2013 BYC Flag Officer Candidates

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COMMODORE


Michele Bodtke

Michele Bodtke

I have been a member of BYC since 2005, During that time I have served on the race committee and as a US Sailing certified PRO for club racing and sponsored regattas: Etchells, PITCH, and One Design. I have raced my own boat with an all women crew and have crewed for others. I served four years as the membership chair before being elected as Fleet Captain in 2010, Rear Commodore in 2011 and Vice Commodore in 2012. I have participated in club scrubs and have been a volunteer bartender for six years. I have 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, I have taken many boater education classes, including advanced piloting. I enjoy 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.

Michele Bodtke


VICE COMMODORE


Jonathan Knowles

JonathanKnowles

Jonathan has been a member of BYC since 2007, and was elected as Trustee in 2009 and then Fleet Captain in 2011 and Rear Commodore in 2012. He is a very active racer, regionally and locally in the Bellingham Etchells Fleet. Jonathan has been involved with the club’s major regattas, including Etchells, Youth, PITCH and Dale Jepson One-Design, and is a founding member of the Oak Harbor, Bellingham, Anacortes Racing Federation (OhBARF) which promotes regional cross-club racing. As Fleet Captain, his achievements included filling the vacant Youth Fleet Captain Position – Arne Ahlen, hiring BYC’s first Youth Program Director – Megan Link and starting up a new fun sailing race event, the BYC Summer Solstice Series. He was extensively involved in the Club’s remodel in 2010 and served as bar manager for more than a year creating many events at the Club revolving around use of our lounge, including Monday Night Football in the fall and Wednesday night “burger & brew” during racing season. Professionally he is the Information Technology executive at the Silver Reef Casino & Hotel. He ownsShameless, a 30’ Etchells, Rosinante a Crown 34 Sailboat/Cruiser and continues the traditions of a family of serious Northern California boaters.

Jonathan Knowles


REAR COMMODORE


Mick Corcoran

I have been involved with the club since 1987 and a member since 2000. I have been an active sailing racer in various events throughout Puget Sound with my first boat Shillalagh, and my current boat Blackfoot. I have done the Vic-Maui race on Kismet in 1996, Charlemagne in 2000, and GIA in 2004.

I have served as Sailing Fleet Captain three times and was elected Fleet Captain in 2012. I have assisted with the PITCH committee for a number of years. I was certified as a race management PRO in 2005 and have assisted with the Dale Jepson One Design Regatta, W.O.W. Regatta, Etchells Regatta, and the Jr. Regatta.

My other volunteer efforts have included Club Scrub, Tending Bar, The Policy and Planning Committee, Nominating Committee, and Trophy Chairman for the sailing fleets.

As sailing fleet captain I 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. I was also elected as a trustee in 2009.

  1. Which 2 board committees do you think your skills and interests would best serve? The first would be the Policy and Planning Committee because I have served on it before and believe my familiarity with the bylaws and the interests of the club would be well served. The second would be Building and House Committee. I have a keen interest in keeping the club in good order as well as our outstation.
  2. What activities and events you would like to see in the lounge and at the club? I always thought the wine tasting events were a great plus for our club and would like to see more of this kind of thing. Fridays at 5 is great too and could also be a venue to hopefully attract more new members. Perhaps also we could bring about more boating/cruising types of events. We are, after all, a yacht club.
  3. Where would you like to see the club going over the next 2-3 years? Continued growth of the membership would be great. Also growing our sailing fleet would be beneficial, not only for the bar revenue, but to get more people in the club more often. It isn’t just about sailing, but a friendly atmosphere with like-minded folks who enjoy each other’s company.

Mick Corcoran


FLEET CAPTAIN


Neil Bennett

I have 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 my dad and I 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 I was a Non Resident BYC member in the late 1990’s and now with sailboat, Garufa, a Freedom 32, shared with wife Michele.

Over the years I have 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 I 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. I enjoy both the relaxation of cruising and the excitement of racing. I am not all about sailing, I am about boating (or yachting); I have friends with powerboats with whom I have shared many a good adventure as well as a vibrant discussion about the hydrodynamics of wakes… and I enjoy their creature comforts. To every purpose there is a season.

I have served locally in the BYC since 2005 in club scrubs, various ad-hoc committees, 1 year of ‘Commodude’ while Michele was Commodore, making Board meeting dinners, 4 years of PITCH Regatta Chair and as a Bartender and currently as a Trustee. I am a Past Commodore of the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club and have been honored to be invited into the local BYC Blue Gavel and have enjoyed participating in their activities. Michele and I have also taken over the position as honorary bartenders for the Annual Tom and Jerry party.

It is my belief that every member who joins a club or Association has an interest in its success, and in each member’s own way, a desire to participate and contribute to that success. A successful club will develop the means for each member to discover the avenue of their participation and contribution.

I have a professional work background as a Manager of a National company, responsible for management of a 1.5 million dollar per year budget; I have also been President of a National Association with a similar budget. I am familiar with organizational management issues and processes, including financial growth and, management, and believe I can contribute in this area as well as in marketing and business development.

Neil Bennett