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August 13 - 19, 2013

FRIDAY AT 5 THIS WEEK!  Probably a number of folks will be at the buccaneer's cruise (see story below), so the Friday@5 this week is not sponsored, but come anyway! Just bring something to share if you can. See you there!

BELLINGHAM BAY YOUTH REGATTA ANOTHER HUGE SUCCESS!  For the second year in a row, the BYC's Bellingham Youth Regatta, a Northwest Youth Racing Circuit event, was big success.  Over 45 kids, ages 8-18 from all around the Pacific Northwest including Portland, Seattle, Port Townsend and Orcas Island raced Saturday and Sunday in Laser Full Rig, Laser Radial Rig, FJ’s, Opti Red (Ages 13-15), Opti Blue (Ages 11-12) and Opti White (Ages through 10) divisions.  The conditions were nearly perfect for this two day event with steady southerly winds around 7 -13 knots.  A little early morning rain on both days opened up to warm and sunny skies.  After racing on Saturday, the Bellingham parents assembled a regatta dinner for the hungry sailors who raced 7 races that afternoon.  At the results party on Sunday, the kids enjoyed a bounty of Little Caesar's Pizza made possible by member Bob Nevitt who owns the local Bellingham Franchises (Thanks, Bob!).
    Bellingham kids made up the large contingency of the field, however the other teams brought up some pretty stiff competition.   Although Miles Johansson had rocked the FJ’s for straight bullets on Saturday, his no show allowed Liam Hood & Riley Alsop with all seconds to take the overall 1st place.  The Opti class brought out 7 kids from the BYC Race Team, Logan Jenkins, Jack Knowles, Devon Bumstead, Ria West.  Competing in the Laser class, were Jeffery Werner & Jack Thompson.  
    Big thanks to race chair Scott Wilson and BYC Race Coaches Megan Link & Taylor Martin.  Also Youth Sailing family volunteers, Amy Kashiwa (Riley & Aspen Alsops' mom), Andrea & Steve Hood (Liam's  parents), Jonathan Knowles (Jack’s Dad), John Stocklass, Mark Santosuosso/Katie Day (Jack’s Parents) Jerry Roloson & Super Race Volunteer Terry Tavelli.
For more information on this regatta and BYC’s Youth Sailing program, including race results and photos, visit the BYC Bellingham Youth Regatta Website

PITCH RACE COMMITTEE NEEDS HELP:   The PITCH Regatta is only a few weeks away and we need more folks to help with race committee. It's a wonderful way to spend time on the water and have a front row seat for the action. Experience helpful but not required. Race days are Saturday and Sunday, August 31st and September 1st. We are on the water all day and lunch will be provided. Come out and join in on the fun and get a great view of the racing action. If you can help or have questions please contact Michele Bodtke, Race Officer, at or call 360-720-4155. 
LAST WEEK'S FACTOID:  Our Members Bob & Marsha Riek were both Illinois educators before they moved here, and Bob also worked in real estate.  Bob wound up as a school principal, while Marsha ran a big library and all the other media services at another school. They have relatives in Seattle and their daughter, Megan, works for Big Sky Brewery in Missoula, which is why Bob is always ready to talk about "great jobs a daughter can have"! They just sold their 31' Camano, Whimsy, to a fellow that walked up to them an made "an offer they couldn't refuse".  That's every boat owner's dream scenario...  [Send your Member Recognition Suggestions to]
LAST CALL: BUCCANEERS' CRUISE THIS WEEKEND! Calling all Swashbucklers, Pirates, & Scallywags! Report to Inati Bay for FUN Times for the whole Family!  On Friday Evening, get your own grub and then make for shore. There’ll be a Movie on a Sail (bring a blanket or a chair); a Fireside Sing-along with Joe Young and his Guitar; and Some'mores fixings will be provided.
    Saturday Evening, Junior Pirate Treasure Hunts (in three divisions); a Pirate Rum Hunt; Costume Contests from Tots to Pops; dancing to Jasmine Greene and her Band at 4 p.m, and joining in for the Buccaneers Feast with beer, pop, & wine available to wet your whistle. (Of course, your appetizers and side dishes are most appreciated…)
    Sunday, a hearty breakfast will be provided for all those who help clean up…
    Non-members are welcome IF accompanied by a BYC Member. A $10 donation per person is requested to help defray expenses.
    No boat? No problem! A water taxi will be provided on Saturday, there will be two trips over and two trips back after the band stops.  Please sign up at the bar and contact Shaun or Ginger (below) immediately to reserve passage and boarding times. And, tenting is allowed, so if you want to join in for the entire weekend's festivities, you should also call.  More info click here or contact Chief Buccaneers Shaun or Ginger Thompson at

KARMARTUSA PITCH INVITATION: BYC Members are invited to join in on the KarMartUSA  PITCH Regatta Festivities.  The Pacific International Ton Championships are for sailboats using the Ton measurement system, and it’s a regatta that BYC has hosted since 1974: next year will be its 40th year!
    The Committee invites all BYC Members to join in the fun: A Blue Moon Friday@5, Aug. 30, featuring a skippers' welcoming BBQ.  Then, on Saturday 8/31, the After Race Happy Hour and Dinner (reservations required for dinner) and live music, and finally, on Sunday 9/1, a Raffle, Silent Auction, and the Awards Ceremony immediately following the race.
SUCIA CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS:  This past weekend over 30 BYC Cruisers joined us from more than ten different boats and we enjoyed a fabulous time on Sucia Island!  The weather was splendid and the scenery absolutely breathtaking for the island hikes, beach strolling, photography and sunset gazing!  We gathered together around the reserved picnic shelter for a delicious dinner of salads, watermelon, desserts and barbecue chicken perfectly grilled by Keith Olson and Jim Santosuosso.  There was a great time as we shared interesting facts about ourselves and how we came to be BYC members.  It was wonderful getting to know many new members in such an amazing setting! 
    Thanks to each of you awesome BYC-ers for sharing your precious summer cruising time with us…Angie Santosuosso

BUCCANEERS' CRUISE PRIZES NEEDED! We are looking for good quality gifts for the three treasure hunts/chests for the Buccaneers Cruise. It could be anything; we have children's, teen & adult treasure chests. The more treasure we have the better!  Suggestions: board games, fishing equipment, beach toys, nautical novelties, jewelry, sporting gear. Please email Jim Santosuosso at or text Angie S. at #360-927-4844 before Wednesday! Thank you!
BURGER SPECIAL CONTINUES: Our Wednesday Weekly Racing & Burger Night has continued to be a success and a fun evening at the club. In addition to our cheeseburgers, we will be offering vegetarian black bean burgers for our Club's non-meat eaters. Carnivore or not, come on down and enjoy a tasty burger and beverage this Wednesday! Also, if you'd like to get involved with grilling, please contact Matt Ouilette at
BARTENDER REMINDER: Empty kegs when disconnected should be put in the closet at the foot of the outside steps to the lower floor (the combination is the same as the walk-in cooler.  They do not go outside, nor just in the hall by the cooler door!  The beverage vendors now know to pick them up there, and they won't be stolen (costing us the significant deposits). Thank you.

Ranger 26 Sailing Lessons... Mo'Betta's skipper, Bob Hollingsworth, has been hard at work getting this craft shipshape and is prepared to offer the best deal in town.  Where else can you find an experienced seaman, with stories to tell, who is prepared to teach you all the elements of sailing and cruising for $30 per day!!  Youth and adults are welcome to put together groups of 3-5 persons of similar experience and then we can arrange time for a class at a mutually agreed date.  Contact Arne Ahlen at or call Bob Hollingsworth at 360-733-7126.  If you cannot put a group together, we may be able to pair you up with another person or group.

Our Commodore Jody's computer got "infected" last weekend, so she asked the editor to remind you of five things for her:
1.  Come to Friday at Five this week and bring a potluck contribution if you can, and,
2.  Come to the Buccaneer's Cruise at Inati Bay Friday-Saturday-Sunday (or any part thereof) and have lots of fun, and don't forgot your costume if you can dig one up! 
3.  Please send your nominations to me for officers or trustee or if you have questions feel free to give me a shout! (numbers below)! Nominations and Elections Committee Members for 2013 are Al Callery, Rich Veach, Steve Kersey, Bart Maupin, Todd Koetje, Tim Mumford, and Kathy Brown.
4.  Remember the Adult Sailing Classes:  Adults and teens alike, are reminded that Bob Hollingsworth is offering sailing classes at a very reasonable price (story above). If you want to learn to sail please contact Bob or Arnie Ahlen to get all the details.
5.  Keep your schedules open for our upcoming events: August 24th Crab Fest “Chuckanut Bay”; August 31st Blue Moon Friday @ 5 and the PITCH Regatta! Food will be provided, and there will be Music by the Vonvettas, so let’s rock and roll!  See you all there…
    Have fun and boat safe in our nice weather! Fair Winds and Following Seas --- Jody King Erickson (360) 223-2119 

Several members correctly identified Utah Beach, Normandy, as the subject of last week's photo: Scott McEniry, Mark Harding, Marsha Riek, Jim Gibson, and Terry Tavelli. Here's a *bonus* picture of the monument to the US Army Rangers who scaled the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, from which the picture was taken.
    This week's photograph also looks out over the sea, but from a more peaceful venue. If you know the location, send your answer to
Jib Sheet Editor this week is Joe Coons.
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