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10 March  Chef Childs Dinner
11 March  Steak Night
16 March  Rules of the Road
2 April  MAST Course

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Silver Reef Casino
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Redden Marine Supply
HUB International, Northwest
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Gary Baker - Remax
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
March 8-14, 2016

WED:  9 March: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Burger Night; THURS: 10 March: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Chicken Marsala Night;  FRI: 11 March: Steak Night SAT: 12 March: Bar and lounge open at 5
Oh Behave! Get ready to get your Goldmember on! Coming soon to an Opening Day near you!

Chef Thomas Childs will be back in the kitchen creating some culinary deliciousness that you won't want to miss!


Thursday 10 March

Made to order dinner with choice of Chicken Marsala or Chicken Piccata. Both come with Mushroom Risotto and Salad for only $10.00!



March 18- St. Patrick’s Day Celebration- Need someone to cook up some corned beef and cabbage ($$$ available for reimbursement of cost)

April 1-Anacortes Yacht Club cancelled so this date is open and NEEDS someone or some group to host. ($$ available)


-Susan Hempler

A Seaworthy Intro to Silk Painting

In this class you will learn to paint with silk colors on silk stretched hoops. Its fun and easy for all skill levels. We will use Gutta, a glue like resist, to draw a design onto the silk using a themed stencil. Then we will brush on the silk dyes and watch the colors flow. We will cover proper application of the resist, painting and mixing dyes, watercolor and salt techniques, and more. All supplies provided and you will leave with a completed piece of seaworthy art. 


March 19th -- 1:30-3:30pm
BYC Wardroom

Cost:  $45

Max students: 20

Ages: 8+-Adult


Lots of great events are coming up!  To help you with your planning, check out the complete Social Event Flyer.


Rules of the Road, the third installment in the increasingly popular Seamanship Series, is coming up on March 16 at 7pm


This two-hour seminar/talk will focus on the International Rules of the Road which regulate all boating on our local waters. You will learn not only what the rules say, but also what they mean, and how they apply to your boat, including:  

  • Avoiding Collisions, Your Responsibilities
  • Crossing and Overtaking Vessels
  • Sailing Vessels
  • Fishing Vessels
  • Lights and Shapes Required
  • Sound Signals & Restricted Visibility
  • Distress Signals
  • Anchoring Lights & Signals

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Instructor Jeffrey Smith is a member of BYC and a licensed captain.  He and his wife, Christine, own  the “David-B” which they take north to Alaska every summer.


I was remiss in reporting that the February seminar, Power Boat Handling, presented by PC Joe Coons, was well-attended and well-received. Thank-you Joe for once again stepping up and imparting your wisdom and experience to both new and seasoned boaters.
-Marian Welsh




This week we’re getting a “double whammy” of good eats! Chef Thomas will be cooking chicken marsala to order on Thursday and Commodore Mick will man the grill on Friday for Steak Nite! Don’t be shy, come on down for both! 


WED: Burgers hot off the grill by Chef Dick Labadie.

THUR: Chicken Marsala by Chef Thomas.

FRI: Steak Nite — sign up at the website to reserve your tender and juicy filet, baker and salad!

SAT: Bar and lounge opens at 5!


See you in the lounge!


Want to Join the Bartending Crew and Support your BYC? 


The next MAST (Mandatory Alcohol Server Training) class is scheduled for Saturday, April 2 from 10AM to 1PM, with lunch included! 


To sign up, email Steve or call 206-850-9017


Cruising News


Thank you to everyone who came to our Kickoff event.  If you missed it, be sure to check out the cruising calendar on the BYC website and pick up a Save-The-Date card the next time you are at the club so you can get the cruises on your calendar.


Shakedown Cruise to Anacortes

Our first cruise is April 22-24 at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes and is a joint cruise with the Bellingham and Friday Harbor Power Squadrons.  Friday night there will be a Docktail Party at the dock and Saturday night we will be having dinner at the Majestic where we will feast on fresh local products brought from the farm to our table and prepared by master chefs, and enjoy northwest wines and local microbrews.  (Space at the Majestic is somewhat limited so sign up early.)  This will be a great start to the cruising season and a chance to make new friends.  Register now at  Hosted by Chris and Vickie Olson.


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

Next, we're heading to Lopez Island on May 27-30 along with our friends at the Corinthian Yacht Club.  Our hosts, Guy and Barbara Thieman, have a lot of fun activities planned with the theme of "Blue Hawaii", the famous Elvis Presley movie.  There will be great food & games all weekend long and karaoke as well as everything Lopez has to offer so you won't want to miss it.  Register now at


Host Needed

A host is needed for the Adventure Cruise to Prevost Harbor August 5-7.  Also, is anyone interested in hosting a long distance cruise?  The Adventure Cruise would be a perfect launching point for a cruise to points north.  If you are interested, email Vickie Olson at

*** Save the Date ***
BYC Sail Fleet “Burger & Pint”
Pre-Season Kick-Off

Wednesday March 30th @ 6 PM BYC
Sponsored by:
ALL Bellingham Sailors, Crew & Volunteers…
The BYC Sail Fleet "Burger & Pint" Pre-Season Kick-Off meeting will be on Wednesday March 30th - 6 PM at the BYC Clubhouse.  Sail Fleet Captain Jonathan Knowles along with Race Committee Chair John Pedlow will be provide an overview of the upcoming race season, handing out the Sailing Instructions, registering boats and answer questions.  PHRF Fleet Captain Bart Maupin will go over the long distance race schedule.  The registration fee is flat $50 for all series and long distance racing.   Register now so you can take advantage of the full race schedule even if you think can make a couple races.
Free Burgers courtesy of the BYC Sail Fleet & Cheap Pints provided by Stones Throw Brewery.   Brewery owners and fellow local racers, Tony Luciano & Jack Pflueger will be handing out brewery swag.
BYC Racing Starts Wednesday April 6th. Register On-Line

-PC Jonathan Knowles

The 5O5 North American Championships are Right Around the Corner

Greetings membership.  Time is flying, and we are already knocking on the door of boating season.  It's going to be a fantastic summer, with loads of great events at the club.  One of those fantastic events is the 5O5 North American Championships.  This will be held June 2 though 5.  We already have 31 boats signed up from all over the country.  This is an excellent opportunity to raise our stature in the country. 

We really need help to pull this off right, and on budget.  We could hire caterers, janitors, dock workers, etc. etc.., but that would seriously diminish the benefit to the club, and, in my opinion, the quality of services provided.  I strongly believe that we will do a better job in house, because no one cares about the club like we the membership do. 

So, with that being said, Please help us.  We could use help with food prep Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

We could use help setting up the boat house on Friday.
We could use help on the dock on all 4 days helping to launch and land boats.

email me with your availability.  It would only be for a few hours each day.  Your help would be MUCH appreciated.

Thank you,
Mike Poulos, Chair


Looking for our first sailboat. Searching for a 26-28’ sailboat for learning/local cruising. Please contact us if you, or anyone you know are selling something that might fit our needs!

Jack and Emily Kane

630-699-1084 (Jack) (Emily)

PROJECT BOAT: This 1965 34 ft. Fairliner is looking for a new home... free to the right person! Only one of her two engines works, and interior she has leaks (hull sound), but is beautiful classic and especially nice as a live aboard.  You can see her at Colony Wharf on C Street. e-mail

More next week...



This Week's Photo Contest  


Lake Okeechobee, Florida, was the subject of last week's photograph. John Raasch guessed a nearby body of water, no one submitted a correct answer.


This week we see a bridge leading to a small off-shore island. If you know the location, send your answer to You get extra credit if you have walked across the bridge yourself.


Here is the Chess Challenge for this week.

The winners of the last Chess Challenge were Lisa Harding and Scott McEniry.
The solution was
1. Nb8+ Kb6
2. a5# or Bd8#

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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