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Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas with peace on earth and much joy as you celebrate this wonderful season.
Please send any comments, suggestions or stories to:
31 Dec  New Year's Eve
6 Jan  PACRIM Mtg
30 Jan  Boat Show Bus

Open 5PM Wed - Sat
December Bartenders

Starting Dec 1, 2015:  

Mon -- Tuesday 9AM to 3PM

Wednesday Closed

Thursday -- Friday 9AM to 3PM

Saturday and Sunday 9AM to 4PM

7 day a week operations will return on Monday February 15, 2016.

  Docking fail...
Even the 'experts' get it wrong now and then.

Silver Reef Casino
Harbor Fuel
Hardware Sales
LFS Marine Outdoors
Redden Marine Supply
HUB International, Northwest
Spinnaker Financial Group
Gary Baker - Remax
Dawn Durand - Windermere
Joe Sulham - Fairhaven
Dale Serbousek - Remax
Bellingham Marine Repair

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
TD Curran Apple Specialists
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
December 22-28, 2015

WED: 23 Dec:  Bar and lounge open at 5 ; THURS: 24 Dec: CLUB CLOSED - Merry Christmas!;  FRI: 25 Dec: CLUB CLOSED - Merry Christmas!;  SAT: 26 Bar and lounge open at 5;  MON:  28 Dec: MNF

 PACRIM 2016 - Nakhodka, Russia
Informational Meeting on 6 January


Racers and ambassadors alike!!  Begin thinking about PacRim 2016 NOW!!!   Check out this announcement and go to for info and applications.  


PacRim 2016 is a World Peace event not to be missed.

Al Callery

PacRim 2016 co-chair 

The Boat Show, the Boat Show, the Big Seattle Boat Show…2016!

”Get on the BYC Bus!”

Saturday, Jan 30, 2016! 

Bus leaves BYC at 8:30 am and Returns at 7:30 pm.

Price is $45.00 P/P,  ( $10.00 less than last year!)

Enjoy Delicious Libations, and Beverages, down and back with fellow BYC members!

Tickets to both shows are included!

Avoid the Traffic, Parking and the hassle!

Your hosts, back by popular demand, Jody Erickson and Terry Tavelli!

To reserve your seat,  SIGN UP NOW, as there are a limited number of seats available.

We will Open up registration to other boaters Jan 15, 2016 in order to fill the bus!

Sign up on the BYC website…BYC.Org!!  Hope to see you all there!

Don’t Delay…………………Get on the BYC BUS!
Click here for the full flyer

Susan Hempler and her Social Committee have a full calendar of exciting and fun events planned!  To view the full schedule, click here!


Wine Tasting a Rousing Success!!

80-90 folks gathered at the Club on Friday night for wine tasting and enjoyed some appetizers as well as being entertained by the high school jazz quartet.  Voting was fierce, but the top White Wine was an Italian wine, Lovo Fior D'Arancio. Second place for white in the voting went to the Duck Pond Pinot Gris.

First place for the Red went to a California Red Wine, the Diora Pinot Noir. There was a tie for second between the Tamarack Merlot and the Yalumba Bush Vines Grenache. Out of the 24 different wines, the first place red was the most expensive at $24.99 a bottle and the first place white was only $15.99 a bottle. The bar will be getting a case of the two winning wines so members can try them the next time they come in.

-Gary Baker

We are a club anchored in friendship and boating… we are also pretty sure your circle of friends includes some non-members, and we don’t want you or them to miss out.  This year is packed with social events and cruises, and we hope to build on your enjoyment of these events by extending an amazing membership offer to friends and family of current members:  
  • Invite your friends to join the club between Dec 18, 2015 and Jan 15, 2016
  • If they apply within that window, their initiation and membership dues are only $375 total!
  • This is a savings of $295!  
    It's the biggest offer of the year, so if you have friends you would like to bring into our community, don't miss out on this deal!
  • Membership applications are available online or at the club
  • Membership is through our regular year and lasts until September.
  • Renewal is at the regular yearly rate without initiation fees.
-Chris Jacobs
Membership Chair

Happy Holidays everyone!  


Friends and Family Promotion

'Tis the season of giving, and we are giving a large discount on initiation and membership to friends or family you encourage to join the club between now and Jan 15 (new member mixer).  Details re on the flier in this jib sheet and plastered around the club, so I'll move on.


Boating Mentors wanted!!!!

Do you remember when you started boating?  ...or when you were considering membership but didn't have a boat?  We are looking for volunteers to act as "mentors".  We assume that you'd be working mainly with a junior member, transitioning from the sailing/racing program... providing an opportunity to learn about boat ownership, potentially go out a few times to learn about larger boats... maybe to Inati, or crabbing or fishing (you don't have to give away your secret spots... unless you want to).  This is meant to add value to junior members, members who aren't as experienced as some of us, and those without a boat (yet).  We're a community, and this is one way to strengthen the bonds to our community, boating and each other... please consider volunteering. We'll let you know how to sign up next week.


Welcome new members!

This week we welcomed in Walter and Lorette Knowles (no relation to our past commodore).  They live in Kirkland but moor their boat Sagres here in Squalicum.  They have just purchased a 46' Moody that they are bringing up as well.  Quite seasoned cruisers, they are looking to join our cruising community and help when possible.


New Member Mixer:  this is scheduled for Jan15, but with how busy this season gets, it's never too early to put it on your calendar.  The mixer is for you whether you're a new member or a seasoned veteran, it's a great way to meet, mingle and strengthen our club... 
-Chris Jacobs


We can't take credit for organizing the recent Tai Chi series at the club, but I do want to thank Kathy and Dirk Vermeeren for graciously volunteering to instruct club members in this ancient martial arts form. Attendees found the classes enjoyable and relaxing as well as informational. Tai Chi, sometimes referred to as "meditation in motion", is widely recognized for its many health benefits. Kathy and Dirk are tentatively planning to repeat the beginners' series in January. So if you missed out the first time, watch for further details.


Beginning in January, Tom Dalgliesh is organizing a series of six US Power Squadron seminars to provide a good grounding in seamanship and boating basics. These will be normal Power Squadron seminars with added local content, and we expect many of the instructors to be BYC members. Each seminar will cover a specific topic, so you can choose one or two or all. Seminars will be held in the Ward Room on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. There will be a charge for these events that all goes to the US Power Squadron which develops and subsidizes these seminars. Stay tuned for a complete list of topics!


And finally check out winter quarter boating courses offered at the Bellingham Technical College by the Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron. In addition to "America's Boating Course" which will help prepare you for the required Washington State Boater Education Card, they are offering "Seamanship" and "Weather". Go to for more information.
-Marian Welsh




Last Friday’s wine tasting event was a huge success, with 24 wines being tasted. Members availed themselves of the opportunity to purchase case lots of some of the wines at bargain prices, also! Don’t be surprised to see at least two or three of the wines from the tasting appear soon (like this week) on the counter at the club!


Here’s the schedule for this Christmas week:

WED: Bar and lounge open at 5. Take a break from last-minute shopping and stop by for a beverage. We’ll probably have some chili on to heat, also.

THUR: Christmas eve. Bar closed

FRI: Christas Day: Bar closed

SAT: Bar and lounge open at 5. Stop in and show off those new Christmasy things!

MON next: Monday Nite Football, the last of the season! Bengals vs. Broncos

See you in the lounge!

Happy Holidays & New Year from the BYC Sail Fleet…  We look forward to a great 2016 Racing Season!
Jonathan, John, Randy, Eric, Bart, Terry, Rick & Tim


Available on a month-to-month basis until 1 April 2016.  Location is Gate 9, M/W 54.  Only the second dock out and a leeward tie so your boat doesn't blow into the dock during our winter storms.  Has a good lock-box too! 
Gary Baker



Member Phil Dyer is currently 'between boats' and is looking for someone interested in a sub-lease.  Slip is 1CW. 
Phil Dyer


What can be said about the last two weeks? I know there was no column last week because the only mentionable event was the Friday Steak night. A pretty well attended event with over 60 steaks cooked by Dick Labadie for those who ordered them.

This week was kind of quiet as well with Monday Night Football, the board meeting, and then finished off with the Friday's at 5:00 Wine Tasting/Christmas Party. I was surprised by the number of folks who came for this event and was very pleased to see so many. A big thanks to Susan Hempler, Susan Henderson, and Gary Baker for setting up this event. I would also like to say that I was honored to present a $24,000 check to our intrepid bar manager Steve Hayward for the Monica Hayward Fund. It is very special that our members are so supportive of one of our own who has given us so much. I want to thank ALL of you who donated and took time out of your schedules to make it happen. We are so blessed as a community and as members. All I can say is, You guys ROCK!!!

As most of you know, the Commodore's Ball photo's are now up on the website do to the great efforts of our Webmaster Terry Tavelli. Thanks so much for helping get them up there. I would also like to mention that there are still a bunch of martini glasses available behind the bar for purchase.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and look forward to a wonderful New Year serving you.

-Commodore Mick



This Week's Photo Contest 

Fort Lauderdale's Fifteenth Street Fisheries (Restaurant) was the topic of last week's photo. Terry Tavelli, Dean Altschuler, Tim Thompson, Jim Gibson, and John Van Haalen all correctly identified the location, while Randy Nulle was close.


This week we see a busy waterfront on a rainy day. If you know the location, send your  answer to


The Chess Challenge solution for last week was
1. Bf4+ Bxf4
2. gxf4#
The winners were Lisa Harding and Richard Veach.

Click HERE to see this week's chess challenge. Send your solution to Alex Marr at

Click HERE to see an example of solution to a typical chess challenge.


   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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