BYC Jib Sheet April 1998 <>

April 1998

Jib Sheet

Contents of this issue

Fleet Captain Report

Karen Callery, Fleet Captain

Spring has sprung, the docks are becoming a bustle of activity.

The Crusing Fleet will have had three cruises as you read this issue, with the March cruise and progressive dinner to Inati on March 27th -29th. Watch your May Jib sheet for a report on this one. Again thanks to Brian and Gretchen for all of their planning.

The Racing Fleet is getting ready for the Spring Series to kick off on Wednesday, April 8. Results for the Frostbite series will be calculated when someone volunteers to be the results chairman— hint, hint....

The Junior Fleet is gearing up for their up-and-coming racing schedule.

BYC Dock We have vacancies at our Dock, if you are in need of moorage for your boat, contact the BYC office for information. See you on the water—

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Junior Sail Fleet Breaking Hull Speed

This year's junior program is shaping into a super successful year.

The program is broken into two primary functions. The Learn to Sail program involves summer classes at Lake Padden and on the Bay‹the emphasis in these courses is fun and learning.

The second function is the Junior Race Team. Currently the race team is practicing on Sundays from 10 am til 3 pm. Our first regatta is the Kitten Cup held at Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, April 25-26.

Last year the race team did extremely well on the NorthWest Youth Racing Circuit (NWYRC). Some notable BYC mentions:

This year's team is excited and ready for more. The Junior Fleet has the ability to open its doors to adults. This spring there will be classes offered to adults to sail dinghies. All levels of experience welcome. Watch for more details, or call the BYC office for more information.

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Etchells Mid-Winter West Coast Regatta

Karen Callery, Fleet Captain

This regatta is held off the coast of San Diego, with 40 to 45 Etchells from across the United States. One of our local Etchells racers, Gary Baker, will be in San Diego March 21-22 doing tactics and main trim aboard one of these boats. The competition appears to be top level with members of other crews consisting of sailors we've all heard of, i.e., Dennis Connors, Bruce Wilson, Dave Curtis, and others. Watch for Gary's review of this regatta in next month's Jib Sheet. Best of luck to Gary and his crew.

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First Mates Review

Marge Pisarczuk, First Mates President

Our Victorian Tea Party has come and gone, but is by no means forgotten. Thirty-two ladies, most in lovely hats, went back in time and enjoyed a Sunday afternoon. Your Board did an outstanding job decorating the Ward Room tables with beautiful lace cloths and shining silver service.

Rose Atwood-Knudson and Roberta McCord did absolutely beautiful invitations and posters. Several members of the Bellingham High School Orchestra provided our chamber music and it was wonderful. All the finger sandwiches and desserts were homemade by Solveig Apt, Roberta McCord, Erlene Poole, Clara Severson, Loraine Boland, and Rose Atwood-Knudson. Thanks, gals.

I would also like to thank the Breakwater for all their help and support. Without Jack Black and Mike Minge our job of putting the tea party all together would have been almost impossible. A big thanks to Bob Knudson, who really pushes a mean vacuum cleaner, and Ted Pisarczuk for helping set up tables and chair Saturday morning. A super hug to Rose for cochairing this event and keeping me on track.

Last but not least the most welcome sight to be late Sunday afternoon was Steve Moore. Steve arrived after the tea party to help put away tables and he carried all my "stuff" up to my car. Thanks to all of you. I can say it now, "It was a lot of fun, and I would do it again."

The monthly Luncheon attendance is small in numbers, but growing each month. We meet the third Thursday at 11:30 am in the Ward Room. The cost for a great lunch is only $6.50, so make your reservation and come down and join us.

Our Board meets once a month to plan and decide on the coming programs for your enjoyment. These meetings are always open to any First Mate and we encourage you to call the office and make a reservation to join us. We have been "brown bagging" the past few months, so do call and find out what's happening. Hope to see you soon.

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Opening Day Theme: Songs of the Sea

Karen Callery, Fleet Captain

A day full of fun and activities are in store for all on Opening Day, May 2. To start the day, Commodore Bradley extends an invitation to all members to the Opening Day reception at 11 am.

Opening Day Schedule

Get those signal flags out, clean that teak, swab those decks, and get ready for a fun-filled day. Watch the BYC web page for updates.

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Windy Weather Doesn't Deter Bellingham Cruisers

Gretchen Erga

Four Bellingham boats, run by the Blacks, Bradleys, Ergas, and Petersons, braved the stormy seas and rainy weather of the third weekend of February to gather with the Swinomish Yacht Club members in Anacortes for their annual fishing derby and museum tours. Some Bellingham Yacht Club members drove to Anacortes on Saturday to join in the festivities.

Due to the rain and the rough water, there were no fishing or museum tours, but there was plenty of fun getting to know some Swinomish boaters and exploring Bob and Lisa Brokaw's 110' Burger, Our Delight. BYC members were invited to participate in or watch an oyster shucking contest, and enjoyed eating the oysters raw, in bacon-wrapped hors d'oeuvres, or in a delicious oyster stew prepared by Lisa Brokaw. There were tons of food, lots of people, and a free raffle for a nice bottle of wine.

Many thanks to Penny Bradley, who spent a lot of time in the galley helping the Brokaws with the clean up!

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BYC joins Wheel and Keel for Friday Harbor Cruise, April 17­19

Steve Ross, Past Commodore

Is it the Past Commodore's Cruise or the Commodore's Cruise? Do you have to be a Commodore (or past) to go? Is it a BYC cruise or a W&K cruise? Who's in charge, anyway?

April 17-19 will find lots of Bellingham boats in Friday Harbor as BYC joins forces with the Wheel and Keel Club for a joint cruise to Friday Harbor. For BYC, it's the Past Commodore's cruise chaired by yours truly. For Wheel and Keel, it's the Commodore's cruise chaired by W&K Commodore Mike Elrod.

You don't have to be a club officer to attend, in fact, we welcome all boaters in either club to join us. If you're in both clubs, you don't have to pay twice, but you might have twice the fun!

We've chosen a Hawaiian theme for the cruise. Break out your aloha shirts–grass skirts optional–and get your tongue ready for a Mai-Tai or two.

Activities planned include an auction of "white elephants" and a raffle. Bring those "very useful but no longer necessary" items for the auction. Bring some money for the raffle and auction‹you know there'll be some must-have things!

We'll also have a tropical dock party and lots of informal gatherings on boats. This will be a good time to talk to fellow boaters about their plans for Opening Day, only two weeks later.

Boaters planning to attend should call the Port of Friday Harbor (360-378-2688) and make their reservations directly with the Port. Tell them you're with the Wheel & Keel/Bellingham Yacht Club group. We'll get a discount if we have a large group.

When you arrive in Friday Harbor, call the Port on VHF 66 or "Wheel and Keel" on CB 10. Fly your BYC burgee‹and your W&K burgee if you're a member‹and let's show the world our club spirit!

Check the BYC web site for last-minute information. Or call Steve Ross at 738-7677.


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