2013-2014 Flag Officers

Michele Bodtke
Commodore Michele Bodtke: Michele has been a member of BYC since 2005, During that time she has served on the race committee and as a US Sailing certified PRO for club racing and sponsored regattas: Etchells, PITCH, and One Design. She has raced her sailboat Spartanwith an all women crew and has crewed for others. Michele served four years as the membership chair before being elected as Fleet Captain in 2010 and then Rear Commodore. She has participated in club scrubs and have been a volunteer bartender for six years. She has also enjoyed club activities: Commodore’s Picnic, Opening Day, Lighted Boat Parade, Friday’s at Five and other raft-up weekends at Inati Bay. As a member of the Bellingham Power and Sail Squadron, Michele has taken many boater education classes, including advanced piloting. She enjoys cruising and the camaraderie of boating with good friends. “Being active in the boating community in Bellingham has enriched my life in many ways – we have a wonderful boating jewel at our doorstep.”

Vice Commodore Jonathan Knowles: “I’ve been involved with boating for as long as I can remember. I come from a long ancestry of sailors: My Great-Great-Great Grandfather, Captain Winslow Knowles, commanded several ships in the Valparaiso and South American trade in the early 1800’s; my Great‐Great Grandfather, Josiah N. Knowles was a Clipper Ship Captain from Brewster, MA and master of the ships “Wild Wave,” “Kentuckian,” “Charger ” and “Glory of the Seas” from the 1850′s‐1890′s; Great‐Grandfather Henry Josiah Knowles ran whaling and maritime businesses in San Francisco; Grandfather Josiah N. Knowles was a naval commander in the South Pacific during WWII; and my father, Josiah N. Knowles Jr. was avid sailor/racer and Port Captain at the San Francisco Yacht Club. For the past 10 years, I’ve cruised the local waters with my family on our 34’ sailboat, have raced my Etchells weekly, and have crewed on other boats at major regional races and regattas.

Rear Commodore Captain Mick Corcoran has been involved with the club since 1987 and a member since 2000. Mick has been an active sailing racer for many years in various events throughout Puget Sound with his first boat Shillalagh, and his current boat Blackfoot. I have done the Vic-Maui race on Kismet in 1996, Charlemagne in 2000, and GIA in 2004.

He served as Sailing Fleet Captain three times and chaired and assisted with the PITCH committee for a number of years. In 2005, Mick was certified as a race management PRO and has assisted with the Dale Jepsen One Design Regatta, W.O.W. Regatta, Etchells Regatta, and the Jr. Regatta.

Mick has also volunteered in many areas throughout the club including Club Scrub, Tending Bar, The Policy and Planning Committee, Nominating Committee, and Trophy Chairman for the sailing fleets.

As sailing fleet captain Mick was required to meet with the board to keep them apprised of what was happening with the sailing fleet, propose budgets, and establish the schedule. Mick also served as a trustee in 2009.

Neil Bennett has been ‘boating’ since growing up on Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island, WA, when, at the age of 8, an old, half sunk rowboat floated up on the beach prompting his dad and him to patch it up and row it around the bay. Next was sailing lessons in the Port Madison Pram, then one thing lead to another, and pretty soon he was a Non Resident BYC member in the late 1990’s and now with sailboat, Garufa, a Freedom 32, shared with his wife Michele.

Over the years he has sailed in Prince William Sound in Alaska, Tonga, from St. Maarten to the Mississippi River, Vic-Maui in 2004, 20 years of racing in Puget Sound doing just about every regatta possible…more Swiftsure’s than he can remember, 2 Oregon Offshores…on J 30’s, J 35’s and J109’s, as well as cruising Puget Sound, the San Juans and Gulf Islands on Garufa. He enjoys both the relaxation of cruising and the excitement of racing. He is not all about sailing, but rather about boating (or yachting). Neil has friends with powerboats with whom he has shared many a good adventure as well as a vibrant discussion about the hydrodynamics of wakes… and enjoys their creature comforts as well. To every purpose there is a season.

Immediate Past Commodore Jody Erickson: A Bellingham resident since 1995, Jody worked in aviation at the Bellingham International Airport for 10 years. During this time, she raised two boys that are now 24 and 22 years old respectively. She also took care of her wonderful mother for eleven years before her passing at 91 years young. During this tenure, Jody’s mother encouraged her to join the Bellingham Yacht Club and to go back to school at Western Washington University to complete her Masters Degree.

Jody has also been active in the US power Squadron where she has taken many boating classes. While she currently does not own a boat, she hopes to enjoy one soon. After four busy years ascending through the ranks of the club officers, Jody is looking forward to turning the reigns over to the incoming commodore and taking on the less active role as Immediate Past Commodore.

2013-2014 Trustees

First Year Trustees:


Jim Gibson


Donna Olsen

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Gary Smith (no image available)


Missy Steffen

Second Year Trustees:

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Mike Allsop (no image available)

John Gargett

Angie Santosuosso

Mark Schmerler