Bellingham Yacht Club

2021-2022 Flag Officers

2021-2022 COMMODORE

Kevin Schwitter


Welcome to the Bellingham Yacht Club website.  I am proud to be Commodore of this outstanding organization.  I have spent all my adult life based in Bellingham enjoying activities both above and below the water.  Whether you are a member or an interested community member, many answers to your questions about the BYC can be found here. 


BYC is a volunteer organization and the activities and events found on these pages represent thousands of hours of dedicated members’ volunteer time to help each other and the larger Bellingham community enjoy activities on the Salish Sea.  Browse these pages and see what the BYC has to offer.


Cathy Herbold


I have been cruising the waters of Pacific Northwest with my family both in sail and now a trawler for well over 30 plus years. After graduation from WWU we left this beautiful part of the country to pursue careers and life. My path led me into the telecommunications industry with roles in Executive sales, business development and finally creating a successful consulting firm in the industry.


In the early 90’s our dream to return to Bellingham and the salt water happened. That led me to my second passion, developing non-profits. I built and managed funding for multiple organizations. My ability to create organizations that understood how to develop funding by using the volunteers that were passionate about them has been a key to my success.



Jim Haines


Jim is a Washington native, having been born and raised in Edmonds, where his grandfather, uncle, and father ran a family sport fishing/boat rental business. He attended Meadowdale High School and Washington State University. Jim served four years in the Coast Guard, first as an enlisted sailor and later as a junior officer. After the service he attended law school in Salem, Oregon. He practiced law and taught law school before being appointed U.S Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Maine.


After 23 years on the bench, and a two-year stint teaching law at the University of Maine, Jim and his wife, Regan, moved to Bellingham, joining the BYC in 2016. Jim has served two years on the BYC Board, acting as Finance Committee chair. He and Regan own a 28′ Cutwater, the TimberMaiden, in which they enjoy cruising our beautiful environs.


Rich Sandeen


Shaun Thompson


Shaun has been on the water all of his life. It starts with his dad teaching him to SCUBA dive at the age of 12, followed by owning his first boat at the age of 16. He was born in Virginia, moving up and down the east coast unit age of 8 when his family settled in Gig Harbor, WA.


Shaun joined the BYC in May 2011 and has been active in volunteerism.  Shaun became a BYC Trustee in January 2016, being appointed by the 2016 Commodore to fill a first year Trustee vacancy.  Shaun finished the rest of the Trustee term and was voted in as Fleet Capitan in September 2017. 


Shaun continued through the Flag officers’ positions, being voted in as Rear Commodore in September 2018 and Vice Commodore in September 2019 and Commodore in September 2020. 


Christina Geise