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Way to go BYC!  Friday night's dinner and silent auction for Monica made me proud to a member and Past Commodore of this great club.  Members, Dead Pirates, guests, and friends all came together to help a member in need. Hooty Hoot!
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November 17-23, 2015

WED: 18 Nov: Grill and bar open at 5; THURS: 19 Nov: Grill and bar opens at 5;  FRI: 20 Nov: Fridays @ 5;  SAT: 21 Nov: Commodore's BallMON:  23 Nov: MNF

An open note of thanks to “Team Monica” and the BYC:

Wow! What can I say? Friday eve was a night neither Monica nor I will ever forget! It was an amazing show of love and support for Monica; it also says a huge amount about how this club pulls together to take care of its own. I mean, where else could you ever experience something like this? Monica has a long road ahead and your support has helped set the stage for the successful outcome that we are all hoping and praying for! To say that we are grateful doesn’t touch it–we are awed and humbled by this and can only say “thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Monica and Steve

The kitchen got its first major workout on Friday night.  Chef (and member!) Thomas Childs appeared to have everything running smoothly with Susan Henderson, Missy Steffen, and a few more serving; Commodore Mick on the grill and Bruce Hamilton putting the orders together; and there was even a smiling fellow back there doing dishes!  In the 'front of the house', Murray Hill manned the keg station amidst a huge crowd.  PC Steve Ross had a huge smile at the end of the night and said 'this is what a yacht club should be.. folks coming together as a community to help one another.'  I couldn't agree more.
-Editor (apologies to the many that I may have missed)

BYC Members Open Their Hearts and Wallets to Help One of Their Own!
Wow!  When the Team Monica committee first met to plan the fundraiser benefit for Monica Hayward, we set a modest goal of $5000.  We had no idea that we would exceed that goal by almost 5 times thanks to the generosity of you, our club members!
As the event grew close, the number of online registrations grew and eventually we served dinners to over 180 people with even more attending just to participate in the silent auction.  We had to up the number of steaks purchased three times to accommodate everyone.
Even though the line for dinner was long, the wait was well worth it as the steaks were cooked to perfection!  The volunteer kitchen staff (all BYC members), led by Thomas Childs did a phenomenal job.  Everyone appeared to have a great time, including the volunteer staff.  We were blessed to have Monica released from the hospital after her second major surgery in a month and feeling well enough to attend the festivities.   Joe and Carol Young serenaded the crowd with great oldies until they had to depart for a previously scheduled performance.
Neil Bennett and Missy Steffen did a fantastic job organizing the silent auction. There were loads of items up for bid in the silent auction and Master of Ceremonies Neil Bennett did a masterful job of managing the process.  There were only a few items that did not get snapped up in the bidding frenzy.
As Team Monica co-chair, I would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who helped make this event a success.  From planning to Thursday night setup to Friday night cleanup, volunteers galore pitched in.  There are many folks who helped out that may not be on this list and for that I apologize.   It in no way minimizes your efforts or our appreciation of them.
Gerri Rea, Neil and Michele Bennett, Missy Steffen, Steve Hayward, Thomas Childs, Mick Corcoran, Dick Labadie, Bruce Hamilton, Sandy Labadie, Linda Levine, Patty Gargett, Kay Campbell, Susan Henderson, Katy Day, Mary and Don Jorgensen, Tim Mumford, Dayle and Bob Nevitt (and family), Donnabelle Winsten, Tim Thompson, Cathy Franklin, Murray Hill, Mike and Maya Allsop, Duane Jones, Eric Anderson, Marian Henderson, Michele Bodtke, Lisa McArdle, Jeff Vernon, Randy Klemann and Joe and Carol Young.
In addition, I would like to thank everyone who donated auction items for the silent auction!  But the biggest thanks goes to all of our members who graciously opened your hearts and your wallets to help out Steve and Monica Hayward!!
If you didn’t get a chance to make a donation, but would still like to, you can make a donation at the BYC bar or online at the
YouCaring site set up for Monica.  It will be open for another couple of months.
Terry Tavelli, Past Commodore

(Editor Note:  Thanks to PC Joe Coons, Emeritus Master of Ceremonies for helping out at the end.  And a special thanks to the DEAD PIRATES SOCIETY for underwriting $1000 worth of steaks... adding even more to the bottom line for the event) 

A big THANK YOU to everyone that showed up for Sunday's Club Scrub!!  Thankfully the weather cooperated and much was accomplished!

Another year has almost gone by and Thanksgiving will be upon us shortly. This is always a time for getting together with families and friends and enjoy meals and company with one another. Those tasteful recipes in the BYC cookbook will inspire all to share the bounties from land and sea. Why not pick up a copy of The Gourmet Galley for ideas. It also makes a great gift.
- Alex Marr
Squalicum Harbor Boat Launch to be Temporarily Closed for Improvements
The Squalicum Harbor boat launch will be completely closed to boater use November 16-20 for improvements to the site. The Port of Bellingham will be removing a scour hole at the end of the boat ramp and extending the concrete panels used to launch boats further into Bellingham Bay.
Construction crews will begin mobilizing to the Squalicum boat launch site on November 9. The work is expected to take several weeks to complete and a minimum of one boat launch lane will be open at all times with the exception of full closure November 16-20.
Put your decorating hats on, it's a Charlie Brown Lighted Boat Parade and it's coming to a yacht club near you real soon! The festivities begin at 5:30 on Saturday, December 5 as we head for the Ferry Terminal and cruise along the waterfront. We'll finish with home-made soups back at the club for some Holiday Cheer.

Details are on the

Let's make 2015 the best parade ever.
-Tim Thompson

Susan Hempler and her Social Committee have a full calendar of exciting and fun events planned!  I'll highlight the most current events in each issue here - but to view the full schedule, click here!
The next big item on the agenda is Saturday's Commodore's Ball!

91st Annual Commodore's Ball
Saturday, November 21
5:30 - 11:30 PM


Boy, what a month this has been! This past weekend was a whirlwind and the Commodore’s Ball is coming up on Saturday! Woo-hoo! 007 is alive and well! 


WED: Burgers and (maybe) brats hot off the grill!

THUR: It’s board meeting time again! Bar and lounge opens at five!

FRI: Fri @ 5, so bring on those appetizers and snacks and get ready for the weekend!

SAT: COMMODORE’S BALL, featuring 007 and who knows who else? 

MON next: Monday Nite Football, this week with the Bills vs the Patriots!

See you in the lounge!


Education Corner for this Week


Winter is right around the corner and the Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron is presenting a seminar on "Winterizing Your Boat" on Thursday November 19 at 6:30 pm next door at the Squalicum Yacht Club. Preregistration is required and the number of seats is limited. See here for more information.
-Marian Welsh


Congratulations to Mick Corcoran “Black Foot” for wining BYC’s Boat of the Year for 2015
Other top BYC Awards winners:
BYC Local Long Distance Overall Champion – “Extreme” Jack Garrity
BYC Out of Town Representation Award - “Vitesse” Dave Steffan
Etchells Fleet Championship– “Salsipuedes”  Tom Malone, Chris Glass, Chris Rosinski
US Sailing Sportsmanship Award – Randy Nulle
BYC Race Committee Award – John Stocklass & Lee Faulta
BYC Youth Leadership Award – Shea Walker
Greetings BYC Racers!  After being Commodore this past year, I’m not retiring just yet.  This year I’ll be running the BYC Racing Program while Bart Maupin shifts focus to the PHRF Fleet.  Some of my goals this year will be to build more structure into the BYC Sail Fleet organization in order to run a better, more uniform and consistent racing platform.   The BYC is moving into the spotlight with hosting not only our signature events such as PITCH and DJOD, but as the Organizing Authority of National High school & College Events, and the 505 North American’s coming up in June 2016.  I plan to "up our game" by getting more Club Members to hold US Sailing Certificates in Race Management (PRO) and Judging (Protests), and then host Club Level Seminars for the BYC membership on running Club Races, serving on a Protest Committee, or driving Mark Boats.
For more information on becoming a US Sailing Race Officer, please visit
If you have interest in becoming involved with BYC Racing, please contact me Jonathan Knowles 360-303-5465 or
Jonathan Knowles 

What a weekend!!! On Friday there was the benefit dinner for Monica and it was so terrific! Great Steaks and great help from most of the fine folks who serve on the board.
We managed to raise over $20,000 for Steve and Monica and to help with their medical bills. I can't thank everyone enough for all the support from our members! You guys ROCK! Thomas Childs, the Béarnaise and Crab were a nice added touch to the dinner and I'm sure our members were very satisfied. Good Job! This was the first time we've utilized the kitchen in many years to support a Yacht Club function, and I think it came out very well. The dish washing staff kind of had issues with the washer, and I seriously felt bad that they were forced to toil so late to get everything cleaned up.
On Saturday was the Awards Banquet for our stellar sailing fleet. I was actually surprised to be the recipient of the Boat of the Year trophy again, but I guess if you sail as much as I do, the point total just adds up. Big thanks to Bart Maupin, Randy Nulle, and our new Trophy Chair, Rick Laursen for setting everything up. The spaghetti dinner was very tasty. As an additional note, I have an apology for the junior sailors who attended the awards banquet expecting trophies. Please let me explain that it was my call not to have them made, due to the fact that being the previous Trophy Chair it was my experience, that after going to all the expense to have them made no one would show up at the awards banquet and receive them. Then they were relegated to some shelf somewhere to gather dust. I have instructed Rick to go back through all the results and have the trophies made up. They will then be distributed whenever those who come to the club claim them. I realize this was an oversight on my part. I also realize that the youth sailors are the future of our club as potential members and again, I apologize.
Sunday morning was another adventure as the Club Scrub got under way at 08:00 and went on until a little after 12:30. Kudos to those who attended, rolled up their sleeves, and went to work. Pizza and a small libation of beer followed as a reward for those volunteers who worked so hard. I would like to thank those who attended, Mark Santosuosso, for fixing the light switch in the Commodore's Room and also the downspout on the South West corner of the roof. He was assisted by Larry Jones and our new Building and House Chairman, Duane Jones. Rick Steidley, Arne Ahlen, Terry Tavelli, Kevin Maguire, Mike Seal, Jim Gibson, Dick Labadie, Mike Powell, Megan Link, Steve Hayward, and Linda Lavine. I would also like to put another shout out to John Raasch for such a fine job on the doors and windows on the South side of the building, and Teresa VanHaalen for all the vacuuming and cleaning of the wood floor at our entrance. The club looks so much better and I thank all of you so much.
Bummer the Seahawks lost.
This next week will be busy too.  Board meeting on Thursday and the Commodore's Ball is this Saturday.  Laura and her sisters will be starting on Friday, along with Lindsay from Windows on the Bay, to set up what I believe will be a fun filled event that afterward, will be talked about for months. Thanks to all of you who made your reservations. I am looking forward to seeing all of you there.
-Commodore Mick
This Week's Photo Contest 

Last week's picture was of a "jousting boat." Water jousting has been a sport in France and other European countries for centuries. The jouster stands on the rear platform with a lance and shield as his crew rows him forward. There is a clash with another boat and one or both jousters end up in the water. Jim Gibson, John Van Haalen, and Rick Laursen correctly identified the boat.
The day this picture was taken, however, there was not a jousting contest. An autumn Saturday morning, the villagers of Grau du Roi were out to observe the delivery of the bulls to the local bull ring for the afternoon's entertainment.

No contest this week, but here's a picture in memory of those whose lives were taken last week in Paris.


Alex is on vacation this week, so no winners or a new challenge were submitted.  Stay tuned for next week's challenge!

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Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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