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Opening Day is here!  A time of tradition - a time to celebrate spring and the beginning of a new season of time on the water - a time to perhaps reflect on those who are no longer with us -- and a time to come together as members of a wonderful Club. I look forward to seeing you all at the Club on Saturday!!
Be sure to take some photos and send them to:

6 May  Friday @ 5
7 May  Opening Day
13 May  Steak Night

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San Juan Sailing
May 3-9, 2016

WED:  4 May: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Burger Night; THURS: 5 May: CINCO DE MAYO - Carne Asada Night;  FRI: 6 May: Fridays @ 5 - Bring your appetizers!;  SAT: 7 May: OPENING DAY
Oh Behave, it's Opening Day! This Saturday, May 7.

The formal opening of the boating season on Bellingham Bay starts at 10:30am with a Member's Reception at the Club. Invited guests, members and their families only please.

At 11:30 the public ceremonies start at Windows on the Bay culminating in the Blessing of the Fleet and the Raising of the Flags.

Following the ceremony, it's "Boats Away" as we proceed to the parade grounds by the Bellingham Ferry Terminal with a couple turns around the review boat anchored by Star Rock.

After the parade you can get your FemBots on and party with the Shaguars back at the Club. The bar opens at 3pm and the band starts at 5pm. The Dead Pirates will be whipping up their usual fare so don't miss it.

Watch out for Dr. Evil and let's get our groove on, Baby!
Fleet Captain Tim Thompson

Editor's Note:
  Upon reaching the Ferry Terminal, please fall in line behind the lead boat, SV Garufa, who will be hailing the fleet on VHF channel 72.

The tri tip dinner was a smashing success, with over 100 dinners served! Thanks to Joe Carpenter for keeping the beverages flowing and those who prepped, cooked, served and cleaned up afterwards! It was volunteerism at its finest! Way to go team!


Steve Hayward

Thanks to everyone that came out to shine up the Club for the annual spring cleaning!

We are looking for some people to cook a main dish or a meal on the following Fridays@5.  There is money to reimburse cost of food up to $200 and the meal does not need to be fancy. We would be thrilled with hot dogs, BBQ Chicken, or your famous Crock Pot creation, could be a one course and ask members to supply the sides or you can provide the whole meal.  Whatever strikes your fancy we are thankful and appreciative of the help and participation you can offer. Here are the available dates. Please email Susan Hempler if you are willing to pitch in and keep the food happening.

June: 6/3, 6/17, July: 7/1, 7/15 and 7/29, also currently all Fridays@5 in August are open too.


Thank you! 
Susan Hempler- BYC Trustee and Social Committee Chair

Stay tuned to the Upcoming Events Calendar for all of the great social events being planned!
United States Power Squadron Classes
Sea Skills North -- May 14, 2016
Blaine Marine Park * Blaine Harbor Guest Dock
  • Marine Distress Flare Practice
  • Fire Extinguisher Training
  • 12+ Seminars/Demos
Click here for the full flyer -- Part A  Part B


We are about to launch a new sign-up process that will utilize a volunteer management program being introduced by PC Terry Tavelli. You’ll soon receive an email with information about how to register and how to make selections for nights you’d most like to tend bar at the club. In the interim I’ve done scheduling as usual for the first half of May. I may complete the month and send that out also, depending on how quickly the new program can be launched. The intent is to use the program for staffing and managing all volunteer activities and events club-wide, so you’ll likely be hearing more about in this and other contexts soon. I’ll be available for coaching so just let me know when questions come up and we’ll try to make this a smooth transition.


And thanks for all you do for our BYC! You are appreciated!





Two things of note this week:




2) It’s OPENING DAY time again this SATURDAY! Plan now to ‘be there or be square!” This year’s theme is GOLDMEMBER, whatever the heck that is! Check elsewhere in this Jib Sheet for more information and let’s get those boats ready to show! Events start in the club at 1030 hours!


Here’s the skinny for the week:


WED: Club racing and burgers hot off the grill!

THUR: CYC racing and don’t miss Monica’s carne asada and those tasty bean burritos!

FRI: As if all the above wasn’t enough, it’s also a Fridays @ 5 this week! Plan to come on down and bring the those apps and sides to share!



Have you hugged your bartender this week?



Memorial Day "Blue Hawaii" Cruise to Fisherman's Bay


Register now for our next cruise to Lopez Island on May 27-30 which is a joint cruise with our friends at the Corinthian Yacht Club.  Our hosts, Guy and Barbara Thieman, have a lot of fun activities planned with the theme of "Blue Hawaii", the famous Elvis Presley movie.  There will be great food & games all weekend long as well as everything Lopez has to offer so you won't want to miss it.  Click here for the full flyer.  Register now at and call the marina at (360)468-2233 to reserve a slip.  (Be sure to mention you're with the BYC group.)

Past Commodore's Cruise to Rosario


Please join our PC Jonathan Knowles June 10-12 for our annual Past Commodore's cruise at the beautiful Rosario Resort on Orcas Island.  There will be plenty of fun, games and food involved as well as the chance to take in some of that Orcas Island charm.  More details to follow soon.  Register now at and call the marina at 1-360-376-2152 to reserve a slip.


Host Needed

A host is needed for the Adventure Cruise to Prevost Harbor August 5-7.  If you are interested, email Vickie Olson at

Youth Fleet Silent Auction
I had a great weekend helping out Scott Wilson and the Whatcom High School Sailing Team in Seattle for the SSP Team Race.   Even for a seasoned racer such as myself, watching Team Racing is a wild and confusing experience.   Team racing consists of round robin racing of 2-3 boat teams on a short 6-9 minute “Digital N” course (The objective is to get the winning combination of places to win the round (ex. 1-4-5 (10), beats a 2-3-6 (11)) .  This is just a great system since, it takes the best balanced team to win, and not just the best sailors take home hardware.  If you interested in learning more about team racing, check out this short video from US Sailing.
Congratulations to the Sehome High School Varsity Team with taking 1st  place on the first round robin series, and 2nd in the Finals Round.
Left to Right: Quinn, Mallory, Jeffery, Coach Scott Wilson, Shea, Payton & Liam
Also congratulations to the 2 JV teams representing Bellingham HS and Sehome HS who all sailed well. (a special Shameless shout out to my son Jack, 8th grader who skippered on the JV team).
Hales Pass Dash Recap
7 PHRF Boats make it out on Saturday April 23rd  for BYC’s newest Long Distance Races, Hales Pass Dash.   This race tests the navigational skills of mariners with shifty land breezes, adverse currents up to 3 knots and extended shallows off Portage Island.  Fortunately, a good southerly wind of 12-18 knots showed up... getting boats into Hales Pass before the tide change.   CYC’s Jim Johannessen's, J109 “Intuition” took first in PHFR Div 1 and Mike Merrick in the Martin 242 “Boomer” took top spot in Div 2. (Full results are available at
Opening Day for Racers!   This Saturday is the BYC Opening Day of Boating celebration and there is no racing scheduled.  I encourage all racers to assemble their crews, decorate boats to the “Gold Member – Austin Powers” theme and enjoy the festivities with live music at the BYC Clubhouse.
The next Long Distance Race is “Lummi Isle 360” (formally Around Lummi) is on May 21.  The SI’s will be posted on the BYC Web Site and Skippers meeting will held in the BYC Ward Room 9 AM. If you intend to race, please send an e-mail to
Jonathan Knowles PC15, Sail Fleet Captain

The 5O5 North American Championships
June 1-5


We are a little more than 4 weeks away from the 2016 5O5 North American Championships.  We have been in the planning stages for over a year now, and this is where the rubber meets the road.  I am taking the time to write this little blurb with the hope we can acquire a few more volunteers.  There are a few more tasks that need to be done in order to make the event spectacular.  We currently have over 50 volunteers for on and off the water.


Most of the positions are filled; however, we could really use 2 people on Sunday afternoon to help serve pizza and to clean up.  This is from about 3 to 5:30 or so.  We could also really use people every day in the morning and afternoon to help launch and land boats.  This is really fun.  Put on your rubber boots and take trailers from the water in the morning, then bring trailers out to arriving folks in the afternoon.  There is a party vibe at the launch ramp.  You will be able to rub elbows with world champs and Olympic medalists. 


Please e-mail me or call 360 676 4263 to help.  We really want to put on a world class event.  We can't do it without some world class help from our world class yacht club.  Please step up.  If not you....  Then who??



Mike Poulos


The weekend of August 27, 2016 will feature JOINT Pink Boat AND Leukemia Cup regattas on the Bay on the same DAY, at the same TIME.

One course, two regattas? Why? So we can have more fun and raise more money to help develop a cure for two of the most pervasive cancers...we want to kick BOTH their ASSES at the same time!

After the Regatta, a BBQ at the BYC Clubhouse, with raffles, auctions and the ATLANTICS.

Stay tuned... there will be a Kickoff Fridays at Five on July 15, 2016.

Brought to you by RC Jim Gibson and VC Neil Bennett

I would like to hold a free dance fitness class in the club on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer. This would be exercising to U Tube or video on the TV.  Email Judy Harding if interested

Judy Harding

I am sending this invitation for presentation to all BYC members.  Normally I would not recommend a business all the way in Mexico but this time I have special ties.  Jan and I, as well as my dad and his wife, have stayed with Chris and Cindy at Villa Amor Del Mar.  It is a unique boutique hotel on the beach at the mouth of the marina in La cruz de huanacaxtle -Nayarit within walking distance to the sailing school, ISA.  It’s a 30 minute drive north from the Puerta Vallarta airport.  There is a direct flight from Seattle to PV.  I have been visiting this area for the last 10 years, sailing with my sister and enjoying the ambiance of La Cruz.  I have sailed numerous times with the guys and gals from ISA.  They are excellent teachers, very professional and lots of fun.

This is a great opportunity for novice or even experienced sailors to enjoy Mexico and get some great sailing in Banderas Bay.  I highly recommend the experience.

PC Terry Robertson

Half-share in a 22' Seasport, kept locally at Hilton Harbor Marina.  1991 with a recently rebuilt Chevy 305 with less than 100 hours.  New kicker and GPS/FF.  See Craigslist ad at: for more details.  Email Bill Colgrove at


Well, I have been a little out of touch since last Tuesday when I injured my back at work. I'm on the mend now and hopefully will be able to race this Wednesday and be top notch by Saturday for Opening Day.

I was disappointed I couldn't attend this last Friday's at 5:00.

I was also unable to assist with the Club Scrub, but Duane Jones assured me that it was a good day and a lot was accomplished. I would like to thank all who volunteered to make our club shine.

The weather forecast for this Saturday looks terrific with temperatures in the 70's. The Opening Day ceremony and parade will be great, followed by an awesome party at the club house as we usually do because our members are the best.

Hope to see you all there for the festivities.



This Week's Photo Contest  


Shanghai, China, by night was the subject of last week's photo. Jim Gibson, Mark Harding, John Raasch, John Van Haalen, and Pamela Heward all correctly identified the location, while Darlene Wagner named another vibrant Asian city.

This week we escape the hustle and bustle of Shanghai to a more tranquil place. If you know the location, send your answer to



Here is the Chess Challenge for this week.


The winner this week were Scott McEniry and Richard Veach.

The solution was
1.Qf8+ Bxf8
2. Rd8#
1. Qf8+ Qe8
2. Qxe8#

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Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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