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Wow, what a weekend. A special thanks to all the support crews for their boat hospitality for our racing crews. Everyone involved had a great time.
It was perfect weather for the race, except for the extreme lack of wind for Division 2 and 3, making for a group of non-finishers. Congratulations to those who brought the hardware home for the BYC.
Louis I 1st
High Risk 7th
Wild Hare 9th
Bob Diehl and his boat Diehler posted the Fastest Elapsed Time at 9:12:35 hours. Not bad for nearly 70 miles . . . (might even beat a power boat or two).
The Sailing Awards Banquet was held on Friday, November 14 in our Ward Room. Those who attended had a lot of fun. We had pizza and salad delivered along with beer and wine.
New Sail Fleet officers were elected, they are :
Sail Fleet Captain Gary Baker
Race Committee Chairperson Janet Snedacore
Secretary Blaine Pedlow
Protest Committee Chairperson Adam Lindsay
The awards were many . . . with "The Boat of the Year Award" presented to Dave Lowe and his crew aboard Miles To Go. Dave and crew not only participate in an unbelievable number of races and regattas, but do quite a bit of winning both in town and out of town . . . Congratulations!!
I would like to give a special thanks to Jack Delay for the use his boat Island Reflections for the committee work he provided to our racing fleets.
Let's get those boats decorated for the Lighted Boat Parade and Special Peoples' Cruise.
Racing may be over but watch your Jib Sheet and the BYC web site for up and coming events.
First Mates Board met November 7 and we are happy to announce that our Board is now complete. Roberta McCord has been acting as recording secretary and has accepted the post for the remainder of this term. Rose Atwood-Knudson is our new corresponding secretary. Jimmy Allen and Janice Spiry have been elected to serve as Trustees. Thanks and congratulations to all of you.
Our November luncheon was held at the Yacht Club and was catered by Port of Subs. You may remember they did our luncheons two years ago and everyone was delighted to have them return. More and more ladies are coming to the luncheons who do not play bridgečit's a great way to meet new friends.
Yes, we will be having our Children's Christmas party again this year in the Ward Room. The date is Sunday, December 14, 1 to 3 pm. Jerry Pazaski has waited a long time to bring her grandchildren to the Christmas Party; so she and her committee have a wonderful time planned. Please make your reservations by December 9. Gather your family together and come join us around our tree for a special afternoon.
Our English Tea is still being planned for some time in late February or early March on a Sunday afternoon. Rose Atwood-Knudson and Marge Pisarczuk are cochairs of this event. Reservations will be required, as the Ward Room can only handle 65 seated people. Watch for the exact date next month in your Jib Sheet.
December 5 is our next Board Meeting and it is a brown bag affair. We will be decorating for the Friday at Five Christmas Party that evening, so plan to stick around and help.
We are glad to have an extra week on the calendar so our Board meetings are now published a month ahead of time.
The Special Peoples' Cruise this year will be Wednesday evening, December 17, 1997. The festivities begin at 1830 at the Harbor Center Room. After a short introduction, all skippers, crew, and special people will head for the boats for a somewhat organized parade from Squalicum Harbor to the Alaska Ferry Terminal and back to the Harbor.
During the Parade special people can talk to Santa Claus via VHF Channel 68. Upon returning to the docks all hands will again meet at the Harbor Center Room for additional activities. (Surprise, surprise!)
We do need boats, so if you want to have fun and do a good thing, get involved. Call Phil Dyer at (360) 739-9900 for details on how you can help.
When sailors reference military time they don't usually add hours. The Navy, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines just say the time in numbers. The Army and Air Force (who evolved out of the Army) almost always add hours. Sailors can tell hours from days and years. Let's face it, if the Bosun says to be somewhere at 1600 and you show up in the Renaissance, it's gonna be a long day.
The Bellingham Yacht Club's Lighted Boat Parade will be held on December 14, so it's time to start thinking about hauling out those lights, making sure all the bulbs are working, and coming up with a creative plan for decorating your boat.
The parade will start with boats away at 5:00 pm, staging at the Ferry Terminal for a parade start at approximately 5:30 pm. Viewing is available from the Alaska Ferry Terminal or from Boulevard Park.
Following the parade everyone is invited to attend the No-Host Awards Buffet at the clubhouse. Please register at BYC to participate in the parade (only those who are registered can be judged) and make your reservations for dinner early at the BYC office.
All boaters are invited to attend. Please call Pandora Larner at (360) 734-1222 for further information or BYC to register (360) 733-7390.
The Bellingham Yacht Club will host the annual Special Peoples' Cruise with Santa chatting on the radio, snacks and entertainment, and a personal visit with Santa. Please contact Phil Dyer at (360) 739-9900 or the BYC at (360) 733-7390 for further information.
Also, don't forget the BYC Christmas Party, Friday, Dec. 5, 5 pm. In the future we have a Mystery Night and a trip to the Seattle Boatshow in the works.