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AUG. 26 - SEPT. 1, 2014

WED: Aug. 27 - 5pm Pork Chops, Burgers and Brats; THURS: Aug. 28 - 5pm Carne Asada    FRI: Aug 29: Come on down to your club! SAT & SUN: Open for PITCH
WED: Sept. 3 - 5pm Burgers and Brats; THURS: Sept. 4. - 5pm Carne Asada    FRI: Sept. 5: FRIDAY@5! SAT & SUN: PACRIM Events

YOUTH FLEET PITCH FUNDRAISER: We are still collecting items for the youth fleet raffle to be held in conjunction with the KarMART PITCH regatta on 8/31. This has always been a great fundraiser for the youth fleet. If you have or know of any business that would be willing to donate a suitable item for the raffle please contact me at or Randy Nulle at --- Mike Powell, Youth Fleet Chair
ATTENTION PITCH REGISTRATION VOLUNTEERS! If you have signed up with Linda Levine to be a PITCH registration volunteer, there will be a mandatory cash register training session on Thursday evening 8/28 at 6pm at BYC. Please contact Linda Levine 360 756-7916 or with any questions.
PINK BOAT REGATTA SUN., SEPT. 7: The Regatta, raising Money for Breast Cancer Research and Awareness is open to ALL Racers/Sailors who want to help stamp out breast cancer! Sail around buoys on Bellingham Bay; an easy start sequence; generous class breaks; count your own buoys; no weight limits; on-the-scene handicapping; AWARDS party at the BYC to keep raising money for Breast Cancer Research and Awareness.  All for a good cause at a modest entry fee.  Awards: PINKEST Boat; Best ALL WOMEN SKIPPER & CREW (come on out you WOW racers with no place to race) ; Overall Points; buoys rounded; Most $ raised
Race Day – September 7, 2014 - Skipper’s Meeting at 10:00 – Start at 12:00 – finish at 3:00;  Joe Young and Company will entertain 3:30 PM until 5:30 Guests and Public welcome for small donation; Silent Auction; “Free Beer” to raise $;  Awards at 5:30Registration, NOR, SI and more info at  Find us on Facebook- or Email me at with any other questions. --- F. C. Neil Bennett
FULL OR PART-TIME BACKUP AMBASSADORS AND HOME HOSTS ARE NEEDED JUST IN CASE! John Gargett has posted a terrific explanation here. Please take a look....If you can't get away for the whole time because of other obligations, they need part-time Ambassador's too!  Click here for detail on part-time involvement.
BE 'IN THE KNOW'! You can follow what is planned for PacRim 2014 by going to PacRim2014.Com and subscribing to our official site by clicking on the Follow button in the upper right corner, a great way to keep up to date.
COME DOWN AND MEET THE PACRIM PARTICIPANTS on Sunday September 7th at 6:00 pm from sister cities Tateyama, Japan; Port Stephens, Australia; Tauranga, New Zealand; Nadhodka, Russia; and Victoria, B.C. Help us bring to our guests, a great celebration and show of support! There will be light appetizers at Windows On The Bay and we would like to offer a fine “Friday’s at Five” display with a pot luck of side dishes to complete the festivities on the BYC side. Come down and show our warm Bellingham hospitality and enjoy the camaraderie. You'll be appreciated. Thanks! --- Marlene Bolster, Past Commodore & PacRim 2014 Committee
Buccaneers Cruise Update: We could not have asked for a better weekend for the BYC’s Annual Buccaneers Cruise at Inati Bay last weekend.  The weather: perfect, the atmosphere: festive. It was great to see Members, families and kids (including many new members) banding together to make it a successful event. There was socializing, food, games, dancing, swimming and kids (young and old) doing cannonballs off Jumanji’s fly bridge.  Thanks to Neil, Michele, Steve, Angie, & Katie for the plentiful meal… and to everyone who pulled pots for the biggest crab fest ever seen. Newer members Chris & Debi Vazquez and Adam & Nichole Jordan had a great time doing the Kids' Treasure hunt for the young Pirates.  Rick Laursen, in addition to keeping this event glued together, had teams of 4 paddling all around Inati Bay in search of hidden Grog. (The treasure was cleverly stashed in a crab pot protected by the skeletal remains of a Dead Pirate.)  It seemed fitting for this family themed event, that the band Mark Santosuosso hired, Odd Ones Out,  was a group a talented local high school kids that rocked Inati Bay with classic 70’s and 80’s tunes. Later in the evening, Christen Opfer kicked off "Pirate Karaoke" that ran into late evening. Many courageous souls stepped up to the mic to show off talent (as well as some lack thereof :-).
    Tom Day, in addition to doing the transport of supplies and the band aboard the Hard Drive Marine landing craft he builds, had fabricated a custom stainless steel griddle for the Inati BQQ grill that made it possible to cook up 150 Pancakes and 10 pounds sausages for the Sunday morning breakfast!  Thanks, Tom!
    An unfortunate incident occurred Sunday as the raft up was breaking, that however made me proud to be part the BYC Family.  As Mike & Maya Allsop were hoisting up their 15’ Tender, the lifting ring failed and the small craft came crashing down over the deck and railing of La Siesta, and ended up turtled in the water. Immediately, an impressive fleet of members in their dinghies headed out to assist.  After assessing no injuries, they began to right the tender, a complicated process of hoisting the bow up with La Siesta’s crane while pulling the stern with dinghies at full throttle.  After two attempts, they succeeded. All of us could only hope to be as fortunate that if ever such an incident happened to us on the water, our fellow BYC Members would be right there to assist as they were for Mike & Maya. Kudo’s to All!! 
    Thanks for coming. If you have photos that you would like share, please e-mail them to me. --- Jonathan Knowles, Vice Commodore

PITCH is coming this weekend, followed a week later by PacRim, so it’s going to be a busy time at the club. Here’s the schedule of events for the bar and lounge this week: WED: Racing is over, but come on down anyway for the same great burgers and brats, hot off the grill! And this week we’re serving grilled pork chops at the same price as burgers! Such a deal!  THUR: Come on down for Chef Monica’s Carne Asada and bean burritos! FRI: Burgers hot off the grill, hosted by our own Dead Pirates Society! Bar opens at 3. SAT: TriTip steak dinners done by Chef Neil for a paltry $10 per plate (a repeat of last year's very successful PITCH dinner). Bar opens at 3. SUN: Awards and closing ceremony for PITCH. Bar opens at 3.
  See You at the Club! -- Steve Hayward

*September 13-29th* Desolation Sound Cruise ---Contact Rich Hanset: cell 408-839-1530 or email: For more info, click here

CREW OPPORTUNITY TO DESOLATION SOUND! New member Mike Lewis is looking for 1-2 crew candidates to join him on his 1977 Tartan 30C sailboat "Jade" for the Desolation Sound cruise Sept.13-28. Prep work on the boat is being finished, and he'll be making practice cruises leading up to the cruise date; candidates or club members in general can join in. Mike is an experienced hobby fisherman with over 20 years trailer boat fishing experience around Vancouver I. and offshore to 24 miles, but only been sailing for a year. He got a Bareboat Cruising certificate last summer. He says "I'm adept at technical work, but have near-zero cooking skills, so candidates will hopefully bring theirs to not go hungry!"  If interested and available, please contact Mike at or 206-226-4899
Lots of PITCH, PACRIM, and PBR stories above: BIG NEWS!

AHOY, EVERYONE! It was a wonderful weekend - I couldn't be more pleased with the way the Buccaneers' cruise came together. So many people pitched in to make the event successful. Folks working together to provide a shared experience, it was a great time!! There are so many people to thank I'm sure if I try and name them all I'll leave someone out - please know that your efforts are very much appreciated!!! Kudos to a job well done!
    Soon there will be a change of command at the club. As we witnessed last weekend, many hands make light work. This club is run by its members - I encourage you to get involved and help make the club your own. If you have received a letter asking you to run for trustee or fleet captain, I ask you to seriously consider taking an active leadership role. I encourage all members to consider sitting on the board. Please notify me directly if you are interested in putting you name in the hat. If not a spot on the board, I'm sure Jonathan Knowles would gladly find a committee for you to serve on next year. 
    Hope to see all of you at the club this weekend for the PITCH regatta - you don't have to be racing - come to the club and enjoy the festivities. If not, see you next Wednesday, September 3rd, at the nominations meeting, 6:00 PM. 
Serving you from the Helm, Michele Bodtke, Commodore (360) 720-4155

Last week's photo depicted Trunk Bay, on the north shore of St. John, U.S.V.I. Dean Altschuler, Marty Haines, John Van Haalen, & John Raasch correctly identified the location.
This week we see a small village, with a covered bridge, a gate through the town wall, and a more modern bridge in the background. If you know the location, send your answer to

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