How did we happen to have dinner at the Anacortes Yacht Club? All because of our love of books.
Pelican Bay Bookstore in Anacortes donates books to the 'take a book, leave a book' collection in the laundry rooms of Cap Sante Marina, also inviting people to visit the store. While we enjoy the convenience of reading from our Kindles, which don't take up much room on the boat, there is nothing nicer than holding a book made of real paper and marking your place with your favorite tangible bookmark. Also nice is Pelican Bay has half price books!
So a quick walk the few blocks to Commercial Street affords leisurely roaming of the stacks, where Tym and I head for the biography section. I find three that interest me, and Herb finds $37 worth of half price books. Another customer, Vince, seeing my Eagle Harbor Yacht Club visor and hearing us talking about mooring our boats at Cap Sante, invites us to be his guests at the Anacortes Yacht Club Pot Luck dinner this evening. We graciously accept and I find our name tags aboard Willie's Tug.
He shows us to the cash bar and introduces us to some of the members.
There is rich history of the AYC, and Vince shows us the rudder from the winner of the 2010 America's Cup, which was a gift to the club. They proudly mounted it at the entrance to the clubroom. Space does not allow me to back up far enough to photograph more than the midsection of the rudder, but I do get a closeup of the inscription.
My sailing knowledge is limited, but here is what I learn from news articles:
"The BOR 90, a 100-foot trimaran engineered and operated by BMW Oracle Racing, is the official American challenger for the 33rd America's Cup, which takes place in February 2010. It has a wingsail made of carbon fiber and Kevlar and is 190 feet tall. This is 80% larger than the wing of a Boeing 747."
What is interesting here is that eventually the rudder was given to AYC because the sailboat was built in Anacortes.
Burgees from reciprocal clubs hanging from the ceiling of the clubhouse contribute to the colorfulness of the room, and I quickly find Eagle Harbor's -- the yellow and blue.
A bonus to the evening is meeting two Eagle Harbor YC members as we walk back to our boat after dinner. They are Joe and Billie. She notices my visor and comments that they are members also. Boat cousins as well? Joe wears a Cutwater hat and we confess a Ranger Tug. Small world.
Willie of Willie's Tug,
and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
Friday, July 28, 2017