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I know the weather isn't exactly screaming 'SUMMER!', but still... it is cruising season and crabbing just opened for those of us here in Bellingham and parts south.  I've been seeing photos of some pretty good catches!!  Garufa is working out some engine kinks and we hope to be out there soon ourselves.
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July 19-25, 2016

TUES19 July:  Bar and lounge open at 5; WED:  20 July: Bar and lounge open at 5; THURS: 21 July: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Monica's Mexican;  FRI: 22 July: Bar and lounge open at 5.


The Moore Invitational was a fun evening. Warm and light breeze. Blackfoot and Cougar Hunter got peeled off at the start by Scott Wilson and his Blue Etchell. The competition was interesting heading to the weather mark with the lead changing here and there and the wind conditions lightening all the way to the finish. Whoever won will remain a mystery until the awards banquet in November.

I was privileged to sail on Flying Circus with Eric Yaremko at Whidbey Island Race Week on Tuesday and Friday. The weather was mostly sunny and warm every day with light winds. Flying Circus was the only Bellingham boat in attendance and the total of boats there was down from year's past. That could possibly be due to it being a Vic-Maui year and the price of admission being so high.

We sailed valiantly but could only squeak out a 5th place out of nine boats in our division. Our best placing was on Tuesday when we got a 3rd place in the second race of the day. There was a lot of drifting around on Friday waiting for the wind to fill in. The racing was abandoned in the middle of our start sequence, and so the crab pots were lifted for the second time that day and the team retired back to camp for a crab feast and adult beverages.

I was surprised to find out that our new bookkeeper, Liudmyla, is due to have a baby within the next three weeks. What a surprise! I didn't even know she was pregnant. Tim Brockman and Jim Gibson are working to find someone to fill in while she recovers. This may cause a few minor problems with some small accounting issues, but I'm sure we can handle it.

A reminder that the Buccaneer's Cruise is coming up on the 29th-31st and to notify Rick Laursen if you would like to attend.

The monthly Board Meeting is this Thursday and there will be updates in the next Jib Sheet about new members and other news. Stay tuned...


It was a beautiful night, the music lively and the generosity grand.  The Cancer Regatta Kick Off in support of the Pink Boat Regatta (raising money for breast cancer research), and the Leukemia Cup  (raising money for blood cancer research) was very successful with a net $555.55 into the bank accounts.  Polynesian pork chops,  a variety of side dishes, and special drinks created by bar maestro, Scott McInery.  Registration for both regattas are now open and boats are ready to accept donations of your support. Every penny, dollar, ten dollars and more helps!

The Regatta is August 27, 2016. Make your plans now for a great day on the water and a fun party and dancing with the Atlantics.
-Vice Commodore Neil Bennett (Pink Boat Regatta Chair)



During the 2014 PacRim festivities, Team Bellingham lost track of Piper early on. Piper isn't talking, so we don't know much about his adventures during that week, but home hosts, Char and Ken Malseed rescued him from an Aussie table at the closing ceremony and took him home. That last night Piper and the Kiwi mascot tied one on in royal fashion. The epic hangover left Piper quite defenseless as the Kiwi humans attempted to pack him up the next morning and abscond with him back to New Zealand. Luckily they had not one square inch of free luggage space.


Char and Ken cleaned him up and dried him out, and Piper is looking quite dapper these days complete with a new patriotic ribbon. He is looking forward to new adventures in Nakhodka and is especially grateful to have been found in time to hitch a ride on Korean Air. Char has warned us to keep him away from the vodka!

Editor Note:  GOOD LUCK to the BYC PacRim crew and ambassadors as they head to Nakhodka, Russia this week!



If you missed the Cancer Cup Kickoff dinner last Friday @ 5 you missed a great dinner and a good time! The regattas will be held concurrently on Aug. 27th so save that date!


Here’s the plan for this week:


TUE: Bar and lounge open at 5!

WED: Pork chops, rolls and salad for the usual 5 bucks a plate!

THUR: Monica’s Mexican, with carne asada and those tasty bean burritos!

FRI: Bar and lounge open at 5! 


See you in the lounge!



Sucia Island Family Luau Cruise
Please join us August 19-21 for our annual Family Luau cruise to beautiful Sucia Island.  Show your Aloha spirit and wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt or outfit and we'll bring the leis!  We have reserved the group shelter located between Shallow and Echo Bay. It all kicks off Friday night with smores around the campfire.  Then on Saturday, we'll have a Hawaiian Luau with tons of great food and games with prizes.  This is a great event and fun for the whole family.  For more info. and to sign up go to  If you can help with this event, please email Vickie Olson at

13th Annual End Of Cruising Season
- POETS COVE 2016 –
Its Time For Reservations To Be Made !!
Every year the Autumn Equinox marks a day of equal light and darkness and the BYC traditional end of our cruising season. This popular and intimate cruise is about our boating friendships and our shared enjoyment of the Salish Sea in one of the nicest locations in the Sea. Poets Cove Resort and Spa is located on South Pender Island, British Columbia and our Cruise Dates are September 23, 24 & 25, 2016.
Cruise Details
Friday September 23 
Your Time – Depart to Poets Cove from where ever you are in the Salish Sea.
1700 – Welcome No Host Dock Party, bring your favorite Salish Sea appetizer.  (Clams, Oysters, Bacon wrapped Halibut, Mussels, Smoked Salmon, Scallops, Pickled Herring ... what is your favorite?)
(Throughout the visit, the great pools and hot tubs at Poets Cove will be used, so don’t forget your bathing suits)
Saturday September 24
1000 – Dock Side Potluck Breakfast.
1100 – Coastal Nature Hike to Gowland Point –or- a hike up Mt. Norman to one of the most beautiful views of the island.
Amateur Photographer Best Picture Contest (back by demand)
1800 – Salish Sea Dinner either prepared by Poets Cove Chef using local catch and Pender Island grown side dish, or we may have a Salish Sea cook-off prepared by members – details to follow.
 (The full service Spa at Poets Cove has been very popular for massages, facials and …)
Sunday the 25
Poets Cove Resort & Spa has a great breakfast buffet where you go on your own schedule before leaving for home.
What You Need To Do
Make your marina reservation and tell them it is for the Bellingham Yacht Club Cruise. (1 250 629 2111 or email
Due to enhanced security regulations you need to make your reservation directly.
Make your Room Reservation  - Poets Cove has very limited rooms and only in the cottages available at a special rate for the Bellingham Yacht Club.  This is a great cruise to bring people who do not have a boat to stay on.  Contact the Front Desk (888) 512-7638 and tell them you are making a reservation for the Bellingham Yacht Club.
Questions?  Call John or Patricia Gargett (360) 656-5700 or via email

Potluck With Sunset Cruise Sundays @ 5:30
Hosted by Judy Harding


Please contact me by e-mail at if you are interested in joining us. Use my phone numbers (360 306 2800/360 599 9305), only for last minute plan changes. Thanks. 

Judy Harding

Leeward Mark Rounding @ WIRW
Greeting everyone…  I had great time last week at my first Whidbey Island Race Week crewing with Eric Yaremko on “Flying Circus”.  Also onboard were BYC Member’s Randy Nulle, Mike Poulos, Lee Falta, and Commodore Mick Corcoran.  There was cameo appearance from “VitesseDave Steffen crewing in the heavy boat division.
The week was mostly light winds days which did not favor the heavy displacement of the 30’ S2 9.1 (and myself) in a PHRF fleet that included the sprite J29’s that walked away with 1st and 2nd.   “Flying Circus” was in position to take 3rd place overall, until Thursday’s Long Distance Race when the wind shutoff at the leeward mark and we got buried by the entire J105 fleet.   It took us nearly 20 minutes to get extracted and round the mark which allowed our competition to get well ahead, and hence solidifying a 5th place finish for the race and overall.  
The second biggest challenge for the week was trying to leverage the value of our $85 Party Tent Passes.  This effort caused some serious slow mornings amongst the Flying Circus Crew.  
Overall, it was a well-run event and fun-filled week of racing that I would highly recommend to any sailor/racer.
In addition to my Sail Fleet Captain duties, I have volunteered to be the 2016 Bellingham Youth Regatta Chair.  Our Youth Fleet Captain Mike Powell will be absent cruising Desolation Sound with his family. So... I’m going to need some help… (Read on!)

The PITCH posters have arrived!

One of the reasons that our sponsors are so interested in helping us with PITCH is that we spread these posters all over Puget Sound every year.

Our goal is to have a poster in every yacht club and ship chandlery from Vancouver, BC to Vancouver, WA and we could use your help in getting them posted.

All that is needed is to walk into a West Marine (or any other location where sailors frequent) and ask the manager if they will put up our poster. They always say yes.

There is a stack of these PITCH posters above the name tag drawers at BYC.

Feel free to grab a few if you can help and let me know where they are if you get any of them posted.

Thanks again for your help!


Randy Nulle




Aug 6 - 7 : Bellingham Youth Regatta
Aug 19 – 21 : AYC’s Northern Century
Aug 27 :  Pink Boat / Leukemia Regatta
Sept 3 – 4 : BYC’s PITCH Regatta
Sept 10 : BYC’s Commodores Cup Race
Sept 17 – 18: BYC’s Dale Jepsen One Design Regatta


Bellingham Youth Regatta Needs Your Help!!

BYC is host to the Bellingham Youth Regatta on August 6 & 7 and is looking for volunteers.   This youth regatta is the largest event of the Northwest Youth Racing Circuit with over 70 youth sailors.
·         Food Preparation (Breakfasts, Lunches & Dinners)
·         Race Committee
·         Mark/Safety Boat Drivers & Helpers
·         Registration Desk
·         Docks, Ramps & Boat Storage Coordinators
·         Home Stay Housing
·         General
Or, can you offer?
·         RIB or Whaler for Safety, Race Committee, Judge, Photographer
·         Spectator Boat for parents and guests
·         Spare Room to Host out of town Family
·         Sponsorship dollars for a dinner, lunch or pizza.
Please fill out the volunteer sheet or contact me directly, 360-303-5465


The youth race team and learn to sail programs are in need of more Lasers to train and race in. If you have one or know of any sitting around that don't get used anymore and are in serviceable condition please consider a full or partial (discounted sale) tax deductible donation to the Bellingham Sailing Foundation. 


Please contact Mike Powell -

When I was a teenager, in the late fifties and early sixties, the Bellingham Junior Yacht Club  provided 12 ft. two person Penguin class sailboats similar to these for the Junior Sailing program. We kids had a clubhouse in the building next door to the club, when it was located at the end of Cornwall Street where we took classes, had dances and generally hung around. I learned to sail through this program and I want to thank the BYC for contributing to some of the happiest moments of my life!
-Judy Harding

1979 32' Islander sailboat we need to part with as we do not have time to sail her. She has been with us for 19 years and lovingly cared for. She has under 500 hours on her new Yanmar 30 hp engine. Spotlight Gal is a classic sailboat with beautiful lines. We get lots of compliments on her.


We are asking $42,000. Please give us a call at 707-245-7490
Judy and Bill Griffin

For more photos,
click here - here - or here!

Half-share in a 22' Seasport, kept locally at Hilton Harbor Marina.  1991 with a recently rebuilt Chevy 305 with less than 100 hours.  New kicker and GPS/FF.  See Craigslist ad at: for more details.  Email Bill Colgrove at



This Week's Photo Contest  


Last week's picture of Silva Bay, B.C. was taken by Dean Altschuler -- thanks for sharing! No one other than the photographer correctly identified the location, although Scott McEniry was close.


This week we are cruising on a fast boat off a rugged island. If you know the location, send your answer to


Sorry...Alex is out of town this week...

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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