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  • Past Commodore's Cruise:  April 29, 30 & May 1
  • Life in the Fast Lane at the BYC, Commodore Michele
  • Days of Swashbucklers, Scallywags and Scurveydogs
  • Dry Storage is Available
  • Holy Circuit Breakers!
  • This Week's Wine
  • Friday's @ Five, April 15
  • Photos Request - Spring Dinner Dance
  • Past Commodores Event Scheduled
  • News from the Bar/Lounge Committee
  • Crew Exchange System Now Running, Dick Grimshaw

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Sponsors: Special-T Striping & Sign | Chuck McCord, Realtor | West Coast Marine Services

The Past Commodore’s Cruise will be the weekend of April 29th – May 1st at the Blakely Island Marina.  We will be posting a sign up sheet at the bar later this week so we can get a head count as to how many slips will be needed.  We are working on a schedule of activities, and more information will be coming shortly.  Remember to save the dates, Friday - Sunday, April 29-May 1 (of course, if you can't make it for Friday evening, come Saturday!)  This is usually the biggest cruise of the year and there have been as many as 30 boats at it in the past!  What  great way to get your boat in trim for May 7 Opening Day with this shakedown cruise!
--- PC Pete Foti

Sponsors: LFS Inc. Gary Baker Realtor | Matthew Harris Surveyor | Hardware Sales, Inc.

Life in the fast lane…

Wow –we have been busy these past couple of weekends! I don’t have the job lists in front of me from the Club Scrub on 2 April, but I want to extend a big hooty hoot to the 30 or more volunteers that showed up despite the rain and put a real polish on this club. We hauled away junk, repaired things, touched up and painted here and there, and cleaned, cleaned, cleaned. THANK YOU all for showing how much fun a volunteer club can be when we all work together. Special thanks to Trustees John Van Haalen and Joe Bartlett for all their organization and supervision.

And for anyone that missed out on the activities from last Saturday, you missed a great day! Thanks to Gary Baker and his team for organizing a terrific Open House during the day. It looked like we had some good attendance for the seminars and quite a few folks wandered in to learn more about our club. The next couple of board meetings should tell the tale, but I think we’ll see 4 to 6 new members as a result of Saturday. Great job!!

Once the Open House was complete, we all raced home to put on our dancing shoes, and get back to enjoy our First Annual Spring Dinner Dance. Kathy Brown, Angie Santosuosso and their team of volunteers deserve a huge Hooty Hoot for all of their energy and efforts. The dance was a huge success and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Special thanks to Tom Kilpatrick and his Windows on the Bay staff and also to members Joe and Carol Young for bringing The Walrus in to entertain us – and I’m not sure HOW they got me up there to wear that hat, but it was all in good fun and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

So now it’s on to Opening Day on 7 May… and a fun day of Swashbucklers, Scallywags, and Scurvy Dogs. Invitations are in the mail and we hope to see all of you down at the club to take part in the traditions and the fun.

Until next week…....At your service,  Commodore Michele

Sponsors: LFS Inc. Gary Baker Realtor | Matthew Harris Surveyor | Hardware Sales, Inc.

Days of Swashbucklers, Scallywags and Scurvey Dogs!

Saturday May 7, 2011 is the Opening Day of Boating Season.  Member reception at 10:30, Blessing of the Fleet ceremony at noon, boats away for the parade at 13:00.  This year's parade will be lead by Troy Curran on Typhoon.  Enjoy the festivities at the dock after the parade, followed by a pot luck for members and their guests in the Clubhouse Lounge at 5:30 with music provided by Toby Peck.

For further information, contact Michele Bodtke, Fleet Captain at or 360.720.4155

BYC Dry Sailboat Moorage Available

Last year, in partnership with Etchells Fleet 16, the BYC entered into an agreement with the Port of Bellingham to lease 4 spaces in the Display Lot across from Web Locker Restaurant for Dry Sailboat Moorage.  This is a monumental agreement in that the Port officially acknowledges Sailboats on Trailer at the Squalicum Harbor Marina and paves the way for future Sailboat facilities.  (It is hard to imagine, that prior to this agreement, sailboats on trailers were not allowed on the Ports Property!!).    This agreement opens up a huge opportunity for the BYC with attracting One-Design racing fleets that would otherwise have no option to store their boats at the Marina.

One of these spaces has recently opened up and is available to the BYC membership.  This cost is about 1/4th the cost of keeping a boat in the equivalent wet moorage slip, not to mention the saving and hassle of maintaining toxic bottom paints.   The lease comes with a permit for unlimited access to the Port’s cranes located at the Gill Net Loading Zone and end of the Saw Tooth.

If you are interested in leasing this last Dry Moorage space, please contact Jonathan Knowles, or 360-303-5465.

Sponsors: Dawn Durand Realtor  | Rasmussen Marine Electric |  Seaview North Boatyard

Holy Circuit Breakers!

Rasmussen Marine Electric is the only place in Bellingham devoted to selling, servicing and stocking everything a boater needs having to do with a vessel’s electric system.  Founded 33 years ago in 1978, Rasmussen Marine Electric is operated by Brian Rasmussen and his wife Ann, and along with their team of professionals, they offer the best resource you can find when you need AC, DC, heating, generator, cabling or wiring assistance --- and more.    They’re dealers for Suzuki Outboards, Espar Heating, Blue Seas, Onan, Sealand, Magnum, Interstate, Master Flush, Village Marine Watermakers, and more fine companies and products.

    Now Rasmussen’s has moved.  The new location is in Mike Allsop’s new building at 104 Squalicum Way, Suite 104-B, tel. 671-2992.  Just go west on Roeder past where it turns up toward Meridian and becomes Squalicum Way, and you’ll see the new buildings up the street on the left.  Rasmussen Marine Electric is right there!  It’s one of the best turns you can take!  --- Joe Coons

Sponsors: Wilson Motors Bellingham Yacht Sales & Charters | Northwest Explorations


This wine has proven to be one of the most popular best sellers in the bar. Come in for a Fridays at 5 and share one with some good friends--DAMANA 5, RIBERA DEL DUERO, 100% Tempranillo

It is made with the local variety Tinto Fino (Tempranillo in other parts of Spain). It has a beautiful nose of ripe black cherries, blueberries, damp earth, spice box and vanilla. In the mouth, it has good structure of tannins but it is elegant and soft. The finish is long and complex, reminiscent of the fruit and spices ($23).  Submitted by Don Jorgensen

Friday's @ Five!  Come on down to the Club!

This Friday - April 15th, come on down!  Five p.m. until ???  Enjoy your fellow BYC friends!  Bring an appetizer or just bring yourselves, but come on down.  It beats staying home and doing your taxes!  Steve Moore, P.C. and Friday's @ Five Coordinator

Sponsors: San Juan Sailing & Yachting |  Mike McGlenn, Surveyor | Phil Dyer, Realtor

Spring Dinner Dance Memories

I am putting together a book for the club, with photos from the Spring Dance, and I need photos! Please email me at with your best pictures from the evening, for inclusion. The bigger and more unedited the file, the better for me. I can work with redeye images, and other imperfections, just not blurry ones. Thanks! Sally Poorman


On Tuesday, May 3, just before the Club's Opening Day, the Past Commodores will be having a delightful, "smart casual" dinner at Windows on the Bay.  With 31 PC's still surviving, the party could have as many as 62 in attendance, and that's what the leaders are seeking.  Of course, about 20 of our PC's are quite active, but this gathering seeks to bring the others up-to-date on what's been going on at our Club.

Our BYC By-Laws grant PC's Life Membership at the end of their term, but it's a very small price to pay for what amounts to 52 solid weeks of work, or more, after they assume the office.  And that doesn't count the time they service "going through" the other leadership chairs and Board membership...nor does it couynt the fact that many contribute what would be their dues to the Club, year after year when they complete their terms.  These contributions go to "The Past Commodores' Fund" which donates capital goods and helps with the Inati Bay lease and Internet costs.

Sponsors: Squalicum Marine  |  The Landings @ Colony Wharf  | Tri County Diesel Marine

News From the BYC Bar/Lounge Committee

On April 5, 2011, six new bartenders completed MAST (Mandatory Alcohol Server Training) and earned their Mixologist permits. A special thanks to those folks who gave 3 hours of their time and $40 out of their pockets to become licensed BYC volunteer bartenders. This is so important if we want to continue with the concept of an all volunteer club.

The new summer volunteer bartending schedule started last week and at this time we have volunteers to tend bar on every Thursday and Saturday through the end of September. We are also trying to identify volunteer bartenders to open the club at 5 PM on Tuesdays. The shift would end at 8 PM when the dinghy races are over and licensed racers take over. If you are a licensed mixologist and would be willing to sign up for one or two of these Tuesday nights please contact me.

Please remember, if you are scheduled for a shift at our bar, and you cannot fill it yourself, you are the one responsible for finding someone to trade with you, using your email list of licensed bartenders. Please do not call anyone else to find a replacement for you: You are responsible. Thank you for your help with this new policy! John Van Haalen 360 650-9319

Sponsors: Squalicum Marine  |  The Landings @ Colony Wharf  | Tri County Diesel Marine

To help BYC sailors find crew we have created a Crew Exchange sign up sheet here (Bookmark it after using it for the first time!) This sheet will enable Crew AVAILABLE  and Crew WANTED to "see each other" .  Already three potential crew available have signed up, using the link that's already on the web site.  Please contact Dick Grimshaw for further information. 

SPRING IS HERE: Is Opening day far behind?  Remember to submit your articles to  Deadline is Monday noon.

Fair Winds and Following Seas from your JibSheet editors: Kathy Brown, Joe Coons, and Jim Langei.

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