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FRIDAY AT FIVE THIS WEEK: This is an "off-week" Friday@5, so it's casual. Bring something to share* and come on down and socialize with other BYC-ers! * When we say this, it's voluntary!  Don't skip coming if you can't bring something this time, just come --- there's no way your work or schedule always permits contributing to our socials!
NEXT WEEK: Friday@5 on March 21st will be sponsored by Evan Walker and friends. Come join Evan and the rest of the membership for a St. Patty's day theme F@5. Stay tuned for further information.
IMPORTANT FOR CRUISERS: The first cruise of 2014 is this weekend, and you should be signed up!  If you're coming by boat, you know the schedule; if driving, here's what's happening: Friday @ 5pm: "Happy Hour"; Saturday Morning: Boating Challenge arranged by our Fleet Captain Neil Bennett; Saturday Afternoon: Stroll along Washington Park, walk into town for shopping or visit one of the local breweries or restaurants for lunch; Saturday @ 5pm: Chowder Cook Off Supper (see cook-off rules below) on the party barge, and please bring a salad, bread/rolls or a dessert to go along with the chowder supper; Saturday Night: Relax on your boat or come into town for fun; Sunday Brunch @ 9am: Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs & Sausage provided.  Please bring anything else you'd like to share like Mimosas, juice or a thermos of hot coffee or tea.
    If you have any questions, or if you want to register as a Member driving to the event, please contact Angie Santosuosso Cruise Chairman 360-319-7863 (voice or text message)
    Chowder Cook Off Rules: The Chowder Cook Off will be held between 5-6:30pm; Chowder can be of the seafood, meat or vegetarian variety; All participants must make at least 2 quarts of chowder for judging & sampling purposes; Bring your chowder in a Crockpot to keep hot, electricity will be provided; Please bring your own soup ladle; Bowls and spoons will be provided; Please place the name of your chowder on a 1/2 sheet of paper; Don't put your name on the chowder --- keeping it anonymous is more fun!  Prize awarded for the Crowd Favorite at 6:30 p.m.
THE SAD SHELTER BAY FIRE: Odds are that this was yet another Shore Power Connector-caused fire! That's why I've made "This Week's Link" to the left and here about the SmartPlug.  It is so much better than our old Twist-Locks in our salt environment.  Click this link and watch the videos, then spend the money: $200 for protection is way better than many thousands of fire loss for your boat! Pacific Marine, Rasmussen's, Tri-County, LFS and others can help you get them and/or install them. --- Joe Coons
THE EDITOR GREMLIN STRIKES AGAIN! I opened my own copy of the new BYC Roster and discovered a typo right away: The first line of the Policies section should have the date corrected to 2014, not 2013! Who edits it, anyway?  --- Joe Coons
SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR CRUISING SEMINAR:  On Saturday, March 8th at 6pm, you are invited to come to a presentation of all the cruises planned for 2014.  We'll have information on the following cruise destinations: Roche Harbor-April 11-13; Fishermen's Bay-Lopez Island-Memorial Day Weekend May 23-26; Deer Harbor-Orcas Island-June 6-8; Inati Bay-Around Lummi Race Summer Solstice Party Cruise- June 20-22; Garrison Bay 4th of July Raft Up-July 3-6; Sucia Island (Echo Bay)-Family Luau-July 11-13; Rosario Resort-Orcas Island-Past Commodore Cruise-July 18-20; Inati Bay-Commodore's Cruise-August 1-2; Buccaneer's Cruise-Inati Bay-August 22-24; Desolation Sound/Gulf Islands-September 19-29; 
    This is a great opportunity to learn about our cruising website, how to sign-up for the cruises you'd like to attend and how you can co-host a cruise with your friends or with new friends!
We'll be serving a variety of pizzas and salads for your enjoyment for $10 per person. --- Angie Santosuosso 
THIRD ANNUAL TIE ONE ON: Come on down to the club Friday, March 14 at 6 p.m. for a fun evening of lines and wine! Learn to tie a few knots, taste some wine, have some laughs, make some new friends. Already know all the knots? Then it's a good time to brush up or share your knowledge. Not a boater? Not a problem! When your new friends at the Club invite you for that long-awaited boat ride, you'll be able to impress the skipper with a perfect cleat hitch! There will be a $10 tasting fee, payable at the event. Sponsored by the Education Committee.
BYC YOUTH SAILING PROGRAM FUNDRAISER  The BYC Youth Sailing Program, which has provided sailing instruction to 85 to 100 local students per year, ages 8 – 12, over the last five years will be hosting a Steak Dinner and Silent Auction on Sunday, April 6, 2014 (put it on your calendar now!)  The proceeds of this Dinner and Auction will be used for upgrades to the 18-foot inflatable Safety Boat, affectionately known as ‘Prime Rib’. Please join us for an evening of Food, Fun and Auction excitement. Donations are being solicited from BYC members, local businesses, artists, musicians and more. This event is open to members and non-member guests who will be able to enjoy all of the amenities of your Club.  This will also be an opportunity for non-members to view the extensive renovations that have been made to the downstairs Youth Lounge area. Tickets are $35.00 and will be sold on the website soon. The exciting details --- and the fabulous prizes --- are listed here, as are the contacts for info and donations. --- The Junior Sailing Leadership
SLIP AVAILABLE: 50ft slip to sublet through the summer.  Contact Terry Robertson (360) 510-2083
DON'T FORGET THE OPEN HOUSE MEMBERSHIP DRIVE AND WARD ROOM REMODELING CELEBRATION on Saturday, April 26th. Many volunteers will be needed the day of the event. If you are interested and can help, please contact Donna Olsen at

We’re continuing with upgrades at the bar, both in service and offerings (I guess those really are related!) If you have visited the club lately, you probably noticed the new barware. We have new short and tall drink serving glasses plus pints and schooners for beer, and new stemless wine glasses. All are etched with our club logo, and are, in the words of one patron, “really elegant!” (The stemless wine glassware works way better in our bar washers, too.) Thanks to Commodore Michele for making this happen. 
    Beginning this week, in response to member requests, we will be offering two options for wine service by the glass: We’ve “upsized” the standard “pour” to a full six ounces and, in addition, you can now also order a nine-ounce glass of wine.
    SCOTCH ALE IS BACK! Thinking ahead to spring (although you wouldn’t know it today, what with all the snow piled up) the tap service now includes No-LI Crystal Bitters and the always popular Boundary Bay Scotch Ale. I don’t need to tell you about that, it’s been a standard at the club for eons. If you’re less familiar with No-Li, try it: it’s an English Bitter style beer brewed by the No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane. No-Li is short for Northern Lights, and their brews feature key ingredients from here in the Northwest. No-Li Crystal Bitter took a gold medal, in fact, at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. 
    We’ve also introduced hard apple cider at the bar, available in 12-oz. bottles. These brews have become very popular lately, and with good reason. They’re light and refreshing, with a lingering aftertaste of (what else?) Washington apples! Check them out! 
    See you at the bar!  --- Steve Hayward
THE NEXT CRUISE AFTER ANACORTES is April 11-13. (see story above). If you can’t figure out how to locate the schedule on the website, or you don’t know where some of these places are, or you just want to learn more about how much fun cruising with the BYC can be, join us Sat. March 8 at 6:00 PM for a cruising presentation by Angie and Neil…and maybe a couple of guest lecturers to boot.
    I suppose it's appropriate that we have a few days of wintry white every season. Fortunately it doesn't stay around for months at a time like it does in the mid-west. So I hope you enjoyed the beautiful white blanket, with a warm drink and a cozy fire. 
    I hope to see you this weekend in Anacortes for our first cruise. Weather will be balmy - pushing 50 degrees. Come by boat or by car, and bring your awarded winning chowder for Saturday night. 
    The general membership meeting on March 5th has been canceled. Attendance was pretty low at the last meeting, so I'm going to try something different in March. Please stay tuned for further information. 
    Hope to see you this weekend at the club!  ---- Serving you from the Helm, Michele Bodtke, Commodore

Last week's photo was of a Gulet (style of sailing vessel) moored in Bodrum, Turkey. Although no one identified the specific port, John Raasch, Marty Haines, Al Callery, and Darlene Wagner were all close.
    This week we are on a scenic river. If you know the location, send your answer to

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