Contents of this issue
Steve Moore was elected Commodore, Jack Black Vice Commodore, Karen Callery Rear Commodore, and Bob Knudson Fleet Captain at the Election Meeting held on September 15 in the Club Ward Room. Each serves a one-year term beginning with the first Wednesday in October, in accord with the Bylaws.
Chosen as Trustees were Dick Johnson, Ray Poorman, and Tom Selman. They will serve a two year term. Another Trustee will be appointed by the Board in October (if you're interested, call Steve Moore at 647-2356).
The “Installation of Officers” will take place on Wednesday, October 6, 1999, in the Ward Room, at 1830 hours. Free refreshments and appetizers will be served beginning at 1730, courtesy of an anonymous donor. The ceremonies will be under the guidance of the BYC chapter of The International Order of the Blue Gavel , an organization of Past Commodores.
While Officers Moore, Black and Callery are moving up through the chairs as is traditional, Fleet Captain Knudson is serving his second term as Fleet Captain, now that the office of Secretary is an appointed one.
Moore will become the 63rd Commodore of the Club in its 79-year history. Callery, if she succeeds in reaching the Commodore's post, will be the first female Commodore at the BYC, although many other clubs have had female officers in recent years. As has virtually always been true, all the “bridge” has served previously in Board of Trustees and committee posts at our Club.
The election night activities included an informal reception in the Ward Room, as well as voting on the charter change (see page 5).
Over 55 boats from Western Washington and Canada gathered on the Bay for the 26th annual P.I.T.C.H. regatta, hosted by the BYC. Saturday morning, racers were met with sunshine and 12-15 knots of wind out of the South. The first race was a long course, with most boats opting to go to the beach instead of risking the bad current in the middle. The committee set a shorter course for the second race, as winds began dying. This was a light air race with shifts and bad air; there were also truck-size globs of eelgrass to avoid! By 4:00, the wind quit! The committee called off the third race (having just gotten two starts in), and everyone motored back to the club. Everyone dined on Lasagna from the Breakwater Restaurant and listened to the sounds of group Howlin' Wood.
Sunday started out with overcast skies and winds into the mid-teens. Then a line of black water appeared on the southern horizon, quickly prompting everyone to shift down to smaller headsails and reef sails. By the start of the first race, the wind was above 35 knots with 3-4 foot seas. The course was short, requiring crews to think quickly about traffic.
What began as a race turned into collective carnage as mainsails ripped (Keladi, Honker, Flamenca), spinnakers exploded (Keladi again!), and one mast folded over (Becuna). Racers were quick to help each other out. Several sailors went over the sides of boats, all were quickly recovered by fast-acting crewmembers. Mike Anderson on the West Marine boat, and maritime photographer Kelly O'Neil stood by for Becuna as she limped back into the harbor, her rig loose except for one set of lower shrouds.
Persistent mark boat drivers Shawn and Heather Barrieau kept watch over the finish mark as the competitors battled upwind to the finish. No one envied the race committee on Joe and Judy Coons' Skylark II as they bobbed around! “Kudos to the race committee and the mark boats for hanging in under severe conditions,” said Dave Lowe, one of the competitors who didn't break anything. As conditions worsened, the committee decided to call the rest of the regatta. Committee member Al Callery commented, “Wind averaging, we need wind averaging! It's tough running a regatta, and even tougher when the wind blows the competitors apart.”
The Breakwater Restaurant, not expecting the racers back in so early, shifted into gear to get the BBQ dinner ready. Meanwhile, sailors relaxed in the bar talking over the adventures of the day and awaited the results. P.I.T.C.H. co-chairs Poorman and Nelson presented the trophies. Local boats that took divisional first places: Impetuous, Tenacious Too, Miles II Go, Cheekee Monkey. Second places: Keladi, Enchilada, Honker. Third place: Toast, Flamenca. (For complete results, www.byc.org/pitch.)
Special thanks to this year's sponsors Computer Systems and Services and Shoreline Graphics; final applause was given to all the hardworking volunteers who made this event so successful. Here are the names of everyone who helped out (apologies if we missed someone):
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.
Well, here we go again!
We've got new officers, some new Trustees, and another year of activity is underway at the BYC.
This isn't the first time the Club has changed in management in its 79 years of operation, for sure. And it isn't the first time we've faced challenges and the opportunities that always accompany challenges!
As Commodore Moore takes over, it's an opportunity to observe that each commodore leaves a different stamp on the Club. As Steve defines his, it's easy for us to look back at Commodore Chuck McCord's year and give him lots of credit for taking the Club's finances by the horns and wrestling them into control. As his Assistant Treasurer, I can assure you Chuck always tried to balance “The Good of the Club” in terms of economics with “The Good of the Club” in terms of Member services . . . and I think he's done pretty well and deserves a pat on the back.
Years ago, I remember Commodore Earl Williams saying, “They'll always remember me as the guy who raised the dues”, and bemoaning that fact. Well, Earl, as you read this, I recall that your 1987-88 year was pretty good, after all, and Commodore McCord, yours was, too!
A lot of credit should go the person Chuck calls “Babe”, the same name she calls him, and that's Roberta. Believe me, I've seen this couple pitch in together to tackle some formidable tasks, and they've work hard and effectively on our behalf.
Please join all of your Club's officers and other volunteers on October 6 for a big celebration of the 1998-99 year, and also give Chuck and Roberta McCord a big “Thank You!“ See you then!
The Club Membership at the Election Meeting did more than vote in new officers (page 1), they also approved by a majority vote a change to our State Articles of Incorporation that converts our business entity to a non-profit membership association.
After the Membership voted to delete the stock at our March, 1999 meeting called to discuss that and other issues, the Club hired attorney Hugh Lewis of Bellingham, a specialist in business law. Lewis recommended the change and prepared the necessary resolutions.
After the “routine” filing is received and accepted by the Olympia Secretary of State's office, the Club will be able to do away with its onerous task of accounting for all the shares of stock floating around from members who have died, resigned, and/or moved away. (The stock has had no resale market since the mid-90's.) Next will be to handle the change from an accounting perspective. New Rear Commodore and Assistant Treasurer Joe Coons will be getting counsel on this during the next month; the result should be a more efficient Club with a “cleaner” Balance Sheet!
Finally, the ByLaws will be edited to reflect the changes and submitted to the Membership for approval at a membership meeting.
October 16-17 we'll be cruising to Fairhaven.
John Gargett is still talking about a Y2K Cruise to Princess Louisa Inlet Christmas week for New Year's Eve. Call 734-3499.
Boat Shows are coming up and we expect your BYC will be planning a bus down to Seattle. Stay in touch with the Jib Sheet to make plans.
Fleet Captain Bob Knudson needs your help in planning the activies for spring, summer, and fall 2000. Call him at 734-7756.
These cash contributions total over $12,000 so far, as Members of the BYC send in cash and fulfill over $20,000 in pledges to date. Each reduction in the principal lowers the interest we're paying, too, giving us more money for Club programs in the years to come. 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 Rear Commodore Karen Callery who chairs this fund-raising program.
Clip & Mail to: Treasurer, Bellingham Yacht Club,
2625 Harbor Loop, Bellingham, WA 98225 USA
I want the Club to serve boaters and prosper, and I will contribute $ ________ to the Lifering program.
[ ] Check enclosed [ ] I will pay $________ [monthly] [quarterly]. Bill me.
Please show contributor name(s) on the plaque as:
City, State, Zip: ____________________________________
Phone Number: ____________________________________
The Ship's Store will be open on October 6th during the reception prior to the Installation of Officers. See the new caps, get a burgee, check out the shirts, ties, cookbooks and more! It's not too early to consider a Christmas gift from the Ship's Store, either: Our skilled and courteous sales volunteers will be glad to assist you. (One of our spoons would be good in a Christmas stocking) . . .
For other times, and appointments, call Joe Coons at 647-0288.
October features social, institutional, and boating activities on the calendar . . .
Wednesday, October 6 is the date for Installation of Officers, with the actual program scheduled for 1830 hours (6:30PM). There will be free refreshments and appetizers provided by an anonymous donor beginning at 1730.
October 9, Saturday, sailors have the Jack Island Race on the schedule. The skippers meeting is at 0900, with the start planned for 1000 hours. Keith McLean is your contact at 676-1529.
October 15, Friday, will see a return of “Fridays at Five”, (or whatever it's called,) from 1700-1900 hours (5:00-7:00PM). Again, there'll be “freebees” for all from another donor-Member.
October 16-17 will be the exciting and daring “Cruise to Fairhaven”. Boaters will venture out from the harbor to the Port of Bellingham mooring “raft” at Fairhaven Bay near the Padden Creek facilities, have cocktails, and use their dinghies to reach the historic and charming village of Fairhaven for bookstore browsing and perhaps meals or other shopping. Bob Knudson can be reached for details at 734-7756.
And the Board will meet on October 21 at 1800 hours. All are welcome.
The 1999 Commodore's Picnic was a big success, with over 20 boats and 62 people on hand for the fun.
Volunteers Bob Kehoe, Steve Moore, and Commodore Chuck McCord headed up most the work with lots of participants pitching in cooking hamburgers, sausage, serving lots of salads, pop, beer, fchips, and having a traditional good time.
Roberta McCord and others took lots of photos, and we'll have those in the roster.
Thanks to all!
A completely redesigned BYC Yearbook and Roster will be mailed to all Members at the end of September, according to the all-volunteer committee doing the work. The book is a new, much more complete volume than in past years. As in the past, in addition to the usual membership, boats, officers and board members listings, there is also a complete list of all boats and reciprocal clubs.
But new this year is a discussion of how to use reciprocity, a list of all the committees that were active in 1998-99, and a preliminary report on finances for the year. A roster of the BYC International Order of the Blue Gavel membership is new, as well as a discussion of the flags and flag etiquette. To provide Members with a record of the year's racing, all results to the date on publication will be included. In fact, the complete scoring sheets will be reprinted in the yearbook format.
A listing of FCC channel assignments for our region is added, as is a page of First Aid tips. Several pages of Opening Day photos are included, plus some other photos gathered by the editors during the past year. Also different this year will be the delivery method: All Members of the Club will be mailed the Roster for insert in their BYC binders; you can expect yours in early October.
Thanks to the generosity of BYC's sponsoring advertisers (see list below), the Club is able to keep net out-of-pocket printing and mailing costs minimal.
The Committee notes that it was unable to complete calls to every BYC Member prior to publication; instead, it is enclosing a reply envelope and questionnaire with each Roster so that Members can mail back any corrections and pictures of themselves and their boats for inclusion in a revision mailing of the membership and vessel pages only expected in December. The full roster mailing packet you'll get in October will have full details.
B'ham Marine Repair, 907 W. Holly 734-6326
Yacht Tec, Russell Deptuch 380-5426
Boatyard @ Colony Wharf, 1001 C St. 715-1000
Boat Brokers & Chartering:
Bellhaven Sailing, #18 HM 647-9664
Grand Yachts Northwest, by Gate 3 676-1248
San Juan Sailing, by Gate 3 671-4300
Canvas & Upholstery:
Sea Wind Canvas, #27 HM 650-0810
Squalicum Marine Upholstery, SM 733-4353
Dr. Bob Knudson, 1415 Commercial St. 671-4480
Top to Bottom Detailing, #16 HM 671-7022
Electric Repairs & Supplies:
Rasmussen Marine Electric, SM 671-2992
San Juan Electronics, #1 HM 733-6264
Tri County Engine, 2696 Roeder 733-8880
Charlie Millsap's Fiberglass Repair 224-2266
Special-T Signs, 2206 Pacific St. 734-7617
LFS, Coho Way 734-3336
Redden Marine, 1411 Roeder Ave. 733-0250
Outboard Motors & Repair:
West Coast Marine Services, 1200 “C” 676-8020
Phil Dyer, Muljat Group, 510 Lakeway 739-9900
Breakwater Restaurant, at the Club 671-2030
Matt Harris, Marine Consultants, Inc. 647-6966
Mike McGlenn, Michael K McGlenn Inc. 966-4900
(“SM”=Squalicum Mall, “HM” = Harbor Mall)
MATTHEW L. HARRIS of Reisner, McEwen & Harris (division of Marine Consultants, Inc.) is a Certified Marine Surveyor. Matt has experience with boats of all kinds and sizes, and he can help owners determine what needs to be done to keep or make boats shipshape. He also is a recognized appraiser for boat buyers, sellers, insurance companies and banks, and often surveys boats for owners who want to know what's needed to keep them safe and in top condition, something you might consider while preparing for winter. Call him at 647-6966.
CHARLIE'S FIBERGLASS & REPAIR is a new advertiser with the BYC. Under the skilled hands of Charlie Millsap, you'll get first-class repairs to any of your gelcoat or fiberglass structures from hull to topsides to transom doors to deck boxes! Charlie is especially skilled at matching gelcoat colors: He was lead man in this work at Uniflite, Nordic, then Sea Sport. Now you can have the same expertise that these builders had! Give him a call for a free estimate at 224-2266 (Cell) or 354-8938 ( Home). You'll be glad you did . . .