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I hate to admit it, but I've been grumpy lately...  Work demands have stretched even my ability to multi-task.  But coming down to the Club last Friday was just the tonic I needed.  Sitting on the deck, enjoying the sun and the camaraderie of fellow members, while the yummy smells of BBQ'd steak filled the air... it was the perfect ending to a rough week.  So what are you waiting for?  Come on down!
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18 May  Knots & Flags
20 May  Fridays @ 5

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San Juan Sailing
May 17-23, 2016

WED:  18 May: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Burger Night; THURS: 19 May: Bar and lounge open at 5;  FRI: 20 May: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Hosted Fridays @ 5; SAT: 21 May:  Bar and lounge open at 5
We have sailing studs in our midst! For the second year in a row, our very own Ward Naviaux and the intrepid crew of Blade Runner took first in class and first overall in the Oregon Offshore last weekend. Please join me in congratulating them and wonder if this is again a prelude to a double-handed race to Hawaii!

Congratulations Ward and Blade Runner!

Herbivore vs. Carnivore Night

Hosts: Sherri - Jenny - Dick


FREE!!! Vegan/Vegetarian Dish along with Thomas Childs' Meatloaf Sandwiches.  Come on down and get some grub!


In order to keep Friday’s @ 5 alive we are looking for some people to cook a main dish or a meal on the following Fridays@5.  There is money to reimburse cost of food up to $200 and the meal does not need to be fancy. We would be thrilled with hot dogs, BBQ Chicken, or your famous Crock Pot creation, could be a one course and ask members to supply the sides or you can provide the whole meal.  Whatever strikes your fancy we are thankful and appreciative of the help and participation you can offer. Here are the available dates. Please email Susan Hempler if you are willing to pitch in and keep the food happening.

June:  6/17, July: 7/1, and 7/29, also currently all Fridays@5 in August are open too.


Thank you! 
Susan Hempler- BYC Trustee and Social Committee Chair

Stay tuned to the Upcoming Events Calendar for all of the great social events being planned!


Wednesday, May 18, 2016
BYC Ward Room


Another United States Power Squadron seminar in the Seamanship Series, this one covers the essential knots all boaters need to know, and proper use of flags on your boat.  In two hours you will learn:


• Six Essential Knots

• Line and rope selection

• Care and handling of lines & ropes

• Flying Flags


The last topic alone deserves your attendance. 


Join us at 1900 (7pm) on Wed May 18.  Cost is $25, or $40 Couple. 

Please RSVP: 
Tom Dalgliesh,


Tom Dalgliesh

BYC Education



It’s been a quiet week following Opening Day! That will soon change with the upcoming 505 Nationals to be held here! Stay tuned for more!


WED: Burgers hot off the grill!

THUR: No Monica, but we’ll have hot dogs and chips for those with the “hungries”! 

FRI: Fri @ 5! Come on down for the Social Events Committee’s latest: FREE!!! Vegan/Vegetarian Dish along with Thomas’s Meatloaf Sandwiches. Come on down and get some grub!

SAT: Bar and lounge open at 5!

See you in the lounge!



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


Sign up this week if you are joining us because Fisherman's Bay will only hold our block of slips until May 22.  (There is currently a wait list at the marina so if we don't fill our slips, they will go so someone else.)  If you are looking for something fun to do Memorial Day weekend, you won't want to miss this.  This is a joint cruise with CYC and our hosts, Guy and Barbara Thieman, have been hard at work planning lots of fun activities with the theme "Blue Hawaii".  There will be great food and games all weekend long as well as everything Lopez has to offer.   Click here for the full flyer.  Register now at and call the marina at (360)468-2233 to reserve a slip.  (Be sure to mention you're with the BYC group.)

Past Commodore's Cruise to Rosario


I welcome all BYC Members to join me and my wife, Ann, on June 10-12 for the annual Past Commodore's cruise to the beautiful Rosario Resort on Orcas Island.  Come by boat, plane or car, and even reserve a hotel room for some extra indulgence.  There will be plenty of fun, games, hikes and food involved as well as the chance to take in some of that Orcas Island charm.  Register now at and call the marina at (360)376-2152 to reserve a slip.    The Rosario Marina are holding slips until 2 weeks before the cruise, so you must register by May 27.
Jonathan Knowles
Past Commodore 2015

Host Needed

A host is needed for the Adventure Cruise to Prevost Harbor August 5-7.  If you are interested, email Vickie Olson at


We’re almost half full in our youth sailing program. If you have children, grand children, nieces or nephews between the ages of 8-18 that would like to learn how to sail or improve the their sailing skills please go to the link and sign them up for a great summer sailing program.



The BYC Youth Fleet will be representing at Lake Padden on Saturday, May 21st from 7 until early afternoon. If you have time to stop by and help the team out by spending a couple of hours hosting the booth please let Megan Link know at:

Sorry you didn’t get last week’s Sail Fleet News (below) …. although I do tend to babble in these posts, it was the wonders of modern technologies that categorized my submission as “SPAM” in the Jib Sheet Editors Inbox.  
Last week’s racing had a great turnout. Tuesday's had six 505’s out racing and gearing up for the 505 North American Championships in 2 weeks hosted by the BYC, and Wednesday, a season high of 7 Etchells and 7 PHRF Boats.  Big thanks goes to guest Race Committee PRO, Jon Seestrom, who pulled off some excellent course setting and racing given he had to work with one of those rare and tricky northerlies.  (BTW – with being a bit dyslexic, racing on bay in 180 degrees winds from normal had me constantly questioning my crew which tack I was on … Port or Starboard?  So, it’s best to keep clear of me on north wind even if you’re in the right of way!!)
Etchells Fleet Raced Last Weekend
(From Scott Wilson – Etchells Fleet and BYC Youth Racing Director)
The Etchells Fleet got out on the water Sunday for great racing.  The wind was awesome and Mick, Jon, Terry did a great job running races.  
For those of you who missed out, the conditions were ideal, 10-15 mph with some nice puffs here and there.  We did 4 races, each around 25 minutes long and standard W/L.  The short races were nice.  The course location and wind made it possible to go right occasionally and have it pay off.  I have not seen results, but I figured that there was a 3 way tie for first after four races.  So the competition was very even.  
BYC Sail Fleet News
It was great to see many of my fellow racers participating in this years Opening Day Activities last weekend.   Commodore Mick Corcoran presided over the ceremonies and offered up amusing stories of his entry into sailing as a youth with restoring an old boat and venturing out on the water with only a  “passion”  to guide him. The “Austin Powers” themed event included a 20 boat parade followed by a party at the Clubhouse with live music from racer/member, Gary Smith and a near endless supply of BBQ Shrimp and Oysters.
The “Lummi Isle 360” (formally Around Lummi) Long Distance race is coming up on May 21st.  The SI’s will be posted on the BYC Web Site and Skippers meeting will be held in the BYC Ward Room @  9 AM. If you intend to race, please send an e-mail to  

Jonathan Knowles PC15, Sail Fleet Captain
Many BYC sailors will be heading to Victoria BC for the 2016 Swiftsure Yacht Race over the Memorial Day Weekend.   There are four levels of punishment (i.e. courses) to choose from, all starting from just outside Victoria’s Inner Harbor; The Swiftsure Lightship Classic - 140 NM to Swiftsure Bank; The Hein Bank Race – 120 NM to Hein Bank;  The Cape Flattery Race- 100 NM to Neah Bay; and The Juan de Fuca Race – 80 NM to Clallam Bay.   This race tests the skills, endurance and patience of all racers with wind ranges from a tickling 0 -5 knots (coining the phase “Driftsure”),  to a white knuckle threading of Race Rocks in 35 knots.  Stay tuned for exciting stories to come!

The 5O5 North American Championships
June 1-5


We are a little more than 2 weeks away from the 2016 5O5 North American Championships.  We have been in the planning stages for over a year now, and this is where the rubber meets the road.  I am taking the time to write this little blurb with the hope we can acquire a few more volunteers.  There are a few more tasks that need to be done in order to make the event spectacular.  We currently have over 50 volunteers for on and off the water.


Most of the positions are filled; however, we could really use 2 people on Sunday afternoon to help serve pizza and to clean up.  This is from about 3 to 5:30 or so.  We could also really use people every day in the morning and afternoon to help launch and land boats.  This is really fun.  Put on your rubber boots and take trailers from the water in the morning, then bring trailers out to arriving folks in the afternoon.  There is a party vibe at the launch ramp.  You will be able to rub elbows with world champs and Olympic medalists. 


Please e-mail me or call 360 676 4263 to help.  We really want to put on a world class event.  We can't do it without some world class help from our world class yacht club.  Please step up.  If not you....  Then who??



Mike Poulos


The weekend of August 27, 2016 will feature JOINT Pink Boat AND Leukemia Cup regattas on the Bay on the same DAY, at the same TIME.

One course, two regattas? Why? So we can have more fun and raise more money to help develop a cure for two of the most pervasive cancers...we want to kick BOTH their ASSES at the same time!

After the Regatta, a BBQ at the BYC Clubhouse, with raffles, auctions and the ATLANTICS.

Stay tuned... there will be a Kickoff Fridays at Five on July 15, 2016.

Brought to you by RC Jim Gibson and VC Neil Bennett

Are you interested in joining a summer fitness group? Please come to a planning meeting in the club Tuesday, May 17 at 10:30 am.  I will be bringing dance scarves and music makers for some cardio dancing to DVDS on the TV downstairs and seeing who might like to participate in dancing and/or walking for fitness.   Contact me, Judy Harding, at 360 306 2800


Art and I are two adventurous seniors who bought a wooden boat on a whim (Running Bear, 1965 Grenfell, 36 ft. cabin cruiser) and now have a floating palace we do not know how to operate! We are always looking for skippers to take us out and about (free gas, food and drink!) The Bear is a single screw, a little tricky to handle, well maintained and heavily insured. She handled well for Bob Hollingsworth on a trip to Port Townsend and we hope to have many lovely adventures this summer with your help.  We have volunteered to be the Committee Boat for the Thursday night races, starting with the second session (Series #2: May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16; Series #3: June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21; Series #4: July 28, Aug 4, Aug 11, Aug 18, Aug 25). We will need folks to take us out for that as well.
Contact info:

Judy and Art Harding 360 306 2800

I am sending this invitation for presentation to all BYC members.  Normally I would not recommend a business all the way in Mexico but this time I have special ties.  Jan and I, as well as my dad and his wife, have stayed with Chris and Cindy at Villa Amor Del Mar.  It is a unique boutique hotel on the beach at the mouth of the marina in La cruz de huanacaxtle -Nayarit within walking distance to the sailing school, ISA.  It’s a 30 minute drive north from the Puerta Vallarta airport.  There is a direct flight from Seattle to PV.  I have been visiting this area for the last 10 years, sailing with my sister and enjoying the ambiance of La Cruz.  I have sailed numerous times with the guys and gals from ISA.  They are excellent teachers, very professional and lots of fun.

This is a great opportunity for novice or even experienced sailors to enjoy Mexico and get some great sailing in Banderas Bay.  I highly recommend the experience.

PC Terry Robertson

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


First off, apologies for prematurely announcing that Shawn Thompson had been chosen to be a trustee prior to official board approval.  The Board meets this week, and it will be my recommendation that Shawn be approved to carry out the position vacated by the resignation of Chris Jacobs.


This month's Friday Steak Night was moderately attended and I wanted to thank Dick & Sandy Labadie, Linda Levine, and Duane and Lisa Jones, again for their work that night. 


I had fun running the Etchell's Regatta on Sunday.  Only four boats came out and Randy Nulle and crew were the victors after four races.  Cloudy skies and good breeze from 10 to 15 kept everyone  busy. 



This Week's Photo Contest  



First, an apology. The picture two weeks ago was taken by Gayle Ackerly of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera. Thanks to Gayle and everyone else who has shared a photo for the contest.


The staircase locks at Three Gorges Dam, on the Yangtze River in China were the topic of last week's photograph. Terry Tavelli correctly identified the location.


This week we see a major port city. If you know the location, send your answer to (hint, it is not in China). 


Alex is travelling, so no challenge this week.

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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