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WEEK OF SEPT. 20-26, 2011

  • ELECTIONS NIGHT, Wed., Sept. 21st
  • BAR REPORT by Jonathon Knowles
  • SKYLARK II UPDATE: from Susie and Gordon

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Sponsors: Special-T Striping & Sign | Chuck McCord, Realtor | West Coast Marine Services

ELECTIONS MEETING and VOTING NIGHT,  Wed., Sept. 21ST at 6:00 pm at the BYC

On Wednesday, 21 September, BYC Elections will take place for the Officers and new slate of Trustees for 2011/2012.

Ballots have been mailed to each voting member.  

If you have not mailed yours in, you may return them in person Election Night

Results will be tallied that evening and then the winners will be  announced that evening.

Dinner is hosted by Bob "Cookie" Kehoe at $12.95 per person.  Reservations required. 

Submitted by,  Terry Tavelli, P.C. and chair of the Nominations Committee

Sponsors: LFS Inc. Gary Baker Realtor Matthew Harris Surveyor | Hardware Sales, Inc.

RESERVE YOUR ELECTIONS NIGHT STEAK DINNER brought to you by Bob "Cookie" Kehoe.

Cast your vote and socialize with other BYC Members while the results are tallied!

It isn't too late to reserve your Elections Night STEAK Dinner for Wed., Sept. 21st from 6 pm-8

Enjoy ("Finer") Dining at the BYC Elections Voting Night with New York Steak, Potatoes, Salad and Cornbread for $12.75!

Reservations are required to guarantee a meal.  Sign up and Pay at the Bar or go on-line @

See you and the Club!   Submitted by Jonathon Knowles, Bar Manageer & 2nd year Trustee


Please join me in welcoming our newest members, Ron Burr and Sherry Hartman, from Anacortes. They pilot a 28' Aspen C90 Catamaran named Aristocat.

Many of us had an opportunity to meet them at the last Fridays @ 5. For those of you who were off cruising to Poet's Cove or otherwise occupied, make a point of stopping by to say hello next time they are in town.

Submitted by Marian Welsh, New Member Secretary

If you have an open Monday Night between now and Dec 26thand can tend bar, please contact me and I’ll put you on the schedule.  Call me ASAP at 360.303.5465.

MNF Help Wanted: You don’t need to be a bartender to help out with the MNF event.  It’s a 16 week season and it would be great to have a team to spread out the work load.  There is help needed with shopping, cooking dogs, coordinating bartenders,  etc.  If you are able to help, please contact me.
--- Jonathan Knowles, Bar Manager

Seasonal Squares Football Pool:  Already about a quarter of the squares are spoken for.  Don't be left out; write your name down in the squares,  fill out the game sheet, and pay the bartender the next time you are at the Club!
--- Kathy Brown, this week's JibSheet Editor

Sponsors: Special-T Striping & Sign | Chuck McCord, Realtor | West Coast Marine Services


Are you 14 (or 13 and through the eighth grade) or older, but not yet 21?
  • Do you like water activities?  Boating? Cruising? Sailing? Kayaking? Canoeing?
  • Do you like to explore islands and to visit out of the way places?
  • Do you want to meet other kids from different cities with similar interests?
Then you may want to investigate the Bellingham Sea Scouts.  Visit for more details.

The Sea Scouts is an organization that is sponsored by the BYC and Whatcom Maritime Association.   

If you or a young man that you know is interested in becoming a member of the Sea Scouts, please contact Ralph Neher, Skipper at 360.671.5058; or Charles Storr, Mate at 360.734.0999; or Keith Neher, Boatswain at 360.739.5393.

--Submitted by Ralph Neher, Skipper, the Sea Scouts


Wed., Oct. 5th at 6 pm: Installation of the BYC Officers and Trustees
AND the Commodore's Awards Presentation

Sat., Nov. 5th:  The Annual Commodore's Ball

Be sure and update your calendars!  --Submitted by this week's JibSheet Editor


Be sure to vote!  We will have openings for 4 Trustees and a Fleet Captain.  Job descriptions for these positions can be found in the BYC By-laws (Articles X and XII), as well as a detailed outline of the election procedures (Article IX, Section 3).  Scroll down to view Candidates Bios and Responses to this year's slate of questions.
On Wednesday, 21 September, Elections will take place.  Ballots have been mailed to each voting member and they can either be mailed in or returned in person on election night.  Results will be tallied that evening and winners announced.
Sponsors: Dawn Durand Realtor  | Rasmussen Marine Electric |  Seaview North Boatyard


Winding Down A Great Year....
It’s time to start winding down my year and I have to admit it’s rather bittersweet.  The last board meeting… the last Fridays at 5. The experiences have been amazing and the memories are too numerous to count.  We’ve done some great things – and I know that Troy and his administration can raise the bar even higher.

Election Time!

Wednesday is Elections Night, as well as the official “christening” of our brand new Weber BBQ.  Please come down to the Club to cast your ballot, enjoy a wonderful steak dinner (reservations required!), and hear the election results.  We have a great panel of candidates and they would love to have your support.

See you at the Club! 
At your service, Commodore Michele



Al Callery and Roger Almskaar correctly identified Dry Falls in Eastern Washington.

“We had technical difficulties posting the proper picture for last week’s contest, so we’re going to try it again. Thanks to all of you who have commented on the ‘contest’ – we enjoy doing it and appreciate your feedback.”

"Nothing dry about this place....":   this week’s place

Send your guesses about what they are to Steve Ross at

Keep up the Fun and Games:  If you have something to contribute to the Jib Sheet, send it to

Sponsors: Wilson Motors | Bellingham Yacht Sales & Charters Northwest Explorations
Hello all,

Thursday, September 22:   Arne Wong, Jeff Vaughn

Saturday, September 24:   Teresa & John Van Haalen

Please remember, if you are scheduled for a shift at our bar, and you cannot
fill it yourself, you are the one responsible for finding someone to trade
with you, using your email list of licensed bartenders.  Please do not call
anyone else to find a replacement for you: You are responsible. Thank you
for your help with this new policy!

---Submitted by John Van Haalen, Bartender Scheduler


THIS WEEK!  SIGN UP NOW for Bob Kehoe's Election Night NY Steak Dinner & BBQ Christening
Election Night NY Steak Dinner & New BBQ Christening
Our new BBQ was installed just in time for the free PITCH BBQ.  The Dead Pirates cooked up over 200 burgers for PITCH racers, BYC Members and guests on the shiny new 6 burner natual gas Weber  BBQ.  

But, the new stainless steel beast requires a more fitting ceremony with “Pomp and Circumstance”.  So, we will have an “Official BBQ Christening”  on BYC Election Night, Wednesday September 21st with Bob “Cookie” Kehoe putting together a menu of NY Strip Steak, Potatoes, Salad & Cornbread for around $12.75.   ADVANCED MEAL TICKET WILL BE REQUIRED so we can plan accordingly.  Sign up at the Bar or at
Sign up Here:
Upload your Photos Slide Shows to the BYC Clubhouse Big Screen TV’s
Our High-Tech AV System at the Club is able to play your slide shows over the internet using Picasa Web and our Samsung DVD Play.  I’ve created an account for members to upload photos from BYC Cruises, Races and Events. 
This is the Link to the BYC 2011 Picasa Web Album:
Instructions to upload photos:
Go to and sign in as “bycmember2011” and password “bycmember”.  Follow the instructions to create a new Album and upload Photos. (Note: if you have a Google account, you’ll need to sign out first before signing in under the BYC account)

BYC’s Monday Night Football:  9/26 Redskins vs. Cowboys
Watch the Monday Night Football at the BYC Clubhouse on the 5 Big Screens.  There will be $2.50 Pints of Stella Artois, Free Hotdogs and Nachos (*menu subject to change).  Join your fellow member or bring a guest.  Club opens at 5 PM.
There are still spots open in the Football Pool.  Come down to the club for details.
 Cheers!  Jonathon Knowles, Bar Manager

Sponsors: San Juan Sailing & Yachting |  Mike McGlenn, Surveyor | Phil Dyer, Realtor

SKYLARK II UPDATE: from Susie and Gordon
Ganges Harbor, Salt Spring Island, I believe is the largest population center in the Gulf Islands and, the most shopping, as it supports the locals as well as a great many boaters through out the summer. We've heard about the infamous "Farmers Market" held on Saturdays all summer and we finally made it.  Island Pilot & Whimsy moored at Salt Spring Marina and Skylark anchored out in the harbor. Sunday we caught Joe & Judy Coons with their guests at a local resturant and swapped stories. In 3 days we found most everything we were looking for while in harbor and made good use of all the shops. We also planned our basic itinerary for the next few weeks.

Every time we are in this area we say, we need to check out Prevost Island, and so this time we did and chose Annette Inlet as our first anchorage. We all rafted together for 2 days of exploring, crabing and fishing on the outside. Good thing we brought food because all the big ones got away, and then I snagged my line while bottom fishing. Sometimes ya just have to know when to hold'em and when to fold'em.

More exploring in the big boats, we drove into Glenthorne passage and out and down the outside of Secret Island to see all the neat homes along the way. Slid past Acland Island and out around the SW end of Prevost, over the No end of Pender Island and down Navy Channel alongside Mayne Island toward Saturna Islnad. We wiggled through the kelp into Horton Bay but decided to push on to Winter Cove on Saturna. Really a great ride today we saw eagles and lots of seals on the nearby rocky islands.

Winter Cove is great! There's a BC park complete with camping facilities and nice hikes out to the narrows at winter point. The views were spectacular, Winter Cove, Straits of Georgia to Point Roberts, Orcas Island, and of coarse the small rapids between Samuel and Saturna Islands. We voted it best anchorage so far and stayed here 2 days. We read that there was a pub at the ferry dock in Lyall Harbor, next door, so the next day some hiked and some dinghied over, sure enough and it was a !
 great place for lunch.

After a few days at anchor it was off to our next port of call, Port Browning Marina on North Pender Island. As we landed on the dock, we saw the Gargett's on their way to Poets Cove for their BYC event. We had to apologize and beg off as we wern't prepared for the masquerade ball etc. Port Browning, like Ganges is the main location for stores on Pender Island, but considerably smaller. The marina has a pub and cafe and we had great lunches on both days. The black berries were ready for picking along the road and we confirmed that the bakery was great, including ice cream for those special cravings.

We had rain last night and a bit cooler weather, high of 59 with about 10-14kts of chille wind. After all it is the 17th of September and the leaves are turning, but we still have some days left and we're going to use'm.

Gordon & Susie, Skylark II Bob & Jane, Island Pilot
Bob & Marsha, Whimsy

Sponsors: Squalicum Marine  |  The Landings @ Colony Wharf  | Tri County Diesel Marine


The BYC Past Commodores/Blue Gavel Chapter will be meeting on September 22 at the BYC Clubhouse, starting with cocktails at 1730.  Contact P/C Karen Callery ( for more information.
--- Steve Ross

Sponsors: Special-T Striping & Sign | Chuck McCord, Realtor | West Coast Marine


Below you will find a short biography of each of the new candidates running for the positions of Trustee and Fleet Captain. In addition, each candidate was asked to respond to the following three questions:

  1. Discuss your ideas for improving the club’s financial condition.
  2. Discuss your ideas for creating and promoting adult boating programs.
  3. Discuss your ideas to encourage new and current members to become long-term members.

Trustee Candidate - Arne Ahlen

BYC Activities: My wife, Anna, and I joined the club shortly after arriving in Bellingham in 2007. It was my pleasure to participate extensively in the renovation of the clubhouse and have participated in many “club scrubs”. I am a volunteer bartender and have been active in the junior sailing program, including the committee to see how to build on the work done by Steve Kersey. This summer I assisted in the Tuesday night sailing on the Mark Boat.

Interest in Serving: To help the club maintain it’s status in the community as the premier boating club.

Qualifications: I am a Professional Engineer with over 40 years of experience in various technical and managerial positions. My boating experience includes cruising in the Caribbean and North Sea and owning several small sailboats. We first purchased a San Juan 24 when we got to Bellingham and have now traded up to a Catalina 30 named Margarita.

Question Responses

Ideas for Improving the Club’s Financial Condition: I believe the club’s financial condition is dependent on all the members taking an active role in making our club as attractive and enjoyable place as it can be. Economic conditions will always dictate how much “discretionary” income is available to join clubs like ours, and our role is to ensure good value for these dollars.

Ideas for Creating and Promoting Adult Boating Programs: Our club has a wealth of small sailboats available for junior and adult sailing. One of our objectives should be to organize so that these boats can be made available to our members in an effective and controlled way, so that the costs associated with their maintenance are covered and the boats are properly looked after.

Ideas to Encourage New and Current Member to Become Long-Term Members: The junior sailing program has the potential in the long term to make more people aware of the unique opportunity we have in this area for boating and to become interested in sailing specifically. The club should support this effort even if the short-term returns appear slight.

Trustee Candidate -- Kathy Pace Brown

My husband, Andy, and I joined the BYC when we moved here from Colorado in Fall of 2006. We attended Al Callery’s inauguration as Commodore for 2006/2007 and have attended every inauguration since then. We were awarded BYC New Member Volunteers of the year in 2007 by Commodore Callery.

We are very proud to be BYC Members and our lives have been enriched by the many wonderful folks we have met through the BYC.

I have served on or am serving on the following BYC Committees:

Nominations Committee 2010
Marketing and Steering Committee as Vice Chair, Chair and now as Chair Emeritus
Jib Sheet Committee (Editor along with Joe Coons and Jim Langei)
First Annual Spring Dinner Dance – Chair with Angie Santosuosso as Vice Chair and 33 BYC Volunteers
Membership Committee
Youth Sailing Program (press releases, fund raising & safety boat) with Steven and Geri Kersey
Women on the Water Committee with Dawn Durand and Sally Poorman
Opening Day Committees
Boats Afloat Bus Cruises with Jody Erickson
Friday’s at Five
Halloween Party Committee with Jody Erickson and Judy Michel Griffen
Buccaneers’’ Cruise with Troy and Cori Hanson
Commodore’s Ball committees with some great ladies!
P.I.T.C.H. Regatta (Silent Auctions, Raffles, Ship Store Cashier)

My husband and I have enjoyed participating in the Lighted Boat Parades and Opening Day Boat Parades, our Club’s remodel, Club Scrubs, and other BYC activities and cruises.

These recent past years have found me submitting press releases and garnering some great local coverage for the BYC Regattas and Youth Sailing Program—including the three days of Herald coverage of the 14th Annual Women on the Water Regatta that Sally Poorman and Dawn Durand co-chaired just this summer.

I am proud to say that I serve as Chair to the BYC Marketing Steering Committee and its energetic, dynamic committee members. The Marketing Steering Committee was responsible for generating the Survey/Questionnaire Fall 2010, which was informative to the BYC Board of Trustees and Officers.

The MSC structure is set-up to pass along accumulated knowledge and develop long term projects by having an emeritus chair, a chair, and a vice-chair. I would like to see this structure implemented with other BYC Committees.

I am told that the Spring Dinner Dance was the first and most successful dinner dance of its type (it s 175 seats were sold out in 10 days) in many years. Jonathan Knowles said that the bar pulled in as much money in one night as it has pulled in for an entire P.I.T.C.H. weekend.

I believe (and know) that that the dinner dance (as was the remodel led by Mike and Maya Allsop and Terry Tavelli) was so successful due to the many BYC Volunteers and their talent, energy, time, and creativity.


Andy and I sailed the waters of the Pacific Northwest since 2002. We were fortunate of to be able to spend anywhere from three to five months at a time cruising the waters from Olympia up to the Queen Charlotte Straits on Kalliope, our cutter- rigged 37’ Tayana Mark II . We enjoyed ourselves so much with the beauty and the people of the Pacific Northwest while we sailing that we finally decided to move from Fort Collins, Colorado to here.

My background is one of marketing and sales, and I am extremely entrepreneurial in nature. My business background has given me a solid foundation in finance, promotion/sales, customer service, legal, and marketing. I have also benefitted from my experience with volunteering with non-profits and have served on several non-profit boards. My membership in the Junior League is going on 20 years.

Question Responses:

Ideas for Improving the Club’s Financial Condition: As with business, I think that a multi-prong approach is the way to continue improving the Club’s financial condition. Our Club has undoubtedly benefitted from the strong leadership that its Officers and Board has provided throughout its history. We are fortunate to have such a diverse membership that we can draw from to keep our Club dynamic and growing.
That being said, I do strongly believe that Revenue is available to be made by:

Retaining our Membership and New Members
  • For a while, too many New Members did not “re-up.”  Increasing our Membership numbers steadily and with care and diligence.
  • Keeping our commercial kitchen and great hall facility rented. This is a huge chunk of revenue. I believe that it would take over 150 additional memberships on an annual basis to replace the rental income from the BYC commercial kitchen and great hall lease.
  • Renting our premises (lower and upper) when we are not using them (until our Membership fully utilizes our facilities). Managing and investing in our resources is good business practice.
  • Supporting our Program and Regatta Committees with attendance and promotion.
  • Promoting our Club to our Members and to our Community to increase participation on all levels.
Ideas for Creating and Promoting Adult Boating Programs:
Promote, promote, promote. There are lots of venues in which we can promote Adult Boating and maybe even charge for lessons (or encourage adults to join our Club) for Adult Boating. Education and Why-not evenings.  Members taking other Members and New Members out on their crafts. Maybe someone is changing from sailing to motoring. Or a power boater is interested in sailing small sailboats. Our Club should make getting out on the water easy and accessible for our Members.

BYC should sponsor/lead “Cruising” trips in other parts such as the Caribbean, the Med, etc. It would be fun to have jointly charter boats and to get better charter rates through group discounts. I think John Gargett’s Poets Cove Cruise is great example of this kind of activity.

Have Members give presentations of their boating trips once or twice a month in the non-racing months.

Ideas to Encourage New and Current Member to Become Long-Term Members: There are definite ways to create and maintain a culture that encourages new members to join and current members to keep their memberships. I think that the new lounge has eliminated the “Bar Gauntlet” that existed in its old lay-out. So – we now have a good foundation.

Create a Welcoming Atmosphere that CONTINUES to welcome new members by:
  • Recognizing new members.
  • Contacting new members at least six times in the first two months of membership.
  • Use the buddy system. If you sponsor a new member, you are responsible for getting them involved on a committee.
The survey that the MSC took reported that Members are not contacted about joining committees. This has got to stop if we want to maintain and grow our Membership numbers. Have a Volunteer Coordination Committee with “go-to” Club Members that new members can discuss volunteer opportunities with.

Offer benefits for being a Member such as: lesson discounts, charter discounts, local discounts at boating supply stores, local restaurant discounts, etc.

Communications within the Club was also another problem that was revealed by the Survey. We need to increase the effectiveness of the communications within the Club. Many Members do not know about all the advantages to being a BYC Club Member.

I agree with Joe Young: “The Club that plays together stays together!”

Have more social activities in the non-racing/cruising months. More casual dances, more dining experiences, more “Club Cruises” such as to Jimmy Buffett concerts, or a group going to Hawaii, etc. Monday Night Football is a great example of a Club Social Activity.

Trustee Candidate -- Jan Geleynse


My BYC involvement began with volunteering on Race Committee starting in 2008. Through that positive experience, I became a full member last year, and started volunteering and participating in cruising and social events as well. I also expanded my racing experience from RC work to racing on several BYC boats. My social/cruise volunteer work has included: BYC Spring Dance, Wed night BBQ, Club Scrubs, Commodore’s Ball and PITCH. I’ve been living and raising a family (Ashley, 19 and Brady, 17) in Whatcom County for 20+ years.

Question Responses

Ideas for Improving the Club’s Financial Condition: I would like to see more memberships by encouraging the Marketing and Steering Committee with their ideas and vision to promote our club to all boaters and those interested in boating.

Ideas for Creating and Promoting Adult Boating Programs: I would like to see classes offered to learn important basic knot tying, safety and rescue.

Ideas to Encourage New and Current Member to Become Long-Term Members: We need to keep our new members better informed. I would like to see a couple active members assigned to each new member. Show them around, invite them to functions and introduce them to others, show them were to look for club information and how to stay informed and get involved.

Trustee Candidate -- Michael Kleps


I joined the BYC in 2009. I have participated in the yearly Club Scrubs and two work sessions on the Lounge renovation. I have raced Etchells and Lasers on Bellingham Bay the past three seasons. In 2006, I crewed on a 60’ X-612 sailboat on a passage from Thailand to Turkey. The summer of 2011 my wife and I took seven weeks to Row/Sail our 15’ Albacore from Bellingham to Juneau.

Question Responses

Ideas for Improving the Club’s Financial Condition:
I think all efforts toward expanding and engaging the membership will both indirectly and directly improve the club’s financial condition.

Ideas for Creating and Promoting Adult Boating Programs: I bought a C-Lark 14’ sailboat when I was 15-years-old. I loved to take people sailing and kept a journal of all the people I took out: my grandmother on the Columbia River (she was 80 y.o.), youngsters on Timothy Lake, cousins and friends at Cascade Locks or Hood River, my dad on Tillamook Bay…. By the end of college I had taken a lot of people sailing. Many people I took had not sailed much, if ever, before. To introduce people to sailing I needed a boat, time, and enthusiasm.

Ideas to Encourage New and Current Member to Become Long-Term Members: Some of the most involved members have children active in the club. If club activities can become a family affair then members may have greater investment and potential for satisfaction in the club. Alternatively, some of the most involved members do not have kids involved with the club – these members seem to invest in the club like it is part of their family.

Trustee Candidate --Mark Santosuosso


My boating experience began when I was a teenager on a 20′ sport fishing boat with my three older brothers. We would fish for stripers along the Merrimack River in Newburyport Massachusettes. That was alot of fun.

I moved to Bellingham in 1989 and purchased my first sailboat shortly after. I learned to sail in Bellingham Bay and eventually began exploring the San Juans & Gulf Islands. My wife Katy and I had some great times cruising & we decided to step up to a larger boat. We came across a 1967 Spencer 42 sailboat which we purchased in 1999 which we still sail & love. Some of our most memerable trips were to Barkley Sound and Desolation Sound. I still enjoy evening sunset cruises with friends and family in our Bellingham Bay.

Editor’s Note from Terry Tavelli: Mark has been very active in the club. During the remodel, Mark was our electrician and was instrumental in rewiring and the installation of the electrical fittings and lights. Mark has also been volunteering to help cook burgers on Wednesday nights.

Question Responses

Ideas for Improving the Club’s Financial Condition: It appears to me that we must first keep our tenant happy. I was recently suprised how much money Tom (Windows on the Bay) brings into the club.

The next obvious is club memberships. I feel that if the club is fun it will bring on new members. I’ve been having a great time and there seems to be more fun events than I can attend. I feel the club is on the right track and that we will see a rise in new memberships if all this fun keeps up.

Ideas for Creating and Promoting Adult Boating Programs: I don’t have any new ideas at this time.

Ideas to Encourage New and Current Member to Become Long-Term Members: My personal experience was I never was asked or felt invited into the club. I wish there was some kind of a sign saying “NEW MEMBERS WELCOME”. I probably would have joined a long time ago.

Trustee Candidate--Mike Smith


As a life long boater my on-water experience has been always varied and rewarding. For the most part I grew up on Lake Washington sailing Hobies and Prindles in the afternoon and evening northerlies, often after water skiing all morning. My first job commutes were by boat as well to the University of Washington for college. I had boat jobs, boat headaches, boat friends. My club experience and contribution has been limited due to work demands; however, my motivation currently is high and am now in a better position to contribute to the future goals of our club.

Question Responses

Ideas for Improving the Club’s Financial Condition:
As I’ve learned in working and volunteering in several not-for-profit organizations the financial aspects of the club will continue to ebb and flow as in any not for profit organization. My style is to avoid succumbing to the crises of month and knee jerk reactions and maintain focus on short and long-term goals. With that said, I want to see the club develop closer ties with the business community of Bellingham i.e. increased functions/activities that draw in a consistent revenue source with decreased dependence on member donations. For example, a joint community function with the Rotary clubs. I would also advocate for greater organizing and negotiation with our trades community and with the Port. I think by offering boating values to our members we would also strengthen our in-house fund raising.

Ideas for Creating and Promoting Adult Boating Programs: I see our adult program offerings as strong yet as we all recognize we remain over dependent on a few core members for the bulk of the true success. I am concerned that our current financial and political dynamics is taking us back to the social club status of the 1970’s and less a true boating club that provides ongoing education. As a trustee I would push for greater youth and adult boating education access intertwined through our social foundation.

Ideas to Encourage New and Current Member to Become Long-Term Members: We need to pay much greater attention to the needs and desires of our new members. My wife and I actually had an initially negative experience with the social dynamics of BYC but we found members who listened and showed us a different perspective and we are now very happy to have stayed with our commitment. But we also have friends that were members in the past and who are excellent boaters yet quit because they felt the club had become “the drinking club with a boating problem”. There are so many ways to solidify the commitment of new members, we just need to adjust our sails to catch their directions. My son is a junior member of Seattle Yacht Club and through his experience with SYC we learned how new members can be treated and oriented to feel included as soon as possible. We also learned that Bellingham Yacht Club is so much more fun!

Trustee Candidate--Joe Young


I have been a BYC member since 2007. Since then I have volunteered tending bar, some entertainment, and decorating and clean up for the Spring Dance. My first boating experiences came from walleye fishing every summer in the lakes in northern Minnesota with my dad & grandpa. My wife Carol & I own “Steel Blue Kiss”, a 28 ft long Bayliner cruiser, which we love taking to the San Juan & Gulf Islands. I am a commercial pilot, flight instructor & certified aircraft mechanic. Carol & I own and operate Pacific Rim Printing Inc. here in Bellingham, WA.

Question Responses

Ideas for Improving the Club’s Financial Condition:
I have supported the BYC ‘s need to occasionally increase the dues as expenses become greater due to inflation, port leases, etc. I would also like to see us create some activities to show the community how much fun we have as BYC members, and in so doing, increase our membership numbers.

Ideas for Creating and Promoting Adult Boating Programs: Communication is our tool for creating and promoting all of our programs. Improve communication between members, and we will find where their interests are. We can then create programs that members themselves are already very interested and enthusiastic about.

Ideas to Encourage New and Current Member to Become Long-Term Members: I believe that the more one becomes involved with the club, the greater the chance of that individual remaining a member over the long term. Getting more members involved with activities is a sure way to make anyone feel they are a vital part of the club. We have a great club with a great group of people. The club that plays together, stays together.

Remember to submit your articles to  Deadline is each Monday noon.

September 21st is the Fall Equinox. 
Fair Winds and Following Seas from your JibSheet editors: Kathy Brown, Joe Coons, and Jim Langei.

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