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Congratulations to the new Board!  And a hearty THANK YOU to everyone that stepped up to run.  I hope everyone will come down to the Club on Oct 5 for the Installation of Officers and the end-of-the-year awards.

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30 Sept  Fridays @ 5
5 Oct  Installation
7 Oct  Fridays @ 5

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8am to 6pm September 6 - 30. 

8am to 4pm October 1 - November 30

ABCs of Boating
Engine Maintenance

Don't moor next to a cruise ship!


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
Sept 27 - Oct 3, 2016

TUES:  27 September:  Bar and lounge open at 5; WED:  28 September: Bar and lounge open at 5; THURS: 29 September: Bar and lounge open at 5;  FRI: 30 September: Bar and lounge open at 5MON:  3 October:  Monday Night Football

Fall is now officially here. The club elections are over, the days are getting shorter, and the temperatures are getting cooler. Well, they're supposed to anyway.
First, a recap of the last Board Meeting. We have two new full members, Mark and Autumn Cunningham, and two renewals for Jr. Membership, Courtney and Benjamin Starks. Work is underway to repair the floor under the dishwasher in the kitchen, and the taps will soon be moved behind the bar. The club finances are looking robust and actually we are in better shape than we were at this time last year. It seems that just about ALL of our mark boats are in disrepair in one way or another and we will be getting them repaired over the winter. Most of the club racing is over except for three Fall long distance races coming up. Oct. 1 is Governors Point on the same day as the first annual “Sea Feast” in Squalicum Harbor. It is supposed to be quite the event and we will open the club to the general public from 2:00 to 5:00. There will be an informational table, snacks, and discounted beer.  Hopefully we can sign up some new members and generate more interest in the benefits of club membership. If you would like to volunteer and help out, please contact your new Commodore, Neil Bennett, and your new Vice Commodore, Jim Gibson.
As a reminder, please don't forget to attend the General Membership meeting and Swearing in ceremony on Wednesday, October 5. We will need to vote on a by-law change that you might find significant as a member.
Saturday was a long one as there was a training seminar for Race Management in the Ward Room. About thirty people attended the training from as far away as Portland. There were also attendees from Seattle and Anacortes and our local CYC. Thanks to Jonathan Knowles and John Pedlow for making the arrangements and providing lunch. I found it to be a great refresher for my certification as a PRO.
I hope everyone had a great weekend and it was so fun watching the Seahawks kick butt on the 49er's.

Mark your calendar and visit the First Annual Seafeast on October 1st.  On this day and evening, Squalicum Marina and adjacent areas, including BYC, will be immersed in waterfront activities involving Seafeast.

Events will include Family fun with boat ride, tour of a maritime company, and demos such as filleting fish, cracking crab, and shucking oysters, plus a race by fishermen in survival suits. Live music, art displays, educational booths.
World-class salmon and other renowned locally-caught seafood. Also, a food court featuring the area's finest vendors with a wide array of selections, featuring locally-grown products.
International Salmon BBQ Grilling Contest: So you think you're the ultimate Grill Master? Find out at this inaugural event. Two divisions -- Amateur, and Pro. Give it a go.

Here is a sample of some of the many activities and events that will be occurring that day:
· 13 interactive education booths
· 10 food trucks and vendors
· International Salmon BBQ contest “Thrill of the Grill” – (12 Prof  Chefs and 12 Amateurs) cooking contest.  
Enter here:
· 10+ entertainment & music groups on stage in Zuanich Point Park
· Beer garden with 8 breweries represented
· Family activities – Japanese Fish kites, large community art project using maritime materials, chalk art
· 34 juried art vendors
· Boat Tours from Squalicum Harbor to BCS
· Premier of “Sea to Plate” film short sponsored by Bornstein’s and produced locally
· Dinner in the Bellwether Ballroom with 30 seafood options.
· Cooking demos in the Boathouse
· Commercial fishing demos and education on the Sawtooth – Fish Filleting, oyster shucking, oyster slurping, Fish identification and more.

Your BYC would like to showcase our programs to the Seafeast participants.  If you are interested in assisting in promoting club activities, please contact Jim Gibson or Neil Bennett, for information about how you can help.


 Friday 10/21 FRIDAY @ 5

Please join us for some ghoulish games, freaky fun, and frightening food!
  • Hempler’s Brats and Dogs Served (COMPLIMENTARY)
  • Bring a dish to share. Give it a GOOLISH title to win a PRIZE!!
  • Adult and Kids Costume Contest- AWESOME PRIZES!!!!
Can you help-decorate, assist with kids and games? Contact Susan Hempler


This week’s highlight will be SeaFeast, to be held in the harbor this Friday and Saturday. The club will host an open house for the public on Saturday from 2 to 5. Hosts and bartenders needed, so if you can volunteer to help out, please let Jim Gibson or myself know. 


Here’s the skinny:


TUE: Bar and lounge open at 5!

WED: Burgers and brats, hot off the grill! 

THUR: Monica is visiting family in Mexico, so the Mexican Cantina is closed this week and next! Bar and lounge open at 5, though!

FRI: Come on down for a Blue Moon Fri @ 5! Bring on those apps and snackables! 

SAT: SeaFeast at the Harbor! BYC Open House fro 2 to 5! 

MON 10/3: Monday Nite Football, this week with the Giants vs the Vikings! Chile and cornbread! 


See you in the lounge!



Congratulations to our new Bridge and Board of Trustees:

Commodore:  Neil Bennett
Vice Commodore:  Jim Gibson
Rear Commodore:  Tim Thompson
Fleet Captain:  Scott McEniry

First Year Trustees:
Mike Allsop
Jay Bornstein
Dave Steffen
John Stocklass



The BYC thrives on its volunteer participation. One of my goals this year is to make it EASIER to be a volunteer. Terry Tavelli has pioneered the use of a very sophisticated and powerful Volunteer management software that makes it almost impossible to forget a Volunteer assignment date or activity (now, if it could only remember where I put my glasses).


If you didn't get a chance to fill out the Volunteer Signup Sheet at Elections night, there will be more available at Installation night (October 5) and always available online

Thank you!
Commodore-Elect Neil Bennett

Oktoberfest Youth Regatta Recap

The NWYRC final regatta of the Summer Series,  “Oktoberfest”,  was held last weekend at Sail Sand Point Seattle.   BYC Members Natalie Werner, Ria West, Dylan Boydstun and Jack Knowles were some of the 140 Youth Sailors in attendance.  Unfortunately, due to lack of wind, no races were completed and the regatta was cancelled.   In spite of regatta being shut down, participants were unphased and enjoyed themselves in the nice fall weather on Lake Washington.
-PC Jonathan Knowles

The NW Youth Circuit finished up this last weekend in Seattle. Congrats to Ria West for finishing 2nd place in the Opti Red fleet. And congrats to Sammy Farkas for finishing 3rd place in the Opti Blue fleet. Overall Ria finished 4th place and Sammy 9th of all the Optis for the entire summer. Good job girls!
PC Jonathan Knowles
BYC’s Ria West placed 2nd in Opti Red fleet overall in the NWYRC Summer Series.  A 7 regatta Series that include venues at Willamette Sailing Club, Cascade Locks Oregon, West Sound Orcas Island, Bellingham Bay, Seattle Shilshole, Sail Sand Point,  Port Madison Bainbridge Is.,  Ria is pictured with 1st place winner Lindsay Campbell of PMYC at last weekend’s Oktoberfest Regatta. Thanks to Andrew Nelson, The Sailing Foundations Regional Youth Sailing Director & former WWU sailor, for doing an incredible job organizing these regattas, showing up smiling and competent and organized, answering my many emails, and providing such a great youth sailing program in our beautiful Pacific Northwest.
- Susan West
Proud Mom and BYC Member
Well, the BYC’s Racing Season is nearing its end with that last hosted major Regatta, Dale Jespen One Design (DJOD) last weekend.  Regatta Chair extraordinaire, Mike Poulos pulled off yet another legendary event with hosting 87 sailors in 54 boats. Mike covers every aspect of this event, from logo/t-shirt design, trophies and even as Regatta Chef by preparing 2 dinners for a 100.  
I volunteered on DJOD Race Committee which was a challenging experience.  On Day 1, being late pushing off the dock had us heading out with all the competitors to the racing venue. However, once outside the West Entrance, it became quickly apparent that the Fairhaven sheltered winds of the harbor were not representative of what was going on in the middle of the Bay… a very strong Southeasterly.  No sooner had we set anchor, did the 25 knot winds and 2- 3 ft. bouncing chop had us dragging. The incident was amplified with not being able to restart the committee boat engine.   When it finally fired up, I rushed to the bow and pulled anchor.  However, on my way up, I slipped on the deck during a downward wave and slid towards the forward railing, only to be stopped by the bow cleat in my “Stern”. Gauging by the size of the bruise on my “You know what”, I have new fond appreciation for the phrase “Butt Cleat”!!   With no ability to anchor and all Mark and Support Boats dealing with the carnage of capsized and turtled boats, we licked our wounds and retreated back to the Club with an AP over H … “Races not started yet are postponed. More information ashore”.   Unfortunately, between waiting for the winds to settle and sorting out alternative Race Committee resources, we ran out of time and had to cancel all racing for the day.  On Sunday, Race Committee was redeemed with calmer winds and pulling off 6 races to the delight and appreciation of the racers.
For me, the highlight of the weekend was at Saturday’s Regatta Dinner and watching Mike Poulos do his Karaoke rendition of the Sex Pistols “Anarchy in the U.K.” … up until then, I had never thought of the Sex Pistols as something sung Karaoke!!
And now,  the new News…
On Monday Sept 19 the BYC Sail Fleet Committee met for a post mortem of the racing year.  Although we acknowledged our successes of hosting major National and regional regattas: 505 North Americans, Bellingham Youth Regatta, PITCH and DJOD, we found many ways to improve.   The next year we’ll be looking at more Race Management Education and Mark/Safety Boat Training.  We acknowledge that we need to be prepared and plan to run every event as if it was going to blow over 30 knots.   Our continuing goal is to provide a consistent, fair & fun racing platform, while adhering to US Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing and Race Management, for all types of racing… National Events to Club Beer Can Racing.  We are going to bring back free burgers and on the water lunches for Race Committee Volunteers.  If you’re interested in getting involved with BYC Race Committee visit the website or contact me.
Last weekend BYC hosted a US Sailing’s One Day Club Race Management Seminar which was well attended, in fact a “Sell Out”!   23 mostly BYC Members, along with a handful of others from Seattle & Olympia learned the rules and procedure on how to run a Yacht Race.  The class was co-instructed by US Sailing National Race Officer Jeff Zarwell and BYC Race Committee Chair John Pedlow. Jeff has an extensive resume of Race Management including San Francisco Big Boat Series, Lipton Cup, and America’s Cup.  In the spring, the BYC Sail Fleet plans to host an introductory Race Committee Seminar.
-PC Jonathan Knowles


October 1 - Governor's Point
October 8 - Marmetta Cup
October 22 - Jack Island

November 5/6 - Round the County
November 19 – Sail Fleet Awards Banquet


2 - Antal 10" one hand quick release winch handles.  See Craig's List Posting:

1 - 44 Lb Polished Stainless Steel Danforth type slip ring anchor. See Craig's List Posting:

2 - 10" X 60" Extra Long Heavy Duty EasyStow fenders with Deluxe Dark Blue Fleece Covers:  See Craig's List Posting:


These items were from previous boat and are new or like new.  For questions or to see them, call or text Paul Herbold at 360-305-1644.


1979 32' Islander sailboat we need to part with as we do not have time to sail her. She has been with us for 19 years and lovingly cared for. She has under 500 hours on her new Yanmar 30 hp engine. Spotlight Gal is a classic sailboat with beautiful lines. We get lots of compliments on her.


We are asking $42,000. Please give us a call at 707-245-7490
Judy and Bill Griffin

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This Week's Photo Contest  


The Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy was the subject of last week's picture. Lisa Megard, John Raasch, Rob McArdle, and Jim Gibson correctly identified the location; Gayle Ackerly named another famous bridge in Italy.


This week we see some experienced fishing vessels. If you know the location, send your answer to


Alex is back on the ocean again with another delivery!  A new challenge will appear when he returns.

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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