BYC Jib Sheet February 1998 <>

February 1998

Jib Sheet

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1997 Special Peoples Cruise

Phil Dyer, Chairman, Special People's Cruise

This event started with the Victoria Star bringing nearly 120 special people on board at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven, while BYC boats brought nearly 40 more from Squalicum Harbor on a lighted boat cruise of Bellingham Bay. All boats got underway at 1730 and met near the Squalicum Harbor channel entrance. The Victoria Star lead a parade of boats including numerous BYC boats, the Western Gull, and Bellingham Fire Department's Fire Belle.

This year's special people came from the Cascade Christian Group Home, Cascade Supported Living, Community Residential Services, Evergreen Intensive Tenant Support, Hampton Heights, Holly Community Services, Mountain View Group Home, Max Higby Community Rec. Center, and East Ridge Home.

After the Cruise all the special people mustered at the Harbor Center for festivities including a meeting and photo with Santa, hot cocoa, coffee, and cookies. Each participant received a gift bag decorated by students from Alderwood Elementary School.

Again this year a lot of people and organizations gave time and money to keep this special event going to give a little Christmas spirit to some of our community's special people. Thanks go out to Captain Drew Schmidt and the Victoria Star of Victoria-San Juan Cruises, Steve Mayo and the Western Gull of Clean Sound for donating their vessels. Thanks to Haggens for the cookies, the Breakwater Restaurant for the coffee and cocoa, Maury Jensen for the photos, Fred Meyer for the film, the Port of Bellingham for the Harbor Center Room, and those wonderful students from kindergarten through grades five at Alderwood Elementary School including the classes of Mrs. Duey, Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Allen, Ms. Starbird, Mrs. Slagle, Mrs. Hoyos, Mr. Venable, and Mr. Cherry for the most beautifully decorated sacks ever to hold a gift.

Thanks to Jamie Foti for the name tags, and to Fleet Captain Karen Callery for the gifts and for being available for guidance. Also a big thank you to volunteers Joe Coons, Paul Beich, Ken and Char Malseed, Ed and Lois Sinclair, and Bob Knudson. Meredith Ross got the Special People's Cruise plaques. Please let these businesses and people know how much you appreciate their support.

Special thanks also go out to the BYC boats: Serendipity, Captain Steve Ross; It's Worth It, Captain Ken Malseed; Nickle and Dime, Captain Mike Minge; Nicole Sea, Captain Jack Black; Hyper, Captain Steve Moore; Sea Ranger, Captains Earl Cammack and Ralph Neher; and High Interest, Captain Bob Kehoe. Bob also played Santa!

Thanks again to all those who donated their time, money, and talent. It is very much appreciated.

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Boat Show Bus Big Hit!

Gretchen Erga

On January 18, thirty-two members and friends of the Bellingham Yacht Club relaxed and socialized as they traveled on a luxurious Hesselgrave bus to the Seattle Boat Show. They brought their wallets and shopping lists to the King Dome to look and purchase boating supplies for the upcoming boating season.

Some people took advantage of the free shuttle to the two other "on the water" boat shows located at Bell Harbor and Lake Union. Since the weather was quite rainy, a few riders commented they appreciated the warm, cozy ride without the traffic and parking hassles. It was obvious that everyone had a great time on the bus. On the way back to Bellingham, Steve Moore suggested, "Why don't we rent a bus sometime and ride all together all the way down to Vancouver, Washington, turn around, and ride all the way back?" Guess that remark summed up this fun event!

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Fleet Captain Report

Karen Callery, Fleet Captain

In January the fleets began gearing up for the boating season by taking the first cruise of the year via land, aboard the Boat Show bus. Brian and Gretchen put together a great package for our members. I hope those of you who "Cruised to the King Dome" had a great time.

The Sail Fleet held a meeting on Friday, Jan. 23 to finalize the racing schedule for the year. We will include the schedule in next month's Jib Sheet, as well as on our web site.

The next cruise, on the weekend of February 20 takes us to Anacortes. Give Brian and Gretchen a call for information.

The same weekend some of our racers will head to Anacortes for the start of the annual Foul Weather Race which ends in Fisherman's Bay on Lopez. For you racers, more information can be obtained by calling the Anacortes Yacht Club at (360) 293-5277; Chuck Tidrington at (360) 293-8612; and the Islander Lopez at (360) 468-2233 (lodging reservations).

I'd like to thank Sail Fleet Captain, Gary Baker; Race Chair, Janet Snedacor, and Marlene Bolster for all efforts in itemizing our racing equipment that was lost during "the backup." We are in the process of replacing our equipment for the upcoming racing season. Thanks again. See you on the water!

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Surprise Party Held for Moore

Marge Pisarczuk engineered a surprise 50th birthday party for her son Steve Moore at the BYC, Thursday, Jan 15th. After a BYC Board meeting, board members, some spouses and others, gathered in the main dining room of the Breakwater restaurant and cheered Steve into the future. Steve's brother from Orange County, California, and his sister from Olympia made a special trip. Steve was surprised!

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Bellingham Yacht Club and Swinomish Yacht Club Dinner Cruise & Fishing Derby, February 20­22

Brian Erga

Mark your calendar for February 20­22 and plan to attend the joint Bellingham Yacht Club and Swinomish Yacht Club Cap Sante Dinner Cruise and Fishing Derby. Dinner is planned Friday night in Anacortes, with a full day of events Saturday, including shopping and museum tours.

For the fishermen and crabbers, Swinomish Yacht Club will be holding their Winter Fishing Derby—BYC members are invited to join. Saturday evening a joint potluck is planned on the 110-foot Burger motor yacht, Our Delight, recently purchased by a Swinomish Yacht Club family in Florida and 'run around' through the Panama Canal.

Advance reservations are required–call Gretchen or Brian Erga at 676-8088 by Monday, Feb. 16.

Dinner Friday night will be at the Anacortes Yacht Club or another fine restaurant. Please bring a dish and dessert to share for the Saturday evening potluck. Members not able to make the trip by boat are encouraged to attend by car. However, whether you come by boat or car, please make reservations by calling Gretchen and Brian ASAP. See you in Cap Sante!

The March Jib Sheet will have details of the cruise to Inati Bay for the Progressive Dinner and Wine Tasting, March 27­29. Start thinking about a great dish and hide a bottle of your favorite wine for this great trip.

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First Mates Review

Marge Pisarczuk, First Mates President

First Mates had their monthly luncheon in the Ward Room. Port of Subs catered a lunch and board members helped with the serving. The Ward Room is so wonderful now that all the remodeling is done and such a great place for our functions. If you haven't been down there for a while, please do yourself a favor and join us. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

February 13 is our "Fridays at Five/First Mates Potluck." In the past these potlucks have been very well attended and everyone has a great time. Please call the Club office and let them know you and your "sweetheart" are coming. Bring a side dish of your choice, as the main dish will be provided by First Mates.

When someone says "Let's have a party!" Do you think of tea? No, probably not. Sunday, March 8, between 2 and 4 pm at the Yacht Club, First Mates invite you to a Tea Party with favors and extra surprises. Tickets are $10 each. Reservations are a must, please make them with the Club office by Wednesday, March 4. If you feel so moved, wear a hat or pearls or gloves. Come prepared to enjoy with us, your First Mates Board, an afternoon of vintage music while you sip tea from treasured cups and taste homemade treats from tiered trays. Make your plans for that afternoon to mingle and share stories and dreams with friends, old and new. Please come and savor a cup of tea with us and celebrate the wonders that make up the textures of our lives. See you March 8. Plan ahead for this surprising little tea party.

After the First Mates (brown-bag lunch) Board Meeting, Feb. 6, is a Ward Room kitchen-cleanup party. You are always welcome to join us for our monthly First Mates Luncheon (only $6.50), Feb. 19. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Sailors Selected to Compete in Pacific Rim Challenge

During the week from July 11­18, 1998, The Royal Victoria Yacht Club is hosting the Pacific Rim Yachting Challenge in Victoria, B.C., Canada This event occurs every two years and was last held in Tauranga, New Zealand in February of 1996. Sailing teams from six cities competed at that time: Nakhodka, Tateyama, Port Stephens, Tauranga, Victoria, and Bellingham.

This year Bellingham sends six competitive sailors who will homestay with the people in Victoria. The selected sailors are: Keith McClean, Larry Jones, Dawn Durand, David Stephens, Wendy Gray, and Raymond Nelson. They will be sailing on Martin 242s.

Victoria also extends an invitation to an additional 14 diplomats who are interested in the festivities. These people also have an opportunity to be homestayed by hosts from Victoria, and are a part of the 20 participants of "Team Bellingham, USA." The entry fee for this event is $125 per person, U.S. currency, and $25 for a single membership to Bellingham Sister Cities.

If you are interested in more information, or want to be a part of this exciting opportunity to cheer on our Bellingham sailors, and to interact with the people from our Pacific Rim sister cities, please contact Gretchen Erga (360) 676-8088.

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Breakwater Notes

New Year's Eve was a big success with more than 250 attending; at 2 am there were still 100 people dancing and having fun.

The Breakwater is fortunate to feature Tony Carmen (formerly of the Righteous Brothers and Glen Campbell) for Valentine's Day, February 14. Those who missed him on New Year's Eve have another chance now to catch his fabulous performance. Reservations are a must, Book NOW! On February 25, we feature a dinner theater event, "The Drunkard," see related article.

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"The Drunkard"

A "delightful piece of Americana! Intoxicatingly funny!"

The longest running show in American theatrical history is presented at The Breakwater Restaurant by the Repertory Theater of America/Alpha-Omega Players on February 25.

For nearly 60 years after its first production in 1844, "The Drunkard" was an enormously popular serious drama depicting the pitfalls of demon rum. In the present century "The Drunkard" is a comedy that pokes gentle fun at Victorian naivete, and it will be presented as such in this small cast version by Raymond Hull, starring the Alpha-Omega Players. The audience will be encouraged to get into the 19th century style performance by hissing the villain and offering advice to the hero.

The price for the full sit-down dinner and show is $30 per person (includes tax and gratuity). No host bar available. Your dinner choice is Prime Rib or Chicken (indicate preference at time of reservation). Reservations and advance payment are required for this event. You MUST be seated by 6:30 pm. So don't be late! Call the Breakwater NOW at 671-2030 for reservations, not BYC.

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Nautical Tips

Captain Phil Dyer

You may not fly some of your flags and burgee for other than dress ship occasions because the wind whips them, loosening the stitching and causing fraying. To make your flag and burgee last many times longer, run a bead of Super Glue down the stitching on the trailing edge. It dries fast and will make the flag and burgee last several seasons.


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