Check out updated helpful links

Look over in the right-hand column on this page. (If you’re using a tablet or phone, look towards the bottom of the page.) See the list of helpful links? Based on the pages you visit the most on the site we tracked down sites you may not have heard about. Boats for sale and maintenance topics are particularly popular. Some of the content isn’t directly Nordic Tug related, and some is newer than others. But we found value in each of the sites and hope you do too. Drop us a note in the forum with feedback on these links and suggestions for more we should add.

Commodore

Commodore – Gary White

Gary spent his 35 year career as a firefighter, retiring as Fire Chief in 2009.

Gary has been an active PaNNTOA member since 2016 and has been boating since the mid-70’s. He and his wife Carole Stewart, cruise in their NT-37 tug “Last Splash” hull # 102. They spend their summers cruising the Broughtons, towing a small fishing boat.

You can reach him at: Commodore@PaNNTOA.com

Vice Commodore

Vice Commodore – Doug Ford

Lindsey and Doug Ford have cruised Washington and BC waters on Nordic Tugs for many years. “Waterford”, NT 37-195, took them north of Cape Caution this past summer for a few weeks of remote, beautiful, quiet cruising.

Now retired, Doug enjoyed a career in higher education as a professor of computer science, college administrator and, finally, manager of judicial education for Washington state courts. He has served on many non-profit boards since 1989.  Doug is pleased to see new energy and growth ahead for PANNTOA.

You can reach him at: vicecommodore@PaNNTOA.com

Rear Commodore/Treasurer

Rear Commodore/Treasurer – Mike Russell

Mike was a news photographer for 40 years before he retired and he and his wife, Connie, moved to Anacortes. The Russell’s first began boating after Mike graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in journalism. He got a job in Pittsburg which sits on the Delta in central California. They decided that a boat was necessary so a used 16-foot Glastron bow rider soon made its way into their lives. The Glastron became the gateway to many adventures and of course more and larger boats. The little runabout soon gave way to a series of sailboats that they raced on San Francisco Bay the last being a Sabre 386. Once they had settled in Anacortes it was decided that a trawler would probably be the best way to go so a Nordic Tug 39, M.T. Pockets became their boat of choice.

Mike and Connie have been married for 54 years, Mike is a Vietnam vet and now does landscape photography, golf, and boating as hobbies. Connie has an MBA from Saint Mary’s and has worked in hi-tech and the airline industry before retiring. She now has started a new career in real estate with RE/MAX Gateway here in Anacortes.

You can reach him at:  Treasurer@PaNNTOA.com

Membership Director

Membership Director – Mark Malnes

A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, I am excited to be part of the PaNNTOA team. After spending forty years in the commercial printing industry I sold my company in 2017 and began my retirement. Between family, volunteering and boating I now find myself busier than I’ve ever been and am loving every minute of it. I’m honored to be able to give back to the community by serving as a Trustee for the Warm Beach Senior Community where I actively participate on a near daily basis. I’m blessed to be a father of three adult kids and husband to my wonderful wife Cheryl. Together we enjoy our time spent on “Polaris”, our NT32-220.

You can reach the PaNNTOA Membership Director at: Membership@PaNNTOA.com

Communications Director

Communications Director – Mike Young

Family? Julia & I met and married in 1970 – now approaching 50 wonderful years – two beloved daughters, son-in-law & grandkids, all within 50 miles of us!

Faith? Despite my mistakes over 75 years, our lives have been greatly blessed. A careful observer could find signs of faith in my better moments.

Fun? I love retirement – especially more time with family and friends; singing in our church choir; playing/singing other kinds of music; boating, skiing and biking!

The journey? Grew up in MT & Eastern WA, canoeing, fishing, water skiing. “Boat School” (aka USNA) = 4 yrs of seamanship, leadership, ship-handling, navigation + ignited interest in sailing.

• Navy – 25 years. Fighter pilot (F-4 Phantom); advanced jet instructor (A-4 Skyhawk); also navigated C-130s to/in Viet Nam, Philippines, Japan, Pacific islands. Reserves: Piloted & commanded recon aircraft to/from Guam, Philippines, Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea, Japan, Hawaii; staff officer for Commander-in-Chief Pacific.
• Lawyer – 30+ years. Great colleagues and clients nationwide. Cases mostly in Northwest courts & tribunals (including Wash & Alaska Supreme Courts) + took a half dozen cases to the U.S. Supreme Court. “Recovering lawyer” since retirement in 2012.
• Other meaningful experiences: church work; leadership of national & regional nonprofits; sailing coach/instructor; adjunct prof (UW); writing & editing professional journals & books; hold FAA Commercial Pilot License (never flown “for hire”).

You can reach him at: communications@panntoa.com

Rendezvous Director

Rendezvous Director – Jeff Brein

Jeff has been a PaNNTOA  member since 2005 and has directed Rendezvous events in Bremerton, Port Townsend, Roche Harbor and in 2020 – Sidney, British Columbia.

Jeff and his partners own multiple movie theaters in Washington State including locations in Anacortes, Seattle, Ocean Shores, Bainbridge Island and Bremerton to name a few. You’ll find Intermission (NT37-12) cruising most summers with family and friends in the San Juan Islands and Gulf Islands of Canada.

To reach Jeff with ideas, questions or comment you can reach him via email at rendezvous@panntoa.com

Website Director

Website Director – Sandra, aka “Sam,” Piotrowski

After a startling number of years as a manager in high tech, Sandra didn’t so much retire as forget to go back to work. When her dashing spouse, Angelo Muzzin, sold their first sail boat—a 32” Bayliner with acres of canvas and a propensity to skate sideways in a stiff breeze—she was delighted with their new ship, Salish Star, NT32-300.

Sandra and Angelo have been members of PANNTOA for several years and appreciate the tips, tricks, camaraderie of this wonderful boating community. The advice has been invaluable and made cruising the Salish Sea even more fun.

Websites are only as good as the content and accessibility. If you have suggestions or questions about the PaNNTOA website, please send Sandra a note.

You can reach her at: Web@PaNNTOA.com

Commodore’s Corner – March 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).

Jeff Brein has agreed to continue in a position of Rendezvous Co-Director, with the understanding that we will recruit an additional Rendezvous Co-Director to assist with the 2021 rendezvous planning, then transition to full Rendezvous Director the following year. This approach provides the opportunity for a new candidate to work closely with Jeff, who has ample experience with rendezvous planning.

The following board member changes are upcoming:
• Carter Barnes (Rear Commodore/Treasurer) has asked to be replaced and will resign at the end of his term.
• Robbin Young (Web Director) has asked to be replaced and will resign at the end of her term.

I strongly believe that having board members identified and in place prior to the General Meeting is important for the effectiveness of the position and for the benefit of the membership. I am asking you to consider filling one of these positions:
• Rear Commodore/Treasurer
• Rendezvous Co-Director
• Web Director (discussions are underway with a possible candidate)

If you have an interest in one of these positions, and/or especially if you have some skill associated with them, please contact me or one of the other Board members. You can read the respective job descriptions by going to the PaNNTOA web site; click on Officers/Job Descriptions.
Spring is upon us and so begins another cruising season. This winter’s weather made it challenging for most of us to get out but I’m sure we’re all looking forward to getting some fresh air and salt water in our faces! And a respite from our chaotic world right now will certainly be welcome.

Spring is a good time to check and update your safety equipment including:
• Expiration dates on flares
• EPIRB batteries and registration renewal
• Smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries
• Auto-inflate mechanisms on inflatable life jackets

Safe Cruising!

Gary White
PaNNTOA Commodore

Rendezvous Cancellation Notice

I had hoped to be writing this notice to share with you the exciting plans that Jeff Brein has done for our Rendezvous in June. He was well on his way to creating a great event for us all. The Board has been monitoring the corona virus situation closely over the past several weeks. We initially thought that we could continue the planning process in hopes that the outbreak would subside before June. It has always been our priority to make a decision that would keep the membership safe and healthy.

With many discussions over the past several days, the Board unanimously agreed with my recommendation to cancel the event. This decision was affirmed with the announcement by Governor Inslee on Sunday night, that events with more than 50 people should be cancelled. Restaurants and other entertainment venues have been ordered closed. It seems very clear that cancelling our rendezvous was the only logical choice.

Jeff Brein has done an outstanding job in planning for our event in Sidney B. C., and has agreed to continue that process for the 2021 Rendezvous. We haven’t yet secured that venue for 2021, but that is the current plan. All of his planning will transition into next years event.

We know that some of you will be disappointed, but also anticipate that many of you will be expecting this news. I want to thank the Board members for all their insight and wise counsel in helping to make this decision.

If you have any comments or questions, please reach out to me at commodore@panntoa.com

PaNNTOA Commodore