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Karen Callery, Fleet Captain
Boating season is in full swing with Opening Day, cruises, racing, and the Junior Fleet—all on the water. I would like to thank Marlene Bolster and all of you who assisted for all the hard work and coordination for this year's Opening Day. A great time was had by all! Remember the Blakely Island Kid's Cruise on the weekend of June 19-20.
There's lots of planning going on for this summer's regattas: Steve Ross with the Sears, Bemis, Smythe Regatta; Al Callery and Marlene are busy with all the PITCH planning; and the Junior Fleet is already working on the Bellingham Bay One-Design Regatta which takes place in September.
Lots of work ahead for all of us. If you are able to help with any of the regattas, please call the BYC office and leave your name and number. Believe me, someone will get back to you! See you on the water...
It's time to reserve moorage for the Pacific Rim Yachting Challenge occurring July 11-18, in Victoria, B.C., Canada. Our Bellingham team of six sailors: Keith McLean, Raymond Nelson, Wendy Gray, Dawn Durand, Dave Steffan, and Larry Jones have been diligently practicing on Keith McLean's newly purchased Martin 242 named Apple Pi. Watch for his article next month.
Teams from our Sister Cities of Tateyama, Japan; Port Stephens, Australia; and Nakhodka, Russia, have been invited to attend this regatta as well as our Kiwi friends from Tauranga, New Zealand.
The daily races will be fiercely competitive on the water, and the evenings will be filled with fun and friendship. Carolyn Casey, a Bellingham news reporter, has been accepted by SAIL magazine to write about this international event. So come out and cheer our hard-working, winning Bellingham team, and enjoy the camaraderie that we share with our Sister Cities friends. To reserve moorage in Victoria, please call Gretchen Erga at 676-8088.
Marge Pisarczuk, First Mates President
Our monthly luncheon in May was the last for this season. Have a great summer and we'll be in touch in September again. The First Mates Board will continue to meet during the summer, the first Friday of the month, to plan our fall activities. If you are interested in attending, please call Marge at 360-424-7344 or the BYC office at 733-7390.
Opening Day Pictures
Marlene Bolster, Opening Day Chair
The morning started with a fine Washington Mist. The day progressed with 10 knots of wind and sun. What a lovely day for Opening Day of Boating Season. The Commodores Reception was alive with "How do you do," and belly dancing provided by Jennifer McIntyre of All This Jazz dance studio and three of her students. Everyone was in awe of the angelic sounds as Cindy Henninger sang both national anthems. Father John Gibb went out of his way to bless the fleet with holy water from Jerusalem.
The Commodore was paid respects with the grand parade of boats headed by the 41-ft. Coast Guard cutter, and the rear was brought up by the Fire Belle.
The fun didn't stop there. On shore young and old joined in the karaoke contest, including our beloved Commodore; and the BumbleBees played around the harbor aboard YARK, courtesy of Grand Bank Yachts and Gordy Lavigueure.
There was a great raffle—baskets were provided by the board members, First Mates, the Breakwater, and various club members—which was a huge success. The Breakwater was jumping till early morning with the continued sounds from the BumbleBees. All in all a most successful day.
Special thanks goes to Karen Callery, Penny Bradley, Bob Kehoe, First Mates, BYC junior sailors, Grand Yachts, The Port of Bellingham, the Bellingham Coast Guard, the Bellingham Fire Department, and the Breakwater and staff. Without volunteers as enthusiastic as we had, Opening Day would not have been as much fun. For those of you who missed out—too bad, you snooze you lose.
Songs of the Sea was the theme for the 1998 Opening Day celebration, which was blessed with sunshine.
"Best decorated" award went to Steve and Meredith Ross's Serendipity (click picture at left for a larger view), including Mike Visser being towed on his surfboard through the parade. Dan and Bunny Olsen's Dandee (right) won judges' choice. Bob Kehoe's new boat replicated the Little Mermaid characters, but "little mermaid" Bob was not (below right).
Winds and waves didn't keep the many boats from participating in the parade. Reg and Rita Alvord's boat R & R (left) anchored as review boat.
Karaoke was a big hit once the participants got warmed up. Mike Visser sang 14 songs in a row with the help of his backup singers: Shannon Ross, Lynn Hamilton, Marlene Bolster, Janet Snedecor, Jen Erickson, and Crystal Reil. Charlotte Hamilton won an ice cream sundae from the Breakwater as "best under 14" singer, with help from Kelsey Knudson. The Breakwater Restaurant got into the theme, offering fins and chips, chicken of the sea, and other appropriate cuisine.
The Programs Committee is reforming with Bob and Rose Knudson cochairing. Our first meeting has produced some great ideas. You can look forward to many new programs and events in the fall.
However, this is not to say that paying your dues makes programs happen. We want all members to contribute their time and effort to make things work. Participation on the committee by at least a dozen members is important. Volunteering for specific events by a substantial number of members is essential. We look forward to our goal of participation of members from all categories of membership.
What you get out of this organization is proportional to what you are willing to put into it.
The next Programs Committee meeting is June 18 at 5 pm. Come join us! Your input is important!
Contact Bob and Rose Knudson at 734-7756.
Fridays at Five have a new twist. You'll see some Thursdays on the calendar through the summer months to accommodate our boating members who want to leave town soon after work on Friday. Also we'll be starting at 6 pm and not at 5 pm.
BYC Current Issues
Students from Western Washington University's Small Business Institute will be giving a presentation on current issues concerning our Club on June 5th at the Friday at Six meeting. Senior students Curtis Allen and Shawn Parker will specifically address volunteer issues and other current and relevant issues facing our historic and prestigious club.
June 26 € 6 pm (Friday) € New Member's Day. Meet our new members and socialize. No host bar/snacks.
July 4 € 6 pm (Saturday) Dockside Potluck in front of Club, and then Raft Up for Fireworks. Come celebrate!
Once again BYC will sponsor a cruise to Blakely Island to enjoy games, camp fires, "smores," weenie roasts, and some great activities with the kids. We encourage boaters to invite our non-boating members and their families to join us on what has always been a fun weekend.
Please notify Bob Knudson at 734-7756 if you plan to attend. We will reserve space for you, or fax your boat name, length, and number in your party to 647-9680 by Friday, June 5.