Spring 2020 Update – 3/30/20

Well. I didn’t have a template to use for our PCKC newsletter this spring. But at some level, the call of the water is unchanging, and I hope your circumstance at the moment allows you some time to plan your sailing and boating adventures. For the many for whom the current circumstances exact a heavy price, best wishes for smoother waters ahead. And be sure to let your fellow boaters know what you’re facing – many remain in a position to help.

Summer Get-Together (We’ll get through this, together) Our annual launch lunch is off this spring, but we’ll look for an opportunity during the summer to get together.  Hopefully we’ll be celebrating, with appropriate personal space, the worst being behind us and freedoms returning. And for members, what’s more freeing than free food!

Lots of Water (Best if you’re on a boat, not so great if you’re on shore) February 26, 2020 DETROIT- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that January 2020 water levels were higher on all lakes than they were in January 2019, and are expected to continue that trend into the spring and summer. … Lake Superior set new record high January levels previously set in 1986. … The most recent six-month forecast of Great Lakes water levels shows water levels continuing to be well above average and near record high levels over this period. The Detroit District monitors and forecasts Great Lakes’ water levels and provides the data and analysis on their website www.lre.usace.army.mil.

Bayfield (Discouragement For Travel) The Bayfield Chamber of Commerce website provides quite a bit of timely info at their website, including a curated list of covid-19 information: https://bayfield.org/covid-19-updates-2.  Currently the Chamber is strongly discouraging visitors to Bayfield. You can read Wisconsin Governor Ever’s stay at home order for “all individuals present within the State of Wisconsin” here: https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf  The order is effective  March 25 to 8:00 AM Friday April 24, and subject to update.

Membership (Online This Year) A number of our members have made good use of their reciprocity benefits this winter.  PCKC is current with Yachting Club of America in 2020, and we’ll plan to renew for 2021.  Since our launch lunches are the main way we have renewed in the past, this year we’ll send out renewal reminders for online renewals in a separate mailing.  Please respond to your renewal notice promptly when it comes later this week, and we’ll send your cards by mail.

Questions? (I know I have some! ) If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to contact any of our volunteer leaders: Stan Ellison, Ted Nesse, or Pat Noordsij.

Wishing you health, safety, liquid water and fair winds…

Ted Nesse (For PCKC)

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