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NOVEMBER 19 - 25, 2013
THIS WEDNESDAY (TOMORROW) NOV. 20: BOOMSAUCE! What’s BOOMSAUCE?  It’s the unspeakable admiration of something done better than well done ... as in that incredible Walter Thurmond interception this past Sunday to put the Hawks way beyond "ahead"...
    Now you can have lighted boat parade Boomsauce by attending this Wednesday’s How to Win the Lighted Boat Parade Seminar.  To better prepare for the December 7, 2013 Lighted Boat Parade, be sure to attend this seminar Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Presented by multi-time winner Steve Ross, Tom Dalgliesh, and electrical engineer Wayne Kelsoe, this is a winner of a presentation, not to be missed.  Light appetizers to fire up your imagination will be provided.  --- Neil Bennett, Fleet Captain
THE SEMINAR LAST WEEK WAS GREAT! Conducted by Jeffrey Smith of the David B, it was all about winterizing your boat.  You can see Jeffrey's checklist here.  And for more maintenance ideas look here and here.  
SAILING AWARDS BANQUET HELD: The Sailing Awards Banquet was held last Saturday Night.  Here are the results:
    The Perpetual Laser Champion Trophy went to Mike Kleps, and the Spring Series Overall and the Etchells Champion Trophies went to Tom Malone and Salsipuedes.
    For the Long Distance Races, Vendovi Island went to Jack Gerity and Extreme; Around Lummi went to Dave Steffen and Vitesse; Commodores Cup went to Mick Corcoran/Cathy Holland and Blackfoot; Governors Point went to Mike Merrick and Boomer; Marmetta Cup went to Erick Yaremco and Flying Circus; Jack Island went to Mick Corcoran/Cathy Holland and Blackfoot.
    The PHRF Division I Long Distance Champion was Dave Steffen and Vitesse.  The PHRF Division II  Long Distance Champion was Mick Corcoran/Cathy Holland and Blackfoot
    Honoring Out of Town Representation for BYC, 1st Place was won by Mick Corcoran/Cathy Holland and Blackfoot; 2nd Place by Dave Steffen and Vitesse, and 3rd Place by Eric Yaremco and Flying Circus.
    The Boat of the Year for 2013 honors went to Blackfoot!
    Although the turnout for the dinner was disappointing, the food was great, with Pulled Pork supplied by Mike Poulos and Beef Brisket supplied by Neil Bennett & Jonathan Knowles.
    Thanks to everyone who helped make the season a success, especially the Racing Committee, Committee Boat donors, and Mark Boat drivers. --- Mick Corcoran, 2012-13 Fleet Captain

BYC JOB OPENING! Our Club is seeking a highly motivated Bar Tender/Manager, skilled in detail-oriented service, member recognition, POS system operations, bartending, purchasing, misc. sales, bartender scheduling & training.  The Bar Tender/Manager will be on hand at appropriate times as a manager to insure member & guest satisfaction. This is a part time, flexible schedule position, salary dependent on experience.  For more information, contact the Interview Committee: Neil Bennett, Jim Gibson or Dick Johnson at BMInterviews@BYC.ORG.
HOLIDAY DECORATING THIS SUNDAY! Come help decorate the club for the holidays!! We will be decorating on Sunday, November 24th in the morning at 10:00 AM. Please come help if you can – the more hands the quicker the work. --- Commodore Michele

HOLIDAY FUN BEGINS HERE... Our traditional Tom & Jerry Party is two weeks away on Wednesday, November 27. "Tom" and "Jerry" (Michele and Neil) preside at the traditional bowl as we enjoy complementary cups of cheer beginning around 5:00 p.m. this day before Thanksgiving.  It's a great season kickoff, so put it on your "Holiday To Do List"!  The event is open to BYC Members and their families "outside" guests... then December 7 will be the Lighted Boat Parade (with the traditional party). Some boaters may wish to show their lights and spirit cruising the Bay on Friday the 6th, but that will be "unofficial and on their own"...(See "Lighted Boat Parade Entrants" story below!)
FROM THE BYC HISTORY DESK: At the wonderful Salmon Dinner Friday@5 hosted by some of our BYC Members back in October came a copy of The Fishermen’s News dated August, 1947.  It carried the headline, “Bornstein Wins Yacht Derby” referring to our present-day Member Jay Bornstein’s dad, reporting, “Myer Bornstein’s Sinnemox, was high boat in the Bellingham Yacht Club’s annual Stag Cruise and Salmon Derby off Waldron Island last month. Bornstein Seafoods have been busy in recent weeks with large loads of bottom fish being delivered.”
    Some things never change...except the size of the catch and the number of regulations, and calling it a “Stag Cruise”!
LANDSCAPING HELP NEEDED! Carol Snowball is looking for help with the landscaping. If you are interested please contact Carol (714-0903) or myself. --- Commodore Michele

MASTER MARINERS CLASS TO BE HELD AGAIN: Capt. Richard Rodriguez of Zenith Marine will conduct USCG courses for the eighth year here, beginning January 6, 2014. The past  six  years Rodriguez has qualified over 700 Coast Guard Masters (Captains) in the San Juans! Graduates operate vessels throughout the world through this training.
    Rodriguez served as the primary Commercial Assistance Towing Responder in the San Juans for nine years and brings real world situations to the classroom.  He works professionally over 150 days a year in local waters, and has assisted over 1,200 vessels vessels in distress.  Additionally he has trained law enforcement professionals and active duty Coast Guard crews. Check out his blog:
    This year's course will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm through February 26 in the Ward Room of the BYC. BYC Members qualify for a 20% discount off the $1,400 tuition. You can contact him at or 360-531-0698.
SUPPORT OUR YOUTH SAILING: The Bellingham Sailing Foundation supports youth sailing activities here. To date, they have helped raise $56,000 for the purchase of the seven FJ's jointly used by BYC Youth Sailing and High School Sailing Programs. BSF has also provided funds and volunteers to build the $20K Youth Sailing Dock at Zuanich Point; a traveling trailer for high school "away" races; and accepted donations of two J24's for instructional programs. The Foundation also gives scholarships to families who couldn't otherwise afford sailing program costs.
    Now it's time to step up doing our share!  For 2014 the high school team needs funds for new sails and travel costs, and our BYC Youth Sailing wants to purchase a new fleet of racing-quality Opti's, making the J24's available to young sailors for Wednesday night races. 
    Please consider a tax deductible donation to the Bellingham Sailing Foundation  (a registered 501(c)(3) organization).  Look for the BSF brochure at the BYC Clubhouse; visit; or contact Vice Commodore Jonathan Knowles / 360-303-5465. Thank you!
A MEMBER UPDATE: A slightly confusing email from the Barnett Family: "Mostly at home from Hanoi, until April. Hoang is at Sehome, but our 12' Yawl is on Phu Quoc Island in the Gulf Of Thailand, and we will be back in the spring to volunteer again at swabbing decks, hauling sheets & kicking recently emptied beer cans down the road [if it does not violate local ordinance or custom]! Meanwhile contact us at 813 13th St, B'Ham or email. --- Mark Barnett

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IS BACK: By popular demand, the BYC bar and lounge will be open every Monday night throughout the football season. The bar will open on Mondays at 5pm and close upon completion of the Monday Night football game. Drink specials and bar snacks will be available so come on down and enjoy watching some football with friends. $1 tacos will go thru the football season.
LISTEN UP: Matt Ouilette, Bar Chairman, can't do it all alone: He really needs help with these.  Call him at 220-9496 or email to pitch in.  Thanks!
FROM THE COMMODORE... My report will be short this week, as I have been away from home traveling.
    This year we are going to get back to our roots, as far as Fridays are concerned. The first Friday of the month will be the traditional heavy appetizers and finger food. This will be a no-host Friday with everyone bringing something to share. The third Thursday will have a dinner theme and sponsor. The club will reimburse up to $150 towards the cost of food for the main course. Members will bring sides, salads and desserts. Cost will be$3 per person for those wanting to eat. Jody Erickson is keeping the sign-up sheet. PC Jody Erickson is keeping the sign-up sheet for Fridays@5, Please contact her directly to sign up for a Friday or to get theme ideas (
    Remember the Tom and Jerry Party is next week, November 27th. This is a ‘members only’ event, and you must be in good standing. In others words, you must be current on your dues payment to attend. Please get those dues payments into Mike Welsh and join us for the annual kick-off to the holiday season. --- Respectfully, Michele Bodtke, Commodore
STEVE ROSS'S PHOTO CONTEST... Terry Tavelli, John Van Haalen, Scott McEniry, Marty Haines, & Mark Harding correctly identified the ships' harbor in Meersburg, Germany as the subject of last week's picture. The ferry in the picture travels from Konstanz across an arm of the Bodensee (Lake Constance to English speakers).
    This week we view a minor traffic jam. If you know the location, send your answer to

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