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By the time you read this, I'll be in Anaheim, CA escaping the cold...well at least for a couple of days.  Thanks to everyone that participated in the Lighted Boat Parade and to everyone that brought in soups to share.  What a great night!
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9 Dec  Steak Night
14 Dec  Town Hall Mtg
15 Dec  Board Meeting
16 Dec  Fridays @ 5
30 Dec  Fridays @ 5

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December 6-12, 2016

TUES:  6 December: Bar and lounge open at 5; WED:  7 December: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Burgers & Brats; THURS: 8 December: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Monica's Mexican;  FRI: 9 December:  Bar and lounge open at 5 - Steak Night;  MON:  12 December:  Monday Night Football


Big picture number 9… number 9…. number 9


I can’t help being a member of my generation that grew up in a special time...for those of you who are of the same time….hum to yourself…’so this is Christmas….’ And remember the spirit of the moment, generation and life of one of the best communicators of the message of the season.
And speaking of the season, Saturday’s Lighted Boat Parade was one of the best in recent memory. Thanks to Brian Pemberton and Northwest Explorations for the great hospitality and exceptional skippering. He and his good spirit are truly a gem of our membership, so please keep them in mind whenever possible.  Thanks also to the great organizational skills of Fleet Captain Scott McEniry and his great team of volunteers. We are in good hands as he progresses through the chairs.
And now, to really get to the season…please take a moment to consider the opportunity to support a local community agency, Engedi Refuge. Paul Meyers has thoroughly researched this very local resource for the victims of sex trafficking in Whatcom County. I spoke at great length with Aaron about his mission and I am very supportive of his monumental effort. To learn more please visit
This season is one of wonder and joy… and stress and friction. My wish for all of us is to master the balance.
Cast no Wake on our Burgee…
Commodore Neil.


Lighted Boat Parade

The 2016 Lighted Boat Parade was a roaring, if soggy, success!!  We had 10 boats bedecked in bright holiday finery rendezvous off of the Ferry Terminal where the parade began at about 6:15.  Two passes were made along the shore to the delight of the surprisingly numerous crowds braving the weather along the waterfront.  The parade finished with a loop through the eastern harbor basin where a full house at the Hearthfire patiently awaited our arrival.  Drenched, cold, and weary, our intrepid parade participants made their way to the Clubhouse for some much appreciated appetizers, soups, and hot toddies.
Christmas cheer prevailed in the club with generous contributions to the Sink-The-Dinghy fundraiser, and the awards were graciously received by this year’s winners:
Best of Parade:  Lavitude, Gordy & Mona
Commodore’s Choice: Tullamore, Scott M.
Community Choice: Serendipty, Steve & Meredith
Novice Award: At Last, DeLayne & Vicki
Charlie Brown Award: Comfortably Numb, Rick L.

A special thanks to Rick Laursen, Steve Ross, and Thomas Childs for serving on the Lighted Boat Parade Committee; Marty Johnson for his amazing appetizers and clam chowder; Jon, Dan, and Terry for keeping the cups and glasses filled; Cathy Franklin and others for coming in early and getting the club so wonderfully decorated; all the other folks who brought soups, desserts, and other food to share; and to you, our amazing members who make this club such a special place to be.
Happy Holidays!
Scott McEniry
Fleet Captain


The "BYC Paraders" definitely sailed into the Holiday Spirit last night!  

The perspective from the leader of the parade, Serendipity, was fascinating and reflected BYC's motto, "It's about friendships, boats and fun-filled experiences!"

Indeed, it was a festive-awe-inspiring evening, despite all of the rain soaked foul weather gear.
VC Jim Gibson
A Second Set of Cooks!
Chef Dick is looking for a second set of helpers for our Steak Nights.  We need... a Grill Master, a Maitre d', and a 'runner'.

A Back-Up Jibsheet Editor
PC Michele is looking for someone (or 2!) to provide back-up when she is out of town and to just learn the system.  It's really not too hard!

If you're interested in helping out, please send a note to  Thank you!!
Are you chairing an event or committee and need some help for a particular event?  Send a note to and I'll put a call-out here!


The Lighted Boat Parade was hugely successful, to say the least! The after-party was a thing to behold, with merry-makers galore crammed into the club  bar and lounge! Needless to say, a good time was had by all. Particular thanks to Scott for organizing things, Marty for doing appetizers, and to Jonathan for tirelessly working the bar, assisted ably by Terry and Dan. Thanks, guys! What a team you all are! 


This week is Steak Nite again on Friday eve. Make your reservation now at the website to ensure you’re on the dinner list for one of those tender and juicy filets, cooked to perfection by our stalwart grill crew led by Chef Dick


Here’s the skinny for this week:


TUE: Bar and lounge open at 5!

WED: Burgers hot off the grill!

THUR: Monica’s Mexican, with the best carne asada north of the border and those tasty bean burritos!

FRI: Steak Nite continues! Come hungry, leave stuffed!

MON next: Monday Nite Football with the Ravens vs the Patriots!

See you in the lounge!

Save The Date: 
General BYC Sail Fleet Meeting  
Jan 11  at 6 PM

Open to Racers, Skippers, Crew and Race Committee
A general BYC Sail Fleet Meeting will be held on Wednesday January 11, from 6-8 PM.  Starting with social/burger hour at 6 PM and then followed with an open forum style meeting at 7 PM.  The agenda will include the 2017 Racing Schedule, BYC Hosted Regatta, Race Committee Changes, 2017 RRS Rules Changes, Seminars & Classes, and an opportunity for everyone to provide input to help improve our Racing Program.  
-PC Jonathan Knowles
30 ft. boat slip available for sub-lease until April 2017. It's located at Gate 9, M/W 54. It's close in and a lee tie. You have to go to the Port of Bellingham dock office to sign up for it.
For any questions, please contact:
Gary Baker

Send photo and description to and it will run in the Jibsheet for 3 editions.
This Week's Photo Contest  


Last week's picture was taken on the Kennet and Avon Canal in southern England. The bridge to the left of the picture is a swing bridge -- canal users have a key to the lock that allows the bridge to be swung open and then locked closed after passage. Meredith Ross, who opened this bridge eight years ago, was the only one who recognized the location. Jamie Foti named a waterway in a nearby country.


This week we get a glimpse of a fortified location. Don't think it was ever taken by force. If you know the location, send your answer to


The solution for last week was
1. Qxf7+ Kxf7
2. Bc4+ Qd5
3. Bxd5#

The winner was Scott McEniry.
Here is the link to this week's challenge.

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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