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Absolutely Last Chance May 12, 2022 - While formal registration for the 2022 Rendezvous is now closed, club commodore, Gary White, has acquired a near mythical slip stretcher. If the stars and moon have realigned and you now realize, by gosh, you can attend, please send a note to and he'll see what he can do. The ship carrying T-shirts has sailed, but there's always room for moor more at our friendly banquet tables.
2022 Rendezvous Registration Update May 4, 2022 - Just a few weeks remain until registration closes for our 2022 Rendezvous and Reunion at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes from June 2-4.  

We're now lining up a variety of seminar speakers with appearances from the United States Coast Guard, experts on electronics, batteries, Cummins engines, updates from our own factory and more.  

Seattle Yachts is sponsoring our opening night welcome reception followed by a private movie screening of "Tug Boat Annie" at Anacortes Cinemas.  

Other planned activities include the Bilge Crawl where you can visit one-on-one with experienced mechanics, First Mate Training, our annual PaNNTOA meeting, Mary's legendary clam chowder lunch and buffet dinners on Friday and Saturday night.  

And the best news is that our registration fee hasn't risen ... it's still a bargain at $125 per person plus moorage.  

The Anacortes Waterfront Festival will be taking place this weekend as well with live music, food, crafts, arts and other booths just steps away from the C Dock where we'll all be meeting and staying!  

Reserve your slip and commemorative t-shirt by registering today while dock space is still available.  

Our Rendezvous is a great way to see old friends, enjoy great food and drink and kick off summer and a return to boating!  

Don't miss out ... register today!
Call for Volunteers April 15, 2022 - I recently put out a call for volunteers to fill vacating Panntoa Board positions. I have received two volunteers. Jeff Redmond has offered to assume Vice Commodore and Stu Clark is stepping into the Rear Commodore role. These, of course, will be dependent on the membership vote at our General Meeting on June 3.  

We still need to fill the following positions:  

Web Director  
Rendezvous Director  

These are key positions that are necessary for the successful and continued operation of the Panntoa organization. The incumbents have successfully met their obligations and are committed to resigning their positions at the end of our Rendezvous. Thanks to all for your service!  

I know some of you may be hesitant to take on the responsibilities of these positions but I also know that many of you by the simple nature of your careers, are capable and qualified to assume these leadership positions. Please consider one of these posts and contact me with your interest or questions.  

You can reach me by email at  Remember, a ship without a rudder cannot sail!  

Gary White  
PaNNTOA Commodore
2022 PaNNTOA Rendezvous Registration April 7, 2022 - Registration for our upcoming Rendezvous and Reunion Event set for Cap Santé Marina in Anacortes from June 2-4, 2022, is now open.  

It’s been three years since we’ve all met as a group so plan on re-visiting old friends, making new ones, and catching up on what’s new at Nordic Tugs and the Pacific Northwest boating community!  

While the schedule of events continues to evolve here are some highlights of what’s in store …  

Thursday June 2  

Arrivals start at 1:00 pm at Cap Santé with lots of help for bow or stern in docking. Contact PaNNTOA dock master via channel 66 for slip assignment. Please note boats arriving the prior day may be reassigned as needed in order to accommodate everyone.  

Welcome reception on the docks to begin the festivities with a selection of hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks and brief welcoming remarks.  

Then … it’s off to the movies for a complimentary private screening at Anacortes Cinemas of the original 1933 version of Tugboat Annie starring Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Robert Young and Maureen O’Sullivan. The movie is based on the life of Thea Foss of Tacoma, Washington. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.  

Friday June 3 and Saturday June 4  

Look for an update on Nordic Tugs direct from the factory, our Commodore’s welcome, and informative presentations on Cummins engines and maintenance, marine electronics, area travel destinations, an “All you’ve wanted to ask … but may have been afraid…” session and, a Q&A session with the United States Coast Guard.  

Speaking of the Coast Guard … the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be on hand for Vessel Safety Checks. In addition, we’ll offer dock side visits from marine experts.  

We’ll also host our annual PaNNTOA membership and business meeting offering our members valuable updates and opportunities to volunteer for positions on our board.  

Nightly dinners will feature door prizes, delicious buffets, guest speakers, a wine tasting and more. And yes … Mary LaFleur’s clam chowder lunch is set for Friday afternoon.  

Don’t forget that during our event the upper Marina parking lots will be filled with great food, artists, live music, a car show and more during the Anacortes Waterfront Festival.  

Registration for the Vous and Reunion event is being held at our 2019 rate of $125 per person. This fee is in addition to discounted nightly moorage from Cap Sante Marina.  

Slips are limited and registration closes on May 10th. To help us better plan our expenses we’re requesting that you register as soon as possible 2022 PaNNTOA Rendezvous Registration  

We’re looking forward to bringing our Nordic Tug fleet back together again for three days of friendship, fellowship and enjoyable and educational presentations at Cap Sante Marina where (to quote Tug Boat Annie) … “The Tide Is Always High!”  


**Please Note** The PaNNTOA Rendezvous will comply with state and local COVID protocols as required.
Commodore’s Corner – March 2022 March 10, 2022 - Greetings PaNNTOA Members!  

The time for our Rendezvous and General Meeting is rapidly approaching. This required annual meeting is where we install new officers and board members for PaNNTOA. The majority of our board members will be leaving this year and will need to be replaced. During Covid, it has been difficult to meet most of you in person, so I am writing with this request for your support and would ask you to volunteer for one of these positions.  

I will be leaving as Commodore after serving three years. The Commodore position will be vacant and available effective June 3.  

Doug Ford will be vacating the Vice Commodore position after serving 2 1/2 years. This position will also be available effective June 3.  

Mike Russell will be vacating the Rear Commodore position after serving two years. Stu Clark, a new member who recently joined PaNNTOA after purchasing a Nordic Tug 39, has volunteered to assume the Rear Commodore position effective June 3. Thank you Stu!    

Mark Malnes has offered to stay another year as Membership Director and Denise Nichols has offered to stay as Communications Director. Thank you Mark and Denise!  

Sandra Piotrowski will be leaving the Web Director position after serving 2 years. That will need to be filled in June as well.  

Jeff Brein, Rendezvous Director, will finish planning, organizing and executing our rendezvous and his time after three years on the Board will be ending at the conclusion of the rendezvous.  

These are all key positions that are necessary for the successful continuation of the PaNNTOA organization. I sincerely thank those who have volunteered both current and past, and encourage you to consider one of these positions. The Job Descriptions are available for your review on the website under About Us/Job Descriptions.  

To recap: - Positions being vacated
Vice Commodore
Web Director
Rendezvous Director  

If you have questions regarding these positions or are ready to volunteer now, you can contact any one of these officers including myself, by email or phone to discuss details.  Contact information is available on the website under About Us/Current PaNNTOA Officers.  

I look forward to your support and the continuation of a great organization!  To ensure a smooth transition, it would be ideal to have new volunteers identified well before the vote at the General Meeting.  

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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