BYC Jib Sheet Jan 2000 <>

January 2000

Jib Sheet

Contents of this issue

What a Picture!

When BYC Members Chance and Frank Earle shipped their 36' Grand Banks, Countess, to Galveston to cruise the “Great Loop” on the East Coast, we'll bet they never dreamed they'd get this souvenir, with Chance and Frank on the flybridge, passing Miss Liberty!

The shot was the front of the Earles' 1999 Christmas card which the Club received. And a Happy New Year to You, Earles! (You can see their log at our website, click the picture for a larger view.)

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“Fridays at Five” Back!

Friday, January 7th Next Date; January 21 #2 on Schedule

The BYC Program Committee and the Board is pleased that the first Friday in 2000, January 7, will see the revival of Fridays at Five in the Ward Room, downstairs at the Club. The events feature refreshments, nibbles, and fun for all visitors; the events have always been popular as a great way to wind up the week as good friends, and friends-to-be, meet for a few minutes or a couple of hours of relaxation, conversation, and stimulation away from workplace cares in the companionship of fellow boaters.

Each time a “Friday at Five” is scheduled, the BYC Members will gather beginning around 5:00 PM. And each time there will be a variation on the theme. Last Club year, for instance, there were Mexican nights, a night featuring ham snacks, free beer and/or wine nights, etc. The costs to the Club are nominal; several generous members underwrite most costs.

Why not have some (free) fun and come on down to the Club.

We'll have the lights on for you!

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LIGHTED BOAT PARADE RESULTS

Nicole Sea Ebb TidePictures. Some eighteen boats entered the 1999 Lighted Boat Parade, and the displays were beautiful on the moonlit, near-clear night. Just One More won the Sextant Grand Prize donated by Sextant Funds, the event sponsor. The Fire Belle won the Community Award, while Great White won the Novice Award.

Placing in division were, for power boats over 30', #1 Ebb Tide, #1 (tie), Skylark II, for sail boats over 30', #1, Shawmanee, #2, Catspaw, #3, Life's Dream.

For sail boats under 30', #1 was Rocky Start.

Although there were other winners, the records got mislaid after a rather long celebration at the Breakwater after the parade ended. There were lots of prizes donated by generous vendors. During the dinner, Steve Moore served as prizes MC, and Joe Coons led the (traditional?) singing of The 12 Days of Christmas.

Thanks to all who worked with Chairman Karen Callery making the event happen so smoothly.

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Editorial

Opinion from a BYC Member with something to say! Obviously, it doesn't reflect the policies or official position of the BYC. You are welcome to give your comments in this section: contact the Jib Sheet editor at 647-0288.

I'm sure you know the “80-20” rule that seems to so often apply: 20% of the people do 80% of the work in an organization . . .

Our Club is no exception: the board of trustees, officers, and committees do 80% of the work around this place! But in the last year or two, what a job they've done:

. . . And a lot more.

Now it's your turn: It's time to bring in a new member, or, even better, bring back an old one! Here are some things you can tell your prospect:

  1. The Club has much better boating-emphasis programs;
  2. The Club is financially sound;
  3. The Club is the only one that fully qualifies for reciprocal privileges at other Clubs around the world (we are the only local club with a reciprocal dock);
  4. We are the only Club with dropping dues . . . With a good likelihood of further reductions next year;
  5. Unlike most clubs, we have no initiation or stock fee at present, a situation likely to change fairly soon;
  6. Our members enjoy a 10% discount at the new, improved Breakwater Restaurant, a savings that's important once you discover the great meals (espec-ially the Sunday Brunch, a fantastic experience!
Why not sign up a new member this month?

And if you see an ex-member pretending to be in our BYC to get moorage, or flying our burgee, express your annoyance at his “cheating”. You have stuck with the Club . . . Now stick up for it! THANKS! -- Joe Coons

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Remember the Lifering Program?

Have You Sent In Your Gift/Pledge?

These cash contributions total over $14,000 so far, as Members of the BYC send in cash and fulfill over $22,000 in pledges to date. Each reduction in the principal lowers the interest we're paying, too, giving us more money for Club programs in the years to come. Your Lifering contributions will go directly to extra principal reduction of the debt on our building mortgage.

THANKS to each donor so far! Now it's your turn. You'll be recognized on the plaque depending on your gift of $100 or more . . . Although many members are choosing just to send in money anonymously. After your gift is received, you'll get an acknowledgement from Rear Commodore Karen Callery who chairs this fund-raising program.

Clip & Mail to: Treasurer, Bellingham Yacht Club,
2625 Harbor Loop, Bellingham, WA 98225 USA

I want the Club to serve boaters and prosper, and I will contribute $ ________ to the Lifering program.
[ ] Check enclosed [ ] I will pay $________ [monthly] [quarterly]. Bill me.

Please show contributor name(s) on the plaque as:
__________________________________________________

Signed: ___________________________________________
Name(s): __________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________
City, State, Zip: ____________________________________
Phone Number: ____________________________________

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1998-99 Financial Reports

Last Month's Story Corrected

In the last issue of the Jib Sheet, there were a number of errors in the story about the year-end financial reports for the Club.

The corrected 1998-99 reports are shown here.

The December Jib Sheet text was correct: We ended the year with substantial cash reserves, no overdue accounts and only one debt, our building mortgage which itself dropped by about $22,000, thanks to the Life Ring program. Our Club equity increased by 17%.

We had a profit of $4,830. Our restaurant income, elimination of salaries, discounts earned by pre-payments, reduced insurance costs, and payoff of equipment leases helped accomplish this, but of greatest impact was the commitment on the part of committee chairs and members to run operations efficiently. In spite of some large expenses, we stayed within the guidelines established by the Board of Trustees to run the Club within its income.

The next report will be published in February for the October-December quarter.

[webmaster's note: there are still some discrepancies in the report ... stay tuned]

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SAILING PROGRAM COMES TOGETHER
JR. SAILING REACTIVATED; HELP NEEDED

The Wednesday night sailing program and schedule is nearly ready for publication. We will have a meeting on February 4th, of all interested parties to determine the final schedule, race packet fees, and racing format. This date coincides with a Friday At Five get together. Our meeting will happen either during or perhaps right after the F @ 5. I urge all racers to attend this meeting and give us your input.

The Junior Sailing Program is in the process of being rebuilt, literally from the waterline up. A few weeks ago we had a work party to begin cleaning up/out the clubhouse area, located down under the restaurant. We are throwing away all of the scrap lumber and broken-down furniture that has been rotting there for several years. The next step is to inventory all the dinghies, and their various components. From that we will make decisions on what to keep, and what to sell off. We are leaning towards getting down to two classes of boats, probably the Opties, and a smaller fleet of higher performance boats.

We are working on putting together a few cruising events including both sailors and power boaters. We are talking about towing some of the dinghies to the destinations, and then organizing fun races.

Several BYC members have their own private boats mixed in with the Club's boats. If you fall into this category, please either remove your boat, or perhaps donate it to the Junior Program. At the very least, mark your boat so we know to whom it belongs.

The next work party in the clubhouse area is scheduled for Saturday, January 8th, at 9:00. If we get enough people we can get all the work done in about 3 hours. Mark your calendars. Please either call or e-mail me if you plan to attend. Many hands make light work. Thanks!

Keith McLean, 676-1529, kmclean@notes.cob.org

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More on Junior Sailing

Fleet Captain Bob Knudson reports that there will be a meeting at the Club on Thursday, January 13, at 5:30PM to discuss the Junior Sailing Program for the 2000 season. The Board of Trustees, Club Officers, Sail Fleet Captain Keith McLean have made this a major emphasis for this coming summer, not wanting a repeat of the 1999 season which suffered from lack of support, winding up all in the hands of a few volunteers.

To be held in the Portside Lounge at the Breakwater Restaurant, anyone interested is welcome, especially parents, at the confab. The goal for the session is a concrete, general plan for the seasons to come.

Please attend: We need your help!

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Where to Cruise?

We are starting work on the BYC cruise schedule for year 2000 and would like to know where BYC members like to go. Are there places you would like to raft-up for an afternoon? Where are your favorite weekend destinations? Please call your suggestions to Tom Selman at 398-8556 or e-mail them to TSELMAN920@AOL.COM. Please, share your favorite destinations and let the Fleet Captains work out the details of organizing the cruise. What could be easier? And if you would like to do more than simply send in suggestions, let us know. "Hands on" help is always welcome.

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IT'S BOAT SHOW TIME!

January 29, 2000 is the date! That's a Saturday, the last weekend of the show, and a perfect time for fun and learning at the Seattle show!

As is our custom, the bus will leave the Yacht Club lot at 0830 hours, leave Seattle around 1700, and be back by 1900 (7:00PM). Food and drinks will be served down and back; for some added pizzazz, there will be drawings among the passengers for marine-related gear, and a Rules of the Road test with prizes for the boaters with the greatest scores.

The special price for the whole package is $25 including the bus, food, drink, parking, and a ticket for the show. You also get a no-hassle, fun, trip, where if you wish you can drink while our driver drives.

Sign up now, bring a guest if you wish: Call Phil Dyer at 739-9900, or send a check to Phil at 317 Fieldston Rd., Bellingham 98225. See you there!

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Diehler Did Well, Too . . .

In last month's report about the Around-The-County race, correspondent Kris Nelson omitted to report that Bob Diehl's Diehler came in third in her division, and third overall.

Reportedly, at one point in the Saturday segment, Diehler hit an amazing 19.2 knots, just in time to become becalmed a little while later!

Congratulations, Bob. Sorry we missed it last month!

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Is This Fair? Can We Change It?

The Recreational Boating Association of Washington (RBAW) of which you should be a member ($15, P.O. Box 23601, Federal Way, WA 98093-0601) reminds us that pollution from recreational boats is well under 1% of the sound's problems, yet boaters keep getting singled out.

Remember in late December, when Blaine's sewage system overflowed again, over 200,000 gallons? “We're sorry”, they said. “not a problem”, they said, “The shellfish beds were already polluted.”

Compare that to what will happen if you pump your 20 gallon holding tank overboard! You'd be hammered with fines for 20 gallons.

And think of how your fuel taxes go to the general fund, while the State skips marine projects to build highways with boat-paid taxes. Seems our State lost $6 million dollars in total matching monies by omitting to use our $2 million this way.

When we ask you to help by writing legislators in the coming months, please send a letter! After all, as a “rich” boater, you have nothing else to do! Or so they think . . .

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BYC Sponsors
Support these folks who support our Club! Thanks!

Boat Repairs:
B'ham Marine Repair, 907 W. Holly 734-6326
Yacht Tec, Russell Deptuch 380-5426
Boatyards:
Boatyard @ Colony Wharf, 1001 C St. 715-1000
Boat Brokers & Chartering:
Bellhaven Sailing, #18 HM 733-6636
Grand Yachts Northwest, by Gate 3 676-1248
San Juan Sailing, by Gate 3 671-4300
Canvas & Upholstery:
Sea Wind Canvas, #27 HM 650-0810
Squalicum Marine Upholstery, SM 733-4353
Dentistry:
Dr. Bob Knudson, 1415 Commercial St. 671-4480
Detailing:
Top to Bottom Detailing, #16 HM 671-7022
Electric Repairs & Supplies:
Rasmussen Marine Electric, SM 671-2992
Electronics:
San Juan Electronics, #1 HM 733-6264
Engine Repairs:
Tri County Engine, 2696 Roeder 733-8880
Fiberglass Repairs:
Charlie Millsap's Fiberglass Repair 224-2266
Lettering:
Special-T Signs, 2206 Pacific St. 734-7617
Marine Supplies:
LFS, Coho Way 734-3336
Redden Marine, 1411 Roeder Ave. 733-0250
Outboard Motors & Repair:
West Coast Marine Services, 1200 “C” 676-8020
Real Estate:
Phil Dyer, Muljat Group, 510 Lakeway 739-9900
Restaurants:
Breakwater Restaurant, at the Club 671-2030
Surveys:
Matt Harris, Marine Consultants, Inc. 647-6966
Mike McGlenn, Michael K McGlenn Inc. 966-4900

(“SM”=Squalicum Mall, “HM” = Harbor Mall)

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THIS MONTH'S FEATURED ADVERTISERS

SeaWind Canvas & Sails, run by Dan and Pat James, has established a fine reputation with their superior skills as they provide covers, enclosures, dodgers, and cushions to the local boating community. Sailors especially like their “Wavestopper” dodgers, featuring tough, clear windows and a draft free fit on the boat. Those skills have come through years of experience fabricating and fitting new products, and carefully repairing older stuff! You'll like the attitude, the on-time delivery, and integrity at SeaWind, #27 Harbor Mall, 650-0810.

Gordon Lavigueure's Bellingham Marine Repair is a well-known resource for virtually any marine work, major or minor! He and his crew undertake projects from the smallest to the largest; they even completely rebuild boats that have been sunk or involved in fires. That's the reason that many yacht owners select Bellingham Marine Repair for challenging jobs where the owner wants “just like the factory” improvements or installations! See for yourself: call this excellent company at 734-6326 or stop in at the rear of 907 West Holly.


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