A TRAGIC EVENT...
Jim Langei and Sterling Taylor
passed away on March 30, as the result of the fire in Squalicum Harbor Boathouse G. They were trapped in their 42’ sundeck Nova trawler when the fire engulfed the boat and it sank.
Jim was a loan officer at the Whatcom Educational Credit Union, and was very active in the BYC. He was an editor of the Jib Sheet and one of the volunteers monitoring our visitors’ dock, and a frequent volunteer bartender. Jim was always a willing worker on BYC projects.
Sterling is perhaps best known to Members as manager of the America’s Cup coffee stand at the top of the dock by Gate 3; in fact, she was planning to open on Monday, April 2 and had stocked the stand accordingly. She, too, was someone who frequently pitched in to help with Club projects, especially with the social committee.
When Sterling and Jim were together they were exciting, fun, and could cut whirlwind figures on a dance floor or at a party...but beneath the seemingly carefree exteriors were two serious people who had the ability to really focus on their friends, always ready to help.
They will always be missed in the boating, and greater, community.
Our thoughts and sympathies go to their families and friends.
The evening of March 30 over 100 BYC Members and friends of Jim and Sterling gathered at the Club to remember this couple. Our Chaplain, Bishop Kevin Allen, led us in some thoughtful and powerful prayers for them.
[You will want to read Past Commodore Michele Bennett's poignant comments on the events of March 30 at the end of this newsletter.]
FRIDAY@5 THIS WEEK HAS NO THEME, BUT IS SCHEDULED!
Come on down on Friday the 6th and relax after your hard week's work or just to see your BYC pals. And, if you can, please bring some appetizers to share!
BIG EVENT THIS WEEK: "THE CLUB SCRUB"
Every spring and every fall the Bellingham Yacht Club holds a "Club Scrub". This is a great event for you to help your club, get to know members better, and actually have fun! This Spring, it's scheduled for this Satrday, April 7, at 9:00
(or come as early as 8:30!)
Here's the way it works
: The building and house committee will prepare a list of projects to help maintain the club. Some happen every Scrub: cleaning the bar and walk-in cooler, washing the windows, etc. Some happen only once in a while: some painting, electrical work, or plumbing maintenance. None of the jobs are huge and all can be accomplished by amateurs. All the materials will be provided… But please, you need to bring your own tools and supplies for your personal specialty, whatever it is!!
Here’s what you need to do
: (1) Come down to the club by 9 AM and check the list of projects. (2) Choose the project you want to work upon. (3) Join with others to get it done. (4) If you have time in there are any, do another project! (5) at 12:30 or so, join the rest of your fellow workers and new friends for free pizza and liquid refreshments!
Every Club Scrub day, around 40 folks have fun together and help the club enormously. This one day saves the club thousands of dollars in labor as we keep it the bright and shining place it is. Please put this event on your calendar and come on down to help!
PACRIM WRAPS UP WITH FINE SHOWING BY BELLINGHAM TEAM
It appears that Team Bellingham did well for us in Australia. Hosted in Port Stevens Shire, the big boats were third overall out of six teams, and second overall in the Etchells group
. You can get more details at the PACRIM website, http://pacrim.byc.org
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RACING STARTS THIS WEEK
The signal that the long winter is finally winding down is the start of BYC Wednesday Night Club Racing Series this week. The Sailing Instructions and Registration Forms are available on the BYC Sail Fleet Web Site at http://sailfleet.byc.org
. Returning this year is the open Cruising Division and race packet fee discounts
for BYC members.
The BYC Bar and Lounge will be open after racing serving up $5 Sailor Burger & Microbrew special.
The completed registration form along with check payment can be mailed to the BYC 2625 South Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225 or you can drop it off at the BYC Bar during open hours Wed-Sat 5P – 9P.
See you on the water! --- Jonathan Knowles, BYC Fleet Captain & Griller
$5 SPECIAL IS BACK FROM 6 TO 9 ON WEDNESDAYS
Finally the long wait is over, and BYC Racing Series starts this Wednesday April 4th
. The BYC Bar & Lounge will be shifting into Summer Hours, open on Wednesday’s and featuring the popular $5 Sailor Burger & Microbrew Special.
But note this:
The volunteer BYC grillers will be cooking up one-third pound, all beef patties with cheese and all the fixings, along with potato salad or chips. It’s the perfect complement to a pint of the fine microbrews on tap.
There is a "Secret Special", however
: You can order any other beverage of your choice at the regular bar price and just add the burger for a $1.50!
You don’t need to be sailboat racer to take advantage of this great deal. If you find the raucous sailors disruptive to your fine dining experience, no problem…. Come in between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. while the sailors are on the water.
Bring the wife and kids, for we treat all burger eaters equally. --- Jonathan Knowles, Fleet Captain
JUNIOR SAILING FUND-RAISER SUCCESSFUL...
The Jr. Sailing Benefit Saturday evening March 31 was huge
, both in turn out, and donations to our youth program. The goal was $500
and we received $922 and after expenses, giving us a net of $710
. We're sorry we were late getting going because of technical difficulties, but want to thank everyone for coming, their patience, and their generous donations.
Special thanks to Robin Lesh
, who is on the high school team, and gave a very enthusiastic presntation and slide show of some of the regattas. A big thanks to Peter Nelson and his son Will
for driving up from Seattle(would only take gas money) for the great slides on cruising, mostly in Europe. Also, thanks to Kirsten Reed, Will Lesh, Jon Knowles, Michelle Bodtke, John and Teresa Vanhaalen, and Randy Nulle
. The place was packed and the bar must have done very well. Besides our BYC members, we had youth sailors, a good showing from the CYC and even a few came up from the AYC. --- Gary Baker, Event Chair
SPRING WINE SPECIALS FROM OUR BYC WINE BAR...
These deals continue...
NEW PREMIUM RED WINES: New "Mid-Ship's Selection", $26 per bottle, a bargain: A Spanish Red, Belezos Crianza Rioja (Don & Mary love this); a French Red, Guigal Cotes du Rhone; and a Washington State Red, Tamarack FireHouse Red (limited supply);
CREW WINES SPECIAL: For a limited time (until Mike Welsh returns from PacRim and re-programs the cash register), Crew Wines are only $17 per bottle, a $3 savings. Crew wines include:
WHITES: Italian Riff Pinot Grigio; French White Bidalere (dry); and Washington State Independent Producers (Kathy and Andy's favorite).
REDS: Spanish Red, Casa de Illana (Robert Parker 89 points); Italian Red Blend, La Q; Argentinian Red, Pinto Final Malbec (Marsha and Bob's choice); and Washington State Independent Producers (Wayne & Trudy's selection)
Check out our By-the-Glass Special at $ 4.75. Take advantage of these deals and the best harbor view
in town---your BYC Lounge!!!
PHOTOS SHOW DAMAGE
Local sailor Doug Cole
sent your editor pictures of the G-East area in Squalicum Harbor before
the fire. This gives you an idea of the damage. Of course, all the reports were wrong when they described the boathouse as individual units: It was, in fact, a condominium house with no full walls between any of the sections. At least three boats belonging to BYC Members were lost: Jim and Sterling’s 42’ Nova; a 30’ Tolly belonging to Roger Schjelderup; and Dan and Ariane Ringler’s 35’ Tiara.
GOT A PICKUP OR A SMALL TRAILER AND FOUR HOURS' TIME?
Help Wanted: Youth Sailing has just purchased three used Opti sailboats from the Seattle Yacht Club
to complement our current fleet of six. One of the Optis was carried on my Toyota Highlander roof rack to Bellingham but the other two need to be picked up in the next two weeks and brought to Bellingham. Anyone willing to help in this effort, please contact me at 360-201-9895 for details. --- Arne Ahlen
BARBEQUE MASTERS WANTED FOR FUN AND (CLUB) PROFIT...
BYC Burger Grillers Are Wanted for Wednesday Night Racing...
First off… A huge THANKS to everyone who helped out grilling BYC burgers last race season. Your work was more beneficial than just providing food for sailors … It increased the numbers of sailors in the club after racing! This not only helped increased the bar’s annual revenue that support our club operations, but really improved our racing environment's camaraderie and excitement; it had been missing for years.
Through your efforts, it was a huge success and a turnaround year for our racing program.
Well, I’m hoping to get a little bit more organized this year. First off, I’m working on a schedule so I don’t have to make frantic calls on Wednesday afternoon. I’ll make up some more easy-to-follow instructions and I’ll make sure that I’m keeping the supplies stocked for you.
And… there is a New BBQ
. If you were not around for PITCH, the Board approved the purchase of a new $2000 Weber Gas Grill! This grill is hooked up to natural gas, so no more propane tanks
!! This BBQ is awesome. Gone are the days that you had to rotate every burger over “hot spot” in the upper left corner. You’ll feel like you’re driving the Ferrari of BBQ’s and the grilling will be much, much easier.
If you able to help out this year, please contact me
. --- Jonathan Knowles, Fleet Captain
(360) 303-5465 or email@example.com
OPEN HOUSE COMING TO RASMUSSEN'S
Brian and Anne Rasmussen of Rasmussen’s Marine Electric
would like to invite everybody to an Open House Saturday April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
They will be having a BBQ and refreshments all day, along with some door prizes and specials. Their new location is at 909 Squalicum Way, Suites 104 and 106.
Don’t miss it! Come by and look at their new retail and service spaces…Brian has built new displays for his Magnum Inverters, Sealand Products, Suzuki Outboards and his Lighting Collection. They’re looking forward to seeing you---you might even stop in sooner to look it over!
CRUISE OF A LIFETIME FROM NW EXPLORATIONS: GONE!
We'd like to take credit but can't.
Within the day of publication in last week's Jib Sheet
, they sold that "last leg" of the escorted trip outside Vancouver Island to Ketchikan, but not to a Club Member. You'll have to wait until next year, or call them now about any other open "legs". 676-1248.
THIS WEEK’S PHOTO QUIZ
The photo contest will continue next week. For this week, contemplate this picture
taken the evening of March 30, the day of the tragic boathouse fire. Jim and Sterling, you are missed.
we have another sunset, or is it a sunrise? If you think you know which, and where, send your guess to firstname.lastname@example.org
A PAST COMMODORE SHOWS US:
THE CLUB WAS AT ITS BEST ON A TERRIBLE DAY
, 2012… a day that will be remembered by many of us as the day we lost something. We lost boats – we lost friends – we lost our belief that tragedies happen to other people. We were taught once again that life is short and to tell those you love just that.
I first heard about the fire from the radio… the report was that it had broken out by the yacht club and I feared for our Mark Boat and the guests at our dock. The next broadcast had more news… it wasn’t at the Club, but out at the boathouses at G dock. Oh God, I thought – not Jim and Sterling
! They’ll lose everything. Well, we are a yacht club – we are a family. We will rally together and take care of them. They will be ok. These were my thoughts early that morning.
The phone call I got from Commodore Troy
about an hour later started to change those thoughts. Jim and Sterling were unaccounted for and their family was gathering at the Clubhouse. I turned my car around and headed for the Harbor.
The next hours were agony as we prayed for the best but began to fear the worst. Members filtered in and out asking if anyone had any news. Everyone was quiet and somber with eyes always glancing down the dock and what was once G East. The Commodore’s Room became a home base for the family and the Crisis Control officers; coffee was made and a treasured box of Tierney Owens’
cookies was found.
I can’t say enough about how proud I am of this Club and its membership. To Mark Santosuosso and RC Michele Bodtke
that stayed with me all day and kept the Club open to all who needed it; to Carol and Joe Young
who brought in two beautiful hams; to Bob Kehoe
who came bearing armfuls of rolls, cookies, and potato salad; to Jon Seestrom who ran interference for the families; to Lynn Hamilton, Ann Knowles, Katy Day, and the countless people who arrived with food and desserts and always the question, “how can I help?”; to Joe Coons and Steve Moore
who kept the membership informed via email; to Donna Olsen, Joe Young, Neil Bennett, RC Michele Bodtke, Joe Carpenter, and Wayne Kelsoe
, who worked the bar on a night when, ironically, it would have been Jim standing back there serving us like he did on so many occasions. Finally, thank you to Bishop Kevin Allen
who arrived within minutes of my call and provided that calming presence that just seems to emanate from him.
will be a test of faith for some. It will cause us to ask ‘why?’ and to look for some hidden meaning –some lesson to take away from this tragedy to know that lives were not lost in vain. What could possibly be gained from this horrible day? I gained a deeper appreciation and even higher benchmark of respect for the members of this club; I gained a greater insight into Jim and Sterling and their ability to touch so many people’s lives in such a positive way; I got the opportunity to meet an amazing family who stopped their grieving to thank me. [Are you kidding me? Thank me?]
Life is indeed short and tomorrow may not turn out the way you think it might. So take a minute to hug your kid or your dog, grab the hand of someone you love, look them in the eye, and tell them that you love them.
BYC…I love you.
--- Past Commodore Michele Bennett
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