Sep
21
Fri
2018
2018 Rosario Resort Annual Autumn Equinox Cruise @ Rosario Resort
Sep 21 – Sep 23 all-day

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Theme

The Salish Sea is our playground. Extending from Olympia to Johnstone Strait, including the Strait of Juan de Fuca, our San Juan and Gulf Islands are its heart. The Bellingham Yacht Club 13th Annual Autumn Equinox Cruise to Rosario Resort will be September 22, 23, & 24, 2017.

Every year the Autumn Equinox marks a day of equal light and darkness and the BYC traditional end of our cruising season. This popular and intimate cruise is about our boating friendships and our shared enjoyment of the Salish Sea in one of the nicest locations in the Sea. Rosario Resort and Spa is located on the east shore of East Sound, Orcas Island.

Reservations
  • Planning on attending? Register here.
  • Make your marina reservation and tell them it is for the Bellingham Yacht Club Cruise. (360-376-2152 ext. 700 or email harbormaster@rosarioresort.com )
  • Make your Room Reservation – This is a great cruise to bring people who do not have a boat to stay on or you can drive and either take your car across on the ferry from Anacortes or park in Anacortes and walk on the ferry. Contact the Front Desk 800-562-8820 and tell them you are making a reservation for the Bellingham Yacht Club.
  • View who is attending here.
Activities

Friday September 21

Your Time – Depart to Rosario Resort from your home port in the Salish Sea.

1700 – Welcome No Host Dock Party, bring your favorite Salish Sea appetizer.  (Clams, Oysters, Bacon wrapped Halibut, Mussels, Smoked Salmon, Scallops, Pickled Herring … what is your favorite?)

1930 – Autumn Equinox Bon Fire (Dancing around the fire in Celtic outfits optional since it is the actual Equinox!)

Saturday September 22

1000 – Dock Side Potluck Breakfast.

1200 – Hike up Mt. Constitution to one of the most beautiful views in the Salish Sea –or- Visit to Orcas Island Farmers Market.

1500 – Croquet and cocktails on the lawn.

1800 – Salish Sea Dinner prepared by members –or- special dinner prepared by the Chef’s at Rosario Resort – details to follow.

Sunday the 23
Rosario Resort has a great breakfast where you go on your own schedule before leaving for home.

Local Attractions
Apr
5
Fri
2019
2019 Cruise Kickoff Event @ Bellingham Yacht Club
Apr 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for our Kickoff Event to find out all about our 2019 cruise schedule.

More info. to come.

Apr
26
Fri
2019
2019 Shakedown Cruise to Anacortes @ Cap Sante Marina
Apr 26 – Apr 28 all-day

Joint Cruise with the Bellingham & Friday Harbor Power Squadrons, and the San Juan Island Yacht Club!

Start your boating season off right by joining us for this popular joint cruise between the BYC, San Juan Island YC, & Friday Harbor and Bellingham Power Squadrons.  The food and entertainment are always top notch!

Due to space constraints on the docks, we must limit attendance this year to 50 people from Bellingham and 50 from Friday Harbor.  So RSVP ASAP to secure your spot.  You do not need to call the marina.  We will assign you a slip and you can pay upon arrival.  (Even if you are driving down, you must register to attend this event.)

Reservations
  • Planning on attending? Register here.
  • Come by boat, car or RV.
  • Please sign up by April 8 because Cap Sante wants our list of boats two weeks before our cruise. No need to call the marina yourself.  We will assign you a slip and you can pay when you arrive.
  • View who is attending here.
Activities
  • Friday evening:
    • 5:30pm Docktail party in the party tent.  Bring your own drinks and an appetizer to share.
  • Saturday: Explore Anacortes.
  • Saturday evening:
    • 5:30pm Potluck in the party tent.  Hawaiian Kalua Pork will be provided.  Bring your own drinks and a side dish, salad, or dessert to share.
    • After dinner, music by the ever popular and supremely talented Joe and Carol Young!
  • Sunday: Return to Bellingham
Food Theme

No Specific Theme

Local Attractions

Don’t have a boat? No problem, just drive over and join us!

May
24
Fri
2019
2019 Memorial Day Cruise @ Lopez Islander Resort/Marina
May 24 – May 27 all-day

This is a joint cruise with the Bellingham Corinthian Yacht Club!

Join us for our annual Memorial Day cruise to beautiful Lopez Island.
Reservations
  • Planning on attending? Register here.
  • Make your slip reservations (reserve under the Bellingham Yacht Club) at Lopez Islander Resort (360)468-2233 at least 30 days in advance in order to guarantee a slip.
  • Registered so far:
    1. Vickie Olson
    2. Paul Herbold
    3. Arne Ahlen
    4. Bill Colgrove
    5. Brian Peterman
    6. Steve Ross
    7. Ann and Kit McQueen
    8. Pete Dworkin
    9. Ariane and Dan Ringler
    10. Rich Hanset
    11. Dave and Samra Baker
    12. Rick Laursen
    13. George, Tammy, and Lauren Starr
Activities
  • Friday:  Enjoy free time at the resort when you arrive including live music in the bar.
  • Saturday: Free time on Lopez Island – Saturday market, kayaking, biking, fishing.
  • Saturday evening:
    • 6:00 Seafood feast on the dock.  Please bring a seafood dish, sidedish or dessert to share.
    • Bring chairs.
    • A special cocktail will be served!
  • Sunday:  Free time on Lopez Island.
  • Sunday evening:
    • 5:00 Cocktail hour and 5 Card Poker Mashup in the private party room.  Prizes for high and low hands.  This is not your typical poker game!  To win you must trade cards with others to either get the best or worst hand.
    • 6:00 Pot luck featuring spiral sliced ham.  Bring a sidedish or dessert to share.
    • Please be aware that alcohol can only be purchased from the bar, you can’t bring your own into the party room.
  • Monday: Return to Bellingham
Food Theme
  • Saturday night Seafood feast.
  • Sunday night Potluck with spiral sliced ham.
Local Attractions
Jun
7
Fri
2019
2019 Past Commodore’s Cruise @ Rosario Resort
Jun 7 – Jun 9 all-day

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Theme

Join PC Jim Gibson for the PC Cruise to Rosario June 7-9.  Head over to Orcas Island to enjoy the island life and all of the fun activities Jim and Lurinda have planned for you.  

Reservations
  • Planning on attending? Register here.
  • Make your marina reservation and tell them it is for the Bellingham Yacht Club Cruise. (360-376-2152 ext. 700 or email harbormaster@rosarioresort.com )
  • Make your Room Reservation – This is a great cruise to bring people who do not have a boat to stay on or you can drive and either take your car across on the ferry from Anacortes or park in Anacortes and walk on the ferry. Contact the Front Desk 800-562-8820 and tell them you are making a reservation for the Bellingham Yacht Club.
  • To see who has registered, click here.
Activities

Friday June 7

Friday night kicks off with Happy Hour on the dock, combined with a table game or two. BYOB and bring an appetizer to share with your BYC friends.

Saturday June 8

Saturday options include a Boce Ball tournament, a trail walk to the lake, followed by ample pool time, and then the historical afternoon organ concert.  Delicious ribs and special homemade potato salad will be provided Saturday evening.  Bring your favorite potluck items to complement the dinner.

Sunday June 9

Return to Bellingham.

Local Attractions
Jul
3
Wed
2019
2019 4th of July Cruise @ Garrison Bay
Jul 3 – Jul 7 all-day

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Join Pete and Jamie Foti for the annual joint cruise with the Wheel and Keel.  Garrison Bay is a great place to spend the 4th – it’s peaceful yet close enough to Roche Harbor to see the fireworks.  You can raft up with the group or anchor nearby if you prefer.  There’s lots to do during the day including exploring English Camp and hiking to the summit of Young’s Hill or going over to Roche Harbor.  Bring your best “concoction” and take part in the Annual Best Drink Mixing Contest.  Look for the Foti’s boat – Dragon’s Den, a 46′ Ponderosa Europa Trawler.  Bring extra fenders and dock lines for rafting.

Reservations
Activities
  • Wednesday July 3 – Arrive at Garrison Bay.  Anchor by yourself or raft with the group.
  • Thursday July 4 – Annual Best Drink Mixing Contest.  Bring your best “concoction” and an appetizer to share.  For the adventurous, dinghy to Roche Harbor for the fireworks – or watch the fireworks from Garrison Bay.
  • Friday July 5 – Boat hop potluck.  Bring a potluck item to share.  Also, the Gulf Islands cruise begins on this day.
  • Saturday July 6 – Free day.
  • Sunday July 7 – Head for home.

To see event flyer click here.

 

Food Theme
  • Potluck
Local Attractions
  • Roche Harbor, boating, swimming, hiking, fishing, crabbing, kayaking etc.

 

Jul
5
Fri
2019
2019 Gulf Islands Cruise @ The Gulf Islands
Jul 5 – Jul 12 all-day

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Reservations
Itinerary
Join us as we cruise through the Gulf Islands immediately following the 4th of July Cruise.
You are responsible for making your own reservations.  Please be sure to mention that you are with the BYC group.
Itinerary:
July 5 Roche Harbor to Ganges Distance=19 miles
  • If staying on dock, call Ganges Marina at 250-537-5242 to reserve a slip.

July 6 Spend day in Ganges

July 7 Ganges to Genoa Bay Distance= 18 miles
  • Call Genoa Bay Marina at 250-746-7621 to reserve a slip.
July 8 Genoa Bay to Telegraph Harbor Distance=20 miles
  • Call Telegraph Harbor Marina at 250-246-9511 to reserve a slip.
July 9 Telegraph Harbor to Montague Harbor Distance=16 miles
  • If staying on dock, call Montague Harbor Marina at 250-539-5733 to reserve a slip.
July 10 Montague Harbor to Winter Cove Distance=11 miles (anchorage)
July 11 Winter Cove to Sucia Distance=17 miles
July 12 Sucia to Bellingham Distance=19 miles
Jul
19
Fri
2019
2019 Combined Cruise Race to Sucia @ Echo Bay
Jul 19 – Jul 21 all-day

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 Enjoy a casual Hawaiian vibe for this combined cruise & race to Sucia with the racing fleet. If you’re a cruiser, head on over for a fun-filled weekend.  If you’re racer, take part in the race over to Sucia and then join the festivities.  There’ll be a RC boat race Saturday followed by a potluck at the picnic shelter between Echo and Shallow Bay. Break out those Hawaiian shirts and bring an Island-inspired potluck dish to share. More info. coming soon!
Reservations
Activities
Food Theme
Local Attractions
    • Any boating, swimming, hiking, fishing, crabbing, kayaking etc. you can imagine.
Aug
17
Sat
2019
2019 South Sound Cruise @ South Sound
Aug 17 – Sep 1 all-day

Join us as we cruise the South Sound from Bellingham to Tacoma and back with many stops in between.  Register by July 15 so we can get a headcount and include you in our planning.  Click here to view the itinerary.

Planning on attending?  Register here.

You will be responsible for making your own reservations.

To see who’s registered, click here.

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

Picnic Area

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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