BYC Jib Sheet October 1998 <>

October 1998

Jib Sheet

Contents of this issue

Final Recommendations of the Vision and Financial Review Task Force

On September 17, 1998 the Vision and Financial Review Task Force delivered its final report to the Bellingham Yacht Club Board of Trustees. While the Board did not accept, reject or amend any of the recommendations, they did present the report to a special General Membership meeting held the same evening. The Task Force did find that there were irregularities in how the bookkeeping had been done in the past. There was absolutely no indication that any of this was intentional, rather it occurred as a result of a number of items, including changing bookkeeping and accounting procedures over the past couple of years.

The Financial Review Committee recommended:

  1. Adhere to proper accounting methods, charging all expenses to proper expense accounts.
  2. Create new expense accounts for each year's expenditures (Pitch 97, Pitch 98, etc.).
  3. Revenues for activities must be used only for expenses of that activity.
  4. No reimbursement without expense account number, proof of purchase, and Chair's signature.

The Expense and Revenue Committee was created by the task force to explore ideas in cutting costs and generating revenue. They focused primarily on cutting costs and tabled the issue of due reduction until we have a better understanding of BYC financial status.

Recommendations included:

  1. Eliminate Visa/MC option for payment.
  2. Reduce dues notices to biannual.
  3. Initiate use of a general ledger.
  4. Initiate use of a chart of accounts.
  5. Ask members if they prefer to receive Jib Sheet via web or mail.
  6. BYC to have one employee...all others to be on contract.
  7. Eliminate physical damage clause on all boats currently insured (exception: the Whalers).
  8. Reduce Jib Sheet to 6X year with alternating monthly flyers.
  9. Reduce premium on Officer's and Director's insurance by providing accurate information to insurance company.

The Vision Committee worked very hard on trying to determine what the vision of the yacht club should be. Indeed, there is still discussion on this since part of the vision cannot be defined until the disposition of the debt of the building is determined. For example, should the BYC have a full-time paid staff who works Tues.-Sat. 9-5? Or should we be a volunteer club? It is a combination now. The Vision Committee Chair, Bob Knudson, did an excellent summary of the issues facing the club. Copies can be obtained from the BYC Office.

Final recommendations of the Task Force for the BYC include:

  1. Recognize that our mission statement is the basis for our vision: "To foster recreational boating activities in Bellingham and vicinity by providing a support organization, a clubhouse, and other facilities and equipment, to serve the social needs of its members to the extent possible while managing the Club's objectives in a fiscally responsible manner."
  2. Realize that until the financial issues are resolved that the BYC will have to rely on volunteers.

The last committee of the Task Force was the Building Committee. They were asked to evaluate all the possible opportunities for eliminating the debt of the building, which included everything from selling it, to keeping it, and just about everything else in-between. This Committee is to be commended for taking on a very hard issue for which they did an outstanding job.

The Building Committee's recommendation was accepted by the Task Force with four amendments added. Their recommendations are:

  1. Form a "holding corporation."
  2. Sell shares to BYC members in holding corporation.
  3. Holding corporation buys the building from the bank.
  4. A separate board elected to run the building.

The amendments added by the Task Force were:

  1. Review language of current restaurant lease to ensure this does not constitute a sale (the leaseholders have a First Right of Purchase).
  2. Issue 7500 shares of preferred stock at $100 each.
  3. Set a minimum requirement for the sale of 3150 shares.
  4. Present for vote to membership in 30 days.

During the presentation by the Task Force to the Board of Trustees, it was decided by the Board that the best way to present the information on the Building Committee's report was to have first the Task Force present its recommendations (including the amendments), and then have the Building Committee provide their report. This was done because the Building Committee felt very strongly that the amendments would hinder the formation of the holding company. As a result, there ended up being two reports...the Task Force Report and the Task Force Building Sub-Committee Report given to both the board and the membership.

There was considerable discussion by the attending membership about the holding corporation and what emerged from the meeting was that the Commodore will be assisted by several volunteers to find people to start forming the holding company within the next few weeks. The Commodore also said he would like to see the holding company concept be presented back to the General Membership for a vote October 14.

In summary, both the Cochairs are tremendously proud of the work everyone did, especially the Building Committee. The Task Force completed its work and it is work all members can be proud of. Copies of the recommendations and attached documents can be obtained from the BYC Office. Thank you again to all who participated.


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Results of the 1st Annual Great Bellingham Bay Predicted Log Race

On September 12, 1998, the 1st Annual Great Bellingham Bay Predicted Log Race took place. And what a race it was. Without a doubt the debate and discussion on the finer points of who did better and who did what will continue well into the next century. Without question everyone who attended had fun...and that is the main point of a predicted log race. All the fancy instructions and techniques pointed out in the last couple of Jib Sheets showed once again that the best laid plans of mice and menŠ

While the exact details of why the best overall time was ultimately used as the determination of the winner by the race committee, let it be said that there may be a few skippers who are not quite adept at reading charts and plotting locations of marks (even ones shown on charts). It might also be suggested that even though photographs of all marks were displayed at the pre-race meeting, skippers continue to this day to say they thought the photos were taken someplace else. In spite of all this, fun was had by all, especially the non-BYC members who volunteered to assist as observers. And now the results for the approximately 21.5-nautical mile course with 12 marks.

In 1st Place, coming in a mere 43 seconds early of his predicted time, was Commodore Bradley in Fast Change. In 2nd Place, coming in 9 minutes and 50 seconds early, was Past Commodore Ross in Serendipity. In 3rd Place coming in 18 minutes and 5 seconds early was Ron Erickson in Intrepid. And now for the most coveted Last Place award, coming in 14 minutes and 30 seconds late was Steve Moore in Hyper.

Had all participants been using the same Bellingham Bay Chart (they ranged from a 1963 edition on up), and had they all started in the same place (because one contestant miss-marked another's starting point), and had they all headed for the right marks, the results would be slightly different: Steve Ross in Serendipity would have come in 1st with a 6.5% error. Commodore Bradley in Fast Change would have come in 2nd with a 8% error. Ron Erickson in Intrepid would have come in 3rd with a 32% error. Steve Moore in Hyper can rest assured that he would have still kept the coveted Last Place Award.

Credit for the information on how to run a predicted log race must be given to the North American Cruiser Association via the web at http://www.predictedlog.org/index.html


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PITCH 1998: Fun in the Sun

Bellingham Yacht Club's 25th Anniversary PITCH/Hospice Cup IV Regatta brought sailors together again. PITCH was founded 25 years ago with the philosophy of bringing sailors from all over the area to Bellingham for exciting racing and fellowship. Labor Day weekend was still summer and as the racers waited for the wind, all types of water activities took place, from swimming and halyard diving, to spreader jumping and a few games of "chase the boat around the boats"!

As the wind filled in, racing got serious, and those who didn't win Saturday, focused on doing better on Sunday. After a day on the water, the BumbleBees kept our minds off the tribulations of the day's racing with music and dancing and excellent camaraderie.

Sunday blew in famously, and at 10 am the racing was on again, with a nice blue-sky 12-knot southeasterly. Three good races kept everyone busy as the race committee eeked out every bit of boat-moving energy from the diminishing wind. It was still hot!!!

Again this year, Bellingham Yacht Club teamed up with the Northwest Visiting Nurse Foundation and all the fun the sailors had culminated in raising more than $58,000 for the Hospice organizations. In the past four years, BYC's PITCH/Hospice Cup regattas have raised over $220,000. This can make all participants, organizers, and sponsors, VERY proud!

Surfer Girl with three firsts and two seconds, for a total of 7 points against nine others tallied the lowest point/competitor ratio to gain the coveted "Hospice Cup Trophy." Congratulations go to Pat Kershaw and his crew for an incredible performance.

Congratulations go out to The Boss in division 1, Jamoca in division 2, Surfer Girl in division 3, Toast in division 4, Scimitar in division 5 (the closest matched phrf division), Mickey Mouse in division 6, and Macushla in division 7. All winners worked hard to get their names on the perpetual Hospice Cup class trophies and their invitation to the fall Grand Prix regatta.

Thanks for coming to Bellingham Yacht Club's 1998 PITCH/Hospice Cup IV, see you next year.

Complete results are available on our website at www.byc.org/pitch


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Northwest Washington Fair Booth

The Bellingham Yacht Club, for the first time, had a booth at the NW Washington Fair this year. Everyone who took part in working at the booth felt it was well worth it to participate. The booth provided good visibility for the Club and generated more than 30 leads of people who expressed an interest in learning more about the Club. We also had a drawing for 50 BYC Cookbooks and received over 80 entries.

Thanks go to Roberta McCord, Bob and Rose Knudson, Loraine Boland, and to Ray Nelson for helping decorate the booth. We also want to thank everyone who worked at the Fair during the week: Dick Johnson, Mimi Gardner, Marge & Ted Pisarczuk, Clara & Dick Severson, Denise & Phil Dyer, June & Oli Olson, Dave Bradley, Chuck & Roberta McCord, Rose & Bob Knudson.


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Fleet Captain's Report

Karen Callery, Fleet Captain

PhewŠ It's been a busy summerŠ lots of regattas and cruising activities. I hope everyone has enjoyed the water and the great weather. I would like to thank all of the volunteers for their hard work in the past few months for the Sears, Bemis, Smythe Regatta, PITCH, Pacific Rim Challenge, Bellingham Bay One Design, BYC Race Series, and the Commodores Picnic. It takes a lot of hard work and commitment from all of you to make these events happen. I sincerely thank each and every one of you. I have enjoyed working with all of you during my term as Fleet Captain.

The Commodore's Picnic

It was a beautiful day at Inati Bay for Commodore Bradley's picnic. About 40 people were present. The traditional Commodore's Cup Race was held by the sail fleet. Congratulations to Catspaw for the win. There was plenty of food, drinks, and the traditional volleyball game. A good time was had by all who attended.


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Letter of Thanks to BYC Members

The National Junior Sailing Championships recently hosted by the Bellingham Yacht Club brought out the best in many people‹not just the fine young sailors who will go on to be our Olympic athletes and America's Cup competitors, but the best in a lot of unpaid, hard-working volunteers who deserve thanks. Special mention should be made of some: Al Callery for providing race committees for entire week; Lisa Black who found temporary housing for 93 of these young people in homes throughout the area; Meredith Ross, Lynn Hamilton, and Ann Whitmyer for keeping them fed; Steve Moore for organizing all the spectator and judging boats so generously donated by the community; Mike Visser for keeping the racers on the water and all the boats working; Mike Adams from Baron & Company for the good publicity; Diane Moore for being the head mom; and chairperson Dr. Steve Ross for making the whole thing happen. These folks, and many others put a good face on Bellingham, and I feel humbled by the efforts of those mentioned. I wish to thank them all for a world-class event.
Robert Knudson


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Bellingham Sailor Wins U.S. Men's Sailing Championship at Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Meredith Ross

Bellingham sailor and BYC Junior Racing coach Mike Visser, representing Area H with Dalton Bergen and Kevin Guitran sailing under the burgee of Corinthian Sailing Club of Olympia, won the U.S. Men's Sailing Championship, known as the Mallory Cup, at Royal Victoria Yacht Club, September 12, 1998. Check out the website: www.harborwatch.com/mallory

The Clifford D. Mallory Cup, which is named after the first president of U.S. Sailing, was first awarded in 1952. The cup itself is a silver tureen first presented to the family of Admiral Lord Nelson by Sultan Selem III in 1817 in appreciation of Nelson's victory in 1798 over Napoleon.

This is a ladder event starting at the club level, fleet racing. The event was raced in Thunderbird sailboats provided by generous owners in the Victoria.

The event started September 8 with registration and practice, and competitors represented seven of the ten U.S. Sailing areas of the United States. Mike and his team took first place in four of the seven races held over a four-day period, with a total score of 14 points. This even includes one team member going overboard in the final race and treading water while his team mates debated going back for him (they did). The second place team lagged far behind with 23 points. Congratulations, Mike!


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Programs Committee Update

The Programs Committee will meet at 5 pm on October 2.

Fridays at 6 pm
October 2, 6 pm Meet the New Board. Cocktails provided, please bring an hors d'ouvres
October 21, 6:30 pm Membership Mixer/Octoberfest. Beer tasting and hors d'ouvres. $15 per person. Call Steve at Breakwater Restaurant for reservations 671-2030
November 6, 6 pm Program to be announced. No Host Bar

Tom & Jerry Party, November 25. Specifics to be announced

Member Mixer: Wine Maker's Dinner, Wednesday, December 9. Specifics to be announced


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First Mates

Marge Pisarczuk, First Mates President

It is with a sense of sorrow this will be my last First Mates column in the Jib Sheet.

After discussion at the Sept. 4 board meeting, it was decided that First Mates will not have formal board meetings, but will serve as an auxiliarly board to the programs committee to combine forces to make a stronger organization. Rather than the First Mates sponsoring monthly luncheons, the bridge players will meet at the Breakwater starting in October. Call the Breakwater for reservations.

I would like to thank the First Mates Board members for all their help and effort in providing the many affairs this past year.


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Welcome Aboard: New Members

Beth & David Toraason
Michael & Laurie Rusk


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Coming Events

Blue Gavel Meeting: Oct. 7 € 5:30 pm Social, 6 pm Dinner (Commodores' Room)

Installation of Officers: Oct. 7 € 7:30 pm
Come early and socialize by having dinner at the Breakwater around 6 pm.

Octoberfest Member Mixer: October 21
BYC Members Only
6:30 pm Beer Tasting & Hors d'ouvres
$15 per person in Breakwater Restaurant Dining Room
Please Call Steve at the Breakwater to Reserve, 671-2030

Commodore's Ball: November 14


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