NWWB May 21st Meeting: Tracy McKendry Director of Recreational Boating for Port of Seattle Overseeing Shilshole Bay, Harbor Island and Bell Harbor Marinas

Note: An RSVP to nwwbviv@gmail.com isn’t necessary, but will be greatly appreciated to help us set up. And, we’re sending well wishes to Ann Cox and Margaret Pommert, on separate boats, who are headed up the Inside Passage on their way with a group of boats to Alaska.

As you plan to join us this month, think about inviting a gal friend who loves boating. Our speaker brings tales of her accomplishments on the water and will offer information of interest to all of us about marina management and the larger topic of the Port of Seattle’s involvement with recreational boating.  Tracy Mckendry is an Olympia gal who, after earning an English/Creative Writing degree from UW, immediately headed out for adventures on the water.

“The day after college graduation, I was on a plane to Anchorage to work on a boat in Prince William Sound doing tours from Whittier to Valdez.”

The following year she worked as a deckhand on a small cruise ship for Alaska Sightseeing and earned enough sea time to earn a 100 Ton Master of Inland Waters, 15o Mate of Near Coastal Waters and Able-bodied Seaman Rating. Starting as second mate on a 200′ cruise ship she eventually made Captain. She increased the tonnage of her license to receive 500 Ton Masters of Inland Water, 1600 Ton Mate of Inland Waters. She ultimately worked for Victoria Clipper as Chief Mate.

Her Marina career started at Foss Harbor Marina in Tacoma where she was Harbor Master and later General Manager. She’s been with the Port of Seattle 7 years, ultimately taking the position as Director for Recreational Boating.

She takes the time to walk marinas; isn’t surprised by anything that happens, even dealing with the FBI and Secret Service. Tracy has a goal of making more time to talk to boaters. HEAR THAT GALS…She wants to hear from us so come out and meet her, bring questions and enjoy a presentation by a woman clearly very knowledgeable about Seattle Marinas and regional issues/policies surrounding recreational boating…subjects of interest to all of us.

Date: Monday, May 21st 2018

Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so (Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.)

Location: 1900 N Northlake Way, #233 Seattle, WA 98103

We meet at the Northwest Marine Trade Association conference room, 1900 N. Northlake Way, #233. Park at Fisheries Supply and go into the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply and up the stairs, turn right and we are the furthest door on the left. (Located in the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply – UP THE STAIRS AND DOWN THE WALKWAY)

Questions: Contact Vivian at nwwbviv@gmail.com

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Hey Gals,

Hope you have fun planned for Opening Day, the sun will be out!

A reminder if you love paddling of any type. Don’t forget the Northwest Paddling Festival coming up in a week.

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Great Tips…The Outboard Won’t Start 101

Vivian enjoys a blog called www.theboatgalley.com. It recently made a helpful .pdf available of what to do if your outboard won’t start. It could be helpful to laminate and keep on hand.

Link to .pdf  Outboard Won’t Start 101

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Doris Glykys is in town with the Clipper Round The World Race

Have you been noticing the Clipper Ships are in town on a leg of their Clipper Round The World Race. Doris Glykys joined the adventure and will be meeting informally with some of our gals on Friday.  Those who were there for Doris’ talk in 2013 will remember she had us in stitiches talking about her first Blue Water experience and really laid out some of the nitty gritty reality of being a woman/newbie out there for the first time.

A Blue Water Experience & Life Aboard in Fiji

Doris lived on board a 32′ Down Eastern in Fiji this summer.  Diving in Nananu-I-Ra, snorkeling with sharks and giant clams on an old leper colony, gaffing her first fish (mahi mahi), negotiating a tight reef entrance to Fulanga, and finally taking off in a plane where the carry on baggage was weighted while she was holding it!!

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NWWB April 16th Meeting Paddle Sports in the Northwest with Haley Rice WA St. Parks & Rec. and others

Also learn about the yearly Northwest Paddlng Festival sponsored by the Northwest Marine Trade Association and hear from some of our paddling members about their activities.

Haley Rice, Program Specialist with WA State Parks and Recreation will bring valuable information about the Washington Parks Boating Program

Link to their website: https://parks.state.wa.us/832/Paddlesports-safety

She will be discussing the mission of the Washington Parks Boating Program, as well as the fastest growing recreation in Washington State – Paddlesports! 

“With participation in paddlesports on the rise, we’re seeing more people out on the water and more paddlecraft available for purchase. Get information on ‘Paddle Safe Week’ July 20th-28th, 2018 as well as resources on how to paddle safely!”

A member of the Northwest Marine Trade Association will talk about NorthwestPaddling Festival May 11th and 12th at Lake Sammamish State Park, the newest boating festival in the region focused on paddle sports. Link to the website

Some of our members who paddle will be there to share about their adventures on the water.

Bring questions and prepare for an interesting evening.

Date: Monday, April 16th (NEXT MONDAY!)

Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so (Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.)

Location: 1900 N Northlake Way, #233 Seattle, WA 98103

RSVP’s not required but helpful for setting up seating http://www.nwwbviv@wordpress.com


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Classes offered Lifesling at SYC (this Saturday), Navionics App 4/11, Perfect San Juan Cruise 4/12

1. Saturday, April 7, at Seattle Yacht club

FREE introduction to the Lifesling man overboard recovery system offered by the Sailing Foundation and Seattle Yacht Club.  This Saturday, April 7, at SYC from 9 AM to noon. 1807 East Hamlin Street Seattle
This will be a classroom introduction, and dock-side practice getting a victim back on board either a sailboat or a powerboat. Wendy Hinman and Margaret Pommert will be teaching on the sailboat, Linda Lewis on the powerboat.
Non-SYC members are welcome to attend, but just a few spaces left. Call SYC at (206) 325-1000 to sign up.

2. Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 to 9:00 at Seattle Maritime Academy

Navionics Navigation App on Your Mobile Device – Taught by Margaret Pommert   http://learnatcentral.org/lifelong-learning/recreational-boating-classes/navionics-navigation-app-mobile-device/

3. Thursday, April 12, 6;30 to 9:00 at Seattle Maritime Academy

Plan your perfect San Juans Island Cruise – Taught by Margaret Pommert

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Get Into That Engine Room, It Needs You! Tips for Learning About and Spiffing Up.

Thanks, again to Margaret Pommert www.seattleonthewater.com for a fun and helpful introduction to our diesel engines. Spring is here and your engine/engine room deserves some spiffing up and it’s a good chance to get busy with Margaret’s tips for familiarizing yourself with your engine and it’s needs

Here is a link to illustrations on Margaret’s site for simple tips for giving helpful attention to your engine  https://seattleonthewater.com/marine-diesel-engines-1

Here is a link to an article from Southern Boating magazine for more ideas for engine/engine room spiffing up.  A link to the article 

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