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All of the fleets are busy with their activities. The sailing fleet is racing, the juniors are on the water, and we have been cruising since January.
The cruise to Inati Bay on March 28 and 29 was a great time. The weather was perfect. Brian and Gretchen sure know how plan a great event–even though they missed a wonderful breakfast–didn't know about it! A big thanks to Bob Kehoe, Steve Moore, and Alan Callery–those guys are really great cooks.
The Past Commodore's Cruise to Friday Harbor took place on April 18th and 19th with the Wheel and Keel Club.
Opening Day on May 2nd will have been a success by the time most read this. Watch the next issue for the final report. A huge thanks to Marlene Bolster, Penny Bradley, and the Breakwater Restaurant for all their efforts in putting on this event. See you on the water...
Seven Bellingham Yacht Club sail and powerboats rafted together on Saturday evening, March 28, in Inati Bay for a progressive dinner and wine tasting event. Many varieties of red and white wine were shared and tasted on Serendipity, ranging from a "jug" wine (who brought that one, anyway?) to more expensive ones, to some rather‹well, umm, "unique" wines. One bottle of a smooth-tasting red was wrapped in something like fish net, and another was contained in a midnight blue bottle.
Steve Ross showed everyone his new "Moby Dick" which will be raffled off during our next cruise in April at Friday Harbor. Rose Knudson demonstrated her expert culinary skills to a group of people while making a savory, sausage-vegetable pasta. Dinner progressed from appetizers and several wonderful hot dishes and breads served on Serendipity, to even more main dishes, salads, and desserts enjoyed on Current$ea.
Boats participating in this March event were: Airpower, Catspaw, Current$ea, High Interest, It's Worth It, Serendipity, Ranger and Wizard. Bob and Rose Knudson and Steve Moore also joined in the fun while cruising and staying with Serendipity.
The following Sunday morning, everyone appreciated the calm, sunny bay while Bob Kehoe on High Interest cooked specialized, individual omelets for all of the boaters.
If you missed out on this enjoyable cruise, we hope you participated in the cruise to Friday Harbor in April! Please contact Brian or Gretchen Erga at 676-8088 for information on upcoming cruises.
Mimi Gardiner, a member of BYC for six years, is now our Coordinator of Programs. She will be available during office hours to assist members. She is active in the Northwest Washington Fair and the Humane Society, and she and her daughter are avid fly and saltwater fishermen. Mimi has worked in medical and dental administration and loves boating.
Our monthly Luncheons are still going along. May 21st will be our last luncheon for this season. Please try and join us in the Ward Room. Thanks to all of you who have made our luncheons worthwhile. First Mates will be decorating for Opening Day. Do hope to see you all there. Drop by and say "Hello."
Cheekee Monkee, a boat owned by Kim and Lynda Alfreds of Bellingham, won the Corsair class in the GMC Yukon/Sailing World National Offshore One-Design (NOOD) Regatta in March. Ten boats competed in the class. The boat, a 31-foot trimaran, had finishes of first, first, first, second, and first‹for six points. The Alfreds trailered the boat 1,430 miles to the race.
More than 30 BYC boats were part of the 55 Bellingham boaters that descended on Friday Harbor April 17-19 for the joint BYC/Wheel and Keel Cruise. For BYC, it was the "Past Commodore's Cruise" and six former leaders were present: Reg Alvord, Dale Fenno, Norrin Heggem, Bud Peterson, Steve Ross, and Casey Vermeulen.
Activities included an auction of white elephants, a raffle, and a dock party with the world's tastiest hors d'oeuvres and Ramos Fizz drinks. Unscheduled, but very popular, were rides on the Stabi-Craft being demonstrated by Pete and Jamie Foti. When Pete said "hang on," he meant it! (By the time you read this, Penny Bradley may have convinced Dave to buy one as a tender to Curren$ea!)
Three of our members have new boats and brought them for all to inspect: Phil and Denise Dyer's Ranger, Ron and Nancy Erickson's Intrepid, and Bob and Judy Kehoe's High Interest Too.
A list of participants will be posted on the BYC home page. Check to ensure that we didn't miss your boat!
Our Building and House Committee needs more volunteers to offer their valuable assistance in maintaining BYC property. Any skills welcome. Call Mimi at BYC, 733-7390 for sign-up sheet.
Welcome back: Peggy and Fred Byrum
A day full of fun and activities for all on Opening Day, May 2. Get those signal flags out, clean that teak, swab those decks, and get ready for a fun-filled day. Commodore Bradley extends an invitation to all BYC members to the Opening Day Reception at 11 am in the Ward Room.