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May 6 - MAY 12, 2014
This Youth Sailing Fundraising Event is this Saturday, May 10!! It's an opportunity to take family and friends out on Bellingham Bay and helping to sail this renovated Windjammer.  Our Youth Sailing Coordinator, Megan Link, and some of the Instructors for the upcoming Learn-to-Sail Program will be available to meet any of the kids interested in this exciting program.
    Go to for more information and to sign up. We will have lunches for those that sign up by Wed, May 7.  For those that cannot make a decision until the last minute, there should still be places available, but you’ll have to bring your own lunches.  For more information, please contact Arne Ahlen at 360-201-9895.
MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH: This Sunday May 11 is Mother's Day; the BYC will be closed. However Windows On The Bay will be open from 10:00 to 3:00 offering a brunch buffet. Reservations are recommended. For the brunch menu and reservation phone numbers, click here and the pink circle! 
YOU OUGHT TO READ THIS: On Opening Day, our Commodore Michele Bodtke reminded us all why we're here!
    As your Editor, I told her that, since only a small percentage of our Club can come down for the festivities, they ought to know what she said.  She let me reprint it here! --- Joe Coons
LOTS OF OPENING DAY PHOTOS! Thanks to Randy Klemann and here! (You will need to log in as a Member).

BAKE SALE SUCCESS: The Sehome High School Sailing team thanks everyone for their generous support towards the opening day bake sale and tip jar donations (Friday @ 5). It was a huge success, raising over $1000 to help send the team to the National Fleet racing Championships in San Diego next weekend! We could not have done it without the support of everyone. Your donation, either monetary or baked goods, is appreciated. If you haven't seen the article about the team in the Bellingham Herald, check it out here. 
Thanks again for your generous support!

BRAGGING RIGHTS! As part of the remodel, we are going to showcase members' boats with a wall of boats on the lower floor! If you have questions or want to submit a photo of your boat, please talk to Maya Allsop, Missy Steffen or Commodore Michele

We had a great turnout for last week’s Cinco de Mayo party and, of course, for Opening Day! Here’s what is on tap for this week: 
   * Wed Nite Burgers ’n Brats, as usual, starting at 5 and continuing on ‘till the fleet comes in from racing.
   * Thurs Nite – Gringo Tacos, by asst. chef Steve. 
   * Fri is Steak Nite! That’s right, we’re doing a repeat of the steak night that was sold out last time, only with more provisioning, to try and ensure there is enough for all! There is a sign-up form at the website (click here) or you can pay at the bar the night of the dinner. Signing up early helps to give us a “heads up” on how many steaks to prepare, though, so if at all possible, please sign up at the site. At only $15 per plate for Filet Mignon, baker and salad, this is the deal of the century! Remember, supplies may be limited, and when it’s gone, it’s gone!  
   See you in the lounge!  --- Steve Hayward

NEXT BYC CRUISE Ahoy, our fellow BYC friends!
Are you ready for our next adventure? New members Vickie & Chris Olson and Jim & Angie Santosuosso are your cruise hosts for this rendezvous. Click here for updated information about our this great cruise to Fisherman's Bay on the lovely Lopez Island. The Dates for this cruise are May 23-May 26th, 3 Day Memorial Day weekend.  
    There are still some slips available reserved under the BYC, call 360-468-2233, Lopez Islander Resort, to reserve and pay for your slip asap.
--- Angie Santosuosso & Vickie Olson

We've finished the first Wednesday evening series of the year, congratulations to Todd Koetje and the crew of Hravn for their win, with Rich Veach and Honker fighting to a tie until the throw out race was figured in. With close racing in the Etchells fleet, Paul Taylor and his crew on Attitude took first.
    Best wishes to all the hearty BYC sailors heading to Astoria this week to compete in the Portland CYC's 38th annual Oregon Offshore regatta, 193 miles of the most fun you can have between Astoria and Victoria. Ward Naviaux's Blade Runner will be defending their 2013 first in class finish, and shaking the boat down for the upcoming Pacific Cup race to Hawaii.  
    For those of us fortunate enough to be watching the start from home via the races tracker, we can enjoy some up coming sailing opportunities as well. Wednesday marks the beginning of our spring series, and the annual Vendovi Island race is this Saturday May 10th. Mandatory skippers meeting will be at the clubhouse at 9AM with the start to follow. Thanks! --- Bart Maupin
All BYC Racing Sailors: The PacRim racer application form is now posted on the BYC Pac Rim site, on the "Information" tab. It is a web-based form to complete on-line and will allow you to upload your sailing resume. Have fun!  --- Fleet Captain Neil Bennett
OUR COMMODORE'S COLUMN: It was a festive day at the yacht club, the rain managed to stay away, everyone enjoyed the opening day of boating season. A heartfelt thank you to all of those that helped make the day a huge success! I also want to take this time to recognize Tim Mumford. He helped with decorations (the OZ picture board), organized and bought the food for the seafood BBQ, packed up the PA system and stowed it while we were out on the parade and was dock master for the day. Tim quietly goes about his business and is always there when you need a hand. Thank you, Tim for all the support you have given to me and the club over the years.
    Thanks would not be complete without a special thank you also to the Dead Pirates. Time and time again this group of fun loving 'pirates' offer their time and manpower to club events. Managing to cook several pounds of seafood (a labor intensive job when oysters are involved) over several hours on opening day, when the rest of the club is kicked-back enjoying themselves, is very special indeed and shows great dedication to the club. Your efforts add a truly special touch to the day - thanks to all that helped!! The next time you see a pirate - thank them personally and offer to buy them some grog. 
    The boat parade was a huge success and did not disappoint. Winds were light and the sky dry. There were nearly 20 boats in the parade and the decorations and spirits were exceptional. In fact, the decorations were so good the review boat had a hard time deciding upon the winners. A great job by all!! This year's awards were: Commodore's Choice: Adam & Nicole Jordan on SV CoCo MarPeople's Choice: Mike Crawford & Mary Burns on MV M & M;  and Best of Parade: PC Troy & Cori Curran on SV Typhoon for their great rendition of a tornado complete with a house at the top and a few flying monkeys in the rigging. Congratulations to all for a wonderful job!!
    This year I took the liberty of adding a fourth award, a Community Spirit Award, which I gave to the Wheel and Keel YC. The entire club, lead by their fearless leader Commodore Gordie Lavigueure as the Tin Man, showed unmatched spirit as they took the theme by the horns decorating the dock with a forest of trees, yellow brick road and more. Thanks to the entire YC for making opening day so memorable.
--- Serving you from the Helm, Michele Bodtke, Commodore (360) 720-4155

Last week's photograph was taken in Miltenberg, one of the many picturesque towns built on the Main River in Germany. No one hazarded a guess, so the money in the prize pot will be added to this week's jackpot.
    This week, we leave the cloudy skies of Germany and travel to a place that is normally a lot sunnier. If you know the location, send your answer to

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is Joe Coons
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