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Memorial Day Weekend... the 'official' start of summer!  And, for those of you from my mom's generation, it is now legally acceptable to wear white pants and shoes! 
Good luck and fair winds to all the sailors headed to Victoria for the Swiftsure Regatta... stay safe out there and wear your tethers when the sun hits the Western horizon.  It's no fun going overboard at midnight doing 14 knots in 35 knot winds through Race Rocks.  Just ask Jack Gerity or myself... it happens in a blink of an eye and there's not a better feeling in the world than hitting the end of your tether and realizing you're still connected to your boat (and crew!).
Because of the long weekend, the next issue will publish on Wednesday, 1 June.  Enjoy the extra day off and take a few moments to reflect on the meaning of this holiday. Thank you, Veterans.
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3 June  Fridays @ 5
10 June  Steak Night

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San Juan Sailing
May 24-31, 2016

WED:  25 May: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Burger Night; THURS: 26 May: Bar and lounge open at 5;  FRI: 27 May: Bar and lounge open at 5; SAT: 28 May:  Bar and lounge open at 5

Herbivore vs. Carnivore Night

Big shout out and thanks to Sherri Van Keulen, her friend, Jenny, and always to Dick Labadie for their excellent food this past Friday night.  I was not able to make it but I heard that the Vegan Curry was amazing and I even received emails asking for the recipe. I am sure that the meatloaf was also a big hit.  Thank you to everyone who helped put that together and clean up after it.  It really is all of you that make our club so great.
-Susan Hempler


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:  6/17, 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!


Last week’s Fri @ 5 was busy, as folks chowed down on vegan stroganoff and very much non-vegan meatloaf sandwiches! Yours truly was spotted slathering very non-vegan butter on top of very vegan garlic bread, thus providing the vegan attendees with a bit of amusement. All I can really say is, it was really good that way!
Here is the skinny for this coming week!
WED: Burgers hot off the grill!
THUR: Sorry, no Monica yet! Bar and lounge open at 5, but no food service planned (at least as yet)!
FRI: Bar and lounge open at 5. Come on down and hang out for a spell!
SAT:  Bar and lounge open at 5. Come on down and hang out for a spell!

See you in the lounge!



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


Looking forward to our joint cruise to Fisherman's Bay with CYC this weekend!  Guy and Barbara Thieman, have been hard at work planning lots of fun activities with the theme "Blue Hawaii".  There will be great food & games all weekend long as well as everything Lopez has to offer.  I believe the marina is fully booked now, but if you still want to join us please call Fisherman's Bay at 360-468-2233 to see if there is any space available and then sign up online at so we know you are coming. 

Past Commodore's Cruise to Rosario


I welcome all BYC Members to join me and my wife, Ann, on June 10-12 for the annual Past Commodore's cruise to the beautiful Rosario Resort on Orcas Island.  Come by boat, plane or car, and even reserve a hotel room for some extra indulgence.  There will be plenty of fun, games, hikes and food involved as well as the chance to take in some of that Orcas Island charm.  Register now at and call the marina at (360)376-2152 to reserve a slip.    The Rosario Marina are holding slips until 2 weeks before the cruise, so you must register by May 27.
Jonathan Knowles
Past Commodore 2015

Host Needed

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



I'm very proud to announce that your local Sehome High School sailing team just won the NorthWest Team Race Championships this weekend and will compete for the National Championships next weekend.  The team beat all schools from Oregon and Washington over the last two days in Anacortes.  They finished the regatta with a record of 16-3, 2nd place was Bainbridge High School (13-6), 3rd place was Woodinville High School (12-7). 

The team was lead by senior skippers, Liam Hood, Jeffrey Werner, and Shea Walker. Their crews consisted of seniors Nick Bourlier and Quinn Shultis, sophomores Mallory Hood and Peyton Nienaber, and freshman Cedric Keneipp.  All of these sailors have grown up in Bellingham and have been a part of one of the local learn to sail programs at the Bellingham Yacht Club, WWU Lakewood, or Community Boating Center.

The team will now head to the National Championships (in Anacortes) this coming weekend and race against 12 teams from around the country.  

Scott Wilson

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.

Greetings all… it was a busy boating weekend… I was with Megan Link, BYC Youth Sailing Program Director, staffing the BYC Youth Sailing Booth at the Jr Ski to Sea Race on Lake Padden.  I was the “Pitch Man” talking with parents about our programs while Megan got the kids attention with a colored spinning wheel and promises of candy.   For the price of a few bags of candy, I think it was a huge success and hopefully will lead to more signups. My son, Jack, was down in Anacortes racing in JV division at the Northwest High School Sailing (NWISA) Team Racing District Championships.  Congratulations to Sehome High School Varsity Team for taking first place and for representing the Pacific Northwest at the High School (ISSA) Team Racing Nationals this upcoming weekend in Anacortes, WA.
(SFC NOTE: Our Youth Sailing Program, the feeder to Youth & High School Racing programs, is very much hinged on selling our 180 summer lessons.  I appeal to the BYC Membership to help me “Sell Out” our classes this year. “Word of mouth” is huge… so tell your friends, co-workers families, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Information at or contact me)
Bellingham Racers take 3rd at Seattle Pacific One-Design Regatta
We had 3 Bellingham 505 teams racing at the Pacific One-Design (POD) in Seattle last weekend.  Congratulations to BYC members, Lee Laney and Mike Powell, for taking 3rd place in a very competitive fleet.  Also present were boats skippered by former BYC Youth/WWU Sailors, Courtney Starks and Elisa Balton.
Lummi Isle 360 Recap
After a dismal looking early morning with rain in the forecast, the day turned out to be a good day for sailing with winds in the 12-16 knot range out of the south and just a few sprinkles of rain. The fleet voted to travel clockwise around the island to take the best advantage of the tides and wind.  Richard Veech on Honker took the top honors in PHRF Div 1 followed by a 13 sec difference between Jeff Vernon on Cougar Hunter and Dave Steffen’s Vitesse in third.  PHRF Div 2 winner was Micheal Merrick representing Seattle Yacht Club on his the Martin 242, Boomer.
A big thank you to Bart Maupin for getting the SIs to us, Randy Nulle for presiding over the skipper's meeting and Eric Yaremko for volunteering to be the rabbit to get us all started.
Full race results & recap:
I’m off to Victoria, BC this weekend for the RVYC Swiftsure Race on board Eric Yaremko's, Flying Circus.  Myself, along with BYC Members, Mike Poulos, Dave Steffan & Randy Nulle will be attempting to defend our first place finish of last year’s Juan de Fuca Race - Light Class.
Finally, the 50+ racing teams from all across the country are starting to flow into Bellingham for the 505 North American Championships hosted by BYC -  June 1-5.  Please extend our BYC Hospitality to them and all the volunteers putting on the national event.

Jonathan Knowles PC15, Sail Fleet Captain

The 5O5 North American Championships
June 1-5


We are just T-Minus 8 days till this amazing regatta.  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
Lost at the club on Opening Day:  Women's brown sunglasses with hearts on the side.
Email Karin Colgrove, if found.
A 2-3 week crossing from Hawaii to Bellingham in August on a 46' yacht.  Looking for experienced sailor with convivial disposition to add to the crew.  The ability to follow skipper's direction is of paramount importance.  He or she must also have flexible time and willingness to share expenses.  Please submit detailed sailing resume to Alex Marr at
JUNE 6 - JULY 14

Jumpstart your fitness.  Enhance what you're currently doing.  Feel strong.  Sleep better.  Have more energy.

JUNE 6 - JULY 14

A fun, energizing program for 50+ adults.  Master's X-Camp is the best way to experience and learn the fundamental mobility, movements, and lifts of CrossFit.  The Masters' programming differs from our regular programming in that we place a larger focus on balance, mobility, flexibility and core strength. 

Coached by BYC Member, Shasonta Delmage.  For more information, email or click here for the full flyer.

Editor's Note:  Neil and I have been going to CrossFitX for nearly 4 years and I can't say enough good things about the workouts, the coaches, or the community.  It ROCKS!


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


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

... Back on 7 June.



This Week's Photo Contest  


Thanks to Murray Hill for last week's photo of the Port of Hakata, Japan. No one identified the location.


This week we see a wind-swept island. If you know the location, send your answer to


Here is the link to this week's Chess Challenge.

Lisa Harding was also a winner for the week of 4/26/16.
The winner of week 5/3/16 was Scott McEniry.
The solution was
1. Qc6+ Rxc8
2. Bd5#

Editor's Note:  Alex's challenge from last week got caught up in my Spam filter, so apologies to the members that it did not get published.

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   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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