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Greetings from beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona!  Neil and I try to come down here every October to visit with friends and get in a few last rounds of golf before the snow flies.  I liken Flagstaff to Bellingham at 7,000 feet.  In any case, this late issue was a result of my travels... enjoy!!
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14 October  Decorating your Boat
17 October  Jack Island Race
17 October  Youth Salmon Dinner
22 October  Antarctic Expedition
13 November  Monica Hayward Fundraiser Dinner
14 November  Sail Fleet Banquet
21 November  Commodore's Ball

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October 13-20, 2015

WED: 13 Oct: Grill and bar open at 5; THURS: 14 Oct: Grill and bar opens at 5;  FRI15 Oct: Commodore Mick's first Fridays @ 5;  SAT: 16 Oct: Youth Sailing Salmon BBQ;  MON:  19 Oct: MNF

Monica Hayward Update

Monica's surgery went well but was much longer than anticipated due to the doctors finding a new tumor.  She spent a week in the hospital but is now back home and recovering under the watchful eye of Nurse Gerri Rae.
In the meantime, the rest of Team Monica has been busy organizing a fundraising dinner
and setting up a YouCaring donation site. ( 
The fundraiser will be Friday, November 13 and you can sign up on the BYC website: 
Come on BYC Family!!!  One of our own needs our help!!

Muchas Gracias! --Editor

Silent Auction Fundraiser for Monica
The ad hoc organizing committee (AKA 'Team Monica') has set very lofty financial goals to help Monica and Steve with what we can only imagine will be very lofty financial costs associated with her cure and return to our club.
In addition to the Steak Night dinner, we will be offering a Silent Auction.  It is my pleasure and responsibility to solicit auction items as well as with Missy Steffen’s assistance, manage the auction.
We are accepting donations of personal services, vacation home use, works of art, music, flowers, gifts, and more. In short, anything of value. We are an eclectic club membership, with great imagination.  To donate, simply email me a description, and if you have one, a picture for display. As we draw closer to the event I will begin advertising and opening up bidding.
Thank you for your contributions!
Neil Bennett, Vice Commodore

Introduction to Yang 10 Form Tai Chi
When: November 10, 15, 17 & 22 from 5-6:30 PM
Where: BYC Ward Room (downstairs)
Who:  Dirk & Kathy Vermeeren

For the full flyer --
click here

BYC Installation Ceremonies
Thanks to all those who came out to the BYC Installation Ceremonies. The new 2015-2016 BYC Board is in place, so please welcome:
Commodore - Mick Corcoran
Vice Commodore – Neil Bennett
Rear Commodore – Jim Gibson
Fleet Captain -  Tim Thompson
Immediate Past Commodore – Jonathan Knowles
Trustees 2nd Year
Rick Laursen
Mike Powell
Christine Wright
Trustees 1st Year
Scott McEniry
Chris Jacobs
Duane Jones
Mike Welsh
Secretary - Susan Henderson
Comptroller – Tim Brockman
The evening started with cocktails and an hors d'oeuvres spread put together by Missy Steffen.   Commodore Jonathan Knowles opened the ceremonies.  However, the first order of business was to settle some old business.  It’s BYC tradition that the incoming Commodore presents a departing gift to the outgoing Commodore.   However, running the club is a daunting task and things get overlooked.  So, to make good on past traditions, Commodore Knowles presented Past Commodore Terry Tavelli with an inscribed mounted Ship Clock in recognition of his service to the club as BYC Commodore 2006-2007.
Commodore Knowles, then provided a summary of the Boards accomplishments this past year:
 - Membership under Chair Tim Thompson  & his committee brought in 56 new members through two promotions;  the Seattle Boat Show Special and the Opening Day Promotion. The focus was to attract “boaters” into the club.
 - Finance under Chair Christine Wright, Treasurer Neil Bennett and Assistant Treasurer Mike Welsh report that we finished the year on a positive financial note with a gain from operations of $25,000, the mortgage was reduced by $18,000 and we had a positive cash flow of $15,000.   We completed two major capital projects: $32,000 for new exterior painting and $10,000 to repair and reroof the front soffit.  The Youth Fund grew by about $8,000.  All committees and events were within their budgets.   All pointed in the right direction.
 - Bar & Lounge budget ended up flat, but had added more services with Cocktail Training, local Microbrew Selection and Monica’s Hawaiian Burgers and Carne Asada Taco nights.  Overall, the Bar & Lounge attendance was up over prior years.
 - Policy & Planning subcommittee chaired by RC Neil Bennett with PC Michele Bodtke renegotiated the terms of the lease with our tenant, Windows on the Bay, which allows us control over the Kitchen for future dining and catering options.
 - Cruising Chaired by Vickie and Chris Olsen put together a full cruising schedule of 10 Cruises that started in April and ended with the Poets Cove Cruise.
 - Social with Missy Steffen brought us the monthly Filet Mignon Steak Night.  The “Master & Commander – Naval History” Commodores Ball was elegant and a fun time.   The Opening Day Ceremonies were dedicated to our Communities Youth Sailor & Boaters with speeches from BYC Youth Sailing, Whatcom High School Sailing, WWU College Sailing and the Sea Scouts. Trustee Gary Smith and his band rocked the day with tunes to the theme “Animal House” Party on a spectacular sunny day with the deck doors wide open.
 - Education Committee with Chairs Tom Dalgliesh and Marian Welsh organized boating seminars on “Boating Check List”, “Double Handed Pacific Cup Race on a SC-27”, “Radar”, “Marine Batteries” and “Boating Emergencies”.
 - Building & Maintenance Chaired by Gary Smith oversaw 2 club scrubs, the exterior painted, roof repair and walk-in cooler floor replacement.
 - Sailing Fleet with Captain Bart Maupin, Race Committee Chair Randy Nulle and Dinghy Fleet Captain Mike Poulos ran the BYC Club Racing Series on Tuesday and Wednesday that include the new 505 Fleet and increased participation from the BYC Youth Racing team, and hosted the following regattas: High School and College National Single Handed Championships, District 22 Laser Championships,  Etchells Regatta, Women on the Water, Bellingham Youth Regatta,  P.I.T.C.H., and Dale Jepsen  One-Design.
 - The BYC hosted two Charity Regattas this year. The Leukemia Cup chaired by Jim Gibson and the Pink Boat Regatta for Breast Cancer Awareness chaired by Neil Bennett.
 - Youth Sailing under Captain Mike PowellYouth Racing Director Scott Wilson and Program Coordinator Megan Link ended the year with a profit by selling 147 Learn-to-Sail sessions and 35 kids in the BYC Youth Racing Team that raced in Opti’s, FJ’s, Lasers, 29ers and Etchells and traveled to 10 regattas in the NW Youth Racing Circuit.
 - Bellingham Sailing Foundation raised over $27,000 from a combination of Salmon, BBQ, Youth Dinner Auction, Schooner Zodiac Cruise, PITCH Raffle, Bar Tips and major contributions from Gary Smith, Mike Powell and the Knowles Family.  This year the BYC Youth Sailing Program made an $18,000 purchase of 6 fully equipped racing Opti’s and spent $8,000 for two 29er Sport Dinghies.
The Commodore Knowles 2015 Member Awards:
Boating Family of the Year  –  The Santosuosso’s  - Mark, Katy &  Jack
Volunteer Member of the Year – Dick & Sandie Labadie
New Members of the Year – Vickie & Chris Olsen
Reset Award for Exemplary Club Service – Steve & Monica Hayward

-PAST Commodore Jon

Curious about all of the new wines at the bar??  Read here for a complete wine review!



Due to circumstances and the onset of colder weather we’re temporarily backing off on Wed burgers and Thur nite Mexican. We’ll pick up the pace as soon as we get the kitchen next door up and running, so stay tuned! Here’s this week’s schedule:


WED: Bar and lounge open, grill is available if you want to throw something on. Meantime try our new selection of pizzas! 

THUR: Bar and lounge open. No Mexican, pending Monica’s return to active duty! :(

FRI: Fri @ 5 this week, so let’s get busy and bring on those appetizers and snacks to share!

SAT: SALMON BBQ TO SUPPORT JR. SAILING! Check the Jib Sheet for more! Come hungry and bring your checkbook! 

MON next: Monday Nite Football with wings and chili. 


See you in the lounge!



Education Committee needs a creative person with relevant computer skills to work with presenters to develop promotional "flyers".  Contact Marian Welsh for more information.

Education Corner for this Week

Decorating your Boat for the Lighted Boat Parade -- Wednesday, October 14 @ 6:30pm
Come one, come all. PC Steve Ross' presentation is entertaining as well as informative even if you don't currently have plans to enter the parade this year. And for newer members it's a great opportunity to learn a little about a great Bellingham holiday tradition and a really fun event at the club.

Full flyer is here. 

Then on Thurs Oct 22 bring your friends to the club to experience Trustee Mike Powell's slide show presentation 65 South - A Sailing Adventure to Antarctica & Patagonia. The photography will be awesome. Penguin lovers as well as adventure sailors will not want to miss this.

Full flyer is here. 
-Marian Welsh


Fundraiser for the Youth Sailing Program

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 5:00 p.m. at the BYC.  If you've attended this in the past, then you already know what a great event this is... if you've never attended, then get busy and sign up below!  These gents are masters of the portable grill!!!


Link to the Registration Form

Link to the Event on the Website



The Jack Island Race will be our final race of the season October 17th.  
And don't forget the End-of-the-Year Sailor's Banquet!! 
DATE REVISION!!!  14 November from 6 to 8pm. 
Bart Maupin

Keep a Look Out for BYC Sail Fleet Seminars
This Fall and Winter, the BYC Sail Fleet will be hosting several educational seminars on how to help and run Race Committee.  NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. These seminars will be run the by the BYC Race Committee and will go over the basic of setting  up course, running a race and operating mark and safety boats.    Stay tuned for more details...
Click here for a flyer for a judge seminar 

As cruising season winds down, I want to thank everyone for helping make this year's cruises such a success!  It was a great year, starting in April in Anacortes and ending at Poets Cove in September.  Now it's time to look ahead to next year's slate of cruises and I would love your input.  Please follow this link and complete this short survey on cruise destinations for 2016.


Also, if you would like to be a part of the cruising committee and help plan our calendar for next year, please email Vickie Olson at




Get your Captain's License!  Brought to you by Skip Anderson and Flagship Marine.  Classes offered right here at the BYC!
Click here for the full flyer.


And so it begins...
Well, it has been an interesting week hitting the ground running since the swearing in.

The roof issue is hopefully going to be resolved this week and we can get started soon with the repairs.

I had a fun evening last Saturday visiting with Shinichi Hayama from Tatiama, and the Sister City organization put on an intimate event that was lightly attended but well received by our guests. Teresa Van Haalen (Current President of Sister Cities), PC John Gargett, and PC Terry Tavelli did a great job with the organization and the snacks. If I forgot others who assisted, I apologize because I was somewhat preoccupied with trying to make Mr. Hayama feel welcome.

I missed the first Friday's @ 5:00 last week, but I heard that those who attended had a good time.

Laura tells me that plans are going well for the Commodore's Ball coming on November 21st. Terry will be updating the website soon as more details are finalized. Please keep an eye on the website and your email for the soon to be arriving evite we will be sending out.

I don't know yet if there are plans in the works for a Halloween Party. If anyone would like to help put this together, please contact me. I know time's getting short, but it would be great fun, especially since it falls on a Saturday this year.

Finally, I would like to mention our fund raiser on November 13th for Monica Hayward. It will be a steak night event and I will be dusting off my tongs to help grill up some fine meat. I would hope that everyone who can would attend and make this a blowout event in support of one of our sweetest and dedicated members. Her absence is being felt already by all of us who know her. My greatest hope is her recovery will be quick and painless. My prayers and best wishes for Her and Steve.
Commodore Mick

This Week's Photo Contest 

The Ferry Snowdrop was the subject of last week's picture. The Snowdrop plies a route from downtown Liverpool across the Mersey estuary to Birkenhead and Seacombe. The rather unique paint job is an example of "dazzle camouflage," bright non-linear designs designed to confuse hostile forces in WWI, which centenary is being celebrated in England from 2014-2018. PC Terry Tavelli, Mike Crawford, John Van Haalen, Lisa McArdle, Mark Harding, Jim Gibson, and Ken Ford all correctly identified the vessel and its location. Many also shared their research into the dazzle paint job. And yes, the 1965 song by Gerry and the Pacemakers is played, in part, whilst the vessel is underway.


This week, we see a more placid scene, with a lone duck providing most of the action. If you know the location, send your answer to


Can you put Alex in a check mate?

No one submitted a correct solution to last week's puzzle so Alex has promised that this week's challenge is easier!
HERE to see this issue's chess challenge. Send your solution to Alex Marr at
Click HERE to see an example of solution to a typical chess challenge.


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Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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