Welcome to the Bellingham Yacht Club

About BYC

Established in February of 1925, we are located on Bellingham Bay, at 2625 South Harbor Loop, in beautiful Bellingham, WA. We are proud to be Bellingham’s oldest yacht club. At about 370 members strong, we are an all volunteer club that is active in all aspects of boating: safety & education, cruising, racing, social and youth programs.

Guests, please browse our website for more information on our history, current events and activities. We welcome new member applications. Click here for more information. We think you’ll find that our club has a warm and welcoming membership, with many great events year-round. With our all-volunteer format, opportunities abound to become involved.

***COVID 19 Update***

**Clubhouse is Closed until September 18, 2021!


The Bellingham Yacht Club will be closed to all membership activities AND the club house will be closed to members as of September 7th. The club will reopen to members Saturday September 18th.

“MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT” will be rescheduled to Wednesday September 22, 2021. On the same night we will convene the membership meeting to vote on a new by-law change.

“ELECTION NIGHT” will be rescheduled to Wednesday September 29, 2021.

“INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS” will happen on Wednesday October 6th as scheduled.

Shaun Thompson
BYC Commodore

2021-22 Club Elections – Call for Nominations


It’s the time of year where our Bylaws dictate it’s time to start the elections process.  The first step is this formal Call for Nominations.

The Bellingham Yacht Club relies on the selfless sacrifice of our volunteers, and there is no better way to give back to the Club than serving on the Board and Bridge.   Your Club needs you in these roles, more so now than ever before.  Our elections for the Board and Bridge are coming next month, and I urge you to put serious thought in running for one of the open positions or nominating the people you think best to serve in those positions.  Your participation in the full elections process is an integral part in furthering the success of your Club.  The prerequisite positions available (meaning that you had to have served on the Board for a full term, or 24 months) are: Commodore, Vice Commodore and Rear Commodore. Fleet Captain is a position that requires 12 months on the Board prior to running.  You must also be an Active or Life member of the BYC.

Trustee has no prerequisites other than being an Active or Life member of the BYC. This is a two year term.

Dates for the upcoming election cycle are:

  • September 1 – Nomination Presentation Meeting (this is for the Nomination Committee to present nominations and request nominations from the floor)
  • September 22 – Meet the Candidates Night (this is a Town Hall format meeting where the candidates give short presentations and then are available for questions)
  • September 29 – Election Night (ballots will be mailed out a week prior to all voting members of the Club. You can also come into the Club to cast your vote)
  • October 6 – Officer Installation Night (this is when your elected Trustees and Officers take their oath of office and assume their new duties)

Please consider being part of the management of the BYC. Only with your commitment can we continue to flourish. If you are interested in being considered for any of these positions, please e-mail me at commodore@byc.org.

Commodore Shaun