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WEEK OF MAR 13-MAR 19, 2012...

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES:
THIS FRIDAY 3/16: FRIDAY AT FIVE
SATURDAY 3/17: ST PADDY PARTY
MONDAY: MARKETING COMMITTEE TO MEET
LAST CHANCE FOR DISCOUNTED SPRING DANCE TICKETS
MARCH 31 DINNER TO BENEFIT YOUTH SAILING
PACRIM TEAM LEAVES THIS WEEK
 
IN OTHER NEWS:  
RADAR CLINIC TO BE HELD
MEMBER MIXER SUCCESSFUL
NEW CRUISING GUIDE EDITION ON LINE

"MAYDAY" GOVERNMENT ACTION NEEDED
TWO ROSTER CORRECTIONS
BEAUTIFUL CLOCK DONATED & COMING TO THE CLUB

STEVE ROSS'S PHOTO CONTEST
                  Scroll down for the complete articles.


This Week We're Open: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Meetings This Week: Tue: 630PM CR Investment Club; Thu: 6PM: CR BYC Board 5PM CR Finance Comm

Other Events: Thu: 6PM WR CG Auxiliary  Sun: CR & Lounges 9AM-6PM Windows on the Bay
Bartending: Thu. Pam & Bill Heward; Fri. Arne Ahlen; Sat. Wayne & Trudy Kelsoe

OUR 2011-2012 JIB SHEET SPONSORS:
Please thank them for supporting the Club!
Apple Specialists: T D Curran Automobiles: Wilson Motors  Boatyards: Seaview North BoatyardThe Landings @ Colony Wharf  Boat Sales & Charters: Bellhaven Yacht Sales & Charters, Bellingham Yacht Sales & ChartersNW Explorations,  San Juan Sailing & Yachting  Canvas & Upholstery: Squalicum Marine  Catering Services & Facilities: Windows on the Bay Events  Communications & Marketing: Integrated Marketing & Media  Computer Integration & Security: CSS Communications  Casino, Restaurants & Resort: Silver Reef  Electronics: San Juan Electronics  Electrical Repairs & Supplies, Furnaces: Rasmussen Marine Electric  Engine Repairs & Repowering: Tri County Diesel Marine  Floral Designs: Jody King Designs   Hardware: Hardware Sales, Inc.  Insurance, General & Marine: The Unity Group  Lettering: Special-T Striping & Sign  Marine Cooling Systems: Orca Marine  Marine Manufacturing: Blue Sea Systems  Marine Services: Cooper Marine Service, Top to Bottom Inc. Marine Service  Marine Supplies:  LFS Inc., Redden Marine Inc.  Outboards, Stern Drives, Boats & Repairs: West Coast Marine Services  Printing Services: Pacific Rim Printing  Realtors: Gary BakerDawn DurandPhil Dyer,  Chuck McCord   Security Systems & Locksmith: Security Solutions NW  Surveyors: Matthew Harris 

ON FRIDAY: MEMBER MIXER ESPECIALLY FOR NEW MEMBERS & THEIR SPONSORS

It's a Friday@5 Week here at the BYC!  Come on down for a relaxing, convivial time at your Club!


SATURDAY, MARCH 17: ST. PADDY'S PARTY...

Come join us for Wine, Appetizers and More Monday, March 12th, 6:00 p.m. at the BYC.  Come to the BYC Lounge to celebrate the Wear'n O' the Green!

Saturday, March 17th we will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the BYC Lounge with an Irish music sing-a-long.  Our own Joe Young will be playing and singing Irish music in the lounge .  Come dressed in your best Irish decor and prepare to drink green beer!


GOT YOUR SPRING DINNER-DANCE RESERVATIONS?

The Spring Dinner Dance featuring Joe Young and the Starlites along with a delicious seated dinner at Windows on the Bay is less than 10 days away!
 
Set for 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, this is the BYC event to which to invite your friends, neighbors, crew and associates.  They’ll enjoy a fabulous evening of dining and dancing. 
 
Ticket Sales have been brisk, but there are still some seats available!  The reduced $50 ticket price has been extended until Wednesday, March 14, so a quick response will save you $$$. Hurry!  Make your reservations today with  Donna Olsen at  olsenrk@comcast.netor 360/961.7359.


MARKETING COMMITTEE MEETS MONDAY, 3/19...

All are welcome to attend the Marketing Steering Committee meeting next Monday from 6-7;  you can join in on the casual "dinner meeting" afterwards, too! Appetizers and wine & beer will be available.  Come join in on the fun…the MSC meetings are a great way to get to know other BYC members!   
 
For more information contact Kathy Brown at kathy@kalliopesv.comor 970.218.9628 or Carol Young at steelbluekiss@gmail.com or 360.739.4796


RADAR CLINIC TO BE HELD...

Are you interested in getting in-depth learning and instruction for your radar?  If so, San Juan Sailing is hosting an ASA Radar Endorsement Clinic, offered at a substantial discount ($90 savings) for BYC members. 
 
The Marine Radar Endorsement for Power and SailClinic will be held on Sunday, April 29, from 9:00am to 6:00pm.  As a BYC member, your reduced tuition of $150 ($90 off the standard student tuition of $240) includes the text and workbook. Taught by Starpath, and American Sailing Association instructor Larry Brandt, this in-depth course covers introduction to radar principles, properly adjusting radar for optimum performance, radar for navigation and pilotage, radar as the preferred tool for collision avoidance, AIS, and understanding radar regulatory requirements. Although the course is equally applicable to power and sail, ASA students can test for their Radar Endorsement as part of their sailing certifications.  (The ASA endorsement is an additional $20, with testing to take place after the course ends).   
 
For further details on the course, see the website link (keep in mind that your rate as a BYC member is not included on this site): http://www.sanjuansailing.com/radar.htm.  This course will only be offered once a year, in the spring.  If you would like to reserve your spot and register for this course, please contact Tanya Lamp, School Manager at tanya@sanjuansailing.com or at 800-677-7245


MARCH 31 DINNER TO BENEFIT JUNIOR SAILING

On Saturday, March 31st, we are having a dinner and a great slide show at the BYC. This event will be to benefit our Jr. Sailing Program. The slide show is being given by a friend who took is wife and son cruising around the world in their 38 foot sailboat. They live in Seattle and he is also showing it to the Puget Sound Cruising Club. At the end, he is going to talk about the best apps he came across for navigation purposes.

The bar will open at 5 p.m. (no host). We will have a short talk on what the Jr. Sailors are doing this year, and then the slide show, followed by dinner. We are keeping the cost down to $8 donation per person, but would greatly appreciate more if affordable...don't know where else you could go for dinner and a show for that amount!

Please feel free to call Gary Baker at 360- 441-5683 or email at gbaker385@cs.com with any questions and we would like to know how many are coming. It should be a fun and interesting evening, all for a good cause. --- Gary Baker


INFORMATIVE MEMBER MIXER A HUGE SUCCESS!

Amy Kashiwa, Dan and Belinda Hisey, John and Patricia Harris, Penny and Tom Dalgliesh, Clint Wilkes, Tom and Sunantha Day, Sandy and Curt Bagley, Karen Lauckhardt, Linda and Jack Levine, Bart Maupin and Donna Olsen, are just some of the names of the New Members who attended this fun and informative event!
 
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres galore kept appetites satiated while Commodore Troy Curran introduced BYC Committees and Representatives, the Bridge, the Board, and Club Volunteers.  He also did a fantastic job informing attendees about the Benefits of a BYC Membership.  Next, attendees were treated to a complimentary buffet dinner of boeuf Bourguignon, baked chicken, roasted potatoes, green beans, salad, dessert bar and home-made salmon chowder. 
 
Many thanks to Trudy Kelsoe and Donna Olsen for volunteering to bar-tend at this important event; thanks also to everyone who worked an information table, answered questions, supplied appetizers and desserts, washed dishes, helped with setting up the buffet, stayed around to clean up and so much more.  Our volunteerism is what makes this Club so much fun. 
 
We appreciate all who worked an information table, answered questions, supplied appetizers and desserts, washed dishes, helped with setting up the buffet, stayed around to clean up and so much more.  Finally, kudos and thanks to Carol Young, who organized this wildly successful event which packed the Club.  --- Kathy Brown, Marketing Steering Committee


TWO ROSTER CORRECTIONS:
 
Margaret Travis’ new address is 2430 76th Ave. S.E., Apt 335, Mercer Island, Wa. 98040 and the telephone is (206) 232-2833. 
 
Big mistake!  We had Tim Mumford’s Squalicum Marine Upholstery old address in the Roster:  Squalicum Marine is now at 2620 North Harbor Loop Drive, Suite 17.  In the Harbor Mall building, they share a parking lot with Troy Curran’s T.D. Curran store.


A SPECIAL CLOCK IS COMING TO OUR LOUNGE...

Margaret Travis (mentionedbove) and her family donated a beautiful, chiming eight-day ships clock to the club last fall in memory of her late husband and sailor, Frank Travis.

Member Mike Seal (before retirement the head of the WWU Vehicle Research Institute and also a fine craftsman) took the clock last winter to build a proper oak base for it...but within a couple of days, broke his wrist!  When it healed, he went back to work on the project, and now it IS mounted and looks great.  He turned it over to Joe Coons on March 8, and Joe brought it home for installation of a plaque on the new base.
 
Opening it up, Joe thoroughly cleaned the face (brown with, apparently, years of cigarette smoke) and now it is lustrous, although he was unable to remove the shadow of the old “Seattle Instrument Company” sticker which someone had stuck on the face.   The clock is now running, chiming, and resting on Joe's dining room buffet while he makes sure it is properly adjusted fast/slow.

The brass plaque has been ordered, and as soon as it is received and mounted the clock will assume its rightful place in the center of our bar in the small bookcase. We will have to establish a regular schedule for winding it weekly, on Thursdays when the bar opens!

Margaret and her family insist that there be no special celebration of the installation, but we note with pleasure that she and her son (who is an avid sailor himself) will be here for the Friday@5 on April 20.  We promise, Margaret, that in your words, "we won't make a big deal of it!"


CAN YOU HELP THE JUNIOR FLEET? 

The BYC Junior Fleet wants to buy a used RIB (rigid-bottom inflatable boat) with a motor to use with the youth instruction program. Size range is 14 to 17 feet, with an appropriate-sized 4-stroke motor.

We are also want to purchase a  used 10 to 15 hp 4-stroke motor for the tender we already own.

If anyone has a boat/motor or motor they are selling or know of any leads please contact Michele Bodtke at msbodtke@gmail.com or 360-720-4155.   Thanks!


PAST COMMODORE'S CRUISE IS CONFIRMED! 
 
HEY:  It's NOT just FOR Past Commodores,  it's put on each year BY the newest Past Commodore!

April 13 – 15 at Blakely Harbor Marina is the date, and now the use of Blakely Harbor Marina has been confirmed.  Moorage is 85 cents/foot, and in order to confirm everything and assure yourself of dock space, let PC Michele Bennett know that you’re planning on attending, please...email her at micheleb@spie.org

We can assure assure you that since this is the retiring PC's "last official act", they always do a bang-up job of making it fun!


WHY THE WEB SITE SHUT DOWN…
 
As you know, I reported last week that our website had had a number of interruptions to service which nearly delayed our Jib Sheet publication. I talked with Ray Poorman who maintains the services that support the yacht club site, and Ray told me that the reason for the shutdown was, in fact, weak passwords on some of the yacht club mailing lists, mostly for officers!
 
Here's the way it works: when you send an e-mail to jibsheet@BYC.org, the website actually distributes it to the people who work on the publication. Other Club email addresses also distribute mail to certain member groups such as our board or committees. It turned out that the site access passwords that some of our members used were very weak, and a spam company broke into our site and began delivering spam to many of us through that password.

That caused at least one major website, Comcast.net, to assume all byc.org-originated mail to be Spam, so they blocked all BYC transmissions. That meant that as far as most of us in Bellingham were concerned, BYC.ORG was "down"...

What's the bottom line? If you have privileges to send mail out through the BYC site, please be sure that your password is "strong". That means it's going to have some digits and, if possible, symbols in it to make it harder to crack, and it certainly should be longer than just a three or four characters. An ordinary word such as "club" (or, of course, "password") is unacceptable.  Of course, do not share passwords!  Change your password now if it's weak, PLEASE!
 
Please help your club to avoid a further shutdown by having a strong password to our site. Thanks.  --- Joe Coons


URGENT "MAYDAY" ACTION REQUEST...
 
A WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT FROM RBAW!

Please Urge Your State Senators and Representatives – especially those on the State Senate and House Ways & Means Committee – to "Just Say No" to a Raid on Recreation Resource Account Funds!

PLEASE HELP US HELP YOU…….. CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS & OFFICIALS TODAY!

Please go to the full report by clicking HERE.  You’ll find all the details, links, and suggested actions.  Thank You!


HELP WANTED FOR ONE DAY ONLY!
 
A BYC Open House is planned for Saturday, April  21, 10 - 4, during CharterFest!
 
We are looking for volunteers to bar-tend, grill burgers and hot dogs, and answer questions about BYC Membership and Benefits!
 
Please contact Gary Baker with the Marketing Steering Committee at 360.441.5683 or gbaker385@cs.com for more information or to volunteer.


ARE YOU A NEW (OR OLD) CRUISER?

Each year I update the "Northwest Cruising Guide" and post it on the BYC website. I realize that many of you know your way around these waters better than I do, but nevertheless my annual update includes more recent restaurant reviews, etc. I gather these not only for my own cruising but also from the experiences of folks I come in contact with through my work as a charter skipper. For this year's cruising guide which you can print on your own, click here.  --- Joe Coons
 

PACRIM 2012 TRIP STARTS THIS WEEK!

Since its humble beginnings in the late ’80’s and early 90’s, the Pacific Rim Regatta has grown in both stature and importance to our community.  This week (actually Friday Bellingham time) the 2012 Pacific Rim Regatta begins in Port Stephens, Australia.  The regatta commonly known as PacRim, brings together sailors and Ambassadors from each Community.
 
PacRim started in Bellingham in 1990 as an outgrowth of the Goodwill Games; past commodore Marlene Bolster was a prime mover in the project, along with Bellingham Cold Storage, which had a relationship with a packing company in Sister City, Nakhodka, in the then-USSR.  Since then, it has rotated between Russia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US.
 
Bellingham’s Sister City Chair, Karen Callery, says, “PacRim is one of the best cultural exchanges for our Sister Cities, and with the sailing regatta, it is truly special”
 
If you would like to follow your Bellingham Yacht Club led team, along with stories from the Ambassadors from Bellingham Sister Cities and our community, you can read daily postings from Australia by visiting http://pacrim.byc.org.
 

THIS WEEK’S PHOTO QUIZ

Phil Dyer came the closest in guessing last week's picture, which was of Jack Black and his family near Migennes, France as they were embarking on a canal cruise.

This week's picture should be a bit easier. Please send your guess to steve.ross@wwu.edu.
 

Remember to submit your articles to  Jibsheet@byc.org  Deadline is each Monday noon.

Fair Winds and Following Seas from your JibSheet editors: Joe Coons & Jim Langei. 

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