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DECEMBER 10th through 16th, 2013
A BIT OF A BREATHER THIS WEEK! Giving us all a relaxing moment, this week you can enjoy the Club as the great, relaxed place it is!  Our Friday@5 is just casual, bring an appetizer if you like (see the Commodore's column below) and for the rest of this week our hours are "regular", Monday Night Football, then Wednesday-Saturday evenings 5 - closing. What a great place to come after a shopping trip or a day at the job, your Club with friends and comfort, and our usual low prices!  

THE BOAT PARADE WAS A BLAST... The 49' yacht Irish Mist was the committee boat, provided by Brian Pemberton and NW Explorations: Thank You, Brian and gang! Though the turnout was modest, the decorations were great and the soup feed, presentation and holiday singing party afterward, about 130 folks present, was a blast.  According to our presenter, Commodore Michele, the winners were: Novice Grand Prize: Bob Confer on Ebbtide; Community Award: Steve Ross and guests on Serendipity; Lighted Boat of the Year: Nick Kaiser on Starweather; & Best of Parade (winning the Sextant Funds Award): Nando Zucchi and guests on Andrea Mia.  Read more in Michele's column!
REPEATING THIS GIFT/SAFETY IDEA: A great improvement to your boat if it has a 30-amp shore power connector (especially if during the winter your connectors get warm) is the new “Smartplug” female connector and receptacle system to eliminate the old-style twist-locks that have caused so many fires.  A qualified skipper can install it, or have pros do it.  The connectors are +/- $200, while pro installation adds around $100. Rasmussen’s Marine Electric or Tri County Diesel Marine can get them and do it for you. (Don’t be fooled by low prices on line: the kit is two pieces, and the prices here are reasonable...and local!)  Details here.
A CHRISTMAS PARTY NEXT WEEK!  Holiday Cheers to all! On the December 20th F@5, we're having the Bellingham Yacht Club Christmas Party! Gather up you're Christmas sweaters (especially the ugly ones), or wear your favorite holiday accessories...we're having a contest for the best ugly Christmas sweater and the most festive Christmas outfits for adults and kids too! There will be an optional $10 White Elephant Gift exchange, real gifts-not the crazy ones, LOL! A SPAGHETTI FEED WILL BE PROVIDED ALONG WITH BREAD AND SALAD!!!  (If you help by bringing your favorite holiday appetizers and desserts that'd be awesome!)
    We're looking forward to spreading Christmas cheer with all our wonderful members! Happy Holidays! --- Angie Santosuosso

SATURDAY JAN. 25 IS THE BOAT SHOW BUS DATE! Leaving at 8:30 a.m. and returning at 7:30 p.m., you’ll have fun with no parking or ticket hassle, and admission to both shows (in the water and in the exhibition hall). On the bus, great food and drink both ways; only $45.00 P/P covers it all!  Sign up at BYC.ORG on line to have all the details properly recorded! Seats are limited…

ANOTHER GIFT IDEA: Buy a boat show ticket for someone!  Order it online at our BYC.ORG web site...
RETURNING TO OUR ROOTS! We are returning to the original plan for Friday@5: Camaraderie at the end of the week, supplemented with appetizers and finger food provided by all those that attend! Of course, this does not preclude a group from sponsoring a Friday event, and providing more than finger food! If you or your group would like to do that, sponsor a Friday@5 you will be reimbursed up to $150 towards the cost of food. Please contact me if you would like to reserve a date.  Commodore Michele or 360-720-4155.
A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM ANGIE: "My fellow BYC friends, as you may know, I am the BYC Cruise Chair for the 2013-2014 boating season.  I am excited to share with you that I have been busy planning some amazing cruises for our members, including 3 on land and more than 10 on water!  We now are ready for you to pitch in and share hosting one or more of them. We'll be cruising to destinations such as Deer Harbor & Rosario Resort on Orcas Island, Sucia Island, Friday Harbor, Anacortes, Poet's Cove, Desolation Sound and our own Inati BayI will be doing a lot of the groundwork such as reserving slips at the marinas and supplying basics needed for shared meal times & Happy Hours!  Your job as hosts would be to help with the planning of activities and possibly helping with a shared meal and/or happy hour at the cruise. Please contact me if you can help as a "cruisemaster"! I'll happily discuss any questions/ideas you may have to make the experience gratifying for all!  I'm looking forward to your call." --- Angie Santosuosso 360-319-7863  
    [I've served as cruisemaster in past years (when I had a boat) a number of times, and it's fun and a great way to meet people that will become lifelong...not just "boatlong" ... friends!  Try it, you'll like it! --- Ed.]
LANDSCAPING HELP NEEDED! Carol Snowball is looking for help with our BYC landscaping. If you are interested, you know you'll be working with a master of the art! Please contact Carol (714-0903) or me --- Commodore Michele

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Our BYC bar and lounge opens at 5pm and closes at the end of the game. Drink specials and bar snacks will be available; come down and enjoy it with friends; $1 tacos served at the games!
FROM THE COMMODORE... This past weekend was the annual Lighted Boat Parade. This year offered the challenge of very cold temperatures and, fortunately, lighter wind. We were treated to festively decorated boats from nine hearty participants. Cold weather and clear skies made for a beautiful night on the bay (and made the Club seem especially warm!) This year's winners are above in our second story...congratulations to all of them, and extra thanks for turning out in such cold weather!
    The parade was followed by a huge soup feed in the club. Thanks to all that provided soup - we had at least 17 soups that were donated and they all were delicious! Thanks to everyone for your contributions - many hands make light work. Thank you also to Brian Pemberton of NW Explorations for providing the review boat - it makes the evening very special for the Commodore, judges and guests.
    Next came the announcement of this year's "Sink the Dinghy" drive to finish the money-raising for our BYC-endowed scholarship program at Bellingham Technical College.  Your tax-deductible check, made out to "Bellingham Technical College Foundation" with a note "Sink the Dinghy" on it, dropped off at/mailed to the Club or mailed to the college will help us reach our goal of $25,000...and we need just a few thousand more to have scholarship funded to be given every year.  Thank you! 
    The evening was topped off by a rousing rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas "BYC style", and a touching and heartfelt Silent Night. Thank you to Joe & Judy Coons for once again leading the group in Holiday Cheer, and to their "helpers", Randy Klemann and Mary Jorgenson

    It was a special evening enjoyed by all. Thank you for the memories.  --- Respectfully and with warm Season's Greetings, Michele Bodtke, Commodore
FROM THE SAN JUAN PRESERVATION TRUST: In late August, we cut the ribbon and opened up Orcas Island's new Turtleneck trail. This trail crosses 110 acres of land acquired by the San Juan Preservation Trust in 2012 that had long separated the Turtleback Mountain Preserve from the Turtlehead Preserve, two of our most-beloved places. With its breathtaking 360-degree views of surrounding islands, the Turtlehead Preserve had - until now - been inaccessible to the public.
    To ensure that their land would remain in the same natural state as they had enjoyed it, the late Ernest and Beverly Graham - longtime residents of Shaw Island - bequeathed their 99-acre property to the San Juan Preservation Trust in 2009. Situated on a bank overlooking Shaw's Squaw Bay, a new trail links the Shaw Island Community Center near Blind Bay to Shaw Island County Park on Indian Cove. Employing countless hours of volunteer labor, a delightful 0.8-mile pedestrian path now meanders through the Graham Preserve's quiet forest.
STEVE ROSS'S PHOTO CONTEST... Last week's picture was taken at the Pireaus (Greece) Yacht Harbor. Pireaus is the port that services Athens, with basins for cargo, ferries, cruise ships, and lots of yachts. Lisa Megard and Mark Harding were more or less close with their answers, and Jim Gibson was spot on with his response.
    You don't have to travel as far to see where this week's picture was taken. If you know the location, send your answer to
   Jib Sheet Editor this week is Joe Coons
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