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Mar 18  Radar Seminar
Mar 19  Marine Rules
Apr 1  Battery Management
Apr 3  AYC Visits
Apr 8  Racing Begins
Apr 15  Boating Emergencies
Apr 24  Youth Fleet Silent Auction
May 2  Opening Day

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March 17-30, 2015

WED: 18 Mar: Soup Kitchen; THURS: 19 Mar: Monica's Mexican;  FRI: 20 Mar: Fridays @ 5;  SAT: 21 Mar: Bar and Lounge Open
WED: 25 Mar: Soup Kitchen; THURS: 26 Mar: Monica's Mexican;  FRI: 27 Mar: Bar and Lounge Open;  SAT: 28 Mar: Bar and Lounge Open
Flotilla 11, USCG Auxiliary is offering the one day About Boating Safely classes, on the Second Saturday of March, April, and May in Bellingham, and on March 21 on Orcas Island. Classes are from 8 am to 4:30 pm.  Completion of the 8 hour class meets the WA State Boaters' Education Card requirements for an approved class. This 8 hour class is a good basic review of best practices for safe recreational boating. Children 10 through 14 are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Teens 15 and older may attend unaccompanied. Remember a Boater Education Card is now required for all persons, born after 1955, operating a motorized vessel with 15 hp or more. This lifetime card (Purchased from the state for $10) requires completion of an approved Boating Safety class.
More information is available on our website or by contacting John Milczewski, Public Education Officer at (360) 739-1310 for Bellingham classes. Orcas Island classes Contact: David Tribolet, Detachment Leader, at  (360) 376-3994 or Click here for the flyer and the registration form.
Thanks for your support of recreational boating safety.
Penny Milczewski, Flotilla Vice Commander, ​Flotilla 11​


FREE VESSEL SAFETY CHECK !  Is your boat in compliance with the U.S. Coast Guard?  Bellingham Sail & Power Squadron offers a free Coast Guard approved vessel safety check.  Send request/inquires to Merle @

Pink Boat Regatta is looking for a few great volunteers to help organize and run the 2015 regatta in September.  This is a great way to assist in a great cause with really fun people.  Contact Neil Bennett or Jim Gibson.

The Lake Whatcom MC Scow fleet is looking for someone who would enjoy running race committee on Tuesday evenings. There are about 10 MC Scows racing on Tuesdays with the starting gun at 6 pm. The take-off point is about half way along the North Shore, about a mile before Agate Bay. The committee boat is a lovely varnished wooden runabout with a steering wheel running an outboard. It is very comfortable and quite elegant. Starting the races is easy, simply press the button on the automatic starting box and the starting sequence takes care of itself. The skippers are the perfect combination of courtesy and politeness. The race committee is greatly appreciated. A separate mark boat with an experienced operator sets all of the marks, so the job of the race committee is simply to start the races and record the finishes. Guests can be invited out on the race committee boat by the race committee volunteer so it can be quite a lovely time out on the water with a front row view of all the racing action. Skippers can take turns filling in for the Race Committee whenever other commitments interfere so the commitment does not have to limit other activities. It is really a fun way to enjoy lovely afternoons/evenings on the lake. No races are started after 7:45. Typically we race 3 or 4 races if the winds hold up. Contact fellow club member Will Lesh at 360-966-7245.  Happy Sailing,  Will Lesh


Come in out of the fog! Join us this Wed, Mar 18 at 7pm as Master Mariner Captain David Yell talks to us about RADAR - What it is, its limitations, how to tune it, and how the small vessel operator can make use of it for navigation, pilotage, and collision avoidance within the confines of her (or his) cockpit or wheelhouse. Dave has spent more than 6000 days at sea, world-wide, on vessels of all shapes and sizes, so he is well-qualified to discuss this topic of importance to all boaters.  The event is free to BYC members and guests, but we request that you preregister (email Tom Dalgliesh at Bring along your copy of ColRegs if you have them. Click here for the flyer.

 Looking ahead, get a bigger charge out of your boating! Mark your calendars for BYC Member Scott McEniry's Battery Management discussion on April 1. You can expect to hear about a lot more than just topping off the water. Finally on April 15 we round out the year with a Boating Emergencies presentation led by our friend Bob Jacobson. Hope to see you there!


Last week’s Steak Nite was a hit, with upwards of 90 yummy filet’s served! Thanks to Missy, Mick, Susan, Gerry and Steve K for helping out with service, and Scott for manning the bar in his always unflappable manner! Next steak nite is planned for Friday, April 10th, so save the date and come hungry!


This week’s schedule:

 WED: Soup Kitchen Nite, featuring Dick’s Special Seafood Stew!

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

 FRI: It’s a Fri @ 5 again, and maybe someone will volunteer to do a St. Patrick’s Day feed? 

 SAT: Come on down and visit with friends over a brew or two!

 See you in the lounge!  Steve


Wednesday Night Race Committee is Forming!

Wednesday night racing will begin on April 8thIf you would like to be involved as a helper please let us know.  Randy Nulle is organizing volunteers and Lee Falta will be our race officer for April so please respond to Lee or Randy if you can help.

Requirements are:

Dress for the weather.

Be at the committee boat by 4:40pm. Returning around 8pm

Randy     rnulle@comcastLee 


The new BYC/BSF Opti fleet made it's journey from West Coast Sailing in Portland to Bellingham this week. Thank you to everyone that donated and helped to make this happen. The first boats will be used at the CYC Opti clinic put on by international Opti coach, Pablo Weber this weekend.

 Trustee Mike Powell

Mark Your Calendars!!
April 24th 2015 will be the date for our annual Youth Fleet Silent Auction night.  
If you have any items you would like to donate or contacts to a business that might donate product, services or gift certificates please get in touch with me at
Thank you again for your help.  --Trustee Mike Powell

Anacortes Yacht Club visits BYC April 3

The Anacortes Yacht Club will be joining us for our Friday at 5 on April 3.  We will be serving burgers and brats for everyone so please join us and bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Flotilla Heading North in June


We are continuing our planning for a group flotilla in June to take advantage of the long summer days. We are working to firm up our itinerary with 4 boats planning to participate. Right now we expect to leave Bellingham on June 10, we hope to get as far north as Octopus Island, we will travel at sailboat speeds, and we expect to return by about July 4. If you would like to join us, if you plan to be up that way and would like to "stop by" for a day or two, or if you just want to check out our itinerary, you can contact Dean Altschuler ( or Marian Welsh ( for more information.

Bellingham Yacht Club’s 2015 Open Day of Boating -- May 2nd, 2015
Get out those old bed sheets, cheerleader outfit or ROTC uniform because it going to be a…
Toooogaaa … Toooogaaa  … Toooogaaa
BYC Open Day Festiveness theme is based on the 1978 comedy classic staring John Bulushi…   “Animal House”

Get working on you boat designs for the Opening Day Parade!!
Preliminary Schedule:
Opening Day Ceremony
Blessing of the Fleet
Boat Parade
Raft Up at BYC Guest Dock
BBQ on the BYC Deck Food & Drink
Live Music (TBD)

Greetings BYC!    I’m a bit foggy this Monday morning after an 8 hour power drive from Schweitzer Mountain - Sand Point ID yesterday for my son’s ski race.  Despite lack of snow and torrential rain, the race organizers performed a miracle and pulled off the 3 day - 3 discipline (SG, GS, SL) competition.   The 3 day race not only required a team of planners and organizers, but also over 50 volunteers each day to get the over 200 young skiers safely down the challenging courses.  This just shows you with Volunteers, amazing things can be achieved.  Next time you read in the Jibsheet and hear of a request from a committee or event needing volunteers, please help however you can…  2 hours or 2 months!
 Hope everyone survived the pretty wicked weather last weekend.  It was unfortunate that the BYC Cruise Fleet’s “Inati Bay Raft Up” was cancelled.  It was the right call!  It’s not fun and relaxing boating when you’re up all night worrying about anchor lines.   But as was the case this morning, the clouds will pass and there will always be spectacular days ahead.
 Thanks VC Mick Corcoran, Events Chair Missy Steffen, Susan Henderson, Gerry Rea Kersey and Bar Manager, Steve Hayward for another great Steak Night.  Mark your calendars for Steak Nights every second Friday of the Month.   Since sail racing is starting up, master griller Mick is looking to back off.   So, if you have talent behind the BBQ, please contact Missy or Steve.
If you follow the BYC FaceBook (, then you would have seen posts by Youth Fleet Captain Mike Powell on trucking up the Club’s new fleet of Opti Dinghy’s from  Hood River, OR. Thanks Mike and now let’s get sailing!
 BYC Wednesday Night Club Racing starts up on April 8th.   The club needs all of its members, Cruisers and Racers alike, to support this racing program.   The race packet is a flat $50 for all series and long distance racing.   The fees collected just barely covers ½ the cost of running the program for fuel, insurance, maintenance and awards.   Remember to thank the BYC’s regatta chairs and sponsors who make up these costs and keep the program affordable.   So, sign up for a race packet today!!  Even if you only make it out a few evenings, it’s worth it and it’s FUN!
 The BYC Board Meeting is Thursday and a Saint Patrick’s Friday’s at Five.  Also, don’t forget the BYC’s Opening Day Parade and Party -  “Animal House” on May 2nd.  You better be working on you boat decorations!!
 Cheers!  Commodore Jon

This Week's Photo Contest

Last week's photo was taken in Kenai Fjords N.P. No one knew the exact location, but Gayle Ackerly, Terry Tavelli, and Rick Laursen noted similar views in Alaska.

This week, we see a peaceful, and probably warmer, scene. If you know the location, send your answer to

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is PC Michele Bennett.
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