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APRIL 29 - MAY 5, 2014
FUEL DOCK HOURS CHANGE THURSDAY! To see the changed hours, click here.
FRIDAY@5: See Bar Manager Steve's column below about our BIG Cinco de Mayo F@5!
OPENING DAY: This Saturday May 3 is Opening Day. The Land of Oz' is the theme. The day starts at 10:30 AM with a Members and invited guests Champagne reception with live music and a light continental offering, public ceremony and blessing of the fleet at noonboat parade at 1:30seafood BBQ at 3:30live music and light dinner offering at 5:00 and 6:00 PM.
    A reminder: afternoon events in the clubhouse are for Members and their guests only. All guests must sign in and wear a name tag...See you there!
OPENING DAY BOAT PARADE INFO: Time: Boats away at 1300 (1:00 p.m. immediately following the Opening Day Ceremony). All boats will rendezvous near the Bellingham Cruise terminal at 1330 (1:30 p.m.) or as soon as possible after that time for the parade start. No formal boat registration prior to the parade is required!
    Course: We will make two passes in front of Boulevard Park and the judges’ boat Starweather.  You must pass the judges’ boat in single file following the boat in front of you (starboard side of your boat toward the judges' boat).
    Order of March: The lead boat will be the Crown 34 sailboat Rocinante, skippered by Rear Commodore Jonathan Knowles.  All others will follow in single file, with Garufa (Fleet Captain, Neil Bennett) taking up last position.
    Communications: Chan. 69 VHF used & monitored. 
    Judging:  BYC members will be judged for the Best Decorated Boat interpreting the theme: “Land of Oz”.  The decision of the judges is final.
    Awards:  An award for the Best Overall Decorated Boat will be presented to the winner of all of the BYC members entered.  All BYC and non-BYC participants will receive a participation plaque to be posted on their boat.  --- Neil Bennett
MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES BEGAN LAST NIGHT! We are be running a membership special this week featuring a 50% discounted initiation fee! Invite your friends to join as we launch into another boating season. (Fine print: To get the discount, applications must come in during this week only, accompanied by the payment, a check, completed ACH form, or credit card payment at the bar only. Active membership is $355 and Non-resident is $295.)
    Bring your friends and guests to stop by the club through Saturday to have a look around and meet us; we'll open tonight (Tuesday) from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, and our regular hours Wednesday-Saturday! 
A GREAT WINNING TEAM!  I'm very proud to announce that your local Sehome high school sailing team just won the NW District Championships this weekend and will head to San Diego in two weeks to compete for the National Championships. The team beat 16 other Northwest teams from Washington and Oregon after 28 hard fought races down in Anacortes. 
    The team was lead by skippers Miles Johannessen, a senior, and Liam Hood, a sophomore.  Both skippers sailed very fast with consistently good finishes.  Their crews consisted of senior Elise Chambers, and sophomores Riley Allsop, Shea Walker, and Jeffrey Werner.  Nearly all of these sailors went through one of the local learn to sail programs at the BYC or WWU Lakewood.
    The team (photo here) will now head to San Diego for nationals and race against 18 teams from around the country.  The team will be holding fundraisers (see next story) to pay for the trip over the next two weeks, so look for an opportunity to help them out. --- Scott Wilson
GOODIES! The BYC Youth Sailing Fleet is hosting an Opening Day bake sale! 10:30-1:30, outside of the BYC.
    Please consider supporting this effort of the fleet in one of two ways: (1) By dropping off donated goodies at the BYC Friday night, or on Saturday morning by 10:30am. Please label them for the sale, and what they are. Or, support us (2) by stopping by the sale table on the way to your boat on Opening Day,and picking up some goodies for your Opening Day crew! Your support is appreciated! Proceeds go towards promoting the growth of Youth Sailing Program and to help the team take their exciting trip to the San Diego Nationals later this season (story above). Please contact Amy Kashiwa with any questions

ROOM RENTAL FEES: The new fees are now out; you can see them here.
The Zodiac Cruise is now set for May 10! There's plenty of room available...Go to for more information and to sign up for this event.  If you need more information, please call Arne Ahlen at 360-201-9895.
YOUTH SAILING DINNER/AUCTION RAISES $6,500!  Over 75 BYC Members and guests, as well as a few ‘Hale’s Pass Dash’ racers enjoyed tri-tip steaks (cooked to chef Don Jorgensen); Caesar salad by Katy Day; and baked potatoes, custom washed and wrapped by PC Michele Bennett. The Youth Sailors themselves supervised by Sailing Instructor Megan Link, served and bussed tables with the service running like a Swiss watch!  Auction items, carefully displayed by Commodore Michele were eagerly bid upon, under the guidance and encouragement of Youth Fleet Captain Mike Powell, whose table top photo books and Hi-Res Prints of the 34th America’s Cup were items of fierce competition, perhaps thanks to the efforts of volunteer bartenders Scott McInery & Terry Tavelli.  The goal: to raise money to fund the repair of the Youth Sailing Safety Boat…and we did!  The BYC came together as a community, raising $6, less than 3 hours.
    Thank you for supporting Youth Sailing! --- Neil Bennett, Fleet Captain
BRAGGING RIGHTS FOR SALE! As part of the remodel, we are going to showcase members' boats with a wall of boats. You may have seen it - it's the red wall at the bottom of the stairs. This is an opportunity for you to get your boat picture on the wall and also support the remodel. For a donation of $100 (or more if you choose), we will frame and mat your boat picture and add it to the wall. First come, first served! All you need to do is give us an 8x10 black and white photo of your boat - we'll take care of the rest. Power boats will be horizontal, sailboats vertical - boat names will be included. If you have questions or want to submit a photo, please talk to Maya Allsop, Missy Steffen or Commodore Michele

ARE YOU RETIRED OR OFTEN AVAILABLE, LOOKING FOR A WAY TO HELP OUR CLUB? We need someone who can help coordinate room rentals at the club. We currently have a volunteer managing the rental calendar. What we need is someone who can open the building, get the heat/AC on, and follow-up afterwards to make sure the room is in order. If you have time and this is of interest, call me or send an email. Commodore Michele, or (360) 720-4155.
This is going to be a busy and fun week at the club, folks! Here is a rundown of what’s coming:
Wednesday – Burgers ’n Brats, starting at 5 and continuing on ‘till the fleet’s in. 
Thursday Tacos in the lounge. Great tacos and the price is definitely right! Invite your CYC friends and crews for a quick bite and a brew after the race! 
Friday CINCO DE MAYO Celebration with margarita specials and Mexican brews like Pacifico, Negro Modelo and Corona on hand! Bring appys and entrees to share and check out the margarita machine! 
Saturday – Join your fellow club members for the Opening Day ceremonies starting with a champagne reception at 10:30 AM and continuing on throughout the day! The bar and lounge will reopen at 3, with bar service available through the evening. Check the website for details and come PARTY DOWN! 
   See you in the lounge!  --- Steve Hayward

NEXT BYC CRUISE & CORRECTED PHONE NUMBER Fisherman Bay, Lopez Island.  Here's a great cruise to plan for Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-26th. It's a 3-day cruise with many great activities in store: A bike and kayaking trip; swimming/hot tubbing at the pool; visits to the Farmer's Market and Lopez Island Winery tasting!   We have 12 slips at The Lopez Islander Resort/Marina.  These 12 slips will be held up to 1 month prior to our arrival but after April 23rd, those slips will be officially released (but maybe they still have 'em). If you are planning on attending, you need to contact the marina NOW to make your reservation. Call Kathy Casey at 360-468-2233 <This number is now correct.
    Co-hosts for this cruise are new members Vickie & Chris Olson and Angie & Jim SantosuossoMore detailed information will come soon. We hope to have a good turnout (and weather!) for Memorial Day Weekend! --- Angie Santosuosso & Vickie Olson
DISTANCE CRUISE TO DESOLATION SOUND! The tentative plan for this 16-day cruise includes stops at Secret Cove, Squirrel Cove, Prideaux Haven, Big Bay, Cordero Lodge, Blind Bay, Campbell River, Comox, Nanaimo, Telegraph Harbor and Todd Inlet (Butchart Gardens). The proposed dates of the cruise are September 14th-29th.  Jim & I will be the co-hosts with Richard & Leona Hanset and this will be our first trip to Desolation Sound; we're excited to be with you! 
    Please let us know now your interest in attending this distance cruise so we can begin to plan for the cruise more extensively! Send me an email if you are even remotely interested, so that you can be included in the design of what is sure to be an amazing cruise! Angie Santosuosso
All BYC Racing Sailors: The PacRim racer application form is now posted on the BYC Pac Rim site, on the "Information" tab. It is a web-based form to complete on-line and will allow you to upload your sailing resume. Have fun!  Fleet Captain Neil Bennett
The forecast for the week is looking spectacular - sunny with highs pushing 70 all week - plenty of good weather to get your boat ready for Opening Day. If we are lucky the weather will hold for Saturday as well. The planning is finished and the final touches are being attended to - please join me, the bridge officers and trustees for a fun day of celebration!
    The weekend kicks off with a Cinco de Mayo Friday@5! Bring your favorite Mexican dish or appetizer to share...
    Just a quick reminder that this week is the membership special (story above). We've discounted initiation fees for active and non-resident members. Applications are available at the club.
    I want to send out a special thank you to those that worked so hard to make the Youth Sailing Dinner and Auction such a success. Without your time and dedication the event would never have happened: Neil Bennett, Fleet Captain, Mike Powell, Youth Fleet Captain,Megan Link, head sailing instructor, & Don Jorgensen. These core people made it all happen - thank you so much for all your time!!! The evening was well attended and very enjoyable. A job well done!!
    It's our people and their volunteer hours that make the yacht club a special place. Adding your time and touch to an event or project is tremendously rewarding - and it builds community.
    I hope to see you this weekend at the club as we open the boating season. 
--- Serving you from the Helm, Michele Bodtke, Commodore (360) 720-4155

Thanks to Jim Gibson for last week's picture of Gates of the Mountain on the Missouri River. Ken Ford correctly identified the location; Al Callery, Dean Altschuler, and Bud Hansen all identified similar places in the northwest.
    This week we see some well-tended window boxes, just a short walk from the waterfront. If you know the location, send your answer to

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