2018 – 2019 Flag Officers and Board of Trustees

Flag Officers


Commodore – Tim Thompson

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, Fleet Captain, Rear Commodore and most recently as Vice Commodore. 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.


Vice Commodore – Scott McEniry

Scott McEniry

Scott has been a member of BYC since 2012 and has served on the Board of Trustees for two years and subsequently was elected to the office of  Fleet Captain where he served for one year and most recently as Rear Commodore for a year. During his tenure on the board, 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.


Rear Commodore – Shaun Thompson

Sean ThompsonShaun 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 as well as other committees. Shaun recently completed a year as Fleet Captain, preceded by 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.


Fleet Captain – Kevin Schwitter

Kevin SchwitterWhen Kaela and I joined the club five years ago, I became a bartender, thinking that would be a great way to meet the membership. I still tend bar about once a month and I always enjoy it. Three years ago Commodore Neil asked if I would fill a vacant trustee position. I accepted and I have learned a lot about club operations since coming onto the board. I have chaired the Bar and Lounge advisory committee and been a member of the Policy and Planning committee. As a board member my priorities were to ensure the club continues to emphasize volunteerism and programs that interest all of our members.

I have been a sailboat owner in Bellingham for over 30 years. Kaela and I currently enjoy cruising and gunkholing in our Cal 2-29, Revelation.  In the two years that I have been on the board I have been an active participant chairing several committees and have learned a great deal about club operations and of the behind the scenes work that takes place to make the club a vibrant and viable organization. I am asking the membership for consideration for Fleet Captain so I can put my experience as a Board Trustee to good use.  I have a strong interest in remaining involved in the club management by proceeding through the flag officer positions. I want to work towards a club that is welcoming and attractive to boaters of all ages and abilities. I value the traditions that guide the club and I also am excited to see new activities that reflect our members’ interests. I also want to keep the club fiscally solvent through careful stewardship of the club’s resources. I wish to see the club continue to value the good work of volunteers as our most important resource.


Immediate Past Commodore – Jim Gibson

Jim GibsonJim 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 the 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 is looking forward to stepping back to an advisory role on the Board as Immediate Past Commodore, having just completed a successful year as Commodore. As Commodore, Jim was active in every aspect of the club and will continue to be active in long range planning activities and ongoing club events.


Board of Trustees


First Year Trustees

Jim Haines

Cathy Herbold

Kitt McQueen

Donna Reed


Second Year Trustees

Cathy Franklin

Cathy Franklin

Karin Colgrove (photo not available) To be appointed.

Karyn Tapley

Karyn Tapley