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WEEK OF AUG. 2-8, 2011

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES:
  • IMPORTANT MEETING ON THURSDAY, 8/4!
  • SAILBOAT RACE & SAIL & POWER CRUISE THIS WEEKEND...
  • ONE OF OUR BEST VOLUNTEERS NEEDS JUST A LITTLE HELP...
  • FRIDAY AT FIVE THIS WEEK, AND IT'S A SPECIAL DAY!
  • BYC SHIP'S STORE GOES ON LINE
AND, IN OTHER NEWS:
  • Our Commodore's Weekly Column
  • Pitch Volunteers Needed
  • Shoaling in the Swinomish Channel
  • Buccaneers' Cruise Coming Aug. 19-21
  • Another "Picture Puzzle"

Scroll down for the complete articles.


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


Bar Open: Wed-Sat 5PM - Close Bartenders: Wed & Fri Paid; Thu. Larry Jones; Sat. Dan Ringler
Special Activities this Week: Wed: Mess deck @5:30, Burgers & Brew; Fri: WOTB@10AM; 


SUPER IMPORTANT!  THIS THURSDAY, 6PM, AUGUST 4, @ BYC CLUBHOUSE

At the Town Hall Meeting on 17 June, it was the consensus of the members present that the dues for 2011/2012 should be raised to $400 (CPI + 14%) for an Active Member (other membership categories are a percentage of the Active membership as per the Policies, [SECTION V]).  According to the by-laws, any increase in dues above CPI + 5% must be approved by a 2/3 vote of the membership in attendance at any regular or special meeting of the Club called for that purpose [ARTICLE XVI. Section 2]. 
 
Therefore, please plan on attending a special meeting of the Membership on 4 August at 6pm to vote on the dues for the 2011/2012 year. 
 
Questions or concerns may be directed to commodore@byc.org.
 
 ---- Meredith L. Ross, Secretary, Bellingham Yacht Club 

[Repeating Last Week's Editor's Note:  The CPI calculations above are for one year.  Over many years, the dues changes have been well under the CPI.  For example, in the 1999-2000 year the dues were $348.  That was twelve years ago, the earliest year I have specific information.  This change to $400 in 2011-2012 will cumulately raise them only one and one-quarter percent per year since that 1999 dues billing! (In 1999, the CPI was 166.6 and at the end of last year, it was 218, an average change of about 2.8%.)  In other  words, our dues have histoprically increased at less than half the historic rate of inflation! --- Joe Coons]
 


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


SAIL & POWER FLEETS GET TOGETHER FOR CRUISE & RACE THIS WEEKEND...  
 
This weekend, August 5th  & 6th, is the first joint BYC cruise/race to Echo Bay. Racers will join the party after crossing the finish line Saturday, and everyone should bring their Hawaiian Shirts.  (For more information about the sailboat race to Echo Bay, please read Sail Fleet Captain Randy Nulle’s article below.)

Here's the information for everyone: 
Raft-up, take a mooring ball, anchor out or hike over from your favorite bay on Sucia to join in the BYC Echo Bay Cruise/Race parties that will be happening in or near the picnic shelter at Echo Bay.  The shelter has been reserved by the BYC Marketing Steering Committee (MSC) for the entire weekend! Plan to party come rain or shine.

Friday, August 5th: Cocktails and Appetizers.  Wear your Hawaiian shirts, bring an appy to share and your favorite drink concoctions and join the party on the shore.

Saturday, Aug. 6th: Activities will include a bocce ball tournament, and island walks and hikes during the day while the sail fleet racers make their way to join us. A Hawaiian luau-themed potluck at the shelter starts at 6 p.m.  Keep wearing those Hawaiian shirts, bring a dish to share, and—of course—byob!  The Committee will provide grilled teriyaki chicken and rice.  Activities will include an ongoing Hula-Hooping Contest with prizes, and a Saturday evening campfire with s’mores (also provided).

If you have any questions about this Echo Bay Cruise, please contact either Kathy Brown at 970-218-9628/kathy@kalliopesv.com;  or Angie Santosuosso at 360-319-7863/thetolsmas@yahoo.com.  (If you'd like to join our Committee, we'd love to have you share the fun!)  

Looking forward to a fun cruise at Sucia!  Hosted by the BTC Marketing Steering Committee.



FLEET CAP'N'S REPORT: SUCIA ISLAND RACE THIS WEEKEND!  

BYC Sailors, mark your calendar for an epic event this weekend, August 6-7The first annual Sucia Island Race/Cruise to Echo bay! Many people have asked over the past few years for a fun event to allow the racing fleet and the cruising fleet to get together in the islands for a fun evening pot luck dinner/campfire /cruise. Now is our chance to all go to Sucia Island together and spend the night.

All sailboats are encouraged to sail to Echo bay in the first annual Summer Race to Sucia! Don’t worry if you are a bit loaded down with cruising gear. Every boat with a sail that is willing to get themselves to Sucia without a motor is invited to join in the race. This is a fun race and really just an entertaining way to get all the sailboats going over at the same time. We will start off at the outfall buoy at 10am on Saturday (8/6); there will be a brief skippers meeting at 9am in front of the BYC flagpole to identify those that want to participate. Finish will be Saturday afternoon in the vicinity of the entrance to Echo bay. Detailed sailing instructions with the location of the finish line will be sent in a later email. (If the wind looks good we may even organize a race back on Sunday with a planned one hour “hangover” delay.)  See the article above about the social activities...
---Randy Nulle, Sailing Fleet Captain



BAR REPORT FOR THIS WEEK

Wednesday Night Mess Deck:  $5.00 Burger & Brew Special

This week Bill and Pam Heward will be your host cooks flipping the $5 Burgers & Brew Specials on Wednesday Night (or for $3, Burgers & a Soft drink).     Burger flipping starts around 5PM so come down, get a burger and meet up with members.  If you don’t care for a burger, then bring down something to throw on the grill, steak, or chicken, etc.   It’s all about enjoying the benefits of membership.
 

For the next two weeks I’ll be out on my Crown 34 up in Canada. Next week Jim Langei will be doing the shopping and cooking.   I’ll need some help on August 17th, both with shopping and cooking. Anyone?
 ---Jonathan Knowles, Bar Chair


A PLEA FOR JUST A LITTLE HELP FOR A GREAT BYC VOLUNTEER...

Carol Snowball does such a good job of landscaping your Club's front entrance; she's made it a showplace in our harbor.  Now you can help her a lot with just a little task, dumping two pitchers of water each on five plants every other day.  If three of you can share this simple task, it would help Carol so much, and those beautiful landscapiung accents would actually owe their life to you!

Sign up for a day (or more) now...call Carol at 739-3308 or email her at carol.abraham@comcast.net



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


FRIDAY AT FIVE THIS WEEK...and it's International Beer Day!

Steve Moore's announcement is here...and what could be more appropriate for this Friday's theme, International Beer Day!

See you there...


BYC RIGID INFLATABLE BOAT LAID UP FOR MAINTENANCE!

Until further notice, the BYC RIB is currently out of commission and should not be used by anyone for any purpose.
 
Thank you,
Michele Bodtke, BYC Fleet Captain


OUR BYC SHIP'S STORE IS NOW ON-LINE!

Here's a great solution to an old problem we've had here at the BYC: Satisfying your needs and wants from our Ship's Store, but without lockers full of inventory --- or emptied of an item you want!  

Here's how it works:  Visit our new online Ship Store at our BYC.ORG website,  byc.org/shipstore/.  You can browse a huge selection from the catalog of Bergen and Company to purchase whatever your heart desires.  They have our BYC logo ready to put on any items you purchase from them, or you can have them place the logo on a favorite item you already own.   For selling on their behalf, we get a small percentage from your order.

The advantages: You get exactly what you want from a huge selection; our Club doesn't have to stock a lot of stuff; and your delivery is prompt handled by a crew that wants your local business.

Remember, for all of your BYC clothing needs, please visit the online Ship Store at BYC.org/shipstore.  (Of course, we still have and want to sell our existing inventory, and our BYC Burgees will continue to be stocked only at the Club!)

Cheers, and happy shopping!
Mike Poulos


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

COMMODORE'S COLUMN

A Meeting of the Membership

On Thursday evening of this week (4 August at 6pm) we’ll be holding a special meeting of the membership to discuss the dues for the 2011/2012 year. 

The subject was originally brought up at the last Town Hall Meeting.  The feeling of the members present was that to adequately keep enough money in the bank to account for the increases in expenses and depreciation we’ve seen over the past 12 months, they would be willing to pay more than the Board can increase on their own (per the By-Laws' limitations).

For the past 10 months, I have asked the membership to speak up and be heard and I’m pleased at the successes of the Town Hall Meetings.  Here is another opportunity to voice your thoughts and help your Board “trim the sails” of this organizational vessel.  I will have a short PowerPoint presentation that will break down some numbers and our Assistant Treasurer will be there to help me in answering your questions.  If you cannot be at the meeting, please feel free to share your thoughts by sending an email to commodore@byc.org.  I look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening.

At your service,
Commodore Michele



THIS WEEK'S PICTURE PUZZLE FROM STEVE ROSS...

No winner last week – although Quinn Selsor came the closest. The picture was of Troll Fjord in Norway – a waterway as narrow as it looks (notice the prop wash). Ships slow waaaay down going in and out of the fjord, only one at a time because it’s so tight. Since the fjord is north of the Arctic Circle, the excursion is a real treat even at midnight.
 
This week’s picture comes from a different country – this location is somewhere in the Western Hemisphere.


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



PITCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED...

Wondering how to spend Labor Day Weekend?  Volunteer at PITCH!!! 

This is a great time to mingle with the Rock Stars of sailboat racing from around Puget Sound and Canada.The PITCH regatta begins on Friday night before Labor Day (September 2) at a Friday’s at Five, that will feature the Dead Pirates cooking burgers for racers and club members alike.

Volunteers are needed in many areas: Registration on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning; helping Mick Corcoran greet arriving racers; assisting in dock assignments; selling raffle tickets; helping with dinner tickets on Saturday night; Race Committee and support; there is no end of fun.

And, of course, club members are always welcome at the Saturday night BBQ put on by Tom and Windows on the Bay, (at a great price), followed by dancing to Gary Smith and Ten Feet Thick, of Commodore’s Ball fame.

What a great way to show off and support the club to make this regatta a success.  More news to come, just mark your calendars now. Please, if you know you are going to be gone from the harbor September 2 & 3, be sure to let us know your slip will be empty.

--- Neil Bennett, PITCH Chairman


BUCCANEERS' CRUISE IS COMING AUGUST 19-20-21...

Ahoy there!  Come One, Come All to the Annual Buccaneers’ Cruise to our Inati Bay Outstation! 
  • Treasure Hunts for Buccaneers of all ages on Saturday
  • Tasty Grub from Bob “Cookie” Kehoe and his lovely galley wench, Miz Judy, on Saturday afternoon
  • “The Walrus”will sing and play our favorite jigs Saturday afternoon
  • Hula Hooping, Bocce Ball, Cribbage and Liars’ Poker, Fri., Sat., and Sun.
  • Campfire sing-alongs with Chuck and Joe of “The Walrus,”  Fri. and Sat. evenings
  •  T’is True that Buccaneers love their flashy duds—so there will be prizes for the best hat, best tee-shirts, best couple costumes, most jaunty costume, and classic Buccaneer attire.
Bring your mates, your crew, your land-lubbers (friends and neighbors), your young-uns, and even your relatives, but do make way to Inati Bay, rain or shine...

The Buccaneers’ Cruise is hosted by Cori and Troy Curran and a little help from their friends: the Kehoes, the Dead Pirates Society, and the Marketing Steering Committee.
--- Kathy Brown


ALERT: SHOALING IN THE SWINOMISH CHANNEL!
 
This bulletin was relayed to us by the Recreational Boating Association of Washington (RBAW), of which our Club is a Member (as you should be, too.)

This message is sent on behalf of the Captain of the Port Puget Sound to alert all boaters regarding shoaling in the Swinomish Channel. This information was provided in a Local Notice to Mariners but, since recreational boats are grounding on the shoals, we are putting this information out again for general distribution and posting in area marinas. The Local Notice to Mariners follows:

WASHINGTON - STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA TO STRAIT OF GEORGIA - SWINOMISH CHANNEL - Reported shoaling

Numerous soundings of shoaling in theSwinomish Channel have been reported. The primary locations for the shoaling have been from the Swinomish Channel South Entrance, north to the vicinity of La Conner, WA.   Some depths have been reported as two (2) feet less than the charted depths. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting this waterway due to the reported shoaling.

We also remind boaters to monitor the tides closely (the controlling depth for the channel is less than 5.5 - 6 ft). Some of the shoaling is near the center of this narrow waterway. 

Kindly note that the US Coast Guard Navigation Center has an excellent site where you can sign up to have the Local Notice to Mariners e-mailed to you when it comes out every week. That site is: (http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=13).


Very respectfully, 
Lyn McClelland, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Sector Puget Sound, Marina Outreach Program Manager, 206-794-3032
 

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


AT LAST, SUMMER IS HERE: Remember to submit your articles to Jibsheet@byc.org  Deadline is Monday noon.

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

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