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WEEK OF APRIL 24-30, 2012...

HEADLINES & KEY COMING EVENTS:
APR 28: RASMUSSEN OPEN HOUSE
MAY 5: OPENING DAY
MAY 11-12-13 LACONNER CRUISE 


IN OTHER NEWS:  
TWO NEW MEMBERSHIPS AT OUR CLUB
VENDOVI CONDITIONS DIDN'T HAMPER SUCCESS
MEXICO MEMENTOS NEEDED
NOVICE'S GUIDE TO OPENING DAY
MEMBER NEWS ABOUT CHUCK MCCORD
TV NEWS HIGHLIGHTS OLYMPIA BOAT FUND THEFT!

STEVE ROSS'S PHOTO CONTEST
 
                  Scroll down for the complete articles.

This Week We're Open: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Meetings This Week: Thu: CR-Past Commodores; Fri: WR-6PM Salsa Class

Non-BYC at the Club: Fri: WR-San Juan Sailing; Sat: CR & WR: All Day WOTB
Bartending: Wed. Sam & Dan Ringler, Grill-Matt Ouilette & Eric Nyberg; Thu. Trudy Kelsoe & Bruce Reid; Fri: Meredith Ross; Sat:Sandy Hansen

OUR 2011-2012 JIB SHEET SPONSORS:
Please thank them for supporting the Club!
Apple Specialists: T D Curran Automobiles: Wilson Motors  Boatyards: Seaview North BoatyardThe Landings @ Colony Wharf  Boat Sales & Charters: Bellhaven Yacht Sales & Charters, Bellingham Yacht Sales & ChartersNW Explorations,  San Juan Sailing & Yachting  Canvas & Upholstery: Squalicum Marine  Catering Services & Facilities: Windows on the Bay Events  Communications & Marketing: Integrated Marketing & Media  Computer Integration & Security: CSS Communications  Casino, Restaurants & Resort: Silver Reef  Electronics: San Juan Electronics  Electrical Repairs & Supplies, Furnaces: Rasmussen Marine Electric  Engine Repairs & Repowering: Tri County Diesel Marine  Floral Designs: Jody King Designs   Hardware: Hardware Sales, Inc.  Insurance, General & Marine: The Unity Group  Lettering: Special-T Striping & Sign  Marine Cooling Systems: Orca Marine  Marine Manufacturing: Blue Sea Systems  Marine Services: Cooper Marine Service, Top to Bottom Inc. Marine Service  Marine Supplies:  LFS Inc., Redden Marine Inc.  Outboards, Stern Drives, Boats & Repairs: West Coast Marine Services  Printing Services: Pacific Rim Printing  Realtors: Gary BakerDawn DurandPhil Dyer,  Chuck McCord   Security Systems & Locksmith: Security Solutions NW  Surveyors: Matthew Harris 

 
VENDOVI RACE CONDITIONS DIFFICULT BUT RACE SUCCESSFUL

This weekend's Vendovi Island Race was successfully completed despite the light wind at the start that faded away to nothing before filling back in strongly.  Results are pending.

The Numb Bumb series has two races left.  Gary Baker is leading the Etchells fleet in "Toast" followed by John Pedlow's "Hurrah" and Dave Steffan's "Callipygian".  In the PHRF Fleet Eric Yaremko is leading in "Flying Circus" with Mick Corcoran's "Blackfoot" and Todd Koetje's "Hravn" currently tied for second.

Anyone looking to watch the racing and help out the race committee would be welcome.  Race committee volunteers get a front row seat, followed by free burgers in the club afterwards.  Anyone interested email racingcaptain@byc.org for info. --- Bart Maupin


OPENING DAY TEST...

QUESTION:  What includes a Fly By, Costumes, Blessing of the Fleet, Dress Blues, Dancing to Live Music, Boat Parade, Anthems and Flag Raising, Pirates, Champagne Reception, Pinatas, Awards and Honorable Mentions, Mexican Buffet, Dignitaries, and Margaritas?
 
ANSWER: It’s BYC's All Day Celebration of the Opening Day of Boating Season, Saturday, May 5th!  The theme is Cinco de Mayo…  
  • There’s a private Champagne Reception at 10:30 AM for BYC Members & their Families and Invited Guests only.
  • There’s the Traditional Opening Day Ceremony at noon with anthems, raising of the flags, Commodore Troy's address, and the Blessing of the Fleet by Bishop Kevin Allen.  (The public is welcome to attend this noon event.)
  • “Boats Away” will be announced at 1 PM for the Opening Day Decorated Boat Parade. The parade is open to all boats.  The parading boats will rendezvous at Bellingham Ferry Terminal at 1:45 pm, with the Boat Parade to be led by Vice Commodore Jody King Erickson on Hopscotch, a Beneteau 50' Sailboat.  The Zodiac schooner will be the Review Boat 
  • Then, the Opening Day Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Kick-off Party begins at 4:30 at the BYC.  Theree will be Live Music by the "Atlantics" from 5 until 8ish, with a Mexican Buffet & Margarita Specials. 
Arribba! Arribba!!  
 
This year's Kick-off Party is a very special event for BYC Members and their invited registered guests---only!  You must bring your BYC membership card to be admitted and wear your name tag at all times while at this event.  Your guests must register as your personal guests. The BYC will have paid bartenders for this annual season-kick-off event!  Visit www.byc.org for more detailed information.

No puedo esperar, Amigos!  (That Means "Can't Wait, Friends!")


WELCOME TO NEW CLUB MEMBERS

Marian Welsh, 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 at mermaid@zeninternet.com if you would like to help with the decorating effort, or if you'd just like to let us borrow something. Thanks so much!


MEMBER NEWS

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, (jvernonpsi@gmail.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!  
    

 
RECREATIONAL BOATERS GET TV COVERAGE!
 
RBAW made KOMO T.V. news on Sunday April 22! (Channel 4) Steve Greaves handled a good interview.

The interview seemed fair, and we hope it will generate a ton of e-mails to our Governor to VETO the RAID on our Recreation Resource Account (RRA) that is paid with our boat gas tax dollars. The RRA is supposed to pay for our Boating Facility Program but they propose to take over $3M to pay for other state agencies.

Here is the KOMO news story:
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Boaters-accuse-state-of-raiding-rec-fund-to-balance-budget-148458545.html?tab=video&c=y

If you have not done so yet PLEASE send the Governors Office a respectful message to SINK the RAID on the Boaters Recreation Resources Account! Help us Help you - Support Boating in Washington! (Be nice in your e-mails, nasty remarks will not further our cause.)  Send emails to Betty Mackey - betty.mackey@gov.wa.gov, Jim Justin - jim.justin@gov.wa.gov, Marty Brown - marty.brown@ofm.wa.gov, Julie Murray - julie.murray@ofm.wa.gov.  Thanks!


THIS WEEK’S PHOTO QUIZ

Congratulations to Al Callery, who not only identified the location – Rosario Strait looking west toward Peavine Pass – but also correctly identified the boats -- Current$ea and Allegro.
 
This week’s picture is of a very sacred place, especially so considering that Opening Day is less than two weeks away and the theme is Cinco de Mayo. Can you identify this lovely building?


THIS WEEK'S LINKS...

Here’s an interesting link for this week: http://lifehacker.com/5897973/five-best-weather-web-sites .  The link’s embedded title says it all!
 
On the subject of links, here’s another that will give you an idea of the complexities of settling up after a multi-million-dollar megayacht sinks: http://gcaptain.com/superyacht_yogi_accident_update/?44417&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Gcaptain+%28gCaptain.com%29
 

Remember to submit your articles to  Jibsheet@byc.org  Deadline is each Monday noon.

Fair Winds and Following Seas from your JibSheet editor, Joe Coons

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