BYC Jib Sheet November 1997

November 1997

Jib Sheet

Contents of this issue

BYC Christmas Party -- Friday, Dec. 5

Circle your calendars now. Celebrate the holidays with friends at the Yacht Club. Details will be provided in next monthıs Jib Sheet.

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1997 Bellingham Yacht Club Commodore's Ball

A "Big" Thank You to ...

David and Penny Bradley for the honor of being the chairperson for the Commodore's Ball.

Diane Moore for her undying assistance of holding all the "lines" without an office in which to navigate.

Heather Richendrfer for coordinating info from the Navy League and making the beautiful place cards.

Pandora Larner for her ongoing dedication and very special help, and Dan who assisted her in seating the guests of the evening.

Kate Weisel, who willingly stepped in and took all the pictures with a camera she had never used before. She did a great job!

Dick Johnson and Sid from Johnson's Flower Shop for continued and ongoing expertise and the beautiful flowers.

Sea Scouts (and their leaders, Earl Cammack and Ralph Neher) for greeting the guests of the Ball.

Bob Walston, Steve Owen, and the staff of the Breakwater Restaurant to complete the evening with a delicious dinner and good service. Comments were made how nicely the tables were arranged.

Larry and Janice Spiry who stayed late and assisted the Chairperson Roberta and husband Chuck take down the decorations and get them to the car in the rain.

Last, but not least, All Attendees of the Ball, for without you there would not be a Ball. As chairperson, I personally thank each and every one of you for attending. As a member, I had a great time and hope you did too!

Roberta McCord, Ball Chairperson

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First Mates

Things are moving so fast with First Mates, I'm having a hard time keeping up. If you didn't make it to our brunch, you really did miss out on a wonderful morning. Many of the ladies made new friends and renewed old friendships with others. Your Yacht Club Bridge were all there and what a handsome group they were, all dressed in their official uniforms.

Our monthly luncheon had a good turnout. Five of our new brunch friends came to our luncheon, and we all sat at the board table and just talked and talked. We had a great lunch upstairs with our marvelous view. Thanks Bob and staff!

First Mates are planning an English Tea to be held on a Sunday afternoon in late January or early February. Watch your Jib Sheet for the exact date. The ideas for the tea seem to be growing and growing with many new thoughts and great enthusiasm.

First Mates have a new board member, Erlene Poole has graciously accepted a position as Trustee. The new chairperson of the Telephone Committee is Jimmy Allen, and her cochair is Janice Spiry. A very warm welcome to all of you.

Our next Board Meeting is Fri., Nov. 7, 11:30 am in the Commodore's Room. Thanks to everyone for helping make First Mates a great group of women and hope to see you all at our November 20 luncheon.

Marge Pisarczuk, First Mates President

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Fleet Captain's Report

We are starting off this new year at the BYC with lots of plans in the works.

Brian and Gretchen Erga have volunteered to be the Cruise Chair Team for the BYC Cruises this year. Our cruise schedule is in the planning stages and we will have wallet cards with the schedule available at the Tom and Jerry Party, which is also the Grand Opening of our remodeled downstairs. To start our cruising season is the Around the County Race on Nov. 7­9. Meeting at Blakely on Friday night and Roche on Saturday night.

The next event is the Sailing Awards Banquet on Nov. 14 at the BYC. I hope to see all of our racers, crews, and committee volunteers there to pick up their hardware. We will have a Sailors' Surprise Buffet at $12/pp. Elections for the upcoming year will also be held. PLEASE call the BYC for reservations. PLEASE!!!

The Lighted Boat Parade and Special People Cruise plans are well under way. Get those decorating ideas going. I would also like to announce that Marlene Bolster has agreed to be the Opening Day Chair for 1998. Big thanks to Marlene. Give her a call to volunteer to help.

And remember if you want to be a part of the 1998 Pacific Rim Challenge give Gretchen Erga a call at 676-8088.

Watch your Jib Sheet for more events both on the water and at the club.

Karen Callery, Fleet Captain

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Sailing Awards Banquet

Mark your calendars, be ready to pick up your hardware and enjoy the redecorated Ward Room.

The annual Sailing Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, November 14, at the Bellingham Yacht Club. Cocktails and dinner at 6 pm, the awards ceremony starts at 7 pm.

Elections for the upcoming year will be held for the Sail Fleet Captain, Race Committee Chair, and Protest Chair. A Sailors Surprise Banquet will be available for $12. Hope to see you there!

Karen Callery, Fleet Captain

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Programs Committee Notes

The Programs Committee is off to a great start with a newly redecorated Club to show off to all the members. We will have a Grand Re-Opening of the Club on November 26, at 6 pm, the Tom and Jerry Night, hosted by the officers of the Club. There will light appetizers available. Please come and see what so many volunteers have made possible and enjoy one of the great Club events. Also around the corner is the Lighted Boat Parade, Sunday, December 14, which now has a sponsor, The Sextant Mutual Funds of Saturna Capital Corporation. Nick Kaiser, BYC member and President of Saturna Capital, is entering his boat and will be awarding a perpetual trophy, The Sextant Mutual Fund Trophy, for best overall boat on the water. There will be a buffet and prizes after the parade and we look forward to lots of community involvement.

Special People Cruise, is Wednesday, December 17, please call the office for more information.

Pandora Larner, Program Committee Chair

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Fridays at Five --Ghosts of Christmas Past

Come one, come all. All-BYC Christmas Party, "Fridays at Five the Fifth," December 5 at the Club. Ghosts of Christmas Pasts. Past Commodore Ross, Past First Mates President Boland are the hosts.

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Lighted Boat Parade

The Bellingham Yacht Club Annual Lighted Boat Parade will be held Sunday, December 14, 1997.

"Boats away" from the docks is at 5 pm and rendezvous at the Alaska Ferry Terminal at 5:30 pm. Review boat for the parade will be Wizard, captained by Bellingham Yacht Club's 1997 Boating Family of the Year, Brian and Gretchen Erga.

Register at BYC prior to 5 pm Sunday, December 14. Be sure to decorate your boat! There will be prizes.

For further information, call Bellingham Yacht Club at (360) 733-7390, or Pandora Larner at Sextant Funds (360) 734-9900. See the December Jib Sheet for more details.

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Race Report

Not too much racing going on these days, Fall is almost over, Winter is heading our way. Time to curl up in front of the fire and reread the sailing logs. Here's a quick recap of what's happened lately. The Fall Series was a six-race series over three weekends with Jamoca, Kaladi, Impetuous, Honker, Best Revenge, Miles II Go, Trumpeter, Prelude, Zepher and Mick's E5.9 participating.

For all-out excitement the Jack Island Race on October 4 was right up there. Winds were between 28 and 32 knots true with a few heavier gusts thrown in. The upwind punch was fast and a bit rough for the yachts Impetuous, Jamoca, Honker, Trumpeter, Miles II Go and Zepher, but the downwind ride was really quick. Not sure what others were doing for speed but on Miles (Catalina 27) we crashed and burned downwind through the waves with spinnaker flying. I'm not going to tell you how many times we rounded up, but with the boat on its feet most of the time we were in the high 10s almost touching 11 knots. What a great ride!

There were two ABC challenges this year. The ABC challenge #1 took place in Anacortes on October 12. Miles II Go was there representing the Bellingham Yacht Club and finished 1st in Division B. I believe Eventide won the A division. It was also Team Racing with a boat from the A Fleet, B Fleet, and a Lido 14 which were racing on a separate course. Team BYC was made up of Miles, Don Childs' DoubleTime, and a Lido 14, and placed 4th overall out of eight different teams.

October 18 was the ABC challenge #2 hosted by the CYC here on the Bay. Two teams were made up of the six entries. An A, B, and C boat. Team BYC was Miles II Go, Best Revenge, and Rob Galbraith's Ghoster. Team CYC was Overture, Mike Reed's new Islander 36, Rubyicon, and Rocky Goodhope's Flamenca. It was a reverse start with the slowest boat starting first. There were three very fun and competitive races. Which team won? It was all tied up after race #2. I think we'll have to wait for the Awards Banquet to find out, but I can tell you it was very close!

Also on October 18 the two J36s Jamoca and Impetuous were in Seattle to take part in the two day PSSC. After a rough and windy day one, Jack Gerity's Impetuous put the hammer down on Sunday and won their division.

Dave Lowe

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'Round the County Race Update

It's that time of the year again when sailors and power boaters join forces. Friday, November 7, we will again meet at Blakley Island Marina for fun, sleep overs and games. A power boat will pick up crew at the Orcas Island Ferry Dock at 7:50 pm to bring them back to Blakley Marina. We will again rendezvous at Roche Harbor on Saturday, November 8 for more fun, sleep overs, and games before continuing the last leg of the race. For reservations and head count, please contact Marlene Bolster at 671-5772.

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United States Yacht Club Challenge

Are you an avid sailor who has raced them all, but wants more? If so, you should seriously consider the United States Yacht Club Challenge. "What is this?" you ask.

The Yacht Club Challenge is a four-day major regatta encompassing all aspects of monohull sailing, including dinghy racing, small keelboat racing, offshore yacht racing, race management, sailing administration, and junior sailing.

It is a "Yacht Club" Challenge because each yacht club invited gets a team score from its participating boats for each of the above events. This prestigious event is by application only and is extremely hard to qualify for. Considering that only 10 yacht clubs in the U.S. are invited per year, we need an impressive resume to qualify. This regatta is usually held in Southern California, but don't worry, all boats are supplied!

Until this year, the Bellingham Yacht Club hasn't even received an application for this event, so now is the time to come together as a Club and show 'em what we can do.

If you are interested in this event, please contact the office staff at the Club and drop off your sailing resume. The due date for the April event is October 1; however, some planning is required, so get on the stick and let's rip it up.

Mike Visser, Junior Sailing Coach


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