LACONNER CRUISE IS MAY 11, 12 & 13
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!)
martinis and appetizers on the dock starting at 5pm. Please plan to bring an appetizer. (Hosted by Bob & Jane Simica
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.
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 email@example.com
The cruise is hosted by Bob & Jane Simica, Bob & Marsha Riek, and Joe
& Carol Young, so you know it will be fun!
CYC/BYC THURSDAY NIGHT RACING LOUNGE SPECIAL!
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
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
A BYC SPONSOR EXPANDS
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.
, 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!”
, 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!
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THE OFFICIAL OPENING DAY NEWCOMER'S GUIDE!
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, (firstname.lastname@example.org
) 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!