Get Informed

Education for BYC Members

Welcome to the "Get Informed" page

We are planning a series of educational, informative and entertaining presentations, seminars and workshops this year.   Please re-visit this page as we add new events and let us know what you want.

David Shepherdson, Trustee and Chair, Education Committee

Upcoming Presentations

Cruising to Desolation Sound

In this informative and fun session, 5 women mariners that participated in the BYC Desolation Sound Cruise last summer will share their experiences.  They'll discuss practical things such crossing the border, provisioning, routes and destinations, and cruising with dogs as well as share stories and pictures from their adventure to one of the most beautiful cruising destinations on the planet.  

If you're considering cruising to Desolation Sound, you'll definitely want to come hear what these ladies have to say.  

Presenters include:  Vickie Olson, Regan Haines, Jane Bright, Karin Colgove, and Julie Hoffman.  

Please Join us:

Friday, February 17th at 7:00pm in the BYC Wardroom downstairs.   This presentation is free to members and $5 for non-members.  PLEASE REGISTER by clicking on the link in the heading.

Electrical Systems  4 - System Design Considerations

Our very own club members and marine electrical experts Scott McEniry and Andy Neuman have put together four presentations on marine electrical systems for our members this winter. Each presentation is a standalone, no need to attend the others if you don't need that information.


If you are thinking about electrical upgrades, whether you are doing it yourself or contracting it out, this information will help your project be successful.


This is the third presentation and will cover:

DC Systems

Load Calculations


Circuit protection

AC Systems

Shore Power


7:00pm, on March 2nd in the BYC Ward Room.  Click the link in the heading for more information and to REGISTER.  This presentation is free to members, $5 for non-members.


Introduction to the BYC 2023 Racing Season

North Sound Party Circuit,  ABC Challenge, Numb Bum Series, Long Distance Series, Pitch..  There is a lot going on with our BYC Racing program this year.  

Join Sail Fleet Captain John Stocklass to learn about the many opportunities this year to race against your fellow and regional club members.  

This is also a great chance to meet with your fellow racers before the season starts on March 18th with the Vendovi Island Race. Tall stories in the bar to follow.

7:00pm, on March 9th.  Click the link in the heading above to REGISTER.  
North U Boatspeed/Trim Seminar

Registration  Here

No matter what you race, you’ve got to be fast to win. If you race sailboats, then the North U Boatspeed Seminar is for you.

The North U Boatspeed Seminar covers boatspeed all the way around the course. Upwind topics include mainsail and jib trim, helming, and a special Trim Solutions section to solve the most baffling problems in upwind performance. The Trim curriculum shows how angle of attack, depth, and twist combine to control upwind performance, and how to change trim to improve performance. The interactive Sail Shaper allows you to see how changes in sail controls change sail shapes, while video clips show real life trim and performance technique.

Skippers and crew members will benefit equally from these seminars.  If you are a skipper consider inviting your crew along.

While directed primarily at racers, cruisers can also benefit from this seminar, cruise faster, closer to the wind, and with less heeling.

This is an all day seminar.

Saturday March 18, 2023, BYC Marina Room

North U Tactics Seminar

Registration Here

It takes more than speed to win races. The North U Tactics Seminar teaches the strategy and tactics you need to turn your speed into a podium finish. Starts, upwind, downwind, mark rounding: With top instructors and refined curriculum you'll learn techniques to improve your game all the way around the course. 

Skippers and crew members will benefit equally from these seminars.  If you are skipper consider inviting your crew along.

This is an all day seminar.

Sunday, March 19, 2023, BYC Marina Room.

The Race to Alaska (R2AK) and other human and sail powered PNW Adventure Races

The Race to Alaska (aka R2AK) is an annual 750-mile adventure race from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska. There are only two rules: no engine of any kind is allowed aboard, and racers can utilize no form of pre-planned support. First place gets $10k, second place gets a set of steak knives. Glory to the rest. 

R2AK Race Marshal Jesse Wiegel from the Northwest Maritime Center will be presenting.  He will walk us through the history of the race, how and why it was created, some points about the race area, a deep dive on several of the record-holding teams, and different ways people can get involved - from volunteering, to spectating on various (completely free!) platforms.

Jesse is also the Director of two other local events that he will talk about. SEVENTY48 is a 70-mile, 48-hour human-powered race from Tacoma to Port Townsend, pitting any form of non-motorized and non-sail powered vessel against one another. Salish 100 is a cruising event that travels the length of the Puget Sound each summer.

7:00pm, on April 27th.  Click the link in the heading above to REGISTER.  Free to members, $10 for non members.

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