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Our Seahawks are either nursing their injuries or packing up their golf clubs and heading for warmer climes... but, like a lot of other fans, I'm already looking forward to next year and our potential for a tremendous season.
Be sure to read about this week's Fridays @ 5 and I hope to see everyone there!

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19 Jan  Board Meeting
20 Jan  Fridays @ 5
3 Feb  Fridays @ 5
10 Feb  Steak Night
17 Feb  Fridays @ 5

Open 5PM Tues - Friday



Mon - Tues      9am to 3pm
Wed                  Closed
Thurs - Fri        9am to 3pm
Sat & Sun        9am to 4pm
Back to seven days a week operations beginning 20 February 2017


Man fined for laser strike on a ferry captain


Harbor  Marine Fuel
Hardware Sales
LFS Marine Outdoors
Redden Marine Supply
HUB International, Northwest
Spinnaker Financial Group
Gary Baker - Remax
Dawn Durand - Windermere
Erinn Nobel - exp Realty
Joe Sulham - Fairhaven
Dale Serbousek - Remax
Bellingham Marine Repair
City Mac
Marine Consultants, Inc., Marine Surveyors and Consultants
Orca Marine Cooling Systems
Pacific Marine Electric
Radar Marine Electronics
Rasmussen Marine Electric
San Juan Electronics
Special-T Signs and Graphics
Squalicum Marine Canvas
Top-to-Bottom Diving and Marine Services
Tri-County Diesel Marine
West Coast Marine Services
Wilson Motors
Bellhaven Yacht Sales & Charters
Bellingham Yacht & Charters
Bullfrog Boats Inc.
NW Explorations Sales & Charters
San Juan Sailing
January 17-23, 2017

TUES:  17 Jan: Jam Session; WED:  18 Jan: Panini Night; THURS: 19 Jan: Monica's Mexican; FRI: 20 Jan:  Fridays @ 5

Big Picture Number 14
Namaskar…I recognize and salute the goodness in all of you, and ask that you share with me this spiritual ritual. We are on the threshold of a journey of four to eight years into uncharted waters. In my professional and personal life, I make an effort to remain balanced... to walk in another’s shoes, and to maintain reason and perspective in all events and occasions. I may slip (I may even fall), but my effort will remain centered. I made a New Year’s resolution that I would smile and wave at all passing power boats this summer; I now make an allegorical commitment to imagine that those with whom I don’t share political beliefs will also be blessed with this same greeting; I will be confident that I can navigate their wake and possibly their exhaust, and that if we end up at the same anchorage... that we will share the sunset and perhaps an adult beverage (and hope that our anchor lines don’t become twisted).
So, the Seahawks have flown off to their eyry to preen their ruffled feathers, which leaves us saddened and with a whole bunch more free time. And, if the reports of Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto’s efforts are correct, we could be in for a great baseball ride…can you say ALL.THE.WAY!!!?
And, if it’s Fanfest time, then it’s Boat Show Bus time. Fleet Captain Scott McEniry is working like crazy, along with new member Mike, to pull a last minute Boat Show Bus event out of the ol’ rabbit hat. Keep tuned for last minute updates!
This is Board Meeting week and I still need to create the agenda, so will cut this short.
Please, go with peace in life as on the water,
Cast No Wake Upon Our Burgee,
Commodore Neil
Friday - January 20
Crockpot Soup Potluck

Put together your favorite crockpot concoction and bring it down to the Club on Friday!

Bill Colgrove is assuming the post of Reciprocal Chair this year, following Alex Marr, who has been handling these duties for several years. Thank you Alex for your service to the club!

As we’re starting a new year, we invite all members to review our current reciprocal club list on the BYC website and provide the names of any clubs you’re interested in seeing added.  Please email your requests to Bill at, and he will contact the clubs regarding a potential agreement.  Whether arriving by boat, in which case reciprocal moorage can often be used, or by land, it can be a lot of fun to visit other clubs to see their facilities, meet their members, and partake of typically quite reasonably priced food and beverages. 

Editor's Note: Neil and I have flashed our BYC cards at such places as the Waikiki Yacht Club and the San Diego Yacht Club and have been warmly welcomed and enjoyed some wonderful hospitality.  Don't think you have to arrive by boat!


”Get on the BYC Bus!”

The Boat Show, the Boat Show, the Big Seattle Boat Show…2017!
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017!
  • Bus leaves BYC at 8:30am and returns at 7:30pm.
  • Price is $30 per person ($10 less than last year!)
  • Enjoy Delicious Libations, and Beverages, down and back with fellow BYC members!
  • Tickets to both shows are included!
  • Avoid the traffic, parking and the hassle!
There are a limited number of seats available so SIGN UP NOW to reserve your seat.  We will open up registration to other boaters Jan 23, 2017 in order to fill the bus!
Sign up on the BYC website…
BYC.Org!!  Hope to see you all there!
Don’t Delay…………………Get on the BYC BUS!
We need 2-3 volunteers to be the bus hosts!!  Please contact Scott McEniry ( if you’re interested.

Sink the Dinghy – Join Us February 3!
On February 3, the Sink the Dinghy Committee is hosting the Fridays at Five to do our final fundraising for our selected recipient, Engedi Refuge, a Whatcom County based organization fighting the sexual exploitation of women by turning the lives of those abused by sex traffickers around.
For this special Fridays at 5, the Sink the Dinghy committee is both bringing this year’s campaign to a close while at the same time expressing our sincere thank you to everyone in the club who has donated over the years to Sink the Dinghy.  The Committee will be preparing a special meal including barbequed Salish Poitrine de Boeuf (barbequed marinated beef brisket), along with Pomme do Terre au Four (baked potatoes) and salade Cesar (Caesar Salad). Members are welcome to bring appetizers and desserts.
The Sink the Dinghy Committee is using none of the funds raised for this dinner, it is an expression of both the appreciation for past contributions and for contributions we hope to raise on February 3.
The Bellingham Yacht Club’s annual Sink the Dinghy campaign was established in 2002 from the members of the BYC to give back to organizations in Whatcom County who are serving those who are less fortunate and generally for whom other funding sources are minimal.  Our annual Sink the Dinghy campaign gives 100% of the money donated to the organization selected. Since 2002, the Bellingham Yacht Club has provided nearly
$200,000 in cash, donations and in-kind services to needy organizations in Whatcom County.
This year we have selected the Engedi Refuge as our recipient.  Engedi Refuge is a Whatcom County based outreach program addressing the victims of sex trafficking.  As hard as it is to believe, human trafficking and sexual exploitation is a reality here in Whatcom County and the Pacific Northwest. Sex trafficking affects every country around the world, regardless of socio-economic status, history, or political structure. Sex traffickers have created an international market for the trade in human beings based on high profits and demand for commercial sex and cheap labor.  Engedi Refuge needs our help as they are 100% locally dependent for continuing operations that are truly turning, and saving, lives of the victims of sex trafficking.
For those who have already generously given, thank you.  For those who would like to give please join us for the February 3 Fridays at Five.  If you would like to donate prior to February 3, please contact Paul Myers, Chair, Sink the Dinghy Committee, at (360) 398-2940, or via email at
So please, mark your calendars for the February 3, come enjoy the food, meet the representatives of Engedi Refuge, help push our effort over the top so that we, the Bellingham Yacht Club, will be directly helping to eliminate sex trafficking.

Thank you,
PC John Gargett
Are you chairing an event or committee and need some help for a particular event?  Send a note to and I'll put a call-out here!


Well, there was no joy in Mudville on Saturday as the Seahawks lost to the Falcons and thereby ended their season on a down note. On the upside, the club was hopping with folks watching the game, sipping $3 pints, and partaking in an array of game-time snacks, including the Commodore’s Special Wings, Sherri’s hot ’n’ spicy soup and chili, just to name a few! 


Here’s the skinny for this week!


TUE: Bar and lounge open at 5! Expect to see some game-day leftovers up for grabs!

WED: Panini-style grilled sandwiches available! Only $4 at the bar and grilled to order by Monica!

THUR: Monica’s Mexican, with the best carne asada north of the border and those tasty bean burritos!

FRI: Fri @ 5! Bring those appetizers and snacks and “come on down”!


See you in the lounge!



Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron Classes Announced for January 2017

Three new classes will be offered in January by the Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron.  Classes will be held at the Bellingham Technical College.

Marine Electrical Systems
America's Boating Course
NW Explorations, owned by member, Brian Pemberton, has published a wonderful, two-page guide to cruising the San Juans.  Especially if you are new to our area, this shows the top cruising/viewing/overnight spots! 
-PC Joe Coons

I’m very happy to announce that Mike and Chris Farkas have taken on the roll as the BYC Youth Fleet Marketing team. Mike and Chris are the parents of Sammy, the 2016 BYC Opti fleet champion and qualified entrant in the 2017 Team USA trials. Their roll will be to promote our Learn to Sail and Youth race program. It’s great to have their energy in the team and if you have any suggestions for them on how to promote our sailing programs please get in touch.



Mike Powell
Youth Fleet Captain

The Time is NOW for All Junior Racers
to Start Planning for a Great Year of


There are three more regattas in the Northwest Youth Racing Circuit (NWYRC) Winter Series. On February 4th and 5th, Willamette Sailing Club will host the Portlandia Cup at their Columbia River outpost. The Frigid Digit will take place at Shilshole Marina on February 11th and 12th. The Winter Series ends at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club with the Kitten Cup on April 22nd and 23rd. There will be seven more regattas in the NWYRC Summer Series this year. All regattas in the NWYRC series are open to all youth fleets.
The Bellingham Yacht Club is very excited to host two regattas this year! On August 5th and 6th, the BYC will host the Bellingham Youth Regatta as part of the NWYRC Summer Series. Last year, 73 sailors competed in the Opti, Laser Radial, FJ and 29er fleets. For the first time ever, our club will be the venue for the US Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) Northwest Opti Championships. Over the weekend of August 19th and 20th, Opti sailors from all over the country and abroad will compete. The top 25% of the fleet qualifies for the 2017 USODA Team Trials where sailors compete to be part of the US National Team. 
Chris Farkas

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This Week's Photo Contest

Pont Saint-Bénézet in Avignon, France was the subject of last week's photograph. Steve is traveling and was unable to submit a list of winners.


This week we see a sparse landscape with a couple of interesting structures on a hill overlooking a body of water. If you know the location, send your answer to

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Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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