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WEEK OF MARCH 1-7, 2011

  • Friday at Five this Week
  • Club Open House & Dance Sceduled
  • Results of Town Meeting Now Here & On Line
  • Heart of Sailing Meeting this Week
  • Racing Programs Described
  • Our Commodore's Column
  • Volunteer Bartenders' Meeting Coming Up
  • Race Committee Volunteers Needed
  • Reminder for Past Commodores

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   Bar* |  Main Floor Lounges   | Main Flr Comm Rm  |  Ward Room    | Bartenders
Tu: No  |                       |                   | 7-9Power Squad|
We: No  |                       | 6-8PM Power Squad |               |
Th: 5-9 | Cribbage&Cards        | 530 Hrt of Sailing|               | Sam (Pd)
Fr: 5-??| Friday at Five        |                   |               | Sam (Pd)
Sa: 5-8 |                       |                   |               | Langei's
Su: No  |                       |                   |               |
Mo: No  |          
             |                   |                          |
     * The Bar, when open, is ALWAYS open to all Members!

Sponsors: Wilson Motors | Bellingham Yacht Sales & Charters | Northwest Explorations


Our "Don" of Fridays at Five, Steve Moore, advises that there is a F@5 this week --- it's the first Friday of the Month --- and it's hosted with great food from Mark & Angie Santosuosso, Jim & Sterling Langei, and Jan Geleynse.  Sam the Man will be at the bar and it will be a great time to escape work, the kids (or bring them along), the rain, the snow, and the cold, and you'll be surrounded by warm friends and camaraderie.  Our BYC is a great interlude in our busy lives!  Here's Steve's flyer...

Sponsors: San Juan Sailing & Yachting |  Mike McGlenn, Surveyor  |  Phil Dyer, Realtor

The Board has scheduled a Club Open House for April 9 --- Put it on your calendars now! --- and Gary Baker has been named chair for the event.  Designed to attract new members to our Club, the day's events and personnel are now being lined up.  Gary needs volunteers who can meet and greet visitors, possibly lead seminars about various BYC activities such as sailing, junior activities, cruising, etc.  Call him at 441-5683 or email He needs your ideas and help and we can always use new members!  The Port of Bellingham is holding their Charterfest the same day, so the turnout should be good...

Sponsors: Squalicum Marine  Rasmussen Marine Electric  | Tri County Diesel Marine


April 9 is also the night for a Spring Dance sponsored by our Social Committee.  Set aside the event with your partner for fun (and romance?).  More details are coming soon, stay tuned...

Sponsors: San Juan Electronics | Earl Danglemaier | Top to Bottom Inc. Marine Service


This repeat event in the summer is your chance to do something wonderful for folks with disabilities...Call Sarah Tario at 650-1028 or email her at


Last week the report compiled by Commodore Michele got "lost in the ether", but now it's been found.  In it you'll find all the things that were discussed at the "Town Hall Meeting" for Members on February 18.  Just click here.

Sponsors: Special-T Striping & Sign | Chuck McCord, Realtor | West Coast Marine Services


To Ski?  Or to Sail?

This time of year is always conflicting when it comes to outdoor activities.  The snow dusting my driveway tells me I should be heading to the mountains, yet the calendar is telling me to find all that cold-weather sailing gear and get ready for the start of racing season.  Are you in this quandary too?  CYC Seattle’s Center Sound Series begins on Saturday and a few of us ‘hamsters will be heading down to crew onboard new club member David MacLean’s Illusionist.  Wish us luck!

Winter weather put a bit of a damper on the attendance at Sunday’s Champagne Social, but it certainly didn’t damper the spirits of the folks that came!  Special thanks to Missy Steffen and Jane Sylvester for putting together a beautiful and delicious brunch.  And thanks too to PC John Gargett for tending to the bar duties.

And finally, after much stressing and deliberation, an Opening Day theme has been decided upon.  Please start preparing for the Days of Swashbucklers, Scallywags, and Scurvy Dogs! 

As always, if you have any comments, questions or ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact me or anyone on the Board.

At your service,
Commodore Michele

Sponsors: LFS Inc. | Gary Baker Realtor | Matthew Harris Surveyor | Hardware Sales, Inc.


John Van Haalen has scheduled a meeting of all our volunteer bartenders for Monday, March 15, at 6PM.  On the agenda are issues such as schedules and questions about insurance, etc.  Please come if you've been a volunteer bartender or have thought of being one!  We need your continued participation in this important BYC support activity.

Sponsors: Dawn Durand Realtor  |  The Landings @ Colony Wharf  Seaview North

We invite all BYC members who own a Laser to participate in Tuesday Night Dinghy Racing starting in May.  We know that there are some new members with Lasers - please join us in some great racing.  Racing starts at 6.00 pm and continues for up to 2 hours. The race fees for the season are $80 for adults, $40 for Juniors.   We would also like to remind you that we have storage available for Lasers at the Laser dock.  Storage rates are $90 per year for Juniors, $180 for adult BYC members, and $360 for non-members.
The Tuesday Night racing and the Laser fleet communicates through the Yahoo Group   Any questions please contact me at:    Please help us plan by letting me know if you'll be participating.  Thanks!
...Lily Grimshaw - Laser Fleet Captain


I have volunteered (I am not sure why!) to coordinate the needs of Tuesday Night (TN) and Wednesday Night (WN) racing in relation to the RC boats, mark boats and those who are needed to operate the boats and manage the races.
As background many of the volunteers who managed TN and WN racing over the past few years will not be available this year, and the Club is therefore looking for new volunteers to participate and be trained to operate the mark boats and set the course marks, and to manage the races from the Race Committee boats.  None of this work needs great technical skills, rather common sense and the ability to learn a few rudimentary skills involving wind speed and direction, use of a compass and GPS, some judgement on course length and time, and the ability to come to a decision.  Those involved with race management find it challenging and fun, and as a supplementary benefit it provides an inducement to improve ones own sailing skills and perhaps even participation in racing at a future date.  
Tuesday night racing is for dinghy racers. Last year  we had fleets of Optis, Bytes and Lasers. This year we will have Optis (5), Lasers (10), and following the recent Board decision a fleet of double handed Flying Juniors (7) so it should be really fun. Tuesday night racing is relatively straight forward.  Moonshadow and Jamoca are the RC boats, and we have Terry Tavelli and Joe Warren as mark boat operators (we could do with a couple of people to work with Terry and Joe).  We need three to four RC members. Joe Bartlet and Dick Grimshaw are the Principal Race Officers for Tuesdays, but we need more volunteers to help.  We would like to train some of the volunteers to become Race Officers.  Last year Pam and Bill Heward and Don Jorgensen did a very commendable job as members of the Tuesday Night Race Committee.  We will also need volunteers to operate the RIB (safety boat) when we have young sailors on the course.  In summary to cover times when people are not available for Tuesday Night Racing we need two to three more volunteers for the mark boat, two for the safety boat (Steve Kersey?) and four to six for the Race Committee.   Hopefully some of these will be parents of junior or high school sailors.  
Wednesday night racing is for Etchells (one class keel boat +/- 10) and PHRF handicapped keel boats (+/- 15).  Bob Snowball will kindly provide his boat as RC boat.  We need a reliable backup RC boat for when he is away.  In addition we need to identify Principal Race Officers (at least two) and RC members - four to six.  I understand that Mike Poulos, Randy Nulle, and Steve Hayward may be available occasionally as RO.  I have no idea who might operate the mark boat (Don Jorgensen?).  In summary we need a back up RC boat, three to four mark boat volunteers, two ROs, and up to six RC members.
Organization.   Once we have a list of volunteers we will attempt to establish a roster.  If someone is unable to meet his/her commitment we will look for a substitute.  I intend to establish a BYC-RC yahoo group so that none of the volunteers are kept out of the loop.
Note: mark boat drivers will receive special training in boat operation, mark setting, GPS use and boat daily maintenance.  They should also meet state requirements with regard to a boating license if they are in the relevant age bracket. Race Committee staff will be trained on the job by competent PROs
I would be grateful if you could either consider volunteering for these tasks or help identify people who might be interested in getting involved.  Please complete the form below, or forward this message to potential volunteers and have them email email me.  Note volunteers need not be BYC members.  
Please return the form to or email me at:  Please type "BYC RACE COMMITTEE" in email "subject" box.
I would appreciate an early response...thank you all!...Dick Grimshaw


The PC's are meeting on Tuesday, March 15, at the Club.  Cocktails are at 5:30, Dinner at 6:00; if you haven't notified P.C.'s Secretary Karen Callery, please click here to send her your RSVP, even if you're not coming.  THANKS!

SPRING IS COMING: COUNT ON IT!  Remember to submit your articles to  Deadline is Monday noon.

Fair Winds and Following Seas from your JibSheet editors: Kathy Brown, Joe Coons, and Jim Langei.

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