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APRIL 23-29, 2013

THIS WEDNESDAY (4/24) IS OUR POWER BOAT TRAINING covering systems and operations taught by Joe Coons. Running from 6 - 9 p.m., half will be at the Club, half on a 52' yacht, and you'll get his 28-page booklet about maneuvering. Then, later, he'll try to set up free lessons if a boat is available.  No sign-up is necessary, just show up; the fee is $10 which goes to the Club.  Already about 14 have indicated they'll attend.

IT'S BECOMING A REALITY, NOW: The BYC Automatic Payment Option (Direct Debit)! For most of you the Direct Debit Announcement Letter with program details and an Enrollment Form should have been in your mailbox last week. Our brand new April members should receive it by the end of this week. We are already getting a good response from savvy people who appreciate what a convenience it will be for all, and we strongly encourage everyone to sign up today. If you didn't get the letter, send a note to Click if you missed the prior announcements! --- Mike Welsh, Asst. Treasurer

SPECIAL EVENT FRIDAY 4/26: Jim wanted to give Angie Santosuosso a birthday party...but Angie said "Let's Invite Everyone!"  So, come and have great food with Jim cooking on the grill providing dinner and a strawberry shortcake dessert, and help her celebrate...I know that Angie will be giving everyone her wonderful "FIVE-OH" smile.  Of course, you can help the celebration by bringing some appetizers (and maybe a card?).  6 - 9 p.m. are the hours...see you there!
IT'S THIS WEEK, OUR BYC OPEN HOUSE, SATURDAY 4/27It only happens once a year! The Bellingham Yacht Club will open its doors to the public on Sat. April 27th during Squalicum Harbor's CharterFest.   Do you have questions about:
  • Boat Electronics, Navigation, Local Cruising? BYC experts will be on hand to answer them;
  • Youth Sailing?  The program will have boats on display and info about Summer Sailing Lessons and joining the Whatcom High School Sailing Team;
  • BYC Social, Cruising, Sailing/Racing Programs & Sailing Committee Opportunities?  Club officers will be on hand.
Booths will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and the Club's doors will open at 10 a.m. Coffee and tea with pastries and muffins will be available; then after noon, the BYC Bar will be open through the rest of the day's events. (Lemonade and soda will also be available.)
    At 2:00 p.m., a Beer Tasting will be featured:   Boundary Bay, Kulshan Brewery, and Chuckanut Brewery will be on hand. Pay just a buck for admission, tastings,  and a vote for your local choice. And grab a hot dog straight off the grill to go with your fav brew... 
    Finally, from 5:00 until 8:00, Jasmine Greene and her Band will play, and shrimp & rice along with all the fixings will be available.  
    This is a great day to invite your neighbors, friends, and associates to check out our beautiful Club and become part of our BYC Family.  For more info, contact co-chairs Gary or Angie Santosuosso at or Programs chair: Kathy Brown at

IT'S BURGER TIME AGAIN!  The traditional Burger & Beer for racing nights service is underway (boy, it was good last week), and whether you're a racer or not, you'll want to stop by the Club anytime after 6, up to shortly after racing for this inexpensive and delicious way to have more time with Members, crew and friends.  It's a BYC tradition...And that reminds us, Matt Ouilette who is volunteer-chairing this activity, would love some help!  Email him at

ESPECIALLY NEW MEMBERS: CHECK OUT THE MEMBERS-ONLY WEBSITE!  If you still aren't registered, give it a shot. Go to, click on "Members" and follow the registration routine. And if you tried before and were unsuccessful, try again. We had some glitches last fall and winter as we were changing some things over, and we know some of you experienced problems and might have given up. But we really want to work through those with you. The members-only site will give you access to the online roster, the facilities use calendar, photos from club events, the Board meeting minutes, and other items of interest.  --- Terry Tavelli & Marian Welsh

NEW HARBOR FUEL HOURS: Beginning next Monday, April 29,  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8am to 6pm Friday through Sunday. These hours will go through May.  --- Nick Mickel, Mgr. 

GOT A RECOMMENDATION?  Your Club is investigating local, qualified, reliable, commercial roofers.  If you have experience with roofing on a commercial building and can recommend a firm the Club should consider, contact Building & House Chairman Mark Santosuosso at

ZODIAC CRUISE FOR YOUTH SAILING A SUCCESS! With 38 adults and children enjoying a rainless sail in 8 to 12 knot winds, approximately $1,400 was raised for the Youth Sailing program.  Thanks to all who participated and helped the Zodiac crew sail this Schooner on Bellingham Bay last Saturday.  
    Meanwhile, registrations for this summer's sailing lessons are ahead of last year's figures, but we need everyone's help in promoting this program to meet our goal of making it one of the best programs in the Pacific Northwest.  Thank you, thank you for your help!  --- Arne Ahlen 
IT WAS OFF AND RUNNING TO EMERALD DOWNS this past Sunday for a Day at the Races--Horse Races that is. 
    Mimosas & Bloody Marys kept coming from volunteer bartender Terry Tavelli while Rebecca Hall served up fresh fruit, muffins, & mini-quiches. Heather Ouillette led the group in fun games with prizes. Then it was time to get serious as we read the latest edition of the Daily Racing Form newspaper for tips--thanks to Jack & Linda Levine.  The ladies were regaled in beautiful hats, while the men sported fedoras (photos to be posted on the website). Our BYC entourage had their own box seats with a direct sight to the finish line!  Commodore Jody led us down to the paddock to size up the ponies before we placed our bets, and more than a few BYCers took home winnings. Then the party continued on the ride home with cocktails, box snacks, and lively conversations.
    Many thanks to Commodore Jody for initiating this--a sure bet--new BYC tradition.  --- Kathy Brown

    Friday, May 3rd, the day before Opening Day, starts an entire weekend of celebration.  That’s the day skippers and crews decorate their boats according to the theme selected by the Commodore; this year Jody selected Derby Days, as in Run for the Roses and Kentucky Derby!  Naturally, all this decorating leads to thirsty and hungry boaters on Friday. If the weather is not so great, Members will make their way to the BYC lounge with food and to take advantage of the great bar.  But, no matter the weather, after the sun goes down Friday, Members make their way back to our Club! Also on Friday, the boats of the Officers of the Bridge, Trustees, and Members who made advance arrangements with Tim Mumford, this year's Opening Day Dock Master, ( --- there may still be room) move their boats to our BYC Dock for decorating. Many will sleep overnight on the boats during the weekend,  considering this the real start of the Party!  Of course, the Dead Pirates raise their Jolly Rogers, and in fact all the boats are "full-dressed" with every flag, burgee, or pennant possible!
    Saturday, May 4 is Opening Day. The final touches go on the boats' decorations and everyone heads to our BYC Clubhouse at 10:30. If you own nautical/traditional, blue over white or other boating attire, wear it today! Bring out the jaunty ties, sailor tops, anchor-inspired bling, white or navy slacks, and the Topsiders that were replaced with Keens; even a blue blazer if you feel like it: you'll be spruced up for the Champagne Reception for BYC Members and their families only (and for those who need it, coffee will be available). Dignitaries from local government, the Coast Guard, nautical service organizations, and all the other local clubs will be our guests; we are, after all, Bellingham's most distinguished!  The entire building (which we own, you know) will be open for the party. 
    At High Noon the public joins in, attending with us the BYC Traditional Opening Day Ceremonies. There will be National Anthems, official welcomes, flag raisings, The Blessing of the Fleet by our Chaplain, Bishop Kevin Allen, and other nautical traditions...our BYC Fleet Captain Mick Corcoran will have organized the whole celebration and ceremony!
    “Boats Away” is announced at 1:00 p.m. as the ceremonies conclude.  Many competitors scramble to change out of their fancy nautical duds and into their costumes (yes, costumes) if any, and head to their boats, while others go directly to the Review Boat still dressed up; this year, 
Past Commodore Troy & Cori Curran are providing their sailing vessel Typhoon for this honored role.
    Leaving the harbor, all boats rendezvous at the Bellingham Ferry Terminal for the parade.  Boats then would fall in a line following the boat of Vice Commodore's Michele Bodtke, which would lead the parade, but this year Michele is at a family wedding in San Diego, so Rear Commodore Jonathan Knowles will lead, aboard Rocinante.  The boats make two circuits from the terminal passing the Review Boat which will be anchored abreast of Boulevard Park.  After that, the boats peel off from formation to return to the Club for the “open boats” dockside hospitality and Club events.
    Between the boats' return and more Club events, dock-strollers will find lots of "open boats" with mini-parties going on; it's a great time to sight-see our fleet and meet more Members; you'll find warm welcomes and refreshments abounding!
    The  Derby Days Party begins at 3 p.m. There will be a decorated hat contests with awesome prizes. Come prepared to party.  Don't forget:  You must bring your BYC Membership card and wear your name tag at all times. Your guests must be registered under your name and wear a name tag--at all times. This is one of the few times when the rule will be adhered to strictly.  
    At 5:00, dance to the live music of "The Atlantics". The Dead Pirates Society will be manning the grill, and there will be Drink Specials at the BYC Bar. I suspect that there will be Mint Juleps, Bourbon, and Beer available, while late night games of Liar's Poker, cribbage, and more are likely to ensue...
    On Sunday morning, you will find many of your fellow BYCers at the Web Locker or Jalenpenos having breakfast.  Yeah, it’s true: Members tend to hang on like barnacles onto the boats --especially if the sun is shining, but eventually the BYC dock begins to clear…Boating Season has officially begun!   

BOAT FOR SALE: Member Bob Simica is offering his twin gas 42' Corsair Cruiser, Island Pilot, asking $125K. With satellite TV, a bow thruster, two nav systems and lots of room for enjoying the trip, and the dock, or living aboard, Bob will be glad to show it to you. Call him at (360) 961-7318.

HELLO CRUISERS! The La Conner Cruise is set for May 17, 18 & 19, and you can come by Sea or by Land… With 250 feet of dock space on either side of the south visitors dock (that's nearest to town) reserved, we can have a total of 500 feet of reserved space for the nights of May 17 and 18. Why not call now for your reservations, each boat needs to do this with the LaConner Marina on their own at 360-466-3118 and give them the first nights payment by credit card.
    There will be more details in next week's Jibsheet. Cruisemasters are Mike Crawford, Mary Burns and Joe & Carol Young, For information call Carol at 360-729-4796.

Busy, Busy, Busy, would not even come close to all the happenings at the club this past week.  Whew!
    The week was filled with all kinds of fun!  The PacRim Friday at 5 was spectacular: John Gargett put together a fantastic slide show giving all of our club members a real and up front view of what happens at the Sister City Event.   The food was good and everyone had a grand time.  Special thanks to those that helped out and brought food for this event.   Also to PC John Gargett for a great slide show and to PC Rich Veach for cooking the taco meat!  It was a good time with good attendance!
    The Bus to Emerald Downs was a hit.  I hope everyone that went had as much fun as I did.  We all agreed that a little more cooperation in weather would have been nice, but the fun was abundant.  This may just turn into an annual thing.  The Horses were fantastic! We all had a Giddy Up time!
    We all continue to bring in more new members to enjoy our fine club. I think we are at 29 so far this month! Keep 'em coming…Tell your friends and tell your neighbors!   The time to become a BYC member is now!
    We continue to work with FC Mick Corcoran, Sail Fleet Captain Bart Maupin, and RC Jonathan Knowles to liven up and enhance our Wed and Thursday night’s sailing program…there will be burgers to spare this week so come on down and join in on the fun!  We will get this; it just may take a little time!
    This coming week we are preparing for Charter Fest and our Open House with all the fixings.  Gary Baker and Angie Santosuosso are preparing for a grand time to be had by all.  We will open our doors to many new members and our community.  Be sure to get this one on your calendar!  This Saturday, April 27th, doors open at 10 AM! They are rolling out the red carpet for our new members! Come join in on the fun, there will be good food, and good music!
    Enjoy the sunshine…it is supposed to be a nice week!

    Fair Winds and Following Seas --- Jody King Erickson
Mark Harding, Meredith Ross, John Van Haalen, and Jim Gibson correctly identified last week's picture of the keep of Cardiff Castle, Wales. The keep is surrounded by a large open area (once occupied by houses and shops, one supposes) and a fortified outer wall. Jim also correctly identified the previous week's picture of the Pitons, but your photo editor neglected to mention his name.
    This week's picture is of a small headland overlooking a quiet passage. If you know the location, send your answer to

Jib Sheet Editor this week is Joe Coons.
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