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Congratulations to the 505 sailors and a huge pat-on-the-back to all of the BYC members that made it happen!!
The activity continues with steak night at the clubhouse, the Past Commodore's Cruise, and the big overnight race for the sailors.  Something for EVERYONE!
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10 June  Steak Night
10-12 June PC Cruise
12 June  Sunset Cruise
4 July  Garrison Bay Cruise

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June 7-13, 2016

WED:  8 June: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Burger Night; THURS: 9 June: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Monica's Mexican;  FRI: 10 June: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Steak Night; SAT: 11 June:  Bar and lounge open at 5


We are out of the 'hello my name is' custom stickers that visitors use after they sign in.  No one seems to remember where we purchased them in the past... do you?  If you know, please send a note to Marian Henderson.



Steak night returns this Friday! Reserve your choice filet by signing up on the BYC website and then show up Friday night and tell the chef-du-jour how you like 'er done.  Baked potato with all the fixings and a salad round out this fantastic dinner.  What are you waiting for?  Get signed up now!

NEW Potluck With Sunset Cruise Sunday @ 5
Sunday 6/12 - Hosted by Judy Harding


This will be an ongoing event taking place each Sunday through the summer. Potluck to be held at the BYC lounge at 5:00 PM with sunset cruise to follow (weather permitting). 

MUST RSVP to Judy Harding for space on boats, what food to bring, and to double check if alcohol can be brought or if bar will be open (most Sundays it will not be in which case alcohol can be brought in, if bar is open all alcohol must be purchased at the bar-except bottled wine which will incur a corking fee.)

Big thank you to Heather Graham, Sandy Labadie, Linda, Steve and Monica…and anyone else who pitched in to clean up after the potato bar this past Friday.  All of you always go the extra mile and it is because of people like you that we all have such an amazing club.
-Susan Hempler

URGENT NOTE:  The following Fridays @ 5 dates will be un hosted and be left for general membership organized pot luck unless we can get some other people to volunteer to host.  There is money for reimbursement. Please consider giving back and participating in our volunteer clubhouse.  If you are willing and able but these dates don’t work  there are more dates available as well.  Please email Susan Hempler
Thank you!
-Susan Hempler


This past week your BYC hosted a world class sailing event when we hosted the 505 North American Championships! What a great event and a great week for your BYC! Thanks to all the volunteers who made this possible! 


Don’t forget this weekend is the Past Commodore’s Cruise to Rosario Resort! Join Jonathan and the crew for a great and fun weekend! Here at the club it will be Steak Nite on Friday, so if you’re not headed out to Rosario then “come on down” to the club!


WED: Burgers hot off the grill! 

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

FRI: Steak Nite! Make your reservations at the web site!

SAT: Bar and lounge open at 5!


See you in the lounge!





Yo Mon…  It’s a Jamaican Past Commodore Cruise this weekend at Rosario.  Slips are still available as are hotel rooms for those coming by land yacht.   Mooring buoys are available first come-first served and anchoring out is poor in a deep rocky bottom.  

Friday:   6 PM – Rotating Boat Social BYO Tapas & Rum Drinks
Saturday8 AM -  Early Risers Cascade Lake 3 Mile Hike meet at Fountain Statue,  11 - AM East Sound Tour Shuttle,  3 PM  - Lawn Game Tournament,  4 PM - Organ Concert in Mansion,  6 PM - Jamaican Themed Dock Potluck with Ann’s Complementary Special Mia Tia,  evening bonfire.
Sunday: Return to B'Ham
Reminder: Rosario does not allow open liquor bottles & glass off the docks.  

Jonathan Knowles
Past Commodore 2015


Join us for our annual 4th of July cruise to beautiful Garrison Bay with Wheel and Keel.  We'll be rafting up in the bay and our hosts, Pete and Jamie Foti, have plenty of fun activities planned all weekend long.  Highlights include the annual Best Drink Mixing Contest and fireworks at Roche Harbor.  Check out the BYC website for more info. and to register.


Over Memorial Day Weekend, 7 BYC and 6 CYC boats converged on Fisherman's Bay for our joint "Blue Hawaii" cruise.  The weather started out a little stormy but it was worth the trip with many commenting that this was on one the best cruises they had been on!  It started Friday night with happy hour on "Contagious".  We listened to Elvis tunes, drank "Blue Hawaii's, and ate yummy appetizers.  Then on Saturday night, we moved our dock party inside the resort and enjoyed a delicious pot luck dinner and ugly Hawaiian Shirt contest, followed by karaoke.  There was a lot of singing and dancing going on that night and we learned that CYC has some talented singers!  Sunday, the weather was beautiful and thanks the fishing prowess of some CYC fisherman, we dined on shrimp and cod on the dock.  It was a great ending to a fun weekend.  Thank you so much to our hosts, Guy and Barbara Thieman, for making this such a memorable cruise!  And thank you to Ken Larsen for hosting us Friday night on your boat.
-Vickie Olson


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


It's done, in the bank, finally in the rear view mirror.  The 5O5 North American Championships are done, and were nothing less than spectacular.  Bellingham Bay put on her best face for the continent and the world.  There were some great battles fought at multiple skill levels. World Champions, Olympic Gold Medalists, and regular Joes shared the starting, struggling for glory and a story at the bar.  It came down to a battle between multiple world champion, 5O5 impresario Howard Hamlin with crew Jeff Nelson, and the young bloods, Riley Gibbs and Reeve Dunne sailing out of San Francisco.  In the end, the newbies owned the field. 

The club was a beehive for most of the week, with sails and hulls being measured as early as the Sunday before the event.  By Wednesday, it became apparent to anyone driving down Roeder Street that something special was happening.  There were 50 boats in the lot, the largest gathering of 5O5s for a non worlds event in close to 30 years. For our local folks, it was a great opportunity to rub elbows with the greats.  It was also a fantastic opportunity for the greats to experience The Northwest, and specifically, the Bellingham Yacht Club.

We put on a party.  Thanks to the fantastic efforts of multiple volunteers, we had food Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The vibe was exceptional.  It was great to be able to show off our wonderful facility, and the great people who run it. 

I want to thank everyone who helped.  There are too many great people to mention.  I do want to highlight the exemplary effort of our organizing authority.   Lee Laney, Paul Pihl, Paul Von Grey, Jon Seestrom and Mike Powell.  These folks met with me for a bit over a year to make this thing work.  I also want to give special thanks to Terry Tavelli.  As webmaster, he made us look professional.  It is fantastic to be able to send him something and get the e-mail back "Done".  Finally, I want to thank our Principle Race Officer John Pedlow.  He worked tirelessly for months gathering tools, equipment and personnel to make on the water operations excellent.

The secret is out.  Bellingham is the place to be for world class racing events!  Let's do it again for the Dale Jepsen One Design Regatta in September!

Mike Poulos, Chairperson 2016 5O5 North American Championships
Editor's Note:  For more great photos, check out Jan Anderson's site:

...and for a wonderful write-up, check out Scuttlebutt Sailing!

We’re almost half full in our youth sailing program. If you have children, grand children, nieces or nephews between the ages of 8-18 that would like to learn how to sail or improve the their sailing skills please go to the link and sign them up for a great summer sailing program.



Well done “Mike Poulos”, 505 North American Championship Regatta Chair!!  What a great time to be part of the BYC. The 505 NA’s were a huge success, run with precision, professionally and in awe of the 505 National Class Association who had initial doubts.   Bellingham Who?  Bellingham Where?   They Know Now, Bellingham Kicks It!
I’ll be off to Rosario this weekend with my wife and family for BYC’s Annual Past Commodore Cruise.  The theme is “Yo Mon… it’s a Jamaican Potluck & da’ Rum  Drinks”.   There are slips available, call the Rosario Marina.   Unfortunately, this weekend is also the Point Roberts Long Distance Race.  So understandably, I will be missing many of my Drinking Friends with a Sailing Problem!!
-PC Jon


It was a real "high" and proud moment for the Bellingham Yacht Club, the BYC Sail Fleet, and those members who volunteered to make 505 NA Regatta a huge success!  It exemplifies another program/event the BYC selflessly supports to promote the sailing community and somehow validates the crazy notion of paying $450 annual dues to be a volunteer!!! :)
Thanks to all the BYC Members who helped out:
Mike Poulos, John & Joyce Pedlow, Michele Bodtke, Paul Pihl, Lee Laney, Terry Tavelli, Randy Nulle, Arne Ahlen, Bart Maupin, Mick Corcoran, Mike & Maya Allsop, Jim Gibson, Alex Marr, Gerri Rea Kersey, Tom Malone, Micky Reams, Rick Laursen, Dick & Sandy Labadie, Rich Veach, Al Callery, Rebecca Heathcock, Jon Seetrom, Mike & Judy Powell, Annie Boydstun, Ward Naviaux, Jim Holstine,  Dwayne Rogge, Kevin Maguire, Murry Hill, Don Jorgenson, Susan West, Tim Thompson,  Gary Baker,  Leslie Cook, Kathy Franklin, Murray Hill, Duane & Lisa Jones, Judith Harding,  Steve & Monica Hayward, Bruce Reid, Dan Wooldridge, Kevin Schwitter, Dan Ringler, Denise Poulos & anyone I missed.

-PC Jon


June 11-12: BYC Point Roberts Race
June 18-19: AYC Windermere Regatta
June 24-35: Bellingham Keelboat One Design (AKA Etchells) Regatta
July 9: BYC Women on the Water (WOW) Regatta
July 10-15: Whidbey Island Race Week, Oak Harbor


All BYC Recreational/Cruiser sail boat owners, the BYC Sail Fleet invites you to come out and sail for fun and free during the “Dick Johnson Memorial Wednesday Race Series” which starts June 22 and runs to July 27.  BYC’s Race Committee will be setting up a separate non-spinnaker flying division and a course focused on enjoying a nice evening sailing around the Bay.  Our BYC PHRF Rater will be able to provide you a guest rating to test your sailing skills “boat for boat” against your fellow BYC members.
Free for BYC Members, but registration is required on-line Select the “Recreational (Cruising)” for Fleet, provide PHRF Rating or enter “REQUEST RATING”, and select “Charge to Account (BYC Members Only)” for Payment Option.  Non-Members are welcome to race with a $50 Race Pack Fee.  If you have any questions, contact Jonathan Knowles – Sail Fleet Captain at or 360-303-5465.
All Recreational/Cruising Fleet registrants will receive a free copy of US Sailings “Sailor's Guide to the Racing Rules” that explains the basic racing rules visually and easy to understand.

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
Crossing the Pacific from Hawaii to Bellingham on a 46' yacht in August.  Looking for experienced sailor with sociable personality to join the crew. Length of voyage is expected to be approximately 2 weeks depending on wind; therefore flexible time is needed. Provisioning expense at start of voyage can be shared among those on board. Interested sailor should submit detailed sailing resume to Alex Marr at
Cruising north in June to possibly as far north as the Octopus Islands.  Looking for charts or maybe even older Garmin G2 Canadian chartplotter maps.  Any information would help.
Gregg & Claudia Hage
Lost at the club on Opening Day:  Women's brown sunglasses with hearts on the side.
Email Karin Colgrove, if found.


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.
Contact info: Judy and Art Harding
360 306 2800

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

... Back on 14 June.



This Week's Photo Contest  


Last week's photo was taken NW of Cypress Island, looking south on Rosario Strait with the Olympic Mountains in the distance. Meredith Ross, Bart Maupin, and Rick Laursen correctly identified the location, while Scott McEniry was very close.


This week we see a tricky channel entrance. If you know the location, send your answer to


Here is the link to this week's Chess Challenge.
Note for players this week: This is a Mate in Three game.

The winners of last week were Richard Veach and Scott McEniry.

The solution was
1. Rg6+ fxg6
2. Ng4#

Whether its your 1-cylinder oil filter or your 1000hp engine that need changing, we've got the experience to get it done right.
   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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