CYA Grants Two Awards at Annual Meeting

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by Margie Paynton, CYA Historian

It was fitting to be aboard the CYA Honorary Member vessel Queen Mary, and in Long Beach, California, birthplace of the Classic Yacht Association, for the awarding of not one, but two of CYA's highest honors. There are special requirements detailed in our Association's Bylaws for Honorary Member and Life Member; these are not handed out frivolously or even frequently, since they entail demonstration of contributions either to our Association or to the historic maritime community. It is with pleasure that we honor these recipients this year.

The Northwest Marine Propulsion Museum was voted an Honorary Member. Located in Seattle and operated by Mike Wollaston at his Ewing Street Moorings, the museum is a collection of more than 50 engines including steam, early diesel and gas, and all in running condition! - They range in size from small singles for dinghies to large tugboat diesels, and carry such well-known builder plates as Easthope, Atlas, Sterling, Crown, Hercules, Royal, and Scripps — indeed a testimony to preserving maritime history. Mike Wollaston (left in photo) was presented the Museum's CYA Honorary Member plaque by Ken Meyer (PNW Director, right in photo) at the PNW Change of Watch, held on February 16, 2013.

Michael and Peggy O’Brien, CYA member 319, were made Life Members of our Association, recognizing their unfailing zeal and commitment to classic boating. Mike and Peggy joined CYA in 1980, during CYA's infancy in the Pacific Northwest. Since that time, they have been personally responsible for recruiting and signing the majority of new members to the Canadian Fleet along with others in the Pacific Northwest Fleet. Mike has served in leadership roles locally and internationally, holding flag ofiices for both the Canadian Fleet and the CYA Bridge. He truly "has the disease", owning three classic vessels since 1978, writing extensively for boating publications, completing a course in wooden building at the Silva Bay Shipyard School in 2002, serving on the Membership Committee of CYA, and in his spare time building and/or restoring small wooden boats, CYA is proud to bestow this honor on Mike and Peggy O’Brien. Since the O'Brien's were unable to attend the 2013 CYA Change of Watch in Long Beach, California, Mike accepted this award later in January in Canada.

[Editor's note: Mike and Peggy O'Brien enjoy cruising on their 50' 1928 Schertzer Euphemia II and enjoyed a recent well-deserved mid-winter trip by airplane to the warm climes of Panama.]