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Towline Articles for March 2003
Towline Editor: Harry Davis []
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Table of Contents:

  1. Bill Rumbold, Commodore
  2. Bob Bachman, Vice Commodore
  3. Rod Perryman, Rear Commodore
  4. Charles Billings, Secretary
  5. The Bell (by V/C Bob Bachman)
  6. Float Committee Report
  7. Skipperettes
  8. The Fleet Captain's Locker
  9. Regatta For Sail
  10. Regatta for Power
  11. Heavy Weather
  12. Opening Day Boat Entry Announcement 
  13. From your WebTeam 

Reports from the Bridge

Commodore Bill Rumbold:

HEAVY WEATHER WEEKEND! What a weekend! I heard many, many comments from members of other clubs this weekend --- We cannot understand how BYC can put on such an exciting, entertaining weekend" --- "It is always fun to come to BYC because we know we will have a great time" --- "BYC has such gracious folks and neat facilities" --- and a new one "Wow, what a fantastic new galley." I respond that it is all because our great membership is proud of their club and not hesitant to step forward and put out some hard work. Each year I am amazed at how it all comes together and you all really make it look easy. I want to thank each and every chairman that took on a responsibility and saw that it was done and to each member that helped in every way. Vice Commodore Bob & Gerri Bachman and Rear Commodore Rod & Angela Perryman were in lockstep making sure everything was ready. It was great! THANKS!

The next meeting on 3 March is a buffet dinner meeting starting at 1830 and you know that Capt. Al Gonzalez will be serving another great dinner! Our speaker will be the CEO of the Washington State Ferries, Mr. Mike Thorne. If there are any questions you may have regarding our ferry system and what will be happening in the future, this is the meeting you do not want to miss. Put it on your calendar -- Monday, 3 March [and check those links!].

Capt. Don Sherwood put together a comprehensive and worthwhile work party weekend. The club, grounds and floats looks great and many tasks were accomplished that have been needing to be done for years. A great job well-done Don!

Another project that you will be seeing much more of in the 17 March meeting is the results of our Planning Committee, led by Capt. Doug Smith. Doug and his committee have been conducting a comprehensive review of our facilities and putting together a detailed plan for maintenance, repair & replacement with costs and a timeline. This will be presented to the membership and will be used by the Budget Committee in assembling the 2003/2004 budget for your approval. I think you will be well pleased with what you will see and will get a better feel where your dollars will be spent. Doug, you and your committee have done an outstanding job, now you need to sell it to the members! Thanks guys!

Spring is almost here and now is the time to get your boats ready for cruising.

Again, I want to thank you all for the hard work you did to make the Heavy Weather Weekend such a success! 

Bill Rumbold

Vice Commodore Bob Bachman:

We started off the month of February with the much anticipated, always enjoyable, Crab Feed. Capt. Randy Trott and crew put on another delicious, almost couldn't eat it all, crab dinner. The crab was so sweet, who needed butter. Well done, guys and gals!

Following that on the 14th, 15th and 16th of February was the 69th BYC Heavy Weather Race. Friday night started the weekend with a keg tapping followed by a delicious, from scratch, lasagna dinner, Chianti, spumoni, the works. It was great! Next was a raffle with some of the best prizes I've seen at BYC. Dancing capped the evening from 8 to 11. Chairman, Capt. Doug and Admiral Pam Smith and crew did themselves and the club proud. Your hard work is so very much appreciated. Thanks, again!

Saturday A.M. was racer and observer check in and after the race got under way a free soup, sandwich and ice cream lunch was served. Who said there is no such as a free lunch? Our Skipperettes would beg to differ. Thank you, ladies, for your continuing support and lunch was both yummy and appreciated.

At 6:30, the fine looking women of the BYC Dockettes came marching down the aisle to do their routine. Without a doubt, they made the men sit up straight in their seats and the women envious. Well done, ladies! You've still got it!!

Then came the famous, perhaps notorious, skits. There were only four this year, but the rubber clam gun is now housed a little closer to home at our neighbor club, Port Orchard. In their skit, they had a genie come out of a bottle with flashing red and blue lights in his/her navel. At first, I thought it might be a Washington State Patrolman in disguise looking to pull someone over but then I thought even a 'Stater wouldn't wear that getup. Anyway, it was a cute idea that I'll bet he/she won't do again. I later learned that those babies were GLUED in his/her navel. Ouch!!

If you happen to see Marva McWaid you will probably see her smiling much more than she usually does. You see, Marva and crew did something that has never happened before at BYC - their skit took third and not last place. She has a right to beam. Very well done, Marva and crew. She was so proud when she received the plaque the next day that she immediately turned up with a hammer, collared the Rear Commodore, and said " I want it hung with the other Heavy Weather hardware and now would be a fine time". Look for it in the Heavy Weather section of our bragging wall in the club. Saturday was rounded out by a jammed dance floor from 9 to 12:30 with Italian Wedding Soup and cheese bread sticks served by Capt. Doug and Admiral Pam Smith and crew again, at about 11 P.M.

Sunday A.M. Capt. Dale Armstrong, mate Lori and crew, put on another masterful breakfast that restaurants couldn't do for twice the price. By the way, Dale started doing these breakfasts in 1994. That's commitment!! Great job again, Dale.

Awards finished the morning and as the last boats started to get under way it started to pour cats, dogs, and a few other things, but at least race day wasn't bad.

February 23, Capt. Vic Piotrowski will be putting on the BYC Fishing Derby. Good fishing, good prizes and good fun with refreshments afterwards. Adults $5.00, $3.00 for kids under 16.

March 7, beware witches and evil spirits. It's BYC's First Ever Garlic Fest, chaired by Capt.Nancy Whitaker. This is a potluck for prizes. Ladies (and men), break out your favorite recipe for salad, main or side dish, or dessert and vie for a prize while having an evening of new experiences. It doesn't have to overwhelm with garlic, just be one of the ingredients. Cookbooks are loaded with suitable, easy recipes. Be innovative! You may come up with a new taste sensation. Try garlic mashed potatoes, spicy garlic meatballs, Chinese style garlic chicken, salad with garlic dressing. See, it's easy. The $4 covers wine, beer pop and prizes. Also, we will be having the Seattle Y.C. Opening Day Admiral, Vice and Admiralette at this Social and I'm told that this is one of their big events at SYC. Let's turn out and welcome them and show them what great cooks we have here at BYC. And an interesting point - Capt. Nancy Whitaker is allergic to garlic but is chairing this event anyway. Now that is what I call BYC spirit!!

March 14th, 15th and 16th is the St. Patty's Day cruise to Gig Harbor. Make your own reservations by March 5th to enjoy traditional corned beef and cabbage.

March 23 is our Sunday Breakfast, chaired by Capt. Doug Smith. See his flyer in this issue.

Last item. The fish bowl! As you all know, the fish bowl has been two bits for a long, long time. It's now a buck. What's it worth now? Ask your Towline Editor when you see him :( or ask P/C Lorrin Walsh, who said "my name never comes up" and left the meeting a little bit early :(.

See you at the Club.

Bob Bachman
Vice Commodore

Rear Commodore Rod Perryman:

Awaiting article

Rod Perryman
Rear Commodore

Comments from the Secretary

Points of interest from the Executive Committee meeting of 10 February 2003.

New members David Cordodor and Scott Neil were elected with their Obligation date scheduled for 3 March 2003.

The Work Party held the weekend of 8 & 9 February was a resounding success with much accomplished.

Capt. Doug Smith and P/C Paul Earsley presented a summary of the Planning Report which will be presented at the General Meeting on 17 March.

Capt. McBride lead a review and discussion of a preliminary report on club store operations, and will shortly have a survey available for member?s input, re. what should be stocked in the store, special orders, hours of operation, etc.

Capt. Golden reported on a proposal to eliminate the flooding on the concrete under the gazebo.

Anderson Island Fire & Rescue was granted 45 day temporary moorage at the Oro Bay Outstation.

Continued membership in RBAW was approved.

The club?s new neighbor, Mr. Jerry Sherrell was granted permission to use BYC property next to the railway to launch three 6?x10? floats for the restoration of his dock.

The Committee reluctantly accepted the resignation of Capt. Leonard W. Kruse from BYC.

Charlie Billings 



For those in attendance at P/C Carl Wilhelms’ memorial, you heard 8 bells rung, the traditional naval way of signaling the end of a watch. Many immediately noticed the solid, deep tones of those 8 bells, as they were accustomed to the tinny clanging of our old bell.

A while back as I was digging thru a deep pile of clutter in the storeroom I discovered a large bell. The bronze was almost black, the few brass pieces were dark green, and the wood base was covered in old varnish, grease and large splotches of red bottom paint. Lifting it out, I immediately became aware of its weight and decided I had to hear it ring. One ring after another convinced me that this bell should not be retired and hidden in the depths of the club but returned to its glory. I brought it out and after rubbing away some of its grime, I was able to make out a name stamped into the wood base – "Sea Venture". After inquiries around the club to see if anyone could identify it, I had struck out. So home it went to be refurbished in my spare time. My idea was to replace the bell in the main hall with this newly found, richly sounding bell. With the holiday commitments little was accomplished on the bell's restoration. I vowed in January I would give it my full attention.

Then came the news that Carl Wilhelm had taken ill. Within a matter of weeks things had become very serious. Being a highly respected, longtime member and a friend, Carl was our elder statesman. I decided now might be a good time to complete the restoration project. The refurbishing seemed to have taken on a sense of urgency. Four days were spent restoring its golden color and stripping down and revarnishing its beautifully figured wood. I finished on Sunday evening. At six A.M. the next morning, Carl crossed the bar.

On February 1st a memorial was held, with standing room only in the clubhouse. During the Commodore’s comments he spoke of Carl’s love of the sea and as a teenager, was in the Sea Scouts. The Commodore went on to say "most people can remember where they were on significant dates in history". It so happens that on December 7th, 1941, Carl was sailing the waters of Lake Washington on the Sea Scout ship "Sea Venture". Could this be the very bell from that ship? I have no way to confirm it, but due to its style, heavy construction and poor condition, I strongly suspect the mystery of the bell has been revealed. Everyone is free to draw their conclusions, but when I hear that bell toll, from now on I’ll think of it as " Carl’s Bell".

Bob Bachman
Vice Commodore


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.

Jim Picinich
Chairman, Float Committee

FROM:  Skipperettes
At our March 5th luncheon meeting Skipperette's will be welcoming into membership Pam Smith, Admiral of the vessel "Sea Quest" skippered by Capt. Doug Smith. 

Several ladies recently attend the Women's Interclub Council luncheon at the Seattle Yacht Club. The next WIC luncheon will be March 20th at Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club. We will be hosting WIC on May 8th at BYC. Vice President, Sandy Baker, has chosen a Mexican theme. Members have been busy making decorations.

We will be honoring our Skippers at our April 2nd dinner meeting and revealing the Skupperette for 2002. Reservations are required.

The "Ladies Bunch For Lunch" will be traveling to Port Gamble on March 25th for high tea at La La Land Chocolates. The five course lunch features cookies, sandwiches, tea and fruit dipped in chocolate fondue! 

Call me if you have any questions, we would love to see all the ladies at our meetings. President, Gerri Bachman 

Gerri Bachman
President Skipperettes

Regatta for Sail

Capt. Joe Payne
Sail Regatta Chairman
Regatta for Power
The The first BYC club predicted log race of the year was the BYC Thompson Trophy race held on Sunday, January 19, with 10 BYC skippers entered. This was a fun race, and was followed by an excellent potluck dinner. The top three finishers were as follows:
1st Overall - Chuck Silvernail on Solmar with an error of 0.6645 %.
2nd Overall - Jack Hensley on Jubilee with an error of 0.7140 %.
3rd Overall - Bud Lilly on Stolen Moments with an error of 0.7164.

The big race of the year for BYC was the 69th Annual Heavy Weather Race held on February 15. There was only 38 boats entered, down 12 from last year. We only had 14 BYC boats entered in the contest, but that was enough to win back the Heavy Weather team trophy from Queen City Yacht Club. The weather on race day turned out to be anything but heavy, but a low barometer did make the currents much different then the NOAA predictions. We had nine BYC skippers who won trophies, which included First Overall, the team trophy, and the Novice trophy. The happy winners are as follows:

1st Overall - Jack Hensley on Jubilee with an error of 0.6724 %.
3rd Overall - Chuck Silvernail on Solmar with an error of 0.9842 %.
1st Class 1 - P/C Paul Earsley on Conquest with an error of 1.0173 %.
2nd Class 1 - Mike Thomas on Inshallah with an error of 1.4827 %.
1st Class 2 - John Rosendale on Mistic Blue with an error of 1.1483 %.
2nd Class 2 - Owen Ritter on Outbound with an error of 1.2782 %.
3rd Class 2 - Commodore Bill Rumbold on Sundance with an error of 1.7089 %.
1st Class 3 - P/C Mike Henry on Peachy Keen with an error of 1.3742 %.
2nd Class 5 and Novice trophy - Jill Bishop on Sea Fever with an error of 1.1962
The P/C Grady Barrentine Heavy Weather Team trophy was won by the four man team of Jack Hensley, Chuck Silvernail, P/C Paul Earsley, and John Rosendale with an average error of 0.9556 %.

The IPBA sanctioned contests for March are as follows:
March 1 Meydenbauer Bay Yacht club's Boomerang Race on Lake Washington.
March 8 - Olympia Yacht Club's Governors Cup around Harstine Island.
March 22 - Gig Harbor Yacht Club's Invitational through the Tacoma Narrows.

[The complete results can be found here!

The IPBA sanctioned contests for March are as follows: 

  • March 1 Meydenbauer Bay Yacht club?s Boomerang Race on Lake Washington. 
  • March 8 - Olympia Yacht Club?s Governors Cup around Harstine Island. 
  • March 22 - Gig Harbor Yacht Club?s Invitational through the Tacoma Narrows. 
If you need a copy of these logs, check the box by the clubhouse store. 


Jack Hensley
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 or at 360-377-6639. P/C Mike Henry Boat Entry Organizer

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 welcome.

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 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 history.

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 ( 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. 

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