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WEEK OF OCTOBER 25-31, 2011...

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES:
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  • HALLOWE'EN PARTY THIS FRIDAY
BARTENDERS NEEDED FOR FRIDAY
COMMODORE'S REPORT

A REPORT ABOUT OUR OCTOBERFEST
OUR BYC.ORG WEBSITE HAS A NEW LOOK
YOU STILL CAN COME TO THE COMMODORE'S BALL
SAIL FLEET CAPTAIN SELECTED
SAIL FLEET AWARDS NIGHT SCHEDULED 

IN OTHER NEWS:  

JACK ISLAND RACE REPORT
JUNIOR & INTERMEDIATE DUES CHANGES
TWO INTERESTING WEB LINKS 
 
Scroll down for the complete articles.
OUR JIB SHEET SPONSORS:
Please thank them for supporting the Club!
Automobiles: Wilson Motors  Boat Yards: Seaview North Boatyard The Landings @ Colony Wharf  Boat Sales & Charters: Bellingham Yacht Sales & Charters,  NW Explorations,  San Juan Sailing & Yachting Canvas & Upholstery: Squalicum Marine    Electronics: San Juan Electronics    Electrical Repairs & Supplies, Furnaces:  Rasmussen Marine Electric  Engine Repairs & Repowering: Tri County Diesel Marine  Hardware: Hardware Sales, Inc.   Lettering: Special-T Striping & Sign Marine Services : Top to Bottom Inc. Marine Service Marine Supplies: LFS Inc. Outboards, Stern Drives, Boats & Repairs: West Coast Marine Services Realtors: Gary Baker,  Dawn Durand,   Phil Dyer,  Chuck McCord   Surveyors: Matthew Harris,  Mike McGlenn
 

This Week We're Open: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday
Meetings This Week: Tues. 6PM WR Pwr Squadron;  Thurs. 6PM WOTB Ball Planning
Bartending: Tue. Steve Hanson, Park Densmore; Thu. Ken Malseed; Fri. TBA; Sat. Jim Gibson.

OUR BIG HALLOWE'EN PARTY IS THIS FRIDAY

This week's Special Friday at Five is a terrific Hallowe'en Party.  The Committee has arranged all kinds of fun including a scary movie, costume contest, fun for the kids, and more, so look at their invitation here and then put on your costume, gather up your scary appetizers to share, and come on down to our Club!


BUT: BARTENDERS NEEDED!

Six (6) Licensed Volunteer Bartenders are needed for BYC Halloween Party on Friday October 28th for 2 ½ hour shifts. We have ZERO due bartender prior commitment and because it was thought the Halloween Party was going to be on Saturday, not Friday.  If YOU can help, please contact Jonathan Knowles, jon@latitude48north.com or Trudy Kelso mahalocat@gmail.com


COMMODORES COLUMN/REPORT:
 
The new Board of Trustees met Thursday for the first time and it went well; we got a lot done!
 
We passed our budget in record time. A big thanks to Mike Welsh and Michele Bodtke for doing an outstanding job preparing it and informing the Board. We should have a net income of $4,000 for the year, and still have our full depreciation of $52,000 (!) Added to our reserves.
 
Tom Kilpatrick from our lessee,Windows on the Bay, donated an additional $1,400 to help the remodel of the front entryway.  If you see Tom around the club buy him a drink, and remember to support WOTB and the Hilltop Restaurant with your events, both for you and any other organizations to which you belong!
 
We did major repairs to the roof over the last couple weeks. The entire roof was cleaned and the lower part of the roof seams were re-done with new torch down roofing.  This fix should give us four to five more years’ life on the roof.
 
All the burgees we have from other clubs are now up in the clubhouse. If you are traveling anywhere in the world, and visit another reciprocal yacht club, trade burgees! Turn it in to us and the club will give you a new one to replace the one you gave away. I personally appreciate all the help from Gordon, Susie, Dick, Cori and Jody in getting them hung up...
 
The Oktoberfest was a great success, I can’t wait to see the pictures of Jim and his crew of very hot frauleins on the website. Don’t forget about our Halloween party this Friday...
 
At your Service, Troy Curran, BYC Commodore


COMMODORE'S BALL LAST CHANCE RESERVATIONS!
 
Commodore Troy Curran and his wife, Cori, along with the Officers and Trustees of the Bellingham Yacht Club cordially invite you to the 87th Commodore's Ball on Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at six in the evening.  BUT...the event is nearly sold out!  If you have not signed up, there are only a few openings left, so only BYC Members and their spouses/partners can attend. Please contact Troy or Cori at troy@tdcurran.com if you have not paid. --- Joe Coons


OCTOBERFEST FEAST A SUCCESS LAST WEEK...

Last week at Friday@5, The Marketing and Steering Committee hosted an Oktoberfest themed party with an authentic Bavarian feast, music and decorations.  It was fun to see all of those who dressed up in lederhosen, barmaid and bavarian attire. Here are four photos 1, 2, 3, 4 of the event.
 
Thanks to the cooks who prepared food for about 110 attendees: Tom and Penny Dalgliesh, Gary and Mary Baker, Susan Henderson, Jim and Angie Santosuosso and Jessica Tolsma.  The delicious German Chocolate cakes were baked by Sally Poorman and Mary Baker.  Also, thank you to Anna Ahlen for her help with set-up and decorating for the evening.  
 
The night couldn't have been a success without the help of our awesome volunteer bartenders Donna Olsen, Michele and Neil Bennett, Jon Seestrom, Jeff Vaughn, Joseph Carpenter and of course Jonathan Knowles.  One of the highlights of the evening was the "Chicken Dance" lead by Jan Geleynse and the award to Elle Moffett for her participation in the dance parade through the BYC lounge.
 
During the Oktoberfest party, several lucky folks were awarded the prize of a liter full of our German specialty beer!  Many folks had never attended an Oktoberfest celebration before and it was great to see our club full of members and guests who enjoyed our beautiful facility.  --- Angie Santosuosso
   

BYC.ORG GETTING EXCITING!

The all-new BYC members-only website, http://members.byc.org/ is still in the process of adding content, but has really started to take shape!  Lots of new stuff is ported to the site, and it's really getting quite exciting.  

Take a few minutes now or later this week to thoroughly browse through this new, important web address for all BYC Members!

Bookmark the site now and start using it whenever you have a question abouit your Club and our BYC Schedule! There's lots of "members only" content either already there or coming: our current roster, photos, board meeting minutes, event calendars, facilities booking info, volunteer forms, cruising and boat maintenance ideas, and much more. There is even an easy way to update your roster information online! This is for current members only you and you will need to register to use the website. Go to http://members.byc.org to fill out the registration form.  --- Sally Poorman & Joe Coons



SAILING FLEET CAPTAIN CHOSEN

The BYC Sailing fleet elected a new sail fleet captain last week for the 2012 season. Ray Poorman was elected and will replace the outgoing sail fleet captain, Randy Nulle.
The election was held and the announcement was made by Randy at the Jack Island Skippers meeting on October 15th.



SAILING FLEET AWARDS DINNER SET
Randy’s final duty of the season (see story above) will be to MC the Sailing awards presentation on Saturday November 19th. Dinner at 6pm and awards start at 7pm. All BYC members as well as all non member skippers that raced in the BYC program this year are encouraged to attend with their crews. Awards will be handed out for all three fleets; The Tuesday night dingy fleet, the Etchells fleet and the PHRF fleet.
 
Come out and cheer for your friends as they collect their hardware! The fleet will be officially handed over to Ray at the awards dinner where he will begin to lead the fleet into the new year. Congratulations to Ray!
 


LIGHTED BOAT PARADE 12/3: SAVE THE DATE
 
The 2011 Bellingham Bay Lighted Boat Parade sponsored by Bellingham Yacht Club will be held on Saturday December 3rd and coincide with the Port of Bellingham Holiday Festival.    This longstanding prestigious event in BYC’s history brings together the Boating population and highlights BYC’s commitment to community service with the dedication and fundraising for the Sink the Dinghy fund.
 
Volunteers are needed to help organize this year’s event in the following areas:
* Planning and Marketing (Announcements, Poster, review boat, Jib Sheet, newspaper writeup, guest & dignitaries list, dinner)
* Sink the Dinghy Dedication and Fundraising
* Pre-Event Educational Speakers on Lighting Designs and Installation
* Registrations, Awards & Participation Plaques.
* Post Parade Soup Dinner @ BYC open to all yacht clubs, participants & guests
* Cleanup
 
There are many ways to help out; big and small, over several  weeks of planning or just a couple of hours, a task that will fit everyone’s schedule and time commitments.  This is a great event for our new, non-residents and inactive members to get involved.  Please e-mail or call Jonathan Knowles at (360) 303-5465. --- Jonathan
 

JACK ISLAND RACE PICTURE-PERFECT!

It was one of those days when you just think to yourself, “This is a nice day for sailing”. 

Flat water, light but steady wind, bright sunshine and just a nip of fall in that crystal clear air that signifies the end of summer. Nine boats hit the starting line with Extreme and Osprey taking the early lead. Some tricky sailing between Eliza and Jack Island had the entire fleet bunched up in the same area, dodging holes in the wind but moving steadily toward Jack Island. As the fleet rounded the island the breeze filled in and a picture perfect day was underway. All boats finished the long course in about 4-5 hours and got back in time for an early dinner.

Thanks to all who participated in a great race. Come to the awards banquet on November 19th to find out who won! Dinner at 6pm and awards start at 7pm. ---Randy Nulle
 


NEW DUES ADJUSTMENTS FOR JUNIORS AND INTERMEDIATES

Recently the BYC Board approved a graduated dues schedule for younger members, with the hope that lower, graduated costs would make joining the club less of a financial hardship. The new rates are:
 
Junior Membership: Age 14-18: $25 and Age 19-22: $50
Intermediate Membership: Age 21-24: $120, Age 26-27: $150 and Age 28-29: $180
 
Upon reaching the age of 30 a member must then become an active member, or a member may choose to become an active member once they reach 21 years of age. In addition, all initiation fees are waived until a member becomes an active member. New member applications are available at the club and on the website.  The formal policies will be posted there, too.  --- Michele Bodtke Rear Commodore & Treasurer


A SAFETY ESSAY THAT READS LIKE A THRILLER:

Concordia, a large training vessel, was lost in the ocean in a recent accident.  If you want to read a report about the mishap while learning about knockdowns and vessel stability, click this link!  --- Joe Coons
 


ANOTHER GREAT BLOG...

Here’s a great blog from the vessel Seabird, a 62’ Nordhavn long range cruiser.  It will give you an idea of what international cruising is like if you have a great boat and considerable financial resources....
 

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ON OCTOBER 31ST:
 

Come on down to the club next Monday to watch the game.  Hot dogs and nachos, open at 5PM!
 


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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