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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
HomeBosun's Pipe, May 2024


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Commodore 2023-24 Rita Osborn


Pirate’s and Pursuer’s was the theme this year, and pirates and wenches, an alligator, Captain Hook, a cannon, and the rest boarded their pirate ship and took off for the parade route. If there were any pursuer’s, they never caught up with Fast Eddy, unrecognizable, as it was transformed into a pirate ship by the crew.

Thank you to all the planning, decorating and participants who gave their time and effort to this event. Greg Wright, for a realistic cannon well built, Ed Fernandez, for the use of his boat, Robin Lott, for chairing and planning, Kim Page, for decorating and enthusiastically forcing everyone at Opening Day to participate in decorating. To Steve Page, Jimmy DiIanni, Jennie McClintock, Steve and Gloria Young, Andy Wilson, and those I have missed, thank you all for a job WELL DONE!

I was honored to represent KCYC as the Commodore at the Commissioning Ceremony. Rick and I were treated to breakfast, and after the Ceremony we boarded a luxury yacht, Swan Song, to watch the UW Crew Races and the Boat Parade. It was a wonderful opportunity to talk to Commodores from various yacht clubs, including those from British Columbia. What a great day.

A huge thank you to Jerry Kirschner and Nancy Langwith who invited Rick and I to make the trip to Seattle Opening Day aboard their boat, Perfect Balance, and stay the weekend. It was perfect, and gratitude for the Friday night cocktail party is in order. It was really fun and thank you to Joseph, who was my personal dinghy pilot to the ceremony on Saturday morning at 7:15 AM.

Kingston Opening Day will be another busy fun filled weekend, so don’t miss out on the festivities as the sun is predicted to be shinning for this event.

As the weather warms up I expect to see many more of you participating in club events. We have a very full calendar, so check it out and plan to participate.

We need a couple of chairman to replace some that wish to step down. The chairman for Reciprocal Clubs is Dave Lucas, who has done this for many years. Please consider taking on this chairmanship, it is not difficult and Dave will transition you into it with ease. Also, Walter is looking to step down as the RV Coordinator, so anther easy one for someone to get involved with. This club runs with all volunteers, so step up and give a little time to the club if you can.

See you this month at Friday Night Social, and for sure on Opening Day for Kingston. Be good to each other and Aloha Hui Hou.




May 2024 —Clubhouse Improvements Progress

Recently Completed

  • Repaired outside barbecue stand. Thank you, Sean Osborn (Rita’s son).
  • Installed parking bollards in front of barbecue. (Thank you, Jerry Kirschner)
  • All folding chairs now with protected leg booties.

Next Up

  • Deck hanging flower baskets. Thank you Vivi Ann Parnell. To be in place for Kingston Opening Day.
  • New US Flag on the flagpole. To be in place for Kingston Opening Day.
  • Ceiling mounted acoustic panels.
  • New window coverings.

On the List

  • Add additional food counter electrical outlets.
  • Build out a soffit above the food counter replacing the current curtain.

Notice something that could use fixing or improved?  Missing from the lists? Drop me an e-mail at Please describe the item and the best way to reach you so I may get more information if needed.

Did someone say Happy 4th of July? The beer tent will be open from 1 - 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th ONLY. This is a huge event for KCYC, so let’s pull together to make it a smashing success. There is a volunteer list published on the website, so check it out to get your prime choice. Remember, those who volunteer to serve beer, wine, or spirits DO NOT NEED A MAST LICENSE (Mandatory Alcohol Server Training). It’s a lot of fun to interact with the public, whether you choose to check IDs, sell drink tickets, or serve up tasty beverages. Of course there are setup and cleanup opportunities as well.

A special thanks to Sandi Dalgleish for helping out behind the bar during the April general meeting, and to Karl Compton who will be doing the same at the May meeting. Let me know if you would like to volunteer the June, July, August or September meetings

April showers may bring May flowers, but for KCYC they also brought some bills -- as mentioned at the last general meeting -- that drove our operating net income negative. Luckily we had a cushion from the other months of 2024 and our year-to-date net is still well above plan. Rentals roared back, but dues missed the mark. Good news: our new long range CD paid us 10x the interest we normally get in a month. Enough to pay the monthly cleaning bill!


The Club was represented well at the Seattle Yacht Club (SYC) and Queen City Yacht Club (QCYC) Opening Day festivities! We had 11 KCYC Boats docked at QCYC and activities were abundant throughout the weekend but the highlight of the trip was the Opening Day Boat Parade down the Montlake Cut. KCYC had their Parade Boat (FAST EDDY) win First Place in their division! The decorating team of Robin Lott, Kim Page, Jennie Tucker, Andrew Wilson, Jim Diianni, Gloria Young, Steve Page, Steve Young, Greg Wright, and Joseph Charnes did a great job turning the CHB into a wooden pirate ship. Kingpin of the decorations was Greg Wright’s realistic looking 12 pounder muzzle loading cannon that fit perfectly on the bow of FAST EDDY. Special thanks to Mark Ryan for helping NENITA through the Ballard Locks.

Next up is the Kingston Cove Yacht Club Opening Day Festivities which will include a boat parade, blind dinghy races, lunch on the deck, a snacklebox competition and opening day dinner. Following shortly after is the Gathering at Alderbrook May 24-27. See you all out on the water!


Boater Education & Safety

  • Jim Dilanni is available to do Coast Guard Auxiliary complimentary vessel safety checks. Email him at or call at 425.466.0483.
  • National Safe Boating Week is May 18-24, 2024 - get info at
  • There is an upcoming Boat America education course for people who need their Washington State Boaters Card.  It will be held at KCYC on June 29, 2024.  It is a Washington State requirement that people born after January 1, 1955 have a boater card. The course is sponsored by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the cost is $40.00.
  • We will be doing a one hour boater education session during our Alderbrook cruise. Topic is TBD.



Welcome to the Port Watch, our monthly article highlighting issues and activities at the Port.

  • First, Let’s spread a rumor! From a good source, the Port has narrowed down the candidates for Harbor Master to a gentleman who was with the Port of Bremerton. No name shared here, but it should be known that (again based on a good source) that one of the hiring criteria is (will be) that all rules, regulations and processes will be strictly by the book. No favors, no bending the rules, no exceptions.
  • Second, let's talk about the rules.  Now I don’t have a major problem with everyone following a set of rules. The problem is that rules over time may need to be redressed and adjusted based on the realities of the time. KCYC and many others in our community have started being much more engaged and vocal, wanting a more open and communicative Port. That’s a change, and a good one. But the current rules state at Work Sessions, and I quote “The public may attend, and minutes are available; however, public comment is not taken at this time”. Well someone should share the reality, and that is nearly every Work Session has taken comment, and questions from those attending, and those comments and questions are in the minutes. Hey “PORT”, we will be happy following the rules if every rule now on the books are reviewed, with input from us, the Port’s customers, on whether the rules are fair or need updated.

If you would like to comment, please contact Jack Lott at



The April RBAW newsletter has many interesting articles. If you are interested, you can go to the website, and read all the articles. Click here: RBAW April Newsletter.  Below are just some highlights from this month's edition.
  • RBAW has been awarded two grants; both are for mobile pump-out capabilities and supports the goal of increasing their availability in Puget Sound.
  • At a recent annual meeting with RBAW’s counterpart in BC, the Council of BC Yacht Clubs, representatives confirmed that many BC marinas require proof of $2 million liability insurance coverage for transient boaters wishing to tie up. Some marinas are considering raising that limit to $3 million in 2025. So before venturing North, check the requirements of favorite marinas both public and private, include reciprocal yacht clubs, and also check with your own carrier as to the possibility of extending coverage if needed.
  •  An Open House was held on April 29th for the Lakebay Marina redevelopment project.  For those of you interested, you can go to their website to learn more about it. Click here: Lakebay Marina Redevelopment.


May  2024

  • The Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 14th at 6pm.
  • The General Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 16th at 6pm. There will be the usual potluck dinner preceding the business meeting.

Stop by the Club
on Friday Evenings!

Now open at 5pm.

Our members are always welcome to just come in for a drink and to catch up with friends on Friday evenings.  You are not required to participate in the meal being served. Guests of members are also welcome, however they must be signed in by their host member.

When food is provided, reserve a spot if available (depending on what is being served) so that our hosts can plan the correct amount of food and avoid food loss costs to the club.


In March we celebrated St Patrick’s Day a day early. Big shoutout to Cheryl Callais, our volunteer of the month, who was your event host and put on amazing Reuben sandwiches, with the help of a few friends, including some potential new members who she lured into the club to cook! Special thanks to the chefs: Steve Lickar and JoEllen Leonard, not members (YET!) Janiece Christian made the soup, Volunteers: Kathy Butterly, Rad Dedek, Toni Scarborough, Cecile Schwedes, Julie and Dave Turner, Kathy Showman

On March 29th Joseph went all out with Paella night. Can you say two pans going simultaneously, with two teams of chefs, stuffed with chicken, Spanish chorizo, clams, mussels and even lobster tails? We also had a Mediterranean salad, and freshly baked Spanish Olive Oil bread. Big thanks to our volunteers: Mark Ryan, Kathy Butterly, Linda and Eric McEllven, Robin Lott, Steve Young, Rad Dedek, Rachel Cable, Kathy Showman, Gloria Young, William and Julie Westwater. Event was co-hosted by Joseph Charnes and Simona Dedek.

During April, after the traditional Sunday Ladies Luncheon on April 7th, the calendar really starts to heat up with cruises and outdoor activities. Spring is really here now! Check out the events below.  Please let me know if you have any questions! Text, email or call me.
Simona Dedek, Social Director 818-434-8091
Future Social Events

Cheeseburgers with Hidden Harbor Yacht Club 2019 1

Friday, May 17th
Cheeseburgers and Trivia with Hidden Harbor Yacht Club

Saturday, June 6th
Kingston Pirate Festival

Thursday, July 4
Kingston 4th of July


First Christa, Rob and I are hosting Burgers and Trivia with Hidden Harbor Yacht Club on May 17. Please
come and introduce yourself! Register now! I'm the one drinking from the champaign flute, constantly talking
about community engagement!

Secondly, June 14 is our night to put on the Kingston Cares Community Dinner. We need volunteers to help cook, distribute and clean up! It's only a couple of hours that evening and we'll be done in plenty of time to get back to KCYC for our Friday night socializing. Let me know or watch your email so we can show up with the best of our rival Kingston based organizations.

The Fourth of July is coming! Kirsten Jewell is working on the breakfast; Shelley is overseeing the beer tent; Joseph Charnes is doing the hot dogs again this year; and it's going to be the best year yet! We need volunteers for all of these events so pick the one that appeals and give a couple of hours of your time back to Kingston if you can spare it. These events mean income for our club, but the fun that comes out is well worth it! If you're looking to get invovled in something beyond just drinking at the club, we would love to consider your application to our committee. Our standards are high, but you might as well try. Happy May! Mark Derricott


We have three new applicants and poitential inductees for May.  Here's your chance to learn a little about them.

Welcome to Larry Brader!!

Larry heard about the club through current members. He would like to meet others and be involved in social meetings. Larry purchased a place in Kingston in 2023 and is currently retired. He was a self-employed trucking, portable storage investment partner.  Larry and his wife Patricia enjoy travel, fishing, golf, investments and family. He also belongs to NKPSA. Larry has 60 years boating experience in the Canada Islands, Quesnel Lake, BC Canada. You may spot his boat….”Maxed Out” over at Driftwood Keys!!

Welcome Larry!!

Introducing Jon Froyd and Heidi Eriksen! Welcome!

Jon and Heidi have decided to join the club to meet other sailing enthusiasts and to become a part of the community. Heidi has lived here almost 15 years and Jon more recently moved here.

Jon is a Family Physician at Peninsula Community Health Clinic in Kingston/Poulsbo, and Heidi is a gardener on Bainbridge and is art teacher. They enjoy music , gardening, skiing, cooking, grandchildren, and fishing. They just bought a 1985-30’ Catalina. Jon has raced Hobie 16 Catamarans in the SF Bay area, and has night sailed in Wisconsin.

Jon and Heidi would like to help plan activities for Friday night socials, help with set up and clean-up during events, help with clubhouse maintenance, and assist others who are planning activities.

Welcome to you both!!


Aloha Pub Crawl 2023 2 3Membership cards are available for pick up at the club. If you have not picked your card, please do so at your earliest convenience. A Greeter from Membership Engagement Committee will be at the club on Friday evenings to assist. If you are bringing a guest or prospective member to the club on Friday evening socials, the Greeter can assist with information about the club, membership forms and introductions to club members. The Greeter schedule for May is:  May 10 - Diane Nunez; May 17 – Linda MacEllven; May 24 – Beth Layton.

Back by popular demand, the committee is also reprising our Hawaiian themed Pub Crawl in Kingston on Saturday, June 22. A great way to get to know club members, play games, sample venue specific food and drink and have a ball! Details will be forthcoming.

The Membership Engagement Committee will be taking on the Sunshine and Cloud Card program. Lorie Bischoff has kindly volunteered to coordinate this effort. Please send notifications regarding who might need encouragement, congratulations, or sympathy to Lorie Bischoff at


Freakness 2024

Ladies Lunch 2024

Tacoma Daffodil Cruise 2024

Freakness Horse Races 2024
Ladies Aloha Luncheon April 2024
Tacoma Daffodil Festival Apr 2024

Karyn with a Y Show

Seattle Opening Day 2024

KarYn with a Y April 2024
Opening Day Seattle May 2024


There's still time to order new items for your Spring wardrobe.

There are three ways to order:

  1. Select items from the Ship's Store case at the club and purchase from a representative.
  2. Select items from the Ship's Store webpage by clicking here: Ships Store
  3. Send an email to the KCYC Ship's Store team: KCYC Ship's Store
Any cruise leaders who want to order special t-shirts, hats, or other items, should contact Laurie or Dawn. We can work with you to find a cost effective producer for any items.  Also, if anyone has a special request for shirts, jackets, etc. please contact us for orders.

Laurie Gunn & Dawn Wiser, Ship's Store


We have a new person in charge of Sunshine and Clouds, Lorie Bischoff.  If you know of member who has amazing news to share, please let us know so we can all celebrate.  If you know that a member is struggling with health issues or has recently lost a family member, please send an email so we can send a card to them to help brighten their day. Contact: Lorie Bischoff at

Some Clouds This Month ......

  • Viviann & Bill Parnell are grieving from the loss of their granddaughter. Please keep them in your thoughts.
  • llse Degroan's mother passed away.  Please send her your condolences.

With a little sunshine.

  • Doreen Jordan is healing fast from hip surgery
  • Terry Campbell is recovering from shoulder surgery
  • Marianne Harris is recovering from surgery

Saluting One of Our Own
Karen Parker is on her journey, walking The El Camino Coastal Route, in honor of her BFF Stephanie Strotbeck. Karen will hike 247 miles to Finisterre. She is also raising funds for the Wylie's Day Foundation, which provides “direct” funding for medical research towards a cure of Pediatric Brain Tumors. Click here if you want to follow her on Instagram: Instagram


Social Events Survey
Are you looking to get more involved in the Club's Land fun activities? We can't do it without you!  Open dates for January are right around the corner.  Please call or email Simona Dedek, or 818-434-8091, or fill out this short survey:

Social Media
If you have ideas for content, or photos that you think the community would be interested in seeing, please send them to me, so we can keep the momentum going! Email me  at or text or call me 818-434-8091. If you have ideas for content, or photos that you think the community would be interested in seeing, please send them to me, so we can keep the momentum going! Email me  at or text or call me 818-434-8091.

Please Visit the KCYC Facebook Pages!

We all should know that KCYC has a public facebook page, Kingston Cove Yacht Club. Did you know that we also have a "members only" page? To use it, you must send us a request to join so we are certain that it remains a valuable resource for KCYC members.  Members can use the page to post topics and communicate 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