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October 8-14, 2013

FRIDAY AT FIVE NEXT WEEK:  We hope to have more information in next week's Jib Sheet. 
SIGN UP FOR THE COMMODORE'S BALL ON-LINE:  A reminder also that the Commodore's Ball is fast approaching.  The date is November 2nd and this year's them is a Venetian Masquerade Ball.  Colors are royal purple, gold, silver and black.  This year invitations will be coming via email - so keep a look-out as they have been sent.  I chose to do this as I feel it lends itself to the best use of club funds - your dollars.  And, let's face it, we are living in the age of electronic communications.  If you would like to attend, I encourage you to act quickly as space will be limited.  If you missed your invitation and want to attend, click here to sign up on the web. 
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IS BACK: Back by popular demand, the BYC bar and lounge will be open every Monday night throughout the football season. The bar will open on Mondays at 5pm and close upon completion of the Monday Night football game. Drink specials and bar snacks will be available so come on down and enjoy watching some football with friends.  $1 tacos will start back up on Monday Oct 21st. and will go thru the football season as well. If you are interested in helping with Taco Mondays, please contact Matt Ouillette for details.
SUNDAY JAZZ SOLD OUT!! The BYC Jazz Supper Club's third evening for this year is this SUNDAY.  The doors open at 5:00; dinner will be served, and the music will begin at 6:00. Miles Black, piano; Adam Thomas, bass and vocals; and Julian MacDonough, drums, are the musicians with a "Tribute to Ray Charles" program. Call Matt Dennis now at 360-739-7704 with questions. Reservations are Closed(Miles was a big hit with us in January when he played with Gail Pettis, Jeff Johnson and Jud Sherwood...) 
WE HAD A WONDERFUL INSTALLATION EVENT: Highlighted by the swearing-in of our new officers (Michele Bodtke, Commodore; Jonathan Knowles, Vice Commodore; Mick Corcoran, Rear Commodore, and Neil Bennett, Fleet Captain, plus Trustees John Gargett, Angie Santosuosso, Mark Schmerler, Jim Gibson, Donna Olson, Gary Smith, and Missy Steffen), the evening was organized by our Blue Gavel/Past Commodores organization, whose President, Steve Ross, welcomed us all. 2012-13 Commodore Jody Erickson gave a wonderful review of the year and presented 13 awards (read it here), and MC Joe Coons gave a history lesson and bit of a sermon (it's here).  
COLLEGE SAILORS QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS! I am very excited to announce that both Lily Grimshaw and Robyn Lesh, past Sehome High School sailors, have each qualified for the College Sailing ICSA Single-handed National Championships. Robyn and Lily and 16 other girls from around the country will race against each other in Newport Rhode Island November 8-10. Lily Grimshaw, a senior sailing for the University of Washington, qualified by winning the Northwest Single-handed District Championship a few weeks ago in Bellingham. Robyn Lesh, a sophomore sailing for MIT, qualified this past weekend by placing 6th in the New England District Championships in Boston. Both are studying engineering. Good luck to both of them at Nationals!! --- Scott Wilson, Coach - Whatcom County Sailing (360)303-1759 
LIQUOR LICENSE REMINDER (2ND NOTICE): As a result of a adjustments to our building plans at the Liquor Control Board, the lower lounge is being re-designated from the "Lower Lounge" to "Dining"'. This change will allow the club to continue to operate on its regular schedule without having to make cosmetic/structural changes to the interior spaces of the club. The change is prompted by the language in the State of Washington’s Liquor Codes. A “Dining” area, if separated from the “Bar and Lounge,” is not considered part of the “bar” space, and that means that quite a few rules no longer apply. The result: minors can pass unfettered to that area and other allowed spaces. Unfortunately, until further notice, this means that minors will only be allowed in the Dining, Commodore's Room, and Junior Room areas downstairs (not on the bench seat on the west bar wall). Kids may get soft drinks from the North end of the bar (nearest the Commodore's Room).
     New placards are on the wall for this change, which will still allow Club members, responsible committees, and your Board the opportunity to discuss future plans for the club and how we might best utilize our space. I look forward to a healthy discussion as we plan for the future.  Your patience and understanding in this matter is appreciated. Respectfully, Michele Bodtke, Commodore

THANK YOU NICK! Tim Mumford, our stalwart reciprocal dock master reports that Nick Kaiser has sub-let a chunk of space on our dock this winter until March 31. Renting the space during the winters helps control the the cost of our reciprocal moorage program which annually costs in the $10,000-plus range!

FINALLY IN PLACE: Joe Coons, after a long delay, installed placards on some new tables that were recently added to our Club. Thanks to Barry Hanson, Mike Poulos, & Troy Curran for your patience, and helping us with our Furniture Fund! Joe also changed placard details for a few Members. If you would like to add your name or that of your boat to those featured "in print" on our tables or chairs and help your Club at the same time, contact Joe at for details.  P.S.: Those occasional laminate "bubbles" in the tops can occur as the under-top plywood ages, shrinking and giving off gases; it's not a workmanship issue. We appreciate your calling it to our attention so it can be corrected under warranty!

IN CASE YOU DIDN'T GET THE LETTER (and our Past Commodores, at least one group, didn't), here was our Commodore-Elect Michele Bodtke's letter to Members that went out with the dues notices!  You can get an idea of the care she's putting into management of our Club...
WHO TOOK THE MIKE STAND? There was a mike stand in the audio-video closet a couple of weeks ago, and I bought a clip that fit our new wireless mikes and put it on the stand; now it's gone!  Can I have my clip back, please? Thanks! Joe Coons 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW: A traditional BYC Event, the CLUB SCRUB, will be on Saturday, October 19th. Now, if you've never done this, it's a great way to meet new folks, have fun, help your Club and get some free food. Come to the Club on Saturday at 8:30 or 9:00.  Have  a cup of coffee and a goody while you look over the job list (there's a copy here). Pick the task you want to undertake; some are as simple as changing light bulbs, others involve greater skill, and a few would go even better if you could organize them ahead of that date! We will quit around 12:30 or 1:00, and enjoy free pizza or sub sandwiches and refreshments. The more of us who come the better it is in every way, and we'll know we've been a part of a project that saves the Club thousands each time. Don't forget to bring tools for the kinds of things you might do*...see you there! Email Mark Santosuosso at or call (360) 319-1880 to pick a job, start early or ask questions. --- The Building & House Committee  *We'll need one good pressure washer, and a belt sander and Skill Saw, and a set of window-washing stuff.  We'll try to have supplies on hand for all jobs.
FABULOUS  – What a Friday at Five last week!  King salmon, great sides and appetizers, a huge turnout. Thanks to Mike Allsop, Jay Bornstein, and Phil Rosellini who barbecued the salmon and Alana & Bud Hansen, Christine & David Wright, Scott Hartkopf, Wendy Nichols, Maya Allsop, Sharyn Bornstein, and Caroline Rosellini for the fantastic side dishes. And thanks to everyone who brought appetizers and desserts as well.  It was a grand feast and nobody went home hungry.  Also a special thanks to Past Commodore Terry Tavelli and Cathy Franklin for stepping in to help Patrick Corcoran out behind the bar.  --- Jody King Erickson (360) 223-2119 jody.erickson77@yahoo.
THE NEW CLUB YEAR IS UPON US AND DUES ARE DUE! Thanks to all of you who responded in a timely fashion to your dues invoices which were mailed in early September. New member cards should be on the way. And a special thank you to those of you who have elected to pay your dues via our Direct Debit program. Expect your "debit" transaction around October 15. 
    If you have not yet made your payment, due October 1, please submit it now.
    It's not too late to enroll in and take advantage of the Direct Debit program. Regarding q
uarterly payments: As per our Board of Trustees, any Active member may elect to pay dues in four quarterly installments, but must enroll in the direct debit program to do so. No partial dues payments can be accepted by any other method. 
    If you have misplaced or have a question about your invoice, please contact Assistant Treasurer Mike Welsh at

BUILDING & HOUSE NEWS: Two How about our new steps? The new aluminum treads are from Mansfield Manufacturing in Ohio, and were installed by local stone and tile contractor Vitaliy Pikalov of VP Stone and Tile after he completely restored the concrete surfaces and painted them with epoxy paint.  Vitaliy, who did a great job, was recommended to us by Larry O'Connell at Aqui Esta Tile.  Thanks to Vitaliy for the work and Larry for the reference; they're both good people to know!
FROM THE COMMODORE:  Greetings from the Bridge...I would like to share some of my thoughts about the coming year with the membership since many of you were unable to attend the Installation Ceremony last Wednesday.
     The club has seen many changes this year – most notable is the striking increase in membership. With this change come new and different challenges. One of these is the management of the clubhouse, particularly the bar.  There are many pressing issues that your newly elected Trustees and Officers need to address. Some of these are: Bar management, employee management, club organizational structure, youth program development, and vision and long range planning; where do we want to be in five years? Ten years?
     Besides the work to be done by your governing body – one of my top objectives is to get the membership involved in their club. This is a yacht club run by its members. This doesn’t mean we can’t enlist some professional help in areas where we see fit.
     The first thing I’m going to do to set us upon this path is to start having regular membership meetings. Starting In November, we will have a general member meeting every month on the 1st Wednesday. These gatherings will not only be a time for the board to meet with its members, but also for members to get to know each other – a time to build community and camaraderie.  A strongly connected community takes care of one another – which is something all of us could use more of.  
     Along with the business of the club we are also going to enjoy what brings all of us together – boating. Together with traditional events, we will be focusing on boater education. An active education committee will be offering seminars here at the club during the off-season. This will be great preparation for the next summer’s boating activities that are already in the works thanks to Angie Santosuosso, next year’s cruise chair and Neil Bennett, our incoming Fleet Captain.
     We will, of course, continue to provide the great traditions of the club: Tom and Jerry party, lighted boat parade, Seattle boat show bus, racing, regattas, cruising, Opening Day, Commodore’s and Past Commodore’s picnic and cruise just to name a few.
     Also next year the City of Bellingham Sister Cities Association will be hosting an international cultural exchange event. Our yacht club will support the event by hosting a multinational regatta. Pac Rim will be held in September immediately following the PITCH Regatta. On its heels will be the Dale Jepsen One Design Regatta. It will be a busy and rewarding time for the club – a time for us to show ourselves off to the world. It will be a great opportunity for you to help and get involved. During these few weeks it will be especially important for “all hands” to pitch-in. I hope you will embrace the opportunity these events provide and find time in your schedule to help.
     It’s going to be a busy and wonderful year at the club. I’m going to be challenging the board to get in and get busy attending to club business. I will also be challenging the membership to get involved, be informed, to build our community and camaraderie; and especially to support your elected Trustees and Officers.
     With your support and participation, not only will my tenure as Commodore be a success, but the success of the Bellingham Yacht Club will continue and grow.
Respectfully --- Michele Bodtke (360) 720-4155
FLEET CAPTAIN REPORT:  I am honored and proud to begin my voyage of service as Fleet Captain, following in the wake of those who have sailed before me. As Past Commodore Steve Moore indicated in my installation, ‘I will be busy this year’.  And so will you, members of the BYC, because we have a great year ahead of us.
     First up is the Lighted Boat Parade, to be held one night, December 7, 2013, in conjunction with the Port of Bellingham’s Holiday Festival.  This will be followed by the traditional soup dinner at the Club, launching of the Sink the Dingy campaign and the ‘singing of the Twelve Days of Christmas’ and toast.  This year we will offer a pre Lighted Boat Parade seminar on how to safely decorate your boat, presented by perpetual Parade winner, Dr. Steve Ross and ‘Mr. Wizard’, Wayne Kelsoe. Watch the Jib Sheet for details.
     I intend to put the Fleet back into the water in early spring and, for those of you who want to become involved in volunteer activities that include the use of one of the clubs mark boats, we will be offering a training and certification class, taught by Fleet Master, Terry Tavelli. Watch the Jib Sheet for details.
     I intend to introduce the Fleet Captain’s Cruise program beginning January, 2014, as soon as we have all recovered from the holiday season.  My vision is: a quarterly cruise to be determined by those who wish to participate, sail and power boaters alike.  We will meet early each quarter to elect a Cruise Lieutenant, select a destination, establish nautical guidelines for the cruise and devise a menu.  My focus of these cruises will be to highlight different aspects of cruising, as decided by the members of the cruise with much learning and discussion.  My goal in this is to get us out on the water all year long, improving our skills and spreading the great spirit of the BYC wherever we cruise.  Watch the Jib Sheet for details.
Cast no wake upon our burgee, --- Neil Bennett, Fleet Captain

STEVE ROSS'S PHOTO CONTEST... Terry Tavelli, Mark Harding, Marty Haines, and Jim Gibson all identified last week's picture of the road across the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland. This road is a bit curvy and narrow, as you can see in this sign earlier on the road.
     No roads or signs in this week's picture, just a local taking a stroll on the beach. If you know where the picture was taken, send your answer to
Jib Sheet Editor this week is Terry Tavelli.
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