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Now Hear This! October 26, 2022 - October 2022  

We have announcements in all sizes this month, ranging from “that was nice” to “ouch.” We’ll make them in chronological order so please read through to the end.  

Kingston September Mini Rendezvous  

A stellar success captained by Gerry Guertin and Barb Harley from the good ship, Spree. A generous baker’s dozen (13—can bakers not count?) boats participated. A lot of good food, engaging conversations, and boat tours capped off with great weather made for a lovely fall gathering. The folks at the Kingston marina were welcoming and helpful. A big shout out and thank you to Gerry and Barb for the goodie bags, blueberry pancake breakfast, Saturday’s dinner, fun and games, and general wrangling. You made it look easy but the attendees know the effort you put in and really appreciated it.  

2022 Photography Contest  

Limber up those fingers and scroll back through all the great boating photos you took this year. In addition to nice prizes for our second and third place winners, this year’s grand prize is two tickets to the 2023 Rendezvous in Sidney, BC.  

Pick from your best tugging adventures showcasing the Pacific Northwest and your time spent on the water. As you click through your photos, consider beauty, wildlife, hangouts, family fun, humor, Nordic Tugs or things nautical that show off the joy of tugging!  

The rules are simple:
  • You may submit up to two photos per boat.
  • You must be a current member of PaNNTOA.
  • There must be a Nordic tug, at least a partial view, somewhere in the picture.
  • Photos must be taken in this calendar year.
  • Title your photo and, if so inclined, include a brief story to share.
  • Photos should not exceed 1 mg in size.
  • Photos must be submitted by November 30, 2022.
Post your entry in the Trip Reports forum under topic “2022 PaNNTOA Photography Contest.” Instructions for how to post a picture into a post are at the top of the PaNNTOA Member Forum page. If you have any issues or questions related to posting, contact  

Winners will be announced on the PaNNTOA website in mid-December. Good luck and don’t delay. If you have questions, please contact, or  

The “Ouch” Announcement  

Commodore Stu Clark and Rear Commodore (Treasurer) Sue Clark were involved in a serious vehicle accident in late September outside Bloomington, Illinois. Though they and their four dogs escaped catastrophic injury, their shiny new F-350 and Airstream collided with a car that pulled out in front of them at an intersection on a country road while moving at 35 mph. Their truck is now totaled and the Airstream sustained considerable damage. As a result of those injuries, they have decided to quit boating and their Nordic 39 is now for sale.*  

Despite their immediate challenges, Stu will see the photography contest through and Sue will take care of end-of-the-year accounting items. They will step out of their current management roles as of December 31, 2022.  

PaNNTOA needs a couple of volunteers to step into the Commodore and Treasurer roles from January 1, 2023, though the June rendezvous in Sidney. At the rendezvous we will vote in new Board members. Position descriptions are posted on the PaNNTOA website. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Stu at  

*Emmy Lou III is a 2013 flybridge with 656 hours on the Cummins QSB 5.9.  The Onan generator has 116 hours. She has been fully serviced and there is nothing needing to be done.  Her hull has been ceramic coated and the inside is immaculate. Stu and Sue are leaving quite a few items on the vessel (new inflatable dinghy w/cover, Torqeedo electric outboard, BBQ, fluids & spares, etc.).

Commodore's Corner

March 18, 2020 - Greetings Fellow Tuggers! Your Board held a meeting on March 10th to discuss the upcoming Rendezvous as well as the Corona Virus outbreak and its potential impacts. We held very long and thoughtful discussions and had hoped to continue planning for the rendezvous. However, over the past week, due to the rapid and dramatic changes in the growth of the outbreak, it became obvious that we needed to cancel to protect your health, well-being, and safety. Most of you have probably already seen my statement on the web site addressing this. The plan for the 2021 rendezvous is to continue at the Sydney location, if available, using the plans already completed.  
We also discussed the upcoming officer lineup for the 2020-2021 slate of officers. The following have all agreed to continue in our respective positions: Myself (Commodore), Doug Ford (Vice Commodore/Secretary), Chris Sodeman (Membership Director), and Mike Young (Communications Director). These are pending approval by the membership at our General Meeting (time and place TBD). [Read more]


Did You Know

2019 Rendezvous Registration Now Open!

Welcome New Members

Home port: Gig Harbor, WA; Boat name: Restless; Boat length: 32

Robert Saunders

Home port: Bellingham, WA; Boat name: Luna; Boat length: 44

Nelson Bright

Home port: Everett, WA; Boat name: Polaris; Boat length: 32

Mark Malnes

Home port: Edmonds, WA; Boat name: Nord Lys; Boat length: 37

Mark Heilala

Home port: Poulsbo, WA; Boat name: Sea Stars; Boat length: 37

Stewart Chersky

Home port: Portland; Boat name: Endeavor; Boat length: 32

Ron & Judy Odenheimer
Ed Kish

Home port: Seattle; Boat name: Whiskey Mama; Boat length: 37

Ryan & Sara Cassidy

Home port: Lopez Island; Boat name: Willemoes; Boat length: 26

Povl Lasbo

Home port: Vancouver; Boat name: Ancient Murrelet; Boat length: 42

Reinhard Baildon

Home port: Ladner, BC; Boat name: Pilitak; Boat length: 37

Henk Visser

Home port: San Diego; Boat name: ILionspaw; Boat length: 40

Charles Owsley

Home port: Juneau; Boat name: Sidekick; Boat length: 32

Rex Thompson

Home port: Oak Harbor; Boat name: Una Mas; Boat length: 37

Gene Scott

Home port: Whittier; Boat name: John Hunter; Boat length: 37

George Rhyneer

Home port: Bellingham; Boat name: Merlin; Boat length: 32

Steve Racich

Home port: Anacortes; Boat name: Seasprite; Boat length: 32

Bill & Sue Sampson

PaNNTOA Burgees For Sale

PaNNTOA burgees are $35, check or cash, available for pickup in Anacortes or mailed directly to you. Please email Mike Russell,

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