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12 August  Steak Night
19-21 August  Luau Cruise
27 August  Cancer Regatta
3-4 Sept  PITCH

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August 9-15, 2016

TUES:  9 August:  Bar and lounge open at 5; WED:  10 August: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Burgers!; THURS: 11 August: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Monica's Mexican;  FRI: 12 August: Steak Night!

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Steak night returns!  Sign up on the website to reserve yourself a tasty filet - just $20 gets you a cooked-to-order steak, baked potato and salad.  It's the best deal in town with the best view to boot.  Sign up today!


*** Food Served at 7PM ***

Hosted by Rick Wilhoite

Rick will be serving up good old fashion Smoke House Pork Shoulder summer BBQ themed.  Meat and rolls provided, PLEASE BRING A SIDE DISH TO SHARE.
-Susan Hempler

Commodore's Ball -- November 12, 2016
Brigadoon, a Scottish Highland Gala 


Last weekend saw the club host another very successful regatta, this time for Youth Sailors! Fridays @ 5 was also well attending, with Dan Wooldridge doing the honors behind the bar!


This week is another in our series of STEAK NITES! Reserve your succulent, mouth-watering filet at the club website or drop Steve an email. We order based on our best guess based loosely on the number of reservations, and try to have extra, but of course “when they’re gone, they’re gone!”


Here’s this weeks schedule of events.

TUE: Bar and lounge open at 5
WED: Burgers hot off the grill!

THUR: Monica’s Mexican, with the best carne asada this side of the border and those tasty bean burritos!

FRI: STEAK NITE! Bar and lounge open at 5, dinner service starts at about 6!


See you in the lounge!



PacRim 2016 has come to an end. The medals have been awarded, shirts have been traded, pictures have been taken, email addresses exchanged. The traditional "talent show" was a big hit, and participants, host families, organizers, and boat owners danced and partied together for hours. The memories will last forever. We cannot say enough about the warm hospitality extended to all of us, not only by our host families, but by all the people of Nakhodka. And the camaraderie among the participants was very special.

In case you are wondering, the Aussies had a stellar race day on Friday and edged Team Bellingham out of third place. And we mothballed the well-worn "Small, Small World" ditty and presented a well-received Ski-to-Sea "demonstration" for our skit.
-Marian Welsh

Editor's Note:  Congratulations Team Bellingham for representing both Sister Cities and the BYC so well.  Welcome home!!


Sucia Island Family Luau Cruise


Our Family Luau cruise to beautiful Sucia Island on August 19-21 is only 2 weeks away!  To sign up, please go to so we can get a headcount.  This popular cruise is fun for the entire family so bring the kids and grandkids.  Show your Aloha spirit and wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt or outfit and we'll bring the leis.  We will be at the group picnic area located between Shallow and Echo Bay. It all kicks off Friday night with smores around the campfire.  Then on Saturday, we'll have a Hawaiian Luau with tons of great food and games with prizes.  The club will provide BBQ chicken and tropical coleslaw.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.  
-Vickie Olson

13th Annual End Of Cruising Season
- POETS COVE 2016 –
Its Time For Reservations To Be Made !!
Every year the Autumn Equinox marks a day of equal light and darkness and the BYC traditional end of our cruising season. This popular and intimate cruise is about our boating friendships and our shared enjoyment of the Salish Sea in one of the nicest locations in the Sea. Poets Cove Resort and Spa is located on South Pender Island, British Columbia and our Cruise Dates are September 23, 24 & 25, 2016.
Cruise Details
Friday September 23 
Your Time – Depart to Poets Cove from where ever you are in the Salish Sea.
1700 – Welcome No Host Dock Party, bring your favorite Salish Sea appetizer.  (Clams, Oysters, Bacon wrapped Halibut, Mussels, Smoked Salmon, Scallops, Pickled Herring ... what is your favorite?)
(Throughout the visit, the great pools and hot tubs at Poets Cove will be used, so don’t forget your bathing suits)
Saturday September 24
1000 – Dock Side Potluck Breakfast.
1100 – Coastal Nature Hike to Gowland Point –or- a hike up Mt. Norman to one of the most beautiful views of the island.
Amateur Photographer Best Picture Contest (back by demand)
1800 – Salish Sea Dinner either prepared by Poets Cove Chef using local catch and Pender Island grown side dish, or we may have a Salish Sea cook-off prepared by members – details to follow.
 (The full service Spa at Poets Cove has been very popular for massages, facials and …)
Sunday the 25
Poets Cove Resort & Spa has a great breakfast buffet where you go on your own schedule before leaving for home.
What You Need To Do
Make your marina reservation and tell them it is for the Bellingham Yacht Club Cruise. (1 250 629 2111 or email
Due to enhanced security regulations you need to make your reservation directly.
Make your Room Reservation  - Poets Cove has very limited rooms and only in the cottages available at a special rate for the Bellingham Yacht Club.  This is a great cruise to bring people who do not have a boat to stay on.  Contact the Front Desk (888) 512-7638 and tell them you are making a reservation for the Bellingham Yacht Club.
Questions?  Call John or Patricia Gargett (360) 656-5700 or via email

Potluck With Sunset Cruise Sundays @ 6:00
Hosted by Judy Harding


Please contact me by e-mail at if you are interested in joining us. Use my phone numbers (360 306 2800/360 599 9305), only for last minute plan changes. Thanks. 

Judy Harding

The Regatta is August 27, 2016. Make your plans now for a great day on the water and a fun party and dancing with the Atlantics.

Vice Commodore Neil Bennett (Pink Boat Regatta Chair)  and Rear Commodore Jim Gibson (Leukemia Cup Regatta) will be co hosting the Cancer Regatta on Saturday August 27, 2016.  Sailboats in two fleets will race to raise money for the research and cure of two of the most common cancers - Breast Cancer and Leukemia (Blood Borne Cancer) on the same course.  The race course will be in clear view of Boulevard Park.  Jim has ordered up sun and warm wind, while I have ordered more of last year's weather...who will be right?

Sailors, register your boats at for Leukemia Cup or for Pink Boat Regatta and join in the fun of good-spirited racing and fund raising.  Then join us at the BYC where a $15.00 donation will get you in the door for a fun party and dancing with the Atlantics.
Running the Bellingham Youth Regatta last week was exhausting, mostly with managing all the small details like tracking trophies, ordering Port-a-Potty for camping, arranging Mark/Safety boats, picking up T-shirts and taking calls from participants.   Me and my wife, Ann, welcomed over 10 youth sailors into our home who were spread out all over our floors and couches (it smelled like wet “teenager” all weekend!).  On Sunday, while on the RIB delivering lunches to sailors and race committee, I was texting volunteers to order 30 pizza’s for the awards, taking photos for the slide show, escorted a youth sailor to the dock who was hit in the head by the boom, calling my doctor wife, Ann, who met us at the youth dock and performed a concussion test (good news.. it was not serious and our Emergency Action Plan was put into action).  In the end, it was all worth it... all the compliments about our club were overwhelming.
It’s hard to believe, but we’re now into our last Wednesday Night Series “Hot August” with PITCH  just around the corner.  It’s been a challenging year with low turnout, especially in the PHRF fleet.   The most frustrating part is not having our own BYC Members race and support our Wednesday race program, rather opting to race a different night.  The Sail Fleet will be working hard over the winter months by contacting each skipper to get commitments.   I promise, our race program numbers will be up next year one boat at time.
-PC Jonathan Knowles


It’s that time of the year when we start gearing up for our annual Labor Day PITCH regatta.

We intend to have many volunteers each doing a small and easy part to make sure it all comes off without a hitch.

It does not matter if you want to spend one hour, one day, or the entire weekend.

We have a job for you and you will feel great that you made a contribution to our largest keelboat regatta of the year!

If you will be in town the weekend of September 3&4, and would like to be involved in some way please contact me directly.

Some of the opportunities to help include:

Shore duty:


                Clothing sales


                Dinner service


                Junior raffle

On water:

                Race Committee helpers

                Finish time recorders

                Mark boat drivers and helpers


Please let me know if you can help out for one of the days and we will accommodate your schedule.


Randy Nulle




August 19 – 21 – AYC’s Northern Century Race
August 27 – Pink Boat/Leukemia Cup Regatta
September 3 & 4 – BYC P.I.T.C.H Regatta
September 10 – BYC Commodore Cup Race to Inati Bay
September 17 & 18 – BYC Dale Jepsen One Design Regatta

(Jack Knowles & Sean Powell splitting tacks in the Laser Radial class)
The 2016 Bellingham Youth Regatta was a huge success last weekend.   There were 71 Youth Sailors and their families registered.  Sailing in Lasers, Opti’s, FJ’s and 29ers from Portland, Seattle, Olympia, Tacoma, Port Madison, Orcas Island, Oak Harbor, Port Townsend & Gig Harbor.  There were nothing but compliments on how well the Bellingham Yacht Club ran this event and how we are now known as one of the most significant and growing Youth Sailing Yacht Clubs in the Pacific Northwest. (Editor's Note:  HOOTY HOOT!!)
Congratulations to our top finishing Bellingham Yacht Club Youth Sailors:
Jeffrey Werner & Mallory Hood - 2nd Place 29er Class
Ria West - 2nd Place Opti Red Class
Liam Hood & Peyton Nienaber - 3rd Place FJ Class
Thank You to all the BYC volunteers:
Terry Tavelli, Mick Corcoran, Andrea Hood, Scott Wilson, Steve Hood, Katie Stephens, John Pedlow, Shea Walker, Tim Thompson, Mike Powell, Ann Knowles, Tracy Peterson-Nienaber, Jerry Roloson, Jim Attwood, Susan Henderson, Jamie & Tom Ashton, Courtney Starks, Randy Nulle, Teresa Werner, Katie Day, Mark Santosuosso, John Stocklass, Mark Goodman, Susan West, Craig & Marian Henderson,  Bill & Karen Colgrove, Julie Rogge, Tom Malone, Karen Fischer, Judy Powell,  Jeffery Werner, Liam Hood, Mark Goodman & Steve Hayward.
Regatta Results are at
Regatta Photos are at
-Jonathan Knowles BYC PC, Regatta Chair

1979 32' Islander sailboat we need to part with as we do not have time to sail her. She has been with us for 19 years and lovingly cared for. She has under 500 hours on her new Yanmar 30 hp engine. Spotlight Gal is a classic sailboat with beautiful lines. We get lots of compliments on her.


We are asking $42,000. Please give us a call at 707-245-7490
Judy and Bill Griffin

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Half-share in a 22' Seasport, kept locally at Hilton Harbor Marina.  1991 with a recently rebuilt Chevy 305 with less than 100 hours.  New kicker and GPS/FF.  See Craigslist ad at: for more details.  Email Bill Colgrove at



This Week's Photo Contest  

The sometimes island at the head of Eastsound, Orcas Island, was the topic of last week's picture. Rick Laursen, Scott McEniry, and Meredith Ross correctly identified the location.


This week's picture might have been taken a bit farther from home. If you know the location, send your answer to


The winner of the last Chess Challenge was Scott McEniry.
The solution was
1. Qxh7+ Kxh7
2. Hxg6#

Here's the link to this week's challenge!

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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