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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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MARCH 2021

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Sandi Dalgleish

Commodore 2020-2021

A Message from the Commodore

Well we’re getting ready to get into motion down at the club now that we’ve reached Phase 3. Great work this year staying safe and showing how to make lemonade when you get lemons!

Hope you’re feeling safe about starting to come out a bit. We’re looking at a great lineup of Friday nights at the club! In order to make that happen though we need your help. We need people to host on Friday nights or volunteer for some of the other positions such as bartending, serving, set up and clean up. Don’t be shy! We will get you lots of help. You don’t need to know anything or feel that you won’t know what to do. You will have a help swarming around you. So please do sign up to host a Friday night....that is our most critical need. If you aren’t coming out yet, consider cooking at home and we can pull together people to serve it and host in your name.

And remember we are still following WA state requirements - masks on and maintain distance unless seated. This will be very important as we increase inside seating capacity at the club. We sure don’t want any of our treasured members to contract COVID at this stage of the game.


Friday, April 16th
Cheeseburgers & Live Music

Who can resist Steve's world-famous cheeseburgers for dinner, accompanied by an amazing singer and guitar player.  And if the weather is nice, the deck will be open! We still have to limit attendance, so sign up now.  You can also pay a cover charge and come just for the music.

Click here to register.

Everett Cruise Next Up—April 9th to 11th

Everett is a large, beautiful marina with plenty to do. The Cruise captains, Alan and Shelley are currently busy planning some fun activities.They have hinted that this may include a dinghy exploration, cooking class and games. Register here for dock space. A detailed itinerary will be sent to all registrants. The Indigo Hotel is very near so non boaters can join in.

Please register as either a "boater" or "land cruiser" so we can plan accordingly. Everyone will be included in all the activities.

Everett Cruise - 4/9/2021

Primavera Almuerzo—Ladies Luncheon
Saturday, April 24th @ Noon

Come celebrate mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and future mothers.......Join us on a trip to Latin and South America for a Primavera Almuerzo, a Springtime Luncheon.  The luncheon will include South American Dancing, by Michael Kheriaty & Teah School, along with a presentation on South American Wines, by Micki Monroe

SAVE THE DATE!  Registration available soon.

KCYC Spring Boater Education Series—April 18th, 8AM to 3PM

Join us for a day long series of presentations by various club members and industry professionals.  There will be five separate topics, with one hour allowed for each speaker including Q&A.  You can choose to attend in-person at the clubhouse, or via zoom at home.  Below is a schedule for the day's activities, along with a list of the presenters and their topics.   The fee for the day to attend in-person will be $10, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch; there is no fee for attending online.  In-person attendance is limited to 40 due to COVID restrictions; zoom attendance is unlimited.  Registration is required.   Register for the Spring Boater Education Day 

Presentation Schedule & Overview

  • 8:00—Clubhouse opens.
  • 8:30—Continental style breakfast: coffee, muffins, fruit, and granola bars.
  • 9:00—Session 1:  It's Not Nice to Fool with Mother Nature, Nancy Langwith—This presentation is about how to gain an understanding of the Pac NW weather and how it can help you with your Go-No decisions and passage planning.
  • 10:00—Session 2:  Boater Electrical Safety, Bob Mehm—Bob will speak on electrical safety and practical steps that a boat owner can take to prevent an electrical malfunction that can cause a stranded boat or worst case a boat fire.
  • 11:00—Session 3:  Where's My Anchor, Jack Lott—This presentation will touch on general information regarding types of anchors, test data on their functionality in various holding grounds, anchor chain and rode combinations, and scope to depth recommendations.
  • 12:00—Lunch is served.

  • 12:20—Knowledge-sharing Halftime Entertainment
    A Sailor’s Tale – Jerry Kirschner and Steve Page

  • 1:00 —Session 4: The Discipline of Marine Survey—This presentation will discuss the needs / benefits of having a Marine Survey report, when it may be required, and the required frequency of inspection. Included will be a quick read thru of a current Marine Survey Report, discussing the high points, and the benefits of the inspection and subsequent report.

  • 2:00—Session 5:  Crew Overboard Recovery, An Introductory Presentation, Bob Doyle—The Sailing Foundation method focuses on the most difficult Crew Overboard (COB) situation, specifically that of a two-person crew with one overboard. The clinic is typically presented in a three-part format. This presentation is the first - lecture, slides and video.

For more detailed information about the presenters and/or their topics, the link below will take you the complete news article.    2021 Spring KCYC Boater Education Series

Kingston Opening Day & Prime Rib Dinner
May 8th

The Kingston Opening Day will be held the second weekend in May.  It is a long standing tradition celebrating the fleet getting ready for the cruising  season.  There will be a blessing of the fleet and a christening of new boats.  We will follow up with a boat parade and a Commodore salute. The boats will be on the guest dock for the activities.  Activities on the dock will begin at 11am.

The club bar will open at 5pm, and The "NOT Polar Bear Prime Rib Dinner" will start at 6pm.  The dinner was postponed from January due to COVID rules.  But it is back now!  Jim, Todd and Jovita have once again volunteered to work their magic with perfectly roasted prime rib and all the sides.  The raffle and 50/50 fundraisers will also be a fun part of the evening.   

The event will be held in the tent at the Port to acommodate  as many as possible.  RSVP now to make sure you are included.   We encourage you to bring your family and friends to join in this popular event.

Sign up for dinner now!

Nothing New—Still No Reservations Accepted for Victoria Splash

We're still planning for the coronavirus to be under control! Let Jerry know, if you are interested in being a Co-Captain for this cruise.I f you haven't made your plans yet, contact Jerry Kirschner at


News from the Social Committee

What's up next? We have begun to March......we have picked up the pace of Friday night dinners from Adult Grilled Cheese to Chili and Cornbread, and Irish meat pies, finishing the month with Minnesota Tater Tot Hotdish.  Thanks to all of our volunteer hosts: Steve and Kim Page; Jerry and Rhonda Andrews; Shelley and John Gantz; and Julie and William Westwater.

We are now at 50% seating!!! We can have 40 members at our Friday Night Socials and no requirement for family members to sit together! Masks are still required, except when you are eating, but its beginning to feel a whole lot more normal.,
508-397-3082 (S), 508-524-6796 (J)

News from the Membership Committee

The first Cheers Activity was a hike on the Dungness Spit! Watch the April calendar for
the next event to Blodel Gardens on Bainbridge Island.
Other upcoming events...Master Gardener, Hikes with Man’s Best Friend.

Welcome New Members—Lucy and Tim Falla

Lucy and Tim have live in Kingston for 3 years in a beach house south of Appletree Cove and are looking to sail and cruise with the club. Lucy is a retired nurse and Tim a semi-retired CSO and enjoy sailing, fishing, crabbing, skiing and travel. They also donate their time to the Build On (Building Schools Internationally) and Seattle Angels (Foster Children Aid). They can be found on their Hunter 33 and Offshore Duckworth in Kingston as they have been sailing and fishing for over 5 years.

KCYC Members Only Facebook Page

For those of you who haven't found it yet, KCYC has both a public facebook page, Kingston Cove Yacht Club, and a "members only" page which you must request to join.  Members can use the page to communicate only with other members on whatever topics they choose. To request to join the page, please click the link below.

Go to KCYC Members Facebook page

Boater Education Committee

KCYC Boater Education is a new committee with the following mission:  to provide boater education that results in safe and competent boaters. This includes formal and informal classes, knowledge sharing, lessons learned, and resources.  Committee members include Janiece Christian as the Chair and Chuck Turner as a Committee Member. We have graphic support from Robin Lott and are looking for one more committee member.

Why does this committee want to advance this mission? The answer is not because we know it all! It is because we are lifetime learners and we want to see people enjoying being out on the water safely and with confidence.

There are three main parts this committee will focus on: 
•  Spring Boater Education – Sunday, April 18th – Save the Date
•  Knowledge Sharing / Lessons Learned
•  Resource Library – electronic on the KCYC website

If you have any topics you would like to see covered, or would like to join the committee, please contact Janiece Christian, Chair, Boater Education Committee, at

Volunteer Bartenders & Friday Night Hosts

  • Friday Night Hosts—We are looking for Friday Night hosts! We've had a small group of members doing the bulk of the work throughout the pandemic to keep things going at the club, and now it's time for more members to step forward. We need hosts for two fridays in April— April 2nd and April 23rd. Hosting is not real complicated, and if you've never hosted before, our Social Directors, John and Shelley Gantz, will help you through the process. Basically it requires you to choose a dish to serve, shop for the ingredients, and prepare the food. We will recruit additional volunteers to help with the setup of the club, serving of the food, and club cleanup.Send Shelley an email to learn more.

  • Volunteer BartendersCalling all of you out there who hold a MAST (Mandatory Alcohol Server Training) permit.  Well heck...calling those of you who don't!  It is easy to get a permit and get in on the fun.  It only takes a couple hours.  As with all our volunteer opportunities, you will get side by side training so you feel confident and ready.  And also like all volunteer opportunities, you are guaranteed to have a good time.  Please use the link below to indicate that you either hold a MAST permit and are willing to volunteer for a Friday night or to indicate that you plan to get your MAST and will be ready in the future.  There is also a link to a site where you can register for the MAST training; the club will reimburse you for the $20 class fee.
    Send Bill an email to learn more.

It's Spring at the Ship's Store

Spring makes the world a happy place

You see a smile on every face

So rise from your dreams of wintry rest

And get a new KCYC shirt, cap or vest!


Click the link here for Polos/Knits in the SanMar Catalog

For details and pricing, or to o 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

Sunshine and Clouds

  • Our sunshine girl and her family needs our thoughts
    • Waiting on results and treatment plans for Jospeh’s thyroid cancer
      which has recurred,
    • Skin cancer for Julie; and
    • William, in addition to a torn shoulder tendon, they have found an aortic aneurysm.
  • Rodger Schmuck had another fall down the stairs. Recovering
    and returning home soon.
  • Kathy Showman going for second knee surgery this week
  • Bid farewell to John & Mary Hatcher who are relocating to Guam.
  • Dave Halsaver passed away unexpectedly in late February. Please read his beautiful obituary written by his loving wife Gale.

On the Passing of Dave Halsaver

An extraordinary, generous friend who touched and brightened countless lives, Dave Halsaver remained a child at heart throughout his entire life. This alone is an enviable legacy in a world at risk of becoming numbed to the natural wonders that surround us.

To those who came to know him as a member of KCYC, he loved the water.....lived by the water, played on the water, travelled to places on the water. He always had a smile on his face, a story to tell.....indeed a very special man.

Dave will be remembered, always, for the kindnesses and generosity he expressed to not only his legions of friends, but the entirety of the natural world. A husband above all else, a brother to many, his life and good living will resonate with all who knew him when they gaze upon a sky of stars, witness a natural phenomenon, a mind-numbing sunrise or a jump for joy in a successful landing of a rover on Mars. They will hear again his singular laugh and embrace of life. We will miss him.

We encourage you to read Dave complete obituary, lovingly written by his good friend, Dan Hinkley. Click the link below:
On the Passing of Dave Halsaver

Operations as of March 22nd

Phase 3 Begins

As of March 22nd, every county in the state of Washington will be eligible to move forward to Phase 3 in the reopening plan. This means restaurants, gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters, and the KINGSTON COVE YACHT CLUB— will be able to return to 50 percent capacity. That means up to 40 people in the clubhouse, with more on the deck in good weather. Stay tuned for all the new event plans on the horizon.

RBAW Report:  News from BoatUS
Coast Guard Announces New Law Requiring Use of Engine Cut-Off Switches

SPRINGFIELD, Va., March 15, 2021 – There are new engine cutoff device wear requirements for recreational boat operators as part of the January 1, 2021, passage of National Defense Authorization Act that included a U.S. Coast Guard Reauthorization. These devices, commonly referred to as engine cutoff switches (ECOS), are designed to prevent a boat-strike injury if an operator is accidentally ejected overboard while underway.

Engine cutoff devices can be located at the helm of the boat or on the tiller or body of an outboard engine and typically connect a boat’s operator to the cutoff switch with a lanyard. Some ECOS devices eliminate the lanyard and rely on wireless proximity devices to shut down an engine if the operator goes overboard.

Click here to read the full article.


What's Next for Community Engagement

The Community Engagement Committee is looking for new ideas for helping the community we live in.  Support is needed year round and can take many different forms, so if you have any thoughts on what our next project might be, please contact one of the committee members.  Thanks so much for all your support.
Nancy Langwith:
Rita Osborn:
Kim Wood:


St. Patrick's Day 2021

March 12th
St. Paddy's Day Celebration

We celebrated St. Paddy's Day with a packed to the allowable limit house feasting on
meat pies, soda bread, Irish flag salads, and apple cupcakes in honor
of St Paddy.  Thanks to our hosts Kim and Steve Page, Jerry and Ronda
Andrews, and Julie and William Westwater  And a special thanks to Julie for St Paddy’s Day
decorations, Irish music, trivia and riddles about Ireland, and general inspiration … so many thoughtful details.  To all of those who volunteered and cooked….and a special call out to Shelley Gantz and Kathy Satre , who worked behind the bar for the first time under the tutelage of Bill and Jerry.

Port Orchard (not) 2021

March 19th-21st
Port Orchard Cruise (at Kingston)

Not much to say about the Port Orchard Cruise. We were canceled by bad weather with high winds predicted for both travel days. We were able to salvage some of the activities planned by Cruise Captains Steve and Gloria by moving the venue to the KCYC clubhouse. Their knot typing class complete with competitions was both fun and educational!

After spending the night on the boats tied to the docks in Kingston, we gathered in the Club Sunday morning for a breakfast feast of eggs and sausage and all the trimmings. Thank you Steve and Gloria! Also, special thanks to Jerry and Nancy and all the cruisers who pitched in the make this stay home cruise a great

Cheers Together-Dungeness Spit Hike

March 13th
Cheers Activity—Hike on the Dungness Spit

A small group, but a great time! Join them on the next Cheers Activity to Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island.