our boat reservation list will not be needed until January 1, 2021. Yes, we’re planning for the coronavirus to be under control! CRUISE CO-CAPTAINS: 2019 was a learning experience for the cruise. In 2021 it will be much easier but would be more fun with other cruise captains. Let Jerry know, if you are interested in being a Co-Captain for this cruise.

If you haven't made your plans yet, here is what you need to do is contact Jerry Kirschner at


KCYC Digs Deep to Support Local Food Banks!

The needs of our small community are great this holiday season and KCYC members dug deep to help meet those needs. I want to extend my personal thanks and those of the Board to all those that contributed and enabled KCYC to make a significant contribution to our Kingston Community.

ShareNet supplies 50-60 food boxes each week to local families in addition to many other clients needing assistance. A volunteer subcommittee of the Community Engagement Committee let by Rita Osborn came up with the idea to provide Christmas Celebration Food Boxes for 20 families of 4-6 people. Rita, Gloria Young and Nancy Martin planned, shopped and packed the 20 brightly decorated food boxes and Christmas bags filled with turkeys, stuffing, veggies, pies and all the trimmings, including candy canes and popcorn. In addition, we provided ShareNet with a cash donation totaling $3000 including a significant donation from the team at Tarp Innovators owned by Kim and Rick Wood. The total value of the donation to ShareNet was $4000 and over 30 members contributed to the effort.

Although we have always given food, stockings, and turkeys at this time of the year to the Kingston Food Bank, thanks to our members we donated not only food, but were also able to provide them with a cash donation of $645. This is in addition to our earlier donation of $1500 in July for a total contribution to the Kingston Food Bank of over $2100.

COVID has significantly curtailed the club’s ability to have “fun” events and be the place where everyone knows your name, but it has enhanced our feelings of responsibility to engage with our community to help Kingston when it means the most. My heart-felt gratitude to all!

Nancy Langwith
Community Engagement Chair

Special Christmas Requests from Our Community

Although this is an uncertain financial time for all of us, KCYC is striving to find ways that we can still give back to our community as we join the fight against Coronavirus. While, as an organization, we have chosen to support the "ShareNet Christmas Project" this year, there are many other groups that could use your support this year. If you can donate to keep the services flowing, we know they would greatly appreciate it. Check out these other groups in our community that could use your support. For more information, go to our news article by clicking here: Give Where You Live—Christmas 2020

Coffee Oasis—The Family Christmas Project

Kingston Cares

The Boys and Girls Club—Adopt a Family

The Filling Station Restaurant—All Teens Matter


Danny Vernon

The Tradition Continues—Danny Vernon Live Streaming from KCYC

The Kingston Cove Yacht Club and the Port of Kingston presented Danny Vernon and his wife, Marcia, in a live-streaming Facebook event of Christmas Carols and holiday entertainment directly from the yacht club. Danny Vernon (as Elvis) has brought the music of Christmas to Kingston Cove Christmas and the countdown to turning on the amazing lights at the Port Kingston for many years. Although we weren’t in Mike Wallace Park, we reached around 14,000 people on Facebook and over 2500 people engaged with us including 68 shares. In Facebook language, that is a lot of folks!

Although we couldn’t gather this year for Kingston Cove Christmas we kept the tradition alive with our own production! Through the relentless effort of our own Steve Young, the idea began to take shape and the Port of Kingston Commission agreed to partner with us. The production crew arrived early on Tuesday afternoon and the set up began. Never has there been that much electronic equipment at KCYC - cameras, mics, mixers, speakers, lights and cords and wires everywhere.

At showtime, the music went live and the comments began to flow. There were over 250 people from both coasts and Memphis TN watching and they continued to comment and share the video throughout the broadcast. Danny and Marcia wowed our viewers and our viewers responded with excitement and admiration.

The production was funded by the Port of Kingston and executed by KCYC. What a great partnership. The event created great exposure for our little town and for the yacht club. If you see our friends at the Port, give them a big thank you. If you see a member of our production team, give them a thumbs up!

Production Team
Idea Man – Steve Young
Producer and Promotion – Nancy Langwith
Sound and Video Engineer Extraordinaire – Jamie Hunter
Facebook Technical Expert – Robin Lott
Announcer – Julie Turner
Key Grip – Jerry Kirschner
Set – Johnny Walker, Almost Candid Photo and Frame

Light Up the Night and Escort Santa 2020

Light Up the Night

Starting with perfect weather (for December) we decorated boats, decorated dinghy’s, decorated the club, and decorated ourselves. I believe we were successful in our drive not to cancel Christmas or the Christmas Spirit.  Kudo’s go out to everyone who worked hard to make this event a success. We really did light up the Port!

We had a total of 15 beautifully decorated boats and 6 dinghy’s brightly lit in the port. The dinghy parade was a lot of fun and many community members were able to view the dinghy’s escorting Santa around the cove.  Starting with perfect weather (for December) we decorated boats, decorated dinghy’s, decorated the club, and decorated ourselves. I believe we were successful in our drive not to cancel Christmas or the Christmas Spirit.

Special thanks are in order for a few stars:

  • Joseph Charnes and Ilsa De Groen for the amazingly decorated and well lit Santa’s Sleigh. I know a lot of hard work and generosity went into their effort. It was an unanimous decision that it was the winner of the Dinghy Decoration Award.
  • Jack and Robin Lott- Winners of the best decorated boat. How can you top a 10 foot tall leg lamp? They deserved this “major award”. If you haven't seen the Christmas Story, it is a MUST see this year.
  • Cheryl Jester and Art Hammon on Dorothy Lee won Most lights. Who else decorates their anchor? Art and Cheryl really got into the holiday spirit in a big way.
  • Thank you to our three judges Rachel Cable, Cheryl Calais, and Kathy Showman.
  • Special thanks to Jerry Andrews for his second year as Santa. Jerry was able to overcome the breakdown of the megaphone and his Ho, Ho Ho’s were heard throughout the port.
  • Rita Osborne shared her famous shortbread cookies to everyone on the dock. Their buttery goodness and dipped chocolate were a hit. Thank you Rita.
  • The social committee was also in high gear providing take out chili and hot drinks on the dock. Thanks to John and Shelly Gantz, Dianne Nunez, and Kim Page for keeping us all warm and fed. 44 people were served.

Thank you all for helping make my first event as Fleet Captain a good experience—Steve
Christmas 2020—Done!