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WEEK OF MARCH 22-28, 2011

  • WOWEE, Congrats to the Youth Sailors!
  • AYC Comes to Visit Us on Saturday
  • Thanks for the Help, BYC Sponsors...
  • Bar Features New Racing Beer...
  • Welcome New Members!
  • Open House & Dinner Dance Update (What to Wear!)
  • No Boat?  Here's How You Can Get Out on the Water Anyway!
  • Another Request to Support Boaters in Olympia
  • Our Commodore's Column
  • Wine Selection of the Week
  • Crew Exchange System Now Set Up
  • Only 11 Days Until The Club Scrub: We Need YOU!
  • A Neat Weather Site (repeated).

Scroll down for the complete articles after this week's Calendar.

CLUBHOUSE CALENDAR IN BRIEF       Full Calendars: Facilities  or All Activities
   Bar* |  Main Floor Lounges   | Main Flr Comm Rm  | Ward Room   | Bartenders
Tu: No  |                       |                   |7-9 Pwr Sqdrn|
We: No  |                       |
                  |             |
Th: 5-9 |                       |
Cribbage&Cards    |             | Sam (Pd)
Fr: 5-??|                       |                   |             | Sam (Pd)
Sa: 5-8 | AYC Here: Come & Meet!|                   |             | Sylvester
Su: No  |                       |                   |             |
Mo: No  |          
             |                   |                       |
     * The Bar, when open, is ALWAYS open to all Members!

Sponsors: San Juan Sailing & Yachting |  Mike McGlenn, Surveyor  |  Phil Dyer, Realtor

However, with the start of Racing Season beginning in two weeks, on Wednesday, April 6, the lounge will then be open for business from 5-9 PM on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  A paid bartender (usually, Sam) will serve us on Wednesdays and Fridays; volunteer bartenders have been scheduled through September to serve us on Thursdays and Saturdays.

We are also looking into the possibility of opening the bar on Tuesdays if we can find enough volunteer bartenders to work from 5-8 PM.  If you are
available and willing to open the bar on Tuesdays, please contact me at or 360 650-9319.

Meanwhile, if you are not a licensed mixologist, but would be interested in becoming a volunteer bartender, a 3 hour evening class will be offered soon.  The cost of the class is $40 and the license is good for 5 years.  Let me know you're interested at the email and number above.  Thanks!  --- John


For those of you who attended the first BYC cruise of the year to Anacortes, you know that the Anacortes Yacht Club was more than gracious and truly enabled our first cruise to be a success.
This weekend is the AYC's first cruise and they are coming up to visit us:  Let's reciprocate by making it fun!  They'll arrive Saturday at about 5:30, and they will be having a potluck dinner at our place.  They will be grilling steaks, chicken and other food, and just as they did for us, you are invited to bring down your potluck items and get to know some other great boaters here in the Northwest.
So, bring your favorite potluck dish and join us for a great evening of fun!   --- John Gargett

Sponsors: Squalicum Marine  The Landings @ Colony Wharf  | Tri County Diesel Marine

The Whatcom Community High School Sailing team competed in a regatta at Lakewood on Lake Whatcom Saturday.   Teams from Bainbridge, Orcas, Seattle Yacht Club, Kitsap, Port Townsend, Friday Harbor, Interlake, Anacortes, Everett and Bellingham sailed FJ and Alpha class dinghies in fair weather and moderate winds during the regatta.  

The BYC-sponsored Whatcom County Team took DOUBLE TOP honors by placing FIRST among sixteen teams in the FJ division, and FIRST out of 11 teams in the Alpha divisions!  

The Whatcom Team also had a very strong showing at a regatta the previous Saturday at the Seattle Yacht Club.  Many of the Whatcom team members learned to sail in the BYC summer sailing program during the last three years.  Congratulations to the Team!

In other Youth Sailing news, You Can Now Join BYC Youth Sailing FaceBook Page.  Youth sailing mom Sara Clark started the for all the BYC youth sailors and their fans.  More than twenty kids have already joined.  Anyone can join: Search for it on FaceBook under "Bellingham YC Youth Sailing Club."     --- Steve Kersey

Sponsors: Earl Danglemaier | San Juan Electronics Top to Bottom Inc. Marine Service
To kickoff Racing Season this year (it starts at the BYC on April 6), the BYC Bar will be featuring Anacortes Brewery’s “Racing Red” Ale on tap. This is a special label beer produced for the Sailing & Boating enthusiast and is one of the most popular beers served at the Anacortes Yacht Club.   I had a great long conversation with Rick at the Anacortes Brewery and how he shares our passions for boating and fine beer.  Anacortes Brewery is a regular sponsor and supporter of boating and sailing activities throughout our region.  So, to reciprocate our appreciation, I wanted to give him an opportunity to showcase his craft beers at our Club.
The “Racing Red” Ale is modeled after classic "mild" ale with low hopping and alcohol for easy drinking (OG 1.052, 4.2% ABV, 20 IBU).   It’s not overly bitter and has lower alcohol content than the strong ales such as the Stone Pale Ale (6.9% ABV, 41 IBU) currently on Tap and goes head to head with Full Sail Pale Ale. Full Sail Pale Ale will be temporarily moved off tap and available in bottles.
(Note: Last year the Full Sail distributions rights were sold by Bellingham’s Dickenson Distributing to Columbia Distributing out of Seattle.  Since then, the ordering and delivery process has become complicated.  Because we are “Small Fry” in the eyes of this giant Whale, our delivery cycle is every 2 – 4 weeks. So, since our Full Sail Pale Ale ran out last week at Margarita night, it took the opportunity to give Anacortes a shot.)
Please come down and try a pint of “Racing Red” and let me know what you think.  Draft Microbrews at the BYC Bar are always $3.50 pint or $11 pitcher.
--- Cheers! Jonathan Knowles, Volunteer Bar Manager

Sponsors: Special-T Striping & Sign | Chuck McCord, Realtor | West Coast Marine Services

"Permission to Come Aboard" has been granted by our Board to the following new members, all of whom live in Bellingham.  When you see them at our Club, be sure to introduce yourself and give them a warm welcome:
  • Michael Seal and Joan Barnet, who are rejoining the club, own a 26' McGregor named Viking.
  • Susan Henderson has also rejoined. 
  • Sandy Hansen and John Fekkes, who own a 19' Reinell named Never Say Die;
  • Bryon and Susan Richards who pilot a 46' Grand Banks named Eagle's Gig; and
  • John and Patricia Harris sail Kehaulani, a 40' Caliber, which suffered through --- but survived --- the recent tsunami in Hawaii. We all look forward to hearing more about their 9-year circumnavigation.
Since all the new members are local, we're hoping to see them soon down at our Club. Be sure to stop by, say hello, and help them get involved!  ---Marian Welsh, Membership Secretary


The sponsors listed here on our Jib Sheet buy ads here and in our Roster for the year...and although the ads only cost $120 for the period, cumulatively they add well over $2,000 to our budget, enough, almost, to pay for the complete printed Roster/Yearbook and its mailing, too. 

All these advertisers have been with us for years, and we have just sent out our renewal notices to all of them.  Would you make it a point to thank them for supporting the Club?  It will mean a lot to us and them, too, for you to show your appreciation.  Thanks! 

And thanks right now to Bellingham Yacht Sales, Chuck McCord Real Estate, Dawn Durand Real Estate, Matt Harris, NW Explorations, Phil Dyer Real Estate, Rasmussen Marine Electric, San Juan Electronics, Special-T Striping & Sign, Squalicum Marine, Top to Bottom Marine Services, Tri County Diesel Marine, West Coast Marine Services, and Wilson Motors, all of whom have renewed already!

Sponsors: LFS Inc. | Gary Baker Realtor | Matthew Harris Surveyor | Hardware Sales, Inc.


Saturday, April 9th, from  11 a.m. to 4 p.m. we will be open to the Public for a grand Open House at our BYC.  We have scheduled events of interest to adults and youth, to boaters and non-boaters, and then at 5:30, the reception begins for our First Annual Spring Dinner Dance.  Because of state liquor laws, it's our only day our bar is open to the public during this calendar year!

This is a Great Opportunity to Invite Your Friends to the BYC!  You and your friends can check out the BYC’s boating and social programs, and you can participate in several seminars and get questions answered from folks who know the answers.  Our Club will be sparkling after the Club Scrub, the Bar will be open, coffee and cookies will be available during the BYC OPEN HOUSE. Racing, Youth Sailing, Boating, Cruising and Membership Programs will all have tables and displays at the Open House. Windows on the Bay Events will have its doors open for guests to tour its gracious event facilities.

Of particular interest are three seminars:

11 – Noon:  Buying and Selling Boats
     Wes Koenig, CPYB, from San Juan Sailing and Yachting;
     Pete Foti, Co-Owner of West Coast Marine Service, dealers in boats up to around 30 feet; and
     Matt Harris, widely-known expert Marine Surveyor.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.:  Thirteen Deadly Conditions to Check for in Your Boat's Electrical System...and Other Electrifying Thoughts!"
     Wayne Kelsoe, Chief Engineer, Blue Sea Systems.  This has been heard by many from the fellow who is arguably the leading expert in the field.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.:  Cruising the Northwest from Olympia to Skagway and Beyond
     Joe Coons, who has extensively power cruised, Olympia to Skagway
     Tom Selman, who has cruised offshore to the Med from Florida and Myanmar from Los Angeles as well as extensively, Olympia to Skagway
     Don Jorgenson, experienced sailboat cruiser to Desolation Sound

Meanwhile, elsewhere in our Squalicum Harbor, CharterFest will be happening down on the docks, and merchants will all be holding special events.  What a fun day to experience all that Bellingham and the BYC has to offer anyone interested in the water, boats, or new friends.  Tell your buddies and co-workers to check out the BYC OPEN HOUSE during the day, and read the story above telling how to invite them to join you at the Spring Dinner Dance in the evening of Saturday, April 9th.

Mark calendars, invite your friends, and enjoy your Club on Saturday, April 9th.  For more information contact Gary Baker @ 360.441.5683.
--- The Marketing Steering Committee

Sponsors: Dawn Durand Realtor  |  Rasmussen Marine Electric  Seaview North Boatyard


Tickets are selling briskly!  If you don’t have yours, be sure to call or email Kathy Brown (970.218-9628 or Trudy Kelsoe (360.738.3095 to reserve yours TODAY!   We have sold over 100 tickets so far in less than two weeks! We are approaching capacity.

What to Wear: Many people (well, women) have asked what to wear to the Spring Dinner Dance. The answer is Spring Attire --- no matter if is snowing, raining, blowing or if we are enjoying a dazzling sunny day here in Pacific Northwest---wear your spring shoes, spring frocks, khaki pants, pastel ties, navy suits, garden party dresses, whatever attire that speaks SPRING to you!   

About the Music: Here is the website for The Walrus:  Our own Joe Young is a member of this 5-piece band, which is why the BYC received such a great price for an evening of its rich vocals and great dance music.  Wear your dancing shoes!

Check out the BYC website: for more info. Thank you! --- Your BYC Spring Dinner Dance Committee.


Is it just me, or did this winter seem unusually long and gloomy?  Well, move over winter because spring is here!
A big "thank you" to all the folks that came out for last Friday@5 and shared your marvelous St. Patrick’s Day goodies.  And a big Hooty Hoot to the Penk O’Donnell Irish Dancers that came by to do a few jigs and entertain the crowd.  Wow, can those girls dance!  Thank you, members for being so generous each time a hat is passed around – these girls really appreciate your giving as they make their way to the world championships in Ireland.
In other happenings last week, your board met and approved a $10 corkage fee for members wanting to bring in their own bottles of wine.  Just another reason to come on down and enjoy your beautiful club!  Use our glasses, our coolers, and our beautiful Club...
The next few weeks will be busy indeed as we rally for the Spring Club Scrub on 2 April; put on your best BYC smiles for the Open House on 9 April; and then dance and dine at the Spring Dinner Dance, also on 9 April.  And don’t forget our longest-standing tradition for all Members: Opening Day on 7 May.  After the traditional kick-off reception and ceremonies, it’ll be a day of Swashbucklers, Scallywags, and Scurvy Dogs – you won’t want to miss it!

At your service, Commodore Michele

Sponsors: Wilson Motors | Bellingham Yacht Sales & Charters | Northwest Explorations
The BYC Board recently agreed that it would be good if BYC boat owners could take potential new boat owners out on the water to find out what boating is all about.  The object is for inexperienced folks to gain a little confidence about potential boat ownership, but also to make new BYC friends.  

Here is an online form that can be completed by those who "Need a Boat", or those that "Have a Boat and are willing to take novices out on the water."  This form when completed and submitted will automatically entered on Google Docs for others to check.  Only BYC Members are eligible to sign up, please! 
You can check the form to see whether you have a match here!  (Bookmark the link when you use it the first time for future reference.) Thanks to Dick Grimshaw who has worked to put this together...

To help BYC sailors find crew we have created a Crew Exchange sign up sheet here (Bookmark it after using it for the first time!) This sheet will enable Crew AVAILABLE  and Crew WANTED to "see each other" .  Already three potential crew available have signed up, using the link that's already on the web site.


(Available by the Bottle at Our Bar)  REJADORADA TINTO ROBLE 2008  (D.O. Toro)  From the Bodega Rejadorada winery, this red, 100% Tinta de Toro tempranillo wine got 91 points from Robert Parker.  Tasting reports say it comes with very powerful aromas. Fine toasted oak in perfect balance with ripe black fruit. Jammy. Blackberries, black currant and black pepper. In the mouth it is powerful, dense and concentrated, with ripe tannins. Long finish with lots of character. This is the essence of Toro, right here.  Alc. 14.5%. It’s from a gold & silver medal vineyard.   --- Don Jorgenson


And it's Fun, too!  This Spring's Club Scrub is set for Saturday, April 2 from about 9AM to 12:30.  These Club-wide work parties are described on Page 12 of Section 1B of your new Roster...and when you see the description, you'll know how they help our Club.  But more important, they really are funYou'll get to know a few Members better, making for long-lasting friendships and shared memories of accomplishment...with a dose of hilarity thrown in. 

When the work's over at 12:30 or 1:00, we all settle down for some pizza and refreshments (on the Club), and when we arrive there are usually donuts and coffee.  Please calendarize it now and come on down!  (Makes me feel like Bob Barker.)


[The Recreational Boating Association of Washington is a lobbying group that our BYC supports, and we are pleased that many of our Members belong to RBAW, too.  (For details about RBAW, see their site,  They wrote the following to us.]

The legislature will be considering items for the Capital Budget this week. Please contact your legislators immediately and ask them to retain funding for the Boating Facilities Program, including the Recreation Resource Account. Here is a sample letter you can use. You will find below it the breakdown of proposed funding.

Please contact your legislators Today!
E-Mail or CALL LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE: 1-800-562-6000 (It's quick & easy!)

Thanks for your help.
Ed Jennerich, President


San Juan Sailing is teaching a CPR and Marine First Aid clinic in the Ward room on Sunday, April 10, 8:30- 12:00.  BYC members would need to RSVP to Tanya Lamp, Sailing School Manager, at or at 360-671-4300 before April 1.  San Juan Sailing wants to offer this clinic at no charge to our members, in appreciation for their relationship with the BYC.  The CPR certification will be through the American Heart Association.


Steve Johnson writes the Jib Sheet:   "A sailor friend from the SF Bay area has set up a web site that collects just about all the marine weather information on  one page that a person could want.  When you first go onto the site you are redirected to a set up page.  The setup is very easy.  You enter your city, click on a map where you want to sail, and verify the programs choice of zones and that is it.  There is a ton of information and you can further edit what you see from the actual page.  I think a  lot of members would find it useful.  Here  is  the  link:

SPRING IS HERE: Is Opening day far behind?  Remember to submit your articles to  Deadline is Monday noon.

Fair Winds and Following Seas from your JibSheet editors: Kathy Brown, Joe Coons, and Jim Langei.

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