All the BYC News of the Week.  For more, go to BYC.ORG
View this email in your browser


Work calls me out of town for the next 10 days, so please enjoy this double-issue.  I'll be back in the editor's chair on February 6, so please remember to send any stories, photos or comments to:

3 Feb  Fridays @ 5
5 Feb  Souper Bowl
10 Feb  Steak Night
17 Feb  Fridays @ 5

Open 5PM Tues - Friday



Mon - Tues      9am to 3pm
Wed                  Closed
Thurs - Fri        9am to 3pm
Sat & Sun        9am to 4pm
Back to seven days a week operations beginning 20 February 2017


Man fined for laser strike on a ferry captain


Harbor  Marine Fuel
Hardware Sales
LFS Marine Outdoors
Redden Marine Supply
HUB International, Northwest
Spinnaker Financial Group
Gary Baker - Remax
Dawn Durand - Windermere
Erinn Nobel - exp Realty
Joe Sulham - Fairhaven
Dale Serbousek - Remax
Bellingham Marine Repair
City Mac
Marine Consultants, Inc., Marine Surveyors and Consultants
Orca Marine Cooling Systems
Pacific Marine Electric
Radar Marine Electronics
Rasmussen Marine Electric
San Juan Electronics
Special-T Signs and Graphics
Squalicum Marine Canvas
Top-to-Bottom Diving and Marine Services
Tri-County Diesel Marine
West Coast Marine Services
Wilson Motors
Bellhaven Yacht Sales & Charters
Bellingham Yacht & Charters
Bullfrog Boats Inc.
NW Explorations Sales & Charters
San Juan Sailing
Jan 24 - Feb 6, 2017

TUES:  24 Jan: Jam Session; WED:  25 Jan: Panini Night; THURS: 26 Jan: Bar opens @ 5; FRI: 27 Jan:  Bar opens @ 5; SAT:  28 Jan:  Boat Show Bus
TUES:  31 Jan: Jam Session; WED:  1 Feb: Panini Night; THURS: 2 Feb: Monica's Mexican; FRI: 3 Feb:  Fridays @ 5

Big Picture Number Fifteen

Well, we all woke up on Saturday morning and we were all still here. Michele went to ride her horse. I checked Garufa’s moorings, the bilge and oil level, then ran the engine, which it did; I kicked the dinghy and it didn’t sink. I went to lunch at Kulshan and was a terrible ‘eavesdropper’ of a million fantastic discussions between moms, dads and kids, husbands and wives, wives and wives, grandmas and grandkids and a couple of dogs. I should have brought Mambo. I stood in line during all of this eavesdropping and ‘never was heard a discouraging word’;  while finally eating (I think the elapsed time of ordering my Gyro and Kitten Mitten on Nitro ((!)) was longer than that of Giovanni’s on the North Shore after PC Michele’s and my wedding ceremony), as I was contemplating the state of affairs, I realized we live in a gifted, respectful, tolerant, and amazingly committed community. What a relief.
Last Thursday, the Board accomplished a couple of significant tasks: we approved most of the operating budget for 2016-2017 - thusly ensuring funding for the upcoming club events; we welcomed new Active member Trisha Hochreider and Non Resident members Skip and Jan Anderson of Flagship Maritime Academy; we finalized planning for the Boat Show Bus and used our new technology to allow Trustee Mike Allsop to participate from the comfort of his Sun Valley condo.
We have energetic new Social co–chairs, Lindsay Kiefer and Rebecca Heathcock, so look forward to a full schedule of activities throughout the rest of the winter and spring.
And, speaking of Spring, you heard it here first: the Opening Day Theme will be Attitudes and Latitudes…or was it Latitudes and Attitudes?  Find out on May 6!
Cast No Wake Upon Our Burgee,
Commodore Neil
New Active Member - Patricia Hochreiter

Patricia is a local business owner, currently in-between boats.  Please give her a big BYC welcome when you see her!
New Non-Resident Member - Skip and Jan Anderson

Skip and Jan are a familiar sight at most regattas.  When you see that black shadow racing towards you, your heart skips a beat a first, and then you see Jan's big smile as she swings her camera lens in your direction.  Apprehension turns to smiles and waves and maybe, just maybe, you'll see yourself in the next edition of 48 North!  Welcome to the BYC Skip and Jan!
The Boat Show, the Boat Show, the Big Seattle Boat Show…2017!
”Get on the BYC Bus!”

***ONLY 22 SPOTS LEFT!!***

Saturday, Jan 28! 
Bus leaves BYC at 8:30 am and returns at 7:30 pm.
Price is $30.00 P/P,  ($10.00 less than last year!)
Enjoy Delicious Libations, and Beverages, down and back with fellow BYC members!
Tickets to both shows are included!
Avoid the Traffic, Parking and the hassle!
To reserve your seat,  SIGN UP NOW, as there are a limited number of seats available.
We will Open up registration to other boaters Jan 23, 2017 in order to fill the bus!

Sign up on the BYC website!!! Hope to see you all there!
Don’t Delay…………………Get on the BYC BUS!

Join Us, February 3,
For A Special Fridays At Five
On February 3, your Sink the Dinghy Committee is hosting the Fridays at Five, complete with a dinner of barbequed Salish Poitrine de Boeuf (barbequed marinated beef brisket), along with Pomme do Terre au Four (baked potatoes) and salade Cesar (Caesar Salad).  This dinner is not using any of the Sink the Dinghy funds, it is being provided by the Committee to thank all who have given and to all who will be asked to give to Engedi Refuge, our Whatcom County based recipient fighting the sexual exploitation of women by turning around the lives of those abused by sex traffickers.
This will bring this year’s campaign to a close with one final push that evening so that we can, as is our tradition, make our award at the Friday’s at Five following the Super Bowl. Members are welcome to bring appetizers and desserts.
This year we selected Engedi Refuge, a Whatcom County based program addressing the victims of sex trafficking.  It is stunning that human trafficking and sexual exploitation is a reality here in Whatcom County and the Pacific Northwest. Sex trafficking affects every country around the world, regardless of socio-economic status, history, or political structure. Sex traffickers have created an international market for the trade in human beings based on high profits and demand for commercial sex and cheap labor.  Engedi Refuge needs our help as they are 100% locally dependent for continuing operations that are truly turning, and saving, lives of the victims of sex trafficking.
For those who have already generously given, thank you.  For those who would like to give please join us for the February 3 Fridays at Five.  If you would like to donate prior to February 3, please contact Paul Myers, Chair, Sink the Dinghy Committee, at (360) 398-2940, or via email at
So please, mark your calendars for the February 3, come enjoy the food, meet the representatives of Engedi Refuge, help push our effort over the top so that we, the Bellingham Yacht Club, will be directly helping to eliminate sex trafficking.
About Sink The Dinghy - The Bellingham Yacht Club’s annual Sink the Dinghy campaign was established in 2002 from the members of the BYC to give back to organizations in Whatcom County who are in serving those who are less fortunate and generally for whom other funding sources are minimal.  Our annual Sink the Dinghy campaign gives 100% of the money donated to the organization selected. Since 2002, the Bellingham Yacht Club has provided nearly $200,000 in cash, donations and in-kind services to needy organizations in Whatcom County.
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!

BYC membership please take the time to say thank you and congratulations to Lindsay Kiefer and Rebecca Heathcock who have taken on the roles of Co-Chairs for the BYC Social/Programs committee.  They have jumped right in and already have started planning events for the membership to enjoy.   Keep an eye on the Jibsheet for all the great events they have coming.  Shaun Thompson will be your Board of Trustees liaison to the committee and if you like to host or sponsor an event at the BYC feel free to email him and he will pass your request on to Lindsay and Rebecca.  Thank you Lindsay and Rebecca!

Trustee Shaun Thompson 

February 3:  Fridays @ 5: Sink the Dingy Hosting


February 5:  Super Bowl Party: Chowder and Chili Cook Off - Potluck: Come join us for the Super Bowl. Bring your favorite Chowder/Chili. All attendees will get to rate the best Chili/Chowder. Winner will receive a prize!!


February 17:  Fridays @ 5: Cruising Committee - Cruising Kick-Off



A couple of things of note from Scott, our emissary to the WSLCB (the liquor folks): We’re in the process of submitting documentation to support our request to have the lounge reclassified to better accommodate families with minor children. The initial response to the request has been positive. On the downside, we are told the only way we can get approval to sell growlers of beer over the bar is to petition the legislature to change the law that governs licensing of private clubs! Hmm, anyone up for ramrodding a petition drive? 


Monica and I are away this week so Dick will take charge of the Panini grill this Wed. Regretfully, Monica’s Mexican will not be open on Thur. the 26th but will return on Thur. the 2nd of Feb. 


Here’s the skinny for this week and the next:



TUE 24th: Bar and lounge open at 5!

WED 25th: Panini grilled sandwich and chips for $4! 

THUR 26th: Bar and lounge open at 5! No carne asada tonight, sorry to say!

FRI 27th: Bar and lounge open at 5!



TUE 31st: Bar and lounge open at 5! 

WED 1st: Panini grilled sandwich and chips for $4! 

THUR 2nd: Monica’s Mexican, with the best carne asada north of the border and those tasty bean burritos!

FRI 3rd: Fri @ 5! Come on down with those appetizers and snacks!

SUN 5th: SUPER BOWL PARTY! Watch your email for announcements!


See you in the lounge!


Big changes have been afoot with accounting and the Treasurer position. Since the beginning of the fiscal year in October our Comptroller left us and I've been navigating the inner-workings of BYC accounting. In previous years if there were questions or concerns with bills/payment, etc., from Membership we had them e-mail directly to the Assistant Treasurer, most recently championed by Mike Welch, or our bookkeeper, Liudmyla Fedan. Having a member as the Assistant Treasurer had incredible benefits as they were familiar with most members and could lend a real personal touch to correspondence.

Since hiring a bookkeeper there were expectations placed on her that were unreasonable for someone from outside the club when it came to knowing the members. Since October, I've been evaluating how we interact with each other and the result is that the Treasurer will be that person going forward.

We've set up to go to both myself and the bookkeeper, so please keep sending your e-mails there but you can expect a reply from the Treasurer. You'll probably receive a response from a different address, but I'll try to get back to you as quickly as possible.

In other financial news, the BYC is in great shape. The Board of Trustees just voted on the new budget so we're in the process of entering that into the software. We're also looking through the Club to see what long and short range plans we can set in place for capital expenditures. Expect some great ideas from Trustee Mike Allsop.

That's about it from the Money Corner.

Tim Thompson
Rear Commodore

2017 Cruising Calendar and Kickoff Event

We're excited to announce our 2017 Cruising Calendar.  We have lots fun things planned including more joint cruises and a couple of longer cruises.  There are lots of opportunities for everyone to get involved in cruising with the club this year!  For more information and to sign up go to  We'll be having our annual Cruising Kickoff Event Feb. 17 to fill you in on all of the details.  So put it on your calendar and look for more information in next week's Jibsheet.


March 31 to April 2 - Shakedown Cruise to Anacortes (with Power Squadron)

May 26 to 29 - Memorial Day cruise to Fisherman's Bay (with CYC)

June 16 to 18 - Past Commodore's Cruise to Deer Harbor

July 1 to 4 - 4th of July Cruise to Garrison Bay (with Wheel and Keel)

July 6 to 13 - Victoria/Sidney Cruise

July 21 to 23 - Buccaneers Cruise to Inati Bay

Aug 11 to 13 - Sucia Cruise (with Power Squadron)

Aug 19 to 26 - Princess Louisa Inlet

Sept 16 - Commodores Race and Picnic at Inati Bay

Sept 22 to 24 - Autumn Equinox Cruise to Rosario (with Power Squadron)


Shakedown Cruise to Anacortes

Our first cruise is March 31 - April 2 to Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes and is again a joint cruise with the Bellingham and Friday Harbor Power Squadrons.  This will be a great start to the cruising season and a chance to make new friends.  Come by boat, car, or RV.  Register now at and if coming by boat, call Cap Sante Marina at 360-293-0694 to reserve your slip.  Hosted by Ken Larsen and Tammy Golden.


Exciting times ahead this year for Youth Sailing. Thanks to the incredible generosity of the BYC through donations, bar tips and support of our youth fleet fund raisers, we managed to raise enough funds to purchase 5 RS Teras for our learn-to-sail fleet. This will be the first boat for our 8-15 year old sailors. This boat is state of the art and even more important it is incredibly fun to sail, high boom for safety, self-bailing and easy to right after a capsize. To learn more about this amazing boat, check out


Some great changes coming to our Learn To Sail Program this summer. We will have smaller class sizes (5 kids to one instructor) and an option for half days for the 8-10 year olds. Please help us bring the joy of sailing to our community by spreading the word to your family and friends.


One of our Opti sailors, Sammy Farkas will be attending the Harkin #1 Spring Race at the California Yacht Club at Venice Beach in late February. This race is in preparation for National Team Trials this May in New Jersey. Coming soon we will feature a “sailor of the month” so our entire community can share in the accomplishments of our super sailors.


Thanks for all your support.

Mike Farkas

BYC Sail Fleet Pre-Season Meeting #2
Feb 8
There will be another Pre-Season BYC Sail Fleet Meeting on Wednesday Feb 8, from 6-8p.  We’ll be following-up with information on Wednesday’s racing program as well as taking racer input.  PHRF Fleet Captain Mickey Reams will announce two new long-distance races while Race Committee Chair John Pedlow will have details on the upcoming US Sailing Race Committee 101 Class to be held at the BYC.  The Etchells, 505 and Dinghy Fleets will be on hand to answer questions on how to join their fleets.

ATTENTION ALL BYC SAILBOAT OWNERS:   The Sail Fleet is trying hard to get more Club boats and people out on the water on Wednesdays.  So, we are starting an aggressive crew recruiting campaign to help those interested racing with finding experienced crew    If you’d like to race on Wednesdays in either in Div. A or B, or in the non-flying Cruising Class, but need help getting started, please e-mail me
Jonathan Knowles
Sail Fleet Captain

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

This Week's Photo Contest

The Incan and Pre-Incan tombs (chullpas) and Lago Umayo at Sullustani, near Puno, Perú, were the subjects of last week's photograph. At almost 13,000 feet, the view is truly breath-taking. No one submitted a correct answer.


This week we see a shadowy island rising out of a azure sea. If you know the location, send your answer to

   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
Submit Stories by Noon Mondays to
Copyright © 2017 Bellingham Yacht Club, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp