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In this Issue:

  • New Members!  
  • This Week at the BYC Club House
  • BYC Sunday Morning Coffee
  • Mixologist Class Coming
  • Monday Night Football & Thursday Night Cribbage
  • Commodore Michele's Column
  • Members Access to Clubhouse--New System Now in Place
  • Roster News--Pictures to be Included
  • Commodore's Ball, Saturday November 13th
  • Fleet Captians Report
  • BYC Cruise Calendar Announced for our 2011 Boating Season
  • A Cheeseburger Editorial
  • Skippers Class


Welcome our new members....
Here are our new members who were approved at this month's board meeting

  • Jay & Sharyn Bornstein, returning active members, live in Bellingham.  Powerboaters with a 58' Seiner named 'Starlight'.
  • Phil Lafata, new active member, lives in Bellingham and owns a powerboat.
  • Eric Crider & Michelle Root, new active members, live in Ferndale,  no boat right now.
  • Bill Fishback, new active member, no boat at this time.

This Week at the BYC Club House


Tuesday Nov 2nd

            Election Day--Do your duty. 

Wednesday Nov 3rd

Sail Fleet Book Club (J. Knowles) – Commodores Room, 7-9 PM

Thursday Nov 4th

Bar Open (Sam), 5-9 PM
            Cribbage Night

Friday Nov 5th

            Bar Open (Sam), 5-10 PM

Saturday Nov 6th

            Bar Open (J. Van Haalen) 5-9 PM

Sunday Nov 7th

            Sunday Morning Coffee Club (see below)

Monday Nov 8th

            Bar Open (John Van Haalen) 5-9 PM

Monday Night Football & High School Sailing BBQ  (J. Knowles) 5-9 PM

BYC Sunday Morning Coffee
Bring your Newspaper and a Donut down to the BYC Clubhouse for Sunday Morning Coffee (Except on Events dates).  The first one down in the morning opens the Club (using your Door Access Code) and makes the first pot of Coffee.  Coffee, cream, sugar, etc will be provided and the last one out turns off the pot, lights and secures the doors.  

Mixologist Class coming
The BYC will sponsor a training class for members who would like to obtain a mixologist license in order to become a volunteer bartender at club functions.  The class will be held in the lounge on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 5:30-8:30 PM.  The fee is $40/person.  If you are interested, please contact John Van Haalen at or 360 510-8936.

Monday Night Football and Thursday Cribbage
Wine and draft beer and well drinks (Mt. Gay and Crown Royal are among the upscale well brands at our Club) are only $2.50 on Monday nights!  And...the Etchells Fleet will be grilling cheeseburgers and Polish Sausage every Monday Night too!  Proceeds from the Fleet's modest food prices go towards the High School Sailing Team.   Bring your snacks and appetizers to make it more fun...and cheer on your favorites.  Start time is the same as the game in your newspaper or TV schedule each week!

Thursday Nigth Cribbage headed up by John Gargett and John Van Haalen.  Don't know how to play?  This is a great opportunity to learn!  
Commodore Michele's Column 
It’s November – a time when most of us are prepping our boats for the winter ahead and adding an extra dock line or two for that first big blow.  It’s also a time to start planning for the holidays and sharing time with family and friends. 

Our gala event of the year – the Commodore’s Ball – is fast approaching!  Friday, November 5 is the deadline to RSVP so please don’t delay!  You can return the RSVP card from the formal invitation, or just send an email to and let me know who’s in your party, what entrée you’d like, and if you prefer to sit with anyone in particular.  Neil and I look forward to seeing you all there!

The Clubhouse will be in the spirit of the seasons and I personally invite all of you to come on down to say ‘hi’ to your friends and meet some new ones!  A great opportunity for this is the annual Tom & Jerry Party – traditionally held the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (November 24).  The Officers  and Trustees are the hosts and you, the membership, are our guests!  It’s a great way to kick off the holidays and share a cup of cheer.

Fleet Captain Michele Bodtke is hard at work putting our on-the-water calendar together and the first big event will be our annual Lighted Boat Parade.  More details will be forthcoming but start to think about how you’re going to decorate your boat – and just how are you going to tie down that 1500 kilowatt generator anyway?

A gentle reminder that annual dues are now past due and only current members with a valid membership card are allowed access to the Club.  For all of you who have already paid – THANK YOU!  For those that have not, we don’t want to lose you as a member!  Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns at

At your service, 
Commodore Michele

Reminder summary from the Fleet Captain:

The annual sailing awards will be held on November 20, 6:00 PM, at the club.


The Tom and Jerry party is set for November 24, at 6:00. This is our annual Holiday kick-off. Tom and Jerry’s and light appetizers will be provided. Flag Officers and Trustees will be tending the bar. This event is open to members only. Please join us for some Holiday cheer and camaraderie.


The Lighted Boat Parade is schedule for December 3 & 4, as part of the Port of Bellingham’s Holiday Festival. Friday’s parade will be held in conjunction with Friday’s @ 5; join us at the club after Saturday’s parade for soup. The parade is open to all boaters in the area and prizes will be awarded for best decorated boats. Be sure to mark your calendars. This is always a fun and well attended event. More details to follow.  

At your service, 
Commodore Michele

Member Access to the Clubhouse
The new door access system is in place – thanks to PC Ray Poorman (2010 Reset Award Winner) and his team!

This is big news!  Members in good standing will now be able to access the club during any day of the week.**  Want to read your Sunday morning paper in front of the fireplace?  You can!  Want to join a few members for a 3 o’clock game of Bridge?  You can!** 

Your access code is the 6-digit number located on your new member cards.  Just key in the 6-digits and then press the * key.   If you wish to have your access code changed, please contact PC Al Callery (  (You won’t receive a new card so you will have to remember your code if you choose to have it changed).

** To make sure that the Club is available for your use, please check the online calendar – located on the Facilities tab of the BYC website and send an email to  Trustee John Van Haalen has taken on both the bartender scheduling and the clubhouse reservations so please keep him informed of your needs.
With this new privilege come a few obligatory common sense comments:  This is YOUR club – you’ve all worked hard to create a beautiful place and it will take all of us working together to keep it that way.  Please respect the rights and privileges you’ve been granted.   ---submitted by Commodore Michele Hurst Bennett

Get your picture in the BYC Roster!
A New Feature Is Being Added to the BYC Roster!
Roster editor Joe Coons advises us that photos are being added to the roster both for Members and for their Boats!  Here's what you need to do to get your pictures in the Roster which will be published in January: Before December 15, send a digital image of you (and your partner, if you have one) to  The single image should include both persons if applicable, and be sure the image file name includes the Member's last name! 
If you have a boat, you may send another image of it, again being sure that the file name includes the member's name!  Joe reserves the right to crop images if necessary and they will be converted by him to black and white. He will acknowledge all images received. 

We cannot guarantee all images will be published, but he says he will do his best, remembering this is the first year for this effort!

THE Big Social Event of the Year---The Annual Commodore's Ball

This year's theme is "Putting on the Ritz!"
Be sure to Save the Date!
Saturday evening, November 13th will be a night to remember with live music, dancing, dinner and divine desserts!  
And it will be the first Commodore's Ball Cocktail Hour to be held in our newly remodeled Lounge.  

Fleet Captain’s Report
The Lighted Boat Parade will be held again this year on the first weekend in December, in conjunction with the Port of Bellingham’s Holiday Festival. We will be parading both Friday and Saturday nights. After Saturday night’s parade we will be hosting a soup dinner at the club. The parades and associated activities will be open to all boaters in the area. Start planning your decorating ideas now!!! Awards will be given to the best decorated boats! This is a great event and a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the season. Many hands will be needed to make this event fun and seamless. We will need help with planning, boat registrations on Friday and Saturday, and volunteers to make soup, chili, bread, etc. for the dinner on Saturday. All are welcome to help; please contact me if you are interested.
I look forward to a wonderful year as Fleet Captain! Again, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any boating or activity ideas you may have.
Fair Winds and Following Seas,
Michele Bodtke, Fleet Captain

BYC Cruise Calendar Announced for our 2011 Boating Season!
2011 promises to be one of the most active cruising seasons that we have had in the last few years.  We are doing a few new cruises, bringing back a couple, and sticking with our best ones.  Of particular note are the “Joint Fleet Cruises” where both the sail and cruising fleets can participate, a tradition that actually dates back to when the BYC was located in Chuckanut Bay. 
New this year are two cruises, one a short Cruise to the Anacortes Yacht Club, and the other a Paint Ball/Capture the Flag cruise to Inati Bay.  Also of special note, in June, Sarah Tario has agreed to again Chair our local “Heart of Sailing” day where to introduce dialing to people with developmental disabilities as a form of educational and recreational therapy. 
Speaking of Chairs, there are a few cruises that still need Chairs, so if you have never put on a cruise, this year is your chance. You do not have to start from scratch, we have good materials on what to do.  It is easy, fun and a great way to get to know other boaters.
Questions?  Contact John Gargett, Cruise Fleet Chair or Michele Bodtke, Fleet Captain for more information.  And now the cruises: 


Month Date Event Location Cruise Chair
January 22nd Seattle Boat Show Seattle Jody Erickson
February 19th-20th Anacortes Yacht Club Anacortes NEEDED
March 18th-20th Paint Ball Capture the Flag Inati Bay Carol Veech
April 30th-May 1 Past Commodores Cruise TBD Pete Foti
May 7th Opening Day BYC Michele Bodtke
June 18th-19th Point Roberts (Joint Fleet Cruise) Point Roberts NEEDED
June 25th Heart of Sailing Bellingham Bay Sarah Tario
July 9th-10th Sucia Raft Up (Joint Fleet Cruise) Sucia NEEDED
July 30th-31st Crab Fest Weekend Cruise Inati Bay NEEDED
August 20th-21st Buccaneers Cruise Inati Bay Troy & Cori Curran
September 9th-10th Commodores Picnic Inati Bay Michele Hurst
September 17th-18th Poets Cove Bedwell Harbor John Gargett
October TBD Jack Island Race & Predicted Log (Joint Fleet Cruise) Inati Bay Randy Nulle
November 4th-6th Round the County (Joint Fleet Cruise) Blakley/Roche NEEDED
December TBD Lighted Boat Parade Bellingham Bay Fleet Captain 2011


A Cheeseburger Editorial

Please come down to the Club for Monday Night Football (MNF) and a Cheeseburger or Polish Sausage to help support the Whatcom Community High School Sailing Team!

I have heard of some “grumbling” within the membership with regards to the MNF BYC fundraiser for the High School Sailing Team at the Clubhouse.  I hope that this letter might help explain the cost and benefits of such a fundraiser.

The Costs

As for what it costs the BYC membership for this fundraiser, the answer easy… it costs the membership nothing.  That’s zero dollars and zero cents.   The labor is completely volunteer and all the food and costs are kept separate from the BYC finances. We decided at the beginning to let members pay at the bar to make it more convenient by running tabs and paying by credit card. The BYC simply lends the club house as the venue for this fundraiser.

The Benefits

As for the benefits, I can point out three:

One: the benefit of reasonably priced food is being offered at the BYC.  It’s a well known fact that a food offering draws more members down the Clubhouse who prefer not to just hang out at a ‘bar’. In fact, most of the members who come down for MNF come only for the food and end up leaving well before the end of the football game.

Two: this is a fundraiser for the Whatcom Community High School Team, all of whom are junior members or whose parents are members of BYC. The WHCS is a Youth Program affiliated with BYC.  All proceeds over costs are donated to the WCHS. This is approximately $2.50 for the Cheeseburger and $1.50 for the Polish Sausage.   The Fundraising goal for the 16 week football season is to raise $2000 which will buy 2 sets of FJ Regatta sails. This translates to a total of 800 cheeseburgers/polish dogs, or around 45-50 per week.  Although the initial numbers were strong, interest has fallen off over the past couple weeks. Basically, this fundraiser is an opportunity for us to help our own members succeed in realizing their potential as competitive sailors.

Three:   this is the least obvious, but the most compelling reason - it fulfills BYC’s ideological support for all boating activities in our community.  The WHCS Sailing Team holds an extremely important role in filling the gap between BYC’s Youth Programs and college sailing programs, thus providing a contiguous path of sailing education for our community’s youth.  Some say that investment in these youth will bring  no certain return with future BYC memberships, because there is no guarantee these young sailors will stay in our community.  In rebuttal, the BYC membership  is not  investing in any single individual, but rather, meeting  our  obligation outlined  in our Mission Statement:

“The mission of the Bellingham Yacht Club is to foster recreational boating activities in Bellingham and vicinity by providing a support organization run by volunteers, a clubhouse, and other facilities and equipment...”

To be supportive of all boating & membership segments will make BYC an integrated, diverse and resilient Yacht Club. (Think of this as a balanced stock portfolio: some of the assets are in aggressive short term funds, and some of the assets are in long term stable growth funds.) We need to be the visionary boating organization in the community that embodies the balanced spectrum of all boating related activities, encompassing Youth Programs, Sailing Programs, Cruising Programs, and Social Programs. We need to be supportive of each other’s interests and resist temptations of divisional alignments that inevitably create splinter factions within the club. But, with our guiding principles in hand, we will enviably attract new members.

Being supportive is as simple as purchasing one cheeseburger from a volunteer or attending the Commodore’s Ball.  It’s an acknowledgement of ALL the club offers you and to our boating community.

Jonathan Knowles

2nd Year Trustee

    Thanks to you --- whoever you are --- for cleaning the stinky, awful, full-of-spills then-left-to-warm up-and rot freezer in the downstairs back hall! 
    Our BYC freezer is now pristine and empty thanks to some wonderful person to whom we owe a big hug.  You are truly a wonderful Club Member!

Skippers Class

Captain Rodriguez annually teaches a skippers class at the yacht club.  His classes are rewarding and members receive a significant discount (20% $260!). Many club members have used this service.. including.. Terry Robertson, Mike Allsop, Troy Curran and myself.  I highly recommend this course.  Captain Rodriguez is an excellent teacher and a friend to many club members.  This is a significant benefit of club membership, and illustrates our support of the maritime community.

Remember to submit your articles to  Deadline is Monday noon.

If you know of someone who is an incognito volunteer hero for the BYC, please submit his or her name to the Jib Sheet editors along with why you are submitting it to Jib Sheet Volunteer nominations. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Fairwinds and Following Seas, your JibSheet editors:  Joe Coons, Jim Langei and Kathy Brown

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