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Hats off to Fleet Captain Tim Thompson for pulling off a terrific 'dockside' Lighted Boat Parade!  It's not easy cancelling an event, but it was the right thing to do and the party was a lot of fun.  Nice job!
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11 Dec  Steak Night
13 Dec  Soup Cook-off
18 Dec  Wine Tasting
31 Dec  New Year's Eve

Open 5PM Wed - Sat
December Bartenders

Starting Dec 1, 2015:  

Mon -- Tuesday 9AM to 3PM

Wednesday Closed

Thursday -- Friday 9AM to 3PM

Saturday and Sunday 9AM to 4PM

7 day a week operations will return on Monday February 15, 2016.

  Docking fail...
Even the 'experts' get it wrong now and then.

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Joe Sulham - Fairhaven
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Bellingham Marine Repair

Marine Consultants, Inc., Marine Surveyors and Consultants
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West Coast Marine Services
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San Juan Sailing
December 8-14, 2015

WED: 9 Dec:  Bar and lounge open at 5 ; THURS: 10 Dec: Bar and lounge open at 5;  FRI: 11 Dec: STEAK NIGHT;  SAT: 12 Bar and lounge open at 5;  MON:  14 Dec: MNF
The weather started getting rough, the tiny ships were tossed, if not for the courage of the fearless crews...well, you know the rest.

The December 5 Lighted Boat Parade was met by a stern Neptune. Storm warnings were in effect and the decision was made to limit the judging to dock-side instead of risk the safety of the intrepid crews and their fantastically decorated vessels.

The party began in earnest in the Club by 6pm with an incredible array of home-made soups and Club-sponsored appetizers. The judges got busy touring the docks and taking notes. All was completed save for the Spirit portion and it was decided that the crews should entertain with singing for the prize.

The crowd was festive and the Holiday spirit floated through the air as the Sea Scout Troop regaled us with a rendition of "Road Kill Wonderland". The crew of Garufa and the crew of Serendipity toasted with "We Wish You A Merry Christmas", and Gordy from Lavitude quoted Thessalonians and Revelation in reference to Snoopy's missing trees. The crew of Catspaw made it clear that Elvis has definitely not left the building with some hip-swinging "Blue Christmas".

The award winners for the evening were announced shortly after the singing with the Sea Scouts taking "Best in Parade Award", Lavitude took home the "It's a Charlie Brown Christmas Theme Award" and Serendipity was the winner of the "Commodore's Choice Award".

I would like to give a special thanks to All who participated and all who attended as it was a special evening to kick off the holiday season.

Happy Holidays

- Tim Thompson
Fleet Captain

Laura and I have received the photos from the Commodore's Ball and some of them are already leaking out on Social Media.

They will soon be posted to the  BYC website and the information for ordering prints are as follows:


Heather Saulsbury Photography
Photo Prices: 5 x 7.....$10.00

8 x 10....$15.00


Also I need to mention that there are additional 007 Martini Glasses for sale at the bar for $5.00 each.

-Commodore Mick

Friday, December 11 

Steak, potatoes, and salad... all for $20!
Reserve your filet today!

At the Tom and Gerri party last week my wife's purple soft shell jacket walked off without her in it. Could you please take a look and return it if you perhaps grabbed the wrong jacket?  Thank you!
Dwayne Rogge

 PACRIM 2016 - Nakhodka, Russia


Racers and ambassadors alike!!  Begin thinking about PacRim 2016 NOW!!!   Check out this announcement and go to for info and applications.  


PacRim 2016 is a World Peace event not to be missed.

Al Callery

PacRim 2016 co-chair 


Soup Cook-off and Seahawks Party!
Sunday, 13 December


Bring your best pot of soup on Sunday for a soup cook-off!  Awards for the top 3 soups. This is also an opportunity to bring new or gently used gloves hats and coats to be donated that night along with the leftover soups to the homeless in area parks. Hosted by Thomas Childs.

Wine Tasting
Friday, 18 December

Member and Guests Event, sampling over 24 wine selections poured by the experts. Catered food and a fabulous Youth Jazz Ensemble to delight and entertain. ***NEWLY ADDED MEMBER BENEFIT kicking off at this event: buy bottles or cases of your wines direct from the club to take home!!!  BABYSITTING OFFERED AT A NOMIMAL FEE FROM A HIGHLY EXPERIENCED ADULT-Past Fir Camp Counselor (VOLUNTEERS GREATLY APPRECIATED-contact Susan Hempler or Gary Baker

Susan Hempler and her Social Committee have a full calendar of exciting and fun events planned!  To view the full schedule, click here!



Last weekend was another busy one at your club, with Christmas decorating and the Lighted Boat Parade. Be sure to stop by and see the club all decked out for the holidays! We still have Peppermint Patty’s at the bar, hot or cold, your choice! 


This Friday it’s Steak Nite again! Be sure to sign up ahead of time at the club website so we can have a count of how many steaks to order!


Oh, and we’ll have burgers on Wed and Thur again, thanks to our volunteer cook, Dick Labadie, who’s offered to fill in on the grill for the time being. So stop on by for a ‘burger and brew! 


New brew on tap! We’ve had demands for Oatmeal Stout from Boundary Bay recently. Since the tap line is full we’ve brought in reinforcements in the form of the kegerator. Stop on by and check out this great seasonal brew! 


WED: Burgers hot off the grill, open at 5!

THUR: Burgers hot off the grill, open at 5!

FRI: STEAK NITE! Sign up for a dinner plate with one of those tender and juicy filet mignons, baker and salad. Still only $20! Best steak and best deal in town! 

SAT: Bar and lounge open at 5!

MON next: Monday Nite Football, with the Giants vs the Dolphins! 

See you in the lounge!


Racing Rules Talks Every Tuesday

Rules talks will start December 1, Tuesday at 6pm.  The talks will go from 6pm to 8pm.  Talks will be every Tuesday unless there is a holiday conflict or we decide to take a week off.  They will go until we decide we have had enough, probably into Feb.  Talks will be at the BYC Ward Room.  Everyone is welcome... parents, sailors of all ages and skill and rules knowledge. 
Scott Wilson
BYC Youth Racing Director

Well it's unfortunate that the winds were too high for the Lighted Boat Parade. I was happy that the event was still well attended anyway, and it was a great evening. The awards went to the following: Best of theme went to Lavitude for their excellent exhibition of a Charlie Brown Christmas. Lighted Boat of the Year went to the Sea Scouts entry that was very good, and The Commodore's Choice went to Serendipity after a lot of discussion with the Judging Committee. Perhaps the bribes and the Christmas Spirit numbers were just too high to ignore.
I was disappointed that there was no judging on the soups and that it wasn't set up to do so. Maybe next year. Also missed was Joe Coons and his usual  “Nautical” 12 Days of Christmas sing-a-long that was a staple of this event for so many years.
I was happy that after the “passing of the hat” for the Sink the Dingy campaign, I was informed by Paul Myers that an additional $800.00 was raised that evening. A big thank you to all who contributed for Skookum Kids and all they do for the community.
Just a heads up for the future Steak Night next Friday and the Wine Tasting event on Friday Dec. 18th at 5:00. Susan Hempler says, for the Parents we will have a “Day Care”  set up downstairs for parents who wish to attend. I'm still hearing a lot of good things about the Commodore's Ball and I would, again, thank all of you who attended. I know Laura and I had a great time. Since last week, the aforementioned posters that went missing have been retrieved. Apparently Rick Laursen placed them in one of the downstairs storage rooms. Another note is that we still have left-over martini glasses from the event that are still available behind the bar for $5.00 each. If you would like a set of four or more, please feel free to purchase some.
Let's see what happens next week....
Commodore Mick



This Week's Photo Contest 

Last week's picture of "A Boatload of Boats" was taken in Colón, Panama. That, and several other ships in the picture, were waiting their time to enter the Panamá Canal. No one submitted the correct answer, but Murray Hill, Dean Altschuler, and Mike Crawford all named similar places.

This week we see our flag flying, framed by a distinctive structure. If you know the location, send your  answer to


The solution to the last Chess Challenge was
1. Qxh7+ Kxh7
2. Rh4#
The winner was Rob McArdle
Players note for this week: Black to move Checkmate in 2.

Click HERE to see this week's chess challenge. Send your solution to Alex Marr at

Click HERE to see an example of solution to a typical chess challenge.


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Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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