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FRIDAY AT FIVE NEXT WEEK, MAY 31: It's Blue Moon Friday@5, and it's a Member Mixer, a "Meet and Greet Fiesta", with Tacos, Margaritas, and Live Music by Joe Young.  It’s hosted by the Marketing Steering, Programs, and Membership Committees. Arribba! Arribba!! 
    New Members, you will not want to miss this very special Fridays@5! Committee Members from the Social, Facilities, Cruising, Youth Sailing and Sail Racing Committees, along with Trustees and Bridge Officers will be available to chat with you informally and answer your questions from 6:00-7:30.
    Of course, Fiesta appetizers and side dishes are welcome! For more info: please contact Kathy Brown at or 970.218.9628 (voice or text).

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THE LAST REMINDER:  IT'S HERE: The BYC Automatic Payment Option (Direct Debit)! We have gotten a good response so far from savvy people who appreciate what a convenience it will be for all, and we strongly encourage everyone to sign up today. If you didn't get the letter, send a note to Click if you missed the prior announcements! --- Mike Welsh, Asst. Treasurer 

DON'T FORGET, IT'S BURGER TIME EVERY WEDNESDAY...  The traditional Burger & Beer for racing nights continues. Patties with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, chip and condiment complements start coming off the grill around 6:00.  (Matt Ouilette, chair, could still use another volunteer or two for future Wednesdays...

DON'T FORGET THE BARTENDERS! For those of us that regularly charge bar tabs to our BYC account, it is easy to forget to pay our paid bartenders tips. We now have the capability to add a tip to your account. Simply ask the bartender to print out the tab for the night. You can add a tip on the tip line and sign, just like you would do if paying with a credit card. Our Paid bartenders rely on tips as part of their income, so don't forget to reward them for good service! --- Mike Welsh

COOKBOOK CONTRIBUTOR REWARD!  You can get a free copy of the historic BYC “Mates Favorites” cookbook by sending just six of your favorite recipes to the cookbook committee!  They’re doing this because they need to have quite a few more recipes submitted in order to bring out the new edition economically.  It’s easy to send in recipes with the online form at Members.BYC.Org. Here is a great flyer prepared by the Committee, or for full details, click here. --- Alex Marr
DO SOMETHING GREAT FOR YOUTH SAILING: They need stuff from your boat cache (or money), an easy way to clean out your boat locker and do some good for our program...and it's deductible.  Here's the info. --- Jonathan Knowles, Fleet Captain

    YOUTH SUMMER 2013 SAILING LESSONS:  Registrations have been coming in at a good pace and we now have 30% of our budgeted sessions sold.  Session 4: Basic Small Boat Sailing is getting close to being sold out!  Make sure that you and your friends and neighbors get your registrations in early to ensure getting the dates you prefer.
    SAILING LESSONS WITH RANGER 26: Dale and Johanna Serbousek were the first participants in this new BYC program.  Sailing conditions Sunday were favorable and a good time was had by all.  There is still one space available for May 25 and June 1 and 4 spaces available June 2.  We will be resuming scheduling lessons after Bob Hollingsworth returns from Europe July 8.  This is a great way to get introduced to and develop skills in keelboat sailing.  We are willing to tailor the program to suit many needs and want to provide opportunities for teenagers as well as adults.  If interested, e-mail me at or call 360-201-9895 --- Arne Ahlen
PORT NOTICE RE MEMORIAL DAY PARKING:  Read it here, it's important...
WANT TO HAVE SOME FUN HELPING OTHERS?  Mike Poulos asks sailboaters to participate in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Sail on Sunday, July 28th.  Details here. Guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart...Thanks to Blackfoot, the first to sign up!
LACONNER CRUISE REPORT: A great start to the season with 11 boats, a motor home, and several people who drove down to enjoy the town and the fun. Friday’s evening dock party was going strong until some precipitation moved it onto Simicas' and Kerseys' boats. Once again, Washington Sips put on a great wine tasting at their main street store. We sampled many of our state’s great wines and they spoiled us with cheese, fruit and meat trays as accompaniment. We filled the back room and and sat on the sunny deck while boats scooted up and down the channel. The Vetters arrived on Saturday and joined in, and Saturday evening Joe Young and Al Callery entertained with guitars and singing on the back of the Young's boat until midnight (the only thing missing was the campfire)!  Sunday morning, Mike Crawford cooked Jane Simica’s award-winning french toast, and the Rieks and the McCardles supplied a huge ham and we all ate well. Most of us left then, but the Rieks and the Simicas decided to stretch it out for one more day. Thanks to all! Carol Young
    This week brought many good things to the BYC. The Friday@5 sponsored by the Cookbook Committee was a hit and very well attended; everyone remembers what it is like having Breakfast for Dinner!  Many recipes showed up and the Committee is well on its way to getting what it needs to publish the BYC Cook Book. Please keep those coming. If you bring a dish to Friday@5 bring the recipe too; there’s a box on the bar that will tell you how to enter your recipes, so get them in!
    The LaConnor cruise went off without a hitch and everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you to our hosts!
    Attention, Attention, there are a few dates that you will want to put on your radar and not miss: May 31 is a Blue Moon Friday@5 and we have a special program in mind for everyone! Joe Young and Laura will be playing at the Meet & Greet Fiesta!  The details are above, so get this on your calendar! This is a BYC club-sponsored celebrating our new Members!
    Friday@5 on June 7, Vice-Commodore Michele Bodtke and her Policy and Planning Committee has planned a Town Hall meeting to share with you their vision of a BYC Club Manager. This is one Town Hall you will not want to miss, giving you a chance to ask questions and define details about the idea. Put this on your calendar so you don’t miss it! If you know that you can’t be there, you can always forward your questions and concerns and I will be glad to present them for you. This is where you need to voice your opinion, as it is your Club!
Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, we have scheduled our All-Clubs Luau. Mark your calendars as this will be an event that will be fun and include all of our Boating friends from our local boating clubs. We will have a Pig Roast at the club on that Saturday, look for the details.
    I am very pleased to let everyone know that we had a huge success in both of our Membership drives. We have had a total of 107 new Members join our club since October of last year! If you see any new Members, please invite them over to your table and get to know these new folks. There are so many wonderful new Members to meet and share stories with! In the next few weeks we will be getting the new Member bags, rosters and cards out to them. This was the most new Members this club has seen in one year in over a decade! Good job to everyone who spent hours and hours of their time to present and welcome all of these new BYC friends. Angie Santosuosso and her Membership Committee and Kathy Brown and her Programs Committee have been busy for over six months helping to make this happen. It has taken many volunteers who care. The BYC is a volunteer club and our Members are really who make it, so Hat’s Off to our wonderful membership…congrats for a job well done!
    See you at the club, pray for sunshine…Fair Winds and Following Seas --- Jody King Erickson
No one identified last week's picture, which was taken from Duval Point Lodge, near Port Hardy, BC.
    This week's picture was taken on Bellingham Bay – just seconds before the start of a race. Can you identify the event, which was hosted by BYC? Please send your answer to

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