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In this Issue:

  • Halloween Party @ BYC on Bewitching Blue Moon F@5
  • Over 40 members volunteered for Club Scrub
  • Sailing Book Club meets this Wed., Oct. 20
  • Mon. Night Football; Thurs. Night Cribbage
  • Marian Welsh is the new Membership Secretary
  • Commodore Michele's Column
  • Access to Clubhouse--New System Now in Place
  • Roster News--Pictures to be Included
  • Commodore's Ball, Saturday, Nov. 13
  • Fleet Captain's Report and Event Dates
  • Whatcom Community H.S. Sailing Team Competes at Cascadia Cup

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It is a Bewitching Blue Moon F@5, Oct 29th.

Halloween at the BYC is great fun--the Club is spookily decorated, the Members are in costume, and tricks and treats abound!  The Bar offers witches' brew and warlocks' draughts. 

Our lovely, good Witch of the West, Judy Griffen is heading up this event.  Please contact her to volunteer on the Halloween Social Committee at:, and she will let you know about the planning meeting. 

Thanks for heading up this committee, Judy! And see you there!!

A Great Big THANK YOU! to all the BYC members  who came down to work their tails off at the Club Scrub!

The long list of over 50 tasks was almost completed.  There’s still a little painting left and a couple of other minor chores, so if you were not available to help on the 9th, let me know what your expertise is and I will see that you have the wherewithal to still make your contribution.

Thanks to Dick and Dick who found the way to let volunteers celebrate their accomplishments at the end of the day. 
--John Van Haalen, Board Member

Bellingham Yacht Club Sailing Fleet Book Club will meet on Wednesday at 7 to 9 p.m. at the BYC

No Boating or Sailboat Racing experience required!  The BYC Sailing Fleet Book Club is open to all, from youth sailors, to new sailors, to advanced racers and anyone who has an interest in learning and discussing books on Sailboat Racing.   In addition to discussion with novices and experts alike, the sessions will include Racing Rules Quizzes to test your knowledge. There is no cost for this event. To register, send your name, phone # and e-mail address to Jon Knowles, call 360-303-5465. 

Monday Night Football EVERY WEEK!

Wine and draft beer and well drinks (Mt. Gay and Crown Royal are among the upscale well brands at our Club) are only $2.50 on Monday nights!  And...the Etchells Fleet will be grilling cheeseburgers and Polish Sausage every Monday Night too!  Proceeds from the Fleet's modest food prices go towards the High School Sailing Team.

Bring your snacks and appetizers to make it more fun...and cheer on your favorites.  Start time is the same as the game in your newspaper or TV schedule each week!

Cribbage every Thursday night headed up by John Gargett and John Van Haalen.  Don't know how to play?  This is a great opportunity to learn!  

Hats off to our new Membership Secretary, Marian Welsh!

Thank you, Marian,  for volunteering for this very important position. If you have any questions relating to membership, lost badges, applications, etc., please do not hesitate to contact Marian at or 360.527.2741. 

We look forward to your new member reports!

Commodore Column 

It’s the start of a new BYC year – time for a bit of reflection of the year that has passed and anticipation to the future 12 months. 

I must tip my cap to Past Commodore Pete for the amazing job he did in leading us through an impressive remodel.  And I continue to be humbled each time I stop and look at all those names on the Volunteer Mirror.  This is truly an amazing club!!  You have all given so much to this club over the past year -- you have donated your money, your time, and your talents and I want to personally thank you. 

As a small token of my appreciation to the membership, I have decided to reduce the ticket price for the Commodore’s Ball to $50/person.  The theme is “Putting on the Ritz” and I promise you a fun-filled evening with good food, good music, and a hint of elegance too.

A big thank you to all of you that have sent in your dues and also took the time to sign up for a committee or two.  This is a member-powered club and your volunteer spirit is what makes it possible for us to do so much with so few financial resources. 

A reminder to all to please take a few moments to fill out and return our Fall membership survey and stay tuned to your weekly Jibsheet for upcoming information on the next Town Hall meeting.

Have a suggestion?  A complaint?  A new idea?  Share them!  The Board and I are here to serve YOU.
At your service,  Commodore Michele

Member Access to the Clubhouse

The new door access system is in place – thanks to PC Ray Poorman (2010 Reset Award Winner) and his team!

This is big news!  Members in good standing will now be able to access the club during any day of the week.**  Want to read your Sunday morning paper in front of the fireplace?  You can!  Want to join a few members for a 3 o’clock game of Bridge?  You can!** 

Your access code is the 6-digit number located on your new member cards.  Just key in the 6-digits and then press the * key.   If you wish to have your access code changed, please contact PC Al Callery (  (You won’t receive a new card so you will have to remember your code if you choose to have it changed).

** To make sure that the Club is available for your use, please check the online calendar – located on the Facilities tab of the BYC website and send an email to  Trustee John Van Haalen has taken on both the bartender scheduling and the clubhouse reservations so please keep him informed of your needs.
With this new privilege come a few obligatory common sense comments:  This is YOUR club – you’ve all worked hard to create a beautiful place and it will take all of us working together to keep it that way.  Please respect the rights and privileges you’ve been granted.   ---submitted by Commodore Michele Hurst Bennett

Get your picture in the BYC Roster!

A New Feature Is Being Added to the BYC Roster!
Roster editor Joe Coons advises us that photos are being added to the roster both for Members and for their Boats!  Here's what you need to do to get your pictures in the Roster which will be published in January: Before December 15, send a digital image of you (and your partner, if you have one) to  The single image should include both persons if applicable, and be sure the image file name includes the Member's last name! 
If you have a boat, you may send another image of it, again being sure that the file name includes the member's name!  Joe reserves the right to crop images if necessary and they will be converted by him to black and white. He will acknowledge all images received. 

We cannot guarantee all images will be published, but he says he will do his best, remembering this is the first year for this effort!

Thank you, Joe!!   This should be a great improvement!  It will take a lot of work: When done, there could be as many as 500 images in our yearbook.  WOW!
[What a great idea! --ed.]

THE Big Social Event of the Year---The Annual Commodore's Ball

This year's theme is "Putting on the Ritz!"
Be sure to Save the Date!
Saturday evening, November 13th will be a night to remember with live music, dancing, dinner and divine desserts!  
And it will be the first Commodore's Ball Cocktail Hour to be held in our newly remodeled Lounge.  

Fleet Captain’s Report
For all intents and purposes the summer cruising and sailing season has come to an end. We have been enjoying beautiful fall weather while talking about La Nina and the winter weather that may come to pass. It’s time to start planning for, and looking forward to, next season. If there is an activity or event you would love to see on the calendar - something old, something new – I’d love to hear from you. Please send me a note ( or give me a call (360.720.4155).
Mark Your Calendars!! Up coming events include the annual Tom & Jerry Party which is held the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving – November 24th. This annual event kicks off the Holiday Season and is open to members only. Come join the Flag Officers and Trustees in a little holiday cheer – more details to follow in the coming weeks.
Also coming is the annual Sail Fleet Awards which will be held Saturday November 20th.  The evening starts at 6:00. All sailing awards for the year will be presented. If you were active in racing or are interested in doing so next year, you should plan on attending. More details to follow.
Our biggest fall/winter event, the annual Commodore's Ball is also just around the corner.

The Lighted Boat Parade will be held again this year on the first weekend in December, in conjunction with the Port of Bellingham’s Holiday Festival. We will be parading both Friday and Saturday nights. After Saturday night’s parade we will be hosting a soup dinner at the club. The parades and associated activities will be open to all boaters in the area. Start planning your decorating ideas now!!! Awards will be given to the best decorated boats! This is a great event and a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the season. Many hands will be needed to make this event fun and seamless. We will need help with planning, boat registrations on Friday and Saturday, and volunteers to make soup, chili, bread, etc. for the dinner on Saturday. All are welcome to help; please contact me if you are interested.
I look forward to a wonderful year as Fleet Captain! Again, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any boating or activity ideas you may have.
Fair Winds and Following Seas,
Michele Bodtke, Fleet Captain


Whatcom Community High School Sailing was well represented at Cascadia Cup
This past weekend, 13 college and high school teams hit the waters of Lake Washington under clear sunny skies and temps in the upper 50's for the Cascadia Cup at Sail Sand Point Seattle.  The Whatcom Community High School Sailing Team, lead by Coaches and BYC Members Scott Wilson and Mallory Abston, was well represented with 19 sailors and 4 boats; it was the most by all teams. The Bellingham Team has quickly become prominent in the district as the results were quite impressive (See below for full results).  The highlight was the varsity team on“Bellingham HS 1” with Lily Grimshaw, Robyn Lesh, Brandy Curran, and Elise Chambers.  Together they finished 3rd overall.  They were the top placing high school team only losing to the WWU college teams.  Robyn finished first in her division, starting the racing on Saturday with 4 straight bullets.  It was very impressive sailing.  Also sailing very well were freshman skippers Miles Johannessen and Riley Ghio, who finished 6th overall, beating many college teams.
The first race in A division got started at 10:30 AM in a 3 knots Northerly.  The wind dropped to almost nothing during race 2 when a solid breeze filled the course as the fleet rounded the leeward mark.  The rest of the races were sailed in 5-8 knot northeasterly that slowly shifted north all afternoon.  All courses were twice around windward-leeward with downwind finish.  8 races were completed in each division by 4:30 PM.
Big thanks to Sail Sand Point for hosting the second annual Cascadia Cup.  The goal of the event is to get high school and college sailors together to educate both about the great college and high school sailing happening right here in the NW.  High school sailors had the chance to speak with collegiate sailors about their sailing programs, and college sailors got to meet some of the talent in NW High School Sailing.  The hope is for this event to continue to grow; we missed many college teams who were sailing in San Francisco.
Thanks again to SSP for the FJ's and great venue.  Thanks to RC volunteers Jon Kelch, Taylor Hubbard and Alex Jones.
Cascadia Cup
Sail Sand Point - Seattle
October 16, 2010
1st           Western Wash Univ 4    47 pts
2nd                Western Wash Univ 5    47 pts
3rrd         Bellingham HS 1               55 pts
4th           Friday Harbor HS 9           88 pts
5th           Portland 11                         103 pts
6th           Bellingham HS 3               111 pts
7th           Western Wash Univ 1    119 pts
8th           Portland 12                         120 pts
9th           U/Puget Sound 6              138 pts
10th         U/Victoria 5                        139 pts
11th         Portland/UPS 7                 143 pts
12th         Bellingham HS 2               163 pts
13th         Bellingham HS 4               183 pts
For more information on the Whatcom Community High School Sailing Team, visit their web site at
 Submitted by Jonathan Knowles, Board Member

A note from this week's Jib Sheet editor

You'll never know where you will meet up with other BYC members!  Last Saturday night my husband, Andy, and I were tailgate partying  in a Mountain View, California parking lot while we waited for a Jimmy Buffett concert to start.  We were hanging out in lounge chairs with our San Fran buddies when we see a car pull in  right beside of ours.  It had Washington tags.  Hmmm!  The doors opened, and out popped Mike and Mary Crawford, of the MnM (btw, who were just awarded BYC boating family of the year).  All of a sudden, we had an impromtu BYC "raft-up." What a fun surprise!  Membership does have its privileges....   --Kathy Brown, this month's JibSheet editor

Remember to submit your articles to  Deadline is Monday noon.

If you know of someone who is an incognito volunteer hero for the BYC, please submit his or her name to the Jib Sheet editors along with why you are submitting it to Jib Sheet Volunteer nominations. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Fairwinds and Following Seas, your JibSheet editors:  Joe Coons, Jim Langei and Kathy Brown

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