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WEEK OF JULY 5-11, 2011

  • Bartending Class this Week
  • Furniture Contributions Rolling In
  • Our Commodore's Message
  • The Ross Quiz Continues...
  • A Member Reports From Hawaii
  • And a Member Gives a Hood Canal Report

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

Bar Open: Wed-Sat 5PM - Close Bartenders: Wed & Fri Paid; Thu. Jody Erickson; Sat. Heather Rettmer & Robert Wagner
Special Activities this Week: Thu 6PM Comm Room Bartending Class 

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


The BYC Bar and Lounge committee is holding a 3 hour class for members to obtain a State of Washington Mixologist Permit.  The class will be held this week on Thursday, July 7, 6-9 PM in the Commodore's room.  The cost for the class is $40; the permit is good for 5 years. If you are interested in participating in the class, contact John Van Haalen by Wednesday at 5pm at or 360-510-8936.


Thanks to the following Members who have responded already and raised $1595 toward our new Deck Furniture: Jerry & Mary Writer, Bob & Diane Trunek, Laura & Jeff Vaughan, the Altschulers, Matt & Brenda Dennis, Dan & Ariane Ringler, Bob & Marsha Riek (who also helped Joe Coons unpack and assemble the furniture), Dick Johnson, Jim & Angie Santuososso, Mike and Marian Welsh, Phil & Caroline Rosellini, Ron & Lisa McArdle, Mark Tavalli & Debra Hopkins, and Joe & Judy Coons.

If you can help raise the $3600 or so we need, please make a contribution to the project.  You can send your check to Treasurer, Bellingham Yacht Club, 2625 S. Harbor Loop, Bellingham, WA 98225, or you can contribute with cash, check or credit card anytime at the bar any time the bar is open.  Thank you!

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

It appears that summer has finally come around to our part of the world.  

A big thank you as always, to the folks that came out for last week’s Fridays @ 5 and shared their appetizers.  The deck doors were open, the sunshine was streaming in, and how about that new deck furniture???  Wow – what an improvement over the old stuff!

It’s a bit of a short week and things are kind of on autopilot around the clubhouse – the kids are out sailing every day in their classes; the big kids (a.k.a. Adults) are taking the week off of racing this Wednesday; and the Ladies will be sailing in Saturday’s WOW Regatta (Women on the Water).  So I hope this note finds many of you out on your boats enjoying our beautiful waters. 

Fly your burgee proudly and remember to write in to share your stories!

At your service,
Commodore Michele

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


Steve Ross sends in another photo here for your guess...if you know where it is, email him at  

Last week, the waterway here was Nyhavn in Copenhagen, and the correct answers came from Quinn Selsor, Rob McArdle, and Marian Henderson.


Evidently a member of the club has borrowed our inflatable tender that was being stored on our dock under the clubhouse deck. I only know this because Terry Tavelli happened to talk to someone about it - he told them to talk to me and they never did; and Terry doesn't remember who it was...
Hey: If you borrowed that boat, can you call me at your earliest convenience?  THANK YOU!
Michele Bodtke, Fleet Captain  360-720-4155

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


This is one of our newest members, John and Patricia Harris, who’s boat was damaged in the tsunami that hit Hawaii.  Repaired, they are now headed north – destination Bellingham!

From: John Harris <>
Subject: Kehaulani
Date: Sunday, July 3, 2011, 6:39 AM

Departed Oahu 0730 July 1 as planned, with John, Patricia, and our friend Tim Wilbee aboard.

Brief period of 25-30 knot winds and 3 meter seas as we cleared the NW point of Oahu. Otherwise, winds have been about 15 knots from the ENE. We're sailing north at about 5 knots.

Kehaulani's systems are working well. The new radar and AIS make it much easier than before to identify and avoid freighters and other commercial traffic. The staysail sheet parted early on, but was easily replaced.

Four boats are sailing the same direction, bound for Puget Sound. We exchange positions by radio in the AM.

Pleasant weather and sailing conditions so far (180 miles north of our start from Ko Olina, as of 8 PM local on Saturday 2 July).

The crew is getting used to the boat motion and watch routine. All is well aboard.




Hello BYC Cruisers,

We put the Hood Canal on our agenda this year, just because we hadn't been there. Yes, we learned it's a long way down a dead end waterway. Yes, we've heard there's not much to see, and .. it's a dead end.  Yes, it could be a waste of fuel, and nobody's there. it's a challenge and we're always looking to see what's around the next corner, that's why we're out here.

We met up with some friends and new BYC members, Bernie & Rea on Lindy Lu in Oak Harbor, along with Bob & Jane on Island Pilot who were there for their Corsair get-together.  On a sunny Thursday, Linda Lu & Skylark II headed south for the Hood Canal, by way of an overnight at anchor in Port Ludlow.  
Our plan was to make Port Gamble on Friday for the opening of this year’s Civil War re-enactment weekend.  We anchored inside the bay just behind the old sawmill and all of the pilings, an anchorage which worked out very well. We found a dinghy landing right near the entrance among some of the pilings. The weekend festivities were really interesting and fun; we had no idea that 300-400 folks would be in costume, and there must have been over a hundred tents in four or five encampments, set up to live during the weekend as they would have in the 1860's. We watched and filmed some of the battles and had to plug our ears for the numerous cannons firing, topping off the day at the general store for some ice cream.

On Sunday Lindy Lu headed for Kingston and we headed further south exploring the Hood Canal. The Hood Canal bridge is an awesome sight, and we had to dodge crab pots as we passed under the east side with 50 ft clearance. Next came the area of Bangor and the submarine base. I believe we saw three subs in port.  It's well marked and well protected; we saw at least 3-4 patrol boats so just stay to the west and all is well.  

As we continued south we decided to run up into Dabob Bay and Quilcene Bay just to have a look, Oysters everywhere. On the way we were on the flybridge and it was a sunny day, the Olympics were out and snow capped, it reminded us of being in BC.  We read that the Hood Canal is the only seawater Fjord in the lower 48 and that we missed the major shrimping season that ended in May. We pushed on south into Pleasant Harbor for a beautiful anchorage inside the bay. We met Diane Coleman, manager of the Pleasant Harbor Marina and she's also a member of Pleasant Harbor YC. We talked about cruising and reciprocals, she advised that BYC members are always welcome. This marina has all the amenities including fuel and the setting here is beautiful. It's the perfect place to hang a day or two about midway down the canal.

Next we headed down the canal toward the great bend area, took a look at Hoodsport and Union and anchored right in front of the Alderbrook Resort, with a perfect view of the snow capped Olympic Mountains.  This was another great run of about 20 miles of spectacular scenery and a great anchorage. The Alderbrook Resort has about 1200 ft of dock space and the folks there are very boater-friendly.  A great bar and restaurant too…

Before heading back, we decided to make a run out to see the end of the canal and turned around at the Twanoh State Park area.

Reflecting, as we headed up the canal, we are really glad that we made this cruise and promised ourselves we would do it again.

Gordon & Susie Hilaski
Skylark II

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