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This week, this column is a shameless call out for the Commodore's Ball.  If you've never been, then I highly encourage you to give it try.. it's a beautiful, fun evening.  A chance to dust off that suit (or tux), put on a nice dress, and enjoy an elegant evening with your fellow members.  If you have been before, then you know what I'm talking about.  Be sure to sign up by Saturday!!
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12 Nov  Commodore's Ball
18 Nov  Sail Fleet Awards
23 Nov  Tom & Jerry Party
3 Dec  Lighted Boat Parade

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November 1-7, 2016

TUES:  1 November:  Bar and lounge open at 5; WED:  2 November: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Burgers & Brats; THURS: 3 November: Bar and lounge open at 5;  FRI: 4 November:  Bar and lounge open at 5 - Fridays @ 5MON:  7 November:  Monday Night Football

Big Picture Number 4.
This week’s volunteer shout out goes to all those club members who showed up to roll up their sleeves at the Fall BYC club scrub. Led by Building and House Chair, Duane Jones, and encouraged by “the Godfather of the club scrub”, PC Joe Coons, many hands made easy work. I was fortunate enough to find a feather duster in order to personally dust all of the trophies and pictures throughout the building. I even straightened the member boat mural on the downstairs landing wall (and, by the way, you can still have your boat pictured on the wall simply by presenting The Fleet Captain with an 8 x 10 black-and-white glossy of your boat, suitable for framing along with a $100 bill or check. The proceeds will continue to financially support the remodel of the Ward Room.) Thank you all for pitching in, it was one of those, “warms my heart” experiences to witness.
I am pleased to announce that we confirmed 3 new memberships over the last week: Greg Rogers, recently relocated from Phoenix, Arizona; Scott and Monica Stoner; and Mike Bianculli, who relocated to Bellingham over a year ago from upstate New York. I am pretty sure that these new members will become well entrenched in the BYC over the coming years so please welcome them when you see them.
Now, the really big picture: the 2016 Commodore’s Ball, a Scottish Highland Gala which will feature a complementary Scottish cocktail and glass, appetizers prepared by our own Thomas Childs; main course prepared by Executive Chef Nick Moss of the ‘9 Restaurant’ at the North Bellingham Golf Course; a proprietary custom blend of Walla Walla Valley’s, Les Collines Vineyard, which includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot produced by Bellingham’s own, Dynasty Cellars; and followed by dancing to the tunes of Joe Young and the Unusual Suspects. Past Commodore Michele has gathered a team of talented decorators to transform the Windows on the Bay dining room into a Scottish-themed experience. She has even learned how to expertly wield a chainsaw in the collecting of decoration treasures. The RSVP deadline for the Commodore’s Ball is Friday, November 5.
In closing, I can’t help but put out the perpetual pitch for the need for volunteers to fill in the blanks of the empty volunteer sheets. I understand that Vicki and Chris Olson have a full crew on the cruising committee, but there are still plenty of open spots to become involved, make new friends and contribute to the fun filled adventures of the BYC.
Cast no wake on our Burgee,
Commodore Neil

Commodore Ball Help Needed!

Your help is welcome to transform the Club into a Scottish Highland Gala.  Whether it's placing tables on Friday night; Decorating on Saturday morning; Welcoming guests on Saturday night; or helping to clean up at the close of the evening... I'd love the help!  Times are outlined here!

Are you chairing an event or committee and need some help for a particular event?  Send a note to and I'll put a call-out here!
Greg Rogers!  Greg is a retired, active member living in Bellingham.  He owns 'Downwind', a Catalina 30.

Scott and Monica Stoner!  Retired, active members living in Everett, they own 'Scott Free', a 45' Gulf Star.

Mike Bianculli!  Mike is a radio tech and active member living here in Bellingham, and currently in-between boats.


More than 30 devoted members of the BYC came down to the club on Saturday, October 29 for the semi-annual Club Scrub. This is an event held each year just before Opening Day and the Commodore's Ball. Our volunteers worked cleaning windows, cleaning out our cooler and pantry, scrubbing spots on chairs, reorganizing storage areas, performing numerous maintenance tasks and generally making the club shipshape for the next six months. Other tasks included replacing toilet seats, light bulbs, and cleaning supplies as well as a thorough review of all the club facilities. By the time the work was ending at around 1:30, a stalwart volunteer (Trustee Jay Bornstein) was still pressure washing the sidewalk in front of club; earlier volunteers had also been on the roof taking care of accumulated debris that would otherwise block our drains.
Work was unstinting, as folks got to know one another and helped keep the club’s maintenance costs low; they began with doughnuts and ended with pizza and beer for everyone with most folks out the door around 1 o’clock. Just think of the math: 30 people for four hours equals one skilled worker for three weeks… Worth a lot!
The project was led by Building and House Chairman Duane Jones assisted by Past Commodore Joe Coons. Big Thanks to all the volunteers including Fleet Captain Scott McEnery, P.C. Terry Tavelli, Lisa Jones, Lee & Rich Hanset, Doug & Sandy Thomas, Ariane & Dan Ringler, Commodore Neil Bennett, Rick Steidley, Bar Manager Steve Hayward, Larry Jones, Margaret & Frank Belzek, Vice Commodore Jim Gibson, Chris & Vickie Olson, Trustee Jay & Sharyn Bornstein, Michael Dillard, Teresa Van Haalen, AnnFran & Rich Sandeen, Tana Chung & Joe Macari, Cathy Franklin, Karin Colgrove, P.C. Al Callery, & Carol Snowball…and perhaps another one or two we failed to get on our list --- our apologies to any we missed!
-PC Joe Coons

I'd like to thank all those who showed up to help. We had a great time and the club looks awesome!

There were quite a few big jobs that were tackled this club scrub. For all those that wanted to make it but couldn't... thank you for your support, we could feel it.

It was awesome to see new members there and working hard for our community.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the club scrub in spring.
Thanks again.
Chairman of House Committee
Please join Commodore Neil and wife, Michele, at the 92nd Annual Commodore's Ball.  Check your mailbox for the invitation and then sign up on the BYC website.  Price is $65/person.


The club will be closed on Tuesday, 8 November in order for the carpets to be cleaned.  The club will reopen on Wednesday, 9 November.

23 November 2016


Make your plans now to join your BYC Bridge and Trustees for one of the most long-standing of BYC traditions... the annual Tom and Jerry Party.  Designed as a way to kick-off the holiday season, the Tom and Jerry Party is always held the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving.  Commodore Neil and I will be serving up the complimentary 'Tom and Jerry' drinks (bet you can't stop at just one!) and we look forward to seeing you there! 


It’s November 1st, and time to start thinking about the holiday season.  Begin your planning now for the 2016 Lighted Boat Parade!  The festivities begin at 5:30pm on Saturday, December 3rd as we head for the rendezvous off of the Ferry Terminal and cruise along the waterfront.  We’ll take a swing through the boat launch basin before heading back to the club for appetizers, homemade soups, and the awards ceremony.  We have several wonderful prizes this year, and it’s always fun and festive!  New to boat decorating?  Never fear, our own PC Steve Ross will be presenting a seminar on Boat Lighting Techniques and Safety.  Keep an eye on the website ( for developing details, as you won’t want to miss this traditional Bellingham Yacht Club event! 
-Scott McEniry, Fleet Captain

Club scrub has come and went!! The club is all spiffied up and ready for the Commodore’s Ball! If you don’t have your tickets yet, better get crackin’! 


Note that Monica’s Mexican Cantina is closed this week, as Monica and I are tending to some business in sunny Arizona! We’ll be sure to bring back a weather report!


Here’s the skinny for this week:


TUE: Bar and lounge open at 5!

WED: Burgers hot off the grill, starting at 5-ish!

THUR: Bar and lounge open at 5!

FRI: Fri @ 5 again! Come on down and bring those appy’s and snacks!

MON next: Monday Nite Football, with the Seahawks vs the Bills!


See you in the lounge (well, next week)! 


Annual BYC Sailing Fleet Award Dinner- Spaghetti Feed
Friday, November 18
Friday, November 18 from 5 PM to 9 PM is the Annual BYC Sailing Fleet Award Dinner- Spaghetti Feed hosted by the BYC Sail Fleet Committee.  Each member of the Sail Fleet Committee will cook up a batch of their “mother's” secret sauce for you to sample, along with an assortment of pastas, garlic bread and Caesar salad.   Open ALL Bellingham Racers, Crew, Race Committee Volunteers, members and anyone interested in getting involved with the BYC Racing Program.   
Awards include Tuesday & Wednesday Series, BYC’s Youth Leadership Award, Race Committee Volunteer Awards, One-Design Fleets Perpetual Trophies & Boat of the Year.
Bar opens at 5P, Dinner at 6 P, and Award Presentation at 7 P
FREE ... well almost... Optional Donations accepted for Bellingham Youth & High School Sailing Program's New Boats Fund.


November 5/6 - Round the County
November 18 – Sail Fleet Awards Banquet

Joe Bartlett and Dawn Durand need a place to store their 24’ Winnebago “Landyacht” for the winter!  Anybody, have a space in their barn or shop that might work?  The door has to be pretty tall…  Contact Dawn!


We are selling on Craig's list the following Club Items:

1 only 104.5" x 44" Plate Glass Mirror

1 lot: Oil Lamps/storm lantern style: 25 complete and 13 no globe

1 lot: 24 3-4" candles (must take all)

1 lot: 50 mostly used votive candles

Make offers --- call Joe Coons 739-1528


Send photo and description to and it will run in the Jibsheet for 3 editions.

This Week's Photo Contest  


Last week's photo of Bellingham Bay was taken from Marine Drive. John Van Haalen recognized his own backyard, as did Lisa Megard and Pam Heward.


This week's photo is not of Bellingham Bay. If you know the location, send your answer to


Alex is out of town once more -- stay tuned for a new challenge when he returns!

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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