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Apologies dear members for this late edition!!  I was on business travel on Monday and Tuesday and could not get to my Jibsheet duties until Wednesday night. 
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7 October Installation of Officers
Open 5PM Wed - Sat

Mon: MNF
Wed: Hawaiian Burgers
Thurs: Carne Asada
Fri: Potlucks

September Bartenders

8am-6pm  Sun - Sat

 Freighter collides with a house (seriously).

Silver Reef Casino
Harbor Fuel
Hardware Sales
LFS Marine Outdoors
Redden Marine Supply
HUB International, Northwest
Spinnaker Financial Group
Gary Baker - Caldwell Banker
Dawn Durand - Windermere
Joe Sulham - Fairhaven
Dale Serbousek - Remax
Bellingham Marine Repair

Marine Consultants, Inc., Marine Surveyors and Consultants
Orca Marine Cooling Systems
Pacific Marine Electric
Radar Marine Electronics
Rasmussen Marine Electric
San Juan Electronics
Special-T Signs and Graphics
Squalicum Marine Canvas
TD Curran Apple Specialists
Top-to-Bottom Diving and Marine Services
Tri-County Diesel Marine

West Coast Marine Services
Wilson Motors
Bellhaven Yacht Sales & Charters
Bellingham Yacht & Charters
Bullfrog Boats Inc.
NW Explorations Sales & Charters
San Juan Sailing
September 29-October 5, 2015

WED: 30 Sept: Burgers on the Grill; THURS: 1 Oct: Monica's Mexican;  FRI2 Oct: Fridays @ 5;  SAT: 3 Oct: Bar opens at 5;  MON:  5 Oct: MNF
Please give a big 'hello' to our newest members!

Tom Hofseth and Cassidy Bassett are Active Members from Edmunds that own a LAL29 sailboat named 'Sea Bird'.
Sharon Albert and Tom Landecker are Nonresident Members from Sea Ranch, CA with a Kadey/Krogen 39 named 'Brass Monkey'.
Leo Singh and Emma Walsh are Active Members from Bellingham that are currently in-between boats.
And lastly, Jane Norton is a Nonresident Member from Scarborough, ME and is also in-between boats right now.
Welcome to the BYC Family!!


Can you put Alex in a check mate?
Each week, Alex Marr will submit a chess challenge.  Look for it at the bottom of each issue of the Jibsheet, just below the weekly Photo Contest.

Are you a brand new member looking for a way to volunteer?  Or an existing member looking to contribute in a new and different way?  Are you wanting to meet club members that you might not yet know?  Are you exuberant, people-oriented, and wanting to join the ranks of the most coveted position in the Bellingham Yacht Club?  If you answered yes to any of the above, then you have what it takes to become a volunteer bartender.
The requirements:
  1. Must be 21.
  2. Attend a MAST class and obtain an Alcohol Servers Permit.
  3. Be willing to work 1-2 nights a month (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays).
Contact Steve Hayward for more information,


The membership dues invoices have been mailed! If you have not received one, send a note to The due date for payment is Oct 1.


Mike Welsh

Asst Treasurer


Save the date -- October 7, 6pm -- for the Installation of Officers ceremony and the end-of-the-year Awards presented by Commodore Jon.
This is a special evening and all members are encouraged to attend!



It’s a “first Friday” again this week, so let’s all be thinking about what to bring along this Friday as we kick off a new month!


WED: Burgers hot off the grill.

THUR: Monica’s Mexican with carne asada and those tasty bean burritos!

FRI: Fri @ 5. Bring those apps and such to share and let’s all get together!

SAT: Bar and lounge opens at 5.

MON next: Monday Nite Football, with the Lions vs the SEAHAWKS!

See you in the lounge!




Decorating Your Boat for the Lighted Boat Parade - Wed Oct 14, 6:30 PM, Lower Lounge. Presented by multi-year parade winner PC Steve Ross.


Antarctic Sailing Expedition - Thur Oct 22, Ward Room. Presented by professional photographer and Trustee Mike Powell.


And elsewhere in the community, it's not too late to join our Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron friends at BTC for their 8-week Marine Engine Maintenance class, beginning October 10.

Marine Engine Maintenance

-Marian Welsh



October 17 at the BYC -- Save the date because you won't want to miss this!!  Proceeds benefit 
youth sailing.

The summer youth sailing season is over with the BYC race team making enormous gains over where we were this time last year. Thanks to Scott Wilson for organizing the advanced team with Miles Johannssen coaching, Megan Link organizing and coaching the Opti team we had over 30 kids and young adults racing for the BYC this summer in the Opti, Laser, FJ and 29er fleets. Plus a big thank you to all the parents that show up to help all the racers load boats and get to the start on time. It’s no small task to get a fleet of boats moved from one race to another with practice in between.
Rather than putting our boats away for the winter the young sailors are now racing in the high school season in FJ's and the new North West Youth winter racing circuit in Optis and Lasers. This will put us in a great place to be even more competitive next year.
None of this could have been possible without the support of the BYC so I'd like to say, once again, thank you.
Mike Powell - Youth Fleet Captain

Every year the Autumn Equinox marks a day of equal light and darkness and the traditional BYC end of our cruising season. This year was a special time for all who attended.  In the tradition of this popular and intimate cruise, boating friendships were renewed, new friendships were created, and all shared in enjoyment of the Salish Sea in one of the nicest locations, Poets Cove.
This year also could be called the “Boats, Taxis, Motorcycles, Busses, Cars and Ferries” sequel to the movie “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”Vickie and Chris Olson sailed over, Gerald and Kari Fahrenkopf arrived on the Whiskey Amber Bandit & The Blue Bomber (Harley Riders) from Oregon, Dan and Ariane Ringler cruised over bringing John & Patricia Gargett as well as Jeff and Laura Vaughn. Additionally, two other couples from Boise joined in with us informally after meeting them in the Hot Tub.
The Friday night dock party was a true Salish Sea meal featuring salmon sliders, traditional Lox and Bagels, and a host of other delicacies. Following the Saturday potluck breakfast, everyone hiked to Gowland Point, returning along the Salish Sea coast line, then relaxing until our dinner in Siren’s Lounge, followed of course by the hot tub.
It was during dinner that everyone became aware that a storm was moving in (a storm that cancelled Sunday’s BBOD Races) and that the boats that came over in calm seas would not be able to safely return on Sunday as planned.  The Ringler’s and Olson’s had to wait out the storm with another great day at Poets Cove on Sunday, hiking the Enchanted Forest, enjoying life as well as another evening in the hot tubs.
The Vaughn’s and Gargett’s decided that since they had to return Sunday, they would undertake an adventure back to Bellingham by taking a Taxi to the Ferry, the Ferry to Tsawwassen, the shuttle Bus to Vancouver Airport and a rental car back to Bellingham.  While on the surface that sounds like a difficult journey, it was in fact fun, efficient and quick. Like the Ringler’s and Olson’s, they enjoyed a great day as well, visiting Steveston for Dave’s Fish & Chips and the on the water fish market.
As the official end of the Bellingham Yacht Club cruising season, this years trip to Poets Cove was once again an enjoyable, relaxing and quiet end to the 2015 season.
All the best,
PC John Gargett


Mark your calendars for the End-of-the-Year Sailor's Banquet!!  November 21 from 6 to 8pm.  More info to come!



2 owner boat, stored indoors 9 months/year until 2007, boathouse kept since (presently in PEE-ODD off Gate 3), Full Service Records, Professionally maintained. See for full ad. Stock#089090.
Price:  $89,500
-Greg Ford,
(360) 510-3900.

Get your Captain's License!  Brought to you by Skip Anderson and Flagship Marine.  Classes offered right here at the BYC!
Click here for the full flyer.

I'm writing this week's column up in Prideaux Haven in Desolation Sound, sitting on the back deck of Bob Warshawer's Nordic 52, with a cup of French Press in hand, watching the most spectacular sunrise over the misty mountains to the east.  As I mentioned before, cruising in Pacific Northwest, you'll encounter nasty cold, wet and windy weather, but when the skies are clear and the seas are calm, its beauty is accentuated to mystic levels.
I started this trip on Saturday with a not-so-cheap flight to Port Hardy and equally not-so-cheap taxi ride to Port McNiel who took my US dollars at par.  A flight to Maui would have been less...however not nearly as adventurous. No sooner than I got my duffle bag on the boat, did we untie and head south. About an hour out we noticed a flock of excited gulls - which in a fisherman’s terms - means fish. We pulled over and dropped a few rods in the water... but I think our hooks were not big enough since it was a pod of humpback whales!
Continuing the journey south we next meet up with a school of playful porpoises who hitchhiked a ride in our bow wake.  (for a video - click here)
   We anchored that night in Port Neville and had chicken stir fry instead of "elusive" fish for dinner. We woke early to catch favorable currents and slack water at Dent and Yukulta rapids.  We just pressed into Dent Rapids about an hour before max (according to the charts) without much concern, but with 10 ft wide whirlpools and 4 ft upsurges, we powered up and pressed through realizing that our timing was a bit off.  Bob then decided to hang out just off Stewart Is., fish and wait for max ebb to pass before heading into Yukulta rapids. Although only an hour past max, current at 6 knots and rapids still boiling, suicide for a sailor, he just throttled up another 1000 rpm and maneuvered through with relative ease at 16.5 knots!
   We voyaged the next several hours basking in the sun on the bow deck, heading south down Lewis Channel while Mr. Robertson (the autopilot) held our course. Before anchoring in Prideaux, we dropped a couple of shrimp pots (Update: hauled in about 80 shrimp for dinner tonight!). Prideaux was truly desolate. Always being confined to cruising during the peak of kid's summer breaks, my only experience is packed wall to wall; a party atmosphere with kids running about in their parents dinghies or getting big air at the Laurel Cove rope swing... This morning, now, we were the only boat at anchor. Quiet, serine and amazingly beautiful. Where we are headed tonight...I don’t know. The compass is only telling me south.
   Jack had a good weekend at the Oktoberfest Regatta with Mom.  He was excited as he is moving up in the ranks with a middle-of-the-pack finish. For me, the sailor dad, I was elated… especially when he talked about wanting winter gear to race the Seattle frostbite series (I'm patting myself on the back right now... Well done hooked him!).
   Not much business going on at the Club this week which means it is a great time to come have a beer and enjoy the quietness with other boating friends.
   Reminder that next week, on Wednesday Oct 7th is the BYC Installation of Officers.  I’ll be saying some departing words as I sign off as Commodore.  I will also be presenting outstanding member awards. Next week will be my last Commodores column and I've enjoyed sharing the year with you.

Commodore Jonathan
This Week's Photo Contest 

Last week's picture caught a corner of Buckingham Palace, taken from St. James's Park in London. PC  Terry Tavelli, Scott McEniry, John Raasch, PC Jack Black, Jamie Foti, Mark Harding, and Jim Gibson all submitted correct (or nearly so) answers.


This week we see a place no less distinctive, but a bit more obscure. If you know the location, send your answer to


Can you put Alex in a check mate?

Last week's winner was Scott McEniry with a winning solution of: 1 Rh1+ Bxh1 2 Rxh1#

Click HERE to see this issue's chess challenge. Send your solution to Alex Marr at
Click HERE to see an example of solution to a typical chess challenge.


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   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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