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WEEK OF May 24-30, 2011

  • From our Commodore
  • Pacific Rim Challenge--be a part of it!
  • Your Club Needs You
  • What's Happening at the Club
  • Editors' Announcement
  • Techie Stuff

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Sponsors: San Juan Sailing & Yachting |  Mike McGlenn, Surveyor | Phil Dyer, Realtor
Commodore Column – 24 May 2011
Another busy week…
Your board met last Thursday and approved 3 new local members;  approved a lease agreement with the Bellingham Sailing Foundation for use of their 3 FJs in our junior and high school sailing programs; and discussed the issue of folks smoking on the deck. 

The simple fact is that the deck lies within 25 feet of the doorway and even if you stand in the farthest corner possible, the prevailing South wind brings the smoke right back into the Clubhouse.  Signs are being remade (they went mysteriously missing last summer) and the Board respectfully asks all members and guests to not smoke on the deck.  The designated smoking area is at the far end of the entry walkway and there is an appropriate receptacle there for your used cigarettes.  While I probably should not have to say this, the beautiful flowerbeds that Carol Snowball meticulously maintains for us are NOT ashtrays.  ‘Nuff said.
In happier news, I want to extend a big thank you to all the members that came down to the Clubhouse on Friday to welcome the Port Ludlow Yacht Club.  The sun was out, the deck doors were open, and our remodeled clubhouse was doing what it does best… entertain!
Over the weekend, Neil and I were down in Seattle, racing with member David MacLean on his J/109 Illusionist in the Sperry Top-Sider Seattle NOOD regatta, where we managed to squeak out a 3rd place in a very competitive 5 boat fleet.  Member Kim Alfreds took 2nd place on the other course racing his A-CAT and member Eric Yaremko brought down his Flying Circus (and a few other members) to compete in the Performance 30 class.  I know it isn’t easy to take your racing ‘on the road’ so I fully appreciate the efforts of our members to represent the BYC outside our home waters.  You do us proud!
I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.  A handful of us are headed to Victoria to compete in the Swiftsure race, so look for our race report in next week’s issue.  Are you headed out on your boat??  Take pictures!  Write a story!  Share your adventures!
At your service,
Commodore Michele

Sponsors: Squalicum Marine  |  The Landings @ Colony Wharf  | Tri County Diesel Marine
 Cold and Damp, or Warm and Tan, You Decide
March in Bellingham is usually cold, grey, wet, filled with moss and mildew.  The trees are still bare, and the knit cap is found everywhere, along with the various versions of GORE-TEX layering our damp and sun starved bodies.  March in Bellingham is a time when the birds haven’t come back in strength, and our morning coffee is usually piping hot to warm our spirits to face the windshield wipers and the blustery wind.  Next year, you have an incredible opportunity to escape this seasonal malaise.  You have a chance for a reprieve.  A chance to go to a place where the sun is high in the sky and its warmth can be felt on body parts normally tightly sealed under mildew encrusted rain gear. 
Next March, The Bellingham Yacht Club and The Bellingham Sister Cities Organization are offering you have a chance to go to Port Stephens Australia as part of the Pacific Rim Challenge.  Team Bellingham will send 20 participants as either Racers or Ambassadors.  It is an opportunity to warm your bones while making friends with people from all over the world. 
March in Port Stephens brings sunny skies and 80-degree temperatures.  Its beaches are long and sandy, perfect for snorkeling, surfing, swimming, or just wiggling your toes in the soft sand while doing nothing.  As part of Team Bellingham, you will be subjected to the fabulous local cuisine.  You will get to live like a local while being home stayed with a Port Stephens resident.  You will be invited to daily parties and social gatherings.  You will be shuttled to places like the Hunter Valley Wine Country where you can sample the pride of Australia.  Be careful though, the locals will try to out-drink you in the process of making lifelong friends.

If this sounds appealing to you, come down to the club and pick up an application.  The deadline for filing is June 24th.  If you are curious about the event and want to know more, come to our “Throw A Shrimp On The Barbi”  F@5 June 3rd.  It will be held on June 3rd.  The event is open to all.  We will have surf and turf, as well as 3-dollar Australian Jungle Juice.  This event is being sponsored/ hosted by Mike Poulos, Jon Knowles, Al and Karen Callery, and Terry Tavelli.  There will be loads of past participants to answer your questions and to swap stories. 
The Bellingham Yacht Club and The Bellingham Sister Cities Organization are giving you an opportunity next March to put away your Stormtech, your Helly Hansen, your North Face and Woolrich socks.  Instead, take out your sandals, your bright colored shorts, your tank tops and your sunglasses.  Buy a bottle of sunscreen and a good hat and come to Port Stephens.  You will be glad you did.
Mike Poulos

Sponsors: Special-T Striping & Sign | Chuck McCord, Realtor | West Coast Marine Services
Our Commodore has asked us to help with our newest improvement project, and she hopes we can be as successful as in 2010 when we raised enough contributions to pay for all our new interior furniture...
As soon as we can get the donations to cover the expense, we want to buy some new deck furniture for our Club.  We’re hoping to raise enough money to get first class items: solid, powder coated, strong aluminum chairs and tables, not the cheap plastic resin models as we’ve had up to now (they’re always crusty and hard to clean, flimsy and ugly).  We don’t want the rickety, breakable glass and light tubular units either --- some fragments of this old stuff, destroyed by the wind, mostly gone by 2006, are still kicking around our lower floor storage areas!
Instead, the new furniture should be easy to keep clean, with perforated backs, seats, and tops so it won’t blow over and break in the wind, or get irreparably damaged by the rainy weather.  It should require minimal maintenance year-around. 
If you would like to help with the funding for this project, contact Joe Coons at (360) 739-1528 or  He’ll be glad to talk to you about giving opportunities and the recognition you’ll get.  Whether you can imagine giving $50 or $500, please contact him now.  Let’s make this as successful as our last Club Improvement Fund Drive!  We hope to have more details in the next few weeks. 


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

 What’s Happening at BYC Club House this week.
Tuesday Night Dinghy Racer Gruel: Chicken and Wild Rice w/rolls
This week Dinghy Racer Gruel is brought to you by Maureen (Mo) Ryan and Brennan Ashston, which will be a hot Chicken & Wild Rice  Soup with Rolls.  As always, stop by around 8:00 PM and meet the Laser Fleet.
Tuesday’s “Junior Sailing/Dinghy Racing Night” Champion Needed
The response from the Dinghy Racers on Tuesday night had been overwhelmingly positive with having some “Hot Meal” after 2 -3 hours of being on the water.   Most, which hadn’t had time to grab a bite before having to launch their boats and head to the racecourse, were famished.   I began server a Hot Meal as a means to make post racing socializing more festive and to encourage more Junior Sailors to get out on the water once school is released.  However, I also was expecting someone to step up to the plate and become the “Champion”  for a “Junior Sailor/Dinghy Racing Night”.  This would involve opening the Clubhouse, organizing family events  and arranging volunteer to donate/prepare food.   I’m unable to continue after mid-June due to other BYC, work and Family commitments.  I would really like to see a Junior Sailor Family with a passion to promote more Youth and Family events  at the BYC,  to take on this challenge. If you’re interested or know of a Junior Family that is eager to promote change, please contact me.  
Wednesday Night Mess Deck:  $5 Burger & Beer
There is not stopping a good thing, $5 Burger & Beer (Kids: $3 Burger & Soft Drink) continues on Wednesday!!   As of this week’s Jib Sheet deadline,  I have not arranged a Volunteer Cook, but I’m working on recruiting new volunteers.  If you willing help out, please contact me.
Jonathan Knowles, BYC Volunteer Bar Manager or  360-303-5465

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

Beginning with this issue, we’re offering our Members a new Jib Sheet service: We will run, at least two times at the editors’ discretion, free ads for Members’ boats or major boat equipment (dinghy's, engines, boathouses, etc.).  Here are the rules: You must submit the ad with a photo attached in PDF or JPG format (if you don’t know how to do this, get a friend to help you).  The seller must be a Member and the ad will be posted on our web site, with a link to it in the Jib Sheet items just like this one:
FOR SALE: Our dean of Past Commodores, Jerry Main, is selling his lovely 42’ Uniflite Twin Diesel Aft Cabin Cruiser, Mardi Gras and its boathouse, together or separately.  The boat is being surveyed, so you will have a complete true representation of it when you call Jerry or his son-in-law, and the prices shown in the ad a.  You can see the details and a photo here.

 Sponsors: Wilson Motors Bellingham Yacht Sales & Charters | Northwest Explorations

The BOAT/US magazine has a fine listing of smartphone apps relevant to boaters.  You can see it here.   ---Joe Coons

SPRING IS HERE: 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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