Commodore's Corner

Commodore Larry Parrett

Hi everyone:

We have just returned from our annual Labor Day weekend Crab Derby event at the Cap Santé Marina in Anacortes.  Keli and I have been hosting this event for several years – with the exception of last year when Sue and Mike Burke stepped in at the last minute to substitute for us so that we could be with Keli’s mom Marge during her declining health.  Each year we get tremendous help from other HHYC members to support this event, including many who arrive a day early on Thursday to help set up the party float and greet club members as they arrive on Friday.

Special thanks to James and Julie (who were attending this year with us on Riposo), Dennis, Brynn, Jeff, Shawn and Tom – all early arrivals who helped with the setup of the party float.  Keli and I will be hosting the event again next year, and we have some ideas about changing some things up to make it even better, including more focus on crabbing with Derby events on Saturday and Sunday.  One idea is to go crabbing on both days and then have a “crab cook-off” on Sunday afternoon (similar to Garlic Fest) where we have everyone prepare a crab dish for appetizers and dinner on Sunday.

The Crab Derby on Saturday was hosted this year by last year’s winner (and professional fisherman) Jeff Quinn, who unsurprising won the first prize again this year with the largest crab.  Jeff now has the honor of hosting the Derby again next year!  Kari Portolese won second prize for the total cumulative inches of her five crab limit.  There was a third place winner for a crab with a “missing appendage”, but for the life of me I can’t remember who won.  Jeff and Shawn out did themselves with the Derby prizes, including new crabbing gear.  Thanks Jeff and Shawn.

Our Saturday dinner at H2O had quite a few surprises too, like the fact that H2O has closed (somehow when Keli called about reservations this was never mentioned) so we ended up at their sister restaurant Rockfish. And then three couples who are new HHYC members arrived to join us on their way up to Sucia Island (or Roche Harbor, or wherever they decided on the spur of the moment) for the weekend. Even with the added guests and no reservations we were finally able to be seated as a large group for dinner, live blues and dancing.

After the summer sabbatical for boating in July and August, our monthly HHYC meeting resumes on Tuesday, September 10 at the Eastlake Grill.  Keli and I will be departing that day to Washington DC for a 5 day Suquamish Tribe elders’ trip, so we will miss the meeting and Vice Commodore Jeff Quinn will chair the meeting in my absence.  After a summer of no meetings, we have lots of new business so I hope you are all able to attend.

All our best and happy boating in 2019!
Commodore Larry & Commadorable Keli Parrett