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Anyone else feeling the "Daylight Savings Hangover"?  Woowee.... needed a couple extra cups of coffee this morning.  But the good news is that spring (AND SUMMER!) are on the horizon!!
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16 March  Rules of the Road
18 March  Fridays @ 5
1 April  Cajun Night
2 April  MAST Course
16 April  Hawaiian Night

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March 15-21, 2016

WED:  16 March: Bar and lounge open at 5 - Burger Night; THURS: 17 March: Bar and lounge open at 5;  FRI: 18 March: St. Patty's Day Corned Beef & Cabbage (your appetizers welcome!) SAT: 19 March: Bar and lounge open at 5

Friday 3/18 Friday @ 5 ST. PATRICKS DAY Celebration- Corned Beef and Cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and dessert all for $10.00 (WOW!!!)

Rebecca Heathcock is cooking up the traditional grub.  Party Favors and a good time, come on down and get your green on. 

-Susan Hempler

Oh Behave! Get ready to get your Goldmember on! Coming soon to an Opening Day near you!

A Seaworthy Intro to Silk Painting

In this class you will learn to paint with silk colors on silk stretched hoops. Its fun and easy for all skill levels. We will use Gutta, a glue like resist, to draw a design onto the silk using a themed stencil. Then we will brush on the silk dyes and watch the colors flow. We will cover proper application of the resist, painting and mixing dyes, watercolor and salt techniques, and more. All supplies provided and you will leave with a completed piece of seaworthy art. 


March 19th -- 1:30-3:30pm
BYC Wardroom

Cost:  $45

Max students: 20

Ages: 8+-Adult



Friday April 1, Friday @ 5 BAR AND LOUNGE COMMITTEE HOSTS CAJUN NIGHT-More details to come (No charge for meal to members)


Saturday April 16 HAWAIIAN NIGHT Bringing Hawaii to the club. Put on your best Hawaiian shirt and your flip flops and come join us for Hawaiian music, Full Catered Dinner with Kahlua Pork, Huli Huli Chicken, Polynesian Cole Slaw, Island Style Fried Rice, Fruit Display, Pani Popo (Hawaiian Sweet Rolls), and a yummy dessert. HI themed entertainment, drink specials and a PHOTO BOOTH to capture all the fun.

$20 per person.  RSVP on BYC Web Site or Pay at the bar.
-Susan Hempler


Rules of the Road, the third installment in the increasingly popular Seamanship Series, is coming up on March 16 at 7pm


This two-hour seminar/talk will focus on the International Rules of the Road which regulate all boating on our local waters. You will learn not only what the rules say, but also what they mean, and how they apply to your boat, including:  

  • Avoiding Collisions, Your Responsibilities
  • Crossing and Overtaking Vessels
  • Sailing Vessels
  • Fishing Vessels
  • Lights and Shapes Required
  • Sound Signals & Restricted Visibility
  • Distress Signals
  • Anchoring Lights & Signals

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Instructor Jeffrey Smith is a member of BYC and a licensed captain.  He and his wife, Christine, own  the “David-B” which they take north to Alaska every summer.

-Marian Welsh




This week we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in conjunction with Friday @ 5. Come on down for a traditional corned beef and cabbage feed and more good times!


Here’s this week schedule of events:


WED: Burgers and (maybe) polish dogs hot off the grill!

THUR: Bar and lounge opens at 5. We’ll see if we can work up some food service for the board meeting! Stay tuned!

FRI: Fri @ 5 with a St. Patty’s Day corned beef and cabbage feed!

SAT: Bar and lounge open at 5! Come on down and hang out for a spell!


See you in the lounge!


Want to Join the Bartending Crew and Support your BYC? 


The next MAST (Mandatory Alcohol Server Training) class is scheduled for Saturday, April 2 from 10AM to 1PM, with lunch included! 


To sign up, email Steve or call 206-850-9017


Cruising News


We've have a fun line of cruises this year so please check out the cruising calendar on the BYC website and pick up a Save-The-Date card the next time you are at the club so you can get the cruises on your calendar.  Here's the scoop on our first two cruises.


Shakedown Cruise to Anacortes

Our first cruise is April 22-24 at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes and is a joint cruise with the Bellingham and Friday Harbor Power Squadrons.  Friday night there will be a Docktail Party at the dock and Saturday night we will be having dinner at the Majestic where we will feast on fresh local products brought from the farm to our table and prepared by master chefs, and enjoy northwest wines and local microbrews.  (Space at the Majestic is somewhat limited so sign up early.)  This will be a great start to the cruising season and a chance to make new friends.  Register now at  Hosted by Chris and Vickie Olson.


Memorial Day "Blue Hawaii" Cruise to Fisherman's Bay

Next, we're heading to Lopez Island on May 27-30 along with our friends at the Corinthian Yacht Club.  Our hosts, Guy and Barbara Thieman, have a lot of fun activities planned with the theme of "Blue Hawaii", the famous Elvis Presley movie.  There will be great food & games all weekend long and karaoke as well as everything Lopez has to offer so you won't want to miss it.  Register now at


Host Needed

A host is needed for the Adventure Cruise to Prevost Harbor August 5-7.  Also, is anyone interested in hosting a long distance cruise?  The Adventure Cruise would be a perfect launching point for a cruise to points north.  If you are interested, email Vickie Olson at

*** Save the Date ***
Wednesday March 30 @ 6 PM - BYC
BYC Sail Fleet “Free Burger & Cheap Pints” Pre-Season Kick-Off
ALL Bellingham Sailors, Crew & Volunteers…
BYC Sail Fleet "Burger & Pint" Pre-Season Kick-Off meeting will be on Wednesday March 30th - 6 PM at the BYC Clubhouse.  Sail Fleet Captain Jonathan Knowles along with Race Committee Chair John Pedlow will be provide a brief overview of this upcoming race season, handing out the Sailing Instructions, registering boats and answer questions.  PHRF Fleet Captain Bart Maupin will go over the long distance race schedule.  
Free Burgers courtesy of the BYC Sail Fleet & Cheap Pints provided by Stones Throw Brewery.   Brewery owners and fellow local racers Tony Luciano & Jack Pflueger will be handing out brewery swag.
Sponsored by:  

BYC Racing Starts April 6
Wednesday April 6 - PHRF/Etchells Numb Bum Series #1 - 6PM First Gun
Saturday April 9 - BYC Vendovi Island LD Race - 9AM Skippers Meeting
Tuesday April 12 – 505/Dinghy April 12 Frostbite Series #1 - 6P First Gun
Saturday April 23 - BYC Hales Pass LD Dash – 9AM Skippers Meeting
This year, all club series and long distance races are bundled into one low $50 registration fee. So, whether you plan to race one Long or all series, take advantage of this Early Season Promotion on-line at
NOTE:  Due to requirements by our insurance liability coverage, AND for the protection of all sailors on the race course, you will not be allowed to race until registered and completing the BYC Lability Waiver.

The 5O5 North American Championships
June 1-5


We are busy gearing up for the 5O5 North American Championships.  Sailors from across the country will visit our fair city and will experience the Bellingham Yacht Club.  Please help us to put on a good face by offering your time. We can use help Thursday, Friday and Sunday.  We specifically need help with selling clothing at the club all weekend.  We could use help preparing, serving and cleaning food Thursday, Friday and Sunday.  We could use help picking up Costco Pizza on Sunday. 


Please check you schedule and call me to sign up to help.  It is essential, and much appreciated.


Thank you.

Mike Poulos, Chair  360 676 4263



Looking for our first sailboat. Searching for a 26-28’ sailboat for learning/local cruising. Please contact us if you, or anyone you know are selling something that might fit our needs!

Jack and Emily Kane

630-699-1084 (Jack) (Emily)

PROJECT BOAT: This 1965 34 ft. Fairliner is looking for a new home... free to the right person! Only one of her two engines works, and interior she has leaks (hull sound), but is beautiful classic and especially nice as a live aboard.  You can see her at Colony Wharf on C Street. e-mail


It was a great night to come down to the club last Thursday after the winds started to subside. Thomas Childs performed his kitchen magic again with some delicious Chicken Marsala and Picata. With the Mushroom Risotto it was a great combination. Friday was Steak Night and it was fun swapping cooking duties with Dick Labadie. The Dead Pirates had their annual meeting downstairs and it was nice of them to contribute to our dinner numbers. Over 70 steaks were grilled to order.

This Thursday is our next Board meeting followed by a St. Patrick's Day Party on Friday. There will be Corned Beef and Cabbage and I hope everyone comes down to the club to enjoy the evening.

Also a reminder that there will be a MAST (Bartender Training) class on Saturday, April 2nd. Performing as a Volunteer Bartender is a great way to get to know our members and be involved with the club. I, myself, would attend, but I will be out of town that weekend racing in Anacortes at the Tulip Regatta.



This Week's Photo Contest  

The bridge on the island of Ireland at Carrick-a-Rede was the subject of last week's picture. Jim Gibson, John Raasch, Mark Harding and Terry Tavelli identified the spot, while Pam Heward and Meredith Ross named nearby locations.

This week we see a pirate who has met his end. If you know where he's hanging, send the answer to


Here is the Chess Challenge for this week.
Players Note: Try to identify all three alternative solutions.

The winners of the last Chess Challenge are Richard Veach, Lisa Harding and Scott McEniry.

The correct solution was
1. Nb6+ xb6
2. Ra3#

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