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October 2022

We have announcements in all sizes this month, ranging from “that was nice” to “ouch.” We’ll make them in chronological order so please read through to the end.

Kingston September Mini Rendezvous

A stellar success captained by Gerry Guertin and Barb Harley from the good ship, Spree. A generous baker’s dozen (13—can bakers not count?) boats participated. A lot of good food, engaging conversations, and boat tours capped off with great weather made for a lovely fall gathering. The folks at the Kingston marina were welcoming and helpful. A big shout out and thank you to Gerry and Barb for the goodie bags, blueberry pancake breakfast, Saturday’s dinner, fun and games, and general wrangling. You made it look easy but the attendees know the effort you put in and really appreciated it.

2022 Photography Contest

Limber up those fingers and scroll back through all the great boating photos you took this year. In addition to nice prizes for our second and third place winners, this year’s grand prize is two tickets to the 2023 Rendezvous in Sidney, BC.

Pick from your best tugging adventures showcasing the Pacific Northwest and your time spent on the water. As you click through your photos, consider beauty, wildlife, hangouts, family fun, humor, Nordic Tugs or things nautical that show off the joy of tugging!

The rules are simple:

  • You may submit up to two photos per boat.
  • You must be a current member of PaNNTOA.
  • There must be a Nordic tug, at least a partial view, somewhere in the picture.
  • Photos must be taken in this calendar year.
  • Title your photo and, if so inclined, include a brief story to share.
  • Photos should not exceed 1 mg in size.
  • Photos must be submitted by November 30, 2022.

Post your entry in the Trip Reports forum under topic “2022 PaNNTOA Photography Contest.” Instructions for how to post a picture into a post are at the top of the PaNNTOA Member Forum page. If you have any issues or questions related to posting, contact

Winners will be announced on the PaNNTOA website in mid-December. Good luck and don’t delay. If you have questions, please contact, or

The “Ouch” Announcement

Commodore Stu Clark and Rear Commodore (Treasurer) Sue Clark were involved in a serious vehicle accident in late September outside Bloomington, Illinois. Though they and their four dogs escaped catastrophic injury, their shiny new F-350 and Airstream collided with a car that pulled out in front of them at an intersection on a country road while moving at 35 mph. Their truck is now totaled and the Airstream sustained considerable damage. As a result of those injuries, they have decided to quit boating and their Nordic 39 is now for sale.*

Despite their immediate challenges, Stu will see the photography contest through and Sue will take care of end-of-the-year accounting items. They will step out of their current management roles as of December 31, 2022.

PaNNTOA needs a couple of volunteers to step into the Commodore and Treasurer roles from January 1, 2023, though the June rendezvous in Sidney. At the rendezvous we will vote in new Board members. Position descriptions are posted on the PaNNTOA website. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Stu at

*Emmy Lou III is a 2013 flybridge with 656 hours on the Cummins QSB 5.9.  The Onan generator has 116 hours. She has been fully serviced and there is nothing needing to be done.  Her hull has been ceramic coated and the inside is immaculate. Stu and Sue are leaving quite a few items on the vessel (new inflatable dinghy w/cover, Torqeedo electric outboard, BBQ, fluids & spares, etc.).