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We want to build membership!
If every current member brings in one new member to our Club we can double our fun and our "resources." Talk to your friends, bring them into the Club. As incentive, the Breakwater Restaurant will give a FREE Dinner for Two to the member who brings in the most NEW members between July 1 and September 30.| Top of this page
Mike Visser, Junior Sail Coach
The junior sailing season is in full swing with the BYC Junior team having sailed in three regattas so far this year.
April 25-26 took us to the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club for the Kitten Cup, regatta #1 on the nine regatta Northwest Youth Racing Circuit. The winds were extremely shifty making it difficult to get off a fair race. Team members Blaine Pedlow and Ryan Zehnder took 2nd place overall in the Laser>> division. Robin LaskyByte, Michael WhitmyerByte, Ashley HamiltonOptimist, and Evan RogersOptimist, all found out that good starts and clean air can make a huge difference in one's standings.
Regatta #2 was SOCKS, hosted by Seattle Yacht Club at Shilshole. The first day it blew 25-30 from the north with a 4-5 foot swell, WILD! The Optimist and Byte course were only able to get off one race before calling it a day. The second day the races were postponed for lack of wind until about 1 pm when a five-knot breeze filled from the north. Laser>>ists Blaine and Ryan finished 2nd, Optimist Ashley finished 14th, and Optimist Evan finished 16th out of a 23 boat fleet.
The next regatta was our own Ski to Sea Jr. Regatta here in Bellingham on May 30-31. "Finally, a superbly run regatta with great wind!" said one coach. This year's Ski to Sea was the largest ever with 60 boats registered. Saturday morning came with blue skies and big breeze, as nearly 100 sailboats for three separate regattas ventured out onto the sunny bay. A record five races were done on Saturday and all the sailors were pooped out as they enjoyed their dinner at the Breakwater. Sunday morning came with awesome breeze, and yes, more blue skies. The race committee got off four clean races and the awards ceremony concluded Blaine and Ryan 1st Laser>>, Mike Whitmyer 7th Byte, Robin Lasky 9th Byte, Evan Rogers 5th Opti-B, and Ashley Hamilton 7th Opti-B.
Once again, thank you to all the volunteers for making this year's Ski to Sea the best ever; this includes Steve & Meredith Ross and their Serendipity, the Hamilton family, the Hewitt family, the Lasky family, the Whitmyer family, and the Rogers family.
The next Race Team regatta will be June 20-21 for the Willamette Jr. Regatta in Vancouver, Washington.
Breaking News: Ashley HamiltonOptimist was accepted into the New Jersey Girls' Optimist Clinic. She leaves June 18 for a week of learning in New Jersey. Sail fast and take notes, good luck!
This year's Youth Summer Sailing Lessons are just around the corner. Week-long classes start June 22 and wrap up when the leaves turn. For more information call BYC during office hours. Smooth Sailing!| Top of this page
Steve Ross, BYC Chairman
Bellingham has been selected as the host city for the 1998 U.S. Junior Sailing Championships. These events, commonly referred to as the "Sears-Bemis-Smythe Regatta," will be hosted by the Bellingham Yacht Club August 15-20. Many of this country's Olympic medallists have competed in this regatta in years past.
U.S. Sailing, the national governing body for the sport of sailboat racing, is the organizing authority for these races. The competitors are aged 13-18. They compete in a series of events to qualify for the national championships. First, they must be chosen to represent their local club in regional championships. Those who win in a given region compete in one of ten areas, spread across the United States. Only the best from the regional competitions will travel to Bellingham.
This event attracts national attention. Two manufacturers of sailboats--Vanguard Sailboats and W.D. Shock Corp.--are donating brand new boats to this competition. The regatta will receive extensive coverage in the national sailing press. Parents, coaches, and yacht club officials from all over the country will be in Bellingham to witness the racing. The winners become part of the Rolex National Junior Sailing Team and compete in international events.
The regatta is composed of three simultaneous competitions. The U.S. Junior Triplehanded Championship, for the Sears Cup, is the oldest. The competition originated in 1921 in Massachusetts. Eleven crews of three persons each will compete using Santana 20 sailboats. Each of the ten U.S. Sailing areas, plus Hawaii, will send a crew to Bellingham.
Each area will send two teams to compete for the Bemis Trophy, awarded to the best doublehanded crew. These racers compete using Club 420 sailboats. In addition, each area will send two persons to sail Laser sailboats and compete for the Smythe trophy, which recognizes the best singlehanded sailor in the country.
Although the boats and competitors are provided, this event requires a large group of volunteers and support from local boating and business organizations. The boys and girls competing in this event need homes to stay in. We try to minimize cost to the competitors, and their host families, by soliciting donations of food and entertainment.
We hope that you will help support this event. We need to arrange billeting for about 100 people. We need volunteers to help unload the boats when they arrive from the factory and to reload them for their next destination. We need people to help with the race committee and people who will use their boat or drive a donated boat. We are asking the other boating clubs in Bellingham to help with evening meals and activities.
For more information, please visit the BYC web site http://www.byc.org or contact Steve Ross: 360/738-7677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can help with the race committee, please contact Al Callery: 676-0784 or email@example.com.
If you can help by providing a boat or driving one, please contact Steve Moore: 671-4200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you'd be willing to have one or more of the junior sailors stay at your house during this period, please call Lisa Black: 671-0327 or email@example.com. If you would like to help in another way, please call Steve Ross.
Bellingham has one of the most scenic sailing venues in the country. Please help us make this summer's event one of the best ever by providing hospitality and support to the event.| Top of this page
Our Bellingham team has six sailors: Keith McLean, Raymond Nelson, Wendy Gray, Dawn Durand, Dave Steffan, and Larry Jones have been diligently practicing on Keith McLean's Martin 242 named Apple Pi. Here's what he has to say about it:
The Martin 242 is one of those boats that is easy to sail at 90% of it's potential. But it takes a lot of practice to sail near the maximum. The Pacific Rim Challenge crews are practicing and racing on Apple Pi at every opportunity, and we expect to be able to get nearly full potential out of the boat by the July regatta in Victoria.
We are learning how to extract the highest boat speed for different wind conditions, and points of sail. We are analyzing sail shapes and trim. And we are really concentrating on spinnaker work. Off the wind is where we feel the races will be won and lost.
Our focus is on getting every crew member trained into every position on board. If we all know every job on the boat we will be better able to make adjustments, and take advantage of opportunities that come our way. The crews are working hard, sailing fast, and having fun.
The Martin 242 is an impressive little boat. In light air we have finished well ahead of 40-ft. boats. In heavy air we take a pounding, but are still able to point well and sail fast. Downwind she can be rocket fast. Our competitors in Victoria who have never sailed on 242s are in for some surprises.| Top of this page
Karen Callery, Fleet Captain
I hope everyone is enjoying the boating season. The sailors are busy with their racing. We had our Point Roberts race on June 6-7. Congrats to Jamoca and Miles to Go on their first place finishes. The weekend of June 13-14, nine Bellingham boats went to Anacortes for the 10th annual Windermere Cup Regatta--a great regatta--congrats to all Bellingham boats.
Al Callery is the On-the-Water Director for the up-coming Sears, Bemis, Smythe Regatta. Volunteers are needed to assist in this event. Please contact Al at 676-0784 to volunteer.
The Pacific Rim crew is preparing for the regatta in Victoria. If you're out cruising during July 11-17, stop by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and help cheer on your racing team.
Remember to set aside Sunday, Sept. 13 for the Commodore's Picnic; and for you sailors, the Commodore's Cup Race. Smooth Sailing.| Top of this page
"Time Flys" as the saying goes. But the BYC is not going to miss our country's biggest celebration of the year. Yes, you guessed it, the 4th of July. The programs committee has a dockside potluck party planned. Time, 6 pm, or 1800 hours, whichever you prefer.
Please bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert; BBQ hamburgers and cocktails will be provided. Please call the BYC, 733-7390, for reservations. We need to know how many boats are going to raft up and we need to know how many non-boat owners need a ride. Please bring extra life jackets for your children. See you there.
Thursday, July 23, we will have our first Thursdays at Six. This is that new twist I told you about. It will be a no-host bar, with snacks. But we are going to watch the video "History of the Americas Cup," by Christopher Reeves. This will be a good one, don't miss it!!
We still could use more people on the Programs Committee, call Bob Knudson or me (Rose Atwood Knudson) at 734-7756. The next Programs Committee meeting is July 16 at 5 pm. Come join us! Your input is important! See you at the July functions.| Top of this page
The BYC is having a booth at the Northwest Washington Fair this year. We hope to promote BYC activities and encourage county residents to join our club. We will need volunteers to man the booth through the week of August 17-22. If you would be interested in volunteering for a shift please call Mimi at 733-7390. P.S. This entitles you to a free pass to the fair!