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WEEK OF MAY 1-7, 2012...



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This Week We're Open: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Meetings This Week: Tue: Op. Day Planning; Fri: Friday@5; Sat: Opening Day!

Non-BYC at the Club: Fri: WR-San Juan Sailing;
Bartending: Wed. Sam & Michele Bodtke, Grill-Hewards; Thu. Trudy Kelsoe & Katy Day; Fri: Joe Carpenter & Hired; Sat:Hired, Sam & Trudy

Please thank them for supporting the Club!
Apple Specialists: T D Curran Automobiles: Wilson Motors  Boatyards: Seaview North BoatyardThe Landings @ Colony Wharf  Boat Sales & Charters: Bellhaven Yacht Sales & Charters, Bellingham Yacht Sales & ChartersNW Explorations,  San Juan Sailing & Yachting  Canvas & Upholstery: Squalicum Marine  Catering Services & Facilities: Windows on the Bay Events  Communications & Marketing: Integrated Marketing & Media  Computer Integration & Security: CSS Communications  Casino, Restaurants & Resort: Silver Reef  Electronics: San Juan Electronics  Electrical Repairs & Supplies, Furnaces: Rasmussen Marine Electric  Engine Repairs & Repowering: Tri County Diesel Marine  Floral Designs: Jody King Designs   Hardware: Hardware Sales, Inc.  Insurance, General & Marine: The Unity Group  Lettering: Special-T Striping & Sign  Marine Cooling Systems: Orca Marine  Marine Manufacturing: Blue Sea Systems  Marine Services: Cooper Marine Service, Top to Bottom Inc. Marine Service  Marine Supplies:  LFS Inc., Redden Marine Inc.  Outboards, Stern Drives, Boats & Repairs: West Coast Marine Services  Printing Services: Pacific Rim Printing  Realtors: Gary BakerDawn DurandPhil Dyer,  Chuck McCord   Security Systems & Locksmith: Security Solutions NW  Surveyors: Matthew Harris 


Steve Moore says, “There will be a F@5 this Friday, May 4.  Maybe bring some of the appetizers you’ve been eating while decorating the boat!”


QUESTION:  What includes a Fly By, Costumes, Blessing of the Fleet, Dress Blues, Dancing to Live Music, Boat Parade, Anthems and Flag Raising, Pirates, Champagne Reception, Pinatas, Awards and Honorable Mentions, Mexican Buffet, Dignitaries, and Margaritas?
ANSWER: It’s BYC's All Day Celebration of the Opening Day of Boating Season, Saturday, May 5th!  The theme is Cinco de Mayo…  
  • There’s a private Champagne Reception at 10:30 AM for BYC Members & their Families and Invited Guests only.
  • There’s the Traditional Opening Day Ceremony at noon with anthems, raising of the flags, Commodore Troy's address, and the Blessing of the Fleet by Bishop Kevin Allen.  (The public is welcome to attend this noon event.)
  • “Boats Away” will be announced at 1 PM for the Opening Day Decorated Boat Parade. The parade is open to all boats.  The parading boats will rendezvous at Bellingham Ferry Terminal at 1:45 pm, with the Boat Parade to be led by Vice Commodore Jody King Erickson on Hopscotch, a Beneteau 50' Sailboat.  The Zodiac schooner will be the Review Boat 
  • Then, the Opening Day Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Kick-off Party begins at 4:30 at the BYC.  Theree will be Live Music by the "Atlantics" from 5 until 8ish, with a Mexican Buffet & Margarita Specials. 
Arribba! Arribba!!  
This year's Kick-off Party is a very special event for BYC Members and their invited registered guests---only!  You must bring your BYC membership card to be admitted and wear your name tag at all times while at this event.  Your guests must register as your personal guests. The BYC will have paid bartenders for this annual season-kick-off event!  Visit for more detailed information.

No puedo esperar, Amigos!  (That Means "Can't Wait, Friends!")

By Land or by Sea…Join us on a Wine Tasting Excursion & Cruise to La Conner May 11, 12 & 13 (come any or all days!)
Friday night martinis and appetizers on the dock starting at 5pm. Please plan to bring an appetizer. (Hosted by Bob & Jane Simica)
Saturday will be free time and shopping until 4pm. • Saturday afternoon there will be a wine tasting at “Washington Sips” on 1st Street from 4 to 6 pm. (Hosted by Bob & Marsha Riek) • Dinner, after wine, will be at a location chosen at the Friday night gathering from 6pm to 9pm.
Sunday morning Mimosas and then breakfast on the dock which will include Bob Simica’s famous pancakes.
We have 200 feet of dock space on either side of the south visitors dock for a total of 400 feet of reserved space for the nights of May 11 and 12. Each boat going needs to call the La Conner Marina at (360) 466-3118 and give them the first night’s payment by credit card. (You will not get your money back if you cancel but will receive a credit for use later.)
If you are planning on joining us, let Carol Young know at
The cruise is hosted by Bob & Jane Simica, Bob & Marsha Riek, and Joe & Carol Young, so you know it will be fun!

Next Week, May 12, all Skippers and Crew of CYC’s Thursday Night Racing Series are invited to join sponsoring member, Jonathan Knowles (BYC Fleet Captain) to the BYC Bar & Lounge after racing on May 12th for $6 Burgers & Brew Special & post race socializing. 
$6 Burger & Beer Special (Or, add $2.50 to any drink for the burger deal!)  You get a 1/3 lb Cheeseburger with Potato/Macaroni Salad or chips and any On-tap Microbrew Beer of your choice. 
Note:  Please, please all Non-BYC Member skippers & crew please sign the guest log --- We have agreed to do this for the Liquor Control Board!


This week is the final week of the Wednesday night Numb Bum series. On the Etchells front, Callipygian and Hurrah are currently tied for first with Toast only one point behind.  Flying Circus is leading the PHRF division with Blackfoot 3 points behind in Second.  The Final Race of this division will determine the winners! The Spring series will be beginning May 9th and we are hoping to get a few more PHRF boats out. --- Bart Maupin, Sail Fleet Captain


NW Explorations announced today (5/1) its expansion into the marine service industry as they merge with successful local business, Cooper Marine Services.  Cooper Marine Services brings furnace installation/service, marine electronic installations, AC/DC electrical work (including rewiring, chargers and inverters), new boat commissioning, and haul outs and bottom work to the company.
Brian Pemberton, owner of NW Explorations, says, “I’m looking forward to this new relationship and the opportunity to add top quality marine services to our already first- class brokerage and charter operations!” 
Craig Cooper, owner of Cooper Marine Services, is also excited about the merger.  He’s anxious to share his expertise and create a full service operation at NW Explorations.  Now, the rest of the boating community at large plus, as always, Grand Banks owners  have a reputable, knowledgeable place to turn for full brokerage, charter, and marine services! 
Best wishes to these BYC Supporters!

As boating season approaches, it is a great time to review your insurance coverage and make sure your family is protected from the unexpected. The Unity Group is a locally owned insurance brokerage that works with preferred carriers like ACE, CHUBB and Travelers (just to name a few).
Insurance is one of the less enjoyable expenses we all incur so why not see if Unity can save you money? A Unity representative will sit down with you to review your policies and evaluate your coverage to determine if you would be better served by switching carriers, if you could receive discounts by bundling your policies and to ensure you have the correct coverages! Visit us online at or call us at 800.339.9270.

The first thing to know is that Opening Day is an entire weekend of celebration starting with Friday, May 4th.  That’s the day boat skippers and their crews decorate their boats according to this year's  theme---Cinco de Mayo! (Each year the commodore has the honor of selecting the theme.)  Naturally, all this decorating leads to thirsty and hungry boaters. If the weather is not so great, Members make their way to the BYC lounge with food and to take advantage of the BYC great bar deals.  But no matter the weather, after the sun goes down Members make their way back to the BYC watering hole.   
Also on Friday, the boats of the Officers of the Bridge and Trustees and Members who have made previous arrangements with Jeff Vernon, this year's Opening Day Dock Master, ( move their boats to the BYC Dock for decorating.  Many BYCers sleep overnight on their boats on Friday and Saturday evenings. Some Members consider this THE start of the Party! Oh, and The Dead Pirates raise their flags; in fact, all boats fly every flag, burgee, or hanky possible!
On Saturday morning, make sure that your boat is registered if you plan to enter her in the Opening Day Decorated Boat Parade.  Be sure to pick up your contest number placard to hang on your starboard rail.   If you own nautical/traditional boating attire, wear it today.  Bring out those jaunty ties, sailor tops, anchor-inspired bling, navy slacks, and those Topsiders that were replaced with Keens.  Spruce up and attend the champagne reception for BYC Members and their Familiesonly that starts at 10:30 a.m.  For those who need it, coffee will be available.   
At High Noon the public is invited to join the festivities in the Clubhouse. Then, the traditional Opening Day Ceremony begins with the national anthems, official welcomes, flag raising, Blessing of the Fleet, and other nautical traditions.  Our BYC Fleet Captain organizes the Opening Day Celebration and Ceremony; this year's Fleet Captain is Jonathon Knowles.  
Then, at 1:00 p.m., “Boats Away” is announced.  Everyone competing scrambles to change out of their fancy nautical duds and into their costumes (yes, costumes), if any, and head to their boats.  Leaving the harbor, all boats rendezvous at the Bellingham Ferry Terminal for the parade.  Boats fall in line following Vice Commodore's boat, which leads the parade.   This year Vice Commodore Jody Erickson will lead, aboard Hopscotch.  The boats make two circuits from the terminal to the review boat (this year, it’s the Zodiac) and then back before peeling off to return to the Club for the “open boats” dockside hospitality and Club events.  
Then the  Cinco de Mayo Fiesta begins 4:30.  DON'T FORGET:  You must bring your BYC Membership card and wear your name tag at all times. Your guests must be registered under your name and wear a name tag--at all times. This is one of the few times when the rule will be adhered to strictly.  
Enjoy the live music of "The Atlantics", a Chips and Salsa Bar sponsored by the BYC Marketing Steering Committee, a Mexican theme BBQ hosted by The Dead Pirates Society, and Margarita Specials from your BYC Bar.  Late at night games of Liar's Poker, cribbage, and etc. are likely to be underway.
On Sunday morning, you will find many of your fellow BYCers at the Web Locker or Bayside Cafe having traditional breakfasts, perhaps accompanied with a bit of "hair of the dog."  Yeah, it’s true: Members tend to hang on like lizards on the boats...but eventually the BYC dock begins to clear…Boating Season has officially begun!  


No one correctly identified last week’s picture, of the Riviera Centro in Ensenada, Mexico. Why it this place important? It is the birthplace of the wonderful Margarita drink. Here’s a sign on the wall commemorating the event. Since Opening Day theme is Cinco de Mayo, your photo correspondent thought it an especially important place to commemorate.
For this week’s picture, we travel to a very different place. If you think you know the answer, please send your guess to

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Fair Winds and Following Seas from your JibSheet editors, Joe Coons and Eric Nyberg

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