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Ah, the Dog Days of Summer are here.  Mambo the Cruising Dog managed to spend a night on the hook this weekend.  You can read his article in the Cruising Section.  Do you have a cruising story to share?  Send it my way!  Remember to send any comments, suggestions or stories to:
21-22 August  Buccaneer's Cruise
30 August  Pink Boat Regatta
5-6 September  PITCH Regatta
18-20 September  Poets Cove Cruise

Open 5PM Wed - Sat

Wed: Hawaiian Burgers
Thurs: Carne Asada
Fri: Potlucks

August Bartenders

7am-8pm  Sun - Sat

 First ever female cruise ship captain!

Silver Reef Casino
Harbor Fuel
Hardware Sales
LFS Marine Outdoors
Redden Marine Supply
HUB International, Northwest
Spinnaker Financial Group
Gary Baker - Caldwell Banker
Dawn Durand - Windermere
Joe Sulham - Fairhaven
Dale Serbousek - Remax
Bellingham Marine Repair

Marine Consultants, Inc., Marine Surveyors and Consultants
Orca Marine Cooling Systems
Pacific Marine Electric
Radar Marine Electronics
Rasmussen Marine Electric
San Juan Electronics
Special-T Signs and Graphics
Squalicum Marine Canvas
TD Curran Apple Specialists
Top-to-Bottom Diving and Marine Services
Tri-County Diesel Marine

West Coast Marine Services
Wilson Motors
Bellhaven Yacht Sales & Charters
Bellingham Yacht & Charters
Bullfrog Boats Inc.
NW Explorations Sales & Charters
San Juan Sailing
August 4-10, 2015

WED: 5 August: Burgers and Brats; THURS: 6 August: Monica's Mexican;  FRI7 August: Friday @ 5;  SAT: 8 August: Youth Regatta - Bar Closed but the Lounge is Open
The painting is progressing forward.   However, the roofing company just started to repair the flat roof over the entrance.  We knew the timing logistics were going to be tight, so the painters will come back and touch up the areas being worked on.    Unfortunately, the roofers found some dry rot when tearing off the old roof, so this is going to add some extra cost to the project beyond our project overruns, but still manageable within the Club's capital budget.
-Commodore Jon
This  week’s Friday’s @ 5 is hosted by the Dead Pirate Society who will be grilling burgers for the one day return of the popular “$5 Burger & Brew”.  Come down and meet these Pirates who help keep the Club and Inati Bay Outstations in Tip-Top Shape.
Lighted Boat Parade!!! … in July???
I know, the BYC Lighted Boat Parade is not in July, but it is just a little over 4 months away on Saturday December 5th, 2015.   AND NOW!  is the time to starting working on your designs so you don’t end up with the “Charlie Brown” award.
2014 BYC “Charlie Brown” Award Winner,  RC Neil Bennett on S/V Garufa
There will be an education seminar later in the Fall on “How to Light up Your Boat”, but in the meantime, search Google Images for “Lighted Boat Parade” for design ideas and reach out to multiple year LBP winner, PC Steve Ross to answers your questions
-Commodore Jon

Remember -- No fires at Inati Bay until further notice.  Thank you for your cooperation!!



Don’t forget to come on down to the club for Fri @ 5 this week and have a Burger’n’Brew special for $5 and meet the members of the Dead Pirates Society! Learn more about the history of this illustrious group and the various ways in which they support the BYC. Not to mention it’ll be a fun-filled evening! 


Then on Saturday and Sunday our junior sailors host the Junior Sailing Regatta. Note that the bar will be closed on Saturday so as to avoid issues with minors in the bar area.


WED: Burgers and brews.

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

FRI: Fri @ 5, with the Dead Pirates Society

SAT: Lounge open but bar closed for Youth Sailing Regatta

See you in the lounge!  -- Steve

Help still needed to post PITCH posters around the Puget Sound area.
The 2015 PITCH posters are available on the counter above the name tag drawers inside the front door at BYC.
Each year we try to post these PITCH posters in every yacht club, West Marine and ship chandlery from Olympia to Vancouver.  That way all sailors will know that we are hosting, once again, the most fun regatta they could possibly go to on Labor Day weekend.
So far they are up from Bellingham to Seattle and Tacoma but we still need help with Vancouver.
If any of you are traveling to any town in the greater Puget Sound area and would be willing to help, here is what you can do...
Simply grab a couple of posters at the Club and walk into the store or yacht club that you will be near and tell them you are from Bellingham Yacht Club and show them the poster.
Ask if they would be willing to post it and 90% of the time they say yes. It's good to have a roll of scotch tape or a few push pins with you in case they point you toward the front window or bulletin board.
Please let me know if you do post any so I can keep track of where we still need them.
Thanks for your help,
Randy Nulle, PITCH Chair

PINK BOAT REGATTA – August 30, 2015
Don't miss the Pink Boat Regatta Kick Off event to be held August 14…a “steak night” donation and fund raiser. Joe and Carol Young will be playing from 5 – 7, then they go to the Fireside for their usual Friday night gig.
Sponsoring a boat is open at Personal and Company sponsors welcome.
Youth Racing, the weekend before last, 12 members of the BYC Youth Racing team along with coaches Megan Link and Miles Johanssen, and two trailers full of dinghies, made the trek over to West Sound for the Orcas Island Youth Regatta.  Hosted by Bill Burke, Chris White and the team from Sail Orcas, the event was a huge success with over 50 youth sailors racing the inaugural year of this regatta.  Thanks to Orcas Island Yacht Club for providing the venue.
Everyone did great, especially Jeffrey Werner, placing 6th in a very tough laser radial fleet and Benj and Peyton (pictured above on the left)  finishing 2nd place in the FJ fleet.

Photos of the race can be seen at and on the NWISA Facebook
-Commodore Jon
This year, the BYC Learn to Sail program has sold 142 programs for the summer. Considering the school districts have shortened the summer break by two weeks, something my kids are very bitter about, is very good.

This weekend, August 8th & 9th, is the BYC Youth Regatta. If you are coming or going out of the marina, please give the kids a wave. BYC will be fielding the largest team in recent history. We will have kids racing in Opti's, FJ's, Lasers and 29ers. 
-Mike Powell

A Night on the Hook

Mambo the Cruising Dog here once again, celebrating those Dog Days of Summer.  Aren't they wonderful?
Mom was away at a horse show for a couple of days but plans changed a bit and she came home early on Saturday, so we cleaned out the fridge, Murphy and I grabbed our favorite bones, and we were off to Garufa for a night on the hook!
We dumped off the crab pots and then headed to Inati Bay - one of my favorite places!  By evening, we were rafted up with Dave and Missy Steffen on Vitesse and Steve and Monica Hayward on Sans Souci.  More members (Adam and Nicole Jordan with a boat load of folks! and Rick Laursen with his cat, Tweak - who cruises with a CAT???) were also enjoying the beautiful evening.
Hiking, swimming, good food, and great friends.  This is the life!  Till next time...

Join us at the Buccaneers cruise on August 21 through August 23 at Inati Bay! We will have a double feature on Friday of Goonies and Pirates of the Caribbean. Landlubbers can shuttle over on Saturday to enjoy treasure hunts, pirate clowns, food and music by the Rocky Vasalino Show Band! (Shuttle cost is $10 for non-members)
Then on Sunday enjoy a Commenormous pancake breakfast! 
-Nicole Jordan

Desolation Sound Cruise Aug. 22-Sept. 7

If you'd like to join us on this 2 week cruise to Desolation Sound, please register this week on the BYC website or email Chris Olson at  So far, there are 4 boats going and we are having a get-together Wednesday at 6:30pm at the club to discuss details.  Please join us if you are interested.

Poet's Cove Cruise
September 18-20, 2015

"A Celebration of the Salish Sea"

Friday - 1700: No host dock party
Saturday - 1000: Dockside breakfast
    1100: Coastal nature hike
    1800: Salish Sea Dinner
Sunday - Head for home or continue on!

Click here to read all the details and to reserve your spot!

Sorry about missing last week’s column.   I was over at the Orcas Island Youth Regatta with my son, Jack, and 12 members of the BYC Youth Racing Team.   On the return trip, I was unable to get a reservation on the 5:15 PM ferry, then 8:45 PM was delayed an hour and we did not get back to Bellingham until after midnight. Needless to say, I had slept through Michele Bennett's (JibSheet editor) 9 AM Monday deadline.
As I write this, I’m up at our cabin in Glacier.   I took the week off work for a little “Down Time” and projects.  Last weekend we relaxed at the Community Pool, went inner tubing at the Nooksack River and BBQ’ed with friends.  By not owning a large cruising boat currently, I’ve been able to enjoy more time up in the mountains this summer.  It is as spectacular up here on Mt Baker as it is being on the waters that surround us.   On the project front, things are a bit more involved… I’m planning to install Rock Veneer siding around the outside basement walls of the cabin.  The stone was delivered today and I’m frantically searching through Google and YouTube trying to figure how to do it.  The real complicated part is trying to figure out how to apply the stone veneer to all the different surfaces I have; wood, bare concrete and water sealed concrete.
It’s the first week in August and per the BYC By-Laws it is my role as Commodore to announce the start of the BYC’s Election Process. By the end of this week, I should have assembled a Nominating Committee who will start seeking out ACTIVE Members in Good Standing to run for the BYC Board of Trustees.  If you are interested in serving on the BYC Board, please let me and the Nominating Committee know.
I have made a formal request to the founding fathers of the Dead Pirates Society (DPS) to host Friday’s @ 5 this week.  The DPS is a Fraternity of BYC members who, when called to action, help out with various club functions such as grilling for the Opening Day Party and being caretakers of our Inati Bay Outstation.  Please come to the club to meet this band of pirates and enjoy a one day return of the $5 Burger & Brew Special.
This weekend around the club you’ll see a lot of youth-full activity as BYC Hosts the NW Youth Racing Circuit’s Bellingham Youth Regatta, Aug 8-9.  This is one of the largest events on the NW racing circuit with over 60 youth racers from ages 7 to 18, racing Optimists, FJ’s, Lasers, and new this year, a 29er skiff class which our club has just recently purchased two.   Since the club will be mostly full of those under drinking age, the BYC Bar will be closed during the event.
Hope to see everyone on Friday.
Cheers, Commodore Jonathan

This Week's Photo Contest


Washington's Diablo Dam and Lake were the subject of last week's picture. PC Al Callery, Gayle Ackerly, and John Van Haalen correctly identified the location, while PC Terry Tavelli, PC Michele Bennett, and Lisa Megard were close (two of them thought it was nearby Ross Lake).


This week we see an interesting blend of blue sky and not-so-blue sky. If you know the location, send your answer to


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   Jib Sheet Editor this week is Michele Bennett
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