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Ketchikan Yacht Club (KYC)
P.O. Box 6694
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901

Roger Maynard

The Ketchikan Yacht Club (KYC) is a domestic non-profit corporation, registered and licensed to do business in the State of Alaska. The Ketchikan Yacht Club blog is an information service for members and guests, and a public advertisement for the Ketchikan Yacht Club.

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The Ketchikan Yacht Club is organized as a social and recreation club under section 501(C)(7) of the U.S. Tax Code; contributions are not tax deductible.

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October Membership Meeting

The October KYC Membership Meeting was held Tuesday evening, as scheduled.

The event started with a potluck, hosted by Xiao Nan Tatsuda. Xiao Nan went the extra mile, spending two days preparing burritos, chow mein, vegetable pancakes, salad, and other dishes. Other contributions from various members included pickled salmon, carrot soup, baked salmon and salads. Thanks, Xiao Nan!

The meeting started early (7:00) with a presentation by Captain Larry Pullen, representing the Southeast Alaska Sea Pilots’ Association position against the Gravina Access Project’s latest bridge proposal. 

  • Pullen explained that in strong winds a ship must be conned slightly into the wind, with the net result that the ship moves through the passages at a bit of an angle, “sweeping” a wider path than just the width of the vessel. Bridge abutments and pillars that restrict the narrow parts of the channel in any way must not be permitted.
  • The proposed alternate route, the west channel of Tongass Narrows is too restrictive for safe passage in strong winds, and a 200-foot high span (as planned) is not enough to accommodate some of the largest ships.
  • Restricting ships to the west channel would also disrupt the traffic flow and usability of the port, requiring more maneuvering by large ships in an already congested marine traffic area.
  • The end result will be that more ships bypass Ketchikan in moderate winds, rather than chance an unsafe passage.

Everyone agreed that, although there may be some arguments in favor of bridge access to Gravina, that bridge would have to not restrict the waterway in any way.

The business portion of the meeting started at 7:33 p.m. Commodore Tom Schulz was out of town and could not be present, so the meeting was conducted by Treasurer Bill Tatsuda and Vice Commodore Mike Firari. For details of the business part of the meeting, refer to the meeting minutes which will be posted later on this website.

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