Welcome to Bellingham Yacht Club Cruising!

2019 promises to be another active cruising season with several fun cruises planned throughout the San Juan Islands & beyond.  In addition to our traditional favorites, we have joint cruises with other clubs and a couple of longer cruises. There are lots of opportunities for everyone to get involved in cruising with the club and it is a great way to make new friends! Remember to sign up as early as possible!

You can register for a cruise and view who is attending from the links in the calendar below or you can click the shortcut here to go directly to the “2019 Cruise Registration Forms” which is a table containing links to each of this year’s cruise events.

2019 BYC Cruise Schedule


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2019 Autumn Equinox Cruise @ Semiahmoo Resort
Sep 20 – Sep 22 all-day

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The Bellingham Yacht Club 16th Annual Autumn Equinox Cruise is September 20-22, 2019.

Join us for our 16th Autumn Equinox cruise this September 20-22 in Blaine at the Semiahmoo Marina to end our Bellingham Yacht Club cruising season. This affords everyone in the Club, as well as friends of the Club, the opportunity to easily participate in a cruise that can be reached in 30 minutes by car or a 1 ½ hours by boat. The schedule is:

Friday morning/afternoon, September 20th Depart Bellingham. Once you come abreast of Birch Point, drop your crab pots off most anywhere in 40-60 feet of water. If crabbing continues to be as good as it is, you can expect a full pot by Saturday morning, or even later Friday night. (One of my favorite spots that always does well is 48o 56.862’ N 122 o 51.932’ W. I drop my pots right at 60’.) When you get to the marina, you can hail them on channel 68 if it is before 5:00.

Guest moorage registration instructions can be found at the Semiahmoo Marina website:

(https://semiahmoomarina.com/visitors-2/visitor-slip-request/)

Friday night, September 20th – We will have a potluck reception at the top of the dock at 1800. At 1900 we have three extremely talented musicians and their band, “Shearwater”. They will be performing music we all know from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s. “Shearwater” are featured performers at Semiahmoo Resort.

Saturday morning, September 21st:

  1. Potluck breakfast (bring your favorite breakfast item) at the top of the dock at 0900 (although the marina store has some pretty good breakfast sandwiches and expresso starting at 0700).

Saturday afternoon, September 21st:

  1. We will be leading a walk for a little over a mile down the Semiahmoo peninsula to the Alaska Packers Association Cannery Museum. The cannery served as a center for salmon processing for nearly 80 years and is housed in an original cannery building. This is well worth the walk, and definitely covers this history of one of the most important canneries in Northwest Washington.
  2. After returning from the cannery, it will be a great time to pull those crab pots that you put out on Friday (if you have not yet done it). The check-in for the crab contest will be at 1700, and don’t forget the largest crab (and smallest) both win a prize.
  3. At 1800 we will have our potluck dinner (again at the top of the dock), and the crab cookers should be full! Following will be our annual fire with stories of cruising during 2019. As always, food will be plentiful, stories told, and memories of cruises past shared.

Sunday, September 22nd:

  1. The Marina Store will be open for a breakfast sandwich and an expresso, and we will plan on meeting in the Store at 0800 for a bite to eat before we all end our formal Bellingham Yacht Club cruising season.

A Few Notes:

Semiahmoo Resort has rooms that people without boats can book, which includes access to the Spa, Health club and Packers Lounge, known for its specialty food and drink.

To reserve your slip call (360) 371-0440. You can also email them at moorageoffice@semiahmoomarina. Ask for Doug or Sally and let them know you are coming for the Bellingham Yacht Club cruise.

If you want a room at the resort, call (360) 318-2000. The room rates are generally quite reasonable, and it is just 600 feet to the Marina. There is no special rate for the Bellingham Yacht Club cruise, but it might help if you tell them you are booking to be part of the cruise.

Finally, Semiahmoo is just a short drive from Bellingham, so those who may not be able to join us for the entire weekend, you are welcome for any part of it!

Questions? Call John Gargett or Patti White (360) 656-5700

Reservations
  • Planning on attending? Register here.
  • To reserve your slip call (360) 371-0440. Ask for Doug or Sally and let them know you are coming for the Bellingham Yacht Club cruise.
  • Make your Room Reservation – If you want a room at the resort, call (360) 318-2000. The room rates are generally quite reasonable, and it is just 600 feet to the Marina. There is no special rate for the Bellingham Yacht Club cruise, but it might help if you tell them you are booking to be part of the cruise. Amenities include access to the Spa, Health club and Packers Lounge, known for its specialty food and drink.
  • To see who’s registered, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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