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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.

Boating and navigation information in this blog is published in good faith based on the best information available including local knowledge, but is not intended to replace authoritive sources. Mariners are cautioned to use all authoritive sources when planning trips or operating a boat.

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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Waggoner Flotilla Welcome

Each year five to six hundred boats travel the inside passage to Alaska.  We see only a few cruisers at the Ketchikan Yacht Club–in fact many of them don’t even know there is a yacht club here.  As a result, these folks only stop for a brief time in Ketchikan, then move on to “more interesting” places.  But this year we could make a difference…

Mark Bunzel, publisher of the Waggoners Cruising Guide

At the Seattle Boat Show, Barb and I met Mark Bunzel, publisher of Waggoner’s Cruising Guide, and learned that he and his group are leading three flotillas of cruisers to Ketchikan.  From here, the cruisers will be on their own, so Ketchikan is effectively the “end” of their northbound guided experience.  Mark was interested in arranging some sort of “get together” for his groups upon arrival in Ketchikan.

I immediately remembered a trustees meeting last fall where we discussed advertising so that Ketchikan Yacht Club would enjoy greater visibility and utilization of available guest moorage.  Well, sometimes the best (and cheapest) advertising is word of mouth, so here’s our opportunity.

This winter when we returned to Ketchikan, I presented the idea of a “hamburger night” style potluck for the arriving groups, and received an enthusiastic “yes” at trustees meetings and at general membership meetings.  So that’s our simple plan–another party and an opportunity to meet some new folks–perhaps a presentation introducing them to Ketchikan, or a presentation by them highlighting their trip.

Here are projected dates for the three Waggoner’s flotillas:

  • Waggoner Flotilla 1 – led by Mark Bunzel – arrives June 6
  • Waggoner Flotilla 2 – led by Sam Landsman and Kevin Monahan – arrives June 20
  • Waggoner Flotilla 3 – led by Mike Beemer and Lynette Brower – pushing to be there ahead of schedule on July 3 in time for the Ketchikan 4th of July Celebration

Note that these dates are subject to change due to weather and other factors–the Waggoner office will keep us posted on their progress.

So we’re looking for volunteers to help make this happen–it should be no more difficult than another hamburger or steak night (and we’ve had lots of practice at those.)  Contact Roger or Rear Commodore Judith to volunteer.

Roger M.

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