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FEBRUARY 11-17, 2014

When you become a member of the club you are provided with two important credentials: A BYC Membership Card and a BYC Name Tag. Here's why: Our liquor license allows us to serve only Members of the Club and their signed in guests (subject to the guest policies you'll find in your Roster). Presenting your card to the Bartender on duty automatically assures you that your charges are going to the right account (protecting you) and verifies your Membership (protecting the Club).  You should always carry your BYC Membership Card --- it's a habit we all should develop! Please don't ask to be served without this crucial credential.
    Likewise, wearing your name tag and having your guests wear one of the temporary ones at the door (where you've written not only their name but, under it, yours in parenthesis) keeps the bartenders, and all the rest of us, informed who is in the Club with whom and protects our valuable liquor license.  
    A Note: Your BYC name tag was provided free with your new member materials. If you lose it, you can contact Marian Henderson who will order a replacement for you at nominal cost.
WARNING: Some Members' eMail directories have been "Hacked".  If you get an email from a BYC Member and it says, for example, “Please view this documentdon't do it.  Trash it right away.  Otherwise (as several have learned the hard way) your computer will be invaded by malicious software.  [As your editor I get 30-60 emails each day and I always look carefully at emails to be sure everything "looks right" (i.e., the names should match, you should know them, etc., and I always update and use first-class anti-virus software.  I happen to use Norton/Symantic, and the $50 or so I pay to renew yearly is a lot cheaper than having to bring in pros to purge my computer of bad stuff!]  Here's another tip: When you put your cursor on any link, most email handlers show in your screen's corner the address the link is going to; be sure it matches what the email said!
"AW, ISN'T SHE SWEET"! The Ouilettes welcome their little new addition! Heather and Matt Ouilette's baby girl arrived Sunday February 2nd, 2014 at 1:38 a.m. Weighing 6lbs 13oz and 20 inches long, Olive Eliza Ouilette is an amazing, healthy little lady! Heather, Matt and Olive are all doing wonderfully! If you would like to send your love and good wishes you can reach them via email at

THE GAME'S AFOOT: If you think our club is more than a place for boaters to brag about encounters with perfect storms, you would be right! It is a place where many would call second home to meet friends and enjoy one another’s company. We have a beautiful facility for social encounters.
    We want your ideas!  For instance, one proposal is to make one evening a games night! Anyone with a yen for games would be invited to join one or more specific games groups...with games such as Hearts, Canasta, Bridge, Whist, Gin Rummy, Pinochle, etc. Or, we could also have board or dice games such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess, Checkers, Bingo, Cribbage, Backgammon, Dominoes, etc.
o get this (or your great idea) started, please come to the House Events Planning Meeting with Commodore Michele and Chairperson Missy Steffen at 6:00 PM tonight, Tuesday, February 11. To make it fun, wine & cheese will be served, inspiring your creativity! --- Alex Marr, Missy Steffen, and others

FRIDAY AT FIVE THIS WEEK: Come on down for relaxed comraderie as usual...and bring something to share! 
THE BYC JAZZ SUPPER CLUB IS THIS WEEKEND! Reservations for Sunday, February 16, are needed ASAP by Wednesday! There will be a great evening of Beatles Hits played as instrumentals by a first class piano, bass, and drums trio with a delightful supper menu included. The flat price of only $36 includes everything: supper, the entertainment, tax and tip! The menu choices include Shrimp, Beef and Veggie choices. Details are here. You can get your tickets from BYC.ORG. Roll down the coming event calendars to 2/16 and click on it. Reservations must be made on line and are limited to 75 Members and guests. Note: Tables will be reserved for parties of six or more.(Yes, the event will be over in time for Downton Abbey!)
GET READY TO CRUISE! In Preparation for our Anacortes Cruise (see below), Member Ward Naviaux, MD, an Emergency Room Physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital and avid cold (and warm) weather sailor, will offer a short presentation on cold weather illness/accident prevention and cure. It's set for Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 6 - 7:00 PM. Please bring your favorite ‘keep warm’ item (hat, gloves, devices) for sharing and showing!
BYC WINE TASTING EVENT! In a little over ten days, on Saturday, February 22, from 6-8 p.m. you can join BYC friends for a night of wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are sold through BYC website and are only $10.00 per person. Tickets are limited so don't delay! Roll down the coming event calendar to 2/22 and click away!
BYC YOUTH SAILING PROGRAM FUNDRAISER  The BYC Youth Sailing Program, which has provided sailing instruction to 85 to 100 local students per year, ages 8 – 12, over the last five years will be hosting a Steak Dinner and Silent Auction on Sunday, April 6, 2014 (put it on your calendar now!)  The proceeds of this Dinner and Auction will be used for upgrades to the 18-foot inflatable Safety Boat, affectionately known as ‘Prime Rib’. Please join us for an evening of Food, Fun and Auction excitement. Donations are being solicited from BYC members, local businesses, artists, musicians and more. This event is open to members and non-member guests who will be able to enjoy all of the amenities of your Club.  This will also be an opportunity for non-members to view the extensive renovations that have been made to the downstairs Youth Lounge area. Tickets are $35.00 and will be sold on the website soon. The exciting details --- and the fabulous prizes --- are listed here, as are the contacts for info and donations. --- The Junior Sailing Leadership
THE COOKBOOKS ARE DONE! Yes, the long-awaited new BYC cookbook, THE GOURMET GALLEY, is now available at the club. Lots of ideas for meals, and great recipes, $10 at the bar. 

CAROL SNOWBALL WRITES, "Unfortunately, Bob had recent back surgery and has had some post-op difficulties! That means that I'm definitely going to need some help keeping up the Club landscaping.  Here's what you all who generously offered to help can do: On your way in to our Club for an event, just take a minute or two to clean up the butts and dead leaves, and keep it neat! Thanks so much!" Hey, Carol, you keep our Club's landscaping so lovely, it's the least we can do!

HARBOR MARINE'S HOURS CHANGE ON THE 17th: Click the Harbor Fuel link on the left side of this Jib Sheet.

THE ROSTER IS GOING TO THE PRINTERS, AND IT'S PROFITABLE AGAIN! Your BYC Roster goes to the printers this week, which means you'll have it before month-end (to save $$$, we mail it the cheap, slow way.)  In it you'll find the complete listings of Members and Boats, more photos, and a recap of last year (including financial reports) and the plans for the rest of this year.
    There are also important new guest policy clarifications, a few By-Laws adjustments, and a complete list of Club Committees and Chairpersons.  
    For the last several years Editor Joe Coons has sold an "advertising package" to a great group of BYC Supporters, and this year there are 31 companies urging your patronage while they support your Club to the tune of $5,500! These local, caring businesses deserve first crack at your patronage, so please look at the ads and then tell them you much you appreciate them!  By the way, they are all Jib Sheet Sponsors, too: You'll find them listed to left of the news every week (see them?), and you can click on the links and get right to their web sites.
AHOY CRUISERS! Our first cruise of 2014 is coming up late this month, February 28-March 2, at Cap Sante Marina, a beautiful Northwest marina. We encourage all sailors, power boaters and land cruisers to come! Folks who don't have a boat or don't want to bring it can still come! Friday night at 5 is "Happy Hour at the Party Barge".  Then our 1st-ever Chowder Cook Off will be on Saturday evening held in the enclosed barge. Fleet Captain Neil Bennett will be cruise host. For those who want a little exercise, there's walking into town for shopping, visiting the local Anacortes Brewery and restaurants, or strolling the beautiful Washington Park surrounding the marina. Sunday morning we'll have a group brunch before we head home. Please contact Angie Santosuosso, BYC Cruise Director for questions, as well as to give her your boat information to reserve your slip at Cap Sante Marina. Contact her by either email or phone:  360-319-7863
THE NEXT CRUISE AFTER THAT is April 11-13. If you can’t figure out how to locate the schedule on the website, or you don’t know where some of these places are, or you just want to learn more about how much fun cruising with the BYC can be, join us Sat. March 8 at 6:00 PM for a cruising presentation by Angie and Neil…and maybe a couple of guest lecturers to boot.
WE'RE GOING CASHLESS MARCH 1!  The Board has eliminated cash as bar payment option, effective March 1. The only payment options will be charges to your member accounts or credit/debit cards! (Yes, we will have make special arrangements for the use of cash at the few days of our major regattas...but meanwhile our Members will be making our life much simpler & safer!). Last spring we began our Direct Debit payment arrangement, and nearly 100 members have taken advantage of it; cash use at the bar has decreased significantly, it's now the least-favored method!  As Commodore Michele told us at the November member meeting, "elimination of cash will greatly improve the efficiency of both the bar and the bookkeeping processes. Many other clubs have gone this route."  She was right.  It's saved us lots of time and chances for error!
    Now would be a good time to consider enrolling in the Direct Debit program if you have not already. Wary? Talk to friends who are using it. Enrollment Forms are available in the Ship’s Store or here. Don’t forget to sign the form and attach a voided check. Then just drop it in the top safe in the A-V closet, or ask the bar manager or bartender to do it for you.
     And as an alternative, if you would like to “preload” your member account, either a check or cash in multiples of $100 can be placed in an envelope with your name on it and deposited directly into the safe (no bills less than $20 please and absolutely no coins!)
    Thank you so much for your cooperation!  If you have any questions, please contact Mike Welsh at  ---- Steve Hayward

HOUSE EVENTS PLANNING MEETING!  (Repeating story above) On Tuesday, February 11 (yes, the date changed), from 6:00-8:00, there will be an important meeting and you are invited!  If you have ever wanted to get involved with planning our BYC House Events, this meeting is for you. It is open to all BYC Members who are interested in helping plan fun events for the members. Wine and cheese will be provided by the Club. No reservation is required, just come on down to the Club! Questions, contact Michele Bodtke 360-720-4155 or Missy Steffen 360-661-7350.
WE WILL STILL NEED VOLUNTEER BARTENDERS to help Steve cover events, except now there'll be a pro on hand to help with your bar duties. Thanks, volunteers! Email Steve here.
BYC SUPPLY USERS:  If you use paper goods, plastic cutlery, disposable drinkware, napkins, paper towels, etc., you'll be glad to know that Member Margaret Kassner has taken over the buying & stocking of all this stuff for our Club!  That means from now on it should always be on hand...but that also means that you should talk to Margaret before buying anything on your own!  That way, we won't have three different kinds of forks, plastic cups or napkins in stock, but not enough of any one to do the job...a problem we've often seen recently! You can reach her at
Last week's Seahawks celebration was a huge event, and why not? It was the first Super Bowl championship for our team. Many BYC Members spent hours getting to Seattle last Wednesday to join in the festivities and watch the parade. Unfortunately, I think the day had an affect on attendance at the monthly membership meeting, so for those that missed it, there will be another presentation of the 'State of the Club' finances at some point in the future. Look for it some time in March... 
    Opening Day isn't far off. This year's theme (in case you haven't heard) is The Land of Oz. Planning is underway; stay tuned for further announcements about how you can help. If you have interest in this event or others at the club please join us at the House Events planning meeting tonight, February 11th, 6:00 pm at the club
    Congratulations to our members, Sharon Chang & Daryl Lin, who are new U.S. Citizens! This is a life-changing accomplishment. Please take time to congratulate them in person the next time you see them at the club.
    Don't forget to sign up for the wine tasting event on February 22nd - which you can do on-line. Also coming soon is the first cruise of the season, to Anacortes, February 28-March 2nd. Get your slip reservations soon. Look for details on the website - Terry Tavelli has done a wonderful job updating the cruising homepage! Big thanks to Terry!!!
    Hope to see all of you at the club soon!  ---- Serving you from the Helm, Michele Bodtke, Commodore

Last week's picture was of Tivoli Gardens, in downtown Copenhagen, Denmark. Meredith Ross was the only person to correctly identify the location, but she doesn't win a prize because she took the picture in the first place!
    This week's picture is of a far more desolate place. If you know the location, send your answer

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is Joe Coons
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