Cruise Reports

Last year – 2016-2017

Commodore’s Cruise, September 16-17, Vaughn Bay

By Mary Campbell

The annual Commodores’ cruise was a low-key but convivial affair. It was strange not having the familiar bonfire, but the scarlet orb of the sun, and the overcast skies reminded us of the reason for the burn ban.

Boats attending included R Time, Dreamer, Nightwind, Summer Breeze, Chronos and Isabelle. In evidence of the SSSS dual nature, Eric Egge and Leanne showed up (and showed off!) in his vintage runabout, Misty, while Gary and Megan Martin, former members of SSSS, made a special guest appearance in their powerboat Gadzooks M2. As cruise host, I came by car – after three weeks listening to Sonrisa’s engine, I decided she and I needed a break. Thanks to John Thompson and Fran Reisner who helped ferry coolers from my car to the potluck site!

The spit was slender when sailors began to dinghy in, but by the time the food was being served, the waters had retreated and left the dinghies high on the beach. We shared summer sailing experiences and admired the lines of Peter Crosson’s recent acquisition, the wooden ketch Dreamer (formerly owned by Glenn and Jayne Patrick). Here’s hoping we see Peter and Dreamer at many more cruises!

The next SSSS cruise will be to the Shelton Oysterfest. Turn on your depth sounder and join us on Saturday, October 6, as we navigate the shallows of Hammersley Inlet. If you are thinking about going, send an email to, and I will add you to the list with details about when and where the SSSS flotilla will meet on Saturday. Please let me know if you would be willing to act as cruise host!