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HAPPY NEW YEAR!  The promise of a new year is always exciting... a fresh 365-page blank book that awaits your adventures!  I look forward to sharing in those adventures with you and the BYC!
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6 Jan  Fridays @ 5
11 Jan  Sail Fleet Mtg
12 Jan  Cruise Fleet Mtg
13 Jan  Steak Night
20 Jan  Fridays @ 5

Open 5PM Tues - Friday



Mon - Tues      9am to 3pm
Wed                  Closed
Thurs - Fri        9am to 3pm
Sat & Sun        9am to 4pm
Back to seven days a week operations beginning 20 February 2017


Pleasure boat hits Washington State Ferry -- who do you think was at fault??  (Warning -- mute the audio if you want to miss the foul language)


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
January 3-9, 2017

TUES:  3 Jan: Bar opens at 5; WED:  4 Jan: Bar opens at 5; THURS: 5 Jan: Monica's Mexican;  FRI: 6 Jan:  Fridays @ 5

Namaskar and Happy New Year!!

2016 has left us in the wake and we have fair seas ahead in 2017.  We have collegial good fun in store and lots of friends to share in it all.  Of course there will be the occasional chore and bottom to scrub but that’s all part of the adventure.
My New Year’s Resolutions are to eat more crab and oysters, smile and wave at power boaters, anchor in Inati and Chuckanut Bay, and tell my wife I love her more every day. I will also check the fuel filter before Garufa leaves the dock the first time this year and wear my own boots when walking on rocks.
The BYC and its members have a great opportunity to shine more brightly than ever in 2017. We are going to need (cheap – yeah, right) sunglasses!
We will have cruises and rendezvous, deliveries and races, sunny days and rain, adverse current and following seas. We may surprise ourselves when learning something new and we may make mistakes from which to surprise ourselves into learning something. We may learn to tie a new knot and we may teach someone who is also learning.  If we are lucky we will not be boarded at Customs in Bedwell Harbor. We will have new members and returning members.
My outside lights are still up at Casa Garufa because I need the seasonal support and inspiration until at least Valentine’s Day. And, speaking of which, the Christmas decorations are down at the club and the Lounge is waiting for the next seasonal inspiration.
So, with all of this goodness in store for us this upcoming year, let’s do our best to ‘share the love’ of the BYC; sponsor a new member, volunteer to host a Friday’s at Five; go out on a race committee boat, clean up the beach at Inati Bay, the list goes on and on.
Cast no Wake Upon our Burgee.
Commodore Neil
And a happy celebration it was for the 25-30 members that came down to the Club on New Year's Eve to ring in the New Year at Midnight (New York time).  Dan and Ariane Ringler brought hats and horns for all; Commodore Neil braved the cold and BBQ'd five dozen oysters that disappeared as fast as they were brought in off the grill; and everyone else brought yummy snacks and nibbles to share.  After we watched the ball drop in New York City, members dispersed either to home or to other parties.  It was a great gathering and I hope to see more members next year!
-PC Michele Bennett
Dear BYC members:
Advertising your company or business through the Bellingham Yacht Club gains you direct marketing access to enthusiastic boaters and boat owners in Bellingham, Whatcom County and beyond. Over 30 BYC members currently advertise with the BYC and its various forms of community interaction. In addition to supporting the club that hosts club and community events such as Opening Day on Bellingham Bay, Lighted Boat Parade, Junior Ski To Sea, and major local sailboat racing regattas... your advertisement will help the BYC mission, “to foster recreational boating activities in Bellingham and vicinity”. You will also help support BYC community events such as Whatcom Community High School Sailing, Bellingham Sailing Foundation, ‘Sink the Dinghy’ community support fundraising, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Local Bellingham Power Squadron and the Sea Scouts.
Advertising with the Bellingham Yacht Club in 2017 includes:
  • A one third page advertisement in the BYC Yearbook and membership roster and on the BYC website. With either of these you can choose to include a brief caption with your member bio or business information.
  •  Listing in the BYC Jib Sheet, mailed weekly to the entire membership with a hyperlink to your company’s website. The Jib Sheet reaches over 375 members, 52 weeks per year, which is over 19,500 emails per year.
  •  Publish up to 4 special offers/events about your business in the BYC Jib Sheet newsletter and up to 4 special offers/events about your business on the BYC Facebook page. 
This tremendous advertising program is extended from the 2015 rates of $150 inclusive of all of the above benefits. This is an extraordinary value to both you and the BYC membership.
Please contact Commodore Neil at if you’re interested. Please include business card graphics and a short 1 to 2 sentence member bio. The deadline for this production is January 15, 2017. If you have any questions email me at
Thank you from me and the entire BYC membership for your support of your club.
Neil Bennett
Commodore 2016 – 2017
Bellingham Yacht Club
2625 S. Harbor Loop Dr.
Bellingham, WA 98225
A Second Set of Cooks!
Chef Dick is looking for a second set of helpers for our Steak Nights.  We need... a Grill Master, a Maitre d', and a 'runner'.

A Back-Up Jibsheet Editor
PC Michele is looking for someone (or 2!) to provide back-up when she is out of town and to just learn the system.  It's really not too hard!

If you're interested in helping out, please send a note to  Thank you!!
Are you chairing an event or committee and need some help for a particular event?  Send a note to and I'll put a call-out here!


Thanks to Linda Lavine for spearheading the New Year’s Party organization and to Parker for bartending! It turned out to be a great party!


Note that hours have changed since Monday Nite Football is no longer running. New bar hours are Tuesday thru Friday, opening at 5!


Here’s the skinny for this week:


TUE: Bar and lounge open at 5!

WED: Bar and lounge open at 5!

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

FRI: Fri @ 5! Bring on those appetizers and “come on down!”


See you in the lounge!



Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron Classes Announced for January 2017

Three new classes will be offered in January by the Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron.  Classes will be held at the Bellingham Technical College.

Marine Electrical Systems
America's Boating Course

Our next cruising committee meeting is January 12 at 7pm at BYC.  Please join us and lend your voice to shaping 2017 cruises!


Vickie Olson

NW Explorations, owned by member, Brian Pemberton, has published a wonderful, two-page guide to cruising the San Juans.  Especially if you are new to our area, this shows the top cruising/viewing/overnight spots! 
-PC Joe Coons
Save The Date: 
General BYC Sail Fleet Meeting  
Jan 11  at 6 PM

Open to Racers, Skippers, Crew and Race Committee
A general BYC Sail Fleet Meeting will be held on Wednesday January 11, from 6-8 PM.  Starting with social/burger hour at 6 PM and then followed with an open forum style meeting at 7 PM.  The agenda will include the 2017 Racing Schedule, BYC Hosted Regatta, Race Committee Changes, 2017 RRS Rules Changes, Seminars & Classes, and an opportunity for everyone to provide input to help improve our Racing Program.  
-PC Jonathan Knowles


1987 Catalina 30


Moored at Squalicum Marina

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Send photo and description to and it will run in the Jibsheet for 3 editions.

This Week's Photo Contest

The small-boat harbor of Zadar, Croatia was the subject of last week's picture. Jim Gibson, Lisa McArdle, Lisa Megard, Teresa Van Haalen, and Phil Dyer all correctly identified the place, Dean Altschuler named a nearby port.


This week we see an aquatic creature that would happily welcome you to his swimming pool. If you know where to find him, send your answer to

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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