NOV. 26 - DEC. 2, 2013
THIS WEDNESDAY (TOMORROW) NOV. 27: Kick Off the Holidays at our Annual Tom and Jerry Party. Join your fellow BYC-ers as we kick off the holiday season at the Tom and Jerry event. Officers and Trustees will be there in their ‘Dress Blues’ hosting this annual ‘members only’ holiday tradition. (Trustees will be at the door to check your membership cards, so if you haven’t paid your dues yet, this is a perfect time to do so!) The bar will be open – appetizers will be served – and complimentary ‘Tom and Jerrys’ will be dished out by our very own ‘Tom’ and ‘Gerri’ (Fleet Captain Neil Bennett and me!) We look forward to seeing you at this event that's been a BYC tradition for over 50 years! --- Michele Bennett, Past Commodore
ANOTHER GOOD SEMINAR LAST WEEK!
Conducted by Steve Ross
, frequent Boat Parade winner, it was all about the Lighted Boat Parade. You can see Steve's PowerPoint presentation here
. See next story...
TIS THE SEASON!
The traditional Lighted Boat Parade is Saturday, December 7th
and you can show off your talent and creativity! Decorate your boat and join in on the parade. Registration begins at 3:30 until 5:00 in the BYC Yacht Club, where instructions will be provided
. Boats away will be at 5:30 and rendezvous at the Ferry Terminal for the start around 6-ish (yers, "6-ish" is a nautical term.) Boats will be judged by the review boat and the winner will be announced during the festivities that night. The following categories will be awarded: Lighted Boat of the Year, Best of Parade, Novice Grand Prize and Community Award
. All participants will receive a participation plaque at registration. Boaters that are prepared early might want to do a "trial run" Friday night...it's up to you.
Afterwards, come to the club to warm up with some homemade hot soup and Christmas Cheer as we all celebrate the holidays with friends, family, and lots of good conversation and some Holiday Songs! For more info, Neil Bennett
at 206.919.0371 or Fleetcaptain@byc.org
who is chairing along with Missy Steffen.
BYC JOB OPENING! Our Club is seeking a highly motivated Bar Tender/Manager
, skilled in detail-oriented service, member recognition, POS system operations, bartending, purchasing, misc. sales, bartender scheduling & training. The Bar Tender/Manager will be on hand at appropriate times as a manager to insure member & guest satisfaction. This is a part time, flexible schedule position, salary dependent on experience. For more information, contact the Interview Committee: Neil Bennett, Jim Gibson or Dick Johnson at BMInterviews@BYC.ORG
CELEBRITY IN OUR MIDST:
Nice article about BYC-er Randy Klemann
in the current issue of Whatcom Magazine
that comes with the Herald. Congrats to him...
Our stalwart editor leapt to a conclusion, and now his parachute didn't open: We reported that Past Commodore Jody Erickson
was lining up Fridays@5. WRONG!
She agreed to only do some of them for Commodore Michele. Bottom line: Contact our Commodore if you can host a F@5.
SATURDAY JAN. 25 IS THE BOAT SHOW BUS DATE!
Leaving at 8:30 a.m. and returning at 7:30 p.m., you’ll have fun with no parking or ticket hassle
, and admission to both shows (in the water and in the exhibition hall). On the bus, great food and drink both ways
; only $45.00 P/P covers it all! Put it on your calendar now! Signups and payment details next week. Seats are limited…
LANDSCAPING HELP NEEDED! Carol Snowball is looking for help with the landscaping. If you are interested please contact Carol (714-0903) or myself. --- Commodore Michele email@example.com
CLUB MEETING NEXT WEEK:
See Commodore Michele's column, below, for details.
SUPPORT OUR YOUTH SAILING:
The Bellingham Sailing Foundation
supports youth sailing activities here. To date, they have helped raise $56,000 for the purchase of the seven FJ's jointly used by BYC Youth Sailing and High School Sailing Programs. BSF has also provided funds and volunteers to build the $20K Youth Sailing Dock at Zuanich Point; a traveling trailer for high school "away" races; and accepted donations of two J24's for instructional programs. The Foundation also gives scholarships to families who couldn't otherwise afford sailing program costs.
Now it's time to step up doing our share! For 2014 the high school team needs funds for new sails and travel costs, and our BYC Youth Sailing wants to purchase a new fleet of racing-quality Opti's, making the J24's available to young sailors for Wednesday night races.
Please consider a tax deductible donation to the Bellingham Sailing Foundation (a registered 501(c)(3) organization). Look for the BSF brochure at the BYC Clubhouse; visit www.BellinghamSailingFoundation.org
; or contact Vice Commodore Jonathan Knowles firstname.lastname@example.org
/ 360-303-5465. Thank you!
For the next few issues, we’ll try to give you some gift ideas for boaters and boats. Here’s our first, and it’s inexpensive! Pick out a good book of knots at LFS or Redden
and get one or two pieces, 8 feet long, of 3/8” nylon double-strand line to practice with (have the chandlery heat-seal both ends). Everyone aboard, of any age, will have fun learning how to tie good knots! For more fun, add a splicing kit (most come with splicing instructions) so that your boat’s lines can be better-suited to their tasks: there’s nothing like having premade dock lines at your boat’s berth to simply drop onto the cleats. Happy holidays!
MORE GIFT IDEAS:
A wonderful gift that nowadays costs under around $30 is an infrared temperature gun; they’re available nearly anywhere that sells tools or on the internet. Be sure the range is at least to 400 degrees so you can use it around your boat’s engine (if your engine is turbocharged, better get one that reads to around 1000). The new guns also have a “laser sight” that helps you aim them. As soon as your giftee gets it on the boat, take measurements of anything that can get warm or hot (including shore power connections and battery terminals) so you can both establish a baseline and also spot trouble spots.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IS BACK:
Next Monday 12/2 our 10-1 Seahawks meet the New Orleans Saints, in an important game! Our BYC bar and lounge will be open at 5pm and close upon completion of the game. Drink specials and bar snacks will be available so come on down and enjoy watching some football with friends. $1 tacos will go through the football season.
FROM THE COMMODORE...
It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is this week! I hope all are prepared for the holiday and able to enjoy the day and/or weekend with friends and family. Our annual kickoff to the Holiday Season is this Wednesday, the Tom & Jerry Party
. Come to the club for camaraderie and cheer as we gather to start the season. This event is for members in good standing only - no guests please
. It's also a night to get to know your Board members - they will be greeting you as you enter and mingling throughout the evening. Festivities start at 5:00 PM.
Next week will be our second membership meeting, December 4th. As the board conducts its business and plans for the future, it's extremely important that we hear from the membership. Please consider attending the meeting, as the club belongs to all of its members. Diner focus will be salads - please bring a salad to share. Dinner at 5:30 with the meeting starting at 6:00. I hope to see many of you there.
This Friday will be a no-host Fridays@5 - bring an appetizer to share and start your evening with a little cheer after a full day of work, football, and/or shopping.
If I don't see you this week, please enjoy a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving - a time to reflect on our blessings. --- Respectfully, Michele Bodtke, Commodore
STEVE ROSS'S PHOTO CONTEST... Last week's picture, taken from a horse-drawn cart on Inis Mór, one of the Aran Islands in Ireland, was correctly located by Meredith Ross, Bud Hansen, Mark Harding and Jim Gibson.
This week we see a mother and her child out for a stroll. You'd be advised to stay off that particular bit of land for the moment. If you know the location, send your answer to email@example.com.
Jib Sheet Editor this week is Joe Coons