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WEEK OF MAY 03-09, 2011

  • Welcome Aboard! 
  • Club Scrub Revisted
  • Days of Swashbucklers, Scallywags and Scurveydogs
  • Dry Storage is Available
  • BYC Youth Sailing News 
  • Morning After Breakfast
  • Photos Request - Spring Dinner Dance
  • Past Commodores Event Scheduled
  • News from the Bar/Lounge Committee
  • Crew Exchange System Now Running, Dick Grimshaw
  • Wine Tasting
  • Member Passing

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Sponsors: LFS Inc. Gary Baker Realtor | Matthew Harris Surveyor | Hardware Sales, Inc.

A hearty "Welcome Aboard" to our newest members:  

Returning members Curt and Sandy Bagley live in Ferndale and pilot a 47' Bayliner named Brokership.
Also returning are David and Cheryll Blair of Bellingham, who own a 42' Rockport named Trutina.
Our new members include Donna and Keith Olsen who reside in Bellingham and sail an Erwin 28 named Windhover.
Mike and Linda Reese are in the process of moving to Bellingham from Kenmore. They own a 40' Puget Trawler named Manitou.
Since all are local members, look for them at the club and stop and say Hi!


Sponsors: Dawn Durand Realtor  | Rasmussen Marine Electric |  Seaview North Boatyard

Club Scrub Revisited!  

I have researched the website and concluded that the nicest day this week will be Wednesday, May 4. Due to rain on April 2, we were unable to do the exterior touch-up painting. If you are available this Wednesday, starting at 12:30 PM, please join me to paint and make sure our clubhouse lots great on Opening Day. There's not a lot to do...4-5 of us could knock it out in a couple of hours or so.

Call me at 360 650-9319 or email 
John Van Haalen   

Sponsors: Wilson Motors Bellingham Yacht Sales & Charters | Northwest Explorations

Days of Swashbucklers, Scallywags and Scurvey Dogs!

Saturday May 7, 2011 is the Opening Day of Boating Season.  Member reception at 10:30, Blessing of the Fleet ceremony at noon, boats away for the parade at 13:00.  This year's parade will be lead by Troy Curran on Typhoon.  Enjoy the festivities at the dock after the parade, followed by a pot luck for members and their guests in the Clubhouse Lounge at 5:30 with music provided by Toby Peck.

For further information, contact Michele Bodtke, Fleet Captain at or 360.720.4155

Sponsors: San Juan Sailing & Yachting |  Mike McGlenn, Surveyor | Phil Dyer, Realtor

BYC Dry Sailboat Moorage Available

Last year, in partnership with Etchells Fleet 16, the BYC entered into an agreement with the Port of Bellingham to lease 4 spaces in the Display Lot across from Web Locker Restaurant for Dry Sailboat Moorage.  This is a monumental agreement in that the Port officially acknowledges Sailboats on Trailer at the Squalicum Harbor Marina and paves the way for future Sailboat facilities.  (It is hard to imagine, that prior to this agreement, sailboats on trailers were not allowed on the Ports Property!!).    This agreement opens up a huge opportunity for the BYC with attracting One-Design racing fleets that would otherwise have no option to store their boats at the Marina.

One of these spaces has recently opened up and is available to the BYC membership.  This cost is about 1/4th the cost of keeping a boat in the equivalent wet moorage slip, not to mention the saving and hassle of maintaining toxic bottom paints.   The lease comes with a permit for unlimited access to the Port’s cranes located at the Gill Net Loading Zone and end of the Saw Tooth.

If you are interested in leasing this last Dry Moorage space, please contact Jonathan Knowles, or 360-303-5465.

Sponsors: Squalicum Marine  |  The Landings @ Colony Wharf  | Tri County Diesel Marine

Summer BYC Youth Sailing Classes:

Registration for BYC summer youth sailing class is now open. Classes are beginning to fill-up so don't delay registering your child or grandchild for this summer's classes. Visit for more information on the BYC's summer youth sailing program.
Opening Day Bake Sale: The BYC Youth Sailing Club is having a bake sale on Saturday, May 7th at the BYC, beginning at 10am. Please stop by our table of delicious home-made goodies and take some with you on your opening day cruise!! This is a great opportunity to support the growth of the Youth Sailing Club. If you would like to make a donation of baked goods, please drop them off the day of the bake sale at the BYC.
High School Sailing Team: The Whatcom Community High School Sailing Team continues to do VERY WELL competing in area regattas. Last weekend, the Whatcom team placed third in the district (state) team racing championships at Bainbridge Island! The team tied for second in the regatta, but placed third after a tie-breaker. More than 70 races were held in fair winds and pleasant weather during the two day regatta. This is the second time during the 2011 season the Whatcom team has placed in the top three at state championships. Congrats to the 22 members of the Whatcom High School Sailing Team who competed in the team racing championships!
Thanks for supporting BYC youth sailing.
Steve Kersey

Sponsors: Special-T Striping & Sign | Chuck McCord, Realtor | West Coast Marine Services

Breakfast Buffet at the BYC this Sunday, May 8th
Come and Get It---Breakfast at the BYC!!!
Forget about cooking breakfast and washing dishes---join your fellow BYC mates at the Club for a mighty fine breakfast buffet prepared by Windows on the Bay Events and maybe “a little hair of the dog that bit ye” from the BYC Bar.
Cinnamon rolls, biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, pancakes, hash-browns, plus more can be had this Sunday, May 8th (the day after the Opening Day festivities).  Coffee starts brewing at 08:30; Breakfast Buffet starts at 09:00. 
Make your reservations today!  Only $11.95 per person; Kids 6-12: $ 7.95, 5-years and under eat free. 
Open to BYC Members and their Families and Personal Guests only. 

Reservation sign-up sheet is at the Bar.  For more info email:

 Sponsors: Earl Danglemaier | San Juan Electronics Top to Bottom Inc. Marine Service

Spring Dinner Dance Memories

I am putting together a book for the club, with photos from the Spring Dance, and I need photos! Please email me at with your best pictures from the evening, for inclusion. The bigger and more unedited the file, the better for me. I can work with redeye images, and other imperfections, just not blurry ones.
Thanks! Sally Poorman


On Tuesday, May 3, just before the Club's Opening Day, the Past Commodores will be having a delightful, "smart casual" dinner at Windows on the Bay.  With 31 PC's still surviving, the party could have as many as 62 in attendance, and that's what the leaders are seeking.  Of course, about 20 of our PC's are quite active, but this gathering seeks to bring the others up-to-date on what's been going on at our Club.

Our BYC By-Laws grant PC's Life Membership at the end of their term, but it's a very small price to pay for what amounts to 52 solid weeks of work, or more, after they assume the office.  And that doesn't count the time they service "going through" the other leadership chairs and Board membership...nor does it couynt the fact that many contribute what would be their dues to the Club, year after year when they complete their terms.  These contributions go to "The Past Commodores' Fund" which donates capital goods and helps with the Inati Bay lease and Internet costs.

Wednesday Night Mess Deck:  $5 Burger & Beer


Despite the dismal weather last Wednesday and the low racer turn out, it did appear the $5 Burger & Beer was a pretty good success with getting racers and members alike into the club.  So, I’m going to continue with this special for the short term and see if it grabs hold.   The grill should be going around 6 to 6:30 PM, so come on  for dinner wife and family (Kids $3 Burger & Soda) before the sailors get in from racing.   VOLUNTEER COOKS NEEDED!!  If you can help flip burgers 1 or 2 times during the racing season, please call me 360-303-5465 or send me an e-mail:  It’s a great opportunity to help make the club more inviting and meet your fellow members.



Rotating Tap #5 – Ninkasi Spring Reign


This month on BYC’s Rotating Tap #5 is Ninkasi Brewing Company Spring Reign.  Ninkasi is one of my personal favorite Brewing Companies.  This make some, if not the best, beers in the northwest, including their signature beer and the Tricerahops Double IPA (The best IPA ever!).   Spring Reign is a seasonal beer from Ninkasi  that guides us into the Summer Ales.   Notes of toasted malt up front, with a bright and crisp Northwest hop finish, it’s a session beer that everyone can enjoy!


•Established 2009 •Starting Gravity 1052 •IBUs 38 •ABV 6%


All Micro Brews  are always $3.50 !!


Cinco de Mayo  All Week  with $3.00 Margaritas & Coronas


In celebration of Cinco de Mayo,  the BYC Bar will be feature $3.00 Margaritas & Corona’s  all week long.   On Thursday, May 5th, there will be “Build Your Own Nachos Night”,  on May 6th, “Cinco De Mayo Fridays @ Five will be hosted by me and Park Densmore with Fish Tacos with Black Beans and on Saturday May you can continue the celebration at Opening Day/Night of  Boating Season.

To help BYC sailors find crew we have created a Crew Exchange sign up sheet here (Bookmark it after using it for the first time!) This sheet will enable Crew AVAILABLE  and Crew WANTED to "see each other" .  Already three potential crew available have signed up, using the link that's already on the web site. 
Please contact Dick Grimshaw for further information.  

Save the date of May 26, 2011,
6pm to 8pm  for a wine tasting with Laurent Martel of Noble wines……we’ll introduce some Italian and French wines into our inventory .

Passing of a Member
 When Angie and I joined the Bellingham Yacht Club, Art Rose, our good friend joined at the same time.  He passed away april 17th, 2011 . Art was spending the winter in Phoenix, Arizona and only was at the club for a few Monday Night Football games. He was a sailor, who was always quick with a smile and a handshake.  His boat was Merlin, a fantasia 35, down at gate 6.
We will miss you, Art.  
James Santosuosso 

SPRING IS HERE: Opening Day is fast approaching.  Remember to submit your articles to  Deadline is Monday noon.Fair Winds and Following Seas from your JibSheet editors: Kathy Brown, Joe Coons, and Jim Langei.
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