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September is always a busy month at the Club.  I hope to see all of you at the Meet the Candidates Night on Wednesday.  Come meet the people that will be leading YOUR club!!

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16 Sept  Jazz Night
22 Sept  Board Meeting

14 Sept -- Meet the Candidates
21 Sept -- ELECTIONS
5 Oct -- Installation of Officers

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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
September 13-19, 2016

TUES:  13 September:  Bar and lounge open at 5; WED:  14 September: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Meet the Candidates!; THURS: 15 September: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Monica's Mexican!;  FRI: 16 September: Fridays @ 5MON:  19 September:  Monday Night Football


So we have our Nominees and you will all have the opportunity to meet them Wednesday night at the Club. We have a great selection of candidates for Trustee and I am very happy with the incoming officers. I see that the future of the club will be in good hands going forward.

Friday night was Steak Night and we cooked about fifty steaks to order. This is becoming a popular event, especially as the days get shorter and the evenings much cooler. I hope those who attended were satisfied. I would also like to thank the volunteers who made everything go so smoothly, Dick and Sandy Labadie, Duane and Lisa Jones, Linda Levine and our volunteer bartender, Scott McEniry. I would also like to thank Steve Hayward for picking up the steaks.

Saturday was the Commodore's Race/Picnic. There was quite a scramble to get everything put together at the last minute and we actually made it happen. Special appreciation to Mark and Jim Santosuosso for helping load everything and haul it over to Inati Bay. Guests who attended were treated to some delicious teriyaki chicken, teriyaki steak leftovers from steak night, and brats. Yes, there were adult beverages, including rum and beer. I would like to thank all of you who came over. The weather was perfect and there was enough wind for the racers to actually beat the picnic crowd to the finish. I think it was one of the fastest Commodore's Cup races in a long time.

The following morning was gorgeous with a light northwesterly breeze blowing right into the bay. Warm sun and a great breakfast put together by everybody there, Ken and Char Malseed, Missy and Dave Steffen, Steve Hayward and Terry Tavelli. We lounged around so long I didn't make it home in time for the opening kickoff of the Seahawks.

What a great weekend.


Friday 16 September
With William



NOTE: There will also be a regatta registration going on so there may be a full house for this event. RSVP is helpful to have enough food!  RSVPs get fed first~

FOOD  $10 per person per plate- No charge for kids under 12

Come down and join in on a fun night of great Jazz music performed by William and his bassist. This will be a night of great music, yummy food and drink specials. Food will be Hemplers Sausages and Heavy Appetizers with Meat and Cheese and Antipasto Platters along Roasted Veggies, salad, and CAKE.

If you are willing to help set up food and clean please email me. Does not take much of your time and it is a great way to help out.  This is a volunteer club, let’s keep making it great!

RSVP-ing your planned attendance would also HELP GREATLY and we will only allow a certain number of non RSVP to purchase food plates so that the people who do RSVP get food!

Thank you!

-Susan Hempler 

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.



A small but enthusiastic group had a rousing good time at the annual Commodore’s Picnic at Inati Bay over the weekend. The weather person cooperated with wind at the right times for the sailors and a balmy and sunny afternoon for the picnic! Couldn't ask for a better match! 


Stay tuned this week for the start of Monday Night Football followed by Meet the Candidates Night on Wed and then William Friedsen’s jazz group performing for Fri @ 5 and the DJOD Regatta to be held on Saturday and Sunday! Whew, talk about an action-packed week! 


Here’s the skinny:


TUE: Bar and lounge open at 5!

WED: We’re changing things up with brats this week in honor of Meet the Candidates Night! Stop by to hear what the flag officer candidates and the candidates for Board of Trustees positions have to say while picking up on a brat or burger and a cerveza! 

THUR: Monica’s Mexican, with the best carne asada north of the border and those tasty bean burritos!

FRI: Fri @ 5 Jazz Night, featuring William Friedsen’s Jazz Group and heavy appetizers. $10 per plate at the bar! 

SAT: DJOD Regatta returns!

SUN: DJOD Regatta windup! 

MON: Monday Nite Football with the Eagles vs. the Bears! Chili and cornbread for $2 a bowl! 


See you in the lounge!



Wednesday - 6pm

Come on down to the Clubhouse to meet your next ballot of Trustees and Officers.  Each candidate will say a few words about why they are choosing to run and will be available for questions.  Make an informed vote! 
Trustee candidates: 
Officer candidates

Autumn Equinox Cruise
Poets Cove September 23 – 25
Pender Island, BC
Every year the Autumn Equinox marks a day of equal light and darkness and the BYC traditional end of our cruising season. This popular and intimate cruise is about our boating friendships and our shared enjoyment of the Salish Sea in one of the nicest locations in the Sea. Poets Cove Resort and Spa is located on South Pender Island, British Columbia and our Cruise Dates are September 23, 24 & 25, 2016.
Cruise Details
Friday September 23 – Depart to Poets Cove from where ever you are in the Salish Sea and join your fellow members of the BYC at 5:00 to our No Host Dock Party, bring your favorite Salish Sea appetizer.  (Clams, Oysters, Bacon wrapped Halibut, Mussels, Smoked Salmon, Scallops, Pickled Herring ... what is your favorite?) (Through out the visit, the great pools and hot tubs at Poets Cove will be used, so don’t forget your bathing suits)
Saturday September 24  - Dock Side Potluck Breakfast, or if weather does not permit, we will hold it on our boats.  Following breakfast we will either take our annual Coastal Nature Hike to Gowland Point –or -  hike up Mt. Norman to enjoy its spectacular view.  For dinner that evening, we will decide to either have an early meal at the Pub, or have a community dinner. (The full service Spa at Poets Cove has been very popular for massages, facials and …)
Sunday the 25 - Poets Cove Resort & Spa has a great breakfast buffet you can enjoy go on your own schedule before leaving for home.
Make your Marina Reservation - tell them it is for the Bellingham Yacht Club Cruise. (1.250.629.2111 or email
Make your Room Reservation - This is a great cruise to bring people who do not have a boat to stay on.  Contact the Front Desk (888) 512-7638 and tell them you are making a reservation for the Bellingham Yacht Club.
Questions?  Call John or Patricia Gargett (360) 656-5700 or via email



Our PITCH race officer, John Pedlow, has arranged for a wonderful opportunity for BYC members to learn how to be a race officer and run sailboat races.


BYC is hosting a USSA One Day Race Management Seminar on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 0900-1700 at BYC.  This is a great chance for you to get current on race management and get certified as a Club Race Officer by US Sailing.  

Jeff Zarwell from SFYC and John will be co-instructing the course.  At the end of the day, you will be able to take an online exam and get certified.  

The cost of the seminar is $50, which includes all seminar materials, lunch and the online exam.


Registration is available now at


Sign up if you are interested in increasing your contribution to race committee!
-Randy Nulle


September 17/18 – BYC Dale Jepsen One Design Regatta
October 1 - Governor's Point
October 8 - Marmetta Cup
October 22 - Jack Island


Sure, things happen and items get lost... but as with most things in life, replacement comes at a cost.  In terms of your club nametag, this year we have spent $624 on name tags alone.  Help us out by keeping track of your name tag, and put it back in the drawer when you leave the Club.
If you have any questions, pleae email Marian Henderson  


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

For more photos,
click here - here - or here!

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



This Week's Photo Contest  


Last week's photograph was taken from Deer Harbor Inn, a short walk up the hill from the marina and a great place for dinner (make reservations!). No one correctly identified the location.


This week we see a quiet harbour. 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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