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

Editor:
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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Cruising | Tourism

Welcome to Alaska!

Our BBQ grill gets a workout!

Our BBQ grill gets a workout!

As far as parties go, our welcome for the Waggoners Flotilla probably set a KYC record. About 35 KYC members showed up to welcome 25 cruisers to Alaska. The weight of 60-plus people had the clubhouse floating a full five inches lower in the water! Fortunately, the weather was warm, so there was plenty of room to mingle in the clubhouse and on the docks.

The celebration started with a short introduction by Commodore Tom Schulz, and each boat captain was presented with a “welcome” bag from the Visitors Bureau with information about Ketchikan and Alaska.

The commodore also exchanged yacht club burgees with Commodore Mary Marler of Eagle Harbor Yacht Club on Bainbridge Island.

The grill, usually more than adequate for hamburger night, was not quite enough to handle the crowd this time–some folks had to wait in line to grill their burgers (–something to consider for future large crowds.) Nevertheless, we didn’t hear any complaints from our guests–everyone was happy to have such hospitality at the end of the first leg of their journey.

Blackboard sign-in

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All members of the Waggoners group reported a good trip from Puget Sound to Ketchikan, with excellent weather and no mishaps along the way. After the dinner, the Waggoners cruisers presented some thank you gifts to Mark Bunzell, leader of the cruise, and thanked the KYC crew for their hospitality with a round of applause. Mr. Bunzell reports that the end-of-cruise party was the perfect celebration of the long trip from Puget Sound to Ketchikan. When asked what we (KYC) could do better, he said “I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Of course, Ketchikan is not the end of the journey–there’s still a lot to see, and then there is the southbound trip to Puget Sound. We wish the best of luck to our new friends, and hope to to see them on the rebound…and on future cruises to Southeast Alaska.

So, from the Ketchikan Yacht Club to the cruisers in the Waggoners group: Welcome to Alaska!

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