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Dust off your green - polish up your Irish brogue - and join us at the Club on Friday as we celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
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17 Mar  St Patrick's Day F@5
25 Mar  Spring Party/New Member Mixer
7 Apr  Easter F@5
13 May  Youth Silent Auction

Open 5PM Tues - Friday


Mon - Sun      8am to 4pm


March 14-20, 2017

TUES:  14 March: Jam Session; WED:  15 March: Panini Night; THURS: 16 March: Monica's Mexican; FRI: 17 March:  Fridays @ 5


Since this is the number associated with entry into the world of adult beverages, this column will be appropriately solemn and full of all due respect.
On Wednesday, March 22, it will be time for the BYC membership to put on their big boy/girl pants and assemble at the BYC lower lounge for the General Membership and Town Hall Meeting.  There are three important items to vote upon:
  1. ‘Shall the Ad Hoc Bar and Lounge Committee be accepted as a Free Standing Independent Committee, as defined by BYC Bylaws? And subject to its own rules of chair and membership?’
  2. ‘Shall the recommended changes to ARTICLE IV. DUES AND MEMBER CHARGE ACCOUNTS be enacted?’
  3. ‘Shall the Membership approve and ratify the decision of the Board of Trustees to rename the Audit Committee the ‘Financial Management and Review Committee’ with no change in membership composition, structure and duty?’
It is important to recall that a 25 voting member quorum is required to vote on these important issues. Please see the bulletin board outside the Club office for further notice.
The General Membership Meeting will start with Roll Call promptly at 6:00 PM. Following this, I would like to entertain a Town Hall meeting. I promise I WILL be there and will be happy to answer any questions or just throw out topics for discussion!
I am hopeful the B&L committee will have a ‘special voters drink’ to celebrate the formalization of their committee.
In the meantime, as we become more excited about the prospects of spring and boating season, getting ready to celebrate Latitudes and Attitudes, please remember…
Cast no wake upon our Burgee…
Commodore Neil
Our Inati Bay landlord has authorized the TEMPORARY anchorage of a floating device previously used in the 520 bridge construction project on Lake Washington. It was towed to Inati Bay, has no hazardous material aboard and is anchored is such a fashion to not interfere with club events or access. It is currently for sale and is scheduled for scrap project in early summer. The owner has marked it as No Trespasses and requests that all boaters KEEP OFF.

March 17th
Come Celebrate!!

Pub specials, green beer, corned beef and cabbage!  Click here for the full flyer.  Wear your green, bring your favorite Irish appetizer, and celebrate the Luck O' the Irish.

Spring Party and
New Member Mixer
March 25th

It's a kick off to Spring!  Click here for the full flyer.  Grilled shish-kabobs! $3 pints (all day!) Live music! Dancing!

Easter Fridays @ 5
Hosted by the Power Squadron
April 7th

Member Kay Campbell will be cooking up BBQ Marinated Leg of Lamb, BBQ Marinated Chicken, Twice the Rice Casserole (dish made from brown and wild rice), and Caesar Salad.  She would like members to bring appetizers and desserts to share. Food is served at 6pm, with member-provided appetizers available from 5:00 pm on.  Sounds like all we need is an Easter Bunny!

2017 BSF Youth Fleet
Silent Auction and Salmon Bake
May 13th

Please contribute auction items

We are looking for your help for contributions to the auction. Do you have a business or personal service, artwork or consumable that you can donate to the auction? If so please contact me directly at


A special thank you to those individuals and companies that renewed their advertising.  The Communications Committee is working to give you ample return on your advertising dollar!

Don't see your company listed?  There's an easy fix for that!  Just send Commodore Neil an email (and $150).
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!
Would you like to host an upcoming Fridays at 5 event? If so, the BYC Social Committee would love to hear from you! Currently we have host openings for the following Fridays: 3/31, 4/21, 5/5, and 5/19. Hosts prepare a main dish, with setup and clean up help from other BYC volunteers! Also, hosts get reimbursed up to $200 for any food costs. It’s a fun way to socialize and participate as an active club member!

March 25 -- Confidence in Boating
April 1 -- Boating Safety


March 17:  St. Patrick's Day Celebration
March 25:  Spring Party and New Member Mixer

April 7:  Easter Fridays @ 5
May 13 BSF Youth Fleet Silent Auction/Salmon Bake



After a busy weekend at the club, what with weddings and baby showers and such going on, it’s time to get revved up for St. Patty’s Day. This Friday we’ll feature a traditional corned beef and cabbage feed and Irish drink specials at the bar, so be sure to head on down. But don’t wait just for that, there’s plenty going on all week long, too!


Here’s the skinny for this week:


TUE: Jam nite is heating up! This is a fun weekly adventure, so come on down and join in. Rumor has it hot soup will be served this week along with assorted tunes and general merriment!


WED: The PHRF folks will host a discussion about ratings (always a hot topic) and of course we’ll have Panini-style sandwiches hot off the grill!


THUR: Monica’s Mexican, with the best carne asada north of the border and those tasty bean burritos! After a sell-out last week, we’ll try to make sure there’s enough to go around!


FRI: Fri @ 5 hosted by the Social Committee, with a traditional corned beef and cabbage feed and Irish drink specials from the bar!


See you in the lounge!




Sign up for Shakedown Cruise
by March 15

Our March 31 cruise to Cap Sante in Anacortes is just around the corner.  If you want to join us, you need to register by March 15 at  This is a joint cruise with the Bellingham and Friday Harbor Power Squadrons and is a great opportunity to get back out on the water and make some new friends.  Plus, we have the party tent on the dock reserved this year! We kick off the festivities Friday night with a Docktail Party. Bring your own drinks and an appetizer to share. Then on Saturday night we'll be serving BBQ chicken hot off the grill. Bring side dishes and desserts to share. After dinner, the fun continues with live music! Come by boat, car, or RV.  We've made a group reservation at Cap Sante, so go to to register so we can assign you a slip, then you can pay the marina when you arrive on March 31.  Hosted by Ken Larsen and Tammy Golden.


Cruise Registration Open Now

We have a lot of great cruises planned for this year and all the Information is on the BYC website at  In addition to the usual weekend cruises, we have added 2 distance cruises to the schedule this summer:


July 6 - 13 Victoria/Sidney

August 19 - 27 Princess Louisa Inlet


If you want to join us for these distance cruses please sign up now because these cruises require a little more planning and we need a headcount.  There will be a planning meeting in April so look for more information on that soon.  If you have any questions, please email Vickie Olson at 


Last weekend one of our Bellingham sailors, Sammy Farkas raced in the aptly named Frostbite Racing Series and took the first place prize. Sammy Farkas also attended a recent Harken #1 Opti Spring Series Race at the California Yacht Club at Marina Del Rey in Los Angeles.

The last race of the Northwest Youth Racing Circuit Winter Series will be the Kitten Cup at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in Kitsilano on April 22 and 23rd. You can watch the races right from the club's balcony. If you have not been to the RVYC you owe it to yourself to see it. It is one of the most beautiful clubs in the Northwest.

We know sailing can cost money so please help us get the word out that scholarships are available to those who qualify by being on the free-reduced lunch program through the schools. Please contact us if you qualify and pass this information to anyone who may be interested. We don’t want to turn anyone away from the sport because of financial burdens, so please let us know if someone needs help financially.

New for this year! We now offer both half day (HD) and full day (FD) classes for Beginner Learn to Sail courses. We are also offering a pre-race Opti tune-up course as we are hosting the 2017 Northwest Opti District Championships in Bellingham.
-Mike Farkas

2015 Yacht Racing Photo of the Year: Volvo ocean racer Team Brunel rounding the Horn. Framed print available by professional UK sailing photographer Rick Tomlinson

2017 BSF Youth Fleet
Silent Auction and Salmon Bake
May 13th

Please join the BYC youth fleet for our 3rd Annual BSF benefit dinner and silent auction. This event is our most important of the year to support our “learn to sail”, junior and high school race team programs.

The past two auctions have been incredible successes and a fun evening. We have financed the purchase of two 29er dinghy’s, a 10 boat Opti trailer and a used Zodiac RIB from money raised. This has allowed us to improved our fleet and the facilities of our learn to sail program and put as many racing sailors on the water as Seattle.

I hope you can find the time to attend and donate.
With much appreciation

Mike Powell, Youth Fleet Captain


Ahoy Sailors!

Bellingham Yacht Club is hosting a town hall PHRF NW Sub Regional meeting. President Eric Nelson, Chief Handicapper Neil Bennett, the directors and handicappers from the region will be there to answer questions and inform about PHRF NW. Please join us and help put PHRF racing in the hands of sailors. We welcome all positive input for making our sport better and to serve sailors. We can't all race one design so let's together figure out how to make it better for us all.

Meeting will be in the lower lounge area in the BYC Wednesday 3/15 at 6:30 PM. Burgers or Panini  sandwiches will be provided and your favorite beverage can be purchased at the bar. Please spread the word to racing and cruising sailors, let's make this a huge turnout so we can grow our sport. 

Thank you,

Dave Steffen

BYC PHRF NW Director

Ocean Alexander 44

Currently located at GW 64 but headed to Cap Sante Marina the first part of April.  Due to spouse's passing, boat must be sold.  Contact Judi Hahnel if interested: 425-785-0442

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

This Week's Photo Contest

The Hare and Tortoise in last week's picture were spotted at the Hôtel de la Collectivité, Gustavia, Saint-Barthélemy.  It is one of Bjørn Okholm Skaarup's series Carnival of the Animals. Murray Hill correctly identified the location and the artist.


This week we see a high bridge spanning a waterway. If you know the location, send your answer to

Mike Farkas - Realtor
   Jib Sheet Editor this week is
Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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