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Lots of stories this week AND a few added features. Your feedback is ALWAYS welcome:

Oct. 25: Commodore's Ball!
Nov. 1: MAST Permit Class

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OCTOBER 21- 27, 2014

MON: 20 Oct: Monday Night Football; WED: 22 Oct: Bar open; THURS: 23 Oct: 5pm Carne Asada;  FRI: 24 Oct: Bar open;  SAT: 25 Oct: Commodore Ball
MON: 27 Oct: Monday Night Football; WED: 29 Oct: Bar open; THURS: 30 Oct : 5pm Carne Asada; FRI: 31 Oct: Blue Moon F@5 and Halloween SAT: 1 Nov: Bar open
Around 40 members turned out for the Club Scrub, and the place is sparkling for the Commodore's Ball. Blessed with three pressure washers & operators (Neil Bennett, Darryl Lin, and Shaun Thompson), and Members who actually willing took the toughest jobs (especially Lew Hays ,BBQ and Tim Thompson, Walk-in Cooler), we were done by about 12:30 except for some who stayed to clean up loose ends. Thanks to Mike & Maya Allsop, Frank & Marge Belzek, Michele Bodtke, Jay & Sharyn Bornstein, Judy Coons, Cathy Franklin, Jim Gibson, Vivian Hays, Steve & Monica Hayward, Alan Hodel, Jonathan Knowles, Dick & Sandra Labadie, Caron Marconis, Alex Marr, Scott McEniry, Dan & Ariane Ringler, Mark Santosuosso, Jim & Anne Schoenecker, Rick Steidley, Terry Tavelli, Mike & Marian Welsh, and Christine & David Wright who pitched in with a positive attitude doing things "right".  I'm sure I missed a few names...and I apologize. All of you made this semi-annual event a success. Thank You!  --- Joe Coons.
Today (Tuesday) is the Last Day to RSVP!! The theme is "Master & Commander" - Maritime/Navel History from 19th Century and on. RSVP now from the BYC website.
    If you're able to help set-up, please contact Ann Knowles 360-303-5884;
Squalicum Marina Construction News
Gate 3, G-East slip construction:  A crane barge is scheduled to arrive on Monday, October 20 to do some dock work out at G-East float. Barge work is expected to take 4 days and will include removal of 27 creosote pilings, installation of 5 new concrete pilings and concrete floats with supporting utilities. All pile driving will occur during daylight hours per noise ordinance. When finished, the project will add (9) 48 foot slips and (3) 42 foot slips to the East side of G-East
Gate 3 Fireline replacement project:  This project is scheduled to occur at some point later this year, around November, exact dates are not yet set for this project. This will involve installing a fireline adjacent to the YC building in the road way, as well as to the west of the YC building toward the bulkhead and out into Squalicum marina at Gate 3. It also includes work to the east of the YC building under the Squalicum Esplanade.
Honorary Members for 2014-2015
Congratulations to this year's Honorary Members:
    Bishop Kevin Allen (and wife, Stephanie) for service as our Club Chaplain.
    Virginia Jepsen (and her late husband, Dale) contributed greatly to the BYC over the years, particularly the sailing community. Most recently they were instrumental in building our race committee to its current standards of professionalism and certification. In honor of Dale's work, the One-Design regatta was named after Dale just before his passing.
   Scott Wilson for contributions & leadership in Youth and High School Sailing.
    Ed. Note: Per our Bylaws, the Board may vote in up to 4 Honorary Members each year. Voting must be unanimous.
The New Club Year is Underway and Dues are.. Well, Due!!
Thanks to all of you who responded in a timely fashion to your annual dues invoices which were mailed in September. Your new member cards should be on the way. We are glad to have you with us and look forward to seeing you at the club soon.
    If you have not yet made your payment (due October 1) please submit it now.
    You can arrange to pay your full annual dues by way of our Direct Debit program. A program enrollment form can be found here.  Any Active member may elect to pay dues in four quarterly installments, but you must enroll in the Direct Debit program to do so. 
    If you have misplaced or have a question about your invoice, please contact Assistant Treasurer, Mike Welsh at
Fundraiser for Veronica Vernon
Michelle, owner of Mi Shoes (Railroad Avenue), is wanting to organize a group donation in Veronica's name for the gala fundraising auction on November 1st - hosted at the Silver Reef Event Center for the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County. Anyone who wants to contribute can either drop a donation by Mi Shoes or contact Sally Poorman ( and she will drop off.
FOOD SERVICE IS CHANGING! We’re discontinuing burgers and brats on Wed eves for the time being, and will start them again when racing starts in the spring. 
Here is the new schedule for the bar and lounge:
MON NITE FOOTBALL continues, with $1 hot dogs at the bar (sorry, no gourmet dogs or carnitas). 
WED: bar and lounge are open.
THURS: Chef Monica will have Carne Asada and those tasty bean burritos hot and ready, along with that incredible roasted salsa! 
FRI: Come on down and unwind after a long week! 
SAT: COMMODORE’S BALL! Bar opens at 5 for you early birds. Bar service will be available throughout the evening, with bottled wines also available. Pick up a few for your table! 
See you in the lounge!   --- Steve Hayward
Bartenders Needed!
Have you thought about bartending at the Club? Now is the time! We are hosting a Mandatory Alcohol Server Permit (MAST) training class at the Club on Saturday morning, 1 November, at 10:30am.
    The class will take approximately 3 hours and you will receive your permit at the end of the class. Cost is $25 (if we have a minimum of 10 folks participating).
    Most volunteer bartenders are scheduled for one evening shift per month. Some choose to work more shifts, mainly because it can be an enjoyable way to spend an evening at the club and get to know some folks you haven’t had the chance to interact with before! It’s an easy and fun job, and a great way to support your club! 
    If you’re interested, let Steve know at the bar, or email him at
Ed. Note:
Your permit is good for 5 years and the class is taught by Kevin the Wine Guy - a very entertaining guy who knows his stuff.
BYC racers finished up our racing season Saturday with the Jack Island race.  While the Island may not be named after Jack Gerity, he and the crew of Extreme showed us how they do it in Australia, by rounding first and running towards the finish, but we'll have to wait for the official results to see if they were able to hold onto the lead as light winds slowed everyone near the finish. 
    While our races may be over BYC boats and crews are looking forward to competing in the Seattle Yacht Club's Grand Prix regatta and the Orcas Island Yacht Club's Round the County race (that makes me shiver just thinking about it).
    We'd also like to extend an invite to all racers and crews past, present, and future to attend the racing fleet's 2014 awards night November 15th. --Bart Maupin, Sail Fleet Captain
NEXT TRIP: Hosting Sailors for the Round the County Race!


I’ll be upfront with everyone…. I’m pretty overwhelmed right now!  Not only with my new role as Commodore, but also with finding that balance of Club, Work, Boating, Wife & Family life.  The good news is… I see clear skies ahead!  First, you - "The Membership", voted in an outstanding Board of Trustees for me.  Thank You!   This Board is not only motivated in strengthening our yacht club community, but also loaded with an enormous amount of talent:  Financial, Policy, Social, Youth Sailing, Cruising, Bar Management, the list goes on and on.  There is no way I could come close to even running a fraction of this club without their experience, support and cohesiveness.  Along with your participation and involvement (and phrased in my West Coast laid-back upbringing), it's going to be a "Chill" year!
    At my first Board meeting, we laid down a good foundation to get the club rolling this year.  First, congratulations to Scott McEniry who was voted in as 2nd year Trustee (filling the vacancy left by FC Donna Olsen).  The Year End financials (with no surprises) were approved; a “Code of Conduct” policy was passed that spells out some simple common sense guidelines on how members should behave around the club and at functions; Youth Fleet proposed the purchase of 6 new Opti Dinghies using $16,000 of donation funds from the Bellingham Sailing Foundations and the BYC Junior Fund (Bar Tim, Raffles, etc); and finally, 3 Honorary Memberships were approved (story above).
    Thanks to the 30+ members who helped out with the Annual Fall Club Scrub last Saturday.   The Club looks great!  Three significant items need to be addressed:  Walk-in cooler floor replacement, downstairs bathroom plumbing & tiling, and exterior building painting.    If you have any experience with these types of repairs and are able to contribute, please contact me.  Mark your calendars for the Spring Club Scrub on Saturday April 25th (Always the weekend before Opening Day)
    See you at the Commodore Ball this Saturday!   --Jonathan Knowles, Commodore
Jim Gibson correctly identified last week's picture of the Monument to Pierre-Paul Riquet, the driving force behind the Canal du Midi in southern France. The canal connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Garonne River) with the Mediterranean Sea. Work began in 1667 and the canal was completed in 1681 – almost 100 years before the American Revolution. The canal is still in use today.
    Jamie Foti, Rick Laursen, and Joe Warren-LaCasella suggested other, similarly historic monuments.
    This week we see a rainbow – probably pointing to a pot of gold. If you know where to find that gold, send your answer to
   Jib Sheet Editor this week is Michele Bennett
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