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MARCH 19 -25, 2013

"TOWN MEETING" THIS FRIDAY AT 6:00 p.m.  IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO SOUND OFF/LEARN/GET ANSWERS as Commodore Jody Erickson and Vice Commodore Michele Bodtke host this Friday's gathering.  Our Club is a democracy, only as good as we make it!  Get tuned in at this meeting, Wednesday, 3/20, at 6:00 p.m. Here's the blurb.

THE BYC JAZZ SUPPER CLUB IS SUNDAY, and a few tables are still available...for The Jennifer Scott Trioso put it on your calendar and sign up soon (see below). We're serving Chicken Piccata with Wild Rice and a Salad, or Scallop & Shrimp Pasta Alfredo with a Salad, or Fish and Chips with Cole Slaw, and we've got new and better lighting on the band and a better listening environment, too.  The price is the same as in January, $32 per person for dinner, tax, tip, and entertainment! This is the last jazz/supper event until fall.  Email Joe Coons or call him at 360-739-1528! The last day for reservations is Wednesday (tomorrow), March 20! --- Matt Dennis & Joe Coons
THIS WEDNESDAY, EDUCATION COMMITTEE PRESENTS RADAR! Join us at the club on Wednesday March 20 at 7p.m. in the BYC Commodores Room as the Education Committee presents a new seminar titled "Radar for Small Vessels".  Presented by master mariner Bill Douglas, it is a superb introduction to this important tool.  Covered: How radar works, how to use it, what it can do for you, limits and interpretation, radar and collision regs, and buying tips.  Included is a section on the new broadband radars.  Cost is $20 per person, $30 for a couple, all monies go to BYC.  Students will receive Bill's handy Radar guide! 
YOUTH SAILING: Anyone wanting more information on this program can e-mail or call Megan Link (206 498-8665).  There are still a lot of spaces available on the fundraising cruise on the Schooner Zodiac Saturday, April 20.  Here's a link to info to give to any friends or neighbors who might be interested.  Thanks.  --- Arne Ahlen
GREAT MEMBER PAYMENT NEWS!  BYC will soon have an automatic payment option! We will do the accounting monthly and let you know what you spent.  This Automatic Payment Option will let your monthly expenditures be debited directly from your bank account; no check or postage. You'll get a monthly statement and two weeks later (giving you time to check) that amount will be debited from your account.  We intend to keep in step with the rest of the world and other clubs in moving toward these electronic payments, a tremendous convenience for Members and it helps our Club reduce the volunteer bookkeeping time.  More details will follow.  --- Mike Welsh, Asst. Treasurer
CONGRATULATIONS TO TROY CURRAN & HIS COMPANY, T. D. CURRAN! On March 30th at 10:00 a.m. BYC Sponsor Troy is opening a new Apple Store in Burlington at  1771 Burlington Boulevard.  Isn't it great to see this great local company prosper?

LANGEI-TAYLOR MEMORIAL CEREMONIES... On Saturday, March 30, at 4 p.m. in front of the America's Cup coffee shop, there will be a brief ceremony dedicating two lovely benches in memory of Jim and Sterling.  After the ceremonies, refreshment will be provided at the Club. For further information from Sterling's mom, email

HELP WANTED FOR OPENING DAY: Fleet Captain Mick Corcoran writes, "A plea if you will, for some volunteers to form the Opening Day Committee.  As you know this is one of the BYC “Big Events” to start off our boating season. If you can help out, your assistance would be much appreciated." Please contact Mick via email,  or on his cell: 360-319-5448. 
VESSEL SAFETY DECALS AVAILABLE! Get a courtesy Vessel Safety Check for the upcoming season!  All the details are here... 
IN ADDITION TO THE RADAR COURSE (see above), on April 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. we will have a three-hour training program called "Powerboat Systems and Operation".  Taught by BYC Member Joe Coons (who does this professionally every summer), the course will include a full review of typical inboard powerboat systems, a maintenance overview, and an actual walk-through/look-see aboard a vessel with a discussion of maneuvering techniques with an included manual to end the evening. He will also schedule some actual operation classes for a later daytime date.  Put the class on your calendar now.  The $10 fee will go to the BYC.
YOU STILL DON'T HAVE YOUR BOATER ED CARD? America's Boating Course begins Tuesday April 2 at Bellingham Technical College. This 8-week course covers all the topics recreational boaters must know and is presented by Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron in partnership with BTC. For class registration information, visit  For more information on the state education requirements, visit  If you have questions, you can talk to your friendly BYC Education Committee (Tom Dalgliesh or Marian Welsh).

HELLO EVERYONE! This Saturday, March 23rd, will be our second frostbite race. It will be a great chance to re-introduce your boats and crews before the true racing season starts.  There will be a skippers meeting at gate 3 at 9:00 am.  If you are interested in crewing drop me a message and we will see about getting you aboard a boat. 
    Meanwhile, Wednesday evening racing will start April 3rd, with our first weekend race around Vendovi Island looming on April 20th.  Also, several BYC boats are planning to travel to Anacortes for the Anacortes Yacht Club's Tulip Regatta April 6th and 7th.  I hope everyone is looking forward to the start of the season! --- Bart Maupin, Racing Fleet Captain

NEW KEELBOAT SAILING PROGRAM: A Ranger 26 sailboat has been donated to BYC and we are setting up a program for its use. ASA Instructor Bob Hollingsworth is volunteering his time to teach classes; we need volunteers to work on the boat and gather interest.  The program generally follows ASA outline for sailboat charter certification, with classes for youth or adults starting in May-June weekends (basic classes) and then in the summer, more advanced.  Interested? Call Arne Ahlen (360-201-9895) or John Stocklass (360-927-3239).
    Mo’Betta still needs work to get her ready, and we’re looking for volunteers.  Some work requires experience but much of it is simple! Call Bob (360-733-7126) or Mike Corcoran ((360-319-5448) to pitch in.

LEARN FIRST AID AT SEA!  Washington Sea Grant and the Port of Bellingham are co-sponsoring a Coast Guard-approved First Aid at Sea course. Topics include cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, patient assessment, hypothermia, cold-water near-drowning, shock, trauma, burns, fractures, choking, immobilization, first-aid kits and more. It will be Wednesday, April 23, 2013, 8 a.m. – 5.p.m. at the Squalicum Boat House here in the Harbor.  A fee of $80 ($40 for commercial fishermen) is charged. Space is limited, so pre-registration is advised.  To register or for more information, contact WSG Continuing Education Coordinator Sarah Fisken, 206-543-1225 or

The BYC was rocking on Friday night!  If you missed the Paddy’s Party you missed a grand time!  Bob Snowball, Bill Heward, new members Gerald and Sheila King, Donna Olsen and many others put together a wonderful Corn beef and Cabbage meal, along with green desserts and some wonderful decorations! There was plenty of green for everyone and the Irish Dancers once again, brought us some great Irish dancing.  Oh yes can’t forget to mention our Musicians gave us a round or two as well, thanks goes  out to Mike, Joe and Ray!  The lounge was packed!  Thanks so much for a wonderful Irish event, it was fabulous!
    This week brings on more excitement and communication for our club!  The first Committee Meeting for Opening Day organization has been scheduled.  Please come and help create this year’s Opening Day of Boating, Wednesday @ 5:30.  Hope to see you all there!
    The BYC Town Hall Meeting is also scheduled for this Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 5:30 pm.  Come on down and get involved in our club.  If you have questions you would like on our Agenda send them along and I will try to include them. Also bring your favorite appy to share as we are on an Off Friday @ 5.  Think of something you would like to put in our Cookbook and bring the recipes….I am sure the Cookbook committee would be honored!
    If you have signed up for the Bus to Emerald Downs, please pay the bartender by Friday! We only have 20 seats left, so if you want to attend get your name in and pay our bartenders.  Reservations for Boxed seats go in April 1st! No Fooling!
    Reminder: Next Week, Friday March 29th is a Blue Moon Friday @ 5 sponsored by our club! Your Commodore will be cooking up burgers and there will be music to enjoy.  This Blue Moon will kick off  “Volunteer Appreciation” month starting April 1, 2013.  This will be in  appreciation event for all of you who do so much for our club; “Volunteers and our BYC Pirates” Hope to see all of you there!  And then, Saturday, March 30, 2013:  Bench Dedication and Memorial for our friends” Jim Langei and Sterling Taylor” starts at 4:00 PM.
    Fair Winds and Following Seas --- Jody King Erickson


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