Welcome to the Bellingham Yacht Club, established in February of 1925. 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. Directly below on this page is a list of a few of our upcoming events. You can view this in the agenda view or select one of the different views at the top of the list.


Bellingham Sailing Foundation Accepted as Fred Meyer Community Rewards Charity

The Bellingham Sailing Foundation was formed as a vehicle to obtain tax deductible donations for the Bellingham Yacht Club Youth Sailing Program for the purpose of procuring new boats, sails, boat parts, safety equipment, docks and boat repairs as well as providing scholarships to the program for students.

We are pleased to announce that the Bellingham Sailing Foundation has been accepted as a Fred Meyer Community Rewards Charity. You can participate in this program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards card to the non-profit charity of your choice. Click here for more information on how to do this.


Upcoming Events

October – December 2014

Oct
31
Fri
Blue (Orange) Moon Fridays @ 5 @ Bellingham Yacht Club
Oct 31 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Halloween Party

    Costume Contest

    Kids & Adults come in costume and WIN!
    Three judges will award prizes for the top three costumes.

    Judging for the contest will take place around 8:30 p.m., so you have plenty of time to tend to your Trick-or-Treaters and get to the Club.

    Please bring a Halloween themed dish to share!!

    We’ll try to have a couple of Halloween themed drink specials.

Nov
1
Sat
High School ISSA National Sailing Championships @ Bellingham Yacht Club
Nov 1 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

The event will be sailed in Lasers provided by Performance Sailing. Racing will be held Saturday and Sunday on Bellingham Bay and all onshore events will be held at BYC.

Spectator boats will be available. Come down and see the top high school sailors in the country compete!

Nov
2
Sun
High School ISSA National Sailing Championships @ Bellingham Yacht Club
Nov 2 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

The event will be sailed in Lasers provided by Performance Sailing. Racing will be held Saturday and Sunday on Bellingham Bay and all onshore events will be held at BYC.

Spectator boats will be available. Come down and see the top high school sailors in the country compete!

Nov
7
Fri
Fridays @ 5 @ Bellingham Yacht Club
Nov 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come down and welcome the racers who are here competing in the Collegiate Singlehanded National Championships hosted by the BYC this year. They are the top college sailors from around the country and future Olympic and America’s cup sailors!

Nov
8
Sat
OIYC Round the County Race @ Orcas Island Yacht Club
Nov 8 – Nov 9 all-day
Collegiate ICSA National Sailing Championships @ Bellingham Yacht Club
Nov 8 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

The event will be sailed in Lasers provided by Performance Sailing. Skipper’s meeting will be held Friday evening in the BYC Ward Room. Racing will be held Saturday and Sunday on Bellingham Bay and all onshore events will be held at BYC.

Spectator boats will be available. Come down and see the top collegiate sailors in the country compete!

Nov
9
Sun
Collegiate ICSA National Sailing Championships @ Bellingham Yacht Club
Nov 9 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

The event will be sailed in Lasers provided by Performance Sailing. Skipper’s meeting will be held Friday evening in the BYC Ward Room. Racing will be held Saturday and Sunday on Bellingham Bay and all onshore events will be held at BYC.

Spectator boats will be available. Come down and see the top collegiate sailors in the country compete!

Nov
15
Sat
2014 Sailing Awards Banquet @ Bellingham Yacht Club
Nov 15 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

We wanted to be sure everyone can save the date for the annual awards dinner November 15th at the Club house. Invite your crew and families and all sailors past, present, and future to the festivities. We’ll recap 2014 and scheme about plans for 2015. Official times and more details will follow.

Nov
26
Wed
Tom and Jerry Party @ Bellingham Yacht Club
Nov 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This is a Members Only event hosted by Michele and Neil Bennett.

Dec
6
Sat
2014 Lighted Boat Parade @ Bellingham Yacht Club (LG)
Dec 6 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Schedule

The traditional Lighted Boat Parade is Saturday, December 6th and you can show off your talent and creativity! Decorate your boat and join in on the parade.

  • Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the BYC Yacht Club, where instructions will be provided.
  • Boats away will be at 5:30 p.m. and rendezvous at the Ferry Terminal for the start around 6-ish (yes, “6-ish” is a nautical term.)

Awards

Boats will be judged by the review boat and the winner will be announced during the festivities that night. The following categories will be awarded:

  • Lighted Boat of the Year
  • Best of Parade
  • Novice Grand Prize and Community Award

All participants will receive a participation plaque at registration.

Boaters that are prepared early might want to do a “trial run” Friday night…it’s up to you.

Après Parade

Afterwards, come to the Bellingham Yacht Club to warm up with some homemade hot soup and Christmas Cheer as we all celebrate the holidays with friends, family, and lots of good conversation and some Holiday Songs!

For more info contact Donna Olsen at 360-961-7359 or by email at fleetcaptain@byc.org who is chairing along with Missy Steffen.