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NOVEMBER 12 - 18, 2013
TONIGHT, TUESDAY, NOV. 12: Please join us for the Education Committee's next event, Don't Let Winter Catch You By Surprise! This seminar is presented by our own Jeffrey Smith.  Although our bar will not be open, you can get "loaded" with valuable information! The flyer is here.
THIS FRIDAY, NOV. 15: FRIDAY@5 WILL BE FUN! It features the final cookbook event (featuring fall favorites "Soups & Breads") as the Committee gets it ready to go to press.  Please also bring a recipe (or lots of them) to share.  The flyer is here for the event. 
    The idea of a cookbook came about two years ago after a large turnout for a soup and bread event. As we get ready to go to print, this F@5 will conclude our sponsored events. This will also be the last opportunity for members to add more recipes to the cookbook. Print order must be placed soon in order for the cookbook to be available before Valentines Day and November 20 will be the last day to input recipes via the BYC website. (Go to and click “Cookbook” on the top menu.)  Bon appetit! --- Alex Marr
SAILING AWARDS BANQUET THIS WEEKEND!  This traditional event is this Saturday, November 16, at 6 p.m. Put it on your calendar now to enjoy the fun and recognition of the fleet for all its active sailors during the 2013 season!  (See Racing News story below.)
THE "DRY SPELL" IS OVER THIS WEDNESDAY: BYC bar services resume this Wednesday evening at 5:00 p.m. Remember, our new protocol requires Members and guests to validate their membership or reciprocal status; please make this a routine, pleasant experience for our bartenders by having your card available when you patronize your Club!

HOLIDAY FUN BEGINS HERE... Our traditional Tom & Jerry Party is Wednesday, November 27. "Tom" and "Jerry" (Michele and Neil) preside at the traditional bowl as we enjoy complementary cups of cheer beginning around 5:00 p.m. this day before Thanksgiving.  It's a great season kickoff, so put it on your "Holiday To Do List"!  The event is open to BYC Members and their families "outside" guests... then December 7 will be the Lighted Boat Parade (with the traditional party). Some boaters may wish to show their lights and spirit cruising the Bay on Friday the 6th, but that will be "unofficial and on their own"...(See "Lighted Boat Parade Entrants" story below!)

MASTER MARINERS CLASS TO BE HELD AGAIN: Capt. Richard Rodriguez of Zenith Marine will conduct USCG courses for the eighth year here, beginning January 6, 2014. The past  six  years Rodriguez has qualified over 700 Coast Guard Masters (Captains) in the San Juans! Graduates operate vessels throughout the world through this training.
    Rodriguez served as the primary Commercial Assistance Towing Responder in the San Juans for nine years and brings real world situations to the classroom.  He works professionally over 150 days a year in local waters, and has assisted over 1,200 vessels vessels in distress.  Additionally he has trained law enforcement professionals and active duty Coast Guard crews. Check out his blog:
    This year's course will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm through February 26 in the Ward Room of the BYC. BYC Members qualify for a 20% discount off the $1,400 tuition. You can contact him at or 360-531-0698.
SUPPORT OUR YOUTH SAILING: The Bellingham Sailing Foundation supports youth sailing activities here. To date, they have helped raise $56,000 for the purchase of the seven FJ's jointly used by BYC Youth Sailing and High School Sailing Programs. BSF has also provided funds and volunteers to build the $20K Youth Sailing Dock at Zuanich Point; a traveling trailer for high school "away" races; and accepted donations of two J24's for instructional programs. The Foundation also gives scholarships to families who couldn't otherwise afford sailing program costs.
    Now it's time to step up doing our share!  For 2014 the high school team needs funds for new sails and travel costs, and our BYC Youth Sailing wants to purchase a new fleet of racing-quality Opti's, making the J24's available to young sailors for Wednesday night races. 
    Please consider a tax deductible donation to the Bellingham Sailing Foundation  (a registered 501(c)(3) organization).  Look for the BSF brochure at the BYC Clubhouse; visit; or contact Vice Commodore Jonathan Knowles / 360-303-5465. Thank you!
LIGHTED BOAT PARADE ENTRANTS: A Lighted Boat Parade Educational Seminar is set for the December 7, 2013 Lighted Boat Parade. "How to Decorate Your Boat Safely" is next week, Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 6:30 PM. Presented by Steve Ross, Long Time Winner and Tom Dalgliesh, with contributions by Wayne Kelsoe, this is a winner of a presentation, not one to miss.  Light appetizers to fire up your imagination will be provided. --- Neil Bennett, Fleet Captain
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IS BACK: By popular demand, the BYC bar and lounge will be open every Monday night throughout the football season. The bar will open on Mondays at 5pm and close upon completion of the Monday Night football game. Drink specials and bar snacks will be available so come on down and enjoy watching some football with friends. $1 tacos will go thru the football season.
LISTEN UP: Matt Ouilette, Bar Chairman, can't do it all alone: He really needs help with these.  Call him at 220-9496 or email to pitch in.  Thanks!
HOLIDAY FUN SEASON WILL SOON BE HERE... Our traditional Tom & Jerry Party is Wednesday, November 27. "Tom" and "Jerry" (Michele and Neil) will be presiding at the traditional bowl as we enjoy complementary cups of cheer beginning around 5:00 p.m. this day before Thanksgiving.  It's a great season kickoff, so put it on your "Holiday To Do List"!  The event is open to BYC Members and their families "outside" guests... then December 7 will be the Lighted Boat Parade (with the traditional party). Some boaters may wish to show their lights and spirit cruising the Bay on Friday the 6th, but that will be "unofficial and on their own"...

RACING NEWS: The 2013 racing calendar is officially winding down with several Bellingham boats and sailors fighting their way around San Juan County in the annual Orcas Island Yacht Clubs "Round the County" regatta. Blackfoot, Flying Circus, Hravn, O'benannas, and Vitesse All participated, while many BYC members were seen staffing several of the 89 boats in attendance. Strong currents, fluky winds, time limits, as well as at least one rock, took their toll on boats and crew. Congratulations to Vitesse and crew for a 3rd place finish in their division!
    This Saturday will be our annual awards/racing party @ 6pm at the club. I hope to see everyone there! --- Bart Maupin 
FROM THE COMMODORE... For those of you missed it, we had a good turn-out for the general membership meeting last week and we had wonderful soups and bread for dinner - thank you all for your participation and for supporting the evening. 
    Here's a quick summary of my report. The Board has decided to hire a paid bar manager. This will not be a club manager, but instead will focus on the operation of the bar. It will be a part-time salaried position. With money already in our budget, bartender wages, increased revenues, and capitalizing on opportunities lost, we have over half the money needed to fund the position. The Finance Committee (FC) is continuing to flush-out ideas on how the fund the remainder - stay tuned. Our goal is to have a manager in place in January. 
    The FC is proposing that the club go cashless. Payments would be made via customer account direct debit, pre-paid customer accounts, or credit cards. We are encouraging the use of customer accounts versus credit cards as we pay between $2500 and $3000 a year in credit card fees, money paid that gives us no benefit. Cash would only be accepted during major events such as regattas, and eliminating it reduces the assistant treasurer's (Mike Welsh) time by 100 hours a year, and will also reduces bartender hours by about 50 hours a year. (We will also eliminate errors and lost revenue inherent in a cash system.) This will be before the board at our meeting this month, so if you have comments please submit them to me or to a board member before November 21st
    Long and short range capital improvement planning is also being discussed by the board, FC, and Building and House (BH). Long range planning includes looking into the feasibility and cost of putting a second story on the building. This is will take several months to investigate and is certainly not a decision that will be decided upon soon. But we have to start somewhere and that means gathering the information that we need in order to make an informed decision. Short term improvements include renovating the lower floor. The need to update the space has come. The space must be functional for juniors, adult members and those that rent the space, such as San Juan Sailing and Captain Rodriguez. Mike Allsop has taken the lead on this project and will be reporting to the board this month on feasibility and cost. 
    The 45-minute meeting was followed by discussions between members and their board. Thank you all for your participation. Our next "Club Meeting" will be December 4th. 
    And...don't forget Friday@5 this week - the cookbook committee's final push. The theme this week is SOUP - bring a soup and its recipe. (I'm sorry I'll miss it as I'll be in Austin for the Formula 1 race.) --- Respectfully, Michele Bodtke, Commodore

STEVE ROSS'S PHOTO CONTEST... Thanks to Donna Olsen for last week's photo of the (2012) Round-the-Country fleet staying well away from a marked reef. Al Callery pinpointed the spot, while Jim Gibson, John Van Haalen, Jamie Foti, Lisa Megard, and Michele Bennett suggested similar locations in our local sailing area.
    There are lots of sail boats in this week's picture as well, but they are all at the dock. If you know the location, send your answer to

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