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I cannot remember a more beautiful Opening Day.  Thank you to everyone who came down to celebrate this wonderful activity we all share -- and a special thanks to Bishop Kevin for the added blessing.  Stay safe out there folks!
Be sure to take some photos and send them to:

13 May  Steak Night
20 May  Fridays @ 5

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May 10-16, 2016

WED:  11 May: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Burger Night; THURS: 12 May: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Carne Asada Night;  FRI: 13 May: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Steak Night; SAT: 14 May:  Bar and lounge open at 5


Congratulations to Trustee Rick Laursen on the purchase of his new 'home' and providing spectators with a memorable christening ceremony!!  She's a beauty!

$325 Membership Promotion
Through May 15th
The Bellingham Boating Season is now officially open …  so why not take the Bellingham Yacht Club on a “Sea Trail” for the rest of summer!!!
To celebrate 2016 Opening Day of Boating Season, the Bellingham Yacht Club is running a summer membership special.   New Active Membership Applications submitted by May 15th will receive a prorated BYC membership through September for $325 which includes initiation fee. That’s a 40% Savings!  The Bellingham Yacht Club offers an array of boating activities to choose from including Sailboat Racing, Cruising, Reciprocal Privileges, Youth Sailing, Inati Bay Beach Outstation on Lummi Island, Clubhouse Bar & Lounge, Social Events, Friday Steak Nights, Opening Day, Buccaneers Cruise, Commodore’s Ball, Lighted Boat Parade, Monday Night Football, Taco Thursdays, Fridays @ Five & more.   If you like what you see, then just continue on with annual membership which comes out to only $40 month!!!
For more information, inquire at the BYC Clubhouse between 5 – 9 PM Wed-Sat, contact the Membership Chair at   360-733-7390, or visit the Website.
-PC Jonathan Knowles

Shaun Thompson has recently been appointed to the Board of Trustees, replacing resigned Trustee Chris Jacobs.  Shawn takes on the role of Chairman of the Membership Committee.


Steak night returns to the BYC this Friday!  Reserve your prime piece of filet - cooked just the way you want it! - on the BYC website!  Don't count on there being extras - when they're gone, they're gone!


In order to keep Friday’s @ 5 alive we are looking for some people to cook a main dish or a meal on the following Fridays@5.  There is money to reimburse cost of food up to $200 and the meal does not need to be fancy. We would be thrilled with hot dogs, BBQ Chicken, or your famous Crock Pot creation, could be a one course and ask members to supply the sides or you can provide the whole meal.  Whatever strikes your fancy we are thankful and appreciative of the help and participation you can offer. Here are the available dates. Please email Susan Hempler if you are willing to pitch in and keep the food happening.

June: 6/3, 6/17, July: 7/1, and 7/29, also currently all Fridays@5 in August are open too.


Thank you! 
Susan Hempler- BYC Trustee and Social Committee Chair

Stay tuned to the Upcoming Events Calendar for all of the great social events being planned!


Wednesday, May 18, 2016
BYC Ward Room


Another United States Power Squadron seminar in the Seamanship Series, this one covers the essential knots all boaters need to know, and proper use of flags on your boat.  In two hours you will learn:


• Six Essential Knots

• Line and rope selection

• Care and handling of lines & ropes

• Flying Flags


The last topic alone deserves your attendance. 


Join us at 1900 (7pm) on Wed May 18.  Cost is $25, or $40 Couple. 

Please RSVP: 
Tom Dalgliesh,


Tom Dalgliesh

BYC Education



Opening Day was a smashing success! The clubhouse overflowed with celebrants, Gary Smith’s band performed like the rock stars they are, the Dead Pirates Society served something like 500 oysters, 40 dozen shrimp and when that ran out, turned to a multitude of hot dogs and then raided the freezer for burgers! Wow! To call that a party is a gross understatement! If that is any indication of things to come, it’s gonna be a rockin’ summer for sure! 


Here’s the skinny for this coming week!


WED: Burgers hot off the grill ‘till the fleet’s in!

THUR: Monica’s Mexican with the best carne asada north of the border and those tasty bean burritos!

FRI: Steak Nite! You know the drill — sign up at the website to reserve your tender and juicy filet. There’s always extras, just remember, when they’re gone, they’re gone!

SAT: Bar and lounge open at 5! Come on down and hang out with friends over a libation or two!

See you in the lounge!



Memorial Day "Blue Hawaii" Cruise to Fisherman's Bay


Register now for our next cruise to Lopez Island on May 27-30 which is a joint cruise with our friends at the Corinthian Yacht Club.  We need a headcount, so if you are joining us please sign up by May 15.  Our hosts, Guy and Barbara Thieman, have a lot of fun activities planned with the theme of "Blue Hawaii", the famous Elvis Presley movie.  There will be great food & games all weekend long as well as everything Lopez has to offer so you won't want to miss it.  Click here for the full flyer.  Register now at and call the marina at (360)468-2233 to reserve a slip.  (Be sure to mention you're with the BYC group.)

Past Commodore's Cruise to Rosario


Please join our PC Jonathan Knowles June 10-12 for our annual Past Commodore's cruise at the beautiful Rosario Resort on Orcas Island.  There will be plenty of fun, games and food involved as well as the chance to take in some of that Orcas Island charm.  More details to follow soon.  Register now at and call the marina at 1-360-376-2152 to reserve a slip.  They are holding our slips until 2 weeks before the cruise, so please register by May 27.

Host Needed

A host is needed for the Adventure Cruise to Prevost Harbor August 5-7.  If you are interested, email Vickie Olson at

Youth Fleet Silent Auction
The next Long Distance Race is “Lummi Isle 360” (formally Around Lummi) is on May 21.  The SI’s will be posted on the BYC Web Site and Skippers meeting will held in the BYC Ward Room 9 AM. If you intend to race, please send an e-mail to
Jonathan Knowles PC15, Sail Fleet Captain

The 5O5 North American Championships
June 1-5


We are a little more than 3 weeks away from the 2016 5O5 North American Championships.  We have been in the planning stages for over a year now, and this is where the rubber meets the road.  I am taking the time to write this little blurb with the hope we can acquire a few more volunteers.  There are a few more tasks that need to be done in order to make the event spectacular.  We currently have over 50 volunteers for on and off the water.


Most of the positions are filled; however, we could really use 2 people on Sunday afternoon to help serve pizza and to clean up.  This is from about 3 to 5:30 or so.  We could also really use people every day in the morning and afternoon to help launch and land boats.  This is really fun.  Put on your rubber boots and take trailers from the water in the morning, then bring trailers out to arriving folks in the afternoon.  There is a party vibe at the launch ramp.  You will be able to rub elbows with world champs and Olympic medalists. 


Please e-mail me or call 360 676 4263 to help.  We really want to put on a world class event.  We can't do it without some world class help from our world class yacht club.  Please step up.  If not you....  Then who??



Mike Poulos


The weekend of August 27, 2016 will feature JOINT Pink Boat AND Leukemia Cup regattas on the Bay on the same DAY, at the same TIME.

One course, two regattas? Why? So we can have more fun and raise more money to help develop a cure for two of the most pervasive cancers...we want to kick BOTH their ASSES at the same time!

After the Regatta, a BBQ at the BYC Clubhouse, with raffles, auctions and the ATLANTICS.

Stay tuned... there will be a Kickoff Fridays at Five on July 15, 2016.

Brought to you by RC Jim Gibson and VC Neil Bennett

Are you interested in joining a summer fitness group? Please come to a planning meeting in the club Tuesday, May 17 at 10:30 am.  I will be bringing dance scarves and music makers for some cardio dancing to DVDS on the TV downstairs and seeing who might like to participate in dancing and/or walking for fitness.   Contact me, Judy Harding, at 360 306 2800


Art and I are two adventurous seniors who bought a wooden boat on a whim (Running Bear, 1965 Grenfell, 36 ft. cabin cruiser) and now have a floating palace we do not know how to operate! We are always looking for skippers to take us out and about (free gas, food and drink!) The Bear is a single screw, a little tricky to handle, well maintained and heavily insured. She handled well for Bob Hollingsworth on a trip to Port Townsend and we hope to have many lovely adventures this summer with your help.  We have volunteered to be the Committee Boat for the Thursday night races, starting with the second session (Series #2: May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16; Series #3: June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21; Series #4: July 28, Aug 4, Aug 11, Aug 18, Aug 25). We will need folks to take us out for that as well.
Contact info:

Judy and Art Harding 360 306 2800

I am sending this invitation for presentation to all BYC members.  Normally I would not recommend a business all the way in Mexico but this time I have special ties.  Jan and I, as well as my dad and his wife, have stayed with Chris and Cindy at Villa Amor Del Mar.  It is a unique boutique hotel on the beach at the mouth of the marina in La cruz de huanacaxtle -Nayarit within walking distance to the sailing school, ISA.  It’s a 30 minute drive north from the Puerta Vallarta airport.  There is a direct flight from Seattle to PV.  I have been visiting this area for the last 10 years, sailing with my sister and enjoying the ambiance of La Cruz.  I have sailed numerous times with the guys and gals from ISA.  They are excellent teachers, very professional and lots of fun.

This is a great opportunity for novice or even experienced sailors to enjoy Mexico and get some great sailing in Banderas Bay.  I highly recommend the experience.

PC Terry Robertson

Half-share in a 22' Seasport, kept locally at Hilton Harbor Marina.  1991 with a recently rebuilt Chevy 305 with less than 100 hours.  New kicker and GPS/FF.  See Craigslist ad at: for more details.  Email Bill Colgrove at


Wednesday racing was a great night with steady breeze out of the West (sort of) and the Etchell's started first.  The wind favored the bigger boats in the PHRF fleet. For the Etchell's it was Toast in first, 1230 in second and Salsipeudes, third. Overall for the series, the winner was Eric Yaremco with Extravaganza, second was Salsipeudes, and third went to Attitude.
In the PHRF fleet, first place was Hravn, second place was Honker, and third went to Cougar Hunter. Over all for the series was first for Honker, second for Hravn, and third for Cougar Hunter. This week is the beginning of the Spring series and we hope to see more boats out there.
Fridays at Five was a fun night with great Cuban food prepared with the help of Parker and Heather Graham and as usual the untiring efforts of Dick and Sandy Labadie. I would also like to thank Susan Henderson and Susan Hempler for putting it all together. There was also a dancing demonstration of traditional Salsa by Antonio Diaz and Alisa French.
Opening Day was a splendid affair with some of the best weather for the parade in memory.
I was a little disappointed that the awards were not presented when announced since I wasn't made aware that they had been made up already. There was a mistake made and the real winner of the parade went to M&M. It was some tough voting on the Observation boat, Jumanji, and I want to thank Jim Santosuosso for providing his assistance. It was second place that went to Serendipity and Third place went to Lavitude with their team of Dr. Evil's.
We managed to get four new membership applications turned in for our Membership Drive and we hope to have them approved at the next Board Meeting next Thursday. A reminder that the Membership Drive continues until the 15th.
A big thank you goes to Fleet Captain Tim Thompson for doing such a great job organizing all the festivities for Opening Day and to the Dead Pirates for cooking all the food till late in the afternoon. I would also like to thank Missy Steffen and Susan Henderson for all of their assistance and the pouring of the Champaign.  Lastly, a thank you to Thomas Childs and his breakfast crew for putting on such a great spread prior to the opening ceremony. 
I hope everyone had a great time. I know I did.



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