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WEEK OF August 21 - August 27, 2012




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This Week We're Open: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Meetings This Week: Sat: Lngs 11am Youth Sailing & BBQ  
Racing this Week:
Tue: Midsummer Dinghy; Wed: Summer Series; Fri: Summer Solstice #5  Fri-Sun: AYC
Non-BYC at the Club:  Sun: CR 3-7PM Reception 
Bartending: To Be Notified
Please thank them for supporting the Club!
Apple Specialists: T D Curran Automobiles: Wilson Motors  Boatyards: Seaview North BoatyardThe Landings @ Colony Wharf  Boat Sales & Charters: Bellhaven Yacht Sales & Charters, Bellingham Yacht Sales & ChartersNW Explorations,  San Juan Sailing & Yachting  Canvas & Upholstery: Squalicum Marine  Casino, Restaurants & Resort: Silver Reef  Catering Services & Facilities: Windows on the Bay Events Commercial Internet & Network Integration: CSS Communications   Communications & Marketing: Integrated Marketing & Media  Electronics: San Juan Electronics  Electrical Repairs & Supplies, Furnaces: Rasmussen Marine Electric  Engine Repairs & Repowering: Tri County Diesel Marine  Floral Designs: Jody King Designs   Hardware: Hardware Sales, Inc.  Insurance, General & Marine: The Unity Group  Lettering: Special-T Striping & Sign  Marine Cooling Systems: Orca Marine  Marine Manufacturing: Blue Sea Systems  Marine Services: Cooper Marine Service, Top to Bottom Inc. Marine Service  Marine Supplies:  LFS Inc., Redden Marine Inc.  Outboards, Stern Drives, Boats & Repairs: West Coast Marine Services  Printing Services: Pacific Rim Printing  Realtors: Gary BakerDawn DurandPhil Dyer,  Chuck McCord   Security Systems & Locksmith: Security Solutions NW  Surveyors: Matthew Harris 

A successful season of summer sailing classes is coming to an end!  The class registrations exceeded 120 this year and I want to thank everyone who helped to spread the word about the program.
We are planning a participant appreciation event on this Saturday, August 25.  It starts at Zuanich Point Park at about 10 AM with an opportunity for youth and their parents to get out sailing in the dinghies (or just watching from shore) and then is followed up with a barbeque at BYC starting at about 2 PM.  

For more information about the event or if you want to volunteer to help out, please contact Megan Link (206-498-8665) or Arne Ahlen (201-9895).  --- Arne Ahlen - Junior Sailing Fleet Captain


The Club has started to provide its charter-company sponsors with courtesy cards for their boating customers as a way to increase our revenues from the bar and lounge.  The project, suggested by a Member and approved by the Board, gives the Club’s supporting advertisers a supply of cards that they, in turn, give to their customers.  The cards introduce the customers and extend to them reciprocal use of the bar during the Club’s regular hours.
 “Several of our sponsors were delighted to begin using the new program”, said Joe Coons, who suggested it.  “This will primarily affect Friday Evening activities, as most of the charterers come to town Friday evening and go out on their rented boats on Saturday morning.”  The charters are from all over the world, he said.  Joe, who works for one of the companies, says that this year he’s seen charterers from Australia, England, Germany, as well as from all the corners of this country.
Another new program encourages local boat brokerages to pay for BYC Memberships for new boat owners, while a third promotion encourages sponsors to entertain their customers at the Club.
For more information, contact Joe Coons at or call (360) 739-1528.


It will be Saturday, November 3, 2012.  Theme " Hot Tropical Nights".  Attire: Tropical Florals and Summer Elegance.  Whatever goes!


It’s at 6PM.  Prizes will be awarded for everything but 1st place!  After the race, social festivities including a “Bring Your Own” open BBQ Grill and shared Potluck sides.  This is this year’s last BYC Summer Solstice Race. --- Jonathan Knowles, Fleet Captain


Another wonderful Buccaneer Cruise is behind us and the ever-exciting PITCH Regatta is coming up soon. What does this mean? Believe it or not, BYC elections are coming in just 4 short weeks! It’s hard to believe that it's time to start thinking of the coming new BYC year, but mark your calendars: 
  • Nominations Night - September 5
  • Meet the Candidates Night - September 12
  • Election Night - September 19
Your Nominations Committee is hard at work looking for a few good people who want to help the club by serving on the Board. But you don't have to wait to be asked. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Commodore Troy Curran or one of the members of the Nominations Committee to learn more:  Marian Welsh (chair)  mimawelsh@gmail.comAl Callery  catspaw@cssnw.netRich Veach  tooweather@comcast.netBob Simica  robesimi@aol.comJack Levine  jacklindasail@gmail.comQuinn Selsor; or Jerry Writer

This is an all-volunteer organization, and we all need to consider serving on the Board.  You'll develop great friendships, you'll help your Club, you can bring your ideas into fruition, and you'll be joining the hundreds of volunteers who, since 1925, have made this the Northwest Corner's pre-eminent boating organization!  ---Marian Welsh


The Race Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the PITCH Regatta, which will be held September 1st and 2nd this year. Experience is not necessary - we will teach you what you need to know. Experienced help would also be very welcome. PITCH is an exciting weekend on the water and in the clubhouse. Come join the fun! If you are interested or have questions please call me or send an email. --- Michele Bodtke, Race Committee Chair
In addition to Race Committee we could also use some volunteer help on our shore crew. Help is needed for registration, clothing sales and general admin details.  If you would like to help with the regatta but would prefer to keep your feet on dry land, contact me at or 360-920-3178 --- Randy Nulle  

Fantastic weather, delicious food, entertaining music and the company of wonderful friends and family were enjoyed by all who attended The 2012 Buccaneer's Cruise this past weekend!  Many thanks to all of the amazing volunteers who pitched in to make this a "pirate party" we'll never forget!
Thursday evening BYC volunteers began arriving early to begin preparation for the Buccaneer Cruise festivities. Tents were set-up by campers along with the start of the raft-up for boaters. Thanks to Dave & Katy Esp for offering the use of their huge dingy to help us transport the supplies from the Straight Jacket to shore.  Dave, you are awesome!  Sunshine and 80 degrees temps warmed our Inati Bay waters to 70 degrees!  There was swimming and frolicking in the bay by many people and their dogs too!  We ended the day by relaxing around the campfire under clear, star-lit skies.  On our nightly trips back and forth from shore to our boats, many of us remarked that the glow of the phosphorescence in the bay was the brightest we'd ever seen!  It was so cool, especially for folks who'd never seen this before!
A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE DEAD PIRATES for their endless hard work over the entire weekend!  The Dead Pirates went the extra mile to make this Buccaneer's Cruise Party such a success!  All of the guys are appreciated so much for everything you do for our club!  Clint Wilkes made many trips to Inati Bay in the weeks prior to the Buccaneer's Cruise to bring supplies and do many other jobs to prepare for the weekend.  Tim Mumford, Terry Tavelli, Bob Kehoe, John Gargett, Mark Santosuosso, Ron Erickson, Jerry Writer, Jason Watson and Troy Curran were just a few of the pirates of special mention to thank!
A special thanks to Clint Wilkes and Shaun Thompson for bringing over a ton of cut firewood for our campfires!  You guys rock!  And Carol Young, we really appreciate all the work you did in getting supplies ready for the party!
Friday we had another incredible day of summer weather while we got everything set-up for the big party the next day.  That evening we had a scrumptious pesto pasta, lasagna, bread, salad & fresh veggies potluck dinner on the beach.  At sunset, Joe Young blessed us with his amazing guitar and voice at the campfire sing-a-long.  Troy & Cori Curran and Shaun Thompson provided us with the outdoor movie, "Captain Ron", which was projected onto a "sail" on the big tent.  It was so awesome to experience sitting outdoors at Inati Bay and watching a movie that felt like going to a drive-in theater!
Saturday morning started out with the awesome cooking of Bob "Cookie" Kehoe, who prepared the best tasting omelets ever for every guest there!  Thanks to Squalicum Marine, Tim Mumford's company for sponsoring the breakfast!
By 10:30am the first shuttle arrived aboard the landing craft of Specialized Marine Transport, owned and operated by Chad & Bob Huntley.  Then they returned 2 hours later with the second group of guests, including the 4 piece band from Seattle.
The Buccaneer's Cruise Party events began with the start of the young Children's Treasure Scavenger Hunt organized by Sue Day.  More than a dozen children 10 and under scurried around searching for scavenger hunt items and each child was rewarded with a Loot Bag of pirate goodies at the end of their hunt.  Thanks Sue, for doing such a great job with this!
The Treasure Hunt for young pirate adventurers 10-17 year olds was designed and organized by Donna Olsen.  Many of these treasure hunters arrived at the treasure buried deep in the rocky and sandy beach at the same time, so all the goodies inside the treasure chest were shared by all of them.  However, it was Diana Haass who was the 1st pirateer to find the treasure.  Great job, Donna, planning such a fun & creative treasure hunt for these kids!  They loved every part of it!
The start of the treasure hunt for "The Lost Treasure of Inati Bay" for the adults, was designed and organized by Jim and Angie Santosuosso and Susan Henderson.  It began with running down both ends of the beach, hiking up the road for 3 more of their clues, climbing inside split boulders, hoofing it way up the trail to "Fern Grotto", then booking it back down to "Old Man Tree" and then to the "Shipwreck Misfortune" at the beach. Finally the treasure was found buried deep beneath a skeleton in the "Inati Bay Cemetery".  Terry Tavelli & Verna Mumford were the skillful and clever hunters who found the treasure under the tombstone of Captain Morgan. 

A special thanks to West Marine & TD Curran for their contributions of gifts for the treasure chest and costume contests.
Following the treasure hunts, everyone was treated to a fabulous island buffet of tritip steak, salmon and chicken grilled up by Bob "Cookie" Kehoe & Ron Erickson amongst other pirate grillers.  All of the delicious fresh crab was caught and cooked up by Tom Day, thanks for sharing this with everybody!  The pasta & coleslaw salads were prepared by Mary Jo Porter, Ginger Thompson, Judy Griffin and the helping hands of many others.  Thank you to Katy Day for making her awesome caesar salad.  Thanks to Jane Simica for cutting up and serving 5 huge watermelons!  For all those who helped with any part of the food prep and clean up, THANK YOU SO MUCH! We appreciate all volunteers help whether done for a small or big job!
There were so many amazing costumes of pirates, wenches and buccaneers this year!  Thanks to "Pirates Cove" (of Long Beach, California) for some of the donations of gifts for the costume contest and treasure chests.  Best Costume prizes were awarded to the following:  Pirate-Clint Wilkes; Wench-Angie Santosuosso;  Pirate Guy-Lane Carpenter;  Pirate Gal-Diana Haass;  Pirate Boy-Fisher Drury;  Pirate Girl-Natalie Haass

We were all treated to a special evening of entertainment by the band, The Seatown Rhythm and Blues Players who traveled from Seattle to perform for us.  Many of us enjoyed boogying down to the incredible talent of these guys who even performed in pirate attire!  It was a real treat for us all!
Last but not least a special mention of thanks to Terry Tavelli, John Gargett and Tom Day who provided last minute transportation of guests to Inati Bay so that, "No guest was left behind"!
Sunday morning we all woke up to an amazing breakfast of blueberry pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs prepared by Bob & Judy Kehoe, Sydney Thompson and Dillon.  Thanks so much for that delicious treat!
This event couldn't have been as great a success without the many hands of each volunteer who pitched in to help.  It is a HUGE JOB of cleaning up and bringing supplies back home.  There were so many of you who helped out with this and Jim and I specifically want to thank each and everyone of you for doing such an incredible and speedy job with the clean-up.  You are AWESOME!!!  --- Angie Santosuosso


Outgoing BYC webmaster Sally Poorman is on her way to West Virginia with her youngest daughter, Abby. One of the perks available to all BYC members is the option of having a personal blog on the BYC website - Sally and Ray last used their blog, during a cruise in 2011. Now it's being re-started to document their landcruise (roadtrip) to get Abby to school in September at Meredith Manor Equestrian Centre (Trivia: Commodore Troy Curran's daughter Amber is currently attending the same school.)

If you'd like to follow their trip, check out the blog at - and if you'd like your own boating blog, contact Sally upon her return in mid-September, and she'll help you set it up before she is officially done with BYC website duties after 7 years service. :)


David New correctly identified last week’s photo as “Looking SE from between Sinclair and Cypress at the Cone Islands with Cypress on the right and Guemes in the background.”

This week’s photo was taken either early in the morning or late in the evening. The best answer will name the person and the island, but partial credit will be given for the body of water. If you think you know, send your answer to

Remember to submit your articles to  Deadline is each Monday noon.

Fair Winds and Following Seas from your JibSheet editors, Joe Coons and Eric Nyberg

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