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  • Bar Open This Week Thursday-Saturday Only...
  • Friday at Five This Week
  • Spring Dinner Dance Sold Out!
  • Youth Sailing Registration Opens, More Y/S News
  • Our Commodore's Column
  • Heart of Sailing Meets this Week
  • Fleet Captain Offers Senility Test???
  • Jonathan Discusses Wednesday Food at the Club
  • Past Commodores Met and File a Report
  • Crew Exchange System Now Running
  • No Boat?  Here's How You Can Get Out on the Water Anyway!
  • Featured Wine of the Week...

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CLUBHOUSE CALENDAR IN BRIEF       Full Calendars: Facilities  or All Activities
   Bar* |Main Floor Lounges| Main Flr Comm Rm | Ward Room   | Bartenders
Tu: No  |                  |                  |7-9 Pwr Sqdrn|
We: No  |                  |
                 |             |
Th: 5-9 |
Cribbage&Cards    | Heart of Sailing |             | Sam (Pd)
Fr: 5-??|5PM Friday@5      | Friday@5         |             | Sam (Pd)
Sa: 5-8 |9AM CLUB SCRUB    |
9AM CLUB SCRUB   |1:30-SJ Sailg| DickJ/Densmore
Su: No  |                  |                  |             |
Mo: No  |          
       |                  |                       |
     * The Bar, when open, is ALWAYS open to all Members!

Sponsors: Squalicum Marine  The Landings @ Colony Wharf  | Tri County Diesel Marine

We're repeating the Jib Sheet story we ran last week that the bar's days are limited: However, with the start of Racing Season next week on Wednesday, April 6, the lounge will then be open for business from 5-9 PM on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  A paid bartender (usually, Sam) will serve us on Wednesdays and Fridays; volunteer bartenders have been scheduled through September to serve us on Thursdays and Saturdays.

We are also looking into the possibility of opening the bar on Tuesdays if we can find enough volunteer bartenders to work from 5-8 PM.  If you are
available and willing to open the bar on Tuesdays, please contact me at or 360 650-9319.

Meanwhile, if you are not a licensed mixologist, but would be interested in becoming a volunteer bartender, a 3 hour evening class will be offered soon.  The cost of the class is $40 and the license is good for 5 years.  Let me know you're interested at the email and number above.  Thanks!  --- John Van Haalen


And it's Fun, too!  It's this Saturday, April 2, from 9AM to 12:30.  These Club-wide work parties are described on Page 12 of Section 1B of your new Roster...and when you see the description, you'll know how they help our Club.  But more important, they really are funYou'll get to know a few Members better, making for long-lasting friendships and shared memories of accomplishment...with a dose of hilarity thrown in. Steve Moore's flyer is here.

When the work's over at 12:30 or 1:00, we all settle down for some pizza and refreshments (on the Club), and when we arrive there are usually donuts and coffee. The more Members who come, the more we get done in the allotted time!

Sponsors: Earl Danglemaier | San Juan Electronics Top to Bottom Inc. Marine Service

Steve Moore is the keeper of the Friday at Five Schedule, and he says, "This is NOT A JOKE, and it is NOT A PRANK!  THERE IS A FRIDAY AT FIVE THIS WEEK ON APRIL 1, 2011!"  Steve is remakably cautious and cogent, so you can count upon him...and that's been true since he first sailed into Bellingham Bay when he came here in 1975 at the age of only 28 from his boyhood home on Catalina Island on, appropriately, a Catalina 26.  That's right, he's a born and bred Californian, an offshore sailor, and he got his first job at the age of only 13 as a bus boy at the Aragon Ballroom.  What a Guy!  He's been "tipping pitchers" ever since.  Here's his flyer...


In less than two weeks, the April 9 Dinner Dance Tickets were gone.  Many of the attendees are non-members, coming to "look over" our Club, often with hosting Members.  Thank you, Members, for getting the word out to your friends and associates about BYC’s first Spring Dinner Dance. For many of our visitors, it will be their first time seeing the the BYC in our beautifully remodeled facilities and experiencing Windows on the Bay Events' cuisine.  We hope that this will be the start of something beautiful for our guests --- becoming a Member of our BYC Family. 
Speaking of the dance, did you know that 18 BYC Members will bring homemade desserts to supply the Dessert Bar at the Dance?  Jane Simica is the coordinator of the SDD Dessert Bar committee. The Dessert Bar committee members will supply our sweet-tooths with Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Russian Tea Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, along with many other deliciously tempting treats to that will keep us energized and dancing the night away.  A big hooty-hoot for Jane and her gang!
And thanks to all you BYC Members for your support from the Marketing Steering Committee, of which Kathy Brown is Chair.

Sponsors: Special-T Striping & Sign | Chuck McCord, Realtor | West Coast Marine Services
Registration for BYC 2011 summer sailing classes in now open.  The addition of seven new FJ class double-handed boats to the club's youth sailing fleet allows the BYC to offer NEW, IMPROVED and EXPANDED classes for 2011.  Class registration can be done on the youth sailing section of the BYC's web site here.  Early class registration is recommended because BYC youth sailing classes usually sell-out and have waiting lists.  Thanks to PC Terry Tavelli for reworking the online registration system to accomodate the new classes. 
The BYC's Laser and Opti class sailboats will be worked on during club scrub.  BYC members Mike and Maya Allsop have donated the use of indoor space for temporary storage and maintenance of the club's boats.  Thank you Mike and Maya!  Contact Steve Kersey at 360-510-6452 if you would like to work on the club's sailboats during the cub scrub.
The Whatcom High School Sailing Team raced for two days last weekend at Roche Harbor on San Juan Island.  Regatta results have not been posted by the BYC Jib Sheet deadline.  However, the team did very well sailing Vanguard 15's in highly variable and gusty winds.  More than 100 kids from all over Puget Sound attended the regatta, and they stayed the night at the Friday Harbor high school gym.  The BYC should be proud of the Whatcom high school team because they are not only great sailors, but they are exceptionally mature and well-behaved kids!   --- Steve Kersey

Sponsors: LFS Inc. | Gary Baker Realtor | Matthew Harris Surveyor | Hardware Sales, Inc.

"The Calm Before the Storm", the week just ending could be called … from here on, it's fix up, racing, open houses, opening days, cruising, WOW!  Lots of fun. 

Yes, it was relatively quiet last week, but now we’re just gearing up for the busy weeks ahead! 

First, a big ‘hooty hoot’ and thank you to everyone that came down on Saturday to welcome the Anacortes Yacht Club.  The spread of potluck dishes was quite astounding – and very delicious!  Special thanks to Jane Sylvester and PC John Gargett who volunteered their time behind the bar keeping everyone’s glasses topped off.

Saturday, 2 April, is our Spring Club Scrub.  For those of you new to the BYC, we do two of these ‘scrubs’ a year.  It’s not only a lot of fun, but it’s a great opportunity to showcase what a wonderful volunteer club this is!  No experience necessary -- just come on down and we’ll find a job for you, whether it’s cleaning, painting, dusting… you get the idea.  Have a special mechanical aptitude?  Bring along your tools and jump in!  Special thanks to Trustee John VanHaalen who’s helping to organize all the team leaders and list of projects, and also to Trustee Joe Bartlett, our Building & House Chairman who will be Chief Supervisor on Saturday.  I hope to see you all there!

At your service, Commodore Michele


There will be a Heart of Sailing Sail-a-thon is June 25th.  This is an organization that takes disabled children and their families out sailing for about two hours starting at 10:00 a.m. on the appointed day, and then we will return to the club for lunch, presenting each child with a certificate and a sailor hat.  

If you'd like to get involved or learn more about the Sail-a-thon please attend the next meeting this Thursday evening, March 31, at 5:30 in the commodore's room.  
For more information contact Sarah Tario at 739-0090.

Sponsors: Dawn Durand Realtor  |  Rasmussen Marine Electric  Seaview North Boatyard

Fleet Captain Michele Bodtke needs an answer:  Who won the Chili Cook-offs in 2008 and 2009?  The trophy engraving was overlooked --- perhaps by an embarassed, losing competitor, and we can't find a record of the victors' names.  If you won either of those years, call Michele at 715-1020 and let her know.  Thanks!


Well, Wednesday Night Racing is fast approaching with Numb Bum 1 on April 6th.  

I’ve been struggling to find a solution for providing some food at the Bar for the sailors coming in off the waters, AND for those BYC members who enjoyed the fare from Windows On The Bay while the sailors were out racing.   From a conversation from Tom Kilpatrick, BYC Member and operator of Windows on the Bay, about 75% of the food sold on Wednesday’s was to the racers and the other 25% between 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

I asked the Sail Fleet, Board Members and the General Membership about which direction to go.  Should we bring back the Sailor Burger, which was cheaper, all the profits went to the club and volunteer lead, or do go with Tom with a larger and better menu?  The response was about 50-50 and therefore of little use to me!   Also, I tried to see if there was interest for volunteers to coordinate a  Wednesday “Grill You Own”  during those hours while the sailors were on the water. Uh-oh, no response!

Tom is first and foremost a business man and as such needs have a profitable food service.  I’m not confident that I can guarantee Tom the necessary numbers since the Sail Fleet participation seems to be down again this year (we'll wait to see) and perhaps the excitement of our new clubhouse has dwindled.  

So, for now, I’m putting a Band-Aid on the problem.   I’ve arraigned for volunteer grillers through April to flip Sailor Burgers and requested that Tom plan a menu service for May if the numbers look strong.

But, I really need some help and feedback from the membership.   If you hyave thoughts, let me know...and gosh, if anyone has a passion in one direction or the other and is willing take the lead and assemble the dinner patrons or volunteers grill masters, please let me know.  We'd all have more fun and I could keep focused on making our bar successful.  Send you ability to help or comments to me, or 360-303-5465.   Cheers, Jonathan Knowles, Volunteer Bar Manager

Sponsors: Wilson Motors | Bellingham Yacht Sales & Charters | Northwest Explorations

The BYC Past Commodores held their spring meeting at the club on March 15th. Though their agenda was short, their discussion was long and lively – fueled no doubt by an excellent meal from Windows on the Bay and Sam’s professional service.

Among the items discussed was an initiative to capture more of BYC’s history and memorabilia on the web site, and they are working on this. Those present also came up with a few more ideas that are being investigated by this group that donates a lot of $$$ to our Club to help keep Inati Bay open and the web site running.  Stay tuned for more results of their cogitations over the next months!  --- Steve Ross, Blue Gavel/Past Commodores' President

[Editor's note:  Our BYC Commodores become life members, paying no dues, beginning the year after they serve, in return for their hard work during their term in the Club's various offices.  But under the stimulus of this group of PC's, the contribute $1,000's of dollars which is then given to the Club by their organization.  In the last twelve months, they gave over $7,000 to our Club!]

The BYC Board recently agreed that it would be good if BYC boat owners could take potential new boat owners out on the water to find out what boating is all about.  The object is for inexperienced folks to gain a little confidence about potential boat ownership, but also to make new BYC friends.  

Here is an online form that can be completed by those who "Need a Boat", or those that "Have a Boat and are willing to take novices out on the water."  This form when completed and submitted will automatically entered on Google Docs for others to check.  Only BYC Members are eligible to sign up, please! 
You can check the form to see whether you have a match here!  (Bookmark the link when you use it the first time for future reference.) Thanks to Dick Grimshaw who has worked to put this together...

Sponsors: San Juan Sailing & Yachting |  Mike McGlenn, Surveyor  |  Phil Dyer, Realtor
To help BYC sailors find crew we have created a Crew Exchange sign up sheet here (Bookmark it after using it for the first time!) This sheet will enable Crew AVAILABLE  and Crew WANTED to "see each other" .  Already three potential crew available have signed up, using the link that's already on the web site.


Available by the bottle at the bar…share some with your friends you visit our Club:  

BELEZOS CRIANZA, RIOJA.  It’s 95% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano & Mazuelo.  This crianza is incredibly elegant and aromatic; intense and full bodied. Smooth and suave in every sense of the word. This wine boasts great fruit, spice as well as earthy nuances . A wine that compliments any meal,  this 2005 vintage got 90 points with Wine Spectator Magazine; the 2006 got 89 points with Wine & Spirits Magazine. It spent 12 months in French and American oak barrels and 24 months in the bottle before it left the  winery. 90 Points Parker.  --- Don Jorgenson


The Past Commodore’s Cruise will be the weekend of April 29th – May 1st at the Blakely Island Marina.  We will be posting a sign up sheet at the bar later this week so we can get a head count as to how many slips will be needed.  We are working on a schedule of activities, and more information will be coming shortly.  Remember to save the dates, Friday - Sunday, April 29-May 1 (of course, if you can't make it for Friday evening, come Saturday!)  This is usually the biggest cruise of the year and there have been as many as 30 boats at it in the past!  What  great way to get your boat in trim for May 7 Opening Day with this shakedown cruise!
--- PC Pete Foti


In addition to Bellingham Yacht Sales, Chuck McCord Real Estate, Dawn Durand Real Estate, Matt Harris, NW Explorations, Phil Dyer Real Estate, Rasmussen Marine Electric, San Juan Electronics, Special-T Striping & Sign, Squalicum Marine, Top to Bottom Marine Services, Tri County Diesel Marine, West Coast Marine Services, and Wilson Motors, who we told you about last week, here are Gary Baker, San Juan Yachting, and SeaView North  who have also renewed! Thanks from your Editors...


Saturday, April 9th, from  11 a.m. to 4 p.m. we will be open to the Public for a grand Open House at our BYC.  We have scheduled events of interest to adults and youth, to boaters and non-boaters, and then at 5:30, the reception begins for our First Annual Spring Dinner Dance.  Because of state liquor laws, it's our only day our bar is open to the public during this calendar year!

This is a Great Opportunity to Invite Your Friends to the BYC!  You and your friends can check out the BYC’s boating and social programs, and you can participate in several seminars and get questions answered from folks who know the answers.  Our Club will be sparkling after the Club Scrub, the Bar will be open, coffee and cookies will be available during the BYC OPEN HOUSE. Racing, Youth Sailing, Boating, Cruising and Membership Programs will all have tables and displays at the Open House. Windows on the Bay Events will have its doors open for guests to tour its gracious event facilities.

Of particular interest are three seminars:

11 – Noon:  Buying and Selling Boats
     Wes Koenig, CPYB, from San Juan Sailing and Yachting;
     Pete Foti, Co-Owner of West Coast Marine Service, dealers in boats up to around 30 feet; and
     Matt Harris, widely-known expert Marine Surveyor.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.:  Thirteen Deadly Conditions to Check for in Your Boat's Electrical System...and Other Electrifying Thoughts!"
     Wayne Kelsoe, Chief Engineer, Blue Sea Systems, arguably the leading expert in the field.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.:  Cruising the Northwest from Olympia to Skagway and Beyond
     Joe Coons, who has extensively power cruised, Olympia to Skagway
     Tom Selman, who has cruised offshore to the Med from Florida and Myanmar from Los Angeles as well as extensively, Olympia to Skagway
     Don Jorgenson, experienced sailboat cruiser to Desolation Sound

Meanwhile, elsewhere in our Squalicum Harbor, CharterFest will be happening down on the docks, and merchants will all be holding special events.  What a fun day to experience all that Bellingham and the BYC has to offer anyone interested in the water, boats, or new friends.  Tell your buddies and co-workers to check out the BYC OPEN HOUSE during the day, and read the story above telling how to invite them to join you at the Spring Dinner Dance in the evening of Saturday, April 9th.

Mark calendars, invite your friends, and enjoy your Club on Saturday, April 9th.  For more information contact Gary Baker @ 360.441.5683.    --- The Marketing Steering Committee


On Friday, April 29 4PM-7PM and Saturday April 30 8AM- 12PM, at the Northwest Diesel Power shop in Bellingham this class is offered at a cost of $99. No previous Diesel Engine maintenance experience is required. This class combines lecture and demonstration with hands-on instruction. Learn the basics of marine diesel operation and how to do basic preventative maintenance and troubleshooting. Students will gain understanding enabling them to solve common problems, and to know when an experienced mechanic is needed. Graduates will also be more prepared to communicate with professionals.  The course covers Principles of Operation, Maintaining your Marine Diesel Engine, and Basic Troubleshooting.   During the class students will work with engines in a shop setting, practice changing an impeller and bleeding a fuel system. Students may choose to observe or be completely hands-on. There will be ample opportunity for questions as we progress!  The course taught by Matt Hardin, owner and senior mechanic at Northwest Diesel Power.  Matt has more than a decade of experience with marine diesels in the Pacific Northwest.   Register by emailing:  or call 360-734-2502. 

[Editor's note: NW Diesel Power has not, in the past, supported BYC activities.  But we pass this on to you, supporting them in the interest of service to our Members.  We called Mike Rusk, proprietor of long-standing sponsor and BYC donor Tri County Diesel Marine, by far the largest shop in the area where Matt last worked before he left after getting some training to set up his own business, and Mike said, "Sure, run it.  He was a good mechanic when he worked here!"]



San Juan Sailing is teaching a CPR and Marine First Aid clinic in the Ward room on Sunday, April 10, 8:30- 12:00.  BYC members would need to RSVP to Tanya Lamp, Sailing School Manager, at or at 360-671-4300 before April 1.  San Juan Sailing wants to offer this clinic at no charge to our members, in appreciation for their relationship with the BYC.  The CPR certification will be through the American Heart Association. 

SPRING IS HERE: Is Opening day far behind?  Remember to submit your articles to  Deadline is Monday noon.

Fair Winds and Following Seas from your JibSheet editors: Kathy Brown, Joe Coons, and Jim Langei.

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