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Your faithful editor has returned!  Special thanks to The Phantom  for publishing in my absence.  Is everyone ready for Opening Day??  There are LOTS of things happening at your club!!  Read this issue to stay on top of all the activities.
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May 2  Opening Day
May 16  Zodiac Cruise
May 22-25 Montague Cruise
May 24  Ski to Sea
May 20-31  PC Cruise

Open 5PM Wed - Sat

Wed: Burgers n' Brats
Thurs: Tacos/Carne Asada
Fri: Potlucks
April bartenders

8am-4pm  7 days a week

Sailing Regatta Turns Deadly

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 Surveyors & 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
April 28 - May 4, 2015

WED: 29 Apr: Chili and Dogs; THURS: 30 Apr: Gringo Tacos;  FRI: 1 May: Fridays @ 5;  SAT: 2 May: Opening Day of Boating
Friday’s at Five “Animal House” Decorating Party
This Friday’s at 5 will be an “Animal House” decorating Party for Opening Day.  Bring your favorite side dish to share and the Bar will be Cooking Burgers and Brats for $5.
Opening Day Schedule of Events
1000 HRS: Champagne Reception for BYC Members
1200 HRS: Opening Day Ceremony - OPEN to the PUBLIC
1300 HRS: Blessing of the Fleet & Boats Away
1345 HRS: Opening Day Boat Parade – Rendezvous at Cruise Terminal
1600 HRS: BYC “Animal House” Toga Party – Food Live Music, Dance
Special Notes about Opening Day:  Security will be stationed at the doors checking BYC Membership Cards and ID’s.  You must wear your BYC ID Badge and present your BYC membership card when ordering from the Bar.  All guests must be accompanied by a member, signed in and wear a visitor's Badge.
Please Be Respectful…  BYC Opening Day festivities are for ALL BYC Members & Guests including their families and our BYC Youth Sailors.    Our bartenders will be enforcing WA State Liquor Laws and protecting the Liability & Assets of your club.  Please respect their decision to serve or not serve.  
Please Be Responsible…  Don’t Drink And Drive (A Car or a Boat!),  Don’t Provide Alcohol to Minors (under 21) And Report all abuses to the BYC Bar Manager and/or Bridge Officers.

Thank you for making this a fun day for Everyone!
-Commodore Jon

Tell Your Friends!
Let the official start of the boating season begin with great new members! The BYC is excited to offer a special, limited-time offer for new applicants. From now through May 10, prospective members can join for $300, which represents over 40% savings off of the regular dues and initiation fee through September.
Applications are available at the reception table at the Club.
Tell your friends and let's make 2015 a terrific year on the water.
Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday May 10 _  10 AM – 2 PM

BYC will be having a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10 in the BYC Lounge in conjunction with Windows On The Bay.  (
See Menu)  Adults 12 & Up: $29.95, Children 6-11: $14.95, Children under 6 Year: $4.96 (Tax Not Included)   The BYC Bar will be open for BYC Members & Guests only.
Please make reservations at the BYC web site,
BYC Members Schooner Zodiac Cruise Lunch on May 16
Enjoy an afternoon lunch experience aboard the Historic Sailing Vessel Schooner Zodiac for a BYC Member & Guest Special Cruise on Saturday, May 16th.   Lunch with Gourmet Sandwiches, Beer & Wine included. Adults - $55, Children $35 (18 and under).   Only 49 spaces are available so sign up early at  BYC Members & Guests welcome.  
Full flyer here. (Vessel Zodiac Corp donates this cruise to BYC Youth Sailing and 100% of the proceeds go towards new boats & equipment)

Boaters! Lend a hand for Ski to Sea!  The committee needs 3 more boats and boaters to help oversee the safety of the sea kayakers during this year's Ski to Sea race on Sunday May 24.  Each person gets a free lunch and a free T-shirt for anchoring out on the Bay from about 10AM to about 6PM.  Contact Bob Jacobson ( if you can help.


The Finance Committee is searching for a Volunteer Assistant Treasurer.  Interested?  Have questions?  Contact Christine Wright  or Neil Bennett



This week is Opening Day, so it will be a busy weekend at your club! Read on for more scheduling info!


WED: No burgers this week but we’ll have chili and dogs hot ’n’ ready. Pick up a plate or bowl or both at the bar and serve yourself.


THUR: Monica is away this week so no carne asada but we’ll still have Gringo Tacos, salsa and chips. At at buck a taco you can’t go wrong!


FRI: It’s Fri @ 5 and we’ll be decorating the lounge for Opening Day. Burgers on the grill, so bring a side dish and your decorating ideas and have at it!


SAT: OPENING DAY! Bar opens at 10 for Bloody Marys and champagne service. Bar closes at noon, then reopens at 3. Party on!

 See you in the lounge!  -Steve


I'd like to thank all of the members and guests that showed up to Friday evening's BSF Youth Fleet Auction and those that gave donations even if they couldn't make it. We had a broad selection of auction items from members and local businesses that nearly all went out the door. I don't have a final number on what was raised for the youth fleet but will report next week. I would especially like to thank the crew that put the event on: Anna & Arne Ahlen, Erik Coburn, Katy Day, Jim & Lurinda Gibson, Jon Knowles, Megan Link, Donna Olsen, Mike Poulos, Judy Powell, Steve & Monica Hayward, Scott McEniry and the crew of Juniors that helped with clean up.

The food and evening was great and the future sailors of Bellingham Bay thank you.

Best, Mike Powell

The sailing season is underway!  BYC sailors voyaged to Anacortes this past weekend for the annual Tulip Cup Regatta, where Ward Naviaux and the crew of Blade Runner battled a fleet of 6 Santa Cruz 27's. And a big congratulations to Missy Steffen and the BYC crew of Vitesse, including her husband Dave, who collected a string of bullets and took a first place in their division. 
Wednesday evening racing is underway! The PHRF fleet is struggling with mechanical breakdowns and maintenance issues, but will build as summer sets in. The Etchells fleet and 505's have been enjoying decent winds. 
May 9th will be the Around Lummi Island distance race, that promises to bring several more boats out. Skipper's meeting will be at 8am at the Clubhouse. 
 Thanks, Bart Maupin

Wednesday Night Race Officer and Boat Needed!

I would like to thank our Wednesday night Principal Race Officer (PRO), Lee Falta, who has volunteered her time to run the first 4 Wednesday night races for us. Unfortunately she is off to the Oregon Offshore race in a couple of weeks... so starting on  May 6th, we are looking for a new volunteer PRO to run the Wednesday night races. If you are a racer that is not racing at the moment and would like to help us out by running the races, please contact me. You do not have to commit for the whole summer. Just let me know how many weeks you can do it.

We also need a boat!  If you would like to provide your boat for a few weeks for the RC to work from... all you have to do is anchor your boat in the middle of the Bay and you have a front row seat to watch the action.

  Thank you! Randy Nulle

Race Committee staffing coordinator; 360-220-9842


Save the Date! The PC Roche Harbor cruise is May 29-31. The harbormaster needs our reservation numbers two weeks prior to our arrival. That means I need to know who's going, taking a boat that is, by May 15th. Please get your reservations in so that a space at the dock may be reserved for you. Sign up through the website or send me an email. More details about the cruise to follow. PC Michele Bodtke,


Anacortes Cruise Report

On April 17, 12 BYC boats cruised to Anacortes' Cap Sante marina for a weekend of fun, food, & music.  The festivities started on Friday night when we joined the Anacortes Yacht Club for their Five Buck Night, just a short walk from the dock.  AYC welcomed us warmly with a delicious baked potato bar and entertained us with a fashion show.  On Saturday, we awoke to bright sunshine and enjoyed a leisurely day of hiking, biking, shopping, and relaxing on our boats during the day.  Then, about 40 of us gathered that night at the party float for a potluck ham dinner topped off with strawberry shortcake.  But the best part came after dinner when Joe and Carol Young entertained us with two hours of music and singing.  They were wonderful and we had so much fun singing along!  Thanks Joe and Carol!  Sunday morning, we gathered one last time for a breakfast of fresh waffles before heading home.  It was really a great way to start off the BYC cruising season.  Special thanks to Steve and Gerri Kersey for co-hosting this event with Chris and Vickie Olson as well as the Wrights, Campbells, and Ringlers.  It was truly a team effort.




Memorial Day Weekend-May 22nd-25th

Contact Angie Santosuosso, cruise host, for additional details or questions or (360) 319-7863

Please register for this cruise on the BYC websiteClick here for the flyer!

Again… another packed week!!!  This one ended with a bit of excitement with my son, Jack, deciding to have an appendectomy on Sunday.  Jack helped out with the Club Scrub on Saturday, but after a sleepless night of stomach pain, we went to see Dr. Mom (my wife Ann) at the Everett Clinic where the staff diagnosed it. Then, off to Providence Regional for surgery.  After a speedy 18-hour recovery and a belly full of hospital pancakes in the morning, Jack was discharged home and doing great!  Thanks to all for the get well wishes on Facebook!
  On Wednesday, we had some great BYC Etchells racing.  Strong breeze with gusts up to 26 knots… my kind of weather!  I was able to pull out a 1st and a  2nd.  My  1st place was a “Shameless” photo finish with Tom Malone on “Salsipuedes” which was determined by who caught the last wave at the downwind finish line.
 Thanks for everyone who came to the 2nd Annual Youth Sailing Dinner Auction last Friday and those members who donated items.  It was a huge success and exceeded our goals.  And a big Commodore’s thanks to Mike Powell and his Youth Fleet Team for all the hard work organizing this event.  In the Fall, don’t miss the Youth Sailing Salmon Bake Dinner hosted by members Bornstein, Alsop & Hodge.   It’s an incredible meal and a great time. Last year, the event featured storyteller & ski film-maker legend, Warren Miller, who spoke live via phone over the speaker system.
The Spring Club Scrub followed the Youth Sailing Dinner on Saturday Morning.  Although a bit lighter turnout than normal, the crew of BYC Volunteers were able to deep clean the clubhouse and tackle minor repair jobs.  Those who helped were treated with donuts and coffee in the morning and free Beer and Pizza in the afternoon.  Thanks Larry Jones, Gary Smith, Mark Santosuosso, Randy Klemann, Nichole Jorden, Adam Jorden, Mick Corcoran, Teresa Van Haalen, Tim & son Kia Thompson, Christine & David Wright, Al Callery, Arianne & Dan Ringler, Jim Gibson, Mike & Maya Allsop and my kids, Marle & Jack Knowles (sorry, I know I missed a few).  The Fall Club Scrub will be in November just before the Commodore’s Ball.
Opening Day is this Saturday!!!  I’ll be sending out an Invite via e-mail to the members with details.  However, in short, it starts at 1000 HRS with a Members Only Champagne Reception, 1200 HRS Opening Day Ceremony, 1300 HRS Boats Away for Opening Day Boat Parade and Immediately following, the “Animal House” Party with Food, Live Music and Dancing.   You don’t have to have elaborate themed boat decorations... just put up your signal flags and join in.  Register at so we can reserve a spot at the BYC Guest Dock Raft Up Party.
 Cheers,  Commodore Jonathan
This Week's Photo Contest

No one correctly identified last week's photograph of "stingray city," a sandbar off the coast of Grand Cayman Island. Visits to the area are very popular, and the trip includes instruction on how to interact with the rays (and how not to interact with them). Here's a bonus picture of two tourists holding one of the rays.

This week we have a scene that might be a bit easier to locate. If you know the location, send your answer to


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   Jib Sheet Editor this week is Michele Bennett
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