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Congratulations to our new Bridge and First Year Trustees!  I urge all of you to talk to the membership and ask what THEY want from THEIR club.  You are their voice!  Looking for counsel?  Seek out any of the Past Commodores -- we are here to help!!
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25 September  Chanticleer Authors Conference
26 September  Marmetta Cup
7 October Installation of Officers

Open 5PM Wed - Sat

Mon: MNF
Wed: Hawaiian Burgers
Thurs: Carne Asada
Fri: Potlucks

September Bartenders

8am-6pm  Sun - Sat

 Freighter collides with a house (seriously).

Silver Reef Casino
Harbor Fuel
Hardware Sales
LFS Marine Outdoors
Redden Marine Supply
HUB International, Northwest
Spinnaker Financial Group
Gary Baker - Caldwell Banker
Dawn Durand - Windermere
Joe Sulham - Fairhaven
Dale Serbousek - Remax
Bellingham Marine Repair

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
TD Curran Apple Specialists
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
September 22-28, 2015

WED: 23 Sept: Burgers on the Grill; THURS: 24 Sept: Monica's Mexican;  FRI25 Sept: Kathy Brown Special Evening;  SAT: 26 Sept: Bar opens at 5;  MON:  28 Sept: MNF
Thank you to everyone that cast your vote last week!  Congratulations to the Bridge and newly elected First Year Trustees: 

Commodore - Mick Corcoran

Vice Commodore - Neil Bennett

Rear Commodore - Jim Gibson

Fleet Captain - Tim Thompson


First Year Trustees -

Chris Jacobs
Duane Jones

Scott McEniry

Mike Welsh

Annual Dues are Due


The membership dues invoices have been mailed! If you have not received one, send a note to The due date for payment is Oct 1.


If you have signed up for Direct Debit or have previously elected quarterly billing, your dues will be automatically debited from your bank account in early Oct. Send a note to if you want to change that.


It would be very helpful to put your member code on the check or simply return the invoice with your payment.


If you want to pay by credit card, you can do so at the bar in the club.


Mike Welsh

Asst Treasurer


The DJOD regatta this past weekend was a big success, with over 70 boats participating! Winds were perfect on Saturday, although a few knots less on Sunday would have been good, since we more or less got blown off the water after getting two starts off! With winds topping 30 knots and boats capsizing right and left in the high seas, the PRO made the call to abandon shortly after noon and sailors and regatta crew retired to the bar to take in nourishment and swap sea stories! Nevertheless, all, including yours truly, had a great time of it!


Note that this weekend Kathy Brown is hosting the opening day of her annual Chanticleer Authors Conference at the club. There will be a live band on Saturday evening, and club members are invited to “come on down” and dance the night away to the tunes of the Penny Stinkers (and, yes, that’s spelled correctly)! 


Here’s the skinny!


WED: Burgers hot off the grill!

THUR: Monica’s Mexican, with carne asada and those tasty bean burritos!

FRI: Come on down and hang out with friends in the lounge!

SAT: Chanticleer Authors Conference, with happy hour at 5 and a light dinner service at 6, followed by a live band at 7:30. Club members welcome! 

MON next: Monday Nite Football, with the Chiefs vs the Packers!


See you in the lounge!




Mark your calendars. A couple of education events are planned at the club in October. And not all just for boaters. These events are open to the public, so bring your friends and show off your club!


Decorating Your Boat for the Lighted Boat Parade - It's never too early to start planning. Presented by Past Commodore and multi-year award winner Steve Ross. Tips on materials and electrical issues as well as safely piloting your creation through those dark December waters. Wednesday October 14, 6:30 pm in the lower lounge. This presentation is informative and entertaining even if you don't have plans to participate in the parade. And who might catch the bug! Bring your friends, and let's make the Lighted Boat Parade a truly community event.


Antarctic Sailing Expedition Slide Show - Thursday October 22 in the Ward Room. Presented by BYC Trustee and professional photographer Mike Powell who in 2011 joined his brother Steve's crew on UHURU, an Oyster 62, for this unforgettable journey. The photography will be spectacular. Definitely not just for boaters!


You should also check out these great boater education opportunities offered by our friends at the Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron. They begin in September or early October, so you need to register NOW! Offered right down the road at the Bellingham Technical College, these 8-week courses provide a solid foundation designed to make your boating experiences safer and more enjoyable.


America's Boating Course

Advanced Piloting

Marine Engine Maintenance

-Marian Welsh



October 17 at the BYC -- Save the date because you won't want to miss this!!  Proceeds benefit 
youth sailing.



Sunday was a bit over the top, but always better to err on too much than too little. Sharp racing, six fleets, well run courses … you name it, BYC does it right!  Enjoy these photos, at least as much as I enjoyed gathering them!


Jan Anderson

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The Marmetta Cup is this Saturday the 26th.  We’ve altered the course a bit this year to account for the pursuit start and hopefully eliminate numerous “restarts” on the course.  Any skippers considering attending let me know with your PHRF rating and we will assign a start time.  There will be a Skipper's meeting at 9am at the yacht club to go over start times and the course.
-Bart Maupin, Sail Fleet Captain

Editor's Note: The Marmetta Cup trophy is arguably the prettiest one in our trophy case and the race itself is all about FUN!  Slow boats start first and the first boat across the finish line, WINS!!




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Price:  $89,500
-Greg Ford,
(360) 510-3900.

Get your Captain's License!  Brought to you by Skip Anderson and Flagship Marine.  Classes offered right here at the BYC!
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Last Thursday, was my last Board Meeting as Commodore … so it’s finally over!!!  Well… not really!!   I will continue to serve on the Board as Immediate Past Commodore and plan to offer my support and knowledge of these past years to incoming Commodore Mick Corcoran.     And… you’re not putting me out to pasture yet.   I’ll still be heavily engaged in the club with rebuilding structure in the BYC Sailing/Race Fleet, continuing to serve on the Youth Fleet, and taking a bigger role in the Bellingham Sailing Foundation to increase youth sailing funding through larger corporate donations, endowments and planned giving.
The Board meeting last week was festive in several ways.  First, it was the last Board Meeting I had to run.   Second, Membership Chair Tim Thompson and his Committee presented 5 new applications bringing the total new members to 56 for the year.  The loss of 45 non-renewing members last year had the club facing a significant financial hardship, but thanks to Tim AND EVERY MEMBER who helped bring in new members with promoting our Great Boating Club and Boating Community, we are looking much better!  And third, we celebrated a great year with hors d'oeuvres, wine and a champagne toast.

I would like to welcome the new incoming members to the BYC Board, Fleet Captain Tim Thompson, and First Year Trustees, Mike Welsh, Chris Jacobs, Scott McEniry and Duane Jones.   This new group will be bringing a huge amount of experience and energy to the Board.  I encourage every member to seek out these new Trustees and thank them for volunteering their time to run your club.
Next, I would like to acknowledge those Board Members retiring.   Ironically, there are not that many since 3 Trustees are continuing on.  Tim Thompson will be the Fleet Captain, Jim Gibson, Rear Commodore and Scott McEniry Trustee.   Trustee Missy Steffen will be leaving the Board.  Missy had served on the Board when I was a “Green” First Year Trustee.  Missy, in both her terms, had served as the Social Committee Chair and has been a critical thread in keeping the BYC Social traditions going strong, from Lighted Boat Parade, Opening Day, Wine Tasting, and Sunday Brunch.  We have Missy to thank for starting the popular “Steak Night” on the 2nd Friday of each month, running the Ship's Store, and doing the PITCH Regatta clothing for as long as I can remember.  Missy was also instrumental with the current look and feel of the club by bringing in the design elements with both the upstairs lounge and the downstairs remodels, as well as with the recent outside clubhouse painting.   Trustee Gary Smith is retiring from the Board and Building & Maintenance Chair for the past 2 years.   Gary and his team volunteered in the downstairs remodel last year with framing out the new kitchen area as well as other carpentry work.   This past year B&M committee ran the Club Scrubs, replaced the walk-in cooler floor, fixed the folding doors in the dining room, repaired the floor under the dishwasher, coordinated the front soffit roof repairs and painting the clubhouse.    And, “Madame” Secretary Jeff Vernon who brought unique fun twists to the Board meetings as well as being a key member of the Building & House Committee.   And finally, Immediate Past Commodore Michele Bodtke will be retiring from the Board this year. Michele’s leadership on the Board has been unprecedented with bringing structure & professionalism to the Club.
On Thursday of this week, I and my wife, Ann, will be taking our daughter, Marle, to college at UW.  We are all pretty excited for her to start this new chapter of her life.  She has her sights set on joining the UW Ski Race Team, but I’ve encouraged her to join the UW Sailing Team as well.   On Saturday, I’ll be flying up to Port Hardy on the northern tip of Vancouver Island to meet up with BYC Member, Bob Warshawer, to help bring his 52’ Nordic back to Bellingham.  There are perhaps a few stopovers and some fishing involved.   Mom Ann will be taking Jack to the Oktoberfest Youth Regatta in Seattle.   There is never a dull moment in the Knowles family.
Commodore Jonathan
This Week's Photo Contest 
Last week's picture was of Oliver's Wharf, on the Thames River in London. Terry Tavelli, Jim Gibson, Marian Henderson, Jamie Foti, Lisa Megard, and Anne Schoenecker all correctly identified the location.
This week, we see a pleasant park scene. If you know the location, send your answer to


Can you put Alex in a check mate?
HERE to see this issue'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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   Jib Sheet Editor this week is Past Commodore, Michele Bennett
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