Twenty eight club members and guests joined the members of Oxbow YC and the Bayliner Club at the OBYC annual Crab Feed this past weekend. While only three club boats cruised into the docks, with guests counted there were 15 of us on the boats and another 6 came by car on Saturday for the routine of dock gatherings, hors d 'oeuvres and accompanying gab fest. The afternoon's excitement centered around Deanna Wilkins' arrival on Golden Time of Day. She arrived with a family member on the helm who had his hands full with one engine out and a breeze off the port side. Next thing he knew, the boat was headed down a marina fairway being generally out of control. Ted and Jo Anne Lyman were watching the looming debacle with Joel Panzer. Diane Shoff and friend Micky were out in a dinghy but were unable to get between the boat and the shore to help. Someone said that we should do something to help. Not likely from the docks, but one of the many guests from other clubs had a jet ski and he offered to take yours truly out to help Diana and crew. Mission accomplished with lots of pushing by the jet ski guy and in the end without serious damage. Once the boat was safely tied to the fuel dock, the mechanics on board diagnosed a faulty ignition switch, got that engine running and I managed to back all 52 feet into a slip. Then the party really started. Three Panzers and two Daniels joined those on club boats for the party prelude to the crab feed frenzy a few hours later. The dock group was joined by Bill and Sue Ritter and Dane and Honorfel Holweger with 6 of their family members at the clubhouse.
As any one paying the slightest attention knows, the weather has been beautiful for days (weeks, months?) and it was so this past weekend. Little wind (except for when Ms. Wilkins arrived) and temps in the 70s. You gotta love winter cruising in these conditions.
Hope to see you all at the Commodore's Ball on February 15th at Carpaccios in Oakley. This place has been visited by quite a few club members and all seem to agree it is fine dining that would rival some of the best of Bay Area restaurants. Our Commodore has put together a full program including a live band for your listening and dancing pleasure. See you there...