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Marge Pisarczuk, President, First Mates
Our next First Mates Luncheon is October 16 at 11:30 am. Please make reservations (360-733-7390) no later than Tuesday, Oct. 14. The next Board Meeting is Friday, Oct. 3, 11:30 am at BYC. Our potluck dinner on Friday, August 22, was a big success. Thanks to C.B. Williams for a super job of getting the Ward Room ready for 41 people to enjoy the potluck dinner. Thanks to everyone for coming and making it a such a fun evening!
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Thanks to Marge and the volunteers for the great potluck we had. The food was excellent. The video on New Zealand was fun and I enjoyed sharing Al's and my adventures when we were in N.Z. for the Pacific Rim Challenge.
Plans are in the works for the Around the County Race, with the power fleet once again supporting the sailors. Marlene Bolster and Paul Beich are coordinating the event. Give them a call to assist in the planning/volunteering. Once again we are planning to stay at Blakely Marina.
Believe it or not the Holiday Season is just around the corner. Plans for the Lighted Boat Parade and the Special Peoples' Cruise are beginning. We will need your assistance. Call the BYC office and get your name on the volunteer list.
The Blue Gavel Past Commodores meeting will be Oct. 15 at 5:30 pm in the Commodores' Room of the Breakwater Restaurant.
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We have added voice mail to our telephone system. During business hours your call will be handled by our office staff or a volunteer. When the lines are busy, or after hours, voice messaging will answer your call. You may leave a detailed message for the Commodore (press 1), Membership (press 2), Special Events (press 3), or leave a general message. We want to serve our members as best we can. We hope this will help‹and please leave a message! Or send a fax: 360/733-3601.
Could you imagine a PITCH Regatta on Bellingham Bay without wind?! That's what Michele Johnson, this years PITCH Chair was beginning to think as the 1997 PITCH/Hospice Cup III got underway this past Labor Day weekend. All the preparation by the BYC and Visiting Nurse Foundation were complete. Now it was Saturday, August 30. The Bay was filled with very fast, highly competitive racing yachts from all over the Pacific Northwest and Canada.
The bands ("The Fat James Band," "Fat Cat," and a local favorite "Mulligan Stew") were rocking at Zuanich Point Park, and all that was needed now was just a little wind.
Well, the wind did fill as it always does, it just took a little longer than usual. While the competitors checked gear, took notes and measured each other, the hard-working Race Committee, fighting zephyrs and shifts, got off one good race before it was time to return to the harbor. That evening the BYC rocked to the tunes of the Chrome Dinettes after a great dinner at the Breakwater Restaurant.
On Sunday, the Bay was filled with a dense fog and wisps of breeze. But once again, the sky cleared, the sun came out and after a bit, the wind filled in and the Race Committee was able to get off two more races. Competition was very fierce throughout the many divisions.
At the Awards Banquet, Mike Kirkland of Visiting Nurse Foundation, reported that Hospice was able to raise $60,000 dollars to help support Whatcom and Skagit County Hospice, patients, and families. Honorary Chairman were the four owners of Kismet, a Cal 40 that has achieved quite a remarkable race record under the guidance of Marlene Bolster, Brad Paris, Charlie Guildner, and Chris Thomas.
The J29 Slick was pleased to win the overall trophy with three bullets in a very competitive 10 boat division. Here's how the top three placed in the 10 divisions:
The Junior Sailing team had a great summer under the guidance of coach Mike Visser. The seven team members are practicing for the last circuit regatta of the season, Octoberfest (Seattle). Mike has taken our team to regattas in Seattle, Tacoma, and the Vancouvers (WA and BC). In Tacoma, Ashley Hamilton received 2nd place sailing an Optimist.
Sailors and parents participated in Bellingham Parks & Recreation Kids' Fair in August. A fully-rigged Holder Hawk attracted many kids to our booth providing great public relations for our classes.
The summer Learn to Sail program was very successful thanks to Mike and his two assistants, Shannon Ross and Greg Simmons. More than 60 local kids participated in these programs. Two sailors joined the race team as a result of the summer classes. We welcome aboard three new team members: Robin Lasky (Byte), Adley Bowden (Opti), and Evan Rogers (Opti). The team members who have graduated from our program are Adam Lindsey, Shannon Ross, and Barry Williamson.
Our newly elected parent officers are Lynn Hamilton, Youth Fleet Captain, and Alice Simmons, Youth Fleet Director.
Our sincere thanks go to our retiring fleet officers, Bob Williamson and Marlene Bolster. Thanks also to Paul Beich and Meredith Ross who were instrumental in organizing the summer sailing program.
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It was a beautiful weekend for a race and the regatta drew 150 boats from as far away as Olympia in Washington, and Ontario and British Columbia in Canada. Bob Williamson and Marlen Bolster, the cochairs of the One-Design committee wish to thank every one of the organizing team of more than 30 volunteers for their support and help in the Biggest One Design ever.
Watch the next Jib Sheet for results and commentary. Results weren't quite ironed out by press time.
Don Childs, Race Committee Chairman, AYC (360-293-8365)
On October 11 and 12 the Anacortes Yacht Club will be hosting the Annual Yacht Club Challenge Regatta, along with a Racing Rules Seminar presented by Dick Rose. Dick helped write the 1997-2000 Rule Book. Seating is limited, so please reserve early. This year's Regatta will have team competition with no limits on the number of 3-boat teams each yacht club can field. Headquarters will be the Anacortes Yacht Club, NE corner of Cap Sante Boat Haven.
Applications are still available for sailors interested in participating or competing in the Pacific Rim Challenge 1998. It will be hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, July 11 to 18. There will be two boats per team using Martin 242s. These are 24-ft., fractional rigged boats. Each country will be represented by six sailors, with up to 20 people home hosted. Please call Gretchen Erga 676-8088 for more information.
You have elected to serve as Trustees: Mike Minge, Pete Acalin, Bob Knudson, and C.B. Williams. We had a fine group of candidates for Trustees. Thanks to all and congratulations.
At the September Board Meeting, Commodore Ross appointed the following trustees to fill vacancies. Pandora Larner and Loraine Boland have accepted and have been approved to serve as Trustees. Thanks to Ken and Dick for their fine service.
Dave Bradley has appointed the following persons to serve as Chairpersons for the following committees:
Jack Black, Fleet Captain
As another successful year of boating comes to a close, I would like to thank all the volunteers, members, and everyone else who helped. It's people like you that make the Club a Club. This year has been particularly trying, as this was our first year with the new restaurant, our new docks, and all the work going on downstairs. Even though all these projects gave us many headaches, with your patience and help we persevered. I am very grateful to all of you, thank you! And to Past Commodore Steve Ross, a very special thanks, because without his trust and faith in me I would not have had the honor of serving as your Fleet Captain. Please continue your help, next year's Fleet Captain will appreciate it.
The BYC Past Commodore's Cruise went to Sidney the weekend of September 13. Thirteen boats attended, sized from Rinke's and Starkenberg's 55-footers to Phil Dyer's 20-footer. The weather could have been better, but didn't dampen any spirits for the weekend.
Hosted by Immediate Past Commodore Norrin Heggem, the BYC treasury went untouched as many prizes were raffled to pay for the drinks and other things. A nice painting of Rosario was the main offering along with dinner certificates provided by The Breakwater Restaurant, the Black Cat in Fairhaven, and Anna's Kaddy Shack in Fairhaven.
Club Burgees, cookbooks, and other paraphernalia were raffled as well. This is the weekend Sidney has its Salt Water Festival, with 42 different musical groups performing at three different staging areas playing Celtic music and sea chanties. Good music and lot of fun--plan on attending next year!