WELCOME TO NEW CLUB MEMBERS
, our Membership Secretary, advises that Joseph & Melanie Cloutier
joined us as non-resident Members from Terre Haute, IN. They have a 58’ power boat. Also joining are non-residents Roland & Jonnie Schuler
from Tetonia, Idaho. They have a 48’ Tollycraft, Shangri-La.
Welcome, Joseph & Melanie and Roland and Jonnie…and thanks, Marian!
DO YOU HAVE MEMENTOS OF MEXICO?
Opening day is coming up quickly, and the theme is Cinco de Mayo.
Because we want to spend our opening day budget on the good stuff (mimosas, great food, music) we don't want to spend too much on decorating the club, and that's where you come in. If you have any decorations sitting around your house that would fit in with a Cinco de Mayo theme, please consider loaning them to the club for the weekend. Sombreros, maracas, mexican blankets, whatever you think might be great decor for this theme - please contact Sally Poorman
if you would like to help with the decorating effort, or if you'd just like to let us borrow something. Thanks so much!
Our 1998-99 Past Commodore, Chuck McCord
suffered a stroke last week, and after diagnosis at St. Joseph Medical Center Main Campus, but was moved Friday, April 20, to the SJMC South Campus (809 Chestnut Street, Bellingham WA 98225) in room 362. Latest news is he’s doing well, but getting intensive therapy from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Chuck and his family welcome your cards; if you wish to visit, you will want to call first to be sure it’s convenient. He’s hoping to be discharged around May 10.
Special thanks to Brenda Dennis, Rear Commodore Jody Erickson
, and our Club Chaplain, Bishop Kevin Allen
for keeping us all in the loop and for “being there” with the McCord family!
OPEN HOUSE COMING TO RASMUSSEN'S
Brian and Anne Rasmussen of Rasmussen’s Marine Electric
would like to invite everybody to an Open House Saturday April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
They will be having a BBQ and refreshments all day, along with some door prizes and specials. Their new location is at 909 Squalicum Way, Suites 104 and 106.
Don’t miss it! Come by and look at their new retail and service spaces…Brian has built new displays for his Magnum Inverters, Sealand Products, Suzuki Outboards and his Lighting Collection. They’re looking forward to seeing you---you might even stop in sooner to look it over!
LACONNER CRUISE IS MAY 11, 12 & 13
By Sea or by Land…please plan to join us on a Wine Tasting Excursion & Cruise to La Conner May 11, 12 & 13
(come any or all days!) There will be Friday night martinis and appetizers on the dock, and then Saturday will be full of activities and shopping.
Then another wine tasting at “Washington Sips” on 1st
Street from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday afternoon. Saturday dinner will be at a location chosen at the Friday night gathering.
Sunday: Mimosas and then breakfast at the favorite Calico Cupboard or on your boat.
We have 200 feet of dock space on either side of the south visitors dock for a total of 400 feet of reserved space for the nights of May 11 and 12
. Each boat going needs to call the La Conner Marina at (360) 466-3118 and give them the first night’s payment by credit card. (You will not get your money back if you cancel but will receive a credit for use later.)
The cruise is hosted by Bob & Jane Simica, Bob & Marsha Riek, and Joe & Carol Young
, so you know it will be fun!
THE OFFICIAL OPENING DAY NEWCOMER'S GUIDE!
The first thing to know is that Opening Day is an entire weekend of celebration starting with Friday, May 4th.
That’s the day boat skippers and their crews decorate their boats according to this year's theme---Cinco de Mayo! (Each year the commodore has the honor of selecting the theme.) Naturally, all this decorating leads to thirsty and hungry boaters. If the weather is not so great, Members make their way to the BYC lounge with food and to take advantage of the BYC great bar deals. But no matter the weather, after the sun goes down Members make their way back to the BYC watering hole.
Also on Friday, the boats of the Officers of the Bridge and Trustees and Members who have made previous arrangements with Jeff Vernon,
this year's Opening Day Dock Master, (email@example.com
) move their boats to the BYC Dock for decorating. Many BYCers sleep overnight on their boats on Friday and Saturday evenings. Some Members consider this THE start of the Party! Oh, and The Dead Pirates
raise their flags; in fact, all boats fly every flag, burgee, or hanky possible!
On Saturday morning
, make sure that your boat is registered if you plan to enter her in the Opening Day Decorated Boat Parade. Be sure to pick up your contest number placard to hang on your starboard rail. If you own nautical/traditional boating attire, wear it today. Bring out those jaunty ties, sailor tops, anchor-inspired bling, navy slacks, and those Topsiders that were replaced with Keens. Spruce up and attend the champagne reception for BYC Members and their Familiesonly
that starts at 10:30 a.m. For those who need it, coffee will be available.
At High Noon the public is invited to join the festivities in the Clubhouse. Then, the traditional Opening Day Ceremony begins with the national anthems, official welcomes, flag raising, Blessing of the Fleet, and other nautical traditions. Our BYC Fleet Captain organizes the Opening Day Celebration and Ceremony; this year's Fleet Captain is Jonathon Knowles.
Then, at 1:00 p.m., “Boats Away” is announced. Everyone competing scrambles to change out of their fancy nautical duds and into their costumes (yes, costumes), if any, and head to their boats. Leaving the harbor, all boats rendezvous at the Bellingham Ferry Terminal for the parade. Boats fall in line following Vice Commodore's boat, which leads the parade. This year Vice Commodore Jody Erickson
will lead, aboard Hopscotch
. The boats make two circuits from the terminal to the review boat (this year, it’s the Zodiac
) and then back before peeling off to return to the Club for the “open boats” dockside hospitality and Club events.
Then the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta begins 4:30. DON'T FORGET: You must bring your BYC Membership card and wear your name tag at all times. Your guests must be registered under your name and wear a name tag--at all times. This is one of the few times when the rule will be adhered to strictly.
Enjoy the live music of "The Atlantics", a Chips and Salsa Bar sponsored by the BYC Marketing Steering Committee, a Mexican theme BBQ hosted by The Dead Pirates Society, and Margarita Specials from your BYC Bar. Late at night games of Liar's Poker, cribbage, and etc. are likely to be underway.
On Sunday morning
, you will find many of your fellow BYCers at the Web Locker or Bayside Cafe having traditional breakfasts, perhaps accompanied with a bit of "hair of the dog." Yeah, it’s true: Members tend to hang on like lizards on the boats...but eventually the BYC dock begins to clear…Boating Season has officially begun!