Bellingham Yacht Club – Events Calendar
The Amazing and Spectacular Seminar:
“Light Up the Bay: Preparing your Boat for the Lighted Boat Parade”
Presented by Scott McEniry and Steve Ross
At the Bellingham Yacht Club’s Ward Room (downstairs)
Monday, November 25th at 7:00 PM
Bellingham Yacht Club’s Famous “Lighted Boat Parade” will be held on Saturday evening December 7. The parade will start in Squalicum Harbor at dark and parade past the Boulevard, down to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven and back again to pass the Bellwether Hotel. All boaters are invited to decorate your boats and join the parade!
The seminar will cover electrical fundamentals such as lights and power; as well as touching on several important safety and operational features. They will also give some hints as to how to decorate your boat.
Members of all boating organizations are welcome.
If you are not a BYC member, please stop at the entrance and sign in as a guest (that’s to keep the Liquor Control Board happy).
Christmas Lighted Boat Parade!
The Lighted Boat Parade is an annual event sponsored by Bellingham Yacht Club in coordination with the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. Each year boaters from all the area clubs decorate their boat to participate in the parade which follows a route from Squalicum Harbor to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal along Boulevard Park. A review boat hosting VIPs is anchored near Star Rock Buoy. Boats are judged using criteria such as originality, visual presence and Christmas spirit. Volunteer VIPs aboard the review boat act as judges and awards are given for several categories. After the parade, participants are invited to Bellingham Yacht Club for appetizers, hot soup and/or chili and beverages, with the awards presentation to follow.
This year’s theme…“The Magic of Christmas”
Boaters head for the rendezvous at 5:30 pm off the Ferry Terminal and cruise along the waterfront. We will take a swing through the boat launch basin before heading back to the club for appetizers, homemade soups, and the award ceremony.
We are once again inviting boaters to join in on the fun and become a part of this annual holiday event. To include your boat in this event please click the green “Register” button above or the link below.
Cathy Herbold, Fleet Captain
Register for the 2019 Lighted Boat Parade HERE.
Click HERE for a current list of registered boats.
Event postponed! Check back for new date.
Please join us in welcoming America’s Cup Host Tucker Thompson for a sneak peek into the 36th America’s Cup Race scheduled this year.
Schedule of Events
- 6:00 pm – No-Host Cocktails and Light Hors d’ oeuvres
- 7:00 – 8:00 pm – Presentation
- 8:00 – 9:00 pm – No Host Bar Open
Save $5 and buy your tickets in advance for $20!!
Tickets also available at the door for $25.
Saturday, March 28, 8:30am – 4:30pm Alaska Cruising by Steve Lorimer of Inside Passage Seminars
- 9-12: Advanced Anchoring Tactics and Transiting Tidal Rapids Safely
- 1-4: Nanaimo, B.C. to Desolation Sound and Beyond to the Broughtons
For more information and to register, click HERE.
Saturday, April 4, 8:30am-6pm Alaska Cruising by Steve Lorimer of Inside Passage Seminars.
- 9-12: Crossing Queen Charlotte Sound and Exploring Northern B.C. to Prince Rupert:
- 1-3: Explore Seymour and Belize Inlets Beyond Nakwakto Rapids and Cruising the ‘Other’ Inside Passage:
- 3:15-5:15: Cruising from Prince Rupert to S.E. Alaska
For more information and to register, click HERE.
Presented by Randy Nulle
Seminar will be held in the BYC Ward Room (downstairs).
Tuning Your Rig, Standing Rigging
- Running Rigging
- Fiber Properties
- Construction Types
- Lead Angles
- Safety Tips
Randy has been racing since his high school days and has spent his entire career in the boating industry. His rigging knowledge comes primarily from his years as a sales director at Samson Rope Technologies. He has worked closely with some of the highest level riggers and racers in the world on rope construction and fiber technology. He has made three ocean crossings, raced in 5 offshore ocean races as well as numerous regattas, including the Etchells World Championships. His years of racing (including one dismasting) have shown him what works and doesn’t work in standing and running rigging.
***BYC OPENING DAY EVENTS CANCELLED***
To all of our members and special guests,
The tragedy of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to ripple through our community, and it is with extreme sadness that we announce the decision that we must cancel the Bellingham Yacht Club’s 2020 Opening Day events, including the Member’s Reception, Public Ceremony, Opening Day Boat Parade, and Opening Day Party.
As all of you who have attended this event in past years are aware, the amount of time, effort, and planning that goes into making this day so memorable is monumental. We would like to thank Fleet Captain Cathy Herbold and her dedicated team of volunteers for all of the work they have accomplished so far to make this a successful event.
Thank you for your understanding and support during these tumultuous times.
Bellingham Yacht Club
Following the morning formalities will be the parade, and this year’s theme is “A Three-Hour Tour”. Those of you old enough to remember Gilligan’s Island will no doubt recognize the reference right away. Those of you who didn’t grow up with the show might want to look up a few episodes to get some theme ideas. After the parade, the celebration starts in earnest with ship visiting on the dock followed by the party in the club. The Dead Pirate’s Society will be serving up barbecued oysters and shrimp, and the Penny Stinkers will be returning with their indelible, danceable tunes.