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In this Issue: 

  • This Week at the BYC Club House 
  • New Members! 
  • Monday Night Football / Thursday Night Cribbage
  • Tom and Jerry Party
  • New Bulletin Boards
  • Cruise Chairs Needed
  • Contests!
  • Sink the Dingy
  • New Wines at the Club
  • Get your picture in the club roster
  • Please remember to pay your dues 


This Week at the BYC Club House:

Tuesday Nov 23rd

Wednesday Nov 24th

Tom & Jerry party 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Thursday Nov 25th
            Closed for private event

Friday Nov 26th

            Ward Room closed for private event 12:00 - 5:00 PM
            Bar Open, 5:00 - 10:00 PM

Saturday Nov 27th

            Bar Open (Volunteers), 5:00 - 10:00 PM
Sunday Nov 28th

            Sunday Morning Coffee Club
Monday Nov 29th

            Bar Open (Volunteers) 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Monday Night Football & High School Sailing BBQ  (J. Knowles) 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Tueday Nov 30th

            Ward Room closed for private event 5:30 - 8:00 PM

 Welcome New Members for November:

New Active Members:

Jim and Angie Santosuosso live in Bellingham and pilot a 33' Bayliner named Straight Jacket

Art Rose, from Bellingham, sails Merlin, a 35' Fantasia

Dan & Ariane Ringler, also live in Bellingham, and own Checkered Past, a 36' Tiara

Bud & Alana Hansen, live in Bellingham, and don't currently own a boat.

Rejoining active members:

Doug Jones & Val Eastland live in Sequim and own Puffin, a 32' Island Gypsy

Philip & Caroline Rosellini, from Bellingham, currently own a 24' powerboat.

Our newest honorary members are Scott Wilson and Mallory Abston, both from Bellingham.

Monday Night Football EVERY WEEK!
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!

Cribbage every Thursday night headed up by John Gargett and John Van Haalen.  Don't know how to play?  This is a great opportunity to learn!  

Don't forget the  Tom and Jerry Party (click on the link).  This is a member only event--please be prepared to show your membership card. 

New Bulletin Boards 
 A new pair of bulletin boards are in the Club for BYC Members’ use. (These are actually two of our old boards, re-framed to match our new trim by Joe Coons.)
One of these is in the vestibule by the walk-in cooler door, and is for use by the bartenders and bar committee: Post your “wants” and bar operational notices here for others to see. 
The other bulletin board is in the hallway by the front door; it’s mounted on the closet door by the top of the stairs to the BYC lower floor.  This one is for all your general notices to BYC Members.  Please: No non-member postings of any kind (such as items or boats for sale) except for non-members seeking crew positions.  Thank you for your co-operation!

 Cruise Chairs Needed For Just A Few Cruises!
We have Chairs for most of our 2011 cruising year, which promises to be one of the most active cruising seasons that we have had in the last few years.  But, there are a few cruises that still need Chairs, so if you have never put on a cruise, this year is your opportunity. 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.
Month Date Event Location Cruise Chair
February 19th &20th Anacortes Yacht Club Anacortes Could be You !
June 18th & 19th Point Roberts (Joint Fleet  Cruise) Point Roberts How about this one !
July 9th & 10th Sucia Raft Up (Joint Fleet Cruise) Sucia Your Chance !
July 30th & 31st Crab Fest Weekend Cruise Inati Bay This is fun !
November 4th, 5th & 6th Round the County (Joint Fleet Cruise) Blakely/Roche You.  This can be you.

Announcing New BYC Art & Photo Contests
Opening Day Poster, Annual Photo Calendar & Annual Event Poster Contests
The BYC Marketing Committee suggested to the BYC Board, and they have agreed, to start an internal club contest for three different events that would occur through our club year (October 1 to September 30th) and it will begin this year.

    1.  Opening Day Poster
Members can enter a design for consideration to be used as the official poster for Opening Day.  They could enter artwork (including photographs) that will be judged by a committee of BYC members.  The winner’s poster would be printed and distributed for the promotion of Opening Day each year.  This will begin immediately, with submissions due by February 1, 2011 so that by March 1, 2011, Posters could be distributed for opening day.

     2.  Annual Photo Calendar
Members can submit their favorite photos taken over the year that show BYC members, boats or events.  The top 12 photos (judged by a committee of BYC members) would be used as part of a new annual calendar that would be published concurrent with our Calendar Year, Oct 1-Sept 30.
     3.  Annual Event Poster
For the picture that is judged to be the best photograph of the year from the Annual Photo Calendar Contest, it would be used as the background of a new BYC Annual Event Poster that would list the top 10-15 events that are known to occur every year at the same time.  This poster would be available to members to put in their businesses, in their offices, and in other locations.

Rules – Entries must be art or photography that the submitter has taken or created.  The submitter will retain full ownership rights of the art or photo, but will share with the Bellingham Yacht Club the full rights to distribute, sell, or use the work for BYC club purposes only.  Entries should be submitted to John Gargett ( electronically in a resolution of at least 1024x768 for consideration, and if selected the image should be supplied in a high resolution format able to be printed at a size of 20x30 inch’s for the posters and 5x7 inch’s for the calendar.

The Sink The Dinghy Committee Announces Our 2010 Recipient

Lathen Deming & Sonya Anderson live in Blaine and have two children, Shyanne Deming (6) and Ethan Deming (9).  Lathen was raised in Blaine, and is employed by Matrix at the refinery, although he is currently laid off.  Sonya and Lathen had their children in Alaska where Lathen was a fisherman before moving back to Blaine in 2008.

This spring, their daughter Shyanne was diagnosed with Myelodysplasia, which is a hematological condition that was formerly known as “pre-leukemia”.  The impact of this has been significant for their family.  Currently Sonya and Shyanne, along with Lathen when possible, are living in the Ronald McDonald house in Seattle awaiting the radiation and chemo that begins just before Thanksgiving so that her immune system can be prepared for a bone marrow transplant that is being donated by her 9-year-old brother Ethan.  Once the bone marrow transplant is completed,  Shyanne must be totally isolated for 30 days (in a bubble) and then visit the doctor everyday for the next 100 days.  Shyanne will not be able to attend school for at least the next year and will require homeschooling and tutoring for the next year. The family is, of course, faced with tremendous financial hurdles, not to mention emotional burdens.
There is some support for Shyanne within the Blaine community, including the Blaine Schools, and friends from their days in Alaska, but it is not enough. Local efforts are being coordinated by Angela Czesak, a friend and Blaine middle school teacher.  Ethan is living with Lathen’s sister during this time so he can continue to attend school, except of course while he provides the bone marrow transplant.  This means that the family is apart at a very difficult time, and with Lathen unemployed, and bills continually mounting, they are, needless to say, overwhelmed.
More details will be forthcoming, however your contributions this year are critical.  Please consider donating as much as you are comfortable with by making out checks to 2010 Sink The Dinghy and either giving the check to John Gargett, Meredith Ross, Father Kevin or Matt Dennis.  Checks can also be made out to the BYC and mailed in.  If you do make your check out to the BYC, BE SURE TO WRITE SINK THE DINGY ON THE SUBJECT LINE.  All funds raised will be put directly to use in helping this local family through a very difficult time.


New wines being offered at the BYC.  Tasting on Dec 1st  6-9 PM
Basilio Rodriguez Grueso became a Spanish Wine Region Specialist through Alicante University. Certification involved a 12 month intensive course that took him throughout all the major wines regions of Spain, with daily tastings of up to 35 wines. Basi established CASA VENTURA IMPORTS in Bellingham in 2006 that represents 25 small family Spanish wineries and distributes the wines throughout the United States.
CASA VENTURA IMPORTS is the only Spanish wine importer to have 5 wines among the new Robert Parker’s wine advocate top 30 best value wines from Spain 91 points or more under $25 retail; one of his wines is in the TOP 5 . View his wines
The Bellingham Yacht Club is introducing these wines to the members December 1 from 6 to 8 PM as a wine tasting with cheese appetizers for $10/person. Bottles will be stocked in the bar for purchase to enhance the joy of Thursday game nights on the water or for the quiet conversations members enjoy with each other in front of the fireplace on these cold winter evenings.
Don Jorgensen (

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!

Thank you, Joe!!   This should be a great improvement!  It will take a lot of work: When done, there could be as many as 500 images in our yearbook. 

Members' Dues:  There has been an accounting error resulting in a few members, mainly Seniors, who may not have been invoiced for the current 2010 - 2011 membership dues.  We apologize for this, and would ask members who have not received their dues invoice to email Dick Grimshaw at with a request for an invoice. Thank you.

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 Jib Sheet editors:  Joe Coons, Jim Langei and Kathy Brown

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