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Daffodils, cherry blossoms... could it be that spring is just around the corner?  Don't take those extra lines off your boat just yet... but I think it's safe to get out the calendars and start planning your spring/summer/fall boating schedule!
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3 March  Chef Childs Dinner
4 March  Fridays at 5
10 March  Chef Childs Dinner
11 March  Steak Night
16 March  Rules of the Road

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March 1-7, 2016

WED:  2 March: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Burger Night; THURS: 3 March: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Pasta Night;  FRI: 4 March: Fridays @ 5 - Your appetizers welcome!;  SAT: 5 March: Bar and lounge open at 5
We're sorry to announce that the Spring Dance has been cancelled.



March 18- St. Patrick’s Day Celebration- Need someone to cook up some corned beef and cabbage ($$$ available for reimbursement of cost)

April 1-Anacortes Yacht Club cancelled so this date is open and NEEDS someone or some group to host. ($$ available)


-Susan Hempler

Chef Thomas Childs will be back in the kitchen creating some culinary deliciousness that you won't want to miss!

Thursday 3 March

Pasta to Order: Choice of Bolognese Cream Sauce or Chili Vodka Sauce. *there will be a gluten free pasta option as well. Salad included for just $6!!!


Thursday 10 March

Made to order dinner with choice of Chicken Marsala or Chicken Piccata. Both come with Mushroom Risotto and Salad for only $10.00!

Lots of great events are coming up!  To help you with your planning, check out the complete Social Event Flyer.



Brought to you by the US Power Squadron.  Learn navigation rules, lights, and sound signals a pilot must know in local waters. 
Where:  BYC
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Cost: $25 per seminar; $15 for spouse or partner
Instructor: Jeffrey Smith
Register today



Pasta Nite featuring Chef Thomas Childs’ creations was a hit, to say the least! Wow, what a feed! Great pasta and a good time was had by all! Stay tuned for more!


Here’s the dope for this week:


WED: Burgers and brats hot off the grill!  The usual $5 a plate gets you a burger, cole slaw and chips!

THUR: Pasta with Chef Thomas again doing the honors.

FRI: Fri @ 5. Bring on those appetizers and snacks and come on down and visit for a spell!

SAT: Bar and lounge open at 5!


See you in the lounge!


If you have already served on BYCs race committee or are interested in becoming part of it, plan to attend the Race Committee Organizing “Kick-Off” Meeting on Mar 2nd 6 PM BYC Ward Room.   BYC’s US Sailing Regional Race Management Officer, John Pedlow and Assistant BYC Race Committee Chair Randy Nulle will be providing an overview of Race Committee and looking for volunteer signups.   NO RACING OR SAILING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED.
For more information contact BYC Sail Fleet Captain Jonathan Knowles 360-303-5465

The 5O5 North American Championships are Right Around the Corner

Greetings membership.  Time is flying, and we are already knocking on the door of boating season.  It's going to be a fantastic summer, with loads of great events at the club.  One of those fantastic events is the 5O5 North American Championships.  This will be held June 2 though 5.  We already have 31 boats signed up from all over the country.  This is an excellent opportunity to raise our stature in the country. 

We really need help to pull this off right, and on budget.  We could hire caterers, janitors, dock workers, etc. etc.., but that would seriously diminish the benefit to the club, and, in my opinion, the quality of services provided.  I strongly believe that we will do a better job in house, because no one cares about the club like we the membership do. 

So, with that being said, Please help us.  We could use help with food prep Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

We could use help setting up the boat house on Friday.
We could use help on the dock on all 4 days helping to launch and land boats.

Please email me with your availability.  It would only be for a few hours each day.  Your help would be MUCH appreciated.

Thank you,
Mike Poulos, Chair


Looking for our first sailboat. Searching for a 26-28’ sailboat for learning/local cruising. Please contact us if you, or anyone you know are selling something that might fit our needs!


Jack and Emily Kane

630-699-1084 (Jack) (Emily)

Available on a month-to-month basis until 1 April 2016.  Location is Gate 9, M/W 54.  Only the second dock out and a leeward tie so your boat doesn't blow into the dock during our winter storms.  Has a good lock-box too! 
Gary Baker

PROJECT BOAT: This 1965 34 ft. Fairliner is looking for a new home... free to the right person! Only one of her two engines works, and interior she has leaks (hull sound), but is beautiful classic and especially nice as a live aboard.  You can see her at Colony Wharf on C Street. e-mail

Please allow me to regale upon the last few week's adventures.  On the weekend of February 13th the Mighty Blackfoot set forth to do battle at the Winter Shaw regatta and took second behind the well sailed SC 27 from Anacortes, Wild Rumpus. Not a humiliating defeat but humbling none the less. It was noted and regretted that Mike Reams' boat, Natural Mystic suffered some damage just before the start by hitting a rock near the Shaw Island start line and they were forced to retire. I am hoping he will have the boat back out on the water soon. The following weekend was the Girts Foul Weather Race from Anacortes to Friday Harbor. The weather was stellar, sunny, and wind from the Southeast all day. Blackfoot wound up in fourth by less than five seconds. Well, you can't get on the podium all the time.
During this time I managed to acquire a severe cold which abated somewhat between regattas, but came on again for a while just after the Girts race. My absence at the club has been only due to health issues as of late. I am feeling much better now and will continue on. I was disappointed that the Spring dance was canceled. Susan Hempler put so much work into the planning and I was saddened that she couldn't get enough people to attend. Perhaps it was too early, or the cost was too high. Any feedback from our members would be appreciated as to why they elected not to attend.
At the last Board Meeting the following issues were addressed: The Youth Sailing Fleet announced the need for a new trailer to accommodate our 29er's and it was approved. They also want to purchase another RIB for the fleet and that was also approved. I have always stated that the future of our club is our youth fleet. They will always have our unwavering support and I must add that the funds for their operation are mostly self-generating or donations, either from members, or the Sailing Foundation.
Coming up on March 11th will be another Steak Night and I have agreed to be the Grill Master that night.  I hope to see many of you there!
More next week...



This Week's Photo Contest  


Castillo de San Marcos, in St. Augustine, Florida, was the subject of last week's photograph. Jim Gibson, John Raasch, and John Van Haalen all correctly identified the site.


This week we see some folks headed out for a day on the water. Wonder what they will be barbecuing on the grill? If you know the location, or the menu, send your answer to If not, be consoled that Opening Day is only two months hence!


 Corrected list of winners from the 23 February edition:  Terry Tavelli, Mark Harding, John Van Haalen, Dean Altschuler, and John Raasch


Alex is back!  Make sure you ask him to tell you the tales of cruising the Chilean fjords or Antarctica... in the meantime, here is this week's chess challenge.

The last challenge winners were Lisa Harding and Scott McEniry, with a solution of:
1. Ba6+ Kb8
2. Rd8#


Joe Sulham
Fairhaven Realty

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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