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Bill Rumbold, Commodore
Bob Bachman, Vice Commodore
Rod Perryman, Rear Commodore
Charles Billings, Secretary
Budget Request for the Youth Program
Float Committee Report
The Fleet Captain's Locker
Regatta for Power
Opening Day Boat Entry Announcement
From your WebTeam
BYC Corrosion Control
Now Hear This!
Reports from the Bridge
Commodore Bill Rumbold:
This is the time of year when the club's focus of business
turns to the election process for new officers and the development of the
for next year. These are two of the most important functions in a club
like ours that will keep it alive and financially sound and deserves the
attention of all members.
At the first meeting in April, the Nominating Committee, composed of
Past Commodores Burwell, Henry and Carr, will present their slate of
candidates for the positions of Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore,
Treasurer, Secretary and for two seats on the Executive Committee. They
will be looking for individuals that will lead and manage the club through
the next year of 2003/2004. They will be canvassing the membership for
those members that will stand up and take on the responsibility willingly
and work to take the club to new and higher levels. Are the jobs easy?
No, and they can be quite time consuming, but I can personally say they
are very rewarding and are well worth the effort expended. The Bremerton
Yacht Club is an outstanding club and people I have met throughout the
Puget Sound region are constantly asking me what makes our club so strong.
I immediately reply that it is our people that have such concern for it's
well being. If you think you would like to be involved in the management
of the club, give one of the Nominating Committee or a bridge officer a
call. I would be pleased to sit down and tell you anything that I can.
Your interest would be appreciated. Even if you can't make a commitment
for this year, stop and think about it for next year. For you newer
members, the process will cover three meetings. On April 7th the Nominating
Committee will announce their slate for all the positions. The floor will
be opened for additional nominations from the floor. On April 21st, the
floor will be opened again for further nominations from the floor. And
finally, on May 5th we will accept further nominations from the floor and
we will then hold the elections by secret ballot for each position with
the new officers to be installed on May 16th.
The other major responsibility of the club is to approve a
for the next fiscal year from July 1st through June 30th 2004. Because
of the prudent management of the club over the past many years we are financially
sound, with money in the bank and all our property fully paid for and completely
free of debt. There are not a lot of professionally run businesses that
can claim those same bragging rights! You should be proud of the
financial position BYC has attained. In order to maintain this status the
Chairman of the Budget & Fiscal Committee (this year it is Captain
Dale Armstrong), who is a member of the Executive Committee, together with
his committee develops a comprehensive budget covering all aspects of club
operations. This budget is first presented to the Executive Committee for
their review and concurrence before it is presented to the membership for
your approval. As a club member you should be concerned that your money
is budgeted and spent properly. The first presentation of the budget to
the membership will be on April 7th. In past years, the budget was
voted on at the last regular meeting in May. This By Law was recently changed
to allow the membership adequate time to review the budget, ask questions,
resolve issues and then approve it by a majority vote of the members attending
at the time the vote is taken. If all questions and concerns are resolved
the vote need not wait until late May, but can occur at the time the attending
membership so agrees. I felt it necessary to inform you of this change
so that you don't expect that the final approval of the budget must occur
in late May, but could occur earlier. Attendance at the next meetings is
highly encouraged and your participation in the review of the budget is
Captain Doug Smith and his Planning Committee (also a committee of the
Executive Committee) prepared and presented to the membership on March
17th a comprehensive Annual Maintenance Plan, a Major Maintenance &
Repair Plan, and a Facility Replacement Plan. These plans set forth
the program for proposed funding of the maintenance and repair of our facilities,
not only for next year, but out through the next ten years. Doug, you and
your team did and outstanding job! The plan will be presented to the Budget
Committee for use in developing the annual budget.
Your input for the elections and the approval of the budget is extremely
important! Don't sit back and let "the other guy do it all". Get out and
Vice Commodore Bob Bachman:
Some months just seem to fly by and March does seem to have
wings. On second thought, maybe my thoughts of wings and such have come
about because of my unsuccessful attempts at thinning out the pigeon
population at BYC. As many of you know, I built a trap, baited it with
the finest pigeon cuisine, and put in a supposedly female, seductress pigeon.
Well, after having no luck on the roof of the clubhouse I placed this well
equipped trap in Capt. Norm Smiths pigeon loft which is also where he happens
to keep his boat. All that happened was that my pigeon just added to the
mess. Maybe these birds are smarter than we give them credit. Anyway, to
use an historical phrase, the "final solution" seems to be if you are having
bird problems in your shed put up a curtain or net, or, failing that, invest
in a good pellet rifle and plan to spend a few nights in your shed harvesting
Another unsuccessful event this month was the First Ever BYC Garlic
Fest. Six couples signing up was not enough to make it go so I had to cancel
it. Won't try that one again. Pigeons and garlic made for a memorable March.
Maybe pigeons with garlic would have been better.
Capt. Dave Uebele found out that coming to the General Meetings
is more than just an evening of intensely interesting and useful information
but it can also turn out to be profitable. He took home the fishbowl
from the March 7th meeting worth over $250. How's that for a little added
Next big event coming up is Daffodil at Tacoma Yacht Club on April 11th,
12th and 13th. If you're not coming by boat come down by car. It's a fun
filled weekend and we can use your help decorating the float with the thousands
of daffodils. Sunday morning is the boat parade. We've made room in our
trophy case. We're ready!
April 19th is the Kids Easter Egg Hunt and Party put on by our
wonderful Skipperettes, so plan to bring your kids or grandkids and enjoy
April 25th is the Friday Night Social - Captain Ron Party. This social
was done several years back and was a lot of fun and this time Capt. Bret
Halffman has added some new twists. Sign up sheet and flyer are in the
Last item, on the 27th is our April Sunday Breakfast chaired
by Capt. Ron Morse along with First Mate Penny and crew. See his flyer
in this issue of the Towline.
In looking at the calendar I just realized it's now Spring. Now where
did I put that varnish......
Rear Commodore Rod Perryman:
Hi everyone. Spring is definitely in the air and you guessed it, the
Spring Work party is upon us. It is scheduled for April 5th & 6th. As a
reminder, each member is obligated to 16 hours of work party this year. As
of this writing, approximately 90 members have not completed their work
party hours. You’ll find the sign-up sheet in the lounge. Do sign up early
as it makes the Work Party Chairman, Capt. Don Sherwood's job easier in
planning what projects to assign and what materials to order. This will be
a good time to get a lot done now the weather is getting better. Let's
hope we don't have April Showers, but even if we do, we will still have
the work party.
Sorry we had to miss the St. Patrick Day Cruise to Gig Harbor. I hear a
great time was had by all who attended. Angela and I were a little further
south attending the Olympia Yacht Club J. O. Ball.
Don't forget the Easter Bunny will be hiding eggs in the park again this
year. So please sign in on the sign up sheet in the clubhouse lounge. The
Easter Bunny's helpers need an idea of how many little egg finders to
I want to say a BIG thank you to Capt. Duey McBride for finding a new home
for the electric organ. It has been donated to the Bremerton Symphony
Auction. I am sure this will be a way of getting a wonderful new home for
That's all from me for now. Hope everybody has a fun time cruising this
Spring and Summer. Lots to look forward to in the next few
months. Daffodil and Opening Day to mention a few. Hope to see you out
Comments from the Secretary
Points of interest from the Executive Committee meeting
of 10 March 2003.
Mr. Jack Flood elected to membership with Obligation Ceremony to be held
on 17 March.
Heavy Weather Weekend came in even with budget.
Fishing Derby had 7 participants with no fish caught.
Capt. Leedy reviewed the proposed Electrolysis Detection Training
Next Work Party scheduled for 5 & 6 April.
Preliminary Budget Proposal presented by Capt. Dale Armstrong.
Signed Memorandum of Agreement with Anderson Island Fire & Rescue
received. AIF&R allowed to keep their fire boat at BYC
Oro Bay pier on a non-interfering basis for up to 6 months.
Audit Committee report presented by P/C Risch.
Club Store survey sheets reviewed by Club Store Chair, Capt. Ron
Youth Sailing Program reviewed with presentation to the membership
scheduled for the General Meeting on 7 April.
Vendors approved for on-site service include: Kitsap Marine Industries
(Signal Yacht Sales), Gig Harbor Yacht Sales, and Robt. R. Wheeler Canvas
P/C Henry noted that BYC still has a need for dressed and/or decorated
sailboats for Opening Day.
Captain Charlie Billings
Sailing Program is requesting $15,000 for the purchase of seven (7)
sailing dinghies, including building material for two (2) 10'X20' dinghy
docks and storage racks for the boats. Per BYC Bylaws, any request for
funds exceeding $10,000 (that was not included on the annual budget approved
by the membership) must be presented to the membership, published in the
Towline, and presented to the membership again prior to a vote on the request.
If approved, the funds for this program will be disbursed from this fiscal
year's operating budget.
BYC Funds Requested for Youth Sailing
Capt. Joe Payne, Sail Regatta Chair, provided a
presentation on the program at the 17 March general meeting. This article
constitutes the written notification to the membership. A vote on this
request will be held at the next general membership meeting on 07 April
A display outlining the program (including course curriculum, schedule,
proposed boats, proposed dock location, staffing requirements, and operating
budget) is set up in the BYC Main Ballroom. In addition to the Youth Sailing
Program, these boats will be available for check out by club members, use
during club functions (Oro Bay, etc.), youth and adult sail competition,
etc. Additional information on the program is also included in this Towline.
Please review this material and stop by the club for a look at the display.
December Float Committee Report
Berths available for bid
Boathouse Slip # 328
Contingent on the sale of the boat and boathouse. The maximum
shed size for this space is 19X50 including standoffs. Call Capt. Tibbits
at 253-761-5950 for questions on boat or boathouse.
Common Cover Slip # 210
Contingent on the finalization of the excepted offer
on the boat. The maximum length is defined as the open waterway between
the walkway and a Line that extends along the outside edge of the pilings
securing the north club Cover, approximately 52 feet.
Heavy Weather weekend is Feb. 14, 15, & 16. If you are moored
under the common cover and you are planning to race let me know so that
we can find a non-racer to trade slips with you prior to the timbers going
up. The timbers will be put up Thursday Feb. 13th at 1300 and removed on
the 16th at 1300. We will also need a block of slips on the north side
of "A" string for contestant check in. Information can be put in the Float
Chairman mailbox, or you can give me a call at 782-0219.
The next Float Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday Feb. 11, at 1900.
Chairman, Float Committee
At our March luncheon, we were pleased to welcomed into membership
Sharon Woodworth, wife of BYC member Woody, and Pam Smith, wife of BYC
Regatta for Sail
On Wed., April 2nd, 6:30 pm we will host "Skippers Night", honoring
all past Skupperetes and our Captains. During the dinner the newly selected
Skupperette will be announced. This honor is given to a BYC member who
has on many occasions gone "above and beyond" to lend a hand to Skipperettes
during the past year.
Elections for 2003-2004 were held and the slate of officers for the
coming year are:
President, Sandy Baker
Vice President, Lynne Rumbold
Secretary, Sharon Leedy
Corresponding Secretary, Linda Ritter
Treasurer, Doreen Marshall.
Capt. Joe Payne
Sail Regatta Chairman
The big race of the year for BYC was the 69th Annual Heavy
Weather Race held on February 15, but the 2003 log racing season has just
started. On March 1, six members of the BYC racing team went over to
Bay Yacht Club for the annual MBYC Boomerang Race on Lake Washington.
The race started and finished just outside MBYC and went around Mercer
Island and under both floating bridges with a total of 25 boats entered.
Of the six that went from BYC, five got trophies as follows:
Both John and Owen were under .5000 percent error, and for this great achievement
their names will be added to the North American Cruiser Associations National
3rd Class 5 - Mike Leedy on Sea Trust II with an error of 1.6913 %.
1st Class 3 - P/C Mike Henry on Peachy Keen with an error of 1.4283 %.
2nd Class 1 - Chuck Silvernail on Solmar with an error of 2.4632 %
1st Class 1 (4th Overall) - Owen Ritter on Outbound with an error of 0.4561
3rd Overall - John Rosendale on Mistic Blue with an error of 0.4175
Four BYC skippers went down to South Sound to run Olympia Yacht Club's
Governors Cup log race around Harstine Island. The race was run out
of Olympia Yacht Club's beautiful Island Home outstation and was followed
by a super potluck dinner and awards ceremony. There were only 13 boats
entered and 12 trophies to be awarded, so everyone had a good chance for
glory. The four BYC skippers trophied as follows:
This is the fifth year in the last nine that a BYC skipper has won the
2nd Class 2 - P/C Mike Henry on Peachy Keen with an error of 1.5420 %.
1st Class 2 (4th Overall) - John Rosendale on Mistic Blue with an error
of 1.1496 %.
1st Class 1 (5th Overall) - Dan Robinson on Lucky Girl with an error of
1st Overall - Jack Hensley on Jubilee with an error of 0.7891 %.
The next navigation contest is the Eagle Harbor Predicted Log Race put
on by Queen City and Seattle Yacht Clubs. It will be held on Saturday,
April 5, out of Queen City Yacht Club's out station in Eagle Harbor and
is a 23.9 nautical mile course around Bainbridge Island. We will have a
skull session on the course and currents at the BYC clubhouse on Wednesday,
April 2 at 1900. If you need a copy of the log check the box by the clubhouse
Remember, "LOG RACING IS A SOCIAL EVENT".
Regatta Chairman for Power
"OFF TO THE RACES" at Opening Day, May 3.
That's the theme for this year's celebration over in Seattle. Sounds
simple enough that we ought to be able to easily decorate one sailboat
and one powerboat for entry into the Opening Day parade. A well known BYC
float designer par excellence has indicated interest in helping with the
hard part (that would be the thinking part). What we need now are the boats
to be decorated for entry in the Decorated Sail and Decorated Powerboat
classes. If you volunteer yours, our hosts, Queen City YC, always try to
provide reserved slips for boats entered in the parade; sure beats being
on the outer end of a seven boat raft off the dock. Capt Ray Norton has
volunteered to be the BYC entry in the Dressed Powerboat class. It would
be really nice to compliment that entry by having a BYC entry in the Dressed
Sailboat class, as well. Other classes open to club entries are the Novelty
Decorated, Classic Power and Classic Sail. Equally as important is the
need for enough people to crew the BYC entries. Maybe we can even provide
transportation to QCYC and back for those willing to crew but not wanting
to take their boats over. If you?ve got a boat you want to show off or
disguise with decorations, let me know. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 360-377-6639. P/C Mike Henry Boat Entry Organizer
BYC CORROSION CONTROL
BYC is developing a corrosion control program with the hope that we can
avoid or minimize damage to the underwater areas of the boats in our
marina. Mr. Bob Ajerman will be at BYC on Monday, April 21, 2003. Bob is
the author of “BOAT & YACHT CORROSION CONTROL” and has considerable
experience in the field of corrosion control in boats and yachts.
Prior to the General Meeting (19:00 hours to 19:30 hours) Bob will provide
general comments on corrosion problems in marinas.
If you are interested in a quick overview of corrosion control, you should
be in your chair in the ballroom at 19:00 hours. If you have any
questions, please call Capt. Mike Leedy, 373-6038.
From: your WebTeam
The BYC Webteam is always looking for all kinds of contributions
and new ideas: From artwork (to help spruce up the web page), to photos
of recent or historical events or sights, to travel or committee reports.
Any information which would make life easier for new members would be most
Also, we would like to remind all members that we are looking for volunteers
for working on the web page or particular parts of it. If you would be
interested in learning more about HTML or how to setup and modify web pages,
contact email@example.com We are also looking for people
that might be interested in scanning or typing in some of the paper history
of BYC suitable for web access or other electronic storage of the club
If you like messing around with the computer, this can be a nice way
to earn points. It is also a lot cleaner work than scrapping barnacles...
Finally, do not forget to check the web page regularly for upcoming
events. Again, if you want to add something (however small or short) to
the web page, contact the Webteam via the web page or directly via Email
(firstname.lastname@example.org). We've received some very favorable
comments, and we want to keep it that way by making sure the web page is
current and relevant to members of the community.
Last update: 24 March
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