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APRIL 1 - APRIL 7, 2014

YOUTH SAILING AUCTION RESCHEDULED: The Youth Sailing Auction has been postponed to Saturday April 26 at 5:00 p.m.  Get all the fabulous details for this great event here.
NEW ROSTER PAGES ARE BEING PRINTED: Pages 23 in the Members section and 7-10 in the photo section will be at the Club for you to pick up later this week.  Sorry for the error; thanks to those oif you answering last week's survey.
THIS WEEK'S FRIDAY@5: The Anacortes Yacht Club is coming to town as part of their 2014 shakedown cruise. They'll be in this club Friday April 4th for an evening of camaraderie. We will be having a special wine tasting that night to compliment the usual appetizers (the recent wine tasting event was such a success we’re planning another!) This time the event will be in conjunction with our Friiday@5, and will be "co-tasted" with the AYC. Plans include a tasting competition with AYC and BYC teams. (The grill will also be open for your use. So bring your favorite starter, something for the grill, and join me in welcoming the AYC and the cruising season.) --- Commodore Michele
THE NEXT EDUCATION PROGRAM is April 16, Wednesday.  We'll have a group of the best pros around to answer all your boat-Maintenance questions in every category...

SCHOONER ZODIAC CRUISE -- Please join us on the windjammer Zodiac on Saturday, April 19, for a cruise out in Bellingham Bay.  The proceeds from this event will be used to upgrade the dinghy fleet for the not-for-profit Youth Sailing Lesson Program.  What a great way to spend a day with family and friends and support Youth Sailing!!  Go to for more information and to sign up for this event.

TUESDAY APRIL 22, from 6-9 pm, Washington Divers are hosting a Community Education Seminar at the BYC about Sea Star Wasting Syndrome, which is happening all along our coastline and affects boaters and divers alike, as well as anyone who is concerned about the coastal environment. A professor at WWU just got a grant to study this and find out why it is happening. The seminar will be held in the (NEW!) Ward Room and will be free and open to the public. More details here.

NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED BY OUR BOARD! Welcome to Susan West & Thom Ludwig, Jeff Vernon & Farzana Wafai, and Joe Macari, an addition to Tana Chung's membership!  We'll have more about them in our next issue...

MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES BEGIN APRIL 26! We will be running a membership special during the week of April 26 through May 3, featuring a 50% discounted initiation fee! Invite your friends to join as we launch into another boating season. (Fine print: To get the discount, applications must come in during that week only, accompanied by the payment, a check, completed ACH form, or credit card payment at the bar only. Active membership is $355 and Non-resident is $295.)
    Bring your friends and guests to stop by the club that week to have a look around and meet us; we'll open Monday & Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, and our regular hours Wednesday-Saturday! 
SWINOMISH CHANNEL TO BE DREDGED THIS FALL! There is more info via Passagemaker Magazine here.
NEW PUMPOUT STATIONS have been installed by the State at Quartermaster Marina and the Gig Harbor Maritime Pier...
Don’t forget, the bar is open Wednesday thru Saturday from 5 to 9 or so, later on demand, so be sure to stop on by for a thirst-quenching libation and visit with friends. This week (again) we’ll have Burgers & Brats on Wednesday from 5 to 7, and Monica will do chimichunga plates again on Thursday – spell that YUM! See you there! --- Steve Hayward

THE NEXT CRUISE IS APRIL 11-13: We are going to Roche Harbor! There are fun, exciting and relaxing activities planned: Docktail Happy Hour, Karaoke Night, Bocce Ball Tournament, Boating Challenge, Ladies Spa Getaway, Saturday BBQ and Sunday morning Brunch.
   Once again, we have reserved the party barge for all our group activities.  Come join us in the quaint setting of Roche Harbor, known to be one of the most scenic harbors in the San Juan Islands.
    During our Roche Harbor Cruise, the spa will be open from 10 am – 6 pm.  They offer nail services, facials, body treatment and massage.  All services (you can see them here) include use of the steam rooms and relaxation lounge!  The spa recommends booking services in advance by calling the spa 360.378.9888, (they do not have online booking).  They will offer $10 off any regularly priced spa service and they also post daily specials at the spa.
    Meanwhile, the Roche Harbor harbormaster prefers that we send in our slip reservations as a group.  If you are planning on coming, please send me the following information on your boat and I will submit all our requests: Your name, Boat name, Length overall (LOA), Beam, preferred side tie and your arrival date.
    Let's go cruising!  --- Angie Santosuosso, BYC Cruise Chair
DISTANCE CRUISE TO DESOLATION SOUND! We have hosts for the Desolation Sound Cruise in September,Richard & Leona Hanset. "Rich & Lee", are non-resident members from California and spend their summers up here cruising the San Juans and Gulf Islands.  They have been on numerous trips to Desolation Sound and have extensive cruising experience in leading and cruise hosting & planning.  
    Rich has a tentative plan for this cruise which has been extended to 16 days. It includes stops at: Secret Cove, Squirrel Cove, Prideaux Haven, Big Bay, Cordero Lodge, Blind Bay, Campbell River, Comox, Nanaimo, Telegraph Harbor and Todd Inlet (Butchart Gardens).  Rich and Lee have previously visited  all of the venues/ports on the suggested route several times.  The proposed dates of the cruise are September 14th-29th.  Jim & I are going to be the co-hosts for this cruise and this will be our first trip to Desolation Sound, so we're excited to have you join us. 
    Please let us know now your interest in attending this distance cruise so we can begin to plan for the cruise more extensively! Send me an email if you are even remotely interested, so that you can be included in the design of what is sure to be an amazing cruise! Angie Santosuosso
Wednesday racing starts this week!  Register online and we'll see you on the water at 6pm!  Join is in the club afterwards for burgers and results!  --- Bart Maupin
Our boating season is upon us, and believe it or not, Opening Day is just a month away. This year's theme is The Land of Oz. The festivities start at 10:30 with the members only (and their guests) reception; blessing of the fleet starts at Noon; boat parade at 1:30 followed by the Pirate BBQ and music in the lounge.
    It's shaping up to be a fantastic summer on the water and in the clubhouse. 
    Let me repeat: Many thanks to Mike Allsop and all the volunteers who have helped with the remodel, and thank you to our Board of Trustees and Bridge for all their work. ---- Serving you from the Helm, Michele Bodtke, Commodore

Last week's picture was taken at Paradise Cove, with a view of Deadman's Reef near Freeport, The Bahamas. Jim Gibson identified the exact location, while Dean Altschuler, John Raasch, Phil Dyer, Mark Harding, and Terry Tavelli were all in the right country. (Maybe the beer gave it away -- Strongback is a tasty stout brewed in Freeport.)
    Last week's list of winners overlooked Joe Bartlett, my apologies, Joe!
    This week's picture is of a quaint beachside establishment. If you know the location, send your answer
   Jib Sheet Editor this week is Joe Coons
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