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In this Issue: 

  • This Week at the BYC Club House 
  • Round the County 2010
  • Commodore's Ball, Saturday, Nov. 13
  • Mon. Night Football; Thurs. Night Cribbage
  • Get your picture and information submitted for the roster
  • Members' Dues 



This Week at the BYC Club House:

Tuesday Nov 9th 
            Mixologist class 5:30-8:30

Wednesday Nov 10th

Sail Fleet Book Club (J. Knowles) – Commodores Room, 7-9 PM

Thursday Nov 11th

Bar Open (Sam), 5-9 PM
            Wheel & Keel nominations - Ward Room, 7:30 PM
            Power Squadron - Commodore's Room, 7-9 PM

Friday Nov 12th

            Bar Open (Sam), 5-10 PM

Saturday Nov 13th

            Commodore's Ball 6-?

Sunday Nov 14th

            Sunday Morning Coffee Club (if you're still here from last night, please start the coffee pot)

Monday Nov 15th

            Bar Open 5-9 PM

Monday Night Football & High School Sailing BBQ  (J. Knowles) 5-9 PM

Round the County 2010


This race is a classic fall event. Now in its 23rd year, it attracts more of sailing addicts and strategists than any other two day regatta in the Puget Sound region.  Wind, weather and tidal currents make this a challenge, and anyone who participates and finishes (!) is a winner in their own right.


This year, 4.5 BYC boats (one boat, Illusionist, a J109, hails from Seattle, but for this race, was made up of 50% Hamsters, so we are claiming the local hailing port) joined in for the fun of Fall, almost Winter sailing.  The sun was shining on the water, the wind never died for more than ‘too long’ and the currents were mostly going in the right direction.  The BYC held its own pre- regatta party at Blakely Marina, joined by several support boats and hanger’s on. A good time was ‘heard’ by all (and really if you like the Doors) and amazingly enough, no one fell off the dock.


Saturday morning came early, but everyone made it out and soon, the spinnakers were flying.  It was clockwise this year, so South we headed. At some times, there was enough current it was hard to not ‘out-speed’ the wind. Two boats, Flying Circus and Blackfoot were early leaders in their divisions.  


Sunday also came early, despite that extra hour of sleep - it was heard on the docks that many racers expected two ‘last calls’ at the bar.  Again, the wind gods made us mortals, then the current gods gave us a occasional spanking.  In the end, it was apples and oranges for Vitesse and Illusionist, with Vitesse showing her light air prowess, but it was not enough to catch Illusionist, who took 3rd in Division I.  Hraven was nipping at the heels of the 3rd place finisher in Division II.  Flying Circus took 2nd over Blackfoot in 3rd for Division III.  A good showing for the Club against many talented boats and sailors from the Seattle, Anacortes, and British Columbia sailing community.


Overall results were also impressive. In a 73 boat fleet it was:














Flying Circus







Full results at . It’s a good read about how competitive 70 plus miles of racing can be.


This is a great regatta run cooperatively by two small but committed yacht clubs, Orcas Island and Friday Harbor Sailing Club; one that fills a very important spot in the overall racing schedule.  If you are out cruising next year and find yourself at a reciprocal dock, or see their burgee, please be sure to thank them again for a great ‘job well done.’


Neil Bennett

THE Big Social Event of the Year---The Annual Commodore's Ball

This year's theme is "Putting on the Ritz!"
Be sure to Save the Date!
Saturday evening, November 13th will be a night to remember with live music, dancing, dinner and divine desserts!  
And it will be the first Commodore's Ball Cocktail Hour to be held in our newly remodeled Lounge.   Be sure to arrive at 6:00 for the social hour, prior to dinner.  Hooty-Hoo!

Monday Night Football EVERY WEEK!
Wine and draft beer and well drinks (Mt. Gay and Crown Royal are among the upscale well brands at our Club) are only $2.50 on Monday nights!  And...the Etchells Fleet will be grilling cheeseburgers and Polish Sausage every Monday Night too!  Proceeds from the Fleet's modest food prices go towards the High School Sailing Team.

Bring your snacks and appetizers to make it more fun...and cheer on your favorites.  Start time is the same as the game in your newspaper or TV schedule each week!

Cribbage every Thursday night headed up by John Gargett and John Van Haalen.  Don't know how to play?  This is a great opportunity to learn!  

Get your picture in the BYC Roster!
A New Feature Is Being Added to the BYC Roster!
Roster editor Joe Coons advises us that photos are being added to the roster both for Members and for their Boats!  Here's what you need to do to get your pictures in the Roster which will be published in January: Before December 15, send a digital image of you (and your partner, if you have one) to  The single image should include both persons if applicable, and be sure the image file name includes the Member's last name! 
If you have a boat, you may send another image of it, again being sure that the file name includes the member's name!  Joe reserves the right to crop images if necessary and they will be converted by him to black and white. He will acknowledge all images received. 

We cannot guarantee all images will be published, but he says he will do his best, remembering this is the first year for this effort!

Members' Dues:  There has been an accounting error resulting in a few members, mainly Seniors, who may not have been invoiced for the current 2010 - 2011 membership dues.  We apologize for this, and would ask members who have not received their dues invoice to email Dick Grimshaw at with a request for an invoice. Thank you.

Remember to submit your articles to  Deadline is Monday noon.

If you know of someone who is an incognito volunteer hero for the BYC, please submit his or her name to the Jib Sheet editors along with why you are submitting it to Jib Sheet Volunteer nominations. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Fairwinds and Following Seas, your JibSheet editors:  Joe Coons, Jim Langei and Kathy Brown

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