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Mar 13  Steak Nite
Mar 14/15  Inati Bay Cruise
Mar 18  Radar Seminar
Mar 19  Marine Rules
Apr 1  Battery Maintenance
Apr 3  AYC Visits
Apr 8  Racing Begins
Apr 15  Boating Emergencies
Apr 24  Youth Fleet Silent Auction
May 2  Opening Day

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March 10-16, 2015

WED: 11 Mar: Soup Kitchen; THURS: 12 Mar: Monica's Mexican;  FRI: 13 Mar: Steak Nite!;  SAT: 14 Mar: Bar and Lounge Open
Are you pondering what the BYC’s Open Day theme is going to be?
Well, continue reading…

Our theme this year, initiated at the 90th Annual Commodore's Ball, was celebrating maritime naval history - the days of maritime adventure, warfare, exploration and trade.  To commemorate the Commodore's theme and to welcome the newly remodeled Ward Room, a model of the famous Cutty Sark is on display in the downstairs entrance hallway.  Stop by and take a look at the craftsmanship and detail of this famous vessel the next time you are on your way downstairs.  Cutty Sark is on loan to the BYC from Trustee Jim Gibson.

FREE VESSEL SAFETY CHECK !  Is your boat in compliance with the U.S. Coast Guard?  Bellingham Sail & Power Squadron offers a free Coast Guard approved vessel safety check.  Send request/inquires to Merle @

This Bellingham Herald article from 1961 talks about the BYC "Shipwreck" Party (Precursor to Opening Day).  This newspaper clipping was given to me  Gloria Walker, BYC Life Member since 1959.  If you have any old photos or historical news articles from the BYC, please let me know and we'll scan them in and make them part of Bellingham Yacht Club Historical Archives. --Commodore Jon
Pink Boat Regatta is looking for a few great volunteers to help organize and run the 2015 regatta in September.  This is a great way to assist in a great cause with really fun people.  Contact Neil Bennett or Jim Gibson.

Last Wed BYC member Ward Naviaux and his pal, Andy Schwenk entertained 35 members and guests with tales of their "Awesome Adventure" double-handing Ward's SC-27 from San Francisco to Hawaii in last summer's Pacific Cup. Their presentation was both informative and entertaining for racers and non-racers alike. It was great to see so many people at the club whether they came for the information, Andy's jokes, or the corn dogs! In any case, a big thank you to Ward and Andy for sharing their adventure with us. 

  Next up on Wednesday March 18 at 7pm, "come in out of the fog" and join us for Captain David Yell's Radar Seminar. He will discuss tuning your radar as well as using radar for navigation and collision avoidance, information of importance to all boaters. The event is free to BYC members and guests, but we request that you preregister (email Tom Dalgliesh at

   Looking ahead, mark your calendars for a Battery Maintenance presentation on April 1 by our own Scott McEniry and then a Boating Emergencies discussion on April 15 led by our friend, Bob Jacobson. Hope to see you there!


STEAK NITE THIS WEEK! That’s right, our monthly steak nite extravaganzas continue this Friday with another Steak Nite. Sign up at the website!


WED: Soup Kitchen with Dick’s Special Seafood Soup!

 THUR: Monica’s Mexican Cantina!

 FRI: Steak Nite. Be sure to reserve your dinner at the website sign-up page. Dinner starts at 6.

 SAT: Come on down and hang out over a libation or two with friends and swap sea yarns!

 See you in the lounge!  Steve


Wednesday Night Race Committee is Forming!

Wednesday night racing will begin on April 8thIf you would like to be involved as a helper please let us know.  Randy Nulle is organizing volunteers and Lee Falta will be our race officer for April so please respond to Lee or Randy if you can help.

Requirements are:

Dress for the weather.

Be at the committee boat by 4:40pm. Returning around 8pm

Randy     rnulle@comcastLee 

Bellingham Yacht Club’s 2015 Open Day of Boating -- May 2nd, 2015
Get out those old bed sheets, cheerleader outfit or ROTC uniform because it going to be a…
Toooogaaa … Toooogaaa  … Toooogaaa
BYC Open Day Festiveness theme is based on the 1978 comedy classic staring John Bulushi…   “Animal House”

Get working on you boat designs for the Opening Day Parade!!
Preliminary Schedule:
Opening Day Ceremony
Blessing of the Fleet
Boat Parade
Raft Up at BYC Guest Dock
BBQ on the BYC Deck Food & Drink
Live Music (TBD)
Mark Your Calendars!!
April 24th 2015 will be the date for our annual Youth Fleet Silent Auction night.  
If you have any items you would like to donate or contacts to a business that might donate product, services or gift certificates please get in touch with me at
Thank you again for your help.  --Trustee Mike Powell

Inati Bay Raft Up and Progressive Dinner
March 14 and 15

There is still time to register for our first cruise of the season to beautiful Inati Bay.  We are planning to raft up and have a progressive dinner on Saturday night including appetizers, dinner and dessert served on different boats.  Then on Sunday morning, breakfast will be served.  In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we'll be serving corned beef and cabbage and Irish coffee.  Plus there will be Irish music and games.  Be sure to wear green!

 You can register on the website or email Vickie Olson at  


Anacortes Yacht Club visits BYC April 3

The Anacortes Yacht Club will be joining us for our Friday at 5 on April 3.  We will be serving burgers and brats for everyone so please join us and bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Flotilla Heading North in June


We are continuing our planning for a group flotilla in June to take advantage of the long summer days. We are working to firm up our itinerary with 4 boats planning to participate. Right now we expect to leave Bellingham on June 10, we hope to get as far north as Octopus Island, we will travel at sailboat speeds, and we expect to return by about July 4. If you would like to join us, if you plan to be up that way and would like to "stop by" for a day or two, or if you just want to check out our itinerary, you can contact Dean Altschuler ( or Marian Welsh ( for more information.

Sorry I missed my column last week…    to be honest, I just spaced it out.   I was up in Vancouver looking at a new sailboat.  Last Month, after 7 years of an amazing boat partnership with two great friends, sailors, BYC Members Mike Poulos & Jon Seestrom, I parted ways so that I and my wife Ann can get a boat to call our own.  Also, while up in Vancouver, I caught up with an old school friend I hadn’t seen in over 10 years. Sunday, I did a 5 mile hike up to Twin Lakes with another friend and my dog, Cooper.  Then finally, on Monday a team of consultants showed up at my work to perform a Cyber  Security Risk Assessment...wheh!!  It wasn’t until Tuesday afternoon that I realize I didn’t send anything in to Jib Sheet editor Michele Bennett.
 I hope that everyone read above about this year’s Open Day Theme, “Animal House”.   This classic movie starring John Bulushi came out when I was in high school and fosters great memories of my youth. So you’ll need to bear with me as I go through a mid-life crisis moment!  I’d like to see every BYC member with a boat working on a design and plan to be at the Opening Day Guest Dock Raft Up.  Please remember to bring along those members and guests who are in a temporary state of “Boatlessness”.  There will be great food & beverages, and if we can swing it… some Live Music playing tunes from “Otis Day and the Nights” (“Twist & Shout”, “Louie Louie”).  Let’s make this years’ Opening Day Legendary!!!
 Thanks Vicky Olsen and Angie Santosousso for hosting last Fri@5 and the great presentation on the upcoming BYC Cruising season.  It’s going to be a great boating year.  (A side note, if you’re interested in sponsoring a Friday’s @ Five, the club will reimburse $150 for food costs.   AND... You’ll get the microphone to announce your event, committee or whatever. )
 A quick shout out to thank Ward Naviaux and Andy Schwenk for putting on a great presentation at last Wednesday’s BYC Boating Education Series - “Racing the Double Handed PAC CUP”   Check the Jib Sheet for more upcoming events.
 BYC’s Wednesday Club Racing Series starts up on April 8th.   This year, the BYC Sailing Fleet is putting a huge emphasis on making the racing relaxing and fun. We are setting up special cruising and non-spinnaker divisions and encouraging boaters to get out on the water for an evening sail on Bellingham Bay.   I’m working with Bar Manager Steve and Monica on Hawaiian themed night with pig roasts at the end of each series.    The BYC Race Packet is only $50 for all races including the weekend long distance races and you can sign up at    For more information can contact me or BYC Sail Fleet Captain, Bart Maupin   
 Finally, don’t forget Friday Steak Night is this week…. Sign up ahead to reserve your steak.   Unfortunately, I cannot attend since I’ll be heading to Idaho’s Schweitzer Ski Resort with my son Jack for the U14 PNW Buddy Werner Ski Race Championships.
 Cheers!  Commodore Jonathan
This Week's Photo Contest

Last week's photograph was of the Château d'Amboise, on the Loire River in France. Terry Tavelli, Mark Harding, John Van Haalen, Jim Gibson, and David New all correctly identified the location.

This week we are not in France (nor in Kansas) anymore. If you know the location, send your answer to

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is PC Michele Bennett.
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