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WEEK OF JUNE 19-JUNE 25, 2012...



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This Week We're Open: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Meetings This Week: Tue: CR, BYC Finance Committee; Wed: WR, Opti Sailing Thu: WR, 6PM BYC Board Fri: 6PM Youth Sailing
Racing this Week: Tue: Dinghy Racing;
Wed: Spring Series Racing; Sat & Sun: Etchells Regatta
Non-BYC at the Club:  Thur: WR, 6PM Coast Guard Auxiliary
Bartending: Wed. Sam/Tia & Bud Hanson; Thu. John & Teresa Van Haalen; Fri: Pete & Jamie Foti; Sat:Tea & Jodi Erickson
Please thank them for supporting the Club!
Apple Specialists: T D Curran Automobiles: Wilson Motors  Boatyards: Seaview North BoatyardThe Landings @ Colony Wharf  Boat Sales & Charters: Bellhaven Yacht Sales & Charters, Bellingham Yacht Sales & ChartersNW Explorations,  San Juan Sailing & Yachting  Canvas & Upholstery: Squalicum Marine  Casino, Restaurants & Resort: Silver Reef  Catering Services & Facilities: Windows on the Bay Events Commercial Internet & Network Integration: CSS Communications   Communications & Marketing: Integrated Marketing & Media  Electronics: San Juan Electronics  Electrical Repairs & Supplies, Furnaces: Rasmussen Marine Electric  Engine Repairs & Repowering: Tri County Diesel Marine  Floral Designs: Jody King Designs   Hardware: Hardware Sales, Inc.  Insurance, General & Marine: The Unity Group  Lettering: Special-T Striping & Sign  Marine Cooling Systems: Orca Marine  Marine Manufacturing: Blue Sea Systems  Marine Services: Cooper Marine Service, Top to Bottom Inc. Marine Service  Marine Supplies:  LFS Inc., Redden Marine Inc.  Outboards, Stern Drives, Boats & Repairs: West Coast Marine Services  Printing Services: Pacific Rim Printing  Realtors: Gary BakerDawn DurandPhil Dyer,  Chuck McCord   Security Systems & Locksmith: Security Solutions NW  Surveyors: Matthew Harris 

Just a reminder that there will be an information meeting regarding the Youth Sailing Classes open to the general public on Friday, June 22 between 6 to 8 PM and includes free pizza.  Because of liquor laws and the open bar on Friday we may be restricted to the Commodore's Room and the dock for this event.
This will be an opportunity for potential students and their parents to meet the instructors and ask questions about the program.  We plan to have some dinghies at the dock so that people can see what is used in the classes.  We are still well behind where we want to be in registrations for this summer's program, so any help in getting this message out to the public will be appreciated. --- Arne Ahlen, Junior Sailing Fleet Captain

Wednesday Evenings through August

You don’t need to be a sailor to join us on Wednesday evenings for a delicious 1/3 lb. hamburger and a draft beer. Beer not your choice? You can buy a hamburger dinner for only $2.50. A great bargain!
The bar opens at 5pm, burgers are hot and ready by 6pm. 
Sailors, the grill is still hot and the burgers are cooking when the races are over.  --- Carol Young

The summer series kicked off last week with a great evening of wind and decent temperatures. Tom Malone and Salsipuedes took two 1st place finishes followed by Dave Steffan's Callipygian with two 2 places.  Flying Circus finished 1st in the PHRF fleet closely followed by Blackfoot.

This weekend several BYC members traded Etchells for San Juan 24's and travelled to Oak Harbor for the San Juan 24 Nationals. The fleet of 20 boats arrived from all over the Northwest. Jon Seestrom took a 5th place with Tumbleweed while Mike Kleps beat out a couple boats and finished 18th. Some of the boats attending were sailed by original owners who have raced the boats since the 70's.

We're looking forward to another great week of racing and hoping to get a few more boats out for the upcoming Jack and Jill race. This weekend the Etchells will be tearing up the Bay during the Etchells regatta. --- Bart Maupin

I am fortunate to work with one of the four BYC-Sponsor charter companies here, training folks who want to take out a boat that is beyond their experience…sometimes even folks who have never run any kind of boat at all prior to my meeting them.  It is an amazing experience for them, and for me it is one of the most gratifying things I’ve ever done.  To have a chance to properly introduce them to the joys of our Northwest boating affects them mightily…and their time with me will be a significant part of their life experiences, always remembered.  I won't forget it either!
I thought you’d like to see the exchange between me and a couple of students that took place on our smart phones over this past weekend.  We had trained all day on Thursday and Friday, and on Saturday morning. Then on Saturday afternoon, they left Bellingham on their own to spend until Monday noon.  Their names were Gwen and Lorraine, both, I would guess, in their 40's, from Seattle. Gwen had been on her dad's boat a lot on the Great Lakes when she was young, but she never did much more than steer occasionally and tie dock lines; Lorraine had no boating experience at all.  They had both taken the USPS "ABC Boating Course" on the Internet before coming here.
From me to them early Sunday morning:
Hi!  I hope you had a good Saturday afternoon, and that today through Monday at sea will be winners, too.  I also wanted to thank you for your use of my services, and assure you that if anything comes up that you want to talk about, you can call me anytime at 360-739-1528; usually I can answer immediately, rarely need you leave a message...
Best wishes for great days today and tomorrow, and for a fabulous trip to Desolation Sound.  – Joe
They responded:
Good morning, and happy Father's Day. ;)  We are about to depart our anchorage at Inati Bay.   (Now we understand the reason for using the bridle!*)  Set off for Sucia yesterday afternoon, but deemed it potentially too foggy, so after rounding the tip of Lummi, turned around and came to Inati. Thank you for showing Inati to us beforehand. Trying Sucia again today.  We'll watch the weather closely and see what we think. Again, Joe, thanks so much for all of your great instruction (and great company too).  We are delighted that we're out here by ourselves already and feeling okay.  Though we confess to staring at our sight points on shore for several hours yesterday before we finally determined our anchor was holding and we could relax.  Now we need experience!  We'll let you know how it goes.  Cheers, Gwen  
[*A reference to the very windy Saturday night, and how a bridle takes the noise out of an anchor chain as it bounces over the rocks.]
And I wrote back:
Your comment about the “sight points” reveals that you are now REALLY boat operators!  When you have lots of experience, you’ll just wake up every half hour all night long...Thanks for the good news.  I read Judy your email and she joined me in chuckling...Have FUN!  Joe
To which they responded:
Thanks!  Good visibility and we're underway to Sucia!  :)
Then they sent a picture of their boat at a dock, and wrote:
Fossil Bay. :)  We've been wearing our whistles.  Thanks!  (I had given them a pair of the very loud whistles from Pacific Marine Exchange for safety with only two aboard.)
And I wrote:
Just now looked at your photo...The boat is docked!  Bet it was a smooth landing, too.  Congrats.  Of course, after seeing the Waggoner's Guide comments about Fossil Bay, you've checked the tides to be sure there was enough water beneath the boat at low?  (I looked at the Internet, Googling "Sucia Island Washington Tide" and got to see how much change there is...I'll bet the boat got pretty close to the bottom at 11:30 a.m. when there was an 11-inch MINUS tide...I hope not too close!   Tomorrow at 11:03 a.m it will be minus 1 foot, 3 inches, but you'll be gone by then…Joe
And they wrote:
Yep, indeed.  We came in right at low tide, but had done the math and all went smoothly.   And we'll be gone well before low tomorrow.  Having a terrific time.  :)

Then I got this message:
Just finished a walk around Sucia Island--to various bays and coves.  Have seen many eagles, seals, even a vulture of some kind--and slugs like we have never encountered.  The sun is beaming and so are we!!  Thank you!

Finally, Monday at noon:
Safely home. :)
Just as that kind of experience was great for them, it was great for me.  

Have you introduced someone to boating and the BYC?  Or have you gotten casual about all of the remarkable pleasures we boaters have?  Why not do it for someone this week?  And don't forget to introduce them to our wonderful Club!

Welcome all to Cap Sante Boat Haven in Anacortes June 29, 30 & July 1st.
Friday evening we will have appetizers and socializing on the dock. Please bring an appetizer to share and the beverage of your choice.
Saturday is your day to explore Anacortes or just relax on your boat. Did you know Cap Sante has bicycles available to use? Saturday evening we’ll meet at Anthony’s for happy hour and then back to the docks for a taco bar buffet.
Sunday morning you'll wake up to (or shortly thereafter) Grand Marnier French Toast and Mimosas. 
This is a great way to start your holiday vacation or just join in with a very special club having a great time.
Your sponsors are Mike Crawford & Mary Burns from the M&M and Joe & Carol Young from Steel Blue Kiss.
Please let Joe & Carol Young know if you are interested in going at or call 739-4796.

Friday June 29th Theme  - “Tie Dye”

This first of five Friday evening BYC Summer Solace Fun Races is on June 29th.  The theme will be “Tie Dye”, so grab your Tie-Dye shirt, head band, purple starred glasses and a couple of hippies and head out to the bay for some fun summer sailing.   Prizes will be awarded for everything but 1st place!  
Head to the BYC after the race for social festivities including a “Bring Your Own” open BBQ Grill and shared Potluck sides.
The five BYC Summer Solstice Races are scheduled for June 29th, July 13th, July 27th, Aug 10th and Aug 24th .
[HELP WANTED: We still need some more volunteers to help with this event, with  race committee, future themes and social planning.  Please, contact Jonathan Knowles, or 360-303-5465]

(And Adults) for Tuesday Night Dinghy Racing

I’m proud to announce the BYC FJ’s will be available to all BYC Junior Members for Dinghy Racing on Tuesday Nights at no cost.   (Junior Members include dependents of regular members who are under 21 years of age or a full-time college student under 23 years of age.]  At least one BYC Junior member must be present on the boat. 
A usage fee is still required for BYC Adult members to help offset costs. 
All persons checking out the FJ’s from the Dockmaster at Zuanich Point  must be able to demonstrate sailing ability for the given conditions with successful completion of a BYC Learn-to-Sail program or equivalent boating resume, and complete the Liability Waiver.   Juniors under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian complete the Liability Waver.
For information on becoming a BYC Junior Member, visit the BYC Web Site at
Please contact Jonathan Knowles, BYC Fleet Captain –, ph: 360-303-5465, or Mike Poulos for more details.
So, let’s get out  there and race. 


Here’s some remarkable Newport-Bermuda race News...
You think Bellingham Bay is Rough?  Look at this!
Here’s more on the search and rescue hoax regarding “Blind Date”.


No one correctly identified the location of last week’s picture, which was taken just north of Skipjack Island in the San Juans. Skipjack is on the right, Bare Island is on the left, with Waldron being the island occupying most of the right side of the picture. Other islands visible are Orcas, Lummi, and maybe the peaks of Cypress in the distance.
You’ll see a familiar vessel in this week’s photo – but what is that small rowboat doing and where in the world are they? Send your answer to

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Fair Winds and Following Seas from your JibSheet editors, Joe Coons and Eric Nyberg

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