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One of our Club's big events is scheduled for May 1, Saturday: OPENING DAY! Celebrating the “first day of boating season”, the Club has an ambitious schedule of events:
1100 hours: A special reception at the Clubhouse for Members, guests and dignitaries. Most folks will be wearing their traditional white pants and blue jackets, or, based on the Fabulous Fifties theme, will be attired in garb from that era of confidence and excitement.
1200 hours: Weather permitting, the crowd will be just outside the Clubhouse at Gate 3 for the traditional ceremonies, including the national anthem, greetings from visiting clubs, and the traditional Blessing of the Fleet.
0100 hours: Boats Away! That will be the call of the Commodore, and our fleet will move out of the harbor to begin the procession of vessels past the review boat for the traditional parade.
Chairing the event this year is Fleet Captain Bob Knudson, and assisting with the dock assignments is our volunteer BYC dockmaster, Bob Kehoe. Call Bob right now at 676-0898 to get “up front” moorage if space is still available.
Participants who dress and decorate in the “fabulous fifties” theme will be competing for prizes, and a drawing will be held for a fabulous basket of goodies.
As guest editor this month, I decided in view of the fast approaching boating season to pass on some tips from the galley.
Survival of the Fittest
Longest lasting fruits and vegetables are garlic, onions, potatoes, cabbage, and cauliflower. Fruits such as bananas, nectarines, and pears should be kept at room temperature. Avocados, kiwis, mangoes and papayas should be ripened at room temperature and then stored in the refrigerator.
Keep it Under Wraps
Wrap produce individually in tissue or newspaper, snugly packed to prevent rolling and bruising, and store in single layers in a cool, well-ventilated place.
Take a Dip
Dip citrus fruit in a solution of one gallon of water per one tablespoon of chlorine bleach and dry in the sun before wrapping paper and packing.
Check Customs regulations before going into Canada!
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.
Past Commodore Joe Coons is leading a “Gourmet Cruise” to Montague Harbor on the weekend of May 15 - 16, with a few boats leaving as early as Friday afternoon, the 14th, to get a head start.
Boats will be either moored on the plentiful buoys provided by BC Parks, or will tie up at the Montague Harbor Marina in the southeast side of this wonderful harbor. Or we might anchor and raft!
It's a short walk up the hill from the marina (about five or seven minutes) to the charming restaurant La Berengerie which serves wonderful meals under the supervision of Madame Huegette Benger, a wonderful chef and hostess. She offers a fixed price, table d'hote menu allowing a meat or fish choice and all the courses from appetizer to dessert for only $ Canadian. Wines are available, again at a fixed price of $ Canadian.
Because the restaurant's capacity is limited, and there are only two seatings per night, you should call Joe at 647-0288 to make your reservations!
See you at Montague!
In addition to the “Gourmet Cruise” this month, Fleet Captain Bob Knudson reminds us of the other events on the schedule:
If you can help with any of these, please call Bob. The more volunteers, the better!
These cash contributions total over $6,000 so far, as Members of the BYC send in cash and begin fulfilling over $15,000 in pledges to date. Although there is no financial report this month (assistant treasurer/bookkeeper Joe Coons is on vacation) he reported that in April our mortgage balance was about $201,000, the lowest it's been in years! And of course, each reduction in the principal lowers the interest we're paying, too, giving us more money for Club programs in the years to come.
Remember, 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 a 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 BYC Secretary Karen Callery who chairs this fund-raising program.
We published the first half of this list in last month's issue. The full list will be in the next edition of your BYC Roster.
Four boats departed Squalicum Harbor at 1300 hours on Wednesday, February 17, bound for Desolation Sound on the annual winter Rotary Club Cruise. Leading was Joe Orem on Prelorus, a Nordic 50, with guests Steve Warner and Ed Hook. Bob Warshower was alone on Vanessa Renee, a Nordic 52, Tom White on his Eastbay 38 Jo with crewman Jordy Stojowski, and Bud Peterson and Phil Dyer on Lois Marie, a 42' Uniflite.
We stayed Wednesday night at Sidney after clearing customs there. Thursday we motored by way of Nanaimo across the flat Straits of Georgia to Grace Harbor, Malaspina Inlet, Desolation Sound, arriving 1730 hours. Friday was spent in Grace Harbor with oysters and steamers, then Saturday to Prideaux Haven, sunny with more sea harvest. Sunday at 0256 hours the three rafted boats (picture above) began to drag anchor in high winds and ships' signals sounded the alert. Anchors were reset, and crews were back in bunks at 0400. At 0950, boats were underway south, getting rough ride, and putting in at Lund, to stay overnight.
Monday at 1430 hours, the winds abated and the cruisers headed to Garden Bay Marina, Pender Harbor for overnight, and a pub dinner. Tuesday, smooth seas via Nanaimo to Sucia for lunch (last oysters) then to Squalicum Harbor at 1600.
A great cruise! Look for next year's Cruise and join the fun. -
Have you ever wondered what a Diesel mechanic looks at, listens for, and smells when he's checking a Diesel engine? How can these folks diagnose problems so quickly, and what are the problems that are tougher to find? How are problems best avoided? What preventive maintenance pays off the most? When should it be done?
Mike Rusk, BYC Member and Service Manager of Tri County Engines will join his father-in-law, Horace Weaver, Manager, to present a new FREE hands-on school on Diesel Engine Maintenance on Thursday, May 6 at the Club.
We'll meet at 1730 hours (5:30PM) in the Ward Room to get an overview of service issues common to all boats in lecture form, then we'll go down to the dock and look at the engine rooms of several members' boats for “hands on” lessons. We'll be talking about both large and small engines, so you're sure to get ideas that will save you time and money on your maintenance bills.
John Gargett is chairing this seminar: call him if you need further information. It would help if you tell him your coming, too, though not required. His number is 734-4115.
See you there.
BYC Member Frank Travis exercised the power of the pen recently writing to Commodore Chuck McCord about our meeting dates.
Frank suggested that our events would be better-attended if they didn't conflict with other marine organizations. Then he reminded us of regular “days” for meetings:
2nd Wednesday, Whatcom Maritime Heritage Association; 3rd Wednesday, U. S. Power Squadron; 3rd Thursday, BYC Board, U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; 4th Wednesday, Squalicum Yacht Club.
Travis noted that if you belong to two organizations, conflicts could make it expedient to quit one!
We'll try harder, Frank!
RBAW is the acronym for the Recreational Boaters' Association of Washington, an organization we support directly as a club and to which many BYC members belong.
Removing the state's cap on the fuel tax refunds could mean an extra $6 million in funds from the federal government for boating related facilities and programs. RBAW's working to get it passed.
Meanwhile, our friends in Olympia are diddling with the rules regarding PFD's. Even though there have been no incidents recorded above the age of 9, some state folks are pushing for 12-years-and-under mandatory PFD use. As usual, facts don't count in things political.
The EPA is starting to get concerned about grey water from boats, even though there is no evidence that it makes any difference in our region. That should get our votes . . . For the other guy!
Support RBAW! Individual dues are $15 to RBAW, P.O.B. 23601, Federal Way, WA. Include your name, address, phone, and that you're a BYC member. Thanks.
As usual, facts don't count in things political . . .
A few issues back we talked about favorite magazines, and we said that Pacific Yachting is one of them. Well, one of their best features is a monthly tip giving the URL's of some good web sites. Here are a few from their May edition:
Www.navcenter.com is offered by Netsea Inc., with marine forecasts overlaid on nautical charts. You get four days of weather info in six hour intervals.
Www.goals.com has inspiring stories of adventures and accomplishments at sea. Karen Thorndike's story is one of those featured.
Www.stearnsinc.com is the site of the Stearns line of marine weariung and safety apparel and equipment.
And then there is our own BYC website, www.byc.org. It amazes me how many of our members have never checked it out! I can tell you that I've gotten inquiries about my articles that are reprinted there from all over the United States. It's really good, thanks to the work of our volunteer webmaster, Steve Ross, and the Past Commodores, who pay much of the cost. Thanks, guys!