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In this Issue:

  • Our First BYC "Town Meeting" was a Well-Attended Success
  • Nominating Meeting for Officers & Trustees this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
  • Big Friday @ 5:00 This Week with PITCH Racers and BBQ [We Need Your Salads & Appys]
  • Pete Foti's Commodore's Column
  • Report from the Commodore's Picnic at Our Inati Bay Outstation
  • Jody Erickson's Fleet Captain's Report
  • Big Laser Fleet Turnout and The Etchells BBQ a Success
  • Poets Cove Cruise Reminder: It's Only Three Weeks Away
  • Three Weeks to Two Big Sailing Events, Dale Jepson One Design & Laser District Six Championships

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First-ever Town Hall Meeting a great success!

Over 50 members attended the first-ever town hall-style meeting hosted by Commodore Pete and V.C. Michele last Friday night.  With the wonderful participation we saw on Friday night, the Town Hall meeting will become a regular quarterly event.
A big ‘thank you’ to Missy Steffen and Jane Sylvester for supplying the wonderful appetizers and to Neil Bennett for being our ‘microphone boy’ and ‘Vanna White’.

Discussions were lively at times and many good topics were brought up.  At the close of the discussion period, members were given the opportunity to note which points they felt deserved more attention.  All the topics voted on are noted below with the most popular (number of votes is noted in the parenthesis) being placed at the top of the list:
  • The bar became a large topic point with differing opinions on the bartender options.  When presented with the choices of Volunteer, Paid, or Combination, the ‘Paid’ option got the most votes (27) with ‘Combination’ coming in 2nd. (14)
  • Volunteerism – creating more opportunities for members to participate (17)
  • Monday Night Football at the Club (17)
  • Club Access – current reservation/payment policy (16) and door access (17)
  • EASY instructions for TV operation needed
  • Wednesday Night Racing – evaluation of the overall program (16) and how to get more crews to come into the bar after racing (7)
  • Inati Bay Lease and our partnership with the local charter companies (15)
  • Club unity among the boating community [Wheel & Keel, CYC] (9)
  • Wear your nametag (8)
  • Communication to the members (6)
  • Participation between Wednesday night racers and the Junior sailors (4)
  • Membership drive – talk to your slip neighbors about the BYC (3)
  • Election votes by email (2)
Members were also presented with a survey that the Marketing Committee has put together and the ballot box has been turned into a Suggestion Box for the next couple of weeks.  ALL members are encouraged to tell your Board your thoughts, comments, and suggestions for the year ahead.  Let’s plot this course together!

Nomination Meeting is this Wednesday, September 1

Attention all BYC Members: Please attend the Nominating Meeting to be held this Wednesday, September 1 at 6:00 p.m. (1800).  (As called for in our Bylaws, the meeting must be held the first Wednesday.)  It's Nomination night at the Club and the final opportunity for anyone who wishes to run for office to be nominated from the floor.  If you think you might want to run, be sure to come and have your name entered into nomination from the meeting floor!  To be nominated, the nominee must have agreed in writing to have his/her name presented, and must be prepared to submit a BYC-related experience resume by the next day, September 2, so ballots can be mailed. Following our Nomination Meeting, there are two other important election meetings.  On Wednesday, the 8th of September, the Nominations Committee will be putting on the “Meet the Candidates Night” where the Chair of the Nominations Committee will introduce each candidate and where the Candidates will make a statement about why they want to serve, and most important, take questions from the floor.  Finally, the 15th of September is Election Night.

Your involvement in this process is very desirable, as it helps your Club enlist the most-qualified Officers and Board!

September 3: This Friday at Five Will Be a Big One! 

Steve Moore has published the Friday at Five Flyer: See it here.  This is always a fun event, as we'll be hosting many of the sailors coming to town for the PITCH Regatta.  Just being around all this enthusiasm will get you stoked!  See you there...

Please bring appetizers and salads...our Dead Pirates will be fixing Carne Asada with all the accoutrements!

Commodore Pete Foti's Column:

          Summer is almost over…  I hope most of you had a chance to do some cruising and enjoy the Buccaneer’s Cruise and the Commodore’s Picnic.  We had great weather for both.  Now that our summer is almost over, it’s time to get back down to business.  We also had our first Town Hall meeting for the members last week.  It was good to see so many of you show up for it, and was quite informational for us on the Board, and the input that we received will help us to better manage your club and assets in the future.

          Let’s not forget that elections are right around the corner.  Nominations are this Wednesday, Sept. 1st.  This is a chance for you to nominate qualified individuals from the floor if you so desire.  The following Wednesday, Sept. 8th is “Meet the Candidates Night”.  This is a good chance to see what each of the candidates can bring to the table for the upcoming year, and should be interesting for those who aren’t quite sure who to vote for just yet.  Elections night is Wednesday, Sept. 15th and we expect to see you all there to cast your ballot, determining who will help run your club for the upcoming year.

          PITCH is this coming Labor Day weekend, and the BBOD/Dale Jepsen Memorial is two weeks after that.  The Poet’s Cove cruise is Sept. 17-19 at Bedwell Harbor, hosted by John & Patti Gargett.  If you haven’t signed up for this cruise be sure to do so, as it promises to be lots of fun. 

          We are working on getting more of our Yacht Club history pieces back on display.  If you haven’t noticed, the ship’s wheel is again gracing the lounge in a prominent position… thanks to a couple of members for that.  More burgees and trophies will be on display soon, further returning the BYC to more of a "yacht club look”.   We are also getting close to finishing installation of the new door lock system, so members may have access to the club almost any time.  This will be a real bonus for many of you, I know.

          So, as you can see, things are moving along… stay tuned for more developments.  Again, thank you for all the support you have given throughout the past year—it has been a busy one, and has seen many changes take place.  Hopefully, most of you will agree they have been for the better.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Commodore for the past year.  --- Pete Foti, Commodore

If You Missed the Commodore's Picnic, Here's What You Missed!

The weatherman predicted clouds and rain, but someone else had another idea for last Saturday.  It was sunny, with a nice breeze for our sail fleet and Bob Kehoe brought over all the food, drink and cooking equipment.  Throughout the day, there were around 100 people with some showing up at 10, others at 2:00 just in time for barbequed chicken, and great games.  There were new members, old members, and middle-aged members.  Our Inati Bay landlord Jim and family were there, as well as kids who spent a fair amount of time swimming.  There was singing, and according to Don Jorgensen, “This was a rare opportunity to teach others the 2nd verse of Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”  In keeping with the tradition of the Club, Commodore Foti thanked everyone for his support over the year, and gave a preview of some of the activities that he knows that are coming up – such as the Capture the Flag Paint Ball Cruise to Inati Bay next March.  The cruise was a great day, and given all the club has accomplished this year, when you see Commodore Foti, shake his hand and give him a big Thank You!  Great job this year Pete! --- John Gargett

Jody Erickson's Fleet Captain's Report

I know many of us are enjoying this wonderful weather and trips out to the San Juan’s. Ahhh, life in the Pacific Northwest is sweet at this time of year. Enjoy it while it’s here!  Please be sure to check your BYC Calendar online for all events and details surrounding our September Venues.

August brought many events for our club, including the Buccaneer’s & Crab Fest Cruise that was Saturday August 21, 2010 in Inati Bay.  It was a terrific time and the music both Friday and Saturday was terrific.  If you did not make it you really missed a good time.  Special Thanks to Troy and Cori for putting on this terrific event once again this year. The following weekend, Saturday, August 28, 2010 was the Commodores Picnic in Inati Bay…..the weather held for us and the day was beautiful.  Everyone had a wonderful time, and Bob Kehoe made the day with his special grilled chicken.  Thanks to everyone who helped create this event.  Thank you Pete Foti for a great year as Commodore!

The PITCH Regatta is scheduled for the Labor Day weekend and we are in need of Volunteers!  Our first Organizational Meeting was held last week; however we STILL need additional Volunteers.  If you were unable to attend and would still like to help out, please contact me at 360-223-2119 or by email at and I will find a position for you.  We need your help and all are welcome to participate.

Please be safe out there on the water this fall and enjoy our beautiful fall weather! Fair Winds ~ Calm Seas, --- Jody Erickson

Biggest Laser Turnout Yet & Thanks for the Etchells-hosted BBQ!
This past Tuesday, 8/24, marked the best turnout ever for Tuesday night Laser racing.  With seventeen boats on the line on a bright and sunny evening, we beat our previous record by 3 boats.  It was a major highlight of a great season that has regularly seen 10-12 boats out each night and a ton of really fun, competitive racing.  The great night of Laser racing was made even better by a scrumptious salmon BBQ afterwards, hosted by the Etchells Fleet and served up by grillmaster Jon Knowles.   Huge thanks to everyone who pitched in, provided boats, came sailing, grilled, served drinks, and showed up for the BBQ - especially Jon Knowles, Mike Poulos (for finding boats for everyone who wanted one), and the fantastic team of Terry Tavelli, Dick Grimshaw, Joe Warren & many Race Committee crew for getting three or four great races off every night all season.  

We look forward to many more joint One Design fleet events in the future - next one's for the Lasers!  Hope to see all you dinghy racers out again for these last few weeks of the season (August 31st, September 7th and 14th), and back again next season.  For anyone interested in learning about our fun, growing fleet, please subscribe to the fleet list by clicking on the link at: or contact Mo Ryan at 530.304.2266.  We can arrange loaner boats through the fleet or club, and help point you towards cheap used boats for anyone interested.  It's the most legal public fun you can find on a Tuesday night in Bellingham!  --- Mo Ryan

Greetings to our Membership!

We are now 3 weeks away from one of the biggest small boat sailing events in the State of Washington!  This year, in conjunction with the Dale Jepsen One Design Regatta (DJOD), we will host the Laser District 6 Championships.  Competitive sailors from California to Ottawa will descend on Bellingham to earn Grand Prix points needed to qualify for World Championships.  Our event should be well attended, because there is a Laser Masters World Championships in San Francisco next year.  With such a large event so close by, sailors will be eager to rub hulls to score points needed to gain entrance to the big dance. 

In conjunction with this event, on another course, will be the 2010 Dale Jepsen One Design Regatta.  Historically, we have had large turnouts from 505s, Flying Scots, Tasars, A CATs and who knows who else. 

These are fun events, and we could use your help/ support.  We are in need of ground operations on Saturday Morning to assist with registration.  We will need two more Whaler/ RIB type boats in addition to the ones we have to provide support for our US Sailing Judge and to be a platform for a media boat.  We need a photographer with an eye for the good shot and the common sense to stay out of the chaos.  We would like two or three people to assist with serving Pizza on Sunday.

If you can help, please give me a call at 360 676 4263.  Thank you very much!  --- Michael Poulos

Poets Cove Cruise September 17-19
Its just a few weeks now before the Poets Cove Cruise and they still have one very nice two bedroom cabin set aside for anyone who wants to rent it, but they will be releasing it this week, so if you want a beautiful cabin for Poets Cove, give them a call and reserve it this week.  Additionally, the Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron who also joined us last year are joining us.  This year it looks like we will have a couple of them enter the Predicted Log Race so if you are a skipper from the BYC, then make sure and enter so we can keep the trophy in the BYC.  Teresa & John Van Haalen, along with Matt & Brenda Dennis, have put together a great scavenger hunt built around the “International Talk Like A Pirate Day” which occurs the 18th this year.  We will be doing this right after our Dock Party on Friday.  The Dock Party follows the Predicted Log Race.  The Saturna Harvest Festival is the next day, followed by our dinner.  It is going to be a lot of fun, so don’t forget to register with the Marina for your boat, and if you have questions call John or Patricia Gargett at 360.656.5700 or via email (

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Fairwinds and Following Seas, your JibSheet editors.

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