We now have the winners of Panntoa’s Galley Chef Recipe Contest!

From the recipes submitted by Panntoa members, our celebrity judge – Panntoa member Laura Domela – has selected these winners . . . [drum roll, please] . . .


Flank Steak Marinade

Joni Hardcastle & Dave Leon


Welsh Biscuits

Brian Helminen (aka Captain BRH)


Marinated Barbequed Salmon

Roger Hind

Judge Laura was looking for these qualities:

  1. Something I hadn’t seen (much) before.
  2. Something with easy-to-find ingredients or that one already has onboard. (Traveling by boat in remote areas means you can’t always find the ingredients needed for recipes).
  3. Something easy enough (and delicious enough) to become a staple for a boat chef. Having a good base of recreatable recipes that you can keep ingredients on hand for is so helpful. At home I’m fine having a dozen (or two!) jars of ingredients I bought and used once for a random recipe I wanted to try, but that’s definitely not an efficient use of space on a boat.
  4. Versatility!

Here are Laura’s comments on the winning recipes:

Flank Steak Marinade: I’m always on the lookout for a good marinade for proteins to throw on the grill, and this one is solid. I can see why it’s been a hit for decades. Tasty, with no hard-to-find ingredients (definitely stuff I already have on board, but maybe not the same for everyone). Followed the recipe exactly as written, and made awesome roast beef sandwiches with the leftovers the next two days. Super good!

Welsh Biscuits: Common ingredients found in a galley of a boater who bakes … and all easy-to-find if you don’t already have them. Versatile (good with coffee, or as a base for other desserts). I like the idea of experimenting with other spices in the roll-up version, too, like nutmeg or cardamom. We had these with vanilla bean ice cream and fresh blueberries. Delicious!

Marinated Barbecued Salmon: I appreciate the looseness of this recipe (no amounts!) … but that’s how I cook most of the time anyway … a bit of this, dash of that. Marinated for four hours, grilled, served with sauteéd broccolini and rice. Really nice flavor, but I think I could have marinated it longer, and maybe used scotch instead of bourbon for a slightly punchier flavor. Will try again with revisions!

You can find these recipes on the Panntoa website (in the Members Forum):

All the recipes submitted for the contest by other Panntoa members are there as well. Judge Laura noted that they all “looked great.” Check them out and give them a try for yourself!

Among those recipes, you’ll find one for Skillet Hashbrown Surprise, submitted by Doug Ford, our Panntoa Vice Commodore. To avoid any possible appearance of unfairness, Doug specified that he wanted to share his recipe, but didn’t want it considered for the prizes. In her comments, Judge Laura said:

“If Doug hadn’t been ineligible, his recipe “Skillet Hashbrown Surprise” would have been a strong contender. This recipe has so many of the qualities I love: versatility, using up leftovers, breakfast!!, and endlessly customizable to suit individual likes/dislikes. All components of a good boat galley recipe!”


Keep a sharp lookout for our winners as you cruise the Salish Sea in the months ahead. They will be enjoying one of these prizes Panntoa provided for this Galley Chef contest [Commodore not included]:











If you’re wondering why we describe Laura Domela as our “Celebrity Judge,” just check out the website Laura, her husband Kevin Morris, and Sam Landsman – all Panntoa members – lead small flotillas to Alaska and elsewhere, as well as offering cruising consultation and other services described on the website. They share these adventures more widely via the blogs they post, including many examples of Laura’s stunning professional photography. They’re just now departing on their latest cruise, so you can anticipate fresh blogs soon!

Laura’s Dungeness Crab Enchiladas 


A couple large handfuls of fresh crab (about a pound)
Cream Cheese (6-8 oz)
Shredded Mexican cheese blend, or jack cheese and/or cheddar cheese, your choice
Chopped garlic (I use 4-5 cloves)
Shallots (1-2 medium/large, diced)
Fresh jalapeños (1-2 Tbsp or so chopped, and more sliced thin for garnish)
Fresh spinach
Tortillas, corn or flour
Green enchilada sauce or salsa verde
Tomatoes, sliced thin to garnish (optional)
Olive oil for sauteéing
Sour cream (optional)
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
Chopped green onions (optional)


Preheat oven to 350-375.

Heat about a Tbsp or so of olive oil in a large, non stick frying pan over medium heat (this frying pan will hold all of your filling, including crab, in the end, to pick a big enough pan). When oil is hot, add diced shallots, chopped garlic, and chopped jalapeño. Sauté until translucent but not brown. Add a couple handfuls of fresh spinach until wilted. Add cream cheese and lower heat, stirring until it’s all melty. Then add crab and a handful or so of grated Mexican cheese. Stir to blend.

Spray a glass or metal 9×13 pan with olive oil or other nonstick spray, and lay/arrange the tortillas in the pan like taco shells with the open side up. I usually end up using flour tortillas, because they’re the right size to fit across the width of the pan I normally use.  If you prefer corn tortillas, just layer them so the edges of the outermost tortillas are touching either side of the pan, width-wise.

Start portioning out the crab/cheese/spinach filling into the tortillas until you’re satisfied they’re all filled somewhat equally. If you need more filling, add some fresh spinach before rolling up. I usually start at one end of the pan and roll the enchiladas so the opening of the tortilla lengthwise is on the bottom of the pan. Once you’re finished rolling, top with green enchilada sauce (jarred tomatillo salsa works fine too…but I find that red sauce a bit strong for the crab). I like to have enough sauce so that there’s sauce along the edges and in the cracks between the enchiladas, but it doesn’t have to totally cover the enchiladas. I use my spatula along the edges of the pan to sort of pull away so sauce gets down in there a little more. Top with a bit more grated cheese, and then add thin sliced tomatoes and thin sliced jalapeños for color/design. Bake at about 350-375 until the cheese is bubbly. Let rest a couple minutes, then serve. Top with sour cream and chopped cilantro and or sliced green onions.


This recipe is forgiving and endlessly customizable. Omit jalapeños if you want it less spicy. Use cilantro in the filling AND as a garnish. Add shrimp if you don’t have enough crab. Cut back on the cheese and add more seafood. Tomatoes in the filling instead of on top. I’ve used the jars of Frontera Tomatillo Salsa instead of enchilada sauce and it works just as well.

I came up with an earlier version of this recipe on our first trip to Alaska in 2015 when we were catching more crab than we knew what to do with. It’s been revised and improved over the years, and as you can tell, I still haven’t worked out the amounts, but like I said earlier, it’s fairly forgiving.

If you make the full version and have leftovers, wrap a couple leftover portions in foil. They reheat nicely in the oven. (Honestly, they’re even pretty great cold in the morning for breakfast.)

The photo above from our NT42 galley: a large pan of enchiladas for our flotilla group, plus two individual pans for the vegetarians on board (made with zucchini, spinach, and probably some beans). 🙂


Commodores Corner

Carole and I are sitting here on Last Splash in Reid Harbor after a couple of days of lingcod fishing. I hope you are able to get out and enjoy your tugs as well!

As the result of having to postpone yet another rendezvous we will be holding a General Meeting and election similar to last year. If we can put it together, we will have a Zoom meeting. We’ll send out an email as soon as the details are available.


We are working on developing three mini-Vous for later this summer.  It is our goal to have one in South Sound, one in North Sound, and one in Canada. These will be similar in nature to the Port Browning mini-Vous held several years ago. They are intended to be small groups with no major presentations or speakers but just rather an opportunity for Tuggers to get together, share stories and have fun.

We are looking for cruise captains to organize the North Sound/San Juan’s and the Canadian Vous. We have a cruise captain that has volunteered for the South Sound event. Each one of these events will be assisted by our rendezvous Director Jeff Brein to help coordinate and organize the location. Details on when, where, and how they will be conducted will follow.  There will be some Panntoa funds available to help in these events. If you would like to volunteer to be one of those cruise captains, please contact myself or Jeff Brein at

Speaking of volunteers, the primary message I want to share with you on this Commodores Corner is the need for volunteers. The Communication Director’s position on the PaNNTOA board will be vacated shortly.  The Membership Director’s position has been vacant for a while and the Web Director position will need to be filled in the not so distant future.

Your three elected officers, Commodore, Vice Commodore and Rear Commodore are also available for volunteers to fill. Several of the current officers have offered to stay for another term if replacements cannot be found.  However, it would be nice to have new blood moving into the organization to learn the ins and outs before taking over. An ideal scenario would be for you to volunteer for the Membership, Communications or Web Director appointed positions, and then move into one of the elected positions.

The benefit to the organization is continuity of institutional knowledge of policies and procedures.  

As I’m sure you’ve seen, the current board members have done an excellent job in improving the website and finding new and interesting articles to keep you engaged with fellow Tuggers. There are over 150 Tugs out there which means probably close to 300 individuals all of which I’m sure are capable of taking a position in one way or another.

Remember this is an all-volunteer organization and therefore we need volunteers to support it.

Please take a look at the job descriptions of each position under the ‘About Us’ tab and consider taking a position on the board. If you can’t find enough information with those descriptions feel free to call or email me at Commodore@PaNNTOA.COM and I will discuss them with you.  Any of the members on the board are willing to give you insight as to what their jobs have been.

Enjoy the start of boating season and we hope to see you out on the water!

Gary White
Panntoa Commodore


Hundreds of boaters (American & Canadian), dozens of yacht clubs, and thousands of spectators celebrate Opening Day, the symbolic beginning of boating season each spring. Among the many Opening Day events and activities, the highlights for many participants are the yacht parade and crew races. The Seattle Yacht Club launched this annual Opening Day tradition over a century ago, on May 1, 1920.

Large gatherings were prohibited this year, so the 2021 Opening Day Parade was virtual – with yacht clubs submitting video entries for the judges. We Nordic Tug fans have a lot to cheer about! When the winners were announced a few days ago, first place in the premier class (for Dressed Power & Sailboats) went to Nordic Mist, owned by Panntoa members Roger & Shirley Hind. Roger, Shirley, daughter Liz, and Nordic Mist were representing Royal Victoria Yacht Club. (Roger is Past Commodore.)

Many of us recall the extensive local knowledge Roger shared when he led our Panntoa Zoom tour in March – highlighting the Gulf Islands and selected ports on southern Vancouver Island.

To see the video of the Opening Day Parade, just click this link:

Nordic Mist appears at about 16:40 of the video, with its selection announced at about 25:40. (Fair disclosure: Nordic Mist and SYC’s reigning Wilson Seamanship Champions shared a virtual tie for virtual top honors in the virtual parade. Apologies for “Nortic Tug”: Many SYC members are skillful mariners, but some need to practice spelling along with their crew overboard drills! And this is the karmic point when some eagle-eyed proofreader will probably spot a misspelling in this post.)

The 2021 Windemere Cup crew races featured live rowers on May 1, but a (mostly) virtual audience – without the usual boats lining the racecourse and packed crowds cheering along the shoreline. This year’s races featured the University of Washington and the University of California (Berkeley). The UW Husky crews (both women and men) are ranked #1 in the US; the Cal Bears (men) are ranked #2 in the nation, with the Cal women ranked #7. The Dawgs swept this year’s top races.