2017 – 2018 Flag Officers and Board of Trustees
Commodore – Jim Gibson
Jim has been an active member since joining the club in 2002. Jim enjoys and promotes both sailboat racing and cruising.
He has served on the Policy & Planning Committee, co-authoring BYC’s Employee Manual and Code of Conduct Policy, and was engaged with last year’s extensive Financial Management Review (audit) Committee. He has assisted the Youth Fleet in employment and policy matters, and is heavily involved in the club’s charity regattas.
Jim completed his second year serving on the BYC Board and has been active in long range planning activities and ongoing club events. In addition to serving on the Board of directors, Jim has served as Fleet Captain and most recently as Rear Commodore.
Vice Commodore – Tim Thompson
Tim has been boating all of his life. It was predestined with his being born in Annapolis, MD. He grew up on the lakes in Minnesota, learned to SCUBA dive after moving to Santa Barbara, lived aboard a sport fisher in San Diego and landed here in Bellingham after having kids.
Tim joined the BYC in 2012 and has been active in volunteerism through bartending, Club Scrubs, mark boat, PITCH and other opportunities.
Tim is has served as a BYC Trustee and most recently as Fleet Captain. Chairing the membership committee, Tim and his team were able to bring in 51 new members this past year. He is also on the committee looking at a direction and best-use of our kitchen. His 2 children enjoy the many benefits of family membership in the BYC.
Rear Commodore – Scott McEniry
Scott has been a member of BYC since 2012 and is just completing a term as First Year Trustee, following a term as Second Year Trustee (appointed by the Commodore to fill the vacancy left by Donna Olsen when she accepted the nomination for Fleet Captain). During the past two years, Scott has served on several committees (Policy & Planning, Opening Day, Leukemia Cup) and created and chaired the Bar and Lounge Advisory Committee. Scott is a volunteer bartender and a life-long cruising sailor, having explored the Salish Sea from the South Sound to Nanaimo. He has owned several sailboats from 12’ to 40’ and currently sails a 1946 Owens 40 Cutter. Professionally Scott has held several jobs in the marine industry, including maintenance/installation, sailing instructor, yacht broker, and is currently employed as the Western Regional Sales Manager for Ancor, BEP, Blue Sea Systems, Marinco, Mastervolt, and ProMariner. Leveraging his professional knowledge, Scott presented a seminar on Battery Management for the Education Committee. Scott is committed to giving back to the Club, as being a member has given him friendships and experiences that will last the rest of his life.
Fleet Captain – Shaun Thompson
Shaun has been on the water all of his life. It starts with his dad teaching him to SCUBA drive at the age of 12, followed by owning his first boat at the age of 16. He was born in Virginia, moving up and down the east coast unit age of 8 when his family settled in Gig Harbor, WA.
Shaun joined the BYC in May 2011 and has been active in volunteerism through Club Scrubs, hosting the Buccaneers Cruise, serving as Chairperson of the membership, social and Financial Management Review committees this year plus serving on other committees in the past.
Shaun recently completed two years as a BYC Trustee. He owns a racing sail boat which he races every Wednesday night.
Shaun works for Pape Machinery Inc as the Rental Manager covering rentals of large construction and forestry equipment from Hwy 18 north to the Canadian border. He and his wife Ginger can be found at the BYC most evenings.
Immediate Past Commodore – Neil Bennett
Neil 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.
Neil has served on the BYC Board of Trustees, as Fleet Captain and Rear Commodore and Treasurer, Vice Commodore and most recently as Commodore. He chaired the PITCH Regatta for several years and was instrumental in creating the Pink Boat Regatta in Bellingham, a benefit regatta for Breast Cancer in 2014 and 2015.