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Weds: Hamburgers/Brats
Thurs: Tacos/Carne Asada

Fri: July 4: F@5 Potluck BBQ on the Deck

July 3-6th Garrison Bay-July 4th Rendezvous/Cruise/Raft Up
July 11-13th Sucia Island Luau Cruise/Rendezvous
July 18-20th Past Commodore's Cruise 
August 2nd Commodore's Picnic at Inati Bay
August 22-24th Buccaneer's Cruise at Inati Bay
September 13-29th Desolation Sound Cruise

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JULY 1-7, 2014
THIS WEEK:  SEE THE NEW BAR HOURS BELOW IN STEVE'S COLUMN: WED: July 2 - 5pm Burgers and Brats   THURS: July 3 - 5pm Carne Asada    FRI: Fourth of July - The Club will be open for Open Grill night and Potluck. July 4-6: Cruise to Garrison Bay w/Pete & Jamie Foti; See the cruise flyer here.
NEXT WEEK:  WED: July 9 - 5pm Burgers and Brats   THURS: July 10 - 5pm Carne Asada   FRI: July 11 - A Casual Friday: C'mon down to your Club!  
July 11-13 - Sucia Island Luau/Cruise (See important update below!)
JULY 4TH FRIDAY @ 5 OPEN GRILL NIGHT! The club will be open as usual on July 4th - which also happens to be a Friday@5. The grill will be open for your use - bring a dish to share, your meat of choice for the BBQ, and enjoy the 4th from our beautiful deck. 
COKE MACHINE FOR SALE! Asking $400, call Commodore Michele!
NOW, A TANGIBLE MEMORIAL TO DICK JOHNSON: Dick and I were long-time buddies, but I was away on vacation when he died, we had seen him the day before we left. Judy and I were stunned that he succumbed to the stresses of the surgery.
    One day older than me, Dick and I shared our BYC love and that of Rotary, too. Dick not only nearly singlehandedly ran the bar for us for years, he served the Club as Commodore and then during a very stressful lawsuit filed by an opportunistic ex-Member in the early 90's, one that could have ruined us had it not been for his effective and discreet liaison with insurance companies and attorneys. He learned to be effective and discreet, he told me, when he was a top secret code-breaker in the Army in Washington during the Korean War...his full obituary is here.
    Judy and I have decided that, because we knew him mainly through the Club, we will make a substantial gift in his memory to the Ward Room funding project. I am absolutely sure he would be pleased!
    With Commodore Michele's OK, we will be putting two tasteful plaques in the room: One will indicate the names of folks who have given in memory of Dick, and another for undesignated gifts to the room itself, and I'll be contacting all previous donors to confirm which they wish to be on. If you wish to give, (and I sure hope you will), here is a link to connect you to our BYC.ORG website where you can easily make a donation. THANK YOU! --- Joe Coons

NEW SUMMER HOURS FOR THE LOUNGE AND BAR: The big news from the bar this week is we’re announcing new summer hours! Starting this week (now) the lounge will be open from 3 PM, with complete bar service from the git-go! So come on down and lounge about on the spacious deck and take in that incredible harbor view while sipping a lemonade, cerveza, or what-have-you! We’ll be waiting for you!
THIS WEEK’S EVENTS: WED: Come on down for burgers ’n brats, starting and 5 and continuing ‘till the fleet comes in!  
THURS: Back by popular demand, Monica is preparing the best CARNE ASADA this side of Mexico!  
FRI: This week’s Fri @ 5 coincides with the Fourth of July, so come on down for some STAR SPANGLED SPUDS! The grill will be HOT! Bring something to throw on the grill and add a side from the complementary baked potato bar to complete your main dish. Bring a potluck side dish, salad or dessert to complete the affair. Stick around and watch the fireworks display from the deck!
SAT: Lounge and bar open at 3. Come on down and hang out with friends! See you in the lounge! -- Steve Hayward

SUMMER IS BOATING TIME and many of our members are taking the opportunity to cruise to the wonderful Salish Sea destinations and even more distant places. Reciprocity with other clubs is a good way to find moorage and save expense. Yacht clubs with which we have established reciprocal agreement are listed on the BYC website, and a few yacht clubs will take reservations but most are on a space-available upon arrival basis. Outstations are generally not included. Since each yacht club has its own specific protocol on reciprocals, please be sure to check out the website of the yacht clubs you will be visiting before leaving Bellingham to ensure that you are aware of their reciprocal facilities and policies. Happy boating! --- Alex Marr, Reciprocity Coordinator

*July 3-6th* Garrison Bay-July 4th Rendezvous/Cruise/Raft Up ---Contact Jamie & Pete Foti: cell 360-319-6992 or home 360-734-8226 
or email: See the flyer here!
*July 11-13th* Sucia Island Luau Cruise/Rendezvous ---For important update, click here! Contact Angie Santosuosso: cell 360-319-7863 or email:
*July 18-20th* Past Commodore's Cruise ---Last Chance to get a slip at Rosario Marina for the PC Cruise!". The marina has booked slips for the PC Cruise, and there are still slips available; they will unblock the un-reserved slips July 5th. Call the marina and get your reservation in even if you are coming for just Saturday night!  Hope to see you there; also I need ice cream freezers! Contact Jody Erickson:Cell:360-223-2119 Email:jody.erickson77@ For more info, click here.
*August 2nd* Commodore's Picnic at Inati Bay ---Contact Michele Bodkte: cell 360-720-4155 or
*August 22-24th* Buccaneer's Cruise at Inati Bay ---Contact Shaun Thompson: cell 360-661-1327 or
Ginger Thompson: cell 360-303-5346 or

*September 13-29th* Desolation Sound Cruise ---Contact Rich Hanset: cell 408-839-1530 or email: For more info, click here

THE PINK BOAT REGATTA IS COMING:  What’s with all the posters all over the Club?  It’s a fund raiser for Breast Cancer Research. And, it takes advertising to create awareness to create fund raising enthusiasm. This is comparable to our Sink the Dinghy campaign the Club so successfully runs every Christmas season. 
    This year the regatta will be on the opening day of PacRim, so our guests and competitors will have great exposure to the Bellinghamsters’ antics in fund-raising fun.  And the PBR will run simultaneously with the Seattle regatta; there are PBR’s all across the country (go to the Pink Boat Facebook page and read all about Team Terrrapin’s efforts to complete the Newport to Bermuda race dressed all and only in Pink
    We need your help to raise money. There are several ways you can do this: register to race your boat and raise money; donate money directly as a sponsor (Squalicum Marine and SPIE [PC Michele’s employer] have already stepped up); sponsor Garufa by pledging money on the PBR website; tell your friends and family.  100% of the funds raised go directly through the PBR website. ---
Neil Bennett, Fleet Captain and Pink Boat Regatta Bellingham chair.
BE A HOST FAMILY FOR PAC RIM REGATTA PARTICIPANTS! Would You Like To Host A Couple For The Pacific Rim Regatta at Bellingham Yacht Club In September 2014!?
    One of the most rewarding experiences is to host a couple from another country. This September 6th-13th is a truly unique opportunity for the members of the BYC to host the racers and Ambassadors coming to the Club for the Regatta. 
    Being a host requires little more than opening your home to house our participants, ensure they arrive at the BYC each morning and picking them up in the evening. Our schedule is posted on the BYC Website (Pacrim.BYC.Org).  To apply, you simply need to go click on the link on the main page or you can access it here
    As a host, you are invited to participate in the morning and evening activities, and may attend at a modest cost, the opening and closing ceremonies as well as special events planned for the Ambassadors throughout the week.
    If you would like to participate, sign up at the BYC Website, and if you have questions, contact Teresa Van Haalen (, coordinator for the hosting for this important community event.

BE 'IN THE KNOW'! Would You Like To Follow What Is Happening For The PacRim Regatta This September? You can follow what is planned for PacRim 2014 by going to PacRim2014.Com and subscribing to our official site by clicking on the Follow button in the upper right corner.  This is a great way to keep up to date on what is planned and on new posts.
THE BYC YOUTH REGATTA is well into it's planning stages we are working towards making it a great event and if you would like to help with any of the numerous activities that we need volunteers for we could always do with more willing hands. Please contact Jerry Roloson,, who is kindly running the event this year. Also if you have a junior sailor in the family, sign them up to race, this is our one big youth regatta of the year and Bellingham should be represented. Mike Powell - Youth Fleet Captain 310-877-7940360-306-8336
THE PITCH REGATTA is still two months off but has always been a great fundraiser for the youth fleet. If you have or know of any business that would be willing to donate a suitable item for the raffle please contact myself or Randy Nulle at
Not much news from the bridge deck. The weather is great, the club is open for your use, get out there and enjoy the summer. This weekend is the 4th of July cruise to Garrison Bay. For those in town, enjoy the 4th from the clubhouse deck.
    Dick Johnson's celebration of life is July 14th, Noon to 5:00, at the club. And, sadly, Katrina is still looking for a home. As it turned out, the woman had an allergic reaction to Katrina. So if there are any leads, please let me know. I'll keep you posted.
--- Serving you from the Helm, Michele Bodtke, Commodore (360) 720-4155
The bas relief statue of Nike, in Ephesus, Turkey, was the subject of last week's photograph. John Van Haalen, John Raasch, Meredith Ross, and Mark Harding all correctly identified the subject. According to our tour guide (a profession that is the source of much knowledge!), this statue served as the inspiration for the Nike Swoosh.
This week we're at a place where nothing moves particularly fast, but the leisurely pace suits many. If you know the location, send your answer to

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