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Can you believe this amazing weather!?  The racing season has begun and with weather like this, it's time to start thinking of cruising!  Whether you own a boat or are 'still shopping', there's LOTS to do at the BYC!
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Mar 4  "Ward & Andy" Presentation
Mar 6  It's All About Cruising
Mar 14/15  Inati Bay
Apr 24  Youth Fleet Silent Auction

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Feb. 24- Mar. 2, 2015

WED: 25 Feb: Soup Kitchen; THURS: 26 Feb: Monica's Mexican;  FRI: 27 Feb: Bar and Lounge Open;  SAT: 28 Feb: Bar and Lounge Open
The Membership Committee would like to give a huge welcome to our newest members.

Justin & Chris Wolfe are from Austin TX and own a J-120 “Shearwater” at Gate 3. This husband and wife team won “Best First Passage” Award for the Double Handed Pacific Cup 2014.  They are planning to relocate to Bellingham soon and double-hand race around the region.
Brad Howard recently purchased a Columbia 27’ at Gate 8.  He teaches Journalism at WWU and has two teenage kids, Max & Maddy that have taken BYC Youth Sailing classes. 
Ann Boren grew up sailing in Wisconsin and is the cousin of local sailor, Peter Hallet.  She currently owns an empty slip at Gate 9 that will soon be home to a new 27’ Robalo twin engine Powerboat en route from the mid-west.  
Carol & Jeff Harrimon are living in San Francisco, but are a regular fixture around the BYC.  They own the 36’ Grand Banks “Andria Mai” which won at the BYC Lighted Boat Parade this past year.
Karen Sandeen is currently not a boat owner, but went on the Seattle Boat Show Bus last month.  She enjoyed the trip and club members so much that she joined.  Karen wants to get out boating and is looking for a ride or passage with other members. 
Scott Renee & Tam Reinhardt are long time Bellingham residents and own a 37’ Powerboat “Someday Soon”.  Scott founded Blue Sea Systems and now looks forward to doing a bit more boating. 
Dwayne & Julie Rogge are involved in racing around Puget Sound and enjoy cruising their Islander 30’ “Dorado” around the San Juan’s.  They have 2 bright young boys, Michael & Christopher that are active in Youth Sailing programs. 
Joe & Pricilla Sulham own a 36’ Hunter “Soluna Star”.  Joe is retired from the Tech Industry in Seattle and now sells real estate in Fairhaven. They live in Glacier and are avid skiers at Mt Baker (when there is snow!). 
Richard & Donna Lou Gilbert are from Abbotsford BC and have owned a C&C 34 at Gate 6 for the past several years. They attended our Steak Night last week and enjoyed the club so much they decided to join that night. They have young grandkids they hope to enroll in our Learn-to-Sail program.  
Peter Goggan, owns the Defour 34’ “Invictus” at Squalicum Harbor but currently lives in Michigan.  He is planning to retire and move out to Bellingham to be near his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren by year end.  
David Marod & Rachelle O’Haleck have recently moved up from Seattle.  David served on the Sloop Tavern YC Board with RC Neil Bennett and had owned/raced a OD-35 “Minor Threat”.  He wants to reengage racing in Bellingham. 
And finally, Justin & Ashley McCoughan long time sail boaters and quality island folks at heart, were enthusiastically recruited by Trustee Rick Laursen.

Please keep an eye out and introduce yourselves whenever you see them around. It’s always great to have new faces in the BYC.  --Trustee Tim Thompson

Last Friday, February 20, we had a very special Friday@five.  We celebrated our 90th anniversary as a yacht club and Sandy’s and my 50th anniversary of marriage.

Your response to our wedding anniversary celebration was beyond our wildest expectations.  We were then and are still overwhelmed by the great outpouring of love and support we experienced and felt from all of you.  You filled us to overflowing with joy.  That evening our family grew to encompass all of you and will never contract.

We love you all.

Thank You,  Dick and Sandy Labadie

Our Member, Mark Barnett, is looking for a sailboat ownership partner. Here are the details on his quest...

On Wed Feb 18, Past Commodores Joe Coons and Terry Tavelli, and guest Paulette Bergh presented a Boating Checklists seminar to 25 attendees who got to explore a collection of lists gathered from over a dozen experienced boaters and marine organizations covering everything from Alaska Cruising to Zincs. The vast experience the three presenters brought to the podium was awesome, and participants found the presentation informative and useful. Attendees who brought a thumb drive went away with WORD copies of all the lists so they can edit them to fit their own boat. In addition $225 was collected in entrance fees which will benefit the Youth Sailing Program. A big Thank You to Joe, Terry and Paulette for spending time with us and sharing their expertise.
Ed. Note:  One attendee was so impressed, he's invited them up to Blaine to do a repeat performance for $150 which will go toward the Youth Sailing Program!!


The Education Committee's next event is Wed March 4, where member Ward Naviaux and his pal, Andy Schwenk will regale us with tales of their competition in last year's Pac Cup Regatta from San Francisco to Hawaii. (More infomation available elsewhere in this edition.)
--Marian Welsh


Business as usual at the BYC Bar & Grill this week!


WED: Soup Kitchen Nite, this week featuring Dick’s Special Ham & Bean Soup and Corn Bread while it lasts! Yum!

THUR: Monica’s Mexican Cantina, with “best in the west” Carne Asada tacos and those tasty bean burritos, not to mention her roasted salsa! More yum!

FRI: We’re in-between Fridays @ 5 this week, but bring in some munchies and hang out with your buds at the bar!

SAT: Bar and lounge opens at 5! Come on down and share a pint or two!

 See you in the lounge!  -Steve

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 4th - 7 to 9pm to hear our own Ward Naviaux and everybody's favorite rigger, Andy Schwenk, share their tales of Pacific Cup 2014.  It's a night you won't want to miss!
Mark Your Calendars!!
April 24th 2015 will be the date for our annual Youth Fleet Silent Auction night.  
If you have any items you would like to donate or contacts to a business that might donate product, services or gift certificates please get in touch with me at
Thank you again for your help.  --Trustee Mike Powell

"It's all about cruising!" March 6

Come for the Friday at 5 on March 6 and stick around for dinner served up by your cruising committee.  We're serving delicious rotisserie chicken and pasta followed by dessert.  After dinner, we'll tell you all about the great cruising destinations we have planned and also share our new improved website with you.


Inati Bay Raft Up and Progressive Dinner March 14 and 15

Registration is now open for our first cruise of the season to Inati Bay on March 14 and 15.  We are planning to raft up in beautiful Inati Bay and have a potluck-style progressive dinner on Saturday night with an Irish theme.  The progressive dinner will include appetizers, dinner and dessert with each being served on a different boat.  Then on Sunday morning, breakfast will be served... but we need co-hosts!
  We need 3 boats for the progressive dinner (appetizers, dinner, and dessert) and 1 boat to host breakfast the next morning.  All of the breakfast items will be provided so you just need to cook them up and serve.  If you'd like, you can invite some of the other cruise guests to help you cook on your boat.  Jim and Angie have already volunteered Jumanji so we need 3 more boats.  Everything will be potluck, so there's not much work involved and it should be a lot of fun!

 If you would like to volunteer your boat and help co-host this event, please let us know.  We would really appreciate it!

 If the weather doesn't cooperate, plan B is to have the event at the guest dock at the marina instead.


 New this year, you can register on the website and you'll be able to see who has already registered as well.  Here's the link:


As always, you can go to the cruising website at for a complete cruising calendar and details on each cruise.  Get them on your calendar now so you don't miss out on the fun!

Welcome new BYC Members!  The Boat Show Membership Drive last month brought in 12 new BYC members!!  Thanks to Tim Thompson and the Membership Committee all the great work they did with bringing in these new members in to our Yacht Club Family.  Please welcome these new members!
BYC Honorary Member Beverly Brownrigg
Last week, the BYC Board voted unanimously to award Beverly Brownrigg with an Honorary Membership.   Jack and Beverly Brownrigg joined the BYC in 1959 and had been dues paying members for 65 years!   Jack had been inactive in the club for some years due to long battle with Alzheimer.  Sadly, Jack passed away last April and Beverly had opted not to renew their BYC Membership.     The BYC Board acknowledges the Brownriggs as lifelong BYC members who were committed to Club and the boating community, with an honorary distinction.
Board Meeting Highlights
Also at last week Board Meeting we had the honor of PC Pete Foti sitting in as the Blue Gavel Representative.  Mike Welsh reported on “Membership and Impact on Dues", followed by a discussion on volunteerism and urgency for membership retention, enforcement of the “No Parking Fire Lane” on the sidewalk in front of the club by painting red stripes and a motion that approved our insurance policy renewal.
Friday’s @ 5 last week -  “It’s an Anniversary”
Around 60 members and guests attended BYC Fridays @ 5 last week to celebrate the BYC  90th Anniversary & Dick & Sandy Labadie 50th Wedding Anniversary.  Dick & Sandy have been BYC Members since 1973.  They started out racing and running PITCH back then and since have been involved in nearly every aspect of the club.   Living aboard their 27’ Sailboat, they are frequently around, as well look after, the club house.    Dick volunteers in preparing the Soup every Wednesday for “Soup Kitchen”.  Those present on Friday were treated by spiral ham sandwiches and butter cream frosted cake complements of the club prepared by Steve Hayward, and entertained by an “edgy”, but purely “heart felt” roast by 1st Year Trustee Rick Laursen.   Please congratulate them on this milestone occasion.

This Week's Photo Contest
Last week's photo was taken at Aguila de Osa, an eco-lodge on Bahía Drake, Costa Rica. Terry Tavelli correctly identified the area.

 This week's picture was taken in a much less remote location. If you recognize the scene, send your answer to

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is PC Michele Bennett.
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