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The clocks rolled back and the activities at the Club ramped up!  There's something on the schedule for everyone so read on and we'll see you at the Club!
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13 Nov  Monica Hayward Fundraiser Dinner
14 Nov  Sail Fleet Banquet
15 Nov  Club Scrub
19 Nov  Winterize Your Boat
21 Nov  Commodore's Ball

Open 5PM Wed - Sat
November Bartenders

8am-4pm  Sun - Sat

 Dragonfly - post pitch-pole

Silver Reef Casino
Harbor Fuel
Hardware Sales
LFS Marine Outdoors
Redden Marine Supply
HUB International, Northwest
Spinnaker Financial Group
Gary Baker - Remax
Dawn Durand - Windermere
Joe Sulham - Fairhaven
Dale Serbousek - Remax
Bellingham Marine Repair

Marine Consultants, Inc., Marine Surveyors and Consultants
Orca Marine Cooling Systems
Pacific Marine Electric
Radar Marine Electronics
Rasmussen Marine Electric
San Juan Electronics
Special-T Signs and Graphics
Squalicum Marine Canvas
TD Curran Apple Specialists
Top-to-Bottom Diving and Marine Services
Tri-County Diesel Marine

West Coast Marine Services
Wilson Motors
Bellhaven Yacht Sales & Charters
Bellingham Yacht & Charters
Bullfrog Boats Inc.
NW Explorations Sales & Charters
San Juan Sailing
November 10-16, 2015

WED: 11 Nov: Grill and bar open at 5; THURS: 12 Nov: Grill and bar opens at 5;  FRI: 13 Nov: Steak Night and Silent Auction;  SAT: 14 Nov: Sailing AwardsSUN: 15 Nov: Club Scrub; MON:  16 Nov: MNF

The Sink the Dinghy campaign kicked off last Friday evening and folks, the first passing of the hat was mighty impressive!!  A $500 match was matched by another $500 match.. and then another and then another!  The total for the night was $2500!!  "Skookum Kids" are doing amazing things in our community and they can use our help!!


Hello BYC!!!  Friday night is the Team Monica fundraiser dinner and silent auction.  We have received some AMAZING auction items, but we still have room for more! Look through this great list and get inspired!!!!  Ideas and donations will be accepted by me up to the very last second, but it would be nice to know earlier than later.

Susan Hempler – Hempler Picnic Basket
Mike Powell – Photo Books
M/M Allsop – Softride bike rack, solar lights
John/Theresa Van  Haalen – Lights
Michele Bodtke – Mustang Float jacket
Judy Kehoe – Quilt (L)
Cathy Franklin -  Day Sail for 8 on SV Chariot (Annapolis 44), includes lunch
Neil Bennett – Paella for 8
Arne and Anna Ahlen - Sailing Cruise/Hiking on Cypress Island
Joan Barnett - Raku ceramic fish wall art
Tim Mumford - Dodger
Margaret Marr - Quilts (S, M)
M/M Welsh - MBT tickets for 2 for shows
Murray Hill - A dinner for 6 at my home, featuring wagyu beef, charcoal grilled in my dining room
Elizabeth Ruff – Massage
Stephanie Burgess – Artwork
Gerri Rae/Steve Kersey – Artwork
Stephanie Childs – Hair color and style
Thomas Childs – Italian Dinner for 6
Dale Nevitt – Family Game Night
Catherine Sickafoose – Custom Watercolor painting
Bob Snowball – Custom woodworking art/Orca watching trip
Mike Werner - Porter Cable Oscillating Multi Tool Kit
Ken & Char Malseed - dinner cruise for 2 on our boat "It's Worth It"
Dan/Arianne Ringler - 9x11 framed image of Roche Harbor, by Friday Harbor photographer Michael Bertrand
Penny & Tom Dalgliesh – The Last Spike board game
Melissa Patterson - 1 1/2 hour private tango lesson and complimentary entrada (admission) to Tango Popolare's monthly Milonga (tango dance)
Two Mustang AirForce Red Life Jackets, manual inflate by pulling handle, perfect condition.
Two Pro Rainier Rain Suits (gently used)
Collection of nautical books

Got the idea??  Contact me with your donation today! 
Neil Bennett, Vice Commodore

Commodore's Ball 

Did you receive your Evite?  Remember, responding “Yes” to the Evite does not complete the process!  You also need to complete the final step which allows you to fill out the Registration Form in order to select your dinner choice and method of payment. 

If you did not complete the Registration Form via the Evite, you can do this by clicking the following link, which will take you directly to the form.


2015 Commodore’s Ball Registration Form


RSVPs are due TODAY! (10 November)

Monica Hayward Steak Night Fundraiser -- November 13

Guarantee your spot at the table and sign up today.
**Monica Update** - Monica had to go in for one more 'small' surgery that ended up being another 6 hours.  This fundraiser will help them immensely, so please be generous!!

Club Scrub - November 15
8 am to Noon

It's time once again for all of us to roll up our sleeves and 'winterize' our club house as well as polish it up in time for the Commodore's Ball.  Bring your favorite tools or just a willing attitude!!  BYC will buy the pizza and beer at the end.

Introduction to Yang 10 Form Tai Chi
When: November 10, 15, 17 & 22 from 5-6:30 PM
Where: BYC Ward Room (downstairs)
Who:  Dirk & Kathy Vermeeren

For the full flyer --
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Another year has almost gone by and Thanksgiving will be upon us shortly. This is always a time for getting together with families and friends and enjoy meals and company with one another. Those tasteful recipes in the BYC cookbook will inspire all to share the bounties from land and sea. Why not pick up a copy of The Gourmet Galley for ideas. It also makes a great gift.
- Alex Marr
Squalicum Harbor Boat Launch to be Temporarily Closed for Improvements
The Squalicum Harbor boat launch will be completely closed to boater use November 16-20 for improvements to the site. The Port of Bellingham will be removing a scour hole at the end of the boat ramp and extending the concrete panels used to launch boats further into Bellingham Bay.
Construction crews will begin mobilizing to the Squalicum boat launch site on November 9. The work is expected to take several weeks to complete and a minimum of one boat launch lane will be open at all times with the exception of full closure November 16-20.
Let's get excited for the Lighted Boat Parade. It's a Charlie Brown Lighted Boat Parade is the theme for this year with special prizes for using the Peanuts in your lights. The festivities begin at 5:30 on Saturday, December 5 as we head for the Ferry Terminal and cruise along the waterfront. We'll finish with home-made soups back at the club for some Holiday Cheer. Details are on the website with more to come, but put on your Holiday caps and let's make 2015 the best parade ever.
-Tim Thompson
Hello Everyone,
Your membership committee has been hard at work, trying to make this "The Year of the Member"...  We know that may sound a little corny, but we believe that it's our job to increase the value each and every one of us, and our families get from the club.  It's a great club, we all know it, we all enjoy it... and we all agree that even this greatness can be improved upon.  To make sure that we are not just reacting or putting our effort towards disparate goals, we have defined our goals, and prioritized our activities, and we are sharing those with you now:
We have only two goals as the membership committee:
  1. To ensure that we have sufficient membership to remain financially viable.
  2. To continually increase the value, enjoyment and feeling of community that our membership enjoys here.
There's only two tasks and we know we can accomplish them given your help, so please keep reading and help us continue to make this club better and better for you and the rest of the membership. 
  • Bring your friends to one of the numerous evening gatherings or events... introduce us
  • If you know of anyone who is thinking of not renewing, talk to them about what they can get out of the club... bring them back into our community
  • When you don't know someone, or see someone sitting alone... introduce yourself
  • If you have an idea that would increase your enjoyment of the club, or think something is missing... inform us
  • If there's a way you think you might be able to help us build our boating community... volunteer with us
We have a lot of ideas, and have prioritized the formation of three groups who will focus their efforts on key areas:
  • "Fair Seas Society"  Acting like a welcome wagon or sunshine committee, this will be a group who will welcome members, and recognize members who may be sick or had a death in the family.
  • "Family Committee"  Under the banner of "Families are members too", this group will insure that the needs of families are met, from movie night Fridays to club access issues.
  • "The Membership Communication group"  We have a ton of things going on, what tends to be the most frustrating thing is to find out that you missed participating because you missed this week's Jibsheet.  This group is working on ways to inform the club of what the club is doing.
There is a suggestion box set up in the Commodore's Room that the Membership committee will go through every meeting.  Please also feel free to contact me (Chris Jacobs) or any member of this committee  with your ideas (Committee members: Susan Hempler, Rick Laursen, Tim Thompson, Sandy Labadie, Nicole Jordan).
We are open to your suggestions, look forward to your input, and together we will achieve our stated goals.
Oh... one more thing...
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY NEEDED!  If event planning is “not your thing”, here is a great alternative way to make an important contribution to the club. With Marian Welsh’s 3rd retirement from the BYC Membership Secretary post, the Club needs a replacement (for real). This fulfilling position usually involves only a few hours per month on your own schedule, with few meetings to attend, and it quickly involves you and has you making new friends.
    The Membership Secretary helps process new membership applications and maintains our member data base, as well as informing the Jibsheet, email, and name tag teams. The Secretary also helps with club mailings and the annual membership renewals, responding to membership information requests. Training is provided as the job is passed along. Contact Marian if you are interested at 
(360-527-2741) for more details.
Thanks everyone,
Chris Jacobs

Here’s the skinny for this week. It’s going to be a busy weekend, so plan now to “come on down” and take part!

WED: Burgers and brats hot off the grill.
THUR: Bar and lounge open at 5.
FRI: Steak Nite at Windows on the Bay with service from the big kitchen! Woo hoo!
SAT: Sail fleet awards nite!
MON: Monday Night Football

See you in the lounge!


Education Corner for this Week

Calling all cruising families! If there is sufficient interest, we would like to organize a family cruise planning event "Cruising With Kids - Beyond the Pool". The idea would be for you to share Salish Sea cruising destinations that might be of particular interest to the younger members of the crew. This family-friendly gathering would most likely be in mid March, but please let me know now if you might be interested in sharing and/or hearing what others have to say.

Winter is right around the corner and the Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron is presenting a seminar on "Winterizing Your Boat" on Thursday November 19 at 6:30 pm next door at the Squalicum Yacht Club. Preregistration is required and the number of seats is limited. See here for more information.
-Marian Welsh


Just a reminder that the year-end Sailing Awards will be Saturday, 14 November!

Bart Maupin

Bellingham Etchells Fleet 16 Awards Party

All Bellingham sailors are welcome to attend the Bellingham Etchells Fleet 16 Fall Meeting, Party & Awards on Thursday December 3rd, from 6 - 9 PM at Past Commodore Knowles' home - 2701 Cornwall Ave.   Come meet the Etchells Fleet, sign up for crew spots, and get information on local Etchells that are for sale.

Pizza and Salad will be provide, please bring  your favorite beverage.

Please RSVP to Fleet Captain Paul Taylor so we know how much food to order.

Another week gone by. 'Round the County was a crazy event this past weekend with high winds on Saturday resulting in a lot of carnage on the water. Aside from blown up kites and other busted gear, I'm sure that all of the crews on the 114 entries had a blast. Except of course for the poor sailors on Dragonfly who pitch-poled and had to be rescued by the crew of Martha. Rumor has it that one sailor had to be airlifted to Harborview in Seattle. Sunday was almost the opposite with light winds at the start and many boats in the faster divisions dropping out because they couldn't get clear of the line in the thirty minute time limit. The wind filled in for the first three divisions and was fine until rounding Davidson Rock where it started to go light. Many boats just couldn't get to the finish before the 6:00 PM deadline.
There has been some confusion about the Club Scrub and when it will be.
Apparently the 14th will not work as there is an event planned that I wasn't aware of. So, I'm thinking if we start early on Sunday the 15th, we may be able to get the place ship-shape before the Seahawks start playing around 1:00 PM. Most of the work is mainly cleaning the place.
Just a reminder that the Steak Night Fundraiser for Monica is this Friday and I believe it will be well attended. A good cause in support of someone that does so much for us at the Club.
Lastly, The Commodore's Ball is coming soon on November 21st. I hope you have made reservations for this event because the time limit for RSVP's is today. So if you have been putting it off for the last minute, now is the time. The reason for the cut-off time is so we can get all the numbers to the caterer in time to prepare for the dinner and appetizers. A big Thank You to all who have registered already. More news and updates next week....

-Commodore Mick
This Week's Photo Contest 

Last week's picture showed part of the machinery created in the 1890's to power the bascule lift mechanism of London's Tower Bridge. The device pictured was a steam engine that pumped water into an accumulator column, where it was held until hydraulic pressure was needed to lift the bridge sections. The hydraulics are now powered by more modern machinery. Terry Tavelli and Jim Gibson identified the exact items, while Jamie Foti and Alex Marr were close.

This week we see a rather unusual boat out for a Saturday morning ride. The boat was designed (and still used) for a different purpose, however. If you know the purpose, send your answer to For extra credit, tell me why so many people were in boats and along the bank on this sunny day.


Can you put Alex in a check mate?
The winners for this week are Richard Veach, Lisa Harding, Scott McEniry and Rob McArdle.

Alex will be away on vacation this weekend. Solution for this week's Chess Challenge should be submitted by Friday noon.

Click HERE to see this issue's chess challenge. Send your solution to Alex Marr at

Click HERE to see an example of solution to a typical chess challenge.


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