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APRIL 9 - 15, 2013

AN "OFF FRIDAY" THIS WEEK!  There's no special program, just camaraderie and relaxation at your Club!
SPRING DANCE IS THIS SATURDAY! In addition to the dance itself, there are a bunch of events associated with it! Committee meetings are Tuesday, 4/8 at 5:30 (appetizers & wine/beer available); Thursday, 4/10, flower arranging (during the day, contact Commodore Jody,; Friday, 4/12, 5:30, decorating Windows on the Bay; Saturday, 4/13 decorating and clean-up.
    Of course, the 
"In the Pink" Dance itself is on Saturday, April 13, featuring Joe Young and the Starlites! If you hurry, you can invite your neighbors, friends, and associates to join you at this 3rd Annual Spring Dinner Dance.  Call now for your reservations for an evening of cocktails, delicious cuisine, and dance! 
    For more information please contact Kathy Brown (, Carol Young ( or Maya Allsop ( itself.
ZODIAC CRUISE APRIL 20:  Since less than half of the spaces on this fund-raising event for Youth Sailing have been sold, we are extending the early registration discounts.  A single ticket is $80 and two or more are $70 each.  With the promise of an early Spring, this would be a great opportunity to get out on the water aboard this lovely Schooner.  Please help support our efforts to develop and maintain a great dinghy fleet for Youth Sailing!  And you can give tickets to any friends or neighbors who might be interested; sign up at the bar.  Thanks.  --- Arne Ahlen

IT'S BURGER TIME AGAIN!  The traditional Burger & Beer for racing nights service is underway (boy, it was good last week), and whether you're a racer or not, you'll want to stop by the Club anytime after 6, up to shortly after racing for this inexpensive and delicious way to have more time with Members, crew and friends.  It's a BYC tradition...

WANNA HELP?  We will be painting the downstairs hall and pool room at the Club on Monday and Tuesday, April 22 and 23, beginning at 6PM.  It would be wonderful to have a couple of helpers!  Contact Carrie Beck, leading the project, at to pitch in.

DING, DING! WHO STOLE OUR CLOCK?  Actually, no one did!  Gail Haines has delivered it for repairs to a trusted clockmaker.  More news follows...
THE BELL IS BACK: Joe Bartlett has given a tradition back to our Club!  At the Club Scrub on Sunday, Joe brought back his cleaned-up, properly mounted ship’s bell for permanent location on the upper lounge wall where it can be rung to get the attention of those present for important announcements.  It carries an inscription, He who rings the bell in jest shall buy a drink for all the rest, so be careful to only ring the bell for serious matters!  This bell has a colorful history: ask Joe about it when you thank him for the lovely gift.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM POLICY & PLANNING!  A Club Manager?  See here for something that every BYC Member will want to comment upon!
IT'S HAPPENING NEXT WEEK!  The BYC Automatic Payment Option is going to become a reality! You will receive a mailing with more details regarding our program along with an enrollment form. Watch your mailbox! Click if you missed the prior announcements! --- Mike Welsh, Asst. Treasurer
DON'T FORGET THE JIB SHEET HAS A NEW ADDRESS: Jibsheet13@BYC.ORG.  That's because we were getting up to 50 spams a day at the old one...

THE CLUB SCRUB WAS HUGE! With the largest turnout we recall, there were 48 hard-working BYC Members at the Club on April 7 working from 9 until 1 on a wide variety of projects. Enthusiasm has never been higher as over twenty jobs in twenty areas were undertaken and completed.  We really owe these workers our thanks: Mike Allsop, Joe Bartlett, Carrie Beck, Larry Beck, Mary Burns, Joe Coons, Judy Coons, Michael Crawford, Brenda Dennis, Lee Falta, Gail Haines, Marty Haines, Bruce Hamilton, Alana Hansen, Bud Hansen, Marian Henderson, Gordon Hilaski, Susie Hilaski, Don Jorgensen, Mary Jorgenson, Wayne Kelsoe, Jack Levine, Linda Levine, Dick Labadie, Alex Marr, Lisa McArdle, Rob McArdle, Rob McGregor, Marty Mitchell, Priscilla Mitchell, Tim Mumford, Melissa Patterson, Bob Riek, Ariane Ringler, Dan Ringler, Rozlynne Rush, Mark Santosuosso, Mark Schmerler, Eric Senuty, Rick Steidley, Tim, Kai & Zane Thompson, Allan Troupin, Deborah Troupin, Marian Welsh, Mike Welsh, Christine Wright, David Wright.  What a team.  What a lot of work.  And what a rewarding, fun time for everyone!
ALAS, POOR ALEX! Alex Marr misplaced a small black tool kit about 8 x 6 x 2 inches at the Club Scrub.  If you saw it, you can call him at 778-2484.  Thanks!
 for an experienced yacht broker /sales professional with powerboat experience to join expanding sales team. We are the Washington dealers for Sabre-Back Cove and Cutwater Yachts. Email resume to

REMEMBER TRACY RHODUS?  Tracy was a server at our Club 15 years ago while she attended WWU, where she was a vocal music major.  She's gone on to be quite accomplished (she now lives in Vancouver B.C., teaches and concertizes, and is now Tracy Rhodus Satterfield). She will be singing a recital, Roots of Melody: World Folk Influences in Art Song on Wednesday, May 1, at Trinity Lutheran, 119 Texas Street. It's free; call 671-0252 for details. We might see you there!

HELP WANTED FOR OPENING DAY: Fleet Captain Mick Corcoran writes, "A plea if you will, for some volunteers to form the Opening Day Committee.  As you know this is one of the BYC “Big Events” to start off our boating season. If you can help out, your assistance would be much appreciated." Please contact Mick via email,  or on his cell: 360-319-5448. 

ON APRIL 10, OUR MEMBERS CHRISTINE & JEFFREY SMITH are giving a talk for the Whatcom Maritime Association at the Squalicum Yacht Club about Cruising The Inside Passage. It's free.  More details are here.  [I really enjoy this great, creative couple, and their boat, the David B is fascinating! -- Ed.]

ON APRIL 24 FROM 6 TO 9 PM we will have a three-hour training program called "Powerboat Systems and Operation".  Taught by BYC Member Joe Coons (who does this professionally every summer), the course will include a PowerPoint review (with notes) of typical inboard powerboat systems, a maintenance overview, and then 90 minutes or so aboard a 52' Grand Banks vessel with a discussion of maneuvering techniques with an included manual to end the evening. He will also schedule some free actual operation classes for a later daytime date if a boat can be arranged.  Put the class on your calendar now, and please sign up at the bar if convenient, so  we can plan for your materials.  The net from the $10 fee after some of the handout expense will go to the BYC. (Incidentally, Joe takes pride in working well with women who want to be comfortable on boats, whether operating them or not; probably half his his trainees over the years have been ladies!)
DISCOUNT TO BYC MEMBERS!  When you buy your supplies at Redden Marine Supply, you get 10% off...just show your BYC membership card.  And this is a great time to pick up their 1000-page Master Catalog, a great resource for needs or dreams...
HELLO SAILORS! It's a busy week of sailboat racing, Wednesday night racing series continues...

Spring is here and we had a grand week at the BYC.  Fridays at 5 was well attended and lots of fun.  Many members and new members getting in on our Membership drive.  My hat goes off to all those that brought food and to Carol and Joe Young who contributed the ham and beans to make our Friday at 5 a special one.    
    The Club scrub was well attended and many new members showed up to help.  Thank you to Mark Santosuosso and Joe Coons for organizing such a special day.  The club looks grand and we all had a good time.  Thank you membership for lending a helping hand, the team work was spectacular!
    Spring Dance is here!  If you plan on attending and enjoying this wonderful event, get in touch with Kathy Brown, Maya Allsop or myself….we need to have a final count ASAP!  Think “Pink!” Get those Hats out and dust them off!
    Bus to Emerald Downs: get your reservation in!  I have to let them know this week how many box seats we need!  If you know someone that wants to go; be sure to put in their name and let me know; the signup sheet is at the bar! Giddy up and get on the Bus!
    The BYC Survey!  Let your voice be heard!  Get them in….I will put a collection box at the bar this week!  Surveys are available on the counter in front of the Ships Store, on line at our Website, or by clicking here!
    There are still plenty of reservations left for our Youth Sailing fundraiser, on the Zodiac!  Get your reservations in, have a wonderful sail, and support our youth program!
    Wednesday this week your Commodore is grilling those burgers for our sailors!  Come on down and enjoy a burger and a brew, help support the Sailors.  It should be a fun evening for all!
    Have a wonderful week my boating friends!  Special welcome home to our snowbirds!  We missed you!
    Fair Winds and Following Seas --- Jody King Erickson


Jim Gibson "wins" last week's photo contest by correctly identifying the planes (a DC-3 under the wing of the Spruce Goose) in the Evergreen Flight Museum in McMinnville, Oregon – AND – adding this bit of extra credit info: The Evergreen museum also contains a Life Needs Water science area where you can learn to sail a ship down the Columbia river, or climb into an interactive submarine sailing through the deep blue seas.  With over 20 interactive educational exhibits, there is something for everyone to see for themselves why “Life Needs Water.”  Terry Tavelli also submitted a correct answer. Thanks to Donna Olsen for the photo.  Mark Harding, Bob Simica, and Meredith Ross each submitted answers that were close, but not completely correct...
    This week's picture is of an oft-photographed spot. If you know the location, submit your answer to (Note: Steve is also taking donations so he can upgrade Serendipity to the yacht in the photo!)

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