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Congratulations to our 2021 Photo Contest Winners! December 17, 2021 - Our crack panel of judges, including Judge Amy Jamison from our generous contest sponsor, Seattle Yachts, is pleased to announce this year’s winners.  

The Grand Prize goes to Mark Leopold and his 37’ Nordic Tug, “First Tracks.”  


Mark wrote, “We love to use our Nordic Tug as our base and paddle by kayak to explore the many hiking trails that abound in the San Juan Islands.”  

Snoring Bay is one of 6 different protected anchorages on Sucia Island, one of the most popular islands in the San Juan’s.  With COVID restrictions and not being able to cruise North to Canada or Alaska, Mark has enjoyed extensive exploration of the San Juans.  This past season, he anchored in all 6 different anchorages on Sucia, in addition to time spent at other favorite islands.  Snoring Bay is quite small, typically a two or three boat anchorage, as compared to other larger Sucia Island coves like Echo Bay, Fossil Bay, or Shallow Bay which typically see dozens or even up to a hundred vessels at anchor.  It is very cozy, quiet, and the perfect jumping off point to access many hiking trails.  In this photo, Mark’s dog Moxie anxiously awaits for his return. In the kayak is Mark’s granddaughter Harley. Mark says, “We love the spacious accommodations on the Nordic Tug that allows us to share new experiences with extended family.”  

Congratulations Mark and thanks for sharing your photo. The Grand Prize is a ticket for two to the 2022 Vous in Sidney, BC.  

First Runner-Up is this photo taken by John Hall on his 37’ Nordic Tug, “Flying Tiger.” John’s home port is in Whittier, Alaska, and this photo was taken this past summer in Prince William Sound.  


According to John, “Barbara and I took possession of our 2006 NT37 at Cap Sante Marina on May 31, the day before the start of the 2017 PaNNTOA Rendezvous. In the spring of 2018 we began the trip to bring the boat home to Alaska. After two and a half months of leisurely cruising up the Inside Passage, including two weeks in Glacier Bay National Park, we crossed the Gulf of Alaska and finally arrived in Prince William Sound. Prince William Sound is really a dream place to cruise; we have been cruising these waters since 2003 and there is still so much left to explore. We take full advantage of much of what the Sound offers – great fishing, shrimping, kayaking, beach combing, and hiking. The NT37 is our ideal “waterfront home,” whether for just the two of us, or even better, when joined by any of our grown children and their children.” According to John, Prince William Sound is truly a beautiful, remote, and delightfully undeveloped treasure. If you venture up here, be prepared to fall in love.  

Second Runner-Up is this photo taken by Jeff Morris on “Adventure-Us.”  


Jeff Morris and first mate Kate got their Nordic Tug 37 Single Cabin new in 2006—and every summer they just move aboard.  “Typically we meander for six weeks in the Gulf Islands and Victoria, and then head north for six weeks in Desolation Sound and beyond, but we’ve also cruised from Olympia to Port MacNeil, and around the outside of Vancouver Island to Tofino.   Our Nordic Tug is the perfect cruising boat for us, especially as the single cabin version has two freezers and a fridge!  Our two folding bikes fit down in the lazarette, and our dinghy nestles topside.  We’re honored to have been the start/committee boat for the last four Victoria to Maui Yacht races.”  

John and Jeff will both receive $150 gift certificates to West Marine complements of our sponsor, Seattle Yachts.  

The judges had a tough job because all the photos submitted were good examples of tug life, having good local fun and show how great it is to be in the Pacific Northwest. The judges want to thank everyone who submitted photos. And remember, it is not too early to start shooting your tug adventures for next year’s contest!
Save the Date! December 6, 2021 - PaNNTOA 2022 Rendezvous is scheduled for June 2-4 in Sidney, British Columbia--fingers crossed, border-permitting. The board continues to make rum offerings to Neptune in every attempt to make our much anticipated event occur. Stay tuned for more information after the beginning of the year (about the ‘vous, not the rum).
Border Crossing Process by Sam Stone October 12, 2021 - We still have the challenge of getting into Canada, whether by plane, car or for most of us by boating. To make that easier for you, if you decide to go tomorrow, here is what you will need to prepare in advance.
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Commodore’s Corner – September 2021 September 30, 2021 - Greetings from Sucia Island and the China caves overlooking Shallow Bay.  Carole and I just returned from our last long cruise for the season. I hope you all were able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and wonderful Pacific Northwest waters in your tugs!  

The mini rendezvous at Swantown in Olympia was a great success!  We had 14 boats represented.  A big thanks and shout out to Denise and Russ Nichols for organizing the event. Also to all those others who volunteered to help during the three days!  

We already have tentative plans to hold at least one additional mini rendezvous next year. If we can get volunteers to assist in others, we will certainly look forward to holding several in addition to the large rendezvous planned for Sydney in early June.  

Jeff Gleckler from Seattle Yachts has been appointed the brand manager of Nordic Tug‘s for Seattle Yachts. Many of you know Jeff from dealing with him in previous Rendezvous and/or purchasing or selling your boats. He is a great resource and will be a helpful and friendly face to keep us connected with both the factory and Seattle Yachts, a major sponsor of Panntoa.  

We have now completed a couple of Board Member transitions. Mark Malnes has assumed responsibility for Membership. Denise Nichols has taken Communications responsibilities from Mike Young. A big welcome to both of them and thanks for volunteering! Also a great big thank you to Mike Young who has been an excellent Communications Director for the past two years! His insight and contributions were a great help.  

Although fall is upon us, I know that most of us will still be looking for those weather windows to sneak out and use our tugs as often as we can. Fall is also a good time to review, repair and replenish what we have used over the past cruising season.  

Stay safe and have an enjoyable Fall!  

Gary White PaNNTOA Commodore  

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]


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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

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Bill & Sue Sampson

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