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IT'S SPRING!  And what a beautiful place this is in the springtime.  Time to head down to your boat and start scrubbing the winter grime away.  Time as well to start planning those cruises or epic races!!  Yes, the hibernation is over and there is much to do.
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1 April  Cajun Night
2 April  MAST Course
16 April  Hawaiian Night
20 April Wind & Waves Class

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8AM - 4PM 7days/week

Fishing fails

Silver Reef Casino
Harbor Fuel
Hardware Sales
LFS Marine Outdoors
Redden Marine Supply
HUB International, Northwest
Spinnaker Financial Group
Gary Baker - Remax
Dawn Durand - Windermere
Joe Sulham - Fairhaven
Dale Serbousek - Remax
Bellingham Marine Repair

Marine Consultants, Inc., Marine Surveyors and Consultants
Orca Marine Cooling Systems
Pacific Marine Electric
Radar Marine Electronics
Rasmussen Marine Electric
San Juan Electronics
Special-T Signs and Graphics
Squalicum Marine Canvas
TD Curran Apple Specialists
Top-to-Bottom Diving and Marine Services
Tri-County Diesel Marine

West Coast Marine Services
Wilson Motors
Bellhaven Yacht Sales & Charters
Bellingham Yacht & Charters
Bullfrog Boats Inc.
NW Explorations Sales & Charters
San Juan Sailing
March 22-28, 2016

WED:  23 March: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Burger Night; THURS: 24 March: Bar and lounge open at 5;  FRI: 25 March: Bar and lounge open at 5;  SAT: 26 March: Bar and lounge open at 5
Oh Behave! Get ready to get your Goldmember on! Coming soon to an Opening Day near you!

Friday April 1, Friday @ 5 BAR AND LOUNGE COMMITTEE HOSTS CAJUN NIGHT-More details to come (No charge for meal to members)


Saturday April 16 HAWAIIAN NIGHT Bringing Hawaii to the club. Put on your best Hawaiian shirt and your flip flops and come join us for Hawaiian music, Full Catered Dinner with Kahlua Pork, Huli Huli Chicken, Polynesian Cole Slaw, Island Style Fried Rice, Fruit Display, Pani Popo (Hawaiian Sweet Rolls), and a yummy dessert. HI themed entertainment, drink specials and a PHOTO BOOTH to capture all the fun.

$20 per person.  RSVP on BYC Web Site or Pay at the bar.
-Susan Hempler



One Day Certificate Class
About Boating Safely

Conducted by our local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.  You choose your Saturday (March 26, April 23, or June 4), 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM at our neighbors', the Squalicum Yacht Club.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. 
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First, a special thanks to Rebecca Heathcock, Dick Labadie and Susan Hempler for hosting the St. Patty’s Day corned beef feed on Friday, and Caron Marconis for pitching in for cleanup! The corned beef was excellent, and a great time was had by all (as usual here)! 


WED: Burgers and brew!

THUR: Bar and lounge open at 5.

FRI: Bar and lounge open at 5.

SAT: Bar and lounge open at 5. 


See you in the lounge!


Want to Join the Bartending Crew and Support your BYC? 


The next MAST (Mandatory Alcohol Server Training) class is scheduled for Saturday, April 2 from 10AM to 1PM, with lunch included! 


To sign up, email Steve or call 206-850-9017



We've have a fun line of cruises this year so please check out the cruising calendar on the BYC website and pick up a Save-The-Date card the next time you are at the club so you can get the cruises on your calendar.  Here's the scoop on our first two cruises.


Shakedown Cruise to Anacortes

Our first cruise is April 22-24 at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes and is a joint cruise with the Bellingham and Friday Harbor Power Squadrons.  Friday night there will be a Docktail Party at the dock and Saturday night we will be having dinner at the Majestic where we will feast on fresh local products brought from the farm to our table and prepared by master chefs, and enjoy northwest wines and local microbrews.  (Space at the Majestic is somewhat limited so sign up early.)  This will be a great start to the cruising season and a chance to make new friends.  Register now at  Hosted by Chris and Vickie Olson.


Memorial Day "Blue Hawaii" Cruise to Fisherman's Bay

Next, we're heading to Lopez Island on May 27-30 along with our friends at the Corinthian Yacht Club.  Our hosts, Guy and Barbara Thieman, have a lot of fun activities planned with the theme of "Blue Hawaii", the famous Elvis Presley movie.  There will be great food & games all weekend long and karaoke as well as everything Lopez has to offer so you won't want to miss it.  Register now at


Host Needed

A host is needed for the Adventure Cruise to Prevost Harbor August 5-7.  Also, is anyone interested in hosting a long distance cruise?  The Adventure Cruise would be a perfect launching point for a cruise to points north.  If you are interested, email Vickie Olson at

*** Save the Date ***
Wednesday March 30 @ 6 PM - BYC
BYC Sail Fleet “Free Burger & Cheap Pints” Pre-Season Kick-Off
ALL Bellingham Sailors, Crew & Volunteers…
BYC Sail Fleet "Burger & Pint" Pre-Season Kick-Off meeting will be on Wednesday March 30th - 6 PM at the BYC Clubhouse.  Sail Fleet Captain Jonathan Knowles along with Race Committee Chair John Pedlow will be provide a brief overview of this upcoming race season, handing out the Sailing Instructions, registering boats and answer questions.  PHRF Fleet Captain Bart Maupin will go over the long distance race schedule.  
Free Burgers courtesy of the BYC Sail Fleet & Cheap Pints provided by Stones Throw Brewery.   Brewery owners and fellow local racers Tony Luciano & Jack Pflueger will be handing out brewery swag.
Sponsored by:  

BYC Racing Starts April 6
Wednesday April 6 - PHRF/Etchells Numb Bum Series #1 - 6PM First Gun
Saturday April 9 - BYC Vendovi Island LD Race - 9AM Skippers Meeting
Tuesday April 12 – 505/Dinghy April 12 Frostbite Series #1 - 6P First Gun
Saturday April 23 - BYC Hales Pass LD Dash – 9AM Skippers Meeting
This year, all club series and long distance races are bundled into one low $50 registration fee. So, whether you plan to race one Long or all series, take advantage of this Early Season Promotion on-line at
NOTE:  Due to requirements by our insurance liability coverage, AND for the protection of all sailors on the race course, you will not be allowed to race until registered and completing the BYC Lability Waiver.

The 5O5 North American Championships
June 1-5


We are busy gearing up for the 5O5 North American Championships.  Sailors from across the country will visit our fair city and will experience the Bellingham Yacht Club.  Please help us to put on a good face by offering your time. We can use help Thursday, Friday and Sunday.  We specifically need help with selling clothing at the club all weekend.  We could use help preparing, serving and cleaning food Thursday, Friday and Sunday.  We could use help picking up Costco Pizza on Sunday. 


Please check you schedule and call me to sign up to help.  It is essential, and much appreciated.


Thank you.

Mike Poulos, Chair  360 676 4263


PROJECT BOAT: This 1965 34 ft. Fairliner is looking for a new home... free to the right person! Only one of her two engines works, and interior she has leaks (hull sound), but is beautiful classic and especially nice as a live aboard.  You can see her at Colony Wharf on C Street. e-mail

A long column this week. We had our monthly Board Meeting last Thursday and confirmed our fifth Honorary Membership with Ashley Bell from Seattle. She is currently the Commodore of the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club and is very involved with The Pink Boat Regatta.
Our other Honorary Members are Jim Dickinson, Virginia Jepsen, Scott Wilson and Bishop Kevin.
We also approved another New Member, Linda Wyatt.
Tim Brockman introduced the board members to our new bookkeeper, Luidmyla. Some of the board had not met her yet. So far she has been doing a great job, but there have been a few “bumps” along the way. One of our biggest problems is the communications about purchases, receipts, and reimbursements for those members who purchase things for the club and club events. The standard is that most purchases must be approved by a Committee Chairperson. Once approved and an item is purchased, the receipt is submitted along with a form (Now available on top of the safe) to indicate what was purchased, by whom, what the cost was, and how would they like to be reimbursed, either credit to their ACH or a check.
Another problem is people who pay for certain things, like advertising, and mail a check in. When doing so, please write on the check or submit a note as to what the check is for. Some of the checks we receive, we assume are for credit to ACH accounts. Some may be for bar tabs, quarterly membership payments, sailing registrations. Unless you tell us what it's for, well, you get my drift.
Terry Tavelli notified the board of some new software (CERVIS) that will streamline our volunteer organizing. The board approved the purchase and we have four volunteers to take the training once it is implemented. This new system will be very helpful in keeping track of who will be volunteering for what, and can also be accessed by the members so that they can sign up if they want to. It will also help with Race Committee, Mark Boat staffing, Race Organization, Bar Tenders and Club Events.
Friday night was the St. Patrick's Day Party with some yummy Corned Beef and Cabbage. Many thanks to Rebecca Heathcock and Dick & Sandy Labadie for cooking. A thank you also to Susan Hempler and her Committee for the decorating and organizing, and to Scott McEniry for volunteering as a bartender.
If you have a problem in the future with any financial issues  with the club, please feel free to call Tim Brockman 360-410-1609, or email him : You can also contact Luidmyla via our website:



This Week's Photo Contest  

Thanks to Dave Steffen for last week's photo of a well-hung pirate on a small island just north of Eagle Harbor on Cypress Island. Scott McEniry and Rick Laursen correctly identified the location, and Rick tells me that the pirate is no longer there. Wonder if the Dead Pirates reclaimed one of their own?


This week we see a boat at rest in a harbor, just waiting for some fishermen to board and seek their catch. If you know the location, send your answer to



Here is the Chess Challenge for this week.

The winner of last week's Chess Challenge was Scott McEniry.


The three alternative solutions for the last Chess Challenge are:
1. Qxh5 xh5 2. Bh7#
1. Qxh5 Bxg5 2. Qh8#
1. Qxh5 Nd4 2. Qh7#

Matthew L. Harris, Principal Marine Surveyor 
   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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