Bellingham Yacht Club 6th Autumn Equinox Cruise To:

Poets Cove Resort & Spa

Bedwell Harbor

Pender Island, British Columbia

September 17, 18 & 19, 2010

Every year the Autumn Equinox marks a day of equal light and darkness.  A meaning of the Celtic Autumn Equinox Alban Elfed is “Light of the Water.”  Around the world, from Persia, to China, the end of the summer and beginning of autumn is a special time.

In the tradition of celebrating the end of the season, this popular and intimate cruise is one of our most popular, in part because of the friendships, the enjoyment of the Saturna Island Wine & Harvest Festival, as well as relaxing in one of the nicest locations in the San Juan and Gulf Islands.

Cruise Overview

There will be an informal Predicted Log Race from Bellingham to Poets Cove with prizes for the top three winners, as well as the famous and coveted Last Place award.  Once again the winner will receive a free stay for the weekend of the cruise, and last place will receive a gift certificate for a one-night stay at Poets Cove.

On Saturday you can either attend the Saturna Wine Festival or take a walking tour of the art galleries on North Pender.  Saturday evening Poets Cove will again be serving another dinner that promises to be even better than last years, that people are still talking about. Finally, we are awaiting confirmation of a special event that will both educate and entertain us that evening.

Sunday many of us join one another for the breakfast buffet in Aurora’s Restaurant before we head out for home – well at least for those going home that day.

Cruise Details

Friday the 17th

Your Time – Depart and join the Predicted Log Race (details will be forthcoming.)

1700 – Welcome No Host Dock Party, bring your favorite dock dish.

1800 – Announcement of winners (and last place) of Predicted Log Race

1930 – Teresa’s Scavenger Hunt

Saturday the 18th

0900 – Dock Side Potluck Breakfast.

1100 – The Saturna Island Wine and Harvest Festival (or North Pender Art Walk.)

1800 – Gulf Islands Columbia Gourmet Dinner. (Approximate cost CN$40.00)

Sunday the 19th

Time – Poets Cove Resort & Spa has a great breakfast buffet where you go on our own schedule before leaving for home.

What You Need To Do

1. Mark your calendar for September 17, 18 and 19, 2010 for Poets Cove.

2. Make your reservation in the Marina for your boat moorage, but tell them it is for the BYC Cruise. For the rooms in the Lodge (or Cottage) you must call the front desk and tell them you are booking for the Bellingham Yacht Club. If you do not, you are not going to get our special rate of $199.  If all the rooms are full, then ask to be on a wait list.  We also have a two-bedroom cabin allocated to our block of rooms, so if you would like a luxury cabin to share with another couple, make sure and ask for the Bellingham Yacht Club rate on the cabin as well.

Phone Numbers (Be sure and tell them you are with the Bellingham Yacht Club)

For the Lodge Rooms & Cabin – 1-888-512-7638

For The Marina Slips – 1 250 629 2111 or email to make your reservation.  Due to enhanced security regulations you need to make your reservation directly.

Questions?  Call John or Patricia Gargett (360) 656-5700 or via email

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