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 – Stu Clark
I am honored to be Commodore of the Pacific Northwest Nordic Tug group – especially since my wife and I are new members of the Nordic Tug family. I have boated since I was 12 years old, with both sail and power, and, I have lived aboard sailboats in the Bahamas, Florida, and Annapolis, Maryland. In my lifetime, I have worked in radio and television, been an accredited marine surveyor with SAMS, held a 50-ton offshore master’s license, and taught middle school for 30 years.
Sue and I now own a Nordic 39, our first Nordic Tug. Her name is Emmy Lou III, honoring our late mothers. We enjoy extended cruising with our four rescue dogs. The tug is outfitted with amateur radio equipment, ham radio being one of my hobbies. As a club officer, in addition to the current responsibilities of being the Commodore, I would like to explore the creation of a forum on the PaNNTOA website which would be devoted to the discussion of radio communications on boats (HF,VHF, UHF, Ham), basic electronics & practices, and mentorship for those wanting to obtain their amateur radio license.
You can reach me at: Commodore@PaNNTOA.com
Vice Commodore – Jeff Redmond
Jeff Redmond is a retired Police Officer from Nevada with over 20 years of service. In the summers, Jeff spent time fishing and sight-seeing in Alaska aboard a friend’s Nordic Tug 26. After spending years in the Alaskan waters on the Nordic 26 he knew that he wanted a Nordic Tug of his own.
Jeff retired in 2019 and his dreams brought him to the San Juan Islands where he found God’s Grace, a 1997 42 Nordic Tug. He spends his summers in the San Juan’s and winters in Nevada. He looks forward to meeting more Nordic owners and hopes to cruise to Alaska in the near future.
You can reach him at: vicecommodore@PaNNTOA.com
Rear Commodore/Treasurer – Sue Clark
I am looking forward to serving as the Rear Commodore of the Pacific Northwest Nordic Tug group. Since my husband and I are new to the Nordic Tug family, we are looking forward to making new friends and becoming active members.
My first boating experiences were as a teenager on a Sunfish sailboat and a power ski boat, both on Lake Tahoe. My husband and I have also cruised the PNW for many years in a variety of boats. We are now excited to own a Nordic 39 named Emmy Lou III as a remembrance of our late mothers. I am a retired elementary school teacher, having taught 35 years, most of that time in the primary grades. Since retirement I have enjoyed doing family genealogy, a variety of crafts, reading, and learning to play the ukulele.
You can reach me at: Treasurer@PaNNTOA.com
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 – Denise Nichols
Denise Nichols and her husband Russ own a 1998 – 32 foot Nordic Tug “All R Nichols “. We used to joke that we would buy a Nordic if we ever won the Lottery. The problem was that we never bought any tickets.
However, after selling our house in Selah in 2016 and moving to Green Valley, AZ to retire, we needed a place to escape the hot summers. A tug seemed like the perfect solution. “All R Nichols” is our second home from May through September. Our home port is Swantown in Olympia. Russ likes to tell people that we like to stay “within the 60-80 degree comfort zone.” When the weather gets cold at the end of September, we close up the boat and head down to Arizona. When not out boating, we spend our time biking and visiting with family and friends.
On the docks, people are always saying how much they like the Nordics. Some have told us that we were living their dream by spending the winters in the desert and summers boating Puget Sound. Yes, we are living our dream.
You can reach her at: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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 email@example.com