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A very special thank you to everyone that helped out, supported, and donated their time and dollars to this weekend's Cancer Cup.  Obviously, the Pink Boat Regatta is a special one for me personally, and I was honored to have the Executive Director of the PBR sailing with us.

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3-4 Sept  PITCH

7 Sept -- Nominations Night
14 Sept -- Meet the Candidates
21 Sept -- ELECTIONS
28 Sept -- Installation of Officers

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August 30 - September 5, 2016

TUES:  30 August:  Bar and lounge open at 5; WED:  31 August: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Burgers!; THURS: 1 September: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Monica's Mexican!;  FRI: 2 September: Fridays @ 5 -- Jazz NightSAT:  PITCH;  SUN:  PITCH

I can't believe how quickly autumn is approaching. PITCH is this coming weekend, and the Commodore's Picnic at Inati Bay is the Saturday after that. Combine that with the coming elections this month, and football season getting underway, it's almost overwhelming with all the things going on.
The Nominations Committee have been very busy and I can announce some of the nominees as of this writing. For Fleet Captain, so far we have Scott McEniry; Running for First Year Trustee: John Stockless, Roger Schjelderup, Eric Yaremco, Thomas Childs, Mike Allsop, Jay Bornstein, and Dave Steffen.
At the last board meeting we finally approved the membership of some fine, patient people, who's application got misplaced, Nelson and Jane Bright. I called them personally to welcome them to the club and they were very pleased. I hope they will remain members for a long time.
Also at the meeting, the board approved a slight increase in your annual dues of $6.00. I assume some of you have already received email notices for your dues payment from our bookkeeper. She has been trying to get a lot of her tasks done early before she has her child within the next few weeks. Not to worry too much since the dues aren't needed to be paid until October.
Please be mindful that September is election month and the schedule is very quick this year. Wednesday, Sept. 7 is Nominations Night, Wednesday, Sept. 14 is Meet the Candidates Night, and Wednesday, Sept. 21 is Election Night. Please come to the club on those evenings if you can and get involved.  Wednesday, Sept 28 is the “Swearing in” of the new officers and I will be conducting my last board meeting as your current Commodore on Sept. 29. Until next week....

Friday 16 September
With William

$10 per person charge - No charge for kids under 14.

Come down and join in on a fun night of great jazz music performed by William and his bassist. This will be a night of great music, yummy food and drink specials. Food will be heavy appetizers... with meat and cheese platters along with chicken wings, sandwiches, salads, fruit, veggies and more.

If you are willing to help set up food and clean please email me. It does not take much of your time and it is a great way to help out.  This is a volunteer club, let’s keep making it great!

RSVP your planned attendance would also HELP GREATLY and we will only allow a certain number of non-RSVP to purchase food plates so that the people who do RSVP get food! 

-Susan Hempler 



The Cancer Cup regatta and party was a huge success this past weekend! This coming Labor Day weekend we’re ramping up for PITCH! There is still a need for shoreside and race committee volunteers. so check the website link to Cervis if you might be able to lend a hand.


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 her nearly famous carne asada and those tasty bean burritos!

FRI: Fri @ 5 Jazz Night with heavy appetizers and possibly more! $10 per plate donation!

SAT: PITCH Regatta! Tri Tip dinner at 6 for $10 / plate! 

SUN: PITCH regatta and awards!


See you in the lounge or on the water!




September is right around the corner and for the Club, that means it's election season.  Commodore Mick has put together a Nominations Committee, but they need to know if you're interested in serving!  The BYC prides itself on being a 'volunteer club' and being a Trustee is a great way for you to volunteer and give back to your Club.  Already been a Trustee?  Then please consider running for Fleet Captain -- going 'thru the chairs' is a very rewarding experience.


13th Annual End Of Cruising Season
- POETS COVE 2016 –
Its Time For Reservations To Be Made !!
Every year the Autumn Equinox marks a day of equal light and darkness and the BYC traditional end of our cruising season. This popular and intimate cruise is about our boating friendships and our shared enjoyment of the Salish Sea in one of the nicest locations in the Sea. Poets Cove Resort and Spa is located on South Pender Island, British Columbia and our Cruise Dates are September 23, 24 & 25, 2016.
Cruise Details
Friday September 23 
Your Time – Depart to Poets Cove from where ever you are in the Salish Sea.
1700 – Welcome No Host Dock Party, bring your favorite Salish Sea appetizer.  (Clams, Oysters, Bacon wrapped Halibut, Mussels, Smoked Salmon, Scallops, Pickled Herring ... what is your favorite?)
(Throughout the visit, the great pools and hot tubs at Poets Cove will be used, so don’t forget your bathing suits)
Saturday September 24
1000 – Dock Side Potluck Breakfast.
1100 – Coastal Nature Hike to Gowland Point –or- a hike up Mt. Norman to one of the most beautiful views of the island.
Amateur Photographer Best Picture Contest (back by demand)
1800 – Salish Sea Dinner either prepared by Poets Cove Chef using local catch and Pender Island grown side dish, or we may have a Salish Sea cook-off prepared by members – details to follow.
 (The full service Spa at Poets Cove has been very popular for massages, facials and …)
Sunday the 25
Poets Cove Resort & Spa has a great breakfast buffet where you go on your own schedule before leaving for home.
What You Need To Do
Make your marina reservation and tell them it is for the Bellingham Yacht Club Cruise. (1 250 629 2111 or email
Due to enhanced security regulations you need to make your reservation directly.
Make your Room Reservation  - Poets Cove has very limited rooms and only in the cottages available at a special rate for the Bellingham Yacht Club.  This is a great cruise to bring people who do not have a boat to stay on.  Contact the Front Desk (888) 512-7638 and tell them you are making a reservation for the Bellingham Yacht Club.
Questions?  Call John or Patricia Gargett (360) 656-5700 or via email

Summer is coming to a close and there will be only one more Sunday Pot Luck/Cruise, September 11. (September 4 cancelled). If you would like to join us at 6 pm for a fun social gathering and/or a sunset cruise on Running Bear, our 36 ft.1965 wooden classic cruiser, please e-mail me at

Judy Harding

The first ever Cancer Cup Regatta, a joint Leukemia Cup and Pink Boat Regatta effort, was a HUGE success!

THANK YOU BYC, CYC/B and AYC  members, family and friends for your great participation, support, willingness to try something new and crazy, not to mention going out on Bellingham Bay during 20+ knots of wind for a 'fun' race. The race and party could not have happened without the efforts of many generous and kind people including Linda Levine, Lisa McCardle, Lurinda Ford Gibson, Sue Stewart, Kevin Schwitter, Parker Graham, Steve Hayward, Dick Labadie and Commodore Mick Corcoran; and, last but not least, to PC Steve and Meredith Ross for bouncing at anchor, while serving as Committee Boat.
 Businesses that support our club are essential to our operation.  Likewise, we are pleased to recognize and thank the sponsors of the Cancer Cup Regatta,  including SSC, Boundary Bay, HUB Insurance, West Marine, Kulshan Brewing, BAC, and the Port.
The regatta raised money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  The accounting is still underway but it was VERY SUCCESSFUL.  The bond between survivors and their fans grew stronger, and the community of support expanded exponentially. LCR results will be posted on the BYC website, and individual Pink Boat Regatta results can be found at  However four very special awards need to be noted: Blackfoot (Kathy Holland) was awarded the 'Pinkest Boat' award, Salsa (Gail Gislason)  won the 'Most Buoys Overall', Garufa (PC Michele Bennett) the 'Most Total Buoys - Female Skipper' and Stephanie Schwenk the 'Spirit of Regatta' award. Finally, the first ever winner of the OVERALL CANCER CUP was Jeff Vernon and crew on Cougar Hunter for their ferocious effort in tearing around the race course in 'so much fun' conditions.

Congratulations Leukemia and Pink Boat sailors, participants and supporters!!

Neil & Jim



The big PITCH regatta is this weekend!

The shore crew is pretty well set but we still need a few more people on the water this weekend to help on Race Committee.


Please let me know if you will be around this Labor Day weekend and would like to help out for either Saturday or Sunday.



Randy Nulle





Our PITCH race officer, John Pedlow, has arranged for a wonderful opportunity for BYC members to learn how to be a race officer and run sailboat races.


BYC is hosting a USSA One Day Race Management Seminar on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 0900-1700 at BYC.  This is a great chance for you to get current on race management and get certified as a Club Race Officer by US Sailing.  

Jeff Zarwell from SFYC and John will be co-instructing the course.  At the end of the day, you will be able to take an online exam and get certified.  

The cost of the seminar is $50, which includes all seminar materials, lunch and the online exam.


Registration is available now at


Sign up if you are interested in increasing your contribution to race committee!
-Randy Nulle


September 3 & 4 – BYC P.I.T.C.H Regatta
September 10 – BYC Commodore Cup Race to Inati Bay
September 17 & 18 – BYC Dale Jepsen One Design Regatta


1979 32' Islander sailboat we need to part with as we do not have time to sail her. She has been with us for 19 years and lovingly cared for. She has under 500 hours on her new Yanmar 30 hp engine. Spotlight Gal is a classic sailboat with beautiful lines. We get lots of compliments on her.


We are asking $42,000. Please give us a call at 707-245-7490
Judy and Bill Griffin

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click here - here - or here!

Half-share in a 22' Seasport, kept locally at Hilton Harbor Marina.  1991 with a recently rebuilt Chevy 305 with less than 100 hours.  New kicker and GPS/FF.  See Craigslist ad at: for more details.  Email Bill Colgrove at



This Week's Photo Contest  


Last week's photo was taken on the Yangtze River in China, upstream of the Three Gorges Dam. Meredith Ross and Jamie Foti correctly identified the location, while Mark Harding, Dean Altschuler, and Lisa Megard named other Oriental locations.


This week we see a vessel that you only want to meet under positive circumstances. (None of the people in the picture were responsible for the vessel's visit.) If you know the location, send your answer to


Alex is doing a blue-water delivery from Hawaii -- look for more chess challenges once he's back on the Mainland!

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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